In 1946 Thomas Andrew Hamilton acquired a thermometer and kept a record of the daily temperature. He also writes in December of the worst storm known to Brisbane, and the Australians setting a Test Cricket record scoring 645 runs in the 1st innings against England. Throughout the year his diary entries suggest a much greater involvement in the Church, many a local Reverend calling on him and staying for tea, in particular the Rev. A.L. Rose who "had some more fun cutting bushes & had tea with us".
Jan 1 1946: O sing unto the Lord a new song; for He hath done marvellous things; His right hand and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory. Psalm 98.1. I thank God for sparing me to see another lovely bright New Year day and for surrounding me with loving kindness and tender mercies during the past year, and for granting good health to all my family & their offspring. Cousins W.& Charlotte McClintock are celebrating their Golden Wedding today. Jim is taking Clara, Percy & Fanny there. Gwen brought me some beautiful carnations this morning & Mr. Menery spent a while with us. Muriel called this morning. Alex is painting & tarring the battening under this house. Max heat 82.
Jan 2 1946: Harold Shackie & his wife & lovely 3 months old daughter came to see us this afternoon & to bid us farewell as he is released from the army & going to his home down south. They spent the evening with us, Alex drove them to the tram after supper. Wallie Clinton arrived back from Newcastle & had tea with us. He said Joan was having a good time down there. 84.
Jan 3 1946: The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him to all that call upon him in truth. Psalm 145.18. The Rev. A.L. Rose had afternoon tea with us. Les Harris brought his motor car & Alex is going to paint it. Ideal weather 80.
Jan 4 1946: The Rev. Rose amused himself this afternoon cutting down some bushes. He soon got blisters on his hands. He had tea with us. Alex is painting Les Harris’s motor car. Rather hot 88.
Jan 5 1946: A family party was held at Vic & Ethel Boot’s this afternoon & night. Very hot but cool breeze in afternoon. 90.
Jan 6 1946: At home all day. 88.
Jan 7 1946: Alex drove me to Jim & Clara’s place after dinner. I had afternoon tea with Beckie & tea with Jim & Clara. Jim & Clara run me home. Rev. Rose was here for tea after amusing himself cutting down bushes. Very dark cool day, some light showers. Heat 78.
Jan 8 1946: I have been reading a book that Mr. Gibney lent me, entitled “Why the British are Israel” by A.J. Ferris B.A. A book anyone interested in the Bible should read. Lovely weather 80.
Jan 9 1946: I received a letter with statement & cheque from John A. Scott for rent collected. Jim took Clara & three of their children & I to Percy & Fanny’s place. We had a long talk as to what is best to do for Maggie (my sister) as she is always discontent & won’t allow anyone to do things that are necessary & she is unable to do herself. We came to the conclusion to try to get her into a home with other women where they have the ways & means to carry out all duties for their comfort & happiness. Hughie, Alex & Mary are satisfied with our decision, Jim will ring Hector & ask him to make enquiry. Mrs. Hermann (Snr) sent us a box of lovely mixed fruit. 82.
Jan 10 1946: I received a letter from the Secretary of the B.I.W.F. explaining why I had not been receiving the “Covenanter”. 82.
Jan 11 1946: I received H.C. Wood’s statement & cheque for rent collected. I posted his & J.A. Scott’s cheque to the bank. The Rev. A.L. Rose had some more fun cutting bushes & had tea with us. Jack sent a telegram to say Joan will be home tomorrow. Dulcie, Anna & Janet were here for a while this afternoon. A lovely cool breeze. 81.
Jan 12 1946: Alex drove Jessie & Wally to the South Brisbane Railway Station & met Joan there at 4p.m. She gave us a great account of her holidays. May, Leila, Dulcie, Janet & Anna were here for a while this afternoon. 83.
Jan 13 1946: At home all day. Alex drove Vic & Ethel to Maroochydore to spend their holidays there. He left here before 7a.m. Jessie & Wallie Clinton went with him. They got back about 9.30p.m. The Rev. R.Fulcher preached this morning & had dinner with us. Mr.& Mrs. Reid came & dined with us also. There was only Mary, Joan & I at home, but we had a pleasant time. 82.
Jan 14 1946: Joan started work again this morning. The Rev. Heatley Abbott , collector for the British & Foreign Bible Society called this afternoon, I gave him my annual subscription. We had a cup of tea together and very interesting talk about the state of the world and second coming of our Saviour. Mary paid her subscription also. Max heat 82.
Jan 15 1946: Alex drove me to Clara’s after dinner & I arranged with her that she & Fanny would get anything that my sister Maggie may require for going into the home. I had tea with Joe & Beckie. Doug drove me home, Joe & some of the grandchildren came for a drive. 83.
Jan 16 1946: Mrs. W. Jackson came in for a while this afternoon & she got my half yearly subscription for the new church fund. Mary gave her all others that she had collected. 82.
Jan 17 1946: I arranged for cousin Minnie to get her son Colin to send a bag of apples to Clara. Mrs.V.Irene Barker died in the general hospital this afternoon. The Rev.A.L.Rose called to see us & he let us know. Hughie Carseldine called this evening. 84.
Jan 18 1946: Mrs. V.Irene Barker, one of our church members, was interred in Lutwyche Cemetery after service being held in the church at 3p.m. The Rev.A.L. Rose conducted both services. Joan got me wool to knit another pair of bedsocks. Cousin Ted & Minnie & Jean came in this evening & we all had a great feed of watermelon. 84.
Jan 19 1946: Cousins Percy & Hilda & family called in to see us for a few minutes this evening on their way home. They came down this morning to see the cricket match. They said all our relations at Woombye are fairly well. Wallie Clinton was here for tennis & tea. Light shower at night. 85.
Jan 20 1946: At home all day. I listened in to Dean Barret, St. Johns Church of England church. Vernie came this afternoon & had tea with us, we had a pleasant time. He is now out of the army & is called to the Rouly service. Dulcie & Anna flew home to Sydney this afternoon. Light shower at night. 82.
Jan 21 1946: Dulcie & Anna May went to their home in Sydney by plane yesterday afternoon & wired this morning to say they arrived safe & Roy was home. May, Leila & Janet Isobel were here for a while this afternoon. Mrs. Gadsby & Peggie brought us some flowers from the Homes this evening & we had a sing-song for an hour or two. Alex drove them home. A few smart showers. 86.
Jan 22 1946: Janie was here this afternoon. I gave her a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to date. Mr. Norman, a Military Officer in Chermside Camp gave me a letter to sign if I am interested in the purchase of some of the buildings, Huts ec on “Burnie Brae”, asking their valuation. They are to be sold shortly. Showery day. 86.
Jan 23 1946: I got word at dinnertime that my sister Maggie is very poorly & her doctor advises that she be sent to hospital & he will attend to her there. Hughie or one of the others is to ring up & let Fanny know I am in favour of her complying with the doctor’s advice. Mr. Riley of the Homes sent a lovely rose to me with Jessie. Alex would have driven me out to see Maggie this evening but I am not well enough to go. Very cool, dark, showery day. 77.
Jan 24 1946: Rev.A.L. Rose called this evening. He is now on holidays & intends going to his home down south next week. Very dark day, thunder & rain. 78.
Jan 25 1946: Hector, Doris & Lorna spent a while with us this evening. I received a reply to my letter of enquiry re military huts ec on “Burnie Brae”. Most oppressive heat, in the city 100.3. 98.
Jan 26 1946: Jessie & Muriel left here for Tambourine 12.30p.m. where they intend spending three weeks holiday. Leila drove them to the Tambourine bus. I lay in the hammock under the house most of the day. Killing steamy heat. 98.
Jan 27 1946: Alex, Mary & Joan left here by car at 6.45a.m. to bring Vic & Ethel home from Maroochydore after their holidays there. I spent the day with Hughie, May & Leila. They had two soldiers for tea, Jack Miller & W. Polten. They went to church with Hughie & Leila. I listened in to the Rev. P. Watson p.m. Alex & the others got home about 10p.m. 83.
Jan 28 1946: AUSTRALIA DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY Joan remained home & done the washing today. Lovely cool breeze all day. Heat 83.
Jan 29 1946: I sent word to cousin Minnie to order a bag of apples from Colin to Hector. I done some wool winding & knitting today, I’m making my second pair of bedsocks. 84.
Jan 30 1946: I posted a letter to Fanny with a cheque for my sister Maggie’s accommodation from Dec.24 ultimo to Feb. 4th . ₤12. I done a lot of knitting. This is Joan’s 22nd birthday. 86.
Jan 31 1946: Hector called after dinner today & read two long & interesting letters he got from Lindsay, who is now back in Australia & expects to be on leave before long. We had word today that my sister Maggie is still unable to leave her room. Lovely cool breeze all day. 83.
Feb 1 1946: Joan met Hector Scott at the South Brisbane Railway Station this evening, they arrived home at about 6.10p.m. He is staying here for some of his holidays. Betty & Dorothy were here for a while this evening. 84.
Feb 2 1946: Mary is poorly & had to remain in bed all day. Joan remained home & carried out her Mother’s duties wonderfully well. Hector Scott & her had a game of tennis this afternoon. Wallie Clinton was there also & had tea with us. Peggie was here also. Mr. Chalk had dinner with us & got the 4p.m. bus home. Hughie Carseldine called. Maggie still has to have her meals in her room, the doctor is attending her. 86.
Feb 3 1946: At home all day. Alex took Mr. Chalk, Vic, Ethel and Hector Scott for a drive to Redcliffe this afternoon. A most oppressive day. 90.
Feb 4 1946: Joan done the washing this morning & went to her work after dinner. She has started this evening to take lessons from Miss Allen for her final exam on the violin. Clara spent a while with us this afternoon. A Mr. Philips & his wife inspected the allotments that Alex has for sale at Duff Street. Mr. Reid called for a few minutes. I have been rather poorly today. Max heat 90.
Feb 5 1946: Mr. Menery came in to see us for a while this morning. Hector Scott went to Tambourine by bus this afternoon to spend a few of his holidays there & to come home with Jessie. Cool Breeze all day. 84.
Feb 6 1946: Mrs. J. Barker came to see Mary & spent a while here this afternoon. Dark cloudy day, very light shower. 83.
Feb 7 1946: I finished knitting my second pair of bedsocks. Received my Sandgate Rate Notice. The valuation is reduced ₤80 on account of the two allotments facing Rainbow Street which I sold to Mrs. S.C.Harvey. Hector Scott & Jessie arrived home from Tambourine. 84.
Feb 8 1946: Tom Newth had tea with us, he expects to get his release from the army shortly. A few light showers. 84.
Feb 9 1946: I received a letter from the Military Department, stating if I desired to purchase any of the huts ec on “Burnie Brae” to make an offer before 22nd inst. Alex sold the six allotments at Duff Street to Mr. Miller (plumber at Hughie’s shop) for ₤92-10-0. Very gusty wind & showers last night & heavy showers all morning. 82.
Feb 10 1946: Home all day, not too well. Hector & Doris & Lorna came to see us this afternoon. They are expecting Lindsay home on leave before long now. Colin Smith with his baby boy called for a short time. 82.
Feb 11 1946: Hector Scott & Jessie arrived home here from Tambourine after their holidays about 11a.m. Joe, Beckie, Tom & Ronnie came & spent a while with us this evening. Jean McKeckney was here also. 80.
Feb 12 1946: Jack Wayper called & drove me up to see the military huts ec on “Burnie Brae” & their property, he had dinner with us. Lieutenant Norman called this evening re making an offer for some of the huts ec, as the owners of the property have the preference of purchase. 83.
Feb 13 1946: Hector Scott drove Mary & Jessie to Redcliffe this afternoon. They called & saw Mary & Norma in their caravan down there. Mary is poorly & under doctors treatment. Norma has passed another exam for piano & got 78%. Ian Jackson, Peggie Mills & cousin Minnie with Colin’s baby called while the others were away. Alex & Mary have gone to Eddie’s shop at Nundah after tea. Cloudy & cool breeze. 82.
Feb 14 1946: I received a telegram from my grandson Lindsay (who is now in Melbourne) with congratulations for my approaching 86th birthday on the 17th inst. I also received a statement & cheque from J.A. Scott for rent collected. I posted cheque to the bank. Dark cloudy day. 83.
Feb 15 1946: I received an invitation from Mr.& Mrs. Basil Barton to attend the marriage of their daughter Marjorie with Captain Harold E. Carseldine in Albert Street Methodist Church & at Hotel Canberra after, but old age infirmity will prevent my attendance. I sent a reply letting them know. Joan had an invitation also. Hector Scott & Jessie went to the pictures this evening. 84.
