Windsor

 

Postcode: 2756  | Distance to Sydney CBD: 56 km


Windsor is a suburb located in the local government area of the City of Hawkesbury. It sits on the Hawkesbury River, on the north-western outskirts of the Sydney metropolitan area. At the 2006 census, Windsor had a population of 1,670.

History
Windsor is the third-oldest place of British settlement on the Australian continent. Settlement at the location was first established about 1791, near the head of navigation on the Hawkesbury River (known as Deerubbin in Dharuk) and taking advantage of the fertile river flats for agriculture. The area was originally called Green Hills, but renamed Windsor (after Windsor in England). The town was officially proclaimed in a Government and General Order issued from Government House, Sydney, dated 15 December 1810, Governor Lachlan Macquarie having "marked out the district of Green Hills", which he "... called Windsor", after Windsor-on-the-Thames.


While in Windsor, Macquarie ordered the main institutions of organised settlement to be erected, such as a church, school-house, gaol and "commodious inn" (The Macquarie Arms). Of these new buildings, the most outstanding was Francis Greenway's Saint Matthew's Anglican Church, for which Macquarie himself chose the site. Samuel Marsden, principal chaplain of the colony, consecrated the church on 8 December 1822.


In 1813 a report was given to Governor Macquarie from Earl Bathurst detailing a proposed invasion of the Hawkesbury River by France.This planned invasion that did not eventuate, targeted the Windsor granary in order to cut off supply to Sydney, showing the relative importance of this new settlement on a global scale.


Windsor is approximately 60 kilometres north-west of Sydney, and the location was chosen because of the agricultural potential of the area and the location was accessible by coastal shipping from Sydney. It was known as the "bread basket", ensuring the survival of the starving colony. The extensive agriculture caused major silting in the Hawkesbury River, by the 1890s the river had become so blocked with silt, ships could not travel up to Windsor from the coast. By then the railway, in 1864, and the road, in 1814, had been built.  On 1 January 1803 Daniel Egan was born in Windsor. He went on to become Mayor of Sydney in 1853. Many of the oldest surviving European buildings in Australia are located at Windsor.


Heritage

The following buildings are listed on the Register of the National Estate.

 

St Matthew's Anglican Church, Cemetery and Rectory, 181720

Toll House, Bridge Street, circa 1835

Claremont Cottage, Claremont Crescent, circa 1822

Court House, Court Street, 1821

Fairfield House, Fairfield Avenue, circa 1831

Sunnybrae, Kable Street, 1875

Cope House Group, George Street, circa 18351880

George Street Inn Group, George Street, circa 183041

Public School, George and Dight Streets, 1869

Loder House, George Street, 1834

Johnston Street Group, 2127 Johnston Street, circa 1840

Former Bell Inn, Little Church Street, circa 1841

Two Terraced Houses, 24 Catherine Street, circa 1840

Two Terraced Houses, 57 Catherine Street, circa 1840

Two Terraced Houses, 13 Little Church Street, circa 1840

Tebbutt's Observatory and House, Palmer Street, 184479

Group of Houses, 2339 North Street, 28 North Street, circa 184075

Thompson Square Precinct and Bridge Street Buildings, including Hawkesbury Museum, circa 183061

Macquarie Arms Hotel, Thompson Square, built 1815

Crescentville, 80 The Terrace, 1851

The Doctors House, 13 Thompson Square, 1830

 

Geography
Floods are a major concern in Windsor. Its proximity to the Hawkesbury River has resulted in numerous disastrous floods. A horseshoe on the outside wall of the Macquarie Arms pub marks the level the flood peaked at in 1867, when beaches along the Hawkesbury to Barrenjoey were littered with the debris from the town.

Transport
The spread of the suburbs of metropolitan Sydney has almost reached Windsor, and the town is now regarded as an outer suburb, though still retaining its appeal as a small country town. Windsor railway station (opened 1 December 1864), is on the Richmond branch of the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network.

Media
The studios of local community radio station Hawkesbury Radio are located in Windsor. Windsor was also a filming location for the Channel 7 television series A Country Practice and its fictional town of Wandin Valley, including being the location of the Wandin Valley doctors clinic.

 

 

 

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