River pioneers are tied to new wharf
THE business exploits of a North Tumbulgum family were remembered yesterday at the official naming of Murwillumbah's newly opened heritage-style wharf.
In the late 1800s the enterprising Skinner brothers launched a business that took them from crushing their own sugar cane to making cordials and delivering them by boat to hotels along the Tweed River.
The brothers not only founded Skinners Cordials but with Captain Frank Lowes, a brother-in-law who joined the business in 1913, ran Skinner Lowes and Company boats on the river, a business that grew to delivering mail then ferrying passengers until 1934 when road improvements signalled its end.
Yesterday the family's exploits were remembered at the official naming of the Skinner Lowes Wharf near the town's former art gallery.
Three generations of the family - the grand-daughter of Captain Lowes, Betty Reston, great grand-daughter Kay King and great great grandson Tyler Reston - joined Mayor Warren Polglase in naming the wharf.