Organists of St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Windsor

I am researching organists who have played the organ at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Windsor. Not a lot is known about organists through the 1850s, 1860s and early 1870s. I have managed to find many names through the late 1870s through to the 1940s with the help of the National Library’s Trove website and have written a short article for the local newspaper, the Hawkesbury Gazette. If anyone has information hidden away in their family history notes about someone who played the organ at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Windsor I would be grateful for that info. St Matthew’s will be … Continue reading Organists of St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Windsor

The Johnston family

Geoff and I led an interesting tour through the Hawkesbury this week for the Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society, investigating the family of Andrew Johnston who designed and help build Ebenezer Church. Andrew Johnston and his wife, Mary Beard, arrived in Australia on the Coromandel in June 1802. After filling their required tenure at Toongabbie to learn how to farm in the colony, each of the Coromandel settler families were given grants of land to farm at Portland Head, beside the Hawkesbury River. Andrew Johnston’s family intermarried with the family of George Hall and their descendants spread throughout the colony. Several members of … Continue reading The Johnston family