Mr Norman Dimond talks at the unveiling of a water fountain at the ALstonville Centenary.  Photo The Northern Star
Mr Norman Dimond talks at the unveiling of a water fountain at the ALstonville Centenary. Photo The Northern Star Northern Star

History: Alstonville Remembered with grand centenary

A CROWD of almost 600 people attended the special centernary celebrations of the settlement of Alstonville on the 28th November 1965.

Among the visitors were more than 200 pupils who attended the Alstonville school between 1875 and 1940.

They also unveilled a plaque dedicated to the early settlers.

The ceremony was attended by the Minister for the Interior, Mr J.D Anthony, who said that the settlers were typical of a breed of Australians who made the country what it is today.

He also said that he believed that Alstonville would become a place were succesful people lived.

 

The event was also attended for Member for Lismore at the time Mr Bruce Duncan.

Mr Duncan relayed a story about the first school teach er at Alstonville - Mr John Dodd.

"It is interesting to note the difficulties Mr Dodd encountered on his way to Alstonville to take up his appointment."

"He left Lawrence on Janurary 6 to arrive at Lismore four days later.

"As there was no regular means of conveyance from Lismore to Alstonville - no modern vehicles - it was not until February 13 that Mr Dodd could make a successful journey to Alstonville."