About half an hour’s drive north of Sydney’s CBD, the suburb of North Ryde was first settled in the late 1700s as part of the so-called Field of Mars - a land grant named by Governor Macquarie to reflect, through the god of war, the military association with the eight marines to whom the land was granted. Much of the Ryde area sits atop a sandstone escarpment that looks south across the city and west over Parramatta fairly high up here. Little surprise, then, that the first school in these parts was called City View when they opened it in 1878. The Ryde part of its name is the same as that of the town on England’s Isle of Wight, birthplace of the wife of the Reverend George Turner, vicar of the local church - St Anne’s. George Miller Pope, founder postmaster for Kissing Point - a settlement which inherited its name from the way in which heavily laden craft passing up the Parramatta River bumped or ‘kissed’ the rocky outcrop at the point - was also a native of the Isle of Wight.