15 December, 2017

December 15 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1856 The gold escort travelled from Dunolly with 6,000 oz. of gold, an increase of 2,000ozs from the previous week.


In our last number we informed our readers that we had reason to believe that the names of the two murdered men were discovered. Since then the facts have been established beyond a doubt. The cap, opossum rug, and blanket were taken to Jones's Greek, to Mrs. Dunlop, and she, after having given a description of them, recognised them immediately they were shown to her. To make "assurance doubly sure," she was able to produce a piece of the same stuff with which the opossum rag was patched. On Wednesday Deane, the black man who first gave the in- formation of the finding of the bodies, was arrested on suspicion of the murder, and on Thursday he was brought up before a magistrate to answer to the charge. ,Mr. Furnell merely offered formal evidence, and prayed for a week's remand, which was granted. The prisoner's pick was produced in court, and there were evidently marks of blood on the handle. On the point and body of the pick are also stains, but whether of blood or rust is difficult to determine.
The prisoner does not offer any satisfactory explanation of these appearances: he appears very unconcerned, and takes things very coolly. It is quite impossible, at the present stage of the inquiry, to form any opinion as to his guilt or innocence.
It has been found that the murdered men did go to the White Hills, and, after stopping there a few days, left to go home. The murder, therefore, was committed on their return from, instead of on their journey to, the White Hills. The place where the bodies were found is very inaccessible, and every- thing points to the probability that the murders were committed at some distance off, and the bodies dragged or carried to the hole, It is certain that more than one, and probably three or four, were engaged in the deed. Mr. Furnell has discovered a spot which he thinks is likely to have been the scene of the murder. A fire has been lighted there, and on the ground are marks, apparently of blood. Some of the earth has been sent to a doctor to examine. It has come to our knowledge that the prisoner's mates were not aware of any cause that should have called the prisoner to the spot where he discovered the bodies: they had not heard of the rush which he assigned as the reason for his walk. We regret to say that the wife of one of the murdered men, Mrs. Dunlop, is left entirely destitute. She has a child, and is likely soon again to become a mother. She is described to us as a most worthy and industrious young woman, and we trust that a subscription will be raised to offer her the slight alleviation that is possible under her deplorable misfortunes. - Mary- borough and Dunolly Advertiser.

 1914 DUNOLLY. TEACHER TRANSFERRED Mr. Geo Robertson, head teacher at Betley State School, has been transferred to Waubra. Mr Calvert of Beasley's Bridge will succeed him.

PRICE OF DRINKS The rise in price of drinks has caused dissatisfaction here, many refusing to patronise the hotels at all till reduction is made.

 1915 SCHOOL BAZAAR. A bazaar was held in the Bromley State school in aid of the State school Patriotic Fund, over £12 being realised. PRESENTATION. An oak inkstand has been presented to Mr Roxburgh, formerly head teacher at Bromley, but who retired from the department about five weeks ago. The gift was made on behalf of the children by Miss Jane Hancock, one of the senior pupils.

 1917 St. Mary's School, Dunolly,
a striking success.
Without the slightest exaggeration it can be said that the grand concert in the
Town Hall on Wednesday evening (this date) by the pupils of St. Mary's School was not only a striking success, but a real triumph.
The programme was comprehensive and varied, and from the very first number till the last the utmost delight and enthusiasm were manifested by the very large audience, which filled the hall and the gallery. The applause was vociferous, encores were frequent, and there was not a dull moment.
Everything was so well managed also that the 'entire programme was carried out with wonderful' smoothness, and without the slightest hitch . The management of a large body of children, some of them very tiny, is not an easy matter, but here the advantages of kindly .and judicious discipline were manifest. -Every Item proved gentle, skilful,able training. and the remarkable' success achieved reflected the highest credit to the gifted teachers and on their pupils,' who displayed such an intelligent appreciation of and Interest In their work, and such remarkable proficiency, that the audience were at once captivated and charmed, and enthusiasm was maintained throughout. Such an entertainment, which evidently had Involved a great deal of labor— although this could rot be realised In the excellence of the result — could be repeated with advantage. It could be seen that the children themselves had been taught to take a pride in the perfection of their performances ; their . whole hearts appeared to be in them, and there was an intelligent enjoyment of them that found a ready and warm response from the audience. Generally speaking, there was a daintiness, a charm and a sweetness throughout, with extraordinary 'precision and yet ease of movement which could not fail to charm. It is not for us to describe the processes leading to such abdelightful result but to allude to the result itself admitted on all hands to be exceptionally good. he ringing choruses, duets, etc ., was very sweet evidencing talent and accomplishment onthe part of both teachers and pupils, while the various representations of different kinds were complete in every sense, and of a very high order. However, some details will follow. 'The entertainment was a triumph for the accomplished Sisters of St Joseph, Dunolly, who, we understand, had trained the pupils for this successful demonstration, and for their pupil, and the warm appreciation of the audience, so very freely manifested, must have been gratifying to all concerned. The Rev. Father Coughlan, in charge of the parish, was present, and made a few general and pleasant Introductory remarks. The Rev. Father Gallagher, assistant In the charge, was also present.
The accompaniments were played throughout by Mrs Collins, and, while her task was by no means an easy one, and was probably a considerable strain on her in the varied movements and so on, her skilful performances contributed largely to the success. The opening chorus by the pupils, ' 'The Song That Will Live For Ever,' was remarkably sweet and pretty, and the singing in excellent time and harmony. The recitation by two tiny girls, Misses Elsa Sheehan and Kathleen King, 'Babies' Troubles,' was delightful in Its charm and humor, and was enthusiastically cheered. The little ones evidently appreciated the spirit and humor of the theme. The chorus by the junior girls, 'Pickles,' was capital, and was warmly applauded. The Skipping Rope Dance by the Misses Uona Burns and Mona Faux, who were attired very prettily, was full of grace and charm, and was rewarded with loud cheers. The vocal duet, 'The Wind and the Harp,' by the Misses Dorothy Collins and Gladys Taylor was a real delight, so sweet and charming was the singing and tha audience were not slow with their applause. The song (in character), 'The Gipsies' by the junior girls, was charming as a spectacle and In the melody and sweetness of the singing. A splendid feature was the
 drama 'A Little Pickle,' In which the parts were taken as follow : —

