Gilbert and Sullivan – Pinafore

The events in May have been wonderful. Larrikan Theatre’s “Boy out of the Country” wowed everyone.  The following week “The Court Session” as part of the Bendigo Writer’s Festival and Law Week saw 70 people enjoy Gideon Haigh being interviewed about his book “Certain Admissions”.

Picture1The performances continue with the Savoy Opera Company presenting Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pinafore” on Saturday 11 June at 2.30pm. This is the sixth year that the Opera Company has presented in Dunolly. Tickets are available at the door, $25 for adults with children under 12 free.


May Events

Two wonderful May events are happening at the Dunolly Historic Precinct. On 15 May, a performance of Boy out of the Country by Felix Nobis and on  22 May, The Court Session featuring author Gideon Haigh. Click on Events to view.

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.


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