Dunolly and District

15 August, 2017

August 15 Nganko Nyawiyu (Before Today)

1878 Oldmeadows of Dunolly, jam manufacturers received an honourable mention from the food jury at the Paris exhibition.

 1886 Rev James Moy Ling, Chinese Missionary, conducted the service in the Dunolly Wesleyan Church with a large congregation. 
ON Tuesday 11 Chinese will be baptised in the church.

 1911 Horse parades were held in Dunolly and examined by Mr Johnson Govt Inspector.

 1936 Mr Catto of Rheola won the trophy for the 3rd time for apple export competition, the trophy put up by Mr Colombie. It is now Mr Catto’s permanently.

August 14 Nganko Nyawiyu (Before Today)

1865 Havelock Post Office (2) opened

14-15 1871 A reception of Japanese and European artists – including Yama Moto, Matz-Noski and Kami Sama the tightrope walking girl in clogs, European tenors, Irish comic vocalists and Donato the one-legged dancer - was held in the Dunolly Town Hall.

 1886 The Dunolly Church of England Bazaar closed with takings over 200 pounds.

 1935 Mr W. Macrae applied for a motor bus licence to carry children to school.

August 13 Nganko Nyawiyu (Before Today)

1894 Dunolly Fire Brigade’s half yearly social which was catered by Joseph Hill with great entertainment, dancing and frivolity.

 1898 AC Middleton won the Victorian Twenty-five Miles Road Championship for cycling. He comes from a famous cycling famous family; one of 4 brothers all born in Dunolly, AC has won the Eight Hours Wheel event, hundreds of pounds in prizes and the 50 miles road championship of 1897.

August 12 Nganko Nyawiyu

1884 After several days of unsettled weather and half an inch of rain registering in the gauge, a thunderstorm passed over Dunolly with no rain or hail falling, however at nearby Bet Bet one of the heaviest hail stone falls has happened with the hail inches deep and they hadn’t dissolved up until 11pm.

 1904 It was reported that a wealthy swagman, Michael McNabb, was found unconscious and near naked in the Dunolly recreation reserve dressing room and taken to the Dunolly Hospital; on searching his clothes he was found to have 112 pounds in cash, 70 pounds in gold, and bank deposit receipts of 454 pounds.

 1919 Council of the Shire of Bet Bet resolved to abolish the Dunolly Pound and dispense with the services of George Flett, Poundkeeper.

 1938 The Maryborough Brass Band gave a recital in the Bealiba town hall to assist the funds in the Queen of Progress in connection with the special appeal for the Dunolly and District Hospital, the collection raised 8 pounds.

11 August, 2017

August 11 Nganko Nyawiyu (Before Today)

1914 Mr W. Baker, who has been prospecting for some time at Waanyarra, with fair results has come across an indicator at a depth of 14 feet from which he has obtained some specimens thickly studded with gold. There is a large quantity of fine gold in the casing.

 1928 The Dunolly branch of the RSL held a ball and euchre party with a large attendance.

10 August, 2017

August 10 Nganko nyawiyu (Before today)

1920 Licence of the Railway Hotel was transferred from Thomas Hartley to Elizabeth Whelan.

 1935 Heavy rains fell, registering 83 points at Dunolly while the Burnt Creek and Bet Bet Creek are running bankers.  The bridge at Betley is under water, stock owners have been warned about heavy flooding with many crops ruined on low lying lands.

09 August, 2017

August 9 Nganko nyawiyu (Before today)

1858 James Nichols won the tender contract to build the first county court in Dunolly costing 1,980 pounds.

 1859 The Dunolly Telegraph Station was opened for public business.

 1875 Ah Cat was executed at the Castlemaine Gaol for the murder of Frederick Renzelman at Bet Bet on 2 April 1875.

 1883 A child of 2 had a lucky escape when the train driver spied it standing on the tracks between Bealiba and Goldsborough, he threw the brakes on but due to the fog the rails were slippery and the train wouldn't stop in time so the driver jumped out and ran to grab the child before the train reached it - he managed to restore the child to its parents who lived next to the line and the driver was complimented by several gentlemen when they reached Dunolly. This is the 3rd life saved in a similar manner by Engine-Driver McLellan.

 1886 Mr Ritchie elected mayor.

 1886 Large fox shot near Natte Yallock, first ever in that district.

 1910 Two young men were fined 3 pounds each in the Inglewood Police Court for stealing apples from a Rheola orchard, and ordered to pay costs.

 1935 Heavy rains fallen, 83 points, Burnt Creek and Bet Bet creek are running bankers, low land inundated , bridge at Betley is under water, warning to stock owners for heavier flood waters, many crops are water logged and will soon be damaged but spring feed for stock is assured.

