YET another attempt to alienate Crown lands adjoining the front bench in Sorrento is in progress.
The public know well the two beautiful points jutting out into Port Phillip Bay on the south-east side of the Sorrento steamboat pier known as The Sisters.
From the point nearest to the pier, as well as the farther one, which is already alienated, a be beautiful panoramic view of the bay is to be seen.
Marked expressions of annoyance and disgust were quickly followed by an expressed determination to prevent any further alienation of the foreshore for anything but public purposes.
The reported attempt has not officially reached the committee of management of the Sorrento foreshore.
Two years ago a deputation waited on the then Minister of Lands (Mr. Oman) with a view to the whole of the foreshore between Canterbury Jetty and the quarantine station boundary being placed under the control of it trust.
Finally a committee of management was appointed for Sorrento controlling the reserve and foreshore from Canterbury Jetty and Mr. Laycock’s, and also one for Portsea from Mr. Laycock’s to the quarantine boundary.
Regulations were framed and gazetted by the committee, and it has been doing all the preliminary work prior to carrying out necessary improvements.
Then the Sorrento committee found that, on sending out the assessment, notices to lessees of jetties, bathing boxes, &c., the Lands Department had eliminated a portion of the foreshore from the operations of the committee of management.
On the top of this comes the report of the projected alienation of the remaining point of “The Sisters.”
The secretary of the foreshore committee, when asked if such was the case, replied that he had heard the report, and failed to see how the Government could sell the land, as it was vested in the control of the Sorrento committee, and, according to documentary evidence in his possession, the land was permanently reserved for the recreation, convenience and amusement of the people.
OPENING OF FRANKSTON HIGH SCHOOL
As the High School is to commence on Tuesday next, February 12, parents and guardians of intending scholars are hereby reminded that the head teacher, Mr. R. E. Chapman, Dep. Ed., will be in attendance at the temporary school buildings, Masonic Hall, Frankston, from 10am on Monday, February 11, to enrol scholars.
We trust that all those who are desirous of making a success of the school, and incidentally providing their children with a first class education, will avail themselves of this opportunity.
Miss Broughton, of Bendigo, and Miss Lynch, will form part of the staff under Mr. Chapman at the new school.
IN our last issue we notified the public that Mr. Tom Laurie, of Cranbourne Road, Frankston, was suffering from a severe attack of ptomaine poisoning.
We are pleased to now be able to report that the danger zone has been passed, and he is making rapid progress towards recovery.
MR. and Mrs. F. Kilner have moved into their new house on the Melbourne Road, having decided to make their home permanently in Frankston.
Mr. Kilner, who is the son of the late Mr. Joseph Kilner, who was for many years associated with Frankston, and knowing no better place, has returned to the scene of his boyhood days to spend his declining years.
Mr. Charles Kilner, a brother of Mr. F. Kilner, has also had a house built at Frankston, and having retired from business has come back with his wife, to settle here. We wish them many happy years in their new homes.
WE learn with pleasure that Mr. Albert Addicott, who a few weeks ago met with a severe accident to his hand, is now making good progress towards recovery.
Although Mr. Addicott has had a piece of bone removed from his hand, hopes are entertained that he will not lose the use of any of his fingers.
Mr. Addicott (senior), who has been suffering with a broken arm, is also well on the way towards recovery.
WE regret to hear that Mr. Charles Murray, of Somerville, is about to go under a serious operation this week, and we extend to him and his relatives our best wishes for a successful result, and a speedy return to health.
MR. and Mrs. Dodd, of Frankston have just returned home from a motor trip to the Gippsland Lakes where they have had a most enjoyable time.
MR. W. Minton’s (superintendent of the Ragged Boys’ Homes) mother is very ill in hospital.
Mrs. Minton is 80 years of age, and came out from England by the “Great Britain” in the sixties.
MR. Bert McComb has received offer from the Essendon Football Club, asking him to practice, with view to playing with them during the forthcoming season.
We understand he has favourably considered the offer, and Essendon’s gain will be Frankston’s loss.
However, our best wishes for success will accompany Bert in’ his future playing sphere, believing, that with the chances offered he will prove them what he has proved here, that is, thorough sportsman, always playing the game as it should be played, in the interests of sport alone.
PROHIBITION IN AMERICA
The congregations who attended the Presbyterian Church in the morning, and the Methodist Church, Frankston, in the evening of Sunday last heard more about the above subject than they have been able to hear or to read up to the present time.
The preacher, Dr. Blakeslee, who took for his subject, “Prohibition, in America: By One Who Lives There,” gave a very fine address, taking those present by word pictures through the various states, pointing out the conditions obtaining there, showing these states under prohibition and before; showing the true state of affairs, and comparing them with the various reports that have appeared from time to time.
Altogether it was a real eye-opener for a good many, and whether one is in favour of prohibition or not, it must be admitted the lectures or sermons were indeed very fine.
ONE often hears the expression “Fifty-Fifty” used, and sometimes the expression “Break even,” whatever it may mean.
However, the following story, of the former is of such a character that we think it worth repeating.
The story runs as follows:
In a country town, where a rabbit canning factory was established, a rumour began to circulate that the management were turning out more tins of the finished product than their consumption of rabbit would warrant.
This rumour eventually reached the department, who at once despatched an inspector to the place to make inquiries.
Upon arrival at the place he at once approached the manager, told him who he was, and his business there.
He then asked if it were true that he was putting something other than rabbits in the cans.
The manager at once said “Yes.”
Upon being asked what, he said, “I am putting in horse flesh, good, clean horse flesh, the same as they eat in other countries.”
Upon being asked by the inspector, “What proportion are you putting in,” he replied, “Oh, fifty-fifty.”
“What do you mean by “fifty fifty,” asked the Inspector.
“Oh, fifty-fifty means one horse, one rabbit.”
From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 6 & 8 Feb 1924