Alstonville (2011 population: 4,990) is a town located in northern New South Wales, Australia, part of the region known as the Northern Rivers. Alstonville is located on the Bruxner Highway between the town of Ballina (13 km to the east) and city of Lismore (19 km to the west). The village of Wollongbar is situated 4 km to the west of Alstonville. Alstonville is considered as the service centre of the area known as the Alstonville Plateau.
Europeans were first attracted to the area, known as the Big Scrub, in the 1840s by the plentiful supply of Red Cedar. It was not until 1865 that the first settlers selected land in the area, then known as the parish of Tuckombil. Some notable selections in the first five years include that of the Freeborn, Roberston, Graham, Newborn, Crawford, Mellis, and Newton families. By 1883 Alstonville boasted two pubs, six stores, two black-smiths, nine sugar mills, and four saw mills.
The village was originally known as "Duck Creek Mountain" after Duck Creek, which flows along the southern edge of town eventually merging with Emigrant Creek and the Richmond River. The name was given by the cedar cutters because of the abundance of wild duck on the upper tidal reaches of the creek. In 1873, due to conflict of the original name with a different duck creek the first postmaster and owner of the general store John Perry proposed the name "Alstonville". Alstonville, also the name of the Perry farm, was derived from Alston the maiden name of his wife Annie Alston.
Wollongbar is a town (2011 population: 2,116) in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is located on the Bruxner Highway between the towns of Lismore and Alstonville. Wollongbar's main sporting club is the Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby (W.A.R) which was founded in 1992. The club has teams from under 8s right through to under 19s and has 3 grade sides. The club have won numerous junior premierships however have won just one 1st grade title, in 1996. Wollongbar Primary School, opposite the local shops, is the only school located in Wollongbar. Wollongbar Public School is at the centre of the Wollongbar community. It has a school motto of "Learning for Life". It is a member of The Plateau to the Sea Learning Community. School achievements include representation at regional and state levels of sporting competition and performing arts opportunities.
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