Our Story

The Inaugural Meeting of the Lismore Bridge Club was held at the Red Cross Rooms, Keen Street, Lismore on Friday 30th June 1961. There were twenty-eight people present.

The Founder of the club, and for many years the main teacher of the members, was Bangalow Pharmacist Mr George Stephens.  The first President was Mr Clifford McDonald, elected that night. His wife Marie was to become a life member.

The first club to be invited to play with the Lismore Bridge Club was Inverell Bridge Club and there was a strong association with this club for many years.

The first Constitution was accepted on May 30th, 1965. It was revised in 1992 when the club became Lismore Bridge Club Incorporated. The club has had many venues throughout the years, the Red Cross Rooms from 1961 to 1967, the Rowing Club rooms in 1967 and the Red Cross Rooms again in 1968. In 1969, Wendy and Broughty Mutton made rooms available in 41 Conway Street. In March 1974, the club lost all equipment in the flood that rose so quickly. After the flood, members redecorated the rooms and started again.

For a short time in 1985 the club was divided between Tuesday night at Kadina and Thursday at the RSL Sub Branch (The Memorial Baths) for Thursday. As this was causing a split in the club, it was decided to decorate the RSL room and be united again. In 1988-99, it was suggested we offer $10,000 to the City Council for rooms in the new grandstand being built at Oaks Oval. The conditions offered were unacceptable and so we
moved to the Italo Australian Club in 1990