Meadowbank Public School

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Thistle Street, Ryde (02) 9809 3648


Meadowbank classes have been named after notable people and places in Ryde’s early history.

SQUIRE- James Squire was transported in the first fleet as a convict, but was given a conditional pardon and a 30acre grant of land at Kissing Point, where he arrived in 1795. He acquired the farms of fifteen other people, to become the largest landholder in Ryde. He was a prominent, enterprising farmer and businessman, and prospered from the sale of ale, which he made at his brewery. He was friendly towards the natives and befriended the Aboriginal, Bennelong, who had been trained by Governor Phillip. Squire gave Bennelong work, and when he died,

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