THE shire secretary, Mr. John E. Jones yesterday received application from the secretary of the Amateur Sports Club, Melbourne, asking permission to use the Frankston park for the commencement of the Olympic Marathon test race on Saturday, 29th September.
The application was granted.
This race from Frankston to Melbourne will commence at 1 o’clock, and is really a test to select a representative for Australia at the Paris games next year.
The shire president, councillors and leading members of Frankston sports clubs will assist on the day, and as competitors will be present from all the States considerable public interest should be aroused.
CR. Alden always keeps a keen eye on the financial position of the council. At last Friday’s meeting he drew attention to the increasing debit of the electric light account, and was informed that the position would show improvement when amounts due for installation work and supply of current were paid up.
Cr. Alden contended that there should be no outstanding accounts, and it was resolved that defaulters be given seven days in which to pay, otherwise legal proceedings would be instituted.
MR. A. W. Mabbs, hon. secretary of the Flinders Naval Depot Soccer Club, who has been absent in Sydney for some time, returned to Crib Point last week.
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Mr. Samuel Lazarus, who was killed in alighting from a tram in Burke road, Camberwell, on Thursday last, was a colonist of 71 years standing.
He was a teacher in the old denominational schools at Tullamarine, but later took up commercial pursuits.
He was a resident of Carlton for many years, and later of North Fitzroy.
At one time he was one of the best known figures in Melbourne as the driver of a high two wheeled smart dog cart.
He was a life-long adherent of the Church of England, and one of the directors of the clergy widow and orphans’ fund.
He leaves a son, Lieut.-Colonel J. S. Lazarus, of Frankston, and two daughters.
At the council meeting last Friday Cr. Gray moved that the sympathy of the council be extended to Lieut.-Colonel Lazarus in his bereavement.
The resolution was carried by councillors standing and observing silence for some moments.
Frankston Electric Light
Mr. D. J. Quartermain, manager, reported to the council as follows:
I beg to report for the month of August as follows:
I have completed 14 new installations in the Henley system for the month.
Total amount of installation work done for August, £120/18-; also connected 14 new consumers to the supply.
Amounts collected for the month of August:
Light, £263/12/6; installation, £205/ 10/2; total, £46912/8.
Goods sold and installation done for month of August: Henley system, £126/8/-; sale of goods, £77/8/8; sale of lamps, £11/13/8; sale of sundries, £1/15/6; total, £2205/10.
Total amount of installation work completed to end of August, 1923:
Henley system, £2598/10/9; conduit jobs, £50/9/-; sale of goods, £426/17/9; sale of lamps; £82/ 18/6; sale of sundries, £60/18/6; total, £3219/4/6.
I have also armed poles and transferred wires from swan-neck pins to arms on poles along Playne, Thompson, and Wells streets.
To do this work we worked all day Sunday and Saturday, so as not to interrupt the supply.
TODAY Mr. Hansen, of the Education Department, communicated with Mr. John E. Jones, shire secretary, and informed him that sufficient money had been placed on the estimates to erect a High School at Frankston.
But there was a fly in the ointment.
Mr. Hanson informed Mr. Jones that personally he was “utterly opposed” to the school being built on three acres, as proposed, and he intended exerting his influence with the Minister to have the decision reversed.
Mr. Hanson added that he was leaving for Sydney almost immediately and expected to be absent for three weeks.
On his return he would try and induce the Minister to accompany him to Frankston to inspect the site.
“The Standard” sincerely hopes that Mr. Hansen will succeed in bringing the Minister to Frankston, although Sir Alexander Peacock is already fully aware of all the facts, not omitting the unreasonable attitude of a section of the officers of his department.
It was only about a month ago that Sir Alex. informed a Frankston deputation that the officers of his department had reported that they considered that nothing less than eight acres should be made available at Frankston.
“This was my reply”, exclaimed Sir Alex, holding up a certain document before the deputation as he read: “I DO NOT AGREE.”
Evidently the Minister’s officers are not put down. Mr. Hansen, at all costs, seems to be full of fight, and it remains to be seen how his chief will meet the opposition.
Mr. Hansen evidently possesses a short memory. On the occasion of his visit to Frankston on 1st December, 1921, he informed the residents that the site in question was admirably suited to the purpose.
He added that the cricket ground would still be available to the general public, and instanced the case at Hamilton where similar provision was made.
It was at Mr. Hansen’s suggestion that the council immediately called a public meeting of the residents to make the land available.
At that meeting it was resolved to transfer two acres to the Department as suggested.
Later on the Department asked that the area be increased to three acres and from that time on one obstacle after the other was raised, until finally the Department demanded 8 acres.
According to Mr. Hansen they are still on the war-path. Fortunately for Frankston they find that Sir Alex. is the lion in the path.
FRANKSTON POLICE COURT
At the Frankston Police Court before Messrs. C. W. Grant (chairman), P. Wheeler and J. Brown, J.sP., three young men named Carr, Michael and Long were charged by Senior-Constable Culhane with offensive behaviour at Frankston on Sunday.
They were fined £1 each.
For being drunk and disorderly two men named Moule and Brown, were fined 10/- each.
The Frankston District Gas & Electric Light Company sought to recover £3/17/- from W. P. Mason for electric current.
Mr. A. Leslie Williams appeared for the plaintiff company and defendant conducted his own case.
W. Bean, manager at Frankston, gave the particulars of claim which related to houses known as “Henley” and “The Bowery.”
Defendant denied liability, as he was not the owner of the properties referred to.
The case was withdrawn.
ON Saturday afternoon next, at 3 p.m., H. Daly and T. Potter intend to carry out a trotting contest for a wager.
Seaford road is to become the battle course, and the distance is 16 miles.
Great local interest is being taken in the event, and as both ponies are exceptionally fast some excitement is promised.
Both contestants are very popular in Seaford and bookies are suffering a “freeze out.”
From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 12 & 14 Sep 1923