An old Hastings identity dies


IT is with deep regret that we announce the death of an old and respected pioneer, in the person of Mr. Joseph Haddock of Forest Lodge, Hastings at the age of 75 years.

Deceased was a man of indomitable will, and always accomplished, however difficult, anything he undertook to carry out.

He was born at Mount Prospect, in New South Wales, in 1844.

Losing his parents during childhood, he had to battle for himself at an early age.

After working in parts of New South Wales for a few years, he finally settled in Victoria, coming to Hastings forty-eight years ago, where he started in the building trade, amongst his efforts being the first Hastings Public Hall and the Catholic Church.

He was for many years a quartermaster-sergeant in the old 40th P.R. Battery, and also in the No. 6 Battery, A.F.A.V., at Hastings, at the end of his service receiving the medal for long and efficient service.

During the past few years his health had not been of the best – suffering a good deal with his heart.

Taking a chill, he died on the 31st of August, after a short, painful illness.

He leaves a widow and grown up family of five respected children – one daughter and four sons.

The remains were interred in the Hastings Cemetery, the Revs M. Coates and H. W. Hughes officiating.


A LENGTHY letter from Mr Ditchburn, manging director of the Frankston Gas and Electric Supply Coy, came to hand this (publication) morning – too late for this issue.


THE programme of the Cranbourne Turf Club’s spring meeting to be held on Thursday October 9th is advertised in another column.

Entries close on Sept 29th.


MESSRS Brody and Mason announce that they will hold a clearing sale on Monday Sept 29th on the premises “Ashleigh Vale” Bungower Road, near Somerville, on account of Mr F. E. Timms.

Particulars are advertised.

On Oct 11th a special sale of household furnishings will be held at Frankston by the same firm.


THE Volunteer Motor Corps have arranged to bring a party of invalided men from the various Military Hospitals to Frankston on Sunday next 28th inst.

The “Wattle” club are preparing to entertain the visitors at afternoon tea in the local hall.

The club officials extend a most cordial invitation to any and all returned local boys to be present and meet their comrades.


AT the bazaar held recently at Langwarrin, in aid of the building fund of the Church of England, the following prizes were awarded: Miss Clark, 1st for Victoria sandwich; Mrs Raws, 1st prize for scones; Mr Jos. Bray – Frankston, 1st prize for hat trimming.


With only 1343 pigs penned at the sales on 16th inst,. in Sydney, prices soared to exceptionally high levels, and what is claimed to be an Australasian record for a pig for slaughter was obtained by Messrs. Badgery Bros, of Castlereagh Street, Sydney, for the, sale of a high class fat Berkshire sow.

This sow was bred and offered on account of Mr Chas Jones, of Wodonga, and realised £21 1s; 346 pigs sold by the firm average £4 14s 4d.


THE preselection ballot of Labor aspirants willing to contest the Flinders electorate at the next Federal elections is to take place on Saturday, October 4, under the auspices of the Flinders Electorate Council.

Nomination for same close on October 3.

Capt S. M. Bruce, M.P. for Flinders, is billed to deliver an important address in the Dandenong Town hall, on Monday evening next, the 29th.

Capt. Bruce has just returned to Australia, after an extensive tour of England, parts of Europe, and America, and as he is a fluent speaker, he should give a very interesting address of his travels, and on matters now occupying the public funds.


FOOTBALLERS Accident Fund – Mr W. L. Hartland, acknowledges subscriptions from the following gentlemen (to defray expense of motor accident to Frankston footballers) which has been handed over to the President:  A. D. Box £1 1s; D. Kennedy £1 1s; W. H. O’Grady 10s; J. Cuthbert 5s; H. Anderson 2s 6d; W. L. Hartland 5s; G. Bray 2s 6d; L. Hearps 2s; .Total £3 9s.


A MEETING of the Frankston Show Committee will be held at the Mechanics’ Hall on Monday night, 29th: inst at 8 o’clock.

As the show schedule is to be reviewed and adopted with a view to early publications a full meeting is requested.

The secretary Mr J. C. Cuthbert reports that he is well satisfied with the promises of support received up to date.



A pretty wedding which excited much interest, was celebrated on Saturday afternoon, Sept 20th, at the Methodist Church, Frankston, when Miss Edith Florence McComb, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs H. McComb, of Nolan Street, Frankston, and Mr Robert Charles Norman (late 21st batt A.I.F.) of Merbein, second son of Mr and Mrs Chas Norman, of Moreland Road, Coburg, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by Rev E. Tonkin.

The Church was tastefully decorated with a color scheme of pink and white azaleas and peach blossom, surmounting a bank of ferns.

The bride who was given away by her father, wore a bridal frock of ivory crepe de chine, draped with ivory ninon, and embroidered, with pearls.

The long court train was also embroidered with pearls and fringe.

Her hand-embroidered veil fell in graceful lines, encircled with a narrow wreath of orange blossom, and she carried a beautiful shower bouquet of white azaleas, cyclamen, heather and maiden-hair fern, designed by Miss Bailey.

The bridesmaids were Miss Millie Marshall and Miss Florence Tonkin, and were daintily attired in chiffon viole inset with filet lace, and wore black tulle hats with cluster of pink grapes, finished with ribbon chin straps, and carried bouquets of pale pink sweet peas and carnations.

Mr R. Swift acted as best man, and Mr R. Turner as groomsman.

Miss Floss Archbold officiated at the organ, and Miss Norman rendered the solo “Because” while the register was being signed.

At the reception and wedding tea, held at “Clarendon House”, the bride’s mother received the guests.

She wore a soft black silk dress, relieved with oriental trimmings, and a hat of black crepe de chine with fawn roses and foilage.

The bridegrooms mother wore a black silk dress and furs, and hat of black silk relieved with white flowers.

The bride’s travelling costume was of mole grey and becoming hat of pearl grey and blue georgette, with blue grapes.

Miss Cahill, of Frankston, was responsible for the charming frock of the bride, which reflects great credit in her taste and skill.

The future home of Mr and Mrs. R. C. Norman will be “Redlands,” Merbein.


FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 27 September 1919

First published in the Mornington News – 24 September 2019


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