08 February, 2019

February 8 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History

1845 MURDER BY BLACKS[sic].-About three weeks ago, some forty or fifty natives of the Loddon tribe visited N. Simson's station on the Loddon, and en-camped within forty yards of one of the huts. About two o'clock on the following morning, they were surprised by an attack from another body of blacks (supposed to be a tribe from the Grampians,) who speared and killed some half dozen of the Loddon natives. Mr. Simson, when he heard of the affray, went down to the scene of action, and had the wounded savages properly cared for. Mr. Protector Parker and two mounted policemen went out after the attacking parties, but we understand they were obliged to abandon the pursuit.

1875 Two acres were reserved for the purpose of a Manure Depot in Dunolly.

1900 The Chinese camp was burnt, destroying 7 housing areas and the Joss House. The fire brigade saved several houses and the chapel but the landmark of 30 years is lost.

1906 Water carters were ‘busily employed’ in Dunolly and district as the water supply was very low and rain was desperately wanted.

07 February, 2019

February 7 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History

1841 Munangabum was an influential clan head of the Liarga balug and Spiritual Leader or neyerneyemeet of the Djadja wurrung. Munangabum was shot and wounded by settlers on this day while his companion Gondiurmin died at 14 Mile Creek (or Far Creek later Glen Mona station) on Bet Bet Creek, west of Maryborough. 
Three settlers were later apprehended and tried on 18 May 1841 but were acquitted for want of evidence as Kooris could not give evidence in courts of law.

 1876 McNowlan’s Bakery in Broadway narrowly escaped destruction by fire, the trough and outside wall of the bakery was on fire from sparks from the chimney. Several people raised the alarm and extinguished the flames.

 1876 Mr Bucknell's entire hay stacks were consumed by fire at Majorca, the fire was started by a threshing machine,

 1890 A banquet at Logan was held for the Logan branch of the Victorian Farmers Protection Association, with Members of Parliament met at Emu Station then driven to Logan.

 1894 A fire occurred at Bowenvale early this morning, the Golden Valley Hotel being burnt down. The proprietor was fast asleep when the flames broke out. A dog awoke him by its scratching, and he thus escaped injury. He saved only a small quantity of clothing.

1903 After the death of William Davis at Rheola his hut was searched with bank securities found to the value of 2,000 pounds. The authorities thought there may be somewhat more so the floor of the hut was dug up with the discovery of gold, silver and bank securities to the value of 1,000 pounds.

 1916 DUNOLLY HOSPITAL SUNDAY. Hospital Sunday was held yesterday. The weather was delightfully fine and there was a good attendance. Stirring addresses were delivered by the Rev. Father Coughlan. Mr Pennington. M.L.A.. Mr J. J.1. O'Brien (Hospital Committee) and others. Mr Langsford (Hospital president) was chairman. The Maryborough Brass Band played an excellent programme of music. The collections totalled £19. 
GOOD HAULS OF FISH. During the past few days several good hauls of fish have been obtained, including a 33 pounder.

06 February, 2019

February 6 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History

1858 THE LATE MURDERS AT DUNOLLY.-Some sensation was created at Dunolly on Friday last, when it became known that four men were apprehended on suspicion of committing the murder of Dunlop and McLean-the two men whose bodies were found in a deserted hole between Dunolly and Jones's Creek. The four prisoners (handcuffed) were escorted to Carisbrook, whence the warrants were issued, by several of the police, including Detectives Williams and Rendell, at whose instigation they were arrested. On today, Saturday, they were formally brought before the Carisbrook Bench, and the proceedings were adjourned to the following Saturday, when it is understood the merits of the case will be gone into.

 1862 Eddington school opened.

 1907  The world famous Fisk Jubilee Singers appeared in the Town Hall, Dunolly, on Wednesday evening before a good audience. The entertainment was splendid from first to last, exciting enthusiastic applause, and the humorous portion causing shouts of laughter. Almost every item was encored, the company most kindly responding. The quaint plantation melodies have lost none of their charm, and the choruses were a source of delight-with such perfect and beautiful harmony and expression, Solos were sung by Miss Belle Gibbons-a well-known favourite in Dunolly-Mr Clarence Tisdale, who has a remarkably fine tenor voice, and Mr H. C. Newton, the possessor of a rich powerful bass voice. There was a fine duet, "The King's Heroes," by Messrs Tisdale and Newton, which fairly carried away the audience, who cheered again and again, the singers complying with the vociferous demands for an encore.


