|6000BP - 1838
||Bundjalung people sole
occupiers of the area.
||Captain Henry John Rous
in the frigate Rainbow explores and names the Richmond
||Squatters Clay and Stapleton
become first white settlers in the Richmond Valley,
at Cassino Station.
||Cedar cutters arrive, amongst
them Steve King.
|1842 - 1848
||Main stations established:
Cassino, Runnymede, Wooroowoolgen, Wyangarie, Dyraaba,
Fairymount, Tunstall and Lismore.
||Conflict with settlers
results in massacre of up to 100 Aborigines at Evans
||First boiling-down plant
in the district built at Fairymount.
||First sawmill built, at
Shaw's Bay, Ballina.
|1853 or 54
||Reported massacre of 30-40
members of Ballina Tribe by Native Mounted Police.
||Surveyor Peppercorne makes
plans for the village of Lismore; one year later the
village is notified.
||Clark Irving elected first
member for the Clarence District which includes the
Richmond and Tweed River valleys.
||Enactment of Robertson
Land Act, which results in settlers of moderate means
flocking to the district and selecting land.
||First steam drogher (tug)
introduced to the Richmond River by W.T. Yeager.
||First large sawmill built,
||James Reeves sets up first
dairy, at Fairy Hill near Kyogle.
||First newspaper, the Richmond
River Express, appears at Casino.
||The Northern Star newspaper
started by W. Kelleway.
||Lismore becomes a municipality.
||The Colonial Sugar Refinery
opens sugar mill at Broadwater.
||First dairy cooperative
established at Springhill, Wollongbar.
|1889 - 1911
||Breakwater built at Ballina.
||First plantings of Paspalum
grass, originally discovered by Edwin Seccombe of Wollongbar,
lead to major development of dairy pastures on the North
||First train in the district
runs between Lismore and Byron Bay.
||The North Coast Fresh Food
and Cold Storage Cooperative Ltd (later Norco) begins
operations at Byron Bay.
||Dedication of St Carthage's
||Lismore officially gazetted
as a City.
||Lismore no longer a port,
as North Coast Steam Navigation Company ceases operations.
||First large-scale macadamia
||Teachers College, Lismore
||Major decline of dairying,
with loss of 85% of dairy farmers in the North Eatern
sector of NSW.
||Aquarius Festival held
at Nimbin, resulting in the revitalising of the village
and the rise of alternative cultures in the district.
||University of New England
- Northern Rivers established at Lismore, later becomes
Southern Cross University.