16 June, 2017

June 16

 1855 The Alma Riots began when a digger named McCrea was awarded a claim in dispute with an Irish party on the Adelaide Lead on June 16 1855. The Irish drove him out of the claim and repeatedly knocked him down with sticks as he ran. He drew a revolver, fired three shots and wounded one of his assailants, variously known as Sweeney or Melloir. A fight between the English -also called the 'Allies' or 'True Blues'- and the Irish, took place and fourteen 'Tips' were rounded up and taken to the camp Governor. Hotham viewed this matter seriously, perhaps fearing the makings of another Eureka, and sent S. de Vignoles S.M., with 50 police from Richmond Barracks, to Carisbrook, these to be in reserve in case of real trouble. The Irish sent a messenger from Daisy Hill to Ballarat to bring back all the Irish, as the English, Scottish and Americans were trying to turn them off the diggings. The situation at Adelaide Lead was tense.
The local warden, with much tact, managed to quell the situation before Vignoles arrived. However, Vignoles aggravated the situation by arresting people and matters were tense for a period. Eventually the Leaders of the factions agreed to submit to the law. The local warden had been outraged at Vignoles’ blunderings into his territory and Vignoles’ attempt to make another 'Eureka' out of the Alma Riot. He made his position clear and was transferred to Castlemaine for his trouble!

 1941 Due to the restrictions on apples recently Mr Catto of Zonnebeke Orchard Rheola has been feeding his pigs up on the apples with very satisfactory results -500 fat pigs were sent to Ballarat where they achieved record prices of 3 pounds 16 shillings and 9 pence each.

 1949 It was announced during the shareholders report that Maryborough Knitting Mills had acquired the freehold on the building in which its Dunolly branch was situated and that there were plans to reconstruct the building.

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