Wounded soldiers entertained in Frankston

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FRANKSTON was privileged to be chosen once more for an afternoon’s outing for returned wounded and sick soldiers, on Wednesday last, and the lads evidently enjoyed the fun and the efforts made to entertain them.

A wire was received Monday afternoon by the secretary of the “Wattles” Club (Miss Gray) asking if it would be possible to entertain 150 overseas soldiers, who were to arrive in Melbourne on Tuesday morning.

So there was no time to be lost before making preparations.

However, no difficulty whatever was experienced in providing the boys with the very best Frankston could produce.

The Wattles Club members and committee worked as only they can work. They have been tested on more than one occasion, and never been found wanting praise or self glory, but just that our own lads who are so fortunate to come back to us, will not altogether regret the stern sacrifices they have made.

The appreciation of the boys, so keenly felt, and so hard to express, in words, but in the sudden brightness of a grimly sad face soon sends our best efforts into nothingness.

The soldiers, who were to continue their journey on Thursday, to Sydney and Queensland, had fought on the Western Front and expressed the opinion that Turk fighting is far before fighting the German, where every device conceivable is used to gain their own evil ends.

The Royal Park Band accompanied the soldiers, and enlivened things considerably.

Miss Gray sang “Sunshine of your smile” very sweetly and Miss McLean was equally successful in her recitation. Three ringing, hearty, Australian cheers were given by the boys before leaving on the return journey to Melbourne.

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SEVERAL letters and other interesting matters are unavoidably held over till next issue.

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James Center the champion piper of the Commonwealth and Miss Dulcie Bland, the unbeaten South Street performer, will appear for the first time in Frankston, at the Scotch concert arranged by Mr.H. Skinner.

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IN view of the coming referendum on the hour of closing liquor bars, Rev E. Tonkin will conduct a special Temperance service in the Frankston Methodist Church on Sunday evening next at 7 p.m. Members of the I.O.R. and W.C.T. U. will be present.

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NEXT Sunday Aug 13th Mr L. C. M Donaldson of Erskine Church, Carlton at presene acting secretary of the Y M.C.A. at Langwarrin Camp, will give one of his popular object lesson in the Mornington Junction Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. A cordial invitation is issued to all to attend.

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LOVERS of the game of draughts are promised a treat at the Frankston Mechanics’ on Monday next, when Mr Egan an exponent of the game will play all corners. Last week he played at Mornington Junction and out of 23 games played he lost one and drew 5. Mr C. D. Roberts was the winner of the game Egan lost and also one of the drawn games.

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THE Somerville District Help Society have responded to an appeal recently made by the Matron of the Women’s Hospital Lygon St, Carlton for the maternity ward, a large box of beautiful warm cloths are being despatched this week and the hon sec (Mrs Geo Shepherd) wishes to tender her thanks to the members who so quickly and generously sent in their donations.

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IT will be of interest to the poultry farmers of this district to know that Taylor and Brand were again successful at the Victorian Poultry and Kennel Club’s Show held in Melbourne last week.

They not only secured 1st prize for Farmer’s Trio with Plymouth Rocks in the utility hens in the open class against all breeds, and second prize for white leghorn cockerel.

The above mentioned hen being a white leghorn purchased from W. Aisbett ‘Lynwood Poultry Farm’ Langwarrin, who also possesses the father of the 2nd prize cockerel.

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THE fourth of a series of socials, in aid of the Mechanics’ Bazaar was held on Wednesday evening, in the Hall, and was one of the most successful yet held.

Mrs Rimmer, Misses Gregory, M. Gray and McLean were the hostesses on this occasion, and must be complimented on the complete arrangement of every detail, which was no easy matter, considering the large number of friends who took advantage of the invitation.

The “Turkey” competition proved to be most interesting and from this out, the said bird should be watched, and more closely studied before it is finally picked to pieces and disposed of.

The competition was won by Miss Young and Mr Oliver, who were rewarded with a large box of sweets, and box of cigarettes, respectively.

The lounge proved a favorite spot where cards were played throughout the evening, while those who wished, danced the happy hours away, in the main hall, to the accompaniment of splendid music supplied by Mrs Mason, Sergt. Moir, and Mr Cowan.

Sergt Moir, and Sergt Davis, added greatly to the evening’s enjoyment by their musical items on piano and cornet.

Other items were contributed by Mr Cowan and men from the Langwarrin Camp, all of which were very highly appreciated.

The Hall was tastefully decorated with gum and wattle. A good coffee supper proved a welcome item on a first class programme.

The ladies were rewarded for their trouble by splendid donations of money and sweets to stock the Australian Stall, which they represent, so the evening proved most satisfactory to entertainers and entertained alike.

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From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 12 August, 1916

First published in the Mornington News – 9 August 2016

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