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1936

By 1936 T.A. Hamilton was 75 years of age. Once again, he was recording weather conditions, but only occasionally. In January he and M.J. moved to their new home in Rode Road. On January 20 he travelled to Woombye and back in a day, in 1893 the trip had taken four days one way. The year was spent doing odd jobs around his home and helping the family with theirs. He was a keen chorist and regularly attended Church, where in December he did some repairs to furniture.

January

Jan 1 1936: At “Lamont” I took two loads of our furniture ec from here to our house at Rode Road. Alex helped me; we washed a lot of it & got it ready for varnishing. M.J. had her first look through it this afternoon.

Jan 2 1936: I took a load of odds & ends from here to our house this morning & the chaff & corn bins & some of my tools from Alex place. I attended the funeral of Mr. Baserette’s two sons, who were killed in a motor smash at Chermside, Lutwyche Cemetery 11.45a.m.

Jan 3 1936: At “Lamont” I took a load of our furniture ec to our house. Alex varnished a lot of our old furniture & helped me to lay the lino. We put some of the furniture in their places & I put a lot of books in the case. I ordered a lot of goods at W. Hacker’s, to be delivered next Monday afternoon.

Jan 4 1936: I cleaned things up under house & done general jobs. Posted letter to a Mrs. J. Cairns, who advertised for a cottage. Dulcie went to Tambourine this afternoon after she knocked off work, to spend some holidays there. M.J. & I got most of our things packed up ready to go to our house Monday morning.

Jan 5 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 15 in choir a.m., 14 p.m. A lot of our people are away on holiday. Hughie, May, Murial, Clara & her three children came home from Tambourine this evening about 7.30p.m.

Jan 6 1936: At Rode Road West, our new home. I brought the spring dray & our clothes ec from “Lamont” to our house at Rode Road West. M.J. & I had a very busy day getting things fixed up. C. Hacker brought our grocery, horse feed ec. Arranged with Taylor to supply 1 pint of milk every morning.

Jan 7 1936: At home getting things fixed in their places. I got meat at Lemkie’s & asked his carter to call on us Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays. Some light showers. I attended choir practice.

Jan 8 1936: I went to town this morning, bought runner for our passage at J.R. Wrights, 9 yards, and binding 23/-. Got 3 batteries & bulb in large plated torch that we gave to Alex 1/10. Got 2 tin whistles at Tilse’s 1/- and a violin string 9d. (I gave Jessie whistle). I ordered the E. Light to be connected in our house, paid 20/-. Hector, Doris & family came to see us this evening; Hector returned the fishing tackle I lent him.

Jan 9 1936: Electric light officer called & connected our lights this morning. Mr. W. Duns called later & put two bulbs on. I arranged for him to put two more lights in next week. Alex called to see me re a letter he got concerning his Land Tax Return, asking for a K Form to be sent in. Rained & thundered most of the day.

Jan 10 1936: Police vacated Alex house “Ashley” today. At home cleaning things up & getting them put into their places. I rung up F.A. Miller re K Form for the allotments he purchased from Alex. He is to look it up & let me know. I made K Form out as near as I could for Alex. Jessie & Murial came to see us this afternoon. I gave Jessie a lesson on playing a whistle I gave her & she done well. M.J. & I attended the Circuit Social held in our church this evening, we had a good time. Some light showers.

Jan 11 1936: At home at general jobbing in & about the house. Hughie & May came to see us this afternoon. May & I made up a programme for tomorrow afternoon in the School of Arts. Good steady rain through the night.

Jan 12 1936: I attended a.m. service; there were 22 in the choir & orchestra. M.J. & I attended Musical Service in the School of Arts at 3p.m. Weather affected the attendance, rain set in at about 4.45p.m. & continued till after 8p.m. There were 22 in the choir & orchestra this afternoon.

Jan 13 1936: At home. I brought a load of our tools ec from Alex place, including our hand cart. Hung up some of our pictures & window blinds. Very heavy shower this afternoon, with thunder.

Jan 14 1936: At home hanging pictures, fixing up window blinds & curtains, staining the floor ec. I rung up Beckie & I rung up Joe Carseldine to know how they were. I dictated letter for Alex to send to Commissioner of (Land) Taxes. Shower this afternoon. I attended choir practice, good attendance.

Jan 15 1936: At home, cleaning & staining the floor & the passage floor, fixing the deer horns on the verandah & general jobs.

Jan 16 1936: At home. Joe Packer called this morning re D. Sheckelford. I wrote letter to Charlotte & sent her a cheque this morning. I looked after Hughie’s shop while he drove May, Murial, Mrs. Jackson & Mrs. Mohr (snr) to Sandgate. He left them there to spend the day. I fixed a lot of our things up under the house, repaired the bathroom door ec. Uncle Hugh & Eddie came to see us for a few minutes this evening re letting “Fivie” to W. Argo for five years. I approved of him leasing it at 20/- per week if he is willing & able to pay that amount.

Jan 17 1936: At home till about 9a.m., then M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” to see Percy & the boys, as Fanny & Hughie are at cousin Willie’s at Woombye on holidays. There was a very heavy thunderstorm while we were there, wind & rain, trees were blown out by the roots between Aspley & Chermside. We got home about 6.30p.m. I wrote to Uncle Hugh this morning re leasing to W. Argo.

Jan 18 1936: I done some clearing in the yard about the stable & nailed the iron on the roof that was blown off in the storm yesterday. I commenced to repair & re-hang our front gate. Keith came to see us this morning & took a bag of manure home on his bike. Murial came & done messages for us. Hughie drove May, Murial, Mrs. Mohr (Snr), M.J. & I to Sandgate this afternoon. Hughie & I fished off the pier for about an hour, caught nothing. It was very windy & cold all day. Got letter & receipt from Charlotte.

Jan 19 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 24 in choir a.m. & 19 p.m. Eddie & family & Jim & family (excepting Betty) came to see us this afternoon. Percy & Vernie had tea with us. Percy preached here this evening. We intend going with him to Woombye tomorrow, he is going to bring Fanny home. Very cool weather.

Jan 20 1936: Up before 6a.m., lovely cold morning. We left here at 8.30a.m., got to “Fairfield” 9.10. Percy, Vernie, M.J. & I started for Alexandra Heads & Woombye at 9.45., picked up a Mrs. Ashburn & Mrs. Batson & took them to “Loy Babou”, Mrs. Batson’s home near Beerburrum. Arrived at Percy Pringle’s new house at the Heads 12.15, had dinner with him & family, cousin Willie & Charlotte McClintock. Fanny & little Hughie & Charlotte came with us to Woombye. We got Fanny’s things & started for “Fairfield” 3.8p.m., had afternoon tea at “Loy Babou”. Travelling time from Woombye to “Fairfield” two hours five minutes. Left “Fairfield” 6.15, got home 7p.m., had tea, went to Alex, heard Les Harris & Mary practice their solos in “Esther”. Met cousin W. McClintock (Jnr) there who went under an operation & is recovering.

Jan 21 1936: I hung our big front gate so that it would open and close easily. Cousin W. McClintock (Jnr) came to see us this morning & spent the day with us, & went back to Hughie’s place about 5p.m. Mr. W. Duns came after dinnertime & put two lights in our house. He is to finish other odd jobs here tomorrow afternoon.

Jan 22 1936: I went to town this morning, banked money, got cotton for M.J., violin strings for orchestra, umbrella rings & got home at 1p.m. Mr. W. Duns came & finished repairing wiring ec re E. lights.

Jan 23 1936: At home, clearing up the yard ec. Very hot day. I went to the church at 7.30p.m. & conducted a short, special practice, with solo & quartet singers.

Jan 24 1936: At home, cleaning up the yard. I took a big cartload of old tins, wire & other rubbish & dumped it in as hole behind Hughie’s shop. A tenant named Mr. Snow came into Alex house “Ashley” today, that had been occupied by the Police. Hottest day this year.

Jan 25 1936: At home. M.J. & I drove to Jim & Clara’s place after dinner. I gave him a list of material required to build a shop 40x20. We called on Joe & Beckie. I repaired part of the fence between Mr. Reid & our place. Very hot day.

Jan 26 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services. Lovely cloudy day.

Jan 27 1936: (Jan. 26th Australia Day Public Holiday). At home all day, grubbing out weeds, cleaning up the yard & general jobbing. Lovely weather, not too hot.

Jan 28 1936: At home, not very well, done very little except reading till well on in the afternoon, when I done odd jobs, repaired canvas chair, cleared weeds & burned rubbish in the yard. I posted H.C. Wood’s & J.E. Reid’s cheques to the bank this morning. The choir practice was put off till tomorrow evening on account of a monster Public Memorial Meeting to our late King George V in the Exhibition Grounds. Lovely weather, not too hot.

Jan 29 1936: M.J. & I drove out to “Fairfield” this morning & had dinner with Percy & Fanny. Vernie started as Railway Porter at Mayne Junction Station yesterday, 22/6 per week & clothes. We got home about 5.30p.m. Thunder storm this evening prevented having choir practice.

Jan 30 1936: I done some improvements & repairs to inside of house, nailed verandah floor ec. Bert Carr put a set of new shoes on “Dolly”. I got some dry saplings at Hughie’s place to replace some fence posts here. Hector had dinner with us. Very cool, cloudy day, rain at night.

Jan 31 1936: At home. Repaired some of my fishing tackle, unrolled a lot of barbed wire & re-rolled it, getting it ready to repair the fence. I gave “Dolly” a good wash with tick dip that young Taylor gave me, as the grass ticks are very bad here. The Electricity Department sent two men out to see that wires, lights ec were in order. Some nice light showers this morning.

February


Feb 1 1936: I strained & nailed on some of the new barbed wire on the fence between Reid & us. I attended the funeral of Mrs. Prouse (wife of the Rev. H. Prouse) at Lutwyche Cemetery. Very large attendance. M.J. & I called to see Clara & Beckie & Mrs. Argo (Snr). Jim gave us a nice dressed fowl. Very nice cool weather.

Feb 2 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 25 in choir a.m., 24 in p.m. E. Light wire at church broke, p.m. service held in School of Arts Hall. Hector & family called to see us a short time. Percy, Fanny, Vernie & Hughie had tea with us. Cousin T. McClintock, his wife Daisy, daughter Marion, son Ronnie & his Mother’s cousin Annie called to see us after tea, Alex & Jessie came with them.

Feb 3 1936: At home. I posted letters, got stamps, got some of my timber pulled out that was stacked under Hughie’s house, called at Mary’s & got tools ready to bring home. I went for the things after dinner, called at Hackers, settled their a/c, got nails, kerosene ec, M.J. paid G. Early’s a/c. I brought the timber & tools ec home.

Feb 4 1936: At home. I fixed up a long temporary bench under the house, planed a 3x3 hardwood post to strengthen our back steps. M.J. helped me to get it set up & fastened in its place. I attended choir practice; there was a good attendance 35. We sang right through the Cantata “Esther the Beautiful Queen”.

Feb 5 1936: At home, general jobbing. Boiled some old paint brushes & softened them. Painted verandah chair frame ec.

Feb 6 1936: At home, cleaning underneath the house, mixing up a lot of old paint, chipping out weeds & burning rubbish. Hector had dinner with us. Mr. Dawson’s little boy (next door) broke his collarbone when playing in their yard this afternoon; the doctor came out & set it. Light shower this morning, lovely weather.

Feb 7 1936: I went to town this morning, left pair of boots at Mr. Charity’s for repairs, got zinc & starch powder at chemist, banked money, informed Insurance Co. our furniture is now at Rode Road West, got new hat & 2 pair socks at Les James, called at office of Methodist Times, gave them my right address & asked the Rev. Harrison to thank, through the paper on my behalf, the anonymous donor of a new Methodist Hymn Book with Tunes. He said he would be pleased to do so. I done some shopping & got home about 12.30, done some reading & writing.

Feb 8 1936: I took some manure in our spring van to Jim Argo’s garden this morning & had morning tea with Clara, saw Beckie there. Hughie & I drove to the Pine River after dinner, fished off the bank for a while, then got a boat at J. Riley’s & fished till about 8p.m., only caught 2 small bream. Mrs. Packer (Snr), Miss Munro, Joe, Beckie & family came to see M.J. while I was away. They are very pleased with the position of our new residence.

Feb 9 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services. 24 in choir a.m., 20 p.m. Mr. Bert Robinson of Webster Road, Chermside died.

Feb 10 1936: I posted a letter to Mr. W.A. Cunningham, Tingalpa re having a new paling fence erected between his property & ours, at Rode Road West. I got “Courier Mail”. I attended the funeral of Bert Robinson of Webster Road to Lutwyche Cemetery. The Rev. J. Murray officiated, there was a very large attendance 3p.m.