- .DUNOLLY, Friday.

A heat record for several years past was established to-day, with a shade temperature of 108 deg. Rain is badly needed, and nothing but a heavy downpour will replenish supplies, which are now nearly exhausted, including the town service. Domestic supplies particularly are very short, and fruit crops also badly need a good rainfall. The apples especially are small, and they require a lot of moisture.

 1917 Mr James Morcom, writing in the Adelaide "Register,'' under the heading of "Travels in Australasia," says:-

"I shall never forget a place called Woodend, in Victoria. One Saturday night my brother performed in a large room adjoining the hotel and at the conclusion of the performance we turned into bed about 10.30. It was not long ere we heard a noise downstairs among some 'drunks,' and presently the landlord came and knocked at our door, crying out, 'Vertelli, you had better lock your door, as there are three men below who intend breaking your door open.' My brother at once lit the candle, and informed the landlord 'the first man that rushes my room I will run my sword right through him.' That intimation was conveyed to the 'drunks,' which must have calmed them down. I kept in my bed as cool as a cucumber, and it was quite a quarter of an hour that I saw my brother awaiting, sword in hand, for the would-be intruders. The sword he handled was one he always spun his Japanese tops on. Another Incident occurred in a town called Dunolly, in Victoria. I was in advance of my company, and, before retiring to bed, settled with the landlord, and asked him to call me at 5 o'clock, so as to catch the mail coach. At the door of my room I discovered that there was an absence of a key or even a latch, and being suspicious, placed the washstand against the door. To my surprise in the early hours of the morning there came a crash, when the door was pushed open and down came the washstand, jug and basin. I cried out, 'Who's there?" when the voice of the landlord re plied that he had come to wake me. I lit the candle and looked at my watch. It was just two o'clock. The landlord exclaimed, 'Why did you put those things against the door?' and I answered, 'It was your place to have had a lock and key to the door, and why did you not knock?' I did not sleep after that experience, and at daylight got out of the window and made my exit. I had in my possession jewellery to the value of, £150."

1953 - Attempted Murder Charge
A 67-year-old gold fossicker pensioner was charged with the attempted murder of another
pensioner at Dunolly yesterday. Police allege that on Thursday afternoon Joseph Patrick King, 65, of Dunolly, was preparing a meal in his hut when a man who lived nearby walked In and fired two shots from a revolver, wounding King in the ribs and wrist. A struggle ensued after which King, who had a bullet graze on the chest and a shattered wrist, managed to escape from the hut and get a lift to Dunolly where he saw the police.

02 February, 2019

February 2 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History

1857 It was reported that, in Dunolly, Saturday evening concerts were going as late as 4 or 5am on the Sabbath and a hotel keeper actually opened his establishment on the evening for dancing and singing.

1863 Moliagul School shifted into a larger building that had originally been the Primitive Methodists Chapel 32ft x 20ft.

1877 Mr Lauder of Lauderdale, Central Chinaman’s Flat had his stable, fowl house and fencing burnt.

1877 DUNOLLY, FRIDAY. A destructive fire broke out on a farm belonging to Mr. Wm. Murray, near Mount Hooghly, on Thursday evening. The whole of the crop, 200 bushels of hand-threshed wheat, the homestead and outhouses, drays, and implements were destroyed. Murray, who is a struggling man, and has a large family, had just returned from Melbourne, where he was operated on for cancer of the tongue. He became so excited that he jumped into the fire, and was with difficulty rescued. He is now ruined, one small hut only remaining to shelter his family. The origin of the fire is inexplicable. The men at the threshing-machine next to this farm started a subscription to relieve the distressed family, the neighbours assisting.
On the evening of the same day J. Sheridan and Co. a brewery, at Eddington, narrowly escaped total destruction in the same way by great exertions the fire was confined to the malt-house and mills. Damage was done to the amount of from £100 to £150. The property was insured in the Imperial Insurance Company.
Mr. Edward Buckley, miller, of Newbridge, was seized with paralysis to-day, and remains insensible. His recovery is doubtful.
Wheat is pouring in; price 6s. 4d. per bushel.