Feb 16 1946: Eddie & Norma called 8.30a.m. Alex, Jessie, Joan, H. Scott & Herbie Hamilton left here about 8.15a.m. for a drive to Maroochydore, Mooloolabah & Woombye. Percy Pringle & all his family & cousins Willie & Charlotte came here at 10.30a.m. Willie & Charlotte remained here, the others went to see the cricket match. Willie & Charlotte visited May & Hughie & cousin Minnie. They had dinner & tea with us, Percy & family called for them 7.30p.m. Hughie Carseldine called & Harold called later. Wallie had tea with us & spent the evening. Peggie Mills, Leila & Murial also were here. Mr. Norman called & I signed a letter he drafted making my offer for military huts ec on “Burnie Brae”. Dorothy Dyer & a Mr. Brian came in for the evening. Alex & the others got home 10p.m. 85.
Feb 17 1946: I got a cold & remained home. Mrs. Gadsby brought me a lovely bunch of roses for my 86th birthday. Mrs. Richardson a mixed bunch. Joe & Beckie & Clara brought me presents. There was a special musical service in church a.m. & they sang two of my compositions. Hector brought Mr. Goward, Jim Proctor & Lorna to the service & they called in. The Rev. Deller, Mr. Reid & Mr. Bishop called with birthday greetings on behalf of the church people. Many messages came from others. Alice Campbell had tea with us. Showery day. 84.
Feb 18 1946: Joan done the washing & went to her work after dinner. Mrs. Jackson was here this afternoon selling tickets for Home Mission Tea ec., I took one. The Rev. A.L. Rose came to see us this evening, he has just returned after his holidays at his home down south. Some heavy showers. 82.
Feb 19 1946: I received a letter from the Commonwealth Disposals Commission in reply to my offer for huts ec on “Burnie Brae”. They will advise me later on. Joan got a very nice carving knife, fork & steel which I intend to present to Harold & Marjorie (also cash) for their wedding present. A most oppressive day. 88.
Feb 20 1946: I lay in the hammock for most of the day. If anyone wants it hotter, go North. 91.
Feb 21 1946: Mr. Menery came to see me this morning. The Rev. A.L. Rose had dinner with us & we had an interesting conversation. Cousin Minnie & her grandson Jarrie came in for a while. Tom Neith called in also. Fred Bishop arrived home this afternoon. Some very heavy rain early this morning. Very hot a.m., cool p.m. 89.
Feb 22 1946: Fred, Leila Janet Isobel called to see us. Harold & Marjorie called about 9p.m. We gave the presents to them & Joan got them a bunch of white flowers. A pleasant cool day. 82.
Feb 23 1946: Eddie & Norma called this morning. Mary H. has not been well & is under doctor’s treatment. Harold E. Carseldine & Marjorie Barton were married in Albert Street Methodist Church by the Rev. C. Whitehead at 1.15p.m. The breakfast was held in the Canberra. Joan was there, Percy, Fanny, Hughie, Patricia with Peter called for a minute on their way home. Mr. Waldron called to see if I wanted to sell the house at Nundah. He has a likely purchaser if I will sell it. I will let him know later. 81.
Feb 24 1946: I attended a.m. service & listened in to R.C. service in St. Stephens p.m.
Feb 25 1946: Joan remained home all day & done the washing & housework, as her Mother has been very poorly & laid up all day. Alex got document to fill in for sale of the 6 allotments to Mr. Millar. Mc Grath & Co. Solicitors are acting for Mr. Millar. A cool showery day. 80.
Feb 26 1946: Janie came this afternoon, I gave her J.A. Smith’s instalments. She said Harry is now on his way home. I put in a good deal of my time knitting bedsocks ec lately. Alex Flett of Newcastle had tea with us and attended choir practice. Hector Scott attended also, he is still living here. A few showers this evening. 83.
Feb 27 1946: Mrs. Dyer came to see Mary this afternoon, Jean Harris came later. Peggie Mills had tea with us. My nephew Eddie Hamilton came to see us, he is now released from the army & is getting Hughie to put a utility body on a motor car chassis. He is going in with a partner to deal in flowers. Hughie & Eddie said they were satisfied that it would be well for to sell the Bridge Street, Nundah property that Mr. Waldron enquired about. Alex has taken Mary to Doctor Power this evening. 86.
Feb 28 1946: Hector, Doris & Lorna met Lindsay this morning who has just arrived on leave. They called here for a few minutes before going home. Lindsay is looking real well & has gained height & weight. I posted a letter to Percy & Fanny with a cheque on Maggie’s account. Cold, cloudy day, heavy showers last night. 75.
Mar 1 1946: Alex took Mary to the doctor after dinner time. Hector Scott went to town, he has booked his seat to return home next Monday. All our church young folk are gone to attend Young Couples Monster Rally in the City Hall. George Hyde, a soldier, had tea with us. Alice Waugh & Hughie Carseldine called in for a few minutes. Cold a.m., warm afternoon. 80.
Mar 2 1946: I was knitting most of the day. Mr. Waldron called this evening & I let him know I would sell the Nundah house for ₤400 cash. He has a client that knows the house & is willing to buy it at that price. I gave him some particulars, I promised to treat him as agent. Wally Clinton had tea with us. Early showers, cool wind. 80.
Mar 3 1946: I attended a.m. service. The Rev. Palethorp preached, Mrs. P. was with him, he gave a most interesting sermon. 79.
Mar 4 1946: 10.20a.m. Hector Scott has just left here for his home on the border of Melbourne. He has been here from Feb. 1st.and said he has had a real good time. He thanked Mary very much. That is about four weeks, so he has had a good holiday. Mr. A.G. Waldron called this evening & gave me ₤3 which he received from Mr. William Henry Nolan, being deposit on Bridge Street property. The full price is ₤400. He brought documents to be filled in & signed by Hughie, Eddie & myself. Mr. C. Stewart called this afternoon. Ethel called. Cousin Marion Robinson had dinner with us. 76.
Mar 5 1946: I went with Alex to Nundah after dinner & Eddie signed the forms for sale of Bridge Street property. I paid Vic.Freeman & Co.’s account for repairs to electrical wires ec at Maudsley Street, Kedron house that Mrs. Best occupies. Mr. Vic. Freeman called & gave me receipt ₤1-15-9. Very dark showery day & night. 76.
Mar 6 1946: Mr. A.G. Waldron called this afternoon & got the forms we signed re the sale of Bridge Street property. Alex drove Mary & Joan to consult the doctor this morning. Mrs. Rainbird & Gwen Menery came to see Mary this afternoon. Posted cheque to City Council for Sandgate rates. The doctor told Joan that the vibration of the machinery where she works is doing her harm & she should give up working at the machines. 78.
Mar 7 1946: Mrs. F. Barker came to see Mary this afternoon. Hector & family came this evening. Lindsay read the diary he kept on his voyage from Sydney to America, England & home again. He showed us about 50 photos & gave a wonderful description of all he saw & information he obtained from start to finish of his voyage. Rev.A.L. Rose & Joan came in after Endeavour meeting & enjoyed the diary, photos ec. Mrs. H. Smith & Elva came to see Joan about being Bridesmaid at Elva’s wedding. Jessie is to play the Wedding March. 79.
Mar 8 1946: Joe, Beckie & Doug came to see us this evening. Mary & Joan had gone to bed. We have had a very quiet day, I have done a lot of knitting. 82.
Mar 9 1946: Mr. Rose & Walley were for tea & the evening. 85.
Mar 10 1946: Hughie drove May, Murial, Mrs. B. Unwin & I to Redcliffe to see Fred, Leila & Janet, who are spending holidays in Len Butt’s house. We left here at 2p.m. & got home about 6p.m. 93.
Mar 11 1946: Mrs. Williams & her baby Rodney came in for a while this afternoon. Percy & Fanny called in for a few minutes. I went for a drive with Alex this evening to Mr. Sluce’s & then to Hector’s. It got cold through the night. Heat 84.
Mar 12 1946: Mr. Chalk has recovered after his cold & had dinner with us today. Mrs. Munro (nee Barbara Bishop) came in to see Mary this evening. Alex conducted the choir practice, as Mr. Bishop is not well. 83.
Mar 13 1946: Alex drove Mary to the doctor this morning. Cousin Alice Waugh called for a few minutes. 83.
Mar 14 1946: 83.
Mar 15 1946: I received a letter from H.C.Wood stating he has sold his business to Mr.J.P.McCrystal & that his service as Agent would close at the end of this month. A letter from Mr. McCrystal was enclosed, stating his purchase & asking for my patronage. I replied to both in a letter to Mr. Wood. 80.
Mar 16 1946: Cousin Minnie brought in a fine big young rooster ready cleaned for me. Of course she knows it will be divided. She is wonderfully kind bringing presents of fruit ec. Alex & Mary do not forget to exchange compliments. Ken Smith was here for dinner & tea. He is now in Chermside camp on his way to his home down south. I have been very poorly all day. 80.
Mar 17 1946: Home all day, not too well. Vic, Ethel & Ken Smith attended a.m. service & had dinner with us. Ken leaves for home tomorrow. Don Walskie & Sid Christie called to see us. Alex conducted the choir as Mr. Bishop is poorly. 84.
Mar 18 1946: Joan done the washing & a lot of housework and went to her employment after dinner. Clara came to see us this afternoon, their girls have all been bad with colds. I received a letter from J.A.Scott stating he had an offer of ₤500 cash for Sandgate house, he wants to know what I think of it. I still feel a bit queer. Heat 88.
Mar 19 1946: I have been much better today & started to knit another pair of bedsocks. 84.
Mar 20 1946: I posted letter to Mr. J.A. Scott, letting him know I will not sell Sandgate property at present. I got his cheque for rent collected & I posted it to the bank. Lindsay came to bid us farewell this afternoon, as he leaves here next Friday for his ship at Sydney. Lorna came with him. Roy Wackwitz called, he wants to buy allotments on main roadside in Chermside with a view of starting a business. He asked me about two that I own, but I don’t feel inclined to sell under present conditions. He has got his release. Eddie & Keith called this evening, Keith expects to get his release before long. 83.
Mar 21 1946: The Rev. A.L. Rose had morning tea with us. Brice Delivery brought a case of lovely grapes from cousin Colin Smith. Some good showers. 79.
Mar 22 1946: Alex took Mary to the doctor after dinner, she is to call again in a few days time. Mrs. C.Vellnagel came to see her just after she got home, then Mary K.H. came in. She has been very poorly also. I got a cheque from H,.C.Wood for rent collected. Showery day. 80.
Mar 23 1946: Jim came for me after dinner & I spent the afternoon at Kedron. I had afternoon tea with Joe & Beckie & saw some of Tom’s dentistry work & Douglas’s lathe work. Tom made a beautiful set of teeth & Doug some very nice articles. I had tea with Jim & Clara & musical time with Dorothy, Marjorie & Heather singing & playing. Jim drove me home. Cool showery day. 78.
Mar 24 1946: Jim & Clara called for me 3.45p.m. & drove me to “Fairfield”. Sister Maggie is well & still wants to know when someone will take her home. Peggie Mills had dinner & tea here. She had a long sleep this afternoon. Roy Wackwitz called in for a short time. Too wet for service. Showery last night & this morning. Heavy rain afternoon & night. 76.
Mar 25 1946: Joan done the washing this morning & went to her work this afternoon. Roy Wackwitz came in for a short time this afternoon & showed us several photos of Anna May. Gwen brought us a lot of Lloyd’s lovely flowers that were blown to the ground last night. Terrible wind & rain last night & till midday today. Heat 74.
Mar 26 1946: Mr. Menery came to see us this morning, then Janie & Harry Wayper came in, then Mr. Chalk & a little later the Revs. A.L. Rose & C.Reid came in, so we had five visitors for dinner. I gave Janie a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to 23rd inst. A lovely bright sunshiney day. 83.
Mar 27 1946: Leila drove Mary & cousin Minnie to the doctor this morning, she went to the dentist at Lutwyche & called for them & brought them home. A very cold night last night, had to get up & put more clothes on bed before morning. 84.
Mar 28 1946: The Rev. Lex Robinson & his wife cousin Marion (nee McClintock) called in to see us this morning, they are on holidays at present. He has been appointed Assistant Minister for the Nundah circuit. This is Jessie’s 24th birthday. I sharpened a pair of scissors for one of Joan’s workmates & done a lot of knitting. Ideal weather. 83.
Mar 29 1946: A meeting of Welcome Home to our soldiers was held in our church this evening. Lovely weather. 82.
Mar 30 1946: I sharpened a pair of scissors for one of Joan’s workmates & two pair of my own. I received a letter from (Military) Commonwealth Disposal Commission, accepting the offer I made for buildings on “Burnie Brae” Feb. 16th., on condition I waive all damage to the property under the buildings. Wallie Clinton came for tennis & had tea here. 82.
Mar 31 1946: I attended a.m. service & listened in to Salvation Army p.m. This has been the quietest Sunday we have had for months. 80.
