19 July, 2017

July 6

1857 The old Progress Committee have now brought their labours to a close, the term of their election having expired on the 30th ult. On Wednesday evening last, a very large meeting of the inhabitants of this town was held for the purpose of receiving the report of the out- going committee and to elect a new one. And well would it be if every such committee or institution could give so good an account of their stewardship. During their three months of office, this town has been receiving some very important improvements, and through their instrumentality our various requirements have been fully represented to the Government. A splendid macadamised road runs through the township, and is known by the name of Broadway; a night mail has been established, by which letters posted in Melbourne one day, are delivered on Dunolly the next ; a stipendiary and resident magistrate has been appointed, so that the business at the Police Court is now done at once and satisfactorily ; and lastly, the enormous upset price originally fixed on the allotments effected, was reduced from £100 to £50. Memorials on many subjects had been forwarded to town : among the rest, one against prize fighting, and another for the removal of the camp. The expenses had also been very moderate, not exceeding £25 or £30, for the three months. A very cordial and unanimous vote of thanks was passed to the old committee ; and when the re-election was proceeded with, although 25 gentlemen were nominated, still nine of the original twelve were re-elected. Every thing was conducted in the most quiet and orderly manner ; in fact, a better conducted meeting has never been held on Dunolly. The whole affair did not occupy an hour and a half. It is to be hoped that before their present term of office (6 months) expires, there will be a municipality formed in this town, and that all the proposed improvements will have been effected.

 1859 A slaughterman named Curran, recently moved to Back Creek (Talbot) from Carisbrook, walked into a hole 70 feet deep; some water at the bottom broke his fall. He was dragged up to the top of the hole with a broken thigh and managed to slip from the rope and fall to the bottom of the hole again which he survived to be dragged up by the rope again and is in good hands with Dr Bunce.

At a meeting of the Tullaroop shire council attention was drawn to the report that it was intended to abandon the Havelock State nursery and forest. Cr. Cameron said that about £4000 had been spent on the nursery and that the trees grown there were highly spoken of everywhere. There was a draw back in connection with the water supply, but this could be met by providing a wind mill for pumping purposes. It was decided to ask the Parliamentary representatives of the district to use their influence to prevent the nursery being closed.

 1906 The will of Walter Hansford of Dunolly was filed into probate and, apart from the usual estate being left for his family, he left some legacies for the local Methodist Church and Sunday schools.
The will of the late Walter Hansford, of Dunolly. was lodged for pro bate today. The estate was sworn at £15,007. Deceased leaves his library and £100 to the Dunolly Wesleyan Sunday school and £100 to the Wesleyan Church. Another £100 is to be spent in looking after his grave, and there are smaller legacies to the Wesleyan minister and the teachers of the Sun day school at Dunolly. £50 is bequeathed to the local library and £.50 to the local hospital. The balance of the estate goes to the widow and family.

 1918 Mona Davis, who lives at South Dunolly, writes:—Dear Aunt Connie,—This is the first time I have written to you, and hope to be come one o£ your many nieces. The town of Dunolly is a small place, pleasantly situated 125 miles north-west of Melbourne. It is charmingly surrounded by a number of hills, which look very pretty when the wattle blossom is in bloom. Many public buildings have been built, some many years ago. There are two factories (soap and cordial), also a flour mill, which is situated near the railway station. The racecourse is situated in West Dunolly. and the annual race meetings are held there and are always great successes. Dunolly is on the main line to Mildura, and is at the junction of two lines which are very busy, especially during the wheat season. In 1S51 Dunolly had an immense population, owing to the gold rush. The great nugget, known as the "Welcome Stranger," worth £10,000, was discovered a few miles from Dunolly. ..Wishing the Young Folks' page every success. I am 15 years of age. May I write again?

(I am pleased to add you to our list of nieces, Mona. Dunolly must be a very pretty place. Thank you for your good- wishes. Yes,dear, write again.

-Aunt Connie).

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