Linton, Victoria

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Linton BARR Building.JPG
The BARR building, once home to the local doctor's surgery and a haberdasher/glovemaker
Linton is located in Golden Plains Shire
Coordinates 37°41′0″S 143°34′0″E / 37.68333°S 143.56667°E / -37.68333; 143.56667Coordinates: 37°41′0″S 143°34′0″E / 37.68333°S 143.56667°E / -37.68333; 143.56667
Population 591 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3360
State electorate(s) Buninyong
Federal Division(s)
Localities around Linton:
Chepstowe Snake Valley Snake Valley
Pittong Linton Scarsdale
Happy Valley
Mannibadar Mannibadar Happy Valley

Linton is a town in Victoria, Australia, off Glenelg Highway. Most of the town is located in Golden Plains Shire; however, a small section is in the Shire of Pyrenees. At the 2011 census, Linton and the surrounding area had a population of 591.[1] The Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary lies to the south-east of the township, near Springdallah Creek.


Linton was first settled about 1840. The town was named after a pioneer family in an area.

Gold was found in 1848 in what later became known as Linton's Diggings. Chinese people, among others, mined the local shafts until the gold ran out, the miners remained in the area and set up market gardens. The Post Office opened on 5 November 1857 as Linton's and was renamed Linton around 1860.[2] Much mining equipment can still be found in the Linton district.

The ALP politician and Leader of the Federal Opposition 1922-28, Matthew Charlton, was born in Linton in 1866.

In December 1998, five firefighters were killed when they became trapped in a tanker while battling a bushfire near Linton.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Linton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 

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