Seaford man accidentally shot by local youth


Compiled by Brodie Cowburn

JOHN Stewart, of Carrum Vale Farm, Seaford, was shot on Sunday, through the foot, by a pea rifle carried by a youth named Shoall, the weapon accidently going off.

The bullet entered Stewart’s foot above the ankle, coming out under the heel and lodged in his boot.

Stewart is progressing favorably.


WHEN the letter from Mr Jas Grice was read at the last meeting of the Shire Council, re the Crimean veteran J. Coleman, being well looked after at the asylum.

Cr Longmuir said that he had been notified a few days ago that the old man had died shortly after his admission to the Institution.


THE telephone is now installed at the Frankston Police Station, the number being 54. This is an innovation that has long been asked for by the residents.

The force has also been strengthened by the appointment of Constable A. J. Farley as second constable at Frankston.


UNDER the pretence of seconding the State Ministry’s policy of economy, a deputation from the Phillip Island and Woolamai shire council endeavoured on Wednesday to induce the Minister of Public Works to sanction the employment of a shire engineer at a salary of £20 a year, with 5 per cent commission on all works carried out by him. Mr M’Whae of course, declined; and as the deputation, which was introduced by Mr Downward, Minister of Mines, also asked for a Government Grant the Minister took the opportunity of reading councillors a lecture on true economy.

The rule is that a qualified engineer must he appointed in every municipality and must be paid not less than £110 a year. The deputation declared that in proposing this wage of £20 it was “practising economy.”

Mr M’Whae retorted that if it practised economy it must keep within the law, as its proposal was contrary to the Local Government Act, which was amended expressly to provide that a qualified engineer must be engaged by every municipality.

The proposal of the deputation to pay a nominal sum was a mere subterfuge. A municipality with a revenue of £6500 should be able to afford to pay a man the extra £20 a year.


MISS Vera C. Jennings of Frankston has been successful in gaining four honors – 2 first and 2 second – at the Melbourne University for the first year B.A. examination and in addition won the exhibition for French.


A MEETING of the members of the Frankston Branch of the Citizens’ League will be held in the Mechanics institute on Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock for the purpose of settling accounts in connection with the late Referendum.


OWING to the party of returned soldiers not being able to arrange a trip to Tyabb before March, the annual Tyabb picnic has been abandoned for this year.


THE weather was very unfavourable for the Red Cross Social last Saturday night and the attendance was small in consequence, but an enjoyable evening was spent.

Songs were rendered during the evening by Miss Mc Cool and Miss Woodhouse.


THE British, American, Australian, Canadian & New Zealand Y.M.C.A. organisations have united to form an international Y M.C.A. hospitality league.

The temporary head quarters of this body are at 45 Bedford Square. The aim is to fill up every moment of a soldier’s time with healthy amusement and recreation.

Men on leave will be able to see without charge of any kind, except a few pence for bus or tube fares, the most interesting places in London.


MISS M’Kenzie entertained about fifty boys of the seaside home, on Saturday last, the 12th inst., at the residence of Mr and Mrs P. E. Forster, “Beachleigh.’’

The children were conveyed in drags from the Home on Oliver’s Hill and arrived at their destination in the afternoon.

The grounds which were spacious, were artistically decorated for the occasion.

The boys engaged in games after which they sat down to tables which were laden with an abundance of good things suitable to the juvenile taste:- sandwiches, cakes, pastry, fruit, lollies and soft drinks of all kinds.

Mr W. Minton, the Hon. Superintendant of the Homes, in a few choice words stated that it was gratifying to know that there were kind friends in Frankston who were interested in the welfare of the orphans.


A MAN who gave the name of Herchimer George Middleton Wartmann was under the influence of drink and behaving very offensively in Bay St on Friday evening 11th January

Const Ryan arrived on the scene and placed Wartmann under arrest. The prisoner resented being arrested and had to be handcuffed.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of offensive behaviour and was fined 10s in default 24 hours inprisonment.


JOS Dean v L. Davidson—To show cause why he had not paid a fine of £2 which had been made in November last.

The defendant pleaded that he had been ill and unable to work.

Adjourned for 4 weeks to allow defendant time to pay the fine.


H. C. Barclay for neglecting to have his child vaccinated was fined 40s, in default distress.


ALBERT Zerna and Albert Terry were charged by Const Ryan with unlawfully damaging a boathouse at Seaford on 24th December, and also with carrying away property of the value of 25s belonging to C. Anderson, consisting of fishing lines, tackle etc.

Mr Nolan appeared for the youths who were only about 17 or 18 years of age.


IT would be idle to pretend that the political outlook is one which any thoughtful Nationalist can regard with satisfaction.

The “No” vote created a very difficult position, of that position the Governor General endeavoured to make the best, and the people of Australia must try to follow his example.

In order to do that they must regard the party extremists, who are exchanging insults within the walls of parliament even more vigorously than outside them as “shocking examples” rather than guides.

His Excellency sent for Mr Tudor, and if Mr Tudor could have convinced him that official Labor had a reasonable chance of carrying on, there would have been a Labor Ministry in office today.

His Excellency very properly refrained from adding that an election was not likely to give Mr Tudor a victory of any sort.

Ignoring the point that tens of thousands of Liberals voted “No” on purely personal grounds and would vote for their accustomed representative next April as they did last May, the idea of the Commonwealth devoting a year to an election followed by a deadlock, and then by a second election is intolerable.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 19 January 1918

As published in the Mornington News – 23 January 2018


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