Dunolly and District

26 September, 2016

September 26 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1856 Horse-stealing seems on the increase. I do not think that there is much horse-stealing from Dunolly, but I think there are many horses stolen from other districts to carry people to the rush, and these horses are generally turned adrift when the people arrive at their destination.
Stores are very plentiful in fact the place is completely gutted with every description. Potatoes are a drug at £16 per ton, double rose Cork butter scarcely worth 1s. 4d. per lb., and cheese not to be disposed of at any price. The sacrifices of stores, in some instances that have come under my notice, have been fearful. I know of one party that brought a load of general stores from Castlemaine, rather than submit to such a ruinous sacrifice, sent them back again to Castlemaine.
I regret I cannot give you a geographical description of the place : but it is surrounded with high ranges, such as Castlemaine, Bendigo, &c., and which the practical digger says is a good indication. I have not the slightest doubt that it may be a good diggings, and would be, for a tenth of the population ; but unless a very large field is opened up, and that soon, thousands will be compelled to leave. I should estimate the population at 70,000. I have been at a great deal of trouble to ascertain the number as nearly as possible ; but it is impossible to get it correctly. There are others that believe the population is 100,000, and some even more. The way I make my calculation is this : I count the tents in the most thickly populated gullies, and average four persons to each tent, and then allow so many for back gullies. & c.

 1883 This morning the body of Mr G. MEwan,an old resident, and one who has held a good position in the town, was found in the Dunolly reservoir. Last night he received news that his brother had been killed at the Ballarat Cattle-yards. This sad news, to a mind already suffering from depression, is supposed to have upset his reason, and led to the rash act. Additional regret is felt owing to the drowning having occurred in the water supply for the town.

 1897 A parade and choral service in connection with the local Prince Alfred Lodge was held with a number of brethren from Tarnagulla, Timor, Maryborough, etc, joining in the parade. Beautiful weather ensured that the attendance was large and the hall was packed, with addresses on charity from the various but united brotherhood. The collection was in aid of the Ladies Benevolent Society which raised 10 pounds.

 1936 Susso workers went onto old diggings for material for road surface when one of them found the colour of gold and a search found several more specks. The men have spent all day with dishes but no further luck.

25 September, 2016

September 25 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1893 Mr Sheehan introduced electric light in the Dunolly Flour Mill.

 1874 Rails for the train line were laid up against the Dunolly Railway Station ready to open the line the following week.

 1878 Mr Gilliland, manager of the Bank of Victoria, passed away at his desk at work.

 1885 The Gov of Vic approved of rifle clubs in various districts including the Dunolly Rifle Club through the Defence Dept and the Minister of Defence F.T Sargood.

 1890 Sparks from the train engine caused a fire on the Inglewood train; no injuries but some damage to the carriages.

 1888 Accidental death of porter Francis Grace at the Dunolly Railway station.

 1901 Annual Laancoorie charity sports day held, 2000 people, takings on the gate over 50 pounds, with a great many races held during lovely weather.

 1904 DUNOLLY A disturbance occurred at the house of James M'Kew, on the out skirts of the town, resulting in the owner being so badly handled that he bad to be taken to the hospital for treatment. M'Kew, Jas. Carwickham and a foreigner known as "Big Peter' had been drinking at the house during the day, and a quarrel ensued between "Big Peter"' and Carwickham. M'Kew went between them to separate them, when Carwickham felled him with a blow from a heavy-walking stick. While the victim was lying on the ground his assailant treated him brutally, and the police were sent for. M'Kew had to have four stitches inserted in an ugly wound on the top of the head; his lip was cut, his nose injured, and his body bruised. He was not allowed to leave the hospital. The same night Carwickham was arrested and lodged in the watch house on a charge of assault.

 1916 FLOODS AT DUNOLLY, . DUNOLLY. Monday. Rain set in last Thursday night, and since then a fall of 544 points has been registered. This is the longest spell of rain remembered and all the low-lying ground is submerged. Considerable damage has been done to gardens, and a number of fences have been washed away. As far as crops are concerned it cannot yet be stated to the damage done, a great number being still under water. In numerous parts the grass is covered with a coating of slum. So far no report has been received of loss of stock. For the first time since its inception no school was held yesterday in the Metho- dist Sunday School, owing tn the flooded condition of the roads and surrounding country.

