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J.H. Watmuff Profile,
1 1859-1862 Bendigo, Dunolly, Sandy Creek (Tarnagulla), Loddon , (Mt. Hope Rush), Ararat, Chinamans Flat, Moonlight Flat, Mt William (trek with guide), Pleasent Creek (Stawell), Melbourne,
2 1859 Bendigo Melbourne 1862 Otago N.Z.,
3 1863 Otago,
4 1863 Otago to 1865 Melbourne,
5 1865-1866 Melbourne,
6 1866-1869 Melbourne,
7 1869-1870 Melbourne,
8 1870-1876 Melbourne
9 1879-1881 Melbourne,
10 1881-1882 Dribs & Drabs,
11 1884 Sydney & Misc.,
12 Lusitania Voyage,
13 Lusitania Voyage,
14 Lusitania Voyage,
15 Lusitania Voyage,
16 and 17 England, letters and Journal,
18 Garonne return Voyage,
19 Resignations,
20 (Journal 19) Mildura,
21 (Genealogies),
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Journal Kept by
John Henry Watmuff
from March 1866 to March 21st.1869

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Melbourne. – X(127)X 28 Johnston St Fitzroy, 1866

March 4th.1866 Sunday, as usual make up my journal, for the week, become quite a necessary duty, having done so for such a length of time, nothing particularly interesting to recount, with the exception of my enjoyments, one nights pleasure in particular which I must relate. Last Tuesday night, my sister & I in company with about 20 others, Sanders, Law the Ballantynes & several others with about a dozen girls took a large gondola at Richmond we pulled up to the survey paddock where we landed & there spent about 3 hours dancing singing Etc, being a lovely moonlight night. We embarked about 11 & had not proceeded down the river more than a hundred yards or so when we struck on a snag poking a hole in the boat, with great difficulty we got it off when the boat began to fill with water - we just managed to put the bows on the shore & the stern sank. We got all out firstrate some got wet feet, one young lady went into hysterics, it was fortunate we were so near land, for if we had been in the middle of the river & sank some of us would have gone to the bottom, we left the boat to her fate & walked home in fine jolly spirits, but wet feet. I was very much annoyed for it all arose from sheer carelessness, we had to pay next day pretty dearly for our freak. Thursday night I went to Ballantynes Bazaar, at the Unity Hall Swanston St managed to get rid of more money than I could afford to spend in raffles & other swindles, my opinion of such



places is that the Govt ought to suppress them, they are nothing more than Gambling Houses - Friday evening I met Miss B. took a pleasent walk together. Saturday afternoon I had arranged to play Croquet but was disap -pointed, owing to the rain, however it was badly wanted so I oughtnt to complain. In the evening Fred & I went to town & was induced by an attraction programme, to pay the Polytechnic Hall a visit, to see Grace Egerton in her numerous characters, what pleased me the most was Mr G.Case's Concertina playing, which is something out of the common, good. - This morning I went to St Franciss Chapel to hear Mozart No. 2 Mass sang. I know several members of the Choir who invited me into it, at the conclusion of the service they rehearsed Mozarts 12th Mass, to me a treat -

In the afternoon Bessie & I took a walk round Fitzroy Gardens for an hour, read Shakespears Julius Ceasar – after tea went to Brunswick Street Chapel, heard Mr Richards preach an excellent sermon, afterwards took a walk with Marsden down town, had a long discussion with him about the intelligence of the present age in comparison to the ancients – he is an ancient theorist. Monday I wrote from an impulsive feeling, to my brother Ned addressing the letter to Hokitiki, N.Z. where I thought he was located, just as I was sending it to post H Dight called informed me that he had just received a letter from Tom Meston who is living in Dunedin, stating he had received a letter from my brother Ned, dated the 1/2/66 from Graymouth on the West coast of N.Z. where he is now staying he wished Tom to write to me & inform me where he was for he was laid up with dysentry & very ill, poor Ned. I suppose he was ashamed to write directly to me, having kept silent so long. I sent my letter to him imploring him to come



home, if he had not the means, I would forward him money as soon as I heard from him. I dare not tell mother of his present position she grieves enough about him. I so hope he may soon recover & return home - & with the money he will receive by the death of Aunt Lucy he will be enabled to do something for himself better than what he appears to have been engaged in lately

[Sunday, 11 March 1866] March 12th [11th]1866. Very hot weather during the week. Been very busily engaged at the office, having several fine ships at the pier discharging - I forwarded an application to the Secretary (Mr Finlayson) for an increase of salary it is a shame the paltry salary I receive, considering the duties I perform, scarcely sufficient to keep me in food & clothes, assisting my mother is entirely out of the question. I trust he may be induced to do so, but from the general character the Co bears, I have little hopes of its being advanced to anything like a decent thing - Tuesday I went again to the Bazaar got fleeced for a considerable sum (to me), however I enjoyed myself very much, being the last night they finished with a Ball. I danced till near 2 Am (Wednesday) when Law & I left. Wednesday night Melbourne was visited with a frightful dust storm the wind howling & blowing in a frightful manner – several houses were blown down. Next morning everything had a most blasted appearance. Saturday afternoon Bessie & I joined a large Croquet Party at E.Melbourne play’d till dark about a dozen of us (all acquaintances) adjourned to Sanders house where we found tea provided for us, after which we spent a most agreeable evening together, singing & playing a variety of intellectual social games,



nearly 12 pm when we reached home, one of the party James Ballantyne is leaving Melb for Dunedin N.Z. I gave him a letter of introduction to Hamilton whose acquaintance I should like him to cultivate. I have read a considerable amount of miscellaneous literature to day, "Richelieu" "Phaedra & Hippolyte some of Plinys & Ciceros letters. I took a short walk this afternoon as far as the Cemetary, met J & A Ballantyne walked home with them. They invited me to tea but I did not remain. In the evening I went to hear Mr Handfield, St Peters met Miss B. took a short walk with her, home early -

March 18th.1866 Weather been very changeable, great want of rain in the country districts By the mail, which arrived on the 15th inst. news came of a most disastrous event that occurred on the 10th January, the foundering of the S.S. London in the Bay of Biscay on her voyage to Melbourne, 19 persons alone saved, there being but one boat saved from the effects of the gale, it has caused quite a gloom over the colony, there being so many old colonists on board & friends & relatives of numbers here, G.V.Brooke the tragedian went down, his last words were to be remembered to his friends in Melbourne - Revd Mr Draper & his wife were lost. I used to go to his Sunday School in Adelaide, he is universally regretted & at the last moment was doing his masters work with all his heart - I



have just returned from hearing Mr Maillard preach a funeral sermon to his memory. I never listened to a more impressive one, the Chapel was crowded & everybody was affected by the recital of Drapers virtues & noble & sad end. We received a long letter from my father containing more particulars about Aunt Lucys death & the settlement of her property, a settlement that does not benefit any of our family, except the part she had no control over, & even that she curtailed as much as was in her power. My father inherits the share in a farm situated in Leicestershire (England) which I believe will bring him in about £60.0.0 ayear. Uncle Joe possesses the other half wishes to buy fathers share - but I trust he will not sell it. The letter contained a deal of news very interesting. I dont feel inclined to note here. I am getting very anxious about my brother Ned. I ought to have received an answer to my letter ere now, I do hope he has recovered - Mother makes herself very ill continually fretting about him -

Yesterday afternoon I played Croquet in E.Melbourne - In the evening Fred & I took a strool about town - Rained very heavily this morning, I did not go out, spent the time reading In the afternoon I took a walk to the Cemetary. I have been there but once since Ellen Mortyn was buried 6 years ago (poor G V Brooke was chief mourner on that occasion) I was struck with the quantity of graves I could scarcely realize the idea there had been so many deaths in such a few years - I always have strange reflections, on visiting such a place - In the evening I went to St Peters Church.



March 25th.1866. I have been in very low spirits during the past week, in consequence of receiving two letters from Graymouth N.Z. written by a Mr Player a friend of my brother Ned - One is dated the 27th Feby & stated that Ned was very ill & he had succeeded in getting him into the hospital where he would be as well attended as it was possible under the circumstances The other letter was written three days afterwards just as the mail was closing, which brought them both to hand, its tenor was of a most melancholy character he states that it would be very cruel to buoy us with hopes of Neds recovery, that he was dying, & given up by the doctors. I cannot get it out of my head but that he's dead & the last one was dictated simply to break the fact more easily in his next God grant such is not the case. The S.S. Albion arrived yesterday, but brought us no more news of him & it sailed several days after the date of the last letter - immediately on the receipt of them I wrote to the person who so kindly sent to us, & also to the surgeon of the hospital, desiring them to do the utmost in their power, for him, & to assist him if possible in getting him on board some vessel bound for Mel - poor Ned it is hard he should be away from home, among strangers, not one relative near him at such a time. My mother is quite ill, she grieves very much on his account - it has cast quite a gloom over our house - - I have been out very little this week spent a deal of my spare time reading. Yesterday afternoon I passed in doing a lot of necessary jobs about the house, such as chopping wood - & putting in panes of glass – Etc - after tea I walked down



town, met R.Law had a long chat with him – took the 8.7.pm train for S.Yarra, found my sister Bessie with Miss Cass waiting for me there, went to the latters home where I found some more people, spent a couple of hours very pleasently, singing & dancing, 12 pm when my sister & I got home - Remained at home all this morning, reading. Robin Law called after dinner, we took a walk together - he is a nice young fellow, very well informed, & possessing few of those vices, Mel young men are so prone to, he staid tea with us. I went to St Peters Church, met Miss B. walked home with her.

[Sunday, 1 April 1866] April 2nd[1st] 1866 Weather very unsettled, had a considerable amount of rain, long wanted. No more news from Ned, or concerning him, a mail arrived since I last wrote - I dont know what to think about it. I feel afraid to hope - & yet I must -

Tuesday night, Fred & I spent the evening with some acquaintances, named Smart, who live in Brunswick S. Mrs. S is a widow, I suppose, with 2 sons & as many daughters The eldest son is a very decent fellow, the girls are very nice & pleasent, one of them the youngest is an oddity, not very nice looking with I think has a most peculiar formed mind, at least I thought so on such a short acquaintance, I saw more of her on Thursday night, my brother Fred & young Smart & I with the Miss S.s & a young lady who lives with us, Miss Forrester, took a boat at Richmond pulled up the Yarra as far as the Survey Paddock got back about 11 Pm had a delightful evening altogether, being a lovely moonlight night & everything seemed so calm & still



12 pm when we arrived home. Thursday night, Fred & I went to the Theatre, to see the “Jewess” Miss Cleveland, Coppin & Hoskins playing the principal characters. We were in company with the Smarts, came home with them, spent a pleasent hour with them discussing coffee & rusks with other matter. I arose very early this same morning, my sister Bessie, leaving by the 7 am train for Echuca where she purposes spending a few days with Mrs. Dewer. Good Friday morning after a feast of hot cross buns, as per arrangement I met the brothers Kidgell, G.Ramsden, Lennox & Saunders at Falls on the Yarra, where we found Kidgells boat prepared for us, after getting in a supply of eatables & drinkables with cigars, we started about 11 Pm, pulled down the Yarra to the junction, passing hundreds calmly engaged in fishing, entering the Salt Water River, we set our sail & went up to Camerons in glorious style, found the old bachelor quite well, made us welcome, had a good lunch, which we washed down with copious draughts of new milk We spent the rest of the day very pleasently, on land & water some of the party fished in the evening, we were all in good spirits & very jolly. We left about 9.30 pm, walked to Moonie Ponds where we found a cab, but we couldnt come to terms with its owner – so we braced ourselves for a walk, rattled along at a fine pace - got home about 11 pm very tired & weary

Saturday, I went down to the office, but only remained till 10 am, came home & read till 12. G.Ramsden called upon me & we went to see Taff Ballantyne, arranged to take a boat up the Yarra, called for the Miss Smarts spent a very pleasent afternoon on the waters, after tea I walked, into town met J.Kidgell & Lennox,



walked about till the Theatre came out, met my brother Fred with the Miss S's & their brother, accompanied them home, 12 when I got home, very tired. This morning I went to hear Mozarts 12th Mass at St Francis Chapel, the place was crowded to excess. I never witnessed such idoletry in my life, it is really strange, in this enlightened 19th Century, people can live in such perverted blindness. Lennox called for me in the afternoon we took a strool round the Gardens together. I forgot to mention I was paid a visit by my old friend Mr. Brown (California Gully) he did not stay long. I was very glad to see him. I have only met him once since my return from N.Z. where we were very intimate. In the evening I went to Brunswick Street Chapel, heard Mr Milliard preach his farewell sermon, prior to his departure for Adelaide. I afterwards met Miss B. took a pleasent walk home with her

8th April 1866 Lovely weather. Spent another jolly week pleasuring. Monday was a holiday, but I spent the earliest part of the day reading. In the afternoon I I went to the Collingwood Sports, held at the foot of B.St. the day was windy & very dusty making it anything but pleasent for the pleasure seekers. I did not enjoy myself very much, such a rag tag lot about, gave it the appearance of a low fair in England, without its fun a novelty was introduced in the shape of an election of a Belle of Collingwood, a shilling was the qualification for a voter, ladies who competed for the prize sent in their likenesses, which were exhibited with ficticious names attached. I have heard since it was a complete "sell" the one bearing the name of the Rose of Denmark (Princess of Wales) won the honor - I remained on the ground till dark, had a bit of fun with a wild lot of girls & young men I know -

Tuesday morning I went to work again. In the evening I went to the Theatre, & witnessed



"Twelfth Night" on leaving, I hastened to the Rly Station, Spencer St. to catch the excursion train from Echuca thinking my sister Bessie would come down by it. I was disappointed, but meeting the Miss Smarts I & Fred accompanied them home. I was rather afraid of entering our house without my sister, knowing how anxious my mother would be at her absence, however on going in I found she had received a Telegram from her during our absence stating that she was not coming home till to day. Wednesday night R.Law & Taff Ballantyne spent the evening with me here - very pleasently. I saw them both home afterwards Robin lent me a Book that Ive read with great interest since, “Pollocks Course of Time” (It is a grand conception, being a succession of beautiful similitudes, it opens with two angels in realms of bliss listening to an an old sage formerly of this world who is relating to them history of this world, from its creation to the final resurrection of its dead, he discribes hell, equally as horrible as Dante without that poets coarseness Pleasure, Happiness, Hope, Fear, Etc he introduces by garbed similes, pleasure, as a woman of the World – is about the best. I never read anything that stated so plainly the many stumbling blocks to the Christian - he reconciles man to his lot by showing to him the world as it really is, its nothingness & vanity & points out to us the only true path to everlasting joy) Thursday & Friday night I spent at home. Saturday afternoon, I walked down town met the Kellys, on leaving I returned & went to the Fitzroy Gardens, heard the Head Quarters Band play some fine pieces of Music, met my



sister Mary & her husband had a long chat with them. After tea, Fred & I paid the Smarts a visit, spent a pleasent evening together - I did not leave home to day till 3 pm when I took a walk round F. Gardens met several I knew, after tea Fred & I went to St Peters Church, left before the sermon commenced, having to walk to the Railway Station, where we met Bessie, who came down by the 9 pm train from Echuca, after enjoying herself very much – I think the trip will do her a deal of good, she appears to be a great favourite with her friends in Echuca. No news from Ned, I hope to have tomorrow, as I hear the S. Australian @ Hokitika is in

[Sunday, 15 April 1866] 15th.April 1861 [1866] I never took up my pen with such reluctance in my life as I do on this occasion, having to narrate the painful fact of my poor brothers Edwards death, tho’ in a measure prepared for it, I could not realize the idea of such an event occurring. After waiting anxiously to hear from him, we at length received a letter from his friend Mr Player, written on the 11th Ult & thr'o some postal mismanagement it did not come to hand until the 13th. Inst, it contained an account of his death & burial – he died on the night of the 9th.March at 11.30. & owing to an unfortunate circumstance, not a friend was near him or with him during his last moments. It appears Player was with him at 9 pm when Ned requested him to go and bring Christian Foyne (my old friend) as he wished to say something to him, relative of family affairs



Foyne lived 5 miles away, & during the time Player was away poor Ned breathed his last, without his last wish being gratified he died according to the Doctors certificate of relapsing fever brought on from the effects of dysentry, Foyne wrote to me giving me the same particulars as Player- they were very good to my brother during his illness, provided him with the best Medical attendance they at his death thought so much of him, that they would not allow him to be buried by the Hospital authorities they gave him a decent funeral, about 20 of his friends followed to his grave – where they purpose to erect a gravestone to his memory. It is some consolation under the painful circumstances to know he fell in with so many good Samaritans. May God reward them for their kindness, our thanks are most due to Mr Player who througout his illness & to the last sad rites humanity expects from this world, he was a good, kind and sincere friend. I wrote to Foyne & Player the day I received their letters, thanking them for their kindness in language that I wished could do them justice, & also desiring them to furnish me with account of the expenses they have been to, for I should ever consider it a reproach, to our family, to know that we allowed others to be at the loss, where it is our duty that it should be otherwise. The news was a great shock



to us & none too easier to bear, to think no near friend or relative was with him, & also the fact of his never having written to us for upwards of two years – so that we know nothing of his antecedents during that period. My poor mother feels the loss the most acutely that I fear it will considerably affect her health, which was ever delicate Poor Ned, he was a fine young fellow, possessing many fine traits a favourite of everybody who knew him, frank free & manly, exceedingly good natured, even to a fault – the worst enemy he ever had was himself. Player states he died quite calmly believes repentant, may the Lord have mercy on his soul & forgive him whatever sin he committed here below - My father will be greatly cut up about him, for I feel he will reproach himself for the cause of his acquiring wandering habits owing to his neglect during his youth, for under different circumstances he would have been a clever man. We received a long letter from my father by the English Mail & enclosed in it was a letter of credit for £10.0.0 very acceptable at the time for my mother really had not the means of procuring decent mourning, I having put what little money I possessed in the Bank for 6 months, father dwells very much upon Edward wishing he was living at home with us, he must have been uneasy about him as we informed him we had not heard from him for such a length of time. I hardly know how to break the sad news to him, he was so fond



of him, if he had a favourite I believe it was poor Ned. He states Aunt Lucys affairs do not paint such a favourable appearance as he had anticipated & that it will be some time ere things are settled. I did not go out to day, been raining hard all day – spent it reading & writing.

April 22nd 1866 Sunday night. I like to retire in my room where all is quiet & think over the main events that have occurred during the week, places Ive visited people Ive met & such like, tho I find it very uninteresting to sit down & write such insignificant matter. Monday evening I took a walk about Fitzroy, met Miss B saw her [home] Tuesday night. I went to the Parliament Houses, witnessed the passing of the Tariff Bill - Wednesday night I went to *Gold street to see my old friend & mate Harry Dight spent the evening with him & his wife (who will soon be a mother) very pleasently tho we were melancholy pleasent, for Harry & my poor brother Ned were warm friends for years & very much attached to each other. Our conversation was chiefly concerning bygones on Bendigo & NZ, painful reminiscences, 11 Pm when I got home, found several sympathetic visitors at our house - we have had a great many condolers, very kind of people thus to respect one's sorrow Friday night Fred & I spent at Smarts, doing the agreeable to the



two Miss S.s who are very nice girls in their way Saturday afternoon, I went in company with Lennox as pr. agreement to the Royal Park to play Croquet. Found a pleasent set there, all friends, comprised of both sexes, we played till dark – on arriving home, after tea Fred & I took a walk about town met many we knew. 11 pm when we got home found Saunders & Kidgell here, felt sorry I had not remained at home, being great favourites of mine -

This morning I went to hear Revd J.Dare preach, he is located at present in this neighbourhood, his preaching subject was on the importance of private prayer he was as earnest & eloquent as ever, I think without exception he is the most eloquent preacher Victoria can boast off, he possesses all the outward & I believe the inward qualities of a good preacher, fine commanding appearance, a rich toned clear voice, & is a pious Christian. I always feel a better man after hearing him - In the afternoon Bessie & I took a pleasent walk. Mr Kidgell spent the evening with us, only just left, he is a traveller for a Mel Mercantile House & is seldom in town, he is a very intelligent man & extremely good company, a great favourite with all who know him -

April 29th 1866. Nice weather during the week beginning to get rather cold in the morning & evenings sure approach of coming winter. Monday on leaving business I met my old friend Mr. Halley who is at present looking out for a situation as Manager of a G.Co I persuaded him to come home & take tea with me spent the evening very pleasently with him, walked into town with him. Tuesday, I was greatly surprised & pleased to see my very dear old friend



Jim Hamilton come marching into the office, he had just arrived from N.Z where he has left his family, he is out of a situation at present but having considerable interest in Melb. he was induced to come over & try how matters stood. It is he is making our house his home - while in Victoria. I was delighted to see him, we have spent some very pleasent hours in each others company. I hope he will be fortunate enough to meet in with something to suit him. I should like him to remain here - Wednesday night I spent walking about (Jim having gone to see some friends of his) met Miss B took a walk with her for a little while. Thursday night Jim Fred & I went to Cookes Lozara & Wilsons, Circus, at present engaged in the Haymarket Theatre, it is the best company Ive seen for a very long time, fine riders, & the best acrobats that ever appeared in the colony, after it was over we went into a cafe & had coffee Etc. came home & did not go to bed till 1 am the following morning, singing & talking over past times. The mail closed the same morning for England. It was my painful duty to break the sad news of poor Neds death to father, with all particulars, we sent him also the letters we received relative to the event, & also several portraits of Fred & myself - Friday night Fred & I spent the evening at Smarts, the Miss Ss showed us some beautiful pieces of fancy needlework, & embroidery in which they display excellent taste & skill in executing

Saturday afternoon I spent in Fitzroy Gardens listening to the Head Quarters Band perform. They play’d some beautiful selections of the best composers. I met Miss Fannigan had a long chat with her on the subject of her flirtations. I never met one more candid in my life & who seemed so thoroughly disgusted with her antecedents in that respect. I thought it would have done many young lady acquaintances of mine a deal of good to have heard her. I afterwards joined my sister



Mary & her husband, who living in the neighbourhood are regular attendants to these open air concerts - They are becoming quite fashionable rendezvous for Saturday afternoon promenaders - In the evening I took a long walk around the outskirts of Fitzroy, being a lovely Moonlight night I enjoyed my walk far better than about the town - Not feeling inclined for Chapel this morning I spent it in reading, read "Gullivers Travels" the first time through - Ciceros defence of "Milo for the death of Clodius" with a trifle of other matter. Towards evening the two Miss Roberts paid us a visit had tea & afterwards I accompanied them with my sister Bessie to St Marks Church heard Mr Barlow preach. I saw the Miss Rs home they live a long way from here - rather late when I got home

May 5th.1866. Weather very changeable, had some heavy showers of rain during the week. Monday evening Fred & I took a walk together listening outside of folks houses wherever we heard music, got home early, & read for a while. Tuesday night Hamilton returned from Sandhurst spent a pleasent evening talking about the old acquaintances he met & scenes he visited he called upon my couzin Lizzie found her quite well (I wrote & sent her my portrait in exchange for one of poor Neds, she gave me - the only one we have of him.) Wednesday evening Fred was very ill. I went out alone, met Miss Rekowski & E.Atkinson, the former is a most charming & lively girl I walked into Melb with them on my way home alone, I met the two Miss Smarts being a lovely moonlight night we took a very long walk, didnt get home till 11 P.m. Thursday, Fred quite recovered from his sudden fit of indisposition. After tea I went to Smith Street for mother - on my way home met Louis walked home with her - (one would imagine to read these pages I was a regular ladies man). Hamilton stay'd with us, spent the evening singing



& reading, 12 pm when we got to bed - This afternoon Hamilton, the two Miss Smarts my brother Fred & sister Bessie, Tom Rooke & I formed a party to go up the River Yarra we rode down to Richmond, where we took a boat pulled up to the tea gardens, remained there about an hour very pleasently discussing tea & fruit with other subjects - It was a lovely afternoon & all being in good spirits we enjoyed ourselves I pulled up & down & got very hot, on leaving the boat I began to get chilly & I fear I have caught a cold - I feel very shaky & have a most severe headache - I went out about 8 pm took a short walk round Fitzroy & came home – early -

May 8th.1866. Been very unwell since I last continued my journal. I felt very ill on Sunday morning, but went with Hamilton to hear the Revd. James Taylor the popular baptist minister preach. It was the first time I ever heard him & I purpose God willing to hear him again, he preached a fine sermon from Luke - "Father! Glorify thy name - ". On arriving home I felt worse - my limbs would scarcely bear me. I was in a violent perspiration & yet my teeth chattered in my head I bore up as long as possible but had to go to bed & apply wet cloths to my head all night. I felt a little better about noon but very weak. I walked into town called at the office, found very little doing in consequence of yesterday being nearly kept as a holiday, our Governor Sir Charles Darling, having been called upon to resign owing to some unconstitutional acts of his left the Colony for Sydney enroute for England - he was very popular among the protectionists who got up a grand demonstration for the occasion - I did not feel well enough to go to Sandridge & see him off. I returned home early, spent a pleasent evening, my sister Mary being here -



feeling better this morning I went to the office, was very busy having four large ships at the Pier, just coming to discharge, one of them a steamer called the Kai Koura” that has just accomplished the quickest passage on record (from England) 54 days On leaving in the evening I met Hamilton & Robert Williamson the latter invited us to his house to tea & spend the evening, which we did very pleasently together he is a very intelligent young fellow. I met him several years ago on Bendigo, we have both very much changed since then - arrived home about 10 pm

May 13th.1866 Sunday night, Weather been very fair, the want of rain is severely felt in all quarters - & Im happy to state we had a copious downfall of the element this evening. Wednesday night I took a strool with Hamilton visited an acquaintance of his. Thursday night ditto, spent my evening reading an extraordinary work entitled “Napolean the future or destined ruler of the world,” by the Revd Mr. Baxter – Prophecy is a subject Ive never gone into with any thing like interest, this work takes for its basis those prophecies from the Sacred Books of Daniel & the Revelations upon the future Antichrist & he endeavours to show or prove that Napolean is the only man on earth that has that degree of power, & possesses the characteristics of the coming Antichrist his potential supremacy & his unbounded ambition all mark him to be one that must exert a great in– fluence over the future destinies of European nations comprising as Baxter observes the Old Roman Empire according to his (Baxters) computation of prophetic time we are at present entering upon the final 7 years previous to Christs second advent. The work is very plausible, quotes scripture for everything &



is full of remarks on the subject from other prophetical writers. I feel incapable of rightly estimating the work, but it has given rise to many serious reflections in my mind & I observe the same in others who have perused it, judging from the signs of the times I see nothing very improbable of such things taking place as he discribes, which at some time, if the Scriptures are to be relied upon, must occur, the most difficult part is in trying to make Englishmen believe that there is a possibility of a Frenchman ruling over them, being so long accus -tomed to imagine there is no such power in existence I firmly believe England has for some time past arrived at the zenith of her glory her army is one of the smallest in Europe for a 1st rate power her navy is no larger than that of France & her inhabitants are so full of democratic feelings that I consider their patriotism is not to be relied upon as formerly, the days are past of anthropothuism Kings & Queens, Lords & Dukes etc are not looked upon with such reverence as formerly.

Friday night H & I took a short walk around Fitzroy came home had some singing & read a little

Saturday afternoon Williamson called & in company with H & I, we went to hear the "Band" play in Fitzroy Gardens enjoyed it very much. After tea having an invitation I went to Dickens (an acquaintance) wedding party. The company was a mixed lot I knew very few there, however, I made the most of my time & managed to spend a few hours in a very jolly manner singing, dancing, & playing the usual games of forfeits Etc all of which I entered into with considerable spirit - 12 when I got home



Spent this morning reading (Baxter) after dinner Fred & I went to Sandridge met Hamilton with Williamson & we all took passage in a small yacht plying between the pier & the "Curacoa" Man of War of 21 guns & 1500 tons Burden commanded by Sir Wiseman - It was blowing very fresh & we went along in gallant style to the ship found her a most magnificent sight, everything looked so clean & in such perfect order, she has a flush deck fore & aft with a number of light guns, mounted at the Bows is a large Armstrong Gun, carrying 110 lbs shot, a fine piece of workmanship & I should imagine a most distructive engine - on going below we found ourselves in what is called the Gun Deck, 22 guns (68 pounders) ranged around her sides, with stands of arms consisting of Colts Revolvers, Rifles & Cutlasses Etc. The sailors 350 in number many of whom were very kind showed us over the principal parts of their vessel & explained everything to us we did not properly understand, on going down another hatchway we found another deck where the crew eat & sleep in. Things bore quite another aspect here - men were to be seen in every direction, some reading & yarning, some doing fancy needlework but the majority appeared to be asleep. The ship was crowded with spectators, but these sleepers were not in the least disturbed by walking over them - I fancy it must be horrible to be cooped up in such a limited space from year end to year end with little change. We visited the Engine Room, fitted up with speaking trumpets to every part of the ship & I observed what I suppose to be new or modern improvements in communicative facilities. We left about 4 pm very well satisfied with our visit feeling more confident in Englands wooden walls than ever - in case of war



I think there are many on that noble ship who would do their duty. We met H.Rooke & Miss R. we came ashore in the same boat, on arriving in town Fred & I parted from Hamilton & Williamson & coming on to rain we took a cab home - after tea we went to hear the Revd Henderson preach in the Theatre Royal. We got wet through going & it was anything but pleasent sitting in our wet clothes, however the sermon we heard fully compensated for our troubles he is the most popular minister in Melbourne & not without reason if the sermon I heard is an average sample of his discourses, he preaches extemporously very earnest & never at a loss, a good clear expositor must possess an extraordinary memory. It is the first time I ever went to hear a sermon in a Theatre he has been drawing crowded houses. I trust it is to hear the word of God & not the place is the attraction

I received a letter from my Poor Brother Neds friend Mr. Player, it contained three accounts amounting to £15.0s.0d which I consider very moderate, he hints that my old friend Christy Foyne has not acted very well, but does not state particulars

May 20th.1866 Weather very unsettled, Hamilton still living with us. Visited the Smarts several times, spent one or two evenings very pleasently in their company. Im sorry to state my poor Mother has been very ill during the week confined to her bed, she appears to be getting worse, she objects seeing a medical man, but I shall call one in if she is no better to morrow I spent yesterday afternoon reading, in the evening I met La B. who informs me she is going to Port Fairy, it will do her a deal of good. I took a strool into town after seeing her home, met Swanson, who lent me his ticket, to go into the Skating Rink (being a member) where I enjoyed



myself very much. Skating is becoming a popular institution *the *rolaries perform in a large boarded room - the skates merely consist of a sole with small castors under neath, strapped onto the foot. I should imagine it very healthy exercise, at least it is amusing to witness the ineffectual efforts of some of the novices in trying to keep their perpendicular - This morning I went to hear Revd Jms Taylor - Remained at home reading, during the afternoon In the evening I went to Mr. Greens (Bourke street) for medicine for Mother, found him out, gone to church, so I went to hear Taylor deliver a kind of a lecture or what he himself termed an analysis of a Book, the title being Jesus Christ his life & works, Ecce Homo[1] X(by a Frenchman (I could not catch the name) &)X protestant, it appeared to me to be a refutation of Rehnans “Life of Christ” only vastly superior in its composition having a far higher tone, clothing Christ with his divinity whilst the Jew robs him of it. Twas an excellent subject & well handled. I was pleased to have heard it, removing several unpleasent doubts I entertained of certain inconsistencies (as I thought) in Christs life - My dear mother is very ill.

