Heartbreak as Mr and Mrs Utber lose their four year old son


A GREAT bereavement has been experienced by Mr and Mrs Utber of Mornington road, Frankston, in the death of their little son, Leonard, Harold, aged 4 years, which sad event took place on the 4th inst. 

Very general sympathy is extended to the sorrowing parents in the loss of their loved one. 

The funeral took place on Sunday, the Rev. A P M’Farlane conducting the burial service.


IT is with regret we chronicle the death of Mrs Wilcox, mother of Mr A. Wilcox of Frankston, and one of the oldest residents of Dandenong which occurred at her late residence, Robinson street, on the 5th inst., after a lengthy illness. 

The remains were interred, privately, on the 6th inst. in the Church of England portion of the Dandenong cemetery.

Deceased was born at Spittalfields (London) in 1843. 

She was married in All Saints Church, St Kilda, on 14th March, 1864, and was a colonist of upwards of 50 years, most of that time being spent in Dandenong. 

To the bereaved family we extend our sympathy.


THANKS for the “Kooyongs” – Mr R H Thompson, Secretary of the local branch of Returned Soldiers and sailors League writes:

We wish to convey our sincere thanks to the members of the Kooyong Club, Frankston for their donation kindly collected at their concert on New Year’s Eve, of £7 15 2d handed over to me on New Year’s Day, which goes to swell the Memorial Hall Fund.


OWING to ill health Mr Fairbairn who has been in charge of the Mornington branch of the Colonial Bank of Australasia is retiring from the service. 

His successor, Major McPherson visited Frankston and outlying districts this week. 

At the monthly meeting of the Frankston and Hastings shire council on Thursday Major McPherson was appointed treasurer vice Mr Fairbairn, resigned.


CAPTAIN Miers and Mr Hugh Johnston, after spending a nice holiday here left in their car today for Mildura. 

They go through Bendigo, Swan Hill and Balranald, a distance of over 400 miles. 

Mr Ernest Thomas and family are staying at Frankston House. They will leave by car for Mildura later on.


WE have received from Mr John Ditchburn Managing Director of the Frankston and District Gas and Lighting Company Proprietary Limited an illustrated leaflet giving views of Calcium Carbide and Electrode factories near Hobart, Tasmania. 

Frankston is fortunate in having attracted the attention of Mr Ditchburn’s company which is operating on a large scale in the Island State as the HydroElectric Power and Metallurgical Company Limited.


MORE than usual interest will attach to the entertainment to be provided at the Frankston Mechanics’ Institute on Friday evening next when the Mayor of St Kilda will present for the first time in public a wonderful programme of moving pictures of Red Cross activities at home and abroad, including the entertainment of wounded men by Frankston residents. 

All are invited to go and see themselves in the movies and a crowded house may be expected.


ON Sunday last a number of invalid soldiers visited Frankston as the guests of the Wattle Club. 

Arriving in motor cars kindly provided by the Volunteer Ambulance Club they were conveyed to the Mechanics’ Hall where they were cordially welcomed by the President (Miss Dollie Gregory.) 

About 90 men sat down to lunch which the members of the Club had provided in their very best style. 

A string band contributed selections, and added materially to the enjoyment of the hour. 

A further contingent of 30 men arrived later in the afternoon and their welfare was also cared for. 

Many of the visitors wended their way to the beach and enjoyed themselves swimming – a diversion not to be despised on such a hot day as Sunday proved. 

Altogether the visit proved a thoroughly happy one and the men were ungrudging in their praise by the handsome way in which they were welcomed and treated by members of the Wattle Club.


Mr Richard Wells who recently underwent an operation for internal trouble has returned to Frankston. 

His many friends will be pleased to learn that he is now on a fair way towards recovering his good health.


Private Sydney Marsh of the 6th Battalion, arrived at his home, Langwarrin, on Tuesday.

He enlisted in 1914 and unfortunately contracted bronchial pneumonia and did not get away from Australia till 1915.

He was wounded in Egypt and was in hospital until 1916.

He then joined the 3rd Auxiliary of the Australian Army Hospital Corps and served therein for over two years 

Whilst in England, Private Marsh was married and his wife and infant son came out with him on the Zealandia which arrived in Melbourne last Tuesday. 

That evening the trio received a hearty, welcome from his many friends at Langwarrin, for “Sid” was always a general favorite.

His little son has been christened Joseph Nott Marsh, out of complement to our genial townsman, and is the first war baby to arrive in Frankston.


PATRIOTIC Gymkhana Monday 27th January promises the finest display of horse flesh Frankston has seen for many years. 

An enthusiastic committee has arranged an attractive Gymkhana to be held in the Park on the afternoon of that day.

They have secured the assistance of Mr Wauchope of Dandenong and Miss Montgomery with her Purple Cross riders. 

Some 200 horses will be competing in hunting and novelty events. 

The whole proceeds of this meeting go to local Repatriation Fund and a record attendance is expected.


Our Letter Box. To the Editor.

SIR, As a visitor to your town during the holidays, I was rather inconvenienced through inability to locate a certain street outside the main thoroughfare, which, I think, is appropriately named Bay Street.

By dint of inquiry and a good deal of unnecessary leg exertion, I ultimately arrived at my destination.

That’s all right. I am not complaining because I was not met at the railway station by an authorised guide with a Sedan chair or a motor car, and whisked off to my bungalow among the ti-trees. 

But I do say that the Tourists’ Association or the Shire Council, or some other such body, should incur the small expense of placing nameplates in the various streets or avenues which abound in Frankston. 

They all have names, I am told. I know two of them, Bay Street and Playne Street.

Perhaps, if what your correspondent in last week’s “Standard” said regarding the latter thoroughfare is correct, a nameplate would not be necessary there – one could locate it by the aid of one’s olfactory organ.

But all the other pretty little streets certainly should be provided with nameplates. 

Trusting the powers that be will act in this matter,

Yours, etc., BEWILDERED.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 11 January 1919

As published in the Frankston Times – 8 January 2019

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