07 January, 2018

January 7 On This Day (Nganko Nyawiyu) in Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) History

1857 Christmas has come and gone, and right merrily has the festival been kept up here. During the whole week there was nothing talked of, and little else attended to than amusement. Free concerts were given in most of the public houses, and a free performance was given by the Dramatic Company now playing on Dunolly. A couple of “grand balls" occupied Christmas Eve till "daylight in the morning." Christmas day was the hottest day we have as yet had this summer. Scarcely a breath of air stirred, and bush fires raged all around. About twelve o'clock (noon) a smart breeze sprung up, but being from the north, only increased the heat and raised clouds of dust, rendering it unpleasant to be either indoors or out. Not- withstanding this, many parties were out picnicking in every direction, and towards the close of the day, the streets became gradually crowded by vehicles of every description, and pedestrians, all of whom were evident traces of having been "out for the day." Two places of amusement were opened on Christmas night, much to the surprise of many, and were crowded. Boxing Day was the grand day for the sports, and though the heat was intense, yet most of the "sprees" were well attended. Two or three greasy poles were erected in the main street, and after some little delay, owing I suppose, to their great height, they were successfully ascended amidst the cheers of the surrounding crowds. A few prize fights took place during the day. Every place of amusement was open, and crowded to excess. On Saturday, the scene was changed the morning was very warm, but about 12 o'clock a black cloud rose from the north west, and gradually increased in size till it reached the meridian, where it seemed to threaten us with rain. Between one and two o'clock the heat became suffocating, and there was a dead calm. But this lasted a very short time, distant peals of thunder announced the coming storm, and suddenly the wind changed to the north. The rain came down in torrents, the flashes of lightning were extremely vivid and incessant while the thunder was deafening, and altogether, it was the severest thunderstorm I have seen up here. About 4 o'clock, a gale or rather a hurricane, swept across the district, accompanied by such a cataract of water for it cannot be termed “rain" that no object was visible four yards distant. Stores in all directions were damaged; several levelled to the ground. 'The " Pick and Shovel" public house was made a complete wreck, and in its fall broke down a Saddler' shop, destroying a large amount of property. The “Union" public house, on Burnt Creek was also prostrate to the earth. Large numbers of tents were carried, completely away, and many were torn to ribbons. At the same-time, such was the quantity of water which fell, that every place was flooded. A large pool of water occupied about 100 yards of the main street, which numberless dogs afterwards made into a swimming bath. I have not heard of any person being seriously injured, but a vast amount of property must have been destroyed, although the storm did not occupy more than two hours, (being all over by five o'clock), the creek rose above two feet, and a good few tubs and cradles were washed away. So far as can be ascertained the squall was confined to a very narrow compass, as it was not felt at all in Maryborough, nor yet at Mount Moliagul. Last week I noticed the finding of a nugget at Old Dunolly, weighing 149 oz. The parties who had the adjoining claim could scarcely “raise the colour," but were determined on driving the claim out. When nearly finished, three out of the four in the party gave the claim up as a "shicer." The fourth man stuck to it, and on Saturday evening took out a nugget weighing 17lbs. 4 oz. (208 oz.) which lay almost on the boundary line between the two claims. The nugget has been exhibited all day at the bank, and numbers have been to see it. The quartz reef behind the Slaughter yard is still being worked, and I believe with good prospects. There are a great number of reefs in this neighbourhood, many of which I have no doubt, will pay handsomely when machinery is brought up. There is not much news to report in mining matters, as most of the diggers are holding the week sacred to pleasure. The weather still continues boisterous, and as the wind is now due south, the temperature is very cold. Another magnificent nugget weighing 193 oz. was obtained last week at Old Dunolly; it is exceedingly pure and free from quartz.

1858 £100 pounds and free pardon to any accomplice was offered by the Chief Secretary’s office from the Govt for information as to the murders of Hugh McLean and Robert Dunlop who were found murdered between Dunolly and Jones Creek.

1865 A shocking accident happened on Sunday, to a man named Johanne Botsi, a woodcutter, residing at Chinaman's Flat, which, it is feared, will result fatally, . 
The Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser says, 
' It appears the unfortunate man left his tent about dinner time, to go to the creek, and a few hours later was found by a passer-by in the bush, branch of a tree having fallen on him, striking him on the head and causing frightful injuries. He was at once removed to the Maryborough Hospital, and promptly attended to by the house surgeon, Mr Dunn, who, however, entertains no hope of his recovery. In addition to the injuries on the head, we believe the vertebral column is dislocated. Botsiin a single man, and has been some time residing in the district.

 1875 A 60oz nugget was found at Jones’ Creek only 14ft from the surface, sold to the London Chartered Bank.

 1910 It was reported that Pumpkin Beetles were doing a great deal of damage to the plants and flowers in and around Dunolly.

 1934 At the annual meeting of the Dunolly Progress Association Mr Strafford was re-elected president, with the balance sheet showing receipts of 28 pounds.

 1934 Messer’s Williams and Kinsman who have been prospecting near Wild Duck halfway between Dunolly and Eddington, have struck payable gold.

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