Marrickville was the home of the Cadigal people. By the middle of the nineteenth century wealthy settlers established nurseries, orchards, dairies and market gardens to supply Sydney’s needs.
Brickworks were established to build stylish houses along the railway lines. Businessmen such as Thomas Holt and the Hordern family chose to settle in this convenient area close to busy Newtown and the city but with fresh air and a view of Botany Bay in some cases. By the middle of the twentieth century Marrickville became home to people arriving from overseas and today it is one of the most diverse multicultural areas in Sydney.