Old Linton is one of the most significant buildings in the Yass district. This book traces its fascinating and varied history from its earliest construction by ex-convict Moses Moses, through its ownership by AB Triggs (one of Australia's greatest pastoralists), to its service as a war veterans' home and lastly to its latest use as a historic home in private hands. More
When looking at the grand structure that is Old Linton today it is hard to conceive that its origins lie in the dubious conviction of a young Jewish man. It began life as ‘Alfristan Cottage’, a generously proportioned cottage of simple design and the last building erected by that man. It still stands today as the core of Old Linton. In its second lease of life as the home of JP Ritchie and his family it became known as ‘Linton’ in recognition of Ritchie’s birthplace. In its third, it grew like Topsy into most of what stands today, at the hands of one of Australia’s greatest pastoralists, AB Triggs. Subsequently gifted to the Returned Services League it became a refuge for war veterans and following their relocation across the road, it was resold into private hands to become known as ‘Old Linton’. During and between each lease of life, Old Linton has seen the rise and fall of prosperity. It has seen two world wars and a host of lesser ones. It has survived two major economic depressions. Through all it has stood as quiet witness. In the words of Arthur Bryant Triggs: The sun has not gone out of business, Only behind a cloud. This is its story.
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