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Northern residential suburb, originally part of the much larger Field of Mars Common established in 1804. It began to be cleared in the 1870s and the first land sales were held in 1885.

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Originally the country of the Wallumedegal, Marsfield is built on part of what became the Field of Mars common, proclaimed in 1804. The common was resumed in the 1870s and sold in the 1880s, when Marsfield was subdivided. The expected tramway was never built, and Marsfield remained semi-rural, with poultry farms and orchards into the 1960s.