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welcome to Windsor

It is 1810. Windsor is the third city of a fledgling penal colony named by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. On the highest ridge overlooking the river, the Macquarie Government erects a government store, a military barrack and a government house. Additional huts on the ridge provide rudimentary housing for convicts with little protection from cold or heat.

Early dates conflict but as early as 1795, a portion of land within spitting distance of the military barracks is preserved as a civic space for residents. Markets are a weekly event as produce is plentiful. Yet, punishment by flogging or hanging in this public space simultaneously entertains and terrorises residents. By late 1810, the space is named Thompson Square, following the October death of wealthy emancipist settler, Andrew Thompson.

Along with the construction of an essential wharf on the river's edge, Thompson Square and the government constructed buildings give the appearance of a small village. Macquarie's vision for a growing colony takes shape. This is Windsor.


ST. MATTHEW'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, WINDSOR, Saturday 14 October, 10am - 3pm. The bicentenary of the church is cause for big celebrations and the church is holding a ‘Big Birthday Bash’ in McQuade Park opposite St. Matthew's in Windsor with entertainment, re-enactment and RAAF Flypast.The patron of the celebrations, Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO will lead the formal birthday wishes at 1.45pm. All welcome.

ALERT! ALERT! SYDNEY BLUES FESTIVAL DATE CHANGE!   Friday, December 1 through Sunday December 3. Windsor venues. Great line up. Stay tuned!

Nine50,254 George Street, the purveyor of fine Peruvian Silver is offering some sassy sales on the stunning silver jewellery. Open Monday - Saturday. 02 4587 9509

JEWELLERY BY A FARMER'S DAUGHTER. 132 THE MALL. Vintage, vintage, vintage! Designer Alicia Goldstien is a constant whirl of creativity. Behind her whirring sewing machine or at the design board, she is talent unleashed. Great shop to browse! 02 4587 9013

THE HAWKESBURY PADDLEWHEELER. make your reservations now for warmer weather -- a birthday, a celebration of any sort -- casual or dressy, your choice. 0401 798 088.

HAWKESBURY VALLEY HERITAGE TOURS.  On days like today when the sun is shining and temperatures are warming, we think of driving around historic sites in beautiful Hawkesbury -- these are not your typical historic tours.Travel with a 'pro' who has a Hawkesbury bloodline that goes back six generations.  This is a 5-Star Tour - 02 4577 6882 


WINDSOR SUNDAY MARKETS ON THE MALL. 9 am - 3pm Lots of crafts, fresh produce, local honey and food stalls. Cafes are open so make this your Sunday shopping stop!

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY: ART AND DEMENTIA TOURS ON THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 11AM. Bookings are essential. These workshops are designed for those living with Dementia and for their carers. Facilitated by gallery staff (specially trained by Alzheimer's Australia) the experience offers an enriching program. Bookings 02 4560 4418.


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You will find facts - morsels and tidbits which we hope will make history fun. History clues and travel tips are listed throughout the website.

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Hawkesbury Visitor Information

Address: Ham Common, Hawkesbury Valley Way, Clarendon
Phone: 1300 362 874; 02 4578 0233
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Weekends, 9am to 4pm

Hawkesbury Regional Museum

Address: 8 Baker Street, Windsor
Phone: 02 4560 4655