24 June, 2017

June 24

1883 The weather is very sultry. The hay harvest is progressing. The agricultural society’s first show is fixed for the last week in March.

1891 Proceedings in the police court were taken against the Bet Bet Shire Council for neglecting to destroy rabbits on the Moligul, Inkerman and Wattle Flat commons. The Council was found against with a fine of 2 pounds and costs of 1 pound 1 shilling.

 1897 From the Dunolly Progress, 24 June 1897



"I hevn't seen sich a crowd in Dernully since fifty-four," was the utterance of one of our diggers who left his hut made up of worm-eaten logs, with sundry bright patches denoting recent repairs with some flattened-out kerosene tins - this tenement of nigh on half a century, with its well-worn hat of bark, &c., &c. - yes, he had come out of his shell, as it were, leaving all his earthly belongings behind, having one purpose in view, viz., that of helping to swell the loyal and happy crowd that gathered in the streets to do honor to that one of whom it it has been written, "She wrought her people lasting good." Whether the representative of "those good old days" was correct or not in his utterance, given above, we are not going to say, but this we will hold - and happy to do so - that Dunolly has not witnessed a prettier, happier, or more pleasing sight than that presented by the 500 children assembled to take their little individual positions in the procession. That could not be. Some fears had been expressed that the children would not be punctual in their attendance at the meeting place - in front of the Fire Brigade. Those prophecies of fear and trembling were a long way from the mark, for in the youthful hours of the morning groups of children could be seen parading the streets carrying baskets - all sizes - anxiously waiting the hour when Cr Gathercole and his worthy colleagues would fill them - the baskets - to overflowing.

At length the time arrived for the marshalling of the district forces of children, and no mistake, it was a creditable display. Captain M'Phee, assisted by Messrs M'Intyre, Clanchy, Hicks, Legge, Watts and Misses Morris, Horner and others had a busy time of it getting the small fry into line. A large number of bannerettes and flags were distributed along the line. These were of different design and hue.

The Brass Band played several lively airs at intervals whilst the children were getting into their places. Some fun was caused by the appearance of the Chinese Band, under the care of Messrs L. Scheele. W. Whyte, and T. Gathercole. The old fellows - one or two very shaky- had charge of a small handcart of a rickety nature, on which they carried severl Chinese drums and a gong. These they belabored with much vigor. "Brandy", as he is called, appeared to enjoy the fun immensely, in fact they all did. perhaps the knowledge that a splendid 60lb porker (ready for distribution), the gift of Mr T. Gathercole, and a heavy bag of rice, came on behind them, borne in another handcart- had something to do with the happy way in which they performed their part. Of course it woud not be a completely Chinese affair without a packet or two of "crackers" and these they let off at intervals, quite delighted.

The Brass Band took the lead, and the signal being given, the procession moved off, gay and happy, and the sight was most effective. In a short time the file had turned Stafford's corner into Broadway, the trumpeters playing meanwhile. Captain M'Phee acted as marshall. Then came the banner - "The Municipal Seal of Dunolly", borne by a couple of lads. Following came the Dunolly Brass Band. Our "City Fathers" occupied the next position. Those marching were - The Mayor (Cr E. Morris), and Crs Desmond, Gathercole, Hansford, Langler, Peters, Skelton, Hayes. After the councillors the schools tripped. Dunolly State School scholars walked under the nicely-painted banner by Mr J. Russell, "God Save Our Noble Queen". Two fair lasses, belonging to the school, carried a pretty plush crown each, mounted on a long stick.

Messrs B. Andrews and Jno. Williams were lieutenants to Mr M'Intyre. Then came the Goldsborough contingent, under the guardianship of Miss Mawson and Misses J. B. Hicks and Watts, flags fluttering overhead. Next Mr Clanchy's Bromely [sic] contribution; then the Eddington, Timor West, Bet Bet, Mt. Hooghly representatives, under the care of Messrs Taylor and Barber. Bringing up the rear were the Chinese, bearing the finely painted banner by Mr Baxter, "God bless our Queen".

The different colours in the flags, banners, and bannerettes, combined with the varied hues of the dresses worn by the children, pleased the spotters very much. The procession marhed to Holborn Hill and returned to the Town Hall, where Cr Gathercole with his band of assistants awaited them. They had arranged seats to accommodate 500 children, and their estimate of the number of set required was not far out, no fewer than 507 juveniles being "treated". Everything was arranged so nicely that not a hitch occurred anywhere. Those who assisted the children to the good things provided were Misses Mawson, Morris, Horner, Birkett(3), Camper (2), Barber, (2), Hall (2), Clay (2), B. Gathercole, Andrews (2), A. Mercer, F. White, F. Kirwan, Dr Cookson, and Messrs M'Intyre, Clanchy, Legge, Watts, Barber, Hicks, Gathercole, Andrew, and Heggie. After the "inner man" had been satisfied, short and appropriate addresses were delivered to the children by the Mayor, Messrs Thomas and Gathercole.

