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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.


ZAZU CAFE (100 The Mall) launched evening dining Friday 26 May! Thursday through Saturday evenings dining will be served 6pm - 10pm. Bookings recommended: 02 4577 3423.

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY: ARCHIBALD PRIZE EXHIBITION.  On now through 2 July. This is an exhibition you must see. The success of this exhibition brings out the crowds -- Hours 10am - 4pm seven days(for the duration of the exhibition) Entry is FREE, and on 10 June, three finalists will speak about their work. 1 - 3pm. (fee) Don't miss this event.

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY: Archibald Prize Exhibition. Guided tours by specially-trained volunteers: Wednesday – Friday 1pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am and 2pm..  Free entry

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY 'ART AFTER SCHOOL' four workshops, 4-5:30 each Thursday in May, Draw, Make, Sculpt  and Paint. All afterschool and for the young budding artist. Bookings essential  Details: Will the next Archibald Prize winner please stand!

HAWKESBURY VALLEY HERITAGE TOURS.  An Autumn Delight -- a tour around Hawkesbury historic sites in beautiful weather -- 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

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL LIBRARY (Windsor) Sydney's Writer's Festival Event. Evening Conversation with Sandra Leigh Price, author of The Bird's Child. Wednesday 24 May 6-7.30pm. Refreshments served (free, but bookings essential)

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL MUSEUM (Windsor), Historian and former Ghost Spotter, John Miller hosts a new DVD: "Hawkesbury History: from Aboriginal History to the European Settlement".Available for purchase at the Museum Desk. 

PURPLE NOON GALLERY Luminosity (exhibition by artist, Lyndal Campbell) is on view through 30 June. All art lovers invited to see this sparkling colourful work. Paintings that will make you smile! 606 Terrace Rd. Freemans Reach - 02 4579 6579.

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) 

SYDNEY'S HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL 6 - 28 MAY. For all you Hawkesbury artistic types with a Hasselblad in hand, the festival kicks off with exhibitions, talk and meet & greets in Paddington. Prizes and networking! See the schedule:  Cameras & Artists


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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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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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