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March represents ‘hope’ for the future HUNDREDS joined last Saturday week’s Reconciliation Walk to the Willum Warrain Association’s gathering place in Pound Rd, Hastings. Association president Peter Aldenhoven estimated that more than 300 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people participated in the march “in a spirit of hope and optimism for the future”. The walk from the foreshore ended at the gathering place with a smoking ceremony and didgeridoo performance followed by a barbecue. Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of Mabo Day, “a special day for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”, Mr Aldenhoven said. “This is always the last day of Reconciliation Week and honours the successful High Court battle by Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo to overturn the doctrine of terra nullius. This historic event enabled a pathway for the recognition of first Australians’ enduring links to the lands and waters of this country.” Mr Aldenhoven said Eddie Mabo is “regarded as a hero to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the father of modern land rights”. “The annual Willum Warrain walk represents the local Aboriginal community’s aspirations for strong and positive relationships with the broader community – an opportunity for connection and embracing culture - and working together on taking the next steps on our shared journey of reconciliation.”

On the march: Participants in Saturday’s Reconciliation March walked from Hastings foreshore to the Willum Warrain centre for a smoking ceremony and barbecue. Pictures: Ken Beaumont


Miss Scarborough recovering after operation Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE friends of Miss W Scarborough will be pleased to know that she is improving after her second operation which she underwent on Wednesday at St Vincent’s Hospital. *** RUMOR has it that the Peninsula Motor Company Proprietary Limited is about to establish a branch at Sorrento. *** MR. A. DOWNWARD, M.L.A., in a communication to Mr. Dalman, secretary of the Frankston Free Library informs him that £20 has been allotted by the Chief Secretary to the institute for the purchase of books, papers, etc. *** IN the last casualty list issued, the following names appear :– C. C. Barber, Somerville, P. O. Nilsson, Moorooduc, wounded, J. M’Lear, Dromana, seriously ill, A. R. Bartram, Frankston, died of wounds, J. R. Brent, Dromana, missing. *** MORNINGTON has started a bowling club, which promises to claim the interest of many local residents, as well as please and amuse visitors. Should not a fast growing town like Frankston take a leaf out of its neighbor’s book. *** THE euchre party and dance conducted by the “Wattle” Club will be made more interesting than usual, on the next occasion, Thursday, June, 21st, as there are two special prizes donated by Mr Jacobs and Mr Dalman, for the winners of that evening’s


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tournament. This will not in any way interfere with the continuous tournament counts, as the number of points scored by every player will be recorded and carried on to the final scores. *** ZEPHERON, still the holder of the time record for the Grand National Steeplechase, after many months of spelling, was a starter in the Hopetown Steeplechase (says the Herald) at the last Flemington meeting. Zepheron broke down about six furlongs from home, and was pulled up, and painfully limped back to the enclosure. It is considered that the gelding will not be persevered with further, but probably will be used in Frankstonby-the-Sea as a buggy horse. *** A CORRESPONDENT writes:– It appears certain that there will be a contest for the Council seats locally at the next election. Possibly three candidates will solicit the votes of the Frankston ratepayers. A well known township man is cited as a starter. A number of the Mornington Road ratepayers. who possess the maximum number of votes, are urging a well known business man to contest the seat. The Island ratepayers, which now are legion, speak of running a well known Frankston resident as a competitor. At the forthcoming election a heavy vote is predicted for many Frankston property owners who are not residents

and live a distance from Frankston are already being organised to record their votes at the anticipated Shire Council election. *** REV E. TONKIN will conduct both services at the Frankston Methodist Church on Sunday next. In the morning there will be a special “Responsive Service” prepared by the Conference Sunday School Department. The children of the Sunday School and their parents are specially invited to attend and participate. *** THE numerous friends of the Chief Justice (Sir John Madden) will be pleased to hear that on Tuesday his medical attendant, Dr Stawell, reported a decided improvement in his condition. He is still confined to his bed, and will not be able to do business for some time. Sir Thomas a’Beckett, who has completely recovered from his late serious illness, sat on the Full Court bench on Wednesday. *** MR Henry F. Swords, a member of the firm of Swords Brothers, proprietors, of Dandenong “Advertiser” and uncle of Mrs J. Reynolds, of Frankston, died at Dandenong on Wednesday evening. Mr Swords was born in Melbourne on 27th September, 1846 In 1874 he founded the Dandenong “Advertiser’’ with his brother, Mr F. W. Swords. He was also chairman of directors of the Victorian Country Press Association. ***

A PUBLIC meeting is called for Wednesday evening next at the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall for the purpose of arranging for deputation to proceed to Melbourne on the day following to interview the Minister of Public Works re cleaning out Kananook Creek. As the matter is one of vital importance to the residents it is hoped there will be a good attendance. *** AN old and respected resident, in the person of Mr Twining, passed peacefully away at his home “Hillcrest” Frankston, on Thursday evening at about 10.30 o’clock. Some months ago Mr Twining was stricken with a sudden illness, and although recovering sufficiently to leave his room, he was never really well, and for the past fortnight has been confined to his bed, where he has been attended by his devoted wife and daughters, for whom the deepest sympathy is felt. The only son, Sig. C. Twining, is in France, fighting for King and Country. Mr Twining was sixty nine years old at the time of his death. *** Echoes from the Front. Where are the boys we know? The following interesting letter, received from Private Wilcox, who could not stand the strain of the winter in the trenches and spent some time in the laundry, where a soldier’s clothes are washed and are made ready for further use:– There are vast laundries here, so that the soldiers, when they come out of the trenches, get a change and a bath, two shirts, pair of underpants, 1

pair socks, and 1 towel. The clothes they leave off are put into enclosed boilers with disinfectants and about ten pounds of steam for 30 minutes, and are then sent to various laundries in large motor vans. They are then placed into revolving washing machines in a strong solution of washing soda for 30 minutes, then into large stone vats in clean water where they are rinsed and put into wringers or copper pans which revolve very rapidly It would surprise you the amount of water that comes out of the clothes. They are then taken into the drying room temperature, about 80 degrees where they take about 12 hours to dry (where I am now.) It seemed like going to heaven going in there the first time as had not been warm for, well, say half an hour. This place turns out 60,000 articles every week, counting a pair of socks one article, and will probably turn out about 100,000 in the course of a couple of weeks. The hours are 7 till 12 noon, 9 till 12 night time; day off once a week – very easy hours for the work. There are twelve boilers and a great lot of machinery, which is driven by an engine the size of which I do not know, electricity etc, so have plenty of clean clothing and a hot bath when wanted. The river which supplies the water runs past the building and is mentioned daily in your papers. I am extremely fortunate in being here. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 June 1917

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