Somerville soldier, Sgt Meldrum, returns from the war


SOMERVILLE extends congratulations to yet another returned soldier – Sgt A. Meldrum, who arrived by the Oxfordshire this week.

Sgt Meldrum has been attached to the 8th Light Horse, and has been with them from the first, seeing service in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine.


THE Westernport Progress Association moved in the matter of the reserved carriages of the 5.30pm Flinders Street, being rushed by passengers between Caulfield and Carrum to the discomfit of those beyond Baxter, for whom they were reserved.

The result being that there is a lot of growling by those deposed and discomfit for those compelled to stand the greater part of the journey.


COUNCIL Elections

Nominations for the Council elections to be held on 28th August closed on Thursday.

In the Frankston and Hastings Shire there will be contests in two ridings:  Frankston Riding and Seaford Riding.

Cr Turner was not opposed in the East Riding and Cr Longmuir enjoyed a similar honor in the Centre Riding.

The nominations for the three vacancies in the Frankston Riding are the two retiring members, Crs Oates and Mason and Mr F. H. Wells and Mr J. Nott Marsh.

In the new Riding of Seaford there are five candidates: Cr Hoare, whose office as a North Riding Councillor expired with the sub division, and Messrs W. Armstrong, J. B. Howell, W. H. Latham and H. J. McCulloch.

The coming contests are creating a good deal of public interest and the committees of the various candidates are working energetically to secure success at the poll.

At Seaford on Saturday night a committee was formed to further the interests of the selected candidates Messrs W. Armstrong, J. B. Howell and W. H. Latham.

The candidates named were present and marked enthusiasm was shown.

Mr C. Hunter was appointed Chairman of Campaign Committee and Mr B. Wiltshire, secretary.

The supporters of Cr Hoare and Mr H. J. McCulloch met at Seaford on Monday night and a committee was formed to secure the return of the gentlemen named.

Mr F. Moffatt was elected Chairman of the election Committee and Mr W. Pitt, secretary.

The reports presented indicated that gratifying support would be forthcoming for this Committee’s ticket which consists of Cr Hoare, Mr H. J. McCulloch and Mr W. H. Latham.


MR F. N Fairs calls attention to his dental notice in this issue. Date of next visit at Somerville, Tuesday, August 19th.


ON Monday evening at about 7 o’clock the Aurora Australis was visible in the Southern sky.

The color of the sky as seen from Frankston ranged from a deep red glow to a pale pink and lasted for about ten minutes.

The government astronomer states that the records of the magnetic Instruments show that a very intense magnetic storm was associated with the aurora.


THE Frankston Branch of the Victorian Protestant Federation have arranged a public meeting and social to take place in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall on Friday 22nd August.

The promoters have been fortunate in securing the services of the past Chief President, Rev J. C. Farquhar, of Ballarat, who will be the principal speaker.

The Misses Cromb of Melbourne will assist in the musical programme, and these popular vocalists are sure of a cordial welcome.

The “Welcome Home” Orchestra will also assist.


OWING to the original date fixed clashing with the Protestant Federation meeting, the “Wattle” club has extended the date of its plain and fancy ball till September 5th.

Prizes are offered for the best fancy dress and most original dress for ladies and gentlemen.

There must be at least three entries in each section and competitors must not be under 17 years of age.

An excellent string band has been secured for the occasion.


MR T. J. McMurtrie has been notified by the Minister of Repatriation that he has been appointed a member of the Repatriation Committee for the Shire, of Frankston and Hastings.


MR Arthur Wilcox, President of the Frankston Branch of the Returned Soldiers Association, is suffering from an attack of bronchitis, and will be unable to leave his room for several days.


MR J. D. Jennings is recovering from an attack of influenza, but has not been able to resume his school duties up to the present.


COUNCILLOR Edward Turner, enters upon his third term as representative of the East Riding.

His was the only nomination received by Returning Officer Unthank on Thursday.


CR W. Longmuir, who has been accorded a walk over in the Centre Riding, was first elected three years ago.


A PLEASING event took place at the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall last Saturday evening when a farewell social was tendered to Mrs F. Benson by the Wattle Club.

Mrs Benson has always been an ardent club worker, and held the office of treasurer for a lengthy period.

On the return of her husband from the front Mrs Benson removed to their home at Somerville, thus making it necessary for her to relinquish her office.

Club members and the public generally were glad of the opportunity of showing appreciation of Mrs Benson’s efforts on behalf of the soldiers.

The evening was devoted to dancing and music, followed by a very dainty supper.

Mr Mark Brody presented Mrs Benson with a purse of money as a small token of good will, and on behalf of all present wished her and her husband every joy and happiness as their future lot.



It is stated that Mr McEntee has disposed of his Seaford business to Mr W. Armstrong.

A meeting at the School Committee was held on Monday evening, when there were present Mr W. Armstrong (chairman), Messrs H. J. McCulloch, Howell, Moffatt, and Klauer and Mesdames Roche and Gleddon.

Arising out of the Klauer-Bailey letters, in which Mr Klauer is alleged to have made uncomplimentary references to certain members of the school committee, a motion was tabled by Mr Moffat and seconded by Mr McCulloch, that Mr Klauer be asked to resign from the committee.

The resolution was carried by 4 votes to 3.

Mr Klauer intimated that he had no intention of resigning.


TWO Young Lady Waitresses, wanted for Saturday and Sunday afternoons from now till Easter.

Hours, 2 till 6.—Apply, Mrs Bradbury “The Fernery” Frankston.


NOTICE is hereby given that Mr O. Wells has been appointed ranger for the Township of Frankston and area.

Persons are cautioned against allowing Stock to wander over this area.

JOHN E, JONES, Shire Secretary.


FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 August 1919

First published in the Mornington News – 13 August 2019


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