2005 Rheola Wing completed at Dunolly Hospital.

24 September, 2016

September 24 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

This being the largest goldfield in the colony— if the number of miners constitute the greatness of a field—your readers will be anxious to hear some- thing on mining matters. Its great extent, with the absence of a gold receiving office (shame on the Government), renders the task of giving re- liable information very difficult ; but during the past week new finds have been very few. Holes in the fifty-feet wet sinking (but few indeed) have touched gold, but being wet, it will be some time ere it be ascertained as being worthy of the name of a lead, or patches here and there. Parties were not a little astonished a day or two ago at our bottoming claims at twenty and twenty-five feet, dry ground, in the middle of the fifty-feet wet sink- ing! Some of this shallow ground yielded good prospects. The rush now is nearly down to the Burnt Creek. Much gold "must" be the result of so much labor, if it even lie in patches " few and far between." But I am still of opinion the present population must find an outlet from this field—it cannot support them ; and the greatness of the final crash is every day increased by numerous arrivals.
A peremptory rule should be introduced into the new code compelling openings to be left every few hundred yards in streets on the goldfields, for general traffic. Here, one street is two miles long ; it runs parallel with the creek, and betwixt it and a large portion of the diggings the stores are close to each other, as if ground were as dear as in Melbourne, and only by them can a carter find a "right of way. " This causes much inconvenience, and should be avoided in all future rushes. It is not too late for the Local Court to add such a rule to their code.
Our creek is nearly dried up. If miners would join hands and build some half-dozen dams, they might catch enough water this season yet to carry them well into summer ; its want will ultimately banish them from this field. Such dams could be made in a day or two if parties combined with a will, really paternal Government might deem it good policy to attend to such matters.
The activity of our few police here is most praise-worthy. There are only ten or a dozen, and on Monday fourteen prisoners were tried for various light-fingered offences. This is only the beginning.— Herald.

September 24th, 1856.
We of Dunolly appear about to commence taking a part in the all-absorbing matter of the day— electioneering. Mr M'Donogh was announced by the bellman to express his political opinions at the Golden Age Hotel this evening. I should think he might as well spare himself the trouble, for, as you said the other day, the Loddon is too full already." But the " ubiquitous " M'Donogh must create some excitement, and what period so happy as the present?
The portion of the diggings attracting most attention just now is that known as the Wet Diggings. Sinking is going on very briskly, and shepherding does not seem to prevail quite so much as formerly. In wandering yesterday through this lead, I examined some of the washing stuff and discovered gold pretty freely here and there. The richest stuff appears to be a sort of brown cement, something like that at Epsom, in your neighborhood. I should say the stuff I looked at would average an ounce to the tub.
The lead appears to have divided into two distinct runs ; the one following a ridge, on which the sinking is shallow, (about 24 to 30 feet) and the other to the left, following the flat. The former holes are nearly dry, and I was informed by one party he obtained 4 ozs. from the bottom of his hole, the washing stuff running 18 inches or two feet thick. Several holes immediately round him, forming a cluster, are also paying. The peculiarity of the ground seems to be, that there is a patch of very large quartz boulders in this spot, while in shicer ground the stones run much smaller. The washing stuff is the strangest I ever saw, being in digger phraseology termed " mullock," a conglomerate of sand, pipeclay, slate, and immense stones, jumbled up together— stuff, indeed, which it is next to impossible to puddle at all properly. The other run, branching off to the left, is very wet, and to make it worse, the most shepherding prevails here. Some, however, are persevering, and seem determined to see the bottom by some means.
I think these parties who battle thus with all difficulties, should have some privilege if in bottoming they meet with any gold, they should be allowed a larger claim. I was speaking with one of the parties who sunk first and prospected some of this new ground. He said that not only had he no double claim, but his single claim was infringed on ; he had been to the Commissioner and he had promised several times to settle it,but had not fulfilled his word.
A claim is being sunk in the road, at present used as a thoroughfare in front of a store. A lead is supposed to run here ; this hole will in a measure test the fact.
Some parties I know who have tried sinking for a long time who went into an old hole, and obtained a very good prospect. The only plan seems to be here to drive out all the ground.
Two rushes have taken place in the ranges towards Jones's Creek. I cannot, however, hear of any brilliant results.
I heard of a nice specimen being found at Jones's Creek, two pounds weight. The gold in the quartz seems to be heavy when it is struck, but severely tries the patience and pocket before it does turn up.
Those who are thinking of paying a visit to Dunolly, must come prepared with pluck to enter into the wet sinking, for that seems to be the principal attraction here. Those who don't like this sort of work, had better stay where they are.
Amusements are still on the increase, and the rival bells with their respective criers— who do the best to cry one another down— quite an amusement in itself.
A theatre is in course of erection nearly opposite the Criterion Hotel, in which the Montezuma Company, from Ballaarat, are to appear on Monday next. Messrs. Leeman and Gibson, of Bendigo notoriety ; are engaged at Elliot's Hotel, and from the applause and frequent encores that greet them they are as great favorites here as at the old Shamrock.
Weather cold and uncomfortable. Business dull, considering the population.

