POLLING was conducted in two ridings of the Shire of Frankston, and Hastings yesterday, when Cr. J. A. Alden succeeded in retaining his seat in the East Riding against his old-time opponent, Mr. T. Barclay, Hastings.
Cr. Alden, as was forecasted by “The Standard” had no difficulty in heading the poll – being returned by the handsome majority of 146 votes.
The Mount Eliza Riding contest proved much more interesting. Cr. May, as we previously stated, made many friends during his two years term at the council table, and as events proved, those friends proved in a practical way their appreciation of his past services.
Mr. Bradbury always realised that he was up against a difficult proposition in endeavoring to oust the retiring candidate, but entered the lists in a thoroughly sportsman like way, and successfully demonstrated that the rights of citizenship may be exercised in the sphere of public life without engendering ill-feeling between the opposing parties.
Cr. May, in his address at the declaration of the poll, referred to his phase of the contest and paid a tribute to his opponent for the clean way in which he had fought the election.
The result was close, Cr. May obtaining the verdict by a majority of 12 votes.
MR. J. L. Pratt, who of late has not been enjoying the best of health, has been ordered by his medical adviser to take a complete rest.
This week Mr. and Mrs. Pratt will leave per steamer for Sydney en route for the Blue Mountains.
ON Monday next the Carrum fire brigade is holding a combined dance on behalf of the funds of the brigade, when firemen from surrounding districts are expected to attend in uniform.
Mr. Johnson will be officiating at the piano, and Mr. Laging at the jazz instruments, and a feature of the evening is that the ladies will be admitted free.
THE straying stock nuisance at Seaford continues in spite of the various comments for the Press and agitation at the council table, and there concerns, but one means of obtaining the much desired relief, and that is the establishment at Frankston of a cattle pound, where harassed owners of feed could safely pound the free-feed hunting stock of callously indifferent grass grabbers.
Seaford is not without its full quota of straying stock, and the council should at once take the necessary action to construct a pound, where a worried property owner could take the intruding stock without waiting on a busy ranger to find time to do so.
Speaking of the ranger, his position is by no means an attractive one. His duties comprise a patrol of some ten or twelve miles of road frontage, and the council pays the ridiculous salary of £5 per annum.
The matter is becoming one of those troubles which must eventually be given serious consideration, and it would be well for the council to provide a means for the prevention of its getting to be a positive scandal.
The provision of a municipal pound would enable the princely sum of £5 to be saved, and each owner of land would be in a position to take the most effective action if troubled by the wandering stock.
It certainly is the limit when wandering cattle get tangled up with the vast motor traffic on the main road, such as happened last Sunday afternoon.
MEMBERS of the inter–state hockey club were entertained last weekend by the Melbourne Hockey Club, when an outing was arranged for Frankston by char-a-bane.
On their way back they partook of afternoon tea at the Esplanade Cafe, Mordialloc.
There were about 150 in the party and they had a most enjoyable time.
ON the Frankston oval on Saturday last the local footballers, led by Jack May, played a friendly game with the Scotch College team, captained by “Jock” McLouran.
A very enjoyable contest ensued, but the visitors proved too fast for the home boys, who scored an easy victory.
SISTER Creswick has returned and has resumed duties at Frankston private hospital, after spending an enjoyable holiday at Arthunslelgh Station, Goulburn, and Sydney, New South Wales.
A SPECIAL train will leave Frankston for Somerville next Saturday, at 2.15pm, and return at 6pm. It is sure to be well patronised as a keen contest is expected between the Frankston and Somerville teams in this, the first semi-final.
Next Saturday, the Seconds final match, Tyabb v. Seaford meet on the Frankston oval.
The Seaford boys, after watching Tyabb in action last Saturday, feel confident of victory.
THE children’s fancy paper costume ball, organised by the Frankston branch of the A.N.A., in aid of the Frankston Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, was held on Thursday night last, and proved a magnificent success.
The generous proportions of the Palais de Danse afforded ample scope for the little folk to display their finery to the fullest advantage, and hundreds of little feet beat a merry tattoo on the spacious floor of the brilliantly lighted hall.
The function was perhaps the finest of its kind ever held in Frankston. It certainly aroused widespread interest, and the A.N.A. is to be congratulated on having hit on such a novel form of entertainment.
Members of the Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association co-operated in carrying out the arrangements, while the ladies’ committee played a prominent part in contributing to the success of the evening.
There must have been a vast amount of labor entailed in carrying out so satisfactorily all the details, and the magnitude of the task makes success all the more creditable.
It is not the first venture of this kind that the secretary, Mr. D. J. Quartermain, has been connected with, which, no doubt, accounts for a good deal.
Madge Thomas and Ivy Purdy, pupils of Miss White, executed clever toe dancing and songs. Other pupils of Miss White, all dressed as roses, gracefully danced.
Beattie Stack, trained by Miss White, also sang effectively and earned loud applause.
Mrs. F. Johnson made four dresses for the ball, three of which won prizes. Her daughter’s dress, which won a prize as Chrysanthemum, contained 560 feet of paper, and was certainly a work of art, as also were a lot of others worn.
Refreshments were available during the evening, a bevy of ladies doing duty in this department and thus helping to increase the fund.
The takings at the door amounted to £22/5/6, and there were a large number of tickets sold in addition, which should bring the gross taking to something between £30 and £40.
A detailed balance-sheet will be published in due course.
Frankston Progress Association
Mr. Haggart reported that the Mechanics’ Hall had been secured for the wild flower and daffodil show to be held at Frankston on Saturday, 15h September.
The sub-committee, consisting of Messrs. J. G. Mann, W. A. Korner, and J. Haggart have arrangements well in hand.
Members of the Field Naturalists’ Club will be present at the show, which will be opened in the afternoon and continued at night, when a singing and elocutionary competition will be held.
From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 22 & 24 Aug 1923.