Home - Chermside & District History

1890

In 1890, Thomas Andrew Hamilton killed 19 snakes. The year started at Woombye, where his uncle lived, with his cousins working on his scrub, and him helping them on theirs. He fished often, mostly with success. Late January and early February felt the affects of cyclones, causing major flooding, which came again in March, peaking higher even than 1887. On April 18 his handwriting changed from forward sloping copperplate to a backward sloping scrawl. A new pen? He returned to Downfall Creek in March, the journey from Woombye taking four full days. Through the Autumn he worked in the shop and also sold oranges from a cart. In the Winter and Spring he cut and delivered firewood and timber. He employed James Jordan, Jimmy the aboriginal and William Newitt. On 27 December, his first son was born to his wife referred to only as M.J. throughout the year he devoutly attended Church and Bible class.

January

Jan 1 1890: At Woombye. Cousin W. & I planted one acre corn with Major & Nobby (for myself). Showery all day.

Jan 2 1890: Helping T & W to grub out stumps; took out the big back stump in their garden. Showery.

Jan 3 1890: Dry. Worked a full day for T & W & the horse half a day ploughing.

Jan 4 1890: Dry. Received two letters from father & one from Mr. Smith, Geebong.

Jan 5 1890: Dry. Sunday at home.

Jan 6 1890: Dry. Myself & horse worked all day harrowing & planting corn for uncle; killed one black snake.

Jan 7 1890: Showery & cold wind. Went to see Mr. Brooke about his land, cleared & burned some stumps in the scrub & moved weeds in the garden; seen 3 snakes & killed 1.

Jan 8 1890: Dry. Cousins T & W & myself grubbing stumps in my scrub. I posted a letter to Father & one to Mr. T. Smith, concerning Mr. Brooke’s land.

Jan 9 1890: Showery. T & W & myself grubbing all day in my scrub; killed one brown snake.

Jan 10 1890: Showery. W. & his mare helped me to plough in the scrub with Clem’s plough from dinnertime till night.

Jan 11 1890: Showery. W & his mare helped me to plough in the scrub all day with Clem’s plough.

Jan 12 1890: Sunday morning constant rain, afternoon getting heavier. Had to get cattle & horses out of scrub, also gather up tools, fasten plough & carry home saddle from Thos’s house, in case of floods.

Jan 13 1890: Showery, creek almost full. Removed Major’s front shoes, pruned fruit trees in garden, got a letter from father saying he had left goods & harrow in Pettigrew’s store, Brisbane the 6th ult., letter delayed in Woombye. Fished one hour and half, caught none. Night thunderstorm.

Jan 14 1890: Very hot. Helped W. all day to clear ground for early potatoes in their scrub.

Jan 15 1890: Rained all day. Tried to drain water off corn ground. Posted one letter to Mother, M.J., one home to Matilda.

Jan 16 1890: Heavy showers, creek flowing over. I cleared a track on Currie’s Knob to bring buggy home. Night very wet.

Jan 17 1890: Showery all day. Went to Post Office, got one home letter from Mother to M.J., one from C.J. to M.J. Brought home buggy over Currie’s Knob & washed it.

Jan 18 1890: Showery. Worked all day putting skillion to berth.

Jan 19 1890: Sunday. A few showers. Went to uncle’s to get Saturday’s mail; mail had not arrived on account of wet weather.

Jan 20 1890: A few heavy showers. Worked at skillion till dinnertime, got it finished. Worked from dinnertime till night with T & W building their stable. M.J. went to Post Office, got one letter from Insurance Co. and one from Jockey Club Sydney Advt., inquired about our things, heard steamer had not got in, returned to Brisbane with cargo.

Jan 21 1890: Two or three showers, worked all day with T & W at stable.

Jan 22 1890: Wet all day. Myself & horse half a day snigging bush timber for T & W stable, got drenched to the skin. Posted a letter from M.J. to Maggie, inquired about the steamer, heard she was not in.

Jan 23 1890: Wet all day, terrific rain morning, creek flowing over. Dinnertime flood all over flat, night a big flood. J. Francis brought his big black mare to let her run with my horses; stayed here all night himself, wet all night.

Jan 24 1890: Morning terrible rain, big flood, corn all under water and flood still rising, dinnertime water commenced to fall.

Jan 25 1890: Morning, scrub still under water, very heavy shower. J. Francis left for home. I posted one letter to Father, received one from Mr. Smith, Geebong. Inquired about my things, heard the steamer had not got in. Evening, water off scrub.

Jan 26 1890: Sunday dry day. At home all day.

Jan 27 1890: Dry day. Posted one letter to Mother & one to Mr. Smith, Geebong & one to C.J. from M.J. Cleared poison weed in the scrub.

Jan 28 1890: Odd showers. Worked all day with T & W at their stable.

Jan 29 1890: Dry. Worked all day with T & W at their stable.

Jan 30 1890: Showery. W & I took home their dray over the knob with their mare & Major. Arrived at uncle’s at dinnertime. I worked there from then till night to pay W’s time back. Got one letter from Father & one from Mother.

Jan 31 1890: Showery. Worked all day with T & W at stable. Killed one black snake.

February


Feb 1 1890: Terrible wet & windy all day, could not work outside.

Feb 2 1890: Sunday, beautiful dry day. At home all day.

Feb 3 1890: Very hot & dry. Worked all day with T & W at stable, posted one letter to Mother.

Feb 4 1890: Very wet & windy till midday, dry from then till night. Fished about 3 hours & caught 6 good fish.

Feb 5 1890: Showery & windy. W & J took Clem’s plough & harrow home with their mare & Major; took us all day. Got one registered letter from Maggie, posted one in answer. Killed long green snake, removed Major’s hind shoes.

Feb 6 1890: Heavy showers. Brushed around the garden fence & chipped corn in the scrub. Night very wet.

Feb 7 1890: Too wet to work. Borrowed flour from cousin Thomas, got sweet potatoes from uncle. Inquired at Reynolds for box, it had not arrived. Caught 4 fish.

Feb 8 1890: Very wet till about 3p.m., then I went to Post Office, got one letter from Father & Mother. Posted one from M.J. to Mother, heard Tarshaw was not in.

Feb 9 1890: Light showers till midday, heard something like Tarshaw’s whistle at 9.30a.m., stayed at home all day.

Feb 10 1890: Dry all day, worked with T & W at stable, went to Reynolds & got bos which came by coach.

Feb 11 1890: Light showers; worked with uncle all day shingling stable.

Feb 12 1890: Light showers; worked with uncle all day shingling stable.

