29 April, 2017

April 29

1863 Under the heading "facts for New Zealanders," the Dunolly and Burnt Creek Express say:—" Nuggets are turning up in this district almost as thick as beans. One weighing 20 ounces was purchased by Mr Bell on Friday week, having been found in the immediate vicinity of Dunolly, the discoverers not being inclined to fix the exact locality. On Saturday a splendid piece of gold, weighing 52 oz. 5 dwt was purchased by Mr Wallis, of the Survey Store; it had been found in the celebrated nest for nuggets, Clover's Gully, the same morning. On Monday evening another nugget, weighing 54 ounces, was bought by Mr Ferguson for £'213 odd. The men who sold it would not divulge the precise spot whence it came, but admitted that it was found near Dunolly. The frequency of these discoveries, and the similarity of weight in many instances might lead to the idea that they were one and the same nugget, but of the actual existence all these, and indeed all that we chronicle, we can most positively vouch."

 1873 Captain Baker of Goldsborough claimed to have seen the transit of Vulcan across the sun.

1897 Although the Government Scent Farm at Dunolly has been in existence for many years it has not yet produced (says the Australasian) a really marketable perfume, and the farm has cost the Government £500 a year. On a recent visit to the establishment the Minister for Agriculture came to the conclusion that the method adopted of extracting the essential oils was too primitive for modern times, and this view is borne out by a report which he has since received from Mr Pearson, the Government Agricultural Chemist. Mr Taverner has decided to dispense with the services of the present manager by the end of the month, and to place the farm under the control of Mr Pearson. The most scientific methods will then be introduced, and instead of cultivating a variety of scent plants as at present, attention will be concentrated on a few only. An effort will be made to produce marketable lavender water, attar of roses, and a few other perfumes.

 1915 A charity carnival in aid of the district hospital was held today at the New Racecourse at Dunolly West; the takings on the gate were 35 pounds and the profit is expected to reach 100 pounds.

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