Lismore Floods

I don't really know what to say about the floods in Lismore, except they've had a deep impact on me, even though I'm many hundreds of kilometres away, and even though for the most part, I'm reasonably relaxed about floods at home, as I have written previously. "Yeah the river's up, but it's nothing to... Continue Reading →

The Ballina Street Bridge

I suddenly realised tonight I don't know the name of the arched bridge connecting North and South Lismore over Leycester Creek via Wilson Street. It's not "The Wilson Street Bridge" because that's the name of the soon to be opened bridge which connects Wilson Street with the Industrial Estate, hopefully easing traffic on Union Street.... Continue Reading →

South Lismore

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... Continue Reading →

Home Again

I'm enjoying a brief, four-day visit to Lismore. I'm here for a friend's birthday, and to catch up with family. After a lovely birthday lunch, my friend Paul and I went for a "Sunday Drive" taking in the sights of Newrybar, a small village near Ballina, Lennox, Byron.

Lismore’s Big Log

One of my earliest childhood memories is of the arrival and placement near the Lismore City Hall of "The Big Log". As far as pretty much everyone in Lismore knew, it was red cedar, and it was a wonderful memorial of the "The Big Scrub". The timber industry was an important industry on the North... Continue Reading →

James Patrick Terence O’Brien

At this stage, I don't know for sure if I'm related to James Patrick Terence O'Brien of Lismore, NSW but his story fascinates me, nonetheless. It's a story I discovered quite accidentally, searching for family history connections using the Trove newspaper database. The many newspaper reports clearly indicate James had a really, really serious long-term... Continue Reading →

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