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.


Stories of families who lived here and whose cottages and the churches are a testimony as well as a physical reminder of those who contributed to our historic Macquarie Town today.

Proudly presented by the Hawkesbury Branch National Trust of Australia (NSW).


*Physical access is not available for all properties and is subject to owner’s requirements.

^The program may be subject to change if necessary.


Image: Bowman Cottage, built by James Blackman in 1815 – 1817. Copyright Graham Edds & Associates


Event details

Join this guided tour from 9:30am – 12pm, Sunday 7 May 2023.

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.


How to book your tickets

Tickets: National Trust members $15, adults $20, concession $18, family $45, children under five are free.

Book via Eventbrite to guarantee a spot. 



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Meet at Pugh's Lagoon - Smith Park

Richmond Before The 1850s


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