Richmond before the 1850s

Led by Conservation Architect Graham Edds and Hawkesbury Historian Jan Barkley-Jack, this tour takes you to some of Richmond's most unique pre-1850s cottages and churches to uncover their stories.

Our story begins with the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, the Darug people, before turning to the township of Richmond, formally established by Governor Macquarie in 1810 in response to the frequent flooding of the Hawkesbury River and widely recognised for its unique and highly intact pre-1850 townscape.

Key highlights*^ of this tour include:

  • St Peters Church and rectory – constructed on the site nominated in Macquarie’s town plan
  • Bowman Cottage – constructed in accordance with Macquarie’s town planning decree of 1810
  • Joseville and Clear Oaks – both constructed by the Onus family
  • The Black Horse Inn – associated with horse racing along the Richmond main street
  • St Andrews Church – built and paid for by George Bowman
  • Toxana – home of the first member of the NSW legislative assembly for the district
  • Benson House – home of the Benson shipwright family.

Event date

Event Details

Richmond, New South Wales

Reserve is located on the east side of Pughs Lagoon, at the junction of Francis Street and Windsor Street.


9:30am – 12pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 20, Concession $ 18, Family $ 45, Members $ 15
Prebooking required
Other things
you need to know:
Please bring sensible shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sufficient water for the duration of the tour. Participants are asked to make their own arrangements for morning tea and lunch. Please ensure that morning tea has been consumed at the park prior to the start of the walking tour. There are facilities in the park for those who would like to enjoy watching the waterbirds whilst enjoying your BYO lunch or alternatively there are several eateries in Richmond. Toilets are also available at the park. *Physical access is not available for all properties and is subject to owner’s requirements. ^The program may be subject to change if necessary. Enquiries Contact Carol Edds –