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Panton Hill

(3759, 32 km NE, Nillumbik Shire)

This township on the picturesque road from Eltham to St Andrews emerged as a hotel settlement in the 1850s during the gold rushes and was proclaimed as Kingston in 1861. Also known as Panton's Hill and Pantonville, its later name honoured Joseph Panton, local police magistrate during these years. Land selection in the 1870s and subsequent agriculture and fruit-growing supported the small township after mining had finished. A common school (1871, later a State School), post office and store, churches, sporting clubs and fire brigade maintained Panton Hill as a community centre. City commuter residents colonised the area from the 1960s, but there has been no significant suburban-style subdivision.

Andrew Lemon

Hilverda, Sido, Hear the siren: the first fifty years of the Panton Hill Voluntary Fire Brigade 1939-1990, Panton Hill Volunteer Fire Brigade, Melbourne, 1990. Details
Motschall, Marjorie Smith, Wild wood days at Panton Hill, Braidwood Press, Melbourne, 1984. Details