Richmond, New South Wales
New South Wales
Richmond Post Office
|Population||5,482 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||19 m (62 ft)|
|LGA(s)||City of Hawkesbury|
Richmond is a town in New South Wales, in the local government area of the City of Hawkesbury. It is located at a latitude of 33° 35' 54" South and a longitude of 150°45' 04" east, 19 metres above sea level on the alluvial Hawkesbury River flats, at the foot of the Blue Mountains. It is about 65 km by road from Sydney.
The Darug people were the Aboriginal peoples to the area in 1788. The area was originally explored by British settlers in 1789 and the nearby eminence to the west of the Hawkesbury River was known by them as 'Richmond Hill'. The name was given by Governor Phillip, in honour of Charles Lennox, the third Duke of Richmond who was Master General of Ordnance in the Pitt administration. The local area was the third area to have European settlement in Australia after Sydney and Parramatta. The first 22 European settlers came to the area in 1794. They came to farm a total of 30 acres (12 ha) in what is now Pitt Town Bottoms. They needed good farming land to help overcome the desperate need for food in the new colony. By 1799 this region was producing about half the grain produced in the colony.
The Battle of Richmond Hill took place in May and June 1795 between the Darug people and the European settlers. It is perhaps the first time that the colonial authorities sent in the troopers and expressly stated their intent to 'destroy' the whole local Aboriginal population of an area.
Around 1811 Macquarie established the five Macquarie Towns in the area: Windsor, Richmond, Castlereagh, Wilberforce and Pitt Town. One of the early settlers, James Blackman, built Bowman Cottage from brick nog, a common construction technique in the colony, using money borrowed from William Cox. The house was constructed between the years 1815 and 1818. James was unable to pay his debts and was forced to sell the property to George Bowman. The building was restored by the NSW Public Works Department and then became a Division of the Australian Foundation for the Disabled, providing employment for the disabled.
During WWII the RAAF operated a top secret operations bunker from somewhere in Richmond. It was either half or completely underground. The location of this bunker is unknown but it has been reported that this bunker was identical to the Bankstown Bunker which is currently buried under a public park in Bankstown. It has also been reported that this bunker could still be intact.
RAAF Base Richmond is a Royal Australian Air Force base at Richmond which was established in 1923. The air base is currently the home to the RAAF's transport squadrons. During the Vietnam War, logistic support and medical evacuations were supplied by the C-130 Hercules aircraft from RAAF Richmond.
- Josieville, 2 Chapel Street, late 1830s
- Hobartville, Chapel Street, c. 1828 (possibly designed by Francis Greenway)
- Clear Oaks Homestead, 143 Francis Street, c. 1820
- Stable Square, Hawkesbury Agricultural College, designed by Walter Liberty Vernon, 1896–97
- Mountain View, Inall's Lane, c. 1812
- School of Arts, West Market Street
- Court House and Police Station, Windsor Street,
- Post Office, Windsor Street
- St Peter's Church and Cemetery, Windsor Street, designed by Francis Clarke, c. 1837
- St Peter's Rectory, designed by Francis Clarke, c. 1843, additions designed by Edmund Blacket, c. 1863
- Toxana, 157 Windsor Street, c. 1840
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 5,482 people in Richmond.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.8% of the population.
- 74.8% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England at 4.1%.
- 82.4% of people only spoke English at home.
- The most common responses for religion were No Religion 24.6%, Catholic 23.1% and Anglican 20.6%.
Richmond has a range of educational facilities, from primary and high schools to Technical and Further Education (TAFE), including a private Registered Training Organisation (RTO), National Training Masters and the Hawkesbury Campus of Western Sydney University.
There are three primary schools in Richmond (although there are many more in the Richmond/Hawkesbury area): Richmond Public School, Hobartville Public School and St Monica's Primary School, a comprehensive Catholic school. Richmond High School is the only High School in the town of Richmond, as Colo High School draws from the area west of Richmond and Windsor High School to the east.
The expansion of the Sydney suburban area has almost reached Richmond and it is now considered to be an outer suburb of Sydney. Bells Line of Road which leads into, over and across the Blue Mountains, finishing in Lithgow, starts in Richmond. Richmond railway station is the terminus of the Richmond branch of the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. Richmond is surrounded by the 329 km2 Richmond Woodlands Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of the importance of the patches of remnant eucalypt woodland it contains for endangered regent honeyeaters and swift parrots.
Due to its inland location, Richmond has hotter summer days than Sydney CBD, with temperatures sometimes reaching highs of 42 °C (108 °F). Richmond's extreme summer temperatures are also credited to föhn wind sweeping off the Central Tablelands down into the foothills of the suburb. Winter nights are colder than Sydney CBD's and they can drop below 0 °C (32 °F) with significant frost. Richmond has 91.5 days of clear skies annually, in contrast to Sydney CBD's 104 days. On 14 January 1939, Richmond recorded a temperature of 47.8 °C (118.0 °F), the highest in the Sydney region. Its lowest maximum winter temperature was 7.6 °C (45.7 °F), recorded on 6 July 1957.
|Climate data for Richmond RAAF (1993–2015)|
|Record high °C (°F)||47.8
|Average high °C (°F)||30.0
|Average low °C (°F)||17.6
|Record low °C (°F)||8.6
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||75.7
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)||11.3||11.8||11.3||9.6||10.2||9.1||8.1||6.4||7.3||8.9||12.1||10.6||117.5|
|Average afternoon relative humidity (%)||50||54||52||53||54||55||49||45||42||45||45||48||49|
|Source #1:  (averages)|
|Source #2:  (humidity and records only)|
Bowman Cottage 1815-1818, built in the Colonial style
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Richmond (Hawkesbury) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- Wikicities entry on James Blackman (1754-1842)
- Bowman Cottage Page:Retrieved 22 March 2009
- Treseder, Peter (January–March 1994). "Backyard adventure uncovers a wartime secret". Australian Geographic. pp. Pages 17–18. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007.
- The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, pp.2/122-124
- "IBA: Richmond Woodlands". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- Sharples, J.J., McRae, R.H.D., Weber, R.O., Mills, G.A. (2009) Foehn-like winds and fire danger anomalies in southeastern Australia. Proceedings of the 18th IMACS World Congress and MODSIM09. 13-17 July, Cairns.
- "Climate Statistics: Richmond RAAF (1993–present)". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- "Climate Statistics: Richmond RAAF (1928–1994)". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 5 September 2014.