In 1938, Thomas Andrew Hamilton turned 78. His wife died four days later; they had been married almost 51 years. He also suffered gout in his big toe and continued to send replies to Mr B Tovey's "offensive letters". He bought a pair of dark glasses in March, and had to have them repaired in July. He was not charged for the repairs.
Jan 1 1938: At “Lamont”. Jim and family called for M.J. and I at 10am. And drove us to “Lone Pine” where there is a wonderful collection of birds, animals, snakes and including Kangaroos, Wallabies, Native Dogs (Dingoes) Monkeys, Native Bears, Emus, Wild Ducks, Peacock ec ec. Jim then drove us to our Cousins Morrison’s where we met Jack & Janie Wayper. We all had a real good time, got home 6,5.pm. Lovely weather.
Jan 2 M.J. and I attended a.m. service in our Church (14 in choir) and p.m. service in Congregational Church, it was the quarterly combined service conducted by Rev. J. Murray.
Jan 3 At “Lamont”. Kings Birthday. I done some mowing and clearing up the yard and under the house. I got Dolly & the Sulky, we packed up all our things & took them to our home at Rode Road after dinner. Hughie & his family arrived home about 5.30p.m. after their holidays at Tambourine. Hughie drove us home after we all had tea together.
Jan 4 At Home Rode Road. I went messages posted letters ec done some mowing of grass & weeds about the house.
Jan 5 I went to the shop this morning done some mowing, reading & writing most of the day as it was very warm. We got a letter this morning from Beckie asking us to spend a few days with them at Redcliffe where they are on holidays.
Jan 6 I went to the shop and rang up Mr. C. Hough & let him know I did not get the Kedron house for removal that I expected to get. I rung up Fanny and let her know M.J. and I might be going to Redcliffe for a few days next week to stay with Joe and Beckie. Fanny said Harold went to Sydney last Tuesday to spend some of his holidays there. Hector had dinner with us. I asked him to let Joe know M.J. & I would go with him to Redcliffe next Monday evening. I mowed down a lot of weeds in our yard ec.
Jan 7 I went to the shop this morning after mowing down some weeds. I repaired my sand shoes, cleaned and fixed up our hanging lamp in the bath room ec. Mary and Gwen Menerey came to see us this afternoon and brought us a bunch of flowers. Fanny and Verney came to see us this evening. She and little Hughie are going to Cousin Willie’s at Woombye tomorrow to spend a week or so with them. Thunder storm but not much rain this afternoon.
Jan 8 I spent most of the day mowing weeds & cleaning up the yard. Lovely cool day.
Jan 9 M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services 20 in Choir a.m. & 14 p.m.,
Jan 10 I went to town this morning after Thoms Chalk called re getting his motor truck insured. I got application form at the office & paid the premium he gave me the cash. He called again this afternoon said he would go in tomorrow & have it completed & get his licence. I got home 11.15 a.m. & spent most of the afternoon mowing down weeds and grass in the yard & getting our things ready to go to Redcliffe. Joe called about 5.45 for us & took M.J. & I to Redcliffe to spend a few days with them.
Jan 11 At Redcliffe.
Jan 12 At Redcliffe.
Jan 13 At Redcliffe.
Jan 14 M.J. & I got our things packed up & Joe drove us home on his way to work. We left Redcliffe at 7.45 & arrived home at Rode Road 8.30 a.m. after spending a very pleasant time at Redcliffe. I went to the road twice today. I rung up B7712 Alliance Estates 164 Adelaide St Brisbane in answer to advert for house, gave some particulars of “Alverise” & of “Rinswah” ₤475 & ₤450. Alex got what paint I had under the house as he intends starting to paint “Rinswah” next Monday.
Jan 15 At home Rode Road. I done the usual messages & odd jobs about home & spent most of the day reading & writing. May came to see us for a short time this evening. A nice shower early this morning & two smart showers this evening.
Jan 16 I attended a.m. & p.m. services 19 in choir a.m. & 20 p.m. Showers affected the attendance. Hughie drove me to Turrawin Hospital Clayfield this afternoon where I visited Mr. Cuthbert who has undergone a critical operation. He is progressing favourably.
Jan 17 I went messages to the road three times today. I met cousins Minnie Smith, Ted & their daughter Alice also cousin Ida Low & her baby & a Mrs. Conkay, they were on their way home and called at the shops. I gave an application form to Mr. Tichbourn to have his utility truck insured, he is to call at the office today. I called on Mrs.Williams of Duff Street re having their new house and furniture insured, she asked me to make arrangements to have it inspected next Wednesday or Thursday. I rung up the Co. and made arrangements as requested. The Alliance Estates rung me up re them inspecting Bridge St house with a view of selling it. Showery day.
Jan 18 I went to the shop this morning then went to town. I paid our E.Light a/c & a half years subscription to the Book Depot for the “Australian Christian World”. I done some shopping and got home about 12.20 p.m. Alex took the paint to Bridge St house. He intends painting it for me when the weather improves. Very showery all day. I went to Choir practice, only three turned up on account of rain, & still it rains.
Jan 19 At home all day, constant rain nearly all day. I rung up at Mrs. Reid’s to enquire how Mr. Cuthbert was progressing but there was no one home. Mr. Reid rung later & found he was improving slowly. Very strong South East wind.
Jan 20 I went to the shop twice today. Rung up re Mr. Whitehill coming out to inspect Mrs. E.A. Williams house for insurance. He came after dinnertime and fixed things up, then I went with him and saw Alex & got things fixed up for to insure his Double Bass Violin for ₤50, then Hugh drove Mr. Whitehill to the tram. Hector & Lorna had dinner with us. Very showery night & day & strong North East wind.
Jan 21 M.J. & I drove to Sandgate this morning. We had dinner with Maggie & spent a few hours with her. We called on Janie but both she and Jack were out, we got home about 3.30p.m. It is one of the hottest days this summer. I got Hughie to ring up re Mr. Cuthbert, he is now at home and improving slowly.
Jan 22 I went the usual messages & went to the Church & got the music & stands ready for the Circuit concert at Stafford this evening. Mr. S. Harris has finished lining the insides of the vestry of our church & has made a very nice job of it. Jim, Clara & family had tea with us & we had a pleasant time together. I gave Jim a form to fill in to have his car insured on the 28th inst.
Jan 23 M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services 26 in Choir a.m., 18 p.m. Very cloudy & cool South East strong wind all day.
Jan 24 I went to the shop this morning. I got Hughie to make a ½” iron rod for the front steps of Mr. Chadder’s dwelling. I cramped them up & put it in & screwed them together, mowed some of the grass & weeds about the house. I rung up & enquired for Mr. Cuthbert, he is improving slowly. Very cloudy, cool all day, light rain this afternoon.
Jan 25 I was at home all day mowing grass & weeds & doing general jobing about the house. I attended choir & orchestra practice, 31 present. Some smart showers, nice cool day.
Jan 26 I finished mowing weeds & grass in our yard about ½ acre. M.J. & I drove to Kedron after dinner & spent an hour or two with Clara & Beckie. Received Hymn sheets & letter from Mrs. Watkinson asking if our Church Choir would assist in a pageant she is presenting in the City Hall in connection with the young peoples Rally Friday Feb 25th p.m.
Jan 27 I went to the shop this morning & got the description papers from Alex of the 8 allotments of his at Duff Street. I then went to town & handed them to Mr. Frank Atthow for him to make out transfer which I will sign when ready. I paid insurance premium on Alex Double Bass violin, 3/- on ₤50-0-0. I got violin strings for our Orchestra. Banked money & got home 12.30 p.m. I attended the monthly service in the Church. Hector & family were here with M.J. when I came home & we had a pleasant time together.
Jan 28 I drove to the shop this morning & gave Alex the receipt for premium on his Bass Violin then I drove to Nundah & inspected the bath in our Bridge St. house. I told the tenant Mrs. Butler I would put a new one in. I burned a lot of the weeds & grass in our yard just before a thunder storm & heavy shower.
Jan 29 I went to the shop this morning. I rung up & inquired for Mr. Cuthbert. Mrs. C. said he is still improving slowly but is not yet allowed to sit up. I went to the Post Office this evening done very little today as it was very hot. I rung up the Rev. R.P. Watkinson & promised to let him know after next practice how many of our choir would assist in Pageant in City Hall Feb. 25th next.
Jan 30 M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 25 in Choir a.m., 22 p.m. Jessie & Joan & Joan Springer came and listened in awhile this afternoon. Joan’s Birthday was called on 4BC. Jack & Janie & their friends Everittes from Isis called for a few minutes this evening, but as it was late could not come in. Heavy rain commenced in the night.
Jan 31 At home all day. Constant rain all day & night, many places flooded (creeks).
Feb 1 Some smart showers this morning, cleared up about 9 a.m. I went to the shop & Post Office. I attended Choir practice.
Feb 2 At home all day doing very little as it was a very hot steamy day. Some very heavy rain during last night & early this morning.
Feb 3 At home. I went to the shop with Hector after he had dinner with us. Alex called & gave me particulars of second hand joinery Mr. Wilson of Nundah has for sale. I posted letter to Janie Wayper with cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to date. Very hot, thunder storm & heavy shower this afternoon.
Feb 4 At home. I went to the shop & Post Office this morning, done very little but read all day as it was too hot to work. I conducted Orchestra practice in the Church this evening, 12 & myself present.
Feb 5 I went to town this morning, called at Mr. F. Atthow’s office & signed a transfer of allotments in Duff Street to Alex, This is the balance of land sold to him June 27th 1920. I paid Alex E.Light a/c, he gave me the money for it. I got some Cello Violin strings for Orchestra, got home 11.30 a.m. I went with Hughie & May to Leitch’s Crossing fishing this afternoon. Hughie caught 3 small fish & 1 eel. Got home 7.30. Very hot day.
Feb 6 M.J. & I attended a.m. service, 22 in choir & orchestra. M.J. & I attended p.m. service in Congregational Church, 21 in choir & orchestra. The Orchestra played in the opening voluntary. The Rev. J. Murray conducted the service.
Feb 7 I went to the shop for a while this morning and done very little all day except read as the weather is too hot.
Feb 8 M.J. & I drove to Kedron & spent awhile with Clara & with Beckie, we got home for dinner & I took “Dolly” & the sulky & left them at Alex place. I conducted choir & orchestra practice as usual, there were 29 present.
Feb 9 At home all day, dug in the garden for a short time this morning, too hot to work outside.
Feb 10 At home doing very little as the weather is too hot. I went to the Church this afternoon & conducted a practice of some Anthems with the Ladies Church Help members. I received a very offensive letter from Mr. B. Tovey. I sent the most inoffensive reply that I could dictate. I rung New Zeland Insurance Co. & let Mr. Shanks know that Alex spray plant was sold & removed 22nd June last. I rung up and inquired for Mr. Cuthbert, he is improving very slowly.
Feb 11 At home. I went to the shop for a while. I rung up & had a talk to Beckie. Harold called on his way in this morning & on his way home & had tea with us, Clara came in after tea & Jim called for her later. I attended a meeting of the Protestant Association in the Congregational Church Rode Road this morning.
Feb 12 At home, another very hot day. After dinner Hughie took Fred Bishop & I out to Leitch’s crossing & we fished till after 8 p.m. We caught a few small fish & eel. One of Fred’s catch was a good sized eel.
Feb 13 M.J. & I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 23 in Choir a.m. 14 p.m. Very hot all day. Alex took his family, Miss Menery, M.J.& I to Sandgate this afternoon to get the cool sea breeze. Alex & I called to see Mr. Waugh (senr) who is very ill in bed.
Feb 14 At home reading & writing most of the day as it was very hot. I went messages to the shop.
Feb 15 At home doing very little odds & ends about the house. Another hot day. I went to the shop, rung up R.A. Eaton. He was from home. Mrs. Eaton said if I rung up at lunch time tomorrow I might get him. I received a letter from Mr. Tovey. I conducted Ladies Church Help choir practice in our church at 7.30 p.m., some of the Kedron ladies were present. We had our usual practice later.
Feb 16 At home, a lovely cloudy, cool day. I dug up a lot of ground in our garden. Went to the shop twice, rung up R.A. Eaton and made an appointment to meet in his office at 10 a.m. tomorrow. I posted M.J.’s letter to cousin Hanna. Joe & Harold called on their way home to wish me many happy returns of my birthday which occurs tomorrow, they thought it was today.
Feb 17 I went to town with Harold & Dulcie this morning and killed time till 10 a.m, my appointment with Mr. R.A. Eaton. He was attending a funeral & had rung up to Hughie to let me know. I arranged to call 11.15 a.m. Met Bro Eaton in his office, gave him all particulars of the trouble between Bro Tovey & myself. He promised to see Tovey & arrange an appointment with us & he would send me word when & where we would meet. I done some shopping & got home 12.55 p.m. Fanny spent the day with us. Hector had dinner with us. Eddie called this morning. Joan & Jessie, Betty, Joe & Harold, that is 3 of our children & 5 grandchildren called with presents & wished me many happy returns of my birthday. I am 78 years old today, & thank God well & strong for my age. I attended a meeting in our Church this evening.
