Dunolly and District

A blog about a fabulous little town in Central Victoria.

28 April, 2016

Upcoming Dunolly Events

Dunolly Uniting Church Op Shop Fashion Parade, May 5th 2016
A Fashion Parade of some of the Uniting Church Op Shop new winter clothes will be held. A gold coin admission is requested. This includes afternoon tea. The fashion parade begins at 1.30pm. All clothes will be for sale after the parade.

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Who's Been Living In My House? May 7th 2016
Presented by:
Junction House and Goldfields Historical and Arts Society.
The Junction Hotel was a popular meeting place in the early 1860’s. Built for the goldminers of the Gooseberry Hill mine, it was also a venue for Balls and outdoor sports. Owner Rachel Buckley will become the original publican Ann Wigham in theatrical style, and tell the story of the buildings owners over the 150 year history.
May 7th
2pm-4pm
Junction House Dunolly
1787 Maryborough-Dunolly Rd, Dunolly 3472 VIC
Tickets by donation on the day
BOOKING DETAILS
03 5468 1858
Email - rachelbuckley@bigpond.com
Buckley's Of Dunolly
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Dunolly Community Market 8th May 2016

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Dunolly Uniting Church Car Boot Sale May 14th 2016

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Boy out of the Country May 15th, 2016

Larrikin Theatre and Regional Arts Victoria
There’s more to land than real estate. There’s more to family than DNA!

Jane Clifton leads a stellar cast to tell a story about family, loyalty and property prices in regional Australia. A family block, worthless for generations is suddenly re-zoned as part of a regional housing estate. Written with wit and in crackling Australian idiom by award winning playwright Felix Nobis, this is a fast paced, funny and highly satisfying piece of theatre about life beyond the big city.

Bookings HERE

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Bendigo Op Shop Tour May 18th 2016

A bus trip to all the Bendigo Op Shops is on Wednesday 18 May leaving the Centre at 9.30am. You are sure to find a bargain as we will be visiting around 5 or 6 Op Shops! Bring or buy your lunch, it will be wherever we are at the time. Bookings are essential and the cost is $10 per person.

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The Court Session May 22nd, 2016

An afternoon with writer Gideon Haigh in the historic Dunolly Court House. Gideon Haigh’s intriguing book, Certain Admissions, tells the story of the scandalous 1959 murder trial in Melbourne of the dashing but erratic John Kerr. Filling in the gaps in private and public records, this engaging writer leads us to a surprising conclusion that tells us much about the relationship between public opinion and law enforcement.

Further information and tickets HERE





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Country Style Dance May 28th 2016

Fundraising for The Dunolly Santa Show.
$10 per head.
7pm.
Dunolly Town Hall.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks available for purchase.
BYO drinks & nibblies.
The band "Bits 'N' Pieces"
For tickets call Rick Young 0407 117 036
Cheryl Renfrew 0427 488 337
Help support the children.

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Savoy Opera Company presents Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore 11th June 2016

Featuring the talented Sian Williams, Beth Paterson, Rebecca Kmit, Zachary McCulloch, Stephen Coutts, Darcy Carroll & Geoff Carison.
Accompanied by the fabulous Savoy Chorus & Orchestra
Saturday June 11th @ 2.30 pm
Dunolly Town Hall, Broadway Dunolly

Tickets at the door
Adults $25
Children free
For any further information info@savoyoperacompany.com

23 March, 2016

March 23 ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ in ‪#‎Dunolly‬ & District ‪#‎History‬

1905 Mr Kendall’s stolen bicycle waqs found at Mr Garside’s farm in Harcourt where the thief left it and slashed the tyres in a malicious act.

1913 Owing to the number of cases of typhoid over recently reported by -the health officer, the borough council hns requested the attendance of an officer from the Public Health department -to assist in tracing the cause of the outbreak. There were 'no fewer than five eases in. one house, and others in the same vicinity.

