Lismore man led the charge on Anzac Cove
Lismore man Joe Stratford is believed to be the first Anzac to charge on to the beach at what would later be called Anzac Cove on that fateful April 15 dawn in 1915.
The following is a series of historical articles prepared for the Richmond River Historical Society and published by permission of the Society and author.
The Browns of Browns Creek
In Lismore today most people would travel over Browns Creek without knowing it was there, especially if they were going over the track from Richmond Lane Car Park to Zadoc Street. On most maps of Lismore it does not appear. However, it has a long history and so does the family who gave its name to the Creek.
The history of air travel and transport to the Northern Rivers Area is long and involved. It includes some famous names like Kingsford-Smith, Ulm, Stinson and Ansett. There was great interest in flying after the First World War and many of the famous aviators of the time came here offering joy flights to the bravest. Most of these pilots had served in the infant air force and they were keen to continue flying.
Sugar Mills and Tram Lines
In the early 1980s J. Browning wrote an interesting article on the sugar mills which were once very important at Alstonville and Rous, and on the tramway which took the cane from cane-fields to mills. It is not known who the author was but perhaps he was a local school teacher of the time.
These days we go to the supermarket and buy a great many delicacies for Christmas, most of which are either given away to others, thrown out because they went stale before they could be consumed or were not as nice as they appeared, or they are eaten in great quantities which either increase our obesity or make us ill. Why does this happen?
In the early 1800s Australia was seen as a young man’s country. It was thought that there was adventure, plenty of work, and every hope of becoming wealthy within a few years. In some ways this was true, but it depended greatly on the individual young man as to whether there was success or failure.