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About the Hawkesbury Region

The Hawkesbury Region lies to the north-west of the city of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It encompasses a large area following the Hawkesbury River from the foothills of the Blue Mountains to the Tasman Sea at Broken Bay.

The Hawkesbury River was named in 1789 by Governor Arthur Phillip, the first governor of the British colony of New South Wales in honour of Charles Jenkinson, first Earl of Liverpool, Baron Hawkesbury, who was at the time, the President of the Board of Trade and Plantations in England.

The region includes the Local Government Areas of Hawkesbury, The Hills (formerly Baulkham Hills), Gosford and Hornsby.

Map of the Hawkesbury Region

The Project

Hawkesbury People and Places is an ongoing project which aims to collect, record and locate the places, built environment, geographical features, organisations and people associated with the history of the Hawkesbury Region.

The intention is to document the existence and location of each entry rather than providing a comprehensive history.

A wide variety of information is included, some from purely anecdotal sources such as oral histories or a brief mention in a local newspaper whilst other material has been drawn from government documents such as Historic Records of Australia and census records.


Information for the website has been drawn from a wide variety of sources including:

  • Maps
  • Published books
  • Websites
  • Unpublished manuscripts
  • NSW government records
  • Local government records
  • Church records
  • Newspapers
  • Historical and family history society newsletters and journals
  • Photographs
  • Family archives
  • Oral histories

Each entry includes the source or multiple sources of information for that entry. Bibliographic information has been included for each source with notes on availability or holdings if available.

About us

What began as an interest in toponymy or the study of placenames has developed into a purposeful quest for information about the people and places of the wider Hawkesbury Region.

The website has been created and designed by Nicholas McHardy who is a software programmer and developer in the corporate information technology industry.

Material for the site has been researched and added by local historian, Cathy McHardy with assistance from the local and family history community.

Contact us

Comments about the site, additional information or corrections and new entries are very welcome. Please contact the authors by viewing the Contact Us page.