2204 Marrickville

Marrickville is one of the largest suburbs in the Inner West. Home to the Cadigal people the Cooks river, or Gumbramorra Swamp area, was rich in food. The Aboriginal name for the area is Bulanaming. The first land grant in 1794, Dr Robert Wardell purchased a large stretch of the land to combine with his Petersham estate, but was murdered by escaped convicts in 1834. The area was subdivided in 1855. It’s history was as diverse in population as it was in buildings, and the large area now still accommodates many commercial and light industrial areas. Its multicultural heritage dating back to the very start of the suburb with a Turkish bath once built on the river. Post WWII Marrickville was a major centre for Sydney’s new Greek community, and certain pockets remains so. However the Vietnamese refugee influx at the end of the Vietnam War changed the dynamic and a significant number of food related venues. Marrickville is certainly an area to visit for excellent food. Standing outside the Marrickville Town Hall is a WWI memorial of Nike the Winged Victory, one of Australia’s largest bronze casting memorials, the original restored after storm damage now at the War Memorial in Canberra. A strong and vibrant weekend market is held at the Addison Community Centre. In the past decade Marrickville has had an influx of young professionals, bringing beards, tattoos and a vibrant art and food culture. Combined with an emerging live music scene Marrickville has much to offer.

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.