Feb 18 At home, burned a lot of grass, weed & rubbish in our yard & done odd jobs. Joe & Beckie called this evening & brought me a birthday present & wished me many happy returns of yesterday (my birthday). I went to the shop & rung up to enquire for Mr. Cuthbert, he is now able to sit up & is getting along nicely.
Feb 19 I went to the shop this morning posted a letter from M.J. to Mrs. Maloney. Keith & his mate Arthur Wallis called to see us for a few minutes this morning. I conducted a practice of some anthems by Ladies Choir in Kedron Church for the forthcoming Conference.
Feb 20 At home all day. M.J. was too poorly to be alone. Alex, Jessie & Joan came from a.m. service to see M.J. Jim Wayper came with Alex later. We retired about 10.30 p.m. M.J. said she thought she would be alright in the morning as the pains had passed away.
Feb 21 I was awoke about 4 a.m. by M.J. being up looking at the time & complaining of being too warm, but I found she was very cold all over. I put her into bed, then got Mr. Reid to ring up the Doctor (Mrs Reid applied hot water bottle & done what they could) & he arrived about 4.30 a.m. (Dr. Sydney Page). He prescribed and said not to be alarmed he would keep an eye to her. Alex & Mary went for the medicine. After two doses of medicine she seemed no better. A second Doctor called & said there was no hope of her recovery, as her heart was just worn out. Rev. J. Murray called & had prayer. She was conscious to the last & said she had no pain and passed away about 2 p.m. Doctor Sydney Page came at 2.30 p.m. He expected her to last about 24 hours. All our family arrived and many others. Hughie & I went to the Cemetery and arranged for funeral tomorrow afternoon after service in our Church [commenced] at 3 p.m. to the Lutwyche Cemetery. I can’t say how many relatives & friends came with sympathy & comforting words. Rev. R.S.C. Dingle came with comforting words & prayer also Rev. J. Murray. We have been married 50 years 8th of March last and God has been with us blessing us with health & happiness and our love for God and for each other increased with our age. We have been resigned to God’s will in the past and though I have sustained the greatest loss during my life God has enabled me to say His Will be done. Fanny stayed with me tonight.
Feb 22 “At Fairfield”. 10.30 p.m. Fanny and I got up early and straightened things up in the house. Cannon & Cripps attended to funeral requirements yesterday evening and arranged to come out at 2.30 p.m. today. A great many relatives, friends & neighbours called & many letters & telegrams were received. Cousin W. McClintock arrived from Woombye. At 3p.m. service commenced in the church which could not accommodate near all who attended. Revs. Murray & Greenwood conducted the services at Church & Cemetery where there was a large attendance. After the funeral several of our family returned with me. Fanny & I remained & got my things packed up & Percy called for us about 10 p.m. & brought us home to “Fairfield” where I intend staying a few weeks, after which it is arranged I will live with Alex & Mary at Chermside where my necessary furniture has been taken.
Feb 23 At “Fairfield”. With Percy & family. Received another great number of letters of sympathy including one from Mr. B. Tovey. Mr. Adam Pringle of Woombye died. Miss M.I. Dinning, daughter of the late Rev. W. Dinning of Hill End S.Brisbane died. I arranged that where I would live with any of my family I would pay not less than 20/- a week, though all & each of them made me welcome to live with them regardless of pay. Very hot day.
Feb 24 At “Fairfield”. At home reading most of the day. I received 15 letters of sympathy today. Very hot day.
Feb 25 At home resting, reading & we received a lot more letters of sympathy. Percy drove Fanny & I to Chermside on his way in to Conference meeting. Clara & Beckie met us at the house & sorted a lot of the things & we arranged to meet again next Tuesday. Hughie took my tools from the house. He rung up R. Eaton re Tovey, he had not seen him. Percy called for us on his way home & Joe came for Clara & Beckie. Very hot day.
Feb 26 At home taking things easy. We received more letters of sympathy today. Jim, Clara & family & Hector, Doris & family came to see us this evening. Joe drove Harold & I to “Clear Mountain” this afternoon it was a lovely drive & there is a wonderful view. Not quite so hot today.
Feb 27 At home all day. Alex & family & Miss Gwen Menerey came to see us for a short time this afternoon. We received several letters today.
Feb 28 At “Fairfield”. At home reading writing ec. Received several letters of sympathy. I sent one to Mrs. Pringle, Woombye & one to Mrs. Dinning (senr) of Hill End S.Brisbane. Percy’s boy Allen Baker had an accident with Milk Cart & nearly all milk was lost. Vernie took the motor truck. He, Allen & I got milk at Mr. Williamson, got things fixed up & Allen done his round.
Mar 1 Percy drove Fanny & I to Chermside & we met Clara & Beckie there, they sorted a lot of the things. Percy called for us on his way home. Joe came for Clara & Beckie. We got a lot more letters. Posted letter to New Zeland Insurance Co. with cheque, payment for insurance on our furniture & violin.
Mar 2 Home all day doing odd jobs about the house, reading writing ec. Posted J.E. Reid’s cheque to Bank. Lovely cool weather.
Mar 3 At “Fairfield”. Percy drove Fanny & I to Chermside. We called at the shop & saw May & Eddie, met Clara & Beckie at the house. May gave me several more letters. Hector called at the house & showed us the Cards & Return Thanks, also an advertisement to be put in Saturday’s “Telegraph” & “Courier Mail”. Beckie & he undertook to address all cards & post them. Eddie drove Fanny & I home, Joe came & drove Clara & Beckie home. Joan & Murial brought letters to us while we were at the house. Mr. Bert Walton called at the house & expressed their sympathy. Got 2 more letters when we got home.
Mar 4 At home. I rung up R. Eaton re Tovey. He had not seen him but would see him next Lodge night & talk the matter over with him & let me know the result. I gave him Percy’s phone number. Vernie drove Pat. [Hanafy] & I to Chermside this evening & I conducted the Monthly Orchestra practice. 10 performers present. Hughie, Alex & Hector were present.
Mar 5 At home all day. Hughie & Muriel came out after dinner, he brought me some letters & messages of sympathy, also statement & cheque from H.C. Wood, & one from Land Tax department asking me to forward to them Sale note of the property I sold to Mary H. Hamilton for inspection which they would return under registered cover. Hughie, Murial & I went fishing from the steep bank, only caught a few small catfish.
Mar 6 At home all day. Percy, Fanny & family attended the Memorial service held in the Chermside Methodist Church this evening, nearly all our relations were present. I did not feel fit to attend, the church was crowded.
Mar 7 I got up early & after the usual little odds & ends about the house were done, Vernie drove Fanny & I to Chermside. We got there about 11.30 a.m. I posted Wood’s cheque to the Bank. Vernie helped me to pack a lot of my books in boxes. Clara & Beckie came at dinner time & helped to fix things up. Vernie drove to work at 2.30 p.m. & came for us at 6.45 p.m. I gave Hughie M.J.’s Will & my Will, also Sale Note of Rode Road house to Mary H. Hamilton to be forwarded to Commissioner of Taxes for inspection, by his request. Hughie promised to send it in by registered post. I met Mr. Wilshire at the shop. He has got behind with his payments to Watson for laying on water to “Burnie Brae” and asked me to see them about the water.
Mar 8 At home pottering about. Vernie drove me to Choir practice this evening at Chermside. I received several letters of sympathy today. Jack & Janie called here before I went to Chermside & I gave Janie J.A. Smith’s rent to Mar 4th.
Mar 9 I went with Percy to Sandgate this afternoon & called to see Maggie. I waited there till Percy called for me after doing his round. I got a pair of dark glasses in Sandgate for 9d. We had a narrow escape of a serious accident on our way home as the stearing gear got out of order & the truck jumped over the side of a culvert, dropped about two feet six inches & turned around. Mr. Redman’s baker truck driver assisted us & we got it fixed up in about ¾ of an hour & drove home.We got a ring up after tea from Harold to say his car stuck up in Barry Parade. Joe, Vernie & I motored in & got it fixed, we all got home at 10.30pm.
Mar 10 At “Fairfield”. After the usual morning jobs Fanny & I got ready & Percy drove us to catch the 9.30 a.m. bus to Chermside. We called at Hughie’s shop, saw Hughie, May & Alex & others, got heels of Maggie’s shoes cut down at Mr. Mohr’s, met Clara & Beckie at the house. We got a lot more of our things packed up. Joe came for Clara & Beckie & Hughie drove Fanny & I home. Hector called and seen us at the house.
Mar 11 At home all day cleaning out the old workshop ec. A few light showers.
Mar 12 I went as far as Hughie’s shop with Haold this morning. Hughie drove me to town & we called on F. Atthow & got instructions how to act in accordance with M.J.’s Will. We called on Sankey Frazer. Hughie got his sight tested. I had dinner with May & Hughie, then Eddie, Hughie, Murial & I got to “Fairfield” at 2 p.m. in Hughie’s car. We got a boat at Jack Riley’s & went fishing till 6 p.m. We caught some Perch & Crabs & had a pleasant time together. Murial caught the largest fish.
Mar 13 Vernie drove me to the morning service this morning at Chermside. 25 in Choir & orchestra. Mrs. & Miss Hough & a Miss McCawley paid a visit here today, arrived about 10 a.m. & Joe drove them home about 5.30 p.m. Jim, Clara & family called & had tea with us. There was a thunder storm & good shower while they were here.
Mar 14 At “Fairfield”. I sent payment for Maggie’s Methodist Times with Harold this morning, it pays to the end of this year.
Mar 15 Fanny & I went to Chermside by bus this morning. I called at the shop & saw Hughie & Eddie. I gave Hughie papers with particulars of documents which are placed in the Q.N. Bank Valley for safe keeping ec also other papers. I called on Mrs. Wilshire re boy for Percy, also on Taylor re his boy, neither could come. Clara & Beckie met us at the house. Uncle Hugh met me at the shop & came with me & we had a pleasant hour together. We got a lot of the things sorted out. I sold the lino on the breakfast room & kitchen to Mr. Laws for 10/-. Joe came for Clara & Beckie, Fanny & I had tea with Alex & Mary & we attended Ladies practice at 7.30 & Choir practice at 8 p.m. Over 30 present. Mr. S. Harris gave me Lodge cheque for ₤15 Funeral expenses.
Mar 16 At home all day doing little odds & ends in & about the house. I posted Lodge cheque & Hughie’s cheque to the Bank.
Mar 17 At “Fairfield”. I rode with Harold as far as Hughie’s shop this morning & went to town by bus & train & attended Public Curator sale of property. Mr. Humphreys, Hall St. Chermside property was offered & passed in at ₤95-0-0. Mr. Mohr was there & gave me a ride home to Rode Road where Fanny, Beckie, Clara, May & both Mary’s met. Alex gave me a cheque he got from [ ] Argo ₤6-0-0 to cover cheque I paid to F. Atthow Feb 17th for Transfer ec. ₤5-18.
Mar 18 At home doing general little jobs about the house.
Mar 19 I went to Chermside after dinner and got a lot of our things ready for removing. Clara & Beckie packed a lot of the crockery, glassware ec. Jim brought Packer & Begree’s big truck & Hughie, Eddie & Alex assisted him to remove the furniture ec. I require to Alex & Mary’s place where I have arranged to live later on. The organ was taken to Hughie’s place for safe keeping till sold. Our family all met & purchased a considerable amount of the furniture & other things among them, the remainder will be sold later on.
Mar 20 I went to Chermside by bus & attended a.m. service at Chermside. Joe & Beckie met me after service & drove me to their place for dinner. We attended a very pleasant meeting in the Kedron Church this afternoon when Dr. Fowls conducted the inductions of the new Methodist Hymn Book. I had tea with Joe & Beckie & Joe drove me home.
Mar 21 At “Fairfield”. At home all day doing odd jobs, reading writing ec. Some good showers
Mar 22 I went to Chermside by the 9.30 a.m. bus & Fanny came by the 10.40 bus. I called at the shop, saw Hughie. I waited at the place till Mr. John A. Scott called for me to accompany him while he valued “Burnie Brae” & “Rinswah”. Clara, Beckie, Fanny, Eddie, Mr. Scott & I all had dinner at the Rode Road house, then Mr. S. & I went to “Burnie Brae” & from there to the Nundah house “Rinswah”. We got back about 3.30 p.m. & had afternoon tea. It took a long time to get all the particulars that Mr. S. required. Mr. & Mrs. Bell who are going to rent the house, called & had a look through, then asked me to leave the window blinds & they would pay 2/- each for them. We got all the lino lifted & rolled up & a lot more of things packed up. Joe came for Beckie & Clara. Fanny & I had tea with Alex & Mary & we attended Choir practice. Vernie came to attend practice & drove us home. Heavy showers.