 1865 Phillip Chauncey , District Surveyor, and his wife, Susan, had a son.

1899 A SUSPICIOUS DEATH. DUNOLLY, Sunday. An inquest was begun at the hospital to- day before Mr. Leader, P.M., and a jury concerning the death of Edward Wilson, otherwise Benson, who died on Saturday from a fracture of the spine received at Bealiba on August 10. Mr. J H. Wolfenden, L.R.C.S., resident surgeon of the Dunolly Hospital, deposed that considerable violence must have been used to cause the fracture, as deceased was a powerful young man. Mr. J. Cookson, M.B., gave evidence that the cause of death was septic absorption, the result of paralysis through a fracture of the spine. The coroner adjourned the inquest, till next Saturday.

 1920 Passengers on the Mildura train were delayed at Dunolly for over two hours as the cylinder of the steam engine blew out, word was sent to Maryborough but it took two hours to reach Dunolly.

23 September, 2016

September 23 On This Day in Dunolly & District History

1856 This place is still adding to its numbers in place of standing still, but while this is the case, during the course of last week numerous parties have broken up and left, not finding the prospect of'deep-sinking to suit their finances. On the whole, however, there has been two arrivals for one departure, and though there are many shicers, my individual experience cannnot name any other place than Bendigo where the blanks have been so few.Not a few have got nuggets, which will secure them for the time to come, unless, as has been frequently the case, what has been got with such comparative ease is allowed' to slip through their fingers with a sang froid only generally ascribed to Frenchmen and the seafaring community.In a previous letter I gave a hint to those in authority who might have aided the cause of religion and morality by obtaining the services of gospel preachers, and thus promoted virtuous conduct infinitely more than by speechifying at political meetings or quarrelling on - the subject of State Aid to Religion, about which such a difference of opinion exists — though there is none that the example of a few worthy clergymen would have the most beneficial results.We live in a land of anomalies. Hundreds of letters were dispatched from this place on Sunday,to overtake the mail leaving on the 25th instant,but surely it would not he unworthy the notice of the Executive Government to lay down a general rule that when the population of any place on the gold-fields remained for a stated time at a given number, not under 10,000, the settlers might have a right to obtain a post-office establishment, or at least a sub-office, for their accommodation — no greater boon could be conferred. In like manner, though it may be desirable to have an escort for the secure conveyance of the precious metal, it may he well doubted if its present route by way of the Avoca is not absurd, seeing that a recent escort conveyed only 1 1/2 oz., bringing 3s. 9d. of revenue, while the two branches of the banks here are sending down to Maryborough weekly sum that would pay a duty of £1000.A man of the name of Holmes was detected last week breaking into a store here, and seized.Some of the witnesses were examined by the magistrate on Monday, and had to attend at the sessions at Carisbrook 0n Tuesday, where, however, the man got off owing to the evidence being incomplete. I mention the occurrence to show that though in some departments there may be great tardiness, it does not pervade the whole. I shall in my next endeavour to give you a fair approximation to the truth of the widely different calculations as to the numbers congregated here and the future prospects of these diggings, which to those who can afford to bide their time the general impression is decidedly favorable, hut so many thousands have come with the hope that they were to acquire the yellow stuff without the usual toil and labour, that thousands of them will doubtless have to lull back on their previous avocations in the old places, discontented at their want of luck here.

 1889 The Dunolly train left the tracks as it passed the Inglewood train at the Arnold-bridge station.

 1908 Eddington races were held on the Recreation Reserve.

 1919 Honor tablets are being awarded to the Borough of Dunolly and the Borough of Inglewood. .The first-mentioned will also receive the first Australian coat of arms in bronze 'to surmount the tablet, " being the first to secure double its quota.

