Richmond is the next of the ‘retained identity’ towns. Although a stone’s throw (or the air base runway) from Windsor is a quite separate town. Richmond is an old centre and has lots of heritage charm.

The area was originally explored by British settlers in 1789 and was known by the colonialists as 'Richmond Hill'. This name was given by Governor Phillip, in Honour of Charles Lennox, the third Duke of Richmond who was Master General of Ordnance in the Pitt administration. The local area was the third area to have European settlement in Australia. The first 22 European settlers came to the area in 1794.

The Battle of Richmond Hill took place in May and June 1795 between the Darug people and the European settlers. It is perhaps the first time that the colonial authorities sent in the troopers and expressly stated their intent to 'destroy' the whole local Aboriginal population of an area.

Around 1811 Macquarie established the five Macquarie Towns in the area and pleasingly a number of heritage buildings have survived.

During WWII the RAAF operated a top secret operations bunker from somewhere in Richmond. The RAAF Base Richmond is a Royal Australian Air Force base at Richmond which was established in 1923.

The Richmond War Memorial is located on the very attractive ‘village’ cricket pitch.

The Richmond Hotels are a mix of the old and new.

The Congregational churches are all represented in Richmond.The Catholic Church is impressive, the United quaint and historic. The Anglican is not photographed.

Richmond should be visited when visiting the region of Sydney.

Heritage diary





  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course