May 27th Weather very changeable, Im happy to state my mother is much better was able to get up for a small time yesterday & to day, she is very weak, our house has seemed so miserable since her illness, the 28th being Whit Monday we had a holiday. I spent it at home, Mother still ill I did not care about leaving home. In the afternoon we had several visitors, among the number, Miss Allen Mrs. White - & my sister Mary) so altogether I passed a pleasent holiday, in the evening called at Smarts took Miss S. out for a walk as far as town where I left her - Thursday, Queens Bth day was another holiday - we spent it pleasuring, left home about 1 Pm took a cab to Richmond there met Bob Williamson & a Mr Elliott, so with my sister Bessie & Miss Forrester & Jim Hamilton we formed a nice



party pulled up to the gardens regaled ourselves with fruit, coffee & other refreshments had some fun swinging & playing about, after a nice pull of an hour or so we returned to Richmond got home about 6 pm. after tea I called at Smarts, took Miss Jessie out for a walk. We crossed Studley Park Bridge & where I had never been before & rambled about, everything looking so calm & beautiful by moonlight. I think it one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in the vicinity of Melb - 11 Pm when I reached home Saturday being a wet day we were unable to play Croquet as we intended, but some of the party called, a Miss Ditcham a nice young lady from Launceston who plays the piano beautifully with Miss Saunders & Mrs. Simpson. We spent a pleasent afternoon together singing Etc. we parted promising to meet next Saturday - This morning went to hear Jms Taylor a funeral sermon on the death of Mrs. Shand a member of his church, who died a happy Christian, it was a most impressive sermon, spent the afternoon writing to Mr Player concerning my poor brother Ned & also to Jim Hamiltons brother (Alick) who is in the PO Greymouth. I enclosed £15.0.0 in the letter requesting him to liquidate the debt incurred by Neds friend. In the evening I went to hear Mr. Henderson preach in the Theatre to a congregation of upwards of 3000 people, his sermon was one calculated to exercise a great influence upon the class that seemed to be present, simple, earnest & eloquent I came away *more deeply impressed with a sense of my sin than ever & an increased desire to seek my Saviour in all sincerity of heart

June 3rd 1866. Weather very cold, wet, & windy – causing a deal of sickness in Melb. few have escaped the prevailing epidemic (influenza) every member of our family are more or less troubled with it, my dear old friend Hamilton left yesterday afternoon for his home in Dunedin. I had began to get so accustomed to his company I can hardly realize



that he has gone, he has entered into partnership with a person named Watson & they purpose commencing business as general dealers & brokers in Dunedin taking over with them a quantity of goods I trust they may be fortunate. - I posted my letters on Thursday for N.Z. to much relief of my mind - I spent Thursday night at Williamsons - Friday night at home with Jim. Wednesday I spent at Smarts along with Fred - Yesterday afternoon Tom Grimwood (who is living with us) & myself in company with a lot of ladies playd Croquet, at the bottom of Nicholson St. it was a fine day but cold. Im afraid its our last game for the season at its conclusion all adjourned to tea at our house quite frightening Mother, with so much company after it was over, all being bent upon enjoying ourselves, we spent a most happy evening. Jms Saunders called about 9Pm - at 10 we broke up Tom & I accompanying Miss Hoskins & Smith to their destination, we then adjourned into the Scotch Pie Shop & had some refreshments got home about 12 Pm. This morning Tom & I went to hear Jms Taylor preach. In the afternoon Lennox called & Miss Saunders with Miss Ditcham, spent a pleasent afternoon discussing a variety of subjects - they left after tea for Chapel - I accompanied them to town, coming on to rain, I returned been reading & writing since -

June 10th. 1866. Weather still cold & anything but agreeable - Time spent much as usual, with a little additional work at the office in consequence of the large number of ships having lately arrived - Monday night my sister Mary spent the evening with us, singing & playing with her usual grace & spirit. Tuesday night, I spent at our neighbours Mr. Hungerland, being the anniversary of



his daughter Alice 15th Birthday. They had an evening party to which all our family were invited, rather a tame affair - Wed, Thursday & Friday spent at home in reading writing singing Etc Saturday afternoon I called for Jessie Smart took her to the Museum, where we spent about two hours very pleasently I noticed many improvements & additions to it since my last visit to it - We had a pleasent walk round the University grounds & through town home, spending a very pleasent day – called for her again after tea & took her a walk down town 11 pm when I left her. This morning, Fred & I went to hear Mr. Henderson, he preached from the psalms – "The Lord is my Shepherd" Etc a most eloquent & impressive sermon spent the afternoon reading. In the evening feeling indisposed I took a long walk thinking to wear it off, called at Smarts about 9 pm remained about half anhour came home

June 17th 1866 Weather been very cold a deal of frost in the morning - reminding me somewhat of my sojourn in N.Z. My time spent much as usual, worked very hard at the office several more ships having arrived. our sheds are crowded with goods causing us a deal of inconvenience & trouble - Mail arrived yesterday no letters or papers from home. Spent my time very pleasently during the week at home, had several visitors. Last night, I went into the Princess Theatre to see a sensational Drama called Maseppa I hardly know what induced me to go for I really dont care if I never enter a Theatre again. The performance was of a most indelicate character, a beautiful? woman (Fanny Brown plays Maseppa who for presuming to love a high born *dame is lashed to a horse's back, naked. F.B. is dressed in nothing but a suit of skintights & served accordingly, exciting by her charms(?) the audience whose tastes are of a sensual nature I left the house at the end of the second act in disgust at the entire exhibition This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson finish his series of sermon on the 23rd psalm I liked him as well as ever & trust I may be profited by his preaching, spent the afternoon reading, about 3 Pm went out for a walk, round Fitzroy Gardens. In the



[evening] rambled about till 9.Pm met Miss Smart with Fred walked home with her, stayd till 10 pm.

June 24th 1866 Weather very unsettled, plenty of rain, & a few fine days, nothing particular occurred Thursday night Mr Beere & Miss Ditcham called spent a very jolly evening. The Revd gentleman much to my amusement singing a great number of songs - went to the Gardens yesterday afternoon to hear the Head Quarters Band perform met a great many I knew - I received a long letter from my cousin Harry, who wishes me to seek him a situation in town, poor fellow. I dont know what he is fit for, being lame he is unable to take a situation of an active nature & not having any knowledge of business renders him unfit for town life - I wish I could hear of something likely to suit him. I went into town last night & met the Smarts, walked home with them. This morning I went with Bessie to St Marks Church & was rather surprised to hear the Bans called out for my little friend Louisa Burke union with a person named Hayward or Heard. I hope she will be happy with the object of her choice - Took a strool in the afternoon, home by 3.30 pm Will Smart called, he is a traveller & has just returned, he is a pleasent young fellow, nothing particular about him to make him anything but commonplace or or an ordinary mortal. My brother Fred & him are very intimate, correspond regularly & all that sort of thing - he stayd tea, & left with Fred I went out for a strool, walked as far as the Theatre, too late for the sermon, met the Smarts all coming out, accompanied them home -



July 1st 1866. Nice weather during the week Kept very busy at the office - owing to the number of vessels at the pier working. Went to the opera on Monday night to hear the new “Prima Donna” Madam Simonsen in “Lucia di Lammemoor” she has a fine voice & is an excellent actress, she must prove a good auxilliary to the Company. Thursday night Bessie & I paid the Williamsons of Nt Melbourne a visit spent a very pleasent evening there Miss W. is a nice girl - On arriving home we heard that Marys servant had called with the painful news of Marys illness & confinement to her bed. Friday morning mother went to see her. I called for her about 9.Pm, found my poor sister very ill in bed, with every probability of soon being a mother, but unfortunately two months before her proper time the doctors wish to put it back & from what I can hear it can only be attended with a deal of risk I called last night & also to night spent a few hours with her, she appears to suffer great pain. God grant she may be restored to health. Mr. Clark is exceedingly kind & attentive to her - I went to hear the Band yesterday afternoon in company with Miss Smart. In the evening I went to see Mary, found her very ill. This morning I went to hear Mr Richards preach in the Wesleyan Church B.St. This afternoon Tom Grimwood & I went to Sandridge, being a lovely day the pier was very attractive being crowded with people, went on board several fine vessels Spent the evening at home, left about 8 pm to bring Bessie home who has been spending the evening at Clarks I received a long letter from Hamilton yesterday he arrived home safe & sound after a pleasent trip of 14 days, found his family well, he has taken premises in Princess St where I hope he will do well. I answered & sent him some catalogues & wholesale Prices Ive got from Wholesale furniture houses here -



July 8th 1866. Fine weather, the 2nd was observed as a holiday by most of the business firms. Our sheds were closed but Mr Adamson & I had to go into the audit office & work, however we managed to get away about 3.30. on my way home I met Mr Halley, he had just returned from a tour round the country, speaks rather despondingly of things in general - Wednesday night, Bessie & I were invited to a grand party at Mr. Gotchs. We went early, but arrived home late next morning (5 am) We enjoyed ourselves very much, there being such a lot of pleasent people there, if they were not, Mr. & Mrs. Gotch are so thoroughly kind & hospitable that the most ascetic could not but be otherwise We had dancing & singing with plenty of good things in the way of eating & drinking. Tuesday night I was elected a member of the Fitzroy Christian Improvement Society, there are upwards of 200 members belonging to it. Mr J.C Simmons delivered a fine Lecture on the Plurality of Worlds. The subject was a good one & he made the most of it, he evidently has studied the subject well & from the evidence he has adduced from writers who have written on the subject, proved to a moral certainty the existence of other worlds & sentient beings. I came away much benifitted & delighted with my evenings entertainment. Thursday night I spent at Smarts. Friday Fred & I went to a concert at St Georges Hall. The singing was very mediocre, some recitations by Samson, from Hoods poems seemed to please the audience, left early, home by 10 pm. Saturday afternoon, Tom & I went to hear the Band play in Fitzroy Gardens, not being a fine day, very few were there, in the evening Miss Smart & I took a strool down town, on seeing her home, I went to Marys, for my sister Bessie. Mary is still very ill. This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson preach in the Theatre, his text was from the last verse of the 23rd psalm, finishing the series In the afternoon took a strool. In the evening went to the Chapel in Brunswick St.

July 15th.1866. Weather, cold & changeable. Mail arrived no letters from any relatives or friends. Spent a pleasent week, been two nights to the Theatre to hear Meyerbeers Grand Opera of L’Africaine, a double company are taking the leading parts, Squires & Escott one night Beaumont & Simonsen the next. I prefer the latter



Squires voice is too light to render the music affectively - I think it a fine piece replete with some of the most exquisite little bits of music I ever heard. I think it superior to the “Hugenots” - Tuesday night went to my Society heard a good Essay on the Parable of the Ten Virgins Monday night I spent at Smarts, took Miss Jessie out for a strool, Wednesday ditto - Saturday, afternoon I took Bessie to hear the Band play in the Gardens she introduced me to some very jolly people named Phillips spent the afternoon very pleasently. In the evening I rambled about town, called for Bessie about 9.20, found Mary much better in spirit & I trust in health. Spent this morning reading, afternoon & evening raining heavy I remained at home, except for about 2 hours which I spent at Smarts I received a letter from Mr. Hamilton at Greymouth N.Z. (Jims Brother) in reply to the one I sent with the money for Player in, there was something very nice & friendly about it, not very long but pithy, he sent me Mr. Players receipt for £15.0. & alluded to that persons kindness towards my brother -

July 22nd.1866 Fine weather, but cold, nothing very particular occurring to break the monotony of my existence On looking over the foregoing pages, I[’m] inclined to become disgusted with keeping a journal. Ive very little time to keep it as I would wish. I formerly alluded to the character & peculiarities of people I came in contact with, discribe scenes & places I visited, discussed the merits of any work I read & such like, but since settling down into the routine of office work, I feel Ive neither time or inclination for such effusions but simply confine myself in relating how & where I pass my time, without entering into particulars, for instance Monday night, I spent at home reading & singing. Tuesday night went for Bessie at Roberts, (Hoddle St) passed a couple of hours rather slowly with that family, very tired when we arrived home. Wednesday night I went to a concert at St Georges Hall, the best Amateur concert I ever remember being at one lady Mrs Ellis (an old professional Im sure) sang "Mercy" from Robert de Diable, most beautiful, a song by



Elsasser & sang by Donaldson merited some praise. Friday night I spent at Smarts (Will had just arrived home from a journey, quite well). Saturday afternoon, after doing my usual domestic duties such as cutting wood Etc. I went to my sister Marys was agreeably surprised to find her “up” in the parlor, she is still very weak, & twill be some weeks ere she is fit to leave the house. I spent a couple of hours with her. Afterwards paid the Gardens a visit heard the Band play, spoke to several acquaintances met Will Smart, who came home & had tea with me after which he & Fred went to town together. I called at his sisters & took her out for a strool. This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson preach in the Theatre his subject was on Temptation, his sermon was a most eloquent & impressive one, I never listened to such a man, he embodies my idea of what constitutes a preacher. Spent the afternoon reading. In the evening Miss Smart & I went to hear Mr. Fletcher who formerly was located on Sandhurst when Ive often heard him with great pleasure. I liked him very well, but after hearing such a man as Henderson in the morning, it fell very tame on my mind. We had a pleasent walk home through the gardens I forgot to allude to a painful circumstance that shocked me very much when I heard it, the awful death of Mr. J.Green (Chemist & Druggist Bourke Street) who was killed on the Ballarat Railway Line by the engine running over him & conveying part of his body upwards of 30 miles without being observed being dark when it happened, it appears Mr. G had not been well lately & was subject to temporary fits of insanity, he had been invited to spend a week at his wifes fathers, Mr. Kidgell, Mt Pleasent, & had left the train at Geelong & walked along the line & he is supposed to have become exhausted & lain down, & so was ran over by the following train poor fellow many a pleasent Saturday afternoon Ive spent with him during last summer playing croquet he leaves a widow & six young children This occurred last week.



August 5th.1866 A fortnight since I continued my journal, nothing particular occurring to note) & not feeling inclined for the Lack of continually reciting the same round of or my usual manner of passing time away, being the cause of my negligence in this respect. All pretty well in health, my sister Mary Im happy to state is recovering, but very slowly I called upon her several times - I went in company with Bessie & Fred on the 2nd. to hear Lucy Escott & Squires in Lucrezia Borgia being in good voice & their benefit they sang & acted remarkably well, at its conclusion Simonsen & Beaumont appeared in “Sonnambula” which if anything was superior to the other production in point of execution. Tuesday night in company with Mr. & Miss Sanders & my sister Bessie we went & spent the evening in a most agreeable manner at Mr. Casses South Yarra, enjoying ourselves very well, very tired when we arrived home the walk from Swan St being very long — last Saturday night the 28th July, I went to a concert in the Haymarket Theatre for the benefit of the shipwrecked passengers by the "Netheby" lost on Kings Island about a week previous no lives lost all brought to Melbourne, where a deal of kindness & sympathy has been displayed towards them. The concert was excellent, the performance comprising the best Amateur & Professional talent obtainable in Melbourne - Ive visited the Smarts pretty often, Miss Jessie is living alone her mother & sister having gone to Bendigo, on the 26th. we had a fruit soiree at our association, & a display of Disolving Views, rather a tame affair on the whole. I went to hear Mr Henderson last sunday morning & evening – & also this morning, he has commenced a series of sermons on the 8th. of Romans, his appeals to his congregation on the sinfulness of their ways is most earnest & I trust & hope in my own case they will have a salutary effect. Yesterday



afternoon I took Bessie to hear the Band play in Fitzroy Gardens, the gardens this time of the year look beautiful & what with its charms & the number of people & pleasent acquaintances we met we enjoyed ourselves very much I spent the evening at Smarts. Miss Roberts called this afternoon staid tea with us, after which I accompanied her & Bessie to St Peters Church. I did not care for Mr. Handfield, something so dry & monotonous about him after listening to such a man as Henderson. Ive ceased to find pleasure in attending the Church of England service, the prayers are very beautiful, but soon lose their spirit by constant repetition After the service I saw Miss R home, staid about ½ an hour at her fathers, who lives in Hoddle St. a long walk home alone. I wrote to my father by the last Mail giving him a long account of our affairs & position Etc

August 12th.1866. Weather very unsettled, making everything outside very unpleasent. Monday night knowing my sister Mary would be alone, I spent it in her company, she was so glad I came & appeared so happy, singing & playing but not to be expected in her usual vivacious style, being still very weak & feeble – but Im happy to state is able to walk, a feat she could not accomplish without aid on my last visit I left about 10 pm. Tuesday raining heavy, went to my Association found very poor attendance, the subject for the evening was Christs narrative of the the Rich Man & Lazarus, one person giving an exposition which I must say was a good one, another giving us its application, after which a discussion took place as to the nature of hell & an hereafter, which very few who took any part in it knew much about judging from the very ridiculous ideas uttered respecting the subject. Wednesday night I spent with Miss Smart she is a most morbid kind of creature, full of strange whims & ideas, a perfect novelty to me - Thursday



evening I took a strool into town, met a Miss White & a Mrs McLay, two of the jolliest & most witty women I ever knew. They were taking a strool & I joined them spent about two hours most delightfully together when I saw them to their respective homes. Friday night I spent at home reading a little, a thing Im incapacited for, tho passionately fond of reading my eyes are still very weak & I fear Ill never recover my original sight. It makes me feel very wretched to have to pass my time (leisure) in such an insipid, useless manner as I have done since my stay in Melbourne, with what pleasure I used to look forward to the time when I could pursue the natural bent of my mind towards study when I should be in a position or live in towns where advantages are held out for those who have a desire for mental enjoyment. Im compelled to use glasses to do my duty at my employment & sometimes when Ive been very busy & had much writing to do my head aches to that extent, I can scarcely sleep the following night. Providence may have ordained it for the best but as far as human judgement can see in these matters, Im singularly afflicted, however on the whole I ought not to murmur, Ive much to be thankful for, on viewing my past life, with its trials, hardships & the various vicissitudes attending it. I pray God to make me thankful for his many mercies. Saturday afternoon being very gloomy, I did not leave home as usual, but chopped up a lot of old hard logs for firewood, the exercise doing me far more good perhaps than lounging about. In the evening I went to Smarts, the other sister had just returned from Sandhurst passed a pleasent hour or two with them. This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson deliver another sermon on the 8th. Romans, being a continuation of his last two Sunday morning discourses - he surpasses in logic, eloquence & erudition every man it has fell to my lot to hear, science, social & physical — literature of every variety both ancient & modern he has at his command, possessing a most extraordinary memory which never seems to fail



him he is prominently the first preacher we have in this colony – spent the afternoon reading & writing. In the evening, I called at Smarts found Will had just returned from his journey, he accompanied me to the Theatre, heard Mr H discourse on Christs Miracles - got wet coming home rained heavy -

August 19th 1866. How time flies when passed pleasently what a contrast to some portions of my past life, when time dragged so heavily that sometimes Ive actually got into such a morbid state that Ive wished life with all its cares, & troubles at an end. I feel thankful Im alive to the wickedness of such unnatural ideas. English Mail arrived, bringing us a long letter from father, he had just heard of poor Edwards death. & was greatly cut up. It must have been a severe blow to him & none the easier bourne, knowing or feeling he did not exactly do his duty towards him when younger, however it is not right of me alluding to such a thing. he alludes to family matters more especially to Aunt Lucy's property getting settled, which he thinks it will be some months ere it is realised. There is continually something turning up to keep it back, that Im afraid the Lawyers will get the Lions share Monday night I was invited to attend the Victoria Manufacturing Association, held in Bourke Street, my friend Mr Williamson is Secretary, it has for its object the improvement of the mind, & to meet for discussion on whatever subjects may be of interest - a Mr. Elliott read an excellent Essay on the Authenticity of the Scriptures, compiled by himself, altogether I spent the evening in a very agreeable manner - Tuesday Bessie & I went per invitation to a party at Gotchs where we indulged in plenty of dancing, singing & other good things of a more substantial character the party comprised all friends, & pleasent people got home the following morning at 2 Am. Wednesday was a half holiday, in honour of the inaugeration of the New Governor, Sir J.Manners Sutton who arrived per the Mail the day before - it was 12.30 Pm when I got away from the office, & on reaching the Treasury where the ceremony was held, found it over & the Governor just leaving - I



saw him in his carriage, he appears to be a very intelligent old gentleman its to be hoped he will be more fortunate than Sir Chas Darling was, feeling very tired, I soon got home & had a snooze. In the evening I spent a couple of hours at Smarts. Thursday & Friday night I spent chiefly at home, singing Etc. (Mother has been very unwell the past few days, she has too much work to do - I wish I could get a rise in my salary, so as to be able to get a servant to assist her in her household duties) Saturday afternoon I took a strool around town. In the evening I visited the Smarts Jessie & I took a long walk together, late when we got home. This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson, in the afternoon went for a walk in Fitzroy Gardens, met T Grimwood in company with a Miss Jameson to whom he introduced me to, a very nice lady like girl. I left them at 5 Pm, came home after tea. I went to Dr Cairns Church, to hear the Revd Oswald Dykes. I was there before the Bell rang, but found the place so crowded I could not get admittance, managed at last to stow myself in the Belfry & heard him his sermon was a/d to young men, considering the reputation he has & the high terms Ive heard him spoken of I must say I was somewhat disappointed There can be no doubt he is very clever, but his style of eloquence, is what I dont admire, he seems as if he was determined to force something upon you whether you would or no, in such a forcible manner there is no resisting. I admire Mr Hendersons gentle persuasive style far better, in my opinion there is no comparison between them. I think the latter far superior in every respect - if estimating a man by the amount of good he is capable of doing is any criterion. After leaving I called at Smarts for a short time -

August 26th.1866 Been lovely weather during



the week, presenting a contrast to the past weather of the last few months - Time passed with me as usual in a very indifferent manner, nothing very interesting occurring to vary the monotony of my existence, leave home in a morning at a regular time, my duties from day to day are the same with little variety, leave at 5 pm, home by ½ past & so on, till Saturday when I leave at 12 O.C. My sight being still weak I cannot indulge much in reading in the evenings, half an hour is as much as I can stand, so unless we have company, I seldom spend the whole of an evening at home, take a walk about town, meet acquaintances, & make call – & other things of a similar trivial character - I feel I spend my time in anything but a rational manner on the whole - on thinking over it, I treat the matter very philosophically by thinking we are creatures of impulse & circumstance, that its greatly a matter of chance what we do & how we act - Monday night Bessie & I spent at Mrs Florauns (Hanover St) singing & dancing, she is a most agreeable widow, & full of life & fun, 12 pm when we got home - Tuesday night, I spent about an hour there - bade adieu to the Davis's (whom I met at Gotchs party) who left for Hobart Town the following day - on leaving them I went to my Society, found no one there, so I went to Marys she was alone. I spent about two hours with her she is still very weak. Im afraid her constitution is for ever affected through her late afflictions of mind & body - Wednesday night I spent at Smarts alone with Jessie, very pleasently - Thursday night Mr Adamson & I were invited to tea & to spend the evening with Mr B.D.Smith at his house on Emerald Hill, which we did, we found a nice tea provided & everything & everybody seemed so pleasent that one couldnt help enjoying oneself. Mr Scott



a friend of Mr. S was there & had brought with him a very powerful microscope, he possesses he showed us minute particles from natures store house imperceptible to the naked eye, but assuming immense proportions under its magnifying power I felt greatly eddefied with the exhibition & have had a far higher regard for minute matter than formerly - Friday night, I spent at a neighbours house (Phillips) singing, they are a very nice family & all musicians - 10 pm when I left – Saturday afternoon spent reading, in the evening took a walk with the Miss Smarts 11Pm when I got home. This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson preach – took a walk in the afternoon, met some friends & walked to Richmond with them. In the evening not feeling well I did not go to church, but went out for a strool, met my brother Fred & the Miss S. I joined them being a lovely moonlight night we took a long walk round Fitzroy Gardens

Sept 2nd 1866 Been lovely weather, Summer breaking out in all its loveliness, every thing looks bright & beautiful after the late heavy rains. Time passed pretty much as usual, working hard at the office by day, & amusing myself lightly at night doing very little good for myself or others Im sorry to say, tho’ I must say I spend my time pleasently & if it was not the consciousness that to idle ones time away in such a manner is not right, I should feel comparatively happy Monday I spent at home reading, & singing Etc. Tuesday went to the “Society” Meeting, subject being “Revivals” an essay delivered by Mr. Marsden, a long discussion followed, but not carried on in that spirit the subject demanded. I observed a deal of acrimony among the members who took part in it the majority of the members are Wesleyans & believe in the manner these Revivals meetings are carried on - others maintained there is too much cant & outward



demonstration displayed to be the effects of genuine conversion from sin. Wednesday at Smarts Thursday night I went to a Batchelors party at Mr Adamsons (my fellow clerk) passed a jolly evening or night I should say, for it was 2 am next morning when I got home the company were principally members of the Carlton FootBall Club - I enjoyed myself very much Friday night Miss Roberts spent the evening at our house so I remained at home, tho I had a long walk home with her to Hoddle St. Saturday afternoon a large party met in the Royal Park to play Croquet, being the first game this season it was rather interesting all the old hands there except Mr Green, poor fellow he playd with us the last time we met there - In the evening I called at Smarts took Jessie out for a walk 11 pm when I got home - Went to hear Mr Henderson this morning, still in the 8th of Romans 7th & 8th verses In the afternoon, Grimwood & I visited the Skinners Est Melbourne had tea there left about 8.Pm they are friends of Toms, tho Ive met them before they are jolly people but I think have very little respect for the Sabbath. I dont feel altogether at home in such company on such a day as Sunday on leaving them I called at Smarts for Fred stayd about an hour there - home early – mother read a little to us. I wrote to Hamilton on Monday

Sept 9th.1866 (Sunday). Weather very unsettled some days very hot, & the next cold & so on - I was annoyed yesterday by receiving a letter from Lizzie written in rather a selfish spirit having heard, we had come into a fortune she hoped I would pay her on a/c of her father £10.0.0 Im supposed to be in his debt, contracted 6 years ago, but Im positive it was settled a long time back in the disposal of the hut in Long Gully. I shall answer it tomorrow. I was quite astonished, considering how we are situated



The evening of the 3rd. Mary spent with us, we were very glad to see her, being the first evening she has spent at home since her illness, we spent it very pleasently. Tuesday night went to the Christian Association. The subject for the evening was an exposition of the parable of the good Samaritan Wednesday night spent at Smarts - Thursday night I went to St Georges Hall, to witness a meeting of Deaf & Dumb people, it was rendered more interesting, by the fact of the New Governor being in the Chair, this being the first occasion he has appeared at in Melb. I was very much pleased by the entertainment & considering the manner they can make themselves intelligible by signs is something extraordinary, the Governor is a very poor speaker, his remarks at the conclusion being very commonplace & stiff. Friday night I spent at Jamesons (the pawnbrokers) Russell St) Miss J. is a very pleasent girl & made us quite at home - Yesterday afternoon, Bessie & I went to Fitzroy Gardens to hear the Band play, met Mary & Clark - & also Mrs. Gotch walked about in company, talking & passing remarks & scandalising Etc - in the evening I called at Smarts didnt get home till near 12 pm. Went to hear Mr Henderson this morning. In the afternoon G.Ramsden called stayd tea after which we dispersed. I called at Smarts spent a couple of hours very nicely there -

16th.Sept 1866 - Weather beautiful, Time passed much as usual, spent one or two evenings at Jamesons (the pawnbrokers) ditto at Smarts, Tuesday night the Revd Mr. Richards gave us a Lecture in the Kg Wil S. Room the subject being a most interesting & instructive one Fernandez Cortez or the Conquest of Mexico. Wednesday night I went to the Trades Hall (Carlton) where I had been invited or requested to sing, at the "Penny Readings" as they are called, its a new idea out here - & are likely to become useful



institutions, by keeping Mechanics & their family from other places they may be in the habit of frequenting, having more injurous effects. They are well attended & the “talent" met with is far beyond mediocrity. I was in good voice & sang well, obtained the most rapturous applause & more

Saturday afternoon I invited Mr. & Miss Williamson & Miss Jameson & others to play Croquet, they came to the house, but in consequence of it raining, we could not play - so we spent the afternoon very pleasently at our house playing & singing, took a short walk together as far as the Fitzroy Gardens, to hear the Band, but the rain coming on again made us retreat home again after tea, we all went to St Georges Hall Penny Readings, several M.Ps, (Edwards, Whiteman, & Embling) gave some good readings from popular authors - my brother Fred sang a song, Tom Grimwood presided at the piano, 11.Pm when Bessie & I got home This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson. In the afternoon Tom & I went to Jamesons had tea there after which I visited the Smarts, spent the evening with them -

