25 April, 2018

April 25 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1895 Recent rains have given a good supply of water but not enough to allow the farmers to begin ploughing.

 1903 At Rathscar and the Black Ranges yesterday the downpour was particularly heavy, 3 inches falling in less than two hours. Low lying lands were flooded, and considerable damage was done to crops and fences. The approximate losses are as follows: — Messrs. John Wiseman, £150; James Wiseman, £00; Cornthwaite, mile fencingwashed away; Lambert Ashman, £100: Swaby, a large area of ploughed land and crop completely bared of soil.

 1904 H. Barker at Middle-bridge was injured with a fractured skull from falling off his horse as he raced it and it stumbled on the road.

 1905 At Dunolly: this morning Alexander Gunn, while riding a horse along a road was thrown heavily on to his head, and was dragged about 20 ft. .When he was picked up it was seen that he was seriously hurt, and his removal to the hospital was ordered, but on arriving there life was extinct. Deceased, was a single man, about 31 years of age.

1931 On the soldier’s memorial plot near the Dunolly Railway Station the new granite pillar, erected by the Dunolly Progress Association, was unveiled by Councillor Parker.

24 April, 2018

April 24 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

 1869 The first Murphy's Flat school No 143 opened.

 1889 Six cases of diphtheria outbreak reported in one family at Dunolly.

 1897 AA Middleton won the Druids Wheel Race.

 1906 Leslie Lee fell over a bag of hay in the stables and broke his arm again, the same one broken in the January 15 accident when he was hit by a train.

 1918 Inglewood-Tarnagulla-Dunolly train will wait at Inglewood until 6pm in connection with the Red Cross Carnival.

23 April, 2018

April 23 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

 1860 Dunolly Market Square (now the Gordon Gardens) was officially opened – this was a dismal failure as between 1865-1873 it was used as stables for goats, Cobb & Co, pulled down in October 1873 and recycled to build grandstand at recreation reserve.

 1875 A chap named James Mooney who had been seriously injured at the Prince of Wale company mine claim some months ago was thrown from his horse and was greatly cut and injured on the head, he was taken to Dunolly Hospital.

 1875 Leaving at 7am about 700 people, mainly children, travelled from Dunolly to Geelong arriving at midday on two special trains, the mayor of Geelong, Mr Upton, the town clerk and citizens met the party at the railway station and the mayor of Dunolly and other guests partook of the mayors hospitality while the greater number spread themselves all over the town , visiting the gardens, the bay, factories and vineyards, sadly at half part 4 the party had to meet at the station to make the journey back home again, having only had four and a half hours to explore the lovely town to reach their destination at a reasonable hour in the evening.

 1900 The formation of a rifle club at Dunolly, amongst other districts, was approved of by the Lieutenant Governor in council.

 1937 The Dunolly Football Club was reformed with Mr Downs as president, Mr Sandow as Treasurer and Mr Rudd as secretary, with hopes the club will be able to shortly affiliate with the Loddon Valley Association.

22 April, 2018

April 22 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1890 A meeting of the Bet Bet Shire Council discussed the proposed free trade movement amongst farmers.

 1904 At Waanyarra a group of three miners found a 158 oz. gold nugget.

April 21 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

21-22 1859 First races held in Dunolly, it was reported that the after-race dinner at the Mt Bealiba Hotel was an evening to remember.

 1863 First meeting of Bet Bet Road Board held at Company’s Hotel Commercial Road Tarnagulla.

 1901 The tender of James Davies of 99 pounds 8/8 was accepted by the borough council for metalling the main road between Dunolly and Moliagul within the borough.

 1906 A large meeting of the local ratepayers was held in the Bealiba Mechanics Hall to discuss the inadequate water supply for the town.

 1910 A resolution from the Dunolly council was read at the Maryborough council drawing attention to the fact that secondary and tech schools could only be erected in larger areas of population and that children further out were disadvantaged. The proposal was for railway passes for children to attend school in Maryborough, although declined by the Education Dept., the council moved to support the proposal.

20 April, 2018

April 20 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1875 The Carisbrook correspondent of the Maryborough Standard writes,
" A very curious phenomenon was witnessed by myself and four other persons at a quarter to four o'clock p.m. on the 20th. From the distance its appearance was that of a column of water about two feet thick and over 100 feet high extending from the earth to the lower clouds, It kept twirling round similar to a whirlwind, and travelling very slowly from the north to the west. After a few minutes it broke near the clouds and mixed with them. The remainder continued to ascend till it also joined again, and by degrees it also ascended into the clouds. It came from the direction of Dunolly, and seemed about two miles off, and lasted while we saw it exactly fifteen minutes. Some five minutes afterwards a very heavy storm of rain passed over us,"

 1877 Several men met Mr Davies, one of the members for Avoca, from the late train and proceeded to Tatchell’s Bendigo Hotel where he was warmly greeted.