Feb 11 1936: M.J. & I drove to Sandgate this morning, had dinner with Maggie & afternoon tea with Janie, Charlotte & Fanny were there also. Joe called for Fanny before we left; we got home about 5.15p.m. Harold had been in town & called in & had tea with us. He drove back to town to attend a Christian Endeavour Special Meeting. I attended choir practice, 29 present.

Feb 12 1936: I morticed & checked out stumps under verandah for rails to take valance palings. I ordered & got timber delivered to do the job from Mr. Stephens. Mary, Joan, Jessie & Gwen Menerey came to see us this afternoon. Home Mission Lantern Lecture in the church by the Rev. A.A. Mills, M.J. & I attended. Heavy shower during the night.

Feb 13 1936: I went to Hughie’s shop this morning, saw Alex & arranged to do something at the extensions to the shed at “Ashley”, so that his tenant Mr. Snow can put his car in it. I put on the front plate, rafters & battens & got the iron nailed on the roof. Showery day.

Feb 14 1936: I worked at the extension to garage at “Ashley” for Alex, finished excepting the double doors. Heavy showers during the night.

Feb 15 1936: At home, showery morning. I went messages, gathered up the manure in the yard, got some of the timber cut to length & set out for valance under the verandah ec. Dulcie came to see us this afternoon & had tea with us. Lovely clear, starry night.

Feb 16 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. service. The Rev. J. Murray & a Miss Cunningham conducted the service. Miss C. spoke on behalf of the Sudan Mission, she had dinner with us. Uncle Willie & Rhoda came to see us this afternoon & spent about an hour, a thunderstorm came up & they hurried home. Very heavy shower prevented us going to p.m. service. 24 in choir this morning. Hughie met Miss Cunningham at the tram & Alex drove her to it after dinner.

Feb 17 1936: Alex & I worked at the shed for motor car at “Ashley”, made new doors, hung them & put tower bolts, stops & fastenings on them & repaired the back of the shed with weatherboards, finished about 4p.m. I am 76 today & thank God I am well & strong. A lot of our children & grandchildren came to wish me many happy returns of my birthday & brought presents to me.

Feb 18 1936: I went to town after dinner, banked money for Hughie & for myself, got my boots from Mr. Charity’s, repairs 1/-. Paid 40/- on a/c rates on Hall St. allotments, got 4 violin mutes at Tilse’s 2/-, got some vegetables, got home about 2.30p.m. I cut a lot of battens for verandah valance. I attended choir practice, about 30 present.

Feb 19 1936: M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” this morning & had dinner with them out there. We got home about 5.30p.m., after a pleasant day.

Feb 20 1936: I fitted the rails in verandah stumps & nailed on all the valance battens. Started at 7.30a.m. & finished at 3.30p.m. Eddie came over & helped Alex & I to bring our organ from Alex place to here this evening. Mr. Andy Johnstone was passing & helped us to get it up the steps & into the house. Hector had dinner with us.

Feb 21 1936: At home general jobbing under the house & in the house. M.J. & I attended a Lantern Show & Lecture in the church this evening by Miss Cunningham, on the Sudan Mission. Good attendance & very interesting account of the work.

Feb 22 1936: I painted the new valance battens under our verandah, cleaned up our yard ec. Leila & Dulcie called to see us for a short time this afternoon.

Feb 23 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services. 26 in choir a.m., 20 p.m. Jim Argo called to see us for a few minutes this afternoon.

Feb 24 1936: I gave the verandah valance a second coat of paint, set & sharpened saws & commenced to repair our front steps. Got four 6 ½ x7/16 bolts & ordered five half inch step rods from Hughie.

Feb 25 1936: At home repairing front steps. I got 2 of the iron rods from Hughie 4ft-2" & got them put in the frame. Fanny came to see us this morning & spent the day with us. She had a good play on the organ & I played the violin. Percy & Vernie came about 5.30p.m., Fanny & them went to the Conference Meeting after tea. I went to choir practice, 32 present. M.J. waited at Hughie’s.

Feb 26 1936: I worked at repairs to front steps, got 2 bolts 4 ½ x ½ and 4. 2 ½ x 3/8 from Hughie & ordered two strap irons. M.J. went to Clara & Beckie’s with Percy & Fanny. Percy is attending the Conference Meetings this week.

Feb 27 1936: I cleared a lot of weeds out of our yard. Got 3 iron step-rods & 2 iron strap hooks for top of step strings from Hughie. I fixed them in their places, repaired fastening on verandah lattice door ec.

Feb 28 1936: Fanny called this morning. M.J., Fanny & I went to town after dinner by tram. I called at the bank, deposited H.C. Wood’s cheque, left my passbook. Got the policy of our furniture there & took it to the insurance office for endorsement of furniture now being at Rode Road dwelling. I paid the premium, also violin premium. Got violin strings at Harolds, Charlotte St. I came home by tram; M.J. came home with Percy & Fanny.

Feb 29 1936: I gave the verandah valance battens a third coat of paint this morning. I drove to Hughie’s shop & got some 6x1 hardwood to make risers for our front steps. I tacked oilcloth valance on our fireplace shelves ec. Hector & family came about 2.30p.m. & drove us out to cousins Morrisons & we spent a very pleasant afternoon with them, got home about 7.15. Hector left here for home about 9p.m. Heavy shower 11p.m.

March


Mar 1 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 24 in choir each service, Mr. Grimmett a.m., Mr. Preston p.m. Students, it is Conference Sunday.

Mar 2 1936: I fitted & fastened 8 risers in our front steps, cut four solid square ironbark stumps eight inches thick for the steps also, put two in position. Got one bottom tread at Stephen’s Mill 4ft6”x11x1 ½ . I also got timber to make a paddock gate for Percy & left it at Hughie’s shop, where I intend making it for him. I got a 4 gallon tin of tar & some lime from G. Early & tarred the stumps I put in. Eddie called this afternoon. Thunderstorm & lovely shower about 7p.m.

Mar 3 1936: At home doing odd jobs in & about the house. Percy & Fanny called, the Rev. Fletcher with them, going to Conference. M.J. went with them as far as Clara & Beckie’s & came home with them about 5.15p.m. Rained most of the day. I attended choir practice, only 15 present on account of rain.

Mar 4 1936: I worked full day at front steps. Alex helped me to put the two short sections into position after dinner. I fixed the newels & balusters in position later. All they need now is a good painting. Lovely cool day after the rain.

Mar 5 1936: I cleared old netting & other wire & rubbish off our side fence where I intend putting barbed wire, cleared weeds ec. Cloudy cool day. Hector had dinner with us.

Mar 6 1936: I gave the centre of our front steps a coat of paint. Went to Alex place & got my tool chest & a lot of old timber ec. Called & paid R.C. Stephens timber a/c. He showed me a gold stone crusher which is to be tested this afternoon & said if I would come over I could see it at work. I went to see it at 3.30p.m. & it was working well & was most interesting. Joe came this evening & got M.J. to sign document re Morrison’s affairs.

Mar 7 1936: I plugged & repaired bad joints in front steps, put two new boards in landing & gave a second coat of paint to the centre of all steps, risers & landing. I repaired stump strap & put two irons on Leila’s saddle.

Mar 8 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 23 in choir a.m. & 19 p.m. Hughie drove his family, M.J. & I to Uncle Hugh & Sarah’s place to see Morrisons (Mr. & Mrs. Holmes) baby Ann Margaret, it is a lovely child. Uncle Willie & Rhoda were there also.

Mar 9 1936: At home, mixed white lead & zinc paint & done odd jobs in the house, as it was a showery day. I attended quarterly Lodge meeting in the School of Arts this evening.

Mar 10 1936: Repaired & put two lengths of barbed wire on our side fence next to the school grounds. I took some manure for Dougie’s garden after dinner time. Saw Clara & Beckie. I attended choir & orchestra practice, 36 present; we went right through the Cantata “Esther”.

Mar 11 1936: I put a third barbed wire on side fence, cleared weeds & old timber & rubbish in the yard ec. I gave my old savings bank book dated Mar.7th 1887 Cr. Bal. 18/4 to Mr. W. Jackson to find out if that amount is still to my credit. Mrs. Jackson gave me her violin & bow to have it repaired. M.J. & I went with Hughie & family to a Mock Eisteddfod held in the Methodist Church Hall, Kedron at 8p.m. It was very humorous throughout. Chermside choir won the Koral Korus, the Duet & the Impromptu Speech. We got home with Mr. & Mrs. Reid.

Mar 12 1936: I repaired stable, made a channel around it, done some painting at front steps, shelved a lot of paints, sorted out shelving, bolts, nuts, washers, screws ec. Heavy shower about 6p.m. I attended the Annual Meeting of the Progress Association in the School of Arts this evening. Mr. Hislop M.L.A. & Alderman Decker were present. I paid my subscription 4/- & 1/- for Ref.

Mar 13 1936: Light rain during the night & still raining 10a.m. I fixed a bridge on Mrs. Jackson’s violin & spent the day reading, writing ec as it rained nearly all the day.

Mar 14 1936: I went message to see Hughie & Alex, got newspapers, then went to town, banked money, paid Maggie’s rates, got new violin bow steel string adjust. for Mrs. Jackson & strings for orchestra & done other shopping, got home at 11.50a.m. Clara & the children spent the day here & Jim & Bert had dinner with us, after which I went with them & helped to put some stumps under the house & shop that Jim has bought on the corner of Hall St., opposite the School of Arts. Jim got Joe’s car & they went home after tea. Very cloudy all day, light rain between 3 & 5p.m.

Mar 15 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 27 in choir a.m., 17 p.m. Smart showers this afternoon & threatening this evening. Mr. Rix (Jnr) took the Fathers service this evening. His Father was present, stated he would not be able to conduct services in future, owing to ill health. He thanked the congregation for their prayers & sympathy in the past & bade him farewell. Mr. Bishop expressed our appreciation of his past services & we all sang one verse of “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”.

Mar 16 1936: I gave Mrs. Jackson her violin which I adjusted bridge on & restrung, also a new bow. I filled in cards for M.J. & myself giving notice of removal from Olivia Avenue, Northgate to Rode Road West, Chermside to the Electoral Registrar, Sandgate Road, Albion. Hughie witnessed our signatures & I posted them. I had a long chat to Mr.Chadders, got timber for a set of back door steps for Jim Argo, cut out & trimmed all the treads, 9, ready for fitting. Jim brought some 3 x 2 for rails this evening. I attended Church Trustee Meeting 8p.m. Cool, showery weather.

Mar 17 1936: Hughie gave me Mr. A. Hartley’s cheque last night ₤2-15-6, payment for violin, bow & case, A & E string & cake resin, 6d for exchange on cheque. I gave Hughie the violin this morning. I worked all day at new set steps for Jim Argo. I attended choir practice, 31 present. Several showers.

Mar 18 1936: I spent most of the day working at Jim Argo’s new steps.

Mar 19 1936: Mr. J.E. Reid asked me the price of Northgate & Bridge St. houses, as he has had a client wanting to invest in letting property. Northgate ₤420, Bridge ₤400 clear of commission. I called on both tenants & let them know their house might be inspected, but I would not break any promises I had made to them. I dressed the handrails for Jim Argo’s new steps ec. M.J. & I attended service in church this evening. Hot day.

Mar 20 1936: Foggy, dark morning. I drove M.J. to Clara’s place to mind the children while Clara went to town. Heavy blowing rain about 10a.m. I went for M.J. this evening. Strong South East wind & light showers all day.

Mar 21 1936: Very squally wet day. Jim & Bert Argo took the set of new steps away & fixed them up temporary. I spent most of the day reading. Mr. W. Duns called re defect in main switch of “Burnie Brae” E. lights & went to fix it up.

Mar 22 1936: Constant rain nearly all day, we did not get to either service. Memo. Mar 19th. I gave Rev. J. Murray some asthma cure.

Mar 23 1936: I went to town this morning, banked cheques & notes, got a new leg on my reading glasses at Mr. H.G. McPhail 3/6. Paid rates, got a tatting shuttle for M.J., a companion to the new Methodist Hymn Book 2/6, home at 12.10. Went to the shop after dinner & worked at new paddock gate I am making for Percy Carseldine. A few heavy showers, fine most of the day.

Mar 24 1936: I went to Hughie’s shop this morning & finished making Percy’s new hardwood gate for the corner paddock Sandgate Road. It is for opening ten feet wide, I finished it about one p.m. I attended a Leaders Meeting in the church this evening. One or two showers, most of day fine & cool.

