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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.


ROUSE HILL HOUSE & FARM: FAMILY FARM  Saturday, July 29 and Sunday 30, 10am - 4pm.  A weekend of nostalgia and fun, filled to the brim with roving entertainers, games and performances bringing the stories behind Rouse Hill House & Farm to life!

NINE50 PERUVIAN SILVER & ALPACE CLOTHING: SALE, SALE, SALE! 40% off all Alpace clothing and accessories: gloves, socks, scarves. 2/254 George Street.

ROUSE HILL HOUSE & FARM Fun! LEGO interactive exhibition -- build your Rouse Hill House & Farm. No need to be grumpy about the cold weather -- this interactive exhibition is a life-size exhibition in LEGO bricks. We previewed the interactive exhibition last week and  no matter the age this is a fun outing,  a delight even for littlies (3 - 5 yrs) Older kids (6 - 12 yrars) will be challenged to think ahead, plan and create their own little farm and house. Exhibition on through 16 July 10:am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm (fee)  LEGO'ing Fun

HAWKESBURY VALLEY HERITAGE TOURS.  On days like today when the sun is shining and temperatures are warm, 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 

ROUSE HILL HOUSE & FARM " Earn Your Tucker" The sun is up. . . time to get on those chores. Wear enclosed shoes while you grind the feed fot the chickens, make butter and learn about 'buttermilk'! Bookings 8239 2211 (fee) 


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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On this website we include...

  • Did You Know?

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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Life in Windsor is varied but not atypical - politics, weather, the economy and gossip are always hot topics.

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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