Pictorial History Hawkesbury by Michelle Nichols is a new book in the famous series of pictorial histories which cover the suburbs of Sydney.
The Hawkesbury district in Sydney’s west was once home to many Australians and in the early 19th century had the second highest population in the colony. In the first few decades of the 1800s the Hawkesbury region was one of the major settlements alongside Sydney and Parramatta. Indeed many Australians can trace their origins (both convict and free) to this district.
In the Hawkesbury history suburbs extending from Bilpin, Colo, Ebenezer, Kurrajong, Mount Tomah, Richmond, Windsor and Wiseman’s Ferry are represented in a wide range of black and white photographs. The book includes the historic areas of Cattai, Riverstone, Londonderry and Yarramundi. With over 190 rare and interesting photographs it isa fascinating overview of the history of the area from Aboriginal to modern times.
Michelle Nichols lives in the Hawkesbury and is the author of Disastrous Decade: Flood & fire in Windsor 1864-1874 (2001) and Hawkesbury 1794-1994 (1994) co-authored with Jan Barkley.
This book has been produced by Kingsclear Books with the assistance of the Hawkesbury City Council.