Councillor Oates injured in riding accident


ON Friday night 17th inst Councillor, W. J. Oates J.P. met with a serious riding accident, in which he sustained a fractured thigh.

His condition for several days was serious, but under the care of Dr Maxwell he is said to be progressing favourably, although it will be many weeks before he will be able to get about again.

Cr Oates had been attending the usual meeting of the Repatriation Committee at Frankston and was returning home at about 10 o’clock, when the horse he was riding stumbled over a heap of road metal on the pathway, and falling heavily, rolled its rider.

For upwards of an hour Cr Oates was lying helpless in the road endeavouring to make cries for help heard.

The accident occurred in the vicinity of Mr Ridout’s residence on the Cranbourne Road, and it was her that assistance ultimately came when the sufferer was removed to his home and medical aid summoned.

Very great regret has been expressed throughout the whole Shire at Cr Oates’ misfortune and numerous messages of sympathy have reached him.


CR W. P. Mason last week snatched a brief holiday from the exacting and strenuous duties of his office and spent a few days on a caravan trip to Gippsland.

He had a delightful experience, which had one fault, that it did not last long enough.


MISS Millie McCormack, that young singer of whose vocal ability that audiences have formed such a high estimate, met with continuous success this week at the South St. Ballarat competitions.

For girls aged under 16 (own choice) Miss McCormack received honourable mention; and the champion solo earned second place, being only five points behind the winner out of a large number of entrants.

Her success will be met with pleasure by local music ladies who offer congratulations to this promising young artist and her teacher Mrs. McCormack.


MR L. J. Ward, was sufficiently recovered to leave the “Lancewood” Private Hospital a few days ago to return to his home in Frankston.

Mr Ward expects to resume duties at the local Railway Station early next week.


AFTER a long period of active service during which time he experienced many vicissitudes, being once presumed as missing, Pte. Chas. Brody, son of Mr Mark Brody returned to Frankston on Monday.

The flags were flown gaily in his honour and he received a hearty welcome from his many friends.

Lieut. Williams who also returned in the same boat will not arrive until later as he was in charge of Tasmanian troops and proceeded with them to the Island State.

Lieut. Williams is the son-in-law of Mr Mark Brody. Congenial Mark, always smiling, is now positively beaming.


MR H. Purdy, who recently purchased the Langwarrin Military Band “Mascot” pony was successful in gaining 3rd honours at the last Melbourne show for ponies 12 to 13 hands.

There were nine competitors.


MR E. Barrett, (secretary of the local Repatriation Committee) wishes to draw the attention of employers that several Returned Soldiers are awaiting employment.

Particulars of employment required will be seen in another column.


ON Friday 31st a social and public meeting under the auspices of the Frankston Protestant Federation, will be held in the Mechanics’ Hall.

The usual high class programme of musical items has been arranged and during the evening Mr Briggs, the State organiser, will deliver an address.

Attention is directed to the advertised notice appearing in another column.


THE “final” of the Wattle Club’s euchre tournament took place on Thursday evening.

The function proved most enjoyable.

The winners were announced as follows – Gents 1st Mr C. Dalman, and Mr. McAfee. Ladies – 1st Mrs Murphy, 2nd Mrs Wood.


TENDERS are invited for a new State School building at Bittern.

Particulars as advertised state that tenders close on 31st November.


THE Peninsula Motor Garage Coy. advertise particulars of high class motor cars now available for purchase.

These are the “Austin” and “Buick” for which they, are the sole, district agents.


ATTENTION is directed to the advertisement in another column announcing that Messrs Croft Bros of Somerville have disposed of their well known business to Messrs Gibbon and Tyree (late A.I.F.).

The retiring firm in thanking the public for the support accorded them solicit a continuance of liberal patronage on behalf of their successors.


MESSRS D. Matthew advertises that the standing crops on “Tuerong Park”, Moorooduc are for Sale by tender.


ON Friday 31st, the property, stock and household furniture of Mr Humphries on Main Road, Cranbourne to Frankston will be offered at auction by Messrs Adamson Strettle and Co.. Pty. Ltd.

Full details are advertised.


MESSRS Brody and Mason advertise a long list of household furnishings to be offered at auction, at their rooms Frankston, on Friday 31st.

The full equipment of the Influenza Hospital will be included in the articles offered.


THE Frankston branch of the Red Cross Society met on Friday afternoon. Mrs M. R. Deane (president) presiding.

The question of continuing the activities of the branch were being discussed as we went to press.

A full report will appear next week.


THE Cornucopia in connection with the Frankston State School was opened yesterday afternoon (Friday) and was continued at night.

The proceedings which passed off very successfully will be fully recorded in next issue.


THE deplorable accident to Cr Oates brings to mind the recent complaint made by Cr F. H. Wells at the Council table as to the dangerous practice of allowing roads under construction to be left at night without proper protection.

Langwarrin residents complain bitterly of the condition of the Cranbourne road, even in daylight and it is to be hoped that action will be taken to effect improvements and assure the safety of travellers.


Heard in the Train

That the Frankston Memorial Hall Fund committee has acquired the building known as the Frankston Club together with the billiard table and other contents.

That there is a threatened shortage of oranges and lemons, and fears are expressed that there will be a famine in regard to these fruits before the end of next month.

That protests still continue to be made in certain quarters regarding the action of the Federal Government in prohibiting the entry into Australia of sheep dip from abroad, as a protection for the Australian sheep dip industry.

That at the quarterly meeting of the Methodist Church circuit, Wangaratta, the question of the proposed union of the churches was discussed. A large majority voted against union.


FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 25 October 1919

First published in the Mornington News – 22 October 2019


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