CASINO & DISTRICT
The crest of the Society appears for
the first time on the issue of the Bulletin Vol. 2 No. 2. April 1967. This crest
was formally adopted by the members of the Society at the Annual General Meeting
13th March 1967. The following notation is extracted from the 1967 publication.
Much thought and work has gone into the design. We were seeking something that
was distinctively Casino in origin and something that would portray symbolically
the history of this area. We feel that we have achieved that by drawing together
in graphic forms the major facets of Casino's history - the river, the great
pastoral stations, the aborigines and timber. The pastoral age is represented by
the station stock brands of five great stations in this area - Cassino (later Tomki), Wooroowoolgen, Dyraaba, Runnnymede and Fairymount (Kyogle). The large
shield enclosing the crest is the brand of Dyraaba - a shield with a line
through its centre. The brand of Wooroowoolgen was a D in diamond - the D came
from Denison who was one of the early owners in partnership with Captain
Hamilton. These two letters then give us the words District and Historical.
Cassino was the first station on the Richmond River and was taken up by Clay and
Stapleton. They later sold to Clark Irving but the brand remained C + S and
these letters complete the name of our Society. The letter S also serves for the
brand of Runnymede which was a pot-hook or S - after Ward Stephens one time
owner of the Sydney Morning Herald and later owner of Runnymede. The large
shield balances on the pint-pot brand of Fairymount. (the handles are omitted
for the sake of design). In the top left hand segment there is an aboriginal
motif in recognition of the days of pre-history. (European) In the lower right
hand segment the symbol represents a tree - the earliest industry in the area.
The mainstay of the town for decades was the cedar trade and timber getting. The
shaded area running through the badge symbolises the river and its crossing
place around which was established the town of Casino.