Mar 23 At home all day doing very little except reading. Some good heavy showers.
Mar 24 At “Fairfield”. Fanny & I went to Chermside by the 9.30 bus & spent the day packing things & cleaning the place up at Rode Road house. Clara & Beckie met us there & we had a busy day. Hector called after dinner time, we had a good many callers & we sold some of the furniture ec. Several heavy showers during the day. Joe came for Beckie & Clara. Percy came for Fanny & I.
Mar 25 I rung up R. Eaton re B. Tovey. He said he had written to him & expected him to call & see him at any time. I rung up Joe Packer & asked him to advertise the furniture for sale in Saturday & Mondays “Telegraph”. Apply to Hugh Hamilton Motor Body Works Chermside.
Mar 26 I went to Chermside with Harold this morning met Eddie at Hughie’s shop, we went to the house, brought a lot of the things to Hughie’s paint shop & to Alex place. I had dinner with Alex & Mary. Jim brought Packer & Begree’s big truck & took 2 loads of the furniture to Hughie’s shed at his house then brought all Fanny’s things out here & took Clara & Beckie’s things to their places. Clara, Beckie & Fanny all turned up & we swept out the house. Eddie took all the last of my things to Alex & Mary’s place. Joe Packer drove Fanny & I home. I arranged with Mrs. Fowler to give the house a good cleaning next week. The joint of my big toe on right foot troubled me today. Some showers.
Mar 27 Vernie drove Fanny & I to a.m. service at Chermside. Church near full, 30 in Choir & Orchestra. My toe rather painful.
Mar 28 At “Fairfield”. At home all day. I got Vernie to post a letter to New Zealand Insurance Co. & one to Cannon & Cripps with cheque for a/c. Percy took a letter with cheque to Maggie for me. The joint of my toe very painful all day & foot swollen. Joe drove me to Dr.Cummings this evening, he said it is Gout. He put a plaster on the joint & prescribed medicine & ordered me to go to bed & not to try to go about. He would drive out & see me if necessary. Some showers.
Mar 29 At home all day laying about with sore foot, the pain not quite so bad as yesterday. Fanny rang Hughie up. Reading most of the day. Beckie rang up to inquire for me. Percy brought my medicine from Sandgate. Heavy showers, rained most of the night.
Mar 30 I lay at home all day reading. Hector rung up to inquire for me. Beckie rung up to inquire for me. Very dull wet day.
Mar 31 At “Fairfield”. At home all day nursing my foot & reading. Fanny rung up Dr. Cummings & let him know my foot is improving, he said to continue resting it. Beckie rung up to inquire for me. Very dull showery day.
Apr 1 Laying about all day resting my foot which is improving. Very bright warm day
Apr 2 I went to Chermside with Harold this morning, called at the shop & Hughie drove me to the state school where we cast our votes, State elections & called on Alex, Mary & on May. Harold brought me home. After dinner I went to Sandgate with Percy & Fanny & spent a few hours with Maggie while they were at Flower Show. I saw Eddie at Chermside & he fixed up rent book for Mr. Bell in Rode Road house. I got letter from cousin M.A. Prentice, Mr. H.C. Wood cheque for rent & rate notice for Bridge St. Dust storm & very warm day.
Apr 3 I went to morning service with Percy, Fanny & the others at Brighton. It was an induction service admitting Harold Carseldine as a local preacher and presenting him with a certificate to that effect. Uncle Willie & Rhoda came to see us this afternoon for a short time. Mr.& Mrs. W. Heath & family (2) & Mrs. [Curady] came & had tea with us. I was able to wear my boot on bad foot.
Apr 4 At “Fairfield”. At home all day doing odd jobs, reading & writing letters ec. I posted letter to cousin M.A. Prentice & one to Arnold Bishop & one to Bank. Bro Walter Eldridge member of [P.A.F.I.O.A.] was buried at Nundah Cemetery at 3 p.m.
Apr 5 I posted sympathy card to Mr. I..J. Williams, Bald Hills, on account of the death of his father-in-law Bro Walter Eldridge. Vernie drove me to Chermside Church this evening where our Choir & Orchestra met & we all drove to Herston Methodist Church & gave a concert at their 15th anniversary. Rev Watkinson presided & Mrs. Watkinson attended, there was a good attendance and the concert was highly appreciated. We got home 11.30 p.m.
Apr 6 I posted letter to Mr. B. Tovey & one with cheque to Bank. I rung up J.1446 in answer to advt. for furniture & arranged for him to inspect mine that is stored at Hughie’s shed tomorrow morning.
Apr 7 At “Fairfield”. I went to Chermside with Harold this morning, called at the shop & saw Hughie & Eddie, went to “Lamont” & saw May & had morning tea with her. She went to Zillmere at 10 a.m. to ladies meeting. I remained till 11.30, as a man had promised to look at my furniture but did not turn up till afternoon. He promised to make an offer by phone tomorrow. I had dinner with Alex & the girls and Hector. Mary was away at Zillmere meeting. I had tea with Hughie & family & got home with Harold. I posted receipt to Mr. J.E. Reid. Several showers.
Apr 8 At home all day done little odd jobs about the house, rested most of the day.
Apr 9 At home. Hughie, Murial & Eddie came after dinner time & we went to J. Riley’s & hired a boat & spent the afternoon fishing. It was windy & rough we caught a few small whiting & bream. Harold got a new Babie “Singer” motorcar. Jim & family came to see us this evening. Jim, Harold & I had a drive in the new car. Hughie & Eddie took most of my things to Alex as I intend going there to live tomorrow.
Apr 10 Vernie drove me to a.m. service at Chermside. He brought the remainder of my things to Alex & Mary’s where I am remaining. 27 in Choir a.m., 12 p.m.
Apr 11 At Duff Street Chermside which is to be my home in future. I went to the shop this morning & rung up the Globe furnishing Co. re their promise to make an offer for my furniture, they had forgot, & now promised to do so within a half an hour, but did not do so. I went & sorted some of the furniture in the shed, then spent most of the day sorting my books & papers in my desk & drawers. I fixed up two hat & coat racks in my room. Hector & Doris called this evening & I settled with him for the sympathy cards & other expenses. Alex & Mary refused to accept more than 20/- per week for my board & lodgings.
Apr 12 I rung up Globe furnishing Co. & they said the furniture would not be suitable & they made no offer. I spent most of the day sorting things in my room. Hughie drove me to see Mr. B. Tovey this evening about 6 p.m. He came out to the car & done his best to make me accept his offer of settlement for balance of purchase of the property I sold him, which offer is about ₤65 less than contract price. When I refused he called me a liar & a rogue & many other things. I offered to refund all his instalments with interest, Rates, Insurance, Improvements & any expenses if he is willing to pay me a rent of 25/- per week while he has occupied the place & he refused the offer & preferred going to Law to compel me to reduce the price. I attended choir practice after which we had a social to farewell Miss .C. Scarr whose marriage to Adolph Salmon is to take place in the Ann St. Methodist Church by The Rev R.S.C. Dingle on Saturday 16th inst. I presented a clock to her on behalf of the choir & orchestra. There was a good attendance & we had a pleasant time. A few showers.
Apr 13 At home all day sorting things up in boxes & bookcase ec.
Apr 14 At Duff Street At home all day. I packed up timber, boxes ec in their places & cleaned things up under the house. Hughie, May & family went to Redcliffe this evening to spend holidays, May intends staying till 25 inst. They invited me to go with them, but I am waiting till Tuesday next, after the rush.
Apr 15 At home all day taking it easy. Hector & Doris called this evening & took me home with them to have tea & stay the night as they are driving to Toowoomba tomorrow & want me to go with them. Joe & his family are going also.
Apr 16 At Hectors home. We got up early & met Joe at Kedron at 6.15 a.m., left Kedron & got to Toowoomba about 9.40 a.m., had a drive through the town then went to Picnic Point & had our lunch, after which we drove through Drayton & about 16 miles along the Warwick road then back to Picnic Point had afternoon tea there, then had a look through the public gardens & left for home about 4.25 p.m. & got home 6.45 p.m. We travelled 243 miles, it was a lovely day.
Apr 17 I attended a.m. & p.m. services. 15 in choir a.m. not enough to render anthem this evening. Alex drove his family, Gwen Menery & I to see Maggie this afternoon & came home by Bald Hills & called in to see Percy & Fanny. Fanny & Mrs. G. Carseldine attended our evening service. Squally thunder storm about midnight.
Apr 18 At home all day pottering about reading ec. Hector & family called at 6.30 a.m. & took Jessie & Joan with them to Redland Bay. They arrived home about 6.30 p.m. & listened in till about 7.50 p.m. They gave us a lot of custard apples & 2 nice sand crabs.
Apr 19 Alex drove his family, Gwen Menerey & I to Redcliffe at 10 a.m. where I intend spending a few days with May & Murial & Mrs. Jackson & Erin. They are in Mr. Cuthbert’s house. I have a cold.
Apr 20 At Redcliffe.
Apr 21 At Redcliffe
Apr 22 At Redcliffe
Apr 23 I came home from Redcliffe this morning at 7.15 a.m. with Mr. & Mrs. Jackson & Erin, after a pleasant time although the fishing was no good.
Apr 24 At Duff Street (Home) I remained home all day resting as I have a cold & not very well. 17 in choir a.m., 15 p.m.
Apr 25 At Duff Street At home resting, my cold not much better. I went with Alex & his family & Gwen Menerey to Percy & Fanny’s at 3.15 p.m. We had a very pleasant afternoon & musical evening. Rev Mr. & Mrs. Phillips were there for tea. Mrs. G. Carseldine, Jim, Clara & family were with us also, we got home a little after 11 p.m.
Apr 26 At home taking things easy. I attended choir practice. Thunder storm not much rain, cold windy night.
Apr 27 I went to the shop & looked after it this morning while Hughie went & brought Mr. A. Hartley out for the day, he has recovered after a severe operation but is very weak. I went up to see him after dinner time & had a long talk with him.
Apr 28 At Home. I spent most of the morning at the shop. Hector had dinner with us. I gave him a letter authorising the Manager of Q.N. Bank Valley to let him have deeds ec, which my Solicitor requires to get particulars off for succession & valuation purposes. I also gave him money to bank. He intends calling at the bank Saturday morning next & giving the documents to Mr. F. Atthow, Solicitor.
Apr 29 I posted letter to Janie Wayper with cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments. I spent a while in the shop rung up Beckie & had a chat to her, she promised to explain to the Rev R.S.C. Dingle why some of us cannot attend his Garden Party tomorrow, but sent donations. I got a letter from Mr. Dalton re going to Burleigh with them on Saturday May 7th.
Apr 30 I spent a while in the shop this morning. Got a letter with receipt from Janie. Harry happened an accident when riding his bike, he is now recovering. I went with Hughie & family to Nundah & saw the wonderful Procession commemorating the centenary of the first free white settlers in Queensland, then called Zions Hill German Station now called Nundah.
May 1 I attended a.m. & p.m. services. 29 in Choir a.m. & 18 p.m.
May 2 Hughie called about 6.30 a.m. & took Mr. W. Jackson & I to the Pine for a days fishing. We got a boat at J. Riley’s & went up to the Junction, we caught a few small fish & 3 mud crabs. We had a very pleasant day on the river & I bought some nice crabs from Mr. Riley got home about 6.15 p.m. The Sunday School Picnic was held at the church & adjoining grounds. Heavy showers at Chermside, none at the Pine River.
May 3 I went to the shop for a while this morning then went to see May. Choir practice was put off on account of the Picnic yesterday & last night. I rung up Mrs. Dalton & let her know Eddie would drive us to Burleigh next Saturday morning. She said that would suit them first class. Our Orchestra went to Moggil this evening and played with the Sunday School children singing at their anniversary service & they played a few selections conducted by Mr. Bert Walton. I went & enjoyed listening. Mr. T.J. Ballinger of Brighton Sandgate died.
May 4 I went to town by bus & train this morning, called & had a long chat to the Manager of the Bank (Mr. Golden) re trouble with Mr. Tovey. I got the Policy for insurance on the Stainer Violin which was in the Bank and had it endorsed in Hughie’s favour & left it in insurance office. I notified them of M.J’s. death & promised to send them Policies for endorsement. I let them know the furniture has been disposed of. I handed to Mr. F. Atthow our marriage certificate & Cannon & Cripps receipt for funeral expenses, also told him I had received ₤15 from the Lodge.
May 5 I went to the shop this morning & read the paper till Hector called & drove me home for dinner.
