Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Square has finally had its significance recognised and been added to the state heritage register.
The listing follows a request from the council after it undertook a heritage assessment of the park in 2016.
Parramatta lord mayor Andrew Wilson said Parramatta is home to some of the most historical sites in our nation.
“The square has its own rich history stretching back to the early days of colonial Australia and this listing is an important acknowledgment of the area’s extensive heritage,” he said.
Prince Alfred Square was the site of Parramatta’s second gaol from 1804 until 1841 and first female factory from 1804 until 1821. It became a village green in 1837.
The heritage listing includes the entire park, along with the eastern half of the adjoining Market Street, which was added to the area under consideration for listing at the request of the Heritage Council of NSW due to its potential to contain archaeological remains.
There is however an exemption to the heritage listing, which allows council to carry outs its normal maintenance works and continue to host events such as Winterlight in Prince Alfred Square.
“I thank the NSW Minister for Heritage, Gabrielle Upton for supporting [our] request to have the park listed as an item of state heritage significance," Cr Wilson said.
The listing also enables council to apply for heritage grant funding that would assist it to protect and celebrate the history of the park.