The property known as Curryburry is located on Powells Lane, Richmond Lowlands on the southern bank of the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales. The property described as Portion 22, Parish of Ham Common, County of Cumberlland was granted to Edward Main in May 1799. Around the same time, the block appears to have been acquired by Edward Powell (snr) and remained in the Powell family for over 170 years.
Excerpt from the Parish of Ham Common map showing the location and extent of the 100 acre grant to Edward Main on 21 May 1799 which was acquired by Edward Powell (snr)
The name Curryburry which has been spelt several ways over the years is said to be derived from the name of a sherry wine produced by Edward Powell (jnr) who was born in Cornwallis near Windsor in 1798. He inherited the farm, originally of 100 acres from his father. According to his obituary:
Mr Powell was one of the best farmers in the district, and after a time he planted a vineyard and an orchard, on which grew most excellent grapes and oranges. From the grapes he made a very fair kind of sherry wine which he called Curryburry, and which was extensively used and favourably noticed in some of the exhibitions. He usually exhibited various products at all the agricultural shows.
Edward Powell (jnr) died on 22 November 1887. Read more about Edward Powell
Edward Powell owned a property at Richmond Bottoms comprising 100 acres known as ‘Curryburry’. The property was first granted to Edward Main and has a frontage to the Hawkesbury River between Cornwallis and the Richmond Lowlands, Portion 22 Parish of Ham Common. The name ‘Richmond Bottoms’ is no longer used for this locality in favour of Richmond Lowlands.
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