 1934 Cycling road race from Dunolly to Moliagul and back to Dunolly 18 miles placings 1st G.Davies, 2 P. Raven, 3 E.Thomas. 
Time 53.33 won by two lengths.

22 September, 2016

BEALIBA Thru the Lens Photographic Competition 16th October

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September 22 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History

1863 DUNOLLY. Sep. 22nd- A nugget weighing 32 lbs was discovered in a claim here to-day.

 1867 A Dunolly publican’s daughter went to church one Sunday but actually eloped with the professional musician engaged at the public concert hall who had been giving her private music lessons recently.

 1874 Dunolly and surrounding area residents experienced an earthquake strong enough to shake their homes.

 1906 William Bell was cycling home to South Dunolly when he was run into by a cyclist going the other way and had his collarbone broken.

1909 ROUGH FOOTLBALL. STAWELL -V. DUNOLLY. The football match between the Stawell and Dunolly clubs at Dunolly on Wednesday was very largely attended. The game Was very rough, and in the last quarter play was stopped for several minutes owing to a free fight, both sides being “willing,". The umpire, Ryan, appeared to lose control of the game, and his decisions were erratic. The scores were-Stawell, 6 goals 12 behinds ; Dunolly, 6 goals 7 behinds. The visitors were afterwards entertained at Hyndman's Bendigo Hotel.

1921 Mr O’Shae and his wife were thrown out of a gig – Mr O’Shae’s leg was broken while his wife suffered abrasions and bruising.
A brown snake over 5 foot long was found near Broadway.

 1934 Victoria Homing Association pigeon races were held from Dunolly to Melbourne resulted in fast times, average bird speed (with a westerly blowing) was 1,222 yards per minute.

 1941 Dunolly experienced a violent thunderstorm with much thunder and lightning shattering several trees, 47 points of rain fell.

21 September, 2016

September 21 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History

1885 Steady, constant rain in Dunolly from 1pm onwards.

1921 On the eve of her wedding, Miss Kennedy, daughter of the proprietor of the Maryborough and Dunolly advertiser was presented with a silver fruit and cake dish by staff of the newspaper.

1937 Mr. John Downs resigned as captain of the Dunolly Fire Brigade after holding the position for 34 years and being a brigade member for 40 years, a presentation was made to him by the brigade.

20 September, 2016

September 20 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History

1856 The Main Road in the new township of Dunolly is a continuation of that from Maryborough to old Dunolly, crossing the main lead. The road has been marked out by the Government, and a broad well-defined thoroughfare upwards of a mile and a half long. Like all the mushroom townships on the goldfields, this consists of a row of canvas dwellings on each side of the main street. The only thing which was studied in the erection was rapidity, and grog might be seen vended from counters over which the canvas covering was being placed.
The first street which was formed was narrow, parallel to the main street for some distance, until it joined it. At this junction of the streets the chief business has been done, but it is expected if the wet diggings turn out well that the business will become more brisk further down. It is of course unnecessary to enumerate the sort of shops and tents which line the main street. One rush is very like another in the motley array which, follows every body of diggers, and one half of which might well be dispensed with. All the German bands and tambourine girls in the colony seem to have honored Dunolly with a visit, not to speak of the innumerable loafers who have gone thither, Micawber-like, in the hope that "something might turn up." Then casinos, shooting galleries, billiard tables, bowling galleries, Rainer's Serenaders, Jacob's magic, and Coleman's Masks and Faces, offer every variety of amusement the diggers, who would seem to be more plentifully and solicitously supplied in this respect, than the first nobility in the world. We will not take upon us to decide whether it is owing to the want of money, or to an uncommon seriousness of disposition on the part of the miners of Dunolly, but truth compels us to say that they do not largely patronise these various amusements. It is, no doubt, very likely that the diggers of Victoria are beginning to ac- quire wisdom, and are finding out that there is something better to which to apply their gains than the indulgence in frivolous and dissipated pursuits. But at all great rushes.that we have seen, when gold was plentiful, we are sorry to say that drunkenness and dissipation were general.

We therefore are inclined to think that the sobriety of Dunolly is rather a proof of general poverty than of general prudence and moderation.

