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NEWS DESK Woman duped A FRANKSTON woman has been duped into handing over several hundred thousand dollars to a man she never met in an online dating scam. The lonely woman, 63, was contacted in December by a potential “friend” who said he was in Australia but was soon returning to Turkey. The man said he was a civil engineer who was working on a project in that country and “needed funding to finalise the project” which he wasn’t able to provide himself. “They continued with online conversations which were quite affectionate and made it sound like they were a couple and had been seeing each other,” Detective Sergeant Gary Richards, of Frankston CIU, said. “The victim never spoke to the other person using any face image media, such as Skype.” But he managed to convince the woman of his bona fides and persuaded her to deposit the money in into his bank account. The woman never heard from the man again. Frankston detectives have contacted Interpol but it seems unlikely the money will be recovered. “Scams happen every day and sometimes they can be very sophisticated,” Detective Richards said. “When it comes to sending money to anyone, and particularly to someone overseas, people should first contact local police for advice. “In this case, the victim is humiliated and saddened because she thought she had a friend and now she realises she was duped.” Stephen Taylor

Former patient takes trip down memory lane Stephen Taylor MEMORIES good and bad came flooding back when a former child patient of a now-dilapidated and disused Mt Eliza children’s hospital visited the Jacksons Rd site last week. Don Lawson, 83, but only “three or four” at the time, spent many weeks at the 100-bed Royal Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital in 1939 when it cared for children with tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, club foot, curvature of the spine, and infantile paralysis. He was there to have his feet “straightened”, as was the way in those days, which meant fracturing the bones and resetting them in plaster. Visiting from Toora last week with his younger brother Geoff, who lives in Mornington, Don recalled the smell of the chloroform anaesthetic. “I still have the scars on my ankles from the treatment and the smell of the chloroform is something I will never forget,” he said. Better memories were of days spent at the nearby beach and the care of the “lovely” nurses. But, being just a little boy, he was always sad when mum and dad had to leave at the end of their regular visits. The hospital had open-air wards, summer and winter, with the children exposed to “those two great physicians, sunshine and fresh air, to bring them back to health”, as written up in a visitor’s account of the hospital back in the day. It says the hospital used “modern

Healing memories: Brothers Geoff and Don Lawson at the former children’s hospital in Jacksons Rd, Mt Eliza. Picture: Yanni

medical science [and] all that nature can give to help, under sunny skies and by the blue waters”. Also in the grounds was an open air primary school where five teachers gave lessons to the older children as they lay in their beds. The patients also learned weaving,

leatherwork and toy-making. Money earned from the sale of items was credited to their State Savings Bank accounts. Don said the treatment must have worked. “My legs never bothered me again and I had no trouble playing sport as I grew older,” he said.

He later spent many years in the transport section of a milk company and was visiting Mornington last week and staying with Geoff. “The old hospital looks dilapidated now but it would have been lovely then,” he said. “Now it seems to be falling apart.”

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Mornington News 7 March 2017

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7 March 2017  

Mornington News 7 March 2017

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