Feb 13 1890: Morning too wet to work; afternoon chipped corn & fished awhile, caught none. Killed 6 black snakes, 2 old ones & four young ones; creek flowing over.

Feb 14 1890: Dry, flood in creek falling, brushing track through scrub till dinnertime, posted a letter to Mother. Thursday’s mail had not arrived on account of floods, worked from dinnertime till night with uncle, shingling.

Feb 15 1890: Dry. W.& I went to Eudlo store with his two horses (Lady & Charlie), my two (Major & Nobby) to the horses belly in mud & water, found uncle’s beef rotten, packed home my flour & corn, got one letter Father & one home letter from Mother with curly seed.

Feb 16 1890: Sunday forenoon wet, afternoon dry, at home all day.

Feb 17 1890: Showery, took Major round to uncle’s, took home Roses saddle which I had borrowed, carried home sweet potatoes from uncle’s, killed black snake & green one, fished awhile in evening & night, caught 9.

Feb 18 1890: Showery. Met Father at Landsborough railway station, arrived home about 9p.m.

Feb 19 1890: Showery. Father, M.J. & I went to see uncle’s people; posted one letter from Father to Mother.

Feb 20 1890: Light showers. I removed Major’s front shoes. Father & I went fishing & exploring, caught 3 good fish, M.J. killed one black snake.

Feb 21 1890: Showery. Father & I went to see Brooke’s place, evening went fishing caught none.

Feb 22 1890: Dry. Brought home plough out of the scrub & made pegs for survey line. We went fishing, Father caught 5 & me one.

Feb 23 1890: Sunday, very wet all day. Father, M.J. & I went to see uncle’s people.

Feb 24 1890: Showery. Father & I cut a big log off the road over Curries Knob, put in corner pegs on line, fished awhile & caught 3; I killed one black snake.

Feb 25 1890: Showery. Father & I went to see Mr. Grove, I got one letter from Mother, sweet potatoes from uncle.

Feb 26 1890: Very showery. Left Father at Landsborough railway station on his way home. I left Landsborough for home 2.10p.m., arrived at uncle’s 6.55p.m.

Feb 27 1890: Dry. Brought harrow from Schuberts to uncles, brought home Major & Nobby, fished half an hour, caught one.

Feb 28 1890: Dry. I wrote & posted one letter to Mother. M.J. & I went to see uncle’s people.

March


Mar 1 1890: Showery. Went to uncle’s for loan of scythe, brought home harness, chains & fished afternoon, caught 5.

Mar 2 1890: Very showery, stayed at home all day.

Mar 3 1890: Showery. Mowed weeds in garden, painted gate, plough & window sashes. Put up sapling fence in standing scrub to stop cows getting out.

Mar 4 1890: Showery. Mowed weeds in garden. M.J. & I went to see Roses people; I got two letters from Father.

Mar 5 1890: Showery. Worked a full day with T & W splitting & fixing palings.

Mar 6 1890: Very showery. Mowed weeds in garden.

Mar 7 1890: Terrible windy & wet all day & very cold. Water in creek rising fast, turned horses & cows out of scrub.

Mar 8 1890: Morning, big flood all over flat & still rising; afternoon highest flood since 1887, commenced to fall at 3p.m., rained all day.

Mar 9 1890: Terrific wind (Sunday) and wet all day, very cold. Tarpaulin blown off hay & torn to pieces, corn all lying on ground, two rail fence in scrub blown nearly down.

Mar 10 1890: Morning, flood all over scrub & still rising, wind rising worse & worse since last Friday. Trees & branches thundering down in all directions. 2p.m., wind commencing to fall; 5p.m. flood over two rail fence in scrub commenced to fall; 8p.m. rained all day, now showery.

Mar 11 1890: A few showers, 8p.m. water still falling but scrub still covered. Mowed weeds in garden, fixed back on shed, cleared track over Curries Knob, later terrible heavy rain.

Mar 12 1890: Dry, water off scrub. Cleared about garden, posted one letter to Father & one from M.J. home to Mother. Went to Schuberts for groceries, explored through scrub after flood, found several cedar logs washed into my ground.

Mar 13 1890: Showery. Chipped bananas, brushed part of survey line & replaced rotten pegs, cleaned out stable, turned horses into cultivation, killed one black snake.

Mar 14 1890: Very showery. Filled in stable floor, planted out 7 bananas, filled hollow places in yard, made horse stall at cart shed, fished awhile, caught none.

Mar 15 1890: Showery. Went to Schubert’s for flour, called at post, no mail since Thursday. It came then by horse, road impossible for coaches since last Saturday. Removed Major’s shoes, fished awhile, caught none.

Mar 16 1890: Sunday. One heavy shower, stayed at home all day.

Mar 17 1890: Dry. Transplanted into nursery bed 18 orange trees, 8 lemons and planted out 6 lemons & 4 citrons, 2 guavas, 1 peach. Made up our minds to start for Downfall Creek tomorrow if possible. Gathered up all the tools, painted gate, stable & shed doors. Cousin Barbara came to see us; baby was bad with her teeth all day. Took home uncle’s scythe & mattock & brought home boot last.

Mar 18 1890: Showery. Painted back door, helped M.J. to pack up. Cousins T & W came after dinner & helped us to get away. W & T took buggy over Curries Knob, arrived at uncle’s place at dark. T, M.J. & baby went to uncle’s through the scrub, we stopped there all night.

Mar 19 1890: Light showers. Started from uncle’s place for Downfall Creek 8.30a.m., roads terrible bad. Had dinner on roadside near Mooloola, got to Mellum Creek about 5p.m., put up there for the night.

Mar 20 1890: Showery. Started on our journey 9a.m., arrived at Gregors 12 noon, had dinner there. Arrived Mr. East’s Hotel, Caboolture 5.15p.m., put up for the night, met Evangalist Graham.

Mar 21 1890: Dry. Left Caboolture about 9a.m., got to Pine River 12 noon, river too high to cross, camped two hours & had dinner, arrived at Father’s place, Downfall Creek 4.30p.m. M.J. got letter from Mrs. Duncan.

Mar 22 1890: One shower. Went to town with Father; drove Captain in Mr. Early’s van. Washed buggy. Killed long green snake close to house. We met with the Rev. E. Turner at Gregory Terrace.

Mar 23 1890: Sunday, stayed at home all day.

Mar 24 1890: Showery. Worked all day in shop, went to church meeting at night, posted one registered letter to aunt.

Mar 25 1890: Wet all day, worked all day in shop.

