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02-January-2016
02-January-2016

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The fountain was erected by the Burgess of Dunolly to commemorate the jubilee year of the reign of Queen Victoria in 1887. It also states the Dunolly was proclaimed a Borough in 1858.  

In 1887, the British Empire celebrated Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Queen Victoria marked the fiftieth anniversary of her accession on 20 June 1887 with a banquet to which 50 kings and princes were invited.

A dispute of a peculiar character between a very large number of the ratepayers and the Dunolly Borough Council has been causing a great deal of excitement recently in the locality. The council was authorised last year to provide a fountain to be placed in the Gordon gardens to commemorate the jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. No definite arrangement was made about the inscriptions to be placed on the memorial, although some suggestions were made. When, some months ago, the different parts of the memorial arrived at the local railway station, it was found that the council had had the names of all the members of the council placed on one side of the central marble block, occupying the whole of the space on this side. The names appeared in bold black letters.

Discussion on the subject at once arose, the ratepayers contending that the council had never been authorised to use the Jubilee memorial in this way. A petition was subsequently prepared, and very largely signed, requesting the removal of the names, but in reply, while the council expressed its regret, it stated that it could not comply with the request, as the memorial would thus be injured. It passed a resolution to this effect, which also included a statement that the inscriptions had been adopted in open meeting of the council, and tha tno protest had been made till too late. The reply of the council did not satisfy the ratepayers, who, it is said, have ascertained that the names could easily be removed without injury to the stone. The dispute resulted last night in a mass meeting of ratepayers, which was held in the Bet Bet shire hall,  lent for the occasion by the president of the shire. Mr T. Barnett was called to the chair. A series of resolutions were passed protesting, first, against the action of the council in having the names on the memorial as being "unpatriotic, unnecessary and against the known wishes of the ratepayers", expressing dissatisfaction with the refusal of the council to entertain the petition, and suggesting an inscription to the effect that the memorial commemorated 50 years of progress and liberty. The resolutions were passed without a single dissentment, the meeting being most enthusiastic. A public meeting, convened by the mayor, will be held in Dunolly on Monday evening, to consider the same question.
Argus (Melbourne), 11 June 1888.

 

Location

Address:Market Street, Gordon Gardens, Dunolly, 3472
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.858752
Long: 143.732932
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Imperial
Actual Event STart Date:20-June-1837
Actual Event End Date:20-June-1887

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1888
Front Inscription

          Erected
By The Burgesses Of Dunolly.
In Commemoration
Of The Jubilee Year
Of The Reign Of
Her Most Gracious Majesty  
    Queen Victoria.

      1887.

Left Side Inscription

1887
Councillors In Office
Robert Ritchie J.P. Mayor
Henry O`Brien Daly J.P.
John Desmond J.P.
William Frederick Tatchell
Walter Thomas Hansford J.P.
William Henry Langler J.P.
Henry Ison.
John Russell.
John McAra Clover.
S. H. Butler.  Town Clerk.

Right Side Inscription

Creation Of Municipality
       
       Dunolly

Proclaimed A Borough

  May 21st 1858.

Source: MA
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