Dunolly and District

13 October, 2017

October 13 Nganko Nyawiyu



1882 The Goldsborough School was opened by Mr Langdon MLA.

 1885 The Grand National Talbot Agricultural Show awarded the Dunolly Fruit and Wine Company with first prize.

 1933 Fines ranging from 10/ to 3 pounds were imposed in the Dunolly Court on numerous people who did not have a wireless license.

 1949 The Dunolly Ladies Bowling Club was formed.

October 12 Nganko Nyawiyu



1864 Dreadful Accident at Majorca'.— A dreadful accident occurred, on Monday afternoon last, to a miner named Murray, one of the shareholders working in the Royal Exchange claim, South Majorca. From what we can learn, it would appear that the whole party were engaged in slabbing up their shaft, which is between seventy and eighty feet deep, the unfortunate man (Murray) being below at the time of the occurrence. About half-past four o'clock, the men on top lowered three or four slabs in the usual way, by placing them in a bucket ,passing the rope round them and through the handle, and ; then fastened the hook to the rope. The whole had been lowered some twenty feet or so ,when by some means, it is supposed, the bucket struck the sides, of the shaft, and, the hook becoming disengaged, the slabs and everything were precipitated to the bottom. Murray was struck on the head by the slabs, by which he received extensive fractures of the skull, the upper portion being broken in pieces, which were afterwards removed ; his right arm was also much injured, if not broken ; and, besides several severe contusions on his back, one of the slabs appears to have fallen on the great toe of the left foot, which was crushed to a mummy. How the man escaped alive at all is a mystery, as there is scarcely a part of his body which does not bear marks of the fallen timber. As quickly as possible Murray was brought to the surface, and conveyed to his home, where he was quickly attended by Dr. Copland, who had to, exert his utmost skill in removing the broken pieces of the skull, which were literally embedded in the brain. This being done, and his other injuries attended to, his wife, who was absent from home at the time, was sent for. It was considered too dangerous to remove the patient to the hospital, as the jolting of the car would materially affect the brain ,and render the chance of life hopeless. In about an hour after the accident he had lost the power of speech, though sensible, and recognising his friends who came to see him. The doctor, however, holds out but faint hopes of his recovery. Murray was a man well known on Majorca-, and universally respected.


 1903 The Railway Commissioners inspected the line, arriving at Dunolly at 5am to begin inspecting the line from there up to Mildura.

 1906 PLAGUE OF MOSQUITOES.
Mosquitoes have been a positive plague in this locality during the past fortnight.Horses and cattle have been driven almost frantic, whilst wood cutters and others working in the bush have on some days had to leave their work owing to the attacks of the insects.

 1911 It was reported in The Age that there was still substantial heated debate about Gordon Gardens and the placement of a new State School on the site.

 1946 A reunion of former Dunolly residents was held in the Fitzroy gardens.

 1953 Tarnagulla landmark, Reid’s Exchange store built in 1859, went up in flames with bullets and cartridges exploding, a drum of kerosene blew up, firemen were hard put to contain the fire to Reid’s alone but managed to stop it spreading.

October 11 Nganko Nyawiyu



1860 Dr Jackson was appointed to Dunolly Hospital.

 1899 A severe frost caused great damage in the orchards and early-sown crops.

 1922 A small feature on 14 yr old Nellie Leersen from Eddington state school told how she cleans and spins the wool from the fleece from the sheep on her farm, then makes garments for her younger siblings, using a spinning wheel propelled by a foot pedal. Many of her exhibits have attracted attention in schools’ exhibitions in Melbourne and Bendigo.

 1933 Two miners working near the eucalyptus plant at Waanyarra unearthed a nugget of gold weighing 9oz.7dwt. The nugget was obtained at a depth of 9ft.

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1856 A fossil found at Dunolly was forwarded to the Courier of Mines where an expert declared that it was the jaw bone of a kangaroo, which was found at a depth of 50 feet in hard cement.

