Dunolly and District

A blog about a fabulous little town in Central Victoria.

09 February, 2016

Calling all book lovers!

Dunolly & District Lions Club is up and raring to go!
They have settled into the former chemist shop at 88  Broadway, Dunolly, with many a'sparkling shelf displaying a plethora of reading material.
Don't forget to drop in for some great reads to keep you company on your journeys, meet new characters and to find new favourite authors.

February 9 ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ n ‪#‎Dunolly‬ & District ‪#‎History‬

1867 Sir Peter McBride was born at Dunolly, 3rd son of Peter and Catherine McBride. After attending Dunolly State School and Wesley College, Melbourne, he went into his father's St Arnaud timber and general hardware store. He became a successful local trader with a reputation as an enlightened employer, and a mining investor. Carried on a hardware, timber and furniture business commenced by his father at Dunolly 1856, and at St Arnaud 1862, where he settled 1874; had mining interests in both districts and was responsible for establishment of the State coal mines at Wonthaggi. Appointed as Victoria agent-general in London 1913-1922 and settled London after retirement.
Minister Mines, minister Forests, vice-president Board Land & Works 8 Jan 1909-19 Feb 1913 , Minister Railways 18 May 1912-19 Feb 1913 , Royal commission State forests 1900.

1880 A Reform League meeting was held at Dunolly while Berry and Grant were there – it was a most disorderly meeting that ever took place, several fights broke out and the police were called but they were unable to restore order, the meeting broke up in confusion, Mr. Berry said nothing new, and only referred to the combination against the Ministry.

1884 A large number of fallen women have gone to Ballarat and Echuca having been chased out of the city, the papers are full of the news of the arrival of these women.

1884 Sergeant Coyne to-day found a man named Lester lying on the road near the hospital helplessly drunk, and when brought to the lockup and searched he had no less a sum on his person than l,228 pounds 14s 11d. He is, I believe, a resident of Jones'Creek.

1884 Damages up to 1000 pounds were done by fire to the shops of Messers Desmond the hairdresser and tobacconist, Fowler, Saddler and Webb, shoemaker. The children of the later were rescued with much difficulty.

1885 The Dunolly Fruit and Wine Company held a luncheon to celebrate the beginning of business of the company, with Mr Foote, the chairman, presiding.

1885 The Dunolly Racing Club held a meeting at Tatchell's Hotel last night, and fixed the date of their races.

1885 It is the intention of the Agricultural Society to invite the Governor to open their second annual show.

1888 A serious accident happened as one of the contractors for the Inglewood - Dunolly line was superintending some work when a plank fell on him breaking the small bones of his leg and crushing his foot.

1911 At the borough council meeting it was decided to obtain particulars and estimates of the cost of lighting the town with electricity.

Dunolly Football Netball Club

The football season is in full swing and has been since December.
We are seeking additional volunteers for the 2016 season as follows:
Fundraising Coordinator
Social Committee Members
President’s Assistant – Minute taker at meetings
Volunteer Coordinator
Media Coordinator
Sponsorship officer – Dunolly
Sponsorship officer – Maryborough
Sponsorship officer – Bendigo
Please contact Callum Liddicoat on 0427 110 273.
We have some new gun footballers coming to Dunolly for the 2016 season; summary to follow later.
Callum Liddicoat, President Dunolly Football/Netball Club

Dunolly Field and Game Annual General Meeting

 The Annual General Meeting of the Dunolly and District Field and Game Club Inc. will be held on Sunday 14 February at 2.00pm at the shooting ground on the Dunolly/Eddington Road.

Dunolly & District Neighbourhood Centre Garden Club *Whispering Weeders*

The first meeting of the year, for all you keen gardeners, is a chance to find out what you would like to see and do and where you would like to go in 2016.
The meeting will take place in Barbara Flood’s lovely garden at Waanyarra on Monday 29 February; meeting at the Centre at 1.00pm.
The Whispering Weeders Garden Club is for all lovers of gardening and gardens where, on the last Monday of every month, you get to visit, swap plants and find out what will or won’t grow in our region.
If you love gardens and gardening, join in the fun!
No digging, pulling of weeds or any physical work whatsoever involved!
How good is that?
If you would like to know more details about any of the above, or have an idea or a concern, drop in for a cuppa and a chat.
We are in Havelock St (hospital grounds).
Phone 5468 1511 or simply email: admin@dunnhc.com.au
Sharon Hiley, Coordinator

Dunolly Bowling Club Twilight Bowls Kick off your shoes and shake off your blues!

