Council archives

The archives hold historical records of former councils that are now the Inner West Council. The archives contains original records created or received by Council as part of its normal business activities including building and property records, correspondence, records of Council meetings and decisions.

Access to the archives is free. A paid research service is also available.

Locations and opening hours

Petersham Town Hall

1st Floor, 105–107 Crystal Street
Petersham NSW 2049
Wednesdays 9.30am-5pm by appointment only. Closed between 1pm-2pm.
02 9335 2185

Ashfield Library

3rd Floor, 260 Liverpool Road
Ashfield NSW 2131
02 9392 5810
Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday 10am-1pm
NB: The Ashfield History and Archives will be closed to the public between Monday, 4 February and Monday, 25 February. Please send your to enquiries to

What can you find in the Council Archives?

 Historical records

The Council Archives hold surviving historical records of the following Councils:

Ashfield 1871 – 2016
Marrickville 1861 - 2016
Petersham 1872 - 1948*
St Peters 1871 - 1948*
*Petersham and St Peters Councils amalgamated with Marrickville Council in 1949.

Rate and valuation books

The rate and valuation books contain basic information about properties. Information includes the property owner’s name, property description including type of building, property assessed value. The rate and valuation books may also record the occupant’s name and the property name.

We have rate and valuation books from the following former councils:

Annandale Council 1894 - 1920
Ashfield Council 1872 – 1984
Balmain 1908-1920
Camperdown Council 1885 - 1908
Leichhardt 1872-1920
Marrickville Council 1886 – 1984
Newtown Council 1866 - 1949
Petersham Council 1872 - 1948
St Peters Council 1884 – 1947

Council meeting minutes

Minutes record Council activities and decisions. Find former Council meeting minutes for the following:

Ashfield Council 1872 – 2016
Marrickville Council 1905 - 2016
Petersham Council 1872 - 1948
St Peters Council 1871 - 1948

Building and subdivision registers

The Registers contain brief information about the date applications were submitted to Council for approval, the decision made by Council, name of the owner, name of the builder and type of building work.

Ashfield Council 1909 - 1980
Marrickville Council 1922 - 1957
Petersham Council 1911 - 1949
St Peters Council 1919 – 1948

Correspondence Files

Files contain correspondence to and from the Council, local residents, property owners, ratepayers, businesses and government departments.

Ashfield Council 1908 - 1950
Marrickville Council 1918 - 1971
Petersham Council 1940 - 1948
St Peters Council 1920 - 1949

Click here for a complete list of archives holdings of the former Marrickville Petersham and St Peters Councils.

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