Inner West Council

Local Studies 

The local studies room will no longer be closed during dedicated local studies hours. Instead, unless it is being used for a special library event, the room will be open for private study Monday-Friday 9am - 4.45pm. 

Our local studies service will still be available, however it will be by appointment only. 

Any person with a local studies enquiry will need to contact Mandy on 97161825 and arrange an appointment to access the material they require, or they can download & fill in an informal access application (GIPA) and hand it into Customer Service on the ground floor of the Ashfield Civic Centre building.

Ashfield and District Historical Society 

The Ashfield and District Historical Society organises a program of lectures, visits, and a regular newsletter. 

The Society also publishes a journal, Ashfield History, as well as occasional books.

Visit the Ashfield and District Society's webpage here. The Society can also be contacted via email at

History Week 2016: Dr Lisa Murray - Deathly Neighbours: the evolution of Sydney's cemeteries

Dr Lisa Murray

From burial ground, to churchyard, to church cemetery and then general cemetery: Sydney's cemeteries demonstrate the implementation of a 19th century novelty in the colony. The planning and design of Sydney's cemeteries is an under appreciated aspect of Sydney's urban history. As Dr Lisa Murray will demonstrate in her talk, health, landscape, moral and religious values all contributed to their design and how individuals treated their friends and neighbours in death.

Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2016.

Dr Lisa Murray is the City Historian at the City of Sydney Council, overseeing a diverse History Program that encompasses local and community history, civic and municipal history, and urban history. Lisa is passionate about making history accessible to the public, and is an award-winning author of planning histories and a regular contributor to debates around public history.

Download MP3 43 MB

Duration: 1:02:34
Date recorded: Friday 9 September 2016
Format: MP3 audio
File size: 43 MB