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Bellbird is an Australian soap opera serial set in a small Victorian rural township. The series was produced by the ABC at its Ripponlea TV studios in Elsternwick, Melbourne. The opening title sequence was filmed at Daylesford, Victoria. 

The series was produced between the 28th of August 1967 and the 23rd of December 1977.

Although not the first Australian soap opera it was the first successful soap opera and even spanned a feature film and tie-in novel. The show’s ratings were modest but it had a devoted following, especially in rural Australia. 

The show followed the lives of people living in the fictional town of Bellbird. 

During its 10-year production run, 15-minute episodes of Bellbird screened from Monday through to Thursday nights during the lead in to the 7 pm evening news bulletin.

In 1976 the series was screened as one one-hour episode each week, before switching to three half-hour installments per week during its final season.

The series was the first soap opera in Australia to spin-off into a feature film version and tie-in novel, entitled Country Town (1971), it focused on Bellbird’s problems during a severe drought. The movie’s script was also novelized. 

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ON THIS DAY…… 23rd November 1855

world’s longest bare knuckle fight

The world’s longest bare knuckle fight took place at Fiery Creek, near Daylesford, Victoria, on this day in 1855. James Kelly and Jonathan Smith fought for six hours and fifteen minutes before the match was ended in a draw.

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ………. 13th October 1904

A shocking murder was committed at 1.30am on the 13th of October 1904 in Lydiard street, Ballarat, near the Mining Exchange, The victim was Miss Kate Beazley, a resident of Daylesford. It appears that the young woman was being maintained at an hotel in Lydiard by James Rowan, a young man. At about 1 o’clock in the morning the pair had a quarrel, in the course’ of which Rowan made an attack on the woman, who ran across the street, hoping either to get out of his way or to find protection. Rowan followed her, carrying in his hand an axe. Finding that every place was closed, and that no person was at hand to whom she could appeal for protection, Miss Beazley, sought refuge in a doorway, where, it is alleged, Rowan attacked her with an axe, smashing in her skull. Death was, of course, instantaneous. The cries of the woman attracted the attention of Constables Deverall and Cherry, and on proceeding to the doorway they found Miss Beazley lying dead in a pool of blood. Subsequently Rowan, who is 25 years of age, made off, but he was captured in a semi nude condition. He asked if Miss Beazley, was dead and on being answered in the affirmative cried bitterly. Rowan was arrested and lodged in the city lockup. He made no statement. The body of Miss Beazley was conveyed to the morgue.

On this day …….. 27th of August 1936.

Mrs. M. A. Horsnell, who has been a resident of Daylesford in Victoria, for the past 81 years, celebrated the 100th anniversary of her birthday. She received manycongratulatory mesages, among them being one from the Daylesford borough council.

 

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1940

Jack Flakhead from Daylesford, Victoria, won a wager of £25 on this day in 1940 by rolling a beer barrel from Old Hepburn to Daylesford, a distance of 6km, in one hour and 12 minutes.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd November 1855

world’s longest bare knuckle fight

The world’s longest bare knuckle fight took place at Fiery Creek, near Daylesford, Victoria, on this day in 1855. James Kelly and Jonathan Smith fought for six hours and fifteen minutes before the match was ended in a draw.

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ………. 13th October 1904

A shocking murder was committed at 1.30am on the 13th of October 1904 in Lydiard street, Ballarat, near the Mining Exchange, The victim was Miss Kate Beazley, a resident of Daylesford. It appears that the young woman was being maintained at an hotel in Lydiard by James Rowan, a young man. At about 1 o’clock in the morning the pair had a quarrel, in the course’ of which Rowan made an attack on the woman, who ran across the street, hoping either to get out of his way or to find protection. Rowan followed her, carrying in his hand an axe. Finding that every place was closed, and that no person was at hand to whom she could appeal for protection, Miss Beazley, sought refuge in a doorway, where, it is alleged, Rowan attacked her with an axe, smashing in her skull. Death was, of course, instantaneous. The cries of the woman attracted the attention of Constables Deverall and Cherry, and on proceeding to the doorway they found Miss Beazley lying dead in a pool of blood. Subsequently Rowan, who is 25 years of age, made off, but he was captured in a semi nude condition. He asked if Miss Beazley, was dead and on being answered in the affirmative cried bitterly. Rowan was arrested and lodged in the city lockup. He made no statement. The body of Miss Beazley was conveyed to the morgue.

On this day …….. 27th of August 1936.

Mrs. M. A. Horsnell, who has been a resident of Daylesford in Victoria, for the past 81 years, celebrated the 100th anniversary of her birthday. She received manycongratulatory mesages, among them being one from the Daylesford borough council.

 

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1940

Jack Flakhead from Daylesford, Victoria, won a wager of £25 on this day in 1940 by rolling a beer barrel from Old Hepburn to Daylesford, a distance of 6km, in one hour and 12 minutes.