Cheers were called for the Councillors and Cr Gathercole, and responded to heartily by 500 voices. A number of elders watched the proceedings from the balcony with interest. "The National Anthem" concluded the children's part. The catering was first class, with perhaps the exception of some of the tea.



This beautiful piece of work in marble, executed in Mr Faulkner's yard, called worthy praises of all who saw it.

Naturally, a big crowd took up quarters in front of the Town Hall some time before four o'clock. At four o'clock sharp the Mayor (Cr Morris), accompanied by the councillors, appeared.

Amongst those present were the Hon. Thos. Comrie, M.L.C., and Mr D.J. Duggan, M.L.A.

The Mayor said the duty he had to perform that day was a very pleasant one. Before entering upon the subject he read a communication from Cr. Tatchell, having reference to the celebrations. Then he delivered to the large assemblage his patriotic address, and the effort was an able one. Having unveiled the tablet he said there was inscribed the words, "Erected by the burgesses of Dunolly, in affectionate loyalty to the British throne, &c., &c. (The text of the tablet has already appeared in the PROGRESS columns). "She wrought her people lasting good." The speaker went on to show that they said these words of those who in the sphere of life in which their lot was cast had done some good to others. But what can we say of a Queen who has wrought listing good for 400,000,000 people? Australians as a people had much to be thankful for in considering what the old land had done. Those who came here in the early days did not come here simply to benefit themselves, but looked upon it as a duty. (Hear, hear.). The poet, Tennyson, said "her court was pure." And is it not true? Indeed, we may go back in history and find that by precept and example our monarchs did not always set a standard as was befitting of monarchs. Things were much different to what they were a century ago. And he believed in a century from now people would be better than at the present time. They may ask, "What has sixty years of her Majesty's reign done for Britain and the other subjects of her Empire? Take the condition of her people socially, commercially, politically, and religiously. There can be no doubt that the condition of her people is far and away better in a social sense than at the commencement of her reign. Commercially, vast strides have been made by Britain. She stands far and away ahead of every other nation, and has faith in the energy of her sons to maintain this supremacy. Politically, perhaps, the greatest strides have been made. They may go back to 1838 when the People's Charter, as it was called, was formed, the cardinal points of which were first, universal suffrage; second, equal electoral districts; third, vote by ballot; fourth, annual Parliaments; fifth, no other qualification than the will of the people; sixth, payment of members. These exist with us today, and that the political reformers of '38 were far-seeing, and that in days gone by the men were as vigorous for reforms as we possibly can be today. (Hear, hear.). Religiously, we are a more liberal people than at the commencement of their beloved Queen's reign. They may ask, What is the cause of this greater liberality towards one another? He thought it arose in a great measure from a better social condition of our people, shorter hours of labor, and freer education. Dr. Abrahams, in lecturing in the Town hall, Melbourne, said that the matters in which the various churches disagreed were less than the main principles in which most churches entirely agree.. "What is patriotism, and what is loyalty?" They may speak of them in language that may appeal strongly to our feelings, but patrioitism is that which places country before every other consideration, even death. (Hear, hear.) What has made Britain what she is today? Is it the patriotism of her sons and daughters, and where can you get better idea of what patriotism means the in "Deeds that won the Empire." (Hear, hear.). The old had patriotism for the land of their nativity. The rising generation may be said to have loyalty. It has been said, and said truly, that Britain's greatness is founded in the Bible. If they asked him how, he would in turn have to ask them what sent her missionaries to most certain death; what made her philanthropists work forw the poor, the sick, the deformed? What made a Florence Nightingale go to hospitals in Soutari amongst the wounded? What made Howard go through the prisons off Europe and endeavor to improve the conditions of the debased? What opens the wellsprings of charity in our hearts? Is it not the Bible, and is it not the Bible that teaches us loyalty to ourselves, to our fellow-man, and to our God? Banish it, and what would be the result? Think for a moment and the answer will come to you that will make the thoughtful shudder. And yet, to our shame, the Federal Council would not permit the Creator's name to be in a preamble to a Constitution that is to bind us in amity and peace together. He trusted this would be altered, and that each colony will demand that God shall be admitted as the ruler of nations. If the future generations were to put up another tablet he hope it would be a memorial for the old pioneers. (Hear, hear.). He appealed to young men not to forget that they were sons of a race of men who never forgot their duty. (Loud and continued applause.)

