24 July, 2018

I haven't forgotten you!

You have probably noticed the lack of On This Day history posts (if you haven't then you haven't been paying attention!).
Apologies but mental health issues have taken front row in our life, and I've been holding the Feral family together with string and band-aids.
I hear duct tape is better but for some reason the offspring won't let me wrap him in it...!
I hope to get back to the history blatherings as soon as I get a minute to scratch myself (no lice or fleas will be harmed in the aforesaid scratching) and I hope more people are able to get the mental health assistance they require.
Cos we all know how utterly broken the mental health system is.
Please remember - if it was a physical injury everyone would openly talk about it and understand, yet mental health is still just as debilitating but is not openly discussed or understood, with the damned stigma of shame still attached.
It's 2018, not 1918.
Let's lose the damned stigma!

13 June, 2018

June 13 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur & District #History

1864 Coach Accident.— A serious, accident happened 'to the six o'clock coach from this to Ballaarat, on Saturday morning. When a short distance from the Bet Bet, a flock of goats rushed across the road, and frightened the horse, which bolted off the road and ran the coach against a tree, almost smashing it to atoms. The driver was thrown off and seriously hurt, but luckily there were no passengers, or the consequences must have been disastrous in the extreme, No blame whatever was to be attached to the unfortunate coachman.

 1864 Parchment v. Paper. — A fellow from Dunolly paid a visit to a shanty-keeper at the rush, and in payment for purchases, gave what appeared to be a pound note. The mistress of the shanty handed the same in payment for a bottle of gin a short time afterwards, and was told by the storekeeper to whom she proffered it in payment, that a swindle had been practised on her, for the document was an old and worthless miner's right. — Dunolly Express, June 13.

 1890 An Italian found a 46.5oz nugget at Little Chinaman’s 3 miles east of Dunolly.

 1894 St John’s church organ recital with the combined choirs of Maryborough and Dunolly.

 1909  A rough match between Maryborough and Dunolly at Princes Park saw Dunolly win by 8 points but not before spectators began fighting and the police called in with a player from each team assisted from the ground one with a broken collar bone the other with an injured leg.

 1912 It was reported in the South Bourke and Mornington Journal that, following a query from the Dunolly public library regarding the loaning of books into homes where infectious diseases are present, the Board of Public Health decided this was not to be allowed in the future.

 1918 The Dunolly Red Cross Branch collected and contributed to the April-May Appeal 61 pounds 13 shillings and 11 pence.

 1937 The Anglican Ball was held in the Town Hall; consisting of good music and a banquet supper it was enjoyed by many.
DUNOLLY, Sunday-Perfect weather, good music a gaily decorated hall and a banquet supper combined to make the Anglican ball In the town hall a great success. Mr Colin Brooker was secretary.

12 June, 2018

June 12 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

 1858 FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.
The municipal elections really Came off on Saturday,though at one time, from a hitch that occurred in the appointment of chairman, which occasioned a midnight journey to Castlemaine and a telegram to Melbourne— the answer to which arrived just fifteen minutes within the time appointed for the nomination — it seemed likely that the matter would have to be adjourned ad infinitum. Seventeen candidates were nominated — Messrs Day, Jackson. Quinlan, Wilson, Stott, Frayne, Crosland, Page, Pratt, Blow, Cook,Dicker, Wingfield, Davis, Simpson, Lyle, and Warren.
A poll was demanded, which resulted as follows : — Mr Day, 94 ; Mr Jackson, 78; Mr Quinlan,74 ; Mr Wilson, 7# ; Mr Stott, 65 ; Mr Frayne, 62 ;Dr Crosland, 62. Mr Page polled 61 votes ; thelowest being for Mr Warren — 5.
After the Chairman had declared the successful candidates duly elected,they, together with some of the unsuccessful, returned thanks to their supporters. A vote of thanks was given to the assessors, three cheers for the Chairman,and three more for the municipality, and the assembly dispersed.We are now what we have long wished to be — a municipality ; and I trust our newly elected councillors will wear their laurels faithfully and well, and that their single aim will be to forward all the interests ofthe district with fairness and equity.
Advance Dunolly !


