Union allowed to use park for picnic

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SOME time ago the Mornington Shire Council refused the use of the local park for picnic purposes to the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union on account of objectionable features at the last two picnics.

At the last meeting of the council, the union secretary, Mr. De Gruchy, attended as a deputation, and succeeded in having the embargo lifted.

The party has been visiting Mornington since 1885, and the trouble has been caused by a minority, which always will be found wherever a crowd assembles.

The union has guaranteed to deal with any of its members who indulge in acts of rowdyism and vandalism.

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“THE Herald”, on Saturday night, boomed Mr. Charlie Milburn, the well-known athlete, as likely to take Jack Donaldson’s place as Victoria’s fastest sprint runner.

Mr. Milburn is well known in the Frankston district, and competed unsuccessfully at the last New Year’s Day Sports.

He is a Tasmanian by birth, and is undoubtedly one of the fastest of present day sprinters. He is only 22 years of age.

Mr. Milburn and Mr. Will Twomey, the speedy Collingwood ‘toeballer, were school mates at St. Monica’s, Heidelberg, and years later they met in the great event at Stawell, when Mr Twomey ran into second place.

But Mr. Milburn has won several events since that time.

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SNAKES, apparently, are very plentiful about the local streets lately.

On Sunday last one invited himself into Mr. Morris’ house in Playne Street, but was, at a later, stage, duly decapitated by Mr. Lyon.

Another was killed opposite the Pier Hotel on Sunday night, another on the foreshore, a couple along High Street, whilst Mr George McLeod secured a 3½ ft. one at his place adjoining “The Standard” office.

A few weeks ago one was killed at Mr Walters’ bakery.

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THE schedule for the Somerville Show is now in the course of printing at “The Standard” office, and will be available in a few days, when copies may be secured from the secretary, Mr. S.S. Gault, or at “The Standard” office.

The Somerville Show promises to be one of the best events of the year; and the fruit display is likely to be especially attractive.

The present indications are that the Fruitgrowers’ Association will surpass all its previous records.

The horse events are also likely to be well contested.

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THE State Rivers and Water Supply Commission has made arrangements to levy rates on those now receiving the benefits of the Mornington Peninsula scheme and has fixed the rates at 2/- in the £ at Mornington, and 1/6 in the £ for Frankston and Carrum.

These are the prices originally agreed to, and although the cost of material has materially increased in the meantime, the Commission has decided to carry on without any increase in the amounts previously estimated.

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AT the Dromana Police Court last week, William Weston, aged 24 years, employed on the Bittern Red Hill railways, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for attempted criminal assault of a girl, 18 years of age, between Shoreham and Bittern.

Weston was arrested at Daylesford by Detective Kingston, and has three prior convictions against him.

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IN a recent cricket match against Mornington, the Hastings XI., who are the champions of the Peninsula won by six wickets and 18 runs.

Mornington, batting first, notched 60, the Armstrong of the side being Cr. Griffith, who made 28.

Nipper Floyd (3 for 20), Perriam (3 for 12), and Captain Reid (3 for 6) secured the best averages.

The latter scored 33 not out, and Hughie Carmichael 10 not out.

Hastings closing the innings for four for 78. Pompey Francis and sundries made 12 apiece!

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AT the Investiture at Government House on Friday last, Mr. E.T. Draker received the Imperial Service Order, the Governor-General, Lord Forster, making the investiture.

Until recently, Mr. Drake, I.S.O , was secretary to the Public Works Department of Victoria.

He has a home at Frankston, and some weeks ago was elected first president of the Long Island Progress Association.

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SEASIDE property at Seaford will be offered at auction on Saturday, 9th March, by Messrs J. W. Styles and Son, in conjunction with Messrs Brody and Mason.

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LADIES are requested to meet at the hall next Thursday evening to decide on a special effort for the Frankston Soldiers Memorial Fund.

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MOTOR businesses at Frankston and Mornington are advertised for sale by tender in this issue by the Peninsula Motor Garage Pty Ltd.

Tenders close on 4th March.

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THE annual meeting of the Frankston Mechanics’ Institute has been adjourned till 7th March.

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THE full programme of the Moorooduc Sports, to be held on the 9th March, and organised by the Moorooduc Branch of the V.F.U., appears in our advertising columns.

Mr James McLellan is the secretary, and a delightful day’s outing is promised.

Patrons are reminded that an early start will be made.

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SHIRE tenders for road works, horses and drays, and firewood are advertised in another column.

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MUNICIPAL cricket teams representing the Shire of Frankston and Hastings and the Shire of Mornington played a friendly game in the local park yesterday, when the locals secured a victory.

A detailed report will be given next issue.

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THE euchre party and dance held last night in aid of the Alfred Hospital was a great success.

Further reference will be made in these columns next week.

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THE monthly meeting of the Frankston Progress Association was held on Tuesday evening last, Mr H. Vicars, (president), presiding.

Reference was made to the stray dog nuisance, and it was decided to ask the council to issue metal discs to be fastened to the collars of all registered dogs.

Complaint was received relating to the absence of conveniences on the foreshore, and it was decided to ask the council to remedy this defect.

Satisfaction was expressed at the action of the council in granting the site near the tennis courts as a bowling green site, Mr S. Lawrey being the only member to voice opposition to the use of the foreshore reserve for the purpose named.

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YESTERDAY a very interesting series of motion pictures were taken of the teachers and scholars at the Frankston State school by the Educational Film Coy., Ltd.

These scenes will become part of the big production, “The Education of a Child,” which explains in cinematography the Victorian system from kindergarten to the University.

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FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 25 February 1921

First published in the Frankston Times – 2 March 2021

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