Mar 25 1936: M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” this morning & spent the day with Percy & Fanny. Percy tightened “Dolly’s” shoes & I sharpened his drag saw. The caterpillars have attacked his crop & are doing a lot of damage. Fine day. I attended choir & orchestra practice which was in the School of Arts.

Mar 26 1936: I repaired two chairs & verandah railing & mixed up paint ec. I planted two Frangipanni plants in front of the house. Lovely fine, cool day.

Mar 27 1936: I done some painting at our front steps. Mr. & Mrs. Chalk called to see us for a few minutes this morning on their way to see Mary & Alex. They gave us a present of some nice handmade butter & some chokos of their own growing. I paid Mr. W. Duns for repairs to E. light meter at “Burnie Brae” 4/-. Lovely weather.

Mar 28 1936: At home, general jobbing, painting steps ec. M.J.’s birthday, 76 today. Thank God she is well & strong. Our children & grandchildren came to wish her many happy returns of the day & brought many good presents, an electric iron among them. Some of our choir & orchestra attended the Circuit Social at Stafford & assisted with the programme, church was full.

Mar 29 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. service in our church (22 in choir) & p.m. united service in the Rode Road Congregational Church. Our choir & orchestra led the singing. Our congregation attended also (no service in our church). The Revs. Fischer, Webster & Rev. J. Murray conducted the service, it was a lovely gathering.

Mar 30 1936: I went to town this morning, banked cheques ec, had a conversation with the Manager re paying the balance owing to Hector on the Kedron house in King Street. He said it would be alright to do so if I wished. I got M.J.’s & my spectacles repaired. I arranged with Mr. Whitehill, New Zealand Insurance Co. to have piano included in Eddie’s furniture policy, value ₤30. I called on Mr. F.A. Mills, he was out. Hector, Doris & family came to see us. Lindsay & Lorna gave M.J. a nice teapot for her birthday.

Mar 31 1936: M.J. & I drove to Sandgate, had dinner with Charlotte, she has been poorly. We met Maggie there (at Jessie’s), she had been to see Charlotte. I gave Charlotte cheque for inst. I met Mr. Johnston (Snr) at Hughie’s shop. He is to call on me next Thursday re purchasing a house for his son.

April


Apr 1 1936: I worked most of the day putting newels & hand rails on back steps of shop & dwelling that Jim Argo bought. Uncle Hugh & Victor were doing repairs to “Fivie”. Clara & Marjory, Beckie & Ronnie spent most of the day with M.J. Mr. Dawson killed a whip snake in our bathroom this afternoon. I attended choir practice in the Hall, 29 present.

Apr 2 1936: At home all day. Mr. Johnston & his son called as arranged re purchasing a house on terms. They inspected this house & went to inspect our Bridge St. house at Nundah & will call & see me in a few days time. I painted valance battens under verandah & the outside of our front gate ec. Hector had dinner with us; I gave him cheque for ₤60 on a/c Kedron house.

Apr 3 1936: I finished hand rails on new steps at W. Argo’s & set in a piece of hardwood verandah facia 8 x 1 ½ & finished at dinnertime. M.J. went to town with Percy & Fanny after dinnertime. They had tea with us & Percy attended a meeting at Nundah. Fanny waited here & gave us some fine music on the organ. I sharpened 2 saws, put new frame under our bath ec.

Apr 4 1936: I done some painting & tared some of the house stumps. Hughie drove Alex & I to Deep Water Bend & the three of us spent the afternoon & evening till 10.30p.m., fishing. M.J. waited at Percy’s after attending Sandgate Flower Show. We caught 15 small fish, perch, whiting & bream.

Apr 5 1936: I attended a.m. service, 22 in choir. Heavy shower about 10.45 a.m. M.J. & I attended p.m. service, 23 in the choir. Rev. Walker a.m., Mr. Price p.m., good attendance both services.

Apr 6 1936: I painted our front gate, puttied & painted front steps ec.

Apr 7 1936: I repaired our bath, gave it a good cleaning & painted it & fixed up a stand for it & done other odd jobs. I attended choir practice, 30 present.

Apr 8 1936: At home. Sister Maggie & Margaret Wayper came on the Sandgate bus to see us & spent the day with us. Clara & Marjorie came also & we had a pleasant day together. Mr.& Mrs. Johnston (Jnr) called to inspect our house. Would buy, but could not pay a high enough instalment. They will inspect Bridge Street house & let me know later on. I attended the Circuit quarterly meeting in the Kedron church this evening.

Apr 9 1936: I went to town this morning, took Joan’s violin to Mr. Hargreaves to have the finger-board lowered. I got piano book at King & Kings with the “Dead March from Saul” in it, also a sheet with it from Mr. Kaizer & ordered for violins 2. 2nd, 2. 1sts, 1 cello & 1 bass to be ready for next Tuesday, to cost 5/-. We got a load of firewood from R.E. Stephens. I attended Progress Association meeting.

Apr 10 1936: I attended a service held in our church at 10a.m. Rev. J. Murray conducted the service, there was a very good attendance, 15 in the choir, it was a lovely service. M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” & had dinner with Percy & family. There was a gathering of our young people & Mr. & Mrs. Bishop, Hughie & family & others this afternoon & evening. M.J. & I came home at 5.30p.m.

Apr 11 1936: At home. I done some repairs to cupboard & draining board of sink & gave it a coat of white paint. Harold & his mate Ralph Fletcher had a game of tennis opposite & had afternoon tea with us. Jim Wayper left his bike here this morning while he went to town, then had a game of tennis opposite.

Apr 12 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 15 in choir a.m., 11 p.m., a lot are away on holidays. M.J. & I drove to Jim & Clara’s after a.m. service & had dinner with them & Mrs. Argo (Snr).

Apr 13 1936: At home all day. I got a piece of D. Pine at Hughie’s shop & made a new frame for the top of our sink. I gave it all another coat of white paint.

Apr 14 1936: At home. I painted our sink & got it ready for enamel. I went to town after dinner, banked money, got the manuscript music that I ordered at Kaizers, done some shopping & got home about 3.30p.m. Got a message to say Charlotte was very poorly.

Apr 15 1936: At home. Mr. Whitehill of New Zealand Insurance Co. called & inspected this house & filled in application form which I signed, to insure it for ₤500. I attended choir practice, 33 present, final practice of “Esther the Beautiful Queen” to be rendered next Sunday afternoon in the School of Arts 3p.m.

Apr 16 1936: Charlotte rather better (phone). At home doing odd jobs. Bert Carr removed a set of shoes on “Dolly”. Hector had dinner with us. Alex came this evening & spent a while with us, we had a look through some orchestra music ec. Dolly shoes removed.

Apr 17 1936: M.J. & I drove to Sandgate this morning to see Charlotte & Maggie. The doctor called while we were there, there is a slight improvement. We had dinner with Maggie, got home 5p.m.

Apr 18 1936: I painted rocking chair, repaired stirrup leather & fixed up towel roller & done other odd jobs this morning. Mr. W. Duns drove Hughie, Mr. H. Bishop & I to Deep Water Bend. I hired a boat from Mr. Riley & we spent the afternoon fishing, caught a few small fish. M.J. waited at Fanny’s for us, we had supper there & got home about 9.45p.m.

Apr 19 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services in the church & the rendering of the Cantata “Esther the Beautiful Queen” in the School of Arts at 3p.m. Our choir & orchestra rendered it very well for the first time. There was a very good attendance. Proceeds 45/- nett. Alex drove Mary, Jessie, Joan & Gwen Menerey to Redcliffe to spend holidays there.

Apr 20 1936: At home. Repaired, cleaned & oiled the two sets of harness & general jobbing. I rung up Jack Wayper re sister Charlotte, she is still improving. Alex left his bird here while Mary is away, he had tea with us. Hector & family came to see us this evening. Jim called in & showed me a specification of a shop he is going to have built.

Apr 21 1936: At home doing odd jobs, arranging music ec. I attended choir & orchestra practice.

Apr 22 1936: At home, repaired sofa ec. Jim & Clara called to see us for a short time this evening. Alex drove to Redcliffe to spend a few holidays there. I gave him cash for Edgar Snow’s cheque ₤2-5-0.

Apr 23 1936: At home. Painted & varnished verandah sofa, mounted several fishing lines. Rung up & heard that Charlotte is much better. Hector had dinner with us.

Apr 24 1936: At home, general jobbing.

Apr 25 1936: Hector, Doris & children called for M.J. & I about 7a.m., drove to “Fairfield”, left M.J. & Lorna with Fanny & went to Donnybrook. We got a boat & fished till 3.45p.m., caught about 30 mixed fish, got home about 6p.m. Hector & Doris stayed with M.J. while I went to conduct our orchestra at the Anzac Service in the Geebung Memorial Hall. The Hall was well filled & there was a very good service.

Apr 26 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 22 in choir a.m., 18 p.m. We also attended the Sunday School Anniversary Service in the Congregational Church at 3p.m. Several of our orchestra assisted playing the hymns while the children sang. A good many of our people attended the service.

Apr 27 1936: Mrs. D. Gray died. (“Broomtill”, Elystan Bd, New Farm). I went to town this morning, paid rates on “Olivens” & “Kinswah”, banked J.E. Reid’s cheque, got the violin (Joan’s) that Mr. Hargreaves had to lower the finger board 7/6, he put higher bridge. I got prawns for bait, as Alex is taking M.J. & I to Redcliffe for holidays with him & Mary & to spend a day or two with Jim &n Clara, who are there on holidays also. I drove to “Fairfield” & left our pony & sulky there till we came home. Alex & M.J. called for me & we got to Redcliffe about 6.30p.m.

Apr 28 1936: At Redcliffe. Mrs. D. Gray was buried at Bald Hills Cemetery, private internment.

Apr 29 1936: At Redcliffe.

Apr 30 1936: At Redcliffe. Alex drove M.J. & I to where Jim & Clara are staying about 4p.m. They had just got back after a trip to Bribie on the “Doomben”. Mrs. Argo Snr. is with them. We intend staying with them till Saturday morning.

May


May 1 1936: At Redcliffe.

May 2 1936: At Redcliffe. We got our things packed up after breakfast & Jim started with us in his utility truck at 9.10a.m. & got to “Fairfield” 9.50a.m. Jim left us there & went on to Kedron after morning tea. M.J. & I left “Fairfield” 10.30, got home 11.30. Mr.& Mrs. Agnew called re Bridge St. house, they would like to rent it. I promised to ring up Mr. Wood & find out if it was taken.

May 3 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 16 in choir each service. Alex & his family got home at 3p.m. after their holiday at Redcliffe, Miss Menerey also, who was staying with them. Uncle Hugh sent us some nice whiting with them.

May 4 1936: Labour Day Public Holiday. Very cloudy dull day, a few drops of rain. Sunday School Children’s Picnic Day. I cleaned, repaired, varnished & painted two of our little rustic tables & done some reading, writing ec.

May 5 1936: I went to town this morning, after going to see Hughie & then to May. She gave me Insurance Notice on shop ec & also cheque ₤5-12-1 to pay. I paid insurance premium on spray plant ec 12/9. I paid ₤21-8-3 rates. I also handed in Jim Argo’s cheque for rates & light ₤11-5-5. I done some shopping & got home about 1p.m., had dinner & worked till dark for Hughie at new truck body. Rung up Mr. H.C. Wood re letting “Kinswah”, arranged to inspect it tomorrow morning before tenant goes in. I attended choir & orchestra practice, 32 present. Mr. Eddows & 2 boys came also.

May 6 1936: I drove to Nundah this morning, took a parcel from May to Uncle Willie for Eddie. Met Mr. H.C. Wood, inspected “Kinswah”, it needs a good bit of repairs. The Broughton’s left it in a very dirty condition. I arranged with Mr. J. McKay to take a lot of rubbish, tins ec out of the yard, I paid him 10/-. Drove to Breakfast Creek for bait as Mr. F. Murr & I intend going to Sandgate fishing tomorrow. Got home 12 noon, had dinner, worked at shop for Hughie from 1.30 to 5p.m. Mr. Wood let the house to a Mr. Agnew for 15/- per week.

May 7 1936: Mr. F. Murr & I went to Sandgate for a days fishing. Left here 6.45a.m., got a boat at Mr. Buckley’s & spent the day above the Hornibrook Viaduct, caught a lot of small fish, got home at 5.15p.m. Mr. Whitehill of New Zealand Insurance Co. called while I was away.

May 8 1936: I worked seven hours at body of new tip truck. Hector, Doris & family came to see us this evening & brought M.J. a Mothers Day present. Mr. F.A. Miller came to inspect allotments, Hughie’s, Alex & my own. I said I would take ₤500 for this place. Our orchestra played at a concert in the Kedron Church this evening, the concert was arranged by Mr. Eddows. I posted H.C. Wood’s cheque to the bank 11a.m. post.

