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The Linville Hotel and general store
Linville is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 156 (2016 census)
 • Density 1.076/km2 (2.79/sq mi)
Established 1901
Postcode(s) 4314
Area 145.0 km2 (56.0 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (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
County Cavendish
Parish Colinton
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. In the 2016 census, Linville had a population of 156 people.


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.

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.

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Arrival of first train at Linville Station, 1910

The same year saw the extension of the Brisbane Valley railway line to Linville from Toogoolawah. 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. In 1920 some of the land was allocated to returning soldiers, some of whom setup dairy farms.

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.

The Linville War Memorial is located in George Street; it commemorates those from the district who served in World War I.

At the 2006 census, Linville had a population of 110.

Heritage listings

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


There is a timber mill in Linville.


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)). 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).

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