Dunolly and District

A blog about a fabulous little town in Central Victoria.

31 August, 2015

August 31 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1875 At the Dunolly police court 3 cases were prosucuted against parents who refused to send their children to school, 2/ fined in two cases with the third dismissed as the children had measles. One of the JPs sitting on the bench paid the fine for one of the mothers as she was a widow with 5 children to provide for.

1877 The Priest from Dunolly travelled to the Chinese camp at Ballarat to officiate at the annual ceremony to provide food, clothing and warmth for the ghosts of those who died by accident or violence. A large fire was lit at dusk with tom-toms, kettle drums and reed pipes played until midnight when food was placed around the outside of the fire, gin and wine spilt on the ground and after the ghosts had taken their fill the paper clothing was burnt while the food was shared out to the paupers of the camp (lepers from the rifle butts).

 1883 In the Dunolly Court, Victoria, recently, Mr Phelps, a solicitor, while conducting a case, used the words “That be damned" in reply to a remark made by Mr Barnett, solicitor on the other side. Mr Cass, the police magistrate, ordered Phelps to apologise but he refused to do so. Phelps was then requested to quit the court, and having declined, the police carried him out. He returned, but would not apologise, and again the police removed him. The court rose, and he was subsequently permitted to re-enter, when he apologised, adding “The Bench is damned hard on me."

 1894 The Dunolly Free Library held a Grand concert with entertainment by the Dunolly Cuckoo club.

 1896 New gold was discovered at Moligul with a reef expected to yield 12oz to the ton.

 1931 A reunion took place at the Dunolly hospital when James Cadzow was visited by his brother William for the first time in 50 years after William returned from NZ having relinquished his business.
Talbot: Thursdays 10:00am- 11:00am - Talbot Tennis Club
Maryborough: Thursday 1:30pm- 2:30am Wellness Centre
Maryborough: Monday 10:00am - 11:00am Community House
For more information or to register your interest contact Brendan or Margaret at Community Services 5461 0333

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30 August, 2015

August 30 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1861 Tenders required for supply of 16 horse steam engine and boiler, etc, according to plans and specifications prepared by Mr George Newman, engineer, at Cochranes Reef near Dunolly. Plans may be viewed at Mr Watson’s Town Hall Hotel.

 1873 Dunolly FC - a scratch match was held on the Market Square on the afternoon of Saturday 30th August. Play commenced at 4.30 p.m. and as reported by the Express: An exciting and well contested game was played until six o’clock, with neither side being successful in obtaining a goal, the match was declared a draw.

 1888 An English syndicate has dispatched an export to Victoria to report on the Queen's Birthday and other mines in the Dunolly district prior to purchasing them.

 1914 Gordon Gardens was host to large gathering under the banner of PLC to aid the patriotic funds. Mayor Couchman occupied the chair, music selections supplied by Maryborough Brass Band, a collection of 12 pounds was made towards the funds.

 1919 Tarnagulla handicapped trots held at Tarnagulla.

 1933 Annual ball held to raise funds for the Dunolly hospital was a great success with about 250 people having a ball.

1936 Fire broke out in a tent behind Mr Rasellis boot shop in Broadway, the occupant passing away from his injuried the next day.

 1993 Natte Yallock post office closed.

29 August, 2015

August 29 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1859 Mr Lyle has started running a coach on the Dunolly Tarrengower road.

 1909 At the police court in Dunolly the licensee of the Windsor Castle Hotel, Mrs O’Dwyer, was fined 20/ for allowing persons on the premises in prohibited hours. The court awarded 5/ in costs against her, while 2 young men found on the premises were fined 20/ each and awarded costs of 1/6 each.

1916 DUNOLLY. GOLD SPECIMEN PICKED UP. While clearing small timber off Crown lands at the Shorts, one of the party picked up a specimen weighing 4oz. and which contains about half gold.

1916 QUEEN COMPETITION. Great interest is being manifested over the Queen Competition, which is being run in aid of the Dunolly District Hospital, and closes on Wednesday. There are five queens in the competition.

28 August, 2015

Majorca Red Cross Card Night 28 August 7.30pm

Friday 28 August
Majorca Red Cross Card Night @ Majorca Hall from 7.30pm

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August 28 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1857 A Duel was dealt between Edward Tayton and William Forest (storekeeper) at Jones Creek.

1868 A new rush is reported to' have taken place at Omeo, and also at a spot called Bealiba, near Dunolly, but the value of the discovery has yet to be determined, it is however, believed that good ground has in the last mentioned locality been found.

 1869 The first cycle in Dunolly was sighted in the Market Square, owned by Mr Anketell.

 1871 A series of popular readings is offered at the town hall, admission 6d children half price.

1904 Rev Watson, Presbyterian minister for 6 years in Dunolly, gave his farewell address to a crowded congregation At the Eddington church he was presented with a purse of sovereigns, at Bet Bet he received a travelling rug and silver mounted umbrella, at Dunolly he was given a purse of sovereigns and a silver mounted travelling bag was given to him from the Pleasant Evening Society which he had originated.

