Maria Ann “Granny Smith” <I>Sherwood</I> Smith

Maria Ann “Granny Smith” Sherwood Smith

Peasmarsh, Rother District, East Sussex, England
Death 9 Mar 1870 (aged 70–71)
North Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia
Burial Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia
Plot Row 24, plot 218.
Memorial ID 19125 · View Source
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"Granny Smith" is credited with producing the first "Granny Smith" green apple. Born 1799 in Peasmarsh, England, she married Thomas Smith when she was 19. They emigrated to the Colony of New South Wales in 1838, along with their 5 children. They settled in Ryde, then a satellite village of Sydney, an area of orange, apple and nectarine orchards. In 1855 they bought a 24 hectare farm. Experimenting with French Crab apples she had obtained from Tasmania, she developed the apple variety from seedlings that were a mutation. Though never a commercial success in her lifetime, the variety now bears her name around the world.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maria Ann “Granny Smith” Sherwood Smith (1799–9 Mar 1870), Find a Grave Memorial no. 19125, citing Saint Annes Church Cemetery, Ryde, Ryde City, New South Wales, Australia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .