01 February, 2019

February 1 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History

 1858 A Murder resulted in a lynching mob destroying most of the sly grog shanties at Havelock searching for the murderer. Billiard table and skittle alley smashed to pieces.


(From the Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser )

Yesterday morning (the 1st instant) the inhabitants of the new diggings of Havelock were thrown into a fearful state of excitement by the fact being extensively circulated that a most atrocious murder had been committed. For some time back, the main street has been in the course of formation at Havelock, and interspersed here and there with sundry grog-shops and shanties, where nightly orgies were kept up by numerous bands of villains who infest the neighbourhood. On these places the diggers had a great 'down,' and took the first opportunity of weeding them out of the place.
From an early hour, the mob seemed inclined to inflict summary - justice on all suspected premises, and, accordingly, about nine o'clock, proceeded to destroy the Manchester, owned by Messrs Jones and Lucas. This operation did not take long in such hands, and in about five minutes every stick of the edifice was on the ground.
The mob, which now numbered about 1000 or 1500, having their destructive organs fully charged rushed like mad bulls here and there, and seemed bent on destruction. Four well -known grog-shops on the eastern side of the road, and nearly opposite the Manchester, were speedily razed, and the contents scattered. This seemed to add to the excitement, which now became general, and several other domiciles soon became, from comfortable dwellings, wrecks and ruins. Nothing short of total destruction seemed to satisfy the cravings of the mob. All order and reason seem to have vanished, and the utmost recklessness pervaded them. About 11 o'clock, the Star and Garter restaurant (long and well known as the Dublin City) was doomed to destruction, and, notwithstanding the utmost endeavours of the proprietors of the place to put them off by sending the bottles and decanters round, the place was ruthlessly torn to ribbons, the timber broken into fragments, and the bedding, thrown into the street. In the back part of the premises was a very excellent billiard-table, and to save this, the proprietors had it carried outside through the back door, but the mob soon made the discovery, and in a few moments by the aid of bludgeons and pieces of wood, they smashed it to pieces. One fellow took a driving-pick, and, using it vigorously, literally chopped up the board. During all this time, the mob refrained from drinking or touching liquor: everything seemed to be conducted by a master-hand who, ruled supreme.
A large flag (the remnant of the sign of one of the restaurants) was carried in front, and wherever it stopped, the house or tent opposite to it was immediately destroyed. They did not wait long, however : proceeding up the street, they destroyed a skittle ally, and then went to a large tent occupied by a digger, who persuaded them to let him him alone; but, although the majority of the crowd left the spot, many remained, and about an hour after, notwithstanding the remonstrance’s of the proprietor, totally destroyed the place. About this time, a report was spread that a wounded man had been found in the bush near Tuckwell's, and away started about 2000 of the diggers on the search. In the afternoon, the crowd made several attacks on the restaurants about the main street, ostensibly with a view to ferret out suspected persons.
In respect to the murders, from what we could gather, about one or two o'clock on Sunday morning, four men came to the Gum Tree Restaurant, in the main street, kept by a foreigner named Lopez, and after bursting in demanded n bottle of brandy. The proprietor refused them, and they dragged him out. The alarm was given, and as the diggers collected, the men ran away. One of the men, however, finding himself rather hotly pursued by Lopez, turned around and fired a shot, which fortunately missed him. The villain then fired another, and the ball entered the unfortunate man's breast, and is supposed to have pierced his heart. Mr Lopez's servant man now joined in the pursuit, and was near to his master when struck. The latter finding himself wounded, rushed on the robber, and closed with him. Happening to have a large knife in his hand he used it freely, and stabbed the ruffian in several places, and then dropped dead.
Undaunted, the man again rushed on, followed closely by a policeman, named Barnett, and the servant. Again he turned round and fired his revolver. This time the shot took immediate effect, and the unfortunate constable fell exclaiming, ' Oh God, I'm shot.' In the course of a few minutes the poor fellow was no more. The diggers now closed with the murderer, and the cook having secured him, he was convoyed to the lock-up, and delivered into the custody of the police. The detectives and police, assisted by the diggers, now made a search for the other men, and succeeded in capturing three others, hid in some of the surrounding restaurants.
At the inquest the police were afraid of bringing out the murderer, as the feeling of the populace is so great that they would instantly have hung him. Indeed all day it was as much as the constables could do to preserve order at the lockup, and prevent the wretch from being dragged out. The prisoner is an old man, and gave the name of Joseph Brooks, but it was difficult to get a word out of him. He was so badly wounded that but little hopes are entertained of his recovery. Indeed, we heard, as we were going to press, that the mob had broken into the place and 'lynched' him.

[Since the above was in type we learn from the papers that the murderer had been removed to a place of safety after the adjournment of the inquest. Ed.I.M ]

1864 Bung Bong Post Office opened.

 1873 The Dunolly Express reports that there from 900 to 1200 miners at the Avoca Rush, and considerably over the majority, if not all of them, are getting gold enough for a fair living. The best yields have not gone over an ounce to the load, and very few that; the average is from five to seven pennyweights. There are no pieces to speak of, tho only approximation to coarse gold being some little four to five penny weight bits. Nearly all the claims give nothing but fine gold. The sinking is hard, and ranges from twelve to twenty-five feet on the flat. Some new ground is being opened up at the north end of the flat, on the rising ground, towards Fenton's Creek and Korong. Here the sinking is only from four to six feet, and the gold is occasionally a little coarser. Hopes are entertained that if the lead continues towards Korong heavier pieces may yet be obtained. Carting and washing is 3s. per load at the long toms, and 3s. 6d. at the puddling machines. Water is raised to the latter from the river by double-barrel crane pumps, worked by horse-powor. On some claims the shafts and drives require timbering, aud are dangerous without it, as may be inferred from the case of tho unfortunato man who lost his life there lately. Drinking water is sold on the flat at 2d. per small sized tin bucket.

 1877 Fire destroyed all housing and belongings of a farmer named Murray at Mt Hooghly.

 1877 J.Sheridan and Co Brewery was damaged by fire at Eddington.

 1885 Bromley Post Office (renamed from Burnt Creek) opened.

 1894 Lost 8 fat sheep branded N marked with blue on back finder rewarded H. Ison.

 1895 Simson’s Railway Station Post Office closed.

 1933 Mary Heenan was accidentally shot in the leg by her brother as he tried to remove the barrel from the stock.

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