A Brief History of
GREENMANS on the HAWKESBURY
In 1834 John Marlow, a farmer, received a land grant from the government of the time for a parcel of land now known as Greenmans Valley where he grew wheat and corn. Situated on the Hawkesbury River the land was on a popular route for settlers and convicts, it was essential to set up food supplies along the river due to its isolation and this parcel of land was one of many farms on the rich fertile planes. In 1863 Samuel Taylor, a merchant trader and entrepreneur bought the property and built an Inn called the Greenmans Inn a convict built pub built from the sandstone that was cut from the surrounding mountains and rocky outcrops. Around that time an escaped convict had been found guilty of murdering a young woman and her baby. The convict was captured and sentenced to death by drowning. He was weighted down with rocks at low tide and was watched till he drowned. The body was left tied with his hands and legs outstretched. As the tide came and went his body and hands which were now turning green would appear and disappear with the turning of the tide and movement of the waves. Hence the name “Greenmans Valley” The ghost of the young murdered girl is still often seen moving along the riverbank on sunset carrying her baby.
In the early 1900’s the Greenmans Inn burnt down. The property was then sold to John Redman who developed a stone fruit orchard of plums and apricots. John’s original residence, built from the stone of the burnt Greenmans Inn, was ironically burnt in 1923. John Redman remained on the property until 1964 when he sold it to Henry and Ruth Colmer. The property was handed to their son, Ken Colmer who sold the property to the current owners in 2002. Ken originally had not intended to create a caravan and camping ground, but the location drew fisherman and boating enthusiasts. As “Greenmans Valley” became a popular destination, fishermen would stay a few days in the hope of catching that illusive large fish. Fishing clubs began frequenting the valley and from there tents and caravans started to become commonplace. To this day “Greenmans Valley” now known as “Greenmans on the Hawkesbury” still remains an “old style” non residential caravan park. Children scout for fallen branches and twigs from the surroundings as campers are permitted to have camp fires where they pitch their tents and stories are shared. It is the rustic charm that appeals to the patrons.