12 May, 2017

May 12

1860 A case of awfully Sudden death occurred here today. A man of the name of James Roberts, a carpenter, has been staying for the last three months at the house of John Silverthorn ; he was without funds, and was suffering from an injury to his thigh. 
Last Thursday Silverthorne, finding that Roberts was getting very ill, applied to the police to know what he should do; the sergeant saw him, but did not consider him to be very bad, and finding he had some daughters living near Castlemaine, advised him to write to them for some assistance, which he promised to do: he also arranged with Silverthorn to go to Old Dunolly, for some things he had left there. He rose about seven o'clock on Saturday morning, and Silverthom, who was in bed, heard someone groaning, and upon going out found Roberts lying on the ground, apparently dying. He immediately ran to the camp, which is close at hand, for assistance, but before he could get back the man was dead. Dr. Cooper was immediately called in, and he having declared the deceased beyond all human help, the sergeant at once despatched a trooper to Inglewood for Dr. Quinlan, the district coroner. This functionary, however, refused to come, alleging, as his reason, that he had obtained leave of absence for two months. If it is true that he has been granted leave of absence, some notice thereof ought to have been given to the authorities here ; and surely the head of the department in Melbourne cannot have granted the coroner this indulgence for the purpose of enabling him to extend his practice at Inglewood. If Dr Quinlan does not think it worth his while to attend to the duties of his office, he should resign it in favor of some one else. In consequence of the refusal of the coroner to attend, a magisterial inquiry was held by Captain V. Murray, on Monday, when the above facts were elicited, and Dr. Cooper having made a post mortem examination, declared the cause of death to be phthisis, and added, that he had never before seen any case in which more disease of the kind existed.

 1897 In the County Court today, before Judge Chomley, Mr. C. R. Belcher sued Constable Dunn, of Dunolly, for 19 damages for illegal seizure of a horse, cart and harness of Wong Ying's, over which a bill of sale was held by Belcher. After legal argument defendants accepted a nonsuit with 3 10s costs in favor of Belcher. This case arose out of one heard at the police court, Dunolly, recently to test the validity of a contract of sale when the decision was given in favor of Belcher, but on an appeal the judgment was reversed. The judge today suggested referring the case to the Supreme Court, but the defendant agreed to a nonsuit.
A case of special interest to the mining community was that of W. H. Langler V. WongYing, claiming damages 19 10s for trespass and wrongful conversion of a heap of tailings sand,which Langler claimed, although the mining lease on which they are stacked has long since been declared void. Defendant claimed that he had bought the tailings with some other sand from Langler and that the purchase included the heap of some 16,000 tons of sand; that Langler had abandoned the tailings by not working them, and that on the lease being forfeited the sand became the property of the Crown, consequently could not be claimed by Langler. After argument the judge said he would remit the case to the Full Court to decide the third point, viz., as to whether Langler could have any title or right to the heap of tailings sand after the lease had been forfeited; but on the first and second questions he would decide that the sand heap had not been sold to Wong Ying, and that Langler had not abandoned his claim or right to the tailings. Costs to abide the result of the decision of the Full Court.

 1903 The first train to arrive at Dunolly in 4 days was greeted by more than 100 townspeople who cheered the driver. About a dozen passengers had travelled through from Castlemaine.

 1914 DUNOLLY. HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE. A fire occurred on Tuesday evening (this date) in Bull street, a five-roomed weatherboard house and its contents being totally destroyed The properly was insured for an small amount.

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