As if in honor of our new municipality, mining matters in our district are decidedly looking up. An extensive rush has taken place to Wild Dog, in consequence of some parties who have been working therefor some time past, striking what is supposed to be anew lead of gold. In accordance with the mining rules they reported to the Warden, but have not, I understand, received an enlarged claim, as it is a matter of dispute whether the new claim is precisely far enough away from the old workings. But I think any parties who persevere in working where all around is discouragement, have a true claim to the extended amount of ground, and no petty consideration should be allowed to deprive them of a just merit for their perseverance. I understand the prospectors washed 3½ ounces from a load of wash dirt, and the stuff has been showing much better since. From the bottom of another shaft a patch of dirt yielded an ounce. The sinking is from 27 feet to 40 feet, the rock gradually rising towards the ranges, and receding towards the creek. It is thought that this will lead to new discoveries, and the ground running into a long flat,some of which was being surveyed for sale, is likely to prove auriferous, and, as a matter of course, I suppose the contemplated survey and sale abandoned.
On Monday several hundreds were at work,Havelock and Cochrane contributing to swell the numbers almost hourly.Sandy Creek also shows far greater signs of activity since the late rain. Water is more plentiful, and many are engaged in alluvial sinking, so far as I could learn, with very fair success.Fresh reefs are constantly opening up other' strikings.' Messrs Turnbull and Thompson's claim, on Victoria Reef have struck, at a depth of 70 feet, what they have every reason to believe is the main reef ; and the stone shows well, some of which I inspected. There are about ten claims at work on this reef. Messrs VV. H. Winfield and Co.'s claim, now at a depth of 100 feet, is supposed to be on or very near the vein. This is the dividing range, and is expected to turn out equal to the far-famed Poverty Reef, and thus adding another to the list of splendid quartz dykes with which this locality abounds.
Burnt Creek is nearly in the possession of Chinamen. Several minor outbreaks have occurrcd between the Celestials and the few Europeans that are working there. One thing, however, may be said in John's favor, that he is not likely to spoil or use up all the water, as some of it can very well be spared, from its excessive super abundance.Peter's is still advancing, and its importance is worthy of a mail service once a week, at any rate,especially as Cochrane's, fifteen miles on the road, has already a bi- weekly one.Sandy Creek also, from its rapid growth and extending business, should have a mail three times a week instead of twice as at present, an arrangement which necessitates a vast amount of correspondence travelling by private hand. The Postmaster-General would do well to look to this matter.

 1911 An unusual band, made up of 20 of the men laying the Maryborough to St Arnaud line marched through the streets of Bealiba playing mouth organs, triangle, drums, and a bass (carbide drum) under the guidance of drum major James Thomas who wielded a sapling as drum mace, to collect money for the Dunolly Hospital, raising 2 pounds 13 shillings.

 1915 Maryborough met Dunolly for the first time this season on the local ground today. Dunolly secured their first win. Scores Dunolly -6 goals, 11 behinds, 47 points. Maryborough – 6 goals, 2 behinds.

 1915 Railways did not take their best team to Dunolly. Their principal absentee were Walker, MDonald, and Mearns, who were replaced by "Jerry" Grigg, " Pompey" Baker and young Hendrickson. Dunolly was well represented, and won the game on its merits. The scores were : Dunolly-2 goals 10 behinds (22 points). Railways-, behinds (6 points). W. Chivers umpired,

June 11 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1857 The metalling of Broadway was completed.

 1884 Low Ching, a well known resident Chinaman, was this morning missed from his usual place of working in a mining claim, and was subsequently found lying dead on the floor of his hut. He was dressed, and nothing appeared to have been disturbed. A few pounds were found in his pocket. An inquiry will be held, but death is believed to have arisen from natural causes.

June 10 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1904 Mr Phelps, solicitor of North Broadway fell in his house badly breaking his nose, requiring the doctor to remove 2 pieces of bone and 8 stitches. Mr Phelps is 87 yrs old but healing well.

 1922 The Telegraph Hotel was burnt completely ; built of wood and brick consisting of 14 rooms it was empty at the time but there was no water available for firefighters.Insured for 140 pounds in the Royal Company.

