The walk commences at the
MUSEUM (1) and continues along Walker Street to Richmond and River Streets. You will walk along the same route the early settlers used on their way from Lismore or Irvington Wharf to the Crossing Place.


THE COURT HOUSE (2) was built by Mr George Hughes and designed under the supervision on the Government Architect James Barnett. The building was opened in 1882 and is listed with the National Trust. Casino's first Court House was built on the corner of East and North Streets. In the 1860s the Court House then a slabbed walled structure and the Police Station were moved to their present site in Walker Street.


THE SCHOOL (3) The first school was operated by Eliza Sjostrom on the reserve near the site for the Irving Bridge. The first National School was built here in 1861. The first teacher Mr Dixon planted the large pine tree near the gate. In 1929 more buildings were added and the school operated as both a Primary and Secondary School until the High School was built in Queensland Road and opened in 1965.


THE IRVING BRIDGE (4) was named after Clarke Irving owner of Tomki Station and Casino's first local Member for Parliament. There have been three bridges across this site since the settlement of Casino. The first Irving Bridge was opened in 1876. Only a one-lane bridge it proved inadequate for the growing town's needs. The second Irving Bridge was built and opened in 1908. A span of this bridge was washed away in the 1954 floods and the present bridge was built as a result of this. An army Bailey bridge was used until its completion and opening in 1959.


THE CROSSING PLACE (5) was named because of the rocky ford in the river, which provided a safe crossing for travellers while ever the river was at a normal level. A settlement, which developed here before the town of Casino was laid out and gazetted, was known as "The Falls". The Historical Society erected the memorial cairn made from a piece of rock taken from the riverbed in 1967. It marks the site of the Crossing Place used by the first settlers Henry Clay and George Stapleton. They named their property "Cassino" which later was changed to Tomki by the second owner Clarke Irving. The township became known as Casino prior to planning. The change of spelling was used in various government documents until formally adopted by the town surveyor F. S. Peppercorne in 1855.


ST MARKS ANGLICAN CHURCH (8) The first church in Casino was St Marks Church of England, which opened in 1871.  It was built on a portion of land with frontages to Walker and Barker St but excluding the corner block where the Westpac Bank now stands. The present church was built in 1904 on land given by Henry Barnes. The former church and rectory were sold and the proceeds helped finance the new buildings.

THE CECIL HOTEL (11) was first built as the Imperial Hotel. It was located on the corner of Walker and North Streets on the present site of Days Machinery. It remained there until about 1918. It was then cut into sections and hauled by bullock team to its present location. It was reopened in 1919 as the Cecil Hotel with Mr. R Saunders as proprietor.


CASSINO COURT (12) This building was formerly the Commercial Bank Casino's oldest banking enterprise. The first branch was opened in the 1870s in a building near the Tattersalls Hotel. Within a year the bank moved to its present site next to the Post Office where it operated out of a cottage, which served as a bank and residence. Additions were made to the building c1880 as white ants had infested the original building. The present building was completed in 1883 with further additions and repairs carried out in 1914. A portico once covered the entrance and footpath.


THE POST OFFICE (13) Mr William Scott became the first full time Post Master in 1872 in an office situated on the site of the Richmond Valley Council's Southern Office in Walker St. The nucleus of the current Post Office was built in 1879 comprising 4 rooms, a kitchen and a stable. In 1889 extensions were added to enlarge the office and in 1915 further alterations were made which included a second storey. The building was added to the Heritage Register in 2000.


EL GRONDA ARCADE This is the site of the El Gronda Theatre which was opened in 1936. The building was set back from the main street with an impressive entrance of statues, plants and a fountain. The steps at the end of the arcade are the only part of the theatre, which still exists today. The name was derived from the spelling of the owner of the theatre Mr. L. Dorgan.

THE SCHOOL OF ARTS (14) was established on this site in 1873. It provided a venue for the town's people for such games as cards and billiards.  It was favoured as a meeting place for organisations and institutions and was used for some very important public meetings. The second building was erected in 1907 only to be destroyed by fire in 1932. The present two-storey brick building was erected in 1934. It contains tenant shops and offices at street level with the upstairs area housing the School of Arts Library, reading rooms, offices and the Casino & District Family History Group.


THE COMMERCIAL HOTEL (15) is Casino's second oldest business. James Britton built the first Commercial Hotel in 1875. By 1900 more improvements were made which included a second storey. Even further improvements were known to have continued until 1907. It was described in the Freemasons Journal of 24 March 1900 as the "Best Hotel in the North."

THE MAFEKING LAMP (16) was erected by public subscription in 1901 as a monument to celebrate the relief of Mafeking and other towns, which had been held under siege during the Boer War in South Africa. Names of those Richmond River men who lost their lives during this campaign were inscribed on one panel of the lamp. More memorial plaques have been added to commemorate other wars. The lamp was dedicated as an official war memorial in 1991.  It is now a central part of our Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services.

THE WESTPAC BANK (18) The first Bank of New South Wales was opened in 1889 and operated from an office in the Town Hall in Walker Street. In 1904 the current block was purchased. The present bank building was completed in 1905. The block was originally known as Mooney's Cow Paddock.


THE TATTERSALLS HOTEL (17) is the oldest business in Casino today. The first hotel is believed to have been erected in Hickey Street by John Brown a mailman. The current hotel operated on this present site from the 1870s. It began as a slab walled single storey building. Further improvements in the 1880s were made to create a two storeyed weatherboard building. This was followed by the brick accommodation additions at the rear in 1904. The front section was demolished and rebuilt in the 1930's highlighting the Art Deco style of those times.

OTHER SITES INDICATED ON THIS MAP

Site of Durham Ox Inn - Casino's first inn (6)
Site of John Grimes Store (7)
Holwood Boarding House (9)
Site of James Dillon's Blacksmiths shop & residence
and later Richmond River Express Office (10)
Mural depicting old Casino & Stations. (19)
Painted in 1988 as a Bi-Centenial project by Artist Lee Blacker
and assisted by community members and students.

WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR WALK!
        
If you would like more information on early
Casino, including photographs, make a visit to the Folk Museum

or contact President Joan Newman 02 66622893  

Opening times for the Museum are
:

Monday 10 am - 4pm - Research only
Wednesday2pm - 4.30pm
Sunday 10am - 12.30pm
Or by appointment School visits and Bus Tours welcome

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Casino Heritage Walk

 

                                                                                              

 

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Walk Approximate time

1 1/2 hours

In mapping out the route of the Heritage Walk our society members have included sites of historic interest and significance to Casino's beginning.

The Casino & District Historical Society was formed in 1966 and immediately commenced collecting articles to establish a Folk Museum. The museum is located in the grounds of the Primary School in Walker St.

The Museum building was formerly the Domestic Science Room of the Intermediate High School. After

 becoming vacant, when the new High School was built in 1966, it was procured for a museum.


 

 
 
      Holwood Boarding House           Barker Street Casino
Tattersalls Hotel Barker St c1900s