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Friendly societies were fraternal organisations established to assist members and their families cope with unemployment, sickness and death. The Sons of Temperance was one such society. A division was formed in Cheltenham in 1868. Strict rules with strong penalties for infringement were instituted. Intoxicating drink was prohibited and attendance at meetings was compulsory. Behaviour was monitored both at meetings and in community. The society had a significant impact on health and welfare for many people living in Cheltenham and beyond.
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The article recounts some tragic and criminal events that occurred at the Mentone Railway Station that was established in 1881. Men reported purses and wallets being stolen when visiting the station. Gunpowder was used to blow open the station safe. It was believed the old ramshackle building was a factor in attracting burglars. Mentone station was also the site of some serious accidents. A porter and gatekeeper were killed when struck by trains.
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Many Melbourne hotels had an SP bookmaker with whom patrons could place a bet on races. At the time this was an illegal activity and actively prosecuted by police. The Mordialloc Bridge Hotel was not an exception. Thomas Page, probably the biggest bookmaker in Mordialloc, had ‘five blokes’ working for him taking bets. Page was charged by police, but the court dismissed the case because of ‘lack of evidence of procuring’.
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Eric Longmuir records his recollections as a pupil at Cheltenham State School in the 40s. He recalls the plane trees in Station Road, the five grocery shops, joining Miss Squires class in the pavilion at the back of the main buildings of the school at a time when the war was commencing to have a huge impact. The slit trench, the canvas bags with clothes should they have to be evacuated to the country and rationing of food.
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The first bridge across Point Nepean Road at Mordialloc was completed in the late 1890s. Thirty seven years later it was labelled a hazard and bottle neck. By 1963 the Minister of Transport announced the ‘Death Trap’ was to go. Construction began in January 1965 and the first Melbourne Frankston train crossed the new bridge on 18 December 1965.
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Born in Bairnsdale, Clyde John Hoffman joined the Australian Military Forces, served at Gallipoli and later qualified as a second lieutenant. Married in Scotland, the couple returned to Australia where Clyde became a founding member of the Cheltenham Progress Association. Elected to Moorabbin Council in 1938 he became mayor and resigning in 1946. During this time, he was very active in community organisations.
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Created in 1878 the Patterson River was cut through a sand ridge to allow excess water trapped on the Carrum Swamp to escape into Port Phillip Bay. Flood waters in 1880 and 1891 caused significant damage. Complaints about the silting of its mouth were common. Plans for dredging were put into operation in 1982 but the problem continues.
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Bridget Smith and her eighteen months old son were strangled at Cheltenham. George Pinkerton a nineteen-year-old man was accused of their murder. After a coronial enquiry he faced a criminal trial where he was found guilty. He was hanged. This was despite the possibility he was of unsound mind.
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In September 1920 Mrs Winifred Harrison wrote to the Parkdale Progress Association advocating the building of a hall. In 1921 the annual meeting for the Association took place in the new hall in Eveline Avenue overlooking Parkers Road. Plans to enlarge the hall caused dissention amongst the members.

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