Dunolly and District

26 May, 2017

May 26



1903 The husband of the licensee of the Victoria Hotel, Dunolly, Mr T Lane, died suddenly of blood poisoning brought on by a thorn being embedded under the thumb nail.

 1941 A large Empire Day rally was held at Dunolly.

25 May, 2017

May 25


1877 James Fawkner of Dunolly had bid the lowest tender to build the Jones’ Creek teachers residence.

 1878 Celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday was celebrated in Goldsborough with a grand banquet given to the employees of the Queen’s Birthday Company. 
The ladies meeting of the Gladstone Coursing Club was a great success.

 1891 It was announced that farmers were favourable in the proposal of a creamery to be built at the Avoca Forest and Burke’s Flat district, in connection with The Fresh Food and Frozen Storage Company, Melbourne. It was estimated that it would cost 450 pounds to erect and fit out a creamery. A vote was taken at the meeting and it was decided to situate the creamery at Red Hill.

 1897 Bet Bet Shire Council decided at a meeting to divide 30 pounds between the Ladies Benevolent Societys of Dunolly and Tarnagulla in commemoration of the Queen’s long reign to assist the poor.

1910 DUNOLLY : ATTACKED BY A DOG. Mr. Jas. Lennon, butcher, sustained painful injuries on Sunday. He was walking in a paddock in which he had some sheep, and noticed a dog worrying them. He picked up a stone and struck the dog on the head. Thinking it was stunned, he went up and caught hold of it, when the dog savagely turned on him. The animal severely bit Mr. Lennon's arm between the elbow and wrist, causing deep lacerations and laying bare the sinews. Some of the wounds were about three inches in length, He sought medical aid, but Dr. Wolfenden considered it inadvisable to stitch up the wounds for fear of complications setting in.

 1914 SLIPPED INTO CUTTING. DUNOLLY. Monday. Hugh McCormick, engaged on the Hamlet dredging lease at Bromley, was walking along a plank when it tilted and he slipped into the cutting, fracturing his right leg above the ankle. Medical aid was obtained, and the injury attended to.

24 May, 2017

May 24



1871 The Queen’s Birthday races were held in Dunolly.

 1875 The Dunolly Express states that a remarkable instance of the sagacity of a dog occurred. A party was out shooting accompanied by a dog which having secured a wounded bird, in running back fell down a 40ft. hole A rope was obtained and put down the shaft when the little animal seized it with his teeth and was partly hauled up but losing his hold was again precipitated to the bottom, but the next attempt he having experienced the necessity of a tight grip fastened his teeth well in the rope and was safely hauled to the surface considerably the worse for his adventure


 1887 Entertainment was held in the town hall to raise funds for the Bulli disaster relief fund coal mine disaster in Wollongong (so many they had to turn people away for lack of room), a torchlight procession and fireworks display was enjoyed to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday (before the town hall). The Jubilee celebration committee suggested the erection of a Memorial Fountain in Gordon Gardens. (19 pounds was raised for relief fund).

1915 DUNOLLY. Severe Weather. The cold weather experienced during the past week has been responsible for a good deal of mortality amongst horses and cattle.

1915 Contrary to the position in which Carisbrook and Railways found themselves, both Timor and Dunolly had practically their belt teams afield. The match was a fairly good one. At the end of the third term the home team was leading, but Timor finished well and won with eight points to spare. The proceedings were enlivened at one stage by a solid dispute between W\V. Hughes (Dunolly) and C Boromeo (Timor).


 1947 The whole Bealiba Football Club including the club secretary were reported by field umpire Sinclair, after they disputed his decisions and abused him. Bealiba won the match against Primrose by 29 points.

23 May, 2017

May 23



1859 All Govt buildings were moved from the Camp site to the rear of the shops along the of the south side of the main street, Broadway.

 1859 The residents of Back Creek (Talbot) were thrown into consternation when they heard 6 of 7 prisoners had escaped the Back Creek lock-up when an accomplice had forced the lock with a crowbar.

1871 Lost near the Bendigo Hotel on Saturday evening a gold leaf portrait brooch finder will be rewarded, see at Bendigo Hotel.

 1876 Head porter at Dunolly station was arrested for stealing blanket samples from passengers luggage. The porter pleaded not guilty and was bailed on 100 pounds surety.


