01 September, 2016

September 1 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History


1856 A correspondent writes—" There is a rush here that quite throws Fiery Creek into the shade. About a mile off the road between Dunolly and Burnt Creek, which a fortnight back was in the bush, and boasted in its whole length but one solitary place, a wayside coffee house, is now a flourishing, prosperous, and thriving street, or township, as they call it on the diggings. In this rapidly developed place an amount of business is carried on daily which tradesmen established for years in some unprecocious locality would give all the labor of long years to exchange.
" I cannot be over-estimating the population at 15,000. The line of operations extends about four miles ; and from beginning to end, the miners speak favorably of it. I have met many old friends, and I am fully convinced, from their unanimous report, this is a first-class goldfield. I don't, however, believe in the existence of a lead, properly so called. There is a certain strip of ground found auriferous; in some places it is 600 paces wide; this is patchy, and large nuggets are frequently found.
"I must acknowledge I have not at any time heard miners join in a good opinion of any goldfield with such unanimity. I have not seen any of the gold as yet, having only come here this morning. Next week I will be in a position to give your readers a clearer statement of Dunolly. Just now I am forced to hurry my letter, so as to ensure its being posted at Avoca, as, from what I can learn of our postal arrangements here, there is but little ground for a hope of much punctuality.''

1861 Havelock Post Office (1) opened.

1863 The mail coach from St Arnaud to Dunolly was delayed as it broke down at the Avoca River; a spring-cart was fetched from Cochrane’s (Bealiba) to convey mail and passengers who arrived at 4pm in Dunolly.

1875 A Dunolly deputation requested of the Commissioner of Railways that, as the 3.35pm train from Spencer Street station left too early for business letters to be delivered, that the 7.15pm train to Castlemaine should run through to Dunolly to deliver missives and the 3.35pm train be dropped.
1875 A deputation from Dunolly requested, from the Minister for Public Works, the sum of 1,500 pounds to complete the storm water channel.

1886 The Annual horse parade and sports were held today, although it was cold and threatening weather there was a good turn out of approx. 600 persons.The program of horses wasn’t as large as last year but the quality of the animals was good.

1888 Mr Bell, who had been returned unopposed for the north western province visited his supporters and friends in Dunolly, where the mayor of Dunolly, Mr Hansford, and mayor of Tarnagulla, Mr Comrie, greeted him with all the councillors in attendance.

1890 Train engine was partially crippled near Bet Bet station making the train an hour late with the luggage trucks and a carriage had to be left at Dunolly as they were too much for the engine.
1899 Mr and Mrs James Oxley of Murphy’s Flat were thrown from their buggy when their horse became unmanageable and smashed their buggy into a tree. Mrs Oxley sustained a broken collarbone and several broken ribs while Mr Oxley sustained abrasions.

1903 Fire broke out at Mr Skelly’s house destroying a detached kitchen.

1935 Farmers and graziers in Dunolly, Archdale, Bet Bet , Moliagul and districts feel that the coming Spring will be one of the better seasons following the recent substantial rainfall.

1939 The medal for Best and Fairest Player in the Loddon Valley League was won by Ron Deledio of Dunolly.

1943 6 lost children, aged 11 to 12 months, found 6 hours after they’d been last seen, all alive and unhurt, 6 miles from Dunolly. Found at 9pm sound asleep beside a log on a bed of leaves by former Carlton footballer Maurice Beasy.
BABES-IN- WOOD SAID PRAYERS The six lost in the bush six miles from Dunolly remembered their Sunday school advice. After crying lustily for help they knelt down and said their prayers. The other two are too young to attend Sunday school, but their elders saw to it that they, too, engaged in prayer.
None the worse for their experience, the children told, how they kept to the old unused road, thinking it would take them back to the township but when they realised they were bushed, they moved into a cluster of trees and made camp.
The oldest Valma McRae-(13), took off her skirt and wrapped it around her 12-months-old sister, Janice Ann.
Valma's main concern was that she should be found in time for school on the following Tuesday. Then they made the best use of the bedding available from the perambulator and pusher, supplemented it with leaves, and did their best to forget the darkness around them. The pram tracks provided the clue for the successful search party.

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