17 February, 2016

February 17 ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ in ‪#‎Dunolly‬ & District ‪#‎History‬

1857 William Twigham, a co-hort of bushranger Gypsy Smith (who roamed the area) was facing the death penalty for murder when he tried to escape from Castlemaine Gaol.

1866 A new reef has been discovered at the back of the Presbyterian church. Two tons of surface stone yielded two ounces of gold.The crashing from Patterson's Reef, old lead, yielded 42 oz.The United Pointer Pound rush obtained 32 oz.

1873 A severe thunderstorm dropped such heavy rain on Dunolly as to turn Broadway into a river-way, completely flooding the west side of Broadway from Bull St up to Mr Bell’s house.

1883 A serious accident occurred at the Queen's Birthday mine last night. Several men were engaged in timbering the level,. when a piece of timber slipped from their grasp and knocked down another piece already in position, which in its fall struck two men, one the captain of the shift, named Penglase, who, had the small bone of his leg broken, the other miner named Martin, injuring his head and fracturing his ribs, causing them to penetrate his lungs. Dr. Sutherland was immediately sent for, but before he arrived Martin had expired. No. blame is attached to the company, as no foresight. could have prevented the accident.

1909 Household Hints in The Argus "Graf ' (Dunolly) describes what seems to be a very simple process of jam making ;
" I never make much trouble of jam making. I stone the fruit, allow it to stand overnight with half its weight of sugar (brewers) added. When ready to put it on the stove , I butter the bottom of the preserving pan, place in it several cleaned half crowns and pour in the fruit and sugar. I heat the remaining half of the sugar and add it when the jam is about half cooked. I never stir the jam The coins do the work much better than any stirring would do it. The fruit remains whole and the appearance of the jam is much improved. In adding the hot sugar I gently move it with a wooden spoon to mix it and prevent it settling in one spot, but I do not put the spoon deep down into the jam. I place an asbestos mat under the preserving pan and regulate the heat In this way jam making interferes very little with the ordinary day's work".
*We don't recommend tossing copper coins into jam or using asbestos anywhere. But feel free to make as much jam as you want.*

1914 DUNOLLY. HEAD-TEACHER TRANSFERRED Mr F. Rae, head-teacher of the Dunolly State school for the past six years, has received notice of his promotion to the Maldon school. As a townsman Mr Rae has identified himself with all movements for the welfare and advancement of the place.

1914 SHORTAGE OF WATER. The water at the reservoir is almost exhausted and water is being conveyed from the old Lead reservoir by drain and pipes.

1914 HEAT AFFECTS FRUIT. Owing to the continued dry weather the fruit trees are very dry and the fruit is beginning to shrivel up.

1932 Messers J Downs and D Rae were appointed as trustees of the Dunolly racecourse.

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                                                           Dunolly Lawn Bowls 1948.