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Female Orphan School

High on the banks of the Parramatta River between Rydalmere and Parramatta sits the historic Female Orphan School (1813). This stunning building is one of the most significant heritage sites in New South Wales. Now fully restored as a public exhibition space and home for the Whitlam Institute, the building is open for the public to explore and enjoy.

Open: Thursdays and Fridays, 10am – 4pm
Occasional Saturdays as advertised on the Female Orphan School website
Groups on other days by appointment

Female Orphan School

Address: Female Orphan School, Whitlam Institute and Margaret Whitlam Galleries
UWS Parramatta Campus, Cnr James Ruse Dr & Victoria Rd, Rydalmere

Phone: 02 9685 9210


Ferry Information

The Parramatta Rivercat operates between Circular Quay and Parramatta. Alight at either Parramatta or Rydalmere Wharf.
From Parramatta Wharf, take the riverwalk (approximately a 15 minute walk).
From Rydalmere Wharf, either catch Sydney Buses 524 from the corner of John and South Streets or cycle (approximately an 8-10 minute ride).

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