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1943

In 1943, Thomas Andrew Hamilton became notably more devout, quoting scriptures in his diary. This may have been a New Year's resolution as it lasted only till January 4. He fell very ill in August.

January

Jan 1 1943: At “Fairfield” Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Psalm 145. 2 Thank God for sparing me to see the commencing of another year, and all my family and their families well. Showery

Jan 2 1943: At “Fairfield” A lovely fine sun shiney day. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145. 3. Hughie, May, Mrs. Jackson & Mrs. Williams called on their way home from Redcliffe this afternoon after their holidays. Jim, Clara & family had tea with us & drove me home to Duff St Chermside.

Jan 3 1943: At Duff St Chermside I attended a.m. service Heavy showers this morning

Jan 4 1943: Praise ye the Lord; for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. Psalm 147.1. I spent a while at the shop. Hector Scott came to see us this evening and stayed all night. Leila and Dulcie came & we had a pleasant musical evening. Some very heavy showers.

Jan 5 1943: I remained at home all day. Very dark cool day with a few showers.

Jan 6 1943: Home all day. The Rev. C.F. Swain from Wowan called to see us for a short time this evening. Mary & Norma called this afternoon, she paid instalments to date & for the transfer of the property & I settled with her for the fortnight Maggie spent with her, while Fanny was in Toowoomba. Cool day

Jan 7 1943: At home all day. Hector was with us as usual on Thursday. I gave him my bank pass book and money to deposit. I posted a letter containing a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to Janie Wayper. The Rev. C.S.Swain had dinner with us. I gave him a book intitled “Blind is My Servant” for which he was pleased to accept. One or two heavy showers & very cool

Jan 8 1943: Home all day. Hector came this evening & borrow our wireless to take to Redcliffe, he left his here. A few light showers.

Jan 9 1943: I remained at home. Victor called and had dinner with us. Betty called to see us this afternoon. I went with Alex, Mary & the others to her sister Ethel’s place, their father & mother were there & we had tea & a pleasant time together. Joe, Beckie & family called this afternoon on their way to Redcliffe for their holidays. Hector, Doris & family went also, Joe & him are going to drive back & forward to work. A nice warm day.

Jan 10 1943: I remained at home all day. Jim, Clara & family spent a while with us this afternoon. Very hot day, about 90 degrees.

Jan 11 1943: At home all day. Herbie came to see us this afternoon, his camp is now at Holand Park he is recovering from the Malaria after being in the fighting line in New Guinea he has had a rough time & has got very thin. Lovely warm day with cool breeze

Jan 12 1943: At the shop a while this morning. Dorothy, Marjory, Heather & another girl spent this afternoon here gathering manure ec. Norma came later & Eddie called for her. Murial called, she is now home after being at Tambourine about three weeks. The Rev. R.W.Fulcher called to see us this afternoon. Mr. Marjereson of the Garden Homes was buried at Lutwyche at 4 p.m. Very warm about 90.

Jan 13 1943: I done my usual round. Heat 93

Jan 14 1943: My usual round, Hector was with us for dinner as usual on Thursdays, I gave him a short poem to give to Joe & Beckie. I went with Hughie to Sandgate this evening to inspect a wood turning lathe Mr. Vernie has for sale. Thunder storm & light rain at 6 p.m. Heat 91. 3 p.m.

Jan 15 1943: I posted Wood’s cheque to the bank this morning on my way to the shop. Heat 88 at 2 p.m.

Jan 16 1943: I done my usual round. Cousin Bob McClintock came in to see us, his wife Elcie & son Robbie are at Minnie’s for a day or two. Jim, Clara & the girls (except Betty) called for me about 2 p.m. and drove me to Marooka, we spent a pleasant afternoon with our Morrison cousins & got home about 10 p.m.

Jan 17 1943: I attended a.m. service, & listened in to The Rev.Wheller Albert St Methodist p.m. who gave inspiring address.

Jan 18 1943: I done my usual round. Collon Pringle came to spend a few days with us. Jim called & said they had rung up to Woombye & arranged for him, Clara, some of the children & I to go to cousin Willie’s tomorrow morning.

Jan 19 1943: Jim, Clara, Dorithy, Marjory & Heather called for me as arranged at 7.15 a.m. & we started for Woombye. We called at Fanny’s she sent a parcel with us, we had a lovely cool drive, stopped at a few places on the way, called on cousin Bob McC (Junr) a few minutes & arrived at cousin Wille McClintock’s (junr) between 10 & 11 a.m. After dinner Jim drove all of us including Willie & Charlotte to see cousin Margaret Ann Prentice with Claud, his wife Lilley & two children. Mr. her soninlaw was there also & they gave us a great welcome.

Jan 20 1943: At Woombye After a lovely nights rest we awoke to enjoy a glorious day, it was wonderfully cool this morning & the birds were singing their songs of praise before we got out of bed. Archie came from Maroochydore where they are (Holidaying) to pack some pines ec. Jim drove Clara & the children to see his farm. Archie had his meals with us & stayed the night. After dinner Jim drove all of us to see Percy & Hilda where we spent a pleasant afternoon. There came a phone message to me that Mr. G. Herman is ill & very low & would like to see me.

Jan 21 1943: At Woombye Another beautiful cool morning. Jim went with Archie to his farm where they were packing fruit. We intend going home this afternoon, though Willie & Charlotte would like us to remain longer. We are to arrange to stay longer next time. We left for home at 2.30 p.m. after a very pleasant time, we got petrol ec at Glasshouse Mountains P.O. & had a talk with a Mrs. Whitehead who used to live at Kedron. We called & saw Mr. G. Herman, he had improved & was very pleased to see Clara & I. He is quite reconciled & waiting for the hevanly call home.

Jan 22 1943: Jim, Clara & family called for me about 9 a.m. & drove me to Redcliffe where Joe & family & Hector & family are spending holidays (Joe & Hector drive up & down to work) We called at the bacon factory & at Percy & Fanny’s on our way. We had a very pleasant time together & all the children had a great time. A thunder storm came on and kept us till near 11 p.m. We got home about 12. Cousin Dasie McClintock came to spend a few days with us.

Jan 23 1943: At home all day. Hughie called this afternoon & gave me Keets rent & Smiths instalment.

Jan 24 1943: I attended a.m. service & listened in to a service in Scotts Presbyterian Church Clayfield p.m.

Jan 25 1943: I spent a while at the shop, read the news & had a conversation with Mr. H.W.Wilshire, he would like to purchase “Burnie Brae” if we could come to terms which he suggested. I promised to consult my family & let him know. Today is Mr. G. Hermann’s 90th birthday. We were invited out to spend this evening with them & all their family & friends, about 25. Mr. S Harris drove Alex Mary & I there, although Mr. Hermoun is very weak he sat up in bed & thoroughlly injoyed the party singing a lot of Saintley hymns which he knew & sang in his young days. He does not expect to be with us much longer, but is quite prepared for the future. We closed by singing God be with You till we meet again. Refreshments served home at 10.20 p.m.

Jan 26 1943: At home. I posted a letter to Fanny with cheque part of it for Maggie. Hector, Doris & family came to see us this evening & returned our wireless & took their large one & their bird that was here while they were on holidays. Mr. C. Cuthbert spent the evening with me while Mrs. C. attended Choir practice. Lovely weather.

Jan 27 1943: I spent a while at the shop. I posted two of A.G.Eastman’s addresses to the Rev. W. Kleindienst Sandgate. “The Finding of Noah’;s Ark” & “Further proof of Noah’s Ark”. I also gave same to Hector & to Mr. Cuthbert last night with two later addresses. Mary & cousin Daisey McClintock paid a visit to Clara this afternoon. Harold Schiche came to see us this afternoon, he stayed the night, he goes back to his camp tomorrow afternoon. His home is at Wagga N.S.W. Mr. Wirth called & had tea & spent the evening, they are all well & doing well. Milking about 70 cows. Ideal weather.

Jan 28 1943: I done my usual round. Hector was with us as usual & he is doing a message to the Bank for me.

Jan 29 1943: At home all day. Mr. F.G. Wall, collector for the British & Foreign Bible Society called & I gave him my usual donation. Dorithy Argo passed in her music exam Piano with 88. Joan passed advanced exam theaory Violin 80. Orchestra practice was held here this evening. Very cloudy dull day.

Jan 30 1943: At home all day. Jim Clara & family called for a short time this afternoon.

Jan 31 1943: I attended a.m. service. Alex brought Mr. & Mrs. Chalk to see us this afternoon. Mr. R. Scott & Joe Sostak were here & we had a pleasant musical afternoon.

