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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.


Visit our Blog  New Tidbits about Windsor

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL MUSEUM, 'Remembering the Battle of Vinegar Hill' -- a presentation by historian Lynette Silver and artist Lizzy Newcomb. Saturday 4 March 2pm. (fee, bookings essential and refreshments provided)  02 4560 4655

MARQUISE BAR (180 George Street) hosts its March 'Cocktail Party' on the 11th from 7:30pm to late. Prizes for those 'dressed to kill'. Photos on the Red Carpet. Bookings essential 0488 297 670.

THE AUSTRALIANA PIONEER VILLAGE (Wilberforce) will celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, 19 March. Wear the green! 

THE HISTORIC WINDSOR GUIDE 2017 is on the streets and in visitor information centres, so grab a copy along with a cuppa and read about shops, eateries and the music scene.

HAWKESBURY VALLEY HERITAGE TOURS. These are not your typical historic tours. You will travel with a 'pro' who has a Hawkesbury bloodline that goes back six generations. The beauty of the Hawkesbury is evident year round and a tour with these folks is perfect anytime.  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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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