Alstonville, because of its very close proximity to Ballina would/could easily said to be an outer suburb of Ballina, but a visit to the town quickly dispels that potential assumption. Alstonville is certainly its own town, identity and community.

The village was originally known as "Duck Creek Mountain" after Duck Creek, which flows along the southern edge of town eventually merging with Emigrant Creek and the Richmond River. That name was given by the cedar cutters because of the abundance of wild duck on the upper tidal reaches of the creek. In 1873, due to conflict of the original name with a different duck creek the first postmaster and owner of the general store John Perry proposed the name "Alstonville". Alstonville, also the name of the Perry farm, was derived from Alston the maiden name of his wife Annie Alston.

Europeans were first attracted to the area, known as the ‘big scrub’, in the 1840s by the plentiful supply of Red Cedar. It was not until 1865 that the first settlers selected land in the area, then known as the parish of Tuckombil. By 1883 Alstonville boasted two pubs, six stores, two black-smiths, nine sugar mills, and four saw mills.

Sugar cane was an important industry to the early settlers, with many small mills operating across the district. From the 1890s onwards, dairies became common across the area, later becoming the dominant industry for the first half of the 20th century. Due to lack of refrigeration, cream, not milk, was the product of interest, which was transported to local factories to be made into butter.

Memorial to Private Paddy Bugden (VC Bugden) holds special War Memorial significance. The Alstonville War Memorial and gardens are impressive.

History has determined Alstonville has a keen sense of heritage importance.

The Federal Hotel is over 100 years old. This is a grand NSW classic pub.

The Anglican is a 1930’s traditional church. The roofing and ceiling should be more than just noted. The Catholic and United likewise are nice representations.

The Crawford House Museum is in well-kept and impressive buildings. There is no explanation or presentation synopsis about the museum. Looks nice though.

Alstonville is a slight diversion town from Ballina. The likelihood for the traveller and the town being visited on the Ballina to Lismore route is remote. That said Alstonville has lots of qualities that invite a visit.

Heritage diary





  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information   Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course