Lennox Head Heritage Committee convenor Robyn Hargrave and member Malcolm Milner record the changes in their seaside village.
Lennox Head Heritage Committee convenor Robyn Hargrave and member Malcolm Milner record the changes in their seaside village. Yvonne Gardiner

History won't be forgotten by locals at Lennox Head

A SMALL group of volunteers on the Lennox Head Heritage Committee is working to preserve the history of the village and to document changes over the years.

LHHC convenor Robyn Hargrave says the name Lennox Head was given to the village for the first time with the Lennox Head estate land auction in December 1922.

"Prior to that, only the headland bore the name, with Seven Mile Beach applied to areas north, including the small collection of shops and fishing cottages," she said.

"So, although there is a great deal of earlier natural and Aboriginal history of the area, our actual village can be dated from 1922.

"In such a short time, much has happened. Fortunately, in our village and surrounds, many early residents and their families have memories and photographs which the LHHC has carefully catalogued and shared on our website.

"We have published books which are available at Lennox Bookmark, 2/66 Ballina St, and Ballina Visitor Information Centre, and plan more to commemorate our special town."

The committee is looking for volunteers who are willing to go into the community and interview seniors.

 

Kiosk at Lake Ainsworth in the 1950s.
Kiosk at Lake Ainsworth in the 1950s. Lennox Head Heritage Committee

"People who have lived in the village for a long time, some of whom are in their 90s - identifying these people and recording their memories is probably one of the most urgent aspects of what we do," Robyn said.

"Locating people, their memories and photographs is fascinating and rewarding, linking people and places of the past with today and recording the changes along the way.

"This takes time and dedication.

"We need people interested in history, obviously, methodical sort of people. If they can use a computer, that's a bonus.

"We've got data that needs indexing digitally.

"Any skill that they might have, we can find a role for them.

 

Lookout tower on Lennox beach, 1973.
Lookout tower on Lennox beach, 1973. Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Lif

"Anyone who has a particular focus is welcome. They might have a fire in their belly about pine trees, for example."

LHHC member Malcolm Milner said a lot of work needed to be done in collecting photos, indexing them and putting them into archival albums.

"Lennox is changing all the time so part of our role is that we keep a record with photographs," he said.

"Heritage is current stuff, not just old stuff."

LHHC has planned projects requiring a variety of skills and encourages those with an interest in Lennox Head and its growth from a sleepy fishing hamlet to today's charming and busy town to email Robyn at harg1rob@gmail.com or phone 0412660994.

The group meets monthly in the Heritage Room, Lennox Head Library.


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