17 August, 2015
August 17 On This Day in Dunolly & District History
1864 Dunolly Borough elections – Martin, Daly, Simpson, Walls and Phillips were elected. Mr Thompson and Mr Heap were elected to the Bet Bet road board.
1891 The rifle club at Goldsborough was officially disbanded by the Minster of Defence FT Sargood.
1891 FIRE AT DUNOLLY.
A FLOUR MILL DESTROYED.
At about 4 o clock this morning the town was alarmed by the violent ringing of the fire bell, and it was soon ascertained that the Union flour Mill North Broadway, belonging to Mr Joseph Hill was in flames The sky was lit up with a bright glare, and at a dis tance the flames could be seen rushing from the topmost windows of the building Before the fire brigade could reach the place, which is over half a mile from town, the fire had caught such a hold of the woodwork of the interior that it was hope less to try to save the mill itself In a short time after the first alarm had been given the whole of the interior of the building was one mass of flames and they were streaming high into the air, lighting the whole country round In less than an hour the roof of the granary fell in, and shortly afterwards the roof of the main brick building also fell in with a great crash, and the whole place was a total wreck. The machinery was completely destroyed, and only the four bare brick walls were left standing The fire brigade had no pressure of water, but ob tained what they could from a tank at the back of the building and made vigorous efforts to save the engine room and the engines Huge stacks of firewood were piled close to the building and other properties and had the firewood once caught the conflagration would have extended to the adjoining buildings
The granary contained about 800 bags of wheat, besides bran and the main building about 500 bags of flour. Under the debris ere found about 200 bags ft wheat, which were saved. Although the greater portion was considerably damaged by the smoke, dirt, and water, a portion of it is expected to be fairly good. This is nearly all that is saved of the large stock of wheat and flour. Mr Hill only took over the business 14 months ago and since that time has expended over £1,500 in erecting the newest improvements in machinery. He was previously a successful wheat-grower m the Archdale district, and is known as an industrious and enterprising man Great s)sympathy is felt for him in this calamity. His loss 13 estimated at about £3 800 behaving effected insurances on the stock and machinery to the amount of £26OO as follows -London and Glasgow and Straits Companies £1,000 between them Northern, £1,000 The building, which be longed to Mr Dorward, was uninsured. The origin of the fire is a complete mystery
There was no one in the mill after dark, and at 1 a .m. all appeared to be perfectly safe. The fire must have originated in the main building A resident, attracted by the glare, roused Mr. Hill and before the flames obtained complete mastery, they succeeded in rescuing the safe containing the books and documents of the firm. As showing how fires often may occur, Mr Hill states that on the previous day a bag of wheat in load from the station was found to have a hole in it and on proceeding to repair it a box of matches fell out, which must have been left among the grain during bagging
1916 A jumble sale to aid the Queen Competition for the local queen was held, raising 33 pounds 9 shillings and 8 pence.
1936 A relief worker working at the state forestry camp near Dunolly severely gashed his foot with an axe and was admitted to the Dunolly hospital.
The Returned Soldiers Ball in the Dunolly town hall raised 40 pounds.
1942 Death of Mrs Mary Cheetham of Tarnagulla at age 99, believed to be the first white girl in the district 90 years ago. Her husband had been a member of the legislative assembly 50 yrs previously.