Colo Shire Family History Group to present 'A Look Into the History of Colo'

Hawkesbury is an area of rich history and one of the region's interesting stories comes from the Colo area.

Join the Colo Shire Family History Group for 'A Look Into the History of Colo', presented by Wanda Deacon (nee Eather), which will delve into one of the earliest settlements in the colony.

Rich history: A photograph of the Colo River from Syd Hulberts collection. This picture and more will be part of the historical presentation. Picture: Supplied

Rich history: A photograph of the Colo River from Syd Hulberts collection. This picture and more will be part of the historical presentation. Picture: Supplied

Ms Deacon is a member of one of the pioneering families of the Colo area, born to parents Frederick Eather and Florence Hulbert.

She will present using some never-before-seen photos from her Uncle Syd "Mick" Hulbert's collection.

She will be assisted in her presentation by another well- known identity of Colo, Ron Males.

The Colo River was discovered by Governor Phillip in 1789 and by the 1820s settlement had begun there, with farms providing necessary crops and produce to feed the people of Sydney.

Access was not easy to the Valley, so farmers became very reliant on the river boats to transport the goods to town.

Families along the river had their own jetties, some being just a block of wood.

Many boats worked the river over the years, and probably the most well-known was the 'Surprise' built in 1923 by J T Jones for Wal Jones.

The presentation will take place at the Tebbutt Room in the Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor, on Saturday, June 29 at 10am.

The cost is $5 for members of the History Group and $7 for non-members.

For catering purposes please contact Neil Renaud on 0423 157 089 or Joy Shepherd on 0417 029 685.

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