Trouble at peninsula heritage icon

A CHANGE in the way the National Trust manages its four historic properties in the region has triggered the resignation of McCrae Homestead’s part-time manager and nine of its 10 volunteers. The home...

A tradition of camping out at Mt Eliza

THERE have been countless happy campers at Mt Eliza over the past 90 years. Apart from when being used to recuperate US soldiers wounded in the Pacific campaign during World War II, the camp has prov...

Wine, green bowl and cherry tree for Irish 800th

MISSION accomplished. Dedicated readers of this journal may recall Cr Graham Pittock being invited to visit Dromana House, Ireland, to help celebrate the 800th anniversary of the FitzGerald family’s ...

One-legged snooker champ left his mark

SORRENTO Portsea RSL Club had its snooker table re-covered last month and a little piece of Australian snooker history was revealed in the process. When Sean Partridge of Complete Billiards was remov...

Fair weather for old salts

MORNINGTON Yacht Club has delved into the past to begin celebrations for its 70th anniversary in February.  In the search for historical information, it was fortunate in being able to locate several ...

Italianate gem built by early shire boss

ONE of Mornington’s iconic properties of the 19th century is on the market for $1.6 million. Mossgiel at 28 Bath St near the base of Beleura Hill and within a short stroll of Mills Beach will be auct...

Eileen Francis passes away at 99

EILEEN Elizabeth Clarke was born in Somerville on 5 January, 1916 at the private hospital run by Sister Hodgins. In 1940 she married a Hastings fisherman, Norman Herbert Francis, who died in 1999.Eil...

Casualties on the Home Front

LONG before the extensive and frightening casualty lists monopolized the Melbourne papers in the years 1914 – 1918, there were occasional casualties which occurred in a training context. The town of ...

A new honour for a Bomber Command veteran

LATE in 2014 Keith Stevens, DFM, a long-time resident of the Village Glen at Rosebud, was informed that the President of the Republic of France had awarded him the highest level of chevalier (or knig...