Dunolly and District

16 December, 2017

December 16 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1856 Henry the tailor rode Nobbler the racehorse from Maryborough to Dunolly under 40 mins.
Of course there was a bet with money involved!

 1866 Murphy’s Flat Wesleyan Church was opened.

 1879 Mount Hooghly school opened with a Grand Ball.

 1884 John Gunn, Premier, was born at Rheola near Dunolly second of nine children of William Gunn, a Scottish miner, and his Victorian-born wife Mary Ann, née Wayman. When his father died he began work as a butcher's boy before moving to Melbourne in 1901 to take jobs as a tea-packer and trolley-driver. He then worked briefly in Western Australian timber-mills. He was devoted to self-education.

 1934 176 pounds of the stolen Susso money was found in a bin behind the shire offices.

15 December, 2017

December 15 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1856 The gold escort travelled from Dunolly with 6,000 oz. of gold, an increase of 2,000ozs from the previous week.


In our last number we informed our readers that we had reason to believe that the names of the two murdered men were discovered. Since then the facts have been established beyond a doubt. The cap, opossum rug, and blanket were taken to Jones's Greek, to Mrs. Dunlop, and she, after having given a description of them, recognised them immediately they were shown to her. To make "assurance doubly sure," she was able to produce a piece of the same stuff with which the opossum rag was patched. On Wednesday Deane, the black man who first gave the in- formation of the finding of the bodies, was arrested on suspicion of the murder, and on Thursday he was brought up before a magistrate to answer to the charge. ,Mr. Furnell merely offered formal evidence, and prayed for a week's remand, which was granted. The prisoner's pick was produced in court, and there were evidently marks of blood on the handle. On the point and body of the pick are also stains, but whether of blood or rust is difficult to determine.
The prisoner does not offer any satisfactory explanation of these appearances: he appears very unconcerned, and takes things very coolly. It is quite impossible, at the present stage of the inquiry, to form any opinion as to his guilt or innocence.
It has been found that the murdered men did go to the White Hills, and, after stopping there a few days, left to go home. The murder, therefore, was committed on their return from, instead of on their journey to, the White Hills. The place where the bodies were found is very inaccessible, and every- thing points to the probability that the murders were committed at some distance off, and the bodies dragged or carried to the hole, It is certain that more than one, and probably three or four, were engaged in the deed. Mr. Furnell has discovered a spot which he thinks is likely to have been the scene of the murder. A fire has been lighted there, and on the ground are marks, apparently of blood. Some of the earth has been sent to a doctor to examine. It has come to our knowledge that the prisoner's mates were not aware of any cause that should have called the prisoner to the spot where he discovered the bodies: they had not heard of the rush which he assigned as the reason for his walk. We regret to say that the wife of one of the murdered men, Mrs. Dunlop, is left entirely destitute. She has a child, and is likely soon again to become a mother. She is described to us as a most worthy and industrious young woman, and we trust that a subscription will be raised to offer her the slight alleviation that is possible under her deplorable misfortunes. - Mary- borough and Dunolly Advertiser.

 1914 DUNOLLY. TEACHER TRANSFERRED Mr. Geo Robertson, head teacher at Betley State School, has been transferred to Waubra. Mr Calvert of Beasley's Bridge will succeed him.

PRICE OF DRINKS The rise in price of drinks has caused dissatisfaction here, many refusing to patronise the hotels at all till reduction is made.

 1915 SCHOOL BAZAAR. A bazaar was held in the Bromley State school in aid of the State school Patriotic Fund, over £12 being realised. PRESENTATION. An oak inkstand has been presented to Mr Roxburgh, formerly head teacher at Bromley, but who retired from the department about five weeks ago. The gift was made on behalf of the children by Miss Jane Hancock, one of the senior pupils.

