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.
The Welcome Record, Dunolly
29 July 2015