We need your help!

Bulwinkel Family 3 children missingWe are currently researching our early European Settlers.  If you are related to any of the families who settled in the Alstonville area prior to 1900 we would love to swap pictures and exchange stories with you.

These are some of the families who have a connection with our area:  Abbott, Archibald, Barlow, Beh, Brown, Bryce, Bulwinkel, Cawley, Crawford, Daley, Duncan, Elvery, Freeborn, Garrard, Gibson, Green, Griffen, Johnston, Kenyon, Maguire, Mellis, Norris, O’Connell, Simpson, Smith, Sneath, Thorburn, Walker, Watts, Wishart, Wilson, Young.  It is not a complete list so do not be reluctant to call us if your family is not mentioned here.

The Society provides a service to the public to research enquiries into the history of people, places and events relevant to both the Alstonville Plateau and Ballina Shire. We have a dedicated Research Officer who can be contacted at either the Research Centre or via our email:

It is recommended that prior to a visit you contact our Research Officer who can send you our research form and ensure we have a Member to help you.

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About the Research Centre

Located in a purpose built building behind Crawford House the Research Centre contains a collection which includes:

  • text files on people, places and subjects
  • historic photographs
  • indexes to local cemeteries
  • birth, marriage and death indexes
  • archival boxes containing material from past clubs e.g. The Tidy Towns Club
  • family histories
  • archaeological material from the Ocean View Hotel dump excavation
  • memorabilia
  • an extensive library
  • our Pioneer newsletter index APHS Pioneer Index

A main room with large tables and chairs and access to power make this space a comfortable place to undertake research.

Research Fees
Personal Research: $15 per half day

Members Personal Research: $7.50 per day

High School Students: $2 per day

Requests for written research via post or email initial charge: $25 (this includes photocopying)

By arrangement extended research can be undertaken at an agreed fee.

Click here to download our Research Request Form.

Photocopying Charges


50 cents per A4 sheet

$1 per A3 sheet


Photographs /Scanning Charges

Photocopy of photograph: $1

Scan photograph to your disk or USB: $8

Scan photograph and burn to CD: $8 + $3 postage and handling


Opening Hours

Fridays 10 am – 4 pm or by arrangement with the Research Officer