 1944 Sister Walls, having recently passed her final nursing exams and graduated from the staff at the Alfred Hospital Melbourne, has been appointed to the Dunolly Hospital.

22 May, 2017

May 22



1857 DUNOLLY. BULL - DOG RUSH. (two miles beyond Inkermann), is going ahead. It is now thickly studded with tents, the great majority of which have been erected within the last week. We had the pleasure of seeing a beautiful specimen obtained by a party, with whom we are personally acquainted, off the bottom of his shalt. Its weight (including 1½ oz. of quartz) was 3½ oz. The majority of the miners are doing a little.

NEW RUSHES.— Not far from Bull-dog, and near the Travellers' Rest refreshment tent, on the road between Inkerman and Mount Moliagul, two new rushes, not many hundred yards apart, took place on Friday last. On Saturday there were about 200 diggers altogether on the ground. At one of these rushes the sinking is about ten feet, dry and easy. The first prospect washed was something like 2½ dwts. to the tub. At the other, the first hole bottomed was nearly in the bed of the creek, and at three feet sinking half a pennyweight was washed from the first small quantity of stuff tried. Not having visited the spot since Saturday, we cannot state positively what is now doing at either of these rushes.

JORDAN.— A second rush has set in to these diggings, in which, notwithstanding the numerous " duffers " which have been sunk, we have great confidence. The present scene of attraction there is situated about a quarter of a mile from the original workings, a large population is now testing its value. A few good patches have been struck, but owing to a number of " shicers " having been bottomed simultaneously with the good holes, there seems to be a general want of confidence astir. We think, however, that when driving each hole becomes more honored in the observance than the breach (to misquote a hackneyed phrase) there will be less grumbling at want of luck at the far-famed Jordan's.
— Correspondent of the Age.




 1885 A special meeting of the Dunolly Agricultural Society with Mr Bell, MLC, occupying the chair. It was unanimously agreed to invite a conference of delegates from all societies in this district group to meet at St Arnaud to nominate candidates for the Agricultural Colleges Council.

 1901 Medals were distributed at the Dunolly State School in connection with the Commonwealth celebrations also small packets of sweets and medallions, with the Royal portrait on each, were given to each child. Hearty cheers for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York who opened the first Federal Parliament followed by the singing of God Save The King.

 1915 Timor met Dunolly on the local ground, scores Timor 5 goals, 10 behinds, Dunolly 4 goals, 8 behinds.

 1918 DUNOLLY. LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD. The Licenses Reduction Board held a sitting at the Courthouse to take evidence with regard to the proposed deprivation of licenses of the Maidentown Hotel, Llanelly and the Moliagul Hotel, Moliagul. Mr McDonough appeared for owner and licensee of the Maidentown Hotel Mr Wallace, owner, and Mrs Cooper Licensee, and Mr Herring for owner and Licensee of Moliagul Hotel Miss Montgomery. Supt Britt said there were eleven hotels in the licensing district - three in Dunolly, two in Bealiba, two in Tarnagulla and one each at Arnolds, Newbridge, Llanelly, and Moliagul. He had listed the last two as he believed the others in the district were more required than they were. 
In each case the decision was reserved.


 1928 State Executive Council approved stage coach licences for motor buses for several routes including one from Maryborough to Dunolly.

21 May, 2017

May 21



1858 Dunolly declared a Borough.

1884 Shire engineer of the Dunolly & Bet Bet Shire Councils, Mr Butler, made the discovery of a ten pound note in the lining of an old arm chair in the Shire Hall.
The ten pound note had been a deposit and nomination for auditor to the shire 9 years previously and the shire secretary, since deceased, had felt badly about misplacing the note from Mr Yates but his good name is now cleared with this find.

1908 The 50th anniversary of proclamation of Dunolly as a borough was celebrated with sports, children entertained today instead of on Empire Day, speeches and concerts were given at the town hall for the old identities from the hospital.

DUNOLLY'S JUBILEE. -'

' DUNOLLLY , Thursday.

' The jubilee celebrations of the borough of Dunolly were held to-day.- -About 500 children marched in procession, headed by a brass band and the cadets, to the recreation reserve, where the national anthem was sung and addresses were delivered by the mayor- (Cr. Nolan),- Cr. Parker and Mr. Morris. Refreshments were then given to the children, and a sports programme was carried out. 'At the hospital the band played selections, and addresses were delivered 'by the same 'speakers. The visitors then went through the various wards offering words of cheer to the patients. The mayor made presents of -tobacco and tea-to the inmates.A free concert was given in the town hall in the evening, and the building was crowded.