May 6 I got the 8.40 a.m. bus to Bald Hills, had dinner with Percy & Fanny, went to Sandgate with Percy, called on Mr. John A. Scott & on J. Wayper, then had afternoon tea with sister Maggie & caught the Sandgate to Lutwyche Tram Terminus Bus at 3.25 got home about 4p.m. I got H.C. Woods letter with cheque. I posted sympathy card to Mrs. T.J. Ballinger & cheque to the bank. Got my things all packed up ready to go to Burleigh Heads with Mr. & Mrs. Dalton tomorrow morning for a fortnight holidays.
May 7 Eddie & Keith called for me this morning about 7 o’clock & drove Mr. & Mrs. Dalton & I to Burleigh Heads, we arrived about 10.45a.m. Eddie, Keith & I went fishing & caught a few small bream ec just enough for one meal.
May 8 Eddie & Keith went home after dinner. Mr. & Mrs. Dalton & I attended Mothers Day p.m. service in the Methodist Church, the children took part in the service, there was a fair attendance & a good service but very few men attended.
May 9 At “Burleigh”
May 10 At “Burleigh”
May 11 At “Burleigh”
May 12 At “Burleigh”
May 13 At “Burleigh”
May 14 At “Burleigh”
May 15 Mr. & Mrs. Dalton & I attended p.m. service in the Methodist Church, it was a very fine service but very few men attended.
May 16 At “Burleigh”
May 17 At “Burleigh”
May 18 At “Burleigh”
May 19 At “Burleigh”
May 20 At “Burleigh
May 21 At “Burleigh”. Eddie & Herbert arrived here about 10.40a.m. to take us all home tomorrow morning. Eddie, Herbie & I went to the creek fishing & caught enough for one meal. We got most of our things packed up ready to go home in the morning. While I have been at Burleigh I have received letters from Leila, Jessie, Joan, Clara, Beckie, Fanny & little Hughie. I caught about 65 fish little and big, the heaviest about 2lbs. Heavy rain through the night.
May 22 We started for home at 10.15, called at Len Dalton’s place at Holland Park & arrived at Mr. Dalton’s home at Clayfield 12.15 and Chermside before 1p.m. Alex and family had just returned from morning service, we found all well. Thank God for the lovely time we have had. Rain set in today.
May 23 At Duff St Chermside. At home, I spent a while at Hughie’s shop this morning, he gave me all rent money & letters he received while I was away. Rain last night & showery today.
May 24 At home all day. Very heavy rain last night & most of today, very dark all day. A combined meeting of our circuit was held in the Kedron church this evening By Centenary John Wesley. I did not attend, there was no Choir practice. 9.30p.m. still raining. Rained nearly all night.
May 25 At home, showery all day & very dark. 9.30p.m. still raining. I fixed a tail piece on violin & Jessie, Joan & I had a good practice. Hughie & May came after tea & May & Mary practiced some Alexander Hymns.
May 26 At home all day. Hector had dinner with us. I got a letter & a/c from Watson Brothers Pty. Ltd. stating Mr. H.M. Wilshire had failed to keep up his payments for water extension put in by them & asking me to protect them, which I intend doing. Heavy rain nearly all through last night, creek flooded. A lot of new work in Duff Street washed away. Rained most of today.
May 27 At home. I rung up Watson Brothers & let them know that I would protect them in regard to Mr. Wilshire’s default. I asked them to let me know the exact balance of a/c for cash. Weather cleared up about 1p.m.
May 28 At home. I went to the shop for a while this morning, then to the Church & sorted some of the music. After that I went to see May & I had a look at our sewing machine which Mrs. W. Dalton intends buying. Harold Carseldine called & drove me out to Fairfield this afternoon. I had dinner & tea there. Jim, Clara & family came out & I got home with them. Cloudy but not much rain.
May 29 I attended a.m. & p.m. services 30 in Choir am ., 16 pm. Joe, Beckie & family called to see us at 4.15p.m. to say farewell before leaving for Adelaide, Sydney & Melbourne. They intend leaving by train at 11a.m. tomorrow. Fine day.
May 30 I went to town this morning, called on Miss Allen, teacher of violin & piano Bowen Bridge Road near Rosemount Hospital & got particulars re Joan going to her as a pupil for violin. I called & saw Mr. Dalton at Spencer Bros. I had a talk with Mr. Moffit also. I called on Mr. F. Atthow & signed some documents & brought others home for Hughie, Eddie & I to sign in the presence of a J.P. I got home about 12.15. Lovely fine sunshiney day.
May 31 I went to the shop for a while this morning, then done some reading & writing & odds & ends about home. I attended choir practice.
Jun 1 I went to the shop this morning & arranged with Hughie & Eddie that we would sign the documents this afternoon. We drove to Mr. J. Early’s after dinner & he witnessed our signatures on the documents. I posted cheque to bank. Mary & Alex took Joan & introduced her to Miss Allen and arranged for Joan to commence next Tuesday morning taking music lessons on the violin. Cold night.
Jun 2 I went to town this morning & returned all the documents to Mr. F. Atthow he said they were all in order & he thought they would go through alright. Mrs. Dalton happened to come out on the train that I came home on, she came to inspect the sewing machine. We got home about 11a.m. Joan made tea for us as her Mother & Jessie were in town. We then went to Mary’s & had a look at the machine & Mrs. D. decided to purchase it for 50/-. Hughie to send it to her place by Brice’s delivery next week, her to pay cartage. Hector had dinner with us. I gave Mr. F. Murr some eugarie for bait. I met Mrs. Criss Murr there.
Jun 3 Joan & I drove to Sandgate this morning. We had dinner with Maggie & I called to see Jack Wayper & sent J.A. Smith’s instalments to Janie. We left here about 9.30a.m. & returned about 3.30p.m. Lovely fine day.
Jun 4 At home all day doing odd jobs and reading. I posted Wood’s cheque to the bank.
Jun 5 I attended a.m. & p.m. service 23 in Choir a.m. & 12 p.m.
Jun 6 At home, I spent a while in the shop & took things easy most of the day.
Jun 7 I went to town this morning. Joan commenced taking music lessons on the violin from Miss Allen, Bowen Bridge Road, Windsor. I banked money, got paint at L. Spencers for Hughie, called & had dinner & tea with Jim & Clara & Jim drove me home. I attended Choir practice.
Jun 8 At home fixing things up under the house & in the shed. I lent my Wallaby Jack to the road men to raise Alex front fence. Les Harris got one of Alex secondhand stumps to put under the back of King St house. I asked him to get a good 6” x 6” sawn gate-post & fix it up for Alex gate. He promised to do the job. Mrs. I. Granthem rung up & said she had some sacred music books she would give me if they would be of any use. She arranged to bring them here next Sunday week 19th inst. in the afternoon. She had not heard of my wife’s death & expressed her great sympathy.
Jun 9 At home doing odd little jobs, reading, writing ec. Hector had dinner with us & arranged for me to go fishing with him to Hay’s Inlet next Saturday afternoon. I gave Eddie our old block, he made a hickory top for my short fishing rod. I attended progress meeting in the School of Arts this evening.
Jun 10 At home. I spent a while in the shop this morning & helped Les Harris to fix Alex double gate. I put mountings and bindings on the fishing rod top that Eddie made for me. I attended the monthly meeting of the United Protestant Party in the Congregational Church Rode Road.
Jun 11 I went to the shop this morning, got washers to put on Alex gate-hook hinges, cabbage from Chadders and a “Courier Mail”. Varnished the lappings on the point of my fishing rod. Mr. Taylor of Northgate called & gave me a price for painting Bridge St house, W.C. & front fence, 3 coats where required, ₤15-10-0. Hector, Lindsie & I went to Hay’s Inlet fishing this afternoon. There was a very cold wind and it was too rough for to do any good. The waves were splashing into our boat so we drove home early.
Jun 12 I attended a.m. service 26 in Choir. Hughie, May & I attended the anniversary service in the Kedron church this afternoon at 3p.m. The Hamilton Methodist Choir gave a musical service, there was a fair attendance & good programme conducted by Mr. Stone. I met Mrs. Thomson? (Mr. Fovey’s daughter). Very dark, cold & showery day.
Jun 13 Holiday, Kings Birthday. At home all day. Repaired partition in stable & done odd little jobs. Done some writing & reading. I posted sympathy card to the Rev J. Prowse whose wife was cremated this morning. Hector & Doris called to see us for a few minutes this afternoon. I attended the quarterly meeting of our Lodge, about 40 present. Cloudy day not much rain.
Jun 14 At home. I spent a while at the shop & the rest of the day at home reading ec. I went to choir practice this evening but no one turned up as it was wet weather. Light showers.
Jun 15 At home. I called at the shop & then sorted out the furniture that I have stored in Hughie’s shed. I got a registered letter from the City Council re rates owing on two allotments at the Hamilton Road which I had sold to Mr. J.C.S. McGregor July 17th 1928 & which I had not repossesed.
Jun 16 At home, I spent a while at the shop. Hector had dinner with us. Eddie’s Mary called this afternoon & left her instalment book for me to fix it up like my duplicate book. Lovely warm day
Jun 17 I spent a while at the shop this morning & the rest of the day at home reading & taking things easy. One heavy shower about 4 p.m.
Jun 18 I went to the shop this morning for a while then done odd jobs about the house and cut firewood out of saplings that were growing in the yard. Hector called & let us know that Mrs. Packer (Snr) was very low and they had wired for Joe to come home who was down south on business ec. Very cold night.
Jun 19 I attended a.m. & p.m. service, 27 in Choir a.m. 18 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Granthem called to see us this afternoon & brought us a lot of music books, Hymns, Anthems & Contata books. They had afternoon tea and Alex drove them to the tram. Joe, Beckie & the boys got home about 5p.m. Cold day
Jun 20 I got Dolly’s shoes removed, fixed a good strong feed-box in her stable & done other odd jobs. I rung up Beckie this morning to inquire for Mrs. Packer (Snr). She was bright this morning when Joe called on her & she inquired about all her relations in Adelaide. Very cold westerly wind all day.
Jun 21 I went to the shop this morning & then I went to town. Banked money, called on Isles Love & Co. & got J.E.Reid’s stamped Sale Note of allotments next to our Church which he purchased March 1926. I called at Bank of Australia Chambers to see Mr. Miller, the lift man said he had left. I might find him at O’Mara & Robinson Commonwealth Bank Building. I called there, Mr. R promised to ask Mr. Miller to call on me. I went to see Hugh & Sarah & had dinner with them. I got home about 2.15p.m. I rung up Mr. N. Evans & let him know our orchestra would assist at their anniversary as he requested. I attended choir practice. Our orchestra went to assist in a concert at Bald Hills.
Jun 22 I looked after the shop this morning while Hughie was working in the paint shop & I went back for awhile after dinner. Our Circuit Social was held in the School of Arts this evening. I did not feel fit to attend so went to bed early.
Jun 23 At home. I cut firewood, set & sharpened crosscut & handsaw ec. Hector had dinner with us & I fixed up with him for rubber coat & asked him to get a 10in flat file for me. He will charge it on Hughie’s a/c & I will settle with Hughie. The Rev J. Murray called to see us this morning. Showery night
Jun 24 I went to the shop for an hour or two. I rung up Joe & inquired for his Mother, he said she was much brighter this morning. I cleaned & oiled three sets of harness after dinner. Very cloudy & showery day.
Jun 25 I went to the shop this morning. Harold had dinner with us. Alex & he polished the body of his new motor. I went to “Fairfield” with Harold & Mary (Bruce) & had tea with Percy & family. Harold brought us home about 9p.m. Eddie & Mary had dinner with us. I fixed up her instalment book. Jim, Clara & family were here when I came home from Bald Hills.
Jun 26 I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 28 in Choir a.m., 15 p.m. Joe came for me this afternoon & I called to see his Mother who is very low and can only talk in a whisper. She knew me & was quite conscious. I had tea with Joe & Beckie & Joe drove me home in time for me to attend church.
Jun 27 I went to the shop & read the paper for awhile, then came home & cleaned & oiled some old harness. I went to see May this afternoon, then to the church & sorted up a lot of music. I rung up Janie Wayper re insurance on “Rothsay”. Cold last night & today.
Jun 28 I went to the shop & read the news, then cleaned & greased the sulky & spring dray axles. I got Hughie to help me to put the big cedar safe that Fanny bought off me on the spring dray this afternoon, I intend taking it out to her tomorrow morning. I attended Choir practice.
Jun 29 I drove to Bald Hills in the spring dray & took the safe out there. I had dinner with Fanny & then called to see Mr. Prothers who is improving slowly. I got home at 3.20p.m. Very cloudy cold day.
Jun 30 I went to the shop & read the news. Jack Wayper called & measured Alex side verandah to give a price for glassing it in. I gave Janie Joe Smith’s instalments to June 25th, 19/11 by insurance receipt and 29/- by cash. I lent my wallaby jack to Jim Packer for W. Lenz to pull up some posts.