May 9 1936: I worked about 7 hours for Hughie at new tip truck. Alex painted our bath & sink & cupboard with white enamel. Percy & Fanny came to see us this evening & brought a present to M.J., as tomorrow is Mothers Day. Jim, Clara & family & Jim’s Mother came home from Redcliffe this afternoon.

May 10 1936: Mothers Day. M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services. The a.m. service was conducted by W.C.H., Miss Cunningham gave the address. The C.E. conducted the p.m. service, Mr. J.E. Reid gave the address, two lovely services. Rain affected the attendance p.m., church full a.m. Joe, Beckie & Clara came to see us this afternoon & brought Mother presents & cards.

May 11 1936: I worked all day for Hughie at tip truck.

May 12 1936: I worked all day for Hughie at tip truck. I posted letter to Charlotte with cheque. I attended choir practice; Mrs. Reid (snr) joined the choir. Showery all day & still very threatening.

May 13 1936: I worked a full day for Hughie at tip truck. Some lovely showers.

May 14 1936: I worked at tip truck & at D. Torrance’s bread wagon wheel, put in 2 fellies & new tyre bolts, finished at 4p.m. Gathered up all tools, put up box for small wrenches, sorted bolts & put them in their places, cleaned bench ec, got home at dark. Light shower this morning. The truck taken away about 2.30p.m.

May 15 1936: M.J. & I drove to Clara’s; I went to town with Joe. I left my two fishing line reels at Shaw’s to be repaired; they are to be done for middle of next week. I got traces & sinkers, paid King & King’s a/c for choir, left Triton Insurance Notice with New Zealand Co. to be transferred, it is dated due 25th inst. M.J. & I attended a Mock Eisteddfod in the School of Arts, it was a huge success.

May 16 1936: I drove to Nundah & got the measurement of the 2 panes of glass required in the Bridge St. house & the timber required for repairs. Went to the church & overhauled organ. Met Mr. S. Harris re training the juvenile Lodge children to sing. Dulcie had tea with us & had a practice on my violin.

May 17 1936: I attended a.m.& p.m. services, M.J. p.m. 19 in choir a.m., 17 at p.m. Eddie, Mary & family came to see us this afternoon & had tea with us; we had a pleasant time together.

May 18 1936: I got some timber & my tools ready & drove to Nundah after dinner, got timber for Hughie & myself at E. Proctor & Son, also 2 panes of glass for “Kinswah” & Proctor sent a man to put them in right away. I fixed up the front gate, which was in a bad state.

May 19 1936: I drove to Nundah & worked till dinnertime at repairs to “Kinswah”. I came home & attended the funeral of Mr. Williamson of Wallace St., Chermside to Lutwyche Cemetery. Rev. J. Murray officiated, a fair attendance of our church people. I attended choir & orchestra practice.

May 20 1936: I got a stump at Hughie’s place & took it to Nundah for to put under the corner of verandah of “Kinswah”. I worked all day at repairs. A man called on behalf of Mr. F.A. Miller & measured the outside of this house while I was at Nundah.

May 21 1936: Alex helped me to put 3 sapling posts on spring dray at Hughie’s place this morning. I took them to “Kinswah” as the tenant Mr. Agnew intends building a shed for his motor car. I finished the repairs to the house about 4p.m. Showery all day.

May 22 1936: I went to town this morning, paid insurance on Rode Road house 19/5 & on Hughie’s shop ec ₤5-12-1. I gave my cheque & retained Hughie’s cheque. I called at Shaw’s for my casting reels, they were not ready. I done some shopping, banked money & got home 11.15a.m. Received letter from Mr. W. Dalton re going with him on holidays to Burleigh June 6th. Most of our orchestra played at the State School Concert at Bald Hills in the hall, they came for us & brought us home. It rained nearly all the time, but there was a real good attendance. There were 10 in the orchestra.

May 23 1936: Cousins Minnie & Ted Smith got price of Hughie & Alex allotments & called to see us & say goodbye, as they were on their way home after a few days visit to Brisbane. M.J. & I were just going out to drive to Sandgate; they were going there also to see Janie. We had dinner with Maggie & called to see Charlotte, her health is improving. We got home about 3.30p.m. I went with Fred, Nancy & Barbara Bishop & Leila to hear the Austral & Municipal Combined Choir render “The Creation” by Haydn. It was a splendid rendering, the Municipal Orchestra played throughout.

May 24 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 20 in choir each time.

May 25 1936: I went to town this morning, went & inspected fuel stoves at 22 Gregory Terrace, also some at Mr. Hart’s Leichhardt St. He is to inspect & give me price for repairs required to stove in “Kinswah”, Bridge St. Nundah. I called at D. Gray’s factory & had a chat to David, George & niece Minnie Gray re their Mother’s death ec, got home about 1p.m. Banked cheques.

May 26 1936: At home all day, mowed down weeds in our yard. Mr. Miller called this evening & said he had a client that will give ₤400 for this property. I refused that offer, would accept ₤500. Our choir & orchestra gave a concert in the Zillmere Methodist Church, there was a good attendance.

May 27 1936: M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” this morning, had dinner with Percy & Fanny, got home 5p.m. Hector, Doris & family came to see us after tea and we had a pleasant while together.

May 28 1936: At home. Hughie & Alex got a letter from Ted Smith with a deposit on the purchase of their allotments which he had inspected. Hector had dinner with us, he brought my two casting reels, which were at George Shaw’s for repairs 20/-. Mr. W. Schulz called to see me this afternoon re our choir & orchestra giving a musical programme at their Church Anniversary next August. I will send him word later on.

May 29 1936: I went to the shop & saw Hughie & Alex & then went to town. Called at Title Office for May’s deed of the 4 allotments next to Mr. Gibney’s. I got a form to be signed by her in the presence of a J.P. before I could get the Title. I had a look in at Isles Love sale & at Pearce’s sale, bought nothing. I banked Ted Smith’s cheque that Alex gave me, got home at 12 noon. Eddie called this afternoon, he arranged that we would go fishing tomorrow at the Pine River.

May 30 1936: Eddie & his boys called for me about 10a.m. & we drove to the Pine & got a boat from Mr. Edwards & pulled down the river to opposite Dowley’s & fished till about 4p.m. We caught a good lot of whiting & small bream, got home 5p.m. It was a lovely calm day, very light rain at night. Jim Argo came to see me this evening re insuring his new shop & old dwelling.

May 31 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 23 in choir a.m., 17 p.m. Jack & Janie brought Charlotte up to see us this afternoon; she is still recovering after her illness.

June


Jun 1 1936: I went to see May this morning re the letter to get her Title. She had not got it signed in the presence of a J.P. I went to town, called at Insurance Office & arranged with Mr. Holmes to go & see Jim Argo re his insurance of shop & dwelling, he promised to attend to it today. I done some shopping & got home at 11.30a.m. I attended Lodge meeting.

Jun 2 1936: M.J. & I drove to Clara’s & left the pony there & went to town. I paid Alex rates ₤9-6-6. I paid Mr. Hart for stove that he put in “Kinswah”, got a fasten for gate & one for casement. I bought a waterproof silk oilskin coat 35/-. I called on G.A. Warus & Co., 2 P.I. Building, Adelaide St. 138979 in answer to advert. Gave particulars of this house ₤500 clear of commission. Our choir & orchestra gave a concert in the Aspley Hall for the Bald Hills Methodist Circuit, Rev. Burgess Chairman. Good attendance.

Jun 3 1936: At home doing odd jobs & running messages ec.

Jun 4 1936: I went to the shop this morning; spoke to Eddie on phone to arrange with W. Dalton re our trip to Burleigh. I went to town, got May’s Title for the allotments next to the shop, gave particulars of “Kinswah” to Pressler of Brice Chambers, Adelaide St. opp. Finneys ₤400-0-0 plus commission. I got prawns at Breakfast Creek, paid balance on my oilskin coat 5/-, got home 11.30a.m., had dinner, got my tools to put gate fasten on & lock on door of “Kinswah”. Called & gave May’s Title to Hughie, drove to Nundah, put the lock on door ec, called at Durig’s for worms ordered for bait, they had not arrived. Saw Eddie, arranged for Jim to get them & cure them. I saw cousin Dick McClintock in town; he is to be married in the City Tabernacle at 7p.m. Alex & Mary, Hector & Doris are gone to see the wedding, their children are waiting here till they return.

Jun 5 1936: I drove to “Fairfield” & left “Dolly” & the sulky there & came home by bus. I am leaving her there till I return after my holidays at Burleigh Heads on 19th inst. M.J. is going to stay at “Fairfield” also.

Jun 6 1936: Eddie & Keith came about 9a.m. to drive me to Burleigh. He called & picked up Mrs. Dalton & Miss Clarkson & drove us to the City Tabernacle, where Percy Dalton was being married at 10.30a.m. Eddie & I done some shopping while we were waiting, then drove to Burleigh. Arrived about 1.25p.m., had dinner & Eddie, Keith & I fished for a while in the creek & caught a few small fish. Mr. Dalton came down by train later.

Jun 7 1936: At Burleigh Heads. Eddie & Keith left for home after dinner. Miss Clarkson & I went to the service in the Methodist Church at 3p.m. The Rev. Kidd officiated; I had a chat with him after the service.

Jun 8 1936: At Burleigh Heads.

Jun 9 1936: Mr. G. Rainey died.

Jun 10 1936: Mr. G. Rainey buried at Toowong.

Jun 11 1936: Mr. & Mrs. W. Verney of Sandgate were coming in their car to spend holidays with us at Burleigh and happened an accident which damaged the car past repairing. They both had a narrow escape of losing their lives & were very little the worse. They had to return to their home. A gentleman who saw them called & let us know. Very dark showery day.

Jun 12 1936: Mr. Dalton rung up Mr. W. Verney & got to know how the accident happened. He said they would come to Burleigh by train next Monday.

Jun 14 1936: Burleigh Heads. Mr. & Mrs. Dalton, Miss Clarkson & I attended p.m. service in the Methodist Church.

Jun 15 1936: At Burleigh. Mr. Dalton met Mr. & Mrs. Verney at Southport this evening & they arrived here shortly after dark & told us all about the accident. Mr. W. Bowden (Geebung) died, buried at Lutwyche.

Jun 17 1936: Put in a boat fishing, caught 8.

Jun 18 1936: I caught one good flathead in the surf.

Jun 19 1936: At Burleigh. After breakfast I got all my things gathered up, cleaned & packed ready to go home after very enjoyable holidays at Burleigh Heads. Messrs. Shaw & Francis Bres picked me up at 1.20p.m., I got the 2.20 train at Southport, arrived South Brisbane 4.50p.m. Eddie & the boys met me & drove me home 5.15p.m. Harold brought M.J. home from “Fairfield” 4p.m.

Jun 20 1936: At home. I went to see Hughie & Alex, called & saw Mary, Jessie & Joan. Alex gave me cheques, I went to town & banked them, got home 12.10. Our orchestra played at a Garden Party & Fete at the Albion Baptist Church this afternoon. 5 first, 3 second violins, 2 cellos, 1 bass & piano. We played about 12 selections; there was a great crowd present. We got home about 5p.m.

Jun 21 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. service, 19 in choir, Rev. J.R. Williams conducted the service. Hughie took us to his place for dinner. Hughie drove Mr. Williams to the 2.6p.m. tram; we remained for tea, after which Hughie drove us home. Light rain all day & still raining 9p.m. (No service, too wet).

Jun 22 1936: At home, cleaning up under the house & putting things in their places ec.

Jun 23 1936: 8a.m. Redcliffe bus smashed against telegraph pole corner Gympie & Hamilton Road West. I got the 8.45a.m. bus to “Fairfield” & got Dolly & the sulky. Fanny came home with me, light rain all the way home, we got home 11.40a.m. Mr. Morgan of Sandgate was buried in the Lutwyche Cemetery this afternoon. Percy attended the funeral & called for Fanny on his way home. Constant rain, getting heavier. No choir practice.

Jun 24 1936: At home. I went to see Hughie & Alex at the shop. I posted a cheque to New Zealand Insurance Co. 30/- premium on Charlotte’s house & furniture. Sorted all the orchestra music at the church. After dinner I gave May a music tutor for voice production by [ ], one I have had for many years. Very cold Westerly wind all day.

Jun 25 1936: At home. I got a set of shoes on Dolly. Bert Carr made them & put them on while I waited. I got corn & bran at Hackers. I brought one of my long ladders from Alex house. Hector had dinner with us. I rung up Mrs. George Packer re her Father who is in the hospital with broken leg through accident off ladder, he is improving. I was in the house most of the day, as there was a very cold Westerly wind.