Mar 26 1890: Showery. Went to town with Father, went to timber yard, got my Deed For Selection, worked about one hour in shop, got coachbuilders book; got a letter for M.J. from cousin B., also 3 letters returned from Woombye.

Mar 27 1890: Light rain. Worked all day in shop & helped to stack timber. Evening thunderstorm & heavy rain.

Mar 28 1890: Showery. Worked all day in shop & stacking timber.

Mar 29 1890: Showery. Worked all day in shop & stacking timber.

Mar 30 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to see James & C.J. after dinner and went to service at night. Mr. Jones of Geebong preached.

Mar 31 1890: Wet. James & Father & I cut stumps and cleared ground for house at roadside.

April


Apr 1 1890: Dry. James & I pegged out for house & put in some stumps.

Apr 2 1890: Dry. James & I cut, carted & fixed stumps, then painted Paul Maggs spring cart. I helped put on one set of shoes.

Apr 3 1890: Dry. J. & I all day at house.

Apr 4 1890: Showery Good Friday. W. & I brushed two or three hours in bottom paddock.

Apr 5 1890: Showery. Worked in shop all day.

Apr 6 1890: Dry Easter Sunday. Went to service & heard Mr. Roundefel 11a.m. and Mr. Jones at 7p.m.

Apr 7 1890: Dry. Father & I drove to see A. Lawson where he was working, then to Nundah sawmill and got a bit of timber. Then we caught 4 men taking timber (firewood) off Father’s ground. One would not pay nor leave the wood; I went for Sergeant Primrose, he was not at home. Then I went to Lutwyche, Sergeant Brown not at home, constable would not come; Father followed the man to town and settled it with their Master.

Apr 8 1890: Dry. Worked in shop all day at shoeing and at G. Herman’s cart. Paul Maggs took his cart away, received our presents from home.

Apr 9 1890: Dry. Worked all day in shop. M.J. & I had dinner with J. & C.J.

Apr 10 1890: Showery. Worked in shop all day.

Apr 11 1890: Dry. Worked all day in shop. Surveyors came & surveyed Father’s land. I posted letter from M.J. to aunt.

Apr 12 1890: Dry. Worked in shop all day; got one letter from B. for M.J.

Apr 13 1890: Sunday dry. Went to service at 11a.m., heard new Minister (Mr. Errington). M.J. & I went at 7p.m. and heard N.D. Earley. Mr. Parnell came to see us.

Apr 14 1890: Dry. Worked in shop all day.

Apr 15 1890: Dry. Worked in shop all day. M.J. got one letter from cousin Barbara.

Apr 16 1890: Dry. Worked in shop, went to church meeting at night. The Rev. Errington was invited for one year.

Apr 17 1890: Dry. Worked in shop, received one letter from H.A. Keil, authorizing me to sell some of his property.

Apr 18 1890: Dry. Worked in shop, heard that Mr. T. Shaw’s land was sold for ₤30 per acre.

Apr 19 1890: Showery, worked in shop. Mr. Turner lined G. Herman’s cart. James, William & myself went to see T. & J. Hamilton, Indooroopilly.

Apr 20 1890: Sunday dry, went to service 11a.m., Rev. Errington preached. M.J. & I went to service 7p.m., Rev. Errington preached.

Apr 21 1890: Showery, worked in shop. M.J. posted one letter home to Mrs. Duncan and one to cousin Barbara, Cobbs Camp.

Apr 22 1890: Showery, worked in shop. Father, Willie & I went to Zillmere School of Arts to hear Mr. J.W. Lee give a very able lecture on the superiority of a Limited Monarchal Government to a Republic.

Apr 23 1890: Heavy thunder, lightening & rain, worked in shop. Mr. Turner lined Rev. Clarke’s buggy. Terrible thunderstorm at night and very heavy rain expected. Posted letter to Mr. Brooke.

Apr 24 1890: All the morning very wet, worked about half day in shop.

Apr 25 1890: Showery, went to town to see if our boxes had come; steamer (Tarshaw) had not arrived.

Apr 26 1890: Showery, worked in shop. G. Herman took away his new cart.

Apr 27 1890: Sunday, very wet, stayed at home all day.

Apr 28 1890: Showery, went to town to see if our things had come from the Camp; they had not arrived. Went to Mr. Cramer’s, Milton, for cushions for Rev. Clarke’s buggy. Posted letter to Mr. Reid about his land.

Apr 29 1890: Very wet, worked in shop all day.

Apr 30 1890: Dry, worked in shop. M.J. & I went to Band of Hope Meeting at night. The church was filled and there was a good programme gone through; Rev. Errington was present.

May


May 1 1890: Dry, worked in shop. Mr. Errington arrived at Downfall Creek.

May 2 1890: Showery, worked in shop all day.

May 3 1890: Showery, worked in shop all day.

May 4 1890: Sunday, very wet, went to service, Rev. Errington preached.

May 5 1890: Showery, went to town & got our boxes, went to Committee Meeting in church. It was arranged to have fruit soiree next Thursday night instead of a team meeting.

May 6 1890: Dry, helped James all day at his kitchen.

May 7 1890: One shower, worked with James at his kitchen.

May 8 1890: One heavy shower, worked with James at his kitchen till dinnertime, after dinnertime patched my boots & carried fruit to church for soiree. There was as very large meeting (gathering), church packed. Chairman Mr. McIntyre, Speakers Rev. Hoskins, Rev. Errington, Messrs. Lee, Melrose, Barclay & Jones. Object of meeting was to welcome Rev. Mr. & Mrs. Errington to the United Methodist Circuit of Downfall Creek, Stafford & Geebong. Received one home letter from Aunt Matilda, one from cousin Barbara & one from Mr. Brooke concerning his land. Soiree realised about ₤5.

May 9 1890: One shower. Went around with dogcart & sold a lot of oranges, worked a little while in shop.

May 10 1890: Dry. Mother, M.J. & myself went to see the McNellies. When starting for home, the horse (Major) dashed out of the harness, leaving the buggy standing & causing me to fall on my head between the shafts. I had a very narrow escape & it was anything but a pleasant sensation.

May 11 1890: Sunday, dry, stayed at home all day with a sore head.

May 12 1890: Dry, poked about the shop awhile, head too sore to work. Posted one home letter to Mother, one to Mr. Brook & one to cousin Barbara. Mr. Parnell came to see us at 7p.m., camped in shop all night.

May 13 1890: One heavy shower; stayed in shop all day but was not fit to do much work. Parnell camped with Willie.

