01 December, 2017

December 1 On this day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History



1860 A dreadful storm which caused extensive damage at Inglewood destroyed the newly completed Wesleyan Church at Dunolly, that was due to be opened the following day, when a gable end was left partially open – the wind rushed into this gap and lifted the roof off while knocking down parts of the walls as the mortar had not yet set. It is planned to rebuild the church as soon as possible.

 1862 Porch of the Dunolly Town Hall was completed.

 1892 Mr Guilfoyle, curator of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, visited the Govt Scent Farm at Dunolly and was very impressed with the range of plants, quality of produce, was surprised that so little assistance was given by the Govt and felt that many people would visit if it were not so far from Melbourne.

 1875 The Dunolly Express stated that on this date residents in Tarnagulla were seen playing a game of snowball in the street.

 1915 A very pleasant evening was spent in the Catholic School Hall on Wednesday evening, December 1st, at a social given to our late parish priest. Father Howell, who came over from Maryborough on a short visit. There was a large and representative gathering of the parishioners to welcome him back. Speeches were, made by Messrs. King, Nolan, Sheehan, and Costello. Walsh and Daly. Each spoke in eulogistic terms of the esteem and affection in which the Rev. Father was held, and the good work done by him. Howell for Dunolly while parish priest, particularly for having established here the school and convent.Fr. Howell replied in very feeling terms, and spoke of the affection and esteem he always felt for the Dnnolly people, and of the many acts of kindness he had received from them. A musical programme was gone through and a very pleasant evening came to a, close by singing 'Auld Lang Syne' and the National Anthem. On Wednesday evening a grand concert was given by the pupils of St. Mary’s School. It was a striking success, and great enthusiasm was manifested by the large audience that filled the hall and balcony. The Sisters of St. Joseph are to be congratulated, and deserve the very greatest credit for the way in which the children had been trained for their various parts.The children also deserve great credit for the way they went through the programme. Every item was so gracefully and skilfully gone through. The applause was vociferous, encores were frequently demanded, and everything passed off with wonderful smoothness. It was a matter of surprise to many non-Catholics to see the efficiency of the training the children had received from the good Sisters. Mrs. Collins most ably acted as accompanist throughout the evening. Subjoined is a programme of the concert: 
Chorus, 'The song that will live forever,' Pupils; recitation, 'Babies ‘Troubles,' Misses Elsa Sheehan and Kathleen King; chorus, 'Pickles, ‘Junior Girls; skipping rope dance, Misses Una Burns and Mona Faux; vocal duet, 'The Wind and the Harp, ‘Misses Dorothy Collins and Gladys Taylor; song_ (in character), 'The Gipsies,' Junior Girls; drama, 'A Little Pickle,' characters, Uncle, Master H. Faux; Aunt, Miss Smyth; Polly, Miss Agnes King; Jack, Master Tom Caldwell; Pedlar, Master Albert Burns; Farmer, Master Joe Burns; Schoolmaster, Master Robert Lawson; Irish Jig (in character), Misses Nella and Eileen Sheehan, Gwendoline Lewis and Kathleen Simonds; song, 'Flag of our Homeland,' Senior Girls; pianoforte duet, 'The Sleigh Bells,' Misses Kathleen Gough and Dorothy Collins; floral march (with limelight), Girls; dialogue, 'Quarrel of the Flowers,' Girls; song, 'Beautiful Butterflies,' Girls; pianoforte duet, Misses Gough and Collins; solo,’ The Solicitor,' Master Gerald Hartley; song and dialogue, 'Mrs. Brown’s Luggage'; chorus, 'Jolly Old Men, ‘Boys. 
Much regret is expressed at the departure of Sergt. and Mrs. Gough and family, who are being transferred to Maryborough.

1933 The rescue was effected tonight of a family which has been marooned under exciting circumstances in the Golden Valley Hotel at Bet Bet. Mr and Mrs. J. Gorman and six members of their family found themselves trapped in the hotel by the rising flood-waters, which completely surrounded the building. Several attempts to rescue them failed during the day, and alarm was caused this afternoon by a report that the water was still rising and had passed the previous record height. Portion of the hotel collapsed and at one time fears were entertained for the safety of the marooned family. Frantic efforts to reach them were made by men in boats, but before reaching the hotel the boats were swept away by the force of the current. Disaster nearly overtook a rescue party this morning, when J. Scantlebury, who was in the leading boat, was swept off his feet. He managed to grasp a fence, and was helped back to the boat by First constable G. Coulter, who pluckily jumped into the water. Rescue finally came when First Constable Coulter and Messrs. Harvey, Wybar, and other Bet Bet residents succeeded in reaching the hotel in the face of great difficulties. Heroism was shown by the men in maneuvering their boat through a raging torrent caused by the swirling flood-waters. Two trips were required to take all the members of the family from the building. The Gormans are now being cared for by residents. The rescue was undoubtedly affected in the nick of time, for the remainder of the building is unsafe, and may collapse at any moment. To-night it was necessary for the post-mistress to leave the post-office, situated about 800 yards from the hotel. There was also a further rise of water at Bowenvale and residents in the danger zone took steps to leave their homes if necessary.

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