Apr 1 1946: Joan done the washing this morning & went to her work after dinner. Ethel went with Jessie to the doctor & to do some shopping in town. The Rev. A.L. Rose came in for a while this afternoon. Lieutenant Norman called in this evening re letter I got from Military accepting my offer, plus ₤30, for huts ec on “Burnie Brae”. I posted a letter to Percy & Fanny with cheque ec for Maggie’s accommodation. Some good showers throughout last night & this morning. 80.
Apr 2 1946: The girls are very busy nearly every evening getting things ready for Elva Smith’s marriage to Tom Goward in our church next Saturday. Cousin Minnie brought a present of lovely grapes this morning. Very cool breeze all day, light showers early morning. 76.
Apr 3 1946: Lieutenant Norman called this evening & stated that he found out that the waiving of compensation only referred to the piece of ground which the buildings stood on & I could claim for fencing & any other damage. I posted H.C.Wood’s cheque to the bank. A real dark, wet day. It started in the early hours of the morning & is still raining 9p.m. 75.
Apr 4 1946: Lieutenant Norman called this evening & I signed a letter to the Regional Manager, Commonwealth Disposals Commission, 113 Edward Street, Brisbane, which Norman worded & typed. It stated I would agree to the prices they quoted for buildings on “Burnie Brae”, provided I could claim for fencing & other damages. Lovely fine day. 80.
Apr 5 1946: Alex, Jessie & Joan went to the Sandgate Masonic Hall, where Jack & Janie Wayper invited some relatives & friends to tender a welcome home to Jack & Harry. Bright morning, showery afternoon & night. 80.
Apr 6 1946: Elva Smith was married to Thomas Goward by the Rev. T.N.Deller in our church at 3.30p.m. The church was crowded, Jessie presided at the organ, Joan was one of the bridesmaids. Mary, Leila, Murial & Janet called in for a while this afternoon. The weather was all that could be desired. 83.
Apr 7 1946: Ales drove Mary, Gwen & I to see Hector, Doris & Lorna. They are all poorly & under the doctor. I stayed at Hector’s while the others visited Mary’s sister Emma & family. I had a long talk with Mrs. Ross who was visiting Doris. I listened in to the Bishop, Church of England Cathedral p.m. Wallie Clinton attended p.m. service. Lovely weather. 80.
Apr 8 1946: Fred Bishop & Janet came in for a while this afternoon. He is to get his release from the army at Sandgate tomorrow. Cousin Minnie with her lovely grandson Garrie came in also. Joan done the washing ec this morning & went to her work after dinner. She took her Father’s hat & mine to be cleaned. I finished my fourth pair of bedsocks & done some darning. I posted J.P. McCrystal’s cheque to the bank & sent cash to Hughie to bank in his & Eddie’s names Trust Account. A lovely bright day. 80.
Apr 9 1946: Lieutenant Norman called this evening. I showed him a letter I got this morning from the Army authorities, accepting my offer for Army buildings on “Burnie Brae” ₤315. He said if I did not want them, he would take them at that price, so I let him have them. He promised to place that amount in my bank to my credit if I give him my cheque to hand in to settle for them. He will fix things up tomorrow & call in the evening. Very cold morning. 78.
Apr 10 1946: Lieutenant Norman called this evening as arranged & gave me my bank receipt for ₤315. I gave him my cheque for that amount to hand in on my behalf which he promised to do. I then gave him a receipt for the money, the conditions on receipt was that the ground covered by the buildings was to be left in good order after removal. Ronnie Smith came to see us for a while this evening. His sister Mavis, Jessie’s pupil, was having her lesson. She is getting on wonderfully well. Cold morning & cool day. 76.
Apr 11 1946: I posted cheque for rates on Bridge Street & Belmore Street properties. Joan Fischle commenced taking lessons from Jessie on playing the piano, she is about 8 years of age, her Mother brought her this evening. I have been reading & darning some of my old bedsocks ec most of the day. Cold morning, one shower about midday. 75.
Apr 12 1946: 76.
Apr 13 1946: I received a letter from the Public Curator addressed to Hughie, Eddie & myself as Trustees, asking if we would sell “Burnie Brae” for war housing purposes & if so, our lowest price for cash, free of commission. Harold & Marjorie called in on their way to Bald Hills. Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning, he fell when getting out of the bus & had a nasty shaking. Mr. Waldron called with all papers in connection with the sale of Bridge Street property. Transfer to be signed & to meet at Commercial Bank Nundah next Tuesday 2.30p.m. to receive payment. I wrote letter to Q.N.Bank, asking for Deed & Policy to be posted to Nundah Bank. Will post it tomorrow. 78.
Apr 14 1946: I attended a.m. service & listened in to Rev. Wheller, Albert Street, p.m. The Rev. A.L. Rose had tea with us & bade us farewell, as he will be going to his new appointment. 76.
Apr 15 1946: I posted a letter to the Public Curator in reply to his that I received last Saturday, acknowledging his letter & promising to give him definite reply later. A farewell Circuit Social to the Revs. T. Deller & A.L. Rose was held in the Kedron church this evening. Heat 79.
Apr 16 1946: I received a letter from the Manager Q.N.Bank to say he had posted the Deed & Insurance Policy of Bridge Street property by registered letter to the Commercial Bank at Nundah, as requested by me. Hughie drove me to Nundah, Eddie, he & I signed the Transfer ec in the presence of a J.P. & left all the documents at bank to be fixed up, the Manager to post me a cheque. A Mr. Spry, son-in-law of the late Mr. Rainey, called to ask if I would sell the 2 allotments that are occupied by Mr. J.Mohr. I told him I would talk it over with my sons & let him know later on. The Rev. Lex Robinson had afternoon tea with us. His wife, cousin Marion (nee McClintock) came earlier & had dinner with us. He has been appointed Assistant Minister in the Nundah Circuit. Orchestra practice this evening here. 74.
Apr 17 1946: Cousin Minnie was here for a short time, they are all going to Deagon for the holidays. Clara came to see us this afternoon & arranged for me to spend next Sunday with them. A Lieutenant inspected damage done to “Burnie Brae” by the Military Authorities & will arrange for compensation. Our church choir & orchestra are giving a concert at the Aged Peoples Homes, Garden Settlement Chermside this evening. Hector came in 8.45p.m. & looked over my Income Assessment papers & explained them to me. He considers them in order. I gave him my Elgen watch to take to Clark’s for to put a new spring in. 76.
Apr 18 1946: Joan went to her work this morning with her port packed ready to go after knocking off, to the Methodist Young Peoples Holiday Camp at Southport. Mr. Spry called re my two allotments on road side, but I could not give him a decided answer, as a relative might want them. I will give him a decided answer after the holidays. The rent off Bridge Street house ceased yesterday, as I have sold the property. Glorious weather. 80.
Apr 19 1946: GOOD FRIDAY Our new minister, the Rev. B. Powell conducted a service in our church at 10a.m. I’m told there was a fairly good attendance. Lieutenant Norman called to know if I had received my receipt for purchase of Military buildings, I have not. A Miss Ray, a neighbour of Roy & Dulcie’s called this evening. Alex escorted her to Hughie & May’s place. Lovely bright & quiet day. 78.
Apr 20 1946: I got a letter & forms from the Military Authorities stating that their occupance of “Burnie Brae” ceased on the 16th inst. & a promise to pay the rates during their occupancy ₤45-9-3, as compensation for any damage done to the property. I signed the documents they sent & returned them as requested. Lieutenant Norman was here, directed the letter & posted it for me. I lent him the letter, so that he could show the caretaker & commence taking down his buildings. W. Clinton had tea with us, Peggie Mills was here also. 77.
Apr 21 1946: Jim came for me this morning & I spent the day with them at Kedron. He brought me home about 6.30p.m. after a pleasant day. Marjorie & Heather are getting on real well with their lessons on the piano. They sing nicely also.
Apr 22 1946: Cousin Willie (jnr) came to see us this evening & had tea with us. Jean McKechnie, Dorothy Low & Dulcie came later & stayed here until cousins Ted & Minnie came home from Deagon after their holidays there, it was about 10p.m. Joan got home & they all had a jolly time & supper to finish up with. Ideal weather. 78.
Apr 23 1946: Janie came this morning, I gave her a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to 20th inst. Three or four called this afternoon. Cousin Willie (jnr) came in this morning to say farewell, he returns home this evening. He is commencing house building now. Lovely fine weather. 80.
Apr 24 1946: Mr. Burgess of the Ambulance called on his round collecting, Mary & I paid our yearly subscriptions. A soldier called to enquire if there are any military huts for sale on “Burnie Brae”. We advised him to go there & enquire off Lieutenant Norman, who is likely to be on the place. He did so & found out that several buildings were on Jack Wayper’s adjoining property & he knew Jack well & would ask him about them. 83.
Apr 25 1946: ANZAC DAY Public Holiday. Eddie, Mary, Herbie & Norma spent a while with us this afternoon. They brought us two lovely fresh bream that they caught at Redcliffe. Mrs. Jackson came in for a while. Norma played a lot of her pieces on the piano by memory, she is getting on well with her lessons. Very cold morning, lovely bright day. 78.
Apr 26 1946: A very quiet day. Hughie Carseldine called this evening & I sent a cheque to his Father for sister Maggie’s accommodation to 29th inst. Cold morning, lovely day. 79.
Apr 27 1946: Hughie drove Mary & I to the polling room in our State School to vote for Lord Mayor & Aldermen for City Council. We were there just after 8a.m. I sharpened a pair of scissors for Joan & a pair for one of her workmates. Wallie Clinton was with us for tea. 80.
Apr 28 1946: At home all day with very giddy head. I listened in to the Rev. Butler, City Tabernacle, at 11a.m., a splendid sermon. Jessie & Joan played their violins at S. School Anniversary, Congregational Church, Rode Road, 3p.m. Alex played his at Sandgate Baptist S. School Anniversary morning & afternoon. Vic & Ethel brought me a lovely bunch of roses 10.45a.m. & the J.C.Endeavour sent me a bunch of flowers & nice text card 4.30p.m. 75.
Apr 29 1946: Joan went to her work after the washing this morning. Jessie & Joan have just been practicing some heavenly music on piano & violin. They have done wonderfully well, they are both above the average player. I feel proud of having so many musical grandchildren & that they are using their talent for a good purpose. Cold morning. 76.
Apr 30 1946: Leila came in for a while this morning, Murial & Janet were here for a while this afternoon. Jessie & Joan are giving some items with violin & piano at a concert in the congregational church Rode Road this evening. Very light shower 11p.m. 73.
May 1 1946: I received from the Military Department this morning a receipt for the purchase & payment for buildings on “Burnie Brae” ₤315, which I paid for by cheque on the 11th April ultimo. 81.
May 2 1946: I posted a letter to the Public Curator, letting him know we (as Trustees) are willing to sell “Burnie Brae” as he requested in his letter of the 11th ultimo, for War Housing Scheme, provided that it will be cut up so that we can retain the old home & sufficient land with it, free of survey charges. Our price is ₤1500. A welcome social for our new minister Rev. B. Powell was held in our church this evening. Hughie sent word (by C.Velnagel) for Mr. Waldron to call and see me. 77.
May 3 1946: Lieutenant Norman returned the letter I lent him. I received statement & cheque from J.P. McCrystal for rent collected. Lovely weather. 79.
May 4 1946: I posted another letter to the Public Curator, stating that the area of land to be retained with old home is to be not less than 2 allotments of 24 perches each, if purchased for War Housing Scheme. Wallie Clinton was with us for tea. Mr. G.A. Waldron called this evening & was surprised that I had not been paid for the Bridge Street property. He intends to call on the Manager of the Nundah C.B.A. Bank next Tuesday & make enquiry. 76.
May 5 1946: I attended a.m. service. Vic & Ethel attended & had dinner with us, Peggie Mills was here also & stayed for p.m. service. I listened in to service in Ithica Presbyterian Church p.m. We heard in our church this morning with sorrow that Hazel Jean Barron (of Kedron church), youngest daughter of Mr.& Mrs. H.J. Barron died suddenly.
May 6 1946: GENERAL HOLIDAY We posted a card of sympathy to Mr.& Mrs. H.J. Barron of Kedron, whose daughter’s (Hazel Jean) funeral took place to Mount Thompson Crematorium this afternoon. Our Sunday School had their picnic at the church grounds today. I posted J.P.McCrystal’s cheque to the bank. 79.
May 7 1946: 77.
May 8 1946: Cousin Tom McClintock came in & spent a while with us this evening. Mary attended the Ladies Church Help meeting this afternoon. It is the first time she has been able to get to the church for a considerable time. 74.
May 9 1946: Hector called & returned my Elgen watch which requires a new main spring & it cannot be got in Brisbane. I gave him the money to pay my Income Tax account which is due on the 16th inst. 73.
May 10 1946: I received a letter from the Public Curator to say he had received my letters re sale of Sub 7 Portion 571 & would communicate with me when he received valuation. Clara came to see us this afternoon & got the 4.30p.m. bus home. 75.
