Lennox Head Heritage Committee members with Councillor Sharon Cadwallader at the unveiling of a new heritage sign in Ross Park.
Lennox Head Heritage Committee members with Councillor Sharon Cadwallader at the unveiling of a new heritage sign in Ross Park.

Lennox builds up to centenary celebration

LENNOX Head residents are starting early with their centenary celebrations, coming up in 2022.

New information signs in the village at Ross Park have been unveiled to make locals and visitors aware of the fascinating history of the area.

Lennox Head Heritage Committee member Malcolm Milner said sharing the village's history was exciting.

"We greatly appreciate the commitment by Ballina Shire Council and historian Dr Kate Gahan to this joint venture," he said.

Committee convenor Robyn Hargrave outlined the origin of the village's name.

"Until advertised for auction, the name Lennox Head was applied only to the headland with the general beach area known as Seven Mile Beach and the 'big lagoon' used to describe Lake Ainsworth," she said.

Real estate prices have certainly changed - in 1922, at the Lennox Head Estate auction, 95 of 185 lots fetched between £15 and £68 15s.

Going further back, the heritage trail booklet tells us that Lennox Head is located on Bundjalung land, between the Clarence and Logan rivers, and was first settled by three brothers, Yarbirri, Marmoon and Birrung.

According to oral tradition, Yarbirri thrust a spear into the sand and fresh water ran.

John Ainsworth, one of Lennox Head's first settlers, records that in 1847 about 500 Aboriginal people lived in the region.

In 1828 Captain Henry James Rous, on the survey ship HMAS Rainbow, named Lennox Head after his friend, Charles, Duke of Lennox and Richmond.

From 1842, freed convicts who logged the then abundant cedar trees, established small colonies in Ballina and Upper North Creek.

Development of the village followed the Lennox Head Estate land auction of 1922.

 

The picturesque Lennox Head village today.
The picturesque Lennox Head village today. Yvonne Gardiner

The population of Lennox has grown from 149 in 1943 to more than 7000 today ... with hundreds of visitors swelling that number at holiday times.

"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," Robyn said.

"This takes time and dedication. We have planned projects requiring a variety of skills and encourage those with an interest in Lennox Head and its growth from a sleepy fishing hamlet to today's charming and busy town to contact us."

Contact Robyn Hargrave at harg1rob@gmail.com or 0412660994 if you'd like to help.


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