William Lints was born in 1881, in Aberdeen, Scotland. When he was two years old he immigrated, with his parents, to Australia where he was educated. Lints came to New Zealand in 1895 and settled in Whanganui, where he learned his trade as a hairdresser. He moved to New Plymouth and managed the Central Hairdressing Saloon before establishing the Antiseptic Hairdressing Saloon on Devon Street East in 1906.
For many years Lints studied and practised gymnastics, and acted as the gymnastic instructor for New Plymouth High School, the New Plymouth United Gymnasium Society, and the New Plymouth Ladies' United Gymnasium Society. He was also a starter and handicapper of the New Plymouth Amateur Swimming Club, and was captain of the New Plymouth water polo team. Lints was also known as a theatrical producer, organising and performing in travelling variety shows and organsing a series of Reveille fundraising performances throughout New Zealand from 1914-1941.
Lints married a daughter of the late Mr. W. Armstrong, of Whanganui, in the year 1900, and had three sons. He died in Whanganui in 1973.
This collection consists of a number of photographs relating to Lints and an album of newspaper clippings and photographs.
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Album. Newspaper clippings relating to gymnastics, tennis, carnivals, swimming, etc. 1902-1913.
Photographs. 110 prints mainly of gymnastics, a few of the mountain and the mountain house.