Fire warning issued across nation


Compiled by Brodie Cowburn


With the dry weather and high winds serious losses through fire have occurred in several country districts of Victoria.

A warning notice against careless use of fire was circulated by the Lands department in November last and the Minister of Lands is again publishing this warning and appealing to all persons to exercise the utmost care.


PRIVATES Jerry O’Neill and Slocombe have been invalided home to Australia, after a long time on active service.


FREDERICK Albert Gould, youngest son of Mr and Mrs T. M. Gould, Nolan Street Frankston has enlisted for active Service abroad in the Light Horse, and is now in Light Horse training camp, Seymour.

Private T. J. Gould second eldest son sailed for the front on 22nd December as a stretcher bearer in A. M.C. Private Gould leaves behind him a wife and 4 children living at Hopetown.

Mrs Martin Gould of Petrie Street received word on Wednesday from New Zealand that her youngest brother Private F. Mortimer had given his life for King and country.


DR MAXWELL, who enlisted for active service on 1st November, and received a commission as captain in the A.A.M C. left Frankston last Tuesday.

During his absence on active service, his practise will be carried on by Dr George Atkinson, who was practising at Murumbeena for some years, but gave up practice there in order to do military service, twelve months ago.

Dr and Mrs Maxwell will be spending a fortnight’s holiday with Mrs Sharland, at Aberdeen street, Geelong, before the doctor goes into camp. Mrs Maxwell intends to live in Geelong


WE ARE pleased to be able to announce that Mr Sidney Plowman, son of Dr Plowman, has gained an open Scholarship in Science of the value of £50 per annum at Trinity College, Melbourne University.

On leaving the Geelong Grammar School he has gained the position of sharing with another the Cuthbertson Scholarship. This is worth £40 per annum, but the School Council have added £30 to its value.

That Mr Plowman, is not a mere book worm is shown by the fact that he played in the School eighteen in the recent Public School football matches, and at the last competition won the School Championship medal for gymnastics. (His son would go on to become speaker in the Victorian parliament.)


MR A. G. Young, who enlisted in the A.I.F. in August 1914, has received his discharge.

Mr Young left for the front in November 1914, was at the memorable Landing at Gallipoli, and served in the A S.C. on the Peninsula until he contracted enteric fever.

He was invalided to Australia, reaching home in November 1915 On returning to the front in October 1916 he served with the Infantry in France, until he was severely wounded in February 1917, remaining in hospital until the following November when he was once more boarded for Australia.

He has now been discharged as medically unfit for further service, after serving 1241 days.


ANOTHER of the of identities of the Peninsula passed away at the end of last year in the person of Mr Samuel Male, who for many years had made his home at Frankston.

Arriving from England in the year 1839 when 7 years old he with his parents went to reside at Brighton where his father started the first butcher’s shop in that locality.

Young Male was amongst the first who drove a team of bullocks to the diggings in the early days of Victoria. About 50 years ago he came to the Peninsula and has resided here off and on ever since.

He has been an invalid for many years and at the time of his death (November 23) he was in his 85th year.


A “LINEN SHOWER” is an American idea, and has been very popular in the States during the last five years.

When a girl becomes engaged and a date for the wedding is fixed her friends get together and arrange her what is called a “Linen Shower.”

All the friends are invited and each one brings a piece of linen —a table cloth, a half-dozen serviettes, a pair of sheets, or something of the kind and in this way the result is a collection of household linen which will last an ordinary married couple for several years.


A PARTY of about 40 returned soldiers were entertained by the Wattle Club on Thursday last.

A cheque for £29 17s 2d has been handed to the Wattle Club, as a result of Henley on the Kananook Creek, held on New Year’s Day.


IT IS hoped that there will be a good attendance of ladies and gentlemen, interested in the noble work done by the Royal Life Saving Society, at the meeting next Wednesday evening at the Mechanics’.


ATTENTION is called to the advertisement of Mr P. E. Boyett, who announces elsewhere in our columns that he undertakes surgical and mechanical dentistry in all its branches, also gold work as a speciality.


THE FOLLOWING letter has been received by Mrs Geo. Shepherd of Somerville from her son, Frank, who is on active service abroad:

I have not heard from you for about a month, but hope to get a letter by next mail. As you see by the above address I have left Headquarters. I told you in my last letter that we all were ready to go, and I am just here temporarily, getting a little training.

I am on the first draft for France and expect to be over there in a weeks time.

We have had an enormous casualty list, and they want every possible man at once.

They have been clearing men out of Bhurepore at the rate of 100 to 150 per day. All the old boys whom I knew in Abbey Wood have all gone, and the Headquarters are now run by men on crutches and permanently unfits.

I tell you things are pretty bad just now and the war is a long way off from being won.

Don’t worry too much. I’ll come out on top alright.


SATURDAY afternoon and evening, December 22nd, a bazaar and Xmas tree were held in the Horticultural Hall, in aid of the Hall funds. Cr Oates performed the opening ceremony.

The stalls were all prettily decorated with patriotic colors and greenery.


ALEX Scott and Co Pty Ltd. report. A good supply of sheep and pigs but a moderate yarding of cattle. The demand was excellent for all classes of stock and prices very satisfactory.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 12 January 1918

First published in the Frankston Times – 15 January 2018

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