The land around Catherine Street was part of a 20 acre grant to Thomas Rickaby in 1798 described as portion 21, Parish of St Matthew, County of Cumberland. The grant was known as Catherine Farm after Rickabyâ€™s de facto wife, Catherine Smith. The land was subsequently sold to Samuel Terry and upon his death was purchased by Maria Cope, a successful businesswoman in the colony. Cope purchased a total of 600 acres in the Windsor district from Terryâ€™s estate in 1838 including Catherine Farm and proceeded to subdivide the land in the vicinity of The Terrace, Windsor forming Catherine and New Streets.
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