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Beautiful autumn days are here -- a great time to travel to Windsor and the Hawkesbury. Though the days are shorter, those hot days of summer are now past and there are so many activities in and around Windsor. So, this is our short list for April and May!

The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery has a charming exhibition on now through May presenting the artistic practices that explore the many facets of 'softness'. The Exhibition is aptly titled, "Soft Core" with large-scale inflatables and forms made from soft materials along with materials that simply look soft. (Gallery closed Tuesdays)

If you yearn to see a rural scene, this is the time of year to take a trip up to Purple Noon Gallery in Freemans Reach. Trees are changing, produce stands are beginning to sell wonderful oranges and with the cooler night temperatures, crisp apples are coming into their prime! After you view the newest exhibition which is open through June,  'Luminosity' (recent works by Lyndal Campbell), Purple Noon is just steps away from a local producer. 

For a bit more about this wonderful local gallery at 606 Terrace Road, Freemans Reach: Open Wed to Fri 10am - 5pm, Open weekends 11am - 4pm



A day trip to Purple Noon Gallery in Freemans Reach, just minutes from North Richmond on Terrace Road will get you into the gorgeous rural scene of the Hawkesbury.

  Mellissa Read Divine

Exhibitions at Purple Noon change throughout the year but each is on display for a lengthy period and the Gallery maintains a strong focus on quality art from emerging and Indigenous artists from around Australia. Works by award winning Mellissa Read Divine and Greg Hansell are on permanent exhibition in this gallery. Along with mixed media work, exciting sculpture and unusual jewellery, items are on sale. For those who love the unusual and the memorable, you'll always be surprised.

hs Mrs Copes Cottage

The setting is delightful; the gallery building was purpose-built with sandstone walls, old timber and an unusual corrugated iron roof. The view and the gallery alone are well worth the short drive from Windsor.

Then to make yours a splendid day trip, continue on to Ebenezer and East Kurrajong for a leisurely wine tasting at Tizzana Winery. Bookings for lunch or a more substantial tasting are required. 02 4579 1150


Saturday, 4 March 2pm at the Hawkesbury Regional Museum, Baker Street, Windsor, historian Lynette Silver and artist Lizzy Newcomb join forces to 'teach your children well.'

Some of you may remember the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song which is a reminder. . .

"And you, of tender years can't know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die."



  Painting by Lizzy Newcomb, Hawkesbury Artist


Too often our children know little of those who came before --'their elders'. On March 4, 2pm the Hawkesbury Museum will remember the 213 anniversary of the Battle of Vinegar Hill.


We have included a short version below from the website Monument Australia, read more: Battle of Vinegar Hill


Convicts, mainly Irish, who were working on the government farm at Toongabbie joined with convicts and settlers in the district. They planned to march to Hawkesbury and team up with other rebels, then on to Parramatta and finally Sydney where they had planned to commandeer a ship home.


News of the uprising spread quickly to Sydney and Governor King dispatched soldiers of the NSW Regiment — later to be known as the infamous "Rum Corps" — who after a forced march faced the rebels at the place later known as Vinegar Hill.


Historian Lynette Silver and Artist Lizzy Newcomb will join talents to talk about this significant event and its impact on Hawkesbury history. Failed mini-rebellions, botched escape attempts, mutiny, wild rumours, betrayals, conspiracies and many personal tradegies that resulted in the ill-fated battle.


  Hawkesbury Museum 


Ms. Silver's work investigating various aspects of Australian history was recognized following the publication of her books A Fool's Gold and The Battle of Vinegar Hill.


Lizzy Newcomb realized that local school children know very little about the battle that took place in their own neighbourhood. Using her art, she now does her bit to see that the event -- more than 200 years ago get the recognition it deserves today.


  Lizzy Newcomb's Ned Kelly & Brother Dan


Teach your children well,
Their father's hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you.