1918 Wood Bee – The annual wood bee in aid of the Dunolly District Hospital took place on Saturday and a large number of cutters and carters attended.It is estimated that over 100 tons of wood were delivered at the hospital. During the day the cutters and carters were supplied with refreshments. After the wood was delivered a chopping contest was held in the yard and 13 competitors took part. The contest was keen and was won by A. Polinelli (gold medal) J. Deledio second (gold medal), Dermondy third (axe), and G. Taylor fourth, (pig). Everything passed off successfully.

At the final meeting of the Charity Carnival the balance sheet showed a profit of 173.13. The meeting passed the sum of 13.13 to the secretary Mr. P. Raselli.

At the annual meeting of subscribers to the Dunolly Public Library the report showed that the library had been open for 53 years and there were 3132 volumes on the shelves. Feeling reference was made to the death of librarian and secretary, Mr. J. B. Hicks.

1963 Dunolly reunion held at the Fitzroy gardens.

Savoy Opera Company presents Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore 11th June 2016

Savoy Opera Company presents Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore 11th June 2016



Featuring the talented Sian Williams, Beth Paterson, Rebecca Kmit, Zachary McCulloch, Stephen Coutts, Darcy Carroll & Geoff Carison.
Accompanied by the fabulous Savoy Chorus &  Orchestra
Saturday June 11th @ 2.30 pm
Dunolly Town Hall, Broadway Dunolly

Tickets at the door
Adults $25
Children free
For any further information info@savoyoperacompany.com

The Court Session May 22nd, 2016

 The Court Session May 22nd, 2016



An afternoon with writer Gideon Haigh in the historic Dunolly Court House. Gideon Haigh’s intriguing book, Certain Admissions, tells the story of the scandalous 1959 murder trial in Melbourne of the dashing but erratic John Kerr.  Filling in the gaps in private and public records, this engaging writer leads us to a surprising conclusion that tells us much about the relationship between public opinion and law enforcement.

Boy out of the Country May 15th, 2016

 

Boy out of the Country May 15th, 2016

Larrikin Theatre and Regional Arts Victoria
There’s more to land than real estate. There’s more to family than DNA!

Jane Clifton leads a stellar cast to tell a story about family, loyalty and property prices in regional Australia. A family block, worthless for generations is suddenly re-zoned as part of a regional housing estate. Written with wit and in crackling Australian idiom by award winning playwright Felix Nobis, this is a fast paced, funny and highly satisfying piece of theatre about life beyond the big city.

Bookings HERE

Who's Been Living In My House? May 7th 2016

Who's Been Living In My House? May 7th 2016


Presented by:
Junction House and Goldfields Historical and Arts Society.
The Junction Hotel was a popular meeting place in the early 1860’s. Built for the goldminers of the Gooseberry Hill mine, it was also a venue for Balls and outdoor sports. Owner Rachel Buckley will become the original publican Ann Wigham in theatrical style, and tell the story of the buildings owners over the 150 year history.
May 7th
2pm-4pm
Junction House Dunolly
1787 Maryborough-Dunolly Rd, Dunolly 3472 VIC
Tickets by donation on the day
BOOKING DETAILS
03 5468 1858
Email - rachelbuckley@bigpond.com
Buckley's Of Dunolly

TINY TOWNS ARTS CRAFTS AND ARTISANS TRAIL 23rd & 24th April 2016

TINY TOWNS ARTS CRAFTS AND ARTISANS TRAIL 23rd & 24th April 2016

Tiny Towns region of Central Victoria is home to many talented artists, artisans and craftspeople. This inaugural Arts, Crafts and Artisans Trail over the ANZAC weekend, Saturday 23 April and Sunday 24 April is an opportunity to enjoy and purchase their work on display in small galleries, historic public buildings, restaurants and wineries.