 1892 Display of perfumes distilled at the Govt Scent Farm at Dunolly at the Numurkah Show.

 1906 Mr Campbell of the Dept of Agriculture gave an interesting lecture in the town hall under the auspices of the local branch of the ANA.

 1911 For travelling between Inglewood and Dunolly without a valid train ticket Mr Forrester was fined 4 pounds and costs.

 1928 GOLDFIND AT DUNOLLY - Excitement was created on October 10 at Dunolly when Mr. John Pike, jun., took, to the bank. a further parcel of specimens containing far more gold than stone. They were estimated to contain. 250 oz. of pure gold valued at over £1000. This find follows the discovery of a small thread of the Indicator line of lode found while Mr. Pike was doing road formation work at Moliagul about half a mile north of the township, adjacent to the old Golden Goose mine, and about a mile: north of where the famous Welcome Stranger nugget was found in the early days. Mr. Pike and a party have been sinking 'a small shaft, and at a depth of about 5 ft., they came across the larger pocket of rich specimens.

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1866 The local Dunolly exhibition was a great success both financially and otherwise with more than 1,000 people visiting it over Saturday and Sunday, all net proceeds were given to the hospital.

 1890 Board of viticulture met where the secretary Mr Shillinglaw reported that the perfume farm at Dunolly was a great success, it was agreed that Mr Mellon, the scent farm manager, would be given appliances to distil oil and a handbook on the manufacture of essential oils and perfumes would be ready by the end of the month.

 1891 The Charities Commission inspected the Dunolly Hospital, they were pleased with the situation and condition, comparing it favourably with other institutions.

 1891 Mr Bosisto visited the Govt Scent Farm with the Minster of Mines and Minister of Agriculture, was astonished and pleased at the progress made.

 1914 For some time there has been friction in the inner working at the Dunolly Hospital, and at the meeting of the committee Dr. Wolfenden, who has been resident surgeon for about 38 years, tendered his resignation. The committee was surprised, and expressed regret at the action taken, as the doctor had at all times devoted the utmost care, attention and solicitude to the in mates. It was decided to accept the resignation with regret. Applications are to be invited for a medical officer to do his own dispensing, and also for the position of matron.

 1922 The Rev. J. Andrew Parson, after four years in charge of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church has removed to Millicent. He was given, various tokens of esteem by his several' congregations.- The Rev. J. R- ' Fiddian,having accepted a unanimous call will be inducted and welcomed on Tuesday evening by ' the moderator (the. Rev.F. H. L. Paton) .

 1949 184 points of rain fell at Dunolly.

 1949 Films from the library of The Australian Religious Film Society were shown in the Presbyterian Church at Dunolly.

October 8 Nganko Nyawiyu



1856 DUNOLLY.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
Dunolly, Oct. 8th, 1856.

In sending you a resume of digging news for the time elapsed since my last communication, I may commence by stating that I think there is a little improvement since last week. The population is decreasing—at any rate, scattering, but this is rather a good sign than otherwise. It will allow those who remain a better opportunity for getting payable holes.

Some holes lately bottomed in the wet sinking have turned out very well, One yielded above fifteen ounces off the bottom, but the water was so strong that the owners were compelled to leave it until the dry weather sets in. Another yielded eight pennyweights to four buckets.

The sinking is now running sixty feet deep, and some idea may be formed of the water to contend with when a hole left on Saturday night had 25 feet of water in on Monday morning. Some claims are now working night and day.

The lead is expected by some who have payable holes to run in a contrary direction to that generally supposed and followed. I was told it was running direct for the creek.

A number of new holes are going down at about a mile north-east of this on the old lead. The claims are only two claims wide, but some are very rich. I know of 5lbs. weight being washed out of one last week. There is a rush to Chinaman's Flat, about five miles off, in the direction of Mary- borough, near Burnt Creek. The lead is narrow, and sinking runs fifty feel. deep.