 1917 St. Mary's School, Dunolly,
a striking success.
Without the slightest exaggeration it can be said that the grand concert in the
Town Hall on Wednesday evening (this date) by the pupils of St. Mary's School was not only a striking success, but a real triumph.
The programme was comprehensive and varied, and from the very first number till the last the utmost delight and enthusiasm were manifested by the very large audience, which filled the hall and the gallery. The applause was vociferous, encores were frequent, and there was not a dull moment.
Everything was so well managed also that the 'entire programme was carried out with wonderful' smoothness, and without the slightest hitch . The management of a large body of children, some of them very tiny, is not an easy matter, but here the advantages of kindly .and judicious discipline were manifest. -Every Item proved gentle, skilful,able training. and the remarkable' success achieved reflected the highest credit to the gifted teachers and on their pupils,' who displayed such an intelligent appreciation of and Interest In their work, and such remarkable proficiency, that the audience were at once captivated and charmed, and enthusiasm was maintained throughout. Such an entertainment, which evidently had Involved a great deal of labor— although this could rot be realised In the excellence of the result — could be repeated with advantage. It could be seen that the children themselves had been taught to take a pride in the perfection of their performances ; their . whole hearts appeared to be in them, and there was an intelligent enjoyment of them that found a ready and warm response from the audience. Generally speaking, there was a daintiness, a charm and a sweetness throughout, with extraordinary 'precision and yet ease of movement which could not fail to charm. It is not for us to describe the processes leading to such abdelightful result but to allude to the result itself admitted on all hands to be exceptionally good. he ringing choruses, duets, etc ., was very sweet evidencing talent and accomplishment onthe part of both teachers and pupils, while the various representations of different kinds were complete in every sense, and of a very high order. However, some details will follow. 'The entertainment was a triumph for the accomplished Sisters of St Joseph, Dunolly, who, we understand, had trained the pupils for this successful demonstration, and for their pupil, and the warm appreciation of the audience, so very freely manifested, must have been gratifying to all concerned. The Rev. Father Coughlan, in charge of the parish, was present, and made a few general and pleasant Introductory remarks. The Rev. Father Gallagher, assistant In the charge, was also present.
The accompaniments were played throughout by Mrs Collins, and, while her task was by no means an easy one, and was probably a considerable strain on her in the varied movements and so on, her skilful performances contributed largely to the success. The opening chorus by the pupils, ' 'The Song That Will Live For Ever,' was remarkably sweet and pretty, and the singing in excellent time and harmony. The recitation by two tiny girls, Misses Elsa Sheehan and Kathleen King, 'Babies' Troubles,' was delightful in Its charm and humor, and was enthusiastically cheered. The little ones evidently appreciated the spirit and humor of the theme. The chorus by the junior girls, 'Pickles,' was capital, and was warmly applauded. The Skipping Rope Dance by the Misses Uona Burns and Mona Faux, who were attired very prettily, was full of grace and charm, and was rewarded with loud cheers. The vocal duet, 'The Wind and the Harp,' by the Misses Dorothy Collins and Gladys Taylor was a real delight, so sweet and charming was the singing and tha audience were not slow with their applause. The song (in character), 'The Gipsies' by the junior girls, was charming as a spectacle and In the melody and sweetness of the singing. A splendid feature was the
 drama 'A Little Pickle,' In which the parts were taken as follow : —

Uncle, Master H. Faux ; Aunt, Miss Lizzie Smyth Polly, Miss Agnes King.; Jack, Master Tom Caldwell ; Pedlar, Master Albert Burns ; Farmer, Master Joe Burns; Schoolmaster, Master Robert Lawson.

There was really wonderful' talent displayed by the boys and girls In this representation, and each entered with zest Into the humor of his or her part, and with great intelligence. The proficiency as well as talent appealed to the audience, : and indicated the most careful and able training. Enthusiastic applause rewarded the most successful representation- The Irish Jig (in character) by the Misses Nelle Sheehan, Gwendoline Lewis, Kathleen Simons, and Eileen Sheehan, was something out of the common in Its grace, daintiness, and precision. The little performers were charmingly attired in green and red, and their dancing was one of the greatest triumphs of a delightful evening.

