Author: Melissa Walsh

Road to victory: Kane Watts in his 2015 Australian title win over Emosi Solitua at the Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington. KANE Watts defeated Jayden “Plugger” Joseph to take out the WBA Oceania cruiserweight title at the Melbourne Pavilion on March 1, in a bout that lasted the whole ten rounds. The six foot one, 200 pound boxer whose fighting name is “Sugar Kane” is a peninsula icon, having grown up in the area and playing for the Hastings and Mornington football clubs in his early days. “I started out as a kid when dad used to take me to taekwondo, and…

The Pier Street Party is officially set to shake up Melbourne’s outer suburbs once again on February 24, 2018.  For the second year running, the outdoor festival will be jam-packed with incredible music and summertime fun for all.  Headlining the street party will be Sydney hip hop superstars Thundamentals, with support from a heap of Aussie legends – Art vs Science, Gyroscope, The Getaway Plan, Rackett and Jesswar. Held outside The Pelly Bar & Pier Bandroom in Frankston, this epic street party will be the talk of the summer.  Bringing the local community and music fans together for such an…

Mornington Peninsula street corners, bars and restaurants will come alive again over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th – 11th June 2017, with the sights and sounds of the fifth Mornington Winter Jazz and Blues Festival. The 2017 festival brings with it a host of talent and will showcase an exciting program mixing traditional and modern Jazz and Blues music performances. Come for a night, stay for the weekend, the 2017 Mornington Winter Jazz and Blues Festival has something for everyone. It’s already been five years since the Mornington Winter Jazz Festival began and the talent just gets better and better.…

THE war is revolutionising the position of women in the world. In the excellent current number of “ Everylady’s Journal “ Spencer Brodney puts the case for the mothers. His proposal—and it is not his alone, but that of many leading statesmen— is that motherhood should be endowed. In other words, the State should pay every mother, not a trivial £5 Baby Bonus to cover preliminary expenses, but a regular weekly sum of, say, 10s. or 12s., to enable her to feed, clothe, and educate the child properly. She should be paid for every child up to a certain age.…

THE Somerville Branch of the Red Cross Society intend holding their Spring Show and Jumble Fair on Friday and Saturday, November 10th and 11th. *** A FLOWER Day Concert and Sale of Gifts will be held in the Presbyterian Church, Mornington Junction, on Wednesday next, in aid of the State School War Relief Fund. *** MESSRS Alex Scott and Co will hold a special Horse Sale at the Tanti Yards, Mornington, on Wednesday next, when they will offer 60 horses and ponies. The sale will commence at half-past 12 o’clock. *** THE monthly meeting of the Somer- ville Fruitgrower’s Association…

ON Saturday, at 6.30pm, Henry Woodward, about 11 years of age, was drowned at Carrum, and Mr C. Gill, the local dairyman, had a narrow escape from a similar fate. The boy, wanting to see the flood, had persuaded Mr Gill to take him with him in his cart on the way to Well’s road. To reach his destination he had to drive through the flooded portion. Suddenly the horse was carried off its feet, the cart went under, and both man and boy were swept into the water. Gill got the boy on his back and made a desperate…

THE Inspector of Nuisances (Mr W. J. Stephen) reported as follows: Gentlemen – I have the honour for your information that several complaints were made by householders that the nightman had not been emptying their closet pans regularly and in one instance the pan had not been emptied for four weeks. I interviewed the contractor (Mr Purdy) on the subject and he blamed his employee for the neglect, and dispensed with his services. Since then he has put on a new man, who appears to give more satisfaction, which it is hoped will be continued, as no end of annoyance…

WE regret to have to record that it is reported that two more of our brave Peninsula lads have been killed while fighting in France in defence of their country. We refer to Private George Harrison, son of Mr L. Harrison, of the Grand Hotel, Mornington, and Private Coxhell of the same town. *** THE Peninsula Motor Garage Pty Ltd., has purchased a fine building allotment in the Main St Mornington, and is calling for tenders for the building of a large up to date brick garage, and manager’s residence. A modern plant has already been purchased by this Company.…

THE many friends of Mr and Mrs G. Shepherd, of Somerville will regret to hear of the death of their eldest daughter, Mrs Orsino, which occurred at Somerville on Monday last. The deceased has been in ill health for some considerable time. *** CR A. J. Allen, was elected President of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings at their meeting held on Thursday last. *** MESSRS Brody and Mason will hold their monthly sale at Somerville, on Wednesday next, when they expect a good yarding. *** THE friends of Major Stuart Balmain, of Coolart, Balnarring, will be interested to hear that…

A MAGISTERIAL inquiry touching the death of a woman named Elizabeth Bullock, whose body was found at Mornington Junction, on Friday afternoon last, was held on Monday, at the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall, before Mr W. J. Oates, J P., when the following evidence was adduced:—Roydon Ross deposed that he was a butcher residing at Somers. On the 25th inst he was travelling round Mornington Junction in the butcher’s cart, and about one o’clock he stopped to feed his horse at a blind road. There was a watercourse where the horse was feeding. He walked into the ti-tree to cut a stick,…