Payable ground is also said to have been struck between Avoca and Kingower, where a number are at work. A rush three miles to the north-west, which attracted about.1,500 persons, turned out a perfect duffer. Some few holes got the color, but it is doubtful whether it was not a grog-shop rush. I don't believe anything to pay was obtained at all.

A rather extensive rush to Jones' Creek has turned up some heavy nuggets. The ground in that direction—in fact, in the whole district—is all or nothing, and on this account no place for the poor man. I have just heard that more than 1000 persons went there yesterday morning.

Some excitement was caused by an announcement that the road would be allowed to be worked by depositing £300 as a guarantee that it should be made good. However, no holes are actually going down, so that it is not likely the affair is yet settled. A meeting was announced on the subject for last evening, but was amalgamated with a political meeting held by Mr. Nicholls, of Ballarat. Bills were posted, and a bellman announced that Mr. Nicholls would explain his political opinions outside the Golden Age, at five o'clock yesterday evening. Accordingly a crowd collected.

Mr. Abercrombie took the chair. Mr. Nicholls then proceeded to announce himself as a popular candidate, and explained his principles accordingly. Amidst much confusion it was moved by a person in the body of the meeting that Mr. Nicholls was a fit and proper person, &c. It did not appear to be seconded, but was carried. The proceedings were very irregular, and much confusion prevailed. Mr. M'Donogh then addressed the audience on the Road question. He advised them to rush it. leaving a sufficient width untouched for traffic. He did not see why a road as wide as Sackville-street in London, should be kept up, known to be auriferous. If a miner he would not hesitate to go to work.

The Main-street is posted with placards, " Vote for Benson the digger," and " Vote for Prendergast, and local interests." Mr. Aspinall is also announced to address the electors of Talbot on Monday next, and Mr. Blair is expected to be here tonight. Ar'nt we over head and ears in election matters? A meeting was held on the "grog"' question on Monday, at Goldsborough. Several grog seizures have been made lately ; the cases are adjourned till Saturday, when they will he defended by legal gentlemen retained by the offenders.

I hear that another body has been found in a waterhole, but cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statement ; if so, such things are becoming alarmingly rife just now.

We have been entertained (?) three times during the past week by fights in the main street— a proof of the efficiency of the police force now stationed here. Fancy a regular ring fight going on uninterruptedly in front of the principal stores and hotels.

The shameful inefficiency of the Dunolly postal arrangements are more apparent every day. Some curious facts, in connection with this department, have lately come under my notice. Even postage stamps sufficient for the correspondence carried on here has not been provided ; and this is not the fault of the district postmaster, but the fault of head quarters. Complaints have been made against that worthy about registered letters not being properly stamped, when common shilling stamps were sent and instructed to be used for that purpose. Is not this a beautiful specimen of the circumlocution office ? The Postmaster applied for an increase of salary ; — it is now the munificent sum of £.20 per annum. " You are hereby informed that the increase of salary will not be allowed, and your resignation has been accepted." Such was the style of answer. An encouragement to secure good services, is it not? I hear the Government have it in contemplation to build a new post office. The Magistrate wishes it at Old Dunolly, and if necessary, a branch in the main street. Don't be in a hurry ye 40,000 " lucky vagabonds and others;" it will all be done in time (when most of you have moved somewhere else).

Yesterday was intensely hot ; a hot wind prevailed, which finished up with a nice shower that cooled the air very beautifully.

We have, as you will have seen, another newspaper (gratis), issued by Messrs. Cook and Sherbon. The Gazette is getting a fair share of support.

1873 The first recorded football match against an opposing Club was played on Wednesday 8th October 1873 against Maryborough. This game was played in McBride’s Paddock near the Flour Mill (the relatively flat ground just north of the present Broadway-Raglan St Intersection). The game was played in two one hour halves. The highlight of the game was a fall by one of the Maryborough Players and as the Express reported: which so injured his left shoulder as to render the arm useless. After the first hour no goals were scored and the teams took a break, and rolled up to the refreshment booth in good humour with each other. In the second half Maryborough had the favour of the wind and after 45minutes of play kicked the first goal. For the next 15 minutes Dunolly had the ball well up to their goal but were unable to capitalise for want of experienced players. Maryborough won the game one goal to nil.

