08 August, 2017

August 4



1857 Since our last this township has been greatly denuded of its population. The diggers having led the van of retreat from the once far-famed Dunolly, and the storekeepers finding the advanced ranks still intent on occupying the quarters seized at Ararat, have, after much cogitation and reluctance, been compelled to follow the crowd, leave or pull down their stores, and shift their goods to the place where there is a chance of their being sold. Our Main street, at all times too long for the requirements of the township, presents now, therefore, a very deserted appearance ; and 'tis a pity that so many substantial and fine looking buildings should have been erected to so little purpose. 
MINING INTELLIGENCE. — In mining matters there is nothing very new or important. Of the few diggers remaining with us, some are doing their share. Two nuggets have been obtained from the Main Lead during the past week, weighing respectively 7lbs. and 12lbs.,and it is reported to-day that the Wet Lead has again been struck. To Cochrane's a second rush is also said to have taken place. We have always entertained a favorable opinion of this gold-field, but cannot say moreat present.

SANDY CREEK. — There are still a good few people here, principally Chinese, working the old ground. The reef in the locality, miscalled Poverty Reef, is turning out first rate. As many as from 20 to 30 men are engaged working one claim on this reef, and two quarz crushing machines (much wanted) , have quite lately been erected in its immediate vicinity. There are also one or two other reefs being worked in Sandy Creek, but as yet with indifferent success. Jones' Creek is very dull. Ararat having seduced the greater part of its former population, the same may be said of all the diggings between this and Kingower.

PROSPECTING ASSOCIATION.— It is to be regretted that in consequence of a lack of funds, a portion of the party lately engaged in prospecting ground in the neighborhood of Dunolly have been called in. They had been " out " for some weeks, during which time upwards of 100 holes were bottomed, but without obtaining anything payable. The remaining portion will continue their search (at present between this and Sandy Creek ), for a week or two longer. We may therefore still continue to aid them, and hope for theirsuccess.


1859 Telegraph office opened in Dunolly.

 1862 Two miners – a Mauritian and an East Indianman – found ‘a lot of nuggets’ in Dead Mans Gully at Mosquito – they invested a large portion of this gold in firewater (sly grog) and left Dunolly the next day on very unsteady feet.

 1883 A severe storm passed over the town at about 9pm, heavy rain with hail, some square pieces of ice an inch thick, which decimated crops, flowers, fruit trees and vegetables.

 1886 The formation of a rifle club at Goldsborough was formally approved by James Lorimer, Minister of Defence.

 1887 Mr Ritchie was unanimously elected as mayor. 
Cook and party obtained 79oz gold from the old Bet Bet reef.

 1951 Dunolly beat Carisbrook in the first semi-final by 9 points.

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