1888 Thirty miners were brought before the Police Court for illegally being on crown lands and being without a miners right. Each were fined 1 shilling.

1895 A great many people arrived in Dunolly to listen to a lecture by Signor Bragato, the famed Govt viticulture expert but he failed to arrive.

01 February, 2019

February 1 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History

 1858 A Murder resulted in a lynching mob destroying most of the sly grog shanties at Havelock searching for the murderer. Billiard table and skittle alley smashed to pieces.


(From the Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser )

Yesterday morning (the 1st instant) the inhabitants of the new diggings of Havelock were thrown into a fearful state of excitement by the fact being extensively circulated that a most atrocious murder had been committed. For some time back, the main street has been in the course of formation at Havelock, and interspersed here and there with sundry grog-shops and shanties, where nightly orgies were kept up by numerous bands of villains who infest the neighbourhood. On these places the diggers had a great 'down,' and took the first opportunity of weeding them out of the place.
From an early hour, the mob seemed inclined to inflict summary - justice on all suspected premises, and, accordingly, about nine o'clock, proceeded to destroy the Manchester, owned by Messrs Jones and Lucas. This operation did not take long in such hands, and in about five minutes every stick of the edifice was on the ground.
The mob, which now numbered about 1000 or 1500, having their destructive organs fully charged rushed like mad bulls here and there, and seemed bent on destruction. Four well -known grog-shops on the eastern side of the road, and nearly opposite the Manchester, were speedily razed, and the contents scattered. This seemed to add to the excitement, which now became general, and several other domiciles soon became, from comfortable dwellings, wrecks and ruins. Nothing short of total destruction seemed to satisfy the cravings of the mob. All order and reason seem to have vanished, and the utmost recklessness pervaded them. About 11 o'clock, the Star and Garter restaurant (long and well known as the Dublin City) was doomed to destruction, and, notwithstanding the utmost endeavours of the proprietors of the place to put them off by sending the bottles and decanters round, the place was ruthlessly torn to ribbons, the timber broken into fragments, and the bedding, thrown into the street. In the back part of the premises was a very excellent billiard-table, and to save this, the proprietors had it carried outside through the back door, but the mob soon made the discovery, and in a few moments by the aid of bludgeons and pieces of wood, they smashed it to pieces. One fellow took a driving-pick, and, using it vigorously, literally chopped up the board. During all this time, the mob refrained from drinking or touching liquor: everything seemed to be conducted by a master-hand who, ruled supreme.
A large flag (the remnant of the sign of one of the restaurants) was carried in front, and wherever it stopped, the house or tent opposite to it was immediately destroyed. They did not wait long, however : proceeding up the street, they destroyed a skittle ally, and then went to a large tent occupied by a digger, who persuaded them to let him him alone; but, although the majority of the crowd left the spot, many remained, and about an hour after, notwithstanding the remonstrance’s of the proprietor, totally destroyed the place. About this time, a report was spread that a wounded man had been found in the bush near Tuckwell's, and away started about 2000 of the diggers on the search. In the afternoon, the crowd made several attacks on the restaurants about the main street, ostensibly with a view to ferret out suspected persons.
In respect to the murders, from what we could gather, about one or two o'clock on Sunday morning, four men came to the Gum Tree Restaurant, in the main street, kept by a foreigner named Lopez, and after bursting in demanded n bottle of brandy. The proprietor refused them, and they dragged him out. The alarm was given, and as the diggers collected, the men ran away. One of the men, however, finding himself rather hotly pursued by Lopez, turned around and fired a shot, which fortunately missed him. The villain then fired another, and the ball entered the unfortunate man's breast, and is supposed to have pierced his heart. Mr Lopez's servant man now joined in the pursuit, and was near to his master when struck. The latter finding himself wounded, rushed on the robber, and closed with him. Happening to have a large knife in his hand he used it freely, and stabbed the ruffian in several places, and then dropped dead.
Undaunted, the man again rushed on, followed closely by a policeman, named Barnett, and the servant. Again he turned round and fired his revolver. This time the shot took immediate effect, and the unfortunate constable fell exclaiming, ' Oh God, I'm shot.' In the course of a few minutes the poor fellow was no more. The diggers now closed with the murderer, and the cook having secured him, he was convoyed to the lock-up, and delivered into the custody of the police. The detectives and police, assisted by the diggers, now made a search for the other men, and succeeded in capturing three others, hid in some of the surrounding restaurants.
At the inquest the police were afraid of bringing out the murderer, as the feeling of the populace is so great that they would instantly have hung him. Indeed all day it was as much as the constables could do to preserve order at the lockup, and prevent the wretch from being dragged out. The prisoner is an old man, and gave the name of Joseph Brooks, but it was difficult to get a word out of him. He was so badly wounded that but little hopes are entertained of his recovery. Indeed, we heard, as we were going to press, that the mob had broken into the place and 'lynched' him.