February


Feb 1 1943: Holiday Australia Day At home all day Mr. Drew of Lutwyche took a fuel stove to Alex house at Bald Hills in his milk truck. Alex went with him & fixed it up for the tenant. He rode back home on his bike which he had taken with him. Very nice warm day.

Feb 2 1943: I received Mr. John A. Scott’s cheque for rent collected for Maggie’s house at Sandgate. I posted it to the Bank on my way to the shop. Mr. Gibney told me he has sold his Chermside property to Mr. Berket. Dulcie & her best boy Roy Alan Wackwitry called this evening & let us all know they are engaged with the intention of being married.

Feb 3 1943: Home all day Mary & Ethel spent the day at their mothers place cleaning up her kitchen & laying new linoleum, they had a long heavy days work & made a good job of it. Very dark cool day with a few light showers.

Feb 4 1943: I spent a while at the shop. Hector was here as usual & gave me the book of cheque forms he got at the Bank for me. Very warm day, thunder storm & smart shower between 3 & 4 p.m.

Feb 5 1943: Rain set in during last night & is still raining at 9.30 a.m. Cleared up at midday. I have just heard that Mr. G. Hermann (snr) has been taken to the General Hospital, he is very weak & unconscious most of the time.

Feb 6 1943: I done my usual round. Mr. G. Hermann died in Hospital. I went with Alex & Mary to see Mr. & Mrs. Chalk this evening. Hottest day this summer 94.2.

Feb 7 1943: I attended a.m. service. The Rev. Pratt preached a good inspiring sermon. Heat 90.

Feb 8 1943: I spent a while at the shop. I posted four of Eastman’s addresses to Mr. W.J.S. Dalton. Lovely cool day.

Feb 9 1943: Hughie drove Mary, Mr. Bishop & I to attend Mr. Gothlieb Hermann’s funeral from his late residence at Lawnton to the Lawnton Cemetery. It left the house about 10.15 a.m. there was a fairly large attendance. The Rev. R.W. Fulcher conducted the service. Home 11.15. Hair cut this morning Ideal weather. Strong cool South East wind all day.

Feb 10 1943: I done my usual round to read the news. Grace Wayper called to see us this afternoon.

Feb 11 1943: I spent the morning at the shop. Hector was here as usual and is doing a message to the Bank for me. Hector Scott was passing with a convoy and called in for about 3 minutes, just before our Hector left.

Feb 12 1943: At home all day. Tom Chalk drove Alex & I to Bald Hills in his truck. Alex and him are fixing a stove & flue in Alex house and bringing the old stove home. I waited at Percy & Fanny’s and had a talk with Maggie. She may be going to stay with Janie for a while as Percy’s boy has left him & Fanny has to assist Percy. A.W.Wallace? is fixing up a new milking machine for Percy.

Feb 13 1943: I spent the morning attending to the phone while Hughie was at the Paint Shop. Janie came up from Sandgate this afternoon & let me know they had arranged for Maggie to stay with her for a while. I gave her a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to date and helped her to balance her book. I also balanced Smith’s book to the 17th inst.

Feb 14 1943: I attended a.m. service. The Rev. R.W.Fulcher baptised five children. Rhoda came to see us this afternoon. Jim & Grace called this evening & left a beautiful drawn plan & pictures of our proposed new church which he has done & framed free of charge. Alex will paint the frame.

Feb 15 1943: I spent a short time at the shop this morning. Mr. Bert Sluce took my old rocking chair to repair the upholstering. Maggie is now staying with Janie. Bright sunshiny day.

Feb 16 1943: I done my usual round. I received a letter from Mr. W.J.F. Dalton. I posted a note to Mr. H.W. Wilshire letting him know I am prepared to converse with him re him purchasing “Burnie Brae”. A shower early this morning, cloudy cool day.

Feb 17 1943: I thank God for sparing m e 83 years to date and for saving me from serious sickness, suffering or disaster of any sort and has blessed me abundantly with material and spiritual blessings. I remained at home all day. I have received presents & kind wishes from children & grandchildren. Jim, Clara & family, Beckie & Ronnie came to see us this evening. I sent a book entitled “Our Great Heritage” with Clara to lend to Rev. T.H. Blasckburn. Ideal weather.

Feb 18 1943: I done my usual round. Hector was with us as usual & brought my Bank passs book. Mr. B. [Scluce] brought my good old rocking chair home after upholstering it very nicely. Fairly warm day.

Feb 19 1943: At the shop a while as usual. Orchestra practice here this evening. 11 present. Jim Wayper brought parts of a violin he is making, to show me, it is a copy of my old [Stainer] that I gave to Hughie, it is insured for ₤75. Cool day showery afternoon.

Feb 20 1943: I attended to the Phone at the shop this morning. Mr. H.W.Wilshire called this afternoon, we had a conversation re him purchasing “Burnie Brae”, he is to make inquiry re legal conditions ec for vendors & purchasers. Very dark cool day rain set in about 6 p.m.

Feb 21 1943: I attended a.m. & p.m. services. A.[W.] Bert Dickenson & Joe McDonald soldiers came home with us from church, had dinner & tea with us & attended p.m. service. Also Mr. Roy Scott who visits us regularly came with them they are all in the Chermside camp. Showery day.

Feb 22 1943: I done my usual round & attended to the phone for Hughie. A convoy stopped in front of our shop a short time this morning. One of the soldiers called to make inquiries & had a chat with me, I gave him several of Eastman’s addresses which he appreciated. I paid my annual donation for City Mission to Miss C.V. Harris, collector.

Feb 23 1943: I spent a while at the shop. Cold windy day.

Feb 24 1943: Usual round. Fred Bishop & Leila called in this evening and told us they intend to get married some time in May next if all goes well. I got J.A. Scott’s statement & cheque for rent collected Maggie’s house at Sandgate. Cool windy day.

Feb 25 1943: I remained home all day. Hector had dinner with us. I posted letter to Maggie with cheque also a plan of our church services, c/o Mrs. J. Wayper Curlew St. Sandgate where Maggie is staying at present. I posted J.A. Scott’s cheque to the Bank. Mr. [Gutlibe] Herman of Zillmere came to see us this afternoon. He had his (now obsolete) French flute with him, he played a lot of hymn tunes. Jessie accompanied him with the piano. He also sang a lot & we had a pleasant afternoon. Mary went to town & got Joan’s new glasses. Cool wind shower at night.

Feb 26 1943: At home all day reading & lying about. Mary, [Gwen], the girls & some of the soldier boys who attend our church went to the young peoples rally in the Albert St. Methodist church at 6 p.m. Mary met Janie Wayper there, she told Mary Maggie is well but her memory seems almost completely gone. Cool breezey day.

Feb 27 1943: I done my usual round. Mr. Edward Chesterfield died in hospital aged 76. Pioneer of Chermnside.

Feb 28 1943: I attended a.m. service. Four soldier came home with us & spent the afternoon, after tea church, they were delighted with the musical afternoon, singing hymns ec. Rhoda was here also. Joe came for me & drove Beckie, Clara & I to a meeting in Albert St. Church Womens Auxiliary Home [Missions]. Beckie is [Sec] & read the annual report. There was on good programme well carried out. (from 3 to 4.30 p.m.)

March


Mar 1 1943: I posted H.C. Wood’s cheque to the Bank on my way to the shop. Jessie got form to fill in from [ ] power authorities. Edward Chesterfield, one of the pioneers of this district aged 76 was buried in Lutwyche Cemetery this afternoon. Eddie & Alex attended the funeral and tendered my sympathys to his relations. Harold Menery arrived home this evening after being at the war over sea more than two years. He has escaped injury & is well. A few nice showers this afternoon.

Mar 2 1943: I done my usual round. Corporal Bert. Dickinson gave me a ride in an American Jeep this afternoon. I am over 83 & it is the first ride I have had in a Jeep, it is a wonderful little motor car that is used for many purposes by the military. Some shower in the early hours of the morning.

Mar 3 1943: Usual round, attended Phone & read the news ec. I got a pair of sandshoes at W. Argo’s for 3/9. Jessie got a certificate from Dr. Power. Lovely weather, early morning showers.

Mar 4 1943: I done my usual round. Hector had dinner with us. Herbie is now out of Hospital & came to see us this afternoon,. His camp is at Holland Park. [Jessie] had an enterview with the Matron of the Garden Settlement Homes and arranged to do domestic duties there. A whole convoy of Japs trying to land on New Guinea has been destroyed. 22 ships, 90,000 tons 12 transports 10 war ships, about 15,000 troops besides the crews killed to a man. 55 planes shot out of action and many more damaged. Big head line in this evening’s Telegraph.