DUNOLLY History Tour to Timor 18th April 2016

History Tour to Timor 18th April 2016

A history tour to Timor including Bowenvale, Coxtown, Chinaman's Flat and Timor itself.
Meet at the Dunolly Museum at 10am OR on the north side of Timor Bridge at 10.20am.
BYO picnic lunch.
$5 members.
$10 Non-members.
Timor was known for its 38 hotels and there will be a few historic myths debunked during this tour.
Further details contact John Tully 0428 178 669

DUNOLLY FNC CAR SHOW & SWAP MEET 9th April, 2016

DUNOLLY FNC CAR SHOW & SWAP MEET 9th April, 2016

DUNOLLY FNC CLEARANCE SALE 26th March, 2016

DUNOLLY FNC CLEARANCE SALE 26th March, 2016

DUNOLLY TWILIGHT MARKET 26th March, 2016

TWILIGHT MARKET 26th March, 2016

24 February, 2016

February 24 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History

1835 Sir Julius Vogel, NZ Premier, was born in London, son of Albert Leopold Vogel, a Jew of Dutch origin, and his wife Phoebe, née Isaac. Attracted to Australia by the gold rush, he studied chemistry and metallurgy at the Royal School of Mines; he arrived in Victoria in late 1852. He sold wine and spirits before setting up as an apothecary in a small canvas den complete with 'large, colored bottles, a number of empty boxes and a stuffed iguana' in Broadway, Dunolly. Turning to journalism, as correspondent for the Argus in 1856 he reported the Dunolly rush and from that year to 1859 edited the Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser. He was also associated with the Talbot Leader in 1860-61 and owned and edited the Inglewood Advertiser from 1859 to February 1861.

 1854 Back Creek (Talbot) post office opened.

 1872 Fire at inglewood devoured the Empire State Hotel, Shamrock Hotel, ironmongery, pastrycook shop and wine shop were completely destroyed.

 1909 Mr Tuckett was thrown from his buggy on his way home to Middle-Bridge from Dunolly, resulting in the need for 8 stitches and recovery from shock.

 1915 Crown land was sold from the Dunolly courthouse.

1915 Landmark Destroyed – A large 6 roomed weatherboard house situated on the Tarnagulla Road near the recreation reserve and an old landmark was destroyed by fire this evening. There was no one living in it for some time and it is a mystery how the fire occurred. The supposition is that a tramp had camped there.

 1923 The Dunolly Charity Races were held including the trots, the Dunolly handicap, the flying, the trial, the consolidation and the handicap woodchop.

 1925 At the annual meeting at the Tarnagulla Mechanics Institute the removal of the library and reading rooms was discussed as the present location in the town hall is unsuitable. It was decided to ask for a special Govt grant to establish new rooms at the Victoria Hall.

 1934 Dunolly charity races were held in aid of the Dunolly hospital.

23 February, 2016

February 23 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History

1875 Four youths were fined 1 pound each for carelessly lighting a fire on the Avoca river while out fishing.

 1878 Mr Warr and Mr Greaves were thrown from a springboard cart at Humbug Hill, Rheola, with Warr killed instantly.

 1894 A Concert was held at Llanelly State School to aid the children’s school prize giving fund.

 1895 Ten Mile Australian Bicycle Championship Race was held in Adelaide with Middleton of Dunolly placed 3rd.

1916 The Dunolly Sports Gathering to aid the Dunolly District Hospital took place at the new racecouse in West Dunolly. The weather was fine but warm with a good attendance, the takings amounted to 135 pounds.

 1918 DUNOLLY CHARITY CARNIVAL. DUNOLLY, Monday. The annual charity carnival in aid of the Dunolly District Hospital was held on Saturday and was most Successful. The gate takings were 30 pounds, and, it is anticipated that the gross receipts will be about .200. The fields were good, and several finishes were very- exciting.

 1921 Miss Galehouse who has held the position of first assistant at the Dunolly State School for some years has been transferred to West Preston and was presented with a number of gifts on the eve of her departure.

 1932 A gig driven by William Barker on Holborn Hill collided with a car driven by R Barker resulting in the gig being smashed and Barker suffering from injuried to his ribs and abrasions.