 1914 William Garrigan, who resided at Newbridge, was out shooting rabbits with a muzzle loading gun – it misfired twice then exploded on the 3rd fire, injuring William’s hand. After walking 2 miles he secured assistance and was driven to Dunolly and District Hospital where he received every attention.

1917 THROWN FROM GIG. DUNOLLY,Monday. Mrs Smith, wife of Mr P. Smith, Old Lead, was driving into the town in a gig when the wheel struck a stone and threw her out, She sustained a compound fracture of the right arm near the wrist.

20 May, 2017

May 20



1857 It was reported that Inkermann was full of vagabonds and rogues with many leaving for McIntyres despite the wealth of the diggings.

1915 Councillor Lyndon, Mayor of Dunolly, declared that having read of the King and others in high places in England banishing wines and spirits from their tables during the war he decided to follow this example and have only teetotal refreshments in the mayoral rooms.

1941 Lilian Orme has knitted at the Dunolly State school for soldiers 9 scarves, 9 pairs of socks, 11 balaclavas, 8 sleeping caps, 3 pairs of bed socks, a hot water bottle cover and a pullover.

1942 Bet Bet Shire lodged its dissatisfaction with the billeting amount for evacuees, saying that 8/ per week was not enough to keep a young child, let alone the wear and tear on the home.

19 May, 2017

May 19



1861 Ali Sum and Fu Sum were charged with running a Chinese circus at Burnt Creek on a Sunday, fined 5 pounds by the court.

 1868 RR Wardlaw was appointed receiver and paymaster at Dunolly.

1871 Reduction of the cost of Cobb and Co coaches from Eddington to Dunolly to 3 shillings.

 1880 Special meeting of the subscribers of the Dunolly District Hospital voted to adopt the by-law to admit paying patients.

1932 84 points of rain fell at Dunolly in a 24 hour period.

18 May, 2017

May 18



1841 Jenkins, Martin, Remington, Collin and Morrison were apprehended for the shooting of Munangabum ,who was wounded while his companion Gondiurmin , died at 14 Mile Creek Station (or Far Creek later Glenmona station) on Bet Bet Creek, west of Maryborough, they were tried on 18 May 1841, and acquitted for want of evidence.

 1857 A fire broke out in the new Live and Let Live hotel at 4.30am which caught Dr Crossland’s shop next door which in turn burnt Cameron and McCallum’s drapery, the crowd of people managed to empty Ehrenberg’s fancy goods store and tear the walls down to prevent further spread of the fire which was not doused til after 8am.

 1894 1st Meeting of the Dunolly literary and debating society.

 1895 HOW TO BOOM THE WINE TRADE. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—-" Australian Native," writing to the Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser in advocacy of the wine industry, how to popularise wine, and how to create a demand for it, says "^The best .way to accomplish this end will be by opening as many wine shops as possible, where there will be every inducement held out for our young people, male -and female, to meet; together of an evening or during any other hours set apart for recreation,-and where they may discuss, over a bottle of colonial wine, any subject from a church soiree to an income tax or a prize fight. A step in this direction has been taken in our town (thanks to the resident magistrate), and it must be as gratifying to that gentleman and all other well-wishers of the industry, as' it is annoying to the teetotallers, to see the numbers of boys who nightly congregate to do honour to Tom and Jerry' over a game of euchre, or sip 'hot spiced wine' at the" Freemasons' Tavern, whilst discussing the recent surprise party scandal. It is more of such places as these that we want if winemaking is to become profitable to the grower." This, no doubt, if unfortunately the industry here should get in full swing, will be the kind of advocacy resorted-to by the commercially interested in wine production. We now have publicans, so your police report tells us, who, in spite of entreaties by relatives not to sell to drunkards,'continue to do so until prohibited by law. That the new iniquity would use less, reprehensible methods is unlikely if wine is flat and money is tight.—-I am, &c,

Dunedin, May 16. Wide Awake.