23th.Sept 1866. Weather rather changeable – but pleasent on the whole - Monday night, Grimwood & I were invited to an evening party at Skinners East Melb - strange people, possessing money but unaccustomed to society & receiving company everything was rather soso - very jolly & all that sort of thing - but no style - 2 am next morning when we broke up - Tuesday night I spent at Smarts left early found Miss Roberts at our house, had a long walk, but a pleasent one) home with her. Wednesday night I went to Marys found her sound asleep Clark away - on rousing her up we spent a couple of hours singing Etc Thursday Bessie & I went to see Clark & Mary start for the Mayors Grand Fancy Dress Ball, held in the Exhibition Building. Mary was dressed as a Spanish Lady, & looked most beautiful, Clark as a Canadian Rifle man, very plain but neat, on seeing them



off Bessie & I having a Dress Circle Ticket for the Royal Theatre, we used it - Saw “East Lynne” Lady Isabel, [played] by Miss Cleveland, it is the most affecting drama ever I witnessed, the whole house was in tears - on leaving we went into Nissens & had some refreshments home by 11 P.m. Friday night I spent at Smarts - Saturday afternoon they called at our house & remained till tea time but would not stay with us, so I accompanied them home - they live about 5 minutes walk from our house - after tea Fred, Tom & I went to town, & was surprised to meet an old friend Dave Hazlitt, he has been the last 2½ years knocking about the Gipps Land diggins, & I believe with very little success, he has been in a situation the last 12 months & so saved enough to make a shift he is uncertain which way to turn, thinks of going to Hokitika, (N.Z) we had a deal to talk about, he was very sorry to hear of poor Neds death. Under what strange circumstances have we not met in N.Z & Victoria life is full of ups & downs. We parted about 10 Pm promising to meet again & talk over old bygones I went to hear Mr. Henderson this morning, he is still continuing his exposition of the 8th.Romans - This afternoon Tom & I went to Sandridge met Mary & Clarke, it was a lovely day & the Pier presented a very lively aspect many hundreds of people being on it. We visited several of the Ships the “Lightning” is the finest vessel I ever remember seeing there are several very fine vessels discharging - I enjoyed myself very much, home by 6 P.m after tea being too late for Church I took a walk called at Smarts Miss Jessie being unwell & confined to her bed I did not stay long but came home early -

[1866-09-30-Sunday] Oct 1st1866 Weather very unsettled, bitter cold one day the next scorching hot - I received a long letter from Hamilton on Monday, written in a depressed state of mind judging from its tone his business is not paying - complains of too much opposition & competition. Things are



very bad when he complains, his wife & family are quite well. The new creation, is getting on very well Etc Im very sorry for Jim I wish it was in my power to assist him more substantially but by my sympathy & good wishes - I answered his letter yesterday - & I also wrote to Mr. Player (Greymouth, N.Z) concerning poor Edwards things its very strange we have heard nothing more about them - Monday night I went to the Fitzroy Penny Readings heard some excellent recitations & readings from the best authors I was ill pleased with the unruly behaviour of a low lot of blaguards who make a practice of distroying the harmony of the entertainment, by their loose remarks, with this exception all the other meetings of this character are most orderly & successful

Tuesday evening I went to my own Society in Kg Wm St Fitzroy, heard an excellent Essay delivered by one of the members on “Conscience” it was listened to with great attention & at its conclusion, some good observations were made on the subject by other members

Wednesday evening Fred sang at the Trades Hall Carlton (Penny Readings) Grimwood acting as pianist I was present. I was highly amused at the impudence possessed by some people, who with the greatest confidence imaginable got up & recited & read & sang, without possessing claims either to style, voice or declamation - Thursday night I spent at Smarts - Friday went down town met some friends & walked home with them

Saturday afternoon I spent, cutting wood - & reading took a short strool about town - after tea Miss Smart & I took a walk, went round the Fitzroy Gardens together, 11 Pm when I left her - she leaves Melbourne next week for Sandhurst. I shant be sorry in one sense - for we have got far too intimate with each other she is a nice girl & I like her very well, but as for anything serious is entirely out of the question. I must be earning a trifle more



than I do at present before I think of matrimony - I went to hear Mr Henderson this morning, he preached as usual, a beautiful sermon, sound, practical & logical - In the afternoon I went to the cemetary, found a great *consensus of people assembled to witness the last rites paid to a departed public man Jardine Don an ex MP, a regular Democrat & peoples man, one who I believe has done a deal of good - he was very much respected by all who knew him & his principles excited even the regard of his political opponents for his thorough consistency, he died, I hear, in the most abject poverty & was buried by a few friends who rallied round him at the last - & so goes another instance of public form, a man who was idolised by a certain class, but when out of power was neglected & left to perish - I gained a lesson by being present - I met Mr. Williamson there & also an old NZ friend Mr English - walked home with Mr Neil White After tea I called at Smarts stayd there till 10 P.m

Oct 7th 1866 Been a wet miserable week hardly a fine day ocurring - making everything very disagreeable

Monday night I went to the Opera with Miss Smart heard “Maritana” a favourite opera of mine & one which the company produce very creditably. Lucy Escott was charming as “Fair Gitana”, G Hodson as Lazarillo, singing “Alas those Chimes” most effectively. Squires voice is scarcely robust enough for Don Ceasar - Labertouche made a sorry Don Jose, he is nothing but an Amateur, with a very poor voice - but make up the loss with plenty of impudence - the Chorus was excellent - & altogether we spent a most pleasent night - Tuesday night I went to the Trades Hall & rehearsed my songs for the ensuing evening, on leaving I met Miss Lawrence - walked home to Northcote with her, got wet through coming home



Wednesday night I sang the “Anchors Weighed” at the Trades Hall, Carlton - the place was crammed with a very respectable & well conducted audience (for Penny Readings) several influential men read & recited from popular authors, rendering the whole performance very attractive & entertaining Thursday the two Miss Cases called stayd tea coming on to rain very heavy & they having a long way to go home we persuaded them to remain the night which they did, they are nice girls, very jolly & all that sort of thing, the rain did not cease until yesterday morning having rained incessantly for forty hours – the Yarra rose higher than ever I saw it before the approaches from Princes Bridge were rendered im- -passable. Emerald Hill was made into an Island - boats plying between Melb & there - the floods have been very distructive to property, for many miles along the Banks

Friday night I went to Smarts stayd till 10Pm Yesterday afternoon Bessie & I went to Fitzroy Gardens to hear the band play - met Mary & Clark there & several friends - the gardens are becoming very popular as a fashionable promenade - after tea I & Fred went to Smarts - he took Annie out for a strool I remained with Jessie - she not being very well spent the time very agreably - I left there early, home by 9. Pm - This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson continue his subject of last Sunday morning from the 8th Romans - In the afternoon Grimwood & I went to the Gardens, we met Miss Roberts & Miss Brown, being very hot we sat on the grass till 5 Pm when we parted On arriving home I did not feel well, slept for a couple of hours - then took a ramble round Fitzroy, for an hour, home early & read a little



Oct 14th.1866. Weather clearing up, very hot. Spent my leisure hours much as usual. Monday, Wednesday & Friday evenings I spent with the Miss Smarts - Jessie left for Bendigo yesterday. I was not sorry for the longer she staid here the deeper we got into the mud, perhaps absence & change of scene may produce on reflection a different view of each other, tho I must state candidly, Ive never been seriously affected toward her x x x x x Thursday night I went to hear the Opera of “Semiramide” one of grandest operas I ever watched, & some of the best music I ever heard - Yesterday afternoon I left home early & took a long walk round the suburbs, returned through town, where I met Mary & Clark, they insisted upon going home with them which I did & staid tea & afterwards spent an hour or two pleasently singing Etc - I then returned to town, met several friends & rambled about till 10 Pm - when I came home

This morning my old friend Mr Brown (California Gully) called in company with Evans, so instead of going to Church we took a long walk around the Cemetary, enjoyed ourselves very much. I accompanied them to Evans house where Mr B is staying during his sojourn in Melbourne & had dinner with them - Mr B. came to town to pass an examination for the Inspector of Mines he is a very clever man & what I admire in him is his quiet unassuming manner, free from everything like pedantry - there were forty three applicants, so I fear he will not be successful - these situations are generally gained by interest, & not by ability however the thing is not settled yet so there is still a



chance for him - I hope he will get the appointment for he is one of the cleverest & most consistent minded men I ever met with, many a pleasent intellectual hour Ive passed in his company not only on Bendigo, but in New Zealand On parting from him I took a walk in the Gardens met H.Mortley, rambled about an hour with him, after tea, In company with Grimwood I went to Jamesons accompanied Miss J. to the Wesley Church (Lonsdale St) where we heard Mr Eggleston preach an excellent sermon on the importance of being prepared for a future state his text from these very expressive words “Remember Lots Wife -" I came home early. We received a long letter from Father by the last mail - he is well - Aunt Lucys affairs still in an unsettled state - he sent mother a Cheque for £15.0.0 - very acceptable.

Oct 21st 1866. Weather very warm but pleasent on the whole. Been very busy at the office - plenty of work & very little pay for it - I wish I could get into something more profitable, my salary is so small that I have very hard work to make things meet - Ive all kinds of shifts & inconveniences to put up with in consequence keeping up appearances I dont like speaking ill of the firm that employs me, but I really must admit that they are thoroughly mean in not paying their servants more liberally or in proportion to their services - Poor encouragement for a young man entering life after making himself thoroughly proficient in all that makes an efficient clerk. There is no such thing as a mans exertions being appreciated, no notice is taken of them, the idle careless clerk gets as good a salary as the most industrious I feel this more & more every day seeing my mother getting older & less capable of working & striving to make ends meet, & I her son not able to assist her, whereas if I had but a salary in proportion to my services, how comfortable we might be - I am not ambitious if I had enough to keep home decent & mother comfortable I should be satisfied

I spent my leisure hours very pleasently. Monday night at Smarts, (the old lady returned home) Tuesday night went



to the Wesley Association Kg W St. the subject for the evening “The Bible as a work of Literature”. It was ably handled by one of the members & the discussion afterwards was very animated, bringing out a great many good ideas & information in connection with the Holy writings - Wednesday night I went to a Rehearsal at the Trades Hall. I shaped very badly with my song the pianist making me repeat several times - until I got quite nervous – after it was over I remained, for the Penny Readings, several friends of mine singing & reciting - Thursday night I called at Smarts from there I went to the German Gymnasium, to hear the rehearsal of the pieces to be performed at the Exhibition (I was struck with the peculiarity of one chorus representing an Aborigonal Corrobaree the music by Horsley & words by Horne - to those who have never heard the thing originally done this will convey some idea of what it would be done by a *panel of Blackfellows - many a Corraberee I have seen in various parts of the Australian Bush, few more will ever be witnesssed for its a melancholy fact that among tribes Ive seen mustering between 2 & 300 scarcely a vestige remains. The Aborigine is dying out fast, another generation will see the races expired at least in Victoria proper -) some of the choruses are very beautiful & were sang well -

Friday night a Concert & Ball was given by Carlton Cricket Club to raise funds for the Erection of a pavillion on their ground. Im not a member, but am acquainted with most of them. Fred & I were requested to sing at it Fred in fact got up & managed the whole affair in a most creditable manner. Miss Liddell sang very well & also our old friend W.L. Ambler. Fred was well received & sang well I sang “Thou art so near” better than ever I remember singing it before, in fact I was the only male singer who received an encore, but out of a feeling of delicacy to the other performers I did not respond to it - Fred took mother & I took a very pretty girl Miss Swanwell Fred & mother left at the close of the concert, but Miss S. & I remained for [a]



dance, which lasted till 2 am next morning, 3 am before I got into bed. Saturday afternoon I spent in bed feeling very tired after my previous nights exertions - In the evening I went down town, met Mr English & Mr Adamson - rambled about talking about N.Z reminisences - went into the "Temple of Pomona" indulged in some excellent coffee & confections - This morning I went to St Francis Chapel - heard Haydns No 3 Mass with performed with an organ Brass & String Band accompaniment - The instrumental was very good - but I cannot say so much for the vocal, at the conclusion I left & just got to the Theatre in time to hear Mr Henderson preach - I was struck with the simplicity & purity of our congregational service to that of the gorgeous ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church - I took a long walk, alone, about the Cemetary in the afternoon - After tea I accompanied mother to Mr Fieldings chapel Fitzroy -

Oct 28th.1866 Weather beginning to get very hot sure approach of summer - I dread the hot winds dust Etc & the various inconveniences one has to put up with in this colony - I like the cold weather best it agrees with me better - This has been a remarkable week in the annals of Australian history - no less an event having occured than the opening of the Exhibition in which is gathered together from the neighbouring colonies & even from the French settlements in New Caledonia & Batavia - contributions in art & science - that they more particularly excel in - prior to sending them to the Paris Exhibition in 67 - The opening took place on the 24th inst the Governor & the most influential persons in the country being present - most of the places of business were closed & every one made it a holiday (excepting the M & HBURl) - I did not pay it a visit until



yesterday when I spent the afternoon there - I was astonished at the vast collection of things, representing an immense value, every step I took presented some new & fresh object for admiration & when I left I found my mind in a complete chaos to define & reflect upon what Id really witnessed the first visit is usually to such a place simply to take a cursory glans so as to enable one to be more particular in looking over the things in detail after- -wards - The main building is very handsomely finished & is one of the largest stationary halls in the world, its length being [left blank] feet & its breadth [left blank] ft attached are three large annexes crowded with exhibits of colonial manufacture I could scarcely realise such things could be, considering that it is not quite 30 years ago since J.Fawkner (who was present & is now in his 74th year) first landed on the banks of the Yarra & commenced the settlement of Victoria & founded Melbourne - Talk about the advance of colony not in the world history is there to be found such an example of unparalleled prosperity Victoria has enjoyed since its settlement - Tuesday night I went to the Wesly Association - heard a very tolerable discussion on a subject called “Noah” of course the argument very naturally turned upon the deluge & its universality - I maintained it was but partial & until I can hear more substantial evidence to the contrary than I did I shall stick to my own opinion - Wednesday night a concert & Ball was given by the St Patrick Association in St Georges Hall - my Brother Fred sang there & having a ticket presented him he gave it to me - not caring to dance himself (objects to it on principle) I availed myself of it & meeting many I knew of both sexes - I really enjoyed myself the dancing commenced at 9 pm & lasted till 5 am the



the following morning. I felt downright tired & knocked up on reaching home (6 Pm) fell asleep & did not awake till 11 m - 12 when I got down to the office - the first time I ever neglected business through pleasure I drank some coffee & I noticed it had an unpleasent bitter taste on drinking & Im under the impression some narcotic had got into it - for I did not feel well for a day or two afterwards - I trust I may never experience the same sort of thing again - Friday night Miss Roberts spent the evening with us - I saw her home - Yesterday evening I called at Smarts - took Annie out for a walk round the Gardens saw her home about 9 am. She seemed very anxious to know the state of my feelings towards her sister Jessie - I told her - I dont think she was altogether pleased for from what she stated Jessie believes Im desperately in love with her & looks upon it as quite a settled thing between us - I undermined her, Im sure nothing in my manner could justify her in thinking so - I was very intimate & familiar & all that sort of thing - but if there was any advances made of an amatory nature it was not done by me - to that extent to warrant them entertaining such an idea - on leaving Annie I went to town met several I knew - walked home with Miss Forrester who is living with us & was returning from business - This morning I called at Smarts for Will (who has just returned from a journey) we went to hear Mr Henderson - In the afternoon Will came to our house & stayd tea after which, in company with Joe Stilphen (a Young American who is living with us for a short time prior to his sailing to Callao with his father who is captain of a large ship called the “Baden”) &



Smart & Grimwood, I went to the catholic chapel (Eliz St) listened to a sermon by Father Barry on the existence of a purgatory & endeavouring to prove his assertions. I never listened to such trash in my life - however, intelligent men of refined & cultivated tastes can tolerate such a rotten doctrine puzzles my intellectuals my object in going was to hear an old Melbourne favorite Miss Julia Mathews sing, (she has been the last 3 years living in Dunedin where she got married to a man named Mumford - rather an unfortunate match I hear in a pecuniary point of view - she has had to return to her original profession, & is at present engaged by G.Coppin at the Hay Market her voice is a contralto the best I ever heard with the exception of Sara Flowers” powerful sweet & very musical, & highly cultivated, Ive heard nothing to equal her for many years - I lost my companions in the crowd coming out, except Stilphen, we came straight home - I received a short note from poor Neds friend Mr Player in answer to one I wrote some weeks back, in reference to his things, he states he put them on board all right, at least he placed them in the agents hands & they hold a receipt for them - I trust on further inquiry to obtain them -

Novr. 4th 1866 Weather has been very hot & sultry hot weather dont agree with me as formerly - since my return from N.Z. My mother feels it the most it the most it completely prostrates her - still jogging along at the office - nothing fresh to break the monotony the same routine day after day invoicing B/Ls & making out a/cs calculating weights & mests at so much per ton (5/-) I see very little prospect of a change taking place in my circumstances, my salary is low & is likely to remain so - all my employers care for is the work being done - how & by whom they care not, so long as it is done. Im naturally careful & cautious



so take care to make few errors - there are times when I am rushed & very busy that its a matter of surprise I dont do something that will get us into a mess - Ive fell in with my usual share of pleasure the last few days - Monday night I spent with Miss Jameson - she is a nice quiet sociable girl, one of those dreamy spiritual beings the kind of subject my old friend Proctor (a Manuherikia acquaintance would like to have come across - to exert his influence upon as mesmerist - I never met a person I fancy would make such a good subject, possessing a love for the Ideal - not without mind - but yet very susceptible - Tuesday night - I went to Marys – found Miss Roberts & Bessie there - spent a pleasent evening together Clark treated us to some music on the English Concertina - had a game or two at cards, same old game with a new name - had some singing & playing about 11 pm when we got home - Wednesday night, I sang at the Penny Readings (Carlton) I was the first to sing on the programme - soon as I had finished I joined Adamson (my fellow clerk) who had a pass for two into the Theatre Royal - we availed ourselves of it - & witnessed the Opera of “Roberto de Diavole” without exception the finest opera that has been put upon a Melbourne stage - the full force of the company is employed in it It is full of splendid thrilling singing & music - rather too spectacular for my taste (like all of Meyerbeers productions) a great want is felt by the company in not having a decent Bass Singer. De Hoga has a good voice, but is not to be depended upon - he is not the man for the Mephistophiles business - the Cantana "Mercy" sang by Madame Simonsen was the gem of the evening – Beaumont & Squires sang well Md Escott appeared to be suffering from a cold - at the end of the 3 Act I left the Stalls & went into the Boxes & was



surprised to meet Mrs & Miss & W Smart after a chat with them I saw in the next box Clark & Mary, joined them for the rest of the evening - 12 Pm when I reached home - Thursday night, Smart invited me to spend the evening at his house - found several friends there was introduced to a Dr.Mousa & a Mr. Emmett very intelligent men - passed a pleasent evening - the only thing objectionable, being their partiality to Cardplaying a thing I detest. I think when a lot of people meet they can pass their time far more agreeably & rationally by other means than these - Friday night I spent at home

Saturday afternoon in company with the two Miss Roberts I went to the Exhibition - found plenty to interest me there things that on my previous visit, I had not noticed - left at 5 Pm saw my friends part of the way home – after tea Joe Stilphen & I walked to the station & went to Sandridge spent the evening with his father & mother & other friends of theirs at the Cohn Hotel where they are living (the Baden lying out in the stream) Bessie had been spending the afternoon with Mrs S. Fred joined us about 9.30 - a cab was provided to bring us home. 1 Am this morning when we arrived home we enjoyed ourselves very well - but I must say not in such a manner congenial to my tastes - I dont like public houses nor do I much care for the company of those sons & daughters of Neptune they are too boisterous - too jolly, tho when Im in company it matters not what sort - I always enter into the spirit of my companions & endeavour & generally succeed in making myself agreeable - I spent this morning & part of the afternoon reading an extraordinary work by Bulwer Lytton - called A Strange Story - it is the strangest I ever read - it is a work only adapted & at all comprehensible to an intelligent thoughtful mind - I read it with interest & profited somewhat by



the matter, especially by an argument between two of the characters Fenwick & Faber - on the Existance of a soul in man - I would recommend it [to] sceptics on this point I went for a short walk after finishing - to the Cemetary & after tea I went to the Catholic chapel - heard J.Mathews sing a splendid solo from one of Mozarts Masses - at the conclusion of the service I met my friend English - rambled about the town for about an hour with - home by 9.00.-

11th Novr. 1866 Weather very beautiful not so hot as usual for this time of the year. I remember when it used to be frightful, unbearable - the winters appear warmer & the summers cooler than formerly - I suppose its owing to the ground being brought under cultivation & other natural causes arising from the advance of civilization - My time spent much as usual - my leasure hours in pursuit of pleasure - not always of the most rational description however when unattendeed with pain or regret I think little harm is attached to it - judging from effects - Monday night I spent at Smarts - Tuesday night Bessie & I were invited to Kidgells - Miss K. was married in the morning & had left town with her husband before we arrived so we hadnt an opportunity of congratulating them - but we spent a most jolly night of it dancing singing, & playing forfeits Etc. we knew all the company so it was our own fault if we didnt enjoy ourselves - I saw Miss Roberts home - that made us a little late getting home than we should have been Wednesday night - Mr & Mrs Stilphen Capt Rowe & his lady called & spent the evening at our



house nearly one oclock when they left spent the evening as usual in such company - X(Thursday night feeling tired, I did not go any where except)X I took a walk down to Miss Roberts & invited her to come to a picnic on the following day stayd about an hour with her had a few games of "Busby" on leaving her I went to town dropped into the Theatre to hear Julia Mathews - being late I only saw the Burlesque of “Paris” one of the most miserable pieces I ever saw put on the stage - giving the good actors playing but a poor chance of displaying their powers.

Friday was observed as a holiday being the Prince of Wales Birthday - I got away from the office at 10 am - left our house at 12 in company with Fred & Bessie & Tom Grimwood. Called at Clarks for Mary & her husband & Miss Roberts & little Georgie Clark making our party 8 we were all loaded with eatibles & drinkables & a set of Croquet - we took a boat at Richmond & pulled up some few miles & landed & after an excellent repast of B.B. & cold fowls & tongue & sundry other good things, we playd a game of croquet left the ground about 6 Pm & had a pleasent sail down the river - on landing Fred in paying the hire of the boat, let a half sovereign fall into the water & could not recover it this was the only thing that occurred to mar the pleasure of our sport - we found a nice tea provided at Marys & spent the evening at her house very socially & pleasently - on leaving I saw Miss Roberts home while Fred took Bessie & Georgie home - this is the first little reunion we have had for a long time



in which all members of our family were present I shall endeavour to encourage them - they will produce a better feeling between us all than hitherto exis -ted - Saturday afternoon I went to the Athletic Sports on the M Cricket Ground - a good programme was provided - some excellent sport was witnessed - a great many people were there - among the number the new Governor & his family - In the evening - I went to town met Mr. English & his friend Capper - walked about with them for an hour or so on leaving them I went into St Georges Hall & heard or saw the Revd Mr Carr give one of his extraordinary performances in Electro Biology & Mesmerism - he was very fortunate in getting some excellent subjects from his audience & he turned them to good a/c- not only for our amusement but intruction This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson - In the afternoon I took a strool around the Gardens In the evening I called at Smarts & spent about two hours with them -

18th.Novr.1866 Weather very changable - some days being bitterly cold, resembling the winter nights than the summer - these sudden changes affect me considerably - Through changing my occupation I perceive a great change in my physique - Im nothing like the being I was some years since when I could roam about & sleep out in the open air & live upon the simplest food, & some- -times not too much of that, & all that sort



[of] thing - what a magnificient constitution I must have had, to endure the privations & trials , physically, [as] I have done - my past seemed like a dream - I can hardly associate myself with the being of former days - my manner & ideas seem so altered - whether for the best or not - Im hardly justified in stating without becoming perhaps egotistical - I believe I should be very happy or could be if I had a better salary the only thing annoys me is seeing my mother in her old age having to work hard by keeping boarders & having to submit to all their whims & caprices - so very mortifying in one possessing such a haughty proud spirit as she has - ah well - time produces changes & may be one will take place in her favour - Tuesday night I spent with Mother at Smarts - Wednesday, night, being the last of the Carlton Readings - that Ive identified myself so with lately – they were concluded with a Ball & Concert invitations being forwarded to those who have taken any part in them - I went in company with Miss Jamieson left about 2.30. the following morning - on the whole I did not enjoy myself - a funny lot of people being present not altogether the sorts I cared about mixing with - Thursday night Mrs. Stilphen & Miss Roberts called & had tea & spent the evening at our house Fred saw Mrs S home while I did to Miss Roberts she is a nice amiable girl & I like her very much she is a great friend of my sisters, Bessie. Friday night I went to another of Cuthri Carrs



Mesmeric Electro Biologic & phrenologic entertainments The place was better attended than when I last was there & a greater amount of interest felt by the audience he was very successful & attracted many from the audience by the force of his mesmeric – power - a number of sceptics were present & annoyd or distroyed the harmony of the evening by continually making remarks of a deprecating character Carr himself is of an irritable temperament & ill brooks disturbances of this sort & so there arose a spirit of acrimony not very pleasent to those who were impressed with the sincerety of his performance or experiments. At length those who had been operated upon - on coming to their natural senses - got very indignant at the insinuation of their being collusion between operator & subject - however most of the most reasonable inclined, came away impressed with satisfaction at what was witnessed & I must say I was greatly astonished at the marvellous power - possessed by Carr - & felt sensible that there are many laws in nature unknown & science will have still plenty to do to unravel many of her mysteries - Saturday afternoon I went to town shopping with Mother & sister. They left me outside a shop for upwards of an hour - I got tired of doing such duty so marched home - they didnt follow for two hours afterwards - In the evening Fred & I went to town rambled about till 10 pm met several we knew - This morning I went to hear Henderson In the afternoon I rambled about Fitzoy Gardens alone - In the evening I called at Smarts stayd there about 2 hours - from there went to



the Catholic Chapel - it was just coming out, however I met Mr English who I wanted to see - walked about with him for some time - got home early - I forgot to allude last week, to my receiving a long letter from Miss S she accuses me for a want of affection & regrets I should so soon have forgotten her etc - I was pained at her letter - I did not think after what had passed at our last interview she would have written. I can easily understand her feeling wretched living alone in a strange place & wanting sympathy - She has *written in all sincerity I answered her letter, but gave her to understand that I had no idea of entertaining any other feeling but that of friendship towards her - that I consider it dishonourable in my present position to hold out any hopes of any other feeling actuating me in the future & as for thinking of marrying her, never -

25th.Novr.1866 Weather very unsettled lately I received, on Monday, from Jessie Smart, a very long letter in reply to mine - She approves of my ideas on the subject of our further acquaintance, gives me most uninvited praise for the very honourable manner I have acted towards her - that she loves me she cannot but admit from the tone of her letter - & I feel a pang, when I think it is my own doing in one sense that has given occasion to the expression of her feeling in such an *unfortunate manner Im sure I must appear very cold & heartless in her eyes but what am I [to] do. I was simply on terms of very familiar intercourse with her. The two sisters were living alone together & Fred & I were so very pressingly invited. I can safely say I never went to their house 3 times without they extracting a promise from us to see them again & appoint the time & so one gets drawn into sometimes against their inciination in promising to do that which is not always a pleasure however in future I purpose being more guarded &



exercising some more moral courage – tho’ I must do Jessie justice - that I dont believe she was guilty of doing anything with a view or design - she is warm hearted & impulsive - & full of passion & one who I think would have hard work to control her passions & yet she is very selfwilled but not destitute of strong moral principles - a strange character -

Monday night I went to hear "Archibald Michie" lecture on the Retrospects & Prospects of Victoria - he spoke for two hours & a half well & ably, I thought - but not being well up in politics - I was not able to discriminate with any degree of *surety all these little points of policies he wished to impress upon his audience he had evidently studied his subject & seemed to be well posted up in statistics - I noticed in his allusions or *definition of Free Trade & Protection very few new features than those commonly understood - The meeting was held in the Exhibition (Old) Building & was well attended the price of admission being 1/-. –

Tuesday night I remained at home. Wednesday evening I went as per invitation to a party at a persons house in Carlton, named Hughes - a nice old lady - it was her grandson T.Power who gave the party I met several acquaintances there and managed to spend a jolly night - together - Thursday night - I spent at Roberts, Hoddle Street, spent a nice sociable evening there 12 when I got home Friday night I went to see Julia Mathews in the "Irish Heiress" - at the HayMarket Theatre - Saturday afternoon I took Bessie to the Exhibition - she with myself were highly delighted at all we saw - the Band of the 14th Regiment playd some fine pieces - we met Mary & Clark there - left at 5 Pm - In the evening I took a walk about town with


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Adamson went into the Temple of Pomona & after indulging in some exquisite coffee - came home 10 pm - This morning I went to hear Mr Clark from Geelong preach in the Theatre - his subject was the introduction of Christianity in Europe - In the afternoon I went to Sandridge & enjoyed a pleasent strool about the Pier doing me a great deal of good - In the evening I called at Smarts - found them out so I went to St Peters Church heard some good singing at its conclusion I left & walked down to St Francis in Elizth St met Greenwood & walked home together. I heard something in connection with my little protege Louis Burke yesterday that made me very low spirited I believe a short time after her marriage, her husband left her & since then it is reported committed some robbery or was connected with some murder or something else discreditable & is at present doing a penal servitude. Poor Louis I am sorry for her *her again Am I to blame god knows who may hereafter read these pages - I dont purpose to state how by a train of circumstances arising fromX myself her misery has been caused - I heard after a great deal of trouble that she is living at present with her Grandfather at St Kilda - I will try & see her & if possible do all in my power to assist her - I believe she is is just on the point of becoming a mother.

