Ashbury, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Ashbury Peace Park.JPG
Peace Park
Coordinates 33°54′11″S 151°06′59″E / 33.90317°S 151.11642°E / -33.90317; 151.11642Coordinates: 33°54′11″S 151°06′59″E / 33.90317°S 151.11642°E / -33.90317; 151.11642
Population 3,134 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1919
Postcode(s) 2193
Location 10 km (6 mi) inner-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Canterbury
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Ashbury:
Croydon Ashfield Summer Hill
Croydon Park Ashbury Dulwich Hill
Campsie Canterbury Hurlstone Park
NASA image of Sydney's CBD and inner west suburbs, with borders of Ashbury shown in orange
St. Matthew's Anglican Church

Ashbury is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 10 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district. The suburb lies in the local government area of the City of Canterbury[2] with some areas in Ashfield Municipality.[3] The postcode is 2193, the same as neighbouring Canterbury.

Ashbury is mostly residential and has no commercial centre, although there are a handful of shops on King Street. Its major landmark is Peace Park, the highest point in the Canterbury local government area. Ashbury derived its name from the two neighbouring suburbs Ashfield and Canterbury. It is near Canterbury Park Racecourse.


Before the British colony at Sydney, the Ashbury area was home to the Wangal and Cadigal people, clans of the Darug tribe. After pressure from colonists, the British administration began subdividing land in the area surrounding the Sydney settlement and granting it to colonists. The first land grant in the area was 100 acres (40 ha) made to Reverend Richard Johnson (1753-1827), the colony's first chaplain.[4]

The land that extended over Ashbury was known as Canterbury Vale. When it was sold to Lieutenant William Cox in 1800, it covered 600 acres (240 ha). It was then sold to Robert Campbell (1769–1846) in 1803 when it covered 900 acres (360 ha) and then proceeded to purchase more land to Liverpool Road. The estate passed onto his son-in-law Arthur Jefferey and was eventually split up. This area then became known as Goodlet's Bush, after an early settler, John Hay Goodlet. In 1878 Goodlet had bought Canterbury House, which had been built by Arthur Jeffreys.[5]

The South Ashfield Brickworks (later called the Ashbury Brickyard) opened in 1910 from the site of what is now Peace Park. Widescale housing development of the area began in 1919. A primary school began taking students in 1924 and in 1926 changed its name from South Ashfield to Ashbury Public School, leading to the area adopting its own identity. A non-official post office was established on King St in the same year.[6]


There is no train to Ashbury but it is relatively close to both Ashfield Station on the Airport, Inner West & South Line and Canterbury Station on the Bankstown Line. Sydney Buses service Ashbury. The 491 Five Dock to Hurstville bus links Ashbury to both Ashfield and Canterbury Stations from King St. The 413 bus links Ashbury to both the City and Campsie. Route 418 links Ashbury with Burwood, Ashfield, Hurlstone Park, Marrickville, Sydenham, Mascot, Randwick and Bondi Junction via Queen street whilst the 406 connects Ashbury with Five Dock, Ashfield and Hurlstone Park via Victoria Street and Old Canterbury Road.[7]

Ashbury borders the Cooks River and offers excellent access for cyclists and walkers to the Cooks River Cycleway.


There are two schools in Ashbury. St Francis Xavier's Primary School and Ashbury Public School, which was built in 1928. Its catchment area includes students from southern Ashfield as well as Ashbury.


Ashbury Samoan Uniting Church

According to the 2011 census, there were 3,134 residents in Ashbury. 63.6% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were Italy 6.5%, Lebanon 2.6% and China 2.4%. 57.6% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 11.7%, Greek 8.2% and Arabic 4.8%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 46.3%, No Religion 15.4%, Eastern Orthodox 12.6%, Anglican 8.7% and Buddhism 2.1%.


Notable residents[edit]

The following people were either born or lived in Ashbury:


Voting in Ashbury since 2000
Elections Fed01[10] NSW03[11] Fed04[12] NSW07[13]
Two Party Preferred Results
  Labor 61% nr 63% 72%
  Liberal 39% nr 37% 28%
First Preference Results
  Labor 49% 57% 52% 56%
  Liberal 34% 18% 35% 21%
  Greens 6% 12% 10% 12%
  Democrats 5% nc 2% 4%
  Christian Democrats 2% nc nc 5%
  Unity Party 1% 2% nc nc

Ashbury is mostly located in the East Ward of the City of Canterbury.[14] Canterbury City is dominated by Labor councillors and East Ward returned two Labor councillors and one Independent at the last council elections in 2004. The popularly elected mayor of Canterbury is Labor's Robert Furolo.[15]

Part of Ashbury is also located in the South Ward of the Ashfield Council area.

For state government elections, Ashbury is in the Electoral district of Summer Hill held by Labor's Jo Haylen since 2015. For federal government elections, it is in the Division of Grayndler, held by Labor's Anthony Albanese since 1996. The table to the right shows a consistently strong Labor vote in both Federal and State elections.