26 September, 2016

September 26 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1856 Horse-stealing seems on the increase. I do not think that there is much horse-stealing from Dunolly, but I think there are many horses stolen from other districts to carry people to the rush, and these horses are generally turned adrift when the people arrive at their destination.
Stores are very plentiful in fact the place is completely gutted with every description. Potatoes are a drug at £16 per ton, double rose Cork butter scarcely worth 1s. 4d. per lb., and cheese not to be disposed of at any price. The sacrifices of stores, in some instances that have come under my notice, have been fearful. I know of one party that brought a load of general stores from Castlemaine, rather than submit to such a ruinous sacrifice, sent them back again to Castlemaine.
I regret I cannot give you a geographical description of the place : but it is surrounded with high ranges, such as Castlemaine, Bendigo, &c., and which the practical digger says is a good indication. I have not the slightest doubt that it may be a good diggings, and would be, for a tenth of the population ; but unless a very large field is opened up, and that soon, thousands will be compelled to leave. I should estimate the population at 70,000. I have been at a great deal of trouble to ascertain the number as nearly as possible ; but it is impossible to get it correctly. There are others that believe the population is 100,000, and some even more. The way I make my calculation is this : I count the tents in the most thickly populated gullies, and average four persons to each tent, and then allow so many for back gullies. & c.

 1883 This morning the body of Mr G. MEwan,an old resident, and one who has held a good position in the town, was found in the Dunolly reservoir. Last night he received news that his brother had been killed at the Ballarat Cattle-yards. This sad news, to a mind already suffering from depression, is supposed to have upset his reason, and led to the rash act. Additional regret is felt owing to the drowning having occurred in the water supply for the town.

 1897 A parade and choral service in connection with the local Prince Alfred Lodge was held with a number of brethren from Tarnagulla, Timor, Maryborough, etc, joining in the parade. Beautiful weather ensured that the attendance was large and the hall was packed, with addresses on charity from the various but united brotherhood. The collection was in aid of the Ladies Benevolent Society which raised 10 pounds.

 1936 Susso workers went onto old diggings for material for road surface when one of them found the colour of gold and a search found several more specks. The men have spent all day with dishes but no further luck.

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