SOCIAL MECCA: The Blair Oval Pavilion between Blair and Crozier Oval, Magellan Street, Lismore.
SOCIAL MECCA: The Blair Oval Pavilion between Blair and Crozier Oval, Magellan Street, Lismore.

Lismore?s history may go under the wrecker?s hammer



THEY may not be famous structures, but they are a valuable part of Lismore's history.

The Continental Club, near to where Simone Strobel's body was found; The Blair Oval Pavilion, where generations of local boxers got their start; and the Lismore Saleyards cafeteria, where Robby Bowen pies were a hot item.

LISMORE'S Blair Oval Pavilion was once a sporting and cultural hot spot.

The two-story weatherboard building was once used to recruit soldiers for World War Two. It was the home for a ballet school as well as host to regular table tennis and dart competitions and concert bands.

That was upstairs.

Downstairs was the Police Citizens Boys Club, where hundreds of boys and young men trained and practiced to become boxers.

Retired Lismore City Council sports ground supervisor Laurie Cooper said after the Police Citizens Boys Club moved out of the building, it was used to store Lismore City Council's machinery and sporting equipment.

The pavilion was officially opened in February 1941 as a fighting services hostel.

"Arthur Maloney in his fighting days would have trained there and there were other dancing groups that used to use the building as well," Mr Cooper said. The pavilion was deemed unsafe and closed to the public in 2004. It is earmarked for demolition.



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