Honey Kisses and Allsorts: New parks immortalise Australia’s most-loved lollies

We’re naming 2 public spaces in honour of Rosebery’s rich confectionary history.

For almost a century they’ve added delight to a nation’s trips to the movies. Now the former site of the factory that produced some of Australia’s most-loved lollies could lend its name to 2 new parks.

Allsorts Park and Honeykiss Park on the site of the former James Stedman-Henderson’s Sweets Ltd factory in Rosebery are part of a naming proposal.

As a tribute to its history and the former sweet-making enterprise, the area is already home to Sweetacres Park, Sweet Street, Confectioners Way and Stedman Street.

Allsorts Park and Honeykiss Park are on the site of a former confectionary factory

The naming of the new parks will complete a sweet slice of Sydney’s past. It also commemorates the business that launched countless Jaffas on their journeys down cinema aisles by generations of moviegoers.

James Stedman-Henderson’s Sweets Ltd opened on the site in 1918. The factory was named ‘Sweetacres’ in an employee competition and later became the company name.

In 1922 the factory produced Australia’s first Mintie. This was soon followed by popular sweets such as Jaffas and Fantales.

Honey Kisses were manufactured on the site of the new Rosebery park

Sweetacres employed 100s of hands to make and wrap the sweets that became household names.

It was known for its all-Australian products – including the wrappers, boxes, show cards and advertising material – as well as its quality ingredients. The business continued to operate on the site until the late 1960s.

The landscape design for the new Allsorts Park has been inspired by the company’s popular Licorice Allsorts. The 5,750 square metre park will feature a new children's playground, open space, paths and lighting.

The design for Allsorts Park has been inspired by the popular licorice sweet.

The new Honeykiss Park runs along Stedman Street and Confectioners Way, creating a 4,200 square metre green link to Allsorts Park.

Branded ‘poems for the palate’, Henderson’s Honey Kisses were invented in 1903 by James Henderson junior. The soft-centred sweet was made from all-Australian ingredients: the sugar came from Queensland, the butter from Camden and the honey from Bathurst. Henderson’s Honey Kisses were in vogue during the first 3 decades of the 20th century.

The proposed names of the parks will open for community feedback in the coming weeks. After community consultation and if approved by Council, a formal naming application will be lodged with the Geographical Names Board.

Later this year, we’ll do further community consultation on the parks’ design. Construction is expected to begin in late 2021 and will take around a year to complete.

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