[Since the above was in type we learn from the papers that the murderer had been removed to a place of safety after the adjournment of the inquest. Ed.I.M ]

1864 Bung Bong Post Office opened.

 1873 The Dunolly Express reports that there from 900 to 1200 miners at the Avoca Rush, and considerably over the majority, if not all of them, are getting gold enough for a fair living. The best yields have not gone over an ounce to the load, and very few that; the average is from five to seven pennyweights. There are no pieces to speak of, tho only approximation to coarse gold being some little four to five penny weight bits. Nearly all the claims give nothing but fine gold. The sinking is hard, and ranges from twelve to twenty-five feet on the flat. Some new ground is being opened up at the north end of the flat, on the rising ground, towards Fenton's Creek and Korong. Here the sinking is only from four to six feet, and the gold is occasionally a little coarser. Hopes are entertained that if the lead continues towards Korong heavier pieces may yet be obtained. Carting and washing is 3s. per load at the long toms, and 3s. 6d. at the puddling machines. Water is raised to the latter from the river by double-barrel crane pumps, worked by horse-powor. On some claims the shafts and drives require timbering, aud are dangerous without it, as may be inferred from the case of tho unfortunato man who lost his life there lately. Drinking water is sold on the flat at 2d. per small sized tin bucket.

 1877 Fire destroyed all housing and belongings of a farmer named Murray at Mt Hooghly.

 1877 J.Sheridan and Co Brewery was damaged by fire at Eddington.

 1885 Bromley Post Office (renamed from Burnt Creek) opened.

 1894 Lost 8 fat sheep branded N marked with blue on back finder rewarded H. Ison.

 1895 Simson’s Railway Station Post Office closed.

 1933 Mary Heenan was accidentally shot in the leg by her brother as he tried to remove the barrel from the stock.

28 January, 2019

January 28 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History

1860 Judge Macoboy and the Press. — On his Honor Judge Macoboy taking his seat on the Bench in the County Court Saturday morning, he made the following statement: — 'In a leading article which appeared in yesterday's Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser (copy of which the Judge had in his hand) in reference to the case Knewstub v. Smith, tried in this Court on Monday last, language is used, and imputations conveyed, that amount to a contempt of court ;
“I will bring the editor up, and send him to prison for two months.' '
After a short pause, His Honor returned to the subject, and said:
' On two former occasions I have bad cause to complain of the unjustifiable manner that paper has spoken of me; but for this time I will allow it to pass; but should such a circumstance happen again, and the proceedings of a Court over which I preside be subject to such unjustifiable comment, I will certainly have the editor punished,'

1865 Reported that the Dunolly District Hospital was to be incorporated under the charitable institutions act.

1879 Some lucky miners at Dunolly have“ struck it heavy.” For twelve years the Queen’s Birthday Company have kept on exploring for the rich reef which the instinct of the true miner told them was somewhere there or thereabouts. Their fortunes ran so low that at one time the manager could not get credit for a few loads of firewood. Last year £ 78,000 was paid in dividends.

1901 A Family In poverty. At the local police court, before Messrs Langler (major) and Hansford, JP, three little boys., named Arthur, Martin, and John Dunbar, aged 4, 8 and 10 years, were charged with being neglected children. The evidence of the constable showed they were living in a deplorable condition with their mother, in a hut about a mile out of the town, there being no food in the place except a little flour, their only covering at night being a few bags. The children were also nearly naked. Their father is in gaol serving a term for the larceny of a dray. The children were committed to the Department for Neglected Children, the Bench complimenting the police on the prompt action taken the mother and her children walked here from Bendigo.

