Phillip Mar is a cultural anthropologist and sociologist who is an adjunct research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. His report with Sarah Barns, Waves of People: Exploring the movements and patterns of migration that have shaped Parramatta through time, was published by the City of Parramatta earlier this year.
EssayTHERE ARE JACKHAMMERS everywhere. A new Parramatta is emerging out of the rubble, seeking to make real its tag line: ‘Australia’s next great city’. Thickets of new residential and commercial towers are rising – testament to the city’s ferocious ambition – overshadowing...