01 July, 2017

July 1

 1857 At Dunolly the Dunolly Prospecting Association was formed.

 1858 DUNOLLY.


A requisition signed by many of the residents in the municipality, was, last week, presented to Francis Quinlan, Esq., requesting him to convene a meeting to take into consideration the formation of a Mechanics'Institute. In compliance with that request, the chairman of the municipality called a meeting on Saturday evening, at the Bull and Mouth Hotel. Though the evening was rainy, a number of influential gentlemen were present.

Francis Quinlan, Esq., having been voted to the chair, introduced the business of the evening with a few appropriate observations.Mr Julius Vogel proposed that— ' It is highly desirable, in order to meet the wants of the inhabitants of Dunolly and district, that a Mechanics' Institute should be formed within the boundaries of the municipality.' He concurred heartily in all that had fallen from the chairman. After re-marking upon the advantages of suitable reading,be referred to the Carisbrook Institute, which com-menced very humbly, but now numbered 100 subscribers, and the average attendance was nearly 30.Several lectures were announced by our present member Mr Blair. The Kyneton Athenaeum also had commenced like the present movement, but now its claims were so generally acknowledged that on the laying of the foundation stone of a new building, a general holiday was to be observed. Mr Gardner seconded the resolution. He referred to Glasgow, a city pre-eminent for its Mechanics' Institutes' and famous for its engineers and draughtsmen. In London much had been done by the like kindred institutions. Some had remarked that Dunolly was not yet ripe for a Mechanics' Institute, and that it would be better to devote the money to an Hospital ; but he believed that without neglecting the latter the former was positively essential. Schools were very well for rudiments, but to acquire knowledge by actual experience was far more important. He trusted the matter would not fall to the ground. Many had promised to contribute books, and when not given they would be lent, and thus form the nucleus of a good library, —by-and-bye a building might be erected, and, government would doubtless grant land and funds for the purpose.The Chairman said, with reference to the grant, he was going to Melbourne, and would impress on the Government to place a sum for the Dunolly Mechanics' Institution, on the estimates of next year.Mr Patterson, jun., moved, ' That a committee of twelve be appointed to carry out the forgoing resolution.' — The duties of the committee he conceived would be to rent a place, and put some person in to take care of it, to obtain subscribers and donations of books. He hoped they would place the subscription at such a figure, say 5s or 7s per quarter, that it would be within the reach of all. Better eighty members at the price he had mentioned than twenty at one guinea.Cr. Crosland seconded the motion, and contended for a low subscription. Fourteen gentlemen were then elected.After a vote of thanks to the chairman, Mr Gardner proposed that the committee should head subscriptions with their names and contributions. A great many attached their signatures for sums varying from 5s to2 guineas, and the meeting closed.
Mining affairs remains very much in statu quo.Wild Dog which has been the scene of a lamentable accident by the falling in of a drive, which deprived an unfortunate man of his life, has since been very dull ;anew discovery of gold, however, has been made, which has again attracted a portion of its lost population.Sandy Creek has again startled its inhabitants, almost out of their propriety by another rich claim, ,call 'New Chum,' next to the celebrated Welshman's claim on Poverty Reef. The stone is exceedingly rich,and is likely to turn out one of the best claims yet opened.

A piece of alluvial ground has also been opened up,of which report speaks highly. The prospectors have obtained a considerable amount of gold during the past week, a rush was the consequence. The run, however,appears to he very narrow, as very few obtained anything payable. M'Intyre's is the favorite place in that part of the district. Several very handsome nuggets have made their appearance — some of several ounces, one of some pounds weight. One party that had been washing for very little, were rewarded last week by an 11 ounce nugget ; indeed, the whole of the flat which is at present the scene of operation is likely turn out auriferous.A report has also been flying about of a very rich find near Old Duuolly, but I am not acquainted with the exact locality, and cannot speak with, any certainty at to its truth, but will duly chronicle it when that is ascertained.One thing is certain, a quartz reef of some importance exists in that neighborhood, which could be worked with advantage but for the expense of cartage and crushing, there being no mill within six miles of it. I forgot to say that general disappointment prevails,that such an important township as Dunolly should be left out of money order offices, communicating as it does with six other rising townships.

1861 Alma Post Office opened.

1876 Dr Thornton, Bishop of Ballarat arrived to perform confirmations and church services.
 1876 It was reported that a small rush had begun at Wild Duck Creek near Dunolly.

