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Dick Garrard had an outstanding record as a wrestler representing Australia in three Olympic Games. Between 1926 and 1956, he competed in 526 bouts and only lost 9. Leo Gamble writes of Garrard visiting Mordialloc where he had family connections, and taking part in St Bede’s money raising events at Mentone City Hall.
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"Profile of an Older Australian" was a story told by Bruce Kyberd and recorded by Karen Barbarich. His was an interesting life. He came to Australia as a teenager under the Big Brothers Scheme and worked and drove sheep, rode horses, slept under the stars and survived on bore water. He struggled during the Great Depression travelling to Sydney, Melbourne and eventually Bendigo seeking work. During the Second World War he served in the Australian Navy then married, settled in Edithvale, and joined the Chelsea Council where he contributed as mayor of the city on two occasions. In summary he said he was content with his life.
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The story, "Edwin Thomas Penny: Councillor, Orchardist and Pioneer", traces his life from his birth at Marylebone, London, to his arrival in Cheltenham and subsequent burial in the Pioneer Cemetery. Penny was a man strongly engaged in his local community, his shire council, his church and a host of local organisations.
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Written by Veronica Hahn and John Macnaughtan, this article tells of A F Bradshaw, a man who involved himself in numerous aspects of the racing industry in the late 1880s.
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Leo Gamble writes of Jack Purtell, a Mentone boy, who was a very successful jockey in Victoria and overseas and who rode three Melbourne Cup winners. Jack served his apprenticeship at the Ted Temby stables and went on to win seven jockey premierships. Some of the horses he rode were Hiraji, Toryboy, Baghdad Note, Wodallo, Silver Knight and Rising Fast. He was one of the outstanding figures in Australian turf history.
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Chelsea Historical Society
Frank McGuire and Des Jowett give us some interesting historical snippets about the Mordialloc Frankston railway line. It was in July 1882 that the line from Mordialloc to Frankston was officially opened. Thomas Bent was there and announced to all the assembled crowd that two trains would be leaving Frankston for Melbourne from Monday to Friday at 7.17am and 3.55pm. He said there would be trains on Saturday, but no service on Sundays. How things have changed.
Leo Gamble tells of Nancye Wynne Bolton, an Australian tennis champion and a one time resident of Mentone. Nancye showed her talent early as a young girl in tournaments at Mentone in the 1930s. By 1938 she qualified to play in the USA Championships and was rated among the top ten female players in the world. She eventually won eleven Australian Championships. Later, in the early 1950s, she made her mark in club competitions in golf.

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City of Kingston acknowledges the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the land on which the municipality is a part and pays respect to their Elders, past and present. Council is a member of the Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee (ICACC).