 1935 Dunolly Races were held in aid of the Dunolly hospital in fine weather with a good attendance.

1939 The Dunolly Races were held in aid of raising charity funds for the Dunolly & District  Hospital.

22 February, 2016

February 22 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History



1869 A miner known as Maori Bill found a 20 oz nugget on the Old Lead.

1878 Contract for the Dunolly - St Arnuad railway has been given to Messers Monie and Mullison for 72,000 pounds.

1899 Two little girls playing in the street at Tarnagulla picked up a nugget weighing 1oz.

1921 Mr O’Shea and his wife were thrown out of a gig, Mr O’Shea’s leg was broken while Mrs O’Shea suffered abrasions, bruises and shock.

21 February, 2016

February 21 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History



1870 The Dunolly Mail coach was stuck up at Creswick. A light 2 horse vehicle it left Cobb’s office on Friday midnight driven by Johnny Lovelock with 3 passengers. It proceeded without incidence until 2 miles from Creswick when a man rushed from the scrub near Tait’s Store. He grabbed the horses bridle and ordered the driver to stop. A passenger hit out at the pistol in the would-be robbers hand and it exploded but did not hit anyone. Lovelock then whipped the horses onward to Anthony’s American Hotel at Creswick where the coaches usually stop, where Detective Berrill happened to be at the bar. Despite organising a search no sign was ever found of the robbers.


1892 A church parade was held on the Recreation Reserve by the Rangers and Mounted Rifles with a collection of 12 pounds gathered for infirm soldiers and sailors, with a special church service held in the Presbyterian church that evening with a large attendance.


1925 Violent windstorms did great amount of damage to orchards in the Bet Bet and Betley areas with many trees uprooted.




1937 The Acting Chief Secretary and Assistant Minister for Labour, Mr Tuckett, attended the Hospital Sunday celebrations at Dunolly.

20 February, 2016

February 20 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History



1885 It was reported that the Dunolly Fruit and Wine Company stated that 1000 tons of fruit were produced within a 10 mile radius of the town which was greater than the local demand. It was noted that we needed a better export trade.

1905 Cyclists were injured when John Dorward injured his arm after being thrown from his cycle, needing stitches and a lad named Smith was thrown off his cycle into a gutter, fracturing his nose and being very shaken.

1905 Mr Andrew, manager of Hayes grocery business was slicing bacon when the knife slipped and gashed his knee requiring 7 stitches.

1923 SNAKES.
A few days ago, after cutting out a snake’s hole in the hollow of a standing tree, and dispatching a snake 4 feet in length, a wood carter discovered a nest of 21 snake’s eggs about the size of pigeon’s eggs.

1927 Hospital Sunday was observed at the Dunolly Hospital Reserve, with attendance lower this year than previous years. Maryborough Citizens Band contributed a programme, with addresses given by Messers Belcher (chairman), Dunstan MLA and Weaver MLA, 28 pounds collected.

19 February, 2016

February 19 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History

1874 Sir Redmond Barry visited the Dunolly and District hospital and the Dunolly Public library, making a handsome donation to the hospital and promising the loan of 400 volumes to the library.

1875 A Frenchman, Francis Decanclos, was charged with keeping a house frequented by thieves and prostitutes, sentenced to 3 months gaol., and a woman named Margaret Morris a prostitute and a frequenter of Decanclos' house was ordered to be imprisoned for one month for having no lawful visible means of support.

1895 Members of the Royal Commission on Water Supply arrived by rail in Dunolly to look into a claim by the Bet Bet Shire Council about the reservoir at Goldsborough.

 1896 Middle Bridge cricket team drove to Kingower to play a match, they et well at Halbert’s hotel, then set off home at 8.30pm. Kingower won the cricket.

 1915 Hayes store on Broadway, one of the oldest grocery/ironmongery/timber establishment was destroyed by fire, an explosion during the fire smashed the windows on the other side of the street. The State Savings Bank was considerably damaged by fire and water.