May 11 1946: I received a letter from Dulcie this morning offering me ₤250 cash for the 2 allotments on road side. I let Hughie know & he gave me ₤5 deposit. I then wrote letting Dulcie know I accepted her offer & sent her a receipt for the deposit. I wrote to Mr. Spry, asking him to call & I would let him know why I was so long in giving him an answer re sale of the allotments to him. Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning. Wallie Clinton had tea with us & went with Jessie & Joan to the pictures. 74.
May 12 1946: MOTHERS DAY I attended a.m. service & listened in to Rev. Hobbs, Church of England South Brisbane p.m. Fanny & Vernie called this afternoon. Joe, Beckie & Ronnie came while they were here. Wallie Clinton was with us for tea. He attended p.m. service, had supper & bade us all farewell, as he leaves here for his home down south this week. This is the first Sunday Mary has been able to attend church for a a long time. 73.
May 13 1946: Joan went to her work after doing the washing & housework. Glorious weather. 79.
May 14 1946: I posted a letter to the Manager of the Commercial Bank of Australia, Nundah, asking him to let me know the cause of delay in sending me cheque for Mr.& Mrs. Nolan’s money, payment for Bridge Street property. (Mr. A.G. Waldron has just called & is as much annoyed as I am re delay of payment. He went & rung up, got the Manager’s wife, she will let him know it must be attended to at once.) Mary has been laid up all day. Joan remained home & done the usual housework. A light thunderstorm this afternoon. Mr. Spry called & was disappointed that the 2 allotments were sold. I explained the whole transaction & he was satisfied. 80.
May 15 1946: May came in this afternoon after attending the funeral of Mrs. W.J.T. Dalton (Mary Elizabeth) who died early yesterday morning. She was cremated at Mount Thompson Crematorium. Mrs. Jackson was here, collecting for Home Missions, I gave her my annual subscription 20/-. Alex has a bad cold. I have just taken a horrible cold. 76.
May 16 1946: I received a letter from Roy & Dulcie, thanking me for letting them have the allotments at road side. They intend starting a business later on, as their negotiations with Mr. Jackson for the purchase of his business has fallen through. The Nundah Bank Manager rung up & told Hughie delay of payment is due to head bank making enquiry re title, but things are alright & he would post a cheque when he got the money from them. My cold is bad, I remained in bed till 12 noon. Mr. J.E. Reid came in & got particulars of road side allotments. He is valuing them for Roy Wackwitz. I was in bed when he came in. Very cold morning. 72.
May 17 1946: Eddie & Mary called this evening on their way home. Their car gave them trouble, they left it here & Alex lent them his car to get home. Mary sprained her ankle this morning, they could not wait for tea. Mr. Down came to see us for a while this evening. I spent most of the day covered up on the bed, bad with a cold. Frosty morning. 74.
May 18 1946: I received a cheque from the Military Department ₤45-9-3, compensation for damage to “Burnie Brae” during their occupancy. Eddie & Keith brought us a nice present of fresh bream this morning. Mr. A.J. Waldron called & explained the reason of delay in payment of Bridge Street property. Annie Elizabeth Menery was married to Arthur Francis McFarlane in our church at 5p.m. by the Rev. B. Powell. Jessie & Joan were invited, Jessie provided the music. My cold is passing away & I feel much better this evening. 72.
May 19 1946: Alex, Mary & I remained home all day getting better of our colds. Peggie Miller & Betty Argo had tea with us. It has been a very cold stormy wind all day, several boats capsized & lives lost. Coldest May day for many years. 66.
May 20 1946: I posted the cheque I got from the Military to the bank, a letter to the Public Curator & one to Mr.W.J.T. Dalton. Keith brought us some nice fresh fish that they caught at Redcliffe. Joan went to her work after doing the washing ec. Max heat 75.
May 21 1946: I received an envelope with a cheque in it for ₤397-13-10 signed by W.H. Nolan & Z.J. Nolan (his wife), being payment for house at Bridge Street, Nundah. Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning & got 4.20p.m. bus home. Robert Kemp called this afternoon, we all had a pleasant talk & afternoon tea. This is Alex & Mary’s Silver Wedding Day. Hughie called for a short time this evening. I suggested that Nolan’s cheque be put in the Savings Bank in the name of the Executors. 76.
May 22 1946: The Military cheque was returned to me from my bank, as it had to be endorsed by me as Executor. I endorsed it & posted it back to the bank. Alex drove Mary to the doctor 11.30a.m. 76.
May 23 1946: I received a letter from J.P. McCrystal, Agent, stating that the sump at the Belmore Street house needed attending to & the top of the stove is cracked in several places. Fred & Leila are now in their home which they bought from Uncle Hugh & Sarah. 76.
May 24 1946: Hughie came in this evening & we decided to bank Nolan’s cheque to my account until arrangements are made to open a Trust Account in the Savings Bank. Hector, Doris & Lorna came later. Hector will make inquiry at Head Bank on how to open the account. Mr. Bishop with his cello, Jessie & Joan had a good practice here this evening. 75.
May 25 1946: I sharpened Joan’s scissors & three other pairs this morning. Jessie & Joan went to the Kennedy Terrace Methodist Hall this evening & gave musical items on violin & piano at a Tea & Welcome Home meeting to returned soldiers of that Circuit. There was a good programme & all had a real good time. 73.
May 26 1946: I remained home, as we were too late getting away. Mary & I listened in to the South Brisbane Lutheran Service which was very good. Posted Nolan’s cheque to bank. 71.
May 27 1946: Joan went to her work after doing the washing ec. Mary has a very bad cold. Jessie & Joan, Mr. Bishop & others went from here to assist with a musical programme at Stafford Methodist Harvest Festival gathering this evening. They say it was a great success & an enjoyable evening. 73.
May 28 1946: Janie Wayper was with us for dinner. She had been at Woombye with cousins Willie & Charlotte for a holiday & gave us the news. I gave her a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to date. 72.
May 29 1946: Received receipt from the bank for Mr.& Mrs. Nolan’s cheque ₤397-13-10, being the balance of purchase money for Bridge Street, Nundah house & one allotment for ₤400. I received a letter from Roy & Dulcie thanking me for accepting their offer for the two allotments at the road side in Chermside, which Mr. Spry was anxiously waiting to purchase. I posted a letter to the Editor of the Methodist Times, asking him if he will kindly insert it in the paper. It was referring to the smoking habit. Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning & got the 4.30p.m. bus home. Mrs. F. Barker came to see Mary this afternoon, who still has a bad cold. 73.
May 30 1946: The Revs. B. Powell & B. Davies & Mr. Bishop called in this afternoon. We had a pleasant talk & a cup of tea together. This is their visit here, they are our newly appointed ministers. I got Joan to buy a new rubber water bottle for me & have just found out my old one only required a new rubber washer on the screw stopper. I posted J.A. Scott’s cheque to the bank & a letter & cheque to Percy & Fanny for Maggie’s accommodation. 73.
May 31 1946: It has been a very pleasant, quiet day. A Mr. Angus, a Military Officer, called this evening & asked if I had received compensation payment for damage to “Burnie Brae” property, I said yes. He said there would be more damage when the water pipes are raised & he would see & estimate the damage & send cheque without my application. I thanked him. 74.
Jun 1 1946: Joan got her A.T.C.L. Certificate for violin, as she has done well & passed in all her exams to date & is now studying & practicing for the next exam. Jessie, Joan & some of the cousins & other young folk went to the picture show this evening. Alex finished his full time bike lining for W. Argo & will only do odd jobs when urgently required. He intends doing Hughie & Eddie’s car painting. Frosty morning. 70.
Jun 2 1946: I attended a.m. service. Vic & Ethel attended & had dinner with us. Jessie & some of her cousins attended Kedron Sunday School 21st Anniversary. A large gathering, including old scholars, parents & friends, 3p.m. They had refreshments, and a collection of over ₤30. The coldest day we have had, terrible cold day & night. 68.
Jun 3 1946: Joan went to her work after doing the washing ec. Very quiet day, no visitors. Alex commenced full time painting cars ec for Hughie & Eddie. He will only do odd jobs of bike lining for W. Argo when urgently required. Frosty morning & cold all day. 67.
Jun 4 1946: Joe & Beckie called this afternoon to bid us farewell, as they leave by plane tomorrow morning for Melbourne. Joe is going on business & expects to be away about a fortnight. 70.
Jun 5 1946: Percy & Fanny called this afternoon. This is Vernie’s 26th birthday. Mr. G.A. Waldron called this evening. I gave him cheque for ₤20 for sale of Bridge Street, Nundah property. Joe & Beckie left here by plane for Melbourne & arrived at Windsor Hotel, Spring Street, at 1.40p.m. Very cold all day. 68.
Jun 6 1946: Hector had dinner with us. I gave him a cheque for ₤50 to pay my Income Tax, which is due on 11th inst. Very cold, dry weather. 63.
Jun 7 1946: 65.
Jun 8 1946: Hector, Doris & Lorna came here about 7p.m. & took Alex, Mary & I for a drive through the town & across our three big bridges to see all the floodlit buildings & all the wonderful decorations in the town with all colours of electric lighting, which has been prepared for Victory Day & Night, to be celebrated next Monday. 62.
Jun 9 1946: I attended a.m. service & listened in to a Salvation Army Service at the radio station. Alice Campbell had tea with us, she is going home & expects [discharge] from the Army Service very shortly. She thanked Alex & Mary for all their kindness to her & bade us farewell. Alex drove her to the train. Vic & Ethel had dinner with us. 73.
Jun 10 1946: VICTORY DAY – Public Holiday Joan done the washing. Jessie went to work as usual. The most spectacular march that has ever been seen in Brisbane. Mary, Joan & I listened in to the description of it. Alex was working at the shop, Hughie went in & marched. Lovely bright, cool day, frosty morning. 72.
Jun 11 1946: Very quiet day. Mrs. Jackson called for a short time. Our church choir & orchestra gave a concert in the Bald Hills Methodist Church this evening, conducted by Mr. H.G. Bishop. Frosty morning, cool bright day. 73.
Jun 12 1946: I received a letter by airmail from Beckie, who is with Joe in Melbourne at Hotel Windsor. They are on business & holidays & are having a real good time after a very pleasant trip (or passage) by air. Douglas, who is working down there, met them & is having a good time also. Heavy frost, bright day. 72.
Jun 13 1946: I received a return thanks note from Mr. W.J.T. Dalton & family, for sympathy note sent to them after Mrs. Dalton’s death. I received from the New Zealand Insurance Company a refund of 8/10, being part of premium paid on house at Bridge Street, Nundah, which was sold April 9th last. Lovely cool clear weather. 74.
Jun 14 1946: Hughie & Alex helped Fred & Leila to remove their organ to their home this evening. Alex is giving Gavin Argo a lesson on how to line bikes this evening. His Father has advertised, but can’t get anyone to do them. Another lovely, bright day. 73.
Jun 15 1946: Very quiet day, no visitors. Joan went to Doctor Power this morning re a cold she has had for some time, he gave her a prescription. Lovely weather, but very dry. 72.
Jun 16 1946: I attended a.m. service. Vic & Ethel & Peggie Mills dined with us. Peggie & Jessie went by bus to see Aunty Emma & her new granddaughter. I met Mrs. Chris Murr of Toowoomba at our church, she is on holidays. She is 79 & travelled by air to her sons place in Rockhampton. Mary has not been fit to attend church since 12th May last. Joan could not attend church. 72.
Jun 17 1946: KINGS BIRTHDAY – Holiday Joan & a lot of the C.Endeavours went to Cashes Crossing for the day. Mary is very poorly this afternoon. Jim, Clara, three of their girls & Ronnie Packer called for me on their way to Bald Hills about 2.45p.m. We had an hour or two with Percy, Fanny & sister Maggie & got home 5.30p.m. The country is looking very dry. Max heat 70.
Jun 18 1946: Roy, Dulcie & Anna arrived at Hughie & May’s just in time for tea yesterday evening, after their long drive from Sydney. They have come to live in Chermside & came to see us this evening. Joan remained home today & done the washing & housework. Mrs. Dyer spent a while with Mary this afternoon. Four big truckloads of large concrete pipes (about 50) were laid along the side of Duff Street this afternoon. 70.
Jun 19 1946: Roy called and offered to drive me to see Clara, but I felt the day too cold to go anywhere. Mrs. Jackson was here for a while, May came later. Joan remains home these days as her Mother is not too well. A host of City Council men are now working in Duff Street, preparing to lay the pipes that were brought here yesterday. They have a portable machine that seems to remove the earth as easily as a pump removes water. Very dark & bitterly cold day. 46 deg. At 7a.m., max. 60.
Jun 20 1946: This is the 100th birthday of the “Courier Mail”. It was first called the “Moreton Bay Courier” and later the “Brisbane Courier” & later amalgamated with the “Daily Mail” & was then named “The Courier Mail”. It commenced with 100 subscribers, the population was under 3000. Very cold all day, 52 deg. at 9.30a.m., max. 62.