May 14 1890: Showery, worked in shop half time, went to service at night with M.J. Mr. & Mrs. Errington had tea with us, Parnell stayed till dinnertime.

May 15 1890: Dry, worked all day in shop.

May 16 1890: Showery, drove around & sold a lot of oranges.

May 17 1890: Showery, worked in shop. Mr. Gray (wheelright) and family drove out to see Father.

May 18 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to service in the morning, Mr. Errington preached. Mr. Parnell & I went at night, Mr. Barclay preached; there was a good attendance each service.

May 19 1890: Dry, westerly wind, worked in shop. Father & I drove Captain out as far as Bald Hills, looked at timber & called with Mrs. Booth & Mrs. A. Lawson. Father, James, William & myself went to Geebong Hall to hear Messrs. Jones & Bridges debate on Australian Federation. There was a large & orderly meeting; Chair was occupied very ably by Captain Stuart; G. Agnew M.L.A. & Mr. J.W. Lee also addressed the meeting. All who voted, voted for Federation. Parnell started for up country about 9a.m.

May 20 1890: One shower, worked awhile in shop, but yarned nearly all day. Mr. Livingston called at shop and Mr. Francis.

May 21 1890: One shower, worked in shop all day, went to service at night, Rev. Errington preached. It was decided to start a Bible Class.

May 22 1890: Dry, worked in shop.

May 23 1890: Dry, sold a lot of oranges. Father, James & I went to Zillmere School of Arts, to hear a debate between Myers Bridges & Manaton, on Trade Unions.

May 24 1890: Dry, worked in shop. Mr. Turner (Liner) lined Lees & Grahams carts.

May 25 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to service morning & evening. Rev. Errington preached in the morning & Mr. Conradi at night.

May 26 1890: Holiday, dry. W & I got one post and fell gumtree in front of shop. Mr. Hastie came to see us & stayed till 8 or 9 o’clock. Uncle & Barbara arrived at Zillmere station at 7p.m., Maggie & I met them with Major & dogcart.

May 27 1890: Dry, worked in shop. Father & uncle went to town. Father and Mr. Livingstone arranged to make a deal with land for engine.

May 28 1890: Light rain, worked in shop all day. Maggie & cousin Barbara went to Sandgate. Mrs. Fanny Hopkins came to see us. Surveyor came and surveyed 2 acres for Father.

May 29 1890: Light rain all day, worked in shop, Father & uncle went to town.

May 30 1890: Showery, worked in shop.

May 31 1890: Dry. Father, uncle & myself went to town; uncle succeeded in his business.

June


Jun 1 1890: Sunday showery. I went to service in the morning, Rev. Errington preached, uncle & Barbara went also.

Jun 2 1890: Showery, worked in shop. Willie & I went to Geebong Hall, at night, to hear a lecture (on the prohibition of intoxicating liquor) delivered by Mr. Honchins. It was one of the best lectures I ever heard. There was a fair gathering, though the night was wet. Father, uncle, Maggie & Barbara went to town.

Jun 3 1890: Showery, worked in shop. Father, uncle & Barbara went to town.

Jun 4 1890: Very showery, worked in shop.

Jun 5 1890: Showery, worked in shop. Uncle & Barbara left here for home 9.30a.m.; Father drove them to Zillmere station with Major & dogcart.

Jun 6 1890: Showery, went to town with Father.

Jun 7 1890: Dry, worked in shop all day.

Jun 8 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to service 11a.m., Rev. Errington preached. I went at 7p.m., Rev. Hoskins preached.

Jun 9 1890: Dry, worked in shop.

Jun 10 1890: Dry, worked in shop.

Jun 11 1890: Dry. M.J. & I went to town; I bought a suit of clothes, hat & boots. Went to service at night, Rev. Errington preached.

Jun 12 1890: Dry. Father & I went to town and were away all day. I went to Bible Class at night, it was the first night for it to meet.

Jun 13 1890: Dry, worked in shop. Mr. T. Turner’s brother lined Mr. Henderson’s new cart & Mr. Hill’s old cart.

Jun 14 1890: Dry, worked in shop. Mr. & Mrs. Errington came to see us in the evening.

Jun 15 1890: Dry, Sunday. M.J. & I went to morning service, Rev. Errington preached. I went in the evening, Mr. Jones of Geebong preached.

Jun 16 1890: Light rain all day, worked in shop. Mr. Henderson got his new cart home.

Jun 17 1890: Dry, worked in shop. M.J. & I got letter from Barbara. Mr. Hill took away his old cart that was painted and lined. Mr. Conradi lent me his horse and Maggie & I drove to Stafford to hear Rev. Mr. Hoskins lecture on Charles Dickens.

Jun 18 1890: Dry, worked awhile in shop. Father I went to see old engine at Cabbagetree Creek. M.J. & I went to service at night, Mr. Conradi preached.

Jun 19 1890: Dry. Father & I went to Mr. Bury’s (Terrace Creek) to look at old engine. Started at 6.30a.m. and got home at 9.30p.m. with Major & dogcart. Got a letter from Mr. Reid, asking me to sell his land.

Jun 20 1890: Dry. Father & I went to town; was in all day arranging for purchase of engine from Livingstone Bros.

Jun 21 1890: Dry. Father & I went to town; I purchased engine from Livingstone Bros. for the sum of ₤135.

Jun 22 1890: Showery Sunday. I went to morning service, Rev. Errington preached. M.J. & I went at night, Mr. Conradi preached.

Jun 23 1890: Dry. I went to town. Livingstone brought most of the machinery. Father & I went to church meeting at night. I posted one letter to Mr. Reid & M.J. one to Barbara.

Jun 24 1890: Dry. I helped Livingstone all day to fix engine and Father and James nearly all day. I employed Henry Newit & Patrick Gennings.

Jun 25 1890: Dry. Worked about engine nearly all day. Livingstone got up steam & cut some wood to try how things would work. H.N. & P.G. started work; Father & James helped me most of the day. Mrs. McNellie & Mary were out to see us. We sent in the first load of wood we cut with engine to Mrs. McKay, Lutwyche.

Jun 26 1890: Dry, worked awhile in shop, remainder about engine and shed for it, also James & Father. Went to Bible Class at night. Received letter from aunt containing wrong rate letter.

Jun 27 1890: Dry. Mr. Livingstone went around some of his customers with me. I worked awhile in shop & at engine shed, also Father & James. I went to see Mr. Barstowe at night.

Jun 28 1890: Dry, worked awhile in shop, then Father & I went to town. Sawed some firewood when we came home, sent in two loads, one returned.

