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Brief History of Lismore

Lismore has a population of about 350. It was surveyed and named in the 1850's. Before that, it was a rough grog shanty and a few houses near the crossing of Brown's Water Holes and first named after the creek.
It grew through the years to become a prosperous service town for the surrounding fine wool producing properties. Its peak of population was probably in the 1950's when many of the large properties of the area were divided up to make farms for returned soldiers.Since the late sixties, Lismore has slowly become more of a retirement town, though it still has a good primary school and other facilities for younger residents. For its size, the town has a remarkable array of services and recreation and leisure activities. Combined with Derrinallum, ten kilometers West along the highway, we have just about anything anyone might want. Camperdown, 40 km to the South along a fast road, has the major services of dentists, hospital, nursing home, solicitors and accountants (those indispensable parts of life).Lismore is in the Northern half of the Shire of Corangamite (administered from Camperdown) and it is roughly an hour from just about everything. An hour to the coast at Port Campbell. An hour to the Pyrenees Ranges, the wine producing area to our North. An hour to the provincial cities of Geelong, Ballarat and Warrnambool. Slightly more to Hamilton to the West and slightly less to Colac to the South-East.But, here we feel that, rather than being distant from everything, we are at the centre of everything. The following is a brief list of what is available here, in addition to peace and quiet, a good sense of community, plenty of space for kids to run around in and fresh air. There are no muggings or bag snatchings. If there is a drug problem, we haven't heard about it. But there are downsides to living in a relative paradise like this; The native birds can be a bit noisy in the Summer mornings and it's sometimes hard to work out which of the lakes might be the best fishing on a particular day. People stop and talk to you here. Life can get pretty laid back.