They were vociferously encored, and repeated their dainty performance in the second part. The action song by the senior girls, 'Flag of Our Homeland' each bearing two Australian flags, was most affective and pretty as a spectacle and the singing very sweet , the audience being carried away by the patriotic sentiment and sweetness of the singing. The piano forte duet by the Misses Kathleen Gough and Dorothy Collins, 'The Sleigh Bells,' was a really fine performance, indicating exceptional talent and accomplishment, and the appreciation was marked.

After an Interval the second part was entered on and was as successful as the first, and words of praise, so thoroughly deserved, would savor of repetition but they cannot be withheld. The-' Floral March' by the girls. illuminated by limelight, requires special notice, the spectacle was so thoroughly beautiful and graceful- Each of the girls, all prettily dressed In white, carried a floral arch, and the effect of the attractive grouping and intricate but graceful revolutions was striking. This also must rightly be spoken of as a triumph of arrangement
and display. Then there was a dialogue, ' The Quarrel of the Flowers,' in which the following were the representations-
Christmas, Miss Lizzie Burns ; Sweet Pea, Miss B. -Dawson ; Daisy, Miss Una Burns ;
Rosa, Miss G. Taylor; Lily, Miss N. Taylor ;. Poppy, Miss L. Walsh ; Violet, Miss M. Faux ; Sunflower, Miss M. Davis.
All here again were sweetly attired and decorated appropriately with flowers, and the dialogue was a real treat,, as well as conveying a useful lesson. It Is impossible to give a true Idea of all these delightful displays. The action song by the girls, 'Beautiful Butterflies,' was indescribably beautiful, costumes and accessories grouping and movements, being so graceful and dainty. The pianoforte duet by the Misses K. Gough and D. Collins "Flick and Flock" equaled the success achieved in the first part. 'The solo by Master Gerald Hartley ''The Solicitor,' took the audience by storm, the encore being so overwhelming that It could not be denied.
The young performer fairly entered Into the fun and spirit of his song, and attitudes, actions and expressions, varied, appropriate and fetching, kept the audience in a state of delight throughout. The song and dialogue, 'Mrs Brown's Luggage' was a splendid representation In all accessories and details, and in the cleverness and humor of the acting. The characters were taken as follows :-Mr Brown - Master H. Faux ; Mrs Brown, Miss L Smyth ; Porter, Master Joe Burns. The audience were kept In a simmer of amusement all the time, with frequent bursts of laughter, and certainly 'Mrs Brown" (Miss L. Smyth) achieved a remarkable success, so apparently unconscious was her delightful humor and so sweet her singing. Her talent was manifest. She was : excellently supported by the two boys, and all showed evidence of training as well as natural talent. The chorus by the boys, 'Jolly Old Men,' was a great piece of fun, the boys in their long grey beards and antiquated garments, singing so well, and with such grotesque but amusing gestures, causing amusement that could not be controlled. A varied and delightful programme was brought to a close by the singing of the National  Anthem.
It is of course, Impossible for us to describe all details or even to adequately present the chief features of a very complete and wholly successful and charming entertainment, but all concerned may be gratified with the thorough appreciation of an enthusiastic audience of every number, every detail, and the general results.

 1915 A good deal of interest has been taken of late by members in the billiard tournament at tbe Dunolly Public Library , for trophies of £l ls and 10s 6d, donated by the President . (Mr W. J. Parker, J.P.) and Mr Kendall respectively. The final match was played this evening, and after a keenly contested game Mr F. B. Langsford beat Mr F. Gathercole by 18 points— 200' to 182. The prize of 5s (also donated by the President) for the highest break during the tournament was won by Mr Ken Morris with a break of 26, which was obtained Is the early stage of the competition. In the final game Mr Langsford was scratch and Mr Gathercole 5 points behind.

 1926 DUNOLLY, Wednesday. — Owing to the prolonged dry- spell the pastures have dried off and crops ripened rapidly. Farmers are now busily engaged harvesting wheat which is yielding from five to seven bugs.

 2015 Central Goldfields Shire Council voted to cease funding the Maryborough and Dunolly SES units.

14 December, 2017

December 14 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1864 Moliagul school finally got a salary for school teacher who’d been surviving on 1 pound school fees per month.

