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Welcome to Windsor

To fully grasp the historical significance and surroundings of Windsor, one must drive through the most remote and isolated Hawkesbury settings. Rich river lowlands, dense bush, towering sandstone and ironstone rock face, and a dark, winding river with the occasional farmstead hidden among the trees - all form this lonesome Hawkesbury terrain.

Juxtaposed against a harsh and gruelling life in a vast countryside, it is reasonable and logical that social beings would band together, construct small towns and seek safe haven and companionship. This was 19th century Windsor.

Today, authors, artists, craftspersons, agri-growers, historians, musicians and merchants have gathered on this site, perched high above the river. Here they create intellectual communities, assemble commercial enterprises and inhabit charming distinct neighbourhoods - many built in the 19th century. Here, exceptional events continue - year after year - bringing together diverse segments of interests and painting the colourful Windsor scene.


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HAWKESBURY REGIONAL MUSEUM sponsors a lantern-lit ghost tour, Friday 17 July, 7-9pm. Hang out with Windsor's ghosts at Green Hills Burial Ground, Windsor Courthouse and at the site of Phillip Cunningham's demise. He was the instigator (with others) of the Vinegar Hill Rebellion. It's a two-hour tour on a dark and chilly night. . . more than the weather will send shivers up your spine! (fee) Bookings: 02 4575-1421

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY, the BIGCi, Saturday, 18 July 10am-6pm. A full day tour with introduction to Bilpin's International Ground for Creative initiatives which includes an art class, lunch and great conversations. Begin the day with a guided tour through the Gallery's current exhibition: Exploring BigCi.  Then 'board the bus' for the trip up Bells Line of Road to Bilpin, Learn about the residency and meet the artists in residence. A fantastic day . . . (fee) Bookings essential: 4560 4441. 

RIVER MUSIC is the perfect store for picking up that guitar, saxaphone or drum set -- music will keep you occupied and make the winter months dance along faster. Great time for duets! Visit: River Music

FELLOWSHIP OF FIRST FLEETERS -- meets the second Saturday of the month. The gathering begins at 11 am in the Tebbutt Room (Hawkesbury Library). Members do not have to be descendants of those who arrived aboard any of the 11 ships of the First Fleet. Attendees can include spouses, partners and friends of descendants and interested in Australian history. Tea and coffee will be served. For further details, contact Sharon 0419 434 776.

WINDSOR MALL SUNDAY MARKETS9 - 3:30PM. Winter veggies are here. . .the fantastic grower comes from Orange to the Windsor Mall Markets each Sunday. Pumpkins, kale, potatoes -- all so fresh!

HAWKESBURY HERITAGE & HAPPENINGS is a great read. Written by local historian, Michelle Nichols, who posts frequently interesting stories from Then & Now.  http://hawkesburyheritage.blogspot.com.au/

 


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On this website we include...

  • Did You Know?

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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Life in Windsor is varied but not atypical - politics, weather, the economy and gossip are always hot topics.

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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

Resources:

Smith, Babette (2009). Australia’s Birthstain, the startling legacy of the convict era.

Daniels, Kay (1998). Convict Women.