Hackney carriage licence renewals due


OWNERS of hackney carriages are reminded that they must renew their licences forthwith for the year ending 30th September 1918.


A GRAND ball and supper will be held in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall on Friday evening next, in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church.

No effort is being spared by the committee to make this function a success, in the way of having excellent music and a perfect floor, and a first class evening’s amusement is guaranteed at a small cost.


THE Majestic Picture Co. gave another of their popular picture entertainments on Wednesday evening in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall, when a number of miscellaneous pictures was screened, winding up with the “Gilded Spider”.

On Wednesday next “The Silent Battle” depicting a hard struggle with a besetting sin, taken amongst the giant timbers of California, with Warren Kerrington as the man, will be shown on the screen.


MR J. Peebles announces in our advertising columns that he has commenced business as a dairyman and produce merchant in Frankston.

He has securcd the premises lately occupied by Mr Cook, adjoining the Bay View Hotel, and has had them thoroughly renovated inside and out.

In order to cope with the fly nuisance in the summer time, all meats will be stored in fly proof safes, and he intends to keep a good stock of produce of all kinds, dressed and cooked fowls, eggs, butter, cheese, etc.

He is also prepared to supply fresh milk twice daily.


GENERAL dissatisfaction is being expressed in Somerville at the action of the Postal authorities, in doing away with the 7.33am mail to Melbourne thereby making it impossible to get anything from the city on the day of ordering.

The general feeling seems to be that this is a short-sighted policy and instead of putting the town ahead it will be the means of retarding its progress considerably.

Representations should at once be made to the Postmaster General pointing out that the small amount of saving made is altogether inadequate to the inconvenience and loss experienced by the tradespeople at Somerville.


FRANKSTON Court of Petty Sessions. Monday 8th Oct 1917. (Before Messrs Cohen, P.M., Williams, Oates, Grant, McLean and Borroughs J’s P.

Constable Ryan charged a weekender with behaving in an offensive manner at the Frankston Railway Station on the previous Sunday.

Evidence was adduced that the defendant, when asked for his ticket by a porter at the station he used insulting words and otherwise misconducted himself.

The defendant pleaded that he had been the worse for drink and did not know what he was doing, and expressed sorrow for the occurrence.

The bench decided to deal leniently with the accused, and after administering a severe rebuke made a fine of 10s which was paid.

Jesse Steele was charge by the police with being in unlawful possesion of a stump jack.

From the evidence brought out it appears the jack in question was claimed by J. Murray, of Langwarrin, who lost it in 1914.

Steele was in the habit of borrowing the implement.

On the 24th of May 1914 it was lying on the road where he had been working with it, and two days afterwards it was gone.

Defendant used to pass along the road where the jack was lying while going to and from his work.

On the 1st of August last the complainant, in company with Const. Ryan, went to Lloyd’s place and saw the jack there on a private road near by and identified it as his property.

Had never given or sold it to anyone.

He had a conversation with defendant on 2nd August, said he had gone to Trafalgar to see his father, who while there, gave him the jack, but if he (Murray) thought it was his property he had better take it.

Defendant and his son swore that the jack was the former’s property but the Bench decided that the weight of evidence was in favor of complainant and made an order for £5 1s with costs.

The defendant gave notice of appeal.

Monday 15th October 1917. Before Messrs Sherlock and Oates J’sP.

Const. Ryan v A Ryan. Failing to cause Laurence Ryan to attend school required number of days – Fine 2s 6d.

M. Parker for two similar offences was fined 2s 6d in each case.

W A. Towler, auctioneer, applied for an order to eject his tenant, T. Reeves, from premises known as The Grange, at Frankston.

Mr Fitchett appeared for complainant and defendant was represented by Mr Cook.

Richard Taylor, a clerk employed by complainant, gave evidence that he served the notice of proceedings on Mrs Reeves and read the notice to her.

Mr Cook raised the technical objection that Taylor had not explained the meaning of the notice as required by the Act and asked for a dismissal on this ground.

Mr Fitchett contended that the notice, on being read, explained itself.

After lengthy argument by counsel, the Bench upheld the technical point raised by Mr Cook and dismissed the application.



We have received the following letter for publication, from Private A. Hague, AAMC Details, 67th Battalion, A I.F.-

Dear Sir,—I am just writing a few lines to let you all know how I am getting on, as I hear they have been asking lately.

Well so far I have kept in the best of health and hope to continue so. I also trust the residents of Frankston are keeping in the best of health.

I have only met a few of the boys while in Egypt, they were W. Clements. Sgt. Kerr and one of the post office boys.

I had a very enjoyable time in Egypt. At first there was plenty of hard work to do, but later it eased off and we were able to have a fair time in travelling to different places round about Cairo, and seeing things of great interest.

I was unable to get to Anzac and so far have been unable to go to France through being under age.

I am now with a Battalion, but still there is doubt as to whether I will be going out there with them, for I am still under age for a few months yet. I then expect to get there.

Since I have been in England I have again met Bill Clements and also Les. Gunther. Both are looking well and playing in bands.

I was then stationed at Buford Military Hospital, but have at last been able to get a change and more interesting work. I have been stationed in England for the last twelve months and have been on leave several times. Once to Manchester, where I landed through getting in the wrong train when I should have gone to Sheffield, but for all that I had a good time visiting the Munition Works and being taken to a Garden Fete at Theatre Park and when on leave to London I visited the British Museum Art Gallery and Buckingham Palace.

They are very interesting to see.

I was one of the thousands the King reviewed a few months back, on Salisbury Plain.

Well Sir, I think I have told you all the news as near as possible in brief, so I now close, trusting the Frankston friends are all well.

I remain, One of the Frankston Boys.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 20 October 1917

As published in the Mornington News – 17 October 2017


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