1856 The following graphic and humorous letter from a young man who had been for several years a Bendigo digger, and who joined in the rush to Dunolly. will be read with general interest; not only on account of the light it throws upon the life of the digger, but showing as it does the intelligent appreciation of political subjects among the mining population
Dunolly, October 21st, 1856.
I have delayed writing until now in the hope of being able to send you some genuine news, for I am about as sick of the eternal question, " What do you think of Dunolly?" as I expect you are of the everlasting answer, " There are a good many netting gold there, but it's d—d patchy." However, after all my waiting, I scarcely know what to fill up my letter with ; but to proceed to business. My opinion of Dunolly may be summed up very briefly, and it is this,—that there are not half enough patches to pay for the duffers that are sunk. I have got a pretty large circle of acquaint ances here, and I only know two who have done anything since they came here; these are B—'s party and T. B—'s party. L— has done nothing, neither lina P. K—. C. J— was here, but he left for Sandy Creek about a fortnight since. He had done nothing when he left here. As for myself, we have been principally engaged in driving holes that had been sunk, and left for duffers, but we have not made grub at it. Two of my mates started off this morning to a new rush at China- man's Flat, about three miles from Maryborough. There are great reports from it, but I can't say whether they are correct or not till my mates come back. Viewing my prospects on the whole, I can't say that I am transported at the idea of com ing here. do not see much more prospect of doing anything than there was at Epsom, besides having to endure nil 'Aie discomforts of a "flittin," —cold, showery weather, tents with no chimneys, tools broken or left behind. Thank Heaven, I am not a married man, so I have no reminiscences of " that poor dear child's frock which is a miss ing," However, wo have got over all that now, and aa I am on this side of the Loddon, I think I will remain for a little and give it a trial, and some day perhaps I may drop on a patch. I see, by the ' Tiser, that the political man was stirred up within you once more. I am glad that Mr. Grant got elected, aa it appeared to me to be a regular dodge to let a number of liberal candidates come forward for the Loddon,—and then for Sullivan to come forward to oppose Grant, and keep him out of the House altogether ! However, as Mr. Sullivan was jolly well licked, there is no use to say any more on the subject. We have had our share of political excitement here, in the shape of pub lic meetings, at which Messrs. Syme, Owens, Ben son,.Blair, Stephen, Aspinall and M'Donogh addressed pretty large assemblages of people. M'Donogh, as usual, was denouncing the press. The Age had called him a dummy! " Had the Age- (said the indignant gentleman) denied that I had assisted the diggers when the Camp was rushed at Castlemaine,—had it stated that I had ever neglected to stand up for the digger without fee or reward, when he was oppressed, I could have borne it; but a dummy!" The loquacious blood of the M'Donoghs curdled at the very idea. However, considering that I had nothing to write about, I think I have done very well, so I shall conclude for the present.
1874 As the jury could not agree, the inquest on Thiedemann has been referred by the' coronor to the next Circuit Court at Maryborough, and the jurymen are bound over to appear, Report says that eleven of the jurymen were for suicide, 'one for an open verdict, and three for murder. They were released at a quarter-past two p.m. to-day, having been locked, up since one p.m. yesterday. On. 'leaving the court they struck up God save the Queen. Five weeks have now passed, and the affair is as mysterious as ever. It is said that the three men holding out for murder wish to retaliate on the police and the local officers for their long detention, General disgust,is expressed respecting the whole matter.While the jury were locked up they amused themselves with singing ' Wait for the Waggon ' and other songs, and the inquest degenerated into a. farce.
1938 Elizabeth Whelan was charged with having refused accommodation at the Railway Hotel and fined 2 pounds and costs.
1950 Dunolly Old Boys’ And Girls Association get together basket tea in Fitzroy gardens.