Thomp­son Square, Wind­sor

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - History -

Gov­er­nor Lach­lan Mac­quarie wished to hon­our one of his mag­is­trates who had died in the course of serv­ing the com­mu­nity of Wind­sor dur­ing the Oc­to­ber floods of 1810. An­drew Thomp­son was born in Jed­burgh, Scot­land in 1773, con­victed of set­ting fire to some straw when 16 years of age and trans­ported to New South Wales on the Pitt in 1792. He proved to be an in­dus­tri­ous per­son, mak­ing the Hawkes­bury dis­trict his home with a grant of one acre of land at the Green Hills (Wind­sor) in 1799. Gov­er­nor King ap­pointed Thomp­son as Chief Con­sta­ble of the Hawkes­bury Dis­trict in 1802, and granted him 278 acres of farm­land in 1804 along the Ne­pean River which Thomp­son named Agnes Banks in mem­ory of his mother. Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Bligh had a 250 acre prop­erty on the Hawkes­bury River to the north of Green Hills and An­drew Thomp­son suc­cess­fully man­aged this farm named ‘Blighton’. The farms along the Ne­pean and Hawkes­bury Rivers were sub­ject to sea­sonal flood­ing and in 1806 Rev­erend Sa­muel Mars­den pub­licly praised Thomp­son for his res­cue work. The rebel gov­ern­ment that re­moved Bligh from the of­fice of gov­er­nor also dis­missed Thomp­son from his po­si­tion of Chief Con­sta­ble.

Gov­er­nor Lach­lan Mac­quarie ar­rived in Jan­uary 1810 and im­me­di­ately re­versed all the de­ci­sions taken by the rebels dur­ing 1808 and 1809, thus re­in­stat­ing An­drew Thomp­son. In Oc­to­ber the colony was sub­ject to tor­ren­tial rain and the Hawkes­bury val­ley se­verely flooded. An­drew Thomp­son used his boat to res­cue over one hun­dred peo­ple, ex­haust­ing him in the ef­fort. He died af­ter two days on 22nd aged only 37 years. Mac­quarie or­dered the burial site in St Matthew’s Church of Eng­land ceme­tery be cov­ered with a spe­cially carved stone (pic­tured) hon­our­ing the man. He also des­ig­nated the cen­tre of the town of Wind­sor to be named Thomp­son Square.

An­drew Thomp­son’s grave stone ( fore­ground) and St Matthew’s Angli­can Church Wind­sor

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