SWEET REWARD: Organisers of the North Lismore Reunion, from left, Margaret Graham, Marie Lee, and Beatrice Riordan,
SWEET REWARD: Organisers of the North Lismore Reunion, from left, Margaret Graham, Marie Lee, and Beatrice Riordan,

Residents recall rare memories

By HELEN JACK

WITH 84 years and nine children under her belt, Mary Wagner was up for a great day out at North Lismore's resident's reunion at the weekend.

A long time resident of North Lismore, Mrs Wagner said it was wonderful to catch up with so many people she had grown up and lived alongside for so many years.

"I grew up in Pine Street and then moved to the house opposite when I was married," she said.

"I loved living in North Lismore because it is the most convenient part of town.

"I could put my babies in the pram and walk to town."

Mrs Wagner said she only ever had one flood invade her family home.

"After the first one we had our house raised up," she said.

Mrs Wagner said she still lived in North Lismore and enjoyed playing bingo and going to dinner with her family every Saturday night.

"And up until two years ago I was still driving," she said.

"I put my long, happy and healthy life down to good clean living and being a part of a community I love.

"All my family have lived here, my grand-parents, my parents, my sisters, it's been wonderful."

The reunion was held at the Italo Club.

Reunion organiser Margaret

'North Lismore was a

wonderful community

when I was growing

up and it still has a

wonderful future'

Graham (nee Browning) said organising the day had been harder than she realised it was going to be.

"We have had so many tries to get everyone together over the years, that in the end we just decided to put up a stack of fliers and posters telling of the time and place for everyone to get together and here they are," she said. "North Lismore was a wonderful community when I was growing up and it still has a wonderful future.

"And I am hoping this event will become an annual occurrence, with a resident's group."

Mrs Graham said there were people at the reunion who had lived in North Lismore for 84 years.

"They are having a wonderful time seeing each other again," she said. "Some people haven't seen each other since they were children.

"And all this reminiscing is certainly helping them remember so much more of their past."

Mrs Graham said people had travelled from as far as Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast to attend the reunion.



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