The People of Parra Park
Parramatta Park will always occupy a special place in my heart
Parramatta Park will always be home to me. My family moved to live in the Park in 1964 when I was just a few months old. My father, Ron Hayes, was the Chief Ranger of the Park and we lived in the Rangers Cottage, which used to be the Governor’s dairy cottage. Dad was in charge of the day-to-day running, security and upkeep of the Park, as well as supervising the other employees.
During this time, all of my family took on various roles, particularly when the football was on at Cumberland Oval. Except for me ... being the youngest I just had fun! Growing up in the Park was an amazing experience, one I am very proud of and grateful for. Australian history came alive for me in these convict-built surrounds.
Add to that the beauty and wide-open spaces of my ‘backyard’ and it’s easy to see why Parramatta Park will always occupy a special place in my heart.
Mia W, 1964