Downward retains seat as Nationalists win


Compiled by Brodie Cowburn

THE State Elections were held on Thursday and resulted in the defeat of the Ministrial Party.

A feature of the results is the success achieved by candidates standing in the interests of the Farmers’ Union.

There was very little excitement in the Mornington electorate. Mr Downward (the old member) was opposed by Mr R. M. Anderson.


GNR. H. M. Goodwin, second son of M. M. E. Goodwin, Cranbourne Rd Frankston, has been officially reported wounded.

At present the nature of the wound is not known.

Two of his brothers are also at the front, one of whom has been wounded twice.


GUNNER H. G. Upton, previously reported dangerously wounded, has made satisfactory improvement and is now in Norwich Hospital England.


WE are pleased to note that Mrs Alf Davis of Mount Eliza, who underwent a serious operation at the Womens Hospital last week, is now making satisfactory progress towards recovery.


ARCHBISHOP Clarke of Melbourne will visit Hastings during the weekend and will preach at All Saint’s Church Tyabb, on Sunday Nov 18th at 3p.m.


AN epidemic has broken out on Mr Slaney’s place, “Nyora” amongst the young lambs, a number of them dying from some lung trouble.


A VERY successful and thoroughly enjoyable evening was spent in the Frankston Hall, on Friday, November 9th, as a result of the efforts of the local Red Cross and the Wattle Club to provide funds to enable them to give the men at Langwarrin Camp a Xmas treat.

The first part of the evening was devoted to a guessing competition which was won by Miss Nolan and Mr Oates, the prizes for which were presented by Mrs A. D. Box and Mrs Hartland.

After an excellent supper, dancing commenced and was continued with enthusiasm till morning.


A JAPANESE Fair will be held in the Somerville Mechanics’ Hall, on Wednesday afternoon and evening, in aid of the Somerville State School Patriotic funds.


A GOOD many applications to have the electric light installed have been made in this district, and inquiries are being made when it is likely that the light will be installed.


ON Monday evening next a public citizens’ meeting will be held in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall under the auspices of the local branch of the W.C.T.U. and Rechabites, when Mrs Helen Barton, the noted temperance lecturer, will give an address.

This lady who is spoken of as a gifted speaker, and the queen of Scottish orators, is at present touring Australia in the interest of the W.C.T.U.


THE usual Wattle Club dance will not be held this (Saturday) evening, owing to the hall not being available.


T. REEVES begs to announced that he has opened a Milk Round. And will reside in Frankston as soon as a suitable place is available.


ALEX. Scott and Co. Pty. Ltd will hold a Special Sale of Horses as 70 Horses and Ponies. From Balnarring‚—12 Horses and Ponies. From Moorooduc—10 Medium Draughts and Light Horses. From Red Hill—8 Useful Horses and 2 Good Ponies.


Somerville Hospital.

I desire to contradict a report that a patient has died in my hospital from blood poisoning. This is absolutely untrue. Since the hospital was open 2 years ago, no patient has died of any infectious disease whatever.



The drowning season.

To The Editor.

Sir.—I desire to bring before your

readers the work and objects of the

Royal Life Saving Society to promote technical education in life saving and resuscitation of the apparently drowned.

A short time ago, two men were crossing the river Yarra at Melbourne in a small boat, when it capsized and although there were 10.000 people on the river bank yet no attempt was made to endeavour to rescue them from a watery grave; both men were drowned.

During the past season a very large number of lives have been lost through the floods, and it is quite evident that the work of the society is unknown to the majority of the people in Victoria.

Last year no less than 154 persons lost their lives by accidental drowning in this State.

There are hundreds of abortive efforts at rescue every year, and there are many in which a single tragedy is made into a double one through the absence of a little simple knowledge on the part of the intended rescuer.

The knowledge of the Schafer method of resuscitation is a most useful one and can be learnt in five minutes, and is invaluable where a person is brought out of the water apparently drowned.

Cases are on record where apparently drowned persons have been restored after many hours of hard work.

That the ability ought to be cultivated is unquestionable. It should be our chief object, and the chances of successfully rendering efficient and increased.


THE monthly meeting of the Council was held on Thursday, 8th November. Present Crs Oates, (President) Clements, Watt, Mason, Murray, Longmuir, Unthank and Hodgins Apology for non attendance was received from Cr Turner.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.


From Country Roads Board, stating that £300 for Frankston-Flinders Road, and £300 for Point Nepean Road, has been allotted for maintainance for the current financial year—Received.

MR Brody asking if there is any objection to a plate being placed in the gardens in Frankston to commemorate the memory of the late John Reynolds.

Cr Hodgins moved that while the council is in sympathy with  the bereavement they did not think the garden a proper place to put a plate.

Seconded by Cr Clements and carried.


SATURDAY last, 10th November, was the day fixed by the Mount Eliza residents to unveil a Roll of Honor Board at the local State School, in memory of 22 of the local young men who had enlisted and fought in defence of their country, some of whom had paid the supreme sacrifice, some had been wounded, while some were still at the front.

Great interest was taken in the event.


CR LONGMUIR brought under the notice of the Council the case of an old man who was incapable, ill and  unable to look after himself, being  dependent on the charity of neighbors for his existence. He was bedridden.

Cr Mason moved that the Health Officer be asked to look into the case and take steps to have the old man removed to some institution.

Seconded by Cr Longmuir and carried.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 17 November 1917

As published in the Mornington News – 14 November 2017


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