Jun 26 1936: I went to town this morning, attended auction sale in Isles Love & Co. rooms, bought 5 A.B. chairs for our orchestra to be used in the church 4/- each. Done some shopping, got home about 3.30p.m. Rung up Mr. Miller by request, he wants number of allotments on Gympie Road side which were Mathers & Hansens. I promised to let him know between 8 & 9 tomorrow.

Jun 27 1936: At home. I rung up Mr. F.A. Miller as arranged & gave him the numbers of allotments Resub. 3, 4 & 5 of Sub. 1. Portion 573. I attended the Juvenile Lodge Meeting in the School of Arts this afternoon by request, with a view of introducing music & singing. Over 60 present. The young people conducted their meeting in splendid order, under the guidance of Brothers S. Harris & C. Vellnagel. Music to commence next meeting.

Jun 28 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 22 in choir a.m. & 14 pm. I went to see James Raffles in the hospital this afternoon. He is improving, but it will be some time before he can go home. Mr. J.E. Reid gave me a ride to the hospital & George Packer drove me home. I was very bad all night with a cold & sore throat.

Jun 29 1936: General holiday held for the King’s Birthday (June 23rd). A lovely day, but I was not fit to go with our choir picnic party to Young’s Crossing. I lay about most of the day. Mr. A. Morris called this afternoon & gave me a lot of music for piano & violins.

Jun 30 1936: I lay till after 8a.m., my cold still troublesome. A Mr. Rogers from Bald Hills called this morning; he drove me to “Burnie Brae”. I arranged with him to cement one of the tanks for ₤3, him to have the empty one that is off the stand, value 5/-. He commenced doing it this afternoon. I was not fit to attend choir practice.

July


Jul 1 1936: Still bad with cold. I rung up J. Wayper to ask if all were well & to let them know if I was better, we might go to Sandgate Saturday or Monday. I rung Isles Love re the chairs I bought last Friday for church orchestra. Rung up Stephens & ordered load of firewood. I gave Mr. Bishop 20/- to pay for above chairs. Mr. G. Rogers finished the tank & I gave him cheque ₤3-0-0.

Jul 2 1936: At home. I went to see Hughie & Alex for a while this morning. Mr. Bishop brought the 5 chairs from Isles Love & Co. They are in very good order.

Jul 3 1936: At home, not feeling the best. Alex bought a very nice secondhand overland motor car from Ward Motor Co. M.J. went to town with Percy & Fanny this afternoon. Light rain commenced this evening & continued nearly all night.

Jul 4 1936: Showery most of the day. I remained home all day, Alex was up to see us this morning. Joe & Beckie came to see us this afternoon.

Jul 5 1936: M.J. attended a.m. service. I was not well enough to attend either service on account of cough. Alex & family & Gwen Menerey called to see us for a few minutes this evening.

Jul 6 1936: M.J. & I drove to Sandgate this morning. We had dinner with Maggie & called on Charlotte for a while, they are both fairly well at present. Lovely weather.

Jul 7 1936: At home. Clara & Marjory came to see us this morning. I drove them home about 4.30p.m. Clara gave us a good musical time on the organ this afternoon. Mr. C. Vellnagel paid me for the 5 chairs I bought for the church 20/-. I attended choir practice. Showers affected the attendance, only 16 present.

Jul 8 1936: I went to the mill & asked them to send the load of wood which was ordered. I went to the shop for a while, ordered meat etc. I went to town after dinner, banked H.C. Wood’s cheque, called on Mr. W. Dalton & settled for Burleigh holidays. I got varnish brush there 2/-. I went to see Mr. J. Ruffles; he expects to be in the hospital for another 3 weeks. The load of firewood came today. Some light showers.

Jul 9 1936: At home. I rung up H.C. Wood & let him know I received his statement & cheque. Hector had dinner with us. I called at Mrs. Gunston’s & heard Eileen & her pupil Joyce Mohr play some of the pieces Joyce is learning, she done very well for the short time she is taking lessons. A few light showers.

Jul 10 1936: At home. I got Income Tax Forms at the Post Office & spent some time fixing them up. Done some weed clearing ec in our yard. Pleasant weather, a few light showers.

Jul 11 1936: At home doing general jobbing & doing messages. I saw Mr. S. Harris re teaching some of the Juvenile Lodge children some songs & duets ec. I met Mr. A. Hartley at May’s place this afternoon.

Jul 12 1936: M.J. attended evening service. I attended a.m. & p.m. Hughie drove us into the City Hall to attend the 12th of July celebrations of the Battle of the Boyne. Fine day.

Jul 13 1936: At home, very cold day.

Jul 14 1936: I went to town this morning, paid insurance on Kedron house. Arranged with Mr. Whitehill re our organ insurance ₤40. Called at bank & got my passbook made up, then went to Sandgate by train & had dinner with Maggie. I got her & Charlotte to sign their Income Tax forms. I got the 3.25p.m. bus home. Very warm day. I attended church Trustee Meeting at 7p.m. & choir practice at 8p.m.

Jul 15 1936: M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” & had dinner with Percy & Fanny; we got home at about 5.30p.m. I received note from Mr. H.C. Wood to say the tenant Agnew removed & paid his rent up to date, he would get another tenant as soon as possible.

Jul 16 1936: I drove M.J. to Beckie’s, as Mabel McDowell & Connie Lovell were to dine there today. I saw them when I went to bring M.J. home about 4.30p.m. I spent most of the day finishing off Income Tax Returns for Charlotte, Maggie, M.J. & myself.

Jul 17 1936: At home, not fit to do much. I conducted a special orchestra practice this evening at Alex place, 10 at practice.

Jul 18 1936: At home doing general jobs about the house.

Jul 19 1936: Our Harvest Festival services were held today in the church a.m. (25 in choir) in School of Arts 3p.m. (30 in choir), in the church 7.15p.m. (22 in choir), M.J. & I attended all services, the Rev. J. Murray morning & afternoon, Rev. Greenwood at p.m., all services were well attended. The weather was lovely, the display of goods beautiful, the service delightful.

Jul 20 1936: I went to Nundah with Alex this morning, called at Mr. H.C. Wood re “Kinswah”, Bridge St. house. Mr. Wood told me there is another tenant in it now. I did not feel fit to attend concert by the Brighton Methodist Choir in the School of Arts & sale of Harvest Festival goods (realised about ₤5). M.J. attended. Very cold night.

Jul 21 1936: At home all day reading, writing, copying music ec. No choir practice, owing to so many meetings this week.

Jul 22 1936: M.J. & I drove to Clara’s after dinner time. I left the pony there & went to town with Joe. Paid some rates on Hall St. allotments, banked money, got prawns for bait & got home 4.30p.m. Percy & Fanny called & drove Beckie & I to the hospital to see cousin Barbara Hungerford, who has to undergo an operation. We all saw her & some of her family. We also saw Mr. Ruffles; he is getting on fairly well. Percy drove me home. Hector & family came to see us this evening, Jim & Clara also. M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” to stay a few days.

Jul 23 1936: At “Fairfield”. Percy & Fanny left here 5.15a.m., for a trip to Woombye & surrounding districts. They took Hughie with them, they intend getting home again Saturday evening. We are staying here to look after things while they are away. I fixed 4 stumps & levelled them for a tank stand.

Jul 24 1936: At “Fairfield”. I drove to Jack Riley’s this morning, hired a boat & went fishing till about 3p.m., I caught a lot of small whiting. I finished fixing the tank stand after I came back.

Jul 25 1936: At “Fairfield”. I gave the floor of the tank stand a good coat of old motor engine oil, we put the tank on & I fastened it down. I split firewood, done odd jobs & got ready to return to Chermside. We started for home about 5p.m., arrived about 6p.m. Percy & Fanny had not arrived home when we left.

Jul 26 1936: At home, Rode Road. I attended a.m. service, wet day, small attendance. We did not attend evening service.

Jul 27 1936: At home. I tightened up all our A.B. chairs & put a new 3 ply seat on one of the church chairs & done some repairs on stable ec.

Jul 28 1936: M.J. & I drove to Clara’s. I went from there to town, paid our E. Light a/c 11/6. Called at Land Tax Office to find out what tax (if any) is owing on W.A. Mathers allotments. I will have to ask by letter. I paid insurance on Eddie’s furniture, saw him at Beckie’s later & he refunded the 12/- to me, got home at 4.30p.m. M.J. went with Percy & Fanny & Clara to the hospital to see cousin Barbara Hungerford this evening. I attended choir practice.

Jul 29 1936: I wrote to the Commissioner of taxes re the allotments W.A. Mathers forfeited. Mr. J. Crace’s son, about 21, died with tetanus.

Jul 30 1936: At home. Alex & family & Mr. S. Harris left here in Alex car about 9.15a.m. for Dagon & Amamoor, Mr. Harris is going as far as Imbil. Hector had dinner with us. I attended young Crace’s funeral at Lutwyche Cemetery at 10.45a.m. Jim & Clara came to see us this evening.

Jul 31 1936: At home. Raked up weeds & burned rubbish in our yard ec. Hector, Doris & family spent a while with us this evening.

August


Aug 1 1936: At home taking things easy, doing messages ec. Eddie called to see us for a short time this morning.

Aug 2 1936: I attended a.m. & p.m. services, M.J. p.m., 27 in choir a.m., 13 p.m. Alex & family & Mr. S. Harris arrived home about 6p.m., after their trip up the North Coast. Eddie, Mary & family spent the afternoon with us & we had a pleasant time together.

Aug 3 1936: At home doing odd jobs in and about the house. The Rev. R.S.C. Dingle asked me by telephone if our choir & orchestra would give a concert in the Valley Methodist Church on a date to be arranged when weather gets warmer. I promised to bring it before the choir & let him know. I thought they would be quite willing.

Aug 4 1936: M.J. & I drove to Sandgate this morning. We had dinner with Maggie & called to see Charlotte. They are both keeping fairly well at present. We got home about 4p.m. I attended a special orchestra practice in the church this evening, 12 present including myself.

Aug 5 1936: At home doing odds & ends. Hector arranged that M.J. & I would go to Caloundra with them for a holiday next week, him to call for us next Saturday. Our choir & orchestra gave a concert at the Nudgee Methodist Church this evening, their church anniversary. We rendered most of the Cantata “A Joyful Thanksgiving” & several recitations. There was a good attendance, Mr. W. Schultz Chairman.

Aug 6 1936: I went to town this morning. I made inquiries at Land Tax Office & City Council re rates & taxes owing on W.A. Mathers forfeited allotments. I have to call tomorrow. Mrs. Argo (snr), Clara & Fanny spent most of the day with us, we had a pleasant time.

Aug 7 1936: I went to town, called at the Land Tax Office & got particulars of Mathers allotments, then called at City Council & found there was over ₤80 owing on them. Our orchestra played at Kelvin Grove Methodist Hall this evening, 5 first violins, 3 second, 2 cellos & bass & piano. Rev. Watkinson presided over a pageant got up by Miss Watkinson.

Aug 8 1936: Hector called on his way to Caloundra (with his family & Elvie Goward) about 5.30a.m. & took me & our luggage with him. Joe & Beckie & family called about 7a.m. & drove M.J. to Caloundra. Joe & Beckie returned same night, left about 9p.m. Hector hired a boat off Mr. Round for today & for all next week (excepting Sunday) for 10/-. Joe, Hector & I went out in it & had a good days fishing.

Aug 9 1936: M.J. & I at Caloundra with Doris & the children. Hector drove us all to “Shelley Beach”. He remained with us for the day & intends returning to his work early tomorrow morning.

Aug 10 1936: M.J. & I at Caloundra with Doris & the children. I took Doris & the children out in the boat & we done some fishing, we caught a nice lot of fish.

Aug 11 1936: I took M.J. out in the boat & we both caught some nice bream.

Aug 12 1936: Doris, Lindsay & I went out in the boat fishing & caught a lot of fish.

Aug 13 1936: M.J. & I went out in the boat this morning; we both caught some nice fish. Doris, Lindsay & I went out this evening in the boat & fished till about 8.30p.m., caught a fine lot of fish.

Aug 14 1936: I took Doris, all the children, M.J. to north end of Bribie Island. We walked along the beach for some distance gathering shells ec. Doris caught some fish & we got home about 5p.m. Hector & Mr. A. Proctor arrived here about 9p.m.

Aug 15 1936: A. Proctor & Hector went out in the boat about 5a.m. & caught a lot of fish. Joe, Beckie, the children & Miss Young arrived here about 9a.m. Hector, Proctor, Joe & I went out in the boat & had a good days fishing, we had a good haul. Joe, his family, Miss Young & M.J. left here for home at 9p.m. Hector & Proctor stayed out fishing till near midnight & caught about 40. Total for the week 197.

