31 August, 2015

August 31 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1875 At the Dunolly police court 3 cases were prosucuted against parents who refused to send their children to school, 2/ fined in two cases with the third dismissed as the children had measles. One of the JPs sitting on the bench paid the fine for one of the mothers as she was a widow with 5 children to provide for.

1877 The Priest from Dunolly travelled to the Chinese camp at Ballarat to officiate at the annual ceremony to provide food, clothing and warmth for the ghosts of those who died by accident or violence. A large fire was lit at dusk with tom-toms, kettle drums and reed pipes played until midnight when food was placed around the outside of the fire, gin and wine spilt on the ground and after the ghosts had taken their fill the paper clothing was burnt while the food was shared out to the paupers of the camp (lepers from the rifle butts).

 1883 In the Dunolly Court, Victoria, recently, Mr Phelps, a solicitor, while conducting a case, used the words “That be damned" in reply to a remark made by Mr Barnett, solicitor on the other side. Mr Cass, the police magistrate, ordered Phelps to apologise but he refused to do so. Phelps was then requested to quit the court, and having declined, the police carried him out. He returned, but would not apologise, and again the police removed him. The court rose, and he was subsequently permitted to re-enter, when he apologised, adding “The Bench is damned hard on me."

 1894 The Dunolly Free Library held a Grand concert with entertainment by the Dunolly Cuckoo club.

 1896 New gold was discovered at Moligul with a reef expected to yield 12oz to the ton.

 1931 A reunion took place at the Dunolly hospital when James Cadzow was visited by his brother William for the first time in 50 years after William returned from NZ having relinquished his business.

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