 1907 Alfred Smith, 16, was riding his bike to work when the handlebars broke and he was knocked unconscious when he was thrown from the bike, Mr Beasley found him, conveyed him to an hotel where his many lacerations were stitched before being moved to the Dunolly hospital.

 1920 Dunolly defeated Railways in the Maryborough district association premiership 6 goals 6 points to 3 goals 6 points.

27 August, 2015


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Dunolly Ladies Only Self-Defence & Get Fit

Don't forget to come along TONIGHT at 6pm, Dunolly RSL Hall!
We want positive ladies, who are going to motivate, and inspire each other to lose weight, get fit, have fun, and always "BE YOUR BEST".
It may not be everyone's cuppa tea.... however... the only requirement is; comfy clothes, a drink bottle, and a good attitude!
There is NO SUCH THING AS "CAN'T" .... we CAN work around individual ability, and injuries, etc.
If your up for the challenge, come along tonight for our "come and try" night!
Then, once you decide... It's ONE-OFF $35 membership joining fee, for the remainder of 2015, then it's just a gold coin donation each week to participate


Bealiba Playgroup meets every Friday from 10.00am to 11.00am in the Primary School during school terms.

Bealiba Progress Association meeting, 2nd Tuesday each month 7.30pm Bealiba Hall.

Bealiba Bingo 1.30pm in the Bealiba Hall 2nd Monday each month.

Community Bus – every Friday to Maryborough and back. Book at the RTC 5468 1205

Dunolly Community Garden at Pre-school:
Wednesdays 2.00pm AEST/5.00pm Summer Dunolly.

CWA meetings 1.30pm in the SES rooms 1st Wednesday each month.

Dunolly Day Support Tuesday and Thursdays 10.30am to 2.30pm Phone 5468 2907

Dunolly District Auxiliary 1st Monday each month at 10.00am in the Hospital Day Room.

Dunolly Field and Game meeting 2nd Thursday each month 7.30pm at 147 Broadway, Dunolly.

Dunolly Fire Brigade meeting 1st Monday each month 7.30pm Fire Station.

Dunolly Community Market held on the 2nd Sunday each month 8.00am to 1.00pm- Broadway.

Dunolly Neighbourhood Watch meeting 3rd Wednesday each month 10.30am at the Bakery.

Dunolly Supported Playgroup meets Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am at the Dunolly Preschool.

Dunolly & District Probus Club meeting 3rd Thursday each month at 10.000am in the Senior Citizens Hall.

Dunolly Museum meeting 3rd Monday each month 2.00pm at 75 Broadway (The Dunolly Museum).

Dunolly St George Lodge 4th Saturday each month.

Dunolly Social Cyclists Meet fortnightly. Call Neville for info: 5468 7295

Dunolly Historic Precinct Committee 4th Tuesday each month at 3.30pm at the Town Hall.

Dunolly Unit Vic SES meeting 6.30pm 3rd Tuesday each month. Training every other Tuesday.

Dunolly Uniting Church Messy Church 4th Wednesday each month 4.30pm to 6.00pm.

Golden Triangle Archers 4th Sunday each month 10.00am behind Deledio Reserve.

Maryborough Lions Club Tourist Market 1st Sunday of every month - 8.00am - 2.00pm At the Maryborough Harness Racing Complex.

Mobile Library every Thursday 2.00pm to 5.00pm outside Town Hall

Newbridge CWA meeting Newbridge Hall 3rd Tuesday each month 1.30pm.

Old Time Dancing 7.30pm Mondays Anglican Hall Barkly Street Dunolly.

Red Hat Society - Gorgeous Goldfields Gals meet 2nd Thursday of the month at Ripples On The Res 11.30am.

RSL meeting 7.00pm RSL Hall Dunolly 2nd Tuesday each month - 7.00pm.

Senior Citizens meeting 1st Monday each month 10.00am.

Senior Citizens Carpet Bowls each Monday 1.30pm.

Senior Citizens Luncheon 3rd Wednesday/month 12.30pm.

Talbot Farmers Market 3rd Sunday /month 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Tarnagulla Playgroup Thursday 10.30am to 12 noon – behind the hall.

Tarnagulla Action Group - Community Centre 3rd Monday each month 5.00pm.

Welcome Record Committee 2nd Monday each month - 2.00pm in the office (next to the Town Hall).