Aug 16 1936: I attended service in the Methodist Church at 11a.m. Mr. C.J. Wright (son of Mr. E. Wright of Sandgate) preached a very good sermon, between 30 & 40 present. Hector & family, Elvie Goward & I left Caloundra for home about 2p.m., arrived at Chermside about 4.30p.m. M.J. was at home. M.J. & I attended p.m. service, about 22 in choir. Mr. Bishop conducted, I sang with the tenors. At Rode Road Chermside home.

Aug 17 1936: At Chermside home. Exhibition Week. I went to the shop to see Hughie & Alex. I brought “Dolly” & the sulky home. Alex could not find Sale Note of “Ashley” from myself to him. I went to town this afternoon, called on Mr. Harris of Stephens & Tozer re transfer of property from Alex to Ted Smith. He requires the Sale Note. He rung up O’hara & Robinson, they said it was given to Atthow & Atthow Aug. 13th, 1934. I called at Atthow’s, they could not find it. They will make a search & if found will send it to Mr. Harris. Light shower this afternoon.

Aug 18 1936: At home all day searching for Sale Note ec. I attended practice of choir.

Aug 19 1936: At home nearly all day. M.J. & I drove to Jim & Clara’s & spent about an hour, as M.J. wanted to see them.

Aug 20 1936: At home all day. Hector had dinner with us. Mr. Stewart Hamilton was buried at the Toowong Cemetery this morning.

Aug 21 1936: I went to town this morning, banked money. I made inquiry re Sale Note to Alex, it was not at the bank. I called at Stephens & Tozer’s office. Mr. Harris told me that Mr. F. Atthow had found it & would send it to him today & he would post the Transfers to us for signatures. I got home 11.45a.m. I rung up the Manager of the bank & let him know the Sale Note was found.

Aug 22 1936: At home writing out music ec.

Aug 23 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 20 in choir a.m. & 18 p.m. Alex drove Mary, M.J. & I to the hospital this afternoon to see cousin Barbara Hungerford & James Ruffles, they are both getting along well at present. Mr. Stewart (one of the Bald Hills pioneers) called to see us & had tea with us. We had a very pleasant time talking about our early days & our old acquaintances. He conducts services in many of the churches.

Aug 24 1936: At home taking things easy, writing out music ec. Mr. E. Fowler (next door neighbour) died in Rosemount Hospital this morning.

Aug 25 1936: I attended the funeral of Mr. E. Fowler at the Lutwyche Cemetery this morning at 10.30. Rev. Fisher-Webster conducted the service. Our orchestra & part of our choir gave a concert at the Grange Methodist Church this evening. Ex Lord Mayor Jolley was Chairman, Rev. Taylor their Minister was present also; good attendance.

Aug 26 1936: M.J. & I drove to Clara’s. I went to town, banked money, paid insurance on “Olivene”, also on J.A. Smith’s furniture & J. McDonald’s furniture. We got home about 4.45p.m. I called on Mr. Harris of Stephen & Tozer re transfer from Alex to Smith, the transfer was not completed.

Aug 27 1936: M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” & had dinner with Percy, Fanny & family. We got home about 4.45p.m., after a pleasant time. Mrs. Herman (nee Lizzie Hamilton) called to see us for a few minutes after we came home. She could not wait for tea, but will try to come to see us again before she goes home to Mackey. She was down during her Father’s illness & death. I got letter with transfers ec from Stephens & Tozer.

Aug 28 1936: Alex & I signed the transfer ec of his allotments to Mr. E.S. Smith of Dagun, in the presence of R.E. Stephens. Alex posted the documents back to Stephens & Tozer Solicitors this evening. M.J. went to town with Fanny & Harold this morning 11a.m., home about 3.30p.m. I spent most of the day writing music for choir & orchestra of my composition for the 67 Psalm. Very cold night.

Aug 29 1936: At home doing odd jobs about the house & going messages. We went with Hughie & his family to “Fairfield” this evening to see moving pictures of scenes in New Guinea given by Thomas Hough, a schoolmate of Joe & Harold’s, who had been there about 2 years. It was a very interesting show. Very cold night.

Aug 30 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 25 in choir a.m., 18 p.m. Alex drove M.J. & I to the hospital to visit cousin Barbara & Mr. J. Ruffles. They are both improving & expect to be home before long. Mary & Gwen Menerey & a Mr. Cole came as far as Lutwyche Methodist Church & attended the 3p.m. Anniversary Service. We picked them up on our way home. Cold Night.

Aug 31 1936: At home doing odd jobs & writing out music for the orchestra. I fitted a peg ec in Jackson’s violin. Jessie spent the day with us. Eddie called & had his dinner here.

September


Sep 1 1936: I went to town & got violin bow, pegs & strings for the orchestra. I got my hat that Alexander & Co. drycleaned 6/-, got home about 11a.m., wrote music for orchestra. I attended choir & orchestra practice. A few thunder showers, cold.

Sep 2 1936: M.J. & I drove to Sandgate, had dinner with Maggie, Miss Neville was there also. We had afternoon tea with Charlotte, they are both fairly well at present. We got home about 5p.m. Jim & Clara called to see us about 9p.m. Very cold all day & night.

Sep 3 1936: I took stable manure ton Jim’s garden. Clara gave me a nice lot of strawberries, beetroot, marjoram, thyme ec. I carted a load of rubbish, old tins, bottles, wire ec from under our house & in the yard & dumped it in our old paddock. Hector had dinner with us. I wrote out music for our choir this evening. Cold night.

Sep 4 1936: At home general jobbing, going messages, writing out music for our choir for 67 Psalm ec. M.J. went to town this afternoon with Percy & Fanny.

Sep 5 1936: I drove to Nundah, Mr. H.C. Wood & I inspected the tank at the house in Bridge St. which is leaking. I promised the tenant Mr. Briggs that I would have it attended to. I called & saw Uncle Willie. M.J. & I drove to Jim & Clara’s this afternoon & spent an hour or two, saw Joe, Beckie & all the young folk.

Sep 6 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 29 in choir a.m. & 28 p.m., our church Anniversary services, Rev. Trigg a.m., Rev. Burgess p.m., good attendance & splendid meetings.

Sep 7 1936: At home, putting posts for fence across our allotment. Mr. Phipps called & got the Rev. H.M. Wheller’s address, as he wants to apply for one of the homes which are being erected in Chermside for aged couples. Very warm day.

Sep 8 1936: At home, finished putting in posts across allotment. I attended choir & orchestra practice, good rollup. Heavy thunder shower this morning.

Sep 9 1936: Mr. F. Murr & I went to Deep Water Bend, got a boat at J. Riley’s & fished from about 8a.m. till 3p.m. We caught small whiting only. M.J. & I attended our Anniversary Tea in the School of Arts. Mrs. Watkinson & her party of about 40 gave most of the after meeting programme, a Chinese Pageant & sundry items, our orchestra & choir assisted. There was a splendid attendance, Alderman Lanham occupied the Chair.

Sep 10 1936: I went to the City Council’s sale of land for rates owing, it was in the Supreme Court. I paid rates on Maggie’s Sandgate property & some on Hall St. allotments. I attended Progress Meeting in School of Arts.

Sep 11 1936: I went to town this morning, attended Isles Love & Co. sale, bought a violin with case & bow, got some music manuscript paper at King & Kings, done some shopping & got home at dinnertime. Our orchestra played at a Peddlers Fair held in the Northgate Methodist School Hall this evening, we had 5 first & 2 second violins, 2 cellos, 1 bass & piano. We played 12 or 14 pieces.

Sep 12 1936: At home all day doing very little, bad with a cold. Keith gathered up a bag of manure & Eddie called & got it this morning.

Sep 13 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 22 in choir a.m., 19 p.m. Herbie & Keith brought a last week’s paper to me, which I wanted, and stayed an hour or so.

Sep 14 1936: At home. Mr. A.E. Phipps called this morning & showed me his application for one of the houses that is being built at Chermside for aged couples. He had interviewed the Rev. & M. Wheller to whom it is to be presented. It is to be accompanied with one or two letters from those who know him, I promised to give him one.

Sep 15 1936: At home. I left a letter with Hughie for Mr. Phipps, according to promise yesterday. Percy & Fanny called to see us for a few minutes this morning. I attended choir practice.

Sep 16 1936: M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” this morning; we had dinner with Percy & Fanny. There was a thunderstorm & very heavy shower. There was no rain at Chermside; we got home about 4.30p.m.

Sep 17 1936: At home doing very little. Hector had dinner with us.

Sep 18 1936: M.J. & I drove to Clara’s. I went to town, paid insurance on Bridge St. house, got some music at Grice’s for choir. I gave Canniffe Bros. particulars of Rode Road house price ₤550, Bridge St. house “Kinswah” ₤380 one allotment, or ₤400 with two allotments. Done some shopping, got home 3p.m. Hughie drove Hughie, Fred & Barbara Bishop, M.J. & I to the City Hall this evening to hear the rendering of the “Elijah” by the Municipal & Austrial choir & orchestra & others, E.B. Gordon conductor, lovely rendering.

Sep 19 1936: At home. I repaired gate at “Burnie Brae”, called on May. Basil Hamilton called while I was there & drove me home in their new motor car. Dulcie called to see us this afternoon; Harold had tea with us after his game of tennis across the road. Jim & Clara called to see us this evening.

Sep 20 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services. Eddie & his boys attended a.m. & drove us to his place for dinner. He & I attended a Musical Anniversary Service in the Northgate Methodist Church this afternoon & Eddie drove us home after tea. We have had a very pleasant day. 25 in choir a.m., 15 at p.m.

Sep 21 1936: At home, making out Land Tax Returns ec.

Sep 22 1936: At home, repaired violin case, went messages ec, posted Land Tax forms. I attended choir practice.

Sep 23 1936: At home, reading & writing most of the day.

Sep 24 1936: I went to town this morning, banked money, got music at Grice’s, a song “The Shade of the Palm”. I attended the City Council’s sale of land for arrears, held in the Supreme Court at 11a.m., it was a very poor sale. I made an offer for C. Hansen’s & W.A. Mathers, it was not accepted.

Sep 25 1936: I drove to Sandgate this morning, had dinner with Charlotte, called to see Jack & Janie & Maggie, got home about 3.30p.m.

Sep 26 1936: At home doing little odds & ends about the house.

Sep 27 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services in our church & the Harvest Festival Service at Stafford Church at 3p.m. Our choir & orchestra gave a musical service, the Rev. Lapthorn presided & gave short address, 18 in choir, 10 in orchestra. 23 in choir a.m., 15 p.m.

Sep 28 1936: At home, sorting out a lot of old note books, letters, old documents ec to be burned.

Sep 29 1936: At home, doing away with old papers ec.

Sep 30 1936: I worked half day for Hughie at motor truck. Mrs. Argo (snr) called after dinnertime to bid us goodbye, as she is leaving for her home in Sydney next Friday morning. M.J. & I drove to Bald Hills, had tea with Percy, Fanny & family & went with them to a male concert in Sandgate Town Hall, proceeds in aid of Signal Row Methodist Church. It was a good concert & a great financial success. We stayed the night at Bald Hills with Percy & Fanny.

October


Oct 1 1936: We came home from Bald Hills this morning about 10 o’clock. Hector had dinner with us. I worked at the shop for Hughie this afternoon, making a seat for a milk cart.

Oct 2 1936: I worked at the shop for Hughie about 7 hours at motor truck & small repairs to milk truck. I posted cheque for Maggie’s insurance. I received cheque from Mr. H.C. Wood for rents collected. Mr. Hugh Gilmore, Coachbuilder, died. Very windy, dry weather the last few weeks.

Oct 3 1936: At home at general duties. Mr. C. Stewart & Ralph Duncan (97) pioneers of Bald Hills called to see us this afternoon. Percy & Fanny came also & we had a lovely time talking about our early days, they were born at Bald Hills. Duncan & a brother of Stewart used to play their violins in my choir about 50 years ago. Percy drove them to the tram after tea. Mr. Hugh Gilmore, Black & Wheelwright, was buried at Lutwyche this afternoon. Dry thunderstorm at 4.30p.m.

Oct 4 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. p.m. services, 22 in choir a.m., 19 p.m. Joe & Beckie came to see us for a short time before tea, but could not wait for tea. To Mrs. H. Smith 5/- Home Missions.

Oct 5 1936: I worked half day for Hughie at Torrance’s baker cart wheels, six new spokes, one felly ec. I posted letter with cheque to Charlotte & one to the bank, with H.C. Wood’s cheque to be deposited. Thunderstorm this afternoon & evening light rain.