Mar 5 1943: At the shop as usual. Harold Carseldine got home yesterday on 12 days leave, he called in to see us & had dinner with us, then drove to town. He is now a Lieutenant, he gave me a letter from his mother. Ideal weather.

Mar 6 1943: I got a letter from Janie re Maggie. I posted a reply on my way to the shop. Victor had dinner with us and told us all the others are well.

Mar 7 1943: I attended a.m. service. 3 soldiers came home with us & spent the afternoon & attended evening service. Eddie, Mary, Herbie & Norma & Rhoda were here this afternoon. Alex & Mary got them to stay for tea & Rhoda got home with them.

Mar 8 1943: I done my usual round. Jessie commenced domestic duties at the Garden Settlement for aged people Chermside this morning. She intends working five & a half days a week & sleep at home.

Mar 9 1943: I had a long talk with Mr. [Menerey] at the shop this morning, it is the first time for six months that he has walked that far, his health is still improving. I wrote a letter to Mr. W.T.J. Dalton & posted it tonight. I enclosed 3 of Mr. A.G. Eastman’s addresses in it. Lovely weather.

Mar 10 1943: My usual round attending phone ec. Bert Dickenson & Joe McDonald (Soldiers) left this camp and went south this morning.

Mar 11 1943: Done my usual round, Hector was here & is doing a message to the Bank for me.

Mar 12 1943: At shop as usual. Received letter from Janie [ ] my land tax a/c. Harold [Shackie] came from his camp to see us this afternoon & to stay till tomorrow afternoon. Fanny & her Harold called in later & invited all of us to there place this evening so Alex, Mary, the girls, Muriel & Harold Shackie drove out to see their latest moving pictures.

Mar 13 1943: I done my usual round, attended to phone, had a talk with Mr. Pittman at the shop & with Mrs. Menerey. On my way home I lent him 3 of A.G. Eastman’s pamphlets to read. Harold Shackie spent the day with us, he left at 4.30 p.m. Bettie called for a while, Mary & Margaret Wayper called also. Jim & Clara called later. Lovely weather all week.

Mar 14 1943: I attended a.m. & p.m. services. Two soldiers Scott & Sestock came home with us & spent the afternoon & attended p.m. service also Hector, Doris & Lindsey came after dinner & remained for the service & drove me to church & home.

Mar 15 1943: I posted a cheque for Maggie’s rates & compulsory insurance to the City Council on my way to the Shop where I spent the morning attending phone & reading the news.

Mar 16 1943: At home all day. Janie & Maggie came up from Sandgate in the Bus to see us, they are both well. I gave Janie a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments, Maggies board & lodgings & some to give to Maggie. Mr. Charles Stewart called this afternoon while they were here. Harold Carseldine called for me about 5 p.m. & I came to Fairfield with him to spend a few days with Percy & Fanny.

Mar 17 1943: “At Fairfield” Harold left here about 9 a.m. to return to his camp down South, after his fortnight leave. Mr. Duffield from Palmwoods was here when I came out yesterday evening. Jim, Clara, Betty, Heather & Beckie came in a little later & we had a great time.

Mar 18 1943: “At Fairfield” I had a look at Percy’s new milking machine in action, it is a wonderful labour saving invention & appears to be working very well. I got a letter from Leila who is on holidays in Warrick with her cousin Jein Hartley. Max H. is in the Military Hospital there and they visit him twice a day.

Mar 19 1943: At “Fairfield” All the cattle were very diligent grazing this morning which is said to be a sign of rain, & right enough the rain came on about 11 a.m. & we had a lovely rain which was needed.

Mar 20 1943: At “Fairfield” Dorothy & Marjory Argo & their school mate Joice Beaumont came out on the early bus & spent the day here. Les [Kleindirnst] was here also with Hughie & we all had some fun among the dry corn cobs in the Barn. Jim came out at 8 p.m. & drove us home. Ideal weather all week.

Mar 21 1943: At Duff Street home I attended a.m. service & listened in to Rev. Hobbs, St. Andrews C.of England S.Brisbane. The Rev. R.W. Fulcher came home with us for dinner.

Mar 22 1943: I done my usual round. Alex sold the old lockup building to Mr. J. Straine this evening for [ 11-15-0].

Mar 23 1943: Usual round Mr. W. Jackson had a wire to say his son Lenord is a prisoner of war in Borneo the first word they have had since the fall of Singapore. The quarterly circuit social was held in Kedron church this evening. Dr. Fow conducted a community singing evening, of hymns in the new Methodist humn book. He gave a lot of information re the composers & it was a pleasant evening, there was a bus & two car load from Chermside. I went with Alex in the car he took four of the old ladies from the Homes.

Mar 24 1943: I posted John A. Scott’s cheque to the Bank, on my way to the shop this morning. I got my rate & insurance notices for Belmore St. & Bridge St. properties.

Mar 25 1943: Home all day. Hector gave me a list he got at my Bank, of all the documents I have deposited there for safe keeping.

Mar 26 1943: Home all day. There was a thunder storm at 6 p.m. & a good shower, it prevented several from attending the monthly orchestra practice here but they carried on with the few that attended. Joe, Sestock came & spent the evening with us & enjoyed the music. 11 p.m. still raining.

Mar 27 1943: At home all day. Uncle Hugh, Victor, Basel, Jean & their little daughter called in to see us for a few minutes this morning. Lorna and one of her mates [Reigh] Carter, called to see us this afternoon. Harold Shackie came to stay till tomorrow evening.. He is on leave. Tomorrow is Jessie’s 21st birthday. A surprise partie arrived at 7.30 p.m. Christain Endevourers & many of their parents, they gave her a lot of lovely presents, they had outdoor & indoor games & spent a pleasant evening. 60 present.

Mar 28 1943: I remained home all day, not too well. Three soldiers with us today. Jim, Clara & family & Thelma Biggs called for a short time this afternoon. Jessie’s 21st birthday.

Mar 29 1943: At home all day.

Mar 30 1943: Home all day. Joe, Beckie, Dug & Ronie came to see us for a short time this evening.

Mar 31 1943: Home all day Lovely weather, one heavy shower this morning.

April


Apr 1 1943: At home all day. Hector with us as usual on Thursday for dinner. Some lovely showers during last night which was very acceptable. Ideal weather.

Apr 2 1943: At home all day. Rev. Fulcher sent me word with Alex that Mr. W. Wallin & Mrs. Wallin (snrs) are living now with their soninlaw (& daughter) Harold Barron, Kedron and they would very much like me to call & see them. Mr. Fulcher offered to drive me there and back next Tuesday if I would go. I consented with thanks.

Apr 3 1943: I was at the shop for a while this morning.

Apr 4 1943: I attended p.m. service, the Rev. Frederick preached a very earnest, stirring sermon. Mr. & Mrs. Hemmingway conveyed Mr. & Mrs. Wallis Burnett’s kind regards to me.

Apr 5 1943: I didn’t go from home this morning except to post a letter to the Bank.

Apr 6 1943: Home all morning. I posted a letter to A.G. Eastman containing cheque to pay for one years printed radio addresses to be sent by post to [Wm] McClintock snr Woombye N.C. Line Queensland & to keep balance of cheque for Raids Fund. The Rev. Fulcher called for me and drove me to Kedron [ ] & I had a pleasant afternoon with Mr. & Mrs. Whallin snr, they have both been very poorly. He has had a stroke & lost use of his left side. If he lives till next month he will be 80. Mrs. W. was born 1866. Mrs. Barron made afternoon tea they invited me to call whenever I can. Mr. Fulcher brought me home. I attended a concert given by our church choir & orchestra at the aged peoples homes this evening. It was a thorough success and the old folk were delighted.

Apr 7 1943: I spent the morning at the shop. I rung up Fanny re Maggie. They expect to be getting a boy to work for them in a few days time, then Maggie could return to them. She will ring up & let Hughie know.

Apr 8 1943: Home all day. Hector was here, he is going to pay my Land Tax which is due on the 12th inst. It will save me posting cheque.

Apr 9 1943: I done my usual round. Harold Shackie came here from camp at Esk this afternoon to stay the night & return early tomorrow morning.

Apr 10 1943: Fanny rung up this morning re me going to stay a while out there as Maggie would be returning there next Monday from Janie Waypers place where she has spent two months. She had letters from [Vernie] in New Guinea and from Harold down South they were both well, Janie had word from Jack & the boys they are well also (I had had rung her up re Maggie).

