Linville, Queensland

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The Linville Hotel and general store
Linville is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°50′31″S 152°16′37″E / 26.8419°S 152.2769°E / -26.8419; 152.2769 (Linville (town centre))Coordinates: 26°50′31″S 152°16′37″E / 26.8419°S 152.2769°E / -26.8419; 152.2769 (Linville (town centre))
Population156 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1.076/km2 (2.786/sq mi)
Area145.0 km2 (56.0 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
  • 39.7 km (25 mi) NW of Kilcoy
  • 50.8 km (32 mi) N of Esk
  • 64.9 km (40 mi) SE of Nanango
  • 141 km (88 mi) NW of Brisbane
LGA(s)Somerset Region
State electorate(s)Nanango
Federal division(s)Blair
Localities around Linville:
Taromeo Avoca Vale Monsildale
Taromeo Linville Sheep Station Creek
Moore Moore Moore

Linville is a rural town and locality in the Somerset Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Linville had a population of 156 people.[1]


On 19 August 1841, the Balfour brothers - John, Charles and Robert, took up Colinton run which included the present site of the town of Linville. The Balfours originally intended to build their homestead where Linville now stands but decided to establish it instead about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the south, near where Emu Creek enters the Brisbane River.

During their occupancy of Colinton the Balfours built stockyards on the north bank of Greenhide Creek near its junction with the Brisbane River. The yards became known as "Nine Mile Yards". By about 1886 a small private township grew up at the spot and the Nine Mile Receiving Office opened there in 1898. The name was used up till 1901.[4]

Surveyor E.M. Waraker laid out a town at Nine Mile and the plans of sections 2 to 7 of the town, to be known as Linton, were lodged with the Survey office on 6 December 1901. Linton was situated about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) south east of where Linville now stands. Local residents wanted the name Linton, which was formed by dropping the syllable "Co" from "Colinton". The postal authorities did not favour this as there was already a place in Victoria called Linton, 30 kilometres (19 mi) west-south-west of Ballarat. A compromise was reached and at the request of residents the name of the receiving office was changed to Linville in November 1905; it became a post office in January 1910.[5]

Arrival of first train at Linville Station, 1910

The same year saw the extension of the Brisbane Valley railway line to Linville from Toogoolawah with Linville railway station (26°50′38″S 152°16′33″E / 26.8438°S 152.2757°E / -26.8438; 152.2757 (Linville railway station)) serving the town.[4] This allowed the timber industry to develop, with a sawmill opening in 1912 and logging continuing to be an important industry until the 1950s when cattle grazing become the predominant local industry.[4] In 1920 some of the land was allocated to returning soldiers, some of whom setup dairy farms.[4]

Colinton Provisional School opened on 11 November 1901. In April 1905 it was renamed Oakey Provisional School and in September 1906 Linville Provisional School. It became Linville State School in 1909.[6][7][8]

Opening of St George's Anglican Church, 19 April 1915

St George's Anglican Church was dedicated on Monday 19 April 1915 by Archbishop St Clair Donaldson.[9][10][11] It is at 52 David Street (26°50′23″S 152°16′34″E / 26.8396°S 152.2760°E / -26.8396; 152.2760 (St George's Anglican Church (former))).[12] It was sold on 1 June 2020 for $134,200.[13]

On 1 August 1922 the chairman of the Esk Shire Council, Mr A. Smith, unveiled the Linville War Memorial in George Street; it commemorates those from the district who served in World War I.[14]

On Sunday 1 October 1927 the Linville Methodist Church was opened and dedicated by local minister Reverend Thomas Burgess. The church building was 30 by 20 feet (9.1 by 6.1 m).[15]

At the 2006 census, Linville had a population of 110 people.[16]

In the 2011 census Linville had a population of 431 people.[17]

In the 2016 census, Linville had a population of 156 people.[1]

On 1 February 2018, Linville's postcode changed from 4306 to 4314.[18]

Heritage listings[edit]

Linville War Memorial, 2010

Linville has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Linville State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at George Street (26°50′49″S 152°16′41″E / 26.8470°S 152.2781°E / -26.8470; 152.2781 (Linville State School)).[20][8] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 28 students with six teachers (three full-time equivalent) and six non-teaching staff (two full-time equivalent).[21]


There is a timber mill in Linville.[citation needed]


The village has a general store, the Linville Hotel, and the memorial hall.[citation needed]

There is a free camping area, playground, bbq's and toilets.[citation needed]


The old railway station and carriages are in the centre of the town.[citation needed]

The 161 km (100 mi) Brisbane Valley Rail Trail passes through the town of Linville; it is Australia's longest rail trail for hiking, cycling and horse riding.[citation needed]

The Linville War Memorial is in George Street.[19]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Linville (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Linville – town in Somerset Region (entry 19467)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Linville – locality in Somerset Region (entry 44882)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 53. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  5. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Agency ID 10931, Linville State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Linville State School". Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Year Book" (PDF). Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane. 2019. p. 134. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  10. ^ "RELIGIOUS". The Brisbane Courier (17, 863). Queensland, Australia. 17 April 1915. p. 6. Retrieved 23 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "News from Germany". The Week. LXXIX (2, 053). Queensland, Australia. 30 April 1915. p. 21. Retrieved 23 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "St George's Anglican Church - Former". Churches Australia. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  13. ^ "52 David Street, Linville, Qld 4314". Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Linville War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  15. ^ "TOOGOOLAWAH". The Brisbane Courier (21, 748). Queensland, Australia. 10 October 1927. p. 3. Retrieved 25 January 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Linville (Esk Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  17. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Linville". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  18. ^ "Blackbutt To Get New Postcode". 17 November 2017. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  19. ^ a b "Linville War Memorial (entry 602701)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  20. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  21. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.

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