Young woman hit by car and killed in Mornington


A FATAL motor accident occurred at Mornington on Wednesday afternoon, (says the “Age”.)

As Mr Albert Dawson, of Two Bay’s Nursery was crossing the street with his sister, Elsie ( Mabe) Dawson, a motor Car, driven an ordinary pace by Mr George Weigall, came round a corner, and before they could get clear it struck Miss Dawson to the ground, passing over her body.

Mr Weigall who had observed them too late to prevent a collision, immediately pulled up the car.

Miss Dawson, who was unconscious, and suffering from internal injuries, was conveyed to her home where she was attended by Dr Bird.

The case was pronounced hopeless. Death occurred at 10 o’clock.

Miss Dawson was 22 years of age. The funeral took place at Mornington on Thursday.


THE “Australian.” Club will hold a dance in the Mechanics’ Hall this evening, to which all are welcome.


MESSRS Adamson Strettle will hold their usual sale at Tanti, on Monday next for which good entries are advertised.


THE infant son of Mr and Mrs J. Williams, of Frankston, is in hospital, very seriously ill.


CR Oates invites the ratepayers of the North Riding of the Shire to attend a meeting at the Frankston Mechanics’, on Wednesday evening next, to hear him give an account of his stewardship during the last six years, as their representative at the Council table.


IN the course of an article on the treatment of pastures for the prevention of cripples, etc., in cattle in the Victorian Journal of Agriculture for the present month there is an interesting account by one of the Government Dairy Inspectors of a visit to the farms of the Misses Baxter at Mt Eliza and of Messrs Grindal and Jones of Moorooduc.


THE Belgian cushion which was raffled by Miss Martindale has realized the sum of £2 3s for the Lady Mayoress’ Patriotic League.

Mrs Scott, of Port Melbourne, is the winner of the cushion, holding ticket No 121.

Miss Martindale is very grateful for the help she received from her Frankston friends.


THE Pageant of Loyalty which was to have taken place in Frankston on Saturday last, and had to be postponed for the second time, on account of very wet weather, is to take place on Saturday, September 1st, and promises to be even a greater success than was ever anticipated.

Larger committees have been formed and everybody is setting about their work in a manner which can only mean success.

All bodies who expected, and had promised to take part in the proceedings, will look upon September 1st as a settled date, and one which will long be remembered.

A grand concert is arranged to take place in the evening.


AS a great number of people had hired fancy costumes, to take part in the procession, and were unable to wear them on account of the wet day, a fancy dress dance was held on Saturday night, and many fine costumes were worn.

Eighteen pence and one shilling was the price of admission, and over ten pounds was taken at the door, which will go towards paying the Pageant of Loyalty expenses.

The “Wattle” Club gave the refreshments, having provided more than was necessary for the soldiers in the afternoon.

Dancing was indulged in till twelve o’clock to music supplied by Mr Brierley, and a very happy evening was spent.


Frankston Court of Petty Sessions. Monday August 13th, 1917. (Before Mr Cohen. P.M. and Messrs Williams, Oates, Crawford Grant, Murray and McLean Js.P.)


F. C Ryan, Constable of police v Peter Nicotingo.Mr Cook appeared for the complainant.

F. V. Taylor deposed that he was a motor garage a proprietor residing at Frankston. Remembered Friday 27th July. Saw accused on that day bring his horse into the yard of the Pier Hotel, and put it in the stable.

The horse was in very poor condition. Accused made no provision for feeding the horse. Accused never rang witness up asking him to feed or water the animal.

A. Evens deposed that he saw accused put the horse in the stable and corroborated the evidence of the former witness.

The saddle and bridle were left on the horse.

Const Ryan deposed that he visited the Pier Hotel stables on 28th July, and saw a grey horse in a very emaciated condition.

It was tied up with the bridle on and the bit in its mouth. He saw no sign of water or feed.

On the Sunday following, the defendant went to him about the horse. He acknowledged that he had not left any instructions, with regard to feeding or watering the horse.

For the defence accused said he was called hurridly to Melbourne on account of his mother’s illness and when he did not return the same evening he telephoned to Taylor the next duty to look after the horse.

The Bench held the accused guilty, but on account of him being a pensioner and in ill health they would let him off with a fine of 20s in default 7 days imprisonment with 21s coats.


Chas A. Tait appeared to answer the above charge.

Mr Williams, instructed by an officer of the Crown Law Department appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Sunniberg for the defence.

In outlining the case Mr Williams said the words were spoken by accused at a dinner given at the Pier Hotel on the evening of the 29th June when during an interval a lady asked the chairman’s permission to say a few words in favor of recruiting.

Permission was given, and it was whilst the lady was speaking that the accused rose and said he objected to anyone speaking in favor, of recruiting and any woman who persuaded a man to enlist, and that man was killed, was a murderess, and if a man did so he was a murderer.

The accused was asked to retire from the room but refused to do so, when he was escorted to the door by two returned soldiers, he retired.

Jas Grice, sworn, deposed that he remembered the evening of 29th June.

Was chairman at dinner given at Pier Hotel on that evening. He gave permission for Mrs Heymenson to address those assembled.

Accused objected to the lady speaking, and said she was as bad as a murderess.

He was asked to withdraw his statement but he said he would not. He was then asked to leave the room and when he refused Messrs Taylor and Dial escorted him to the door.

He was not the worse for drink.

Messrs Taylor, Young, Brody and Mrs Heymenson corroborated the evidence of Mr Grice.

Const Ryan said that he saw accused on the 8th July last when he handed the constable a written statement (which was read in court.)

In the statement the accused said his mind was a blank to all that had occurred after he entered the supper room that evening, and he had no recollection of anything that had occurred,

He must have been out of his mind at the time, and was very sorry for what he had said. He was a loyal subject and subscribed liberally to patriotic funds.

The Bench considered the offence proved and the accused was fined £25 with £7 7s costs.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 18 August 1917

As published in the Mornington News – 15 August 2017


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