Rabu, 25 April 2012

Hot Kiss

The area was inhabited by the Wallumedegal people prior to European Settlement.
When the area was first settled by European colonists it was known as Eastern Farms. Land grants were made to 10 emancipated convicts in 1792. By 1794 the name had given way to Kissing Point.[4] In the early 19th century the name was applied to an area including the current day Ryde, Putney and Gladesville.
One of the emancipists was James Squire who brewed the colony's first beer and became a wealthy business man. He grew hops in the area and established a brewery and a tavern on the location just west of the current-day Kissing Point. A plaque to James Squire is erected on the site. [5]
Kissing Point was also an important source of fruits and vegetables for the early colony.
Bennelong died in the area.[6] He was buried on the property of James Squire, probably in the area of the current day Cleves Park, around 300 metres from the point.
Kidman and Mayoh’s Shipyard established to build freight ships to replace freight fleet post World War I. A disastrous outcome, as the two ships built here were not commissioned, and were burnt and sold for salvage. Halvorsen’s ships located where James Squire’s original wharf stood. Halvorsen’s made ships for World War

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