XI heard after a day or two before her wedding that her husband- was a bad character & I ought to have endeavoured to prevent- her wedding taking placeX-

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some days quite cold & chilly at others hot & sultry - I alluded last week to Louisa Bourke (that was) having heard she was in Melbourne I endeavoured to see her & ascertain if the reports I had hard concerning her were correct - I met her last night, purely accidently in Bourke Street closely veiled - & from her I heard such a tale of unmitigated cruelty & heartlessness & depravity that I never could conceive possible to take place in this age - When I saw her last, 7 months ago, she was a young lovely girl of 16, one of the sweetest faces I have ever looked upon – & possessed a nice amiable disposition poor girl! what sorrows will produce in a short time - she is looking so thin & delicate now - I met her about 8 pm & did not part till near 11 pm - & then her tale was hardly told - It appears the man (S.Heywood) whom she married had been living near them some time previous - & had occasionally met her & become enamoured with her - & to possess her he took lodgings at her fathers house - where he made him- self very agreeable & became a great favourite with the family - he represented himself to be a watchmaker & jeweller & had a large stock with him & was on the lookout for a suitable place to commence business in - some three months passed on, he managing to ingratiate himself into her good graces - he proposed for her & was accepted, they went out after together & he made more than one attempt to seduce her but without effect - they were married & even on his wedding day treated her slightingly - & acted in a most disgusting manner towards one of her bridesmaids They went out (some Half dozen) for a drive & he attached himself to the Bridesmaid, & got her away & try to seduce her - she did not like to hurt Louisa feelings by alluding to it afterwards but coming home, where a little party was held - he took more notice of Miss L. than of his wife - this passed on & three days afterwards, they went to Gipps Land &


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at Pt Albert, he left her to pursue his journey to Sale alone - he was several days before he joined her, he took her to Sale where they lived in lodgings - he spending his time idly gambling, & living a very suspicious kind of existence – sometimes leaving her quite in the dark as to his pursuits this went on for several months when she lived in some bush public house - he one day borrowed from the landlord a Buggy & Pair of horses & stated he was going to Sale, (some 10 miles) he never returned, soon after his departure, a detective came after him & it came out this Heywood had committed an extensive robbery of jewellery some 12 months ago - & although his description was given out at all the police & detention offices in the colony, he had somehow managed to allude the vigilance of all who sought to capture him - at the time he married Louisa he was in the "hue & cry" she poor girl was very ill for some time & was in confine to her bed when this was made known to her - & to make things worse he had gone away leaving several months Board & Lodging unpaid for at different places they had lived at, before leaving her he took every article of value she had - & the person who had been robbed identified even her wedding ring & keeper as his property - & endless are the petty & miserable actions he was guilty of towards her & others she told me about – he has been far from constant towards her - having seduced & left a girl in the family way at the hotel they had been staying at she discribes him as a man having extraordinary power & influence over those he comes in contact with he can wheedle & fawn & deceive the very devil himself it appears he came to Melbourne & was knocking about


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here for some time - the police not being able to drop across him she wrote home & her father, who is an old man with a large family & ill prepared to send for her & afterwards to keep her, who sent money to bring her home she has been here in town some 6 weeks being at her Grand- -mothers in St Kilda part of the time - she is about 6 months gone in her pregnancy - since her return she has heard from his father, some old vagabond – that Heywood is not his proper name - she thinks his name is Symons & that he has several such wives as her about the colony - poor girl, just 17 years of age & to have began life under such terrible auspices - her whole future rendered a miserable blank - she admitted to me she has been several times induced by the force of feelings to commit suicide - she appears very undecided how to act - if he is caught, it is supposed he will get 12 years penal servitude - & would not be a difficult matter to get a divorce from him I advised the step – but she seems to treat the idea of such a thing with abhorance. This seems a mystery to me, inpenerateble a woman so wronged & so cruelly deceived one would think would be actuated by a sense of her wrongs to revenge - she seems as if under some magnetic influence says she does not know what she would do even should she meet him - whether to give him up to justice or screen him - their seems a fixed determination about her something really inexplicable to me - she feels & is convinced in her own mind she will be the first to discover him - a something within her - a feeling not understood by any scientific laws – found only in those suffering & having very highly wrought & sensitive natures - tells her


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he is still in Melbourne - & that at different times he has been quite close to her - The police cannot trace or get any clue to his whereabouts - & yet by one of those singular coincidences, she is the only one that has seen him since her return - her brother & her were walking up Flinders St some few days ago & she looked into the open door of a house & stretched upon a sofa at his ease was Heywood! her brother also recognised him & dragged her away ere she had time to betray any emotion, he put her into a cab & sent her home, while he in the meantime, visited the Detective office & gave the information - through some bungling on the part of the officer engaged in making his inquiries the fiend got suspicious & went off - no one knows where - endless would be my tact were I to refer to all the petty details of low & vicious depravity she poured out to me concerning him - sufficient that my very heart seemed weary by the recital - may God in his mercy be kind towards her - & soothe her sorrows - Im afraid the intense excitement she is suffering from will affect her as Im sure it has already, her reason – so young, so fair, & to have her young life blacked & partly traceble to me - I cannot bear to think about it – she says she never received the note I sent her two days before she was married in which I informed her of his character as I had accidently discovered it to be -

Tuesday evening I went down town met English had a long chat with him on parting I went to Mrs Florauns where Bessie was spending the evening I remained until 1 am next morning singing & dancing. I was introduced to a spendid Girl there named Miss Ellis -


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Wednesday night my old friend J Stewart (of the Christy Minstrels) called with Finley & J.Evans - we spent a pleasent evening together - Stewart singing better than I ever heard him before - he staid all night with me & left next morning for Sandhurst - Thursday night I staid at home – Friday night I took a ramble about town till 9 Pm. called at Marys for Mother, spent a couple of hours very pleasently - singing Etc - Yesterday afternoon I called at Smarts staid about 2 hours there -

I went to the Catholic Chapel (St Francis) this morning heard some excellent singing - In the afternoon - I read a great deal took a short walk before tea - round the Cemetery - In the evening I went down town had a look in at the C Chapel in time to hear Julia Mathews sing a splendid solo - came home early - I received a long letter from J.Hamilton on Monday purely theological not a particle of news or reference to his family or his business

Decr.9th 1866. Fine weather - Spent rather an every day sort of week very little variety to break the usual monotony - Im thinking, I spend my time in a very foolish & useless manner - I often think I possess abilities or at least some talent that if rightly used would be of service to somebody or do some good in some way or another - very few there are who have not & yet never make use of the same - this is wrong & I feel it - & feel if it was not for my affliction - I could be do[ing] some good - there are plenty of opportunities in such a town as Melbourne - here follows my recital of how my time has been spent this past week - I feel ashamed to note it down so frivolous - Monday night being the first monday in the month Mr Clark attends his Lodge (being a Freemason) Mary always makes a point of spending the evening at home, that is at our house - Mr English & Kapper called & also Tom Kelly the



Cricketer - so we had a good full house with our own family - English is desperately in love with a certain young lady & owing to some remarks made concerning her, quite jokingly, I think he was offended for he left very early, & did not appear to be well pleased -

Tuesday & Wednesday night I staid at home assisting Mother in turning, what I call, the house inside out lifting & laying down carpets Etc. pulling down & putting up beds Etc - Thursday night after tea I called at Smarts to see Will who had just returned from his journey - he leaves again in the morning. I only staid about half an hour, from there I went to Roberts - where I remained till nearly 12 pm - several acquaintances being there we passed quite a jolly evening - a picnic for Boxing Day was prepared to which we all assented & remained to supper - They are nice homely sociable folks & always make me very welcome whenever I call - Friday night I went out for a short time, home early - Saturday afternoon spent helping mother about the house - assisting her improvements & alterations In the evening I went down town met Adamson - & had a long chat & strool with him till 10 Pm when we parted on my way home I overtook old Mr Burke & his daughter Louis - walked home with them, heard some more particulars respecting her husband not to his credit - the police have heard nothing more about him he has eluded them again - I fancy he must have left the colony by some means - I went to hear Mr Henderson this morning - got wet though coming home – did not go out in the afternoon - spent my time reading & writing - after tea I took a strool for about an hour and a half - came



& spent the balance of the evening with Mother - I always enjoy her society on a Sunday evening, she is so well informed & has read & seen so much in her life - few women I have met are possessed of such a fine mind - & I can safely say few souls have had such a good mother as mine - I pray God her life may be spared for many years to come - she had her 56th Birthday last Tuesday week - & is still an active energetic woman -

Decr 16th.1866. Another week over - without being benefitted morally or physically, at least if so, not perceptible - I have been very busy at the office several large ships having been discharging during the week - among the number the S.S.Royal Standard Plenty of work & little pay ) Is now the order of the day ) a couplet very applicable in my case - Ive been downright "hard up" this month or two back - my salary is so small that it is only with the greatest care, economy & frugality - making shifts & putting up with many inconveniences that Im able to keep up anything like a decent appearance, home & abroad - I dont think there is a firm in the colony that pay such poor salaries as our(s) does, it should not be so considering the profits or returns are so good - such a thing as risk & loss is nearly unknown - being a *needpenny concern - patience is a virtue - & I suppose if I wait I may get a slight increase in course of time - Monday night I spent very pleasently at Roberts - with the two Miss Rs roaming about their beautiful garden Georgina, the eldest is a nice amiable girl - very loving



& affectionate in her disposition - I like her exceedingly her sister is younger - & very pert & coquettish -

Tuesday night I went to a Social meeting of the Members of the Wesleyan Association held in Kg Wlm St a very nice lecture was delivered illustrated with experiments in Chemistry & Electricity - Wednesday I spent very happily at home - Thursday evening - the two Miss Roberts came to tea & spent the evening - Grimwood brought Capt Forster of the ship "Lucibell" & his own sister Liz up - I never remember spending such a dull kind of an evening where there were so many people - Tom G~ is not liked by the Miss Rs & the consequence was a cooling between all parties - which ended by us breaking up at 10 Pm - when another unpleasent scene took place Tom put his little sister in a cab with this Capt & packed them off, & returned thinking to acompany the Miss Rs, with me, home - however they objected to the arrangement & from their manner let him know his company wasnt agreeable to them - I had to call his attention to the fact & even then he thrust himself on us for some distance, what poor, paltry spirited begger he must be - we had a nice walk together after getting rid of him - found some more friends at their house just leaving & coming my way so I had company both ways - Friday evening I met “Louisa” & took a long strool with her – she has heard nothing more of her husband - poor child - for child she is, in age & manner - she is very low spirited & must indeed be very wretched - with little prospect of things looking brighter in her favor - I sincerely pity & sympathise with her -

Saturday afternoon after finishing my



domestic duties about the house - chopping wood – mending & carpentering Etc - I dressed & took a walk down town. On my way home I looked into Smarts saw Annie who informed me her sister Jessie had returned from Sandhurst that morning - but being very fatigued had gone to rest for a while - she gave me a pressing invitation to pass the evening with them – which after some hesitation I accepted - after tea I called again & saw them - Jessie is looking exceedingly well after her visit - we spent a very jolly pleasent evening together - talking over a variety of subjects - It was 11 Pm when I left them - This morning I spent reading a very interesting work by “Ida Pleffer” “Travels round the World” she is an extraordinary woman - her descriptions are excellent, being plain & very matter of fact that impresses me with the idea of them being truthful a/cs I was led to form different ideas of many things & places she visits than I had previously formed - I went out for a walk in the afternoon - round Fitzroy Gardens met Miss Roberts there, walked with her round about & saw her a short distance home - In the evening I went up to Smarts, Jessie was suffering from a severe headache & was confined to her bed - Annie & Barman (her intended) & I spent an hour or two chatting under their verandah - it was frightfully hot & sultry - on my return home I found Mary & Clarke here - stayd to supper - they are very well – in health -



[1866-12-23-Sunday] Decr 23rd 1865 [1866] Weather has been very changeable for this time of the year on Monday it rained very heavily & was very cold, reminding one forcibly of winter - Ive spent my time as usual very idly & to little profit. Monday night R.Law called at our house, passed some two hours very pleasently chatting - singing Etc. Tuesday, I met Louisa & took a long walk with her, she has heard nothing more about her husband - Wednesday evening, I called at Smarts & remained there until 9Pm when I left & went for Bessie who had been spending the afternoon & evening with Miss Roberts - spent a couple of hours very pleasently nearly 12 Pm when we arrived home - Thursday night I went to Bakers (Hoddle St) where I met several of the parties engaged getting up a picnic for Boxing Day - I think the arrangements made are first rate - & if the day is fine & all goes well there is no doubt we shall enjoy ourselves very well - Friday night I left home with the intention of going to hear Dr Carrs Lecture – but calling at Smarts I was induced to spend the evening with them - Jessie with her sister & I going out for a walk we visited Fitzroy Gardens which looked beautiful by moonlight - what with the statuary & the moons rays playing upon the water issuing from the fountains great numbers like ourselves were enjoying the scene it was nearly 10 pm when I left their home

Yesterday afternoon in company with a large party I went to play Croquet in the Royal Park, some of the party afterwards came to our house & stayd tea after which they all adjourned to the “Exhibitions” I left them there & sauntered about Bourke St looking for some parties who wished me to join a picnic for X mas day, not seeing them & not having



heard from them caused me give up the idea of joining it This morning I remained at home reading. In the afternoon I went for a walk about the Gardens - spent the evening at Smarts - Mr Gotch & Geo Ramsden called after dinner & invited me to go to a picnic, they are getting up for X mas day - Im uncertain whether Ill accept it or not, my sister having promised to go with Saunders & Lowe & other friends to the Werribee that day – & I had partly promised to go with them when they first proposed it -

Decr 30th 1866. The weather has been very hot & oppressive, far from being pleasent this time of the year when everybody is on the look out for pleasure - Monday night I went to Gotchs, (having decided upon going with them if I could get my sister to break her engagement with the other party-) from there to Saunders, he was out but I explained to Mrs S. & apologized for Bessie, & then went with G Ramsden to town - found the streets crowded, met a great many I knew, nearly 12 when I arrived home - (my couzin Liz & her baby came in having just arrived from Bendigo – she intends returning to morrow the 31st she is just the same as ever - she informs me Harry is keeping a school near Kyneton & is in a fair way of getting on. I sincerely hope he may - he has had a hard lot of it the last few years - Lizzies husband Holm came down yesterday he didnt stay long - having no convenience at our house for them both they had to seek some other quarters - I was grieved to hear from him of the death of poor Ned Rowett he died Christmas Eve - leaving poor Mary King (that was) a widow - Tuesday X mas day - we left home about 9 am & went up to Gotchs where we found all the company assembled & conveyances - after some delay in arranging the loading of the ladies - we got away about 10 am - bound for



Heidelberg - a pretty village some 7 miles from Melbourne. I enjoyed the drive very well, the country looking beautiful, fine rich crops just ripening either side of our road - the scenery, occasional glimpses which we got of the course of the Yarra, is lovely – we camped near the Cemetery same spot we held the picnic given by the same parties two years ago - We found everything well provided, a fine “Marquee” with a band of music - & plenty of provisions & wines & ales & other liquids to refresh the inner man in profusion - The company *consisted of none but very agreeable people - each actuated with the desire to be pleasing & conduce all in their power *thus towards the enjoyment of their neighbour. We passed the day delightfully - dancing, singing & romping about quite childlike & innocently, tis very pleasent to see people enjoy themselves in this manner - it shows that the cares & troubles that usually torment life are not sufficient to entirely distroy the hilarious spirit which is innate in human nature - We broke up very reluctantly about 8.pm, all jolly & merry but tired from our exertion - the day having been frightfully hot - I got out at Johnson St & came home - Bessie went on & spent the evening at Gotchs - during the evening Clark & Mary called & stayd a short time - Wednesday morning we were up again, & pleasure seeking, went down to Roberts where we met some of our company for the picnic we had arranged with Baker & Mortley - found Miss Roberts too ill to accompany us. I was extremely sorry - we walked down to the punt at Richmond where we found the balance of our party waiting for us in the boats - We embarked at 10 pm when a few minutes afterwards it came on a heavy thunder storm. I, and others who were pulling got nearly wet through ere we could get under the friendly shelter of the overhanging willows the ladies fortunately had brought their umbrellas & parasols to guard their faces from the sun - they occasioned to keep the rain off - the storm passed over the sun came out bright & beautiful, the birds sang & the beasts came out with



great glee making the woods one confused din of croaking – nature put on her holiday look & smiled more lovely than ever after shedding her tears - We pulled up the river, all jolly – the ladies cheering the rowers with merry chat & songs & glees We landed oppossite Pearsons Tea Gardens at a very pretty spot found a few of our party had arrived before us with the substantials in a cab – every thing was well provided, we did all in our power to make the time pass on in an enjoyable manner & we succeeded - Miss Mortley did nothing but attend to the vitualling department & was exceedingly kind & attentive to the wants of others - I was much struck with her kindness in this respect, so very seldom, young ladies are to be found at picnics who give themselves any trouble in this way - we passed our time as usual at picnics - playing Romps - Croquet, Singing & Dancing - we left about 7.pm & had a fine pull down the river to Princes Bridge where we landed, got home about 10 pm - very tired – next evening after tea I went down to see how Miss Roberts was - found her a little better - met several of our party there who were all going to a party at Bakers - I left early - not feeling inclined for another nights exertion came home early

Thursday night I was going to a party at Gotchs but Mrs. G being very unwell it was postponed till next week - I spent the evening at Smarts - Friday night ditto - Saturday afternoon Bessie & I left home - called at Smarts, for Will & his sisters & we all went to the M. Cricket Ground to witness the Athletic sports, they were very interesting & attractive in consequence of an Aboriginal team of Cricketers being present to compete for the prizes with the best Athletes the Colony can produce - They had been playing cricket the three previous days but had been beaten easily, but yet had displayed considerable skill & judgement in their performance - being very active - It was thought they would prove formidable adversaries yesterday afternoon at the sports - & the public was not disappointed - they won nearly all the prizes



I think 8 out of 11 - three of their numbers are worthy of note Tarpot - Mullagh, Couzens - the former being the best jumper on the ground - he jumped the length of 19 ft. running, & 5 ft 4ins running high leap -

After tea I went to Marys - spent a couple of hours with them - from there went to town - met Adamson & Fred, came home about 11.pm - This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson preach in the “Royal”, on arriving home found Mary & Clark & my old acquaintance D.Cameron at our house, who stayd dinner & tea & spent the afternoon very pleasently with us.

Jany 6th 1867 Entering upon another year, the past one *can *be compared to a pleasent dream, full of pleasure but little profit - Tho my pleasure was not always complete, sad remberances must ever arise when thinking of it- ./66. my poor brother Edward, whom I loved so dearly, died in it - with the exception of that event, it has been the pleasentest year of my existence, lived at home in the bosom of my family - surrounded by every comfort, possessed of many friends & acquaintances whom I esteem - have enjoyed good health & tolerable spirits - all of which I thank God for - may the next or present year be as full of pleasent reminiscenses as the last - unattended with any more family grievances - Monday night I spent at Kidgells very pleasently, preparing for a picnic for News Years Day late when I left with Kidgell - we called at Mrs. Florauns found her gone to St Marks Church so we followed I received the benifit of an impressive sermon - our conduct at the conclusion of the service was not altogether orthodox for on leaving the church we adjourned to our house where we sang & kicked up a fine row till 2 next morning. I saw Kidgell part of the part home - pretty jolly



We rose early - I not feeling very well having a severe attack of diarrhea - Fred & I went to Princes Bridge & there met Saunders & others of our party, hired a few boats & pulled up to Richmond, where we took in the balance of our party - the day was exceedingly hot rendering things far from being so pleasent as we anticipated, we landed at the Survey Park, found some of our party there with the substantials to which we did ample justice to in spite of the suns rays that heated the atmosphere to the extent of 95º in the shade - impossible to dance so we spent the day playing croquet & wandering about the park watching other parties endeavouring to enjoy themselves in such a heat The German picnic appeared to be well attended, I saw many people I knew at it. We left the ground about 7.30 in the cool of the evening, & had a delightful pull down to the Sir Henry Barkly Hotel, where a cab was waiting for us to carry us to Kidgells house where we stayd tea, after which we all adjourned to Gotchs & passed a pleasent evening singing & chatting - 1 am when I got home - Wednesday I went to Smarts for a short time. Thursday night as per invitation went to Mr Gotchs party at his house, where I spent the night in the most jolly manner possible *da[nc]ing did not break up till 5 next morning - broad day light - I felt anything but fresh the next day & it was not long after tea I tumbled into bed. Saturday evening I called at Mrs. Florauns she & I took a walk through Paddys Mkt & round about shopping Etc. in regular Bob & Joan style - This morning I called for a Miss Norris who is staying with Mrs. F - a beautiful girl who has



lately arrived from Hobart town that Ive met several times lately at picnics & parties - & took her to the Theatre to hear Revd. A.M.Henderson, remained at home all the afternoon reading - In the evening I went to see the Smarts took Jessie out for a walk down town when we met her mother & sister came home together -

Jany 13th.1867. Another week over. Weather frightfully hot. Yesterday the thermometer stood as high as 105º F in the shade up to a late hour - The Mail arrived on the llth inst bringing us a long letter from my Father containing anything but cheering news - from its tone I should infer that Aunt Lucys affairs are next to settled & in such a manner that with Law expenses, claims, Etc we shall have nothing to receive. This if true, & there is every probability of it being so, renders it a great disappointment to our family - who had considered it as a certainty the ultimately receiving a considerable sum - alas for human calculations! – even the money I had spent I advanced out of what I received - I see no prospect of having it returned - from father - he sent me a Cheque for £8.0.0 towards its liquidation - too small a sum to be of much service to me - he states he has not been very well lately having had an attack of cholera in Manchester - Wednesday night I went to see the pantomime at the Princes Theatre the only one Ive been to see this season - Thursday night I spent the evening at Mrs Florauns singing & dancing - Friday night I went down to the Roberts no one at home but the old folks - who insisted upon me coming to spend Monday evening with them as they were giving a party - Saturday aternoon I had intended with some other friends to get up a picnic - but the day being so hot one could not think of going - however I



went to Ramsdens where we had promised to start from & spent the afternoon with them, most delightfully cool in their house in E.Melbourne passed the time, playing Billiards Etc - In the evening I went to Smarts, passed a pleasent evening with them - This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson - In the afternoon took a strool about the Gardens, in the evening, called for Jessie Smart took a short walk for an hour or so with her - to visit some friends she has in Richmond. I dont like being made a convenience of

[Sunday, 20 Janury 1867] Jany 21st.1867 - Weather rather variable during the week, spent my time idly & to no purpose except in the pursuit of pleasure, a weekend of Melbourne folks - Monday evening Bessie & I went to Roberts party, stayd there nearly all night as usual enjoying ourselves amply in spite of a terrific thunder storm raging outside - 3.am next morning when we broke up very loath to seperate the company being so sociable & happy - Tuesday night I went to Smarts. Wednesday night, rained heavily stayd at home - Thursday night Bessie & I went to Nt Melbourne to a Mr. Rutherfords, to see a piano he has on hire from a Miss Dixon who wants to dispose of it - we found it a beautiful Instrument - she wanted £53.0.0 for it - I have agreed to buy it, paying her part in Cash the balance in two Bills falling due in four & Eight months from the 21st.inst - easy terms - The one we bought from Paling - I could not meet the Bill, & I have arranged with him to take it off my hands. Im very glad for it was too old & had seen too much service to be of much use – whereas this is a spendid toned one made by Collard & Collins Friday night Bessie Fred & I joined G.Ramsden, J.Brown & the Miss Roberts & others in a boating party on the Yarra by moonlight We enjoyed ourselves very much. Took the boat at Richmond pulled up to the Tea Gardens where



where we regaled ourselves with fruit Etc, danced & sang & exercised ourselves on the swings Etc there - 11.30 when we landed on our return 12 when we got home. This afternoon Bessie & I went to Royal Park, as agreed, met a large party assembled for the purpose of playing Croquet - spent a pleasent afternoon - very sociably, knowing all the people on my way home I called at Rutherfords to see why he would not let the man I sent in the morning have the piano, he refused to deliver it up until Miss Dixon came with me & took delivery of it herself - I was very much annoyed for she stated there would be no bother – having her a/d. I lost no time in paying her a visit. I took the train for S.Yarra & found her house, but not her. I left a message for her to come over to our house, which she did this afternoon I being out, however she has promised to be at the place tomorrow night at 6.pm. when I am to get it it was 9 pm when I got back feeling very tired I went into a New Concert Hall in Bourke St called the Varieties, Kept by Nish & Coker connected with the Christy Minstrels - I found it a fine large Hall & the best assemblage of talent in the colonies many old public favourites being engaged *making it very attractive – tho’ I dont admire the style it is conducted in, too much like a Free & Easy – smoking & drinking being allowed in all parts of the house - I left about 10.30. & was sauntering home, when I met a party of friends consisting of Mrs Florauns, Miss Norris & my sister with a gentleman each. They were going to the P Market & pursuaded me to return with



them which I did - We indulged in sweeties, fruit Etc until we were nearly sick - got home to Mrs. F's about 11.30 pm - then commenced singing & broke up about 12 pm -

I forgot to mention that on Thursday night I paid my sister [&] Clark a visit found them busy making their preperations for taking their departure to Frankston - some 20 miles from Melbourne - where Mary intends staying for a month or two, Clark visiting her occasionally - I think the change will do her a deal of good - This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson deliver his last sermon on the 8th. of Romans, which Chapter has taken him 6 months to give its exposition. I regret that I missed some of his sermons for I feel greatly profited by what Ive already have heard from him, he leaves in the morning for Sydney where he intends staying for a month or so - he will be greatly missed by his admirers in Melb -

I took a walk in the afternoon with Smart, & Grimwood around Fitzroy Gardens, got home in time for tea, after which I accompanied Will home & spent the evening at his house

Jany 27th. Weather frightfully hot & sultry towards the latter end of the week, the thermometer standing on Thursday & Friday 90 & 95º F heit in the shady side of Bourke St under a deep Verandah - Been very busy at the office - making out a/cts endorsing B/L Etc - Etc. with no change in my prospects or any chance of any just rise - Ive spent my time very pleasently on the whole - Monday night on leaving my office, I went to the Rutherfords had to wait about an hour for, Miss Dixon when she came, I had a difficulty in persuading her to accept my Bills as some security in consideration of my indebtedness I had to give her a Bill of Sale upon the instrument, in case I can not meet my liabilitys



I hope I shall be able to do so - I got the piano at length & brought it home - after tea Mrs. Floraun & Miss Norris called & spent the evening with us, singing & dancing & other agreeable pastimes. Tom & I saw them home about 12.pm The following morning I went to see the Roberts stayd about an hour with them, they were very kind, picked fruit from the garden for my use - most delicious plums & Mulberries, Georgina has quite recovered from her attack of indisposition, on leaving them I called at Smarts on my way home remained there until 10 pm. I thought they were very cool toward me. Im rather plainspoken & dont altogether agree with their ideas on many things they delight in - Im sure its a matter of indifference to me whether they are cool or not. Jessie is the only one of the family whose company I care for - Wednesday evening after doing some jobs for mother in the garden, Etc I went to the Theatre to see a celebrated Actress who has lately arrived in Melbourne, Madam Celeste, a name well known all over Europe as a celebrated dancer – she is now an old woman, but a most charming actress in her own peculiar line the piece she is at present playing is called the “Woman in Red” a sensational kind of Drama tho with only one character in it - which is the one she sustains -

Thursday evening Clark called to take Bessie to the Exhibition Miss Roberts calling also at the same time I persuaded her to accompany us there, where we spent a pleasent evening - heard Miss Carandini & Walter Sherwin sing - I saw Georgie home - Clark seeing Bessie to our house - At the Exhibition I saw some fine paintings of Lakes Wanaka & Wakatipu, places I visited years ago in N.Z the heads of the Rivers Kawarau & Molynuex bringing forcibly to my mind by gone, reminiscences of the past when I mixed in different scenes & in different company



than at present - who would have thought if they had met me knocking about these desolations & grand mountainous plains up the Molyneaux dressed in dirty Rags & living on the very commonest food which my soul would revolt at now - that I was one & the same person - mixing in such different society & amidst civilized society makes a great alteration in a mans manner & habits - happy is he who can conform & is able to be at home anywhere - Im really a surprise to myself - not that I state this from any sense of vanity - but I now mix in a good society, can sing & dance & possess accomplishments which render me, if not a favourite at least a welcome guest wherever I go - few young men are more fortunate than I in this respect in Melbourne

Friday evening I spent at home - Yesterday afternoon I spent at home being very hot, heat in the shade being as high at 110º in the shade Fhnt. In the evening I went to Smarts did not stay above an hour there, not feeling well. I called at Mrs. Florauns on my way home - found my sister & Grimwood there & several others - enjoying themselves amazingly, dancing & singing I was not long in entering into the spirit of the company & soon was enjoying myself as much as any of them 12 pm when we left for home - Remained at home all to day writing, or copying into a new Book many parts of my journal that I wrote many years ago, if not done so would have soon be[en] in a dilapidated state as to have been unintelligible, being written on scraps of paper & old sheets Etc - not that preserving them would be of any benefit, but after having had them so long I dont care about my past life which I have kept such a faithful record of, should be lost - After tea it commenced to rain very heavily, making the weather more endurable than it has been lately, however I went up to Smarts & staid with them until after 10pm -



Feby 5th 1867 [1867-02-03 Sunday?] Weather very beautiful at the beginning of the week, raining heavily Monday & part of Tuesday purifying the atmosphere & making the weather more healthy than it had been previously. I have not felt well the past few days, suffering from a most unusual cause “Billiousness” in my case not having felt the slightest attack since I was 16 years of age - my time has been spent much as usual - in the office during the day, in the evening in search of pleasure - Monday night I went to Emerald Hill in company with Fred Rooke (who has lately got married to Miss Kelly) to dine with him found him possessed of a nice comfortable furnished home & a pleasent agreeable & from [the] start should state an affectionate wife - I met Law - Smart & Kelly there passed a very pleasent evening together, walked to town a distance of [a] good 4 miles, very jolly - Tuesday night I spent at Smarts - Wednesday night Bessie & [I] went to a party at Williams Young St, an American family we are acquainted with - most of the company were Americans & things were done in a different style to what Id seen at most places - I enjoyed myself very well the Host & Hostess with their daughter doing every thing to make everything agreable - a fine room attached to the house being a factory) was cleared for the occasion making a fine Ball Room - it was 3 am the following morning before we broke up - before going there Miss Roberts called at our house & I walked home with her - on my way back I met my friend Saunders had a long chat with him - so it was 9 OC when I went to the party - Thursday evening on my way home from the office I called at the Gymnasium Russell St & joined it I think some exercise of the description to be had there will do me good always been accustomed to plenty of robust exercise - I feel my system requires a continuation of the same to preserve my health & stamina



Friday night Bessie, Mother, Clark & his sister & I went to Tom Grimwoods party held at his fathers house Eliz St we enjoyed ourselves very well – danced & sang till daybreak between 4 & 5 when we got home - I managed to catch a nice cold, through having to wait for mother who had to stay at Clarks fathers on our way home - not feeling well - Saturday afternoon I played at croquet, calling for Miss Roberts 7 pm when we concluded, I accompanied her home, found my sister at their house - stayd tea & in the evening the Miss Rs. with Bessie & I went to town for a strool - got back about 9.30 then came home leaving Bessie there, as she purposes remaining on a visit for a day or two - Sunday morning I stayd at home reading. In the afternoon I went again to Roberts, found Bessie & Georgie ready to go to St Yarra to see Miss Cass who intends leaving Melb’ for a few months - I accompanied them there, found the young ladies out, so after staying there about half an hour we returned to Roberts after a most delightful walk - giving us an excellent appetite for our tea after which I took a walk with Haskell along the Yarra Banks until Church came out - when I called for the girls who had been there, after staying about an hour, I came home - after spending a very pleasent day. Thursday, the 2nd inst, was my 28th Bthdy

