Aerial view of Penrith and the Nepean river, New South Wales, ca. 1930 [picture].
Aerial view of Penrith and the Nepean river,in western Sydney,ca. 1930.Photo from National Library of Australia.A♥W
Courtesy Convict Footprints One of the great views down the Road showing the convicts hard at work quarrying stone, watched over by ever-present Redcoats. — at Devines Hill, Old Great North Road, Wiseman's Ferry.
Hawkesbury River floods
The Hawkesbury River has a long history of floods and when Governor Phillip and his party explored the district shortly after arrival, debri was noted in the tree branches. In 1799 the river rose over 15m followed by three huge floods recorded including 1806. 1809, 1817 and 1819 saw a number of floods with heights reaching 14m and widespread damage in the Hawkesbury. Inhabitants had a period of calm with no major floods for over thirty years. Then successive floods in June 1864 caused major…