Travelling motion picture company a huge hit


LAST Friday gave further evidence that the Majestic Picture Company desires to produce up-to- date pictures, and at the same time, items of interest.

The Battle of the Somme was very realistic.

On Friday 22nd the New East Lyne will be produced; a piece that will live for ever, companion picture to Napoleon at St Helena, Charlie Chaplin and a host of others.

Dromana will be visited Monday 18th Dec; Somerville 19th and Hastings 20th, with the Australia at War.

We can confidently recommend the residents of these towns to support the Majestic Pictures in their endeavours to bring a Melbourne show to their town.


MESSRS Brody and Mason will hold a special sale of household furniture and sundries at Somerville on Thursday next, full particulars of which are advertised.


THE ladies of Frankston are invited to meet the committee of the Frankston Athletic Club in the Mechanics’ on Monday evening, to see what arrangements with regard to the refreshment stall at the sports on New Year’s Day can be made.


THE local Red Cross Society appeals to all who are interested, for donations, in cash or kind, to provide Xmas Cheer for our soldiers at Langwarrin Camp.

Donations may be left with Mrs Maxwell, “Thalassa”, Frankston.


A SPECIAL meeting of the Somerville Fruitgrowers’ Association will be held on Monday next, Dec 18th, at 8pm in the Mechanics’ Hall, re holding a Show and election of committee. All members are requested to attend.


SPECIAL attention is called to an advertisement in another column, of a presentation to 23 recruits who have recently volunteered from Frankston, and the immediate district. Each volunteer will receive a gold medal. This is the sixth presentation to Frankston volunteers, the total number of whom now amounts to more than 130.

His Honor Sir John Madden G.C.M.G., L.L.D., D.C L. etc, has very kindly consented to make the presentations and deliver an address, on the occasion. Captain Conder, the Commandant, and Chaplain Gates will also deliver addresses.

By kind permission of the Commandant the Langwarrin Military Camp Band will play selections during the evening.


Frankston Court of Petty Sessions. Monday 11th December, 1916. Before Mr P. Cohen P.M. and Messrs C. G. V. Williams, W. J. Oates and C. W. Grant.J’s.P.


William Henry Miller v Edwin James Foster claim for £50, money due on promissory notes. Summons not served. Hearing extended to next month.


Constable Ryan v James Catley Neglecting to send William Catley to school required number of days during week ended 2nd September. No appearance of defendant. Fined 2s in default 3 hours imprisonment.


Inspector Geo Hall v Hector Gamble – unlawfully employing one, R. Marshall, in his wood yard at a lower rate of wages than the rate fixed by the Country Fuel and Fodder Board. Defendant pleaded not guilty and was represented by Mr Utber who informed the court that defendant was not aware that the Determination was in existence and had employed the boy out of charity in order to help him.

After hearing the evidence of Inspector Hall, Const. Ryan and the boy Marshall, the P.M. announced that the Bench accepted defendant’s statement that he was unaware of the existence of the Determination. However a breach had occurred Fined 20s with 7s costs.

A claim put in by the Inspector for arrears of wages for the boy was disallowed by the Bench, who refused to make an order, the P.M. stating that the boy could sue for the arrears if he saw fit to do so.


H. Jansen of Brunswick, pleaded guilty to a charge of riding on the railways without a ticket, between Aspendale and Carrum on 5th Nov.—Fined 10s with 7s 6d costs.

Wm. Ekins, bookmaker, from Mentone, charged with travelling between Mentone and Frankston on Nov 29th., without a ticket.

Ekins was defended by Mr Cantor and pleaded not guilty. Inspector Hory of the Railways Department who conducted the prosecution, informed the court that on the date in question Ekins arrived by the midnight train from Melbourne.

He passed through the barrier and a gave up a Mentone ticket. When challenged by the stationmaster, he became abusive and refused to pay or give his name until the police arrived.

Meanwhile a struggle took place between Ekins and the station master.

Const. Ryan arrived and arrested him.

Henry Herbert Perry, station master at Frankston, William Grant, Guard on the midnight train gave evidence as to the facts outlined by Mr Hory. Const E C.

Ryan stated chat he was called to the station at 1 30 a.m on 29th Nov. He found defendant to be under the influence of drink, and after hearing complaints he arrested defendant who offered him £1 to let him go.

At the police office defendant complained that the station master and guard had brutally assaulted him by punching him on the face kicking him, etc.

He made no complaint at the railway station and he had no marks on him. Witness released defendant on bail.

Defendant gave evidence on his own behalf, and in cross examination admitted going through the gate without saying that he only had a Mentone ticket.

The P.M stated that defendant’s statement as to the assault on him was ridiculous and the Bench did not believe him. Fined 40s with 10s costs. A second charge of offensive behaviour was dismissed.


Const Ryan charged John R Johansen, a milk carter, from Prahran, with (1) unlawfully assaulting Albert G S Anderson at Frankston, on Sunday 26th Nov. (2) Unlawfully assaulting Arthur James Clague, at Frankston, on Sunday, Nov 26th. (3) Behaving in an offensive manner in Young Street, Frankston, on Sunday 26th November.

Johansen, who pleaded not guilty was defended by Mr Cantor.

Sergt. Parkin, who conducted the prosecutions, informed the court that on the Sunday in question, accused, with other men, visited Frankston, and, while drunk, behaved badly.

Accused did not profit by the warning which Const. Ryan had previously given, but violently assaulted two men.

Evidence for the prosecution by Albert Anderson, A. Clague, Privates Hooper and Burke and Const. Ryan.

Defendant alleged that the other men assaulted him first. G. H. Farmer,  boot maker at Frankston supported his contention.

The Bench convicted Johansen and imposed fines.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 December, 1916

As published in the Mornington News – 13 December 2016


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