Excavators begin work on Thompson Square on Monday

Work to remove colonial-era bricks from historic drains at Windsor’s Thompson Square has begun by the Roads and Maritime Authority (RMS).

The work was due to begin on August 16, however did not start in earnest until Monday, August 28, when machines began to remove earth placed over the drains by archaeologists.

About 30 opponents of the work turned up at the site throughout the day on Monday as RMS workers began to photograph the drains in situ before removal began.

The drains were constructed in 1814 on the orders of Governor Macquarie, and Hawkesbury City Council has strongly condemned the removal of the box drains.

Work on the new Windsor Bridge is due to begin next month.