 1920 Two strange pets are owned by Mr. George Clifford, a miner, of Dunollv, These are a pair of ducks which come into the man's hut, eat from his hands and perform tricks. They always accompany Clifford on his fossicking trips, and the sight of the digger trudging along with his ducks is a quaint and humorous one. Tho trio are inseparable. If Clifford goes into the town for provisions he is forced to lock his ducks up, otherwise they would follow him.

 1939 Hospital Sunday was held in Dunolly with distinguished guests including Mr Dunstan (Premier), Brigadier Rankin MHR, Sir H Currie MLC, Mr Frost and Mrs Weber, both MLAs, who announced that the Govt would shortly introduce new means of financing hospitals and charities.

18 February, 2016

February 18 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History

1862 The Council of The Acclimatisation Society received from Mr R Phelps, Dunolly, 2 kangaroos and 1 emu.

1895 A SUDDEN DEATH. DUNOLLY, SUNDAY. Andrew Haberle, engine driver at the Burnt Creek Company’s mine, took charge last night at 11 o'clock, apparently In good health. When William Drummond went to relieve him this morning he found Haberle lying dead on the boiler in the engine house the deceased had apparently filled the boilers with water and, after turning it off, dropped dead He was a very old resident of the district A magisterial inquiry was held this afternoon before Mr R Ritchie, J P , when Dr Cookson stated that death had been caused by fatty degeneration of the heart. The deceased leaves a widow and family

1901 Shortly after the train passed the station last evening a fire started In the grass near the line outside the fence, and a quantity of grass and fencing was destroyed before the flames were extinguished. The damage is estimated at £10.

1902 A tablet erected in the council chambers to the memory, of Private John Costelloe was unveiled by the mayor (Or. J. Desmond) yesterday in the presence of a large attendance, Private Costelloe was a member of the Fifth Victorian Contingent, and was killed on 5th July last. Deceased was a native of Dunolly.

1910 John Sheehan, an old age pensioner, lost his tent and all the contents in a fire when a whirlwind blew the ashes and embers out of the chimney and all around the tent.

1939 The Queen Carnival raised 950 pounds for the Dunolly District Hospital with Miss M Taig the winning queen of the charity made into a Life Governor.

17 February, 2016

BOWLING CLUB NEWS


Dunolly’s Jenny McHugh and Val Mortlock represented GBD in pairs on Monday and lost by one shot to the Ballarat Division’s pair - great effort!
The Ladies’ committee have resolved not to have a meeting March. Next general meeting on Monday, 18 April.
On Friday, 12 February, Dunolly hosted the Invitation Ladies’ Medley Bowls with 22 teams of fours. The main sponsor for the day was Complete Bowls, our favourite bowls shop in Ballarat. It was a calm sunny day, a little warm, very good greens, and the many visitors to the Club enjoyed a nice lunch of ham or silverside, salad and even dessert - altogether a great day of bowls.
The winners were Norma Nitscke’s team from Golf and the runners-up were Yvonne Boyd’s team from Woodbury in Bendigo - and great work by the Dunolly Ladies.

DUNOLLY SOCIAL CYCLISTS.


Our last ride to “check the mulberries” organised by Phillip Ashton, was well attended. Nice to see Colleen in attendance – been a long time.
Anyway, naturally the mulberries suffered in consequence. Thanks Phillip.
This Sunday’s ride is in Castlemaine along the cycle path from the Botanic Gardens to Campbells Creek and return, organized by Faye and Ian Arnold. Start and finish is at the Botanic Gardens car park in Walker Street which is between the Gardens and Railway line, plenty of room, toilets etc., meet at 9.30am, as the day may be warm.
This ride should suit all bikes, except maybe the skinny H.P. road tyres. Hope to see you there, if the broken hand allows.
Queries to Neville Roberts 5468 7295 or Faye and Ian 5468 1508.
I must thank all those organising rides whilst I’m out of action.
Bloody bikes and dogs do not mix!!

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