We have played three nights of Twilight Barefoot Bowls and have had three very enjoyable bowling evenings.
We have another five nights to go starting with Friday 5 February at 6.15pm.
Dunolly Bowling Club needs more bowlers and invites all, young, old, ladies and men, to come along and have a try out at the Twilight Bowls.
We have bowls for you to use and bowlers to show how to get started, so just come along.
Normally, the green fee for the night is $5.00, but we have not got around to collecting it, and the Twilight Bowls interim membership fee is a once-only-fee of $5.00.
Phone the Club on 5468 1143
or phone or email Ken Nielsen - 5469 7230 - knkinex@gmail.com with any questions you may have, but do come along.
Ken Nielsen

Bendigo Coach Lines - New Bus Service Maryborough to Bendigo via Dunolly

Bendigo Coach Lines
There is a new bus service from Maryborough to Bendigo via Dunolly.
The service will depart the Maryborough Railway Station bus stop and provide access to the following locations enroute to Bendigo.
Maryborough CBD, Whirakee Rise Estate, Bet Bet, Dunolly, Laanecoorie and Marong.
Destinations will include Hazeldene’s (Calder Alternative Highway), Marist College, Bendigo Railway Station, Bendigo Senior Secondary, Girton Grammar, Bendigo TAFE and La Trobe Uni.
Other destinations, including Bendigo Health, can be accommodated in the timetable.
Dunolly and Laanecoorie departures need to be prebooked the day prior by phone.
For further information please contact Bendigo Coach lines on 5446 7018 or email:
contact@bendigocoachlines. com.au

Dunolly Senior Citizens

 At all times the Committee of Dunolly Senior Citizens Club would welcome new members to join this club and any person aged 55 years plus is eligible.
At this club, in the Senior Citizens Hall, we have a two course luncheon on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each month commencing at 12 noon – cost $12.00 per person. Luncheon is followed by some form of entertainment and then afternoon tea.
The next luncheon is on 17 February 2016.
Each Monday indoor bowls is played, commencing at 1.15pm – cost $ 2.00 per person.
An enjoyable time is had by all and we appreciate and are grateful to several members of the Maryborough Seniors Club who travel to play and support us at the DSC Hall.
Card playing has been in recess for some time but, following some enquiries, will now re-commence on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 1.30pm in the Seniors Hall – cost $2.00 per person.
The card games 500 or euchre can be played. If enough interest is shown, cards would be played each Tuesday, commencing at 1.30pm.
Any enquiries regarding card playing, please contact Dos Polinelli on 5468 1280.
Other enquiries to Marie on 5468 1212 or Dos on 5468 1280.
Annual membership fee is $5.00 due on 1 July 2016.
Marie Lovel, secretary DSC, 5468 1212

Dunolly District Inc. Calendar of Events and Activities for 201

Dunolly District Inc. is responding to a suggestion made by several community groups that will help all
community groups and businesses plan events and activities during 2016.
A comprehensive Calendar of Events and Activities for the year will make it easier to set dates that won’t clash with other events, or, alternatively, will help to see when activities would benefit from clustering together.
Currently, The Welcome Record provides a valuable community service by listing many regular meetings each week and additional events as they are notified. However, a yearly calendar will help everyone to plan ahead.
All community groups and businesses are warmly invited to share details of the events and activities you
have planned for 2016. A quick response would be appreciated so the Calendar can be distributed as soon
as possible and published in The Welcome Record.
Basic information is all that is required. If you can provide information about your events for the whole
year, that will be excellent. However, if this is not possible at this stage, please let us know as your plans
are confirmed and the Calendar can be regularly updated.