 1903 THE DUNOLLY RUSH.
DUNOLLY, Wednesday-The rush at West Dunolly is still giving good returns to several parties, but persons coming from a distance should be provided with means, as the ground is wet and mostly in private property. Washings to-day yielded from 5dwt to 13 dwt. to the trough.

 1908 A temperance society embracing Eddington, Middle-Bridge, Bet Bet and Bromley was formed at Middle-bridge.

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1864 A Family Fight. — On Friday last, at the Majorca police court, a warrant of commitment was ordered to issue against a man named James Donohue, for the non-payment of a debt of £5 13s.On Tuesday evening the police received information that the man ' wanted' was at home, kicking up, a row with his opposite neighbors (Mr and Mrs Jones).Constable Murphy immediately repaired to the scene of the conflict, and, having seen his man, called on him to surrender. J Donohue, in reply, told Murphy to take him if he could.  Making a dash at him,the constable soon succeeded in arresting his man,but, before he could get the handcuffs on, he had to knock him down, and call on the bystanders for assistance. But another combatant now came on the scene, in the shape of the cousin, alias wife, of .the prisoner. She came in to the rescue of her' dearly beloved,' and was with some difficulty pulled off the policeman. Taking up a stone to do some damage with, she was about to throw it,when Mr O'Farrell caught her hand ;— but she paid him out, by nearly biting his hand through. Ultimately, however, the two were conveyed to the camp, and secured in the lock-up. On Wednesday they were brought before the bench (Dr. Southoo presiding), when Donohue was adjudged worthy of 'three months' imprisonment, in addition to the six weeks' previously given. His wife (Mrs Donohue),for her share in the row, was ordered to be kept indurance vile for fourteen days, or pay a fine

 1884 Dunolly to-day was visited by tho Railway Commissioners, who were accompanied by Messrs. Mirls, Green, and Anderson. They were met at the station by the Hon. J. Bell, M.L.C. The Mayor and other councillors, and representatives of the Vinegrowers' Association, who brought several matters of local importance tinder their notice. After a brief stay they left for St.Arnaud.

The crops are looking very well, but I doubt if they will come up to last year.

 1885 Deputation from the Bet Bet Shire Council requested assistance from the Commissioner of Public Works in repairing damage to roads caused by recent floods in the district and to construct works to prevent the same from occurring again.

 1894 Students of the School of Pharmacy, accompanied by Messr. M'Alpine and Thompson,arrived on Friday to visit the Dunolly Scent Farm. The students gave an entertainment in the town hall in the evening in aid of the ladies' benevolent society. Yesterday the party were driven to the farm, and were received by Mr. Mellon, the director, who explained the characteristics of the scent producing plants cultivated on the farm. An inspection of stills was made, and of the collection of samples of oils and perfumes prepared by Mr. Mellon. The mayor, Mr. E. P. -Morris,who so guests the visitors were, intended to lunch at the farm, but on account of the heavy rains the party returned to Dunolly,where they lunched in the council chambers.Mr. M'Alpine, in replying to the toast of the Visitor, said the party were highly delighted with their visit, which was a splendid object lesson to the students. The benefits derived by the colony from the experiment made in scent producing plants and extraction more than justified the expenditure. In a few years the industry would be of lasting' benefit to the people. The visitor left by the evening train

 1922 After an application from the Dunolly tennis club the local council decided there was no objection to tennis, cricket or golf being played on the reserves or parks on Sundays.

October 6 Nganko Nyawiyu



1874 First wild hares seen in the district when Mr Mathieson of Natte Yallock displayed some in a box at the Red Lion Hotel.