Jun 21 1946: Cousin Minnie spent a while with Mary this morning. Don Walskie (her son-in-law) came in later & said there was no-one home at her place, so he had dinner with us. Joe & Beckie arrived home from Melbourne by air at 6p.m. after a lovely time. Another cold dry day, 55deg. at 9.30a.m., max. 65.
Jun 22 1946: Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning. Jim Argo came for me at 1.30p.m. I had a pleasant afternoon with them & tea with Joe & Beckie. They gave me a most interesting account of their holiday and passage by plane, Beckie’s first fly & she is delighted with it. Alex got his old tank taken down & a new 1000 gallon put up on the stand this evening. Hughie & others helped him. Jessie & Joan attended Ronnie Smith’s 22nd birthday party this evening. Joan done next Monday’s washing this morning. 68.
Jun 23 1946: I attended a.m. service & listened in to City Congregational, Rev. Percival Watson p.m. 71.
Jun 24 1946: Ethel came this afternoon & done ironing for Mary. Joan went to her work this morning. Funeral notices of Bert Hardacre, Mr. Young of Young’s Crossing North Pine River and Eddie Gallagher’s wife were in the papers today. Bitter cold morning, frost to the door steps. 72.
Jun 25 1946: Janie Wayper had dinner with us. I gave her a cheque for Mr. J.A. Smith’s instalments to date. Jessie went to His Majestys Theatre with Mr.& Mrs. S. Harris this evening. 70.
Jun 26 1946: Mrs. F. Barker called & spent most of the afternoon with Mary. The greatest disruption of commerce and general business that Australia has ever had is now taking place through strikes in so many industries. It is like a war between our Labour Government and the Unions. Hughie got a ring up from Ray White’s office for particulars of Title ec of the two allotments I am selling to Roy & Dulcie. I am sending all particulars to Hughie & I have also written a letter to the Manager of the bank, asking him to give the Deed to Mr. J.E. Reid. Hughie can hand the letter to Mr. Reid. 68.
Jun 27 1946: There is great restrictions on the use of gas & electricity, owing to strikes. The Unions are defying the Government & it is causing complete chaos. People have to use candles ec for lights & wood fuel stoves for cooking ec. Mrs. Dwyer spent a while with Mary this afternoon. Mrs. Williams called. Roy was in for a few minutes. Tram & train service is greatly restricted, owing to coal strike. 69.
Jun 28 1946: Gwen was in for a while this morning with Mary. Jessie remained home to do the housework. Leila drove Mary in to consult a specialist, Doctor McLennan, Wickham Terrace. He advised her to undergo an operation, they arranged it for July 27th. inst., Intermediate Hospital, he will operate. She is to call on him once a week till that date. Ethel came this morning & got the 3.15 bus home. A very dark, cloudy day & cold, a few small drops of rain. 67.
Jun 29 1946: Mary is laid down all day. Cousin Minnie was in for a while this afternoon. Mrs. Nolan came to see me this morning re delay in me getting her cheque for Bridge Street house & if I required any compensation. We had a long chat & I let her know I did not blame her & I would make no charge. She was thankful & said they are well pleased with their purchase. The strike is not yet settled & there is confusion in all directions. I received from Ray White documents to be signed re sale to Roy Wackwitz. Not so cold this morning, 17 frosty nights during June. 76.
Jun 30 1946: I remained home. Hector & Doris were here for a while this afternoon. I gave Hector my passbook to put in bank. Vic & Ethel called on their way to church. Peggie Mills & her boy Bill Hinly had dinner with us. C.Endeavour Tea in School of Arts 4p.m., service in church 7.15p.m. by kerosene lamp light. Gwen came in & got tea ready & had hers with us & helped to wash up, as Jessie & Joan are out. 78.
Jul 1 1946: Roy Wackwitz & I signed the documents I received from Max White & I posted them to him. Joan went to her work after doing the washing, Ethel came & done the ironing. Mrs. Dwyer & cousin Minnie came to see Mary. Hector borrowed a truck & came for one of the old fuel stoves that are here this evening. Fred Bishop helped them to put it on the truck. Alex went over with Hector, Lorna stayed here till her Father & Alex came back. Dark, bitter cold day. 62.
Jul 2 1946: Mr. Menery is 80 today. He came in this morning & we had a long talk together. His hearing & sight are failing fast. Leila drove Mary to Doctor McLennan this morning. Mr.& Mrs. Reid called this evening. I got a letter from the Public Curator re “Burnie Brae” property Valuator’s Report. Jessie came home very poor this evening. Cold day. 61.
Jul 3 1946: I received J.A. Scott’s cheque for rent collected and posted it to the bank. I posted a letter to Mr. V.A. Earl, letting him know I received no account of his instalment being paid in June last. Jessie is rather better today. Joan remained home & done the housework & cooking & made a good job of it. 67.
Jul 4 1946: I wrote to the Public Curator & acknowledged his letter of the 28th ultimo. Jessie remained home & done the housework & cooking & fed us well. Cold day. 62.
Jul 5 1946: Mary is still laid up & not fit to keep her appointment with the doctor today. Frosty morning. 64.
Jul 6 1946: I sharpened 7 pairs of scissors, 1 pair for Joan, 4 for her workmates & 2 pair for myself. Cousins Minnie & Daisy McClintock spent a while with Mary this afternoon. A lot of the Deagon folk were down to see the English footballers playing Test Match at Exhibition Ground. Ethel came in for a while & several others called. Terrible cold morning. 63.
Jul 7 1946: I attended a.m. service & listened to Rev. Slater, Wooloowin, p.m. The Rev. Davies came home with us for dinner, then Alex drove him to Kedron. Mr.& Mrs. Cuthbert, Jim & Grace & their sons came to see us this afternoon. Mr. Chalk came also, Alex drove him home. 64.
Jul 8 1946: Joan went to work after doing the washing. Jessie remained home all day & done the housework. Ethel came this morning & stayed to do the ironing. Janie & Margaret called for a short time this morning. Hughie came in this evening. I showed him letters from Curator & any replies, I intend letting Eddie & Hector see them before further correspondence. 68.
Jul 9 1946: I got a letter from Mrs. Earl stating she had paid their instalment into the bank on the 21st of last month & has the bank receipt & hoped the bank would send a receipt to me. This was in reply to a letter I sent to Mr. Earl on the 3rd inst. Not quite so cold today. 68.
Jul 10 1946: Mr. W. Drew was buried in Lutwyche Cemetery this afternoon. 70.
Jul 11 1946: Meat Workers & other unions have given up the strike & have decided to start work as soon as possible. I got J.P. McCrystal’s cheque & posted it to the bank. Hughie rung up the bank re Mrs. Earl’s deposit, they said she had paid it on 21st ultimo. Cold morning, lovely bright day. 71.
Jul 12 1946: Mary is still laid up. There has been a lot of visitors here today. Fairly warm day. 72.
Jul 13 1946: 76.
Jul 14 1946: Roy & Dulcie called at 3p.m. to take me for a drive. Beckie & Tom came to take me to see Hugh & Sarah. Hector, Doris & Lindsay came in at the same time. Our choir & orchestra were just leaving here to give a musical programme at Gordon Park Methodist Hall. Beckie & Tom & I went to see Hugh &Sarah. Roy & Dulcie will take me for a drive later on. Hector & Doris will call some evening this week. The Revs. Rose & Davies called & had supper with us after p.m. service. Rose had come from north to attend his Mother’s funeral. 79.
Jul 15 1946: Mary is still unable to get about, Jessie & Joan both remained home. Joan is very poorly like taking the flu. Posted sympathy card to Mrs. F. Drew from T.A. Hamilton & family. 73.
Jul 16 1946: I received a letter from the Public Curator with further enquiries re sale of “Burnie Brae” property for War Housing, this morning. I posted a reply by return mail. I also got a letter from Mr. C.A. Stewart, 659 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Clara came to see us this afternoon. Lindsay came & drove me out to see Percy, Fanny & Maggie. They are all well. Mary has been up this afternoon & had her tea at the table. Joan is on the mend today. 78.
Jul 17 1946: Joan went to her work this morning, although she is not very well. Jessie is still at home doing the housework. The Rev.B. & Mrs. Powell paid a short visit here this morning. Cold North West wind, one very light shower. 72.
Jul 18 1946: Mary has been up most of today, it is arranged that she will call & see the doctor tomorrow. Mrs. F. Barker & Mr. Jim Bilbro came to see her this afternoon. Hector came this evening & read all my correspondence with the Public Curator. He intends calling on him next week to discuss the matter of “Burnie Brae” property. The funeral notice of the late Mrs. G.C.England was in the paper. She is to be buried in the Nundah Cemetery. The family are old acquaintances of ours, Bradshaw Street, Wooloowin. 70.
Jul 19 1946: Leila drove Mary to the doctor, Wickham Terrace, at midday. Mary H. called & spent a while with us this afternoon. Fanny, Harold & his wife Marjorie, Vernie & Hughie came & showed beautiful moving pictures. We had musical items also. It was a very pleasant evenings entertainment & finished up with a good supper at 10.50p.m. Another bitterly cold morning. N.W. wind. 69.
Jul 20 1946: Jessie & Joan are helping with a musical programme at the Stafford Methodist Church Anniversary Tea meeting this evening. Another frosty morning. 70.
Jul 21 1946: I remained home, listened in to Rev. Wheller a.m. & Rev. Dean Bathe p.m. There was a Memorial Service to the late Jack Harris who was killed in the war, held in our church this morning. The church was filled. 71.
Jul 22 1946: Joan went to work after she & Jessie done the washing. Ethel came & done the ironing. Mary has been patching up my pants & as busy as a nailer darning ec. I have been getting ready to fix up my Income Tax Return & we have all had a busy day. Letter of sympathy posted to Mr. G.C. England & family from T.A. Hamilton & family. Cold morning, nice fine day. 76.
Jul 23 1946: Jessie & Ethel went to town this morning. Jessie called on Doctor McLennan & he arranged for her Mother to meet him at the Intermediate Hospital next Tuesday about noon. She has to prepare for an operation. Roy showed me a plan of his intended shop & dwelling, drawn by Jim Wayper. Dulcie & Anna were here for a while. I made out my Income Tax Return ready to post tomorrow morning. Another pleasant, warm day. 78.
Jul 24 1946: Joan posted my Income Tax Return on her way to work. Alex has been working at Cribb Island all day. Janie came to see us this afternoon, I gave her the ₤1-0-0, J.A. Smith’s instalment, he is three weeks behind with his payments. Peggie Mills had tea with us this evening. Jessie posted my letter to Mr. C.A. Stewart, 659 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, it is a reply to his of the 14th inst. 75.
Jul 25 1946: Mrs. C. Vellnagel called in to see Mary. May came in for a while this afternoon. Fanny came & spent the evening with us while Hughie was at college. Dark cloudy day, no rain. 77.
Jul 26 1946: Hector came this evening & gave a report of his interview with an official of the Curator re the sale of “Burnie Brae”. Mrs. S. Harris, Vera & her twins John & June came & spent a while with us this afternoon. They are two lovely children. 75.
Jul 27 1946: I received a letter from Mr. C.A. Stewart in answer to mine of the 23rd inst. and one from Max White, Conveyancer, with Transfer & Form F. to be signed by Roy & myself in the presence of a J.P., in connection with my sale of allotments to Roy. Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning. Very frosty morning. 70.
Jul 28 1946: I attended a.m. service . Peggie had dinner & tea with us. Sarah, their Eddie, Marion, her daughter Margaret & Ted Holmes called in to see us for a short time this afternoon. Alex, Jessie & Peggie were at “Fairfield”, Bald Hills while they were here. 70.
Jul 29 1946: Roy & I went to Mr. Norman Early this morning & he witnessed our signature to Transfer & other documents in connection with my sale of allotments to Roy. He intends returning them to Max White tomorrow & banking balance of payments to my credit in Q.N. Bank, Brunswick Street, Valley. Doris, Lindsay & Lorna came to see Mary. Clara & Dulcie came also this afternoon. Leila intends taking her to the Intermediate Hospital tomorrow morning, where she is to undergo an operation & expects to be there a fortnight. Joan is remaining home this week. Frosty morning. 71.
Jul 30 1946: Leila drove Mary to the hospital at 10.45a.m. Ethel went in with her & got back here at dinnertime. Alex, Jessie & Joan went & seen her tonight, she is well pleased with her surroundings. Roy took the signed documents to Max White as arranged & banked the balance of purchase money ₤245 to my credit. He brought me a copy of K. Form filled in by M. White & receipt for money banked. 72.
Jul 31 1946: Joan went to see her Mother this afternoon. Alex & Ethel went to see her at night. Frosty morning. 73.
Aug 1 1946: Jessie & Joan went to town this morning & done some shopping. Mr. Bishop & Mr. Reid called this morning to enquire about Mary. Alex rung up the hospital after dinner time & got word the operation was over & things were satisfactory. The girls got a ride to town this morning with Roy. Alex & Jessie went to see Mary tonight. Lindsay Pringle had tea with us. He has enlisted & expects to go to Japan. 73.