Jun 29 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to church in morning, I went at night; Rev. Errington preached both times.

Jun 30 1890: Dry. Father & I worked at wood all day, sent in three loads.

July


Jul 1 1890: Dry, worked all day at wood, sent in three loads and one to James.

Jul 2 1890: Dry, worked all day at wood, sent in one load & one load coke & eight bags coke. First noticed frost, killed one snake.

Jul 3 1890: Dry, light frost. James & I worked at wood all day, sent in two loads.

Jul 4 1890: Dry, heavy frost. James & I all day at engine shed, sent in two loads of wood & got out one load of coke.

Jul 5 1890: Dry, worked all day at engine shed, sent in one load of wood & 7 bags of coke & 1 load of wood to Father. Brought out a load of spouting and sundries for new house.

Jul 6 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to service 11a.m., Rev. Errington preached. I went at night, Mr. Conradi preached. Mr. Howard called to see us.

Jul 7 1890: Dry, worked all day at wood & James half day, sent in 3 loads. Discharged Patrick Gennings.

Jul 8 1890: Dry. James & I worked all day bringing in & cutting firewood. Sent in 1 load wood, had to leave it at one of the Agents, sent in 5 bags coke; got our pump to bring the water from the creek.

Jul 9 1890: Dry, worked in shop all day, went to service at night, Rev. Errington preached. Sent in 1 load of wood & got out 2 loads of galvanised iron for new house and some iron for the shop.

Jul 10 1890: Dry, light frost. Set, sharpened & packed new circular saw, worked at engine & cut some wood; James helped me quarter day, went to Bible Class at night.

Jul 11 1890: Dry, heavy frost. Made two malls and worked at wood. Sent in two loads of wood & got out one load of coke, posted one letter from M.J. to aunt.

Jul 12 1890: Dry, heavy frost. James & I worked half day cutting wood. I worked from that till night about engine. First Orangemen Procession in Queensland; James & Willie went to see them. Sent in two loads of wood.

Jul 13 1890: Sunday, dry, light frost, very cold all day. M.J. & I went to service in the morning, Rev. Errington preached. I went at night, Mr. Conradi preached.

Jul 14 1890: Dry, very heavy frost. I went to town, left order tickets with Mrs. Morgan (butchers), Breakfast Creek, E. Day (grocer) Bowen Hills and Mr. Thomas (grocer) Lutwyche. Sent in 3 loads of wood, employed James Jordan of Lutwyche, got my delivery books for wood & coke.

Jul 15 1890: Dry, light frost. Worked at getting in wood most of the day, remainder putting new axle on spring dray and boxing the wheels, sent in one load of wood.

Jul 16 1890: Cloudy, very light rain. All day bringing in wood out of bush, sent in 2 loads.

Jul 17 1890: Light rain. James & I cut wood with engine all day. Sent in 4 loads and 1 to James, went to Bible Class at night.

Jul 18 1890: Dry, split wood all day, sent in six loads.

Jul 19 1890: Showery. James & I cut wood all day, sent in 4 loads of wood & 7 bags coke. Discharged J. Jordan.

Jul 20 1890: Sunday, showery. I went to service morning & evening; Rev. Errington in the morning & Mr. Melrose in the evening.

Jul 21 1890: Dry. Worked all day getting in wood out of bush, sent in 1 load.

Jul 22 1890: Dry. Employed Thomas Dunn. Worked all day at engine & cutting wood, sent in 2 loads of wood & 2 bags of coke, got a letter for M.J. from aunt.

Jul 23 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent in 3 loads. Went to service at night, Mr. Conradi preached.

Jul 24 1890: Dry. Made double side & end boards for dray and cut plank for pump pully. Altered book box on dray and split short wood, sent in 2 loads of wood and got out one load of coke. Went to Bible Class at night. Posted one letter in answer to advertisement in the “Telegraph” (Machine).

Jul 25 1890: Dry. M.J. & I went to town in dogcart, split some wood in bush when I came home, sent in 2 loads of wood, 7 bags of coke, stored 5 bags, sold 2 bags, got 2 sides leather from P. Maggs.

Jul 26 1890: Dry, light frost. Cut wood in bush, put pully on shaft, cut some belting at night, sent in 2 loads of wood and sent in 2 saddles to get counter lined.

Jul 27 1890: Dry Sunday, went to service morning & evening (M.J. & I); Rev. Errington morning, Mr. Conradi evening. Bertha Ramsey & Maggie Patterson came to see us.

Jul 28 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent in 8 loads of wood.

Jul 29 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent in 3 loads of wood & sold 5 bags coke that was stored at Mr. Phillips.

Jul 30 1890: Dry. Went to see Mr. Fraizer, South Brisbane, spent half day cleaning engine and boiler. Sent in 2 loads of wood, went to Band of Hope meeting at night. There was a very large gathering and a good tea service.

Jul 31 1890: Dry. Went to meet Mr. Fraizer, drove him out to see machinery & drove him in again. Sent in 3 loads of wood. Light rain at night, went to Bible Class.

August


Aug 1 1890: Light rain. Worked all day cutting wood with engine, sent in 4 loads. Heavy rain at night.

Aug 2 1890: Dry. Split short wood, oiled boiler, sharpened saw, carried water ec, sent in 4 loads of wood, went to prayer meeting in Church of England at night and to Salvation Army coming home.

Aug 3 1890: Sunday dry. M.J. & I went to service morning & evening; Rev. Hoskins preached morning & Mr. Conradi at night.

Aug 4 1890: Dry, light frost. Cut wood with engine most of the day, remainder helping to build shed for men. Sent Harry around to collect money. Sent in no wood. Mr. & Mrs. Errington & his Mother came to see us.

Aug 5 1890: Dry, light frost. Worked at shed for the men all day, sent in 3 loads of wood.

Aug 6 1890: Dry, very light frost. Split and brought in long wood and cut some up with engine. Sent out 5 loads wood & 1 bag coke.

Aug 7 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine & put in stumps for counter shaft. Sent out 4 loads of wood. Went to Bible Class at night. M.J. got a letter from Barbara.

Aug 8 1890: Dry, light frost. Put up counter shaft and brought in wood out of bush, sent out 3 loads.

Aug 9 1890: Dry, heavy frost. Cut & brought in wood out of the bush, sent out 4 loads.

Aug 10 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to service morning & evening. Rev. Brown preached both times; it was Anniversary Service.

Aug 11 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine. Sent out 5 loads wood & 8 bags coke. Mr. & Mrs. Errington came to see us. I employed James Jordan.

