Blog post from Sunday, 9 March, 2014

On March 9 1870, Granny Smith died. She gave her name to the famous tart green apple which she had propagated at her property in Ryde, Sydney.

Maria Ann Smith had come to NSW with her husband, Thomas Smith, and family in 1838 on board the Lady Nugent. They bought 24 acres on the edge of the Field of Mars Common and started an orchard.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a collection of their family photographs and many also historical photographs of granny smith apples.