Jul 1 Alex, Jessie & I went to inspect a piano that Mr. A. Austen has for sale. Alex did not decide to buy it as I wanted to inspect one at Isles Love & Co. I went to town at 11am & got the policy of our furniture from the bank & gave it to Mr. F. Atthow as the Commissioner of Succession duty required it. I got a lapped steel D string for violin at King & Kings. I looked at 3 pianos at Isles Love & Co. but as the sale was going on I could not try them. Mr. Wickham was there and asked me to call next week & sign transfer of land to Mr. H. Wayper. I had lunch at Astors and got tram to Kedron P.O., got my hair cut at Kedron barber & home at 3.30p.m.
Jul 2 I went in the truck with Mr. Bishop to Nudgee this morning to collect vegetables ec from Messrs. Schultz’s & others for our Church Harvest Festival. After dinner I went with Alex to Stafford & we bought pineapples & tomatoes from Mr. Tom Chalk for the Festival. I gave Mr. W. Taylor a cheque for ₤5 being draw on a/c for painting house at Nundah. Keith called and paid instalment. I signed Transfer for sale of allotments in Chermside Township Estate to Mr. J.E. Reid. Jim Argo called in to see Alex this evening. Very cold westerly wind.
Jul 3 I attended a.m. & p.m. services, it is our church Harvest Festival services, 28 in choir a.m., 20 p.m. Uncle Willie & Rhoda called in to see us this afternoon. Coldest day for the past two years.
Jul 4 I went to the shop for a while. I rung up Jack Wayper & let him know I intend going to town next Wednesday & will call at Isles Love & Co. to sign Transfer of allotments in the Chermside Township Estate to him. Our church Harvest Festival Concert had to be put off on account of the rain, the Nundah choir was notified. Light rain all day, very dark & the coldest day on record.
Jul 5 At home all day taking things easy as I am not very well. I attended choir practice. Fine sunshiney day.
Jul 6 I went to town this morning, called at Isles Love & Co. & signed Transfer of allotments in the Chermside Township Estate to J.H. Wayper, in the presence of Mr. Armstrong J.P. I inspected three pianos in the sale room & met Mr. W. Cawes there & he recommended a “Beale” that is there. I got music books in Grice’s for Jessie. I left my dark glasses at Queen St. for repairs, got home at 12.15.
Jul 7 I spent a while at the shop this morning. Hector had dinner with us. I spent the afternoon reading & writing. Light rain commenced this morning & continued all night.
Jul 8 I went to town this morning, inspected a piano that Nagel & Co. advertised for sale. Mr. Nagel drove me to Grey St. West End to inspect it. He drove me back to his office & I gave him a cheque for ₤30 for it. I then met Mr. Kelly, Carrier, at Isles Love’s sale rooms & arranged for him to bring it out to Alex & Mary’s place Duff St., as it is them that are buying it. He is to bring it early tomorrow morning for 25/-. Eddie gave me the money, so I paid his insurance premium on car. Had lunch and got home at 1.40p.m.
Jul 9 Mr. Kelly (carrier) & his helper arrived here with the piano I bought yesterday before 8am & landed it without a scratch. Jessie & I drove to Sandgate after she gave her first pupil (Muriel Beckett) her first lesson on the organ. We had dinner with Maggie and I called to see Jack & Janie. We left here at 10.20 & got back at 3 p.m. Very cold South East wind.
Jul 10 I attended a.m. service, 25 in choir a.m., 18 p.m. It was the 12 of July celebration service in the City Hall, the best procession & largest attendance that has been. I did not attend as I did not feel well enough.
Jul 11 I drove to Nundah this morning & found that Mr. W. Taylor had finished painting the house & fence at Bridge St. and was away. I had a talk to Miss Butler (the tenant) re her purchasing the property for ₤450, she promised to let me know. I conducted orchestra practice in the church.
Jul 12 Mr. W.H. Taylor called this morning & I gave him a cheque for ₤10-13-0, being balance of his a/c for painting house at Bridge St. Nundah including front fence & one pane of glass. Eileen Gunston came in this afternoon & had a good practice at some marches ec with her violin. I attended choir practice.
Jul 13 At home, I spent a while at the shop. Very dark, cold & light rain all day.
Jul 14 I went to town this morning & took a violin bow to Mr. Tilse to be repaired. I paid him 3/6 & arranged for it to be called for tomorrow. I got an E string for the bass violin at a reduced price 8/- and half a dozen steel strings for 1/6 from him. I bought a hat for myself at Allen & Starks for 5/11. Got home at 11.45 a.m. Hector & Mrs. Horton had dinner with us. I got my dark glasses that were left for repairs at W. Carlton Smith & Co. no charge.
Jul 15 At home, I went to the shop for a while.
Jul 16 I went to the shop for a short time. I went to the church & sorted up a lot of the music. Victor called and had dinner with us. Keith called & gave me instalment for his Father. I conducted a practice of Glees at the Kedron church for the combined Ladies Church Help. Jim, Clara & family had tea with us.
Jul 17 I attended a.m. & p.m. services. 26 in choir a.m. & 20 p.m. Joe, Beckie & family called to see us this afternoon. Harold called and gave me the orchestra music for “Rolling Seasons” sent by Mr. N. Evans for our orchestra to assist in rendering at Sandgate 18th September next.
Jul 18 I got word this morning that the funeral of the late Mrs. G. Conrads snr (aged 87) would take place at 10a.m. from Sandgate to the Nundah Cemetery. I drove to the cemetery. I gave Mrs. G. Lemke a ride to there from the corner of Gympie & Rode Roads. After the service I gave her & L. Herman a ride home. Joan & I attended juvenile lodge concert in the School of Arts.
Jul 19 I spent a while at the shop. I attended choir practice.
Jul 20 I went to the shop for a while this morning. Mr. W. Dunns came to put in point for wireless & a power point for ironing ec. I went to town this afternoon, banked money & got passbook made up. Called on F. Atthow & got particulars how to make up income tax returns. I got the price of musical metronomes at Grices. I took Joe Carseldine’s clarionet to Mr. Hargreaves & left it for repairs, got home 4.45p.m. Mr. Hargreaves lent me a book on Violin Makers by Jacob A. Otto.
Jul 21 I went to the shop for a while this morning then made my income tax return out, also one as Executor of the Will of M.J. Hector had dinner with us.
Jul 22 At home. I posted cheque to bank, spent a while at the shop. Met Mr. Wilshire, he asked me to look at the fence which he will repair if I supply barbed wire. I inspected the fence with him & promised to supply the wire & some nails. I lent him a claw & chain for straining wire & bar for sinking holes & running. I gave him some nails.
Jul 23 I went to town this morning, bought some violin strings 1/7 & a metronome 42/6 at Harolds for Joan, she gave me the money. I got Joe Carseldine’s clarionet from Mr. A. Hargreaves which he has repaired 1/6. Mr. Hargreaves lent me two more books on original violin making. I got home about 10.45a.m. Herbie brought instalment. I gave him a lesson on the violin, holding & blowing.
Jul 24 I attended a.m. service. 21 in choir a.m., 15 p.m. Ted Smith & cousin Minnie called to see us this afternoon. Alex & Jessie were away visiting their daughter in the hospital, who has to undergo an operation. They got home before cousins left. Cold showery day.
Jul 25 I went to town this morning, paid insurance on King St. house, let Mr. F. Atthow peruse my income tax returns, he said they were in order. I delivered them at Taxation Office. I got a song book at Grices for Jessie. I then took the tram to Kurilpa to find where the Kurilpa Hall is, as Joan has to compete in violin solo at eistedford there this evening. I got home at 11.40a.m. Mary, Joan & I attended the eisteddfod. Joan came third. We got home about 10.40. Alex & I listened in till 1.20a.m. to test cricket played in England. Australia won by 2 runs & 5 wickets.
Jul 26 At home taking things easy reading writing ec. Eileen Gunston came this afternoon. Joan, Jessie & her had a good play on their violins & piano. I attended choir practice.
Jul 27 I went to the shop for a short time this morning, then got the 10a.m. bus to Kedron & spent the day with Beckie & Clara. I had dinner with Joe & Beckie & tea with Jim & Clara. Jim drove me home 8.30p.m.
Jul 28 I spent most of the morning reading the paper at the shop. Ted Smith & cousin Minnie called on their way home to Deagon this morning. Hector had dinner with us. Westerly wind & rain during the night.
Jul 29 I went to the shop for a short time this morning & got a piece of timber from Hughie to make a shelf for the wireless set. Received letter from H.C.Wood with cheque & rent statement. Eileen Gunston, Joan & Jessie had a good practice this afternoon. I cleared weeds & grass ec from around fruit trees in our yard. I posted H.C. Wood’s cheque to bank.
Jul 30 I spent a while at the shop this morning. Herbie & Norma came this morning, I gave Herbie a lesson on the violin. I done some weed cutting in the yard, wood splitting. Very strong, cold westerly wind last night & all day.
Jul 31 I attended a.m. service. 23 in choir a.m., 15 p.m.
Aug 1 At home. I conducted orchestra practice in the church this evening, 10 present.
Aug 2 I went to town this morning. Paid J.A. Smith’s insurance on his house, gave F.Atthow cheque ₤6-12-0. secession duty on M.J.H’s estate. I got music books for Jessie & Joan, rock sulphur for myself ec. Hughie & May drove to Tambourine & attended the funeral of Mr. A. Hartley, they returned this evening. I conducted choir practice.
Aug 3 I drove out to “Fairfield” this morning to stay with Percy & Fanny till tomorrow afternoon. I sent a cheque to Maggie with Percy, when he came home he told me she was well. The coldest morning we have had this Winter.
Aug 4 At “Fairfield” Bald Hills White frost out here this morning. I left for home about 3.15p.m. after a pleasant time at Fairfield. I got a letter from cousin Willie with cheque enclosed for ₤6-5-0, my half of interest from Mr. G.V. Wright on purchase of land on terms at Woombye.
Aug 5 At home. I posted letter to cousin Willie, acknowledging letter with cheque. I posted cheque to bank. I sorted music in the church. I attended our Sunday School concert held in the Chermside School of Arts Hall this evening. There was a good attendance & very good programme, proceeds about ₤6. I gave Janie Wayper J.A. Smith’s instalments to date ₤2-10-0. They were at the concert.
Aug 6 I spent a while at the shop, done a little clearing & burning weeds ec in the yard. Herbie had lesson on violin.
Aug 7 I attended a.m. service, 27 in choir a.m. & 17 p.m. at the Rode Road Congregational Church. F. Bishop handed me a large parcel of orchestra music which Mr. N. Evans bestowed to me. Light rain this evening.
Aug 8 I went to the shop as usual, done a few little jobs about home. I sorted up a lot of orchestra music which Mr. N. Evans sent to me. Steady rain through last night, cold wind all day.
Aug 9 At home. I spent a while at the shop. I received letter with cheque ₤2-10-0 from W.T.T. Dalton, being payment for our old sewing machine. I pruned lemon tree and cleared around it, cleaned & oiled a lot of my saws. I conducted choir practice as usual.
Aug 10 I went to the shop for a while, washed the sulky & went to town after dinner. Banked Dalton’s cheque, got a pair of steel brackets 12x10 for wireless shelf, got my hair cut at Kedron barber on my way home. I got home 3.30p.m. I fixed shelf for the radio. I met Jim Wayper in the Valley.
Aug 11 I spent a while at the shop this morning. Mr. Packer called while I was there & borrowed my Dbl.Bl. gun to shoot hares that spoil things at the Marchant Garden Settlement. I lent him two rabbit traps also. Hector & Mrs,. Horton had dinner with us. Some very light showers.
Aug 12 I paid my morning visit to the shop as usual & read the news, done odd jobs about the home ec. Cameron Jackson came here & I gave him a lesson on the violin. The Rev. J.R. Williams died. A few light showers.
Aug 13 I looked after the shop this morning while Hughie & May attended Rev J.R.Williams funeral service in the Albert Street Methodist Church & Lutwyche Cemetery. Keith came this morning & paid instalment, he & Herbie came this afternoon, I gave Herbie a lesson on the violin.
Aug 14 I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 20 in choir a.m. & 16 p.m. Our choir & orchestra assisted in the Nudgee Methodist Church Jubilee celebrations at 3p.m., about 30 in choir & orchestra. We gave two selections with orchestra & three anthems by choir & orchestra, there was a large gathering. The Rev Slater conducted the service. We hired a bus to convey us there (Mr. D. Little).
Aug 15 I packed my things & drove to “Fairfield”, Bald Hills this morning where I intend staying with Percy & Fanny the Exhibition week as Percy Pringle intends lodging with Alex & Mary during the week.
Aug 16 At “Fairfield”. Pottering about at odd jobs, reading ec.