Aug 2 1946: Alex & Joan went to see Mary this evening, she is progressing as well as can be expected. 75.
Aug 3 1946: Mr. J.E. Reid called this morning to enquire about Mary, Mr. Bishop called also & brought some lovely carnations to take in to her. Several neighbours enquired & many rung up Jessie to enquire. Alex, Jessie & Joan drove in to see Mary this evening. Joan played in Miss Allen’s orchestra at Norman Park this afternoon. She met cousin John McClintock & his wife there, it was a garden party. 71.
Aug 4 1946: At home all day, not too well. Alex & Jessie drove in to see Mary this afternoon, she is improving slowly. Roy, Dulcie & Murial called & would have taken me for a drive if I had been fit. 74.
Aug 5 1946: Joan went to her work after dinner, Jessie remained home. Ethel came & done the ironing. Alex, Joan & Ethel went to see Mary this evening. She has had a bad time but recovering slowly. Jessie is remaining at home this week to do the housework ec. Very cold first thing. 75.
Aug 6 1946: Mr. John Dowdell of Zillmere was buried in the Lutwyche Cemetery this afternoon. I posted a sympathy card to Mrs. C. Dowdell & family from myself & family. Cousin Heather Pringle called to see us for a short time this evening. 73.
Aug 7 1946: About 14 men met at our church this evening & decided to form a church cricket club for the young men. Alex attended & reported to me. Joan went to see her Mother this evening on her way home. Peggie Mills & Jessie saw her this afternoon, Peggie had tea with us. A lot of our church young people met at Vic & Ethel Boot’s home this evening. There was a large gathering (about 60) & they say they had a real good time. I got J.A. Scott’s cheque & posted it to the bank. Frosty morning. 72.
Aug 8 1946: There was a Kedron Circuit Ladies Guild Morning Tea held in our School of Arts. I was told the hall was about full. Beckie called to see me. Alex, Joan & Gwen drove in to see Mary this evening. Lindsay called at 8p.m. & said his Father would call some evening next week. I got Sandgate Rate Notice. The takings at the Morning Tea was over ₤12. Not near so cold this morning. 72.
Aug 9 1946: I got up earlier than usual, as it is not so cold as usual. Joan visited her Mother on her way home from work & went in with her Father & Jessie this evening. Their Mother is recovering real well. A Summer day. 78.
Aug 10 1946: The first Royal Show for over five years during the War, was held at the Exhibition Grounds today. This is the first time it has been opened to the public on a Saturday. It is to be opened officially next Wednesday. Alex, Jessie, Joan & Mrs. F. Barker went to see Mary this evening. Ideal weather. 72.
Aug 11 1946: At home all day, I listened in to a service held in the Lutheran Church S. Brisbane p.m. Roy drove Dulcie, Jessie & Peggie to see Mary this afternoon. Peggie had dinner & tea with us. 77.
Aug 12 1946: Joan intends remaining home this week to do the housework & Ethel came today & done ironing. Alex drove Jessie & Mrs. Denning in to see Mary this evening. Ideal weather for Exhibition. 77.
Aug 13 1946: Entries of most exhibits & attendance has broken all records so far at the Exhibition this year. Joan & Ethel went to town this afternoon & called to see Mary on their way home. Alex & Jessie went to see her after tea. She is improving rapidly & expects to get home next Sunday. A real warm Summer day. 80.
Aug 14 1946: Our Governer General the Duke of Gloucester officially opened the R.N. Exhibition this morning, the Duchess was present also. The attendance for one day broke all records 150,000. Gate takings ₤11,128. Alex & Jessie went to see Mary this evening. There was a heat wave today which registered 91 in Brisbane, 15 people collapsed. It was 85 at Chermside.
Aug 15 1946: Alex & Joan went by bus & train to the Exhibition this afternoon & called to see Mary on their way home. She has been up for the first time today & she expects to be able to come home next Sunday. Ray White had an advertisement in the “Courier Mail”, two homes on one deed yielding 38/6 per week. Hughie rung White up & got particulars & gave them to me this evening. I thought it might be worth inspecting. Cold morning & cool all day, very cold tonight. 68.
Aug 16 1946: Ethel came this morning & helped Joan to give the house a good cleanup & polish the floors. Joan made new curtains for front bedroom windows ec. Hector & Doris came to see us this evening & Hector arranged to bring Mary home on Sunday. Alex & Jessie had been to see Mary & she said she would be fit to come home. 67.
Aug 17 1946: Joan, and Jessie after she got home from work, have had a very busy time today getting everything spic & span for when their Mother comes home. Alex & Jessie went to see Mary this evening & let her know that he & Hector would call for her about 11a.m. tomorrow. 69.
Aug 18 1946: I remained home all day. Alex & Hector brought Mary home this morning. God has granted her a speedy recovery & surrounded her with loving kindness while in hospital for which she, and all of us, are very thankful. This is Mr. Chalk’s 82nd birthday, he & Ethel came this afternoon. I gave Ethel some asthma cure for Vic, as he is very troubled with that ailment. Mr. Reid, May, Bernie & Gwen came to see Mary. 79.
Aug 19 1946: Mary has been up most of this afternoon. Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning, he told us that Vic is very poorly & had the Doctor (Power) to see him. Janie came this afternoon, I gave her J.A. Smith’s instalments to date, a ₤5-0-0 note. She intends leaving on Thursday for 3 weeks holiday at Cairns & some of the islands ec. Several others called in to see Mary. Max heat 68.
Aug 20 1946: The Rev. B. Davies had dinner with us, he is visiting our church people. Mary was up for a while today, she has a bad cold. Many of our church people called to see her. Hughie called this evening & said he would drive me to see the two houses that Ray White advertised for sale if I wished. Very cold all day & night. 67.
Aug 21 1946: Mary has been up most of today & has come to the table for her meals. The Rev. B. Davies had dinner with us. Alex lends his bike to him to get around quicker when visiting. There has been a constant stream of visitors to see Mary & to welcome her home. Hughie sent me word he would call for me at 10.30a.m. tomorrow if I wished to inspect the two houses at Paddington that Ray White advertised for sale. Cold morning, warm day. 79.
Aug 22 1946: Hughie called for me at 10.30a.m. & drove me to inspect the two houses at Paddington. We had a good look at the outside & came to the conclusion they would cost too much for repairs. I got a letter from Douglas Packer, my grandson, this morning, he is in Melbourne. I got a statement & cheque from J.P. McCrystal for rent collected. I posted it to the bank. I posted cheque for Maggie’s account & letter to Percy & Fanny. Rev. Davies had dinner with us & several called to see Mary. J. Kemp called. 75.
Aug 23 1946: The Rev. B. Davies called this evening & returned Alex bike, after doing a days visitation. His leave from college has about expired. Another frosty morning. 76.
Aug 24 1946: Maureen Fallass, a 7 year old pupil of Jessie’s, competed in an eisteddfod in a hall at Norman Park, she came third out of 14. The highest got 80, next 75, Maureen 74. This is her first attempt & she got great credit. Harold & Marjorie called on their way to Bald Hills, they are looking for a house to purchase. Vic Hamilton had dinner with us, he has a cold & looks very poorly. Frosty morning. 77.
Aug 25 1946: I attended a.m. service. Roy drove May to attend a Protestant meeting in the Albert Hall & took Dulcie, Anna & I to see Hugh & Sarah. We had afternoon tea there & met May after the service. Joe, Beckie & Ronnie were here when we came home.
Aug 26 1946: There was prayer in many of our churches yesterday for rain, as it is badly needed. 71.
Aug 27 1946: I answered Douglas Packer’s letter. Leila & Janet spent a while with us this afternoon. Light rain commenced this evening. 70.
Aug 28 1946: There has been lovely light rain during last night & this morning. Doris, Lindsay & Lorna came to see us this afternoon. Mrs. Williams & her little son Rodney came to see Mary also. Mr. J.F. Williams of Eudlo N.C. Line was buried in Woombye Cemetery today. The Secretary (Miss A. Paterson) of the United Temperance Youth Committee sent two tickets for me to sell for a Grand Concert & Pageant to be given in the City Hall Sept. 10th 2/5 each. 73.
Aug 29 1946: Mrs. Williamson came to see Mary this afternoon & Mary H. came while she was here. Eddie, Keith & Herbie called for her with their Vauxhall sedan car which they purchased lately. Cold morning, cold breeze all day. 71.
Aug 30 1946: I sent sympathy card to Mrs. M. Williams, Eudlo. Cousin Minnie came to see Mary this morning. Doctor Lansdown gave me a surprise visit this morning about 9 o’clock. He sounded me & took my blood pressure & said I am holding my own well. Mrs. P. Herman came to see Mary this morning. Jessie brought me envelopes from town. 75.
Aug 31 1946: Mr. Wilshire came to see me this morning about his position as tenant if “Burnie Brae” property was sold. I let him know I have not offered it for sale, but the Public Curator had asked me to put a price on it & I did not know what power he may have over property they want for War Housing Scheme. Mr. Wilshire said he would make inquiry. Frosty morning. 72.
Sep 1 1946: FATHERS DAY I attended Anniversary Service in our church a.m. The Rev. Whitehead of Sandgate gave an interesting sermon. The special collection for Building Fund amounted to ₤150 or over for the day. Peggie Mills had dinner & tea with us, Ethel dined with us also. Hughie gave me a Fathers Day present from May & himself. 73.
Sep 2 1946: Ethel came this morning & helped with the washing & ironing. Joan went to town & had a tooth drawn by dentist Wright, he asked her to let him see her tomorrow. Clara came to see us this afternoon & brought me a present for Fathers Day from Jim & herself and one from Joe & Beckie for me also. 70.
Sep 3 1946: Joan went to let Mr. Wright see where he extracted her tooth yesterday. I posted my Land Tax Return & a cheque to the City Council for Sandgate rates. Victor & Eddie Hamilton called & I lent Eddie a bunch of keys, as he wants one to replace one that is lost, which belongs to a box. Our church Anniversary Tea is being held in the School of Arts this evening & there is a thunder storm & good heavy shower going on at the same time. Proceeds of Tea meeting is over ₤10. 72.
Sep 4 1946: I sent Postal Note in payment for the two tickets that I received last Wednesday from the Secretary of the U.T.Y. Committee, 4/10. Dulcie & Anna came to see us for a while this afternoon. Victor returned the bunch of keys I lent to Eddie yesterday, none of them fitted the lock. 74.
Sep 5 1946: A down & out dark complexioned foreigner called this morning & asked for something to eat. He appeared hungry, Joan gave him a parcel, for which he thanked her. Dulcie came in & practiced some of her songs, Jessie accompanied her on the piano. Several are going from here to help to entertain a young peoples party in the Bald Hills Methodist Parsonage tomorrow evening. 71.
Sep 6 1946: Joan went to town this morning, she took my passbook to the bank. She & Mr. Chalk came home here at 11a.m. The Rev. B. Davey called in for a few minutes this afternoon. Mrs. Dwyer had afternoon tea with us. Roy, Dulcie, Jessie & Joan have gone to a party in the Bald Hills Methodist Parsonage this evening. Mr. Reid has gone there also. Alex has gone to see Percy & Fanny. 72.
Sep 7 1946: Kedron Methodist had their 21st Anniversary Tea this evening, several of our church people attended. Jessie & Joan gave instrumental item on violin & piano after meeting. Mrs. Reid spent an hour or two here while Mr. Reid & Alex went to watch our Chermside Cricket Club playing at North Pine this afternoon. Mr. & Mrs. Reid remained with us for tea & we had a pleasant time. Cold all day. 70.
Sep 8 1946: I attended a.m. service & listened in to Rev. Hobbs, Church of England, South Brisbane p.m. Vic & Ethel called on their way to church a.m. May, Roy & Fred called for a few minutes about 6p.m. 71.
Sep 9 1946: Leila drove Mary to the doctor this morning according to appointment. I went with them for the drive & was glad I accepted their invitation. We got back home at 12.30p.m. Mary is improving well & the doctor wants to see her in six weeks time. Joan & Lorna Murr had a practice on their violins here this evening. Joan went to her work, Jessie is remaining home this week. Ethel came & helped with washing & ironing. 73.
Sep 10 1946: Jessie & Ethel went to town this morning & done some shopping. Jessie reported to her doctor. Marion & Lex Robinson were at cousin Minnie’s today, Marion came here for a while. 73.
Sep 11 1946: The Rev. B. & Mrs. Powell called for a few minutes this afternoon. I received statement & cheque from J.A. Scott for rent collected. I posted cheque to the bank. I spend most of my time knitting, reading & sometimes writing ec. 74.
Sep 12 1946: James Bilbro called to see us for a few minutes this afternoon. Ideal weather, but rain badly needed. 77.
