Mornington Standard

Summary

The Mornington Standard was a weekly newspaper, circulating in the Frankston, Mornington, Dromana and Somerville areas of Victoria, Australia from 1889 to 1939. Usually four pages in length, the Mornington Standard covered news from all towns on the Mornington Peninsula. It contained a mix of local news, reports of the proceedings of local councils, churches, schools, the police courts and local sport.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Mornington Standard was founded on 5 October 1889[2] by Robert Ewins, but had little success, and went through a series of owners.[3] On 7 March 1895 its masthead first proclaimed "Incorporating Mentone and Moorabbin Chronicle".[4] From 1903 to 1905 it was owned by prominent local media entrepreneur Henry James Richmond. In July 1905 Henry's son William took over ownership of the Standard from his father.[5]

It was renamed the Mornington and Dromana Standard on 11 July 1908,[6] bearing issue number 1021, thus acknowledging its 1889 startup.[7] The last issue with this banner was 4 March 1911[8] shortly after being taken over by William Wilson Young (c. 1851 – 1946), who had considerable experience with regional newspapers.[3] The title reverted to Mornington Standard on 11 March 1911 as issue 1154.[9] The business prospered under his management, and during war years and immediately after, there was a surge in demand for local news. In 1919 his eldest son, William Crawford Young, took over management of the business. In 1924 the office and print shop moved to Wells Street, Frankston, and in 1925 W. C. Young floated a company, Standard Newspapers Pty. Ltd. to build the business. He died 17 September 1928,[10] but his family retained an interest in the company.[3]

Frankston & Somerville StandardEdit

From 11 July 1908, two editions of the newspaper were produced, the Mornington and Dromana Standard and the Frankston & Somerville Standard,[11] which became separate newspapers on 7 January 1921[12] and whose last issues were dated 5 May 1939.[13]

ConsolidationEdit

The Mornington Standard and Frankston & Somerville Standard continued as separate entities until 5 May 1939, when they were amalgamated into the Standard on 12 May 1939,[14] the masthead later carrying the subtitle "Peninsula News-Pictorial", and as such continued until 28 July 1949,[15] when it became the Frankston Standard,[16] ceasing publication in December 1949.[17]

Standard Newspapers Ltd.Edit

The Standard's publisher from 1925 to 1933 was Arnold Leslie Aitken. In 1949 it was David Bowman JP,[18] followed by Charles Dudman Fox in 1934.

Around 1929 the company's head office moved from Wells Street, Frankston to 10–12 Park Road, Cheltenham. Standard Newspapers Ltd. was still in existence in 1956, and may have been taken over by the owners of The Argus, as all later advertisements were carried by that newspaper.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mornington Standard found at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-title205, accessed 4 September 2012
  2. ^ "[No heading]". Mornington Standard (Morning ed.). Vic. 5 October 1889. p. 1. Retrieved 16 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ a b c "Old Days and Young Ways". Frankston Standard. Frankston, Vic. 5 October 1949. p. 39. Retrieved 16 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "[No heading]". Mornington Standard (Morning ed.). Vic. 7 March 1895. p. 1. Retrieved 16 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Kirkpatrick, The Bold Type: a history of Victoria's country newspapers 1840–2010 page 232
  6. ^ "[Front page]". Mornington and Dromana Standard (Morning ed.). Vic. 11 July 1908. p. 1. Retrieved 14 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Cheering Appreciation". Mornington and Dromana Standard (Morning ed.). Vic. 15 August 1908. p. 3. Retrieved 14 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "[No heading]". Mornington and Dromana Standard (Morning ed.). Vic. 4 March 1911. p. 1. Retrieved 14 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "[No heading]". Mornington Standard (Morning ed.). Frankston, Vic. 11 March 1911. p. 1. Retrieved 14 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Obituary". Frankston & Somerville Standard. Vic. 21 September 1928. p. 1. Retrieved 14 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Untitled". Mornington and Dromana Standard (MORNING. ed.). Vic. 11 July 1908. p. 2. Retrieved 17 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "[Front page]". Frankston & Somerville Standard. Vic. 7 January 1921. p. 1. Retrieved 15 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ "[Front page]". Frankston & Somerville Standard. Vic. 5 May 1939. p. 1. Retrieved 15 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "[Front page]". Standard. Frankston, Vic. 12 May 1939. p. 1. Retrieved 14 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "[Front page]". Standard. Frankston, Vic. 28 July 1949. p. 1. Retrieved 14 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ "[Front page]". Frankston Standard. Frankston, Vic. 4 August 1949. p. 1. Retrieved 15 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  17. ^ "[Front page]". Frankston Standard. Frankston, Vic. 8 December 1949. p. 1. Retrieved 15 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  18. ^ "Advertising". Standard. Frankston, Vic. 14 July 1949. p. 13. Retrieved 5 August 2013 – via National Library of Australia.

External linksEdit

  • Mornington Standard at Trove
  • Digitised World War I Victorian newspapers from the State Library of Victoria