11 April, 2018

April 11 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1858 Destructive Fire. — Loss of Life— It has rarely been our province to record a more lamentable occurrence than the present. One of the oldest storekeepers in the district has been burnt to death, and his store, with a very valuable stock, entirely consumed. The circumstances we have gathered are as follows: Mr. Clay, storekeeper, at Burnt Creek, after indulging somewhat freely, on Sunday evening, went to bed more or less intoxicated. Someone saw him in bed; and left him with a candle burning at his side. The bed was sur-rounded by mosquito curtains. About twelve o’clock the neighbours heard the unfortunate man shouting for help, and on rushing out dis-covered the store in flames. So rapid and overwhelming was the fire that no one could possibly have dared to venture within; the cries ' soon ceased, and in little more than an hour the building, with its' entire contents, was reduced to ashes. As soon as possible search was made among the ruins, and after considerable time the bones of the unfortunate man were discovered; part of them had fallen through to the cellar. The event has thrown quite a gloom over Burnt Creek, of which Mr. Clay was one of the oldest inhabitants, and much respected. He was a middle-aged man, and was considered to be very well off in money matters. We believe he has no relations in the country.

1858 Help Your Friends. — A graceful act of assistance, rendered by a party of miners to an old mate, who has left his former occupation to embark in agricultural pursuits, has come to our knowledge. The latter, whose name is Miller, has bought a small paddock between Maryborough and Carisbrook, and after fencing it in, he contracted to have it ploughed. An old track ran through it, and this was worn so hard that the plough would not touch it. He told this difficulty to some mates at the White Hills and on Saturday morning a party of twenty, shovels and picks in hand, went to the paddock, and before night finished the required work. This spontaneous act of good feeling deserves chronicling; it shows, however hard and rough their life maybe, the miners can yet find time to respond to the calls of friend-ship, and that this friendship is begotten by their association in toil.

 1898 At the Rheola Sports to-day, held for charitable purposes, a painful accident happened to a young man named Foster Dawson, son of a well-known resident of this town. He was riding a horse in one of the events, when the horse fell, and some of Dawson's teeth were broken. He was conveyed to his residence here, and Dr. Deravin attended to his injuries. Dawson had only about a month ago returned from West Australia. The horse was so injured that it had to be killed.

1898 Social.—An enjoyable evening was spent in the Town Hall to-night, when several ladies and gentlemen attended a social given by lady residents.

1898 Rheola Sports.—these sports were held today in aid of the local and Dunolly hospitals, and passed off successfully. In the evening a concert and ball were well attended.

 1900 Dunolly Races was attended only moderately, in doing a preliminary canter Vido bolted through the fence throwing the rider but without serious injuries.

 1915 Steady soaking rain registered at 23 points for the day, totalling 68 points for the two days altogether, the first decent downpour in 18 months, as the ground is still warm sowing can now commence , water carting and hand feeding of stock can soon cease.

 1938 Members of the Loyal Prince Alfred Lodge of Dunolly gave a silver and crystal butter dish to Brother TW Kick on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

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