Feby 10th 1867
Pleasent weather during the week. Owing to some rather quick changes in the weather producing anything but healthy results scarcely a family in Melb that is not affected in some way or another in consequence - I was very ill Tuesday & Wednesday. I had to leave the office during business hours with a frightful pain in my stomach, accompanied with a severe cold - I have scarcely recovered from the effects yet - I have been several times to the Gymnasium, doing a little light exercise which I find my system much benefitted by - Im sorry I did not join long ago - I make a practice of



going immediately on leaving my office @ 5 pm & remain there till 6 pm so I lose no time in the evening by this arrangement - Monday evening I spent at Smarts - Tuesday & Wednesday at home - Clark calling each night bringing with him his English Concertina which he plays remarkably well - Bessie & he play Duets together His instrument & my piano according well together -(Mrs. Smart & Will spent Tuesday with us) Thursday night I went to their house for a short time, on my way home I met my little friend Louisa Burke (that was) she expects to be confined in about a month - she tells me she has heard her husband found his way to N.S.Wales & has been committing several petty robberies there, but was caught & after paying the penalty for them there will be forwarded on to Melbourne, to meet other charges awaiting him in this colony. Friday night, in company with Miss Robers & Bessie I went to Clarks house & spent a very pleasent evening there - Saturday afternoon I went to play Croquet at East Melb’, but the day being so hot, the party adjourned to Mrs. Greens, where we spent the afternoon some of the party remaining to Tea - I left early & in the evening I called at Smarts, no one at home but the old lady, had a long talk with her. Poor woman she has many troubles & I was pretty well bored with them - on leaving her I took a ramble down town met Ballantyne & Kyte walked about the streets in the usual Saturday night Bourke St fashion, got home by 10 pm - My mother has been very ill confined to her bed since Thursday with a severe cold - I staid at home this morning reading In the afternoon I took a short strool around Fitzroy Gardens - In the evening I went to Smarts, took out Annie for a walk, much to the disgust of her affianced who called at the house during our absence



Feby 17th 1867
Weather very hot & sultry - Im happy to state I have quite recovered from my attack of illness, & also my mother - rendering our household more pleasent than last week. I have been every evening at the Gymnasium which I find strengthens & does me a great deal of good - Monday evening I went down to Roberts spent a pleasent evening there – on my return home I found Mr & Mrs. with Miss Williams spending the evening, they remained till near 12 pm when I accompanied them home - Clark was also here & with his concertina assisted in making the evening pass pleasently - Tuesday night, Bessie & I spent at Smarts, rather quietly - Wednesday night I went to Roberts for a short time. Thursday night I met Louisa & took a long walk with her. Friday night I spent at Smarts playing cards, not much to my taste, but I didnt care about being disagreeable, so I joined them, left early - Saturday afternoon I spent at home reading. In the evening I went to town knocked about till 10 pm - This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson - In the afternoon read till 4 then took a strool about Fitzroy Gardens, met Mr Peak & arranged for a boating party for Tuesday night - after tea I called at Smarts left about 8.30. & went down to St Philips Church met the Roberts coming out of church walked home with them - my object in going there was to invite them to come up the river boating on Tuesday night - I fancied Miss R. was very cool. I sent her a Valentine consisting of a few impromptu verses of my own - breathing (of course) of love & tenderness as usual in such productions - I got a a fellow clerk of mine to write them - so that she would not discover by the writing who it came from -



I was suspected of having sent them - but on being accused I denied writing them - I fancy she thinks they were from a person I belive she has been at some time or another had a passion for -

Feby 24th, 1867

Another week passed away, something after the usual style, with litle variety or profit - Im getting heartily sick of keeping a record of such trashy stuff as Im in the habit of continually writing week after week. What a contrast to the varied chequered life Ive led formerly - Tuesday night Mrs. Floraun called & begged Bessie & I go to spend the evening at her house, found several friends there & together managed to spend an agreeable evening together - Miss Norris left Melb the following morning & we went to wish her farewell - Wednesday night Kidgell entertained a number of friends at his house [in] Victoria Parade, Bessie & I being there, the evening spent in the usual manner, Singing & dancing combined with a Conversazione, Thursday night I spent at Robert’s found them all in the dumps & low spirited, owing to the dangerous illness of Mrs Roberts son (N.Leech) by a former husband) who they had just heard was not expected to live. I was exceedingly sorry - for they seem such a happy united family, anything *occuring of this nature cast a gloom over their social joy. X(I like Georgie *she *is *realyy a nice modest girl & is Good & *kind%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$*would I think %$%$%$%$%$%$# *about %$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$f %$%$%$%$# *in %$%$%$%$%$%$%$# & %$%$%$%$%$%$ but I feel if she has *doubts %$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$#in the *former %$%$p%$# %$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$%$)X fortunate in the second.- there is a very perservering widower who is after her - judging from appearances there is not much love displayed toward him on her part - but Ive heard from authentic sources



she is to be married to him - she displays a strange taste, to think seriously of commiting herself to a man with a family - a young woman like her, an universal favourite with any quantity of admirers. Friday night I had purposed going to see Madame Celeste but Miss Cass called & spent the evening with us - I saw her down to the train at 10.pm - Yesterday afternoon Bessie & I went to Mrs Greens where we met Kidgell, Saunders & Lennox & their sisters we intended playing croquet but the weather being so hot it was proposed to go on the River to which we all agreed, we left Richmond punt at 4 pm in a fine Gondola had a spendid pull up to Hawthorn Bridge (taking (us - (with four oars) about 2 hours - we noticed a great many on the river enjoying themselves singing & eating fruit Etc I left our party at the Bridge & taking a cab, arrived home in time for tea - afterwards went to town on a little business which on executing I met Peak who was on his way to the Robert's I accompanied him as far as the house, but didnt go in, he was not long there but came and accompanied me to Wellington Parade, where we parted I sauntered leasurely down to the Richmond punt & just got there as our party were landing, 10pm. after enjoying them- selves amazingly & regretting my absence. We all adjourned to Saunders’ where we spent another hour very pleasently - 12 when we arrived home - I spent this morning reading Tennyson's Maud & other pieces by him - Ive read several of his poems I like better, tho’ this is very beautiful & replete with a *successful grandeur - In the afternoon Scoty MCaffray (an old Bendigo friend) called, (he is at present in partnership with Bob Hooper in a store at Taradale) & is in a fair way of doing



well, he remained till 4 pm when he left. In the evening I took out Jessie Smart for a walk - I think I must lessen my visits or not go so often to see her - or I shall get into a mess - she is too loving & the love being on one side makes it irksome. March 2nd 1867

[Sunday, 3 March 1867] Lovely weather, spent the week very jollily, as usual visiting & pleasure seeking. Been very busy at the office, got several large ships at the pier discharging, some of the finest vessels now afloat, with immense cargos of general merchandise - Im afraid unless we have better legislation, & the fiscal policy of Victoria improved our trade will soon fall off merchants & dealers are getting very chary about visiting *with large importations. They are still debating, in Parliament, the relative merits of Free Trade & Protection principles & the numbers unfortunately seem to be about equally divided in their opinions upon the subject, making business & every thing else anything but satisfactory, for my part I believe in Free Trade, & think protection will do more to put back the colony than any other thing, cramp its resources & cripple its trade, producing a deal of annoyance & confuson to every branch of industry - Monday night my sister & Clark spent the evening with us & also Mr Floraun Mr. Green & Miss Kidgell, spent the evening very pleasently. Tuesday night I spent at Roberts & became confirmed in my opinion with respect to her engagement with Minify.



Wednesday I spent at home - Thursday night I went to Clarks to make arrangements with him about us hiring some conveyance to take us to Ramsdans Ball, left there about 10 pm after spending a couple of hours very pleasently trying over some music - Friday night, in company with Clark, Mary & Bessie I went to the Ramsdans Ball at the Carlton Flour Mills given in honour of his son George coming of age we arrived there a little after 9 Pm found upwards of 400 people present - comprising for the most part the most influential or the elite of Melbourne - more would have been there but for a similar entertainment held the same night at Toorak & given by Sir H Manners Sutton - however a great number left the Governors early for Ramsdans which most who came found more to their taste than the one they had left, the officers of H M Ship Challenger - & other officers in the Govt employ were present - We found the Ball Room, which was an impropmtu one, down by the yard at the Mills being floored & covd with an iron roof brilliantly illuminated with Gas, laid on for the occasion - very large & beautifully decorated - also a fine band of some 20 performers engaged for the occasion - but I cannot speak in too high praise in reference to the provision made for the company, every comfort, every luxury



in the shape of confectionery & *relish drinks & beverages all just for the occasion, surpasses my powers of description Ice Claret, Ice Champagne Etc was drank in abundance like water. Waiters knocked about in every direction, this was only the refreshments partaken of during the dancing - at supper which was laid out in one of the Granaries, was a magnificient affair, a Bottle of Champagne at every plate with wine Ale & paster in profusion to be had if required, while the Tables were loaded with Ducks, fowls, Turkeys Salads, Pastry, Etc. & fruit in abundance every variety in season & of the finest quality, every body I think enjoyed themselves (if not it was not the fault of the hospitable host & hostess with their son, who did every thing in their power to make time pass agreeably-) & all, pronounced the affair to have been the grandest & best get up of anything of the sort in the Colonies & Im afraid it will be a long time ere there is anything given of the sort again in Melbourne - I hear it will cost about £2,000. they are very wealthy people & above doing these things from a motive. I met many people I knew there, Georgie Roberts & her sister Charlotte. I danced a great deal with the former, & during the evening inquired if she was engaged to Minify she did not deny it, but declined answering my question which was tantamount to an admission that such was the case - & to confirm even more Mr. M. came for her with a conveyance about 3 am our party stayd till near 5Pm although the programme at that time was far from completed, but we found a great many were beginning to get rather too merry & boisterous to be pleasent. & so passed one of the most jolly nights I ever spent in my life - I was



forcibly struck with the contrast some portions of my life presented to the one Im living in at present. Who could have thought I was the same person dressed in a fashionable dress coat Etc as the same Jack Watmuff who used to knock about the diggins of Victoria & N.Z. in an old tattered shirt & trousers sometimes not knowing where his next meal would come from - or owing to the dangers I was subjected to whether I would have an existence or not the following day - such thoughts were of short duration, for I had to go to business the following morning at 8 am. never did time pass so slowly with me as yesterday morning, it was a happy release when at 12 Am I left business & made home - tho my afternoon was not spent as I should wish, in bed. We are unfortunately, without a servant, & I was compelled to spend my afternoon or part of it assisting in our domestic duties. In the evening I took a ramble about town, called at Smarts on my way home, stayd there till 10 Pm - came home & went to bed, never slept sounder in my life, awoke about 9 am this morning after breakfast read for about an hour then dressed & went to hear the Revd Mr Henderson preach at the Theatre - In the afternoon I went to Fitzroy Gardens as per agreement I met I.Peak rambled about with him about an hour or so, gave him a letter of introduction to Jim Hamilton, as he is going to Dunedin tomorrow by the S.S. "Otago" he is a decent young fellow - & one Ive got a great regard for, although our acquaintance has been rather short. We parted about 5 pm. After tea I went to Smarts for a short time, left early & came home found Clark & Mary here, who stayd for supper -



March 6th 1867
Weather very warm, dusty & dirty, to day especially when the thermometer stood as high as 100º in the shade. Monday evening after tea staid at home till 9 Pm singing Etc. took a strool around town for an hour, met Swanston, came home together - Tuesday I missed going to the Gymnasium, as I was going to Mrs Green to assist her in packing up her things as she is leaving town for Balaclava where Kidgell (her brother) has bought a house & garden - I remained with her till 12 hard at work pulling down beds & packing up her furniture Etc - Poor woman hers is not an enviable lot, left a widow with six children & entirely dependant upon her brothers for support - they are a most unfortunate family, no less than 6 deaths if I mistake not having occurred in the family within the last year - & all closely connected - This evening Wednesday, after leaving the office I went for an hour to the Gymnasium, did me a deal of good, after tea Bessie & I left home with the intention of paying the Williams a visit, found them out gone to the Theatre - so we continued our walk to the Roberts Found Georgie & her intended had gone to the Theatre however we staid talking to the old folks & Charlotte till nearly 10 Pm - when we left, but not before being regaled with fruit from their garden & some good colonial wine of their own making, which the old gentleman rather prides himself upon - he is one of the oldest residents in Victoria arrived here about 29 years ago & has seen some ups & downs & many changes in it since, he loves to allude to the old times, & I really find it very interesting to listen

March 7th.1867
Change in the weather wind S.E. rather dusty went out for about two hours after tea, met Adamson went to the Gymnasium together, took a strool afterwards home early, spent an hour with Bessie, trying some duets



March 9th.1867
Weather much cooler & more pleasent - Went to the Gymnasium after leaving the office last night remained there till 6.10.Pm, came on to rain got nicely wet before I reached home - I found Bessie had gone to see Miss Saunders as she had purposed going to see the Casses at St Yarra but owing to the rain they had remained with Miss S. I went for her at 8pm staid there till 10 pm - passing the time very pleasently but rather quietly-

[Sunday, 10 March 1867] March 11th.1866
Weather fine - Yesterday, (Saturday) afternoon spent playing Croquet with a very nice set of people - Tom Rooke accompanied me home & had tea & spent a couple of hours with us playing & singing - I went to town with him to see no harm came of him - This morning (Sunday) I went to hear Mr Henderson preach his 3rd Sermon of a series, from the 4th Corinthians, like all he preaches upon & makes a study – it was an excellent discourse. I took a long walk in the afternoon around Fitzroy Gardens alone – being a lovely day I enjoyed the walk, every thing looked so fresh & green, the trees & scrubs, loaded with their choicest foliage - After tea I went to see the Smarts found *them *where, they have *removed into a house in Kg Wlm St. not far from us, they made me very welcome, as usual, remained there chatting on a variety of subjects till after nine, when I came home, found Mary & Clark here just sitting down to supper. They are both well & appear to be very happy - God grant they may be ever so - I met Charlotte Roberts coming home from the gardens & I walked part of the way home with her.

March 17th 1867
Weather fine, but rather variable during the past few days. Monday evening I spent at my sister Marys, with mother. Tuesday evening Bessie & I called at Williams’ (Americans) spent the evening very sociably. Wednesday Bessie & I were invited there to a dinner which was a purely national one, consisting of Pork & Beans, several Americans were there - at its conclusion we enjoyed ourselves in singing & dancing Etc. I rather like these people



there is a homely plain sincerety about their manners which if not that grace about them which characterises Europeans - I believe there is more true heartedness, they have a daughter (Alice) a very nice unaffected girl, modest & retiring without being destitute of a certain coquetry & simplicity of style which is rather attractive. Her parents at least Mr W. is very strict with her Mrs. W. is her mothers sister, a strange relationship similar to the Roberts - & not a legal connection in this colony - Thursday night I called at Smarts found them out except Jessie & she had gone to bed with her usual chronic head ache – on leaving I went to the Mechanics Institute Collins St to attend a rehearsal of Richardsons who is getting up a Concert & requested me to assist at it, I agreed, we sang several fine choruses & after a few rehearsals I fancy we can produce them in a credible manner - Saturday afternoon I joined a party bound for Balaclava for the purpose of playing a game, or match, of Croquet. We, that is to say the Melbourne people proved the victors much to the disgust of the Balacava folks. At the conclusion of the match we adjourned to Mrs. Greens where we found a nice tea provided for & being all old acquaintances the time was spent pleasently & agreeably – Bessie & I, with Saunders & Casey Browning came to town by 7.20. train walked to Ss house where we remained for about an hour. On leaving there we called on our way home at Mrs. Flourans, staid there till 11 Pm - This morning I went to hear Mr. Henderson preach. In the afternoon, took a strool round Fitzroy Gardens. In the evening, called at Smarts did not stay long, home by 9 pm found Mary & Clark here who have but just gone - We had a long letter from Father by the last mail from England – plenty of matter in it concerning family affairs, the principal items being the confirmation of the non existance of a chance of receiving any of the money left by the death of my Uncle Henry & his wife - what with Lawyers & incidental expenses I can gather from the tone of the communication it is useless hoping to be benefitted by that *event in a pecuniary manner



24 March 1867
Weather changeable, rather cooler during the nights than form as been the past few months - Time passed much as usual with me not particularly busy at the office & Im sadly afraid unless some reform is affected by our legislators in the advancement of the colonies interests that we shall soon be at a stand still, Victoria is one of the finest colonies in the world, capable of producing most every natural production with advantages of position, wealth & enterprising inhabitants & all it wants to make it go ahead is a liberal wise & enlightened Govt. as present we are ruled & have been for years past by a lot of purse proud landed sheep farming aristocracy who use their power for their own interests, but now & then put on a plausible suit of clothing to hoodwink & blind the reason of the people, by pretending to do everything in their power towards the advancement of the colony & its welfare – our population has not increased for years past. What is wanted in my opinion is more immigration, the want of which this colony is now & has long been languishing for to develop its resources

Monday evening I went to Smarts for a walk - Tuesday night I attended the Wesleyan Chapel in Brunswick St. to hear a Lecture delivered by the Revd I. New, on Savanarolo the Italian Reformer. The subject was a good one & well handled, by the lecturer (who is admitted to be one of the best in the colonies) he commenced with his life & followed him in his career from childhood to his martyrdom, detailing all his struggles & mighty efforts to reform the Church - & also gave a fine account



in a brief but lucid manner of the state of Europe but more particularly of Italy during that period, between the years 1450 & 1500 AD, when this great man lived. The lecturer drew very favorable comparisons between him & Luther, the difference Savonarolo tried to lop the “Tree” the Romish Church with all its hideous licentiousness of its rotten branches, while Luther endeavd to extract it Root & branches – the lecture lasted some 2 hours & was attentively listened to throughout - Wednesday night I went down to see the Roberts’ had a long talk to Georgie, she was the only one at home – I left there about 9 pm from there I went for Bessie who was spending the evening at Marys staid there till 10.30. – home at 11 pm - Thursday night I spent at Richardsons class, bellowing away in the chorus Friday night I was introduced, by a friend, to the Musical Union, (who gave a Grand Concert last night, Saturday, the music selected was Bennets “May Queen” an exquisite piece, which I liked exceedingly) The rehearsal was a good one & gave me a good idea of it - Yesterday afternoon Bessie & I playd a return match of Croquet with a large party on the E.H.C. Ground resulting in a tie, at its conclusion I had to hurry home & dress, went to the Concert, which came off with great eclat, tho’ the house was but moderately filled, The principal vocalists were Fanny Carandini (daughter of old Mdm Carandini) who is really a fine singer possessing a spendid mezzo sohpano voice Sherwin did the tenore & Emery, the Basso - I must not forget to state the chorus was most effective, in my estimation, after it was over I met Tom Grimwood & Mrs. Florauns & Miss Norriss with *W. H. Williams & we all went into Nissens & had supper nearly 12 Pm when we got to our respective homes. This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson preach his sermon being more than usually good, being apon the life & sufferings



of the Apostle Paul & citing him as an example for what he endured for Christs sake. I read for about 2 hours in the afternoon & took a strool for another 2 hours, to digest my dinner & assist me in gaining an appetite for my tea – after the latter was discussed I went to Smarts found all out except Mrs. S. staid about an hour with her & then went down town, met the Miss S coming from Church, joined them, & saw them home remained till 10Pm so now for bed – my brother Fred is very ill with Neauralgia (I think I havnt spelt the word right)

March 27th.1867
Weather rather changeable, one day hot & the next cold - & so on. The English Mail left here to day I wrote a long letter to father yesterday which I sent by it, giving him a long a/c of our position, Etc. with all current news respecting the state of the colony & its prospects - Monday night on arriving home I found my sister Mary here, she spent the evening with us. Clark came about 9 P.m. bringing with him his concertina Mary & him played, some beautiful selections from various Operas, together quite a treat to listen to them, nearly 12Pm when the left, after spending a pleasent evening in each others society - Tuesday evening after leaving business I went to the Gymnasium as usual, left it at 6 pm, a sharp walk of 20 minutes brought me home with a fine appetite for my tea, after which I read for an hour, Ruskin M.A. Lectures or two of them Called Cesame & Lillies Kings Thoughts some of the finest reading & ideas respecting the manner of reading works & being able to understand them & read them in the proper spirit I ever met with. Ive not finished them yet they are highly interesting & useful and I would recommend



their reading & study to all who are in the habit of just superficially glansing over works which fall into their hands I left home about 8Pm went up to the Smarts, took Jessie out for a short walk, on our arrival back found Mrs. Smart had some company, a very pleasent couple of the name of Evans. Mrs. E. being a singer & fond of music, we soon got singing & passed the time away till 12Pm very hilariously. I wish these people (Smarts) would not be so pressing in their invitations to me, Im sure they think “Im on” with Jessie. I never ask her to come out for a walk, it is at her own suggestion. Im pretty plain & let them know Ive no serious intentions of our acquaintance having any closer connection than it at present exists they are a nice family & very pleasent acquaintances – & I like occasionally to go & visit them. To day after leaving the Gymnasium I had to hurry home hasty arrived home & safely housed when a most terrific thunder thunder storm burst over Melbourne deluging the streets with water & filling the air with the most deafening roars of thunder, & lighting up the streets with vivid lightning it passed over by 8Pm & now the air is beautiful & clear the Clouds cleared away leaving bare the heavens with its numerous glittering constellations -

Sunday March 31th 1867
Weather beautiful the last few days. I wish human nature were as fair a form (or animated nature as was the inanimate) then indeed would the world be a lovely one to dwell in, but such as it is, we put up with it & all the trials, sorrows, griefs & afflictions, its dissapointments & thwarted hopes we are subjected to in it, life seems a continual



struggle, to many for a bare existance with little prospect of improvement. Im sure in our family its been nothing else since I remember, anything of our history but a series of struggles & disappointments to make ends meet, if my mother, heaven bless her, hadnt been a genius & possessed of most indomitable courage & perseverence & exercised a great amount of self denial towards, her children would not now be what they are, respectable members of society, ever working, ever scheming night & day for her childrens sake she is a woman with a fine cultivated mind very quick & keen in her perceptions a thorough knowledge of whatever theme she speaks upon – reads & thinks a great deal - Thursday evening I went to Richardsons Singing Class, had a good practice, singing some fine choruses - Friday evening, Kidgell called & stayed tea with us, spent a couple of hours or so with us afterwards. I accompanied him a part of the way home - Yesterday afternoon I spent on coming home for some two hours in chopping up a lot of firewood, after which I dressed & went to hear the Head Quarters Band play in Fitzroy Gardens on my arrival there I fell in with Mr Bond, who I had heard, during the week was a fellow passenger of ours from England in the good ship “Brothers” he came out with his parents & landed in Melbourne whilst we landed at Adelaide, & so lost sight of each other until last Saturday night when Bessie went to tea to Saunders & was introduced to old Mrs. Bond, who at once remembered our name (being a peculiar one) we wandered about together all the afternoon talking over the varied fortunes of our separate houses – or families. Met Mary



[&] Clark chatted with them a short time, met many others I knew, at the conclusion of the playing I invited Bond home with me to tea after which we left together, I going to the Railway Station where I met my sister Bessie & Mrs. Gotch, who had been spending the afternoon at Greens at Balaclava. 10 Pm when we got home - This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson preach (Theatre Royal) his subject being Mans Nature & its Capabilities, at the conclusion of the service I met Taggatt, Poor fellow, his matrimonial existence is none of the pleasentest his wife being deranged in her intellect & subject to the most extraordinary fits – Im very sorry for him, for his is a nice fellow & one who has seen a deal of suffering & now to be tried with such an incumberance renders him an object of compassion. After dinner I read for a while. Afterwards took a strool around the Gardens, in company with Miss Skinner who I had met there - After tea went to Smarts staid till 9.30.

April 3rd 1867
Another recital of uninteresting matter concerning nobody & to no purpose or aim, Im beginning to think keeping a journal when there is no object in view is down- right egotism & were I to see such effusion as these Im in the habit of, weekly producing, I would set the writer down for a conceited, egotistical, vain & presumptions fool - It has become simply a matter of habit for me now & I cant very well break it off, so I got careless with regard to



the writing dictation & everything else connected with it I make it nothing more than an epitome of what actually occurs to myself, without any allusion to the characters of those Im thrown in contact with & any observations, thoughts, feelings, Etc I may have on subjects continually placed under my notice whether social, political, or *learned, nothing more than the bare outline of my very every day life - Monday, after office hours, spent an hour at the Gymnasium, much to my benefit – giving me an excellent appetite for my tea, after which discussion I was agreeably surprised by the arrival of my sister Mary, unexpectedly, to spend the evening with us, which she did, tending to make it pass most agreeable, by the vivacity & flow of spirits she is the happy possessor of, making our house ring again with mirth & music - I saw her home about 11.Pm, 12 when I got home - Tuesday evening I spent at Smarts playing cribbage & till 11.Pm. Wednesday I attended a Rehearsal at the Trades Hall after which on coming home I accompanied Bessie to Roberts spent an hour or two very jolly singing dancing & eating fruit just plucked from the trees out of their fine garden - got home by 10Pm - April 7th 1867
Weather fine, getting rather cool in the mornings until the sun gets up - dreadfully slack at the Railway stn, havent a ship discharging at the Pier. I hardly know how Ive passed my office hours away. I generally avail myself of these slack days (they dont often occur) in brushing up on my Arithmetic Etc - Thursday



went to Smarts for a short time. Friday evening in company with Mother & Jessie Smart I went to the Trades Hall after seeing them comfortably seated, I left them & went for the remainder of the evening or while the concert was taking place in the Green Room, the singers consisted of some very good amateurs Beaumont Johnson & Marshall & self with Mrs. Fox, Reed & Moir, all doing the allotted work well. I was not well pleased at my own performance - I never sang so badly in public, in my life, the songs I chose were not altogether for my share, however I came in for a fair share of applause – A Ball was held after the Concert. Fred took Mother home while I remained with Jessie until its termination which took place about 3 am yesterday (Saturday) morning I felt very tired yesterday, but raining heavy all day, I did not go out Will Smart called in the afternoon & stayd at our house till 9 Pm - Spent to day reading & writing a variety of matters. In the evening I went to hear Mr Dare preach, in Brunswick St met Jessie Smart after the service saw her home & left immediately afterwards -

April 11th.1867
Lovely weather during the past few days no dust, no hot winds & mosquitoes to annoy us such a happy release from the nuisances experienced during the last 6 months from the oppressive heat. Much busier at the office than when I last wrote, three ships came alongside the pier on Monday & commenced discharging giving us a little to do I feel downright wretched while idle. Im sure if I was rich I couldnt rest satisfied without I was engaged in some pursuit or another - Close application to study Im debarred from - owing to



sight being so impared, this is the only reason I have for desiring money, so has to be enabled to put myself in under a good oculist & be able to adhere to his direction which I know would not be to exercise my sight for a long time & in my present position that would be impossible this affection, Im afraid makes me a sad murmurer & a most dissatisfied wretch whereas I have much to be thankful for - a good home, good mother, good brother & sisters good health & inumerable other blessings – Monday evening, Bessie & I went to spend the evening at Williams (Young St) & was greatly shocked to find one of their children had died during the afternoon - we found them buried in the deepest sorrow, & little we could do to alleviate it, we left soon afterwards – I went down to town as far as the Gymnasium, didnt stay long - home early - Tuesday evening I had to go to town after tea, on my way home I called at Smarts for my mother who had been spending the evening there - had a game or two of whist, got home by 11 Pm.- Wednesday evening on arriving home found Miss Saunders at our house, who stayd tea & spent the evening with us, her brother James called at 10Pm for her & I accompanied them nearly home - after 11 pm when I got home my self - This evening after tea, I went to my sisters Marys, found her out so went to town - met a friend & was induced to go to see Julia Mathews, in a part peculiarly adapted for her. The Rustic Prima Donna - in which she has a deal of singing to do. I like her voice being a fine rich contralto, she was in good voice & I came away very well satisfied with my shillings worth - Walked home with Alison Clark, my sisters husband[s] brother.



April 14th.1867 (Sunday evening)
Fine weather - enjoying good health - & good spirits - Go to business now & for the ensuing 6 months at 9Am instead of 8 am as formerly, the difference gives me time in the morning to devote to reading, a precious hour to me for I never read at nights in consequence of the weakness of my sight Friday evening I spent at Mrs Florauns very agreeably, there being a young lady (Miss Dove from Hobart Town) staying there who sings & plays well - Yesterday afternoon I spent reading, until 4 pm when I called at Smarts for with a book my mother had borrowed did not stay long, after tea I attended a Rehearsal of the Oratorio Elijah held in the Exhibition building. I never heard the music before, I think it very grand. Mendelssohn immortalised himself by giving the world such a production, about 300 choristers were in attendance, the principals being the best vocalists we have at present in Victoria. Walter Bass, the Caridinis, sophrano & contralto, Sherwin Tenor - I was a dummy or next thing to it, for tis impossible to sing such music at sight - At its conclusion I met Saunders rambled home with him as far as the Gardens. On my arrival home found Mary & Clark here just leaving, quite well - Spent this morning & part of the afternoon reading - took a strool in company with Adamson about Fitzroy Gardens – After tea I went to Smarts. Jessie & I took a ramble for an hour or so in a sociable way - shopping in Smith Street - Tuesday night 16th.April 1867. Weather very cold & showery somewhat resembling the English climate at this time of the year if the usual proverbial expression of April showers is to be relied upon – A little busier at the office than last week, there being three or four large ships discharging at our pier - English Mail arrived yesterday no news from home for us - Public affairs in rather an unsettled state, owing to the great reform agitation, & the still unsuppressed Fenian movement Etc



Monday evening, Bessie & I went to hear the Oratoria of Elijah at the Exhibition Building, it came off very well considering, the choruses were very so so, owing to the few rehearsals they had previous to its production, the principals were very good, Walter sustaining the opinions concerning his vocal powers so much expressed, the Caradini’s sang well especially the Trio Lift thine eyes, so very rare to hear three members of one family sing together, nothing can be more harmonious. We met Clark & Mary at its conclusion accompanied each other part of the way home - This evening I spent at Mrs Florauns very sociably. Miss Dove sang & playd for us till near 10pm when I took my departure.

