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Newrybar Streetscape 30 March 7:00am

Today Newrybar is a thriving rural settlement located on the northern edge of the Shire. It is home to 460 residents – both long-term and recently arrived. It is well-patronised by locals and visitors, flocking there to enjoy the food and shopping experien ces it has to offer. In recent years also, its community hall has grown in popularity as a venue for community and family events. Newrybar’s character is at the heart of its present day attraction. Its name is documented to be of Bundjalung origin, and we ll before it was declared a settlement the land on which Newrybar was laid out formed part of the Bundjalung Nation. Newrybar was first settled in 1881, two decades after the Colonial Government legislated that land could be selected and purchased free -hold in the district. This triggered the migration of farmers and others to the region. A General Store, tinsmith and tailor, Presbyterian Church and Public School were among the facilities that first established. Some of Newrybar’s earliest buildings remain intact today; it has also seen major changes across the decades, especially since the 1960s. The Changing Place of Newrybar is and interactive map that demonstrates the ‘layered history’ of the Newrybar streetscape. The interactive guides you through three layouts of the settlement. Simply click on the icons to view ‘snippets’ of history about past and present-day shops and other buildings.

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The School of Arts was central to the cultural and social life of the community. Weddings, dances, festive celebrations, concerts, meetings, community farewells etc. all took place in the School of Arts from the time it was established in 1899.
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The Butcher opened for business in 1910.
The Harvest Deli opened in 2009.
Driftlab is a shop that supports artisans from near and far. Whether locally made or internationally sourced, every single item of clothing, accessory, skin care product, book, artwork, music sampling and vintage homeware has been carefully selected and curated to reflect the unique point of view, inspiration and charm behind the brand.
Harvest Cafe opened in 2004. Harvest Cafe is one of the main meeting places in Newrybar.
Established in 1946 to provide for the locals. In 2004 the bottle shop was added to the store.
The Art House is accommodation which is a 100-year-old cottage in the heart of the historic Newrybar Village. The house was originally the ‘Manse’ for the local church. It sits on an acre overlooking farmland with its own gardens. Herbs and veggies all for you to make use of.
The Produce store was opened to serve the local farmers.
The Rural Fire Brigade opened their new shed in 2011.
With the enthusiastic support of the locals, the hall is again becoming the focal point of village life. It is the ideal location for a range of social or business occasions. The main hall is able to accommodate events for 100 people and has a stage for plays, films etc. There is a fully equipped kitchen, which is now being upgraded to commercial kitchen standard.
Newrybar Merchants was established in 2014 and is located in charming 1890's dwelling. This shop houses a collective of some of the creative local artisans who are passionate about what they do.
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The bakery which was called Sounds Delicious was the local bakery. Every so often the band would play outside the Sounds Delicious Bakery
First established in 1881 and on its present location since 1946, the Newrybar General Store plays an important role in this vibrant and ever changing hinterland village.
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In 1889 the NSW Inspector of Schools described Newrybar as "a thriving farming settlement about 15 miles from Ballina and 7 miles from Byron Bay. The population may be roughly estimated at about 60. The people are all bona-fide settlers and belong to the best class of farmers to be found on the Richmond River."
Newrybar was first settled by Europeans in 1881. Some of the earliest families to arrive in Newrybar were: Hayter, Carson, Hawkins, Rice, Johnston, Alcorn, Crozier, Ferguson, Gillies, Gardiner, Watson, Noble and Hambly.
This video will show you three snapshots in time. At each snapshot of the streetscape of Newrybar at a certain year different icons will appear. These icons carry information about the various changes that occurred in that period of time. By clicking on an icon you will find more information. During this viewing time the video will stop. When you click on "back to video" you will be returned to the main streetscape and icon menu and are able to choose your next icon.
Information in this map was provided by Mr Tony Kibblewhite of Newrybar. Some of the houses, businesses and facilities shown on this map date from earlier or later than the 1920s.
Newrybar settlement is positioned on the road referred to, in some early records, as the Main Road. It linked the settlement to Ballina in the south, and Bangalow and Byron Bay to the north. The establishment of the railway line from Lismore to Bangalow in 1894 saw the track from Bangalow to Ballina become a main road. The rail station at Bangalow was important to local farmers and business.
Mr and Mrs William Rice were among the earliest Europeans to settle in Newrybar in 1884. Their son James was then 12 years old. He selected land in Newrybar at 21 years of age.
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This video will show you three snapshots in time. At each snapshot of the streetscape of Newrybar at a certain year different icons will appear. These icons carry information about the various changes that occurred in that period of time. By clicking on an icon you will find more information. During this viewing time the video will stop. When you click on "back to video" you will be returned to the main streetscape and icon menu and are able to choose your next icon.
By the 1920's most important businesses and other community buildings had been established. Including The School of Arts in 1899, a post office in 1891, the Methodist Church in 1909 and a Presbyterian Church in 1911.
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