A FOOTBALL match between Frankston and Hastings was played at Hastings on Saturday. Frankston, as is usual when they have to travel, could only muster a very poor team and were defeated easily, the final scores being Hastings 12 goals 20 bhds, Frankston 4 bhds. Mr Sposito umpired impartially. At half time the Hastings ladies provided a splendid afternoon tea which was greatly appreciated. Today Frankston will try conclusions with a team from the Langwarrin camp, at Frankston.
MESSRS Brody and Mason will conduct a clearing sale of household furnishings at “Elmavere”, Melbourne Road Frankston on Saturday next, August 31, on account of Mr B. Dawborn. Full particulars are advertised.
ANOTHER planting of trees in the Frankston Avenue of Honor will take place today, (Saturday), when about 70 trees will be planted. Senator G. F. Pearce. Minister for Defence will be present, and the Langwarrin band will also be in attendance.
Proceedings will commence at 3pm.
THE following additional donations towards the cost of planting the Frankston Avenue of Honor have been received :—Mr P. Wheeler; 10s; Mrs Plowman. £1; Mrs Gould, 10s; Mr W. Dickensen, 10s; Mr M. Clements; 10s 6d; Mr D. Kennedy. £1 1s; Mr H. Heath, 10s; Davey’s Bay Yacht Club, £4; Mrs Selleck, 10s; Mrs Baxter, £1; Mr. W. Cone, £1; Mr Ward, 10s; Mr A M’Ilroy, 10s; Mr H. Gamble, £1; Miss Gullett, 10s; Miss O’Grady, £1 10s; Mr Willox 10s; Miss Cadle, 10s; Mrs Bray, 10s; Dr Atkinson Wood, £5 5; Mr A 10s.
THE Aussie Girls. One of the prettiest entertainments ever given in Somerville was the Aussie Girl’s concert on August 7th.
Brightness and novelty were the watchwords of this clever little company, and they certainly succeeded in pleasing the crowded audience which assembled in the Mechanics’ Hall.
The concert was in aid of the Somerville branch of the Lady Mayoress’ League. Almost every item was encored. Though every one was good, three items may be picked out as the best – “Millie the Milliner”. Jack Couldn’t and chorus, with Miss Eileen Unthank as Jack and the rest of the girls as milliners, with huge handboxes, very smart and dainty. The dressing, grouping and staging of this number was excellent.
Chinese Ballet, “Chin Chu Chow” by Miss Ruth Murray and chorus would have done credit to a much larger place than Somerville. It was very picturesque, the oriental dresses, lighted Chinese lanterns and darkened stage added greatly to the novel effect. The singing, acting and grouping was splendid.
Quite another style of thing was “Joan of Arc” by Miss Flo. Unthank and chorus, and it was equally successful.
The dressing and staging were quite in keeping with the French patriotic idea. Miss Ruth Murray as “Juan” looked very handsome and stately, while Miss Unthank and her chorus, Misses Grant (3), Unthank (2), Mary Meldrum and Emily Murray carried out their parts well.
Altogether the Aussie Girls are to be congratulated on their achievement.
More than a word of praise must be given to the decoration and arranging of the stake. In this work the girls were ably assisted by Messrs A. Meldrum, Overton and others. The lighting and, limelight effects were in the capable hands of Mr A. Meldrum who worked hard.
The Tyabb Comedy Company were very successful in their comedy “Popping the Question.” Each and every one acted well. Misses Woodhouse, Longmuir, V. Cole and F. Unthank (who kindly took her part at short notice,) and Messrs Grant and P. Mair carried the amusing piece through with great success.
All the dresses and stage accessories, or most of them, were made by the girls themselves. Mrs H. Grant played all the accompaniments in her usual faultless manner. A dance was given afterwards at which Miss Flo Unthank supplied most of the music and Mr A. Meldrum acted as M.C. A splendid supper was provided by a group of generous ladies
The sum of over £16 was realised as the result of the hard work of the Aussie Girls’ and their friends.
Playing a Nation’s Part. Australia is calling on its people to supply £40,000,000 to help the Commonwealth to continue its share in the war.
On six previous occasions a similar demand has been made, and each time Australia has given more than what has been asked.
On this the seventh occasion, it is more important than ever that the people should demonstrate that they stand firmly behind the Ministry in its determination to help the Allies to prosecute the world struggle to a victorious end.
To Australia the cost of the war is about £80,000,000 per year, and towards that cost those who have assisted in the raising of war loans have contributed to date £140,000,000.
The past which Australia has to bear in the war may seem gigantic, but in order to realise that what we in this war have done is a very small thing compared to the wonderful efforts put forward by the other Allies it is only necessary to glance at the war burden, which England is daily bearing.
While Australia spends £80,000,000 a year as her share of the war burden, Great Britain is spending no less than £25,000,000 a week, or £1,800,000,000 per year.
What Australia has done pales, into insiginficance beside these stupendous figures. Of course it has to be recognised that the population of Great Britain is many times in excess of that of Australia, but it also has to be recognised that the people of Great Britain for some time past have been bearing not only their own share of the financial burden but a share of the burden of some of the Allies and also a shale of Australia’s financial burden. Australia alone had borrowed £47,000,000 from the British Government for war purposes, while on June 30th last it owed to the lmperial Government no less than £38,000,000 for the maintenance of Australian troops overseas and for the supply to them of munitions.
With the raising of the Sixth War Loan, Australia, for the first time put herself in the position of meeting the full obligation cast upon her by the war. The magnificent response to that appeal was Australia’s answer to the clarion cry which ran through the British Empire – the cry of the Mother country to all her dominions to gather round and help to their utmost to bring the struggle to a victorious end. It was a response that voiced Australia’s determination to bear her own burden, to show to the world that although she was a nation hardly yet emerged from the swaddling clothes which her Empire Mother had given her, she was still strong enough to play a nation’s part when the call came.
But Australia has not yet accomplished all that is demanded of her; the fight is not yet won. True it is that ultimate victory peeping o’er the horizon, out before the sun of the Allied triumph has fully risen many weary months, perhaps years, of struggle must elapse. In the struggle to come Australia must bear its part, even as it has borne it in the past.
The part is as much a part of money as it is of men. Men fight and so does money, and to-day to all sections and all creeds the appeal is being made to provide that money which will help the Commonwealth to take its share in that ultimate victory which has to be gained.
In asking for this money Australia is not seeking a favor of its people. It is asking them to do that, which, placed on the lowest possible plane, means the conservation of their own safety, their own well being, and their own country. It is the imperative duty of every Australian to assist.
From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 24 August 1918