Aug 12 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine & brought some in out of the bush, sent out 5 loads wood. I went to Stafford to practice Anthems.

Aug 13 1890: Dry. Split short wood & cut wood in bush, sent out 5 loads. Went to service; there was no congregation, so Maggie, Charlie & I went home with Mr. Errington and stayed awhile.

Aug 14 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, brought in wood out of bush, sent in 2 loads wood & 6 bags coke.

Aug 15 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine. Split & brought in bush stuff, sent out 4 loads wood.

Aug 16 1890: Dry, sharp frost. Cut wood with engine, brought some in out of bush, sent in 4 loads. James Jordan left my employ.

Aug 17 1890: Sunday, dry. Went to service in morning, Rev. Errington preached. M.J. & I went at night. Mr. R.D. Early & young Mr. Fifoot conducted the service.

Aug 18 1890: Dry, light frost. I employed Jimmy the aboriginal. Cut wood in bush all day. Sent out 2 loads wood & 6 bags coke. Posted 1 letter from M.J. to aunt, went to singing practice at night.

Aug 19 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 3 loads wood.

Aug 20 1890: Dry, sharp frost. Exhibition Day. Worked most of day building shed over saw bench. Sent out 1 load wood & got in some long wood. Father, Maggie & Charlotte went to Exhibition.

Aug 21 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 3 loads wood. Worked awhile at shed over saw bench. Got word that Violet had calved. Went to Bible Class at night.

Aug 22 1890: Dry. James & I worked all day at shed over saw bench, sent out 2 loads of wood.

Aug 23 1890: Dry. James & I worked all day building shed over saw bench; the men had a holiday. Black Jimmy took in 1 load wood. Mr. Pring (from Gympie) came to see Father.

Aug 24 1890: Sunday, dry. I went to service morning & evening. Rev. Errington preached in the morning & Mrs. Errington conducted a love feast service in the evening. I also went to children’s singing practice at 3p.m.

Aug 25 1890: Dry. Worked all day putting skillion to shed, sent out 3 loads wood, went to Band of Hope Committee Meeting at night.

Aug 26 1890: Dry. Worked all day at skillion, sent out 3 loads wood. I was too sick to go to Social Meeting at Stafford.

Aug 27 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent out 3 loads wood & 1 bag coke.

Aug 28 1890: Dry. Was sick most of day, sent out 2 loads wood. Went to town with Father after dinnertime.

Aug 29 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine from dinnertime till night, sent out 2 loads & 2 bags coke.

Aug 30 1890: Dry. Went to town for iron for tank, sent out 4 loads wood & 1 bag coke.

Aug 31 1890: Sunday, dry. Went to service in the morning, Rev. Errington preached.

September


Sep 1 1890: Dry. Poked about engine shed most of the day, too sick to work. Employed William Newitt, sent out 4 loads wood & 1 load coke.

Sep 2 1890: Dry. Harry & I went around the customers with their bills, sent out 3 loads wood.

Sep 3 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day & got the pump to work. Sent out 3 loads wood. Clem Prentice called to see us at dinnertime on his way home with horse & dray; he stayed all night.

Sep 4 1890: Light showers. Clem started for home. I worked in shop three quarters of day, sent in 5 loads wood. I went to Bible Class at night.

Sep 5 1890: Dry. Worked all day in shop, sent out 4 loads wood & 7 bags coke.

Sep 6 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 5 loads wood & 10 bags coke. T. Dunn got two of his fingers out with circular saw. Harry, him & I drove to the hospital & got his hand draped.

Sep 7 1890: Sunday. Heavy thunderstorm in the afternoon; a tree struck in Mr. Muckeins paddock. A son of Mr. Carson’s (North Pine), while sheltering under a tree, was knocked insensible and his horse killed by lightening. M.J. & I went to service at 11a.m.; Rev. Errington preached.

Sep 8 1890: Dry. Split short wood half day, cut wood in bush other half, sent out 4 loads wood. Made mistake in dating cheque to Father; put August 8th instead of September 8th.

Sep 9 1890: Dry. Cut & carted wood out of bush, sent out 4 loads wood & 1 load coke.

Sep 10 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent out 3 loads wood.

Sep 11 1890: Dry. Split short wood half day. M.J. & I went to town in the buggy after dinner. Sent out 4 loads wood. Went to Bible Class at night.

Sep 12 1890: Dry. Split wood in bush all day, sent out 4 loads wood & 2 bags coke.

Sep 13 1890: Dry. Carted 3 loads bricks from paddock to new house & carted in long wood remainder of day. Sent in 2 loads wood & 1 bag coke. H. Newitt took his horse in to sale yards. I killed one snake.

Sep 14 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to service 11a.m.; Rev. Errington preached. I went to school singing practice 3p.m.

Sep 15 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent out 5 loads wood.

Sep 16 1890: Dry. Split short wood half day, cut long wood remainder of day, sent out 4 loads wood. Harry brought load of timber from Poutneys.

Sep 17 1890: Dry. Cut & carted in long wood, sent out 3 loads wood & 1 load poles.

Sep 18 1890: Heavy thunderstorm & rain from half past 4p.m. Cut wood all day with engine, sent out 3 loads wood & 3 bags coke.

Sep 19 1890: Dry. Split short wood & cut long wood in bush, sent out 4 loads wood.

Sep 20 1890: Dry. Cut & carted long wood, sent out 4 loads wood, commenced about 7p.m.

Sep 21 1890: Sunday, wet all day, no service in our church.

Sep 22 1890: Dry. P. Dunn commenced work first time since he got his hand cut. Cut wood with engine all day & split remainder, sent out 5 loads. Went at night to hear Mr. McIntyre deliver a very humorous lecture in our church on “Characters We Meet”; there was a fair attendance.

Sep 23 1890: Dry. Cut wood in bush all day, sent out 4 loads wood, went to church meeting at night.

Sep 24 1890: Dry. Cut & carted long wood to mill, sent out 5 loads wood. Went to quarter meeting in church at night. Thunderstorm about 10p.m.

Sep 25 1890: Light shower & thunder. Cut wood with engine, sent out 5 loads wood.

Sep 26 1890: Dry. Worked in shop all day at J. Early’s wheels. T. & Jimmy cut wood with engine, sent out 5 loads wood.

Sep 27 1890: Dry. Went to saleyard, sent out 4 loads wood & 1 bag coke.

Sep 28 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to service at 11a.m.; Rev. Errington preached. I went to singing practice 3p.m. & to service at night. Mr. Jones (Geebong) preached.

