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A neighbouring suburb acquired the name "Rose Hill", which today is spelt "Rosehill".
The Parramatta area was also the site of the pioneering of the Australian wool industry by John Macarthur's Elizabeth Farm in the 1790s.In the second attempt, the noose slipped off his neck. Governor King was summoned and pardoned Samuel, as the incident appeared to him to be divine intervention.In 1814, Macquarie opened a school for Aboriginal children at Parramatta as part of a policy of improving relations between Aboriginal and European communities. Church Street is home to many shops and restaurants.At the same time, major construction work occurred around the railway station with the expansion of Westfield Shoppingtown and the creation of a new transport interchange.The western part of the Parramatta CBD is known as the Parramatta Justice Precinct and houses the corporate headquarters of the New South Wales Department of Attorney General and Justice.As such, Parramatta is the second oldest city in Australia, being only 10 months younger than Sydney.
The British Colonists, who had arrived in January 1788 on the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, had only enough food to support themselves for a short time and the soil around Sydney Cove proved too poor to grow the amount of food that 1,000 convicts, soldiers and administrators needed to survive.
Governor Arthur Phillip built a small house for himself on the hill of The Crescent.
In 1799 this was replaced by a larger residence which, substantially improved by Governor Lachlan Macquarie from 1815 to 1818, has survived to the present day, making it the oldest surviving Government House anywhere in Australia.
Other legal offices include the Children's Court of New South Wales and the Sydney West Trial Courts, Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales, Office of Trustee and Guardian (formerly the Office of the Protective Commissioner), NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, as well as a branch of the Family Court.
Nearby on Marsden Street is the Parramatta Courthouse and the Drug Court of New South Wales.
The northern end of Church Street, close to Lennox Bridge, features al fresco dining with a diverse range of cuisines.