Uncle, Master H. Faux ; Aunt, Miss Lizzie Smyth Polly, Miss Agnes King.; Jack, Master Tom Caldwell ; Pedlar, Master Albert Burns ; Farmer, Master Joe Burns; Schoolmaster, Master Robert Lawson.

There was really wonderful' talent displayed by the boys and girls In this representation, and each entered with zest Into the humor of his or her part, and with great intelligence. The proficiency as well as talent appealed to the audience, : and indicated the most careful and able training. Enthusiastic applause rewarded the most successful representation- The Irish Jig (in character) by the Misses Nelle Sheehan, Gwendoline Lewis, Kathleen Simons, and Eileen Sheehan, was something out of the common in Its grace, daintiness, and precision. The little performers were charmingly attired in green and red, and their dancing was one of the greatest triumphs of a delightful evening.

They were vociferously encored, and repeated their dainty performance in the second part. The action song by the senior girls, 'Flag of Our Homeland' each bearing two Australian flags, was most affective and pretty as a spectacle and the singing very sweet , the audience being carried away by the patriotic sentiment and sweetness of the singing. The piano forte duet by the Misses Kathleen Gough and Dorothy Collins, 'The Sleigh Bells,' was a really fine performance, indicating exceptional talent and accomplishment, and the appreciation was marked.

After an Interval the second part was entered on and was as successful as the first, and words of praise, so thoroughly deserved, would savor of repetition but they cannot be withheld. The-' Floral March' by the girls. illuminated by limelight, requires special notice, the spectacle was so thoroughly beautiful and graceful- Each of the girls, all prettily dressed In white, carried a floral arch, and the effect of the attractive grouping and intricate but graceful revolutions was striking. This also must rightly be spoken of as a triumph of arrangement
and display. Then there was a dialogue, ' The Quarrel of the Flowers,' in which the following were the representations-
Christmas, Miss Lizzie Burns ; Sweet Pea, Miss B. -Dawson ; Daisy, Miss Una Burns ;
Rosa, Miss G. Taylor; Lily, Miss N. Taylor ;. Poppy, Miss L. Walsh ; Violet, Miss M. Faux ; Sunflower, Miss M. Davis.
All here again were sweetly attired and decorated appropriately with flowers, and the dialogue was a real treat,, as well as conveying a useful lesson. It Is impossible to give a true Idea of all these delightful displays. The action song by the girls, 'Beautiful Butterflies,' was indescribably beautiful, costumes and accessories grouping and movements, being so graceful and dainty. The pianoforte duet by the Misses K. Gough and D. Collins "Flick and Flock" equaled the success achieved in the first part. 'The solo by Master Gerald Hartley ''The Solicitor,' took the audience by storm, the encore being so overwhelming that It could not be denied.
The young performer fairly entered Into the fun and spirit of his song, and attitudes, actions and expressions, varied, appropriate and fetching, kept the audience in a state of delight throughout. The song and dialogue, 'Mrs Brown's Luggage' was a splendid representation In all accessories and details, and in the cleverness and humor of the acting. The characters were taken as follows :-Mr Brown - Master H. Faux ; Mrs Brown, Miss L Smyth ; Porter, Master Joe Burns. The audience were kept In a simmer of amusement all the time, with frequent bursts of laughter, and certainly 'Mrs Brown" (Miss L. Smyth) achieved a remarkable success, so apparently unconscious was her delightful humor and so sweet her singing. Her talent was manifest. She was : excellently supported by the two boys, and all showed evidence of training as well as natural talent. The chorus by the boys, 'Jolly Old Men,' was a great piece of fun, the boys in their long grey beards and antiquated garments, singing so well, and with such grotesque but amusing gestures, causing amusement that could not be controlled. A varied and delightful programme was brought to a close by the singing of the National  Anthem.
It is of course, Impossible for us to describe all details or even to adequately present the chief features of a very complete and wholly successful and charming entertainment, but all concerned may be gratified with the thorough appreciation of an enthusiastic audience of every number, every detail, and the general results.

 1915 A good deal of interest has been taken of late by members in the billiard tournament at tbe Dunolly Public Library , for trophies of £l ls and 10s 6d, donated by the President . (Mr W. J. Parker, J.P.) and Mr Kendall respectively. The final match was played this evening, and after a keenly contested game Mr F. B. Langsford beat Mr F. Gathercole by 18 points— 200' to 182. The prize of 5s (also donated by the President) for the highest break during the tournament was won by Mr Ken Morris with a break of 26, which was obtained Is the early stage of the competition. In the final game Mr Langsford was scratch and Mr Gathercole 5 points behind.

 1926 DUNOLLY, Wednesday. — Owing to the prolonged dry- spell the pastures have dried off and crops ripened rapidly. Farmers are now busily engaged harvesting wheat which is yielding from five to seven bugs.

 2015 Central Goldfields Shire Council voted to cease funding the Maryborough and Dunolly SES units.

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