Windsor is now an outer suburb of Sydney, until you chat to a local. Windsor along with a four other satellite centres has retained its individual identity; i.e. has not been succumbed by the Sydney suburban sprawl. Add to that Windsor is very historic place. So old is Windsor that the town competes for a number of Australia’s oldest and firsts.

Windsor is the third-oldest place of British settlement on the Australian continent. Settlement at the location was first established about 1791, near the head of navigation on the Hawkesbury River and taking advantage of the fertile river flats for agriculture. The area was originally called Green Hills, but renamed Windsor (after Windsor in England). The town was officially proclaimed on 15th December 1810, Governor by Lachlan Macquarie.

While in Windsor, Macquarie ordered the main institutions of organised settlement to be erected, such as a church, school-house, gaol and "commodious inn" (The Macquarie Arms). Of these new buildings, the most outstanding was Francis Greenway's Saint Matthew's Anglican Church, for which Macquarie himself chose the site. Samuel Marsden, principal chaplain of the colony, consecrated the church on December 8, 1822. The Catholic and United Churches are also century plus buildings.

There is abundant heritage in the town, and is a paradox that the museum is housed in a new and ugly building.

The Hotels in Windsor are all old but the town does boast the oldest licensed pub in Australia. The Macquarie Arms Hotel is old and well maintained.

The Windsor War Memorial is located in the Memorial park. This tribute to Lachlan Macquarie is also in the park.

Allow a day when visiting this fabulous historic gem that is a part of Sydney.

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