Frankston orphans have a great day out

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MISS McKenzie, the boys friend, who takes a kindly and practical interest in the waifs and strays of the Boys’ Home on the Mornington road, on Saturday last 11th int. at 3 pm., gave a treat at the residence of Mr and Mrs . Forster of ‘Beachleigh’.

There were a number of visitors present: Mesdames Sharkey and Chapman, Misses Clay, Walker, McDonald, ex-Corp. Syme, ex-Corp Mayor, Mr J.. Porster, Mr Bingham, Lance Corp Hard, Anzac, the hon. Supt. Mr W. Minton.

The boys were under the care of the Matron, Mrs Minton and Miss Giddings. 

The little orphans to the number of 42 were conveyed in Mr Jacobs cabs and on arrival at the beautiful grounds of ‘Beachleigh’.

Miss McKenzie the hostess with her able staff of helpers escorted the boys to a table laden with an ab bundance of good things suitable to the juvenile taste under the shade of the ti-tree to which, needless to say, the boys did justice to. 

After the banquet a programme of races was carried out in which the children simply revelled.

Football and other games interested the boys. 

At 6pm tea was supplied and at the  conclusion Master Ernest Sims, one of the inmates of the home, in a nice little  speech thanked Miss McKenzie for her great kindness in entertaining the boys and giving them such a great feast.

Harold Steele another boy also spoke of the kindness of the n hostess.

Corp. Norman Hanning, an Anzac, replied in a few choice words on behalf of Miss McKenzie, stating that Miss McKenzie was only too pleased to welcome the children and entertain them. 

The visitors assisted to make the outing live in the memories of the children.

The boys on leaving the grounds gave three hearty cheers and returned to. their ideal home on the beach and before leaving the cabs sang the National Anthem.

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R. T. Picking Esq. a patron of the Frankston Progress Association has donated 10s 6d to the funds of the association.

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WE regret to learn that Mrs Maloney, of the Pier Hotel, is suffering from a nervous breakdown and is at present an inmate of St. Pancras Hospital, Frankston.

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MR G.W. W. Booth has directed to Mr J. B. Jolly of Frankston, a cheque for £1 for Red Cross funds. 

Mr Jolly acknowledges with thanks receipt of cheque which has been handed to Mr Jennings, treasurer of the recent Iocal Red Cross concert.

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MR Leckie, M.H.R. member for Indi, Victoria, in the Federal Parliament, has been staying for some weeks in Frankston.

Councillor D. Bell of the Melbourne city council has also spent a month, in Frankston with his wife and family.

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TO the Frankston Madden memorial fund the president of the Frankston progress association, Mr J. B. Jolly, gratefully acknowledges a donation of £2 2s from Mr James Hall of Collins street, Melbourne.

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GENERAL indignation will be felt when it is announced that several of the trees planted in the Soldiers’ Avenue near Beach St. have been ruthlessly torn up. 

If this is the work of any responsible person no punishment is too severe to mete out to the offender. 

The police have the matter in hand.

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R. H. THOMPSON, secretary of the local branch of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers League writes:

“We wish to convey our sincere thanks to members of the Wattle Club, Frankston, for donation of £2.0.0, half of the proceeds taken at their New Year’s Eve dance and handed over to me on Monday last. 

We wish them every success in future.”

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REV. Dr Atkinson of Fitzroy, will conduct the three services on Sunday next at 11am, 8pm and 7.30pm in connection with the Frankston Methodist Church Anniversary. 

At the public meeting to be held on Monday, in addition to vocal and other items, the Rev. E. Tonkin will give lantern views and a short talk on his “Run Across America.”

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“THE Bayonet” – We have been shown a copy of the first issue of “The Bayonet” a new paper published in Melbourne in the interests of the Returned Soldiers and Sailors Association. 

The Editor says he does not apologise for its arrival but he does apologise for the fact that the R S S A has not been represented long ago. 

The new paper is well printed and contains illistrations and strikingly written articles dealing with subjects specially affecting returned men. 

It should serve as a big factor in promoting the interests of the Association.

Copies of the publication may be procured from Mr C. Wood, Bay Street, Frankston.

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AT the last meeting of the Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers Association the matter of according a fitting reception to our soldiers who are returning from the war was considered.

It was decided to cooperate with the Citizens committee in this connection and Mr C Wood was deputed to interview the business people of the town and arrange with them to decorate their premises with bunting on days when returned men arrive.

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GYMKHANA: At the weekly committee meeting (Cr Oates presiding) there was a full attendance and general satisfaction was expressed at the progress reported. 

Secretary McMurtrie is hopeful that the appeal made for private donations will realise a handsome sum. 

Major Conder said he had received promises of excellent support for the gymkhana to be held on 27th January and the prospects were that it would be a record success. 

The programme of events is published in another column. 

The secretary reported that the ladies were entering enthusiastically into the matter of providing refreshments and the various stall holders were being arranged for.

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MR H Thompson notifies in our advertising columns that he has commenced business as parcels express and general carrier to and from Melbourne. 

Mr Thompsons organising ability should stand him in good stead in his new venture.

He is well and favorably known in the district as secretary of the Returned Soldiers Association.

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THERE passed away, at his residence, “Caklands”, Somerville, on Tuesday last, a very old and respected resident in the person of Mr Henry Hawken. 

Deceased, who had resided in the district for about 30 years, had reached the fine old age of 90 years, and was a colonist of 68 years. 

He had a large family, consisting of Thomas, George. Frederick, Samuel, Herbert, Albert, Miss Edith, and three married daughters – Mrs R. Kerr, Mrs J. E. Murray and Mrs J. Scott.

The sympathy of all goes out to the sorrowing relatives in their bereavement. 

The funeral took place on Wednesday, when Captain Chaplin Gates conducted the burial service.

The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr Gamble.

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From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 18 January 1919

First published in the Frankston Times – 15 January 2019

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