 1929 Thomas Henderson, miner of Moliagul, fell down a mine shaft 30 ft but despite broken ribs, sprained ankles and abrasions he managed to climb back to the surface and was taken to the Dunolly Hospital.

 1938 Mr Beaton, manager of the State Savings Bank at Dunolly who has been transferred to Woodend was presented with a gift from the members of the Dunolly Golf Club while members of the Ladies Presbyterian Guild gave Mrs Beaton a reading lamp.

09 June, 2018

June 9 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

 1857 Meeting held at Bendigo hotel to take steps for surveying a route for a tramway from Dunolly to Chinaman’s Flat, with a committee appointed to carry out the matter.

 1995 A man drowned in swollen flood waters in northern Victoria yesterday as he tried to save his dog.
The man went into Burnt Creek, near Dunolly, 174 km northwest of Melbourne, to retrieve his dog, a police spokesman said.
It seemed he then became caught up in floodwaters and drowned, the spokesman said.
The discovery of the man's body was reported to police at 3.50pm.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a moderate flood warning for three rivers in the north central area of the state, near Bendigo.
It also said a number of streams were experiencing minor flooding.
The north central area of the state, which includes Kyneton, is awash after being lashed by more than 100mm of rain over the past three days.
"The man became trapped in the swollen waters," he said.
"When last seen (about 3pm), he was going under the bridge."
The woman is understood to have alerted police.
"Burnt Creek was fairly swollen at thetime," Sgt Fraser said.
The drowning happened near a bridge close to the Avoca-Dunolly Road, not far from the township of Dunolly, he said.
The man's dog swam back to shore and was not injured, Sgt Fraser said

June 8 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

 1867 Some excitement was created on Saturday in Dunolly, by the "jumping" of some 210ft of the Goldsborough Company's celebrated claim, Bealiba Reef. The alleged grounds for the jumping are that the company was only registered for a claim of 150 ft instead of 360ft. The matter will be brought before the Warden's Court.

 1884 A Chinese timber cutter known as Ah Fat was killed at Waanyarra by a falling tree.

 1888 A mass meeting of the ratepayers was held in the Bet Bet Shire Hall where resolutions were passed regarding the lettering on the stones of the Queen Victoria Jubilee Memorial Fountain.

 1954 NAMES OF CRASH PILOTS RELEASED MELBOURNE, Tuesday. -The captain of an R.A.A.F.Dakota that crash landed in the sea near Iwakuni (Japan)at the week-end was Pilot Officer Hector N. Macdonald, of Stanthorpe (Qld.), R.A.A.F. headquartcrs said to-day.The second pilot was Sergeant Roger E. Bateson, of Dunolly (Vic.). Both escaped with minor injuries.

07 June, 2018

June 7 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1930 It was reported that the Govt battery was completely overhauled and was in excellent working order.

 1935 A thunderstorm saw the Dunolly Post Office struck by lightning, causing the fuses of the trunk lines to blow out and the wire burnt through. Large trees were blown apart by lightning at Old Lead.

06 June, 2018

June 6 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

 1857 Dunolly Local District Court declared open.

 1940 The Dunolly branch of the RSL presented Mr Hosier with a crystal vase as a farewell gift, he had been the secretary for the branch.
The staff of the post office presented Mr Hosier with a set of hair brushes.

05 June, 2018

June 5 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1884 A lad named Rotten was taken to the Dunolly Hospital after trying to stop a bolting horse, he had succeeded in grabbing the horses head when it swerved and jammed him against a tree.

 1884 Illness is rife amongst the children in the district, with measles, diphtheria and influenza being the main culprits.

 1895 Dunolly bicycling club held a road race from Dunolly to Maryborough was won by Gathercole who covered the 14miles in 50 mins.

 1904 A lad named E.T Shay from Moliagul was admitted to the Dunolly Hospital with a fractured thigh after being thrown from a dray when it hit a stump.

 1905 Frank Impey who was shoeing a horse at Strafford and Sons was kicked badly by the horse and will be laid up for quite some time with his dislocated knee.

 1911 Dunolly Traders Association was not going to observe the King’s birthday by closing their businesses but a letter from the ANA protesting at this and asking them to reconsider proved powerful and thus the king’s birthday was observed as a public holiday.

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