As a child growing up in South Lismore, one of my strongest earliest memories was of the arrival at the nearby railway station of hundreds of people for the Aquarius Festival. Though it’s often described as Australia’s answer to Woodstock, I don’t think there was such a high musical component to it.
But as a youngster, I remember a whole bunch of “odd looking” people arriving, providing quite a spectacle for the residents of South Lismore, as the people made their way to Nimbin. Their ongoing presence has fundamentally transformed the area in which I grew up.
Though it’s worth noting some things have remained the same or similar in South Lismore.
Meanwhile, the Cassagrande family have closed the local supermarket, after decades of being in the area.
Author: James O'Brien
Born / Currently : Lismore / Widjabul Wia-Bal - Bundjalung
Live : Sydney / Gadigal - Eora
Also : Brisbane, Bourke, Renmark, Wagga, Perth
Pronouns : He/him/his.
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