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

Touring in the USA

We have been doing a bit of touring on the East Coast of the USA for the past 4 weeks for my daughter’s wedding – New York (freezing), Washington DC (weather bearable but still extremely cold) and New Orleans (warmer). We’ve been on planes, trains, buses and boats throughout our trip and experienced varying degrees of comfort from excellent to not-so-excellent, but accommodation-wise I can recommend Akwaaba Mansions in Brooklyn and Washington DC, the Fairmont in Washington DC and The Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Monique Greenwood, owner of the Akwaaba B&Bs in Brooklyn, Washington DC … Continue reading Touring in the USA

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

Back to those organists of St Matthew’s

Hard work polish and Aust Womens Weekly 1958 This is the basis of an article I wrote recently for the Hawkesbury Gazette. I am researching organists of St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Windsor, New South Wales, and during my research I found some interesting family genealogical information. William Johnson of Johnson and Kinloch, who built the organ and installed it in 1840, came from a family of organists. What is doubly interesting to me is that as William Johnson and his brother were great-nephews of the Reverend Richard Johnson who arrived in the Colony with the First Fleet, they are … Continue reading Back to those organists of St Matthew’s

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