Unveiling of Eather family memorial sign

Members of the Eather family, Father Robert from St Matthews Catholic Church, Councillors and members of the community gathered today to unveil a new memorial sign at Cornwallis Road, Windsor in memory of the Eather family.

During the 1867 Flood, the Hawkesbury’s highest ever recorded flood, sixteen members of the Eather family were swept from the roof of their house, twelve of whom were tragically lost, in close proximity to the location of the new memorial sign on Cornwallis Road, Windsor.

Councillor Danielle Wheeler and Councillor Amanda Kotlash unveiled the sign along with Eather family members.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett and Councillor Zamprogno will also present a replica of the new memorial sign to Eather family descendants, on behalf of Hawkesbury City Council.

“Our past community members were devastated by the danger, sadness and loss experienced during the1867 flood,” the Mayor said.

“It is important for us to remember those people in our community who were lost during the same flood event and other flood events.

“This memorial sign particularly remembers the Eather family whose losses were so significant, being 12 people from one family alone,” she said.

“The original sign has been a lasting reminder of the 1867 flood, so it is fitting that Hawkesbury City Council is now unveiling a new Memorial sign installed here at Cornwallis close to the location of the Eather family home on that fateful night.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our community members at the various events and activities planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Flood over the coming days.”

Father Robert from St Matthews Catholic Church blessed the sign, and attendees laid wreaths and flowers at the base of the sign as a mark of respect and remembrance.

Hawkesbury City Council and the local community are commemorating the anniversary of the June 1867 Great Flood with various events and activities around Thompson Square, Hawkesbury Regional Museum and Howe House from Friday, 23 June through to Sunday, 25 June.

See the Program of Events below.

FLOOD 1867 150YEARS ON - PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Friday, 23 June

Hawkesbury Regional Museum, 8 Baker Street Windsor:

All day until 9pm - FLOOD! Award-winning exhibition
11am and 2pm - Flood tour - 90 minute walk
All day until 9pm - Flood Boat Display (Museum Precinct)

Thompson Square, corner of Bridge and George Streets, Windsor:

5pm-9pm - an ‘Evening in the Square’ - food stalls, music, storytelling and performers

Saturday, 24 June

Hawkesbury Regional Museum, 8 Baker Street Windsor:

All day until 4pm - FLOOD! Award-winning exhibition
11am - Flood tour - 90 minute walk
1pm - FLOOD! Curator tour
All day until 4pm - Flood boat display
2pm - Boatmen to the Rescue - History talk of flood rescue
3pm - An ‘Afternoon in the Garden’ at Howe House

Sunday, 25 June

St Matthews Catholic Church, 12 Tebbutt St, Windsor NSW 2756:

9am - St Matthews Catholic Church will dedicate their normal Sunday morning mass to the flood commemoration and the Eather Family

St Mathews Anglican Church, 1 Moses St, Windsor:

2pm - A combined church service - Catholic and Anglican as well as other denominations - will be held at St Mathews Anglican Church, Windsor. It will include a short Christian service and then discussion dedicated to history and education about past floods and flooding in general. Infrastructure NSW will assist in the historical information and State Emergency Services in the current flood issues.

Daily until 31 August during library hours

Hawkesbury Central Library, Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor:

FLOOD! - Implications For The Present - free display highlighting the modern flood strategy, and information about the historic 1867 flood

Bookings are required for Museum events other than exhibitions. To book into a Museum activity, go to http://hawkesburymuseum.eventbrite.com or call 4560 4655. The Museum will have extended hours on Friday, 23 June, open 10am to 9pm. For more information and event updates, visit Council’s website www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or Hawkesbury Events Facebook.

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