Aug 17 At “Fairfield”
Aug 18 At “Fairfield”. Little Hughie, Lindsay Pringle (who is staying here) & I drove to Jack Riley’s & hired a boat & fished from about 10.30a.m. till 4 p.m. We caught over 40 whiting. I received a letter of invitation to Miss G. Cuthbert’s & G.J. Wayper’s wedding Sept. 1st next in Chermside Methodist Church at 7p.m.
Aug 19 At “Fairfield”.
Aug 20 At “Fairfield”. There was a social evening held here this evening, proceeds in aid of Brighton Methodist Church, there was a good gathering & very pleasant time.
Aug 21 At “Fairfield”. I remained home all day, very cold, dark, showery day. The Rev Bottoms had tea with us, he is supplying the Rev Wilson’s place at Sandgate while Mr. Wilson is laid up with a broken leg.
Aug 22 At “Fairfield”. Fanny & I drove to Sandgate this afternoon, had tea with Maggie. Mrs Riding called while we were there. Janie Wayper called also & we had a good time together.
Aug 23 At “Fairfield”. I got my things packed up this morning to drive home to Duff Street. Started for home at 2p.m. Fanny came with me, we arrived at Duff St. about 3p.m. & found all well. Percy brought a load of firewood blocks. I conducted choir practice as usual. Fanny attended & Verne drove her home, we had a short social after practice & presented to Miss G.M.Y.Cuthbert & Mr. G.J. Wayper a token of the choir & orchestra’s good wishes on their approaching wedding which takes place Set. 1st next in the Chermside Methodist Church at 7p.m.
Aug 24 At Duff St. I went to the shop & read the news. Cold, dark, showery day.
Aug 25 I looked after the shop this morning for a while when Hughie was fixing up tables in the School of Arts for a Ladies Morning Tea in connection with United Protestant Association. Jessie played piano accompanyment to Joan’s solo on the violin. After dinner I drove Jessie & Joan to Sandgate Methodist Church where they played several items at our Afternoon Tea. I had afternoon tea with Maggie. A Mrs. Grant was there also. Mr. H.J. Rose cleaned out the tank by syphen system while I was there 5/-. We got home 5.15p.m. I posted cheque to F.& W. Atthow ₤7-15-2 Federal State Duty M.J. Estate. Hector had dinner with us.
Aug 26 I was at the shop for a while this morning, Eddie & Mary came to see us. Mary took the violin & case that they are buying for Herbie 50/-. I intend getting the bow repaired for him. Cousins Annie & Loraine Smith came to see us & we had a very pleasant time. I got a letter from Mr. B. Tovey.
Aug 27 I went to see Beckie & Clara this morning. I had morning tea with Beckie & dinner with Jim & Clara. I met Mr. Mat Packer & a Mr. Jarard from Adelaide at Beckie’s. Jim drove me home. Herbie had a lesson on the violin. He gave me 10/- on a/c of the one he is purchasing from me. I went with Alex & Mary to a concert in the Stafford church this evening, by the Sunday School children. Some of our Chermside people assisted with the programme, there was a good roll up, collection over ₤3-0-0.
Aug 28 I attended a.m.& p.m. services, 29 of choir present a.m. & 20 p.m. Joe & Beckie came to see us this afternoon.
Aug 29 I went to town this morning, paid insurance on Northy’s house & on J.A.Smith’s furniture. I left my Elgan watch at Mr. Clarke’s Adelaide St. for repairs & cleaning. I left a violin bow with Mr. Tilse, Adelaide St. to be repaired. I got home shortly after 11a.m. I posted a reply to Mr. B. Tovey this morning. Cold night.
Aug 30 Joe Packer called for me at 6.45 a.m. & took me for a cruise & fishing trip with his Adelaide relations & friends. We had a very pleasant day. Mr. W. Packer, Adelaide, Miss Neal, Adelaide, Joe, Beckie, Doris, Valma Packer, Mrs. J. Packer, Uncle Hugh Hamilton & I formed the party, all on board caught fish, we got 150 squire & whiting near Mud Island. Joe drove Uncle Hugh home & then drove me home. I arrived home about 6p.m. I conducted choir practice.
Aug 31 At home taking things easy. Very cold night.
Sep 1 I went to the shop this morning. I received letter from Mr. B. Tovey. Hector had dinner with us. George James Wayper was married to Grace May Youngman Cuthbert in the Chermside Methodist Church at 7p.m. by the Revs Pope & J. Murray. The church was crowded. Breakfast was held at the home of the bride’s parents where a large crowd of guests attended. I got home with Alex & his family about 11.30p.m. Cold night.
Sep 2 Mr. & Mrs. Cuthbert called this morning, Jessie & I went with them to the church & assisted them to take down the decorations & clean things up.
Sep 3 I drove to Kedron this morning, had morning tea with Clara. I gave Beckie the account book between Tovey & myself & asked her to get Joe to audit it before I give Tovey the statement. Hughie, Murial & I drove to the Pine River, hired a boat off Mr. Jack Riley this afternoon & fished till about 5.30p.m. We caught a lot of small whiting.
Sep 4 I attended a.m. service, 25 in choir, 15 p.m. We rendered the Cantata “The Shepherd True” in the Chermside School of Arts at 3p.m. 22 in choir & 10 in orchestra. Fair attendance & fairly good rendering for the first time.
Sep 5 Eddie called here this morning & arranged with Alex to put some stumps under the house & to do some battening in. He then went home & after dinner came with Mary & Norma & drove Jessie, Joan & I to Scarborough Jetty where we fished & caught a nice lot of whiting. We got home 6.15p.m. after a pleasant time.
Sep 6 Eddie came here this morning & he & I worked the day putting stumps under house & altering back landing ec. Some of our choir & orchestra drove to Signal Row Methodist Church Sandgate & attended a practice with a few of their choir of the Cantata “Rolling Seasons” conducted by Mr. N. Evans. We are assisting them to render it on the 18th inst. at 3p.m.
Sep 7 Eddie worked here today, I helped him. Tommie Packer brought the book I left last Saturday for his Father to audit. It was carefully audited & found correct.
Sep 8 I went to town this morning, I got a ride in with Mr. W. Drew. I went to Mr. J.Nordon, Dentist, to get my bottom teeth refitted. I left them with him, they will cost 42/-. He can have them for next Saturday if I call to have them tried in tomorrow. I called on Mr. Tilse & got the violin bow he repaired 3/6. I called at Mr. Clark’s & got my Elgan watch that he cleaned & put a new spring in 10/-. Got home about 11a.m. Hector had dinner with us. I ordered timber at Mr. Stephen’s mill for closing in under Alex house. Mrs. Scarr died suddenly today. I posted letter to Tovey giving him to know the balance he owes.
Sep 9 I went to town this morning & got my bottom teeth fitted & Mr. Nordon said he would have them ready for me tomorrow. I got home about 10.40a.m. I called & tendered sympathy to Mr. Scarr & his daughter & soninlaw Mr.& Mrs. Salmon. Mrs. Scarr’s sister had just arrived from South intending to spend some holidays with Mr.& Mrs. Scarr. I helped Eddie with battening in under house.
Sep 10 I rose with a bad cold this morning. I went to “Lamont” & asked Dulcie to call on Mr. Nordon for my bottom teeth, which she did. I went to the shop for a short time. Keith called, he said it would be better for Herbie not to come for his lesson on the violin as I was poorly. Victor Hamilton had dinner with us. The Annual Show was held for the School of Arts this afternoon. I was not well enough to attend. I caught a bad cold & I am very hoarse. Mrs. Scarr was buried at Lutwyche Cemetery. The Church of England Minister officiated 11a.m. I was not fit to attend.
Sep 11 I remained home all day as my cold was bad & my voice gone. Mr. Bishop conducted the choir & orchestra. They rendered the Cantata “The Shepherd True” at the Stafford Methodist Church this afternoon, at their Harvest Festival Service. It rained early this morning & some heavy showers through the day with thunder.
Sep 12 At home resting all day, my cold rather better. Mr. Waugh Snr called to see us this afternoon, he is recovering after a severe illness. Leila called to see how I was this evening.
Sep 13 I went to the shop for a short time this morning. My cold is passing away slowly. Harold called to see how I was this morning. Eddie, Mary & family called to see us for a few minutes this evening. I conducted the choir & orchestra practice as usual. We practiced “Rolling Seasons” as we intend assisting Sandgate next Sunday.
Sep 14 I spent a while at the shop this morning. Harold called when I was at breakfast & brought a nice bottle of their own honey. He is taking a cheque to the Council for me to pay Maggie’s rates. I received another offensive letter from Mr. B. Tovey.
Sep 15 I posted a letter in reply to Mr. B.Tovey’s offensive letter I received from him yesterday. Hector had dinner with us.
Sep 16 I went to town this morning. I gave Mr. F. Atthow a cheque for ₤14-0-0 to pay to the Commissioner of Stamps ec as compound duties presumptively payable at my death on the Estate of M.J.H. my wife deceased. This relieves the Estate of any further payment of duties or necessity of filing any further Succession Accounts. I got violin strings for our orchestra & for Cameron Jackson. I got my hair cut at Kedron on my way home. Alex drove his family, Gwen Menery & I to Gordon Park Eisteddfod where Joan contested with her violin & got 80 in one piece & 74 in another.
Sep 17 I went to Sandgate by bus this morning & had dinner with Maggie. I called on Jack & Janie & gave Janie J.A. Smith’s instalments to date 50/-.
Sep 18 I attended a.m. service, 27 in choir a.m. & 8 p.m. Our choir & orchestra went by bus to Signal Row Methodist Church and assisted to render the Cantata “Rolling Seasons”, Mr. N. Evans conducted. There are very few in his choir at present. Most of our choir & orchestra were present & he was greatly pleased with the rendering. The church was crowded. Hector helped the tenors & his neighbour Mr. Goward helped the choir.
Sep 19 I spent a while at the shop this morning & done odd jobs about home.
Sep 20 I went to the shop as usual for a short time. Rung up Beckie to enquire for Joe as he was poorly on Sunday, but is now well again. I gave the orchestra music for Cantana “Rolling Seasons” to Mr. Bishop to return to Mr. N. Evans, who lent it to us for rendering at Sandgate last Sunday. I understand he borrowed it from Mr. Kirk. I conducted choir practice as usual this evening.
Sep 21 I went to the shop & gave Hughie an extract I copied out of a book that Mr.A. Hargreaves lent me on the origin of the violin. I burnt rubbish in the yard & done some odd little jobs.
Sep 22 I looked after the shop for a while this morning while Hughie went to Torrance’s for wheels ec. Hector had dinner with us. I done very little but read most of the day. Mr. Joe Packer (snr) died about 5p.m. after a very long illness.
Sep 23 I went to the shop this morning & again this afternoon, there was some heavy showers this morning & one heavy shower about 2p.m. Mr. Joe Packer’s (snr) funeral took place at 4.30p.m. to the Lutwyche Cemetery, there was a very large attendance. The Revs Greenwood, Trueman & Murray officiated & there were other ministers present. The weather kept fine till after the funeral, there was a thunder storm & heavy rain about 7p.m.
Sep 24 I went to the shop for a short time & then done a few odd jobs about the house. Our Annual Church Fete was held at the Chermside Marchant Homes today. Jim & Clare came to see us this evening. I remained home this afternoon. Percy & Fanny called to see me on their way home after attending the Fete. Joe was driving Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. G. Carseldine & a Miss O. King was with them. Percy is recovering from the flu. Lovely fine day.
Sep 25 I attended a.m. & P.m. services, 26 in choir a.m. & 16 p.m. Joe, Beckie & family called to see us this afternoon.
Sep 26 I looked after the shop while Hughie went to Sandgate to inspect a bus. I rung up Doughty & Grayson, Agents, on first floor Courier Building, Phone B0316 in answer to advt. “Courier Mail” for a house. I gave them particulars of Northgate house. Price given was ₤475 cash. They promised to submit it to their client, but thought it rather far out.
Sep 27 I looked after the shop this morning while Hughie was working in the paint shop. I rung up Nagel & Co. Agents, Exton House, Queen St. Phone B7015 in answer to advt. in “Courier Mail” for house with 3 bedrooms. I gave some particulars of King St. Kedron house, price ₤550 cash. I conducted choir practice as usual.
Sep 28 I went to the shop this morning. Rung up Hector & let him know that Fred Bishop would sing, Dulcie Hamilton recite, & Eileen Gunston & Joan Hamilton give violin duets to assist the programme at the Nundah Baptist Church, October 5th next. I done some battening in under the house this afternoon.
Sep 29 I looked after the shop till Bert Carr arrived, as Hughie was working in the paint shop. Mr. McPhail called about Joan & Jessie’s glasses, he had dinner with us. Hector was there also for dinner. I battened in a panel under the house this afternoon. I posted cheque to New Zealand Insurance Co. for Maggie’s house & for Bert Carr’s motor car. Jack & Janie Wayper came this evening & I assisted them with their Land Tax Return.
