Hinton History2022-03-12T15:12:52+11:00

Arthur Wild

Between 1910 and 1940, England sent seven thousand five hundred boys to Australia as part of the first immigration scheme. They came to be known as "The Dreadnought Boys". The [...]

Sharks in the Hunter River?

One hot summers day in the 1850's, a local man was watching a large group of Aborigines swimming and diving in the Paterson River at Hinton. They were having a [...]

Hinton Electricity

Electricity was connected to Hinton during October 1934, costing 1642 pounds, 8 shillings and 10 pence including street lights. Then electricity was extended to Swanreach and Nelsons Plain in 1940.

Hinton Punt Accident

An accident happened one Sunday during September 1856 when a hearse driven by a local undertaker, plunged off the punt at Hinton. Mr James Parnell of Osterley had died on [...]

Hinton Purple Star

The Loyal Orange Lodge established an order in Hinton on 1st September, 1871 and it was named "The Hinton Purple Star". The Loyal Orange Institution or Orange Lodge, is a [...]

Hinton Pound

A public pound was established at Hinton on 4th September, 1844. Mr Robert Household was appointed Poundkeeper. People complained of damage to crops by stray horses and cattle at night.

See Girls Drowning

In August 1884 a sad and tragic accident occurred at Wallalong. Two young ladies, Ester and Maud See, were drowned. The eldest sister Ester, 19, was sent to Morpeth by [...]


In 1884 a survey was carried out for the North Coast Railway to come through Hinton from Maitland, crossing the Hunter River just below the junction with the Paterson River. [...]


In March 1888, Mr W Cook and Mr W Barwick, two slaughtermen employed by Hinton butcher, John Bramble, agreed, for a wager of ten pounds, to dress six bullocks and [...]

Blue Ribbon Army

A branch of the "Blue Ribbon Army" was established in October 1883. They would gather in the street near the Victoria Hotel with a large number of people present. Hymns [...]

Police Barracks and Lockup

Tenders were invited for the erection of a Police Barracks and Lockup at Hinton, by the Department of Public Works, Sydney on 23rd October, 1880. Mr William Dart won the [...]


The first Queens Birthday Regatta held at Hinton was in May 1882, as well as the usual sports held on Punt Road. The course on the river started at a [...]

Coach Accident

A terrible accident occurred at Hinton Punt on a dark rainy night, the 2nd of May, 1892, involving Fry's Mail Coach. The coach left Dungog at 2.30pm for Maitland via [...]

Stuart Park

In January 1890, a meeting was held by the Hinton Progress Committee regarding a public recreation ground. A letter was sent to the District Surveyor asking him to come to [...]

Telegraph Office

In early 1883, steps were taken to establish a telegraph office in Hinton. A petition was sent to the postmaster general in March. After receiving an unfavourable answer, another letter [...]


The Victoria Hotel we know today narrowly escaped total destruction by fire on 9 September, 1874 and owes its salvation to a young girl named “Ellen Ford”, who was engaged [...]


There was a skating craze amongst the younger members of the community in the late 1880’s. Mr William Yates built a skating rink on his land on Punt Road. The [...]

Punt Road – Part 2

Hinton’s earliest Public School was on the river bank on Punt Road. Many foot races were held on the road, with other sports as well in the paddocks alongside. On [...]

Punt Road – Part 1

Punt Road was a very busy part of Hinton in the early days between the 1840’s and 1880’s with four hotels at the bottom of Punt Road trading during this [...]

Vineyards and Wine

There were a number of vineyards at Hinton in the early days and they produced a lot of good wines. Some of the winemakers won prizes overseas for their wines. [...]

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