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Pitt Town heritage Tour

Pitt Town Heritage Tour

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Pitt Town is a quiet settlement about 10 minutes from Windsor. Whilst having several heritage buildings and sites, it is also famous as the location used for Ä Country Practice”, a well-known Australian Drama Series.

1. Bird in the Hand 1850's

 

Originally known as Maid of Australia Inn, an earlier Inn, the Bird in the Hand Inn was nearby on a different site. It was restored in 1987.

bird in hand inn pitt town nsw

2. St. James Anglican Church (begun 1857)

 

This early Victorian gothic revival parish church as well as the pews, pulpit, reading desk and inside rails were designed by Edmund Blacket.

 

3. Scots Church 1862

 

This Gothic revival church was originally a Presbyterian Church before becoming Uniting. The original Presbyterian Manse for this church, a c1820 farmhouse, is at the northern end of Bathurst Street, beyond Hall Street. In the T.V. Series ‘A Country Practice’, weddings were filmed in this church.

 

4. Pitt Town Public School 1878

 

Pitt Town Public School is largely unchanged from the original building of 1878, however, due to growing numbers it needed to be extended in 1960 and again in 1970.

 

Strathmore

5. Strathmore 1826

 

House No. 22, opposite the school.  Well restored house and barn. The kitchen is probably the 1826 house, with the stone cottage built for James T. Wilbow in 1876. This house was also a location for the TV series ‘A Country Practice’.

 


 

6. Bona Vista 1888

 

Bona Vista which is now a private residence was built for James Henry Johnston and wife Mary (nee Hall). A late Victorian sandstone home with slate roof and bell caste verandah, Bona Vista is also home to a collection of unique historical slab barns.

 

7. Governor Bligh’s Farm 1807

 

Intended as a model for good farming, this farm was the site of Governor Bligh’s Farm, ‘Blighton’ The farm, which is highly significant, became implicated in the Rum Rebellion of 1808 when Bligh was deposed as Governor. Bligh built a house, brick barn and outhouses, a dairy and six stock yards on this ridge. It was said that Bligh’s daughter planted English Oak trees here in 1807, however, in 1947 they were removed to make way for an orchard.

 

 

8. Bardo Narrang Creek

 

Friendship Bridge commemorates Governor Phillip meeting in friendship, the Darug Aboriginal leader, Yarramundi and tribesman Gombeeree, while exploring the area on 14th April 1791. The two parties met near the mouth of this creek and camped together beside the Hawkesbury River, upstream from the creek.

 

 

9. Historic First Settlement 1794

 

Pitt Town Bottoms was the first settlement in the Hawkesbury Valley, when by April 1794; most of the initial 22 settlers (of 72 who settled during 1794) were farming along these fertile flats on 30 acres grants. These form part of the earliest ex-convict grants in Australia and in conjunction with the other 1794 Hawkesbury farms are unique because their rural form is still readable today.

 

 

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