27 March, 2018

March 27 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1863 Meetings of the Bet Bet Road Board were moved to the Company’s Hotel Commercial Road, Tarnagulla.

 1875 A fine nugget of gold, weighing over 34oz., was found at Jones's Creek by Bragg and his mate.' These lucky miners obtained one weighing 48oc, from the same locality some months' ago.

 1876 At the General Sessions morning, before His Honour Judge Bindon, J.E Cummins, head porter at the Dunolly railway station, was charged with stealing certain coats, etc., belonging to Mr. Lewis Levy, a commercial traveller which he had with him as samples. They came to the Dunolly station, and while in the lamp room were pilfered by the prisoner. The evidence disclosed an extraordinary state of affairs at the Dunolly station. It was shown that the prisoner had been working on the line and shunting while drunk. It was proved that he was drunk at the time of the robbery. Mr. Dunne made a very ingenious defence. The prisoner's father, a contractor at Echuca, deposed as to his character. The jury after a lengthy consultation returned a verdict of guilty, and he was remanded for sentence. The same prisoner was then charged with stealing goods from another commercial traveller, but the latter could not swear to the articles, the tickets having been removed. The prisoner was acquitted. The Judge said he would report to the Railway department the drunkenness of the local officials.

1882 A gentleman from Dunolly stated that last week a basket of eggs was brought into his house and when his servant went to use an egg this morning she found one had hatched without any indication that it was forthcoming. The successful hatching is attributed to the intense heat experienced at Dunolly this past week.

 1888 DUNOLLY, March 27. A good deal of excitement has been caused in this district by the recent wholesale prosecutions of miners who have been in unauthorised occupation of Crown lands-that is, not being in possession of registered miners' rights. The subject was brought up by Councillor Fotheringham in the Bet Bet Shire Council to-day, and a resolution to communicate with the neighbouring councils with a view to a joint protest against the action of the department and the police was carried.

 1901 Weatherboard house at Goldsborough burnt to the ground, no one hurt, only a hand sewing machine saved.

 1914 DUNOLLY   DIPHTHERIA. Several cases of diphtheria have been reported this week. The patients are doing well.
WELCOME RAIN. On Tuesday 34 points of rain were registered here. but about two miles north of the town over an inch and a quarter fell in half an hour.

 1915 Alfred John Barnett, pioneer in the surgical treatment of vascular disease, was born at Dunolly, the son of a dairy farmer in poor circumstances. He won a scholarship to Wesley College in Melbourne, graduated from Melbourne University in 1939, and became a resident medical officer at the Alfred Hospital in 1940.

 1915 DUNOLLY. CHARITY CARNIVAL. On Saturday' evening an entertainment was held in the Town hall in connection with the Charity Carnival for the Dunolly Hospital. During an interval the art union was drawn being a gig valued at 28 pounds. The winning ticket was 1361;' held by Mr, J.Moore, of Mildura.

 1926 Vic Homing Association held various races, one being from Dunolly to Melbourne, 95 miles.

 1932 A large gathering was at the Dunolly hospital grounds when the annual Sunday hospital meeting was held, the chair was occupied by councillor belcher, and addresses given by Dr Thompson, Mr Dunstan MLA and Senator Lawson. Musical selections were given by the Maryborough citizens and 46th Battalion bands, total amount raised was 47 pounds.

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