Some of our Bendigo dealers have speculated in conveying goods to the new rush, but with very unsatisfactory result, having had, in many instances, to bring back the goods they took there. This, however, may be explained by the fact, that the dealers at Maryborough and Avoca have had very large stocks on hand during the last few months, which were rushed over to the new diggings on the first intelligence being received. As Maryborough is only sixteen miles, and Avoca eighteen from Dunolly, it will be seen that we, who are forty miles distant, had very little chance with the traders in those places There is strong reason to suspect that the exaggerated reports which have been spread of the Dunolly diggings have their origin to the laudable efforts of these worthy storekeepers to push a good trade. Not that, we believe they, wilfully propagated false reports, but, beyond question, the wish with them has, in a very great measure, been father to the brilliant statements, which they have circulated respecting the richness of the new field. The gold produced is not by any means in proportion to the number of persons employed in digging. On our visit we made various attempts to get a sight of some Dunolly gold, and it will hardly be be- lieved that we had very great difficulty in doing so.

The most remarkable feature in the diggings is the vast amount of "shepherding" that is car- ried on. Everywhere adjacent to the holes, in courso of being marked, are numberless claims marked out, and the holes taken down a few feet to secure possession. There are many, however, whose energy, or whose necessities induce them fairly to try the ground in various places, and a good deal of this is seen in the higher portion of the lead, where the Bendigo road comes in. Those who are at work here are chiefly from this district, and if there is any gold in the place they will find it. As the upper part of the flat lies between au riferous ranges, we are disposed to think that their energy will be rewarded by hitting on a few patches, unless the place is very poor indeed.

The diggers at Dunolly are remarkably orderly, and scarcely seem to require the presence of the two or three policemen who saunter up and down the main street. There have been rumours of some cases of sticking up, and vague reports of a mur- der. Cases of shoplifting are pretty com- mon, an offence which the unprotected state of the stores affords great facilities for. The restaurant keeper where we got our meals was robbed of five pounds on Friday last, by some sneak who cut the blind close to the window, and reached in his hand. On Saturday night some store in the main portion of the street was robbed. Petty larcenies are of course com- mon, and it is by no means safe to allow horses to wander about. Still I should think that there is less crime and disorder at Dunolly than in any other important district in the Colony. On Satur- day evening last thousands of men in blue shirts were walking in groups through the streets and we did not notice one disorderly occurrence. Now and then a respectably dressed woman would be met, who made her way through the crowds of men without meeting with the slightest rudeness or interruption; a display of courteous respect on the part of the diggers which the fair sex would in vain look for from the puppies who frequent the streets of Melbourne.

At the point where the lead crosses the main street the ground as I have stated is thought with good reason to be very rich. It is said that the claim holders on either side have tunnelled well under it, so that not much remains to be sunk for. Of course the diggers have been very anxious to rush this road, but they have been dissuaded from any such proceeding. Last Friday a Surveyor was seen with his chain measuring the ground at this place, and some diggers attracted by curiosity came round. The little crowd attracted attention —the diggers near at hand raised the shout "rush oh !" and one fellow with stentorian lungs, with his hands at each side of his mouth, continued to bawl out the words up the lead. The cry was taken up on all sides, and the scene that ensued baffles description. The "fiery cross" on the Highland hills never caused a more tumultuous gathering of excited stalwart, fellows, who armed with pick and shovel came rushing into the spot in hundreds. The road for several hundred feet was soon marked out, and two or three fights of course ensued. The excitement was so contagious that several storekeepers in the vicinity rushed out too, and marked their claims out. It was estimated that there were ten thousand persons collected to the spot in ten minutes. They did not however do more than mark the ground and take a spit 0r two in it to signify possession. They were induced to leave peaceably, on the understanding that steps would be taken to have the road worked under a proper arrangement. It is in contemplation to allow the diggers to work one half of the width of the road at a time, the owners of claims depositing a sum of money as security that, they will fill up the shafts when they have finished.

The newly opened goldfields are not long left without the requirements of civilized society. The zeal of religious preachers has already led to active exertions at Dunolly. A very neat Wesleyan chapel has been erected, and a Catholic Priest rides over from Castlemaine to perform service in some temporary place suitable for the purpose. The inhabitants are however still left without adequate postal arrangements, and there is as yet no escort established. The old township of Dunolly is too far distant for the inhabitants to go to post letters, or to attend at the Warden's resi- dence on any business connected with gold mining. In grog selling Dunolly is ahead of us all in the practice of free-trade. There anybody and every body sells spirits without leave or licenseand so openly is the traffic carried on that decanters full of liquor stand on the counters at the service of customers. , The result is decidedly an argument in favor of free trade in liquor, for there is in- finitely less drunkenness than we have seen on Bendigo when the sale of liquor was totally pro- hibited, and was punished with a fine of £60, and not seldom of three months imprisonment. There is already a newspaper at Dunolly - an advertising sheet, published by Mr. Nuthall, called the Dunolly Adoertiser - a modest, unpretending sheet, we hope the precursor of better things. There,is some talk of another advertising sheet being brought out by Messrs. Cook and Sherbon, of Sandhurst, who have a branch job printing office at Dunolly.

