Located next to 15 Molesworth street, is another good mural. This one depicts what it was like when ships came up the River and pulled into the wharf to be loaded and unloaded with goods. The other part shows the waterfalls, birds and butterflies your likely to see in the area.
Across the road, is a parking lot where Free Public Toilets are located. These have been painted with an Aboriginal design on the outside wall.
Lismore has some nice Churches, and another one, is St. Andrew's.
St Andrew's Anglican Church was built in 1904, and was added to in 1913 and 1935.
It replaced the original timber church (1871).
It is heritage listed and has many nice stained glass windows, nicely carved timber furniture and a historic pipe organ.
The church has a bell tower containing 8 bells, that are rung in the traditional method by a team ringers at weekly Sunday worship services and special ocassions.
The church and grounds overlook the river. The Jacaranda trees are stunning when in bloom.
This Cathedral is built like one I would expect to see oversea's. It is beautiful, and we have Jeremiah Doyle, the first Bishop of Lismore, to thank for the building of this majestic Cathedral.
Who was he?
He was born in Kilmurry, County Cork in Ireland, in 1849 and he became one of many missionary priest's who came to Australia to establish the Catholic Church. When Bishop Doyle first came to Lismore, there were only three Catholic families and the Catholic church was just a wooden building. The area was isolated and remote and the only means of transport was by horseback.
Bishop Doyle had dreams!
His dream was to have a great Cathedral and after laying the foundation stone in 1892 he worked tirelessly to raise the vast sum of money needed for the Cathedral. He borrowed money and collected money and objects that could be sold to raise money for the Cathedral Fund. The Cathedral was built literally brick by brick as the money trickled in. Finally, in August 1907, the Cathedral was dedicated by Cardinal Moran. In1908, he travelled to Ireland and ordered twelve bells from Matthew O’Byrne the great bell-founder. These were to be his personal gift to the Lismore Cathedral. The great tenor bell he named ‘St Patrick” in honour of the country of his birth.
After Bishop Doyle’s unexpected death, the bells arrived in Lismore from Ireland and sat on the docks while a decision were made as to what to do with them – the bell tower had not been built at that stage and there was no money. Finally in recognition of Bishop Doyle’s enormous contribution to the civic life of Lismore, the Lismore Council paid for the bells and their installation.
The Cathedral was Bishop Doyle’s gift to Lismore.
Quite a story about the determination, energy and faith of this one man!
This time in Lismore, the main Church door was open, so I thought I may be able to go inside - not the case. At least I did manage to see the inside of the Church through locked glass doors.
Sat Vigil: 5.00 pm (6.00pm during Daylight Savings)
Sunday: 9.00am & 5.00pm (6.00pm during Daylight Savings)
The Lismore Uniting Church is a little different to most as it offers a mixture of a traditional & contemporary church service on Sunday mornings.
Another idea that has taken off, is the "Messy Church," an idea that came from England.
The Messy Church is held to encourage families who may not attend Church, to come and interact and participate in art/craft activities before moving into the church for a short worship time then return to the hall and share a meal together before going home. Sounds great!
The Messy Church service on the third Sunday of each month commencing at 4.30pm in the downstairs hall of the Lismore Uniting Church.
The Church also has a Red Dove Coffee Shop which serves home-style meals at a very reasonable rate, any visitor or local is welcome!
They hold a food pantry for Australians and a Centre shop full of Bric a brac, clothing and furniture available for purchase.
As with most Australian churches, all I could do was view from the outside, doors were locked!
Red Dove & Centreshop Mon to Fri: 9am - 3pm
Church Services Sun: 8.30am
Food Pantry Thurs: 9am - 12pm
When I was walking around Lismore town centre, I noticed a flood level marker on one of the poles.
As Lismore is situated on the Wilsons River which runs into the large Richmond River at Coraki, the city has always been plagued with floods. In the olden days, the floods were used by the cedar-getters to float their logs downstream to mills, or to the ships which carried them to markets in the cities. Since then, the city has grown and become more populated, so the floods have become a real curse.
Located around the city on poles, are flood level markers, starting with three major floods in 1861. Some are remembered more than others, like the flood of 1893 which was a major disaster as the river peaked at 8.92m, started to fall, and then rose rapidly again to 10.44m.
During the June 1945 flood, many people were caught in their homes and had to wait for boats to come and rescue them. This was one of the worst in the history of the Richmond River. Food supplies in the 1945 flood had the added problem of wartime rationing.
There still have been many more floods, even though levee banks have been built.
When you see the markers on the poles, you wonder how the people can still stay year after year and put up with the horrible job of cleaning up after a flood.
I continued my walk along Molesworth street to the corner of Woodlark Street. Along this section of the street, are some very impressive Bank Buildings! For something different, the Richmond Chambers built in 1858, is now used as a Café. I found a clock on one of the buildings in Molesworth street quite different!
Located on the street corner is the Australian Joint Stock Bank Building from 1876. It is always kept painted and looking good. Next door, is the Ray White real estate art deco building, painted in the Ray White colours.
On the opposite corner, is the Planet Music shop also built in Art Deco.
Do go for a walk along Magellan street and watch out for Nesbitt Lane, for in this lane is a really lovely Mural. From what I could make out, I think the Mural is telling the story of the area, from the time the Aboriginals lived here, to when the first settlers arrived and cargo ships frequented the river. The Birds and Reptiles are what is found in the area, and the Friesan cows are what the Settlers introduced to produce milk & cheese.
Magellan street is a one-way street for part of the way. Its a nice tree-lined shady street to wander along and do some window shopping. The footpath has been widened and now the cafes can have outdoor seating in quite a nice location.
