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 floods, facts and fiction

Year in and year out, Windsor seems to change, yet stay the same. Perhaps it has always been so.

In 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie renamed the then Green Hills 'Windsor' which, perched precariously above the river, has been the centre of the Hawkesbury through two centuries of ups and downs.

We've seen the highs and lows of Windsor's prosperity and to our surprise, Windsor of 2012/13 made a commercial comeback. New and clever businesses opened. Experienced proprietors — Baker & George, Sue'z Kitchen, Simon's Coffee Café, Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler - moved in from other regions. With maturity comes constancy and know-how - the backbone of all commerce.

Young proprietors - many working a day-gig in order to support their entrepreneurial itch - have either started a business or moved into an existing one. This is the 'thirty-something' crowd - Windsor Chinese Restaurant, Windsor Ice Creamery, The Bridge Café, WonderSushi, The Church Bar, The MarquiseWine Bar, Lotus Imports, Tallulah's Emporium, Lime & Coconut Cafe, Nine50 and, hidden away in management offices, Windsor Riverview Shopping Centre. These owners and business managers are enthusiastic, with great energy. They bring new vibrancy and 'joie de vivre' into this historic town - the third-oldest in New South Wales.

Read our blog for Windsor Fun.

GUY STUFF IS MOVING ACROSS THE MALL: new address, 156 George Street, phone number is the same. . .02 4577 2797. More space, more Guy Stuff. . . check it out on the 31st of March.

Trentino's on George (3/89) serves up a great breakfast Monday,Thursday and on those lazy weekend mornings. For dinner, the hours are 5pm 'til close. Thursday through Monday. Serving are generous. . . you won't go away hungry!

NEW WINERY IN EBENEZER -- BULL RIDGE ESTATES on Bull Ridge Road. Local vintner, KenThorn launches his new purpose-built winery Sunday, March 15, from 12-6pm. A wine tasting  of his four wines, Shiraz and Durif (reds) and the whites: Verdelho and Vermentino will make for a great afternoon. Three Hawkesbury wineries within driving distance of each other -- and only a short distance from Windsor! Come out and celebrate.

LIME & COCONUT CAFE is under new management -- wonderful sweets as a side with a smooth coffee made a rainy afternoon perfect. Open daily 'til 4pm.

WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS9 - 3:30PM. We bought corn so fresh it brought a round of applause from our Sunday dinner guests! This fantastic grower comes from Orange to the Windsor Mall Markets each Sunday. Strawberries, peaches and blueberries were also part of our purchases from a Pitt Town grower. So sweet, so fresh! 

HAWKESBURY HERITAGE & HAPPENINGS is a great read. Written by local historian, Michelle Nicole, who posts frequently interesting stories from Then & Now.


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Some events are now instilled into the Windsor scene. The Sunday Windsor Mall Markets are still a favourite with the locals and day-trippers. The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival is an annual October event and the Hawkesbury International Sand Sculpting Competition will enter its fourth year in December 2014.

Throughout the pages you will find 'Did You Know' facts -morsels and tidbits we hope will make history fun. The fictitious facts, gossips or embellishments we will include in the 'floods, facts and fiction' section. And for the kids: you'll find a game - a 'history mystery' walk along George Street. The game is on through to 1 July 2014. Finally, we have added two new sections in this edition - petite reviews in 'A Quick Glimpse' and 'Lucky Finds'.

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


Bowd, D.G. (1994). Hawkesbury Journey.
Morton, Herman (1954) Early Australian Architects and Their Work.

On-line Resources:

Nichols, Michelle (2013, June 14). Hawkesbury Heritage & Happenings
Nichols, Michelle (2013, January 19). Hawkesbury River Floods
Sydney Architecture