 1874 The Maryborough to Dunolly railway line was officially opened. 13 miles long the first station is Havelock, then Bet Bet then Dunolly. The goods shed was tastefully decorated with evergreens, music bands played, a banquet was held in the goods shed, 100 sat down to eat.
A ball was held in the evening in the town hall. 
Trains travel smoother than those on the Maryborough-Castlemaine line.

 1885 Jane Warke, who is charged with stealing 67 sheep, was brought before the Police Court to day, and remanded to Dunolly, bail being taken for her appearance there.

 1937 Mr Catto, Rheola orchardist, was injured when a kangaroo smashed through his windscreen as he was returning from transporting Mr & Mrs Tavenoff who had been hurt in an earlier, and unrelated, car capsize incident.

1943 A meeting was called to discuss the possibility of sending Christmas parcels to all men and women in the services who had enlisted from Dunolly, Goldsborough and Bromley. The Dunolly Hampers and Welcome Home Patriotic Funds Committee was formed. The committee decided to send canteen orders to the value of 10/ to each member of the services from the abovementioned places and continue to function until members of the services were discharged.During this time they raised 580 pounds through entertainment, donations and gymkhanas. Of this amount 133 pounds was spent in canteen orders and 295 pounds was given in the form of presentations to returned servicemen and women. 
The fund was wound up on Sept 9, 1946, when the sum of 7 pounds was donated to the RSL.

 1955 Officer in charge of the wheat silo at Dunolly, Mr Lush, has retired. He came to Dunolly in 1942 as an employee of the Railways Construction Branch when the silo was being built. He will be succeeded by Mr Anderson.

October 5 Nganko Nyawiyu



1864 Shire of Bet Bet Notice is hereby given that dogs may be registered at this office between the hours of 10am and 3pm on any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. And further notice is also given that steps will be taken to enforce the provisions of the dog act against all persons possessing unregistered dogs after notice.

1879 The drought in the western district is worse than expected.

1894 Mr Foster Minister of Mines was touring the goldfields and arrived at Dunolly. At the party at the town hall Mr Foster announced that to lift the country out of the depression wealth would have to be taxed. Tarnagulla visited later that day then ministry group travelled onwards to Bendigo.

 1908 A proposal has been made to run an extension of the Maldon- Shelbourne line via Eddington and Middle Bridge to join up with the Mildura-Maryborough line at Havelock.

 1936 Miss E Lugg was appointed to the staff of the Dunolly state school, she was educated at Maryborough High School.

1949 Golden Age hotel at Tarnagulla licence transferred from Marjorie Cummins to John Miller.

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1864 Shire Offices were moved to the Dunolly Town Hall.

 1880 A large gathering assembled to witness the Harvest Home Company’s machinery, everything went well, further crushing operations were delayed until there was more water supply in the dam.

 1899 DUNOLLY.
At St. Mary's R.C. Church on Wednesday confirmation services took place, when the Right Rev. Dr Moore, Bishop of Ballarat,administered the sacrament of confirmation to about fifty young people of both sexes.The Bishop was assisted hv the Rev.Father O’Hare, and the Rev. Dr Macmanamny, the latter being the Bishop's,secretary'.

 1931 Between 400-500 people gathered on the Waanyarra goldfield to hold community singing and to distribute gifts of food and clothing to the miners on sustenance, organised by the Tarnagulla branch of the ladies section of the United Country Party.

 1939 The store of Cairns and sons at Dunolly was broken into with groceries and spirits to the value of 6 pounds stolen.

 1955 Thieves raid wool
BENDIGO, Tuesday:Weekend raids by thieves on wool stocks in northern district shearing sheds are proving costly to graziers.
At Wedderburn alone.£240 worth of wool was stolen from one shed.
Thefts have also occurred at Dunolly, Mitiamo, Jarklan, Heathcote,and Elmore.
Thieves have chosen the time for their raids when shearing is at a standstill.
Bendigo detectives have warned farmers to take the wool to sheds nearer their homes

 1981 Dunolly Railway Station was closed to passenger trains.

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