Sunday 30 Imagination Station Bealiba Hall - 2.00pm
Sunday 30 Bealiba Historic Museum - open 12.00pm

Friday 4 Junior Disco DFNC at the clubrooms

Wed. 9 Neighbourhood Centre AGM

Saturday 3 Whole of Town garage sale


Our last ride was on a beautiful cool, sunny morning which saw the usual group riding to Waanyarra’s old cemetery, then Morton’s Pub with morning tea at the ‘Cyclists Rest Area’; the food and drink supplied and transported by Glynis and Brian.
Thanks friends.
We then returned to Dunolly via Murderers Hill, which Glynis climbed without stopping. Great effort!
To explore the rest of the Waanyarra area is on the ‘to do’ list.

Our next ride on Sunday 30 August will start from outside the Victorian Theatre, Tarnagulla at 9.30am; ride to Newbridge, morning tea at the general store, then return to Tarna.

Some dates to be pencilled in your diary:
1. We have received an invitation from the Geelong club to join them in a weekend exploration of the Goldfields area on the first weekend of October.
More info as it comes to hand.

2. Sunday 11 October celebrates our 1st anniversary of DSC, and also the 120th year of the formation of the Dunolly Bicycle Club in 1894. Both these events happened at the Red Lion Hotel, the current home of Anna and Philip Ashton.
You will be notified of planned activities shortly.
Enquires Neville Roberts 5468 7295


The Dunolly &  District Neighbourhood Centre Inc AGM will be held on 9 September 2015 at the Centre at 11.30am.
All friends and associates of the Neighbourhood Centre are invited to attend.


Interested in volunteering as a member or serving in a board vacancy in the not-for-profit sector?
To join a Lions Club is by invitation, but applications are encouraged from all members of the community.
One more member gives us two more hands to do service in our community, at home and internationally.
Benefits of being a member include fellowship, good times, meeting people, building lasting friendships, service to the community, learning
new skills, leadership and personal development.
Membership is open to men and women of good moral character and reputation.
Interested? Wonderful! ….
Please contact Katinka
Hilder or email tinka-alan@bigpond.com or phone
5460 5252.


A Special General Meeting was held on 23 August 2015 at 11.00am to elect a new Committee following Peter Daly’s resignation as President.
Members thanked Peter for holding the fort through a difficult period over the past two years.
The meeting was chaired by Harold Heslop OAM Veteran Advocate.
Nominations were put forward; New Committee was elected and members accepted positions.
President: Rick Gale, Vice President: Phil Vernon,
Treasurer: Brenton Martin, Secretary: Lyn Gale.
The meeting was followed with a very enjoyable barbecue lunch. Thank you to all for helping with salads and sweets.

The RSL meets on the second Tuesday every month at RSL Hall, anyone interested is welcome to come along.
Next meeting 8 September.


The Anglican Church Ladies of St Davids Bealiba are holding “NumberS Up” in the Bealiba Hall on Monday 31 August at 1.30pm.

Cake Stall, Afternoon Tea.
All welcome.

Last month’s winners were Lucky Door - Helen Tomlison and the raffle was won by Betty Sutton.



Visit Bealiba this weekend.
The Museum in Main Street, beside the Community Hall will be open from 12 noon to 4.00pm.

BYO lunch.

Tea/coffee available.


This week being the fifth Sunday in the month Heiner will lead us. We all enjoy this Musical Service.

Next week UCAF will meet on 3 September for its monthly meeting.
We are meeting early at 11.30 am to sew up the strips of knitting we have been doing over the past months for our blankets which go to the missions. We are to bring along our lunch just for ourselves, not to share, although a plate for afternoon tea would be appreciated. Also a funny story that you can tell us of something that happened to you.
The word for the month - ‘Love’.

The Op Shop will be open with its $5.00 a bag sale for all winter clothes and shoes still on. We are open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Rev Gi Won Kang will be visiting sick people or people who cannot get out of their home. If you would like him to visit while he is
here please let the Church know. He is a very charming young man who speaks very good English.


We had two pairs of Patrick and Veronica at Mass on Sunday - the O’Dwyers and a couple who were house sitting in Dunolly.

East Timor boxes will be collected 29-30 August - the fifth Sunday.

Retreat Day is at St Kevin’s, Avoca on Monday 28 September. More later.

St Augustine’s Great Book Swap is during Book Week - 24-28 August. Good books suitable for primary children are collected for indigenous children in remote areas. Books can be left at the back of the church.

101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees - Sunday 30 August.

Invitation to the annual Spring Breakfast at the Anglican Hall Foyer in Maryborough on Saturday 5 September.
Bookings 5463 2292 or 5461 4341.

Mass is at St Patrick’s Church Bealiba on Sunday 30 August. No assembly at Dunolly.


There will be one service only in the Parish this coming Sunday. The service will be held in Maryborough at “Christ the King”, starting at 10.30am.

The next Fellowship Meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 September at 2.00pm in the Hall. All welcome!

The first prayer service will be held on Tuesday 1 September in Dunolly at St John’s at 9.00am. A Morning Prayer will be held. All Welcome!

For any further information please contact Pam Brodie on 5468 1183 or Trina Kay on 5468 1709.