Connecting the Cumberland

This morning I attended the launch of the University of Western Sydney Discovery Centre’s new exhibition called Connecting the Cumberland. UWS and Greening Australia, with the support of the Office of Environment and Heritage, have teamed up with Willmot Public School on a project that will increase understanding of Western Sydney’s Cumberland Plain. Students will develop materials focussing on plant, animal and human activities from Aboriginal times, through the early European settlement to modern-day life. They will explore the ecology of their local region and the many challenges facing this and future generations in helping to restore and live alongside nature. The exhibition will run for 3 months and is open to the public. Prof Roy Tasker also gave an entertaining talk this morning about the experiments being conducted at the UWS EucFACE experiment site (Free Air CO2 Experiment) which is designed to predict the effects of rapidly rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on Australia’s native forests. This experiment aims to predict decades in advance the effects of exposure to rising CO2 levels on native forests, animals, soils and grasses. Check out the website about EucFACE at http://www.uws.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/643371/HIE4017_Facility_Euc_Face_Flyer_V4a.pdf.

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Article about Lewis Stuart of Colo

My article in last Wednesday’s Hawkesbury Gazette was very popular with all Lew’s descendants in the Hawkesbury area and beyond. Such an interesting man. One of those stalwart Scots who came out to Australia in the late 1880s who worked hard and overcame tragic events in his life to achieve success as a family man, orchardist at Colo, partner in Hayes Bros Motor Garage at Windsor and local Councillor.Image

Cemetery tours great success

St Matthew’s Anglican Church cemetery tour last Sunday, 18 May 2014, was a great success. Had some descendants of Henry and Susannah Kable on the tour, plus descendants of several other people buried in the cemetery. It never fails to surprise me just how many visitors have ancestors from the Hawkesbury area. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that much because the Hawkesbury was the third area settled after Sydney, Parramatta/Rose Hill. Delightful Devonshire tea was served in the church hall after the tour.Image

St Matthew’s Windsor Anglican Church cemetery tours

Doing cemetery tour at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Windsor on Sunday, 18 May, as part of National Trust Heritage Festival. Come along and join us – 1.30pm and 3.00pm. $15.00 includes afternoon tea. Contact Helen on 02 4577 6677.

Through this forum I plan to keep people informed about proposed plans for the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Windsor in 2017. The Repairs and Restoration Committee is at present looking at publishing a new edition of the St Matthew’s book for the 200th anniversary of Francis Greenway’s most famous landmark. While 2017 might seem a long way off, it’s not too early to start

planning. ImageIf you are interested in keeping up-to-date with what is happening, please send your name and contact details to me at info@hawkesburytours.com.au and I will add you to the list.