Oct 6 1936: Jessie stayed here till after dinner while her Mother was at Mrs. Packer (snr). M.J. & I drove to Clara’s after dinner & I got a ride to town with Joe & Beckie. I paid some rates on Hall St. allotments, got song “The Shade of the Palm” exchanged at Grice’s; we got home at 4.30p.m.

Oct 7 1936: At home, fitted batten top rail on fence across our yard. Our orchestra played at a Band of Hope function in the Presbyterian Church King Street Grange Road Lutwyche, 4 first, 4 second violins, one cello, one bass & piano, gave 7 selections.

Oct 8 1936: At home. I put “Dolly” our pony in the paddock at Alex place. I sent 10/6 with Hector to Mr. Stupart, a donation to the new hall for Boy Scouts at Nundah. I went to the School of Arts to attend the Progress meeting; it lapsed for want of a quorum. Strong wind.

Oct 9 1936: At home, fixed barbed wire on cross fence in our back yard, made out estimate for side verandah & room to our house, it run out to about ₤70. M.J. & I attended the Circuit Social in our church this evening. The Kedron Choir gave one part song very nicely & a Mr. Smith (tenor) gave four songs, there were competitions ec.

Oct 10 1936: At home general jobbing & going messages ec. I cleaned up, set & sharpened handsaw for Mr. Fowler, our next door neighbour. Our orchestra played at a Christian Endeavour Rally in the Methodist School Hall at Lutwyche. There was a large gathering & a good service. 9 violins, 2 cellos, bass & piano in our orchestra.

Oct 11 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services in School of Arts, three lovely services, 26 in choir & orchestra a.m. & 28 at 3p.m. & 21 at 7.15p.m. Mr. Brown a.m., Rev. J. Murray 3p.m. & Mr. Lind 7.15p.m.

Oct 12 1936: At home. Fixed a blind on back door landing ec. I rung up Stephens & Tozer re Sale Note to Alex. Mr. Harris said he had returned it to Mr. F. Atthow, after making out the transfer from Alex to Mr. T. Smith.

Oct 13 1936: At home. I rung up a Mr. A. Barton, Agent, at the Grange (phone M7118) in answer to his advert. in the “Telegraph” for a house. I gave him particulars of Rode Road house, price ₤525. Sharpened crosscut saw for Alex & set & sharpened one of Uncle Willie’s tennon saws at Hughie’s shop. I attended choir practice.

Oct 14 1936: At home. I done a good cleaning up under the house & cut up old timber for firewood, repaired chair ec, set & sharpened hand saw. I attended Lodge children’s singing practice at Alex place 7p.m. to train them, they done very well. I attended the Circuit Quarterly Meeting in our church at 8p.m.

Oct 15 1936: At home, mending chairs, going messages ec. Hector had dinner with us. Mr. C. Stewart called to see us for a short time this afternoon, he went to Bald Hills. Mary called to see us for a short time on her way home from a morning tea party. I rung up Mr. A. Barton & gave him some particulars of our King St. house, price ₤550 as it is.

Oct 16 1936: I went to town this morning, called on Mrs. Best re repairs required to water pipe & stove pipe ec. Mr. Best got the water pipe repaired. I asked Mr. Best to get a plumber to do the stove pipe & I would pay for it. I got cello A strings & a cake of resin at Harolds for orchestra. I got the Grange tram & called on Mr. Burton & gave him a sketch & particulars of our King St. house, price as it now stands ₤550 cash, ₤600 terms, got home about 12.45p.m., spent the rest of the day repairing our settee. I brought “Dolly” home to doctor her eyes that got injured in the paddock.

Oct 17 1936: At home, general jobbing & attending to “Dolly’s” sore eye. Mrs. Gunston (snr) lost her spectacles & called to see if I could lend her a pair. I bestowed a pair to her which she said would suit alright. Victor Hamilton called to see us for a short time this afternoon. Weather continues very dry, water getting very scarce, Council warning people not to waste it.

Oct 18 1936: M.J. & I attended our Sunday School Anniversary services held in the church, 11a.m., 3p.m. & 7.15p.m. Rev. J. Murray, Rev. Pittendreath & Mr. Price. Three good services & fairly well attended. Percy & Fanny called to see us for a few minutes when Percy was on his way to take the service at Stafford this evening.

Oct 19 1936: I got timber from Hughie’s this morning & spent the day putting a new bottom in & stuffing one of our settees. A few drops of rain last night, hot & windy today.

Oct 20 1936: At home, knocked down the old fowl house in our yard, cleared the yard up ec. I attended choir & orchestra practice. Mr. Eddows came in & asked if our orchestra would play at Kedron church for them on Dec. 4th next. They answered yes & he thanked them.

Oct 21 1936: At home. I took all the nails out of old timber that was of any use from the fowl house & cut the rest into firewood. Hughie drove Joe Packer & I to a Monster Meeting of the Christian Social Order Movement held in the City Hall, there was a good attendance. The Church of England, Baptist, Congregational, Methodist & Church of Christ were represented.

Oct 22 1936: At home. I helped May & Hughie to get things ready at the School of Arts for a Womens Morning Tea. They had a large gathering & a real good meeting without a man present. 7p.m. I conducted a singing practice of Lodge children at Alex & Mary’s place this evening, they sang very well.

Oct 23 1936: At home, cleaning & glass papering wash stand to varnish it. A Mrs. Hayes called at 11.30a.m., to let me know Uncle Hugh & Victor were at the tram terminus & would like me to go there for them with the sulky, as Victor was not very well. I went & brought them here, then took Hugh to “Fivie”, where he is putting lattice panels on the verandahs. I then drove Mrs. Hayes to the top of the hill at Aspley School. She is going to her brother’s (Mr. Kettleton) place. After dinner I helped Hugh to fix panels & splice verandah posts ec. Fanny, Harold & Vernie & little Hughie called to see us for a few minutes & drove Uncle Hugh & Victor to the tram about 5.45p.m.

Oct 24 1936: At home, I cleaned & varnished a wash stand, done messages. Harold had dinner with us & played tennis opposite. I went & had a look at the old folk’s home at Chermside; they are nice & have every convenience. M.J. & I attended a garden party at Joe & Beckie’s place; there was a children’s fancy dress parade. A boy’s brass band in attendance, a good crowd present.

Oct 25 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 24 in choir a.m., 17 p.m. Very strong N.E. wind all day, water getting very scarce.

Oct 26 1936: I rung up the Waterworks Department & let them know there is a leaking tap in our sink. They sent a man out this afternoon & he fixed it up. I cleaned up our palm stand & a gypsy table & varnished them. Percy called on his way home this morning & said he would call tomorrow about 12 noon & take me to the Synod meeting at Windsor. N.E. wind, very strong.

Oct 27 1936: Percy called this morning & drove me to the Synod meeting in the Windsor church. There was a very large attendance of Ministers & laymen & a few women. We got home at about 5.45p.m. Fanny stayed with her Mother while we were away. I attended choir & orchestra practice, 30 present.

Oct 28 1936: Percy called about 10.30a.m. & drove me to the Synod meeting in the Windsor church. Bushfires raging everywhere, very hot dry weather. I attended Lodge children’s singing practice at Alex & Mary’s place this evening.

Oct 29 1936: Percy called for me this morning & drove me to Synod. A good attendance and a lot of business accomplished. Very warm & the air full of bushfire smoke. I gave Mr. McPhail Jessie’s spectacles to be repaired. Fanny stayed with her Mother while we were away. We got home about 5.45p.m.

Oct 30 1936: I went to town this morning, banked money, paid rates on “Olivene” & “Kinswah”, also E. light a/c, done some shopping & got home 11.45a.m.

Oct 31 1936: At home. I attended the 5th Anniversary function of the Juvenile Lodge No. 16 P.A.F.S.O.A. in the School of Arts this afternoon. About 60 present, besides a good few adults. Harold had dinner with us & played tennis opposite. Mrs. Hale died early this morning & was buried at Lutwyche Cemetery this afternoon. Bert Carr put a set of slippers on “Dolly”.

November


Nov 1 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services in church (21 in choir a.m., 14 p.m.) also the 35th anniversary of our Lodge held in the School of Arts at 3p.m. The Juvenile Lodge children rendered several items & done very well. The Rev. Barnett (Church of England) & Rev. J. Murray (Methodist) addressed the meeting. Very light shower this morning. Special prayers for rain.

Nov 2 1936: At home. I glass papered & varnished palm stand & jardiniere and done other odd jobs about the house. I attended the 35th Anniversary meeting of our Lodge, held in the School of Arts this evening, a table spread social. Many Lodges were represented, considerably over 100 present.

Nov 3 1936: M.J. & I drove to Sandgate this morning. We had dinner with Maggie & afternoon tea with Charlotte; they are both fairly well at present. We got home at 5.25p.m. I attended choir & orchestra practice. Smokey, dry weather.

Nov 4 1936: I went to town this afternoon & paid a lot of rates, done some shopping & got home about 4p.m. Mr. Eddows called this evening & arranged to copy out music that he wants our orchestra to play at a function he is getting up next month.

Nov 5 1936: I made a couple of rough trays for the sawdust dips at next Saturday’s Fete, & helped Alex for a short time at under gear of his motor car. M.J. & I attended a bonfire, fireworks & entertainment at Mr. Bishop’s paddock & residence this evening, there was a very large gathering of men, women & children. I went with Hughie, M.J. went with Alex & Alex drove us home. Cold night.

Nov 6 1936: At home all day, reading, writing & going through the new Methodist Hymn Book selecting tunes ec. Smokey, dry, windy weather, water scarce.

Nov 7 1936: At home. Done usual messages ec. M.J. & I attended our church Fete, held in the church & in the church grounds. It was opened by Mr. Hislop M.L.A. Mrs. Hislop was present also. There was a fairly good attendance, our orchestra played several selections. Hot day, cold night.

Nov 8 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 19 in choir a.m., 16 p.m. Joe & Beckie came for us & took us to their place for dinner & we attended their Sunday School Anniversary meeting in Kedron church at 3p.m., after which we spent an hour with Mrs. Packer (snr), then had tea with Joe & Beckie & Joe drove us home. Alex drove us home from our church this evening. He & his family had been to Sandgate to see Charlotte & Maggie, we had a happy day. Prayers for rain.

Nov 9 1936: I took the spring van to the shop & got the tyres off the wheels & commenced packing all the spokes & doing general repairs to it. Hot sun & cool wind, light shower 9p.m.

Nov 10 1936: I finished packing spokes of van wheels & got fellies replaced. I attended choir & orchestra practice. Dull day, sultry evening.

Nov 11 1936: I posted cheque 14/3 to City Council for Alex E. Light a/c; he gave me the cash. I spent a while listening to Jessie & Joan playing some of their pieces. I took my cart harness to Mr. J. Mohr for repairs; spent a while at the shop cleaning things up ec. Rain started about 9a.m., lovely light rain all day.

Nov 12 1936: At home. I spent a while at the shop this morning, repaired some of our furniture ec. Hector called & had dinner with us. Lindsay has been poorly & had to have an operation up his nose. Lorna’s ankle is improving slowly. I attended Progress Meeting in School of Arts this evening.

Nov 13 1936: At home at general jobs about the house. Harold waited here after practice until Joe & Fanny called for him about 11p.m. I conducted a special orchestra practice in the church. 11 violins, 2 cellos, 1 bass & organ (Mr. Jock Black joined).

Nov 14 1936: At home taking things easy.

Nov 15 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 24 in choir a.m., 15 p.m. Percy, Fanny & Hughie had tea with us; Percy took the p.m. service. Blowing a North East gale all day.

Nov 16 1936: I went to town this morning, banked money, called on the Rev. Wheller re donation of fowl from Maggie to the Aged People’s Homes at Chermside; he said they would be very acceptable. I also promised a donation from Maggie & one from myself towards Furnishing Fund. I met Mr. Mathers, we had morning tea together & a long chat; he has returned from Gympie.

Nov 17 1936: At home. I went to the church & sorted up all our orchestra music ec. Mr. F.A. Mathers called to see me while I was away. I conducted choir & orchestra practice.

Nov 18 1936: I posted cheque to the Rev. H.M. Wheller for Maggie’s & my own donations to fund for furnishing Aged People’s Homes at Chermside. M.J. posted receipt to Joe Packer for cheque ₤2-17-6; final share in the Estate of the late Matilda Hamilton. I worked the shop most of the day repairing our spring van. Alex drove M.J. out to Percy & Fanny’s place this afternoon when he went out there for firewood. Hector & Doris called to see us for a short time this evening.

