Getting conditioned for the front

BEFORE moving to Mornington the Bates family lived in Frankston and Robert played for that team. The Mornington Standard of 7 September, 1912 carried a lengthy report of proceedings before the Franks...

Alfred Edward Bates

THE father of Robert Bates, Alfred Edward Bates was the son of Robert Jackson Bates, a leading English cotton manufacturer. Born in Manchester in 1850, Alfred Bates came to Australia in 1875 and work...

Hastings’ link with the silent Anzac

IN a quiet corner of the Tyabb cemetery in Hastings can be found the grave of Leading Signalman Albert Norman Charles Thomson. For decades the grave had no means of identification but about eight yea...

HMAS Goorangai – lost with all hands

HMAS Goorangai was the first Royal Australian Navy ship lost in World War II, the first RAN surface ship lost in wartime,  and the first RAN surface ship lost with all hands. What makes this tragedy ...

The forgotten victims of war

  IN his book “Those We Forget”, published in 2014, David Noonan comments on the “casualties” which occurred after the cessation of hostilities in 1918 amongst the AIF men who were wounded or ga...

Historian dies at 88

SOMERVILLE historian and author Leila Shaw has died at age 88 after a short illness. Mrs Shaw founded the Somerville, Tyabb and District Heritage Society 20 years ago and material she donated became ...

Bell’s about to ring for college’s 50th

FORMER students of Dromana College are planning a variety of celebrations for the college’s 50th anniversary this time next year. Parent liaison officer Theresa Stelling and past teacher Doug Smith a...

Vale: Ben Mayne

AFTER a twelve month battle with cancer Ben Mayne, a highly-respected citizen of Hastings, passed away on 18 February, 2016. Holy Trinity church was packed to overflowing for the funeral service on 2...