‘Peek Into the Past’ Party
Join us in Windsor with an 1820s splash, at a ‘Peek Into the Past' Party. Glimpse the fascinating past of the house of the colonial couple, Jane and John Howe: walk the old rooms, cellars and attics: short talks by historians Dr Ian Jack and Jan Barkley-Jack and Museum curator, Rebecca Turnbull.
Welcome to Hawkesbury Historical Society’s festivities. Join us for free drinks and nibbles at Howe House, Windsor and investigate Hawkesbury’s history for yourself. See the land John Howe received from Governor Macquarie in 1811 in Thompson Square, the only eighteenth-century civic square remaining in Australia. Explore the house that was built around the 1820s and extensively rebuilt in the late 1830s. John Howe was a successful district farmer from 1803, and survivor of the cultural violence on the NSW frontier. Also the Chief Constable, Howe was a favoured contractor of Governor Lachlan Macquarie and an executor of Thompson’s will. Jane was a relative of explorer Hamilton Hume and John led similarly successful expeditions. The talks and tours will entertain and will introduce you to querulous Dr Bell, and to the once-resident Hawkesbury ‘Australian’ newspaper. Artifacts from archaeological excavations add to the display in the house, now part of Hawkesbury Regional Museum.