1938 The SEC told the Shire of Bet Bet it would make available a transmitted supply from March 31. The new fibrolite water main was connected to the Dunolly reservoir but both reservoirs are practically empty and the water shortage is causing concern.

1943 The vacancy for the position of cook was advertised at the Dunolly Hospital.

19 January, 2019

January 19 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History

A New Discovery has been made at the back of the hospital, near the Kentish Reef. Some China-men were engaged, at the latter end of last week, washing some surface from the spot, and obtaining “good gold", when a miner named Hockey fancied, as there were several specimens amongst the stuff obtained by the Chinamen, that there must be a
Reef in the neighbourhood. He accordingly prospected for the same, and succeeded in striking small vein of quartz, thickly studded with gold. Out of a dishful of rubble, some two ounces of the precious metal was washed — one of the specimens (a good sized one) being amongst the richest that has been found in the district. When will the numerously rich surface discoveries lead to a systematic working of our reefs? Echo answers —When!

1908 The Moliagul Hospital Sunday collection amounted to 4 pounds 13 shillings.

1910 Mr. E Bowman was engaged in ploughing at the cyanide works, Dunolly, yesterday, when the plough struck a stump, the handle striking Mr. Bowman a severe blow in the chest, fracturing the breast-bone. He was treated by Dr. Wolfenden.

1934 The licence of the Golden Valley Hotel at Bet Bet having been surrendered, the buildings are to be sold by public auction. One of the oldest landmarks in the district will consequently disappear.

1939 Dunolly Murders.
It is most improbable that the State Ministry will reverse its recommendation to the Governor in Council that
Sentence of death passed on Thomas William Johnson, aged 40 years, for the murder of two men at a delicensed hotel at Dunolly on October 3, and should be carried out. Unless a reprieve is granted, Johnson will be hanged at Pentridge at 8 a.m. on Monday.

1995 the Shires of Gordon, East Loddon and Korong, part of the City of Greater Bendigo and parts of the Shires of Bet Bet, Maldon and Tullaroop were unified to become Loddon Shire Council.

18 January, 2019

January 18 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History

1858 First school at Tarnagulla began, with William Harper as headmaster, at rear of Union Bank, a Church of England school.

1861 Bet Bet Roads Board, pre-cursor to the council, was formed.

1919 Mr. Jas. Walsh, after over 40 years ‘service in the Railway Department, 20 years of which he spent here as a ganger, retired about two months ago, and is now leaving for Melbourne. On Thursday, 2nd. inst.,there was a very large gathering at St. Marv's schoolroom to big farewell to Mr. and Mrs. Walsh. The chair was occupied by Cr. Costello, who spoke highly of both Mr. and Mrs. Walsh, and of their kindness and sympathy in all cases of need. In Church matters and those pertaining to the general good of the district they took a keen interest, and their departure would be a great loss. He wished them long life and happiness in their new sphere. Rev. Fr. Coughlin presented Mr. Walsh with handsome writing desk, and Mrs. Walsh with a lady's handbag, in which was a sum of money. The gifts were suitably acknowledged. During the evening an enjoyable musical programme was gone through, and after supper a dance was held.

1932 A prisoner, on remand from Dunolly for theft of cycle and wireless set, tore a hole in the Maryborough lockup ceiling, escaping through the hole just as a policeman entered his cell and was at liberty for 12 mins until the police recaptured him.