Please email your information to the DDI Secretary, Marion Da Costa, mdac@iinet.net.au,
send to PO Box 64, Dunolly,
or drop in a copy to Fiona Lindsay, Wright on Broadway, 127 Broadway, Dunolly, 3472.

If you have regular events, such as the Dunolly Market, please include dates etc. for each month. If you are
planning a special event, such as the Golden Triangle Ride, please provide the dates for each of these. The
Calendar is an opportunity to promote important dates, such as home game days for the football/
netball season or major bowls tournaments, for instance.
Please provide the following information for each
 Date
 Activity
 Location
 Time
 Contact person
 Phone/Mobile
 Email
 Organisation or business
The sooner we have your information, the sooner the Calendar can be prepared and shared.
We look forward to your involvement.
Fiona Lindsay, Pres. DDI - M: 0428 322 208
Marion Da Costa, Sec. DDI - M: 0438 168 634

08 February, 2016

146th Rheola Charity Carnival!

Easter Monday, March 28th 2016
Held Easter Monday at the Rheola Public Hall & Recreation Reserve
"Real Country Entertainment Since 1871"
In Aid Of The Inglewood & Dunolly Hospitals And The Rheola Public Hall and Rheola Pioneers' Park

Location: Rheola Recreation Reserve - Inglewood-Rheola Rd, Rheola 3517
Wood chopping; Sheep Dog Trials; Clay Target Shooting; Horse Training, Show Jumping and Novelty Evants; "Miss Rheola" Carnival Girl; Rheola Gift Footraces; Lucky Envelopes; Hoopla, Spinning Wheel and move novelty events for all ages (including: Bowling at Wicket, Kicking Football, Sheaf Tossing Contest, Egg Throwing, Sheep Judging Competition, Novelty Rides, Golf, Nearest The Pin).
Small Stationary Engines (Displayed by Wedderburn, Maryborough and Mt Aexander Clubs), Classic Cars and Ute Display, Vintage Tractor Pull pre-1954.
Fruit and Lolly Stall, Luncheon Booth, Afternoon Tea, Barbeque Tea, Ice Cream and Soft Drinks.

ADMISSIOIN:     unconfimed  (2015 prices: Adults $7.00 each - Chrildren Under 14 Free)

Please Check the Poster for All Event Details, Times, Prices, Supporters and Sponsors.
Contact Name: Secretary: Mrs Ann Leach  
Phone: (03) 5438 8280


Pronounced: Bee-AL-i-ba.

The 3rd annual Bealiba Blues-n-Cruze Festival is on this Easter at the Bealiba Pony Club, Victoria - Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of March 2016. 
Two days of brilliant music, central bonfire, plenty of space for free camping, free toilet and shower facilities, free firewood. 
First class music action on stage and impromptu jams around the campsites, guaranteed to be the best value blues, country, funk and jazz music festival in Victoria. 

No idea where Bealiba is? 
Approx 3 hours from Melbourne, 1 hour from Bendigo, 40 minutes from Maryborough, in the Central Goldfields of Victoria. 

For more information visit http://www.bealibablues.com.au/ and watch this space!!

Get your tickets early for online savings to the best music festival in Victoria - Easter weekend - the Bealiba Blues-n-Cruze festival, with top local, state and interstate talent on stage all weekend. 
Free camping, free firewood. 
Check it out - you won't believe the ticket prices.


Dunolly Ladies Only Group

Our ladies only group is where women, from all walks of life, age, size and fitness levels can meet on a weekly basis, in a fun &  friendly environment, to learn self defence.
Our self defence is based mainly on karate, with a mix of other martial arts.
We encourage;
CONFIDENCE, the fighting spirit to have the strength to fight back in an attack
AWARENESS, how to be aware of surroundings and avoid certain situations that may put you at risk
In our ladies only group we also encourage;
- self love and respect
- value yourself and others
- share power, knowledge and skills

We support everyone to follows their goals and dreams...
Our training system is a holistic approach to health and well-being, mind, body and soul.

Dunolly FNC Show & Shine Car Show April 9

The Dunolly footy & Netball Club are holding a Car Show on the 9th of April 9:00 am start.
Show& Shine from 9:30 -3:00.
Trophy presentation will be at 2:30.
There will be a bbq cooking throughout the day, the bar will also be open.
Jumping castle will also be provided for the kids.

