Lismore is ‘the capitol’ of the NSW Northern Rivers Region. Lismore is a city and has what most cities should have and includes an airport, cathedrals and cosmopolitan outlook and presence. Lismore is also home to some advanced tertiary institutions.
European History of Lismore begins in c.1843. A pastoral run covering an area of 93 km˛ was taken up by Captain Dumaresq at this time covering the Lismore area. In January 1845, William and Jane Wilson took over the run. The Wilsons were Scottish and arrived in NSW in May 1833. One theory is that Jane Wilson was responsible for naming it after Lismore in, where the couple honeymooned.
In 1855, a surveyor by the name of Frederick Peppercorne was instructed by Sir Thomas Mitchell to determine a site for a township in the area. The chosen site was William Wilson's homestead paddock, and the area was proclaimed the "Town of Lismore" in the NSW Government Gazette on 1 May 1856.
Lismore’s rapid growth has been in more recent times but that said there is clearly a heritage plan at work. There are some awful downtown buildings but equally there are some delightful old buildings that have been put on watch.
Lismore is a great city and to get the best a multi-day visit is recommended.