Welcome to the Ashfield & District Historical Society

COVID-19 Notice

Our rooms at Thirning Villa will be open on the second and last Saturday of each month between 11:00am and 4:00pm. Our rooms are small and we will ensure adequate distancing is observed.

Strategic Planning

The Society is developing a Strategic Plan for the next few years. View Strategic Plan.

Events for 2021

The Committee is currently organising a programme of events and activities for 2021. When we finalise the programme we will email members, include them in the Newsletter and post them on our events list on the website.

Fire at Amesbury!

On 1/12/20 at around 8:15pm lightning struck the tower of Amesbury, one of Ashfield’s most significant historic houses. The building is on the corner of Alt St. and the Taringa St. Community Garden.

Follow the link for more details.

Distressing scene of the Tower at Amesbury burning fiercely.
From our Collection
Quong Tart

The Society holds some precious memorabilia of Quong Tart.

Click to see the items.

Heritage News

The Inner West Council has just published an on-line publication.

Carrington road [electronic resource] : industrial heritage Marrickville NSW

This e-book can be downloaded and is an excellent resource. Australia’s manufacturing history in the Twentieth Century is explored through the development of Carrington Road, Marrickville. This book focusses on the development of manufacturing on Carrington Road, its significance in the local area and links to State and National development including how people and events shaped a manufacturing legacy.

There is also an interview with Louisa King and Ali Wright, the authors of the book.

Useful Links

Marrickville Heritage Society

Haberfield Association

Inner West Council Community History

Publications and News

Taking the Plunge
Taking the Plunge was officially launched on 17th October 2020.

The History of Ashfield Pool 1963 to 2018

Written by Ann O’Connell, Mark Sabolch and Lois Gray, edited by David Rollinson and Ann O’Connell. The book was launched by the Society to coincide with the opening of the new Aquatic Centre.


Preserving their Names

This journal, commemorating those from Ashfield and district who served
in WW1, was launched on Sunday 15th November 2020.

Celebrating 100 Years of the Grandstand at Pratten Park

The Davidson Simpson Stand.

Thirning Villa. The location of the Ashfield & Districts Historical Society's Rooms in Pratten Park.
Thirning Villa. The location of the Ashfield & District Historical Society’s Rooms in Pratten Park.

The Ashfield & District Historical Society is a not-for-profit, community organisation founded in 1973. Its area of interest is Ashfield and the surrounding suburbs in Sydney’s Inner West, Australia.

The Society has an excellent reputation for quality of its publications, the variety of the activities and events it organises and sponsors, and, its capacity to support research into the history of Ashfield and in promoting and advocating for the heritage of Ashfield and surrounding suburbs.

Our Research Rooms

Come and join us in our Research Rooms in Thirning Villa located in the grounds of Pratten Park, 40 Arthur Street Ashfield. This wonderful building was built in 1868 and has been restored. The Society is fortunate to have its research rooms located in this beautiful building. Our resources are fantastic, but, the people are better!

Our Research Rooms are open on the second Saturday and the last Saturday of each month between 11am and 4pm. Weekday visits can be arranged by appointment.

If you have a question or some suggestions, please email us using the links below.


Email address: admin@ashfieldhistory.org.au

Postal address: PO Box 20, Ashfield, NSW, Australia 2131