Sep 30 I looked after the shop most of the day as Hughie was in the paint shop & Bert Carr did not turn up till late this afternoon. Herbie came this afternoon & had lesson on the violin & paid his Mother’s instalment on house. May banked money for me this afternoon.
Oct 1 I looked after the shop this morning as Hughie & May went to Tambourine for the weekend.
Oct 2 I attended a.m. service, 18 in choir. I went with Alex & family to Jack & Janie Wayper’s this afternoon. We had tea with them & got home about 6.20. A thunder storm came on & prevented all of us going to evening service.
Oct 3 I spent a while at the shop & fixed the mountings on used hose pipe that Jim Argo gave to Alex. I fixed up some rails for battening under the house. Cousins Minnie & Ted Smith called in on their way home this afternoon. Alex & Mr. Bishop went to town this evening to attend a practice with Mr. Scott McCallum’s Orchestra, as he wants them to assist in a forthcoming concert he is arranging for. I have read to page 125 in book lent to me by Mr. A. Hargreaves “Violin Making”. I am now lending it to Hughie.
Oct 4 I went to the shop for a while this morning. Split firewood & fixed up some rails under the house for battening in. I conducted choir practice as usual.
Oct 5 I went to town this morning. Called Book Depot re paying for “Christian World”. Rev A.A. Mills said he had no authority to receive it. I paid my Land Tax a/c. I called at the Agricultural Department re brands being transferred to A.R. Carr, they gave me a form for him to fill in. I got some mendits for hose pipe, got home 11.50, repaired hose. Gave Application For Brands Form to A.R. Carr, worked a while at battening under the house. Mr. Bishop & Alex played in Mr. Scott McCallum’s Orchestra this evening. Fred Bishop, Dulcie, Joan & Eileen Gunston are assisting in an anniversary meeting in the Nundah Baptist Church. Joan played at an Eisteddfod in the Albert Hall this morning & won a certificate & 78 marks for a difficult piece for violin.
Oct 6 I went to the shop for a short time as usual this morning. Doctor Cummins called to see Jessie this morning & prescribed for her, he had a chat with me about my age & health & about fishing ec. Hector had dinner with us, Mrs. Horton also.
Oct 7 At home all day, I worked a while at the battening under the house. Herbie came & had a good practice on the violin, Jessie practiced with him on her violin.
Oct 8 I went to the shop for a few minutes, put a few palings on under the house & loafed about most of the day. Lovely weather all this week.
Oct 9 I attended a.m.& p.m. services, 28 in choir a.m. & 21 p.m. Anniversary services. I went with Jim, Clara & family to see sister Maggie this afternoon. Joe, Beckie & family were to see us when we came home. Alex & Mary took Ethel Boot to the hospital this afternoon, where she has to undergo an operation.
Oct 10 I spent most of the day battening in under the house.
Oct 11 I spent the day battening under the house & making the gates. Herbie had lesson on the violin with Jessie. I conducted the choir practice as usual.
Oct 12 I spent the day making & hanging batten gates under the house. Our church Anniversary Tea meeting was held in the School of Arts this evening. The Nundah Methodist Choir gave a splendid musical programme. Mr. Lanham accepted the Chair, there was a very fair attendance.
Oct 13 I worked most of the day at making gates for under the house. Hector had dinner with us.
Oct 14 I finished making the batten gates for under the house. There are 3 single & 2 double gates. Herbie had practice on his violin with Jessie & Joan. Light showers early this morning & thunder this afternoon.
Oct 15 At home all day, I put bolts on 3 of the gates under the house & done some cleaning up. Heavy thunder & rain last night & shower this afternoon.
Oct 16 I attended a.m. service, 27 in choir a.m., 20 p.m. Alex took Mary & her Father & Mother to the hospital to see Ethel (Mrs. Boot Jnr) who has undergone an operation & is progressing well. Jim & Clara called to see us for a few minutes this afternoon, Vernie called also.
Oct 17 I went to the shop for a short time this morning. I took Dolly & got Bert Carr to remove her shoes this afternoon. I done some more cleaning up & packing old timber under the house.
Oct 18 I was at the shop twice today. I got some old timber from Hughie with hinges & made a door for a lumber & tool box & done some cleaning up under the house. Herbie had a practice on his violin. I conducted the usual choir practice.
Oct 19 I went to town this morning, put advt. in the “Methodist Times” Organ For Sale, 3 insertions 4/6., also an advt. in “Telegraph” Used Furniture For Sale, 3 insertions 3/-. I had conversation with F. Atthow & gave him cheque for ₤6-17-1. for to transfer “Burnie Brae” & Nundah property to Hughie, Eddie & I as Trustees for M.J.H. Estate. I then went to the bank & got the two Deeds & Insurance Policies & handed them to Miss ( ) in F. Atthow’s office. I called on Mr. Nordon re my teeth, he altered them a little. I got manuscript books for Joan & two nail bits for myself. I got home 1.15p.m.
Oct 20 At home. I went to the shop for a short time. Mr. Hough looked at Alex lockup room & gave a price to remove it within a few miles (say Sandgate) ₤5. Hector had dinner with us. Beckie called to see us this afternoon.
Oct 21 Jessie & I drove to “Fairfield” this morning & spent the day with Percy & Fanny. We got home at 5.30 p.m. I gave Mrs. Butler (Percy’s Aunt) a ride home & I drove her to the tram. Herbie was here while I was away & had a practice on his violin with Joan. Cameron Jackson came this evening & Jessie & he had a good practice on their violins.
Oct 22 I was at the shop for a while this morning. Hughie drove Leila & I to the Monster Protestant Rally & Fair and Procession at Sandgate this afternoon. There was a wonderful turnout, many thousands of people, about 5 chain frontage of stalls loaded with goods of all descriptions. Sandgate Northgate & Chermside stall raised ₤54.
Oct 23 I attended a.m. service, 25 in choir. I attended Kedron p.m. Memorial Service to the late Mrs. Joe Packer (snr), Mary attended also.
Oct 24 I drove to “Fairfield” this morning to spend the week with Percy & Fanny. Light rain started early & increased during the day & continued till after 10p.m. It was badly needed & is a great blessing. The Brighton Sunday School Anniversary Concert had to be postponed till tomorrow night on account of the rain.
Oct 25 At “Fairfield”. Lovely bright sunshiney morning. Percy drove Fanny & I to Beckie’s place on his way to Synod meeting at about 1p.m. We had dinner with Beckie & afternoon tea with Clara & arranged for Clara & the children to come to Fairfield tomorrow. I gave Hughie a letter which I received from Mrs. Bowden asking if our choir & orchestra would give a concert at Aspley for their Methodist Church, Nov 26th next, to be read at practice as I could not be present this evening. Mr. Bishop to conduct this evening.
Oct 26 At “Fairfield”. Herbie came out early this morning to go fishing with me, but I had arranged to meet Clara & the children at the bus at 10.30. Herbie & I went & fished for a while, then I drove to the bus & met Clara. She spent the day with us & I drove her & the children to the 5.9p.m. bus after a pleasant day together. Herbie stayed here tonight.
Oct 27 At “Fairfield”. Herbie & I went to Jack Riley’s & got a boat to do a days fishing. We went up with the tide & caught a lot of small whiting & bream, but the wind got that strong about one o’clock that it was impossible for me to pull the boat back, although the tide was running down, so I fastened it to the bank & we walked back to Riley’s & told him where we left it. I paid 2/- extra on that account. Herbie & I got back at 3p.m., then Herbie left here at 4.45 to go home by train.
Oct 28 Resting & reading most of the day.
Oct 29 At “Fairfield”. Harold drove me to Sandgate as he was going to the bank. I called & had a few minutes with Maggie & gave her a cheque. I called at Jack Wayper’s shop & gave a cheque to Harry for his Mother 42/-, instalments from J.A.Smith. We got back to Fairfield at 10.30a.m. Harold took his Mother, Mary Bruce & I for a drive along the Dayboro Road this afternoon to see the lovely red teatree flowers.
Oct 30 At “Fairfield”. Vernie drove me to a.m. service in the Chermside church. It was the S.School Children’s Anniversary Service, & was well attended. A serious accident happened on Bald Hills Flats this morning, a truck loaded with people capsized & 2 or 3 were killed & 18 injured when on their way to Ambulance Picnic. Later 5 died.
Oct 31 I packed my things up after breakfast & drove home to Chermside, arrived about 11.30a.m. & found all well after spending a pleasant week at “Fairfield” Bald Hills. I posted H.C.Wood’s rent cheque to the bank.
Nov 1 At Duff St. I was at the shop a while this evening. I cleaned under the house, packed timber up ec. Herbie paid instalment on house. I balanced up the instalment book & stated in it that no interest would be charged in future from 12th Oct last. I attended choir practice.
Nov 2 I got hinges off old gates at “Lamont” and left them at the shop to be altered to the shape of a patern I made of hoop iron. I attended the Sunday School Anniversary Meeting in the church this evening. The children gave the entertainment & their prizes were distributed. Rev J. Murray Chairman, Mr. H. Bishop Superintendant. Some smart showers this evening.
Nov 3 I went to the shop as usual this morning. Mr. Taylor (painter of Northgate) called & asked if I would let him have a half window I have in Hughie’s paint shop, for him to put in room at W. Argo’s, to be charged to W. or Jim Argo. I let him have it. I cleared a lot of rubbish from under the house, cut down weeds in yard ec.
Nov 4 I went to the shop this morning & looked after it while Hughie went to Torrance’s. I done very little, but read most of the day. I heard Jessie & Herbie through their violin music this afternoon.
Nov 5 I got most of the gate hinges for under the house & got 3 of the big gates hung. Alex helped me with them, there is only one more to hang when I get the hinges from the shop. Herbie & Keith came to see us this afternoon. Bettie, Dorothy & Marjory were here also.
Nov 6 I attended a.m. service, 27 in choir a.m., 15 p.m.
Nov 7 I went to the shop and got the last pair of hinges that Bert Carr made for the gates under the house. I went to see May & fixed up with her to arrange programme for concert at Aspley 26th inst. I conducted our orchestra practice.
Nov 8 I went to the shop this morning & rung up Bro. Richard Eaton re Tovey’s affair. He advised me to send him a Lawyers letter. I then went to town, banked money, left my passbook, saw the Manager, got the Sale Note re Tovey & told him what I intended doing. He said I was quite right. I then handed it to Mr. F. Atthow, Solicitor, & instructed him to write to Tovey. I done some shopping & got home at 12.30p.m. I put the hinges on the last gate under the house. I got my hair cut on my way to town (at Kedron). I conducted choir practice as usual. Mrs. Barker was presented with the new Methodist Hymn Book With Music, as she is leaving the district.
Nov 9 I drove out to “Fairfield” this morning and had dinner with Percy & Fanny. I left Dolly and the sulky there as I intend going to Redcliffe with Alex & his family next Friday to spend a fortnight’s holiday. Alex & Vick Boot intend driving back & forward to their work. Mary’s sister (Mrs Boot) is going to be with us, she is recovering nicely after her operation. Percy drove me to the bus and I got home at 2p.m. I hung the last gate under the house after I came home then got some of my things ready for our trip to Redcliffe.
Nov 10 I got 3 bolts 1 ¾ x 5/16 from Hughie for gates under house. Hector had dinner with us. After dinner I repaired the double gate at Mr.Chadders dwelling, he helped me to fix it up.
Nov 11 At Redcliffe “The Ripple”. We arose early this morning & Alex drove his family and I to Mr. Sluce’s house “The Ripple” at Redcliffe. We arrived shortly after 6a.m., then Alex & Joan went back as Alex has to work & drive back & forward while we spend holidays here.
Nov 12 Alex, Joan & Mr. & Mrs. Boot (Jnr) arrived here this evening, they are sharing the holiday with us. Vick will go back & forward to his work as Alex is doing.
Nov 13 At Redcliffe. I went to the evening service in the Scarborough Methodist Church with Alex & his family. The Rev A.A.Mills conducted a Lantern Service which was very interesting.
Nov 14 At “The Ripple” Redcliffe. I went to Scarborough by bus this morning & bought some worms for bait & spent most of the day fishing. I walked back by the beach, but caught very few & small fish. Alex gave me 10/-, Mr. J.A.Smith’s rent for Janie Wayper.
Nov 15 Mary, the girls, Mrs. Boot & I went to Scarborough by bus this morning & had a picnic & fishing stunt. We got a good lot of small whiting ec and got the 3.45 bus home after a pleasant time.
Nov 16 I went to the jetty at Scarborough & fished for a short time & caught a few whiting. I did not stay long as I was not too fit.
Nov 17 “The Ripple” Redcliffe. We all stayed about the house & the beach most of the day. A few showers this morning. Alex stayed at Chermside tonight.