1908 The license of the Old Dunolly Hotel was surrendered to the Licensing Board, although burnt down in July it had continued to trade from a temporary bar.

 1914 Minnie Burke, 15 years of age, was found in a dredge dam is an exhausted condition. She states she fell in.

 1951 It was announced that the premier Mr McDonald would arrange for representatives of a Dutch brickmaking firm to inspect the Dunolly area, as the Dutch firm wants to come to Victoria.

13 December, 2017

December 13 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1857 Double Murder at Jones’ Creek; 2 bodies found in an abandoned mine shaft, covered over with dirt.

 1870 Painter and flute maker Clewin Simon Harcourt was born at Dunolly.

 1893 Children’s concert at Bealiba in the Library Hall.

 1918 HAND INJURED. DUNOLLY, Friday Mr Jas. Shay, of Moliagul, got his left hand caught between the wheel of a dray and the stanchion iron, and the flesh was badly lacerated.

 1931 The boot shop of P Raselli was broken into and 9 pairs were stolen. The till was broken open but contained only a few pennies, Mr Parson’s garage was also broken into but nothing was taken.

 1934    £187  of Susso (unemployed sustenance pay) was stolen from the shire offices.

12 December, 2017

December 12 On THis Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1924 The Dunolly Amateur Dramatic Company presented the comedy The Private Secretary in the Dunolly Town Hall to a large audience and was a great success. The proceeds were in aid of the Dunolly Hospital x-ray fund.

11 December, 2017

December 11 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1861 Frayne’s Theatre in Dunolly was advertising in The Star (Ballarat newspaper) for a brass Band to be engaged for 1 month with a possible continuance.

 1868 A bull in a china shop was rivalled by a sheep in a drapery store when a sheep, belonging to Mr Downs, bounded through the plate glass window of Messrs. McKenna and Co.’s establishment.

 1884 Caterpillars in large numbers had attacked the vines in the Dunolly area, stripping the bunches bare of fruit.

 1887 Locusts were swarming through Dunolly like a snowstorm, chewing every bit of green stuff bare After 3 days of excessive heat a severe thunderstorm burst over the town at 4pm with rain bucketing down, it will damage the hay and crops but it will stop the locusts.

 1892 Mrs Tatchell, wife of the MLA, passed away after a long illness.

 1892 A telegram from Dunolly dated Sunday states that on the previous night it rained steadily for over 12 hours without inter mission. Hay making is in full swing, many crops averaging over four tons per acre. It is generally admitted that this season is the best experienced for many years past.

 1940 Water service is being curtailed as only 5ft of water remains, tower being erected for local supply nears completion.

 1940 Annual Hospital Ball realised 34 pounds, 12 shillings a 2 pence for the hospital.

10 December, 2017

December 10 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1867 Waanyarra – Jones’ Creek school committee organised a sports day picnic to celebrate the visit of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

 1905 DUNOLLY. Sunday.
A serious accident happened at the Rathscar Company’s mine, where shaft sinking is in, progress. Alexander Lawson, with a mate, was working in the shaft when a piece of timber by some means fell down the shaft, striking Lawson on the side of the head, causing a severe scalp wound and rendering him unconscious. He -was taken to the Dunolly Hospital, where Dr. Wolfenden found that the man's skull was fractured. Several pieces of bone were removed. The case is considered serious.

 1911 Maryborough 65 vs Bet Bet cricket club 141, Talbot 96 vs Havelock 176, Maryborough railways 96 vs Dunolly 125.

 1918 DUNOLLY. DEATH OF SCHOOLMASTER. Deep regret was manifest here when word was received that Mr J. Caldwell, head teacher of the Eddington State School, had died suddenly on Saturday morning. The deceased had not been in robust health for some years, having had to undergo a severe operation from which he never fully recovered; but he was about as usual, and at school on Wednesday last. On Friday evening he was seized with sudden illness, and although everything was done to alleviate the sufferer he rapidly sank and died, at the age of 49 years. He was an excellent teacher, the school holding a high percentage and a most enthusiastic worker in the cause of charity, Red Cross. and other patriotic movements. He leaves a wife but no family. 

