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Lismore, Victoria

Lismore Hotel
Lismore is located in Corangamite Shire
Coordinates37°58′0″S 143°21′0″E / 37.96667°S 143.35000°E / -37.96667; 143.35000
Population513 (2006 census)[1]
Elevation178 m (584 ft)
LGA(s)Corangamite Shire
State electorate(s)Polwarth
Federal division(s)Wannon
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
19.2 °C
67 °F
8.1 °C
47 °F
621.1 mm
24.5 in

Lismore is a town in Victoria, Australia, located on the Hamilton Highway 170 kilometres (106 mi) west of Melbourne. It is part of the Corangamite Shire local government area. At the 2016 census, Lismore had a population of 420.[2] Its Aboriginal name is cited in colonial reports as Bongerimennin.[3]


The area was first settled by Europeans in 1840, when a John Brown was forced to stop to repair a wagon axle that broke when he attempted to ford a creek.[4] Lismore was surveyed and named in the 1850s, by which point the settlement had developed to include a public house and a number of houses.[5] Lismore Post Office opened on 1 December 1864.[6] Lismore since grew to become a prosperous service town for the surrounding fine wool producing properties.

The town today

The town is situated on the Hamilton Highway, just a few kilometres from the northernmost lakes in the Colac Lakes system, which includes Lake Corangamite and Lake Colac.

The town features one of the state's oldest private chapels, a Gothic revival style building built by Scottish emigrant Adam Robertson in 1867 from bluestone. There is also large wool-shed built by Robertson.[7]

The town and surrounding area produces wool, lamb, cereals, and oilseed canola. Businesses include three cafes, a hotel, a B&B, a service station, a grain dealer, a farm machinery dealer, a stock and station agent, a post office and newsagent, a sawmill, several craft shops and a supermarket. There is a community health centre with a visiting doctor. There is also a swimming pool and several playgrounds. Nearby Derrinallum has a preschool, a primary school, and a P-12 college.

Sport in Lismore, includes golf, netball, football, cricket, squash, lawn bowls, and croquet. The town, in conjunction with neighbouring township Derrinallum, has an Australian Rules football team, Lismore-Derrinallum, who compete in the Mininera & District Football League. The Lismore Oddfellows Cricket Club was formed at the White Sean Hotel as the Lismore Cricket Club in 1888 and currently competes in the Grenville Cricket Association.

Nearby geographical points of interest include Lake Tooliorook and Mount Elephant, as well as a number of other lakes, some of which have been Ramsar-listed.

2006 train accident

A level crossing accident occurred on 25 May 2006 at Lismore. A truck failed to stop at a crossing, derailing the train, and killing the truck driver.[8]

Notable people

Notable people from Lismore include Gordon Bryant, a Labor politician and minister in the Whitlam government,[9] Tony Street, a Liberal politician and minister in the Fraser government,[10] Olympic silver medallist Ji Wallace,[11] and musician Simon Hussey. AFL/VFL Footballers to have played with the Lismore Football Club include Ron Hosking, Bill Hosking, Scott Hosking, John Lord, John Fox and Allan Everett, and Daniel Nicholson for the Lismore/Derrinallum Football Netball Club.[12]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lismore (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  2. ^ "2016 Census QuickStats: Lismore (Vic.)". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Native names of hills, rivers, lakes, and other natural features in Victoria" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Lismore Public Art Project". Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Brief History". Lismore. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  6. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 8 February 2021
  7. ^ "Lismore". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  8. ^ Australian Transport Safety Bureau. "Collision between Rigid Tipper Truck/Quad Axle Trailer and Freight Train 4AM3" (PDF). Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
  9. ^ Gifford, Peter, "Bryant, Gordon Munro (1914–1991)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 2 September 2020
  10. ^ "Tony Street address at the National Press Club on 4 September 1979 [sound recording]". Trove. Retrieved 2 September 2020. See left of webpage, where says: "Tony Street, a primary producer from Lismore, was the Liberal Party Member for the Federal House of Representatives for Corangamite, Victoria from 1966-1984 during which he held the position of Minister for Industrial Relations and Employment from 1975-1978, Industrial Relations 1978-1980, Foreign Affairs 1980-1983."
  11. ^ "Ji Wallace". Gymnastics Australia. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  12. ^ Walker, Scott. Brigadiers, Knights, Brownlows and Blokes; The History of the Lismore and Lismore Oddfellows Cricket Clubs. Alfredton.

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