Nov 19 1936: I drove to Sandgate this morning to bring the fowl from Maggie’s to the Aged People’s Homes at Chermside. As they were not caught I had to leave them. I called to see Charlotte & Janie. I called at the Homes & Matron Evans said she would arrange to get them & would be very pleased to have them. 10 of our orchestra went to Kelvin Grove this evening as arranged & a heavy thunder storm prevented the meeting taking place, so we returned without playing. Good heavy rain.

Nov 20 1936: I went to the shop for a while this morning, posted letter to Mr. M. Reid, Secretary of Methodist Central Mission, Albert Street, accepting invitation for M.J. & myself to be present at the opening of the Aged People’s Homes by His Excellency Sir Leslie Wilson at Chermside 22nd inst. at 3p.m. M.J. & I drove to Clara’s this afternoon & spent a couple of hours there. Thunder storm & light shower between 7 & 8 p.m.

Nov 21 1936: I cleaned off the wheels of our spring van after the tyres had been fixed. I painted them & the spring & axle. Harold had dinner with us & had a game of tennis opposite. He had tea at Hughie & May’s & they drove him home. Hector came here about 5.30a.m. & got a couple of bags of manure.

Nov 22 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services. 26 in choir a.m. & 17 p.m.

Nov 23 1936: I dusted down the body of our spring van this morning & gave it a coat of paint. I posted cheques to bank & posted a cheque 27/- to Mr. W. Nugent, plumber, for work done at King St. house. M.J. & I attended the opening of the George Marchant Aged Peoples Homes at Chermside. It was declared open by Sir Leslie Wilson (Governor) after singing of National Anthem, a verse of the old hundredth, reading of Psalm, prayer & addresses by Rev. H.M. Wheller, Mr. J. Marchant & His Excellency. I think there were about 400 present. Alex drove M.J. & I there & brought us home. Charlotte & Maggie were there & Janie. It was a wonderful gathering.

Nov 24 1936: M.J. & I went to town this morning & done some shopping. I attended choir & orchestra practice.

Nov 25 1936: I drove M.J. to Beckie’s to attend Anniversary Morning Tea of the Womens Church Help, Kedron church. I brought two sulky loads of firewood (pine cuttings) from under Joe’s house, which he gave me. I went for M.J. at 4.30p.m. Our choir & orchestra gave a concert in the Ann Street Valley Methodist Church this evening, Rev. R.S.C. Dingle Chairman. 23 in choir & 15 in orchestra & Mr. Reid recited. Ray Harris mouth organ (he is about 7 years & plays well).

Nov 26 1936: I worked puttying & repairing our spring van. Hector had dinner with us.

Nov 27 1936: I dressed & put a new pair of shafts in our spring van. Our orchestra played at a Queen Crowning Pageant for the Ashgrove Methodist Church, in the Progress Association Hall. There was a crowded house, Rev. Palethorpe Chairman; it realised near ₤200. We had 15 in the orchestra.

Nov 28 1936: I fitted & painted a new bottom in our van this morning.

Nov 29 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 26 in choir a.m. & 22 p.m. Hector & Doris attended this evening & drove us home.

Nov 30 1936: I gave our van the finishing coat of paint today. Mr. Waldron called today & arranged to purchase the spare allotment at Bridge St. house, Nundah, for ₤44, him to do all the dividing fence with sawn timber. We are to meet next Wednesday or Thursday to fix the business up. M.J. & I attended Overseas Mission Lecture by Rev. Rycroft, with the best lot of lantern slide views we have seen, they were lovely. Fair attendance, collection about 28/-.

December


Dec 1 1936: I painted all the inside of our van & the ends of the naves. Mr. Waldron rung up & arranged for me to meet him at the Q.N. Bank, Valley, tomorrow at 10a.m. I rung up the Manager & arranged the appointment. I went to the church, put all seats in their places & sorted the orchestra music. Conducted choir & orchestra practice.

Dec 2 1936: I met Mr. G.A. Waldron at the Q.N. Bank, Valley, as arranged by phone yesterday. Mr. W. handed the ₤44 payment in full for the vacant allotment to the Manager, who placed it to my credit. He wrote out the receipt & I signed it for M.J. & handed it to Mr. W. He is to get out Transfer ec & get M.J. to sign before a J.P. later on. Mr. W. met Mrs. Mohr (snr) at our place at 7.30p.m. & drove her to see his Mother at Northgate & arranged for her to live with & look after his Mother. He brought her here after their arrangement, about 3p.m. I paid Alex rates & M.J. & my own Land Tax. I got home at 1p.m.

Dec 3 1936: M.J. & I drove to “Fairfield” this morning & had dinner with Percy & Fanny; we got home at about 4.45p.m. Rain wanted badly, everything dried up, strong North East wind all day.

Dec 4 1936: At home. Heavy clouds & a few drops of rain this morning, but it all passed away. I put the wheels on our van, fixed it all up & loaded it with timber, tools ec that I will require next Monday morning to remove & repair E.C. at the Bridge St. Nundah house. M.J. went to town with Percy & Fanny this afternoon.

Dec 5 1936: At home doing odds & ends about the house & going messages. Hughie took M.J. & some of his family to the City Hall to the rendering of “Messiah” this evening. I attended a Children’s Entertainment & Christmas Tree in the Congregational Church, Rode Road, this evening; there was a good turnout.

Dec 6 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 23 in choir a.m., 16 p.m. Hector & Doris called to see us for a few minutes this afternoon.

Dec 7 1936: I drove to Nundah with timber & tools & Alex helped me to remove the E.C. at Bridge Street house off the allotment which I sold to Mr. G.A. Waldron. We finished removing & repairing it at 12 noon. I attended a Trustee Meeting in the church this evening.

Dec 8 1936: I went to the church & measured up what timber is required to repair the floor & seats, as it was decided by the Trustees to have the repairs done. I attended choir practice.

Dec 9 1936: I called at the shop & saw Hughie & Alex. Got letter from Mr. McClintock with cheque ₤37-10-0, my half Brook’s payment. I went to town, paid Alex Life Insurance premium, banked cheques, got C. strings for violin (orchestra), got home 11.50a.m. Hector & Doris called to see us this evening. I lent all my fishing tackle to Hector till after his Christmas holidays at Caloundra. I conducted Lodge children’s singing practice at Alex & Mary’s place this evening.

Dec 10 1936: At home. Hector had dinner with us. I gave him a cheque for ₤50, being final payment for house & allotments at King Street, Kedron. Ted Smith & Hughie McClintock called at the shop on their way home, after being down to see the cricket match. I attended Progress Meeting & presented Mr. Addamson with a fountain pen on behalf of the members, for his past services as Secretary.

Dec 11 1936: M.J. & I went to town & done some shopping for Christmas. I drove M.J. to Doris & Hector’s place this evening to mind the children while they attended some function in their church. I conducted a special orchestra practice in the church, 10 present.

Dec 12 1936: I went to the church this morning & wedged up the ends on a lot of the seats with glued wedges. The seats are in a bad condition with borers ec, the floor also requires repairs. Harold had dinner with us & played tennis opposite. Joe & Beckie called to say goodbye on their way to Redcliffe for 5 weeks holidays & brought us presents.

Dec 13 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services; 22 in choir a.m. & 17 p.m. Willie, Rhoda & Eva came to see us for a short time this afternoon.

Dec 14 1936: At home. I went to see May this morning re programme for next Wednesday evening’s Social in the School of Arts. Jim & Clara called to see us this morning & brought us presents, on their way to Percy & Fanny’s. Jim got a bag of manure in our yard. Eddie, Mary & children called to see us this afternoon & brought us presents.

Dec 15 1936: Rain commenced early this morning & continued till after dinner time. It was badly needed.

Dec 16 1936: I repaired & wedged the church seats & commenced repairing the floor. M.J. & I attended our Sunday School Christmas Tree & Breaking Up Social in School of Arts. Our orchestra & choir assisted; 14 instruments & a hall full of people.

Dec 17 1936: I drove M.J. to Clara’s to mind Marjory, while Clara took the others to see the town. I worked about 5 hours repairing the floor of our church. I had dinner with Alex & Mary & Hector; I went for M.J. at 5.30p.m. Uncle Hugh, Sarah & Basil called to see us this evening & wished us a happy Christmastime. Hector & Doris called after tea for the same purpose & brought us presents. Hector brought me the Deed & Contract of Sale Note of King St. house and will sign Transfer when prepared.

Dec 18 1936: I went to town this morning & called on Mr. Pattison re Transfers charges; he was out but I got him by phone & arranged to call on him later on. I done some shopping & got home before 12 noon. M.J. & I attended a Lantern Lecture, Mr. R. Day, in School of Arts, on Bible Prophesies & Fulfilments.

Dec 19 1936: I drove to Clara’s with some parcels this morning & then M.J. & I got our things packed up & came to “Lamont” to look after the place while they were having Christmas holidays at Mooloolaba. Hughie & Leila will be here most of the time. Harold had dinner with us. Mr. A.G. Waldron called & left the Transfer & K Form to be signed by M.J. & he is to call for them Monday 21st about 3p.m.

Dec 20 1936: At “Lamont”. M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services. Hughie drove M.J., Clara, Dorothy, Marjory & I to Sandgate this afternoon. We had tea with Maggie & called to see Charlotte; they are both well. No anthem this morning, not enough in choir. 17 in choir this evening.

Dec 21 1936: At “Lamont”. I went to town this morning; called on Mr. Pattison re Mrs. Fowler’s business. He will be leaving next Wednesday for holidays & returning Jan 9th. I got home 11.30a.m. I rung up Henzel & let him know I would sell Bridge St. house for ₤375 on terms. Mr. A.G. Waldron called & got the Transfer, which M.J. signed in presence of G. Early J.P. & Mr. W. told me my Bridge St. tenants were leaving the house today. I rung up Mrs. Wood & let her know; she said she would tell Mr. Wood when he came in. Fanny called to see us after tea. Mr. W. made out K Forms. He signed one & M.J. one & he said he would hand them in.

Dec 22 1936: I brought some waste timber from the shop for firewood. Clara & the children spent the day with us. Betty is staying here for a day or two; Eddie called for a short time this afternoon. Mrs. Rice, wife of Mr. Rice, Head Teacher of Chermside State School, died.

Dec 23 1936: At home. I went to our house for some things we wanted. Hughie & I attended the funeral of Mrs. Rice, to the Lutwyche Cemetery at 3p.m. The Rev. Fisher-Webster, Congregationalist, officiated.

Dec 24 1936: Hughie & Arthur Duns left here 5.15p.m. for holidays at Mooloolaba with the others that went last week.

Dec 25 1936: At “Lamont”. Jim, Clara & family, Alex, Mary & family, M.J. & I, went to Percy & Fanny’s for our Christmas dinner. Mr. & Mrs. Prothero were there also, we had a very happy time together. M.J. & I came home with Alex about 4.45p.m., as Alex & family are going to have tea at Mr. & Mrs. Boot’s with a gathering of their relations & friends.

Dec 26 1936: I went for the mail, got a lot of Christmas cards from friends & relations & business letters for Hughie. We were alone all day doing odds & ends in & about the house. Mrs. Lee (snr) of Duff St. died this evening.

Dec 27 1936: M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 9 in choir a.m., no Anthem, no choir p.m. Nearly all the choir & orchestra are away on holidays. Alex drove us home both times. Thunder storm & good heavy shower this afternoon. Elsa Waugh came home with Dulcie about 10.30p.m. from Mooloolaba. Dulcie is going to Tambourine in the morning to complete her holidays. Elsa has to commence work.

Dec 28 1936: At “Lamont”. I posted a lot of letters for Hughie this morning, done messages & Alex & I attended Mrs. Lee’s funeral from Duff St. to the Lutwyche Cemetery this afternoon. The Rev. Barret, C of E Minister officiated. Then Alex drove me to Nundah. I called at H.C. Wood’s office; the lady in charge told me our Bridge St. house was let this morning. Alex & I inspected it & took palings off Mr. Waldron’s fence by his permission for a temporary entrance to the back. Thunderstorm & nice shower this evening.

Dec 29 1936: Spent the day running messages, cutting firewood, reading, writing ec.

Dec 30 1936: M.J. & I drove to Clara’s about 10a.m. & stayed there till about 3p.m. I sent D. Torrance receipt by post & sent cheque to bank for Hughie.

Dec 31 1936: I posted cheques to bank for Hughie, went messages, cut firewood, cleaned up under the house, burned rubbish ec. Fanny, Harold & little Hughie called to see us for a short time this afternoon. Jim called & arranged to take M.J. & I to Caloundra tomorrow with himself & family. Thank God for sparing us to the close of another year in good health.