1918 TEACHER TRANSFERRED. Mr R. A. Lester, head teacher of the Bromley State School, has been transfer red to Warriyallock, near Warburton. Prior to his departure he was entertained at a send-off, and presented with a valuable travelling rug and Mrs Lester with a handsome silver cake dish. 

1918 MINISTER'S FAREWELL SERMON. The Rev. D. D. Murray, minister in charge at Dunolly Presbyterian Church preached his farewell sermon on Sunday night to a crowded congregation. Mr Munro is leaving for Perth (W.A.). He has made many warm friends here during his stay. 

1918 MANCHESTER UNITY. At the half-yearly meeting of the Loyal Prince Alfred Lodge, M.U., the following officers were elected for the ensuing term:- GM Br W Bowman; NG Br J. Farquharson, PPGM; VG., Br W. Beasy, PG. Brs Farqugarson, Beasy, and Dawson were appointed delegates to attend the meeting at Mildura. The evening’s receipts amounted to about £75.

 1940 Cr and Mrs Howard were entertained by Betley residents and presented with gifts as they are leaving the district.

 1947 Following the establishment of Hey Presto Products at Dunolly, the Housing Commission has announced that, in accordance the policy of the Victorian Government in decentralising industry, three or four homes will be built to accommodate key men in the industry. In order to make the homes available as soon as possible, prefabricated dwellings may be used.

 1956 Bet Bet Shire Council was granted 90 pounds towards wire mesh fence around Gordon Gardens by the Public Works Minister, Sir Thomas Maltby.

09 December, 2017

December 9 On This Day in Dunolly History

1884 Violent thunderstorm and heavy rain at Dunolly.

 1892 Mr Robinson’s weatherboard home was completely destroyed by fire.

 1892 Mr Stuart Murray, chief engineer of the Water Supply Dept, visited Dunolly to inspect the Goldsborough reservoir which is controlled by the Bet Bet Shire Waterworks Trust.

 1909 A miner, while eating lunch, had 2 ribs broken in a small rock fall, he was admitted to hospital.

 1913 The license of the Royal Hotel Dunolly was opposed by the police at the Maryborough Licensing Court due to the owner, Mr Ray of Maldon, not effecting the repairs as directed.

 1921 A branch of the New Settler’s League was established in Dunolly, formed for the purpose of promoting the welfare of people selected from overseas and finding employment for the new arrivals.

 1938 The bakery of Mr C.D Percy at Bealiba was greatly damaged by fire but owing to the hard efforts of the fire fighters they managed to contain the fire and keep it from the next door post office.

 1955 The first sod for the Dunolly Swimming Pool was turned by Hon Mr Keith Turnbull MLA, who drove a bulldozer into the earth whilst supervised by a contractor.

 2014 Power was cut to Dunolly and surrounding areas when a willy-willy whirlwind lifted a trampoline up over a fence and high enough to knock down a powerline at the corner of Inkerman and Thompson streets Dunolly. Power was returned by 9pm that evening.

08 December, 2017

December 8 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1856 Walter Charles Pierce of Dunolly was appointed Coroner.

 1876 First traction engine tractor seen in Dunolly, belonged to John Smith.

 1893 Goldsborough Quadrille Assembly Grand Ball in the railway goods shed (decorated with banners and flowers) with proceeds going to the free library.

 1894 Dunolly-born AA Middleton won the Austral Wheel Race.

 1952 A 1,094 acre property at Eddington was sold for 40,600 pounds.

07 December, 2017

December 7 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1908 John Gourley was admitted to Dunolly hospital after having been thrown by his horse and injuring his thigh.

 1936 A new rush started at the old Poseidon field after gold up to 1dwt was recently found, a 700 acre paddock was pegged out.

 1940 The Age reported on the discovery of a very few remnants of Dunolly history in the paper sent to be pulped for the war effort and how we may have inadvertently lost most of our pioneer history.