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image located by Jonathan Dixon, 12 April 2016
The City of Hawkesbury is a local government area at (and beyond) the
northwestern edge of the Sydney metropolitan area. Named for the Hawkesbury
River, it consists of outer suburbs of Sydney on and south of the river, and a
large rural and national park area to the north and west.
European settlement began in the area with farms at Pitt Town Bottoms in 1794, causing conflict with the Dharug people. The area became critically important to the colony agriculturally for quite some time. In 1810, the five 'Macquarie Towns' were established by Governor Macquarie - Windsor, Richmond, Pitt Town, Wilberforce and Castlereagh, with Windsor and Richmond becoming the most significant towns in the area.
The LGA was formed in 1981 by the merger of Windsor Municipal Council (including Richmond) and Colo Shire Council. It was given City status in 1989.
I've known for many years that the council flies a sky blue - green - brown horizontal tricolour with their "crest" near the hoist in the blue stripe. The photo at http://nnimgt-a.akamaihd.net is better than any that I took on a windless day last November.
However, it seems there is another flag used, perhaps only in the Mayor's office (I haven't been able to get more details), where the stripes form a canton and the "crest" is in the fly on a blue field: see http://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/story/3125670/gallery-the-hawkesbury-may-in-pictures/#slide=40 or less clearly, http://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/story/3352775/hawkesbury-mayor-re-elected-with-new-deputy.
The "crest" is described and pictured at http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/council/about-council/about-council/hcc-crest2. It is an oval logo, with the words "HAWKESBURY" "CITY COUNCIL" in a white border. At the bottom, in the foreground, is a ship on the river in a dark bluish shade. Above and behind the ship are, from left to right, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, the spire of St Matthew's Church, Windsor (designed by Francis Greenway), and some sort of vegetation (a fruit tree?). A jet is shown streaming from the tree to the top of the emblem, representing the progress and commerce of today and tomorrow.
Jonathan Dixon, 12 April 2016