The Thompsons have called island home for 125 years

FAMILIES descended from the original French Island Thompsons flocked to the Tankerton Memorial Hall for a 125th reunion. More than 230 family members from New South Wales, Queensland, Western Austral...

Century of birthday wishes

LENA Taranto has come a long way in a long time. The mother of three, who enjoyed a 100th birthday lunch for family and friends at a Mornington nursing home last week, was born in the town of Waltham...

Sign a testimony to family life at Gunners

During the holidays, 85-year-old grandmother Joy Gray (nee Bird) and her family visited Point Nepean National Park, Portsea. Ms Gray told park rangers that she had some recollection of a personal his...

Tributes flow for ‘Mr Mt Martha’

A MAN described as “Mr Mt Martha” passed away on Tuesday 6 November. John Pingiaro, 95, played a big role in the growth of the district as a founding member of Mt Martha Fire Brigade in 1951 and as a...

Happy snap earmarked for posterity

A CHARMING photograph of a Mt Martha grandfather and his granddaughter marching in the Mornington Anzac Day parade last year has been chosen as the 100 Years of Repatriation stamp. And recognition of...

Retiring chief reflects on a life on the beat

RETIRING Mornington police senior sergeant Neil Aubert well remembers perhaps the most dangerous incident in his 46-year career. In 1989, the then senior constable was among nine Cheltenham police se...

School jumps back in time

CHARCOAL sketching, marbles, skipping ropes, wool craft and butter making were just some of the activities enjoyed by Osborne Primary School pupils as they celebrated the school’s 145th anniversary l...

Stringers still doing what it does best

SORRENTO’S landmark Stringers Store is being readied for its next century. The two-storey limestone building, which changed hands in March, has always been a merchant’s store of some description, wit...

One-time Group 1 leader over finish line in Spain

OBITUARY Nick Columb, 1946-2018 Journalist, racehorse owner, football club president By Peter McCullough SPORTING identity Nick Columb died on Friday 10 August while holidaying in Spain. He was 72. F...