 1897 A meeting of the members of the Vine and Fruit Growers Association of Middle Bridge and Dunolly was held to discuss the low price of produce.

 1901 The driest season in Dunolly in 36 years, dams that have never been dry are now dried out, water supply at Murphy’s Flat and Rheola gave out yesterday as did the supply at Dunolly for several hours.

 1914 Two robbers were disturbed at the cyanide plant at Burnt Creek; although shots were fired no one was hurt.

 1916 ANZAC Day was held on this day; at the Dunolly State School; after the children had saluted the flag and sang the anthem suitable addresses were given by the Rev JT Field, Messer’s Carr, Munroe and Cr Parker (Mayor).

 1949 Back to Dunolly celebrations involved sightseeing, bowls, golf, rifle shooting, tennis throughout the day. In the evening there was a dance and euchre games.

19 April, 2018

April 19 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

Apologies, I inadvertently included the mention of Tommy Clark (aka "King Tommy") in yesterdays entry when it was for today.

1876 King Tommy, "the last of the Loddon Aboriginals" [sic], was introduced to the Governor Sir George Bowen, at Baringhup, where he claimed the country as his own and told him “I have no sheep, I have no cattle but I have plenty of big paddocks which you can come and see, if you like”

 1936 The newly remodelled Dunolly Hospital was officially reopened by Premier Mr Dunstan.

 1949 During the Back to Dunolly celebrations at 10am there was a procession to the school, followed by a cricket match and sightseeing in the afternoon, with the evening taken up with reunions of organisations like the RSL, Lodges, etc.

18 April, 2018

April 18 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

1870 Mr. Mudge arranged a picnic for his pupils at the Recreation Reserve. Mr. Boan of the ’White Swan Hotel’ and Mr Burns, the Jones ‘Creek Post Master, collected for the picnic.
The picnic, which was attended by 50 people, was held on Monday, 18th April, 1870. Buns, apples, grapes, lollies, plum cake and tea were given out. Visitors enjoyed sandwiches of beef tongue and fowl.
There were swings, and cricket was played. Prizes for the boys’ flat and hurdle race were ’money and two pretty pocket inkstands’, which were presented by Mr. Boan. ‘Money and two pretty brooches’ were the prizes for the girls’ races. The day ended with ‘dancing on the green to violin music provided by Mr. Green of Tarnagulla’.

 1902 Great inconvenience at Dunolly Court today when Judge Molesworth was at Kerang and did not arrive until 4pm instead of 10 am, with witnesses and court cases losing nearly a whole day.

 1939 Former manager of Bank of Victoria Mr Williamson and his wife are leaving the district to live in Gardenvale.

 1876 King Tommy, "the last of the Loddon Aboriginals" [sic], was introduced to the Governor Sir George Bowen, at Baringhup, where he claimed the country as his own and told him “I have no sheep, I have no cattle but I have plenty of big paddocks which you can come and see, if you like”

 1949 Easter Monday During the Back to Dunolly celebrations there was a procession to the Golf Links for a picnic basket lunch, in the afternoon there were sports for young and old, at 8.30pm there was an old time Come Back Ball held in the Shire Hall.

17 April, 2018

April 17 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History

 1937 Eddington Presbyterian Sunday school celebrated its jubilee, Mr and Mrs McPherson received many gifts for their years of work for the church and Sunday school.

 1940 The engine of a goods train left the rails at the junction of the Inglewood line, some rails were twisted and the way was permanently damaged.

 1949 Easter During the Back to Dunolly celebrations special church services were held during the morning, 2pm unveiling of the War Memorial at the Post Office Tower, 3pm Hospital Sunday was celebrated in the hospital grounds, with the evening taken up with special church services and reunions.

16 April, 2018

April 16 #OnThisDay (Nganko Nyawiyu) in #Dunolly (Lea Kurribur) & District #History



1900 Bealiba Races held with a fair turnout.

 1929 Boiler at John Britten’s eucalyptus distillery at Goldsborough exploded, severely injuring Britten and a bystander.

 1949 Easter Saturday During the Back to Dunolly celebrations the day’s events were 10am Official Welcome in the Shire Hall, 11.30 a grand procession was held in Broadway, and afternoon gymkhana was held in the Recreation Reserve, finishing with a local concert in the Shire Hall.

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