Songs of the Trees

All of nature, including humanity, is a network, and the greatest connectors within the network are trees.

Listening to trees, as the seasons pass, as they change and adapt, gives us not just wonderful knowledge about our world, but also enriches our spiritual understanding.

American-based British biologist David George Haskell talks to Genevieve Barlow about how to listen to the “Songs of Trees”.

This event will be held in the beautifully restored Old Court House, in the tiny gold rush town of Dunolly, a 50-minute drive from Bendigo in the direction of Maryborough.

In the hospitality tradition, we have developed with the Historic Precinct committee, you will be offered morning tea (with homemade scones!), after the event, when there is also time to meet David and he’ll be signing books.

This is a unique venue, and a very special place to hear this special writer.

Friday 11 August 10.30am Dunolly Historic Precinct Court House Cnr Bull and Market Sts Dunolly. For inquiries about ticketing, please contact the Capital box office: (03) 5434 6100.

Full Price:  $22    Concession:  $19


The Court Sessions

With assistance from the Victoria Law Foundation., Bendigo Writers Festival’s outreach program heads to Dunolly on Sunday 21 May for an afternoon of stimulating discussions about crime and punishment.

Session 1               2-3pm Dunolly Town Hall

Meet the writer Terry Smyth introduces his book on Denny Day, The Life and Times of Australia’s Greatest Lawman, who brought the Myall Creek massacre to trial.Sulari Gentill introduces her debonair artistic gentleman sleuth, Rowland Sinclair, the hero of her historic crime fiction series.

Session 2             3.30-4.30pm Dunolly Town Hall

Session 2 commences at 3.30pm Truth Stranger than Fiction: Terry Smyth and Sulari Gentill discuss their interest in colonial Australia , how ethics, the law and society have changed, what lessons are to be learned from the past and the joys and difficulties of writing about history.

3.15pm Afternoon tea

A free pre-event historic building tour is available  commencing at 1pm at the Court House in Market St.

Tickets $25 includes both sessions and afternoon tea. Book at or call box office on 5434 6100.

Bendigo Coachlines will run a bus from The Capital, 50 View St Bendigo. Bookings essential. Call 5446 3144.


Art and Culture on ANZAC weekend

ANZAC Day weekend in Dunolly will be filled with art and culture. The weekend begins on Thursday 20 April at 8pm in the Precinct Town Hall with Shirley Valentine, a true, touching and wonderfully funny show presented by The Capital Theatre, Bendigo. Tickets $25 are available online at go to events or at the door on the night.

The Tiny Towns Arts Trail commences on Saturday 22 April and continues till Monday 24 April 10am-4pm. From Clunes to Avoca, Dunolly and Bealiba, enjoy creative, unique galleries, public spaces, cafes, wineries and surprises! Information available at

A Day in Dunolly with Organs of the Goldfields

Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Inc. stages an annual ten day summer Festival of Classical Music in the historic buildings and locations in Ballarat whilst showcasing the region’s heritage to visitors from many parts of Australia.
Leading Australian and international musicians present a wide ranging program of fine music during 24 different 60 minute recitals. Supporters can also attend popular festival meals which are offered in unique venues.

Monday 16 January

Recital 6

10am and repeated at 12 noon St John’s Anglican Church, Dunolly.

Recital for Organ and Trumpet Rhys Boak organ and Bruno Siketa trumpet

An early Fincham mechanical action organ in a heritage goldfields church.

Morning tea available in the former Sunday school in support of St John’s before the 10am recital and also between 11am and 12 noon.

Recital 7

10am and repeated at 12 noon Dunolly Historic Precinct-Town Hall

Babaganoush Gypsy Ensemble followed by a visit from Queen Victoria.

Babaganoush report that their audience members often find the urge to dance irresistible.

Heritage listed buildings in Dunolly include the Historic Precinct which contains the recently restored former Court House, early jail and police stables.


Exciting events planned for 2017

16 January 2017

Organs of the Goldfields will be held in Dunolly.

20 April 2017

The Capital Theatre will present Shirley Valentine in the Precinct’s Town Hall. This is a funny but moving play by Willty Russell about escape. It takes the form of a monologue by a 42 year old Liverpool mother and housewife.

10-12 June 2017

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

1 0 June

Children’s Costume Parade

Tales of Hoffman – Savoy Opera Company 2.30pm in the Town Hall

11 June

Local production of Iolanthe in the Town Hall at 2pm

Gala Recital of Sullivan’s songs Dunolly Historic Precinct-Town Hall

12 June

Cox and Box One act opera

Iolanthe 2pm Local production- Dunolly Historic Precinct-Town Hall

10 September 2017

Lola Montez was the wildest showgirl of the 19th century. The show is created from a thousand stories both true and false and is a richly textured of her exotic lives: a wild web of storytelling, dance, myths, legends and truth.