A TOMATO bottle was picked up on the beach a few days ago by Mr E. McComb, containing the following words. From the date on the note it has evidently been drifting about for a long time: “The finder would be doing a great service to me if he tell my mother (Mrs Sarratt, Claremont Avenue, Malvern) that all is well—Trooper Jas Sarratt, Albany, 29/10/14.” *** EX-COUNCILLOR G. Keast notifies in another column his reasons for not seeking re-election at the hands of the Centre Riding ratepayers. This advertisement was inadvertently omitted in our last issue. *** MR Marcus McBrodie…

MESSRS Adamson, Strettle and Co will hold their next sale at Tanti on Monday next—For entries see advt. *** MR Joseph Unthank will address the electors at the Somerville Hall on Wednesday evening next, and gives a cordial invitation for all Centre Riding ratepayers to be present. *** A PUBLIC meeting will be held on Thursday evening next in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall, when addresses will be delivered on the 6 o’clock closing question by prominent speakers. *** A PRESENTATION of a travelling bag was made to Guard Phil O’Grady, on being transferred to Mornington, by his fellow employees, Frankston,…

FRANKSTON was privileged to be chosen once more for an afternoon’s outing for returned wounded and sick soldiers, on Wednesday last, and the lads evidently enjoyed the fun and the efforts made to entertain them. A wire was received Monday afternoon by the secretary of the “Wattles” Club (Miss Gray) asking if it would be possible to entertain 150 overseas soldiers, who were to arrive in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. So there was no time to be lost before making preparations. However, no difficulty whatever was experienced in providing the boys with the very best Frankston could produce. The Wattles…

MR JOHN E. Jones (the Shire Secretary) is still suffering from the attack of influenza that he has been the victim of for some weeks now, and was unable to take up his duties at the Council meeting on Thursday. Mr W. G. Sanders, of Mornington, acted as locum tenens in Mr Jones’ absence. We hope soon to see the latter again able to take up the duties of his office. *** MADAM Emily Benson, the Melbourne Society entertainer will sing at the concert in aid of the Frankston District Roll of Honor. *** IN our last issue Mrs A.…

WE call special attention to an advertisement in another column announcing the holding of a Public meeting at the Mechanics’ Hall, Frankston, on Thursday, August 4th at 8 p.m., to commemorate the anniversary of the Declaration of the War by England.   The meeting will be held in response to a request from the Premier of Victoria, that meetings should be held at the Centres throughout the whole State to commemorate the event.   After two years of this ghastly war, waged by the Allies for freedom, truth, justice and the fulfilment of honorable agreements between nations, it is fitting…

BY the death of Mr J. F. Hodgkinson, the district loses an old and highly esteemed resident. He possessed many natural talents besides being good with the brush and pencil, he was also a fine etcher. A lover of good poetry, he was an original thinker and a keen student of nature.   His life exemplified two well known sayings “Talent is developed in solitude” and “They whom the Gods love, die young” for he passed away at the early age of 45 years.   He will be greatly missed by the residents of the adjoining properties. His practical advice…

  PHENOMENA of the Sky. What is called an annular or ring, like an eclipse of the sun, will occur on the morning of the 30th of July. It will commence at two minutes past eleven. Nearly 94 per cent of the sun’s disc will be covered by the dark body of the moon.   To persons living on a slightly curved line extending down from the head of Spencer Gulf in South Australia down through the neighbourhood of Hopetoun and Colac in Victoria, crossing Bass Strait, near the Eastern end of King Island to Davenport and Hobart in Tasmania, it…

A FOOTBALL match was played at Frankston on Saturday last, between the locals and a team from Naval Base, a collection being taken up in aid of patriotic funds.   The day was cold and showery, which mitigated against a large attendance. The game was pretty evenly contested, and resulted in a win for the visitors by 3.9 to 2.9. *** THE Presbyterian services throughout this district will be conducted on Sunday next by the Rev. G. Carson, of Mornington, the local Moderator. The sacrament of the Holy Communion will be dispensed at each service. The services are advertised. ***…

A PAINFULLY sudden death occurred on Monday morning to a little girl, eleven years of age, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Olding, of Carnegie. It appears that, in company with her younger sister, she was spending a holiday at Flinders and on Saturday morning last complained of a sore throat and not feeling well. She gradually got worse and on Monday morning a motor was procured and a start was made for home.   On arriving at Bittern it was discovered that the child was dead.. The remains were then brought on to Frankston, and on Tuesday morning Dr…

Frankston has spoilt its reputation for being slow and whosoever may have been under that impression will no longer think so when they consider the big undertaking and successful carrying out of last Wednesday’s programme. Word was received on Monday by the Red Cross Society that a trip had been arranged to Frankston for nearly 200 wounded soldiers, who had to wait four days in Melbourne for their boat before they could proceed to their homes in Queensland and New South Wales, and the society lost no time in making all necessary arrangements to provide the best entertainment possible for…

