Lyndhurst (population 400) began as a rural town in the 1860s, boosted along with gold discovery in 1870. However, it really began to prosper with the arrival of the railway in 1888. Back then there were more 30 shops and services. Many of these old buildings can still be seen today.
There is a hotel, a general store, church, CWA and soldiers memorial hall and quite a few houses.
Lyndhurst was one of the possible sites considered for the new Federal capital which eventually went to Canberra. I'm rather happy it didn't get chosen though it is a rather nondescript country town.