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 purpose of the Dreadnought scheme was for English teenage boys to come to Australia to be trained to work on farms. One of these boys [...]

2019-02-01T16:52:09+11:00February 1st, 2019|

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.

2018-11-16T11:35:10+11:00November 16th, 2018|

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 the previous day and the undertaker was driving the hearse carrying the corpse to the burial ground. Driving onto the Hinton punt, the jolting threw [...]

2018-10-09T11:49:17+11:00October 9th, 2018|

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 Protestant fraternal order sworn to maintain the Protestant Ascendancy. The fraternity was established in 1795 and is headed by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, [...]

2018-10-09T11:38:28+11:00October 9th, 2018|

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.

2018-10-09T11:31:01+11:00October 9th, 2018|

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 her mother on business. She crossed the Paterson River in a large boat, but when she returned at 11.00am, the boat was gone. The younger [...]

2018-10-09T11:28:22+11:00October 9th, 2018|


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. The line then cut through the town between the Victoria Hotel and Ann Street, then on to Seaham and North from there. A deputation of [...]

2018-10-09T11:21:00+11:00October 9th, 2018|


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 twenty sheep within one hour. Mr W Morrow was elected timekeeper. The day being a holiday saw a large crowd assembled at the slaughter yard [...]

2018-10-09T11:14:36+11:00October 9th, 2018|

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 were sung and addresses for the total abstinence of alcohol were delivered.

2018-10-09T11:06:35+11:00October 9th, 2018|