Windsor Sketchbook – plans

January 30, 2011

Sydney is surrounded by Macquarie towns, way stations into the great unknown of the New South Wales countryside created by the then Governor, Lachlan Macquarie. I’m aware of a massive building of Post Offices in five Macquarie towns all commencing operations on 1 May, 1850. Out to the north-west lies Windsor and given some recent interest among members of the Sydney Sketch Club, I thought I’d give some thought about what to sketch there. I’ve not been to Windsor in over ten years. I had a business appointment there, but took the opportunity to sneak a quick look at St Matthew’s Anglican Church and its churchyard; I seem to remember it being not at all as grand as the colour photo on the front cover of Dupain’s book.

I’ve taken out my copy of Cedric Emmanuel’s “Windsor Sketchbook” and the photos by Max Dupain of Australian Georgian architecture. These books date from the 1960s and 1970s, long before anyone was really interested in Sydney’s built environment heritage. I remember sitting in the kitchen of one of buildings featured in Dupain – Glenfield House – in April 1973; it was far from the clean, sober lines captured by Dupain’s lens. I’ve checked the Windsor tourism website,,  thinking that many of Emmanuel’s subjects might now have disappeared. Happily, there’s material for a day of sketching as follows:

Emmanuel’s chapters are listed below, bold indicating they are still extant according to Hawkesbury Tourism and (*) indicating Dupain photographed them.

– Ebenezer Church, oldest in continuous use in Australia, since 1809. 10kms north-east of W. (

– Wilberforce School (The Macquarie Schoolhouse), 43 Macquarie Rd Wilberforce.

– (*) St Matthews Anglican Church, 1840, Windsor.

(*) St Matthew’s Anglican Church – Rectory.

– (*) Windsor Court House, 1822.

– Thompson Square, Windsor. 1811

– Macquarie Arms Hotel, 1815. Oldest inn in Australia

– Hawkesbury Museum, former Windsor Municipal Council/Tourist Information Centre

– The Doctor’s House, 1844.

– The Toll House, South Creek

– South Creek Bridge

– Windsor Bridge

– River Ferries

– Farmlands

– Sunnyside

– Floods

– Rouse Hill House (Historic Houses Trust – venue hiring only)

– Hobartville, between Richmond and Agnes Banks.

– Peninsula House

– Tebbutt’s Observatory

– Fairfield

– Fitzroy Cottage, 1879. Tebbutt Street.

– Jorrocks, the Iron Gelding

– Windsor Post Office, 1879, now in private hands.

– Cottages North Street, 1840-1860

– Council Chambers

– Riverside Stone Cottage

(*) Fernhill, Mulgoa is featured in Dupain but not in Emmanuel.


Cedric Emmanuel, Windsor Sketchbook. Adelaide: Rigby, 1975.

Max Dupain, Georgian Architecture in Australia. Sydney, Ure Smith, 1963.


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