Gallipoli – The making of a nation

THE Gallipoli Campaign has long been regarded as being the birth of our  nation; the moment the newly Federated Australia proved itself worthy to stand on its own two feet in the dominion of the Brit...

Squizzy Taylor: the Chelsea connection

THE latest series in the TV show Underbelly focuses on the 1920s life and crimes of Melbourne criminal Leslie ‘Squizzy’ Taylor – a feared thug with a reputation for violence who amassed a fortune in ...

A hermit life less ordinary

ONE of Frankston’s most colourful personalities at the turn of last century was an unlikely celebrity who sought obscurity in a hermit’s existence. According to stories circulating at the time, his e...

Wrong turn leads to tragedy in Mordialloc

In 1932, two people drowned after their car plunged off the end of Mordialloc pier. The following account is taken from contemporary newspaper reports. ROYDEN Kennedy Patterson was a wealthy 49-year-...