Sep 13 1946: A warm day. I spent some time in the bath. I went to Nundah with Alex this afternoon where he done some touching up on Eddie’s motor car. Mary H. was there & came home with us & waited till Keith & the others came with him in his truck & called for her. Leila, Janet, Dulcie & Anna came in while they were here. 79.
Sep 14 1946: Doctor Power attended cousin Minnie this morning. She had a slight stroke. Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning. Mr. Buttell (Barber) called & cut my hair this afternoon. Alex, Jessie & Joan are attending Mr.& Mrs. J. Mohr’s Silver Wedding Party at Norman Park this evening. Very warm day. 83.
Sep 15 1946: I attended a.m. service. Rev. B. Davey came home with us for dinner. Vic & Ethel came also & we had a pleasant time together. I listened in to St. Johns Church of England p.m. 82.
Sep 16 1946: Mary stitched black tape binding on the front edges & sleeves of my everyday coat & you would not think it the same coat. I sharpened two pairs of scissors for her & one pair for Joan. Gwen Broaker came about 5.30p.m. to stay with us for a few days, so that she can visit her best boy, who is in the Rosemount Military Hospital. Lorna Murr had a practice with Jessie & Joan this evening. 78.
Sep 17 1946: Percy & Fanny called in for a few minutes this evening. Our church choir & orchestra gave a concert in the Aspley Hall, proceeds in aid of their Methodist Church funds, Bald Hills Circuit. The Rev. Clarkson presided. 74.
Sep 18 1946: Rain commenced during last night & we have had lovely light showers all day. Our new tank is now running over. I hope we will not forget to thank God for answering our prayers. Very dark, cold showery day. 60.
Sep 19 1946: Joan (&n Gwen Broaker) went to town this afternoon & brought a lot of knitting twine for me, also Xmas cards, a lot of hankies & other things for my Christmas gifts before the rush comes on. I posted a cheque to Percy for Maggie’s accommodation & enclosed one of our church’s plans. Very dark cold day with lovely showers. 60.
Sep 20 1946: I am now knitting for Fete & for Christmas presents ec. Very nice, bright Spring weather. 74.
Sep 21 1946: Cousin Minnie is improving very slowly. A Welcome Home Banquet to Returned Soldiers is being held in the Congregational Church Rode Road this evening, the Acting Governor (Mr. Cooper) is to be present. Jessie & Joan are giving musical items. It is an invitation gathering. Lovely weather. 78.
Sep 22 1946: At home all day, not so well. Mr. Reid & about 12 C. Endeavourers came this afternoon & we had a very good service. Nearly all took some active part in the meeting. Beckie & Tom happened to call & Beckie sang a solo. Some of our orchestra went to Kallangur State School Anniversary this afternoon. Gwen Broaker went with them for a drive. 79.
Sep 23 1946: This is Jessie’s week to remain home & do the washing & housework. Hector & Lindsay came to see us this evening, Doris was not well enough to come. Hector will inspect a house at Albion which I saw advertised for sale. 72.
Sep 24 1946: Jessie & Gwen Broaker went to town this morning, Jessie got some more knitting twine for me. Janie came this morning, I gave her a cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to 21st inst. Mrs. S. Harris, Vera, her twins & Jean called to see us. Cousin Percy Pringle, Robbie McClintock & a Mr. Hart called this evening on their way home & let us know that cousin Charlotte is very poorly. I got a letter from the Public Curator re “Burnie Brae” property. 71.
Sep 25 1946: I received statement & cheque from J.P. McCrystal for rent collected, I posted cheque to bank. Mr. Colin Howard & his newly married wife (nee Dulcie McAulay) are in Brisbane on their honeymoon trip & came to spend a while with us this evening. He appears a fine, sociable man & offered to endeavour to obtain paint down south for Alex, which cannot be got here. 73.
Sep 26 1946: Miss Pfingst & Mrs. F. Barker called to see Mary this afternoon. Gwen Broaker went to Ipswich this morning to see a friend & expects to return here tomorrow. 72.
Sep 27 1946: Mr. Menery came & spent an hour with us this morning. He is losing his hearing & sight & is unable to read or write. 73.
Sep 28 1946: Hughie drove me to the Polling Room in our Chermside State School this morning to record my vote for Federal Elections & Referendum. Gwen Broaker returned this evening. Ideal weather. 75.
Sep 29 1946: I attended a.m. service & listened in to Rev. Nirten Bagnel, Valley Methodist. Gwen Broaker’s boy, Dick Doakes, came here this afternoon. Alex took him & Gwen, Mary & Jessie for a drive to Redcliffe. They had tea here & attended our p.m. service. 77.
Sep 30 1946: This is Joan’s week to remain home & do the washing & housework. A Trustee Meeting was held in the church this evening, when a plan for our new brick church was submitted & approved of. Lovely weather. 78.
Oct 1 1946: Gwen Broaker bade all of us farewell early this morning, Alex drove her to the tram. She & her boy Dick Doakes leave for their homes down south this morning, they are to be married shortly. Mrs. Dyer spent a while here this afternoon. Hector & Doris spent the evening with us. I arranged for Hector to call on the Public Curator re “Burnie Brae” as requested in a letter I received from him 24th ultimo. Joan went to town 8a.m., she got several articles for me which I intend using for Christmas presents. This has been a real Summer day. 83.
Oct 2 1946: I posted a letter to the Public Curator, letting him know one of my sons would call & discuss matters with him re sale of “Burnie Brae” as he requested. Mrs. Jackson was here for a while this afternoon. This has been a real Summer day. 83.
Oct 3 1946: Hector told Alex he had called at Curator’s office & the man he would need to see was out attending a funeral. Percy & Fanny had afternoon tea with us. Mrs. Reid spent the evening with Mary while Mr. Reid, Jessie & Joan attended C. Endeavour meeting. Very cold morning, cool breeze all day. 71.
Oct 4 1946: Quiet day, no visitors. 76.
Oct 5 1946: Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning & got the 4p.m. bus home. Ethel called this afternoon, Betty Argo called also. Thunder storm & heavy shower about midnight. 79.
Oct 6 1946: At home all day, not very well. Very heavy distant thunder, lovely rain nearly all night, it commenced about 8p.m. 78.
Oct 7 1946: This is Jessie’s week to remain home, Joan has gone to work. Mrs. Lucas from the Garden Settlement came to see us this morning. Beckie, Douglas & Shirley Allidici came to see us this evening. 76.
Oct 8 1946: I posted a cheque for rates this morning. The Rev. B. Powell paid us a long visit this morning on an important matter. Mr. Carter (a Valuator) & Mr. Ford, representing the Public Curator, came to see me this afternoon re “Burnie Brae”. Hughie came in also. 73.
Oct 9 1946: Mary attended Ladies Church Help meeting this afternoon. This is the first meeting of any sort she has been able to attend since her operation. Mrs. Dyer called to see her this afternoon. 75.
Oct 10 1946: Alex let me know there is a new No. 8 Crown fuel stove at Hughie’s shop for sale. I asked Alex to be sure to let Hughie know that I would buy it, as I want it for the house at Belmore Street, Northgate. 75.
Oct 11 1946: Alex arranged with Keith Hamilton to take the new fuel stove & fix it in the house at Belmore Street. Eddie arranged with a man that was carting some ironbark for him from Hughie’s shop to him to take the above stove. 76.
Oct 12 1946: I have very little to record, except that I am doing a lot of knitting & reading lately. 77.
Oct 13 1946: At home, listened in Rev. P. Watson, Congregational, p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Bishop, Dorothy, Amy (Mrs. Rendle) & her children David & Ruth came to see us this afternoon. Mr.& Mrs. Cuthbert, Jim & Grace Wayper & their two boys came in while the others were here & we had a great how do you do. A daughter (Jennifer) was born to Joe & Patricia today. 78.
Oct 14 1946: I posted a cheque to Percy & Fanny for Maggie’s board ec. I also sent a cheque with Alex to Mr. W. Miller (at Hughie’s shop) for the stove Alex had told me about. Mrs. Dyer went into the Intermediate Hospital today to undergo an operation. The City Council has now commenced to extend the tram line to Chermside. 80.
Oct 15 1946: May came in for a while this afternoon. Very warm, dark, cloudy day, some showers this evening. Later, heavy thunderstorm & rain. 80.
Oct 16 1946: Mrs. Ad. Rode (nee Ethel Samuels) came to see us this afternoon. I received a statement & cheque from John A. Scott for rent collected. I posted it to the bank. The Rev. B. Powell saw Jessie at the Homes today. Hector, Doris & Lorna came to see us this evening. Hector is going to do a message to the bank for me & to call on Public Curator re “Burnie Brae”. Cool day, cold night. 72.
Oct 17 1946: Joan home this week, went to town this morning to do shopping & she done some for me also & visited Mrs. Dyer in the hospital. Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning & got the 4.20p.m. bus home. He brought some books for me to read. Cold, frosty morning. 72.
Oct 18 1946: I have been very poorly today. Cool breeze all day, cold night. 73.
Oct 19 1946: Jessie was training a lot of the Sunday School children here this afternoon for their Anniversary Service tomorrow and for a concert the following Tuesday. Cool breeze all day. 73.
Oct 20 1946: At home poorly. Sunday School Anniversary Afternoon High Tea in School of Arts. Rev. Fulcher called in and went to the Tea & took the evening service. Vic & Ethel called in. 72.
Oct 21 1946: I am very poorly. Dr. Lansdown came at 5p.m., ordered me to stay in bed for a few days.
Oct 22 1946: Doctor came 12 noon, slight improvement. Mr. W. Dalton spent a while with us this afternoon, he is 75.
Oct 23 1946: The Rev. B. Powell spent a while with me & had prayer.
Oct 24 1946: Hector had dinner here & told me about the talk he had with Mr. Ford (Curator’s Office) re “Burnie Brae” property. Jessie posted postal note to Sect. B.I.W.F. & asking them to discontinue sending “Covenanter” to me. The doctor called about 5p.m., I am to remain in bed until Saturday.
Oct 25 1946: Very cloudy day with showers.
Oct 26 1946: Doctor called & said I might get up a while tomorrow.
Oct 27 1946: The Rev. B. Davey called & had prayer. Harold & Fanny called this afternoon.
Oct 28 1946: I am very poorly today, but God has surrounded me with loving kindness & tender mercies on every side.
Oct 29 1946: Mr. Chalk came to see us this morning. Clara & Beckie came this afternoon & we had a great chat. They intend caring for my sister Maggie while Percy & Fanny have a fortnight holidays.
Oct 30 1946: Mary paid her final visit to her doctor, he said she is quite alright. Janie came this afternoon, I gave her cheque for J.A. Smith’s instalments to 27th inst.
Nov 1 1946: Herbie Hamilton came to see me this morning. I am writing with difficulty, as I am very poorly.
Nov 4 1946: Percy & Fanny went to Toowoomba for holidays. My sister Maggie is with Joe & Beckie while they are away.
Nov 5 1946: I got a letter from Fanny & Percy.
Nov 6 1946: Hector & Doris came here this evening. Hector wrote a letter that I dictated to the Public Curator & will post it on his way home, it was re sale of “Burnie Brae”. Hector, Doris & Lorna are leaving on Saturday for a fortnight holidays at Surfers Paradise.
Nov 7 1946: 94.
Nov 8 1946: 82.
Nov 9 1946: Vic Hamilton had dinner with us.
Nov 10 1946: Joe Packer & Tommy called & said my sister Maggie is with them & quite well.
Nov 11 1946: Percy & Fanny arrived home from Toowoomba. Hughie came in for a while this evening. Max heat 92.
Nov 12 1946: Harold & Marjorie drove Fanny to Woombye to spend the rest of her holidays with cousins Willie & Charlotte.
Nov 13 1946: 93.
Nov 14 1946: 90.
Nov 15 1946: I got a letter from Fanny who is at Woombye & one from the Queensland Housing Commission. Hughie came in for a few minutes before going to Tambourine this weekend. 88.
Nov 16 1946: Mr. Chalk came to see us today. He is getting better after having the flu. 85.
Nov 17 1946: Vic & Ethel called in on their way to church. Peggie had dinner & tea here. Dulcie & Anna came this afternoon, Eddie, Mary & Norma came later.
Nov 18 1946: Hughie came this evening & wrote a letter in reply to the one I received from the Queensland Housing Commission last Friday. I signed the letter. Dark, cold day, light showers. Max heat 72.
Nov 19 1946: Alex & Mary attended a funeral service in the Sandgate Baptist Church at 2.45p.m. for one of their young members named David Ward, who was killed last Saturday. His motorbike collided with a motor truck on Bald Hills Road. He was only 19 years of age & was highly esteemed. 80.
Nov 20 1946: This is the first time I have been fit to go down into our yard since October 21st. I am still very weak, but am improving slowly. I received statement & cheque from John A. Scott, I posted cheque to the bank. Very dark oppressive day. 84.
