Home to the Wangal people, with good sources of fish and molluscs, the area has always been populated. The Ashfield we know now was land originally granted to officers and men of the Rum Corps. With four big estates in the 1820’s, and subdividing in 1838, by 1855, the village had about 70 houses and 200 residents. However, the opening of the Sydney-Parramatta railway line that year, with Ashfield as one of its six original stations, led to a population explosion. One of these main park areas is Ashfield Park, located on Parramatta Road; the park, which is just over 6 hectares in area, was proclaimed in 1885 when it was claimed at the time you could ‘see all the way to Martin Place’ (in the city centre). Ashfield has a long history of successful multiculturalism. With a high urban density the majority of the area’s houses are post-war low-rise flats and Federation-era detached houses. The older estates and grand houses built during that time, allows the Ashfield Council produces a number of guides for heritage walks in the area. Ashfield is also home to wonderful Shanghai and Xinjiang restaurants. Get your fill of juicy dumplings and handmade noodles until you simply cannot eat another morsel. Another suburb with a recent boom in building developments, Ashfield will no doubt continue to change with its people.