WHILE walking along the road at Carrum at 7.45 on Sunday night last, John Leslie Atkins, 22, a jockey, who lived at Cherry street, Northcote, was run over by a motor car, which passed across his face, fracturing his skull, nose and jaw. He died at Homeopathic Hospital at 11 p.m. the same evening. *** MESSRS Adamson, Strettle and Co., will hold their next sale at Tanti Yards on Monday next, when they will have a good yarding of stock including milkers, springers and fat cattle, also sheep and pigs. *** THE “Wattles” Club social and dance takes place this evening…

A TREMENDOUS sensation, has been caused throughout the world by the news of the death by drowning of Lord Kitchener and his staff, by the founding of H.M.S. Hampshire, which occurred on Monday west of the Orkneys, while on its way to Russia, as the result of being mined or torpedoed” It is estimated that there was a total loss of 655 lives. *** THE month of May, 1916, has distinguished itself by putting up a record low temperature in Melbourne —11 degrees below zero. *** WORKING expenses on the railways have increased by £326,260 for the past quarter. The train mileage decreased by 154 575. ***…

WHEN Melly Shute moved to Mornington with her husband and bought Bella on Main, this go-getter ex-fashion editor brought another aspect to her business when she became part of the charity, Share the Dignity. Share the Dignity provides homeless and at risk women with donations of unopened sanitary products which are invaluable to women’s lives. “We have a donation box in the store where people can drop off their unopened sanitary products. These donations allow the women a sense of dignity which is so important particularly at this challenging time in their lives,” Ms Shute said. Perhaps it is her…

RATEPAYERS are reminded that unless all rates are paid on or before the 10th of June, they will not be entitled to have their names placed on the ratepayers’ roll. In order to facilitate payment the rate collector will be at the following places on the under mentioned dates:—5th and 6th of June, at Hastings, 7th and 8th at Frankston, 9th and 10th at Somerville. *** AT the recent examinations in music of University Conservatorium, Miss Rose Farmer, pupil of Miss T. Carter, was successful in gaining a pass in pianoforte, Grade V. *** THE Rev A. P. Mc’Farlane will…

ACCIDENT in Epsom Steeple. Death of J. P. Edwards. A regrettable accident which resulted in the death of the well known  cross-country horseman James P. Edwards, occurred on Saturday in the Bush Steeplechase, run at. Epsom.   Edwards had the mount on the top weight, Mr. Justin Curr’s gelding Expeditioner, who started second favorite for the event, which attracted a field of sixteen runners. Passing the stand Expeditioner was going well in third position, a few lengths behind Londonderry and the favorite, Dominican, when at the last of the treble, almost opposite the judge’s box, he appeared to cannon with another…

WE regret to learn that two of the Peninsula lads who were reported missing since the memorable 8th of August last year at Gallipoli, have now been officially reported killed.   We refer to Private Harry R. Twyford second son of Mr John Twyford, of Somerville, and Private Noel Travers E. Somers, the eldest son of Dr Somers of Mornington. Both lads were just 23 years of age. LIEUT. W. C. Pentland and Private Tox Anderson, late of Arthur street, Frankston, are now on their way to the front. We wish them every success. *** CORPORAL B. McMichael, Privates J.…

WE are pleased to note that Mrs Barclay, of “Osborne House”, is slowly recovering from the accident which occurred about two weeks ago, when she was knocked down by a motor car as she alighted from a tram in Swanston street, Melbourne. *** PRIVATE W. White will be tendered a farewell social and presentation on Saturday (this evening) in the Recreation Hall, Langwarrin, previous to his departure for the front. *** MESSRS Adamson, Strettle and Co will hold their second sale at Tanti,on Monday next, when they will have a good yarding of cattle, sheep and pigs. The sale will…

MESSRS Adamson Strettle and Co will hold their second sale at Tanti on Monday, 15th May, when a good yarding is expected. *** THE annual meeting of the Somerville Fruitgrowers’ Ladies’ Guild will be held in the Somerville Hall on Tuesday afternoon, at 3 o’clock. *** MR V. Porter, who has been residing on the Mornington Road, Frankston, for some time is leaving the district, and intends taking up his residence at Beaconsfield, where he has purchased a property. *** MR. W. Membrey, having leased his property in Frankston, left for his new home at Caulfield last week, and the…

A VERY successful function took place at Mornington Junction on Saturday evening last, when Privates Walter Scott, John Pariss, John Holley and Andrew Fulton were tendered a farewell social, on the eve of their departure for the front. Mr Geo. Griffeth, president of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings, occupied the chair, and a first-class programme was rendered by the Langwarrin Camp Concert Party, under the direction of Sergeant Gigney, the following being the items given :—Overture, Patriotic Airs, Sergeant Moir; song, “On the banks of the old canal,” Private F. Dale; recitation, Sgt Richardson; The Singing Comedian, Pte Val…

30,000 CASES of fruit has been despatched from the Somerville station during the month of March this season. *** THE “Wattles” Club will hold one of their popular socials in the Mechanics Hall on Saturday (22nd inst) in aid of Australia’s Sick and Wounded soldiers. *** AT St Paul’s Church, Frankston there will be services on Good Friday and Easter Day, when the annual Easter Offering will be made. For times see our advertising columns. *** THERE will be no meeting of the Frankston Progress Association on Wednesday next, owing to the Easter Holidays. The next meeting will be held…