Richmond River Historical Society


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On Valentines Day about twenty members came to the Museum to catch up on recent developments and enjoy lunch.

All heard how we are struggling to keep the place open at present due to staff attrition, several of whom are recently deceased.

We warmly welcome any enquiries from people interested in joining our volunteers for whatever level of commitment they desire. Ring us, send an email or come to the museum, 10-4 weekdays.

Quarterly Meeting

RRHS March Quarterly Meeting
Sunday 16 March at 2pm
Museum Building, 165 Molesworth Street
Speaker: Robbie Braithwaite - Frederick Septimus Peppercorne and the Naming of Lismore Streets
Surveyor Peppercorne arrived on the North Richmond in 1855 with instructions to determine a suitable site for a township. His proposed village reserve was proclaimed the Town of Lismore the following year. But who was the man responsible for our town's beginnings? And how did the first streets, with such intriguing titles as Zadoc and Diadem and Orion, come to be so named? In her talk, RRHS President Robbie Braithwaite will reveal hitherto unknown details of Peppercorne's life and will endeavour to answer these and many other questions.
All welcome!


The Medicine chest from the SS 'Saint George' is now on display in the museum and includes two interpretive panels and free brochures detailing the history of the chest and a detailed analysis of the contents.

These contents give a very comprehesive picture of the state of the of the practice of medicine on board seagoing vessels at the end of the nineteenth century. The panels and brochure were funded through a project support grant from the National Maritime Museum.“The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum.”






'MEN AND A RIVER' second edition

Now available at the Museum for $25 per copy. This new edition can also be ordered for postage for an additional $10. Phone orders to (02) 66219993 (10 am - 4 pm).

Bundjalung Jugun - Bundjalung Country

This book tells the story of interaction between Aborigines and Europeans in Bundjalung Country from a Bundjalung perspective.

Bundjalung Jugun (meaning Bundjalung Country) is a Richmond River Historical Society (RRHS) publication written by Jennifer Hoff and includes extensive consultation with Bundjalung Elders.

Uncle Fletcher Roberts, who had a long association with the museum, became the motivating force behind the Bundjalung Yanha (Bundjalung Way) permanent exhibition and this book, Bundjalung Jugun. His wise direction set cultural guidelines throughout the project.

Bundjalung Jugun is a series of themed stories of early life in Bundjalung Country; from the Logan to the Clarence River. Major elements include the European invasion, cedar cutting, squatting and settlers' lives and the traditional pattern of life for Bundjalung people pre-1788.

Reminiscences, teachings and stories by Bundjalung Elders of several generations form the heart of the book. The Richmond River Historical Society's holdings of folios, notes, letters, photographs and tapes contributed an important collection of first hand accounts.

Bundjalung Jugun is available from the RRHS for $50 plus postage.

cover of Men and a River

Cover of Second Edition - Men and a River



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