In July 1960, Windsor Municipal Council published a notice of proposal to confirm the existing names of some roads and streets, confer official names on those previously unnamed or alter the names of those previously named. The advertised changes were confirmed by council in August 1960.
The road (known as Harkness Road) running generally north westerly from road known as Commercial Road between Portions 142 and 145 Parish Pitt Town to the road known as McKeevers Road - proposed name Harkness Road. A period of one month from the date of publication of this notice is allowed during which any person may lodge with the Council written objection to the proposed names (or the alteration of the names). Any such objection should set out fully the reasons for the objections. Authorised by resolution of the council on 7th June, 1960. Council Chambers, Windsor, 15/7/1960 F. J. MASON Town Clerk
Often no explanation was published for changes of name nor the selection of particular names for unnamed roads but the roads were often named after local landowners, events or early European settlers. Further details may be found in the minutes of Windsor Council meetings of the period.
The name Harkness Road was in use from the 1940s. Successful poultry farmer in the Vineyard and Oakville districts for many years Samuel William Harkness was born in Scotland and came to NSW in about 1885. He died in 1935 aged 80 years. Read more about Samuel William Harkness
Windsor Municipal Council amalgamated with Colo Shire Council to form Hawkesbury Shire Council in January 1981 and was proclaimed Hawkesbury City Council in July 1989.
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