Books & Other Publications

The Society supports the efforts of members who have particular areas of interest and expertise. Our Other Publications focus on diverse topics relevant to Ashfield and the local district. It is well worth having a look at these titles to see just how much devotion members have to recording our history and heritage… and that may trigger an interest of your own.

All publications are available from the Society’s rooms on our open days at Thirning Villa, Pratten Park, Arthur Street, Ashfield, on the second and last Saturdays of the month. A selection of publications can be purchased on the first Sunday of the month from our regular stall at the  Flour Mill at Summer Hill market.

Publications can also be purchased online and the postage costs are generally listed.

Frederick Clissold, Esquire of Glentworth, Ashfield

Frederick Clissold, Esquire of Glentworth, Ashfield

Frederick Clissold, Esquire of Glentworth, Ashfield, published in February 2023, was co-authored by Chris Pratten and Ann O’Connell. It has 163 pages, is well illustrated, referenced and indexed.

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Authors: Chris Pratten & Ann O’Connell

$20.00 plus $15 postage

Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge: The History of Ashfield Pool 1963-2018

When Ashfield Pool was closed in 2018 for extensive redevelopment, Councillors Mark Drury and Lucille McKenna, with approval of Inner West Council, requested Ashfield & District Historical Society to put together its history and produce a textual and illustrated publication.

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Milleewa and the Milleewa Boys’ Home

Author: Chris Pratten

$15.00 plus $15 postage

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Herbert Pratten

Battling and Bowling

Battling and Bowling, 1913-2013: Pratten Park Bowling Club

Author: Ann O’ Connell

$15.00 plus $7 postage

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Western Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association

Western Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association: 100  years, 1912-2012

Author: Ann O’ Connell

$10.00 plus $7 postage

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Hawthorn Canal

Hawthorne Canal: The History of Long Cove Creek

Author: Mark Sabolch

Published by Ashfield & District Historical Society Inc. in association with the Inner West Environment Group.

$10.00 plus $10 postage

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Ashfield at Federation

Ashfield at Federation

Authors: Ann O’ Connell, Chris Pratten, Don Hagarty, Julian Holland, Nora Peek, Bill O’Reilly, Robyn Conroy

$25.00 plus $15 postage

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Summer Hill

Authors: Ann O’ Connell, Chris Pratten, David Keenan, Don Hagerty, Jacqueline Kensett-Smith, Julian Holland, Kevin Cork, Lesley Muir, Nora Peek, Robert Irving

$25.00 plus $15 postage

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Working the Clays: The Brickmakers of the Ashfield District

Authors: Nora Peek & Chris Pratten

$15.00 plus $12 postage

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Small Publications

The Society also has a number of publications that cover specific topics of interest.

The Ashfield Cordial Works
Mullet in Tomato Sauce (Maclean Cannery)
The Mayor of Ashfield (a Herbert Edward Pratten monograph)
A Short Walk Through Ashfield’s Past (well illustrated)


No 6 (Victoria Street, Ashfield)
No 7 (Tintern Rd, Prospect Rd, Victoria Sq)

The Bonsai Series

( 1) The Ashfield Catholic Church $1
(2) Rookwood Necropolis $1
(3) Shubra Hall $1
(4) Taringa & Albert Pde $1
(5) Ambleside $1
(7) Sunning Hill $1
(8) The Infants’ Home & The Lilacs $1
(9) Lynngrove & St John’s Church $1
(10) St David’s Church, Ramsay Vault, Woodrow Vale & Kiomi $1
(11) Victoria Square $1
(12) Gads Hill $1

Other Publisher’s Books

S & R Coupe, Speed the Plough  (Ashfield Council’s Bicentennial History) $10
L Muir & B Madden, Canterbury Farm – 200 years $7
L Muir, The Bankstown Line: Sydenham to Belmore, 1895 $8
Muir & Madden (eds), The Heritage of Canterbury Municipality $5