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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 is a fascinating overview of the history of the area from Aboriginal to modern times.

Pictorial History Hawkesbury by Michelle Nichols

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