Our cultural evolution
IF YOU want a quick guide to how much life has changed, you don't have to go much further than the Yellow and White Pages now being dropped on our doorsteps.
From the days when rabbit dealers used to advertise to the introduction of new listings for jet-propelled skis and paintball skirmish, changes to categories reveal how the local region has evolved over the years, said Jane Blackley, Sensis group product manager.
"Early phone books in Australia also included listings for asbestos manufacturers and mulesing contractors," she said, "but these are two categories that no longer exist."
Known as the North Coast Districts phone book in its early days, the Lismore book has changed dramatically.
In 1952, an advertisement for Gillespie's famous Anchor flour appeared on the cover and the book consisted of 55 pages of residential listings and 32 advertising pages, known as the Pink Pages.
The 2011 book consisted of a 365-page White Pages (residential listings) and a 68-page Yellow Pages (businesses).
In 1972, today's lingerie stores were advertised under foundation garments, while podiatrists were known as chiropodists.
Current categories include Pilates, pet cemeteries, day spas and clairvoyance businesses - back in 1972 these advertising categories hadn't even been created.
Today you'll also see more "green" listings, reflecting the Northern Rivers' interest in all things eco.
Since 1992 the number of listings under solar energy has increased from 35 to about 80, while the number of environmental consultants has gone from 12 to 68. There has also been a move to organics, with organic products listings increasing from zero to 16 in the same period.
Add to that a boom in listings for personal trainers, from zero 20 years ago to 25, and Pilates, from zero to 15 and it seems we're a very green, healthy lot.
We also like art, with gallery listings up from 24 to 44, and there's no doubt our population is greying, with retirement village listings up from 11 in 1992 to 27 today.
Other growth areas include real estate agents, of which there were eight back in 1952, 111 in 1972, 240 in 1992 and more than 250 last year; universities, which have increased from five in 1992 to nine in 2011; and marriage counselling, up from 23 listings in 1992 to 83 listings in 2011.
Headings of yesteryear
Asbestos and Cement Product Manufacturers, Celluloid and Cellulose Products, Crumpet Makers, DroversFancy Goods, Mulesing contractors, Putty Manufacturer, Rabbit dealers, Tobacco Manufacturers and Wholesalers
Asbestos Removal, Clairvoyance Day Spas, Health Holidays and Retreats, Hypnotherapy, Jet-propelled Skis, Personal Trainers, Pet cemeteries,Solariums and Tanning Centres
Chris Chrisostomos, a Murwillumbah resident who has devoted more than 50 years to making the Tweed a better place, has been selected to appear on the cover of this year's Lismore White Pages and Yellow Pages book, now being distributed throughout Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay, Casino and Murwillumbah.
The cover recognises Mr Chrisostomos for his volunteer work with the Murwillumbah Army Cadets, Banana Festival and Murwillumbah State Emergency Service (SES).
Born in Cyprus, he migrated to the Tweed at the age of three and started volunteering in his teens as a surf lifesaver.
As a member of Apex and Rotary for many years, he contributed to many projects that boosted the region.
Previous locals to appear on the cover include South Lismore resident Gordon Fraser-Quick, who was recognised for promoting green living in the community by establishing the Lismore Climate Care Solar Rollout; and Alstonville resident Scott Trevelyan, who was recognised for his work running fortnightly art classes at Willowbank Studio for those living with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and his role as Brain Injury Support Service Inc (BISSI) president for ABI survivors.