Publication: Linton: A Photographic History

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A history of the small gold rush town of Linton as told through selected photographs from the collection of the Linton and District Historical Society.
Chapters include: Beginnings, Gold, The Early Town, The Later Town, Agriculture and Industry, Education, Religion, Sports, Clubs & Societies, Linton People, Celebrations and Commemorations.

With over 100 pages of historic black and white photographs, many never published before, you won’t want to miss out on your copy of this piece of Linton’s history.1

The book is available for purchase at $30 from the Historical Society.

You can obtain a copy during our Open Days (exact cash payment only)
or it can be mail ordered by :
– writing to the Secretary (Town Walk Book), LDHS, 69 Sussex Street, Linton 3360
– or via the Contact Us Page on this website.
Mail Order is $30 plus postage and handling of $12 per book.

Publication: A Walk-Drive Tour of Linton

The Society published A Walk-Drive Tour of Linton in September 2011. It contains two walks (one of the main street and one around the rest of the town) and a walk/drive north and south of the town.

There are detailed maps of each walk and of the walk/drive, and an estimated time in which each could be completed. At the beginning of the book is a brief history of Linton, which provides a context for the walks.

The book is available for purchase at $5.00 a copy in Linton at ‘Wares, Plants ‘n Things’,  the Shire Office, and the Historical Society.

Or it can be ordered by
– writing to the Secretary (Town Walk Book), LDHS, 69 Sussex Street, Linton 3360
– or via the Contact Us Page on this website. ($5.00 + $2 postage & handling).

Linton Makes History: An Australian Goldfields Town and its Past

by Jill Wheeler

The Linton & District Historical Society is proud to partner with Jill Wheeler on the release of her book, ‘Linton Makes History’. It was launched on 16 August in Linton by Professor Peter McPhee of the University of Melbourne.

‘This is one of those rare local histories which illuminate the experiences
of an entire community, rather than just cataloguing important people
and events. Jill Wheeler takes us deftly through the multiple layers
of Linton’s past from her unique perspective as both “insider” and
“outsider”. There is deep scholarship behind this engrossing story,
so movingly told. We know Linton—and Australia—much better for
having this book.’—Professor Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne.

Read the Media Release


You can order your copy for $30.00 (+ $8.00 postage & handling) by sending us an email to with
– Your name, postal address, telephone number & email address
– Number of copies required
Should you like the book(s) signed by the author, please advise the person to whom it should be addressed.
Alternatively, complete the Book Order Form and send via post/email
Payment can be made via cheque to ‘Jill Wheeler’ or via direct deposit (please request bank details with your order).
The book is also available from the Linton Shire Offices,  Ruby Cocoa Cafe,
the Book Cave @ 88 Sussex Street & the Linton Take Away.

DVDs of our History Night talks

For the past few years we have been making DVDs of our guest speakers’ talks at History nights, which can now be purchased for $10 (+ $5 postage and handling).  You can order DVD’s by sending us an email via the ‘Contact us’ page.  Let us know the speaker/s, number/s required & mailing address plus a contact number (phone or email) and we will be in contact with you regarding availability and payment details.

We now have 11 of these DVDs available:

The Kvapil/Hayward family and the Displaced Persons Camp at Snake Valley
Thirty-five people attended our History Night on a chilly winter’s night on 19 June in the Shire Offices to hear Christine Uren speak about her memories of growing up in Linton in the 1950s and 1960s. Christine’s mother, Phyllis Hayward, came from a Snake Valley family and Phyllis was working as a teenager in the family butchery business when she met Christine’s father, John (his adopted Australian name) Kvapil, who was resident in the Displaced Persons’ Camp at Snake Valley after World War 2. Christine spoke about her father’s previous life in Czechoslovakia, his daring escape across several borders at the end of the war and his eventual arrival in Australia as a displaced person in 1949. Under the Australian post-war displaced Persons’ Scheme, people were indentured to work for two years for the Government, and were usually sent to live in camps in regional areas (see the box below). Thus, John Kvapil ended up in the camp in Snake Valley, along with many other European men.

