The street has important associations with people of historical significance to the local community. The street itself is named after a mayor of Ashfield, John Lapish. Quite fittingly he was a builder himself and built many significant buildings including but not limited to St Josephs Hospital in Auburn and St James Church at Croydon. Noted for these, he was appointed a building inspector for Burwood council. He had lived in Ashfield for 50 years and contributed significantly to the community as a churchwarden, an alderman of the council, a member of the committee of Church of England boys home of Ashfield and finally became the Mayor of Ashfield for the years of 1932 and 1933. He passed in 1934 and it was at the time of RM Bowcock’s submission and approval to council that the street name was changed to pay homage to this important local historical figure.
The builder, RM Bowcock is of Irish descent and was a character well known within the community. Schooled at Marist Brothers Maitland, Bowcock had already made a name for himself in a number of works he completed on church buildings as well as their associated schools early in the 1930s throughout Sydney. Having being acclaimed as building works with “Artistic beauty” that combined with his “efficiency and honesty of work” acknowledge his popularity as a builder. He is also noted in the newspaper as having built Wentworth Park track and on a more personal note being unlucky when it came to greyhound racing.
The architect, Francis P Ryan, can be seen on the Architects’ roll of New South Wales for consecutive years. Being an A.R.A.I.A Architect. Building Bethlehem College in Ashfield, contributing to the architectural works of the Mount Joy estate.
The previous owner, owning the property since 1990, Cheryl Elizabeth Anderson speaks of a community within the street that was extremely friendly, a group who would regularly go into the town centre for dinner. One would suspect that this is evidence of an earlier community network that has continued for the duration of the streetscape.