From The Argus Wednesday 27th November 1901
A boy named Schell, living at Mount Duneed, some 12 miles out from Geelong, was on Sunday evening driving some cattle through a paddock, when a calf only a few yards from him was struck by lightning and killed instantly, whilst the boy received sufficient shock to throw him off his feet. The Mount Duneed state school was unroofed and the chimney demolished.
From The Argus Wednesday 27th November 1901
I once found this pretty little creeper in my garden and didn't realise what a serious noxious weed it is. It was introduced into Australia from South Africa in the nineteenth century as a garden plant and was often used in bridal bouquets. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because it is invasive and if it spreads is very difficult to get rid of. It can form a thick mat of underground tubers which break off when dug up. Twisting stems grow up to 3 metres in length, with leaves borne in groups on short side branches. Numerous shoots are produced from one patch of roots and entwine with each other. It produces pea-sized green berries which ripen to red and are spread in bird droppings.
I often see it on the roadsides in Mount Duneed and Armstrong Creek.
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A disastrous fire broke out at Mount Duneed at two o'clock on Sunday afternoon 15th February 1891. It started in Mr Andrew White's property, a few chains south of his residence, and quickly formed itself into a tongue-like leader, with an attendant on either side, increasing in width every minute. It soon left 70 or 80 acres of that gentleman's property black and smoky, besides demolishing half a mile of fencing. On it went, until the mount was enveloped in flames. Driven across the reserve by the fierce hot winds, the cemetery soon fell a prey to the devouring element, scarcely a vestige of the acacia fence surrounding it being left, wooden tombstone railings destroyed and nothing being left but the white marble tombstones that give a weird appearance to the black desolation. The fiery tongues swept on, attacking the dwelling house of Mr Thomas Preston. In a very short time all hope of saving it was lost; stables, stacks, sheds, and a brand new buggy and harness, waggons, drays, pigs, fowls and the two beautiful horses horribly burnt, are a sickening spectacle. Not a particle of the comfortable home is left; no clothes saved but the light garments the family stand in. On it swept, across the road, and Mr Purdie's wine cellar, stored with wheat, was soon lost in the flames; by desperate fighting they were warded from the house. Through Ganley's wattle plantation, down the valley, and up the hill on the opposite side the merciless leader travelled with fearful velocity. Mr Brown's house was right in the way. His wife, paralysed with fear, was dragged from the burning mass. A high hedge close by assisted the flames, and nothing saved from the sheds but a waggon. Over twenty tons of hay was consumed, and fowls lie everywhere about roasted. Nothing is insured, which makes the loss heartrending. Preston is uninsured, all but the implements for £100. Mr Bell's paddocks were saved with difficulty, and the fire swept on for a full mile, licking up fences and everything in its way, the neighbors, by strenuous efforts, kept it from the dwellings of Messrs Trigg and Johnston...
From the Geelong Advertiser Monday 16th February 1891
The connector road between Anglesea Road and Surf Coast Highway will be officially opened today. It is named after a local Wathourong man, Willem Baanip, who lived in the area during the 1800s.
The portion of Boundary Road west of Baanip Boulevard has already been renamed Muir Road. Leo Maxwell Muir served in Vietnam with the 12th Field Regiment and attained the rank of Lance-Bombardier. During his service with the army he was a physical instructor for the soldiers. After the war, Leo was instrumental in establishing the Geelong Vietnam Veterans Association. He completed further studies and became a panel beating teacher at the Geelong East Technical School. He passed away unexpectedly at the age of 42.
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