Tyabb bush fires – claim made for damages


AS a result of a fire which swept through his property on February 15th, Wiliam Pike, orchardist, of Tyabb, claimed £488 from Thomas Unthank, orchardist, Tyabb, in the County Court, before Judge Wasley and special jury, on July 21st, on the ground that Unthank started the fire without taking sufficient precautions to prevent it spreading.

After a short retirement, the jury returned a verdict for plaintiff, with £145 damages and costs to be taxed.


DONALD McDonald, writing to the “Australasian” says:

The death of Mr P. L. C. O’Shannassey, of the Victorian police, is deeply regretted by all who know his fine qualities and character and deep interest he had always taken in bird life.

Stationed for many years alongside Westernport, he had a rare opportunity of noting the habits of the migratory shore birds, and both in these notes and contributions to “The Australasian,” where he generally used the nom-deplume of “Nemo,” his observations have been frequently placed on record.

He was a sportsman and a naturalist – tastes more frequently associated now than was the case a few years ago.

Mr George Shepherd and other nature lovers write with sympathy and appreciation of the many fine qualities of the late Mr O’Shannassey, whose death I deeply regret.


MR D. McDonald, storekeeper, at Young Street, who has had rather a long and severe illness, is now convalescent.


MRS M. R. Deane, has been unable to attend business for the last week or so owing to illness. Her many friends wish her a speedy and complete recovery.


A NUMBER of returned soldiers will be entertained by the “Wattle” club on Sunday (to-morrow.)

The euchre tournament in connection with the R.S.A. will close on August 21st when lady’s and gents prizes of £1 is will be presented to the winners.

Prizes donated by Mr J. C. Murphy and another member.


ON Saturday 9th inst, Messrs Brody and Mason will conduct a sale at Frankston on account of Mr G. W. Booth. See advt.


PENINSULA Water Supply – The water has now reached to Robinson’s Road having risen from Boggy Creek to the higher levels ahead.

With the repair of many small leaks, the scheme can be regarded as a success.


THE Minstrel concert in aid of the Frankston Football. Club was held successfully on Friday 25th July, and a profit of something like £10 is expected.

A full report has been crowded out this issue.


WE are requested to announce that prizes won at the children’s sports at Frankston on Peace day will be available after the 5th inst.

The Treasurer of the Anzac Appeal begs to acknowledge with thanks, the following donations – Committee Mechanics’. Institute £2 2s; Mark Brody 12s 6d.


GOOD progress has been made with Mr G. W. Wells new brick building in Young Street, and a week or two more should see it occupied.

Mr S. Lawrey, who carried out the brick work, is now engaged in erecting a cottage for Mr J. A. Cameron, blacksmith, in the same street.


OWING to the illness of Mr J. D. Jennings, the annual meeting of the Frankston Progress Association has been further postponed.

Mr Jennings was compelled to take to his bed this week with influenza, and his medical adviser says it will be a fortnight at least before he is about again.


A REMINDER is given that Mr Armstrong’s clearing sale takes place on the property at Seaford on Thursday 7th August, when Messrs Brody and Mason will submit to auction, household furnishings, stock, implements, vehicles, etc.

Full particulars appear in advertisement.


IN the death of Mrs Gregory, which sad event we briefly recorded last week, Frankston has sustained a severe loss.

A resident of the district for many years the deceased lady took a keen interest in all matters affecting the welfare of the community.

She possessed marked organising ability, and held decided views on all matters of moment.

Her sound common sense and good keen judgment caused her counsel to be sought frequently in matters relating to the public weal.

Of extremely charitable disposition the late Mrs Gregory did much good by stealth as many a needy family throughout the Peninsula could testify.

She was a liberal supporter of the Melbourne Children’s Hospital, and many of the charitable organisations of the State will miss her ready and cheerful assistance.

In her home life, Mrs Gregory was an ideal wife and mother, being one to whom the ties of home and family strongly appealed.

Her death has been a sad blow to the bereaved husband, Mr A. H. Gregory, and family and general sympathy is extended to them in their dark hour.

The private interment of the remains of the deceased lady took place in the Frankston cemetery on Saturday last.





Sir, With reference to Mr Joseph R. McComb’s “jumble” statement in your last issue I think he is well over the fence with assertions he is not able to prove.

I overlook his inaccuracies as I attribute them to his lack of knowledge.

Out of consideration for you, Mr Editor, I won’t go into details, as your space is valuable. I would like to point out that Mr McComb admits that his name is missing from subscription lists issued in connection with movements for the welfare of Frankston.

He excuses himself by saying – “If lists are not presented, how can one’s name be seen?” Well thought out. Then he quibbles about the difference between a cemetery and a reserve. Perhaps he will be able to arrive at a correct conclusion when he has digested the dictionary he has swallowed.

He refers to the price of wood which presumably comes under the heading of “High cost of living.” I suppose his next will be a query as to what width of tyre should be placed on perambulators, and so on.

I might state at once that as to the clearing of the Frankston cemetery, the matter is one for him to mind his own business.

Does he think he is deputed special officer to take charge of the affairs of the Frankston cemetery? His actions point that way.

He has lodged his protest re what he terms “destruction,” so let us see what becomes of it.

Mr McComb is only one of hundreds interested in the cemetery, and he is the only one I have heard adversely criticise the work that has been carried out.

Yours &c.,



FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 2 August 1919

First published in the Mornington News – 30 July 2019