Sep 29 1890: Dry. Took iron off Mr. Parson’s shed that Father bought. Sent out 3 loads wood. Went to Band of Hope Committee Meeting & church Committee Meeting at night.

Sep 30 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 4 loads wood. Went to see Mr. Barstowe at night.

October


Oct 1 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 3 loads wood. Harry was collecting money all day. I went to Band of Hope Meeting at night.

Oct 2 1890: Dry. Split short wood till dinnertime, cut long wood after dinner, sent out 3 loads wood, went to Bible Class at night. M.J. one letter from Barbara.

Oct 3 1890: Dry. Father, M.J. & myself went to town in buggy & bought some furniture; we were in town all day. Sent out 5 loads wood, T. & J. cut long wood.

Oct 4 1890: Dry. Split short wood & got long wood out of bush, sent 4 loads wood & 10 bags coke.

Oct 5 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to service at 11a.m.; Rev. Errington preached, then we went to service at C. Smith’s 3.30p.m. The Minister did not come, there was no service.

Oct 6 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 5 loads wood & got home 1 load furniture. Father lost his day on my account.

Oct 7 1890: Distant thunder. One shower & a few small hail. Split short wood half day, other half day felling & cutting big trees about new home, sent out 3 loads wood.

Oct 8 1890: One shower, very hot. Cut wood in bush, sent out 4 loads wood.

Oct 9 1890: Dry. Father & I worked at belting all day, sent out 4 loads wood.

Oct 10 1890: Dry. Split short wood, raked up chips about shed, made mall ec, sent out 3 loads wood. Maggie, M.J. & I drove to Albion & Valley in the evening.

Oct 11 1890: Dry, made 1 mall, split short wood, raked about shed & cleaned engine, sent out 6 loads wood.

Oct 12 1890: Sunday, dry. I went to service morning & evening; Rev. Errington both times. Went to Sunday school singing practice 3p.m.

Oct 13 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent out 5 loads wood, shifted into new house.

Oct 14 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent out 5 loads woods.

Oct 15 1890: Dry. Split short wood over half day

Oct 16 1890: Dry. T. Dunn, Jimmy Cain, C. Grove & I were most of day bringing home young horses & helping Mr. Bunkens to take them to his place to get them broken in. Split wood remainder of day, sent out 5 loads wood. Father, Mr. Conradi & I went to quarterly church meeting at Eagle Junction.

Oct 17 1890: Dry. Cut long wood, sent out 3 loads of wood.

Oct 18 1890: Dry. Split short wood, sent out 5 loads wood & 12 bags coke.

Oct 19 1890: Sunday, dry. I went to service 11a.m. (Rev. Errington preached) and to Sunday School singing practice 3p.m., M.J. & I to service at night (Mr. Conradi preached). Black horse got out of Mr. Bunkens’s paddock.

Oct 20 1890: Dry. Split short wood in morning, went with Mr. Bunkens to look for black horse; found him on Sparke’s Mountain; got him back to Bunken’s yard, sent out 4 loads wood.

Oct 21 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent out 4 loads wood.

Oct 22 1890: Dry. Split short wood all morning, helped Father with books remainder of day, sent out 3 loads wood.

Oct 23 1890: Dry. Split short wood, cut 1 load long wood & worked about shed, sent out 4 loads wood. Harry brought fellys, rails, shafts & iron from town. I went to Bible Class at night.

Oct 24 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 6 loads wood & 1 bag chips. Thunderstorm at night, great wind.

Oct 25 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 4 loads wood. Mr. Lunn paid visit.

Oct 26 1890: Sunday, dry. I went to morning service, Rev. Errington preached. M.J. & I went at night. Mr. Early & Mr. Fifoot preached.

Oct 27 1890: Dry. Split short wood, sent out 6 loads wood & 1 bag coke. Went to Band of Hope Committee Meeting.

Oct 28 1890: Dry. James & I fell trees & cleared line for wire fence all day, sent out 6 loads wood.

Oct 29 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 3 loads wood.

Oct 30 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine half day, split wood remainder of day, sent out 5 loads wood. Mr. Conradi & I went to quarterly meeting at Eagle Junction church; there was no meeting held.

Oct 31 1890: Dry. Split short wood, sent out 5 loads wood.

November


Nov 1 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine all day, sent out 5 loads wood.

Nov 2 1890: Sunday, dry. I went to morning service (Rev. Errington preached), Sunday School singing practice & service at night, Mr. Conradi preached.

Nov 3 1890: Dry. Cleaned out boiler, split short wood ec, sent out 3 loads wood. H. Newitt was collecting money half day.

Nov 4 1890: Dry. Split short wood & helped to load wood, sent out 7 loads wood.

Nov 5 1890: Light showers. Filled boiler with water, cleaned out tank & painted it, split short wood, sent out 4 loads wood & 10 bags coke.

Nov 6 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine half day, split remainder, sent out 4 loads wood & brought out 12 bags corn for Mr. Conradi. Went to Bible Class at night.

Nov 7 1890: Dry. Split short wood. Mr. Bunkens brought home young bay horse & took in a load of wood with him, sent out 6 loads wood.

Nov 8 1890: Dry. Split & brought in long wood, sent out 5 loads wood. Harry & Jimmy took 2 loads with young horse.

Nov 9 1890: Sunday, dry. M.J. & I went to service 11a.m., Rev. Hoskins preached. Sunday School Anniversary Service was held at 3p.m. Mr. McIntyre conducted the service, myself the singing. I went to night service, Rev. Hoskins preached.

Nov 10 1890: Very hot. Thunderstorm in the afternoon, light rain. Prince of Wales birthday was kept up, Sunday School children had a treat in Mr. Adzit’s paddock. I cut wood with engine all day, sent out 5 loads wood. Harry & Jimmy took one load with young horse. Heavy thunderstorm & rain at night.

Nov 11 1890: Light rain till about 8a.m. Split short wood, sent out 4 loads wood & 1 load coke. Mr. Bunkens brought home black horse; W. shod him; J. Early took him home on trial.

Nov 12 1890: Dry. I worked all day for J. Early at Paddington. He drove in with my black horse; I decided not to keep him. Sent out 5 loads wood.

Nov 13 1890: Dry. I worked full day for J. Early, seen J. Menery & Mr. Gray. J. Menery promised to come & see us next Sunday week. Sent out 2 loads wood.

Nov 14 1890: Showery. Stayed at home & cut wood with engine. Brought black horse home from J. Early, sent out 5 loads wood.

