Pioneer history on display at Visitor Information Centre

The Ballina Visitor Information Centre is featuring ‘Pioneering the Northern Rivers’, a new exhibition by local artists Riki and Bill Mason.

The exhibition takes visitors on a colourful journey into our past, featuring original artworks and woodworks depicting our pioneering heritage from 1840-1935.

The exhibition is currently on display and will run until Wednesday, September 1.

Both artists are descendants of pioneering families within the area, which has been invaluable to the quality and success of the exhibition.

Bill Mason has been a member of the local historical society for over 40 years, with extensive knowledge of the history of our pioneers.

Riki Mason is extremely passionate about sharing this time in history with the community and preserving the many memories, stories and the lifestyles that our pioneers endured.

With local history, landmarks and tales of discovery, this exhibition is a great way for the Ballina Shire community to celebrate our local history.

It is also a unique opportunity to educate locals, school children and visitors about our local pioneering history.

The community is invited to attend the exhibition. Entry is free.

The Ballina Visitor Information Centre is located on the corner of River Street and Las Balsas Plaza. It is open seven days, 9am to 5pm. Phone 6686 3484.

4 Responses to “Pioneer history on display at Visitor Information Centre”

  1. Dinah Holman Says:


    I am trying to get hold of an illustration of the old Broadwater sugar workers’ village. Can you please suggest any person or archive that might have one?

    Kind regards

    Dinah Holman

  2. barry Says:

    Hi Dinah,
    The Richmond River Historical Society would be a good place to start.

  3. lou Says:

    Hi Dinah
    There is a publication which may help entitled –
    A Pictorial History of The Cane Industry on the Richmond
    by Alec Pring 2008
    I’d say it would definitely be at Ballina Library

  4. RoseLeeson Says:

    Geoff & Betty Archer have extensive information on Broadwater Sugar Mill 66 828244
    Jack Matthes 66865221
    Dick Tyler 66828295

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