April 18th.1867
Weather still unsettled, making it unpleasent, if it continues for the holidays - for those at least, who are bent upon pleasure - for my own part Ive no money to spend & feel selfish or anyway careless about the time - my mind is somewhat harrassed concerning the Bill Ive to meet at the end of next month. I had thought of receiving some money from Father ere now, there is only one more Mail due before my Bill will be presented. I must trust to chance & the chapter of accidents I suppose, rather a rotten stick to depend upon – Last night, on leaving the Gymnasium I got drenched to the skin with with one of the heaviest showers I ever felt, arrived home changed my clothes & felt all right in no time - the rain went off & the moon shone forth & all nature was once more fair to look upon, overhead, found on arriving home my mother had gone to spend the day at Marys - Bessie & Fred going out I was left alone till 9 Pm when they returned. I at once started for my mother, staid supper at Clarks 11.30.Pm when I got her home - she is getting very weak & cannot submit to any degree of exertion, she was quite knocked up on arriving home God grant her health & strength for many years to come - I wish it was in my power to make her life more easy &



comfortable than it has been for many many years – This evening, Fred took Mother & Bessie to the last of the Exhibition Musical Festival Concerts. I went also but into a different part of the building, the Messiah was produced, some parts of it went very well, but taken altogether the music was anything but well rendered *T Meloyn the Tenor sang “Comfort Ye” as if it was an operatic air. Walter was the only genuine singer of the lot - Met Clark & Mary after it was over - I should not have enjoyed myself - but for the fun I had in meeting several acquaintances during the Interval – Criticing the various singers & commenting upon Horsleys conduct (A Baton was presented to him by the ladies) it was 11 Pm when we arrived home -

21 April 1867 (Sunday evening)
Weather lovely. Good Friday was observed was as a holiday. I staid at home all day with the exception of a little walk I took in the afternoon. In the evening in company with Fred I got into the Stalls of the Theatre, from the back, which little arrangement saved me 3/. An excellent programme was produced. Selections from the "Messiah" & "Creation". Angus the Bass, Donaldson Tenor Mrs. Fox – Sophrano - the music was well rendered - The Why do the Nations” by Angus was sung better than ever I remember to have heard it - & I may say the same of "Softly Pealing" - Comfort Ye by Donaldson - altogether I was well pleased at the performance & came away highly delighted - Saturday, a holiday morning I took a walk about town & called at Saunders’s & found James had gone on a Pedestrian Tour - In the afternoon went to town with Bessie & Alice Hungerland – spent the evening rambling about Bourke St - Spent my time when not abroad in reading Bulwers “What will he do with it” a strange Title for a Book, but like all of his works - worth reading, I have spent many pleasent hours over the work - This morning I finished it. In the afternoon I took a



ramble about the Gardens met several acquaintances & chatted with them - In the evening I went to Smarts for a short time home early -

28th.April 1867, Sunday
Weather changeable & unsettled, cloudy, foggy, showery Etc with very little sunshine. Time slipping by producing very little change in our domestic circle, except to my sister Bessie, who has been very ill from an attack of Cholera. I am happy to state she is getting better and able to knock about - Mother having had all the household duties or more than her usual share to do, is pretty well knocked up in consequence - & our income is so very small as to render us unable to employ a servant – I feel it a reproach to my manhood not to be in a position to render her life more easy & lighten her duties & responsibilities Freds salary like my own is too small to keep her as we would wish, what with heavy rent & the various other expenses we have to submit to a great deal of annoyance - & put up with makeshifts & makebelieves, genteel poverty is a most sickening malady & makes those suffering from it swallow many a bitter pill - For my own part I feel I have changed my course of life or occupation, too late in life ever to be successful or rise to any degree of excellence as a clerk - too many younger men with unimpared faculties, possessed of interest, with good education in Melbourne to have any chance of success & being afflicted with partial loss of sight - renders me more hopeless & not without cause when many others differently circumstanced Easter Monday being a holiday & having no other place to go, I took Mother out for a walk, found our way to the Melb Cricket Ground, where we found a great many people assembled to witness the Athletic Sports we rambled about the Ground meeting a great many we know - confined ourselves to the Society of Mrs Dalrymple & her sister Adalia Rekowski - mother got very tired & it was with great difficulty I could get her home – in the evening I took a strool for about an hour, came home & read a little & so passed my Easter holidays I think the quietest I ever spent in my life, not



having any money to spend I was unable to go about & enter into the various amusements provided by the Caterers of such things, during holiday season - Tuesday morning, went to business found some large ships had arrived during the holidays so I had to set to & copy their Manifests making us quite busy for the rest of the week in the evening on leaving office I met Robt Hooper he had come to town on business & was to return home that day by the night train - I got him to have tea with me & afterwards accompanied him to the station where such a scene of bustle & confusion presented itself that I can never forget. The excursion tickets were only available for certain trains & the last ones were just on the point of starting & most every one had delayed leaving town until the last train, husbands & wives with children seperated, Brother losing the *sum of their sisters, friends parted in such a sudden manner by the crowd jostling as to spare the execution of an usual leave taking - people getting into wrong carriages – struggling - jostling, pushing, cursing & *screaming - *running crying Etc Etc made up such a scene of Babel confusion that no pen can describe. I was glad when I shook hands with Bob & saw him safe into a night train & was not long within sight or leaving of the stn in a few minutes afterwards. I called at Smarts on my way home staid there until 11 Pm, in company with Dr Mousse & several other friends of the Smarts, smoking playing cards, Singing & drinking Colonial Wine & Beer – very convivially the whole thing company & concomitants not altogether to my taste. Wednesday evening I spent very pleasently, at Clarks, with him & Mary – Thursday night went to a Rehearsal, at the Mechanics Institute, of Richardsons Concert - at its conclusion I walked home with Miss Richardson, a very nice young lady, stayd a



a few minutes at their house - Friday night there was to have been another rehearsal, but after going to the place found it occupied by another Vocal Society so we had to disperse! I again accompanied Miss R home - Saturday afternoon I went to Fitzroy Gardens to hear the Band play & indulge in a promenade met Mary there & after the performance was over - went to her house & had tea there Mrs. Green also called & remained tea, after which I went again to Richardsons, sang till nearly 10Pm when I left in company with Miss Norris & Miss Dover & Grimwood who are living at Mrs Florauns in George Street (Boarders) Tom having taken up his quarters there, left us because Fred & him could not agree - staid about half an hour at Mrs. F. 11 Pm when I got home - This morning I went to hear Mr. Henderson preach in the Theatre, met Mrs Dalrymple In the afternoon I took a walk around the Gardens met John Marsden walked home with him. After tea went to the Smarts staid about a couple of hours there two German gentlemen were there & I had a long discussion with about the way the Sabbath day should be spent they believing it to be a day for recreation & or next to it I have often noticed how lax Germans are in their ideas with respect to Religious forms & observances & yet they are fond of alluding to Luther - & his doctrines & hold with pride their countryman who first effected the Reformation. My leisure hours to day, Ive spent reading that most humourous of works by Dickens “Martin Chuzzlewit” scarcely a character introduced in the work, but what isnt a type of a class to be met with in everyday life – my mother has been reading it, some parts aloud & it does me good to hear her roar with laughter when she comes across some of the many humorous passages the story is interlaced with -



May 5th 1867
Weather been bad all the week, not one really fine day continually raining & cloudy Monday night Bessie & I went to Richmond & paid our old acquaintances the Richardsons a visit, they made us very welcome & we spent a very pleasent sociable evening there with them - Tuesday evening, very wet I went to the “Mechanics” at Prahran to attend a Rehearsal of the “May Queen” a portion of which was to be sung the following night in the Exhibition Concert at Beaumonts Benefits *I had no intention of going but got pressed to do so - & being for a charitable purpose, I could not well refuse -

Wednesday night I went to the New Exhibition Building found the whole of the immense building crowded I believe there were upwards of 3000 people present the people comprised all the best available musical talents in the Colony, both as vocalists Instrumentalists Madrigal & Glees Society & Musical Union, Etc all vieing to do something towards making it a thorough good concert, it must have been exceedingly gratifying to Beaumont to be made aware of the widespread sympathy displayed toward him in consequence of his misfortunes (viz. he went out shooting with the Lyster Bros & through some mistake received a charge of shot in the face, some entering his eyes, one of which had to be taken out altogether the other is so much affected that it is feared he will not be able to see again a most frightful calamity & happening to one so young & gifted, he was the best tenor singer in the Colony - & had appeared in the Lysters Opera Troupe as first tenor in several Operas & was well liked throughout the colony - the Concert yielded between 500 & 600 pounds Stg. I never not scanned-checked using reversed print-through of previous page



saw such an assemblage before under one Roof, every thing went off first rate - I met many I knew - walked home with Clark & Mary - Thursday night being wet I went to Smarts, (who live little more than a stones throw from our house). Friday night, I left home with the idea of going to Richardsons Class, on reaching the place found Id made a mistake the Rehl having taken place the night before. I did not care knowing what we were practicing pretty well - I spent the balance of the evening at Florauns as usual very jollily, there being no less than 5 ladies living with her, young & handsome, & more than usually accomplished, we had singing & dancing with other amusements tending to while away time very agreeably - Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to hear the Band play, coming on to Rain rather heavily while in the garden, we had to disperse, we made for Marys, staid there till we thought it was over & then hurried home, but we were doomed to having many stoppages ere we reached our goal, owing to the showers & having to dodge our way from one verandah to another - after tea I went into town to St Georges Hall - where Richardsons Concert was to be held, being a a wet night the house was not well filled but much better than could be expected - the singing was very good the soloists were all good & received unanimous encores - I only sang with choruses, not being a pupil or member of his class, at the conclusion of the concert we got up an impromptu dance - after the audience had left, danced till the Gas was turned off when we were obliged to leave - went into Nissens Cafe & Tom Grimwood insisted upon treating some 7 or 8 which comprised our party, being Mrs. Florauns



boarders, to Oysters & *Paster Coffee Cakes, Etc - Tom left us last week owing to Fred & him continually disagreeing I never liked him, he such an infernal liar. I dont know how he manages to live so extravagantly as he does he goes everywhere & generally takes Mrs. F. with him has money for everything & yet his salary cannot & is not sufficient to warrant such a display as he makes, I trust he is acting honestly but Im afraid its otherwise - It was 12 Pm when I got home - This morning I went to hear Mr Henderson - In the afternoon took a strool around Fitzroy Gardens met all Mrs F Florauns “party” walked home with them - was invited to tea but declined. In the evening I went to Smarts Jessie & I went out for a short walk - her mother suggesting she required it as she gets so little exercise I got home about 9.30 pm - now for bed -

8th.May 1867
Lovely weather during the past 3 days, rather cold first thing in the morning but not uncomfortably so - I enjoy my walk to the office in the morning, fine, from the fact of having plenty of time, so I go the longest way round for the sake of the benefit to be derived from the fine bracing air & what with my walk & an hour spent at the Gymnasium every evening on leaving the office I enjoy excellent health - On arriving home on Monday evening I found Mrs. & Miss Saunders here who staid tea & spent the evening with us, James Saunders calling for them about 9 pm - My sister Mary also spent the evening with us. I saw her home about 11 pm - Tuesday evening we also had a number of visitors, Miss Rekowskis Miss Flower, & a Mr. & Mrs. Watts friends of Bessies. We spent the evening very pleasently, all being talkative folks. Miss R. especially is very lively & witty, possesses a good deal of quiet humour & sarcasm, many would say to too a great an extent for one so young, there is something very vivacious



and attractive but must be & is *not a favorite with dull folks I had a long walk seeing her & Miss F. home to Richmond. I did not notice the distance going, but going back I did anything but bless young ladies in general who had no brother or relatives to call for them & see them home - I was tired when I got home nearly 1 Am this morning ere I reached it. This evening I went to Smarts for an hour or two, took Jessie out for a strool at the suggestion of her mother - I fancy they think Im paying court to her daughter, & gave Jessie to understand that if such was the case our acquaintance must end for I have no idea or see any prospect in my present position of entertaining such a project. I mean to make my visits less frequent for the future -

[11 May 1867 (Saturday)] 11 April 1867 (Saturday)
Weather beautiful, Jogging along as usual, passing my time as pleasently as possible considering the circumstances, as follows - Thursday night as per invitation, Bessie & I went to pass the evening at Mrs. Flowers, Wellington Parade, on arriving there found upwards of a dozen young [ladies] & only another young gentleman besides myself - the Flowers mustered pretty strong there being several of the Miss F's, say half a dozen, we passed the evening dancing, singing, & indulging in a quantity of small talk. Mrs F. is one of the finest pianists Ive heard, they are a very nice family & altogether I spent a very jolly night about 12 Pm when we broke up - Friday night, found Mrs. Smart at our house, on arriving home - who staid tea after which I went to see my sister Mary, found her & Clark well, did not stay long, called at Florauns on my way back found all hands preparing to go to a Dance – so I did not remain, spent the balance of the evening at home endeavouring to amuse Mrs. S- her daughter Annie came for her about 10Pm she staid but a short time - I cant say I enjoyed myself, my sister Bessie & they having rather a violent antipathy towards each other - for what reason I know not. Saturday afternoon I spent at home reading Victor Hugo: Le Miserables, & I must say Im somewhat



disappointed, its the first of his works Ive read. I see little difference between it & other French novels, a little improbable, but containing to English readers a great deal of undue sentiment, not of the purest moral order. In the evening I walked into town met Adamson, who having an entree into the Theatre Royal for two, I accompanied him, saw Madam Celeste, in a stupid drama called The Flying Dutchman, the greatest piece of rubbish I ever sat out. I was heartily glad when it concluded. Dave walked home with me, passed the Princes Theatre, just as the Governors daughters were leaving it rather amused at the manner they were treated, a carpet being laid down for their dainty feet to walk upon from the door of the Dress Circle to that of their carriage something unusual for Australians to see -

May 19th 1867
Lovely weather, very slack at the office, ships arriving for some cause or another going to the other Piers, generally supposed to be from bad management, think it arises from a spirit of dissatisfaction existing amongst the Agents. Sunday afternoon I took an idea of going to Sandridge, on my arrival there seeing a vast number of people leaving the pier in boats to go & visit the Italian War Steamer "Magenta" I felt a desire no sooner experienced then put into force, taking my passage in a yacht, on payment of l/. enjoyed a pleasent sail to the vessel found great difficulty in getting on board owing to the number of boats surrounding the vessel - with a deal of trouble I at length succeeded, found her a fine vessel of some 2500 Tons Burden fitted up in every respect as an English Man of War with the exception of the officers Cabins & Saloon which are the plainest I ever was in. Ive seen many a "coaster" with a far more luxurious cabin I went all over her, from stern to stern, every[where] very neat & clean the men very happy & jolly looking, who spend their time singing dancing & smoking cigars. One thing I noticed as being very different from the conduct in our ships was the familiarity existing between the officers & men



they stand & talk to each other & appear to be quite on a level It appears they are upon a scientific cruise, having left Italy two years ago, visiting Japan & China & thru East & W coasts of S America About 4 P.m. I began to think of leaving the ship, but how, or when was the question, the vessel was crowded with people & there being only one gangway such a scene of confusion rushing & pushing, scrambling Etc. as Ive seldom ever seen before ensued that defies discription, a steam tug about 5 Pm came & took about 700 off, which cleared it a little & with a great effort I at length got into a small boat & was landed safely. I pitied the poor women & children, many of whom were dragged through the port holes - It has served me as a lesson never to go sightseeing again on a Sunday. On landing I just was in time to catch a train & then took a cab & was home by 6.30. Pm - after tea I took a walk into town on coming home I was attracted by the sound of some strange instrument, & on going to see what it was found about 50 Italian sailors congregated in the Carlton Gardens, dancing, thoroughly enjoying themselves, without the consciousness of they being in holy English eyes Sabbath breakers, & wretched wicked sinners, after they had indulged for upwards of an hour a posse of policemen came & ordered them off - they complied but not with a very good grace - for their musician struck up some marching air & they all accompanied him with ensuing vocal effects to the shock of the people of the neighbourhood who were just returning from Church - Monday evening Bessie & I went to Rekowskis at Richmond & spent the evening there very pleasently, several other young people were there - afer 12 Pm when we arived home, desperately tired. Tuesday night my sister & I went to a party at Mrs Jembeis George St. found a nice lot of people there many of whom we knew & all bent upon enjoyment, there being some excellent singers & musicians the time passed very agreeably, we had plenty of dancing, & plenty to eat & drink, & I must admit at 2 Am this morning we were very



loath to break up & go to our respective houses, which we did for my own part feeling very tired. I mean to take it easy the rest of the week. Ive been terribly disappointed by the arrival of the English Mail, deliverd on Monday, I had expected money from my father he having promised to send me some by this months mail. I have to meet a Bill for £21.10.0 next week & Ive not half the money for the purpose I dread trying to borrow & I fear I shall not be able to obtain a renewal. Im very low spirited in consequence - Wednesday I feel very seedy owing to my two nights previous dissipation, but went to my sister Mary’s for mother, who had been spending the day there, found they had company, so was compelled to stay till nearly 12 Pm. & tired enough I was when I got home - Thursday evening I went to see an acquaintance named *Pittman who lives in Nicholson St he introduced me to his sister & mother & several other people there & was induced to stay the evening with them passing away the time as usual light & frivolous but very agreeable. Friday evening went to Smarts for some books they had of ours, went out with Jess to look at a house they are thinking of taking got away about 9 pm & came home & had a little chin with mother & Bessie concerning the Smarts. It appears mother remembers Mrs. S in Adelaide when she bore a another name - & the old lady does not think they are A.1. Im confident there is a mystery connected with them, but they are exceedingly cautious, & wont remember mother, when she reminded them of having seen them before & under different circumstances, though Mrs S admits having lived in the house, mother met them at at that time neighbours of ours in Adelaide. I have an indistinct remembrance of Mrs. S. having seen her on two or three occasions there - when a boy - Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to the Richmond Paddock to play Croquet with Mr Bond & a party of Richmond people - we had a most delightful game - after which we went to Mr Bonds house



found a nice tea provided. Mrs. B. was a shipmate of ours from England & was very kind to my mother when she was confined of my late Brother Charlie - I found her a very strange, peculiar person a kind of religious enthusiast, believing in the personal reign of Christ & anxiously looking forward & believing his advent is at hand - after tea the company playd a few little simple games of cards called quartette - & sang a few songs - I asked Mrs. B. if she cared for singing & she replied she did not sing herself but hoped every one would learn so that they could be able to sing Hosannahs & praises when Christ should appear & got into a most raptuous state, her son George is a very nice young man rather a fine handsome fellow - and what is better a good Christian, without his mothers ecstatic manner - We left early, arrived home by 10.Pm. I spent my leasure time to day writing up old scraps of journal I kept years ago. I hardly know how Ive managed to keep it complete for such a length of time & under such circumstances as Ive experienced – the portion I was engaged at was when I formed the resolution of abandoning a gold diggers life, when clothed in rags broken in health & spirits without a pd to bless myself with, & a broken arm in the bargain I started in my journey from the Manuherikia (NZ) to Dunedin a distance of 120 miles in the depth of winter, Etc heavens what a contrast to my present life - I went to hear Mr Henderson preach upon the duties of ministers, a most eloquent sermon earnest & impressive In the evening I went out, took a long strool around town & Fitzroy, got home by 9.Pm -

Thursday. May 23rd 1867
Weather very unsettled the last few days, cold & sleety winds, altogether far from being agreeable or comfortable - Monday night I remained at home, Mr. Tallerman called & amused us considerably with an account of his voyage home to England & out again by the Panama Route - describing his fellow passengers, & places he visited, Etc



Tuesday night I took a strool about Fitzroy, with one or two acquaintances, home early. Wednesday evening I spent very agreeably, as usual, at Mrs. Florauns, Cameron was there & a Miss Dover who sang very well I did my share, left about 11 Pm Miss D sang a fine song called the “Bridge” by Longfellow, in such a manner that I never remember being so affected with any thing of the sort. Ive heard it before, but never so well or heard a singer enter into the spirit of her subject as she did Thursday, evening not feeling well, I neglected to go to the Gymnasium Spent the evening at home reading & singing Etc - Miss Smart called & stayd for a short time. This was the day I had to meet my Bill for £21.10.0. found myself £8.10.0 short of the amount & had to borrow it, paying £1.0.0 interest for it for 4 months. I am terribly afraid I shall [be] too deeply involved at this rate to be able to meet the other Bill for £21.10.0 which falls due four months from this date – I must be very saving, heaven knows in saving what I did towards the last, I had to debar myself from many common necessities - I had hoped my father would have sent me money by the last mail, at least, the amount I had to send to N.Z. on poor Neds funeral a/c which he had promised me -

Sunday 26th.May 1867
Friday was observed as a holiday being the Queens 49th Birthday. Victorians being very loyal subjects keep it rather strictly. A Review was held on Emerald Hill in the morning Bessie & I being specators, found a great crowd there, met many we knew. The volunteers mustered about 1725 men & in addition to these were 300 men regular troops belonging to the 14th Regiment, now billeted in Melbourne. The whole presented a fine appearance & a most enlivening scene, what with the gay uniforms, the finery & “Fea de joires” the Bands Etc - it was over shortly after 1.Pm but owing to the crush at the trains & other delays it was 2 before we reached home – after a good dinner to which I did ample justice to I went, alone, to the Zoological Reserve in the



Richmond Paddock, to the Odd Fellows Annual Fete, or kind of Fair. I found large numbers of people congregated comprising all grades & classes of society, amusing them- -selves in various ways, Kiss in the Rings, running & jumping & vaulting, varied by some performances on the Flying Trapeze by members of the Lenton Troupe the chief attraction for most there was the Dancing Booth, where could be seen scenes of girls & young fellows trying to do the "light fantastic" on a kind of ground resembling nice soft putty, among the spectators I noticed Mr. & Mrs. Dalyrymple & Idalia Rekowski, I joined them, for the afternoon, was rather annoyed by Idalia declaring, with all a pretty girls pettiness that I must dance. I knew she would not think of such a thing herself, but dared me to do so with one of the greasy looking beauties standing anxiously around longing for a partner - I, seeing a pretty girl near by I requested the honor of her hand for a waltz, she smirked & smiled & complied with such a winning grace that I didnt regret the task, tho it was frightfully hard work on such spongy ground. I got severely quizzed at, by several who knew me standing by - It was 7.30 when I left the grounds on arriving home I found two ladies, Mrs. & Miss Davies from Hobart Town, very comfortably settled in our house - they had only that day arrived & Mrs. Gotch sent them to us knowing we had a spare room to let, which they have taken. Im afraid our house is not grand enough for them accustomed as they are to their own luxurious home. Ive met them before in company when they were over last year - they are very nice people Miss D. is a charming little creature, very pretty & coquettish but a desperate little flirt, I think; a spoilt child being petted & made a deal of in a family where there are no girls but herself - They have made themselves quite at home & are as



intimate with us as if we had known each other for years. Mr. D. is one of the leading men in Hobart Town & has a deal of influence in the colonys affairs - Yesterday afternoon I called at Smarts for a few minutes from there went to the Gymnasium stayd there till 5 Pm came home & after tea Fred & I & Bessie took Mrs. & Miss Davis to Paddys Market They were delighted with the crowd & bustle admired everything & would make purchases of fruit & vegetables which of course fell to my lot to carry home, to my disgust I did not leave the house to day, spent my time reading & writing - after tea I went to the Smarts stayd for about 2 hours there. On coming home I found Mary & Clark & the Davies’s sitting down to supper spent a very sociable hour together before parting which we did at 10.30 Pm - Im suffering severely at present from a severe cold, sore throat & bad headache -

[Sunday, 2 June 1867] 1st.June 1867 Sunday.
Weather fine, but rather cold. Very slack at the office no ships at the Pier, nothing to do. Monday evening spent at home very pleasently with the “Daviss” Tuesday evening left home about 8Pm. called to see Will Smart stayd with him about an hour – then came home - Wednesday evening the Davies wanted to go to the Opera but having no gentleman friend to take them they prevailed upon me to go with them - I told them I could ill afford to do so but they wanted, & were very much hurt at my not allowing them to pay for me, a providing very much against my inclinations to allow, more especially as they took my sister with them – it cost me 11/6 far more than I can afford in my present circumstances. The Opera performed was “Norma” & I must say I never heard it to



better advantage. The acoustic properties of the Princess Theatre being far superior to either of the other places in Melbourne - The celebrated duett was sung by Escott & Hodson in a style unsurpassed in the colonies. Squires was very happy in the part of Pollie & sang the music allotted him, well. The Ballet afterwards by the Leopold was trash & not worth looking at, so we left long before its termination. Thursday night after tea seeing a glare of fire as I thought about quarter of a mile distant from our house I was induced to go to it found I had been wrong in my calculation of distance the fire was in Elizt St (Collingwood) some wooden houses getting burnt, a great crowd assembled & with the the help of Fire Brigades in attendance it was soon extinguished, after which not being not far from my sisters I thought Id go & see her found they had gone to St Kilda (that is Clark & her) so I came home calling at Smarts on my way home, found them busy packing up as they are leaving the house they are living in at present shifting to Napier St Fitzroy - did not stay long – spent the rest of the evening very jollily at home, flirting with Miss D & singing Etc - Im sorry to state my dear mother is far from being well suffering from a severe cold, made worse by the extra amount of work entailed upon her in consequence of the boarders at present living with us - I wish to heaven my salary was enough to keep her comfortable without her having to slave & worry herself with the cares attending the keeping of a home together for her childrens sake - nothing tends to make me feel my poverty more than from this source, I trust a change may take place for the better in our circumstances shortly -

[Tuesday, 4 June 1867] June 4th.1867
Weather beautiful - Nothing very particular occured to vary the monotony of my existance since last



writing up this apology for a journal - my mothers health has improved thank God – tho’ she is still suffering from influenza. Friday evening I spent at the Penny Readings (Carlton) where I heard some good songs sang & some excellent recitations given the place being marred considerably, by several asperants ranting & roaring in a most frightful manner It is to be regretted that at most of these meetings promulgated for the improvement of the poorer & uneducated classes a better class of matter is not brought before them - nothing seems to please better than the comic readings & songs, anything that is really good as readings from the best authors & music from the best composers, is seldom appreciated by the audiences gathered together on these occasions. The object of them should be the elevation of tone by giving them a taste for the higher branches of literature, but the whole idea of the Committees who get these performances up, is to amuse & not to instruct. The Penny Readings are becoming institutions & may be the means, if rightly conducted, of doing an immense amount of good if well managed & conducted - Saturday afternoon I went to the Fitzroy Gardens to hear the Band play met a number of people I knew there, the Rekowskis, Dalyrymples, the Doves & many more - this place is quite a rendezvous & fashionable promenade, had a chat with Mary & Clark - got home in time for tea - after which I accompanied Mrs. & Miss Davis & Bessie to the Theatre where I left them & then went to Smarts, went out for a short time with Jessie on seeing her home I went to the Theatre found the performances not half over so had to walk about till it was until the last act when I walked into the Stalls in time to see the last



Act of Le Africain, heard the beautiful Duett - between *Jms & Vasco da Gama Escott & Simonsen & the power in the celebrated aria Under the Upas Tree - my friends were in the Dress Circle so I got a Cab for them & brought them home at the conclusion - Sunday morning, I went to hear Mr Henderson, spent the afternoon reading a work upon the Albigensians or the early Christians who endeavoured to keep the worship of God as pure as possible during the dark ages - very interesting. In the evening I took Mrs. & Miss Davis to the Theatre. The place being so crowded we couldnt get inside so we all went to hear the Revd J.Taylor, Baptist Chaplain, Collins St He preached an excellent sermon - many prefer his preaching to Hendersons. I cant say I do, he is rather too probing.

[Thursday, 6 June 1867] May 6th.1867 (Thursday)
Weather still keeping fine. Monday the 3st being the first Monday in the month, Clark has to attend his Lodge (Masonic) so my sister Mary makes it a rule to always spend the evening with us at home, so she came - & also Miss Flower & J.Penby, so we had quite an impromptu party, & spent the evening very pleasently. I saw them home, nearly 1 am when I found myself at home - Tuesday evening I spent at Florauns, dancing & singing Etc - 11 Pm when I got home – Wednesday night the Davis's, & Bessie & self - went as per invitation to Mr Gotchs party, found a large number of people there all friends who I have met on similar occasions before - so every body & every thing seemed agreeable & pleasent, the Host & Hostess being extremely kind & entertaining & doing their utmost to amuse their visitors, plenty of eatables drinkables, dancing - singing Etc Etc - games of forfeit & other games to pass time pleasently



nearly 4 Pm next morning when we broke up – I felt desperately tired & seedy to day in consequence of my nights work - often found my head nodding at my desk & experienced an inclination to sleep, but business had to be attended to & I was obliged to keep up - towards evening the feeling wore off & I felt I could have gone to another affair of the sort this evening - however I did not, but after tea I accompanied the Davies to Florauns, did not go inside with them - but returned home calling at Smarts on my way where I remained for about an hour, chatting with an old fellow who is living with them on a variety of subjects he got rather deep into metaphysics & not feeling in a reflective or argumentative mood I beat a retreat & came home - so I wont be long before Im in bed - & I hope sound asleep

8th June 1867 Saturday night
7th. Busy at the office, two large ships commencing to discharge making things at the Railway more lively than they have been for some days - After tea, I left *home home in company with the Davies, left them at the Theatre door - hurried on to the Rly Station to catch the train for St Yarra found it just gone when I arrived had to wait for three quarters of an hour for another arrived at my destination Mr. Allens, Victoria St S.Yarra by 8.50 found my sister Bessie there. Miss A. & her are old friends & I are very much attached to each other she is one of the most ladylike & pleasent girls I ever met with. We left by the 11.10 Pm train, & I got out at Richmond had a long walk home - This afternoon I went to the Gardens, to hear the Band, came on to rain went for shelter at Marys & was



induced to stay tea & spend the evening with her & Clark some other friends of theirs named Simms dropped in & what with singing & music we spent a pleasent evening nearly 11 when I got home –

June 13th.1867 Thursday
Weather very unsettled - nothing to recite but pleasure – any one reading these pages would imagine I lived for nothing else - the bare recital when looking over them seem to reproach me for my misspent time - Monday evening I went to Skinners (Bourke St) to an evening party I went early about 9 Pm, found no one there but the family, had Miss S. a fine girl, all to myself - the company arrived about 11 Pm, some of them actors, & such like - our old friend Morriss was there – after supper, rather a rough affair, I left - about 2.am, next morning - Tuesday evening - spent at home. Wednesday evening Mrs Davies invited a lot of people to spend the evening at our house. Mrs. & Miss Dove, Misses Brown, Laby & Grimwood passed a jolly evening - although we dont care to see the latter at our place - he has caused a deal of mischief & dissension amongst many of our friends. He would not dare to come but as Mrs. D. visitor, he is without exception the greatest liar I ever came across & possesses more impudence, which he hides under an Uriah Heep kind of mantle, than any dozen men I ever met with - Thursday night, staid at home - The Davies & Tom Grimwood being as thick as possible. Alf & Jim Ballantyne were here - & also an old friend of our family from Echuca Henry Edelman (a Pole) & son of that Edelman who married my old flame, of old langsyne, Jane Summers - he is a fine clever intelligent young fellow & will be a leading man some time, being a very different character from his father - who is at present in Europe. They all left about 11 Pm.- The mail arrived from England on Tuesday, bringing us a letter from father, he has not been very well lately sent me money - the law suit in reference to Aunt Lucy affair not settled



[1867-06-14-Friday] June 16th.[14th] 1867
14th. fine day. Busy at the office, spent an hour at the Gymnasium on leaving business, giving me a fine appetite for tea, after which I went to Smarts found Jessie at home alone spooney as ever, accused me of being distant Etc in not coming to see her oftener - very foolish of her encouraging a passion which can never end in any thing serious, came home about 10 pm spent a couple of hours very quietly at home - Edelman had been & just left as I entered, he has been long soft on my sister Bessie & she informed me, he proposed for her - but there is no sentiment in her nature & she laughed at the idea, they knew each other when they were very young, but Bessie never thought of him but as a friend, she might do worse than accept him but womens hearts are strange mysteries -

15th. Saturday fine day. Went to the Gardens this afternoon met a number I knew, spent a couple of hours very pleasently, listening to the Band - on arriving home found my couzin H.Vickerman there, having just arrived from Lancefield or that neighbourhood where he has a school & is doing well. Poor fellow he must have studied hard to have got his certificate, & it reflects very much to his credit having done so, he always was an intelligent fellow & given to studious habits - I went to town this evening met Adamson & others, “did the usual promenade about Bourke Street) home by 9.10. Pm.