Nov 15 1890: Dry. Worked half day for J. Early, sent out 4 loads wood.

Nov 16 1890: Sunday, showery & thundery. I went to morning service Rev. Errington preached.

Nov 17 1890: Showery, I worked half day for J. Early, sent out 2 loads wood.

Nov 18 1890: Dry. Worked full day for J. Early, sent out 3 loads wood.

Nov 19 1890: Dry. Worked full day for J. Early. T. Dunn & Jimmy cut wood with engine, sent out 4 loads wood.

Nov 20 1890: Dry. Worked full day for J. Early. T. Dunn & Jimmy cut wood with engine, sent out 4 loads wood.

Nov 21 1890: Dry. Worked full day for J. Early, sent out 3 loads wood.

Nov 22 1890: Dry. Worked half day for J. Early, sent out 4 loads wood. Bunkens took black horse to quieten him.

Nov 23 1890: Sunday, showery. I went to morning service, Rev. Errington preached. Sunday School Childrens Anniversary Service was held at 3p.m.; prizes were distributed.

Nov 24 1890: Heavy thunderstorms. Worked 7 hours for J. Early, Tom & Jimmy cut wood with engine, sent out 2 loads wood. W. Newitt went to Magisterial Inquiry, over death of Mr. M. Garth, who run into his dray on 3rd inst. and was thrown from his horse.

Nov 25 1890: Dry & windy. I cut load green oak, helped Father to put up posts for stable ec; sent out 4 loads wood. F. Morrison, Magdalene & baby arrived at Father’s place.

Nov 26 1890: Dry. Worked 8 ˝ hours for J. Early, sent out 4 loads wood. F. Morrison, Magdalene & baby started for home. James drove them to Zillmere Station with Major & dogcart.

Nov 27 1890: Dry. Worked 8 ˝ hours for J. Early, sent out 3 loads wood. Went to Bible Class at night.

Nov 28 1890: Dry. Worked full day for J. Early, sent out 4 loads wood. Tom & Jimmy cut wood with engine. Mr. Bunkens brought brown mare on trial.

Nov 29 1890: Thunderstorm at night. Worked 7 hours for J. Early, sent out 5 loads wood. Mr. Bunkens took home brown mare & brought home brown horse.

Nov 30 1890: Sunday, very hot & thundery, did not go to any service.

December


Dec 1 1890: Thunder & light rain, worked full day for J. Early. H. Newitt collecting half day, sent out 3 loads wood.

Dec 2 1890: Showery, worked full day for J. Early, sent out 5 loads wood. Posted letter with cheque for my rates to Maroochydore Board.

Dec 3 1890: Dry. Stayed at home & cut wood with engine, sent out 4 loads wood & 1 load coke.

Dec 4 1890: Showery, worked full day for J. Early, sent out 4 loads wood & 2 loads coke.

Dec 5 1890: Showery, worked full day for J. Early, sent out 6 loads wood.

Dec 6 1890: Showery. Worked from 8a.m. till 11a.m. for J. Early, sent out 4 loads wood & brought Conradi 1 load corn.

Dec 7 1890: Sunday, dry. J. Menery came to see us. Him & I went to morning service, Rev. Errington preached.

Dec 8 1890: Dry. I stayed at home & cut wood with engine all day, sent out 6 loads wood.

Dec 9 1890: Wet nearly all day, worked full day for J. Early, sent out 3 loads wood.

Dec 10 1890: Separation Day, light showers. Helped Willie to make fire bars for boiler & worked about shed, sent out 3 loads wood & sold 1 load sawdust.

Dec 11 1890: Dry. Worked full day for J. Early, sent out 4 loads wood & 7 bags coke. M.J. & I drove to Mason’s & Doctor Clowes.

Dec 12 1890: Dry. Worked full day for J. Early, sent out 4 loads wood.

Dec 13 1890: Dry & hot. Worked full day for J. Early, sent out 7 loads wood.

Dec 14 1890: Sunday, thunderstorms at night, heavy rain. I went to service morning & evening. Rev. Hoskins preached his farewell sermon at 11a.m. Rev. Errington preached at night.

Dec 15 1890: Very heavy thunderstorm & rain at about 6p.m. I stayed at home & cut wood with engine, sent out 6 loads wood.

Dec 16 1890: Showery & thunder. Father & I went to town, got my circular saw gullited at Mr. Poultney’s, seen about engineer to overhaul engine, sent out 5 loads wood & 2 bags coke.

Dec 17 1890: Heavy thunderstorm & rain. Got engineer out to overhaul engine, sent out 4 loads wood.

Dec 18 1890: Heavy thunderstorm & rain. Cut wood with engine half day, remainder cutting in bush. Sent out 5 loads wood & 1 load coke.

Dec 19 1890: Heavy thunderstorm, wind & rain. Worked full day for J. Early, sent out 4 loads wood.

Dec 20 1890: Very hot & thundery. Worked full day for J. Early, got his job nearly finished, brought home my tools, sent out 6 loads wood.

Dec 21 1890: Sunday, dry & very hot. Went to service at 11a.m., Rev. Errington preached.

Dec 22 1890: Dry. Made half door to keep Frances inside. Split short wood & cut some long wood in bush, sent out 4 loads wood & 1 bag chips.

Dec 23 1890: Dry. Cut wood with engine, sent out 6 loads wood.

Dec 24 1890: Dry. Packed steam pipe, split short wood, sent out 6 loads wood.

Dec 25 1890: Christmas Day. Thunderstorm with heavy rain & small hail about 2p.m. M.J. & I had dinner & tea at Father’s place.

Dec 26 1890: Dry, Boxing Day. Painted boiler. Mr. Hastie, Mr. Howard & William Hastie came to see us.

Dec 27 1890: Thunderstorm in afternoon. I painted kitchen. Our first son was born about 9p.m. Mrs. Horsburgh attended M.J., Mother & Charlotte were with her also.

Dec 28 1890: Sunday. I stayed home nearly all day, rained heavy at night and distant thunder.

Dec 29 1890: Heavy thunderstorm in afternoon. Commenced wood work with all the men except Harry Newitt. Cut wood with engine, sent out 3 loads wood. H. Newitt got married to Miss England.

Dec 30 1890: Terrible heavy thunderstorm & rain from about 2 till 3p.m. Split short wood & cut wood in bush, sent out 4 loads wood & 1 bag coke. H. Newitt commenced work.

Dec 31 1890: Dry, cut wood with engine, sent out 6 loads wood.