Joan Hunt – A ‘new chum’? Life on the Victorian goldfields 1851-1881.  Local historian Joan Hunt, shared the generalised story about the experiences of our ancestors on the Victorian goldfields. As each new wave of immigrants arrived they would have been regarded as ‘new chums’, that is, arrivals inexperienced in the way the goldfields functioned, mostly without the particular skills and knowledge necessary for gold digging. The journey, arrival, colonial life and the goldfields themselves were a pretty new experience for everyone. Recorded November 2016.

Graeme Ellis
Long-standing resident of Mannibadar, Graeme Ellis, spoke about the history of this soldier settlement community south of Linton, and shared his memories of his family’s experiences, and the experiences of the other families who settled in this often unforgiving environment.  See the Linton News – Graeme Ellis – History Night Report for more information. Recorded June 2016.

The Verdoorn family emigrated from the Netherlands in mid-1950 and came to settle in Linton.  Two of the Verdoorn sons, Gerry & Hans, speaking about their memories of this experience and of growing up in a small country town.  With two locals having such a unique take on a Linton childhood, this was an interesting and entertaining evening and proved to be extremely popular!  Recorded June 2015.

Joan Hunt, relating some of the stories arising from her research into the early history of the Happy Valley area.  The stories cover mining and farming families whose surnames are known as Bolte, Crosier, Fitches, Thomas, Gribble, Garvey and others.  Joan also explains how she researched who and where the miners lived in the mid-nineteenth century and how she traced the history of land selection of this period, using maps, plans and documents, mainly from the Public Record Office Victoria.  Recorded November 2014.

Bill & Chris Grigg speaking about their many family history connections in Linton and reminiscing about their own experiences of growing up in Linton in the 1950s, ’60s and 70’s.  With two locals who know so much about Linton, past and present, this was an interesting and entertaining evening!  Recorded June 2014.

Robert Lewers is a descendant of Samuel Lewers, who was an important figure in the early development of Linton.  He was the first bank manager of the Bank of New South Wales in Linton, a JP and the first President of Grenville Shire when it was formed in 1864.  Recorded February 2014.

Aaron Kerr, a fifth generation Lintonian and who is related to the Preston, Cornish, Morgan and Kerr families, amongst others, speaking about growing up in Linton in the 1980’s and recounting stories told to him by his ancestors and sharing his amazingly detailed memories of Linton’s history which they passed on to him.  Recorded June 2013.

Mr Bruce Adams, whose grandfather Hubert Albert Adams was proprietor of the Linton Grenville Standard newspaper from 1897-1915, recounting tales from his grandfather’s journal kept during those years.  Recorded February 2013.

Rod and Joan O’Beirne, who were longstanding residents of Linton, speaking about the O’Beirne family’s history in the town, and their own memories of living in Linton from the 1950s to the early 2000’s.  Recorded November 2012.

Jim Stapleton, a 98 year old ex-resident of Linton, speaking about his memories of Linton in the 1930s.  Recorded February 2012.



List of Charges for Photos & Documents

Below is a list of charges for photocopying of standard material (upto A4 size) and photographs and professional printing of photographs:

Standard Photocopying
$1.00 per page (non-members)
50¢ per page (members)

Electronic Copies (email & USB sticks)
50¢ per page for documents
$5.00 per photograph

Photocopying of Photographs (up to A4 size)
$3.00 each (non-members) $2.00 each (members) + $2 packaging & postage (if required)

Professionally Copied Photographs
$14.00* each 4″ x 6″
$15.95* each 5″ x 7″
$18.00* each 6″ x 8″
$22.00* each 8″ x 10″
$15.00 each use of Society’s negative

* plus $5 packaging & postage (if required)

Please note: Photographs smaller than the above mentioned sizes are unable to be printed professionally.

Sale of Spare Photographs from Society’s Collection
$6* each small/narrow photographs
$8* each 5″ x 8″
$10* each 8″ x 10″
$10* each various x 10″

* plus $5 packaging & postage (if required)

Photographs from Society’s Collection Taken with Personal Camera
$2.00 each