16th. Sunday, I staid at home morning & afternoon reading & writing, taking advantage of the absence of the Davies who have gone to Ballarat for a few days - Harry left us in the afternoon, to return to his duties - After tea Mother & I went to hear Mr Henderson preach in the Theatre - Poor old soul she is terriby knocked up with the walk I wish I had a nice little trap to take her out in occasionally -



June 20th.1867
Weather changeable & very unsettled, felt very unwell all the week suffering from an attack of dysentry Im happy to state Im recovering not from any particular care Ive taken of myself but from the result of a good constitution, for Ive been out nearly every evening this week till late. Monday evening I called at Smarts took a walk with Jessie till 9 Pm on leaving her I went to an evening Party at Mrs Florauns, all friends present spent a most jolly evening - Tuesday night I went to the Penny Readings held in the Fitzroy Police Court, heard a lecture on Hydrostatics, (do for youngsters) some comic songs sang by a Jewess, some readings with a recitation from some juvenile precocity - completed the entertainment provided for a penny. Wednesday evening I spent till 10Pm at Smarts taking Miss S & a friend of hers Mr*F.Scarlet out for a walk around the Gardens on leaving there I went to Mr Gotches party, I would have gone earlier, but feeling unwell I didnt feel up the mark for much gaiety, such as is indulged in at his house - found all friends their enjoying themselves in various parlour games en-acted several charades, danced sang & played forfeits & came home with the girls in the morning, that is this morning nearly 2.am – felt very seedy & uncomfortable to day - doing penance for late hours, ? does the pain† compensate for the pleasure† - I think so, taking all things into consideration Mr G is one of the nicest & most agreeable unassuming & quiet gentleman I know, & with his wife form a most hospitable couple - they are well known & respected by all who know them. Mr G. has risen to his



present enviable position by the most persevering industry & attention to business, as a news agent the most extensive in the colonies, he has a fine house fine furniture & is rich.

[Friday, 21 June 1867] 27th June 1867
Friday evening, on arriving home, found the Davies had returned from Ballarat. After tea I went to the Gymnasium, staid there about 1½ hours, on leaving met Adamson going to receive a dancing lesson at Dennings & he induced me to go with him, found about 50 people present going through their "facings", to my intense amusement, met several there I know, left about 10 pm got home early found my couzin H.Vickerman at our house. he had just arrived not to the great delight of my mother who has little conveniance for visitors now the Davies are staying with us - I sat up late waiting for their coming home which they did in company with Grimwood at near 12 Pm - couldnt get to bed until they retired to rest having to sleep on the parlour sofa -

Saturday 22nd Staid home reading all the afternoon, in the evening in company with my couzin Henry (who again was in town & living with us for a couple of days) I went to the Princess Theatre, being the last night of the Lyster Opera Troupe appearing in Melbourne the place was crowded, we got into the Stalls, found every seat has been reserved for Dress Circle & not finding room, to our disgust, but not before having a squabble with W.B.Lyster, we were compelled to go out & settle ourselves in the Pit, very annoying to be thus served. 6 acts of 6 different operas were produced, we left at the conclusion of the fourth home by 11 Pm - Sunday, didnt leave home till evening, when I went to Smarts, had a long argument with an old man named Wilson who is living



with them - he is clever & very intelligent, & I spent a couple of hours very profitably (I trust) Monday night spent at home – Tuesday I sang at the Fitzroy Penning Readings (two songs) at the conclusion of the performance I met Mrs. Flower & two of her daughters. *Jenvy & I accompanied them home - 12 Pm when I got home - Wednesday evening I spent at home - Thursday night, after tea I went to my sister Marys house found Clark & her at home, spent a very pleasent social comfortable evening with chatting & singing Glees 11 Pm when I arrived home - on my arrival home found my mother & sister in a jolly excited state having had a row with the Davies & who have had notice given them they must find fresh quarters tomorrow

July 2nd 1867
Weather has been very unsettled last few days - making the streets & roads very dirty, through the rain, bitter cold night & day. Friday morning the Davies left us. Mother ordered them out of the house & Tom Grimwood with them, fortunate for him I was not at home at the time, ever since they have lived with us we have had nothing but dissension & un- -pleasentness with them - Tom professes to love Julia Davis & is her accepted lover, & they did not like the cool manner we always treated him. They are a stuck up, purse proud lot, had always their own way, they dont bear the best of characters, their object in coming over from Tasmania is for Julia to get a husband, no sensible man would have anything to do with her. I hope to heaven nothing will occur to break off the match, it will serve both out alike, he states he received £5 per week which is a lie if he gets the half of it its more than he does, she would make out her father is going to give her a lot of money. I know for a fact her fathers affairs are in a most unsettled state & that several "Bills" of his have been dishonoured lately - so it will be a mutual "take in" In the evening Miss Flower my sister Mary & Clark with young Jenvy called & spent the evening with us. 12 Pm when we broke up, I seeing them home, a long walk from our house to Et Melbourne



Miss Flower is a magnificient player on the Piano & a very nice person. Saturday noon on arriving home I found Mrs Lane at our house her husband is a Capt. of an American ship called the "Levanter" on their last visit to this port, we made their acquaintance some two years ago, she had no sooner landed but she came at once to see us she is a beautiful woman & one of [the] nicest mannered persons I know - In the afternoon I went to see the New Post office, corner of Eliz & Bourke St. being just completed it was open for public Inspection. Tis the finest building in Australia, without exception & cost the most money, far too much for such a colony as this, & a much less pretending looking building would have served all the requirements of such a community as this for a century to come - I also went during the afternoon to the Fitzroy Gardens to hear the Band play, met, as usual, a great number I knew, enjoyed the promenade, home by 5.30. spent the evening at Smarts. Sunday morning to the Theatre, owing to some indisposition on Mr Hendersons part who was unable to preach one of the Students from the Congregational College a very promising young man, & considering it was his first sermon a very creditable discourse his name is Schoefield. I did not leave the house the rest of the day staid home reading & writing -

Monday the 1st. of July & being Seperation Day (from Sydney) it was observed as a holiday, the most miserable one I ever spent, the weather in the first place was wretched cold & windy. I did not leave the house till 4 pm when I went to the Gymnasium for an hour - After tea Bessie, Clark & Mary & I went to a party at Mrs. Flowers enjoyed ourselves amazingly. There was two young men there, acquaintenances, one plays the piano well (Selby) & the other (Perryman) has a good tenor voice & sang a great deal, they are rather fast kind of cards but good company at a party - Miss Flower playd in her usual brilliant style - nearly 2 am next morning when we broke up - This evening after tea I helped Fred with some of his work for an hour, after which I went for my mother, who had been spending the day at my sister Mary's - left early, home by 10Pm -



[1867-07-03-Wednesday] 13th [3rd] July 1867
Wednesday evening Bessie & I went to spend the evening at Clarks, called at Mrs. Floreuns on our way, stayd there a short time discussing the unpleasentness the Davies had caused amongst our hitherto friendly circle. Miss Norriss accompanied us to Clarks found the same people there we had met on Monday night at Flower’s! Spent the evening very pleasently singing Etc - left about 12 pm Thursday 4th. Very busy at the office, after business was over I went to Sandridge to see the Lanes on board their ship the "Levanter" where I found my sister Bessie who had been spending the day there, left about 9.20 rode up in a cab, bitter cold wind blowing. Friday evening I spent at home Mrs. Miss & Mr Saunders being at our house & spent the evening with us. Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to hear the Band play in the Gardens not many there we knew got home about 6Pm. After tea, I went to town, met Adamson rambled about for a couple of hours, quizzing the many folks one meets on a Saturday in that very popular promenade Bourke St. Being very wet on Sunday, I did not leave the house during the day, passed the time reading & writing. In the evening I went to Smarts for about an hour, home by 9 Pm Monday July 8th. very busy at the office, two large ships having arrived at our pier spent the evening at home. Tuesday night Mr & Mrs Lane spent the evening at our house. Wednesday evening Bessie & I with Saunders & his sister, went to a party Kidgell gave at his place “Balaclava” at a long distance from our house but having the use of his “trap” & a couple of stunning horses we rattled down there in grand style found a very merry pleasent party assembled all bent upon enjoyment which we had to our hearts delight in a variety of forms. Left there about 2.30. next morning & got home about 3.30. after a long drive & so passed another jolly day - Thursday I was very



tired & seedy, after tea I went out for a little while for a walk, home early & tumbled into bed. Friday evening I went to the Penny Readings Trades Hall Carlton home by about 10.20 - The English Mail arrived yesterday no letters or news of any description from my father. We are very uneasy in consequence, he having promised to write & send us some money by this Mail, mother is considerably in debt & I have to meet my second Bill of Miss Dixons in another 2 months so fathers delay makes me feel very anxious

July *--th.1867
Saturday, 13th. Went to the Gardens in the afternoon to hear the Band play. In the evening I went to an Amateur Concert at Fitzroy Police Court, J Stewart sang there & others I knew – met A.Ballantyne walked home with him. Sunday morning I went to the Theatre heard a Mr. Moss preach an excellent sermon, Mr Henderson is not well. In the afternoon Alf Peel & his wife called & spent the rest of the day with us, they have just come down from Beechworth, where he had taken up a large piece of ground with the intention of settling down as a farmer but not agreeing with his partner, he gave it up & is now looking out for something to do in Melbourne - I hope he may be successful Mrs. P has had a fine little daughter since I last saw her. I walked home with them to their lodgings. Monday, 15th. Spent the evening at my sister Marys practising over a lot of Glees, got wet through to the skin coming home, through lending my umbrella to a woman I met & saw home to Carlton – so much for being too good natured - Tuesday 16th. Clark called at the office in the afternoon to ask me to take Mary to the



Philharmonic Concert in the evening, he having purchased tickets for the same & not been able to go owing to a lot of work he has to finish at his office - I went & enjoyed a treat. Mendelsohns music from Racines Athalie the chorus were well sang, best I remember ever hearing at its conclusion meeting Clark at the door I gave him my charge & having a pass into the Haymarket Theatre I went then & saw the Celebrated Actor I.Anderson who has been in Melbourne, a week in the last act of Hamlet, he appears to be a very fine actor he comes here with a good European repute, he is getting old, we Colonists only see these great actors & actresses when they are old & worn out - Walter Montgomery, another great Star has arrived so there will be considerable rivalry in the Tragic Line - Wednesday night I spent at Smarts being one of the daughters birthday a few friends had met & we managed to make the time pass agreeably - I left about 11.30 Pm. Thursday night having invited G.Bond to our house, I staid at home, he came & spent the evening with us, he is a nice pleasent fellow & excellent company, he left us about 10.30 escorting my sister Mary home who had also been spending the evening with us -

Friday, July 19th 1867. Sang a song at the Penny Readings Carlton after which I called at Smarts staid there about two hours - on arriving home, found Mrs. Smart at our house, so I had to see her home - Saturday 20th. cloudy weather, afternoon went to the Gardens with Bessie, met Mary & Mr. Clark's couzin Miss Unwhin [Unwin] & George Bond all went to Marys house to tea spent a pleasent evening together, a Mr Jones was there also a most comical old gentleman, 11 Pm when we reached home - Sunday morning I went to hear Mr Henderson preach - In the afternoon went to Sandridge went on board several ships at



present laying alongside of the Pier, great numbers where promenading about, the Boatswain making a little harvest by conveying people backwards & forwards to the S.S. Gt Britain at present in the Bay – staid home during the evening -

Monday 22nd. Dull day, busy at the office, went to the Gymnasium, after tea, I went to Smarts went out for a short time with Miss S. came away early.

Tuesday July 23rd.1867 Busy in the office, fresh ships arriving, alongside of the Pier. After tea I went to the Gymnasium took Fred with me & got him to join feeling confident it will do him a deal of good, staid there till 9 Pm, then came home - Wednesday Capt Lane & his wife spent the evening with us & also Mary & Clark - Thursday evening I took a strool went down to Finley *Forge Brunswick St. staid with him about ½ an hour & then came home & passed the rest of the evening with Bessie singing Reading Etc -

Friday 26th July 1867. I wrote a long letter to my father during the day. In the evening Fred & Bessie & I went to Marys to spend the evening found Mr & Mrs. Lane there passed the evening away very pleasently 11.10 when we arrived home

Saturday 27th Afternoon, spent in the Gardens met Mrs. Lane who introduced me to two American ladies named Pierce, very strange notioned people who were continually guessing & calculating at everything - On arriving home had tea, after which Miss Hoskins called & spent the evening with us, her couzin J.Saunders, called about 9 Pm for her Sunday. Spent the morning reading. In the afternoon I went to Sandridge called on board the "Levanter" could not stay long as I felt so uncommonly queer, & seasick owing to a stiff breeze blowing & the Bay being very rough - so I spent the



the rest of my time on terra firma, viz a wooden pier – great crowds were there like myself taking the air I fell in with the Pittman & some friends of theirs walked from the Station home with them – spent the evening at home - Mary & Clark being here - Monday 29th.[July] 1867 Very busy at the office, some ships having come alongside the Pier, spent the evening at Smarts - Tuesday July 30th. Felt very queer all day, blood out of order Etc. sore lips & bad corns, every thing proving very disagreeable,? bad temper, Spent the evening at Finlays met J.Stewart there, he sang songs beautifully. Wednesday 31st.July 1867. Still queer & out of sorts, spent my evening at home, very pleasently, young J.Jenvey called & [staid] till 11.P.m

Thursday August 1st.1867 Very busy at the office, on leaving business I went on board the Levanter met my Mother & Mary with Clark & Fred there, rather a large party of us, we sat down to a fine supper consisting of what to our Anglo Saxon tastes appeared strange medley Pork & Beans with Braberry pickles (an Americans national dish corresponding to our Roast Beef & Pudding I suppose) Hot Rye Bread & short cake & sundry other odd dishes all of which I relished not so my bother Fred, who rated the whole as a regular hodge podge & condemned the spread altogether in terms not altogether becoming a visitor I was very much annoyed at what he considers plainspeaking, but what I term downright rudeness. Capt Lane was not well, so with Mrs. L we had to amuse our-



selves the best way we could we sang & played a few social games of cards Mrs. L playing the Guitar for us, so we managed to spend the time agreeably we left Sandridge by the 11.15.Pm train & rode from the Station home, bitter cold on reaching home our pleasure was somewhat damped by finding that during our absence my sister Bessie had been attacked with Measles, a neighbour Mrs Hungerland was in attendance upon her, rather strange for a girl of 19 to catch such a thing & she having had them when a child [1867-08-02-Friday] Friday 2nd July. Weather very cold & frosty. Towards evening it changed & commenced to rain – during my lunch hour I visited the Public Library & was very much struck with a beautiful piece of marble statutory, called La Puberta, by L.Flaminio the most exquisite bust of a girl I ever saw, I was so struck with it that had there been none present I felt inclined to kiss the lips, it was presented to the Trustees of the Library by the Honb G.Verdon C.B. our Treasurer, who brought it out with him from England on his recent visit there My sister Bessie still continues very unwell – After tea I went with Finley to the Wesley Church, Bk St & heard T.Fielder play on the Organ. Saturday 3rd. as usual, after doing my domestic duties in the afternoon I went to the Gardens to hear the Band play. After tea took a strool about town with Rt Richardson, 10 when I arrived home - Sunday 4th. In the morning I went to hear



Mr Henderson preach at the Theatre, he delivered a spendid sermon at its conclusion I met J.Saunders & we took a walk together, conversing upon a variety of subjects, bordering rather on metaphysics, of which he is fond of - Mary & Clark spent the rest of the day with us - her & I went in the afternoon to St Marks Church to witness the ceremony of confirmation, the place was crowded with spectators, it did not impress me very much, being or having dissenting notions on such matters. In the evening I went to Smarts staid there till 9.30. Pm -

Monday 5th.July 1867. Spent the evening at home, my sister Mary spending it with us, Clark calling for her about 11 P.m. Tuesday evening I went to the Penny Readings at the Fitzroy Police Court. Dr Embling M.P. in the chair, Mr. Jones M.L.A. gave an address the subject being the works & characters of Dickens the Novelist, an excellent synopsis, met A Ballantyne there came home together. Wednesday evening I went to see the celebrated actor Walter Montgomery, in the play of "Much Ado About Nothing he taking the part of Benedict, he is without exception the most natural actor I ever saw, plain brusque without the slightest tinge of rant or staginess in his playing. I really enjoyed myself & came away with quite a different idea of Benedict's character than I ever before entertained. Mr Gotch sat near me & in his company were Grimwood & Mr. Davis the latter just having come over from Hobart Town I hear, with the intention of seeing whether Tom is a fit & proper person to espouse his daughter Julia, who was living at our house some weeks ago & where she became



intimate with him ere she left for her home. Tom represented himelf as a clerk in receipt of a salary of £250 ayear & having a house besides of his own the facts are he has £100. ayear & no house – his object in attaching himself to her was with the idea he was going to (be) getting fortune with her which is also another myth. I trust nothing may present the truth of each others representations being brought to light before they are united, for the both well deserve to be swindled Thursday night, I spent at Smarts I dont go so often there are formerly, tho’ I am always pressed hard to visit them. I have given them pretty plainly to understand I mean nothing serious towards Jessie but she very foolishly makes a show of passion that could be misunderstood. I feel under the circumstances I have no right to be such a frequent visitor, but whenever I do call a promise is invariably exacted from me as to when I will renew my visit, & I am obliged to give *over tho’ many times far from agreeable - I wish I had moral courage enough to give them offence - Friday 9th August 1867. Beginning to get slack at the office, ships alongside having discharged their cargo & no others arriving to fill their place. The weather lately has been shocking bad, cold, wet, & miserable - I spent the evening at Pittmans Nicholson St met several people there I am acquainted with, managed with singing music & parlour games to spend a merry pleasent evening, 11.30. when I left. –

Saturday 10th/8/67 Left the office 12.30.Pm on arriving home read for a couple of hours & then went with



my sister Bessie to the Gardens, met Mr. & Mrs Lane there after the performance was over, they accompanied us home & staid tea & spent the evening with us Clark & Mary were also here so altogether we spent a happy sociable evening, more especially Mother & us having been freed from some of the anxiety attendant upon our circumstances being somewhat relieved by having received a long letter by the Mail from England enclosed within it being a Draft for £205.0.0. which he sent & not before it was wanted. I owe over £30.0.0 which I shall be able to pay, mother owes about the same amount so we purpose to put the rest in the Bank at interest until we hear whether we are to receive anything from Aunt Lucys estate, & if we do we purpose that is mother & I purchasing a house of our own, father writes in reference to the Atherston versus Watmuff case, that it has been settled & that the Atherstons have gained it, the particulars he does not know of yet, with the exception that the affair is at present in Chancery & that father has had more bother & will have to recover the balance, if any, there he believes it is worth, what I can understand of the case is that my Aunts House Keeper Rowena Atherston was left to her by my Uncle the sum of £20.0.0 per annum but through some flaw or another she has claimed £40.0.0 a year, & I believe has gained the point, to meet this a sum of of £1600.0.0 will have to be appropriated for the purpose & what with Law expenses which will have to be met out of the residue, I[m] afraid very little will ever find its way to Australia. Aunt Lucy my Uncle Henrys deceased widow, left all her



own property to some Lawyers, who are no relations of hers, the estate my Uncle her husband left, is what ~ we have had the bother about. My father is at present living in Liverpool & is enjoying better health than he has done for some time previously, he appears to be still estranged from his brother, my Uncle Joseph - I wish they would be more friendly disposed towards each other Sunday llth./67 Dull wet day, didn’t go out all day spent my time reading. In the evening I went to Smarts for a short time no one at home but the mother, did not stay long, she pumped me concerning the intimacy between Jessie & I. I very plainly told, she was very friendly towards me & hoped what she had said would not offend our acquaintance Etc Etc - Monday evening I went on board the Levanter, found my sister & Fred there, had tea & bade our American friends adieu as they sailed for Bombay the following day the Capt was very ill & Mrs. L. in a poor way in consequence - I regret their departure very much, having seen a great deal of them during their stay here, & the more we saw of them the better we liked them with mutual good wishes we parted hoping to meet again at some future time - Tuesday evening I went to the Penny Readings at the F.P.Court heard a very interesting lecture on chemistry by Gilchrist – Wednesday night I spent at the Fannegans Granite Terrace - Gertrude St. no one there but the two Miss Fs talked & chatted related all the scandal Etc, we had heard of our acquaintances since last we met, left about 10Pm on arriving home found my mother had not returned from Marys where she had been spending the day, so I went for her on arriving at Marys, found mother had left, but missed her on the road, a Mr. & Mrs. Machern were there so I was induced to remain till 12 Pm



playing Cards & conversing nearly, 1 Am when I arrived home - Thursday evening I spent at Marys trying over some songs & Glees, a Mr. 0.Laugne called & also Fred we left there about 11 Pm. Friday evening spent at home. Jms Stewart called & staid a couple of hours with us, he has a beautiful & well cultivated tenor voice & he sang a great deal for us, he has been very unfortunate since he left the Christy Minstrels, his connection with them [h]as done him no good, a sort of prejucice exists amongst people employing those who have been in public in such a line to make matters worse he married a girl who he has been long attached to, some twelve months ago, she was confined of a youngster about a month ago, all they have to live upon is his salary from her Precentorship (£50 a year) & a few music pupils he has - Saturday noon on arriving home I found my couzin H - Vickerman at our house, he came down to make a few purchases, he is getting on very well with his School, it is worth about £200 ayear to him. In the afternoon I went to Gymnasium for an hour from there I went to the Fitzroy Gardens, to hear the Band play, being a fine day great numbers were present. In the evening I went to town & rambled about. Sunday morning I went to hear Mr Henderson, Harry left us in the afternoon. In the evening I went to the Smarts no one at home but the old lady, did not stay long

August 24th.1867 Been lovely weather all the week, very busy at the office, the fore part of the week beginning to get slack, we want a few more ships alongside. At the beginning of the week I received



an answer from my communication to the Registar of Births & Deaths Greymouth informing me that owing to some clerical error, my brothers death & burial had not been registered, very annoying, for my father informs me he will require the registrar to settle our affairs at home - I must make another effort to procure it - Tuesday, I went to the Penny Readings Fitzroy Police Court. Wednesday night Bessie & I spent at Mrs. Florauns. Friday night I went to the West Melb Literary Institute, where a conversazione was held. I was on the programme, to sing which I did, a couple of songs. Saturday afternoon spent at the Gymnasium after tea went to Smarts. Mrs. & Miss S. I found had gone to Ballarat, spent the evening with Jessie, left about 10 pm & came home – [Sunday, 25 August 1867] Sunday, 26th. 1867. Lovely day. In the morning I went to the New Congregational Church, built for Mr Henderson at the corner of Collins & Russell Sts I went early but found great difficulty in getting admittance (hundreds were obliged to leave in consequence) the Revd Mr. Graham (from Sydney) preached the opening *service taking for his text from the 15th Chapt. Exodus & 20th verse he is a very talented & eloquent preacher, & I was well pleased with his discourse. The church cost £14,000 & it was opened with a debt of under £4,000 which is to be hoped will soon be cleared off. In the afternoon I took a walk to Fitzroy Gardens, met an old



acquaintance, Mr. English. In the evening I went to Richmond for my sister Bessie who had been spending the day at the Rekowskis we left there about 10Pm calling at Dalrymples on our way home, very tired when we arrived home.

August 31st 1867
Another week passed, nothing particular to note, the weather fine, health pretty good, mind & body kept pretty well occupied, home & abroad, but on the whole not much different mentally or physically. Monday evening I spent at my sisters Tuesday at the Readings, F.P.C. Wednesday, Mrs. Floraun Mrs *Dove Miss Norriss & Cameron spent the evening at our house – Thursday we had at our house another party to tea & to spend the evening - Old Mrs Bond & her two Sons William & George, with the formers wife, also my sister Mary & her husband. William Bond is a middle aged man & when I saw him last, on Board the Ship “Brothers” when we were fellow passengers nearly 19 years ago, he was a thin stripling of a young man, now he is stout & looks as he is, a regular "paterfamils". George is a smart young fellow, not quite so old as I am - it seems strange that after such a lapse of time our families should thus become so intimate The old lady is a most pecular religious enthusiast who is hourly looking for the coming Christ & expects to be carried up to heaven -



yet in all other respects is a nice sensible old soul - We made things as pleasent as possible & altogether we spent a most agreeable & social evening - Miss Norriss was also here & I, on breaking up, saw her home to Mrs Florauns Friday night I spent at the Penny Readings Carlton at the conclusion of the performance I in company with another young fellow, escorted two young ladies home to Hotham nearly 12 when I got myself home – Saturday. On leaving business I hurried home & in company with my sister Bessie proceeded to Richmond where we found awaiting us a large party of friends consisting of the Misses Bishop, Browning, McCathy, Hamilton & Saunders with Messrs Saunders Lennox Bond, Hamilton & the Bros Ballantynes. We took a large boat & all embarking we had a delightful pull up the river. The company being agreeable & pleasent & all knowing each other well, the day being fine & warm the scenery pretty Etc all tended to make the trip very enjoyable. We landed at Pearsons Tea Gardens, & after partaking of some refreshments returned, singing & laughing all the way down. On landing we made the best of our way home, being a long distance, we were very tired & weary when we arrived home, but after



tea we were all right, spent the rest of the evening at home.

Sunday Sept 1st.1867
Lovely day, after Breakfast read an hour, then went to hear Mr. Graham preach in Hendersons New Church. In the afternoon I stayd at home reading till 4 Pm then took a walk to the Cemetery, home by 5 Pm. Mother Fred & Bessie went out to Church, so I had to stay at home, soon after they had gone, Alf Peel called, & spent the evening with us. -

Sept 7th.1867
Weather has been very changeable during the week, the first three being very hot, the last three bitterly cold, Friday in particular, when we had a terrific fall of hail & in some of the suburbs, I hear, a quantity of snow fell something unprecedented in this part of Victoria - We have not been very busy at the office, owing to the few ships at the pier most of the late arrivals going to the pier at Williamstown & will do so for some months in consequence of the wool season just commencing.