 1978 Dunolly Pre-school opened in the former Crouch Reel factory by Mr J. Bourchier.

08 August, 2017

August 8


A digger, writing to the Melbourne Herald from this locality says :—

There has been, since I have been here, a flutuating population of from three to seven thousand people. And as the diggings which caused this rush have proved rather a failure, I should think ten days or a fortnight ago must have witnessed only the minimum number I have mentioned located at Dunolly. It very often proves the case on the diggings, that an indifferent or worthless rush leads to a good " diggings " being found out, and in the present instance I think this has been the case.

There has been for some time digging going on at about a mile on the road to Low's Creek, and a narrow, patchy, at times tolerably rich lead had been traced out on a flat which leads from there down to Burnt Creek— without attracting much attention. The digging had deepened from 5 to about 35 to 40 feet. About ten days ago a prospecting party bottomed a fifty feet hole, three quarters of a mile lower down the flat, which was so rich as to cause immediately all the intervening ground to be taken up, as well as many of the old holes higher up the lead.
The consequence has been that many of the old holes and some new ones sunk have given most extraordinary results. Nuggets of all sizes have been found, from a pennyweight to twenty-eight pounds. A man I know very well got a seven pounds eight ounces nugget out of an old hole with very little driving ; this nugget I have had in my hands. I can also speak to a nugget of each of the following weights, having been found six pounds, nine do., eleven do., seventeen do. (taken off a false bottom), and 28 do. Also smaller nuggets, ranging in size from 40 ozs. to 20 ozs.

I dare not give you the reports which are flying about of other nuggets which I have not had the opportunity to verify, but if half were true this would indeed be an extraordinary place. It is said that two men got out a cwt. of gold last week. As regards lower down the lead things look very lively. A hole was bottomed two or three claims off the prospector's, which l am as- sured is very rich. My informant told me that there was five feet of wash dirt, and that some of it that he had seen was absolutely studded with gold. I have never been on a diggings where people seemed more lively.

No one denies that there is a rich diggings turned up, and it is generally believed that there, will be a monster rush here. Still I would caution your readers that the whole of this part of the country from Korong to Burnt Creek is very patchy, although frequently it is very rich. There are many diggers who never leave it. They say there is always sure to be some good rush about. To diggers who are doing anything elsewhere I would recommend to leave well alone ; to those who are looking out for a diggings to go to, I must say that they might go further than here and fare worse. To diggings in general I think might be applied the name of a recent very popular American novel : " Good in all, and none all good." If you will allow me, I will trouble at some future time with further accounts of the place and its doings, and will now conclude by subscribing myself,


1864 Tarnagulla left the bet Bet Road Board to form its own Borough with 5133 acres of land comprising the townships of Tarnagulla and Newbridge, comprising 163 households.

 1894 The football match between St. Arnaud and Dunolly for the Giles trophy to-day resulted in a draw, with 2 goals each. This leaves Dunolly in the lead by 4 points. A protest was lodged by St. Arnaud against the last goal kicked by Dunolly on the ground that the time bell rang just after the mark and before the goal was kicked from it.

1908 Fruit growers held a meeting at Bet Bet where they decided to form a fruit growers association called The Middle Bridge and Bet Bet Fruit Growers Association. It was decided to subscribe 1 pound 1 shilling to the funds of the Central Fruit Growers Association.

August 7

1871 James Plumridge of Burnham Pottery (based on 2 acres at Adelaide Lead) gave a public lecture in the town hall on the ancient and modern pottery methods with art exhibition, admission 1 shilling for the Congregational Sunday school.

 1910 A football match between Maryborough and Dunolly saw some argy-bargy but two Maryborough players were the worse off later on, Williams with a broken nose and Whittaker with a broken collarbone, eventually Dunolly won.

August 6

1862 Tarnagulla Benevolent Society was formed.

 1918 A Strength of Empire League branch was formed at Dunolly: various resolutions were carried in local options by a bare majority - greater restrictions on the liquor trade and strong measures in suppressing venereal disease.

At the monthly meeting of the Dunolly Hospital committee Mr W. E Samers was elected president.

 1936 A service car between Dunolly, Maldon and Castlemaine has been sanctioned by the transport board which is seen by residents as the first step towards closing the rail line.

 1998 Ginny the Asian elephant, who became lost near Dunolly the day before, was found by an ABC helicopter about 2pm, 2km into the Dunolly Tarnagulla State Forest.
The helicopter herded the elephant into open ground where she was met by her trainer.
Under police escort, he then walked her back along the main road to the circus campsite at the Dunolly Football Ground.. She had slipped her tether about 10.30pm last night to escape the Perry Bros Circus camp on the outskirts of Dunolly.
Searchers had to contend with early morning fog and the fact that Ginny's colouring provided excellent camouflage in the heavily-wooded country just north of Dunolly.
"You could actually be looking straight at her and not see her," Senior Sergeant Peter Bigmore, of Dunolly police, said just before Ginny was recaptured. He said she had left several "calling cards" and was being pursued by about six four-wheel-drives containing about 30 police, SES crew and circus staff.
Ginny lived until 2006.