Lismore History

Lismore is the central city of the Richmond River region of north-eastern NSW, which extends from the head of the river in the shadow of Mt Lindesay to the mouth at Ballina.  It is situated on the Wilsons River, formerly known as the North Arm of the Richmond. The region encompasses the former Big Scrub area east of Lismore, national parks, grazing and farming country, as well as cities, towns and villages with a population of 140 000.

Aboriginal people arrived in this area about 60,000 years ago.  European exploration of the area started in 1828 but white history did not begin until the late 1830s and early 1840s with the arrival of squatters and cedar cutters.

 The story of the growth of Lismore and the region is a fascinating one, from the early days of settlement and its flourishing as an agricultural centre through to the arrival of the counterculture movement of the 1970s and the importance of new service industries such as health and tertiary education.

You can find out more in the pages of this section.

Woodlark Street 1883

Woodlark Street 1883