1939 REPRIEVE NOT LIKELY Dunolly Murders
It is most Improbable that the State Ministry will reverse its recommendation to the Governor In Council that sentence of death passed on Thomas William John- son, aged 40 years, for the murder of two men at a delicensed hotel at Dunolly on October 3 should be carried out. Unless a reprieve is granted, Johnson will be hanged at Pentridge at 8 a.m. on Monday.
The Chief Secretary and Attorney General (Mr. Bailey) told a deputation yesterday that he could hold out little hope that the sentence of the Court would not be executed. It was impossible to call a special meeting of Cabinet, but he would discuss the representations with the Premier and other Ministers who were In Melbourne.
The deputation, which was introduced by the leader of the State Labour Parliamentary party (Mr. Cain), comprised representatives of the Federal and State Labour parties, the Trades Hall Council, and the secretary of the social service department of the Churches of Christ (the Rev. W. H. Clay).
Members of the deputation urged that hanging was not a deterrent to murder, and was repugnant to the Australian people.
"This is not a matter for the Government or the Governor in Council," Mr. Batley said. "It is a matter for Parliament. The death penalty is prescribed by law, and it is for the people to say whether the law should be altered. The only responsibility of the Governor in Council is to decide whether the law shall take its course. The Cabinet went very thoroughly into the case, and it was only after mature consideration that it recommended to the Governor in Council that the law should take its course."

15 January, 2019

Welcome Stranger 150th Celebration

Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019 | 10:00AM

Calling all descendents of the goldminers Deason and Oates, who discovered the nugget in 1869.

The Dunolly Museum will host a morning at Moliagul to commemorate the discovery of the Welcome Stranger gold nugget 150 years ago. The morning will be at the site of the discovery and will include a walk and a talk by local historian John Tully of the Goldfield’s Historical & Arts Society.

We welcome anyone who may wish to dress in Victorian costume as we will be taking a commemorative photograph in the same style as the 1869 original photo taken by William Parker.

Bring along your sunscreen, water bottle, hat and walking shoes.

All welcome.

There will be a display at the Dunolly Museum (75 Broadway, Dunolly) from Saturday 2 to Sunday 17 February of photos and other items relating to the Welcome Stranger nugget including the scales on loan from the NAB Museum.

Admissions to the Museum: $4 adults, children free.

Rachel Buckley – Secretary Goldfield’s Historical & Arts Society 03 5468 1858 or 0427 275 006

Welcome Stranger Monument
Welcome Stranger Rd
Moliagul VIC

Contact Name : Rachel Buckley

Contact Number : 0427 275 006

Email : rachelbuckley@bigpond.com
Cost: Free

January 15 On This Day in Dunolly Lea Kurribur History

1864 CURIOUS ROBBERY.- A rascal at Dunolly, this week, accomplished a feat that all the police in New South Wales were unable to effect, by sticking up the celebrated bush- ranger Frank Gardiner, and robbing him of his revolver. A collection of waxworks was being exhibited at Frayne's Theatre, and amongst them was the representation of this colonial Claude Duval, revolver in hand, supposed to be in the very act of politely re- questing some unfortunate traveller to " level up;" and we are informed that some individual, doubtless in a state of happy ignorance as to the existence of the old rule of meum and tuum, went in in the night with the intention of purloining the pistol, and finding that he was unable to wrest it from the hand of the figure, actually broke off the hand, and carried it away with the revolver. It was certainly an audacious proceeding. The model will have to be sent to Melbourne to be repaired.

 1888 A dreadful day 110 degrees with strong northerly blowing clouds of dust and fruit from trees.

 1899 Drapery store formerly occupied by Mr Legge burnt, with Mr Manley watchmaking business slightly effected on one side and Mr Cheetham’s private residence considerably damaged on the other side.

 1902 The outbuildings of Mr Posiner at Bromley with 500 fruit cases, harnesses, saddles, beds and mattress lost to fire.

 1906 A cart driven by Mr. James Lee, of Dunolly, butcher, was run into this afternoon by the 4.10p.m. down train from Donald.
The cart was smashed to matchwood, and Mr. Lee and his son Leslie, a lad about thirteen years of age, who was with him, were thrown some distance over the cow catcher of the engine. Mr. Lee, senior, was driving to the slaughter yard, to reach which he had to cross the line. He saw the train from Inglewood pass, but failed to notice that the Donald train was approaching until his vehicle was partly across the track. Both occupants of the cart were thrown clear of the line, and the horse escaped unhurt. Mr. Lee, senior, had his right leg broken below the knee, whilst the boy's right arm was badly smashed. They were taken to the hospital and admitted for treatment.
Mr Lee sustained three fractures of one leg, between the ankle and the knee. The lad Leslie Lee is still in the hospital in a critical condition , one arm was fractured, and it is feared that he sustained internal injuries.

