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Go Travel Windsor: Teach Your Children Well

Saturday, 4 March 2pm at the Hawkesbury Regional Museum, Baker Street, Windsor, historian Lynette Silver and artist Lizzy Newcomb join forces to 'teach your children well.'

Some of you may remember the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song which is a reminder. . .

"And you, of tender years can't know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die."



  Painting by Lizzy Newcomb, Hawkesbury Artist


Too often our children know little of those who came before --'their elders'. On March 4, 2pm the Hawkesbury Museum will remember the 213 anniversary of the Battle of Vinegar Hill.


We have included a short version below from the website Monument Australia, read more: Battle of Vinegar Hill


Convicts, mainly Irish, who were working on the government farm at Toongabbie joined with convicts and settlers in the district. They planned to march to Hawkesbury and team up with other rebels, then on to Parramatta and finally Sydney where they had planned to commandeer a ship home.


News of the uprising spread quickly to Sydney and Governor King dispatched soldiers of the NSW Regiment — later to be known as the infamous "Rum Corps" — who after a forced march faced the rebels at the place later known as Vinegar Hill.


Historian Lynette Silver and Artist Lizzy Newcomb will join talents to talk about this significant event and its impact on Hawkesbury history. Failed mini-rebellions, botched escape attempts, mutiny, wild rumours, betrayals, conspiracies and many personal tradegies that resulted in the ill-fated battle.


  Hawkesbury Museum 


Ms. Silver's work investigating various aspects of Australian history was recognized following the publication of her books A Fool's Gold and The Battle of Vinegar Hill.


Lizzy Newcomb realized that local school children know very little about the battle that took place in their own neighbourhood. Using her art, she now does her bit to see that the event -- more than 200 years ago get the recognition it deserves today.


  Lizzy Newcomb's Ned Kelly & Brother Dan


Teach your children well,
Their father's hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you.

Go Travel Windsor: Read All About It!

The 2017 Historic Windsor Guide is out and we are slowly getting it across the district and Western Sydney.


Lots of new photos, some new stories to promote Windsor beyond the Hawkesbury. Pick up copies in Visitor Information Centres, Windsor Ice Creamery, Fricker Shoes, The Fitzroy and the Hawkesbury Hotel.



Here's a taste:

Historic Windsor GUIDE > Floods, facts and fiction:  This year, we continued our search for unusual sightings in the old buildings of Windsor.


Hawkesbury Regional Museum – The Myth of the Flabbit In the not too distant past, a creature up in the Colo wilderness was sighted by a clever man who is revealed to us only as ‘RR’. He prefers to avoid further contact with the media or hordes of visitors who want to interpret the meaning of the creature – a rabbit with wings – or why the creature chose him, this clever man for a sighting. But it is with ‘RR’ where our legend of the Flabbit began.


Since that first sighting, Flabbit spotters and journalists roamed the Colo wilderness often in a futile search for Flabbit evidence. Keep in mind that mythical creatures choose their ‘spotters’ – rarely revealing themselves to sceptics, or mythbusters.


With time, this mythical creature – the rabbit with wings – developed a cultf ollowing within the realm of commercial ventures: quirky T-shirts, posters, stuffed toys and a song recorded and released by a Hawkesbury musician. All were produced in celebration of the Flabbit’s uniqueness.

So popular was the Flabbit in the land of big yarns and whopper tales, the Hawkesbury Regional Museum held an exhibition of Hawkesbury Myths & Legends some years back. The most exciting news: two original Flabbits joined the exhibition. [Editor’s note: we are uncertain how the exhibition curator knew the two Flabbits were originals.]

These two Flabbits donated along with other Flabbit memorabilia came to live in the permanent collection of the Museum. [Editor’s note: Taxidermy played a role but according to the RSPCA, no Flabbits were harmed for this exhibition.] If you want to see an original myth, just stop by the Museum on Baker Street in Windsor from 10am – 4pm. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.


In keeping with today’s celebrity profile-raising, the Museum provides lasting memorabilia – Flabbit postcards, Flabbit button badges, Flabbit key rings and always available, the quirky Flabbit T-Shirt! Perhaps a Facebook page for our celebrity Flabbit is next in line for promotion? However, please don’t interpret your Flabbit sighting at the Hawkesbury Regional Museum as an invitation to seek out ‘RR’ – a very clever man.