Our Heritage

Local history enthusiasts can now explore Fairfield City’s past at the click of a button thanks to Council’s new Fairfield City Heritage Collection website.

Access the Fairfield City Heritage Collection here

The website provides a digitised catalogue of Fairfield City’s significant and rare objects housed at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, as well as photographs, oral histories and local history resources from the Heritage Collection, enabling users to immerse themselves in the rich history of our area.

We encourage you to create a login and join our online heritage community. Registered users can save and share their favourite items and even suggest edits and add content.

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Heritage Collection

The heritage collection includes information about Fairfield City local government area, past and present.

The collection which includes books, reports, photographsmaps is held at the Fairfield City Heritage Centre at Whitlam Library Cabramatta.For more interesting facts about the history and development of the Fairfield Area, please also visit our Heritage Blog.

Newspapers are a rich source of genealogical and historical information. Fairfield City Open Libraries provides online access to historical and current newspaper content.

Heritage Publications

Fairfield City's history has been captured in a range of publications that explore everyday life, faith and cultural diversity within Fairfield.

All publications are available from Whitlam Library Cabramatta and online.

A Journey In Time: A History Of St Johns Park and Its People by Vicki Movizio
Published in 2015, this book documents the history of St Johns Park suburb from the early 1800s when land grants were given to encourage settlers. The area developed into a farming community with a high percentage of migrants operating vineyards, market gardens and poultry farms.

Shaping Fairfield: The Aldermen of Fairfield and Cabra-vale Council, 1889–1948 by Beverley Donald
Published in 2013, this book traces the history of the Councils that amalgamated in 1948 to form the current Fairfield City Council.

Cabrogal to Fairfield City: A History of a Multicultural Community by Stephen Gapps
Published in 2010, Cabrogal to Fairfield City explores the history of the Fairfield district and includes the Aboriginal history of the area before European settlement.

Foundations of Faith: Christian Churches in the Fairfield Area by Beverley Donald
Published in 2005, Foundations of Faith delves into the history of the Christian church in Fairfield since the early 19th century.

Research

For assistance in researching your family's history contact the Liverpool Regional Family History Centre whose friendly volunteers will point you to relevant resources.

New South Wales State Archives and Records is rich in historical records including convict records, court records, deceased estate files, Indigenous resources and school records. They also provide Ask an Archivist services.

For military information the Australian War Memorial and the National Archives of Australia provide service personnel records, memorials and research assistance.

The State Heritage Inventory is a list of heritage items in New South Wales including Aboriginal Places, State Heritage Register, Interim Heritage Orders, State Agency Heritage Registers and Local Environmental Plans.

Cabramatta Cultural Tours

Fairfield City Council invites groups interested in exploring the vibrant, colourful and buzzing town centre of Cabramatta to contact us to book one of our presentations or tours.

Cultural Tours comprise:

  • Library Presentation:
    • 10 minute DVD: The Life and Times of Fairfield City
    • Half hour talk and discussion
  • Tour:
    • Guided Tours (February - June)
    • Self guided tour
    • Self guided temple visit

The presentations and tours can be delivered independent of each other.

Cultural Tours are open to groups (minimum 10 people) within or outside of Fairfield City.

To discover the rich cultural heritage of Fairfield City and visit Cabramatta's famous fabric, tea, herbal medicine and jewellery shops and to sample delicious Asian cuisine at the local restaurants, send an email to culturaltours@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au.

Donations

Fairfield City Heritage Centre welcomes donations of local photographs, family history journals/accounts and other ephemera. If you have materials relating to the local families, business or community groups that have contributed to the marking of Fairfield City, please contact the Heritage Team for additional information.

Email: heritage@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 9725 0372

Read our Heritage Blog here

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