Camping is also allowed.
YES THAT'S RIGHT if you want to camp on the oval you can.
There will be a band playing throughout the night and the club rooms will be open so you can use the facilities.

•Show & Shine $10 display your car
•Gold coin donation to enter
•Jumping castle for the kids
•Night entertainment ( live band )


Dunolly Community Market

If any local community groups would like to host a bbq at our markets please let me know we are working on the roster.

Contact Lucinda - 0448681147
or Leanne - 0408905011

February 8 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1845 MURDER BY BLACKS.-About three weeks ago,some forty or fifty natives of the Loddon tribe visited H. N. Simson's station on the Lodden, 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.

30 January, 2016

2016 Dunolly Market Dates

Make a fun-filled weekend of it and visit The Centre of The Universe when our fabulous market is on each month.
Don't forget, by popular demand there is another Twilight Market on March 26th during the Easter weekend, so come, stay in our beautiful town and explore!

If you wish to have a stall please remember you must book by calling Lucinda on 0448681147.

Dunolly Valentines Day Market

Love is in the air.... why not bring your loved one to Dunolly on the 14th February for a romantic walk around our market you might even find something special to buy them!
Posted by Dunolly Community Market Inc on Saturday, 23 January 2016

04 November, 2015

Savoy Opera Company Inc presents The Yeomen of the Guard.

Savoy Opera Company Inc presents The Yeomen of the Guard.

Featuring the talents of Luke Belle, Geoff Carison, James Christensen, Carmen Carnovale, Isaac Esler, Barry Fry, Lyndon Green, Steven Howland, Lydial Klimek, Beth Paterson, James Penn & Corryn Rattray accompanied by the wonderful Savoy Chorus & Orchestra.

This is different from the other Gilbert and Sullivan operas in that it ends with a broken-hearted main character and at least two reluctant engagements, rather than the usual plethora of happy marriages. However, Gilbert finds plenty of opportunity to introduce comedy into his libretto. Many believe that the score is Sullivan's finest. Indeed, some enjoy Yeomen particularly because of its ever-changing emotional balance of joy and despair, love and sacrifice.

Saturday November 7th @ 2.30pm

Dunolly Town Hall
Broadway Dunolly

Tickets: Adults $25
Children free

Available at the door or at

10 September, 2015


Dunolly is host to a new and unique photographic exhibition.
This collection has never previously been on public display.
Carisbrook resident, John Tully, will be showing the photographs passed down to him by his great great grandfather photographer Charles Nettleton.
Nettleton was one of Victoria’s eminent photographers during the 1860-1890 period. His best known photograph is the most iconic in Australian history, the portrait of Ned Kelly the day before he was hanged.
As a photographer Nettleton would often take two photos. After printing a copy of each he would choose the best and store the other in the back of the studio. The expensive glass plate negative would then be cleaned and reused. Thus for many of these photos there was only one print ever made. It is these rejects that will be on display in Dunolly. A mixture of Melbourne and country scenes and portraits.
Nettleton also worked with the famous Australian artist S T Gill photographing his sketches. Photographs of two S T Gill sketches will be at the exhibition. The original sketches have not survived so these images are new to the S T Gill database.

The Charles Nettleton Historic Photograph Exhibition will be at Buckley’s of Dunolly, 1787 Maryborough Dunolly Rd, Dunolly for two weekends only,
Saturday & Sunday, 19th, & 20th September 2015 1.00 - 4.00pm
Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th September 2015 from 1.00 –4.00 pm.
Gold coin donation.


Our last ride on Sunday 30 August was few in numbers as it was very cold.
Nevertheless the road from Tarnagulla to Newbridge via Poseidon Rd was great!
And the coffee at Newbridge Store around the wood fire was most enjoyable.
Sunday 13 September is our next adventure; we’ll start at 9.30am outside the Newbridge Store, cycle to Laanecoorie along the western side of the river over the Monash Bridge and return to Newbridge for coffee.
Distance approx. 28 Kms, mostly flat.
Neville Roberts 5468 7295