A Pianoforte scholarship on offer


UP to the 20th of this month Miss Theodora Carter, A.T.C.L., of 6 Pine Grove, Malvern, offers 12 months’ free tuition for pianoforte scholarship to be awarded to the a most promising candidate, not necessarily the best player.


THE monthly meeting of the Somerville Fruitgrowers’ and Horticultural Association will be held on Monday evening next. February 12, at 8pm, in the Mechanics’ Hall, when the business will be – Notice of motion re an executive to conduct all further business for this year; Soft Fruit Pool, etc.


MESSRS Catani and Kermode paid a visit to Frankston on Wednesday and were met by Cr Oates and Mr J E. Jones, shire secretary Cr Plowman sent an apology for non-attendance.

They inspected Kananook Creek, from the mouth to the bridge at Davey Street.

The Department has £100 to spend, and proposes to make the sheeting drift proof. They proposed that the Council form the creek above Davey Street into a defined channel with brick and cement, and fill up all depressions with sand and induce grass to grow.

They also suggested that owners of properties abutting on the creek should be notified to withdraw their fences to proper lines and that the Council and residents find £50, and go to the Minister by deputation and ask for the formation of a dock below lift bridge, and that a suction dredge be sent down each year about December to clean the mouth of the creek out.


THE working bee at the Frankston Cemetery on Saturday last was a great success, 22 being present and good work was done in clearing and burning it. It is the intention of the committee to hold another bee on Saturday, February 10th (this afternoon).

The names of the workers present were as follows :– Cr Oates, Messrs H. McComb, E. McComb, J. Moseley, A. Corlett, C. Gray. S. Laurey, S. Oliver, H. Prosser, P. J. Murray, T. Bray, N. Graham, T. Ferrier, J. Millard, F. Wells, senr., R. Stafford, V. Crosskell, H. Shepherd, F. H. Wells, J. Masters, J. Bray, B. McComb, M. Prosser.

Afternoon tea was provided by Mesdames F. Wells sen. and C. Gray to whom the best thanks of the committee is tendered.

Roll up again this afternoon with scythe and fernhooks and make another good show.


MISS Boniwell, organising secretary of the Zenana Bible and Medical Mission, gave a most interesting address on the work of the mission last Saturday evening, near the Frankston pier.

The address was illustrated by beautifully colored lantern slides revealing characteristics of Indian life and customs, also the progress of the work undertaken and amid many difficulties of the Society.

There was a fine attendance of people, from whom an appeal for assistance evoked a generous response.

Miss Boniwell also spoke in the Methodist Church on Sunday evening, on “The great and effectual Door” opened in India for Missionary activity and described the great mass movements towards Christianity of recent years, especially among the lower castes.

She said that the great need here, as in other missions, was an increased number of devoted teachers. The people were in ignorance and awaited, and in many instances welcomed, the light.

A children’s service was held on the beach Monday afternoon. This also was well attended by young folk, with a fair sprinkling of adults. Several of those present were arrayed in Eastern costume, which was amply explained by Miss Boniwell, who kept the attention of the children riveted.


Frankston Court of Petty Sessions. Monday 5th February 1917. Before Messrs S. Sherlock and V. J. Oates J’s P. RAILWAY PROSECUTIONS.

Edward Charles Crocke and Ernest Joseph McMahon were charged by Joseph Dean (a railway officer) with travelling between South Yarra and Frankston without tickets, on 18th of January last. Both defendants pleaded guilty.

Porter Lidgerwood proved the offence and stated that defendants, who were drunk, became abusive and used bad language when asked for their tickets at Frankston.

They were given in charge and when searched at the watch house by Const. Ryan, tickets to South Yarra only were found in their possession.

Defendants pleaded guilty.

Const. Ryan informed the Bench that defendants had already been punished for the bad language.

They were both returned soldiers who had been wounded in their country’s cause.

The chairman, Capt Sherlock, said that the Court would take into consideration the facts mentioned by Const. Ryan

As they were returned soldiers the Bench would be lenient, but the practice of travelling without tickets was very prevalent.

Each defendant would be fined 10s with 10s costs and 14 days’ time would be allowed to pay.

W. Watson for travelling first class on second class ticket between Aspendale and Frankston on 10th December last, was fined 10s with 7s 6d costs.

Reginald Brett for travelling on a previously used ticket between Seaford and Chelsea, on 8th of January was fined 20s with 12s 6d.

The chairman stated that the evidence showed deliberate intention to defraud in this case.

On Wednesday, 7th inst , Percy Frederick Stibbs was charged by the Police with being drunk and disorderly on 6th inst. Pleaded guilty and was fined 2s 6d or 4 hours’ imprisonment.


Our Letter Box. TO THE EDITOR.

Sir–May I beg space to reply to A.I.F’s letter published in last week’s “Standard.”

Your correspondent says or he or she has spent “several months” in Frankston and presumes to criticize the “Wattle Club”.

When A.I.F. has been here as many years as I have she will realize that to mind one’s own business is a very popular virtue, here abouts.

Even supposing all the assertions made in A.I.F’s are true, by what right does he or she dare to dictate to the Club as to whom they shall have on their committee.

No doubt the young man mentioned thinks that “he is doing his bit” in spending his leisure hours in this patriotic work, but some peeps are never satisfied with what the other fellow does.

A.I.F.’s letter does not divulge the sex of the writer, but I would guess it could be an old she-dragon, who shouted “Vote Yes” at the recent referendum and wept fitter tears because the power was not given, the pugilists to force out boys into the murderous trenches.

I advise the “Wattle” Club to go on entertaining and take no notice of the harping criticisms of rank outsiders.

Let their motto be “Ride for yourselves and ride to win and you can’t very well go wrong.” Those persons at recruiting meetings and writing letters to the press are not very anxious to go out and fight, but wish to send all out boys.

Hoping the young man in question will not allow A.I.F.’s letter worry him into resigning,

I am yours etc., SYMPATHETIC.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 10 February, 1917

As published in the Mornington News – 7 February 2017


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