With respect to the position, which must be as- signed to the new diggings, we look upon it as a portion of a very extensive gold-field, by no means, however, rich in proportion to its extent. It will be a permanent field, affording employ- ment to a large number of diggers, and as it is in the midst of an auriferous country, and is well situated, it will doubtless become a place of some commercial importance, as a goldfields township. The extensive flat on which the diggings are situated will constantly develop new patches of golden ground to the enterprising prospector. The ranges in the vicinity, we under stand, contain a few quartz reefs of a promising description, and the gullies will, like Sandy and Ironbark Creeks, give employment to a few pud- dling mills. But the place can never sustain a very large population. It can never aspire to rank with the earlier goldlields of the colony. Com- pared with Bendigo or Forest Creek in the earlier days of those fields, Dunolly is but a miserable aflair after all. On those, with comparatively a very small number of diggers, the yields were enormous. Government and private escorts groaned under the 20,000 and 40,000 weekly con- signment of ounces. Dunolly has now been wrought for a considerable time - a long enough time to develop its richness, if it is rich. An es- timated population of 30,000, with unquestionably the most enterprising diggers in the colony engaged in testing the value of these diggings should certainly produce some respectable result. Yet what is the fact. The escort from Maryborough last week amounted only to 5,474 ozs. 10 dwts., of which 4000 may be placed to the account of Dunolly and the diggings in the vicinity. Such a return is insignificant enough from a place concern- ing which such brilliant accounts have been cir- culated; and it should induce those who are smit- ten with such accounts to consider whether their sanguine expectations are not based upon illusions.

Should the summer be dry, water must become very scarce. As it is, it is dear enough, and the water holes from which the supply is taken cannot last long. The water in the wet sinking may be of ser- vice in gold-washing, but we were informed by a man on the spot, that it was as salt as sea-water, and, entirely unfit for domestic use. It is likely enough, however, that the summer will be charac- terised by thunderstorms; and if the gold was more plentiful, there might not be much apprehen- sion on account of the supply of water. But a placc where there is only a moderate yield of gold, - where the chances are against striking any at all, - and where there is a population five times as numerous as it can afford profitable employment to, - is no place for any man to betake himself to unless it be the desperate gambler, whose luck has been against him at all other places.

We understand, from parties who came in from Dunolly yesterday, that there is great doubt and uncertainty among the population as to the future. Some holes bottomed in the wet sinking had turned out favorably, and had inspired some hopes. There was talk of new ground being opened among the ranges, between Dunolly and Jones's Creek. Numbers are still pouring in from Melbourne and Ballaarat. The returns for Bendigo exceed the arrivals, according to the testimony of the publicans at Jones's Creek.

Mr. George Simpson, formerly of the American Boarding-house in Sandhurst, has a hotel at Dun- olly and he has recently added a concert-room, where the old company of the Shamrock are singing.

1864 Bet Bet was proclaimed a shire.

DUNOLLY, Thursday.
The charity carnival committee has decided that there shall be no bar for the sale of intoxicating liquors at the carnival sports to be held on 9th November in aid of the Dunolly Hospital.

1915 DUNOLLY. Monday. Steady rain, accompanied bu strong wind, commenced late on Saturday night and continued almost without cessation until morning, two hundred and sixteen points being registered. All dams, tanks, and reservoirs are overflowing; the creeks are flooded, and the Maldon mailman was unable to get through this morning with the mails. The crops in numerous places are blown down, sheets of iron blown off houses, and chimneys and fences demolished, the damage done being extensive.

1937 The Bet Bet Shire was 73 years old on Monday last the shire having been proclaimed on September 20. The first meeting of the council was held at Laidlaws Hotel Jones Creek (now Waanyarra) on Sept 27 1864 .

