Dorothy Edwards wrote a book about old Lismore businesses. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
Dorothy Edwards wrote a book about old Lismore businesses. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Lismore's history preserved

DOROTHY Edwards will celebrate her 92nd birthday next week, and with it she rejoices in the release of her second historical publication, Where Was That Lismore Business?

After the success of her first book, Lismore's Corner Shops, last year, she began work "immediately" on this next venture, she said, in an effort to keep the stories of local people and businesses alive.

Mrs Edwards said what drove her most was personal curiosity, coupled with the innate want to stop historical information from dying out.

After almost a year of hard work with the help of her edi- tor, Jennifer Somerville, the book was launched on Sunday, for which guests such as renowned artist Pam Tippett travelled to attend.

In her words, the book is a "history of the people of Lismore - of how people opened their own shops, some of them came from other parts and rented a shop and entered into a business, and through their hard work they succeeded and were able to pass it on to their descen- dants".

And you can bet your bottom dollar Mrs Edwards knows her stuff, after all, this is the same woman who was born in Lismore and has lived in the area her whole life. She has even been going to the same pharmacist since 1923 and the same doctor since 1934!

Mrs Edwards said she truly loves Lismore.

"My heart is Lismore."

Mrs Edwards said it was a "very happy process", the best part about it "meeting the people, getting to talk to them".

"Having talks about the old days and about the people who have already gone."

Mrs Edwards said she will continue on in her publishing ventures. She has even begun work on her next book, a historical look at South Lismore.

There will be a book signing on December 7 at the ABC Bookshop in Woodlark St, between 11am-3pm.



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