 1885 Rifle teams Donald and Dunolly competed, in Dunolly, with final scores Donald 589, Dunolly 645.

 1886 A deputation from Bet Bet Shire Council visited the Minister of Lands and requested that certain water reserves should be gazetted under the water trust and that the Natte Yallock timber reserve should be leased in blocks for grazing.

 1894 Preparatory school for children, run by Mrs. O’Neill, opened on corner next to Roses’ boot and shoe warehouse, hours 10-12 then 2-3.30pm. Music also taught with liberal terms.

 1894 Presentation at Roman Catholic Sunday school with gifts given to Miss Moore, who was leaving the district, by the children to whom she was devoted.

 1897 The following item was published in the Dunolly Progress on 1st July 1897

The Jubilee Ball



Dunolly was determined to make every event of the Jubilee week a success, and so it did, and to crown all, the dance was simply a delightful success. Seated in the gallery and watching the dancers gliding along the floor, I could not help thinking what would I give to have had the luxury of a young man bestowing his thoughts on me if only for that evening; how I would have jumped if he had asked me to accompany him to the Town Hall that night, but not being so fortunate in that respect I simply sat and watched the others enjoying themselves which they appeared to be doing.

The gallery, undoubtedly, is a very attractive place for onlookers on these occasions, and was crowded on the night of the ball. Young, old, married and single were there viewing the sight.

The hall was brightened up with flags and banners, which had the effect of making the room look cosy.. The floor, too, had a plentiful supply of tallow and bran, and after the first dance or so had the appearance of a looking glass.

The dresses worn on the evening were very nice and charming. Each lady seemed to look her best, and created a brilliant contrast to the gents. dark toilets. My word, I would have cut a shine with my lovely ball costume had I the luck to display it, but I will figure in it on some future occasion, I guess, if I can mash a nice "Johnnie".

Mr Thomas (piano) and Mr Malthouse (cornet) played lovely music, and would make one dance whether one liked to or not. Was there not a big programme of dances, too, with one or two impromptu added? A lot of visitors were present, but these had the bearing of strangers to Dunolly, as they kept mostly to themselves. Now I think the Dunolly boys should have introduced them round and they would not have kept so much to themselves.

The supper, from a peep I had, was laid out in a very nice style; everything tasty in the eating line was in abundance. But I am told some small boys with a tinge of the larrikin element about them, broached cargo and attacked the eatables when those in charge were off guard.

I noticed all classes represented among the sterner sex. Our young local barrister was among the gay throng, also Tarnagulla's genial medico, and a councillor representative from the Shire and the Borough respecively.

As the clock hands were pointing towards midnight, I took my departure and made use of my latch key, with the feelings that the Jubillee Ball would live as a most successful gathering of 1897.

The dresses worn by some of the ladies preent were --

Mrs Andrews - Sea foam costume and lace to match.

Mrs Cosstick - Nice costume of black velvet and red roses.

Mrs Cheetham - White silk and lace.

Miss Bool - Cream costume and lace.

Miss Cummins - Black velvet relieved with white lace.

Miss Cheetham - ......... remainder indistinct.

 1908 Old Dunolly Hotel destroyed by fire, was on the Dunolly Moliagul road with many photos and curios unable to be replaced.


DUNOLLY, Wednesday.

One of the oldest landmarks of this district, the "Old Dunolly" Hotel, was totally destroyed by fire about 5 a.m. to-day. The place was owned and occupied by Mr.E." A. Brown, who bought the property some
twelve months ago. The building and contents were insured.

 1915 DUNOLLY. RED CROSS WORK. The Dunolly branch of the Red Cross Society is working steadily and untiringly. and up to the present 1110 useful made-up articles have been sent away, besides parcels of old linen, etc. and clothes for the relief of the Belgians. 

APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES. At a public meeting held to appoint trustees of the proposed new racecourse and recreation reserves (the Mayor, Cr Lyndon, presiding). Messrs Lyndon (Mayor), Kendall, Belcher were elected. The necessary preparations are now being made to take over the ground. 

MONSTER MUSHROOMS. Two monster mushrooms were picked up in a paddock at Mount Hooghly by a resident, one measuring 25 inches in circumference and weighing l 1/2lb. and the other Ilb. They were young and pink. 

MONTH'S RAINFALL. Rain fell on 14 days during the month, 312 point. being registered. Last year only 19 points were registered for June.

 1927 Daisy Hill post office (2) reopened

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