YESTERDAY witnessed the revival of the Frankston Show, and the public showed its appreciation by turning out in its hundreds.
The “gate” proved a record, the takings at the turnstiles amounting to £60/10/-.
This exceeds the results attained in previous years. In addition, a very large number of members’ tickets were sold, so that it is difficult to arrive at a correct estimate of the attendance.
Competent judges incline to the belief that the number of people on the ground yesterday was far its excess of that of former shows.
The weather, contrary to the promise of early forenoon, was not oppressively hot, and the beautifully shaded park proved an ideal spot for the numerous parties picnicking under the pine trees.
On all sides comments were heard expressive of delight at the charming features of Frankston’s noted playground, and visitors from less-favoured localities congratulated the town on possessing such a magnificent asset.
Yesterday’s show was the eighteenth exhibition held under the auspices of the Frankston Horticultural and Agricultural Association.
The last show was held in the year 1913. Activities were suspended during the war period, and it is gratifying to find that the decision of the association to again renew its operations has met with such splendid success.
The Hon. A. Downward, M.L.A., in formally opening the show, referred to’ the high reputation held by the- association in years past, and while admitting that the suspension of the show had proved a big setback, expressed the belief that the association would easily overcome every disability, and work up to be one of the most important fixtures of its kind in the State.
This view found endorsement during the day from many of the visitors from centres like Dandenong, Cranbourre, Moorabbin, and other towns, where exhibitions of a similar .nature are held and, of course, the actual result attained establishes the fact beyond doubt that the Frankston association, under wise and progressive management, has the hall of success at its feet.
There are many improvements that could be suggested, and the committee, no doubt, have noted deficiencies and will take steps to effect improvements before next year.
THE formal opening of the new brick church building, erected by the Methodist people at Langwarrin, will take place on Thursday, 23rd inst., at 3pm.
An address will be given by the Rev. A. E. Albiston, M.A., president of the Conference.
At 5.30pm there will be a tea meeting in the State school adjoining the new building – admission 1s 6d.
This will be followed by a grand concert in the Church at 8pm, for which at attractive programme is in the course of preparation.
Then on Sunday January 25th, the Rev. J. Thomas, B.A., of Canterbury, will conduct the first services, the time being 3 and 7.30pm.
ON Friday 23rd January, Messrs Brody and Mason will hold a clearing sale at Seaford, on account of Mr. M. Roache, who is leaving the district.
THERE was good competition at the property sale conducted by Messrs Brody and Mason at their Frankston mart on Saturday.
All the lots in the Denby Estate were disposed of and after competition a seven-roomed house, situated on “The Heights”, was knocked down to Mr. John E. Jones, the shire secretary.
The property offered by the trustees in the estate of the late Mr. W. Taylor, near the Mile Bridge Melbourne Road, was passed in, but it is understood, was later disposed of privately at the reserve figure.
It is a good sign to find Frankston’s own sons coming back to the old place to enter into commerical activities. Mr. L. Rogers, the eldest son of Mr G. Rogers, after a large business experience in Melbourne and other centres (interrupted only when he enlisted and served with the A.I.F. during the late war), has arranged to enter into partnership with his father in the old established ironmongery business in Playne Street.
Bringing with him, as he does, the enthusiasm of youth, and a thoroughly practical knowledge of hardware, crockery and kindred branches of the trade, he should speedily succeed in making the new firm a household word, not only in Frankston but throughout the peninsula.
MR. J. Gliddon, stationmaster at Seaford, has retired, from the Victorian Railways, after thirty-five years’ service.
Mr. Gliddon was Seaford’s first permanent stationmaster, and by his retirement this district loses a courteous gentleman and a very able officer.
During his five and a half years, at Seaford Mr. Gliddon carried out his duties with great tact and ability, which earned for him the esteem of all.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Gliddon took a very keen interest in the welfare of the school children, who will miss their thoughtful kindness very much.
MAJOR Conder, who has again taken charge at the Langwarrin Military Camp, was present at the Franktston Show yesterday and took an active part in several of the competitions.
MR. R. T Picking, who, while resident in Frankston, took a leading part in the advancement of the town, spent the past month in his seaside residence at Frankston.
In the course of conversation with a local townsman, Mr. Picking, who travels throughout the State of Victoria, said Frankston is undoubtedly the best place for residence in the State.
MR. Victor Fitzpatrick, late postmaster, at Frankston, was present at the Frankston New Year’s Day sports, and received a warm welcome from his many Frankston friends.
MR. E. H. Richmond, who was associated with his father, Mr. H. J. Richmond, in the management of the Frankston “Standard” some fifteen years ago, has been spending the holidays in Frankston, as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. Jolly, “Warren Hill”.
Mr. Richmond is greatly impressed with the progress that Frankston has made in recent years, and considers that there is every probability of land values reaching a much higher level, and population greatly increasing, with the completion of the railway electrification scheme.
He expresses astonishment that the citizens have not insisted upon an improvement being effected in the condition of Kananook Creek, which is an eyesore to the town, and must be a menace to health.
Another drawback is the absence of a bowling-green, and when the water service is installed at Frankston a move should be made in the direction of establishing a bowling club, which will undoubtedly prove a great source of attraction for visitors, as well as providing healthy relaxation, for local residents during the summer months.
Mr. Richmond has forsaken tennis for bowls, and he was one of the founders of the Devonport (Tasmania) Bowling Club, of which he gained the championship on four occasions, and filled the position of runner-up for two years.
He has also interested himself in Masonic affairs during his residence in Tasmania, and is a Past Master of the Mersey Lodge.
His father still evinces a keen interest in bowls.
FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 January 1920