2130 Summer Hill

Summer Hill was until recently a relatively sleepy part of the Inner West. With many busy roads, but no main roads through the heart of the suburb, it has maintained its village feel and slowly and steadily grown since it was first major subdivision in the 1870’s. The town centre has a bustling fountain and rainbow crossing perched on the shopping street side of the shops and car park. This area on Friday and Saturday nights is a cacophony of noise as children run and scream around while parents eat at the nearby Italian eateries, of sit at the benches eating fish and chips. The Italian influence from nearby suburbs Haberfield and Leichhardt and the East influence from Ashfield to the West. Originally the suburb was where the Wangal and Cadigal tribes lived and hunted. The first land grant for the area was made in 1794, with many beautiful large buildings built since then; the suburb is rich in heritage. Some residents are quite wealthy, the rest not so much, but all are welcome. It is a friendly suburb where the corner store owner knows your name, the barista at one of the many cafes knows your order, and whether you want chilli sauce on your chicken burger.  With the light rail stop, access via Parramatta road, and the busy train station, new developments that are currently being built will see another influx of ‘Summer Hillians’ and the area will no doubt morph into another version of itself. She is however an old girl and probably not going to change an awful lot.

Pictures and words by Vikki Foord. Her pictures can be found on Instagram here @vikkifoord (you will need to request access) or on her website here at www.foordphotography.wordpress.com.