1937 At a social of the Dunolly Football Club cups for the best and fairest players on votes of the umpires donated by Mr L Williams and Mr A C McRae were presented to A Downs and J Hogan who each received an equal number of votes

19 September, 2016

September 19 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History

1864 'Salting' Again. — Two men who gave the names of Thomas Cooper and Thomas Clarke, have been trying to sell shares in a new reef which they pretended to have discovered about a mile north-east of the Belgian Reef. They went first to a digger at Old Dunolly, he, however, having heard of the recent"salting" cases declined to have anything to do with the matter. They then went to Messrs Pike of the Belgian Reef, who accompanied them to the locale of the supposed find. Plenty of gold could be seen in the stone that cropped out from the surface, but on breaking that from under the layer,not a speck was visible. An arrangement was then made between the parties that ten tons should betaken out and crushed ; if it went 15 dwt to the ton the price to be paid for half the claim was £30, if half an ounce per ton, £20. The Messrs Pike steadily refused to advance a single shilling on the bargain until the reef had been tested. Although the parties gave the names of Cooper and Clarke,there is every reason to believe that they are the identical father and son, who played similar tricks at Tarnagulla and Castlemaine, one of them being an old man and the other a young one. It seems a pity that they are permitted to attempt swindles with impunity. They are evidently no mean hands at their calling.

1873 The Dunolly Express reported that there was a malady in the horses in the St Arnaud district, where they are seized with gripping pains and inflammation, requiring instant medical attention.

1884 Great interest was felt in Dunolly in the company formed for the preserving and canning of fruit with a large number of shares having been applied for.

1884 The Eddington Cheese and Butter Factory Company (limited), will celebrate the opening of their factory by a grand ball and supper in their new building on the 29th instant., which I imagine will be largely patronised.

1884 At a meeting of the Dunolly District Agricultural Society, it was decided to hold their next show in March.

1884 A company has been formed to start a flour mill at Bealiba, and a prospectus will shortly be issued.

1884 The Borough Council intend to float a £1,500 loan, at an early date.

The weather is warm.

1889 The Dunolly branch of the Amalgamated Miners Association raised 41 pounds, 6/ 6d to aid the London Dock Labourers Strike Fund.

1954 The Argus Penny Wise hint from Mrs McLoughlin of Broadway, Dunolly – when fireside brushes wear at the end away from the handle, saw the handle off and reattach to the worn end.

18 September, 2016

September 18 #OnThisDay in #Dunolly & District #History

1856 A Storekeeper wrote to The Argus suggesting a gold office and gold escort should be established on the Dunolly goldfield asap as numerous parcels of gold were being sent to the Murray for want of a better transport system to Melbourne.

1887 Two navvies working near the railway line between Dunolly and Inglewood found a nugget in some old workings worth 1,014 pounds.

1915 Steady rain accompanied by strong wind commenced this evening and continued without cessation until morning, two hundred and sixteen points being registered. All dams, tanks and reservoirs are overflowing; the creeks are flooded and the Maldon mailman was unable to get through the next morning. The crops in numerous places are blown down, sheets of iron blown off houses, and chimneys and fences demolished the damage done being extensive.

1916 OLD HOTEL CLOSED POLICE COURT IN BILLIARD ROOM. DUNOLLY. Mr Samers has surrendered the Iicence of the Bendigo hotel, which was tho oldest in the town having been established in 1856 by the late George Simpson. For some years after being opened the billard room was used as a court house and the preliminary hearing of a murder charge took place in the room. On Saturday evening evening Mr Samers invited a number of friends to spend a parting-Half hour with him. After. Mr Simpson left the hotel Mr Tatchell (for some years a member of Parliament) carried on the business and was succeeded by his nephew, Mr W Tatchell now in Inglewood from whom Mr Samers purchased the business.

1933 Havelock Post office (2) closed.

MELBOURNE, Tuesday.—Mrs. William Barker,who won a £190,000 hotel at Manly (N.S.W.) three years ago, died in the Dunolly District Hospital to-day aged 69.
Mrs. Barker won The Pacific Hotel, Manly, in a lottery in March, 1959.
She successfully fought a legal action with Tooth's Brewery over trade rights and last year sold the hotel to Miller's Brewing Co. of Sydney, for an undisclosed amount.
For many years Mrs Barker worked in her husband's butcher shop in Dunolly.
Mrs.Barker had been in hospital for about four weeks.
She was the mother of three sons and four daughters.
The funeral will be held in Dunolly to-morrow afternoon after a service beginning at 3 p.m. in St. John's Church of England.