Returned soldier dead after being thrown from horse


A SAD fatality took place on Sunday last, the victim being Mr Angus Sharkey, who was visiting at “Beachleigh,” the residence of Mrs Forster, Mornington Road.

Deceased was riding on the road in the vicinity of the Mornington racecourse, when he was thrown from his horse, and falling on his head, received such injuries as to cause death to ensue very shortly after.

Deceased, who was 21 years of age, was a returned soldier.

The funeral took place on Tuesday, the interment taking place in the Frankston cemetery with military honors.

The coffin was mounted on a gun-carriage and a large numbers of returned men headed the cortege.

The following Returned Soldiers acted as pallbearers – Messrs J. C. Murphy, C. Bunney, Petrie, Anderson, Watson, and R. McKenzie.

The Rev. A. P. McFarlane officiated at the graveside.


THE modern plate glass windows, recently added to the premises of Messrs G. E. Rogers and Son, ironmongers, Playne street, attracted considerable attention during the week. More anon.


IT is announced in our advertising columns that a grand Gymkhana will be held at Hastings on Easter Monday, under the auspices of the Hastings branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association and the Brass Band.

The programme will be advertised later. Mr. J. Bickley is the hon. secretary.


A SPLENDID line of preserving jars just arrived at G E Rogers & Son.


A GRAND ball and supper to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day will be held in the Hastings Catholic School Hall on Friday, 19th March.

Tickets will be sold at 3/-, 2/-, and 1/-.


HOUSEWIVES will be interested in the new method of bottling fruit. Outfits now on view at G. E. Rogers and Son.


MR. Percy Lyon announces that he has purchased the business lately carried on by Mr. A Shannon, of Frankston.

Mr. Lyon, who is a returned soldier, is a practical baker and pastry cook, and is soliciting a share of public patronage.

He undertakes to produce an article that will give entire satisfaction.


LIEUT. H. W. James, who has seen service with the A.I.F., will give a lantern lecture entitled.”With the Fighting Forces Abroad,” in the Methodist Church, Frankston, on Thursday evening next, at 8 o’clock.


CR. W. J Oates needs no introduction to the public of Frankston. It will give satisfaction to many to know, however, that he his entered into the business circle of the town, and will materially strengthen the ranks of the progressive commercial men who are endeavouring to push forward the interests of the town.

Mr. Oates announces in another column that he has purchased the business known as the “Frankston Dairy”, lately conducted by Messrs. Peebles and Strong.

He intends to conduct the business on up-to-date lines, and guarantees an absolutely pure milk supply, direct from his own well-known dairy farm.


We have been requested by. Mr. W. Minton, the Hon. Supt. of the Melbourne Ragged Boys’ Home, to acknowledge the receipt of a donation of £1 from Mr. R. R. Drake, the Treasurer of the “Seagull Swimming Club”, Long Island, Frankston, which amount has been accepted with many thanks, on behalf of the Boys’ Home on Oliver’s Hill, Frankston.


LAST Sunday afternoon the Wattle Club entertained a number of invalid soldiers at Frankston.

The following extract from the weekly report of the Red Cross V.M.C. speaks for itself:

“Sunday was another ideal day for motoring, and the boys thoroughly enjoyed the run to Frankston, where they were entertained by the ladies of the “Wattle Club.”

(The roads just past Moorabbin Station, until nearing Cheltenham, are fast falling into a very hard state, and a new track is being cut by the motorists on the south side. It is to be hoped that those responsible will take the repairs in hand quickly).

The usual generous hospitality prevailed. There is always a special “personal touch” at Frankston – music and songs passed the afternoon away.

Our genial V.P. No. 3, in a delightfully ethereal vein, returned thanks on behalf of the V.M.C and the boys.

He must have more opportunities of disclosing his hidden treasures of speech.

The return trip was made at 4.30, and it is pleasing to relate that tyre troubles were absent on both outward and homeward journeys.

Twenty-two cars were present.”


THE many friends of Cr H. E. Unthank, of Hastings, will regret to learn that he was the victim of a serious riding accident yesterday.

From particulars to hand it appears he was rounding up sheep on horse back in one of his home paddocks, when the horse fell and rolled on him.

Mr Unthank when discovered some hours later was suffering excruciating pain, and his agony was so great that his friends desisted in their efforts to remove him to the homestead.

The sufferer was made as comfortable as possible pending the arrival of medical aid which had been summoned by telephone.

Dr Maxwell was speedily in attendance, and affording what relief was possible had the patient removed to St Pancras Private Hospital.



To the Editor,

Sir, I am extremely glad to see by your last number that the Frankston Gas and Electric Co. comes in for some well merited criticism.

Yours is not the only complaint that I have heard, and such occurrences as commented on, combined with the Company’s attitude towards extension of lighting facilities to Seaford, make it highly desirable that the Council should take some strong and definite steps in the direction of securing relief.

No district can progress without modern conveniences, yet here at Seaford we are compelled to go about with tallow candles and kerosene lamps as if we were hundreds of miles from civilization.

I am given to understand that the charter given to the Frankston Gas and Electric Co. provided for a continuous service, as well as for lighting up the contiguous districts, such as the Seaford Riding, yet neither of these things are being done.

Councillors may be assured they will have the full support of their constituents in asking that full attention should be paid to these matters.

Good lighting is an essential to progress, and a deterrent to fire risk.

Why should these districts be kept back in the way they are?

I might mention I have just returned from Sydney where seaside land (residential – not shop) thirty miles and more from the city is worth £15 upwards, a foot – and why ? Because conveniences, such as light, water, travelling facilities, are provided as a matter of course for the public.

Yours &c.,


“Lialeeta”, Seaford.


FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 13 February 1920

First published in the Mornington News – 18 February 2020


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