Naval engineer survives two crashes in two days


MR R. Clark, engineer on one of the dredges at Naval Base, has the unique distinction of having experienced two motor cycle accidents on two successive days and not sustaining any serious injuries therefrom.

On Saturday last, when travelling towards Frankston, at a fair pace, Mr Clark’s machine skidded and he was thrown heavily to the road injuring his left hand and head.

On Sunday afternoon he resumed his journey to Melbourne, but his injured hand had swollen very much and Mr Clark found too late that it was powerless and he could not work the controls.

The cycle dashed out of Mr Forster’s garage at high speed and struck the rockery in front of the Pier Hotel which effectively stopped the runaway.

Mr Clark was thrown heavily.

Mr Ryan, who was on duty in the vicinity, extricated the injured man and removed him to the Pier Hotel where it was found that the injuries were not serious.

First aid was rendered by the Constable and Mr Clark is little worse for his double adventure.


THE Hon. Treasurer of the Frankston and District Roll of Honor Fund gratefully acknowledges the receipt of £1 from Miss V. W. Mackay.

The donation acknowledged last week was from Mr F. H. Wells, not H. G. Wells, as published.


PARENTS and others interested in keeping up Flower Day on 2nd November at the Frankston State school are invited to a meeting to be held in the School Room on Monday evening next to make preliminary arrangements.


A MEETING will be held in the Seaford Hall on Monday 8th October, at 8pm, to elect a committee to arrange details for a concert and dance to be held in aid of the Melbourne Hospital Funds.

People of Seaford and district are most respectfully asked to attend.

Mr C. H. Ellis is convening the meeting.


ON Wednesday 10th Oct at 3.30pm Messrs Harrey and Hill will offer for sale by auction at Morton and Sons auction rooms Queens Walk, Swanston St Melbourne, a 40 acre orchard and farm being portion of Messrs Thornell’s well known Somerville Nursery with new 4 roomed house and out buildings.


THE anniversary services in connection with the Methodist Sunday School were held on Sunday last when Mr. Austin a teacher from the Wesley College Melbourne preached both morning and evening to a large congregation.

On Monday evening a concert and coffee supper took place. The Rev. Tonkin occupied the chair and there was a very large attendance.

The following programme was gone through after which the distribution of prizes to the scholars took place.


THE promotion of Captain Conder (OC Langwarrin Military Camp) to the rank of Major, was gazetted on the 4th inst.

Major Conder, who was severely wounded at the historic landing at Gallipoli, has made wonderful improvements at Langwarrin Camp and we are pleased to note that the military authorities have recognised his splendid administrative work by well deserved promotion.


THE “Australian” Club, under the patronage of Sir John and Lady Madden, and by permission of the State War Council, will entertain 150 returned wounded soldiers this Saturday Oct 6th in Mechanics’ Hall Frankston at 3pm.

All who are interested are cordially invited.

Allieti’s String Band, will play selections during the afternoon, also in the evening when a dance will be held in aid of returned soldiers.


THE Somerville Presbyterian Ladies’ Guild have now completed their work and have a large and beautiful assortment of drapery which will be at the sale of gifts now being held.

The Fair was opened by Rev N. Webster on Friday evening at 3pm and will open this (Saturday), afternoon at 3.30pm.

All other denomination and societies are invited to attend.

Quoit and nail driving competitions, shooting gallery, hoopla and numerous other attractions.


WE regret to announce that, as the result of a serious and painful accident, Mr .G. E. Rogers, ironmonger of Frankston, is now an inmate of St Pancras private hospital.

On Wednesday 3rd. inst, Mr Rogers was, engaged lopping the branches from a pepper tree in his front garden and, as his step ladder was too short, had placed it on a large box.

Unfortunately the whole structure toppled over and Mr Rogers was precipitated to the ground.

The force of the fall broke the ladder in half.

Dr Maxwell announced that the bone of the right leg had been broken below the knee and a blood vessel had also been badly injured.

Mr Rogers is making satisfactory progress, according to latest reports.


A FEW beautiful, bright, warm days introduces the first glimpse of spring and snakes seem to be very numerous.

Notwithstanding this great peril, the brightness makes one and all feel as they are glad to have lived through such a terrible winter to breathe once more the gladness of spring.

The Moorooduc Progress Association held their monthly meeting Saturday night when a very happy little crowd assembled and the main business was the procuring of an Honor Board, for which ample funds are available and this matter was left in the hands of the secretary to have carried out.

Another little business that was before the meeting was a request from the local school committee to try and have the evening mail from Mornington to Moorooduc reinstated, but this did not receive much support.

After business was settled the gathering held a most enjoyable dance and, the crowning event of the evening was a bonza supper provided by the lady members.


TRUE Unto Death. Y.M.C.A Man’s Admiration For Cursing Tender Hearted Australians.

Not alone the distribution of free coffee, cakes, and cigarettes is the work and influence of the Young Mens Christian Association among Our Australian boys at the front.

This is indicated in a letter just received from Mr N.W.Opie, military Secretary of the Australian Y. M. C. A with our soldiers abroad.

“I have referred in my report”, he says, “to the point of contact with the men that my cricket team has given me. I find the fellows always ready after their first shyness to talk of their homes and loved ones and since I have been here many scores of photos have been proudly displayed to me.

“What do you think of my girl?” “Seen this picture of my kiddie, cobber?” “This is my mother” and the love of these chaps for their home folks is unashamedly shown.

And what a wonderful point of contact one gets with them just there.

Men receiving a home mail will bail one up in a corner of the hut and tell of such a happening to the wife or such and such a wonderful thing the Kiddie has done.

“You remember I showed you her photo last week?”

Of course one does not always remember but never acknowledges forgetfulness.

Oh these fighting men and boys of our Sunny Australia, cursing blasphemous often but tender of heart true to a pal to death itself.

How one comes to love them and pray for their wakening to the beauty and desirability of the Great White Friend.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 6 October 1917

As published in the Mornington News – 3 October 2017


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