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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.


LIME & COCONUT CAFE CHANGE OF PHONE NUMBER: 0408 316 157. Open 7am daily. . . stop by for coffee & a sweet anytime! 

WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS: 9 - 3pm, Sunday 22nd April 'Dogs Day Out'. Dog themed stalls (plus regular stalls). Rescue Groups, Hydrobath Wash for the doggies, Sydney Fox Rescue, Nepean Therapy Dogs, Rescue Hub, Homeward Bound Hounds (greyhounds). Staffy Rescue BBQ. Come join in the barkin' fun!

HAWKESBURY LIBRARY OFFERS HELP WITH YOUR 'AUTUMN CLEAN'.  26 April 10am - 12.30pm a Green Cleaning workshop. Learn lots of tips on replacing conventional cleaning products with natural ingredients you have in your home! Non-toxic, less expensive and green! Bookings essential or call 4560 4460.

NEWS ALERT! BOOK IMMEDIATELY: HAWKESBURY LIBRARY PLAYS HOST TO SYDNEY WRITERS' FESTIVAL AUTHOR FELICITY CASTAGNA, who will talk about her life and her newest novel "No More Boats"  Wednesday, May 2nd, 6-7.30 pm. Bookings are essential (02 4560 4460) Fee will include light refreshments.

HAWKESBURY VALLEY HERITAGE TOURS.  On autumn days we think of traveling around historic sites in beautiful Hawkesbury -- these are not your typical historic tours. The guide is a 'pro' who has a Hawkesbury bloodline that goes back six generations.  This is a 5-Star Tour - 02 4577 6882 

LE PAIN ARTISAN COFFEE & BAKERY, 70 GEORGE STREET (ACROSS THE STREET FROM MACQUARIE ARMS) is a FANTASTIC addition to Windsor Mall. Young baker, Gia Vi Lam has trained in the French Tradition and the breads, baguettes, and sweets are to die for!  Hours are 7am - 7pm -- rare for eateries on The Mall and breakfast is served all day. Today, we stopped by for a delicious baguette pork sandwich stuffed with fresh salad veggies. Wonderful!  

JEWELLERY BY A FARMER'S DAUGHTER. 132 THE MALL. Designer Alicia Goldstien is throwing a party celebrating her move  of the shop of 'delightful finds'. . but only across The Mall. Saturday, 4.30 - 6pm Champagne -- but you must RSVP.  This shop It is a winner! Great shop to browse and shop! 02 4587 9013

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY: "NOSTALGIA: iT'S NOT WHAT IS USED TO BE"  -- the newest exhibition at the gallery.

HAWKESBURY CENTRAL LIBRARY, WINDSOR. Author talks, Movies, Family History, Workshop of all types, Cemeteries, Inner Resources (yours) and Storytelling. Wonderful Activities.

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL MUSEUM CELEBRATES ITS 10 ANNIVERSARY WITH AN OPEN DAY!  Saturday 19 May 10.30 am - 4pm. It is a celebration with kids' activities, face painting, a gardening walk-through, food music and historical entertainment. Lots of family fun.

THE HAWKESBURY PADDLEWHELEER. Make your reservations now -- a birthday party, a girls' day out or a holiday celebration. Any reason to party will do 'on the River'. Casual or dressy, your choice. 0401 798 088.


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 go-to place!

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.

  • Floods, Facts or Fiction:

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

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This edition is made possible through the continued cooperation and effort of sponsors - enthusiastic and industrious proprietors who love Windsor.

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Hawkesbury Visitor Information

Address: Ham Common, Hawkesbury Valley Way, Richmond
Phone: 1300 362 874; 02 4560 4620
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Weekends, 9am to 4pm

Hawkesbury Regional Museum

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