Apr 11 1943: I attended a.m. service. Heavy rain set in during the service, & many had to be driven home in cars. Alex drove me to Bald Hills at 3.30 p.m. where I intend staying with Percy & Fanny for a few weeks, as they have no help and Fanny has to help Percy most of her time.

Apr 12 1943: At “Fairfield” Janie Wayper brought Maggie hee this afternoon by hired motor cab. She has been living with Janie since Feb 14th for a change. She is well but her memory is getting worse than ever. I settled with Janie for Maggie’s board & lodgings & car fare & J.A. Smith’s instalments to 10th inst. I am now trying to make myself useful here. Dull morning very hot day.

Apr 13 1943: At “Fairfield” Light rain & thunder this morning. The cheque I sent to A.G. Eastman 6th inst. was returned to me today for correction as I made an error in filling, I corrected it & it will be posted back in the morning. Percy drove to the red hill Bald Hills flats yesterday to inspect a disk plough for sale. I went with him, he bought it for ₤15. (a two furrow)

Apr 14 1943: At “Fairfield” Hughie posted my letter with cheque corrected back to A.G. Eastman this morning.

Apr 15 1943: At “Fairfield” Percy took one of the discs off the plough he bought & done some ploughing with it this afternoon, it seems satisfactory.

Apr 16 1943: At “Fairfield” I done my usual routine, husked some corn cobs ec. I made out cheque for Bridge St. Nundah Rates & compulsory insurance. Cold morning, hot day.

Apr 17 1943: Percy took Fanny to Sandgate this evening & she had a tooth drawn by Mr. McVee, Dentist. He said she would have to have them all drawn as they were effected with Piareea.

Apr 18 1943: Home all day. Maggie & I listened in to St. Johns Church of England Service 7.30 p.m. the others went to the Brighton Church.

Apr 19 1943: At “Fairfield” Hughie posted my letter with cheque for Bridge St Rates to City Council this morning. A heavy loaded large Military truck capsized at corner of road near Mr. Thompsons. the two men had a narrow escape of being killed. They rang up from here to their camp at Toowoomba for instructions. they were on their way to Nambour & got misdirected.

Apr 20 1943: I amused myself husking corn cobs. Very cold morning & hot day.

Apr 21 1943: I received J.A. Scott’s statement & cheque. Lovely weather.

Apr 22 1943: At “Fairfield” I sent Scott’s cheque to the Bank by post, Hughie posted it. Fanny went to town, she got one or two things for me. Joe & Patricia arrived here from Toowoomba about 4.30 p.m. to spend the weekend.

Apr 23 1943: It commenced raining about 4 a.m. & we had a lovely steady rain for a few hours. Jim & Clara & family came to see us this afternoon and had tea with us. Alex sent letters & receipts to me with Jim. Mrs. Kenedy & Mrs. G. Carseldine were here also & we had a nice gathering, we had Bible reading & prayer after tea.

Apr 24 1943: I got a letter from Joan, it was dated 21 inst. Joe, Beckie & family called to see us for a short while this afternoon & we all had a look at the milking machine in motion.

Apr 25 1943: At “Fairfield” At home all day. Joe & Patricia left here for their home at Toowoomba at 2 p.m. Harold gave us a surprise visit at 4 p.m. & left at 5 p.m. for Toowoomba, he may be there for 3 or 4 weeks. I listened to Rev. Whaller 7.30 p.m.

Apr 26 1943: At “Fairfield”

Apr 27 1943: I answered Joan’s letter that I received on 24 inst. Lovely warm weather.

Apr 29 1943: At “Fairfield”

May


May 1 1943: I have been amusing myself most of the week husking corn cobs & Hughie drove Fanny & I to the school house to record our vote, City Council elections. Maggie came for the drive. Mrs. G. Carseldine came to take Fanny;s place while she will be laid up after having all her teeth drawn. Lovely weather all week.

May 2 1943: At “Fairfield” Doctor Guy Shelshare & Dentist De Vis came here at 8 a.m. & drew all of Fanny’s teeth as they were all badly effected with Piareea. Jim & Clara came to see her this afternoon. Joan came with them.

May 3 1943: At “Fairfield” I gave letter with rate notices & cheque to Joan yesterday for to post. She brought me my Chermside mail & a present of lovely fruit from Mrs. G. Hermann. Fanny is having a bad time after her operation yesterday but is as well as expected.

May 4 1943: Clara came out to help things along for a while today she got the 10 a.m. bus out & the 4 p.m. home. Fanny was up a short time this evening.

May 5 1943: Percy [sieved] about half an acre of wheat & barley this afternoon. I bagged up a lot of corn husks ec. Very heavy fogg this morning & hot day.

May 6 1943: At “Fairfield” Percy attended a committee meeting at the Home of discharged prisoners Eagle Farm. He took me to Chermside and called for me on his way home. I was there from 1.10 p.m. till 3.20 p.m. Hector was there and Mrs. Charles Stewart called while I was there. Mary gave me a lovely pair of woolen gloves that she had knitted for me. I brought some more of my clothing & sundries. Cool morning hot day.

May 7 1943: Very cold morning, hot day.

May 8 1943: Very cold morning, near frost, hot day.

May 9 1943: Home all day. Fanny is improving & went as far as Chermside with Percy & stayed with Mary while Percy visited Mr. Dickey in hospital. Fanny played a lot of Saintly hymns ec for Maggie & I while the others were away at Church this evening. Warm weather.

May 10 1943: At “Fairfield” I settled up with Percy & Fanny for Maggie’s & my board & lodgings from 12 April to date.

May 11 1943: Cool morning hot day.

May 12 1943: Fanny is now able to assist with the milking in the daytime, although her mouth is still sore.. Warm weather day & night

May 13 1943: At “Fairfield” Mrs. G. Carseldine is still assisting with the milking & doing house work, her and Fanny went to town this afternoon while Mrs. Gunston was here, who comes every Thursday to assist with the general house work. No wind to work windmill for pumping water supply. Warm day & night.

May 14 1943: I awoke this morning with a nasty aching pain in my left hip. I came as far as Chermside with Percy & Fanny intending to stay until Sunday evening, they were meeting Hughie at the tram. The pain in my hip is getting worse. Very dull warm day light showers.

May 15 1943: At Chermside The pain in my hip is worse, it gave me great pain to walk even with a walking stick. Joan rung up the Doctor at 8 a.m. & he came out & prescribed & said it is syaticka. Joan went to town & got the medicine & some for herself. Alex gave me a good rubbing with the liniment. Hughie came to see me this evening. Very dark warm showery day only light rain.

May 16 1943: At Chermside I remained home all day, getting well rubbed and taking the medicine. Jim, Clara & family called this afternoon. Eddie, Mary & Norma also, while the others were all away at Stafford Harvest Festival meeting. Rhoda had dinner with us. Mary called later. I am improving but my back is getting bad. Alex gave it a good rubbing morning & night.

May 17 1943: At Chermside I had a message from Fanny to say they could manage without me going out there till after Leila’s wedding next Saturday. My back is still troubling me, it was well rubbed morning & evening. Leila called this evening. Fine weather.

May 18 1943: At home all day. My back is improving, I am having it rubbed & taking the medicine. Mr. E.mith arrived home at 2 p.m. from the North. He is on leave from the [C.C.C.] He has been away about 10 months. Eddie called this evening & got some of Alex spare fencing. Lovely morning, dark afternoon, light rain at night.

May 19 1943: At home all day. I received statement & cheque from John A.Scott, rent collected Maggie’s property. Harold Carseldine called on his way to town this morning & called for Joan and brought her home from work this evening. He leaves for his camp in the South next Friday, after training in a school in Toowoomba. Hector & Doris called this evening, I gave Hector some money & Scott’s cheque to bank for me.

May 20 1943: At Chermside I spent a while at the shop this morning. Mr. B. Unwin called while I was there & let Hughie know Mrs. Unwin is laid up with the flue & will not be able to attend Leila’s wedding. Hector called as usual. I called to see cousin Annie, she is fairly well but cannot get about without help. I am thankful my back is about better. Ideal weather.

May 21 1943: At the shop. I rung up J.A. Scott this morning & asked him to make a special effort to sell Maggie’s property as she is anxious to sell it. Joe Sestak came to see us this evening & brought some music he copyed for our Choir. I handed Leila a present for her wedding tomorrow 22nd inst. I received an invitation from cousins Fred & Minnie Smith to be present at the marriage of their daughter Alice to Donald B. Waugh in Chermside Methodist Church on 29th inst. & at their home after. Cold West wind.

