Horse and jinker ‘joy ride’ is costly


THE Frankston and Hastings Council will hold its monthly meeting at Somerville on Thursday next.


DRIVER A. G. Young returned from the front by the hospital ship which arrived in the Bay on Monday last.

He has been in the front since the landing, and owing to an attack of enteric fever was invalided home.

His friends were very pleased to meet him and to see him looking so well after all he has gone through.


THE residents of Frankston will be provided with a pleasent evening’s amusement on Wednesday next, when the Empire Photo Play Co will open in the Mechanics’ Hall with an up-to-date show of moving pictures of a high order.

We understand the company intends giving these shows every Wednesday night, the programme for the first entertainment is advertised in another column, and on each evening there will be an entire change of programme.


THE pleasures arising from a “joy ride” may sometimes prove more costly than the thing is worth.

This was the experience of two young men on Monday morning, when they had to face a bench of justices, at the Frankston Court, on a charge of unlawfully using a horse and jinker, which they found tied up in the yard of one of the hotels, and which, in the exuberance of their spirits, they untied, and drove away.

It was not long before the owner missed his property, and the help of the law was invoked, with the result that they were quickly traced and the missing property recovered.

When brought to task they both pleaded guilty, and were fined £2, with £1 6s costs each, the fines to be remitted on their entering into bonds of £10 each, to be of good behaviour for six months.


AT the monthly meeting held on November 22nd, the principal business consisted of Messrs Geo. Griffeth and Chas. Grant’s report on the question of shipping space and time of shipping.

They felt that there was a danger of the Victorian fruit being scattered over too much time, and a resolution to that effect was moved, “That the Minister be approached and asked to use his powers to see that Victorian fruit was shipped during the earlier months of the export season.”   

Mr Griffeth gave a report of executive meeting, dealing with export space. He stated that space was to be divided as follows :—Tasmania 1,250,000 cases; Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia 300,000 each, which he did not think fair.

Mr Keast moved that Mr Jensen be written to, and asked if he thought there was a combine to secure a monoply of space for Tasmania, and to try to secure space for Victoria, on earlier boats, and let Tasmania have the later ones. Seconded by Mr Coop. Carried.

The question of the annual show was mooted, and it was decided on the motion of Mr Griffeth to interview the Ladies’ Red Cross Society with a view to the show being held as usual, the whole of the profits to be devoted to Red Cross and Patriotic purposes.

A working bee was arranged for Friday afternoon, to clean up the show ground, etc.

Mr Coop offered to purchase the old ticket box for 8s 6d,—Accepted.

A committee was appointed to draw up a scheme for cool stores at Somerville and report at next meeting.

Mr Griffeth moved that should any further disturbances with soldiers occur, the Defence Department be asked to receive a deputation to consist of Messrs Coop, Keast and Griffeth.

Mr T. M. Burke then delivered an address on “Co-operation.” This was very much appreciated by the members present.

Owing to the hour being somewhat late when Mr Burke commenced to speak, he had to curtail his address, but enough was heard to set members thinking.

Mr Burke promised to come down at some future time to explain further the principles of co-operation.


THE wedding of Mr Michael Conroy, third son of the late Mr and Mrs Conroy of Ballarat and Cranbourne and Miss Ruby Elizabeth Thornell second daughter of Mr and Mrs Mark Thornell of “Frampton” Somerville was quietly celebrated at St George’s Roman Catholic Church, Carlton on Nov 11th.

The Rev Father O’Hagan of Mornington was the officiating clergy man.

The bride was given away by her father. She was gowned in ivory duchesse satin court train with true lovers’ knots of ninon, bodice swathed with shadow lace, ninon and pearl trimming, bridal veil and coronet of orange blossom.

She carried a shower bouquet of white carnations, roses and watsonias. The only jewellery worn was a diamond brooch, the gift of the bride’s late brother James, also New Zealand greenstone necklet, the gift of her late brother Willie.

The bride was attended by her eldest sister, Miss Mary Thornell who wore heliotrope taffeta silk relieved with cream, and small cream tulle hat. She carried a shower bouquet of shaded heliotrope flowers. Both bouquets were made by the bride’s aunt, Mrs Alfred Thornell.

The bridegroom was attended by his brother Mr Steve Conroy. After the ceremony the bridal party and their immediate relatives motored to Rubira’s Cafe, where a sumptuous wedding breakfast was partaken of.

The Rev Father O’Hagen proposed the toast of the bride and bridegroom. The bridegroom responded in a glowing speech. The couple motored to Geelong to spend the honeymoon.

The bride travelled in mole corduroy velvet dress and black crepe dechene hat relieved with white. Many handsome presents were received from old friends and relatives.

Mr and Mrs Canroy will reside at their home ”Corofin” Cardinia.


THE present war is costing a thousand million pounds a year. These figures are very easy to say; they are equally difficult to grasp. But not too difficult. Assuming that the instant he was born a baby started counting.

Every minute he counts sixty numbers. He counts every moment of his time, twenty-four hours a day, with not an instant’s pause for sleep or food.

By the time he had counted one thousand million he would be nearly 31¾ years of age. A thousand million pnunds mean nearly all the gold coin in the world. It means fourteen shillings for every human being on earth, It means enough gold, if beaten out, to cover 1560 square miles.

Just fancy an army of a thousand million soldiers marching past your house. Marching in single file day and night, weekday and Sunday, without ceasing, they would take thirty eight and a half years to pass.

When a soldier is on active service his full day’s rations weigh, in round figures, four pounds. The cost is 1s 3d, including every thing. One day’s supply of food for one thousand million men would cost £62,500,000.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 27 November, 1915

First published in the Mornington News – 24 November 2015


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