"Inspirations of the Heart and Home" was a gift shop which looked to have some interesting gifts. Unfortunately, it was closed! Look up when walking underneath the verandah to see the pressed metal ceiling.
At the beginning of Magellan street was an old Truck which was a pie cart - damn - it was closed too! On the outside were the range of pies on offer, mmm.....quite a few different ones and sweet pies too! .....Next time!
On the walled area beside the Lismore Transit centre, are a series of paintings done by the "Back Alley Gallery of Lismore."
This is all because of an idea put forward by street Artist, Nathan Eyres. His idea came from a similar project in Melbourne where the lanes are being transformed into pieces of art.
He thought the alley ways which look drab and uninviting, could be transformed into an inviting area where people came especially to see the artwork. It also would be some-where the street artists could do their thing legally and without any worries of being arrested.
Now, about 25 Artists from Brisbane and surrounding Lismore, even one from Germany, are all involved in the Council approved project. There are over 60 artworks including large scale murals, graffiti art, paste ups, stencils and installations. What I saw of this outdoor art gallery was great, next time, I will see if there is a map of all the locations!
The aim is to revitalise the city centre, including the laneways - I really think it is doing that!
I also think it is a wonderful idea that perhaps more Councils should look at doing.
It is hoped to bring tourists and money into Lismore, a city that has many setbacks through being flooded.
For more information contact the Lismore Visitor Information Centre.
What a gorgeous building this is! Not something I expected to see in Australia!
I am talking about the now Old Post & Telegraph Office which is no longer the Post office, but in the hands of private people.
I hope nothing ever happens to this architecturally beautiful building!
It was built in 1899, and has a very beautiful and ornate clock and bell tower that is crowned with an unusual filigree cast metal cupola with a finial and wind vane at its top.
Check it out on your Historic town walk!
The Lismore Regional Gallery is an unusual combination of Art Deco and Continental Secession architecture, the latter I am not familiar with. It was built in 1908 to house the Lismore Branch of the Government Savings Bank of NSW.
It was October, 1954 when it officially became the Lismore Art Gallery.
The Gallery has in its collection, paintings, pottery, ceramic pieces and changing exhibitions. Paintings done by Australia's famous Aboriginal artist - Albert Namatjira, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Namatjira] known world -wide for his beautiful Australian landscape paintings can be found in the Gallery. Many other famous Australian artists have their works on display.
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
CLOSED - Monday and Public Holidays including Anzac Day and Lismore Race Day
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This is a beautiful marble fountain I found located in Spinks Park. In Australia, we don't have many like this one around.
The fountain actually commemorates the 60 years reign of Queen Victoria. She was born on 24 May 1819 an at only 18years of age, ascended the throne. She then married Prince Albert of Germany and bore him nine children before he died in 1861. The Queen was aged 42.
On January 1st, 1901, the Australian colonies became a federation forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Queen Victoria died shortly after this, on 22 January 1901, after 63 years of being the reigning monarch. Queen Victoria died, only 21 days after federation was declared.
This is a nice easy stroll following a pathway that runs most of the way beside the Wilson river.
You can start or either finish at the Visitor Information centre. We were in our Car with a Caravan in tow, so we left this in the FREE CAR PARK at the centre.
The walk took me past some sculptures - the one I liked the best was of the two Aboriginal children.
Other sights were artwork, interpretive signage. One tiled Mural represented the Italian community who had come and decided to settle in Lismore.
The Aboriginal bush tucker garden is really interesting. Even though I have seen these gardens in other parts of Australia, not the same things grow everywhere. It is interesting to see what you can and can't eat if lost in the bush!
Trees line the Rivers edge, and many stag ferns and orchids were growing in them. In early November, the orchids were not flowering! In this area, the Water Dragons were on rocks enjoy the sunshine. Don't worry about them, they are scared of you!
After completing the walk, it was time to follow the Historic walking trail for this part of the map and head back to the Info centre and car.
The first stop should be at the Lismore Visitor Information Centre located on the corner of Molesworth and Ballina roads, to pick up the FREE WALKABOUT LISMORE BROCHURE.
The walk begins at the Visitor centre and heads along Molesworth street. The first stop was an old double storied building being used as the Lismore Medical Clinic. This was built as a home in 1902 for Dr Oscar Muller. The same architect who designed this home, designed many other heritage buildings in Lismore.
A few steps further on, I came to Commemorative Park [tip 2], the Memorial Baths [tip 3] and the Patriotic Memorial, the district’s second oldest public monument.
Next, was the impressive Lismore Municipal Building, built in 1928 and used as Council offices. It now houses the Richmond River Historical Society’s Museum and Archives.
The Museum is open from 10 - 4pm Monday - Friday.
Behind this building and located beside the River, is Spinks Park. I head into the Park and to a beautiful Federation Band Rotunda, old CWA rooms and Croquet club that are still being used today [tip4.] The Lismore City Bowling Club which remains the oldest Bowling Club in NSW [tip5] is located here.
All of this is packed into a very small area along Molesworth street and there is still a lot more of walking to do!
Also located in Spinks Park, is the Lismore City Bowls Club that opened in 1916. The Club is known for being friendly, so much so, the front gate of the clubhouse was donated by a team from Victoria in appreciation of the hospitality they received. A piece of history is the Flagpole, a ship's mast, donated by Captain Gordon of the North Coast and the Bell is from the S.S. Tomki, this brings order to the Bowlers!
Whether your a Bowler or a traveler wanting to have some fun, you can at this Club, as they hold regular FUN DAYS. Anybody can come and participate in a game of lawn bowls, check with the club for the time. You can wear what you wish, just make sure you wear soft flat soled shoes. The Club supplies bowls for the day at no charge.