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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.

Plan a terrific Spring outing on the River. The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler is now booking for October. Warm weather, food and music -- the river is a place to enjoy a weekend. 02 4575 1171 

BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL -- 24 - 26 OCTOBER WINDSOR HOLLAND PADDOCK. Through the genorosity of a major sponsor, day ticket fees are now quite reasonable. Check it out Reduced Prices: Day-Tickets

Friday, 31 October 2014. Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours will sponsor a day coach tour through the most historic areas of the Hawkesbury in conjunction with Hawkesbury-based artist Greg Hansell's annual studio exhibition. Morning tea, lunch, cheese & wine-tasting at Tizzana and glass of wine at Greg Hansell's studio all included. Does this sound grand! Check out the website for details: Art, History, Wine

Purple Noon Gallery -- New Exhibition opens Saturday November 11. Triptych, gives art lovers the opportunity to enjoy the works of three Hawkesbury artists who have combined creative genius to assemble a collection of recent works. The much-loved trio presents a magnificent display of art and sculpture. Ros Goody, Carl Stringfellow and Philip Nolan have exceptional natural talent and many years of experience as accomplished, commercial art practitioners. Not to be missed.

WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS: 9 - 3:30PM. Many new vendors make this market terrific Sunday shopping.

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

History Buffs: Want to know more about your family genealogy. Check out Hawkesbury Cemetery


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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