May 22 1943: Mr. E. Proctor died today aged 83. At home all day, excepting when I attended Leila’s marriage to Fred H. Bishop in the Chermside Methodist Church at 3 p.m. The Rev. R.S.C. Dingle assisted by Rev. Jeffrey Bishop married them. The church was crowded inside & out. Breakfast was held in the School of Arts, between 70 & 80 present. Many telegrams of congratulations were read. Joe Packer was chairman. A large table was loaded with valuable presents, everything was carried out splendidly & lovely weather prevailed. Percy & Fanny were present & I came home with them to live at Bald Hills for a while.

May 23 1943: At “Fairfield” I remained home all day. Maggie & I listened in to Rev. Wheller at 7.30 p.m. Albert St. Methodist Church.

May 24 1943: At “Fairfield” At home all day doing odds & ends in the house as I am not fit for any heavier work. Fanny has still to help Percy with the milking as they cannot get help. Maggie’s memory is not improving although she is quite well & sensible otherwise. Mrs. G. Carseldine is poorly today, taking the Flue or[ Dengue] Mr. E. Proctor was buried in Nundah cemitery. Percy & Fanny attended the funeral.

May 25 1943: At home doing the usual round.

May 26 1943: Fanny went to town by 12.30 p.m. train to let her dentist examine her mouth. He is well pleased with the way it is healing. Clara met her in town as arranged. Clara promised to ring up Alex Mary on my behalf to get a suitable present for Don Waugh & Alice Smith’s wedding next Saturday to which Percy, Fanny & I are invited. It is to take place in the Chermside Methodist Church at 5.30 p.m. & at the brides home after.

May 27 1943: At “Fairfield” I had a letter from Mr. John A. Scott this morning stating he has a cash offer of ₤350. for Maggie’s Bevington Street house & the two allotments it stands on. Very cold morning but no frost.

May 28 1943: I rung up Mr. Scott and autherised him to accept a deposit on approval of an offer as near ₤400 as his client would go.

May 29 1943: I went with Percy, Fanny & Hughie to Donald Waugh & cousin Alice Smith’s wedding in the Chermside Methodist Church at 5.30 p.m. & at her parents home after. The Rev Fulcher married them & took the chair at the after meeting, there was a great gathering of friends & relations, a very pleasant was spent.

May 30 1943: At home all day. Mrs. G. Carseldine was able to be up most of the day but has a bad cough. She, Maggie & I listened in to [ ] C of England service at 7.30 p.m. while the others went to the Brighton M. Church.

May 31 1943: At “Fairfield” Cloudy day rain started at 10 p.m.

June


Jun 1 1943: Posted 6 of Eastman’s addresses to to Mr. W. Dalton and 6 to Mrs. V. Boot to be sent to Mr. Boot. Nice steady rain from 10 last night till a.m. today.

Jun 2 1943: Mr. & Mrs. P. Williams (Percy’s sister Ethel) & two of their daughters came from Warrick to attend Mr. W’s mother’s funeral which is to take place from Albert St. Methodist Church to the Mount Thompson Crematory. She was a well known worker for Temprance, Red-cross & other societies, age 87. I received receipt from Bank for Mr. Earl’s deposit on the 31st ult. ₤4.6.8.

Jun 3 1943: At “Fairfield” I received letter from Bureau of Industry asking for the floor measurement of shop occupied by Mr. J. Mohr Shoemaker. Frosty morning.

Jun 4 1943: The Williams family left here early this morning for their house at Warrick. Frosty morning

Jun 5 1943: At home all day. Eddie, Mary & Norma came to see us this evening. Eddie gave me a cheque for his instalments up to the 8th inst. ₤7. I filled in the form from Bureau of Industry & will have it posted not later than next Monday. Percy got all our ration books last night. Very cold morning.

Jun 6 1943: At home all day. Listened in to C of E service Melbourne Archbishop this morning & to St. Andrews C of E service at 7.30 p.m.

Jun 7 1943: At “Fairfield” Kings Birthday. Some kept this holiday. Jim, Clara & family came to see us this afternoon. Jim has a poisoned hand and he is just recovering from the Flue. Joan returned my fountain pen. I sent reply by Post to Bureau of Industry. Percy has just got a dose of a cold & is quite hoarse.

Jun 8 1943: I posted Eddie’s cheque to Bank.

Jun 9 1943: I got a letter from Joan this morning with a lot of Chermside new & humor.

Jun 10 1943: At “Fairfield” Maggie came out with a cold & very hoarse this morning. Percy is a little better, Fanny went to town at midday. Mrs. Gunston is here as usual on Thursdays. Very cold frosty morning.

Jun 11 1943: Fanny rung up the Doctor this morning and Dr. Henderson came in place of Dr. Shelshare as he is on holiday. He prescribed for Maggie’s cold. A lovely shower during the night.

Jun 12 1943: At “Fairfield” & Chermside later. Joe & Patricia arrived here from Toowoomba about 3 p.m. to spend the weekend. Jim, Clara & family came to see us this afternoon & I came home with them to Chermside to spend a week. I gave Jim the Doctors prescription for Maggie’s medicine. He said he’d get it & send it out to her. Very cloudy warm morning.

Jun 13 1943: At Chermside I attended a.m. & p.m. services. The preacher Mr. Whittle & his wife came home with us & had dinner & tea. He took Kedron service 7.15 p.m. Jim got Maggie’s medicine & drove out with it today. Rhoda had dinner with us. Hughie drove her home.

Jun 14 1943: At Chermside I went to the shop for a while this afternoon. Yesterday the Rev R.W.Fulcher arranged to drive me to visit Mr. W. Wallen snr at his soninlaws residence H. Barron, Kedron (& to drive us home later) next Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Jun 15 1943: At the shop this morning reading the news and attending Phone. Hector & Doris came to see us this evening. I arranged for Hector to get information re transfer of property. Cold last night & this morning.

Jun 16 1943: At the shop a while this morning. I rung up J.A. Scott & let him know I would be at Chermside this week and that I had received his Statement & cheque this morning. I authorised him to accept ₤400. for Maggie’s Sandgate property, house & four allotments with all improvements. The Rev R.W. Fulcher called for me about 2 p.m. as arranged & drove me to see Mr. Wallen. We had a pleasant time & Mrs. Barron made afternoon tea. Mr. Fulcher drove me home about 5 p.m. Mr. Wallen was 80 on the 24th of last May. Very cold last night & this morning.

Jun 17 1943: At Chermside At the shop a while. Hector was here as usual, he gave me information he got from [Mssrs] Worrin & Son office girl re transfer of property. I sent deposit to the Bank with him. Cameron Jackson is home on leave & had dinner with us. Frosty morning

Jun 18 1943: I done my usual round. I called & seen Mr.& Mrs. F. {Murr} at their home this afternoon. Mr..M. has been very poorly. Very cold frosty morning.

Jun 19 1943: I spent a while at the shop this morning. I received a letter from cousin W. McClintock this morning with a cheque for my half of Mr. English’s instalments & interest ₤28.2.6. leving Mr. E’s balance now ₤15-0-0. I wrote to cousin right away, also posted his cheque to the Bank. I came out to “Fairfield” with Hector, Doris & family, to stay for a while, they stayed for tea. White frost on the grass this morning.

Jun 20 1943: At “Fairfield” I went to the Brighton Methodist Church with Hughie this morning. The Rev Kleindienst preached.

Jun 21 1943: At “Fairfield” Percy has a bad cold. Cold N.E. wind, rain badly needed.

Jun 22 1943: Terrible strong & cold S.W. wind, night & day.

Jun 23 1943: I have got a real dose of a cold. Terrible strong & cold S.W. wind night & day.

Jun 24 1943: At “Fairfield” Mrs. Gunston came as usual on Thursday’s she brought me a parcel from Alex with my chequebook several Bank deposit slips & my necktie. Intensely cold morning, water frozen in waterpipes.

Jun 25 1943: Cold as yesterday morning.

Jun 26 1943: My cold is still hanging on to me & feels like a touch of Pleura. Fanny put a plaster of Antiplagestine on my right side which relieved me. As cold as yesterday morning.

Jun 27 1943: Home all day. I listened in to the Rev. Webster, Creek St. Presbyterian church this evening while the others attended Brighton M. church. He gave a splendid discourse on God in the clouds & in the darkness.