Nov 18 A few smart showers this morning. We all went to the Scarborough jetty by bus this afternoon & we caught a nice lot of whiting. Don Waugh came to see us this evening, he is now out of work. Alex stayed at Chermside tonight.
Nov 19 One or two smart showers this morning, but fine day. Alex gave me 20/-, part of Mrs. Best’s rent from Hughie. I gave it to Mary for my weekly board ec as usual. Jim, Clara & family & Duggie came to see us for a short time late in the afternoon.
Nov 20 Alex & family & I went to a.m. service in the Presbyterian Church & to p.m. service in the Methodist church. Vick & Ethel Boot also at p.m. service. Eddie & family, Gwen & Annie Menerey & their aunt Mrs. Hawkins from South, Don Waugh, Fred Bishop & some of Menerey boys came to see us this afternoon & had a great time. Afternoon tea for all. Eddie & family remained for tea, as they came prepared to stay till evening.
Nov 21 At “The Ripple” Redcliffe. I fished along the beach in front of the house & caught a few small whiting. Alex gave me 10/- from J.A.Smith for Janie Wayper. I wrote to sister Maggie.
Nov 22 Joan & I went by bus to Scarborough & fished off the jetty. We caught a fine lot of good sized whiting, the best catch we have had since we came here. We walked home.
Nov 23 Mary, Ethel, Jessie, Joan & I went to Scarborough by the 8.15a.m. bus. We caught over 70 whiting & bream, most of them were very small.
Nov 24 At “The Ripple” Redcliffe. Joan & I went by 8.15a.m. bus to Scarborough. We caught some good sized whiting before dinner time. Mary, Ethel & Jessie brought our lunch. It got too rough for fishing in the afternoon. We had a thunder storm & good shower after we got home. Don Waugh came to see us for a short time, Hector & family came to see us after tea, most of them had a good swim & stayed until near 10p.m.
Nov 25 Very windy & rough this morning, none went in for swim. Vick & Ethel went home with Alex this morning, the rest of us intend going home tomorrow morning.
Nov 26 We all arose early, got our things packed up & started for home at 6.37a.m. & arrived home at Chermside at 7.20a.m. after a very enjoyable time at “The Ripple” Redcliffe. Miss G. Menerey had the house in nice order & flowers on the tables ec to welcome us. We got home before a thunder storm & heavy shower. Our choir & orchestra gave a concert in the Assembly Hall at Aspley for the Methodist Church. The Rev Phillips presided.
Nov 27 I attended a.m. service, 22 in choir. Jim, Clara & family came to see us this afternoon. Mr. Mont Young died about midnight, age about 60. Thunder & heavy rain through the night.
Nov 28 I went to Sandgate by the 10a.m. bus & had dinner with Maggie & gave her cheque. I gave J.A. Smith’s instalment to Jack Wayper 50/-. Janie came to me where I was waiting for the 4.35p.m. bus & gave me receipts for instalments. I got home about 5p.m. I gave Maggie an enlarged photo of four aged ladies including herself, taken at the Marchant Garden Settlement Chermside at the Annual Fete in connection with our church. Heavy thunderstorm rain & wind during the night.
Nov 29 I went to the shop for an hour or two. Hughie went to Mont Young’s funeral from his late residence to the Lutwyche Cemetery at 10a.m. Herbie came for his lesson on the violin & done very well. There was a very heavy thunderstorm with terrible wind & hail, the creek was flooded in a short time, it commenced about 4p.m. & lasted over a hour.
Nov 30 I spent a while at the shop this morning. I posted cheque for insurance on Alex furniture & Menerey’s house. I posted church plan to Maggie. Mr. J. Watters died in the hospital after an operation, aged about 74.
Dec 1 I spent a while at the shop as usual reading the newspaper. Hector had dinner with us, Mrs. Horton also. I attended the funeral of Mr. John Watters. I met it at the Lutwyche Cemetery at 4.30p.m., there were a few light showers, large drops.
Dec 2 I went to the shop this morning, got receipt from bank for deposit, got letter from cousin W.McClintock containing cheque ₤35, my half of Mr. Brookes’s instalment ₤25.50 & interest ₤10.20. I posted cheque to bank & letter to cousin W. Straightaway.
Dec 3 I got the 8.40 a.m. bus to Bald Hills & spent the day with Percy & Fanny. Harold drove Percy & I to the river to see a new motor launch that Percy’s nephew, one of Arthur Carseldine’s sons, has built. It is a fine vessel 38 feet long. Percy & Harold helped them to put part of the engine into it while we were there. It is about 28 h.p. & very heavy, 8 men handled it and got it in it’s place. I met Mr. Shepheard who used to be softdrink manufacturers at Sandgate. Harold drove me home on his way to concert, rendering of Messiah in City Hall.
Dec 4 I attended a.m. & p.m. services, 26 in choir a.m. & 19 p.m. Jim, Clara & family called to see us this afternoon. Cousins Annie McClintock, Tom & his son & daughter had tea with us.
Dec 5 I went to the shop as usual & then went to see May & spent most of the morning talking to her & her sister Mrs. J. Williams from Eudlo. I posted cheque for Alex insurance on his dwelling.
Dec 6 I went to the shop & looked over the paper for awhile, mowed some of the grass about the house. Mr. R. Whitehill (of New Zealand Co) called to renew my agency. I paid the fee of 5/- and he gave me receipt. I conducted choir & orchestra practice.
Dec 7 I spent a while at the shop reading the paper & got my mail. At home the rest of the day. I mowed some of the weeds & grass in our yard. I attended the Sunday School Christmas Tree Gathering held in the church this evening, good attendance & programme.
Dec 8 I spent most of the morning at the shop reading the paper & I tacked the cover on the top of a milk truck liner top. Hector had dinner with us. Thunder storm & some large hail between 3 & 4 p.m.
Dec 9 I went to the shop for a short time, then got the 9.30 a.m. bus & went to town. I called on Doctor Wallis Hoare, 371 Queen Street, & consulted him re operating on my eye. He said he was sure he could operate successfully. His charge would be ₤15-15-0. & I would require to go into a hospital for a few days, say it would cost me another ₤5-5-0. He could do it early in the New Year. I paid ₤1-1-0. for his advice & would consider the matter. I got home at dinner time, Sergeant Springer gave me a ride in his motor car from Gallagher’s gate. I went to the shop for a while this evening.
Dec 10 I went to the shop as usual. Hughie, Eddie, Alex & Herbie were there. Herbie had a practice on the violin this afternoon with Jessie. Joe & Beckie called on their way to Redcliffe for 6 weeks holidays. They brought me a Christmas present of a lovely white shirt & collar. Alex & family & I had a pleasant musical evening at Mr.& Mrs. J. Bilbro’s home. Both are pianists & their daughter Dorothy is learning piano & their son Arthur the violin.
Dec 11 I attended a.m.& p.m. services, 25 in choir a.m. & 19 p.m. Alex & family & I had a pleasant afternoon with Mr. James & Grace Wayper at their first new home at Nundah.(they were married 1st Sept. last) The hottest day for 10 years, 102.
Dec 12 I went to the shop as usual & read the news, spent the day resting, reading ec. Mrs. C. Bell (sister to Mrs. S. Harris) died today after a long illness. Hottest day for many years past.
Dec 13 At home all day, not too well. Mary went to town this morning & purchased all the things I required for Christmas presents. Joan & her Mother fixed them all in parcels & directed them for me. Mrs. C. Bell was buried at Lutwyche Cemetery this afternoon. I conducted choir practice as usual. We are going into recess for one month from tonight. I got a great surprise when Mr. Bishop, on behalf of the choir & orchestra, presented to me a lovely white shirt & collar, a Christmas box as a token of their love & loyalty.
Dec 14 I went to Bald Hills by the 8.35a.m. bus & spent the day with Percy & Fanny. I called on Mr. & Mrs. B. Prothero on my way. Harold drove me home on his way in to attend a meeting. Fanny came also to see Clara. I gave Fanny Christmas parcel. Very hot day.
Dec 15 At the shop for a while this morning reading & resting the rest of the day. Hector had dinner with us. Lovely weather, not too hot.
Dec 16 I spent the morning at the shop & at May’s place, I had morning tea with her. I rung up H.C.Wood & let Mrs. Wood know that Mr. Waldron would like the mango trees removed from the front of my house in Bridge St. I had no objection if my tenant did not object. She said Mr. Wood would attend to this matter. I put in the blocks & fixed the tower bolts on the big gates under the house. I gave May Christmas parcel.
Dec 17 I went to Kedron this morning & got my hair cut. Hughie came in to have his cut while I was there, he drove me to Clara’s as he had to wait his turn. When his was cut he came to Clara’s for me & drove me home. I gave Clara Christmas parcel, Beckie’s also & Herbie theirs. He had practice on violin. Jim & Clara gave me a nice pair of slippers. Alex & family, with Gwen & Dulcie attended Stafford Methodist Sunday School Christmas Tree.
Dec 18 I attended a.m.& p.m. services, 23 in choir a.m. & 18 p.m. Hector & family came to see us this afternoon & brought presents, they gave me a nice pair of socks. They intend going to Sydney for their holidays, to leave early next Thursday. They stayed and had tea with us.
Dec 19 I went to see May this morning & asked Leila to get me a Diary for 1939 & a pair of slippers for my sister Maggie. She got them & brought them to me on her way home this evening.
Dec 20 I went to Sandgate by the 8.25a.m. bus, had morning tea with Maggie, gave her cheque & slippers. Called on Janie & gave her J.A.Smith’s instalments to date. I got the 11.15 bus home & felt very poorly as it was a very hot day. Janie gave me a nice box of hankies for Christmas. I met Mr. J.A.Scott & got his a/c for valuation of M.J. Estate ₤4-4-9. Mrs. Plucknett called here this afternoon about 4.30 and we had a long talk on the verandah about the grievance between her brother Mr. B. Tovey & myself. She admits that her brother is wrong & asks me very earnestly not to take legal action.
Dec 21 At home. I went to the shop for a while this afternoon. I rung up Fanny & let her know I was at Sandgate yesterday & Maggie would go to her place on Christmas Day as she requested. Mr. Thomas Taylor died. (Rode Road West). Lovely weather, not too hot.
Dec 22 I went to the shop as usual. Mr. T. Taylor of Rode Road West was buried at Toowong this morning.
Dec 23 I went to the shop & got our mail. I got a Christmas card from Mrs Argo (senr) & Miss Argo. I posted one to them. I have received a great many already & sent in return. I went to Nundah with Hughie when he went to the station. I called on tenant Butler & found that they would rather not have the two mango trees in front of the house removed as Mr. Waldron had asked. Eddie & family called this evening to say goodbye, as they are going to Burleigh for their holidays. They brought us presents. Herbie, Jessie & Joan had a good practice on their violins & little Norma played her lesson pieces on the piano. She’s only about 5 years old.
Dec 24 I went to see May this morning & got particulars of feeding dogs, cat & birds while they are all away on holidays on Tambourine. They left here about 12.15p.m. I posted letter to Mr. A.G.Waldron, letting him know I would not have the mango trees at Bridge St. removed at present. I got card from Moorooka & sent one to them. Alex & family & I went to see Mr. G. Herman. He has been poorly but is now rather better.
Dec 25 I attended 10a.m. & p.m. services. There was a good attendance in the morning, very few in the evening. Jim & Clara came to see us this afternoon & brought presents from Fanny.
Dec 26 Alex drove his family & I to “Fairfield” and we spent a very pleasant day with Percy & his family. Jim & his family were there also and Mrs. George Carseldine, Mrs. Kennedy, Miss Mary Bruce, Miss King & Mr. Don Waugh and my own sister Maggie. Joe went for her this morning & Harold drove her home this evening. I went with them, she went before tea. Jim & family went after tea, we stayed till near 10p.m. Hot & dry.
Dec 27 Alex & his family left here at 8a.m. for Alexandra Heads near Maroochydore where Jessie & Joan intend staying till New Years Day with cousin T..McClintock & family. I fed Hughie’s birds, dogs ec. Alex & Mary got home about 9p.m. I got wire from Hector to say they arrived in Sydney safe & all well. Very hot & dry.
Dec 28 I got Hughie’s mail this morning & posted letter to bank with Schneider’s cheque ₤2-14-2. At home all day. Keith is going to stay here a few nights, as he has to work a few days this week. I got a nice long letter from Hector with a description of their journey to Sydney.
Dec 29 I went to Clara’s this morning & stayed till about 4p.m.& took Hughie’s & Leila’s mail there, as Leila is staying there at night & will be going to Tambourine on Saturday next.
Dec 30 At home all day. I wrote a letter to Hector & Doris & sent it by air mail.
Dec 31 At home all day, done the daily round, fed Hughie’s dogs, birds ec. Jim & family came to see me this evening while Alex & Mary were away seeing their Father & Mother at Stafford. Thunder storm & light shower.