Crackdown on youths with firearms


Compiled by Brodie Cowburn

IN consequence of numerous complaints regarding youths armed with pea rifles, shooting indiscriminately at windows, railway signals and stock, Const. Ryan proceeded, on Monday evening, to Carrum Downs and Seaford.

In the vicinity of a swamp near Seaford on which a number of wild ducks were swimming, the const. found four youths. One had a shot gun and each of the others had a pea rifle.

As the lads were all under 18 years of age the const. seized the rifles and the culprits will appear at Frankston Court on 11th inst. on a charge of carrying pea rifles while under the age of 18 years. This is an offence under the Police Offences Act.


AT 9 o’clock on the morning of 19th January, Mr Friend, solicitor, of Warragul, who was spending a holiday at Frankston, reported to the Frankston police, by telephone, that his son’s bicycle had been stolen at about 7am that day, from near a motor shed where it had been left, near Sweet-water Creek.

At 10am. the same day Constable Farley found a boy in possession of the stolen machine on the Heights at Frankston.

The lad will be brought before the Children’s Court.


ON the 18th January Messrs Keast Bros. produce store, at Frankston, was visited by a thief who got safely away with a cash bag containing notes, cheques and silver to the value of over £38. Detective Britt, of the Criminal Investigation Branch, visited Frankston and made inquiries into the matter without success.

On Thursday, 31st January, Constable Ryan interviewed a boy named Edward Osborne, employed at Dean’s store. Eventually the boy admitted his guilt and the police recovered, in different places in the scrub, sums of money totalling over £26.

The boy was charged with larceny, and will appear before Frankston Children’s Court on 11th inst.


THREE boys, visitors to Frankston, had a narrow escape from drowning on Thursday.

It appears that they took a dinghy a few yards from shore to dive from, but the strong easterly rapidly blew them out to sea.

When rescued, they had drifted out about five miles, and were in an exhausted condition. The rescue was most opportune, and the lads are now none the worse for their adventure.


AN interesting demonstration of life-saving was given by members of the “Gazeka” and “Stretcher” camps at the Frankston pier on Monday afternoon.

A large crowd of interested spectators assembled, and the different methods of life-saving were watched with keen interest. In the morning instruction was given to a number of local and visiting ladies and gentlemen on the beach and judging by the interest displayed by those taking part the newly formed branch of the Royal Life-saving Society should soon have some very useful members.


THE picnic in aid of the Red Cross, held in Recreation Ground at Tyabb on Monday last proved a most successful and enjoyable function.

Perfect weather conditions prevailed, and a large number of residents assembled at the rendezvous at the appointed time. Races for the children, arranged by Secretary C. M’Kirdy and a strong committee, were keenly contested, and the little ones appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves.


A DEPUTATION from the Mornington Junction Progress Association waited on the Railway commissioners on Wednesday last, to ask that the name of Mornington Junction be changed to Irvine.

The deputation, which was introduced by Hon A. Downward consisted of Cr W. J. Oates, Mr Hawker, sec. of the association, Messrs Dicker and Marshall; and Cr Flannagan (Mornington Shire).


AN accident, which might easily have been attended with more serious results, occurred at Frankston on Wednesday.

It appears that Mrs Johnston, of Langwarrin, and her daughter-in-law, were driving in a spring cart, and when turning into Playne street from Wedge street, too sharp a turn was made, with the result that the vehicle turned completely over, and the occupants were precipitated into the roadway.

Mr. Gamble, who was working in his shop close by, heard the crash, and he and his son secured the horse, which was still attached to the vehicle.

They then sent the. two ladies to Dr Atkinsons surgery. Mrs Johnson senr. was afterwards sent to the Melbourne Hospital. Her daughter-in-law luckily escaped with a few bruises and a severe shaking.

The horse was not injured, but both shafts of the cart were broken.


SERGEANT Bolitho, recruiting officer, who has been stationed for the past 12 months in the Bendigo district has been transferred to the Peninsula, and his head quarters will be at Frankston.


TO The Hermit Who died recently at Frankston.

Pilgrim, view this leafy dell,

View the Captain hermit’s cell,

And if you love the rustic scene,

And love to court the muse serene; If virtue to your soul be dear,

And sometimes melancholy’s tear, And you view this place around

As if t’were consecrated ground. The pious Hermit here retired,

With love of solitude inspired;

He loved the scene of his retreat, This smiling place to him was sweet; And here he sought for hallowed rest To calm the sorrows of his breast, And resignation with a smile

His tear of grief would oft beguile, Would soothe to peace his tranquilage In this romantic hermitage.

A.H THORNELL, Somerville.


ON Wednesday last Cr W. J. Oates interviewed the Railway Commissioners with reference to their promise, made on the annual visit of inspection to Frankston, to have the approach of the Frankston station improved.

Cr Oates pointed out that Frankston was a growing town, and was improving all round, and the station approach gave visitors a bad impression. The commissioners agreed and again promised that if funds were available, the necessary works would be carried out.


THERE was only a small attendance at the meeting advertised for the purpose of forming a branch of the Royal Life Saving Society at Franston, which was held in the hall on Friday evening last.

It was decided to form a branch of the society, and the following officers were elected :—President, Cr W. J. Oates; vice President, Mr J. D. Jennings ; Secretary, Mr Laslett; Treasurer, Mr W. W Young.


DEATH has removed a very well known and highly esteemed resident of Springhill in the person of Mr William Fleming, who died at the ripe age of 75 years at his residence, “Blairgowrie”

Mr Fleming who has been a colonist for over 60 years, was born in Scotland Shortly after coming to the colony he settled in the Springhill district and there he married his wife, who survives him, as do their family of five daughters and three sons.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 2 February 1918

As published in the Frankston Times – 5 February 2018

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