The bell from the Tomki.
The bell from the Tomki.

Where's the Lismore bell?

Shipwreck researcher John Sumner was in Lismore recently photographing the bell that hangs in the Lismore City Bowling Club from the steamship Tomki. Mr Sumner has produced a series of postcards of bells from shipwrecks and said the Tomki bell will end up in his next set of postcards.

But he is keen to find out if any Echo readers know the whereabouts of the bell from the steamer SS Lismore.

The Lismore was wrecked on the old Ballina Bar on May 10, 1885.

The location has since been reclaimed and the remains of the Lismore were buried in front of the Ballina Beach Resort in Lighthouse Parade.

There is a plaque on the spot now that was unveiled by the Minister for Lands, T.L. Lewis on April 10, 1968 commemorating the start of development works at Shaw’s Bay.

But John Sumner said the fact that the SS Lismore was mainly above water when it was wrecked means it is likely that many items would have been salvaged including the ship’s bell. If anyone knows of its whereabouts he can be contacted on 0409 435 586.


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