Nov 21 1946: I have been feeling better today than for some considerable time past. Very cool morning, hot during the day & cool evening. 83.
Nov 22 1946: Very poorly this evening. 84.
Nov 23 1946: The Junr. C. Endeavours are holding a Fete in the School of Arts this afternoon. Joan has had the whole responsibility & is still in charge. Mrs. Rainbird called in to see us this afternoon. Mrs. Ethel Rode (nee Samuels) & her daughter Betty attended the Fete & had tea with us. 83.
Nov 24 1946: Vic & Ethel attended a.m. service & had dinner with us. Our choir & orchestra took part in the 3p.m. service in the Zillmere Methodist Church, our Minister Rev. B. Powell was the Preacher. I am still unable to attend service. 79.
Nov 25 1946: I wrote a few lines to the Public Curator, letting him know I had received notice from the Sec. of the Queensland Housing Commission that they intend to resume “Burnie Brae”. Clara called this afternoon, I gave her a cheque for Percy & Fanny & one for Joe & Beckie, for accommodation for my sister Maggie. Hughie Carseldine called in at about 9p.m. 82.
Nov 26 1946: Our church choir & orchestra gave a concert at the Garden Settlement for the aged people there, they were very pleased with the entertainment. 79.
Nov 27 1946: Joan spent the evening with me, sorting & wrapping up Christmas presents I intend sending to all my children, grand & great-grandchildren, my sister Maggie & some others, as I don’t expect to be here for another Christmas, if I am spared to see this one. May, Leila, Janet & Anna were here for a while this afternoon. 80.
Nov 28 1946: There is great work going on with the laying of the tram line to Chermside, it is now laid as far as the school. Quiet day, no visitors. Very hot day. 86.
Nov 29 1946: Bob, Percy & Colin Pringle & two of their friends arrived here from Woombye at 8.45a.m. They have come to see the English Cricketers Test Match, which starts here at noon today. Percy & Colin are going to lodge here during the match, which may last most of next week. I listened in to the cricket match this afternoon, Australia lost 2 for 296 runs. 83.
Nov 30 1946: Percy & Colin left here about 10.30a.m. to watch the cricket. I listened in most of the afternoon, Australia had lost 5 wickets for 592 at the close of today’s play. Cousins Minnie & Daisy came to see us for a while this afternoon. Mr. Chalk had dinner with us. Joan done some shopping & got the remainder of my Christmas presents & cards & some knitting twine. 82.
Dec 1 1946: Hector & family & Joe, Beckie, Tommy, Ronnie & his mate came to see us this afternoon, also Roy & Fred, Percy & Colin all day. Peggie had dinner & tea with us. We had a real noisy time & a thunderstorm at night. Australia finished their innings with 645. 89.
Dec 2 1946: A thunderstorm this afternoon prevented the English cricketers from continuing play. They had been batting only a short time & had lost 1 wicket for 21. The Australians made 645 in their first innings, being a record for Australia in Test Cricket. Dark day, thunderstorm this afternoon. 82.
Dec 3 1946: The English cricketers started play at noon, played till lunch time 1.30p.m., resumed at 2.15 & played until 4p.m., 5 for 116, after which a terrific thunderstorm came on & the ground was covered with large hail stones. Motor cars flooded over their seats, tram cars held up with piles of hail & electricity system damaged. There was a great deal of damage done in the town. Heavy rain at Chermside, no hail. Eddie & Mary came for me this morning & drove me to their place to see the caravan that he built & is now likely to sell for ₤350. It is a lovely vehicle & is well furnished. Elsie McClintock had dinner with us. Bob & Rob went to see the cricket. No electric light till near 9p.m. 83.
Dec 4 1946: It is reported in the “Courier Mail” this morning that yesterday’s storm was the worst ever known in Brisbane. One man was killed & many injured. Thousands of pounds of goods of all sorts damaged, roofs torn off ec ec , piles of hail were not all melted at midday today. The English cricketers resumed play at noon & were all out in their second innings for 172. Their first innings produced only 141, leaving Australia to win by an innings & 332 runs. Hector came this evening & perused the letters I got from the Housing Commission. I gave him my passbook to deposit in the bank. 80.
Dec 5 1946: Cousin Percy & Colin went after breakfast & brought his brother Fred Pringle & his son Reg in time for dinner, after which they left here for home. Percy had brought a utility truck from Mr. Summerville, Nundah. Colin went with Reg in the truck & Fred with Percy in the car. Mr. Summerville brought the truck here & came in for a while, his son was with him also. Janie Wayper was with us for dinner, I gave her cheque for Smith’s instalments. Hector came after dinner & Fanny came while he was here, so we had a real lively day & Mary was kept going her hardest from daylight until 8p.m. 82.
Dec 6 1946: Very quiet day, no visitors. I done some knitting & reading. One light shower. 81.
Dec 7 1946: Most oppressive day, nice steady rain at 8p.m. 92.
Dec 8 1946: The Rev. B. Davey, Vic & Ethel Boot called in on their way to church this morning. Fred, Janet, Ann & Dulcie called this afternoon. 88.
Dec 9 1946: Eddie sold his caravan for ₤320. Most oppressive day. 92.
Dec 10 1946: A lovely cool breeze all day. 82.
Dec 11 1946: Mary went & had a look through Fred & Leila’s home, that is the house they brought from Uncle Hugh, next to the School of Arts. They went into it last May & have made great improvements inside. Roy & Dulcie’s dwelling & shops are being built on the two allotments I sold to them next to Fred & Leila & the building is well under way. 81.
Dec 12 1946: The Rev. A. Hedley Abbott, collector for the British & Foreign Bible Society called. I gave him my annual subscription 21/-, he was only a few minutes here & caught 12.10 bus. The Rev. B. Davey had afternoon tea with Mary & I. Cool breeze all day. 80.
Dec 13 1946: Great progress is being made laying the tram lines through Chermside. The Rev. B. Powell had morning tea with Mary & I, we had an interesting talk & prayer. Mrs. Williams & her two little sons came in for a while this afternoon. Mr. Bishop called. Herbie is working for Alex lately, he brought his dinner & had it here. Sunday School Christmas Tree Service is being held in School of Arts this evening. The English Second Test Cricket Match commenced at noon in Sydney. They lost 8 wickets for 219 runs. Captain Hammond out 1, Washbrook 1. 80.
Dec 14 1946: English cricketers resumed play at noon & were all out in a short time for 255 runs. Australia went in & lost one wicket for 27, when a thunderstorm & rain prevented further play. Mr. Chalk came to see us today. I posted cheque to Dr. M.V. Lansdown. Very rough, windy thunderstorm at 9p.m. & lasted about 2 hours. Joe, Beckie & family went to Southport on holidays. 83.
Dec 15 1946: Rev. B. Davey called on his way to church & came here for dinner. Vic & Ethel were here also. Mr. Reid & three C. Endeavourers came this afternoon & tendered hearty greetings for Christmas & New Year from their Society. A heavy thunderstorm came on at 5p.m. & done great damage in & about Brisbane. 85.
Dec 16 1946: Australian cricketers in Sydney, 2nd Test Match, with England losing 4 wickets for 152. Joan addressed all the Christmas cards I sent & parcelled nearly all the presents I am sending to my relations & friends, about 54. She has put tickets & names on every gift, which it would have been impossible for me to do. 83.
Dec 17 1946: Australia went in at noon & at close had lost 6 wickets for 571. Barns caught out for 234, Bradman out leg before for 234, same as Barns. 93.
Dec 18 1946: Australians went in at noon & put their score up to 649 for 8 wickets & declared their innings closed. England went in & made 247 for 3 wickets. Lovely cool breeze all day. 82.
Dec 19 1946: England went in at noon & were all out at 3.20p.m. Their second innings produced only 371, leaving Australia to win by an innings, 2 wickets & 33 runs. I have been listening in, which is better than a seat on the grandstand, as you get the names of all the players & a description of every movement of players & the crowd that attends. It is just wonderful how the announcer can describe everything, one can imagine they see it. You can hear the stroke of bat on ball & the applause & cheering of the crowd. 82.
Dec 20 1946: Christmas cards are coming in. Hector, Doris & family came to see us this evening, we all had a very happy time together. Mrs. Jackson called in this afternoon. Hector brought me a diary for 1947. 84.
Dec 21 1946: Hector, Doris & family came to see me this last night. Christmas cards are rolling in from all quarters to all of us. Max McFarland called in for a while this morning. Eddie, Herbie & Keith called this afternoon & Eddie cut my hair. Jack McAulay & his mate Bill Geeves arrived here by car from Newcastle at 7.15p.m. After tea Bill drove to his friends. Jack is remaining here for his holidays. 82.
Dec 22 1946: Jack, Vic & Ethel went to church with the others. Vic & Ethel had dinner with us. Alex & Mary took them home & went on to Stafford to see Tom. Mr. Chalk went with them. Mr.& Mrs. Shaxson, their daughter, son-in-law & two children called while I was alone. She came in for a while & I went down with her & had a chat with the others. Jack, Jessie & Joan came home while they were here. 81.
Dec 23 1946: Jim, Clara, Dorothy, Marjory & Heather came to see us this afternoon & brought presents. Only Mary & I were at home, we had afternoon tea & a happy time. I gave them presents & a parcel of presents for Joe & Beckie & family who are now at Southport on holidays. 81.
Dec 24 1946: Betty Argo came to see us this afternoon & said her Father would drive me to see the Morrisons on Boxing Day if I am well enough & would like to go. I am to ring up at 9a.m. that morning & let him know. Joan got my Elgen watch from Hanson’s who cleaned it and put a new main spring in it 30/-. Joan has gone to play her violin with carol singers from the Congregational Church. Alex & Jack have gone to Boot’s for game of billiards. I got John A. Scott’s cheque. Ideal weather, lovely cool breeze all day. 82.
Dec 25 1946: CHRISTMAS DAY After the 10a.m. service in our church, Alex drove me to Percy & Fanny’s. I had dinner with them & all their family & friends. Mr.& Mrs. Barton were there, I had an interesting talk with them. I saw my youngest great-granddaughter Jennifer, a lovely baby. Hughie drove me home at 3p.m. My sister Maggie had dinner with us & is quite well, but she is very helpless. I had tea at home. Mr. Chalk, Vic, Ethel, Mr.& Mrs. Reid were with us, also Jack McAulay. There was a great gathering of young people after tea, we had an enjoyable sing song, some games, a good supper & finished by singing the Doxology. Lovely weather. 82.
Dec 26 1946: Jim came for me at about 10a.m. I had dinner with them, after which Jim drove all of us, excepting Betty, to see our Morrison relations. Janie Wayper was there for the day. Mrs. George & Mrs. Alton Morrison’s (widowed) were there, we spent a pleasant afternoon with them. Janie got a ride with us to the Brunswick Rail Station. I had tea with Jim & Clara & he brought me home about 8p.m. I got a letter from Joe & Beckie who are at Southport. 86.
Dec 27 1946: I posted J.A. Scott’s cheque for rent collected to the bank this morning. Alex is working today. Hughie, May, Fred, Leila, Roy, Dulcie & Murial called on their way to Tambourine Christmas morning to say farewell for the holidays. Roy & Dulcie returned last night, the others are remaining at Tambourine for a longer holiday. 85.
Dec 28 1946: A very quiet day. Ian Jackson called, his Mother & Grandmother, Mrs. Jackson Snr., were in the car. Mary went down & had a chat with them. Mrs. Jackson is 84. Jack, Joan & Jessie had a game of tennis. Jessie & Jack went to pictures at Chermside this evening. Dulcie practiced some of her solos, Jessie played the accompaniments. Strong N.E. wind all day. 86.
Dec 29 1946: Mary attended church this morning, first time since she came from hospital. I listened to Albert St., the Rev. Wheller. I wrote a letter to Joe & Beckie. Jim & Clara called to ask if I am well enough to go with them to Woombye tomorrow morning. I promised to go if well enough. 88.
Dec 30 1946: Jim & Clara & family called for me on their way to Woombye. We left here at 6.30a.m. & arrived at cousin Willie’s at 9.15 after three short stops on the way. We had a hearty welcome from Charlotte & Willie. It was extremely hot, but a thunderstorm soon came up & after a heavy shower it was much cooler. Archie & his three children & one of Dick’s sons called while we were there, we all had a very pleasant time together. We left for home about 5p.m. & arrived here about 7.30p.m. The hottest day this year. 99.
Dec 31 1946: Alex, Mary, Jessie, Joan, Peggie Miller & Francis Dwyer have gone to an all night entertainment in the Lutwyche Picture Show Hall. Vic & Ethel Boot are going also. Jack McAulay persuaded them to go & he has gone early to secure their tickets. Hughie Carseldine called to get Carl Miester’s address. He brought us some of their mangoes. Jim Wayper, on his way home from Tambourine, called to see Alex this evening. I have felt in better health today than for some time past, thank God. A lovely cool breeze all day. 82.