Train station ransacked by teenager


DURING the night of Tuesday, the 18th, the Frankston railway station goods shed was broken into.

On Wednesday morning the railway officials found that the thief had broken open a window, and so gained entrance to the goods shed. The cash drawer had been removed from a table and taken away. Fortunately the shed porter had removed all the cash from the drawer before closing up the shed on the previous night, so that all the thief gained for his trouble was a few official papers of no value and a bottle of ink.

The police were notified of the offence, and at about midday on the same day Senior Constable Bray and Constable Ryan arrested a young man named George Vivian, 18 years of age, and charged him with the offence.

The cash drawer was recovered by the police where it had been hidden by Vivian.

The prisoner was brought before Mr Oates, J.P. on Wednesday, and remanded to appear at the Frankston Court on Monday next 24th.


IN the 410th casualty list, published on Wednesday evening, appear the names of Privates F. L. Schleebs, Mornington, dangerously wounded; and J. Skidmore, Carrum, wounded.

Mr D. P. Cain has received notification of the death from wounds received in France of his nephew, Private Earnest Walter Hargreave, after 3 years service. A sister of the deceased soldier, Nurse Effie Hargreave has been serving in France for some time.


GREAT regret was expressed on all sides when the news was received of the death in action of Private Romeo who was well known and highly esteemed in Hastings.

“Monty” tried unsuccessfully to enlist on four occasions before he was accepted. He was previously wounded in France, was invalided to England but returned again to the firing line.

For three years previous to the war he was employed by Mr Cunningham, of Frankston and in that town also his quiet and unassuming manner and gentlemanly qualities made him a general favorite.

Heartfelt sympathy is felt for his parents and relatives, who reside here.


THE death occurred in Tuesday at Highett, of Miss Ollie Bowells daughter of Mrs Bowells, of this town. The deceased young lady had been in indifferent health for some time so that the end was not unexpected.

The body was conveyed to Hastings on Wednesday, and was interred in the local cemetery. Heartfelt sympathy is felt for Mrs Bowells in her bereavement.


AN orchard property of 21 acres consisting of 6½ acres full bearing orchard and 14½ acres virgin land, the property of Mr F. Williams, of Tyabb will be offered by public auction by Messrs Brody and Mason on Saturday next, June 29th.

The land has a frontage of 17 chains to the main Hastings-Somerville road, by about 14 chains to O’Neills road, and is about midway between the Tyabb and Somerville railway stations.

Full particulars are advertised.


THE exposure by the Federal Public Accounts Committee of the maladministration which has characterised the works now being carried out at the Flinders and Henderson naval bases has apparently awakened the authorities to a sense of their responsibility.

The committee showed that huge sums of money had been practically thrown away as a result of the blunders which had taken place; useless tugs and dredges having been purchased, and in other directions estimates of cost vastly exceeded.

One glaring instance of departmental blundering was the purchase of a tug at a cost of £7500 which was found to be absolutely useless for the work for which it was required. The Minister of Works and Railways is now inviting offers for the purchase of another tug, and it is to be hoped that precautions will be taken to secure value for the money spent on this occasion.

The mistake has already involved a loss of nearly £10,000, as £100 a month has had to be paid for the hire of another tug to do the work.

In order that the department will know the extent of its liability and not find that its estimate has again been greatly exceeded, tenders are also invited for the supply of steam navvies or shovels.


A FOOTBALL match will be played this afternoon on the Frankston oval between the locals and a team from Hastings. A good game is expected, and both teams anticipate a victory.


UNDER the auspices of the W.C.T.U. and I.O.R., Mrs Vaughan, of South Australia, who has been engaged in war work in England for some time, will address a meeting to be held in the Frankston Mechanics’, on Tuesday, June 25th. Rev, Tonkin will preside, and musical items, etc. will be given. t


AT a committee meeting of the Frankston Wattle Club, held on Monday evening, it was decided that the euchre tournament now in progress should end on September 26th, instead of the end of October, as was previously advertised. It was also decided to hold the annual ball on July 26th.

The annual meeting will be held on Monday, July 8th, at 8pm sharp.


THE Frankston Y.P.S.C.E. will hold their annual sale of gifts for the support of the missionary teacher in New Guinea, on Saturday, June 29th, in the Methodist schoolroom. The function will be opened by Rev. E Tonkin at 2.30.p.m., and will be continued during the evening.

In the afternoon admission is free, but in the evening a charge of a silver coin will be made.

Gifts or donations may be left with Mrs Sherlock, Frankston.


WE are informed that tickets are selling freely for the concert to be held in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall on Saturday evening, 6th July. in aid of the funds of the Langwarrin Camp.

A splendid programme by Melbourne artists, will be submitted, and should prove highly enjoyable.

Miss R. Langley, well known in most concert halls in Melbourne, will appear in several songs at the piano.


THE annual meeting of the Red Cross Society, held on Wednesday, 12th, was only poorly attended; the same little band of energetic workers who attend every meeting. assembled in the hall, and again undertook the work for the current year.

A few gentlemen were present and elected the ladies to their respective positions and recorded hearty thanks and applause when the reports of the work put through by the ladies were read out.


Our Letter Box.


Sir,—The suggestion of ‘Carry-on” in last week’s issue, that a branch of the Returned Soldiers Association should be formed at Frankston, is to my mind a good one, and one that should appeal to all returned soldiers.

But could not those who have not been able to take an active part in the great struggle that is now raging, but who have seen service in other wars, be admitted to the membership of the Association, should it be formed?

There are several in this district, situated similarly to myself, who would be only too pleased to be members of such an association, and I feel sure the younger soldiers would not wish to debar us from membership.

Wishing the proposal every success. Yours etc., C. W. WOOD.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 22 June 1918

First published in the Mornington News – 19 June 2018


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