Push to reopen the school in the old Tyabb township


A DEPUTATION from Tyabb waited on Mr H. S. W. Lawson, Minister for Education on Tuesday for the purpose of requesting that the school in the old township be re-opened which had been closed recently.

It was suggested that in order to reduce expense women teachers should be placed in charge of this school and the school near Tyabb railway station.

Mr. Lawson promised to inquire into the matter. It was mentioned that the cost of the two schools at Tyabb had been £440, and that the present outlay on the school, near the railway station, which is in charge of a man teacher, is £285.


THE net result of concert held on Easter Saturday in aid of Frankston Branch of the Red Cross Society, arranged by Presbyterian Young Mens’ Bible Union. amounted to £17 15s 6d.


THE Secretary of the Frankston Athletic Club has handed £14 to the Frankston District Roll of Honor Fund, this being the net result of New Year’s Day Sports.

The total of the Honor Fund now reaches £90.


A PATRIOTIC meeting was held at the Seaford Hall on Saturday evening last in support of the Win-The-War candidate of the electorate.

Mr Fox addressed the meeting with his well known humour and eloquence.


THE Frankston Juniors were again hopelessly overmatched in their game of football with the Mornington lads last Saturday on the Frankston oval, the game finishing with the scores at 7.15 to 1.2.

A game will be played this afternoon between teams chosen from Frankston and Langwarrin Camp, on the ground of the latter.


SUNDAY next will be observed as Foreign Missions Day in the Frankston Methodist Circuit. Rev E Tonkin will conduct services bearing on the subject at Frankston 11 a.m, Langwarrin 3 p.m and Somerville 7 p.m.

Mr H. G. Overton, Circuit Secretary and Treasurer for Foreign Missions, will officiate at Frankston in the evening.


THE net profits of the Colonial Bank of Australasia Ltd. for the six months ended 31st March 1917 amounted to £27,024 2s 9d.

This is after providing for a 10 per cent bonus paid to the Staff on the amount of their salaries for the half year.

The Balance Sheet which has just been published shows what a strong position the Bank is in.

The balance sheet as usual shows great strength in Coin Bullion, Debentures, and other liquid assets which amount to no less than £2,013,941.

This is more than would be required to meet the total of the non interest bearing deposits and is equivalent to 44.8 per cent of the total liabilities of the Bank.

It is proposed to pay a dividend at the rate of 7 per cent, per annum on both Preference and Ordinary Shares and place £10,000 to the Reserve Fund making £20,000, for the year and raising it to £280,000.

The solidarity of this institution should be most gratifying to its shareholders, as well as to all depositors.


AMONGST the troops who left for the front by the “Ballarat” on 19th Feb last, and which was torpedoed in the English Channel on Anzac Day, was the 2nd section of the Australian Railway Unit.

Some of them being well known in this district, especially Sergeant McFaul, engine driver, was well and favorably known during his lieutenancy as Q.M. at the Military Camp, Langwarrin.

The flag and banner “Australia will be there” which was presented to him by a few friends in Frankston prior to his departure, was displayed on the railway pier, Port Melbourne by Sgt. McFaul, and was taken on the ill fated Ballarat.

Also Cpl Percy Prater, engine driver, the once brilliant Frankston football player. Pte Fred McFee of Ryall Phillip Island, (an anzac) electrician, and Pte W. G. Connal, fireman.

This was Connal and McFee’s third trip together. The first being with the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles to South Africa in 1901; the second with 4th Light Horse Reg. A.I.F. in October 1914, both were invalided home and after their discharge volunteered several times but were rejected as medically unfit for active service.

When the Railway Unit was called for, they at once made application and were accepted. As all lives are saved, they will truly still be comrades in arms we hope.


Is marriage a failure, or no?

To answer is nobody’s place;

Only time and experience will show,

To each individual case.

What’s worse than a very bad cold ?

Nothing, we feel pretty sure–

The best thing to take we are told

Is Woods’ Great Peppermint Cure.


Our Letter Box.



Sir,–It is to be hoped that the Shire Council will not adopt the recommendation of its Inspector to encourage the erection of motor garages on the foreshore.

The proposal is an outrageous one, and the reasons given for its adoption are inadequate.

The Inspector says that “unless Mr G. E. Thomas is allowed to house his motor car on the foreshore, Frankston, will probably lose this citizen as a resident”.

Even if this assumption is correct (which it probably is not) then by all means let Mr G. E. Thomas go as his presence in Frankston at weekends and on odd occasions would not, I think, compensate the permanent residents for the dangerous precedent of allowing him to have a motor garage on ths foreshore.

If the privilege be allowed to him, it must of course, be allowed to others and soon the beauty of the foreshore would be a thing of the past, with the probable result that Frankston popularity would speedily wane.

Apropos of his motor garage which the Inspector says is a boat shed, I should like to point out that the only means of ingress on the seaward side is a small door 2ft wide, which no boat could pass, and that the floor level is 3 feet above the sand level.

Of course it is a motor garage and always has been.

With regard to the extensive structure under Oliver’s Hill the Inspector says it has the appearance of two very good boat houses built together.

Well, appearances are deceptive!

It consists of a long low shed and two rooms well lighted and finished.

A nice little tank is erected at the back projecting into one of the rooms with (I believe) inside tap attached.

One room has seats with table (movable) in the centre and on two occasions I have seen a jolly party of ladies and gentlemen having cakes and tea (all hot) in the room referred to.

The billy is boiled just outside, while the faithful motor car waits on the Morninging Road.

Anyone can see it and there is no attempt at concealment.

This is all very cosy and pleasant but is the structure not something more than a boat-house and bathing box?

I hope and believe that the matter may safely be left in the hands of our Councillors.

Yours etc.–

L. R. N. UTBER. 3/5/17.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 5 May 1917

First published in the Mornington News – 1 May 2017

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