 1906 Mr Samuel Nicholls, J.P., of Murphy's Flat, was driving with his grandson to Dunolly this afternoon, and when about a mile from the town the horse fell, throwing both occupants out of the buggy. The child escaped without injury, but Mr Nicholls was badly bruised about the chest and had his hand cut.

 1936 During a heavy electrical storm lightning struck the wires in a fence between properties of Councillor McPherson and Mr Howard at Betley. A small grass fire began but was extinguished by the efforts of neighbours and showers.

 2011 Carisbrook - Most of the township was evacuated this morning, with residents describing the conditions as catastrophic, with nothing seen like this before. Authorities are urging residents to keep away as the water level is not expected to recede anytime soon, potentially days.
800 residents have been affected and Chris Meadows-Taylor, the Mayor of Central Goldfields Shire, has claimed the situation is worse than expected.
The bowling club in Dunolly, the Senior Citizens Rooms in Carisbrook and the Princes Park Sports Complex, upstairs at the Grandstand in Maryborough has been set up as relief centres.

14 January, 2019

January 14 On This Day in Dunolly Lea Kurribur History

1860 - Constable Gray on Chinese duty at Alma discovered a poor neglected Chinese man, reduced to almost a skeleton, by the side of the track with barely a scrap of canvas to call his own. The constable went to the Chinese encampment and raised 4 pounds 17 shillings from among the Chinese, bought him a tent, food and necessities , and tried to get the doctor to see to the poor man but he was out on calls.

 1861 Bet Bet Road Board formed
1863 20lb 7 oz. nugget found on Clover’s Gully diggings by a miner who’d only been digging for 5 mins.

1875 The subscribers to Dunolly Hospital held their annual meeting.

1889 Daisy Hill post office opened, replacing Emu. Closed circa 1893.

DUNOLLY, Friday.
Yesterday, at the Dunolly Alluvial mine, which is close to the railway station, Mr. John Winton Cumper, the mining manager, was killed. The mine is at present let on tribute, and the tributers having run short of laths Mr. Camper and one of the tributers went into an unused drive to take out some, when the ground over the top of the laths came away, completely covering Cumper. The man assisting at once gave the alarm and relief parties, after an hour's efforts, got out the body, life being extinct. An inquiry was held, and a verdict was returned that the deceased was accidentally smothered by a fall of earth, the mining inspector being of opinion that no blame was attachable to any-one unless to the deceased himself, as drawing laths was an exceedingly dangerous practice. "

 1938 Miss Beryl Renshaw, of Tarnagulla, was appointed as probationer nurse to Dunolly Hospital.

 1952 Four billion bushels of wheat taken at the Dunolly silos.

28 September, 2018


Acapella is singing without accompaniment.
And that is just what the D’Sharps do!
They meet for practice every Monday at 3.45pm in the Neighbourhood Centre.
They sing all types of songs from Ballads to country to jazz with even a bit of rock thrown in.
So if you love to sing you would be very welcome to join the group.
Singing is very therapeutic and makes you feel happy.
Shelley is their musical director and she knows her stuff!
The D’Sharps take bookings and will sing for your group, meeting, event?
For free!

