A heritage
worth protecting

In 1789, following European settlement of the eastern coast of Australia, Governor Arthur Phillip explored the Hawkesbury River, naming it after Lord Hawkesbury.

Governor Lachlan Macquarie later toured the Richmond settlement during 1810. In his journal, Governor Macquarie declared the beauty of the land and the commanding prospect of the River Hawkesbury and adjacent country. A few days later, Macquarie named the townships of Windsor, Castlereagh, Wilberforce and Pitt Town.

Throughout the 1900s, the stunning precinct of North Richmond experienced many land-owners. A section of the site was purchased by the Commissioner of Railways in 1927 and named it ‘Redbank’. A Sydney engineer, Percival Alfred Yeomans purchased 740 acres of land at North Richmond and introduced sustainable agriculture in the form of the keyline system. Yeoman’s method proved highly successful and encouraged many city dwellers to invest in the land. The main facets of the keyline system are now heritage protected and will be preserved for the Redbank community.