Jun 28 1943: At “Fairfield”

Jun 29 1943: Fanny & I came to the conclusion it would be wise for me to go to Chermside during the very cold weather & it would be more convenient should I require a Doctor. I received a letter from Dulcie & one from Hector.

Jun 30 1943: At “Fairfield” & Chermside. I got all my things packed up and Hughie came for me about 11 a.m. as arranged by phone yesterday. I arrived here in time for dinner with Alex & Mary, all here are suffering with colds. I received a letter from Leila & one from Joan this morning.

July


Jul 1 1943: At Chermside I spent a while at the shop this morning. Hector was here as usual. I posted a cheque to the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation Brisbane for my income tax ₤8-15-0.

Jul 2 1943: While I was at the shop Miss Marie Cranston called & asked if I would be kind enough to give her a letter to certify that she had been born at Chermside as her birth certificate could not be found. I gave her a letter which she said would be quite alright. She said she was born 11 April 1912. I had a chat to Mr. Menerey, Mr. A. Beckman and a long yarn to Mr. Heap. I called in and had a chat to cousin Annie this evening. Posted cheque to A.W. Eastman for [Raido Talks & Raido Fund].

Jul 3 1943: I spent a while at the shop. Hector went into Hospital yesterday for examination of his old complaint. I went with Alex to Kedron & saw Jim, Clara & family & Joe, Beckie & family, they have all been suffering with Flue ec.

Jul 4 1943: I attended a.m. & p.m. services. Hundreds of people are being laid up with the Flue, Dengue or something of the soart. Mrs. Argo senr came to stay with Jim & Clara during the cold weather.

Jul 5 1943: I spent most of the morning at the shop. Hughie was poorly & did not get to the shop till lunchtime and he should not have come then. I rung up Doris re Hector, he is home & is now recovering after a chill. Cheque posted to Janie. Mr. Smith’s instalments to date H.C. Wood’s cheque to the Bank. My letter posted to Leila. Weather very changeable, I had a nasty turn this evening with the shivers ec.

Jul 6 1943: Home all day. Hughie rung up Fanny to inquire how they were. She said they were well but Percy was thrown off his disk plow & had to have three stitches in his hand. Hector is still improving, Lindsey is now laid up with the Flue. Very dull cold day.

Jul 7 1943: At home all day. Mr. McPhail called & tested Alex eyes for new glasses which are to cost [47/-].

Jul 8 1943: Home all day. Hector was not here as usual at dinner time on Thursday, he is still laid up. It has been a lovely sunshiney day with a cool air.

Jul 9 1943: I spent a short time at the shop. Mr. T.J. [Ruffles] funeral notice is in this mornings “Courier Mail” to take place from his late residence 300 Kelvin Grove Road, Kelvin Grove at 10.30 a.m. tomorrow, to the Lutwyche Cemetery. He was one of my earliest companions in the district when it was called Downfall Creek. He was an orphan reared by Mr. & Mrs. J. Patterson & was known as Jimmy Patterson. I posted a letter to my cousin Barbara Hungerford this morning.

Jul 10 1943: I went as far as the shop, it was not opened as Hughie was not well enough to be in it. Alex rung up Cannon & Cripps & arranged for them to supply & deliver a floral wreath for Mr. T.J. Ruffles funeral. None of our family were able to attend. Jajnie Wayper attended & called here this afternoon. Hector, Doris & family called for a few minutes none of them are very well & they say Clara is laid up again. Cold weather.

Jul 11 1943: I attended a.m. service & listen in to Rev Hobbs, St Andrews C of England South Brisbane. He gave a fine ernest address. Rhoda had dinner with us & got the early bus home.

Jul 12 1943: At home all day. I got my income tax forms and commenced getting accounts ready to fill them in. Posted sympathy card to Mrs. Ruffles senr & family also one to Mrs. G. Parker her eldest daughter.

Jul 13 1943: I spent a while at the shop this morning. Hughie rung up Fanny to ask how Percy’s hand is & how all others are. She said Percy is going to see if the Doctor will take the stitches out tomorrow. They had a letter from [Vernie] to say he has recovered from the fever. He is still in New Guinea. Mary went to town this afternoon re getting her teeth attended to. I finished filling in my income tax forms. Mrs. Walles. W. Burnet died.

Jul 14 1943: I posted my income tax return form to Deputy Commissioner on my way to the shop this morning. Mrs. W.W. Burnett was buried in Lutwyche Cemetery this morning. I posted a sympathy card to Mr. Burnett. I became aquainted with him many years ago when he was a pioneer on Buderim Mountain. Mrs. B. was a Miss Ridley of Bald Hills. I had a letter from the Rev T.H. Cherry re my annual subscription to H.M. Training Institution for Young Men “Epworth Lodge” Bowen Hills Valley. Light shower last night, heavy fogg this morning.

Jul 15 1943: I met Roddie McKay at the shop this morning. He was a ship mate of Uncle Hugh & family & used to visit them many years ago. He is now an officer in the army. He is now 60 years of age. He promised to call & see us later on. Hector had dinner with us. I sent a donation to Rev T..H. Cherry’s “Epworth Lodge” with him, also some money to the Bank. Janie Wayper made a special trip here with the spirits I use for making the garlic Asthema cure.

Jul 16 1943: I done my usual round. Ideal weather but rain needed badly.

Jul 17 1943: Usual round. Cold morning. 48 deg later 58.

Jul 18 1943: I attended a.m. service & listened in to St Johns C of E p.m. service by the Bishop of Adelaide. Several soldiers & c.c.c. men spent the afternoon & had tea with us & attended p.m. service. Joe, Beckie & family called for a short time. Hughie Carseldine called also. Joan took a cold & had to remain at home this evening. Very cold morning.

Jul 19 1943: I received a letter from Leila this morning & a letter & receipt from Rev T.H. Cherry. Mary has got her turn of a cold or Flue.

Jul 20 1943: I done my usual round. Rome was bombed for the first time during this war. 700 tons droped. Very dark cold day

Jul 21 1943: I spent a while at the shop reading & attending to the Phone.

Jul 22 1943: I done my usual round. Hector was here for dinner as usual. I received a letter from cousin Barbara Hungerford. I posted cheque to New Zealand Insurance Co. for premium Kedron house.

Jul 23 1943: At home all day, not too well. Joan got her certificate of pass, 70 for theory which was more than she expected as her time was far too short. Weather very cold & dry, an awful lot of sickness about.

Jul 24 1943: At home all day, rather better in health than I was yesterday. Cold morning 45 deg at 8 a.m.

Jul 25 1943: I attended a.m. service & listened in to service in Ann St Church of Christ.

Jul 26 1943: At home all day.

Jul 27 1943: Home all day. Mary H. called this morning & arranged that they would go to Bald Hills for Maggie next Sunday afternoon & take her to spend a few weeks with them. They would call for me on their way out. Very cold frosty morning 38 deg. & midday 62.

Jul 28 1943: Home all day Not near as cold today.

Jul 29 1943: At home all day, not very well. Hector was here for dinner. He had an appointment to call on his Doctor at 3 p.m.

Jul 30 1943: At home greatly troubled with giddiness. Alex rung up the Doctor & he promised to visit me tomorrow morning. Percy & Fanny called on their way to town 2.15 p.m. & left Maggie here till they returned about 5.45 p.m. I gave Fanny cheque to settle Maggie’s a/c to Aug 2nd including Doctors ec. I lay on the bed all day.

Jul 31 1943: I lay in bed all day. Hector, Doris & Lindsey called this evening. Hector let us know the result of his call on the Doctor last Thursday. He had to go to Dr. I Clowes also & had his ears attended to on account of his giddiness, and as my Dr did not turn up, he rung up Dr. Clowes at his house re prescribing for me. His reply was he would not like to do so before my Dr. saw me. Hector let Joe know by phone. Joe & [Tomsine] drove here & gave me the message. Mary has been attending on me all day. I had my meals in bed. The Rev W.H. Greenwood died in hospital today, to be buried at Toowong Monday. Funeral from Albert St. Methodist Church 11 a.m. Hughie spent a while with me tonight, and I got him to attend to rent books ec.

August


Aug 1 1943: I remained in bed all day, there were a lot of visitors, soldiers & c.c.c. men. Mary & Keith called 3 p.m. on their way to Bald Hills for to take Maggie to their place to spend a few weeks. Jim & Clara called later. The Rev J.J. Gee died this evening. Very strong S.W. wind all day.

