The death of George Griffeth keenly felt in community


BY the death of the late Cr. Geo. Griffeth, of “Two Bays Nurseries”, Somerville and district has sustained a loss that will be very keenly felt and deplored.

Since coming to the district in 1888, when he and his brother commenced the now famous Two Bays Nurseries which is the largest nursery business this side of the Equator, he has identified himself with the district, and as a Councillor of two shires (Frankston and Hastings, and Mornington) for many years, he has been foremost in advancing the district in every possible way, and, as President (which position he held in both shires) he carried out his duties with honor to himself and the municipality.

Since the commencement of the war he has been indefatigable in working for the Red Cross and kindred movements, and his heartfelt sympathy with our boys at the front was shown in every possible way.

He took a leading part in the annual conference of fruitgrowers, and by his practical and valuable suggestions, helped materially to place the industry in an improved condition.

Besides the Two Bays Nurseries the deceased gentleman had 150 acres planted with 2,000,000 trees, and 15,000 trees in the nursery at Moorooduc, as well as several properties in other parts of the State.

The remains were brought to his late residence at Somerville, on Sunday, and from there proceeded to Mornington cemetery, where the body was interred.


THE dance held by the “Wattle” Club on Saturday night last, was a great success.


SPECIAL Easter services, with appropriate musical selections, will be conducted by the Rev. E. Tonkin, in the Frankston Methodist Church, on Sunday next, at 11am, and 7pm Rev. A. L. Sherlock will officiate at both services at Somerville.


MR W. J. Nightingale, of Shepparton, and Messrs Wall and Coghill, of Wilby, visited Frankston during the week and each purchased a building allotment in Frankston.


MESSRS Brody and Mason advertise having been favoured with instructions from Mr A. E. Kitson to sell the whole of the contents of his 7 roomed villa residence, as well as large iron stables buggy sheds etc, for removal on Saturday 21st April. Further particulars will appear later.


FROM April 1st the Postal Department will not permit the attaching of stamps to postal notes. When it is necessary to include pence, stamps must be put loose in the letter. No post office will hand over cash for stamps attached to a postal note after Saturday (today.)


WE note in another column of this issue that the Frankston Motor Garage (Taylor’s) is having a genuine clearing sale of Dunlop rubber goods of every description.

We learn that the proprietors have recently been appointed agents, in this district, for the famous Australian firm, Barnet Glass Rubber Co., and are giving up their agency for Dunlops.

This sale is to make room for the new stock now to hand, and some exceptionally good bargains are to be had.


SIR Wm. Irvine addressed a crowded audience in the Frankston Mechanics Institute on Wednesday evening, and received an enthusiastic welcome. He confined his remarks to the present war policy and the questions arising out of it.

At the conclusion a number of questions were asked and answered satisfactorily.


ATTENTION is directed to Messrs T. R.B. Morton’s sale, to be held at Mornington Junction on Thursday next on account of Messrs H. C. Barclay and J. J. Scott.

These gentlemen having sold their properties are disposing of their stock, implements, furniture and sundries. The sale will commence punctually at 11 o’clock.


D. H. TRENGROVE, a young man who was charged with alleged perjury, by Mrs Hill, in connection with proceedings against him at the Frankston Police Court, on 12th February, for having negligently driven a motor cycle at Chelsea some time previously, whereby he came into collision with Mrs Hill, at the Melbourne General Sessions on Tuesday.

The jury found Trengrove not guilty, and he was discharged.

The Crown Prosecutor entered a nolle prosequi on the case of Mary Olive Opie, who had been similarly charged in the same matter.


MR M. PETERSON, butcher, of Cranbourne, while driving home on Sunday, 25th inst., from Frankston, in a jinker, collided with a motor car coming in the opposite direction.

The jinker contained Mrs Peterson and three small children.

Fortunately only one child, six years of age was injured, receiving severe scalp wounds, although the other occupants of the jinker were thrown into the roadway.

The horse got clear and bolted. The owner of the car drove the injured lad to Frankston, where he was treated by Dr Maxwell and later, was motored home to Cranbourne.

The accident occured opposite Mr Herbert Oates’s residence, on the Cranbourne Road.



Mrs Peebles. Seaford, has received, from her son, Gunner Roland Peebles, a miniature newspaper, printed during the transport’s adventurous trip to England.

Mr Censor forbids that we shall reprint the Log in full, but we take the following extracts:–

The transport on which we travel is widely known as the Lunatic Ship. The name arises from the numerous tight corners she has managed to turn without running into an enemy “torp.”

To the population aboard has been added a monkey, white mice, a leg-weary looking nanny goat and numerous other mascots.

The man who bought the parrot says he doesn’t feel lonely now. It squawks all day and reminds him of his missus, whom he left in ‘Smelburn’.

We are a community of 2,000 people. Those who joined first will have travelled over 14,000 miles. In steaming that distance 4,600 tons of coal will have been consumed. The dimensions of your present home are 517 feet long, 63 feet wide and displaces 21,000 tons of water.

We are often inclined to grumble; let us not forget, first, we are not children, but grown men, supposed to be endowed with a little common sense; second – we are at WAR – the real thing, not comic opera war, and instead of grumbling it is both our duty and our work to help each other in every possible way to carry things forward for the benefit of the cause for which we are fighting.

Increase in the family on board. No, it wasn’t twins. Simply an avalanch of Victorians and Jolly Jack Tars. One of our beastly tobacco chewing bounders reckons the decks are too crowded – he hasn’t anywhere to spit.

In the last casualty list published the name of Private Worral appears among the wounded.

Private Roy M’Kenzie has been on furlough and is now back in the firing line.

Private Lyle Holland, who previous to enlisting was employed by the Peninsula Motor Garage Pty. Ltd. as a Driver at Frankston, has been wounded in action.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 7 April 1917

Published in the Mornington News – 4 April 2017 


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