The Woodcock family at Ermington Wharf 1888. The fruit boat Surprise.
The Ryde area was orchard country from the earliest pioneer days. The fruit was transported to Sydney via the Parramatta River. The Woodcock family owned a number of fruit boats. The fruit boat Surprise is at the wharf.
Fruit boxes can be seen stacked on the wharf. In the foreground is blue metal from the Pennant Hills quarries waiting to be shipped to Sydney for road building.