Captain Moonlite: Linton bank spared by notorious bushranger for sale


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A former Bank of New South Wales that Captain Moonlite visited is for sale.

A historic bank regularly visited by a notorious bushranger has hit the market in Victoria’s west.

Andrew George Scott, who became better known as outlaw Captain Moonlite, frequently stayed at the Bank of New South Wales at 90 Sussex St in Linton before turning to crime.

During the mid-1800s he was a guest of the bank’s manager, Samuel Lewers, who helped build the historic town just outside Ballarat.

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The old bank was extended into a home.

Captain Moonlite was a notorious bushranger. Picture: Victoria Police Historical Collection

The property was converted to a house in the early 1900s and is now for sale with a $649,000-$669,000 price guide.

Before becoming a bushranger, Scott was friends with Mr Lewers and also acted as the town’s lay preacher. He used the building as a church on Sundays and stayed on the site overnight during his visits, Linton Historical Society documents show.

After leaving his religious ways behind, Scott joined a gang that robbed banks and towns in the region, across Victoria and NSW.

The house is for sale with a $649,000-$669,000 price guide.

Inside the old bank.

When he was captured in Wagga Wagga, he confessed the only reason he had not robbed Linton’s bank was because of the kindness of the Lewers family.

The original structure of the former commercial building remains intact at the five-bedroom home.

Ballarat Property Group agent Troy Anwyl said an extension and renovations over the years made it ready to move in to.

Some historic features remain.

A sketch of Captain Moonlite during his last stand. Picture: Supplied

“A highlight is the master bedroom, where the old bank vault was converted into an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe,” Mr Anwyl said.

“Its bluestone foundations will also outlast my lifetime and many more to come.”

The bank was built during the Gold Rush era for miners depositing their bounties.

Former federal opposition leader Matthew Charlton was also born in the town around the same time Scott was visiting as a preacher.

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