On this day …….. 24th April 1858
On this day in 1858, the infamous Spider Dance arrived in Beechworth. However not pre formed by the notorious creator Lola Montez. For some reason, Lola was unable to keep her engagement in Beechworth, and the miners had to content themselves with reading about Lola’s exploits in other parts of the colony. It was not untill this day in 1858, that the Spiter Dance arrived, and danced by a beautiful young entertainer named Julia Matthews. Matthews enchanted her audiences, particularly the towns police commander and explorer Robert O’Hara Burke.