Imagination Stations

As part of the 2015 Great Victorian Bike Ride which is visiting Dunolly on 30 November, the primary school and the Dunolly Art Group have developed many wild and wonderful creations.  Called Imagination Stations, the artworks have been created from recycled material and bicycles and will be revealed in mid November in the Dunolly Historic Precinct and in December will form part of an exhibition at the Maryborough Art Gallery.

Missed the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival?…

The Savoy Opera Company will perform the Yeoman of the Guard on Saturday 7 November at 2.30pm in the Dunolly Historic precinct Town Hall. Tickets are $25 per person with school children free, and can be pre-booked at Tickets are also available from the door from 1.20pm for the start at 2.30pm.

Open Day 17 October 2015…

Everyone is invited to the Dunolly Historic precinct open day on 17 October from 11am to 3pm. Experience what it was like to be held in the police cells, admire the stables and imagine the horses which were kept there. For those who have lived in the area for some time the restored 1950s police station may bring back memories. so come along and appreciate the wonderful buildings. 

There will also be a small display of quilts made by community members.

October’s Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

A weekend of musical delight’s will be presented in the superb buildings of the Historic Precinct on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2015. 

Saturday 10 October

The Festival will be launched at 10.30am in the Court House  by Queen Victoria. This will be followed at 11am by Sullivan’s Singers, a symposium about the composer of these delightful operettas. The Symposium will be led by Jamie Moffat. $10 includes morning tea.

At 2pm in the Town Hall local performers will present The Gondoliers. The audience is invited to sing along and misbehave in true vaudeville fashion. Tickets $25 Children under 12 free.

Again in the Town Hall at 8pm, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria will present Patience. Tickets $25.

Sunday 11 October

As well as the local market commencing at 8am there will be a Town Picnic starting at 10am in the Gordon Gardens. There will be a cordial competition along with music and rides.

2pm A repeat performance of The Gondoliers in the Town Hall. Tickets $25 Children under 12 free.

Tickets are available from Margaret on 0419 508 787 or or Rural Transaction Centre Dunolly 5468 1205 from September.


Congratulations to the members of the Dunolly Historic Precinct committee, formerly know as the Dunolly Town Hall and Court House Committee, on the launch of its new website and the tour of the precinct for prospective users. The work which has been carried out at the courthouse, stables, police station and lock-up is a credit to you all and the workmen involved.

Great care has been taken with the repairs to the brickwork and Fiona Lindsay, during the tour of the courthouse before the launch, commended the workmanship and skill of the craftsmen, who completed the work on the lock-up and stables. Care has also been taken to use authentic colours; for example, the unusual colour of the police station, research showed that it was the original colour. The aim was not to “whitewash” everything into looking too new, as can sometimes happen in the refurbishment of old buildings. 

Although I had been to the Court House many times, until last Friday I had no idea that there was a lavatory hidden away off the kitchen, behind the jury box. The lavatory was added when building was changed from being used as the Town Hall to the County Court House. It takes up part of the original reading room with its glass ceiling that is quite unusual, but very practical for an interior lavatory; although Fiona did mention that originally is was an earth closet.

After the tour we adjourned to the Town Hall where the website was launched by Kathryn Mackenzie, City of Greater Bendigo Tourism Executive. Kathryn congratulated the committee and said what an asset the precinct was, not only to Dunolly, but also to the whole region.
The precinct is now open for business and it is to be hoped that it will be well used and appreciated by people far and wide. Well done to all involved.

Coral Christensen
The Welcome Record, Dunolly
29 July 2015