Pea rifle nuisance – valuable dog shot

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BERT McSweeney appeared to answer a charge of unlawfully discharging a missile at Frankston on 27th March, last.

He pleaded guilty.

Constable Keogh, deposed that on the date in question he was on temporary duty at Frankston.

From information received he interviewed defendant who admitted having discharged a pea rifle near Jacobs stables in Frankston in company with two other lads named Mills and Hodgkinson.

Witness was able to trace the bullets which penetrated a paling fence and were embedded in an opposite wall.

Senior Constable Bray, who conducted the prosecution stated that the practice of using pea rifles within the town boundary was a very dangerous one.

On this occasion a valuable dog had been shot.

P.M.: Why did you not charge him with discharging firearms within the town boundary?

Senior Constable Bray: This section of the Act presented difficulties. Frankston is not a town within the meaning of the Act.

P.M.: It is the first time I have know a person guilty of discharging firearms charged with throwing missiles.

Defendant was fined £2 in default 14 days. The fine was paid.

Frank Mills, 17½ years of age, next pleaded guilty to discharging firearms on private property without the permission of the owner.

This offense took place at the same time and under circumstances similar to those detailed to the previous case.

P.M.: You boys are fortunate.

You might have been here on another charge. You are fined £2 in default 7days.

The other boy referred to was dealt with in the children’s court. He was charged with shooting a dog, and was fined 2s 6d.

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INVALID soldiers had an alI day outing at Frankston last Sunday, and they voted the trip one of the most successful of the year.

The Wattle Club served lunch at midday and the good things provided were greatly appreciated.

After lunch the Frankston Brass Band played an interesting selection of music during the afternoon.

At 3 o’clock the afternoon contingent arrived from the hospital making a party exceeding 100.

Afternoon tea produced more music, songs and fun and the usual ‘thanks’ brought a happy day to an end.

Miss Gregory, President of the Wattle Club, received the visitors and Mrs A. G. Wilcox, as secretary, supervised arrangements in excellent style.

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MR C. L. Bell, late of P Jewell, Dandenong, has purchased the boot business lately carried on by Mr A. Sullivan, in Bay Street Frankston.

Mr Bell in association with Mr P. Jewell’s well known firm is not a stranger to the outlying district and he comes to Frankston with a high reputation as a first class tradesman.

He intends conducting his business on up-to-date lines on strictly cash terms.

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A EUCHRE party and dance under the auspices of the Frankston Brass Band was held last evening and proved highly successful.

There was a large attendance and this arrangement were carried out in a very satisfactory manner.

The prize winners were :Ladies (Mrs McSweeney), gents (Mr W. Clements).

Both prizes were donated by Mr and Mrs C. W Wood.

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LADY Madden has returned to Australia after an extended trip to the Old Country.

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REV. A. P. and Mrs MacFarlane have been spending the past month at Bacchus Marsh.

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MR Thomas Long, who years ago was one of Frankston’s most Progressive residents, passed away at his home at Surrey Hills last week.

The late Mr Long was proprietor of Ballam Park, Frankston, some years ago.

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Heard in the Train

Sunday tennis in Frankston – to be or not to be – has been the chief topic of interest during the past few days.

Many argue that if Sunday golf, Sunday motoring, and Sunday boating are permissible, why not Sunday tennis.

All “weary Willies” heartily approve the no Sunday bathing proposition, and quote, in support of their contention, the biblical injunction – “six days shalt thou labor.”

With the so called electric light cut off every night at 11 o’clock, it is evidently expected that Frankston residents should go to bed with the fowls.

A branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association was opened on Saturday evening last, under most favorable auspices.

Trophies won in the recent Peninsula Cricket Competition, will be presented at a social to be held at Hastings, tomorrow night.

The new scale of railway fares hits Frankston exceedingly hard, representing an increase of nearly 100 percent on the old cost of a return trip to Melbourne, if the mileage basis is adhered to in conjunction with the abolition of return tickets.

The formation of a branch of the Victorian Taxpayers’ Association in Frankston, is a step in the right direction.

Football enthusiasts are putting on their war paint for the opening of the season, which commences tomorrow.

The start for the Marathon race takes place at the Frankston Park tomorrow at 1.30pm.

The Minister suggests that the question as to the sale of the Shire Council’s Hall at Somerville, should be submitted to a Referendum of the ratepayers at the elections in August next.

Invalid soldiers had a great day at Frankston last Sunday, as the guests of the Wattle Club.

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Letter to the Editor

Sir,

The avenue of trees planted along the Melbourne road last year, after a years growth, do not at present give the indications of their ever attaining to the noble avenue of trees which is so much desired, considering the purpose for which they were planted, and it must be a disappointment to many to seen such unsatisfactory results.

As it is, some trees that have been looked after have made good growths, one in particular having taken such a lead that may always leave it far ahead of the rest.

This is not desirable, as I take it an avenue should have for its greatest beauty and glory a uniform growth with each tree.

This could best be attained by attention to each tree during the first year of planting. and by such attention as watering and stimulating the weaker trees by reinforcing the soil around their butts, and providing a letter to conserve moisture, they would have made a lofter growth, and perhaps all would have survived the past summer’s long dry spells and the avenue being a fair way to become what we all wish: To glory and pride of all.

Yours. etc,

VISITOR..

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FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 7 May 1920

First published in the Frankston Times – 12 May 2020

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One thought on “Pea rifle nuisance – valuable dog shot

  1. Hello , My Name is Gregory Bert McSweeney
    In relation to the story in the Mornington Standard May 7 1920
    and published in The Frankston Times May 12 2020

    I am certain that the Gentleman mentioned as Bert McSweeney is my Grandfather, and my father is Bert Frederick McSweeney.
    My father was born April 3rd 1926 in Melbourne and lived with parents and his brother Jack William McSweeney in Richmond

    I was born and raised in Frankston by my parents Bert and Val McSweeney of 43 Kars Street Frankston.

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