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The Female Orphan School (1813) on the Parramatta South campus of Western Sydney University is one of the most significant heritage sites in New South Wales. Now fully restored, it hosts conferences, offers a public exhibition space and is the home of the Whitlam Institute. The Female Orphan School is recognised as being the oldest three-storey brick building in Australia and one of the nation's oldest public buildings.

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Getting There

The Female Orphan School is located on the Western Sydney University's Parramatta South campus, Building EZ, on the corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road in Rydalmere.

  • Bus: M52, 521, 523, 524 and 525 bus services operate between Parramatta station and the University.
  • Train: Parramatta station is 10 minutes by bus from the University. Rydalmere station on the Carlingford Line is also near the campus, on which trains generally run hourly in each direction.
  • Parking: Vehicle parking on campus is limited and requires payment. Campus parking costs $9 per day, payable at designated meters and vehicles must park in bays marked with blue lines.