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

2 public spaces will be named in honour of Rosebery’s rich confectionary history.

For almost a century they’ve added delight to 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.

Licorice Allsorts Park and Honeykiss Park are located on the site of the former James Stedman-Henderson’s Sweets Ltd factory in Rosebery.

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. Credit: National Library of Australia

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. Credit: National Library of Australia

Sweetacres employed 100s of workers to handmake 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 Licorice 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. We invite public feedback on the concept design including playground features, options for park usage and the type of amenities to be built.

The design for Allsorts Park has been inspired by the popular licorice sweet. Credit: National Library of Australia

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.

Following approval of the proposed park names at September’s Council meeting, a formal naming application will now be sent to the Geographical Names Board.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2022 and will take around a year to complete.

This project is part of our work to build new parks, upgrade existing ones and work with developers to provide more than 21 hectares of 40 parks and playgrounds in the Green Square area.

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