Aug 2 1943: I remained in bed all day. The Rev W.H. Greenwood’s remains were interred in Toowong Cemetery this morning. The Rev J.J. Gee’s remains were cremated at Mount Thompson Crematory. Alex rung up the doctor & let him know I am improving & he need not call unless rung up later. Terrible strong cold S.W. wind all day

Aug 3 1943: I got up this morning and remained home all day. I am feeling much better. Mr. Charles Stewart called to see me this afternoon & we had a very pleasant talk & prayer. Mrs. S. Harris & Veara with her twin babies called to let me see them, they are a lovely pair, a girl & a boy, their names are to be John & June.

Aug 4 1943: Home all day Mr. Bishop has undertaken to teach Jessie to play the Cello. He gave her the first lesson on his Cello here this evening & left his instrument here for to practice on. Westerly wind.

Aug 5 1943: At home all day. Hector was here as usual. He is taking a deposit to the Bank for me. Visitors all afternoon. West wind.

Aug 6 1943: I had a bad turn with my head this evening & had to be helped from the bath room to bed.

Aug 8 1943: In bed all day.

Aug 9 1943: In bed all day. Alex rung the Dr Power & he came about 5 p.m. & prescribed & Alex & Mary got the medicine at Kedron later.

September


Sep 8 1943: I am feeling rather better today thank God and I am venturing to sit up & write these few lines. Mrs. Argo senr has called in & we have had a nice talk about the goodness of our heavenly Father and our own unworthyness as a people. Mrs. [F] Barker called later. This is the first time I have had my dinner at the table for a long while.

Sep 11 1943: The first time I have dressed since Aug 10th.

Sep 17 1943: Hughie & Hector drove me to Dr Lansdown at Clayfield. Hector introduced me to him & assisted me to undress ec. He gave me a thorough overhall & prescribed for me.

Sep 18 1943: Hector got the medicine & brought it to me this afternoon.

Sep 24 1943: Hughie & Hector drove me to Doctor Vaugn Lansdown at Clayfield. Hector assisted me to undress & the Dr gave me another thorough over hall & attended to my ears ec. He said there is an improvement & he hopes to give me relief. He would like to see me when Hector comes home after his holidays at Coolingatta in three weeks time.

Sep 26 1943: Mr. Reid & the Christian Endaviours came & gave me a very nice musical service here this afternoon on account of me not being able to attend church for some time passed.

Sep 30 1943: Uncle Hugh, Sarah, Ted, Jean & her daughter Paulean & young ladie friend came to see us for a short time this afternoon.

October


Oct 1 1943: Mr. Menerey came to see me this morning.

Oct 2 1943: May went to Tamborine for a weeks holidays. Joan sat for her musical exam, violin this afternoon. Later news, she passed, got 78% & is now entitled to her Letters, A.T.C.L. She came the highest for violin in Queensland.

Oct 3 1943: Several soldier boys were here some for dinner & several for tea we had a musical afternoon. Rhoda was here this afternoon.

Oct 7 1943: The first time I have went down our back door steps & under the house since Aug 9th.

Oct 8 1943: I went into our back yard this morning but I am still very weak & giddie. Eddie & Mary brought Maggie here this morning & she spent the day while Mary went to town.

Oct 9 1943: I was able to go down the yard for a while this morning.

Oct 10 1943: I listened in to a very nice sermon by the Rev Bath in Albert St Methodist church 11 a.m. I am now able to get about without assistance. A lot of soldiers visited us & attended church. Hughie Carseldine called they are all well.

Oct 11 1943: Cousin Margaret Ann Prentice was buried in the Nambour Cemetery at 11 a.m. Hector, Doris & family came here this evening & got their wireless & the bird they left here while they were on their holidays at Coolingatta. Heat 85

Oct 12 1943: I sent sympathy cards to cousin Bland Prentice & to cousin W. McClintock senr. Dulcie got medicine from the dispensary for me. Heat 82

Oct 13 1943: A truck loaded with C.C.C. men going to work capsized this morning & many were injured. Mr. E. West & Mr. J. McAlley that visit us here & attend our church were in it & Mr. West was taken to the Hospital, Mr. McAlley escaped with slight injuries.

Oct 14 1943: I posted cheque for rates, Belmore St. & Bridge St.

Oct 15 1943: Hughie drove me to Doctor Lansdown this evening. Hector came & assisted me to undress ec. I had another good overhaul & the Dr is pleased the way I am progressing. Eddie & Mary brought Maggie here this morning & she remained here while they went to town. They had dinner with us. Maggie is going tomorrow to Hector & Dorris to stay a while with them.

Oct 16 1943: I got a telegram from Joe (at Toowoomba) to say a son was born to them last night. Maggie went to Hector & Doris to spend a few weeks with them.

Oct 17 1943: Our Sunday School Anniversary. Rain set in about 11.30 a.m. & is still raining at 9 p.m.

Oct 18 1943: Dulcie got my medicine from the Dispensary. Dark day & light rain this morning.

Oct 19 1943: Sunday School anniversary in School of Arts this evening, some light showers.

Oct 20 1943: I posted a sympathy card to cousin Barbara Hungerford.

Oct 22 1943: Hector brought Maggie here this morning & she stayed with us till he came home from his work this evening. He got my medicine & nose drops from the dispensary. I am losing my hearing.

Oct 23 1943: It rained nearly all last night & early this morning, the creek is flooded. Very dark cold day with thunder showers.

Oct 24 1943: Mr. Ted West is now out of hospital & had tea with us. He attended church & stayed with us the night as it has rained most of the day & night. My hearing is improving.

Oct 25 1943: Janie Wayper came to see us this afternoon. She has a lovely little squerril that Jack bought from Newguinnie, it is only the size of a small rat with a long bushey tail & on little fruit. I gave Janie a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to 16th inst. Posted the last of my rates for this year.


Oct 27 1943: Mr. Ted West came to see us this evening & had tea with us. He is improving & was able to ride his bike from camp to here.

Oct 28 1943: Mrs. Horton was with us for dinner as usual on every alternate Thursday. She said she is 68 years of age. Mrs. J. Argo senr called to see us for a short time this afternoon. She is now going back to stay with Clara before returning home to Sydney. Alex & Hector Scott are on their way home 24 days leave from New Gunie, they spent the morning with us. Cool weather

Oct 29 1943: I received a letter from Harold Carseldine this morning. Hughie drove me to Dr Lansdown at Clayfield this evening. Hector came & helped me to undress ec, we called in at Hector’s on our way home & saw the others & Maggie who is now staying with them for a while. There was a social in our church for the Soldiers, our people got home about 11.30. Jessie & Joan played at a concert in the Church of Christ, Albion Road church & attended ours after. Cool weather.

Oct 30 1943: Cool weather.

Oct 31 1943: The Rev Wittle preached this morning & spent the afternoon with us. Joe came for him for p.m. service at Kedron. One light shower.

November


Nov 1 1943: Dulcie got medicine from the Dispensary for me, the boy said they could supply the drops for my nose with a Doctor. Lovely weather

Nov 2 1943: Dulcie called at the Dispensary & got the drops for my nose, he said it was the boys mistake. Lovely weather

Nov 3 1943: Mr. [Bowed] called this morning thinking I was a J.P. and would be able to witness his signature to a document in conection with the sale of his car. He had a miraculous escape of being killed in it a week or two ago. He is about 91 years of age. There was a morning tea in the School of Arts. Proceeds for over seas missions. Beckie came in to see me for a while.

Nov 4 1943: Mary called this afternoon & let us know Herbie is now in the Toowoomba Hospital & his hand that was injured is improving.

Nov 5 1943: Hector brought Maggie here to spend the day with us & called for her on his way home from work, her memory is still very bad but she is quite well & sencible otherwise & more contented with her surroundings. Jessie & Joan went to the local Picture show this evening it was a special good show, this is the first show they attended for years.

Nov 6 1943: A few light showers.

Nov 9 1943: I had the shivvers early this morning.

Nov 10 1943: I had the shivvers this afternoon.

Nov 11 1943: I got a letter from John G. Warren & Son with a Decleration form for me to sign & an Insurance Policy for Maggie to sign. Mr. C. Stewart called in to see us this afternoon. He had afternoon tea, a nice conversation & prayer. Hector had dinner with us & I told him I thought I would not be well enough to go to the Doctor tomorrow night as arranged, I have to ring him up sometime tomorrow & let him know. Hector took Policy for Maggie to sign.

Nov 12 1943: I have not been well this week. Joe, Beckie & Ronnie came to see us this evening. Joe came to witness my signature to the Decleration form. There was an Orchestra practice here this evening.

