While the first Anglican church in Parramatta was dedicated on the site of St. John’s in 1796, religious services were held in the area prior to the dedication of the building, which was constructed from materials from two slab huts. This collection includes baptism records from the parish dating back to 1790.
Children were usually baptized within a few days or weeks of birth. The records generally include when baptized and in what parish, child’s Christian name, parents’ given names and the family surname, residence, father’s occupation, and who performed the ceremony. Sometimes you’ll find additional details, such as date of birth. The early records may contain less detail.