06 February, 2019

February 6 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly Lea Kurribur #History



1858 THE LATE MURDERS AT DUNOLLY.-Some sensation was created at Dunolly on Friday last, when it became known that four men were apprehended on suspicion of committing the murder of Dunlop and McLean-the two men whose bodies were found in a deserted hole between Dunolly and Jones's Creek. The four prisoners (handcuffed) were escorted to Carisbrook, whence the warrants were issued, by several of the police, including Detectives Williams and Rendell, at whose instigation they were arrested. On today, Saturday, they were formally brought before the Carisbrook Bench, and the proceedings were adjourned to the following Saturday, when it is understood the merits of the case will be gone into.

 1862 Eddington school opened.

 1907  The world famous Fisk Jubilee Singers appeared in the Town Hall, Dunolly, on Wednesday evening before a good audience. The entertainment was splendid from first to last, exciting enthusiastic applause, and the humorous portion causing shouts of laughter. Almost every item was encored, the company most kindly responding. The quaint plantation melodies have lost none of their charm, and the choruses were a source of delight-with such perfect and beautiful harmony and expression, Solos were sung by Miss Belle Gibbons-a well-known favourite in Dunolly-Mr Clarence Tisdale, who has a remarkably fine tenor voice, and Mr H. C. Newton, the possessor of a rich powerful bass voice. There was a fine duet, "The King's Heroes," by Messrs Tisdale and Newton, which fairly carried away the audience, who cheered again and again, the singers complying with the vociferous demands for an encore.

 1914 RAIN NEEDED AT DUNOLLY.

- .DUNOLLY, Friday.

A heat record for several years past was established to-day, with a shade temperature of 108 deg. Rain is badly needed, and nothing but a heavy downpour will replenish supplies, which are now nearly exhausted, including the town service. Domestic supplies particularly are very short, and fruit crops also badly need a good rainfall. The apples especially are small, and they require a lot of moisture.

 1917 Mr James Morcom, writing in the Adelaide "Register,'' under the heading of "Travels in Australasia," says:-

"I shall never forget a place called Woodend, in Victoria. One Saturday night my brother performed in a large room adjoining the hotel and at the conclusion of the performance we turned into bed about 10.30. It was not long ere we heard a noise downstairs among some 'drunks,' and presently the landlord came and knocked at our door, crying out, 'Vertelli, you had better lock your door, as there are three men below who intend breaking your door open.' My brother at once lit the candle, and informed the landlord 'the first man that rushes my room I will run my sword right through him.' That intimation was conveyed to the 'drunks,' which must have calmed them down. I kept in my bed as cool as a cucumber, and it was quite a quarter of an hour that I saw my brother awaiting, sword in hand, for the would-be intruders. The sword he handled was one he always spun his Japanese tops on. Another Incident occurred in a town called Dunolly, in Victoria. I was in advance of my company, and, before retiring to bed, settled with the landlord, and asked him to call me at 5 o'clock, so as to catch the mail coach. At the door of my room I discovered that there was an absence of a key or even a latch, and being suspicious, placed the washstand against the door. To my surprise in the early hours of the morning there came a crash, when the door was pushed open and down came the washstand, jug and basin. I cried out, 'Who's there?" when the voice of the landlord re plied that he had come to wake me. I lit the candle and looked at my watch. It was just two o'clock. The landlord exclaimed, 'Why did you put those things against the door?' and I answered, 'It was your place to have had a lock and key to the door, and why did you not knock?' I did not sleep after that experience, and at daylight got out of the window and made my exit. I had in my possession jewellery to the value of, £150."

1953 - Attempted Murder Charge
A 67-year-old gold fossicker pensioner was charged with the attempted murder of another
pensioner at Dunolly yesterday. Police allege that on Thursday afternoon Joseph Patrick King, 65, of Dunolly, was preparing a meal in his hut when a man who lived nearby walked In and fired two shots from a revolver, wounding King in the ribs and wrist. A struggle ensued after which King, who had a bullet graze on the chest and a shattered wrist, managed to escape from the hut and get a lift to Dunolly where he saw the police.

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