Nov 13 1943: Joe Carseldine & Patrica called on their way home to Bald Hills & showed us my first great grandson. Thank God for allowing me to live to see it & give him my first kiss. One of three Americans testing new planes crashed in Sparkes paddock close to the Military Camp the Pilot was killed & plane burned, terrific blaze & black smoke arose. Jim, Clara & family stayed here while the others went to Stafford.

Nov 14 1943: Thank God I was able to attend a.m. service for the first time since 25 last July. Rhoda & many other visitors were here this afternoon & evening.

Nov 15 1943: Missing

Nov 16 1943: Missing

Nov 17 1943: Missing

Nov 18 1943: Hector brought Maggie here to spend the day with us. He called back & had dinner with us & called for Maggie in the evening. Fanny had dinner with us & went home by the 4.30 p.m. Bus. Jock Wayper on leave call to see me for a few minutes.

Nov 19 1943: Hughie drove me to the Doctor’s this evening. Hector came with us & helped me to undress ec. The Dr says I have improved & has given me a new prescription, a tonic, call in 4 weeks time. A son was born to James & Grace Wayper at 6 p.m. Fine day, one shower at night.

Nov 20 1943: Jim, Clara & family came & stayed with me this evening while the others were at Stafford. Lovely bright day

Nov 21 1943: I attended a.m. service, Rev R.W. Fulcher’s last service here as he is called up for a Navy Padrie, the Endevours gave most of the Programme. Mr. Fulcher gave a short address, the church was crowded. Hector, Dorris & family called in for a short time this afternoon.

Nov 22 1943: Cool day, a few thunder showers.

Nov 23 1943: Janie called to see us this morning & stayed until about 2 p.m. I gave her cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments. Mr. & Mrs. Wirth & their son Mervin (who is in the Police Force) called & spent an hour with us this afternoon. A Circuit Social was held in the Kedron church this evening to say farewell to Rev R.W. Fulcher our beloved young Minister. Cold morning, had one good heavy shower 1 p.m. Very cold last night, had hot water bottle at my feet.

Nov 24 1943: There was one of the most magnificent sunsets that I have ever seen this evening it was beyond all description of form & color, it was followed by a thunder storm & heavy rain about 9 p.m. Lovely weather

Nov 25 1943: Hector had dinner with us. I gave him a razor & small pair of sizors to be sharpened.

Nov 28 1943: I attended a.m. service & listened in to Rev Wheller, Albert St. p.m. A lot of visitors here as usual. Mr. & Mrs,. Wirth & son Mervin had tea with us, they are returning home next Tuesday.

Nov 29 1943: One of the most oppressing hot days we have had this summer, thunder storm & smart showers this afternoon.

Nov 30 1943: Lovely cool cloudy day.

December


Dec 1 1943: Mary H. came to see us this morning & got the 2.15 p.m. bus home, she paid instalments up to Dec. 7th. Very hot day about 90 deg.

Dec 2 1943: Hector brought Maggie to spend the day with us & called for her on his way home. I gave him money to Bank for me including cousin W. McClintock’s cheque for my half of W. Brookes instalment & interest which I received today. Lovely cool cloudy day.

Dec 3 1943: Orchestra practice here this evening, 4 Hamiltons, Mr. Bishop & Miss Menery. Heavy thunder storm prevented others.

Dec 4 1943: Victor came to see us today. I gave him one of his fathers books that I found among mine. Fairly warm day.

Dec 5 1943: I attended a.m. service. Jim, Clara & children called this afternoon.

Dec 7 1943: Lovely weather heat about 84.

Dec 8 1943: I wrote a letter to Harold Carseldine in answer to one I received some time ago. Thunder storm this afternoon. Heat 74 most of day.

Dec 9 1943: Mrs. Horton, Hector & Fanny was with us for dinner & Mr. C. Stewart for afternoon tea. I gave Hector a cheque to hand to John G. Warren & Son for transferring Maggie’s Sandgate property to myself ₤12-6-0 including stamp duty, valuations fee ec. Heat 80 most of day.

Dec 10 1943: Heat 81 lovely weather.

Dec 11 1943: Jim came for me this afternoon & I had tea with them, & spent a while with Joe & Beckie also there was a thunder storm & good shower while I was there. Clara gave me the box with the amathests or christol quarts, which I found in our selections at Woombye over 55 years ago. I thought they were lost but she had [ ] care of them, while her mother & I were running from place to place. Heat 80

Dec 12 1943: I attended a.m. service. The Rev Deller is in charge of this circuit now, he gave a good address. Heat 82

Dec 15 1943: Very heavy thunder storm at night 11 p.m. Heat 86

Dec 16 1943: Hector brought Maggie here this morning & called for her on his way home from work. Her memory is not improving. He brought me the deeds of Sandgate property that Maggie transferred to me, also the receipt from John Warren & Son for transacting the business. Very heavy thunder storm. Heat 83

Dec 17 1943: I should call on the Dr Lansdown this evening but have just got word that he is ill & could I arrange to call next week. Heat 84

Dec 18 1943: Dorithy Bishop’s 21st birthday was celebrated at their home this evening. Ted West, Andey Shepherd & Ethel Boot attended it with the others & had to remain here all night on account of the rain. Cool showery day & rain all night.

Dec 19 1943: I attended a.m. service & listened in to St. Andrews C of E service p.m. Cousins Bob & Elsie McClintock & their son Robbie called in to see us a short time this afternoon. Very cold wet day not much over 70 degs.

Dec 20 1943: Lovely bright morning. Mrs. Argo (senr) called to see Mary & I this afternoon & we had a very pleasant conversation & afternoon tea. Dulcie brought my medicine this evening. I received a new Diary book for 1944 from Fred & Leila also a calender from cousins Barbara & May & a card from cousin Claude & Lil & kiddies as he calls them. Jim & Clara called in this evening. I asked Clara to try to get a present for me to give to my grandson, she said she would her best.

Dec 21 1943: I posted cheque to H.C.C.[Goffage] (accountant) for settlement Dr Lansdown A/c for attendances to me.

Dec 22 1943: Janie called in for a short time this morning. She said she had word from Jock & Harry & they are both well. I gave her a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments. She gave me a nice callender & one to Mary. Jim & Clara came out this evening. Clara had been fortunate enough to purchase a nice verandah swing for a baby which I intend to present to my great grandson Peter Rodney Carseldine on Xmas day.

Dec 23 1943: Joe & Patricia brought my great grandson Peter Rodney to see us this afternoon, his grandmother Mrs. King was with them. Baby is getting on well is now over 13lb weight. Hector, Doris & family & Maggie came to see us this evening. I gave Hector the little case with the cristle quarts (or amethysts) to show to an American soldier who wants to see them. Lovely weather. Heat 85

Dec 24 1943: I went with Alex to Mrs. Waugh’s for some ducks that was ordered for Hughie, Mary & others. Her son Allen? Is growing up a fine tall lad he is about 8 years old & wants to learn to play the violin. Heat 86

Dec 25 1943: Alex & Mary had their family gathering here today they had a good gathering including Mary’s Father & Mother. I had promised to go to “Fairfield” Bald Hills. Jim called for me about 11 a.m. with Clara 3 of their daughters & my sister Maggie & drove us there. We sat down to dinner & 23 to tea including two of the U.S.of A. Soldiers, two Godly men.

Dec 26 1943: I attended a.m. service. Alex drove Jessie, Joan, Andy Shepherd & I visit Mr. Bert Dickenson at Enoggera Military Hospital he has been returned from New Guniea with some skin disease & is to be returned home next Tuesday. Heat 84

Dec 27 1943: Alex, Mary, Jessie, Joan, Dulcie Smith, Ted & Andy, Tom Chalk & family went to the North Pine for a drive a Picnic & a swim in the river this afternoon about 4 p.m. & got home before 9 p.m. Heat 86. Thunder storm during the night.

Dec 28 1943: A thunder storm this evening. Heat 82

Dec 29 1943: Rained all last night & is still raining. Very dark, light rain all day, uncomfortably cold night, the highest heat was 72 degrees, rain continues. Alex & Joan intends going to cousin Dick McClintock’s tomorrow for to spend a few days.

Dec 30 1943: Rained all through last night, creek flooded to our gate & still raining. Alex & Joan got the 6.45 a.m. bus & are going by train as arranged to cousin Dick’s place at Imbil. Rain eased off about 1 p.m. Cold South wind, temperature 60 to 70.

Dec 31 1943: Fine day. Hector came for me at 7.15 p.m. & drove me to Dr Lansdown who gave me a good overhaul & said I am going on well. He gave both my ears a good blow out. Heat 78