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Broadway, the main street of Dunolly
|Population||969 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Central Goldfields|
One of the very first accounts of the Dunolly Gold Rush was provided by an unknown prospector who arrived in Dunolly 1856.  The author wrote that within a week the population of Dunolly jumped from a dozen people to over two thousand. The unknown author then stated that it took them 8 days to sink their shaft which produced no gold so they were forced to make a claim elsewhere. In those 8 days the population was estimated at 80,000 and the author had to take up their second claim nearly a mile away. Though this letter is a fascinating curiosity, it was written much later and still doesn't give an exact date, the first known writing of the rush was a paragraphed rumour report, recorded by the Bendigo Advertiser on July the 3rd that estimated the population at 12,000. Confirmation of a rush followed on the 10th of July.
The exact date that Dunolly was founded is unknown. The location of the township itself moved four times before the 1856 rush, further adding to the confusion of its early history. The town we all know today is the 5th location and was founded in July 1856 with the previous town-resettlements driven by further discoveries of gold leads.  Technically even at this time Dunolly was not a town. It was held as a Municipality from 1858 to 1863 and wasn't officially declared a Borough until the 1st of October 1863. 
Goldborough Post Office opened on 1 March 1856 and was renamed Dunolly in 1859.
Utilities and Attractions
Centered on the main street, "Broadway", Dunolly features both a top and bottom pub (both closed), a hospital, a grain terminal, and a primary school.
Although Dunolly is located on a major rail line, no passenger services are available.
There is a local museum on "Broadway". It has a major collection of historic photographs and goldfields implements.
Dunolly has become a favorite location for gold fossicking using metal detectors. A number of small scale alluvial mining operations work local "leads" using mechanical diggers.
Dunolly has a huge monthly market from all over Victoria and other states. The town boasts a cafe, a bakery/cafe, a butcher, a small IGA type supermarket, a friendly chemist with a full-time pharmacist, a full-time doctor, a hardware & produce supplier, a collectable shop, a nice coffee/lunch shop, a fish shop, an agricultural machinery oriented service station and fuel stop, a bed and breakfast ("Footer's Mansion"), a self-contained accommodation ("Hunt's Folly"), a motel, historic buildings, and well marked cycle tracks through the abandoned diggings.
The town's Australian Rules football team, The Dunolly Eagles, competes in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League. Star recruits, Shannon Motlop and Robbie Ahmat, have played in the team.
On the 5th of August 1998, Ginny a 34-year-old elephant from a visiting circus escaped after being frightened by a passing train. The elephant fled into the surrounding forest where it eluded police and circus staff for 16 hours. 
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Dunolly (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
- : http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/22145411?selectedversion=NBD3205394 Dunolly: the story of an old gold-diggings town. James Flett
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11.
- Full Points Footy, Dunolly, retrieved 2009-04-15
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- Dunnoly Gold Field Victoria Geol. Survey 1904, WM Bradford. Description of Gold area
- Dunolly Caravan Park
- Hunt's Folly Self Contained Accommodation
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