MOUNT DRUITT HISTORY OF SUBURBS
Reverend Thomas Hassell was a noted pioneer and clergyman. He came out to Australia with his parents wen he was 4 years old and grew up in the Parramatta district. In May 1813 he opened Australia’s first Sunday school in his fathers house. In 1817 he went back to England to study to enter the Ministry and was the first Australian candidate for ordination. He returned to Australia in 1822 and became Samuel Marsden’s curate at St John’s Parramatta. He married Marsdens eldest daughter in 1822.