Dunolly Nik Naks & Gallery GRAND OPENING Oct 5th 3pm-5pm

Dunolly Field & Game FREE Come & Try Day Oct 7th 12pm-4pm

Tarnagulla Revisited 20th & 21st Oct

Many of the residents, former residents and descendants and friends of those who lived or passed through Waanyarra and who have attended the Waanyarra
Reunions through the years, also maintain a keen interest in Tarnagulla.
This year the Tarnagulla Out ‘n About weekend has changed its name, date and venue and this year will be known as Tarnagulla Revisited and be held at the
Recreation Reserve Saturday 20th October 2018 and at the Victoria Hall on Sunday 21st October 2018.
There will still be a History display in the Pavilion at the Recreation Reserve on a reduced scale, but still overseen by David Gordon, as well as entertainment and food stalls and Garage Sales.
A highlight will be a Celebration of Dame Nellie Melba held at 2.00pm on Sunday 21st October 2018 at Victoria Hall, together with an Exhibition of Rare Memorabilia.
Anyone who has attended one of Rachel Buckley’s productions will know just how professional and great these are and early booking is advised. Her productions are usually sold out by the day.
Despite the plaque erected at the Victoria Hall by the former Shire, indicating that Dame Nellie Melba had performed at the Victoria Hall, this is in fact quite
erroneous. One of my great aunts, a Comrie, was in the same class as Nellie at PLC in the 1880s and it was never mentioned by the Comrie family and there is no mention in the Tarnagulla & Llanelly Courier. Likewise Lola Montez, courtesan and entertainer, who, amongst other exploits, entertained miners on the Victorian goldfields with her famed ”Spider Dance” is also noted on the
plaque as having performed in the Victoria Hall, but she had left Australia in 1856 and was actually dead before the Victoria Hall was built.
Another event of interest will be the Tarnagulla & District Golf Club “Three Club Monty” on Sunday 14th October 2018. Mary McNamee has revitalised the Golf Club and it has hosted several enjoyable days in the past.
You are encouraged to support these events.
For further information call me on: P: (03) 9686 6737 M:
0413 612 623 or E: waanyarra1@gmail.com.
Also the websites:
Waanyarra Website: www.waanyarra.com
Tarnagulla Website: www.Tarnagulla.com
George Swinburne
Convenor, Waanyarra Reunion


The Goldfields Sustainability Group is planning to hold a Fermenting Foods Workshop at the Arts Hub ,Thompson St on Saturday 27th October, starting at 2pm until 4pm.
Fermentation is one of the oldest methods of preserving food, adding flavour and making food more digestible.
Fermented foods, especially when home-made, have been shown to improve your gut health by stimulating the growth of good bacteria.
In this workshop you will be making Sauerkraut to take home but also learn about other fermented foods including, Kombucha, Kefir and Kimchi.
They will need to know numbers attending this workshop so they can make sure they have enough ingredients to make the Sauerkraut.
The cost will be $3 per person.
Please ring Margaret on 0419 508 787 or the Centre to book your place.
Oh, and bring a plate to share for afternoon tea!


Town Wide Garage Sale is on Saturday 13th October.
There are garage sales all around town. To get your kit and be included on the map, please go to the Neighbourhood House and pay your $10 fee.
There are balloons to put on your bin and signs to put up in the kit and some tips for the day.
The Rummage Sale at the Arts Hub is for donated goods; you donate us your bits & pieces and we sell them to fund workshops & equipment. Last year we made enough to put up some ceiling fans.
Please donate clean working items, no electrical items, beds, mattresses or clothes.
You can drop items off on the 11th &12th October or give me a ring
on 0418 875 453 and I will come pick items up with my ute.
The Boot Sale is a spot outside in the grounds; fee $10 per site. Be there by 7am to set up and sell whatever you want.
There will be the CFA BBQ Trailer on site to feed the hungry & sell refreshments.
We have the Little Green Wagon coming. The Little Green Wagon is an innovative solution delivering exciting and relevant educational activities to rural and regional schools and communities across the Grampians Central West region. It includes resources that support the delivery of sustainability education
across all areas of Victoria. It is a Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group initiative.
Maps will be at the Hub at strategic spots around town and, as always, they will be free.

Blokes Night Out Oct 12th 6.30pm

You are invited to a “Blokes Night Out” on Friday 12th October at the Dunolly Uniting Church commencing at 6.30pm with a barbeque.
This will be followed by guest speaker Geoff Curnow, who will show slides and speak about his recent trip to America.
This is a Dunolly Uniting Church initiative to enable local blokes to get together informally over a barbecue and enjoy the informative and topical guest speaker.
This is an open night, so if you have a friend or know someone who would like to come, do not hesitate to invite them.
For catering purposes please reply by Tuesday 16th October to Jim McKenzie 5468 7246 or the Op Shop.

Volunteers are needed to assist at The Welcome Record.

The paper would like to have an extensive roster of people who are willing to give a few hours on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
The positions are for proof-readers, printing and paper delivery.
At the moment, our pool of volunteers is quite small. This does not allow for flexibility to cover unexpected illness, family emergencies or for staff to take time off.
Your contribution will be most welcome and appreciated.
The Welcome Record Team Call us on 5468 1054
Tuesday and Wednesday only, or email