FRANKSTON FISHERMEN, VICTORIA, Australia
I would appreciate any information regarding The Frankston Fishermen
Long before the Settlement of Frankston, Fishermen were visting the Frankston area and setting up temporary Camps near Kananook Creek.
Besides Grazing and the Timber Industry, Fishing would become the Primary industry.
THE FRANKSTON FISH COMPANY
John Dixon Box
James Crosskell died Frankston 1916
OTHER FRANKSTON FISHERMEN
William, Edward, Roger & Alfred Burton
George Laudher died 1867 (Heart Attack while Fishing)
By A. L. EARL
One can travel the round of Port
Phillip Bay without finding an older and more experienced team of fisherman than the seaoned, sun-tanned professionals of Frankston. Numbering eight all told, they follow their calling with varying fortune. They declare that they have known, and still know, very lean times in the netting business, when "two shots" gave them not even a scale, let alone a "fish", but against this theyhave their "rosy days,"
as they term them, and many are the truths, not mere fish yarns, told of the
"hefty bunts", of pike, salmon,schnapper, yellow tail, mullet, and garfish which the sea gives up to them. These men are wonderful "beach-combers ", by which is meant inshore fisherman, using a seine net, which is hauled from the beaches. They rarely make a false "shot" in the day time, for the simple reason that they do not "shoot" the net unless they discover a shoal of fish. To the fishermen of Frankston this is easy, for they are able to stand on Oliver"s Hill, or on the pier and owing to the clearness of the water, "spot" a shoal fully half a mile away.
Each man of the present team will declare that he has had a "longer experi- ence at the "game"than the rest. The Burton boys will go back as far as the time when the "Kannanook Creek had a depth of 16ft at the mouth. That was 40 years ago". "Frank" as he is known,
"remembers the time when Frankston had a fish-curing industry run by Chinese". If one should ask him how many years ago that wa,s he will say, "Before the Burtons".
Until about a year ago there was old "Mac", who daily sold fresh fish outside one of the leading hotels of the town. He was a canny old Scot and "butter fish" was invariably the variety of fish he had to offer. Whether it happened to be parrotfish, gummy shark or skate, it was all one to "Mac", who used to tell me that the "public will swaller anything".
"Ted" McComb,the "colt" of the band is the conspicuous figure. He is something more than a fisherman, for he has on very many occasions saved lives from being lost by drowning. Many thrilling rescues are of times recalled, but not by the man him- self. "Ted" has his own ideas about fish, but I never could believe in his theory that schnapper kept longer when cleansed in sea water than when cleansed in fresh, or that whiting became blind in winter, and therefore were not hooked in that season. But whaterever differences of opinion these fisherman have about fish and fishing, they are a fine lot of men, and every way a credit to the district wherein they resign.
11 July 1892, The Argus
RECOVERY OF A MISSING
To day whilst one of the Rosebud fishermen named Patrick Victor was pursuing his avocation in the south channel he observed a large boat floating bottom up. He sailed alongside and made fast to it, and at- tempted to tow it to the shore. Owing to the wind being off the land and his boat being a small one he, after beating about for some time, was obliged to cast off the wreck, which then floated away in the tide. Subsequently an employe of the dredge John Nimmo named Peter was sailing towards the shore when he observed the floating boat. He made fast to it and took it in tow, but after vainly beating about for three hours he was constrained to let it go, but before doing so he took the anchor from his own boat, and fastening it to the other boat anchored it and came to the shore. The local police were communicated with, and will tow the boat ashore. The name "Swanson"is painted on it, and consequently it is supposed to be the lost one which was capsized on Wednesday last with two Frankston fishermen, Swanson and Nilson, on board.