Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours and the NBN

A few days ago I was contacted by Solstice Media to see if I was willing to appear on a short video about the use of NBN by Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours. Well, the lovely Theresa and Stuart arrived and searched for a place with good lighting away from traffic noise, so we finally settled in our fernery. After filming, Stuart and Theresa accompanied me on a pre-arranged tour (with permission from the tour organisers) and we visited Ebenezer Church for their traditional, delicious Devonshire Tea. After enjoying their visit to Ebenezer, they were driven back to Windsor by Geoff … Continue reading Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours and the NBN

Join Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours on special-interest tour of Hawkesbury

Keep the date free – Friday, 31 October 2014. Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours will be running a relaxed, full day coach tour through the most historic areas of the Hawkesbury in conjunction with Hawkesbury-based artist Greg Hansell’s annual studio exhibition. Accompanied by Greg on the tour, we will showcase selected locations depicted in Greg’s current portfolio. This is an opportunity not to be missed as we visit the UWS Riverfarm on the Richmond Lowlands which is not usually open to the public. The Riverfarm was first acquired by the old Hawkesbury Agricultural College in the early 1900s. You will also … Continue reading Join Hawkesbury Valley Heritage Tours on special-interest tour of Hawkesbury

Connecting the Cumberland

This morning I attended the launch of the University of Western Sydney Discovery Centre’s new exhibition called Connecting the Cumberland. UWS and Greening Australia, with the support of the Office of Environment and Heritage, have teamed up with Willmot Public School on a project that will increase understanding of Western Sydney’s Cumberland Plain. Students will develop materials focussing on plant, animal and human activities from Aboriginal times, through the early European settlement to modern-day life. They will explore the ecology of their local region and the many challenges facing this and future generations in helping to restore and live alongside … Continue reading Connecting the Cumberland

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

Launch of Hawkesbury Historical Society Journal #3

This morning attended launch of Hawkesbury Historical Society Journal No 3 at Hawkesbury Regional Museum. Guest speaker was historian and author Andrew Tink, who actually read through the book before preparing his speech. Well done Andrew! I am a contributing author on behalf of Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society. The journal is made up of historical articles written by members from five historical societies and family history groups in the Hawkesbury and this volume is titled ‘Hawkesbury Personalities’. There are stories on individuals from the Hawkesbury from all walks of life, the only stipulation being they had to have died at least … Continue reading Launch of Hawkesbury Historical Society Journal #3