THE death occurred on Sunday night last, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, of Mr Frederick Benson, who had been a resident of this district for several years. The cause of death was an abscess on the brain.
Deceased was 29 years of age, and was a fine, robust specimen of Australian manhood.
He was ill for less than a week, and the news of his demise came as a painful surprise to his many friends throughout the Peninsula, where he was held in the highest esteem.
The late Mr Benson married the daughter of Mrs Reynolds, of Frankston, and very deep sympathy is felt for the young widow and her infant son.
The funeral, which took place at Frankston on Tuesday, was very largely attended.
Many Returned Soldiers’ were in attendance, deceased having been a member of the A.I.F., with a very fine war record.
The Rev. A. P. McFarlane conducted the service at the graveside, the “Last Post” being sounded by Trumpeter Willie Lewis, of Frankston.
Our Special Correspondent of Somerville writes:
“Much surprise and regret has been expressed here at the sadden and untimely death of Mr Frederick Benson, who until recently was, with his family, a resident here.
He was very well known and highly respected throughout the district, and much sympathy is felt for his wife and children.”
Frankston Police Court
Frederick William Barnes, of Mascot Avenue, Carrum, the owner of a property in Point Nepean Road, on which a shop was being erected, proceeded against J. T. Carrol, the adjoining owner for an order that a new dividing fence be erected.
Mr. A. L. Williams, who appeared for Mr. Barnes, stated the present fence was old and was partly wire and partly ti-tree.
The position was a residential one, and good fences were necessary, and should be ordered.
After hearing the evidence the Police Magistrate said the existing fence was not sufficient, and proper fencing should be put up.
An order was made that defendant erect half of the fence with 5ft. 6in. palings, except that red gum posts be substituted for jarrah.
A PARTY of Cheltenham residents who recently visited Phillip Island to take part in wedding festivities, had an exciting experience.
They had motored from Cheltenham to Stony Point, and then crossed to Cowes in the S. S. Genista.
The return journey to Hastings was made by motor boat, but the trip across Westernport Bay was very rough, waves breaking right over the boat, almost all being drenched.
It was a tired, but never the less, happy party that landed at Hastings after an eventful passage.
THE statement made by one of city weeklies to the effect that a live mine had been lost in Port Phillip Bay has been ridiculed by the Naval Department, who aver that the lost mine was a “dud,” and, therefore quite harmless to shipping.
It was alleged in the Press that whilst towing a barge loaded with live mines, destined for Westernport, one of the mines was lost overboard, and that the loss was not discovered until the Pioneer had steamed into Crib Point.
The mine was discovered seven days later.
WHILST motor cycling in the vicinity of Dandenong on Saturday last, Mr Harold Grimwade, son of Brigadier-General Grimwade, of Frankston, met with a serious accident, but, although his injuries are very serious, his recovery is expected.
General Grimwade was at Frankston at the time of the accident, but he immediately motored to Dandenong.
THE Langwarrin Recreation Reserve Committee, through its enthusiastic Vice President, Mr T. J. McMurtrie, has received a donation of £20 towards the fund for the improvement of the ground.
The donor is Mr. J. F. Payne, of “Rupertstan.”
THE Andrew Kerr War Memorial Home for Children, erected in memory of the late Sergeant A Kerr, who was killed in the battle of Flerbaix, was officially opened by the Governor General Lord Forster, at Mornington yesterday.
Lady Forster, Archdeacon Hindley, Brigadier-General, Senator Elliott, and Mr Critchley Parker were amongst the speakers.
IN the Methodist Church at Langwarrin, in the presence of a large congregation last Sunday afternoon Rev. C. Angwin dedicated to the glory of God, for the preaching of His gospel, and in memory of two late residents, Mr and Mrs Corlett, saw a very handsome polished Blackwood pulpit, the gift of the members of the Corlett family in recognition of their indebtedness to their parents, and an outward manifestation of the affection with which in their hearts they cherish their memory.
FRANKSTON residents intend giving a welcome home to Capt Bruce, M.P., who returns to Australia next week.
Attention is directed to the advt. in today’s issue calling a meeting to arrange the function.
THE Licensing Court has approved of the transfer of the licence of the Tanti Hotel, Mornington, from Mrs Adelia Hunt to Mr Samuel Trusler.
MR Harry Golds, of Messrs Harrison and Golds, the local wood merchants, who has been suffering from a poisoned hand for several weeks past, has now recovered sufficiently to resume his business occupation.
AT the Cheltenham Court on Oct 19 Clarence Cornish, of East Malvern, was fined £3 for throwing an empty beer bottle from the Frankston train on August 27th.
One of the Justices wanted to make the fine £5 or £10, but the majority thought £3 would meet the case.
IN today’s issue, Mr Herbert Downward advertises the programme of the race meeting to be held at Mornington on Thursday, Nov 10th.
As the proceeds of the meeting go to the Somerville Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, it is to be hoped that the attendance will be exceptionally large.
The Shire Secretary (Mr John E. Jones) advises that a public holiday has been duly proclaimed throughout the Shire of Frankston and Hastings for Thursday, November 10th, the day fixed for the above race meeting.
GENERAL regret has been expressed at the impending departure of Tyabb’s station-master, Mr Len Morrow, who has been transferred to Middle Footscray.
During their stay here, Mr and Mrs Morrow have made themselves very popular, and “Len” will be much missed in football and cricket circles.
REV. A. P. McFarlane wrote to the Seaford Progress Association complaining of the untidy condition in which the hall was left their meetings.
Members were very indignant at the charge made, and stated that there was no foundation for such an assertion. They expressed the opinion that although the church did not receive a handsome rental from the P.A., the association had held two working “bees,” and saved the building from collapse.
From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 28 October 1921
First published in the Mornington News – 2 November 2021