Windsor & The Hawkesbury Today
Windsor is currently within the Hawkesbury City Council local government area. Located in the Hawkesbury River Valley, Hawkesbury City Council is the largest Local Government area in the Sydney Metropolitan region, NSW Australia, covering approximately 2,800 square kilometres. The population of the Hawkesbury is approximately 63,500. More than 80% of the Hawkesbury is National Park, containing substantial expanses of Wilderness.
Hawkesbury Shire was established on 1 January, 1981 by the Local Government Areas Amalgamation Act, 1980 (Act No. 110 , 1980) which combined the Municipality of Windsor and the Shire of Colo to become the Hawkesbury Shire. A proclamation in the NSW Government Gazette of 17 October, 1980 named the area as the Shire of Hawkesbury to consist of 12 elected members of Council known as aldermen. The Act was proclaimed on 24 October, 1980.
Hawkesbury City Council produces a New Residents Brochure, which contains much useful information about the Hawkesbury area. The brochure is available for download in Acrobat format (12 pages).
Macquarie 2010 Bicentenary
In 2010, Australia will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the swearing in of Lachlan Macquarie as Governor of New South Wales on 1 January 1810. Governor Macquarie had a profound influence on the development and landscape of the City of Hawkesbury, which included the naming of the townships of Windsor, Richmond, Pitt Town, Wilberforce as well as Castlereagh on 6 December 1810. More information about the celebration is available from Hawkesbury City Council’s web site.
Organisations & Events in the Hawkesbury
Hawkesbury Harvest is the 'local' ingredient of Sydney's dynamic food and wine culture. In 2000, a small group of people, passionate about the Hawkesbury and its agricultural heritage, joined together to promote the fresh, seasonal produce from the farms on Sydney's doorstep. Today, this community-based organisation, continues to highlight the range of unique experiences that can be found in the Hawkesbury region and offers a number of products, which include:
1. Farm Gate Trail
2. Special Events
3. Hawkesbury Harvest's Farmers & Fine Food Markets. (Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Sydney )
4. Industry Development (includes regional branding)
Agricultural production in the Hornsby, Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury Council Areas is estimated at $502 million. Through Hawkesbury Harvest visitors to the region have the opportunity to learn about and experience the abundance of the Hawkesbury. In this way they play a unique role in ensuring the viability and sustainability of farms in the region.
Windsor Sunday Craft Markets are held each Sunday in Windsor Mall and surrounding areas. Over 50 craftspeople show and sell their hand made wares. Lots of great food to eat in Windsor too. Well worth a visit.
Snippets of Hawkesbury History
In March 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip set off to find more suitable land for agriculture and travelled up the Hawkesbury River as far as Dangar Island. He returned the following year and navigated the river to a point upstream of Windsor. He gave the river its modern name to honour Charles Jenkinson, First Earl of Liverpool, England and the Baron of Hawkesbury. The Aboriginal name for the Hawkesbury River is 'Deerubbun'.
In November, 1810, Governor Macquarie set out to inspect the outer western Sydney districts. He travelled with Mrs Macquarie and a group of aides and surveyors, including Captain Antill, Dr Redfern and Mr Evans. The ˜tour of inspection’ followed the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers. Macquarie surveyed the available land and designated and named five settlements which would become known as the ”Macquarie Towns“ Windsor, Richmond, Castlereagh, Pitt Town and Wilberforce.
Link to State Library of NSW Archive - map of the journey
The Hawkesbury was originally settled in the late 18th century as a source of food for the struggling colony of New South Wales. The first settlement at what is now known as Windsor was called Green Hills and existed under this name until Governor Lachlan Macquarie renamed it Windsor on the 6th December 1810. On this day he also named the four other "Macquarie Towns" of Castlereagh, Richmond, Pitt Town and Wilberforce.