The Hon. Thomas Comrie, M.L.C., met with a most cordial reception. He was very pleased to have the honour of being present, on account of it being the 60th year of the reign of Her Majesty. He stated it was the first time since his return to the Upper House that he had an opportunity of speaking to the people of Dunolly. He referred to the size of the province, and showed the difficulty of visiting every place, as the province embraced a sixth of the whole colony. He had been living in this part for 43 years. He found that on going through the colony there was a great desire for local representation. (Hear, hear.). We want to look after our own interests. He had every confidence of being returned with a heavy majority. He referred to the late Hon. D. Coutts in eulogistic terms. He also sated that Dunolly had not troubled him at all. He would give to the Ladies Benevolent Society a pair of blankets as a donation. (Applause.)

Mr D.J. Duggan, M.L.A., said he felt it was a pleasure and a privilege in being present and help to assist to do honor in this Diamond Jubilee of our Queen. He considered he was loyal as anyone in the crowd. He, too, had been asked for very little by the Dunolly people. He could not promise a pair of blankets, but would give one. (Applause.). As to the reign of the Queen, it had been so inviolate and pure as the flower in his coat. He fully endorsed every word spoken by the previous speakers. He considered that the idea of a tablet in commemoration of the old pioneers to be built in future as a companion to the present tablet was a great one, and he would contribute his mite. (Applause.)

Cr. Hansford ring out, "Give three cheer for the Mayor, workers, and Cr. Tatchell, the latter having expressed how he desired to be present.

The crowd cheered vociferously.




The Main Street was thronged in the evening to witness the torchlight procession by the Fire Brigade . A number of lads had been drilled by Captain M'Phee for a couple of weeks past to take part in the display, and these turned out in red coats. Members of the local bicycle club rode ahead of the main body, having Chinese and Japanese lanterns and varicolored fireworks arrangements attached to their machines. This gave a picturesque and fairy aspect to the affair. As the firemen paraded the street, headed by the Brass Band, under Mr. Treganowan's leadership, a series of pretty movements were made by the firemen, the juniors especially executing their part grandly. The street was verily a blaze of glory. Chinese lanterns were suspended in several places, adding to the effectiveness of the whole. A notable illumination was that arranged over Mr. Skelton's verandah. A number of varicolored fairy lamps were arranged to form the large letters -- V. R. It looked pretty. Also over Mr J. Russell's verandah a number of fiery light were placed. Some colored fireworks were let off from the same verandah. The torches were seen to the greatest advantage when the procession reached the top of Holborn Hill. A fire balloon was here set at liberty and it floated high in the air away to the north east. The colored lights were looked after by Mr. B. Moore, assisted by Mr. J. Russell. When the Town Hall was reached, while the band played, Captain M'Phee put his men through some interesting moves. Before dismissing the men, the Captain called for three cheers effort for the Council and Cr. Gathercole, whIch was take up heartily. Three cheers should have been accorded the Captain for the perfect manner in which he had trained the whole body. The procession was a decided success.



The hall was well filled. His Worship the Mayor occupied the chair, and introduced the programme by calling upon the G'Naybe club to give a quintette. This was effectively sung.

Song, "Rule Britannia", Mr. Kendall. Mr. Jas. Peart recited "Charge of the Light Brigade" in capital elocution style. Mr W. Peters sang with good effect "The British Lion". In the song, "Her Majesty", Mr Millane scored well, having to respond to an encore. He sang a comic "For Me" so well that he was recalled the second time. Mr. L. Fraser made a good impression in "Scots Whae Hae". Misses Stafford were successful with their duet "Excelsior". A song, " English, Irish, Scotch, Australian", was appreciated by the audience, and Miss Nicholls had to repeat the last verse. A glee, "The Fisherman's Invitation" sung by a company consisting of Mrs. Fraser, Misses Walls, Baxter, A. Stafford, and Messrs Fraser and Shelly was exceedingly pretty. Mrs. Whyte was heard to advantage in "The Dear Little Shamrock". One of the best items of the evening was "The Sleighing Song" by Mrs Fraser, Misses Walls, Baxter, and Stafford, and Messrs Fraser, Heggie, Shelly, Clay, and Andrew."The Relief of Lucknow" received its usual good treatment at the hands of Mr. Legge. Mr Clay sang "The Englishman" most apparently [sic]. A change in the programme was a fine display with clubs by Mr. Millane. Two items, "Oh Erin my Country", Mr L. Fraser; and quintette, "The march of the men of Harlech", by the G'Nayba Club completed the programme.

Mrs. Cosstick, Mrs. W. Peters, Miss Freame and Miss Nicholls played the accompaniments.

The first verse of "The Old Hundred" and God Save the Queen were sung by the audience, loyally and enthusiastically, at ten o'clock.

The proceeds of the concert (including sale of ticket by the ladies) it is considered, will reach the handsome figure of £30.

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