 1896 -Matthew Campbell Lecky, excise officer, summoned Bridget Barber, of the Golden Valley Hotel, Bet Bet, for applying a false description to liquor (whisky) exposed for sale. She was lined £1 with £4 0s. 8d. costs. 
Catherine Johannsen, of the Farmers Arms Hotel, Eddington, was charged with a similar offence. The chairman said that the tests by Mr. Fremersdoriff were much more elaborate than those by Mr. Smith, the Customs expert, and dismissed the case, with costs, £5 5s., against complainant.-

 1910 A member of the Dunolly Hospital committee, accompanied by Mr McBride MLA interviewed the State Treasurer complaining that the hospital had not received as large a grant as had been expected; the treasurer Mr Watt pointed out that the ministry did not approve of chronic cases being kept at hospital instead of being sent to benevolent asylums. He said that the grant to Dunolly Hospital had been cut down when it was found that the hospital had not observed this part of the ministerial policy.

 1911 This morning William Church, an old resident, came into Dunolly to draw his pension, and when near the Bank of Victoria he suddenly collapsed, and died within a few minutes. He was 80 years of age.

 1914 DUNOLLY. WEATHER AND CROPS During the week several nice showers of rain have fallen, 48 points being registered. The early crops are looking well, and grass is coming on splendidly.

17 May, 2017

May 17



1900 The customs and excise dept were investigating if salicylic acid was added to wines with samples taken from vineyards in the region of Maryborough, Mt Hooghly, Middle-bridge and Bet Bet.

 1915 It was quite a novelty to see the bright uniforms of Dunolly players on the Maryborough oval once more, but the interest that would probably have attached to the game under favourable circumstances was dissipated by the wet ground and the fact that the visitors had only 15 men. These put up a game struggle, and were only beaten near the close, but the match does not call for much description. Starting off with a fairly strong breeze in their favour, the visitors did all the early attacking. Hughes (a smart player new to the local ground) and M. Beasy (a fine mark) each got points, and then Hughes added a goal with a long drop-kick. The opening Railways goal was well judged by Mearns after pretty passing by H. Ross and M'Donald. After that the Dunolly fellows ran up several singles, Hughes leading every attack, and Kerr doing the bulk of the defensive work. At the first change they stood : Dunolly-1 goal 6 behinds. Railways--1 goal 1 behind. With the wind to aid them Rail ways took the offensive early in the second term, and Garret smartly snapped second goal. George Lee had a decent chance a little later, but his kick was not true. Several other points followed that one, but there was no more goal-kicking for the term. Most of the Railways attacking was done by M’Donald, who marked and otherwise handled the greasy ball very well. Just on the bell an unusual incident occurred, M'Allester being penalised for charging. The half-time scores were : Railways-2 goals 6 behinds. Dunolly--1 goal 7 behinds. The lead Railways had then gained was lost immediately on resumption when the veteran W. Game (who leads Dunolly) kicked a goal from an easy free shot. Brock and H. Ross soon had the scores level, and Railways went ahead again with a goal kicked by Andrews. This left the scores at the last chabange : Railways-3 goals 7 behinds. Dunolly-2 goals 8 behinds. Most of the final bout was, by reason of the late start, played in partial darkness. Each side added points, and then the game stopped through Hughes and J. Ross indulging in an argument. When this was quelled Railways ran on two goals. Linton got one with a very lucky snap at a sharp angle, and Dawson pot-shot the other. The final scores were :- Railways-5 goals it behinds (.i1 points.) Dunolly-.-2 goals 9 behinds (27 points.) Franks was a fairly good central umpire, though some of his decisions were puzzling.

 May 1951 Motor Cycle Matters: FOR THE CLUBMEN This is not a plug for the Harley Club; but why don't other clubs follow the example of that club and become ambassadors for motor cycling! . 
The reason for this outburst ? 
Well, about 70 Harley Club men are off , to Dunolly this week end to run a sports meeting in aid of the ' local progress association's fund for a swimming pool. There are many good causes in faraway places that, other clubs could support and, at the same time, have a good outing and spread the good work of clubmanship ! 
Some clubs need an Infusion of life and Interest. Bendigo, Stawell and Castlemaine were invited to this meeting but only a few Castlemaine members are going along. 
Why form clubs ? 
The Harley Club is to stage special races on the racecourse for dirt track machines, and a match race between Geo. Skinner and Frank Sinclair on the "chairs." A truck leaves from Percy Quincey's, at 1.30 p.m.. on Saturday, and the club football team will practice at Dunolly on Sunday morning — that's a sign of enthusiasm. 

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