Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 7

The McKenzie’s and Rossi’s o f R i c h m o n d N e w s a g e n ts service. Land, horse and machinery magazines are always popular due to the region and we try our best to source and order other less popular publications that customers request,” Helen says. Many of the newsagent’s customers were born in the Hawkesbury and have brought up their own families there. Helen says there is a great deal of satisfaction in watching the different generations grow up. The Hawkesbury has a rich history of newsprint, and the first Windsor Express and Richmond Advertiser was printed in 1843. Packed with local news that publication would have been a great read for early residents. Before that they got their news from the Sydney Gazette and the Sydney Morning Herald. “Older residents have told me that as children they remember ‘old Mr Sullivan’ selling piles of newspapers from the front of the shop, they weren’t quite sure whether he had the actual shop or not, and that would Jim Tramby, a customer for 30 years with Helen. have been in the THE hawkesbury INDEPENDENT www.hdinews.com.au Richmond Newsagents’ street view thirties,” says Helen. “After we have closed we will certainly be popping back here to catch up with the true friends we have made since having the shop.’ As I wished Helen good luck and was leaving, another regular walked in and fronted Helen. “I just heard the news, this is no good, can’t you set up somewhere else?” she asked. Helen thanked the lady for her concern but said it was time for the next chapter in her family’s life. Best wishes to the McKenzies and Rossis, who have given Richmond residents exceptional friendly service for the last 23 years. Helen had good words for the Hawkesbury Independent as well. “I always enjoy reading this and love it when I see the old black and white photos of customers’ weddings and other important occasions,” she smiles. ISSUE 85 // JUNE 2017 7