Richmond River Historical Society Inc, Lismore, New South Wales

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Richmond River Historical Society Inc, Lismore, New South Wales

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • RRHS


  • Community

Contact area


Research Coordinator



Street address

165 Molesworth Street, Lismore

Postal address:
PO Box 467, Lismore 2480




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 6621 9993


02 6621 9992


Description area


The Richmond River Historical Society Inc is based in the city of Lismore in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. The society was founded in 1936, one of the first three historical societies formed in New South Wales outside the Sydney region.

It consists entirely of volunteers who maintain, develop, interpret and promote the collections of the Lismore Museum and its Research Centre Archives.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Its mission is to collect, preserve, display and disseminate historical material relevant to the continuing history of north eastern New South Wales.

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Research Coordinator

Records management and collecting policies

The overall focus of the Richmond River Historical Society Archives is on the Northern Rivers of New South Wales; namely Clarence, Richmond and Tweed, with special emphasis on the Richmond District.



The Research Centre archive contains documents dealing with the region’s community, social and family history. It includes a large photographic collection, as well as books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, for example:

  • 4,000 files on people, places, and subjects
  • 16,000 photographs and portraits
  • audio files, including oral histories
  • personal diaries
  • indexes of land grants, obituaries, funeral notices, births, deaths and marriages
  • electoral rolls
  • NSW Government Gazettes from 1878 to 1900
  • family histories
  • maps

and a large reference library
Quantity: 80m.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Richmond River Historical Society Bulletin (Quarterly)
Other publications listed on website.

Access area

Opening times

Open Wednesday 10am-4pm or by appointment.
Closed public holidays and Christmas-New Year period.

Access conditions and requirements

Advance notice of visit preferred. Fees apply for research visits, written enquiries and copying services. For further information, see


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available. Written enquiries are accepted. Fees apply. For further information, see the website.

Reproduction services

Copying services available for books, journals, original records to A3 size and photographs. Fees apply. For further information, see the website.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 25 March 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

165 Molesworth Street, Lismore Postal address: PO Box 467, Lismore 2480
Lismore, New South Wales 2480