Honest boys hand in their Frankston “find”


ON Monday last three schoolboys (James and Cyril Hodgkinson and William Walker) when crossing the railway line, near the local goods sheds, at Frankston, found a purse containing a diamond ring and 16s 7d in cash.

The boys at once proceeded to the police station and handed their “find” over to Constable Ryan.

Later on in the day, Mr Thomas, a local railway employee, reported the loss of his purse and contents, and received his property back intact.

Mr Thomas stated his intention of rewarding the boys for their commendable honesty.


TROOPER C. Paynter, who was in Frankston on Military Police duty for some time, sailed for France last week.


THE sad news was wired to Mr Mark Brody, on Wednesday, that his son, Private A. C. Brody was missing. Further news is awaited with anxiety.


ALL helpers in these entertainments are reminded that the “Wattle” Club are entertaining 100 returned wounded soldiers on Saturday, June 7th.


MEMBERS and friends of the National Federation are requested to meet at the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall on Wednesday evening next, at 8 o’clock, for the purpose of meeting an officer of the Federation, and transact business of the Branch.


DEPOSITORS in the State Savings Bank are reminded by advertisement that the Inspector (Mr W. J. Masters) will be in attendance at the Bank on Monday 2nd July for the annual inspection of pass-books

It is particularly desired that depositors should produce their pass books at this time.


IN the election of officers of the newly formed Victorian Police Association which has a membership of 1180, Constable E. C. Ryan, stationed at Frankston, was elected on the committee, securing 452 votes and heading the poll.


A GENERAL meeting of the Somerville Fruitgrowers will be held on Monday evening next, when the following business will be transacted: – Election of trustee for Show Ground; report of delegates re fruit poll etc, and paper by Mr Twyford on vagaries of fruit market.


THE following office bearers were appointed at the annual meeting of the Tyabb Red Cross Society – President, Mrs G. Denham; Vice-presidents, Mesdames Steer and Woodhouse; hon secretary and treasurer, Mrs E. P. Mair; assistant secretary, Miss M. Houfe; and a committee of 12.


A PUBLIC meeting was held in the Frankston Hall on Wednesday evening under the auspices of the State Recruiting Committee of Victoria for the purpose of getting any to enlist who had not yet done so.

There was a good attendance but very few eligibles, as there are really few young men left in the Frankston district.

Owing to the indisposition of Cr Watt, president of the Shire (who was present), Cr Oates occupied the chair.

A good picture show, depicting a soldier’s life in the A.I.F. was given, after which Sergeant Caffrey (a returned soldier) gave a stirring address, and vividly depicted the urgent need there was for more men.

At the close of his address one local stepped forward and gave in his name.

A collection was taken up to defray expenses and £2 5s was realised.


THE annual meeting of the “Wattle” Club will be held in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall, on Monday evening, July 9th. All members and intending members are expected to attend.

The annual plain and fancy dress Ball is also advertised to take place on Wednesday, July 25th. This event will bring the second year of the “Wattle” Club to a close and it is the intention of the members to work up something unusual to celebrate the occasion.

Di Gilio’s band has already been secured and the valuable prizes offered should induce everyone to compete.


MR A. K. Lasslett, the manager appointed to the Frankston branch of the State Savings Bank in place of Mr C. P. Watson, who has been promoted to Sale, took up his duties here last week.

For the last three years Mr Lasslett has been stationed at Inglewood, and from a lengthy report of a farewell given him previous to his departure, (reported by the Inglewood “Advertiser”) it appears that the residents of that town regretted his departure very much, as he had taken an active part in the social life as well as being a courteous and obliging, officer of the bank.

As secretary of the Progress Association in that town, he made it a live institution, and of considerable benefit to the place.

We welcome Mr and Mrs Lasslett to Frankston, and hope that their stay here will be a pleasant one.


Golden Wedding

A VERY successful entertainment was given by the family of Mr and Mrs T. M. Gould, on 19th June, 1917, at “Glenburnie”, Nolan Street, Frankston, to honour the celebration of their parents golden wedding.

The Rev B. Tonkin (Methodist) presided. There was a splendid spread prepared, and many guests were present. The chairman gave a most felicitous toast in honor of the bride and bridegroom of 50 years ago, and all were asked to clink their glasses and drink to their health, wishing them prosperity, and hoping to be able to celebrate their diamond wedding.

All then sang, “They are jolly good fellows,” and three cheers were given.

A most hearty response was given by Mr Martin Gould, on behalf of the father, thanking the chairman for his kindly speech, and all others who were present.

A most touching and sincere speech was given by Mr M. H. Jackson (son-in-law) on behalf of the children.

He was proud to be able to speak on such an occasion, and his experience was that the children were most loving and self sacrificing.

Mr Frederick Gould (youngest son) responded in a most manly and hearty manner, thanking the speaker for his kindly remarks.

There was a general heartfelt sympathy amongst those present for the absent ones, of which Mr Martin Gould spoke briefly of their absence through sickness.

Mr De Salanne then gave a warm and hearty speech on behalf of the ladies, which was greatly appreciated.

Mr F. Gould proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman. A very enjoyable evening was spent in music and singing by the children and grandchildren.

All expressed the opinion that a jolly good time had been spent.

There were many gifts and cheques sent to the happy old couple from all parts.



In reply to “Tank” I would say that 99 per cent of the residents have quite a different opinion of Const Ryan.

He is anything but asleep.

Re motor cars tearing through the town at the rate of 20 or 30 miles an hour, I can safely state that “Tank” is wrong, there is no by law.

As for the geese which may or may not be a nuisance, there is still no by law under which he could act.

As to vehicles without lights – how many does “Tank” come across in a month.

Const Ryan has been here now 9 months, and during that time he has secured more convictions than the other constables have in 7 years.



From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 30 June 1917

As published in the Mornington News – 27 June 2017


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