Monday evening Clark & Mary with Miss Ellen & Effie Flower spent it at our house Mrs. Smart was also here, & what with singing & playing we passed the time very agreeably nearly 12 OC when we broke up. I accompanied them a part of the way home. Tuesday evening I spent at Stewarts where I met his wife, she is a very nice pleasent & very pretty woman, stayd a couple of hours, singing - Wednesday, on leaving the office I went to Mrs. Bonds



Richmond, where I found my mother Bessie & Mary & Clark who bad all been invited to tea & to spend the evening, several other friends of theirs dropped in & what with singing, recitations, music & variety of parlour games we spent a happy social evening together on leaving them at about 11 Pm & not being able to come to terms with a cabman we met, we had to walk home Coming home it came on to rain very heavily & we were not long before we were nearly wet through, for myself I did not care, but mother has not been well since - it quite put a damper on our enjoyment. Thursday evening I spent at Stewarts. Friday evening I went to the Penny Readings Carlton, & sang a song at them, & to my intense disgust Grimwood was playing the accompaniments in his usual bad style - spoiling the vocalists & piano by his infernal forte playing - I hardly took any notice of him but treated him as the greatest stranger – Saturday - Spent the afternoon at the Fitzroy Gardens In the evening I went to the Theatre Royal to see Montgomery as “Shylock” & the Duke in Tobias play of the “Honeymoon” I was highly pleased with both performances more especially the first I never saw passion displayed, in all its intensity, by any actor in such a subdued & yet so earnest a manner, as he depicted it. 12 Pm when I got home -



Sunday (8th.Sept 1867) Lovely day, rose very late 9 Am, after breakfast read for an hour, afterwards went to hear Mr. Henderson, being the first time he has preached in the morning in his New Church his subject was principally in connection with its erection, taking for his text the a/c of the Building of the Temple at Jerusalem by the Jews on their return from cap- -tivity - as described by the Prophet Zecariah, read a deal in the afternoon until my eyes began to ache when I took a strool to the cemetery. Met Miss Finnegan walked nearly home with home, after tea I went to the Smarts stayd there about a couple of hours -

Sept 15th.1867
Very slack at the office, no ships of any consequence having arrived during the week Weather has (been) very changeable. English mail arrived on the 10th. bringing an account of the shooting of Maximillian, Emperor of Mexico & the festivities in London attendant upon the visits of the Sultan of Turkey & the Viceroy of Eygpt - no letters from any relatives - Monday evening I went to Clarks (calling at Smarts on my way,) found my sister & mother had left, they having left word where I could find them at a Mr. Johnstons a neighbours. Went there & found them all comfortably enjoying themselves



I stay’d till 10Pm when we had a nice lobster supper & left for home. My mother is far from being the good walker she was very little knocks her up, however I got her home all right. Tuesday night I went to a concert at the Orderly Rooms Carlton – in connection with St Judes Church, & all amateurs, being the performers, & some of them very indifferent ones, did not tend to improve it, altogether it was one of the tamest affairs I ever attended, however it was well attended & I suppose that was the object desired got nearly wet through coming home, found Jessie Smart at our house, had to see her home, which of course I had to consider a pleasure - Wednesday evening, I went to hear Mr Henderson got there in time to hear the benediction. I remained in the church to hear Mr. Russell play the new Organ just erected - it is a magnificient instrument - after blowing the bellows for about half an hour I began to get tired & so decamped in company with my brother Fred & a Miss *Fleewaiter saw her home & then we made tracks for our own – Thursday evening, I spent at my sisters Clark was out so we enjoyed ourselves trying over a lot of music & singing over



duets & songs, Clark came in about 10 I stayd till 11 when after partaking of some hot "toddy" I wended my way homeward, its a long walk from our house to East Melbourne – Friday evening, I spent at Stewarts. Mrs. S is very ill & in bed with rheumatic fever - I staid about an hour got nearly wet through coming home. Saturday morning feeling unwell I took a hot bath at the Baths on my way home & instead of doing me good had the contrary effect. I have been suffering ever since with a most acute headache. In the afternoon Bessie & I took a walk into town, did some shopping together, home by 5Pm. After tea Jms Stewart & I went out to Footscray to sing at a Concert there. I was too ill to sing, but my companion did to a not very appreciative audience, so I did not lose anything, it was 11 Pm when we got home.

Sept 15th.1868 Sunday. Fine day. Was very ill this morning did not rise till 10 AM, went out for a walk about 12 met the two Miss Richardsons (Albert R’ sisters) rambled about with them for an hour or so, felt a little better on arriving home, went to bed in the afternoon after tea, went to Smarts staid there till 9 Pm, still feel very unwell - hope I shall be better in the morning -

Sept 16th.1867
Monday. Went to the office this morning, feeling worse about noon I left & came home, spent



the afternoon very quietly, I managed to make a good tea & felt all right afterwards went to Smarts & stayd there till nearly 10Pm -

17th.Sept Beautiful day, very dull at the office, on arriving home found Miss Saunders & Miss MCathie at our house they stayd tea & left shortly afterwards. on their departure Alice Hungerland & my sister Bessie & I went to the Fitzroy Penny Readings, the place was crowded to excess & we were nearly suffocated with the heat & having to stand all the time made it anything but pleasent to endure. The performance consisted of a number of children from the ages of 4 to 15 who sang & recited in a most creditable manner with voice & gesture that would make many older amateurs desirous of equaling.

18th Sept 1867 Nice day but very dusty, in the evening in company with Fred I went to a Rehearsal for a Concert that is to take place tomorrow night on the occasion of the opening of the New Organ at Mr Hendersons New Church - selections from the Messiah Creation & other sacred pieces were sang very well [by] the Choir

19th Sept 1867 Thursday evening after tea, in company with my mother & Effie Flower, I went to the Concert, the place was well filled & the tone of the new organ universally was extolled. David Lee played upon it remarkably well. Exon sang Comfort Ye & Every Valley pretty well Mrs. Walker & a Miss Pitts being the lady soloists, the latter lady sang With Verdure Clad very well -



I joined the chorus during the second part of the Performance - 11 Pm when the affair terminated I believe to the satisfaction of every body. Friday evening I spent at Pittmanns, singing. Saturday afternoon in company with Messrs Marsden Bros Bruce, Bond, Clark, & my brother Fred & I with the Mesdames Norris, Phillips, Mrs. Clark & the Revd. J.Taylors two daughters, forming altogether one of the most agreeable partys I ever was connected with, we went on a pleasure excursion up the Yarra in a boat to Roberts where we landed & had refreshments & indulged in several innocent games to while away time, left there about 6 Pm landed at 7.Pm & all adjourned to Clarks where we spent the evening, after tea, in a most jolly manner - 11 Pm when we got fairly on our way home.

Sunday 22nd Sept /67. Dull day went to Church in the morning, spent the afternoon reading at home, in the evening I went to Smarts to see Will who is going to N.Z. on Tuesday - 29th Sept 1867
Weather been very dull, & unsettled, raining for three days in succession, causing a total stagnation in business, very busy at the office several large ships having come alongside the Pier - I have been from home very seldom this week owing to my mother & sister Bessie being very unwell, one would be confined to her bed one day & the other the next. I have been very



anxious & uneasy on their account, in consequence I am happy to state they are a little better just now & I hope to heavens may remain so. I had the satisfaction of taking up the second Bill for £21.10s.0d last Tuesday the 24 inst, when it fell due. The other one for £9.0.0. fell due yesterday, but owing to Miss Dixon not producing the Bill of Sale she has over the Piano, I would not give her the money, which I had by me, until she got it. I believe she left it in the hands of a friend of hers named Rutherford, who is a lawyer - or something in that way, & he is at present on his deathbed & unable to attend to anything in the way of business. In company with Miss D. I went to Mr. R. house but was unable to get possession of the document Saturday afternoon, I went to the Gardens to hear the Band play. In the evening I went to the Theatre & saw Montgomery in Hamlet he is, without exception, the finest Hamlet I have ever seen on the stage, his conception of the character is thoroughly original, based upon the idea of Hamlets sanity throughout, & that his eccentriation or madness was assumed. This idea is not universally admitted, but from my own reading I can come to no other conclusion than he was quite sound in his reason but yet a little more misanthropical than most men are, arising from an exceedingly



high wrought sensitiveness - This morning I went to hear Mr. Henderson, went into the choir for the first time having been invited to join it - George Ramsden called at our house in the afternoon, stayd tea with us & he accompanied me afterwards to Mr. Henderson, heard a fine sermon on the subject of industry - I was rather amused at George, when Mr. H. in one part of his discourse alluded to several American merchants who were no less characterised to their good business habits than by their piety, & in summing up the amount they gave in charities, in dollars, my friend was engaged in rendering them in to £.s.d. George, like his father, is fond of money & can keep it when they get it – & a pretty good share they possess of the filthy lucre.

6th.Oct 1867 Weather still very unsettled, scarcely a day passes without a heavy fall of rain - all at home pretty well in health My time passed much as usual my leasure hours in idleness & comparative frivolity, my business ones busy enough - Last Monday morning, in company with G.Ramsden, I went to Dr Grey the Oculist to consult him in reference to my eyesight, after examining them carefully & asking me many questions with respect to my eyes for years past, he pronounced the weakness as chronic & consequently incurable, advised me to



use stronger glasses, than I am doing & after using them for a week, to visit him again when he [will] give me some general directions towards preserving my sight from becoming worse -? I have felt rather low spirited since, for I had had always hoped time might strengthen them. I am obliged to husband my sight now. I never read or write after dark & with the exception of the Newspaper I read in the office & an occasional glimpse of a book my mind is running to waste for want of food - in the evening I went to the Gymnasium there being a Committee meeting & I, being one of the body, I had to attend & assist in the business framing new rules & arranging exercises Etc - it was over by 9 pm. I called at Smarts on my way home stayd about an hour there - Tuesday evening I went to the Readings F.P.Court - Wednesday, I went to Dinner with G.Bond & spent the evening at his house Bruce Bros & Miss Taylor were there & the time passed very agreeably George accompanied me half way home – Thursday evening in company with Clark I went & joined A. Richardson's Singing Class 10/- per quarter, one night a week from the little I saw of his system, I like it, simple yet Comprehensive - Friday evening spent at



Smarts Saturday rained nearly all day, did not go out. Sunday, I felt very ill last night & early this morning I was taken with violent retchings & a looseness in my bowels, that utterly prostrated me. I never had such a violent attack in my life & I dont know what could have produced such a complete upsetting of my system Towards the afternoon I felt much better & took a a walk to the Cemetery. In the evening I went to hear Mr. Henderon, sat in the Choir, was introduced to Dr Miltons adopted daughter (*Annoyance) saw her her home, called at Smarts for a few minutes, after leaving her - 10th.Oct 1867
Weather more settled than it has been lately Been very unwell since I wrote last - Monday I was very weak & had no appetite. Spent the evening at home my sister Mary being at our house. Tuesday morning about 2 am I was again taken bad with the same effects as before but attended with more violent pain, so much so, that I was unable to go to business & remained at home all day, felt much better toward evening & after tea, I having promised to sing at the Fitzroy P.Courts I went & kept my promise, by singing two songs I went feeling sure I should break down, but



much to my surprise, I sang nearly as well as if I had been in the best of health Wednesday I resumed my duties at the office. In the evening I called at Williams (Young St) Mr W accompanied me to Clarks, there I spent the evening Mr & Mrs. Johnston Mr Bond & Bruce were there altogether filling his not very large parlour, all were very merry & pleasent & I should have enjoyed myself much if I had been well. I left about 10.30 Pm G.Bond came halfway home with me. On arriving home I found Mr & Mrs. & Miss Williams at our house, they are awful talkers & Mr. W fairly bored me & I not being well wished they would go home, however they did not until nearly 12 Pm. This morning about 2 am I was taken bad again with violent retchings & looseness in my bowels. I felt very loath to come to business, but my fellow clerk (Adamson) wanted to go to a wedding so I did not like to deprive him of his pleasure. I prayd for night to come which it did at last tho I felt of much better. I was invited to a party at Bruces (Jollimont) my brother & sisters went but I thought it advisable to remain at home, which I did with very pleasently with mother. 13th.Oct 1867



13th.Oct 1867
Fine weather since last I continued my journal happy to state I feel much better in health, tho’ I am still very weak. Friday evening I waited upon Miss Browning & Miss Norris & invited them to join us in a boating party for the following day, from doing this I went to the Choir Rehearsal at Hendersons Church, practised over the Hyms & Chants for the Sunday services home by 10.Pm. Saturday afternoon, in company with fifteen other persons (ladies & gentlemen) I went up the river spent the time between 3 Pm to 9 Pm very pleasently on the water, & at the Tea Gardens, singing playing Croquet & various other innocent games, we were very tired on ariving home, being such a long distance from the Boat house at Richmond, on arriving home we were very hungry & we made mother stare to see her Bread & Beef vanish ~~ Sunday morning I went to Church & in the afternoon took a strool about Fitzroy Gardens, found G.Ramsden at our house stayd tea & we all, with Bessie, went to Church, after the service was over, I met Miss Milton & saw her home, she is a strange little oddity, plenty to say yet on the whole I find her very sensible & observant I believe she is an adopted daughter of Dr Milton a strange ancient of days who at present is bedridden



& existing upon charity, she seems like a ministering angel to the old man, & his only claim upon her, I believe, is gratitude.

[Sunday, 20 October 1867] Oct 19th[20th]1867 Weather been very unsettled during the week. I am afraid summer will never set in. The papers are full of accounts of floods all over the colony – with regard to myself I have very little to note, of interest. The Mail from England arrived at the beginning of the week bringing us a letter from my father - he is well in health but greatly bothered concerning the pending Law suit now in Chancery, it appears very uncertain whether we shall ever be benefitted by it, whichever way it may be settled. Father, when he wrote, appeared to be enjoying himself travelling about, he was in London for a few days whilst the Sultan & the Belgian volunteers were visiting there - Monday the 14th inst being my sister Bessies 20th. Birthday, we had a few friends to spend the evening with us, which we did very pleasently - Tuesday evening with Bessie spent at the Wesleyan Bazaar, K.W. St. met many acquaintances there. Wednesday, Jessie Smart & Idalia Rekowski spent the evening with us, I, seeing them home after -wards - Miss S. lives in Brunswick St, where I left her to proceed on to Richmond with Miss R, much to the disgust & jealousy of Jessie, who still persists in attaching herself to me - in spite of all my coldness & protestations of not entertaining any- -thing serious towards her, it was after 11 Pm when



I arrived home. Thursday night I went to receive my singing lessons at A. Richardsons Class, over by 10Pm met Miss Milton there & saw her home - Friday evening as per promise I went to the West Melb. Literary Institute, where the members & friends had met for a social meeting. I sang twice & got more applause & praise than I was justly entitled to. - Sarah Clark playd me my accompaniments & I did not speak to her except to thank her on handing her from the stage - she seemed very nervous & I must admit I was slightly so, not only on meeting her there, but also my old friend Mrs Griffin - who stuck to me & would speak the first time this, nearly, 3 years we mutually forgave each other - for what had passed – but still determined to be as strangers whenever we meet for the future - she introduced me to three other ladies a Mrs. Glass & her two single sisters named ? Bonunlow who invited me home with them, where I spent an hour or so very pleasently singing a Duet & a song there, & partaking of a nice little little supper, just the five of us, as cosy as possible, I afterwards saw Mrs. G. to the Station – between 12 & 1 when I reached home. Saturday afternoon I went to hear the Band play on my arrival in the Gardens it came on to rain, so meeting Clark & Mary I went home with them stayd tea, on leaving them at 7 Pm I called at Smarts stayd there till 9 Pm -

[Sunday, 27 October 1867] Octr 26th [27th] 1867
Every variety of weather during the past few days we have had hot winds & cold winds, hail & rain beautiful calm weather, & several thunderstorms



two of the latter being amongst the severest I ever experienced - Been rather slack at the office, just enough to do to keep us out of mischief & nothing more - Monday I attended Rehearsal at the Grammar School Collins St. to rehearse some anthems to be sung at a Tea Meeting to be given in our chapel next month. Tuesday evening I went to a Concert & Ball at the New Orderly Room Carlton. I took Miss Milton to the Concert at its conclusion I saw her home & returned myself to the Ball where I danced till 2.30 am next morning - I was tired next day, but in the evening I went to Smarts for an hour. Thursday I went to the Singing Class @ Richardsons, being a rough night, I very few were there in consequence, I saw Miss Milton home - she lives near the place so we took the longest way round to reach her home – 11 pm when I reached home myself, Friday evening after an hours gymnastics, (my usual quantum about 4 times a week) giving me a fine appetite for my tea after partaking Fred & I went to the Rehearsal at the Chapel I am getting already tired of the choir, it is very badly constructed the tenors have to sit on one side of the organ & in such a position as to prevent anyone from seeing, & only with difficulty hearing the minister. We rehearsed the Hyms for Sunday next & also a couple of Anthems for the Tea Meeting. 10 pm when it was over. Took me nearly half an hour to reach home



I received a most affectionate letter from Jim Hamilton he is still living in Dunedin & is in the employ of the Govt. if there is such a thing in existence there, which I doubt judging from the newsps. Jim states he is very unsettled as regards his worldly position, & proceeds to tell me of his spiritual condition which he considers of more importance than all the riches & wealth of this world - I wish I was in such a happy contented frame of mind, his wife & four children are all well with himself, it was a long letter & yet contained little news, some people can write so much upon trifles - Spent yesterday after- noon at home doing jobs about the house & Garden, in the evening I went for a short time to Smarts - I went to Church morning & evening to day, spent the afternoon reading -

Nov. 3rd 1867 [1867-11-03-Sunday] Weather tolerably fair the last few days being very hot, very little doing in the way of Business in consequence of the Races which have taken place the past 3 days - great excitement prevails also on a/c of the arrival of Prince Alfred in Adelaide where he is getting feted to his hearts content & the Adelaide people enjoying & making holiday. Our turn will come when he honors Victoria with his presence – he is expected to arrive here in about a fortnights time great preparations are being made to receive him right loyally - Monday evening went to a Rehearsal at the Church - Tuesday evening I spent at Marys calling on my way at Smarts where I stayd about half an hour - Wednesday evening, I went to a



wedding party at Mr Kerrs Johnston St. his daughter Jenny was married to a Mr. Berriman, it was 9 Pm when I went & about 3 am next morning when I left. I met a great number there I knew amongst the number Sarah Clark who I had not spoken to for 2 years, owing to an unpleasent little circumstance that occurred. We were friendly towards each other, & she seemed inclined to renew the acquaintance as familiarly as formerly, but I was not so inclined & treated her just as I did any other lady present I enjoyed myself very much, but what with the singing laughing eating & drinking Etc I felt very unwell next day - managed to catch a cold & a very nasty sore throat verifying the old proverb, after pleasure comes pain - a proverb that does not hold good in every case - Thursday night I went to Richardsons for my singing lesson, he not being well the class was postponed. I met Miss Milton (*annoyance) there & took a pleasent walk through the Gardens with her, after 9 Pm when I saw her home. Friday night, my cold being so bad I remained at home. My sister Mary spent the evening at our house. I saw her home Saturday afternoon went to hear the Band play in the Gardens – spent the evening at Smarts - This morning & evening I went to Chapel, heard Mr Henderson preach



an excellent sermon on each occasion – spent the afternoon reading - on leaving church this evening I met Jessie Smart, walked home with her, she is going to Geelong tomorrow. I am not sorry for she there may among new scenes & new friends learn to forget & cease to think of me - I never saw a girl so infatuated as she is - nothing I can say or do will wean her from affecting her partiality toward me -

Novr 10th.1867
Weather fair the past week, the town & country in a great state of excitement owing to the arrival of Prince Alfred, (the Queens second son) in Adelaide where he arrived last Sunday evening. The papers are full of his reception there - & the reception they we purpose giving him in Melbourne where he is expected to arrive on the 18th.inst. nothing but reception Committee meetings, illuminations, triumphal arches, Balls, Fetes, Etc form the topics of conversation in every circle. Monday evening my sister Mary with Mr & Mrs. Drake & George Bond spent the evening at our house Tuesday evening, Fred & I went to hear the Rehearsal of the pieces to be sang at the concert given by the Philharmonic Society when the prince arrives, some of the pieces were well sang & are very beautiful - Wednesday evening our Tea Meeting took place. I took Mother to it, it was held in the Grammar School & being far too small for the number it was very crowded, rendering everything very uncomfortable



as it was impossible to get seated near anyone we knew, after the tea was over, everybody adjourned to the Church. I went into the Choir & assisted in the Anthems that were sang, we enjoyed ourselves very much in the choir, not paying much attention to what was being said in fact is was impossible to hear owing to the badly arranged manner the Choir is constructed - altogether it was the poorest Tea Meeting I ever attended. Thursday evening, I went to Richardsons Class & had a good practice – Friday evening, Bessie & I went as per invitation to Mr. I.Lloyds party given at his fathers quarters in the Police Court, Swanston S. met a great many there we knew, spent the time as is usual on such occasions, singing & dancing, & stuffing our- -selves with indigestible luxuries, which were provided in abundance - I never went to a party where there was so much convenience for giving an affair of the sort there being so many fine large rooms, the Ball Room (impromptu) is a magnificent Hall, used on certain occasions as a Court house - I enjoyed myself very much - my pleasure being during one Dance slightly marred by my partner a Miss *Grinsell fainting in my arms - creating quite a little sensation in the rooms - it was 4 am when we broke up making it nearly 5 when we reached home, broad daylight, fortunately the day was the Prince of Wales Birthday & a holiday so I staid in bed till 10 am. Lloyd & Baker called upon me at 11 & staid till 1 pm, on their



departure, Bessie & I dressed & went to the Athletic Sports, held on the Melb' Cricket Ground – the day was very hot & feeling rather seedy, from my previous nights pleasure I did not enjoy myself so well as I would otherwise have done - there was some very good running & jumping & on the whole, managed to pass the time away agreeably, chatting & walking about with different acquaintances I chanced to meet on the ground. We were very tired on arriving home, went to bed early This morning & evening I went as usual to hear Mr Henderson, his sermon this evening was one of the most impressive I ever heard him deliver & I sincerely hope many hearts were touched by it, at the conclusion of the service I met Miss Milton & walked home with her – I received a long letter from Jessie Smart on Wednesday from Geelong full of sentiment Etc - I replied to it on Friday & pointed out to her the folly of writing & nurturing a passion that can have no happy results. I trust she will take the hint & discontinue her communications -

Novr 17 1867
Weather very hot all the week? a change yesterday, when it c in the morning we had a most refreshing shower of rain. The English Mail arrived on Thursday, very little news, we received a letter from Aunt Sarah in which she states she has had an indirect communication from



some source or another the my Uncle John Thomas Watmuff who has been absent & not heard of for 16 years, is now some- -where in Australia & requests us to make some enquiries about him - he was a very eccentric & very wild & reckless in his youth took to the sea, was a cadet on board Nelson's Ship "Victory" Portsmouth, served & was wounded in the battle of Naverino more than once the sole survivor of shipwrecks – I received a letter from Jessie Smart on Wednesday -(in reply to the one I sent last week,) in which she upbraids me & accuses me of being cruel & heartless Etc. in my writing in the manner I did, this arises simply from the fact that I stated in my letter the apparent impropriety of her desiring to write to one, who had never be(en) toward her more than a friend so I trust all is over between (us) not that anything existed between us more than mere friendship at least on my part - Monday evening Miss Baker spent the evening at our house she left about 9 pm when I went to the Ball given by the Committee of the Carlton Penny Readings, to those who had contributed to the entertainments. I stayd till nearly 1 am had a few good dances, all of which I enjoyed. Tuesday evening spent at Pittmans, singing. Wednesday evening spent at Clarks. Thursday, went to Albert Richardsons Singing Class, at its conclusion I saw Bella Milton home, on leaving her I passed Pittmans place saw Mrs & Miss P. under the Verandah. they insisted upon me going inside which I did met a Miss Lee there a beautiful singer, who sang several songs in a style seldom met with by an amateur. I sang two Duets with her. 12 Pm when I arrived home, found my mother had not arrived home from Clarks where she had been spending the day so I started to fetch her, met her about half way in company with Clark - 1 OC when I got to bed - Friday evening I went to sing at the Abbotsford Penny Readings, there was a very meagre attendance. I was



introduced to some very [nice] people there, among the number a Miss Wright & Mrs. Morgan I went home to the formers residence stayd there about an hour singing Etc. This infernal singing is becoming a bore - if a person is supposed to be able to sing a song, wherever he goes the first request is do sing something - no excuse is accepted, & one is obliged to put up with a bad accompaniment, at other times a not over appreciative audience & submit to all manner of criticisms which are not at all times the most pleasing - on arriving home I found my old friend Bob Hooper, who had just arrived from Bendigo & was enroute for N.Z. by the Omeo which sailed yesterday, he informed me his reason for doing so & leaving Victoria was, because his Mother had, in her old age, got married, to McCaffrey - who is about 15 years younger than she is - they are living on Sandhurst at the old hut on the hill in Long Gully – Bob stayd all night with us when I bid him adieu in the morning - & wished him every prosperity he is a fine manly spirited young fellow, & a great favourite of mine from his boyhood up - Saturday afternoon I worked in the garden for an hour or two, afterwards went to town & stayd an hour at the Gymnasium, in the evening I took my sister Bessie to see the illuminations in the course of preperation for Monday week next, some of them are most beautiful those especially at the public buildings, Banks Etc in Collins St. the town was crowded with people bent on the same errand as ourselves, & all we met seemed to think the Prince will be very much gratified by the preperations in progress for his reception - This morning & evening , as usual, I went to hear Mr. Henderson, rather annoyed to find my brother & self the only gentlemen present – few care about being connected with the choir as it is now situated & conducted - I spent this afternoon in a pleasent strool to the cemetery -



Weather very hot & sultry during the week hot weather set in in earnest with all it accompaning inconveniences, hot wind & hot sun, & dust flies by day & mosquitoes by night, Etc - Monday evening spent at home excepting for about an hour when I went to the Gymnasium. Tuesday spent in a similar manner – Wednesday Bessie & I with Mary & her husband went & spent the evening with G Bond found a pleasent party met there enjoyed ourselves very well broke up at a late hour tired when we arrived home, Thursday evening went to my singing class, met Clark & Bond there, made arrangements with them about getting a conveyance to take mother & my sisters to see the illuminations on Tuesday night & for interesting other sights that are to take place shortly Friday evening the “Galatea” was telegraphed off the Otway great preparations are in progress to meet the vessel with its Royal Captain to morrow at the Heads, where a steam flotilla consisting of some 20 vessels are to form an escort to their anchorage in the Bay. I had anticipated having a few days holiday, but all my ideas in that respect were dissipated, by being informed this evening on leaving the office with all the other clerks in the Goods Dpt. that we should be required to assist in the passenger Traffic tomorrow, our duties to commence at 7 am, such meanness such a dog in the manger kind of spirit I never experienced before I know no more about the duties necessary than the greatest stranger. I cannot express the intense disgust I feel on the occasion, so different from what I had expected. I, with others have being forward to the Princes arrival with such pleasure, in the hope of enjoyment, & now to have to be put to do menial porters duties is rather too bad -



The last four days have passed away as a dream. I feel now after the Bustle & excitement attending the Prince Alfreds arrival, like one who after being crushed in a crowd had managed to escape & get into an haven of rest. The Prince was met at the “Heads” by a steam flotilla which accompanied the “Galatea” to her anchorage, the day being observed as a holiday those who tried to do business met with little success, nearly everybody turned [up] those who were able went in the vessels on the Bay those who remained behind lined the beach from St Kilda B to Brighton, the Piers not only at Sandridge but at Williamstown were covered with people eager to see the pageant - Monday was “the” day, when he made his landing, being received on our pier, by all the elite of the Colony Sandridge was crowded with people, windows & Balconies & Stands being full of people eager to display their loyalty Etc - A carriage here met him which heading a procession, the like of which (h)as never been seen or ever will, Im thinking, again in Victoria, in which he entered conveyed him to Melbourne. The procession consisted of Volunteers, Military, & the various Orders of Freemasons - Odd Fellows, Foresters, Etc. Etc. the road was lined with people & at Emerald Hill where a Triumphal Arch was erected, the procession stopped & an address was read from the Borough & some 3000 children sang the National Anthem after which he proceeded on his route. Princes Bridge was beautifully decorated with Arches & Flags, the procession then proceeded to along Swanston St. *into the Town Hall, where he was met by the Mayor (Mr Butters) who read an address, some 10,000 children arranged in Collins St sang the National Anthem when he moved along Collins St as far as William St which he turned into & then came down Bourke St to the Parliament Houses & on to the Treasury where he alighted & some more addresses were delivered after partaking of some refreshment, he left for Toorak. It would be impossible for me to describe Melbourne & its streets with all their trappings & finery, its tens of thousands of spectators, arranged wherever it was possible from ground to roof to obtain a sight of his Royal Highness



the excitement & Bustle & intense enthusiasm. Bands of Music flaunting banners of every country under the sun, decorations wreaths of evergreens, transparencies, well dressed & orderly people everywhere - all formed such a sight as has never, been witnessed I dare say, never will be again in Australia at least in this century. Tuesday, a Levee was held in the Exhibition Building & some 3 or 4,000 gentlemen were presented to him In the evening the town was illuminated & turned out a perfect success - a blaze of triumph, as soon as darkness set in, the various premises, public & private, throughout the city were lighted up & by a little after 9 Pm the whole city was a complete mass of variegated light. In the principal thoroughfares it was like walking through a picture gallery so numerous & varied were the transparences, nearly every building was illuminated the majority of them, with exquisite taste. His Highness, with the Governor, Honbl.-Yorke, Lord Newey made the circuit of the city in a carriage & pair escorted by mounted troopers, he wore a Glengarry cap & looked astonished at the sight which presented itself everywhere he was loudly cheered on his progress - it was after 2 a.m. before it was all over & the crowd found their ways to their respective homes - With regard to myself, I had little share in fun & amusement attending these great doings. Saturday morning, I had to come on Duty at 6.30 Am & was stationed at St Kilda as an assistant porter doing concourse platform duty - all day, to my intense disgust. It is a shame the Company should have done such a disgraceful thing as to insist upon gentlemen doing such menial duties however, I made the best of it, opening carriage doors, & checking tickets Etc - In the afternoon I took a strool on the Esplanade it being crowded with people. I met my mother & sister who had been spending the day at a friends, all were out looking at the Marine flotilla coming in, presenting a very animated & pretty sight. I left St Kilda at 7.30, & came to town



in company with a fellow clerk who was not very sober. We went into an eating house & had a good meal of steak & onions, met my brother Fred there doing the same, he had been to Queenscliff in the “Hero” & had just returned, after finishing, I went up to Carlton with my friend, putting him on his way home - after which I returned into town found the streets densely crowded & nearly all the places illuminated - I was very tired & knocked up, & thought Id go home when I met Miss Wright & her mother & while conversing with the former, the latter managed to get separated from us & we saw no more of her, much to my annoyance for I had promised to go to St Kilda & bring my people home from there during the evening. Miss W. wouldnt think of being left alone so I had to stick to her & see her home 11 pm when I did so, she is a nice girl & a good merry companion, if I had not been so tired I should have enjoyed her society much better than I did. I got home about 11.30. & was not long before I was soon sound asleep - Sunday, morning being tired I did not rise till nearly 10 am. after breakfast being too late for Church, I strooled about town looking at the preparations being made for the Princes reception on Monday. In the afternoon I went to hear the Revd Oswald Dykes, the great Presbyterian minister who preached in Hendersons church on this occasion on behalf of the Ladies Benevolent Society - the church was crowded to excess scarcely standing room to be obtained - The discourse was a most eloquent one & had the desired effect of drawing a large collection from those there - In the evening Miss Baker - & Dick Ryland called & stayd tea with us, after which we parted. I got down to Church too late to get in so waited outside until it was over when I met a lady friend & saw her home - found Clark & Mary at our house who stayd supper after I got home - Monday morning at 8 am I had again to go on duty at St Kilda - stayd there & running up & down the line in the guards van till 12.30 when I got out at Emerald Hill thinking to see the Prince & procession pass by, but was disappointed saw the latter, the former having passed some few seconds



before my arrival. I met here my old Bendigo acquaintances John Drysdale & Price, we walked across the swamps together & managed to get into Collins St & into a good position to see the Prince when he passed there, which we did, got a good glimpse of him, he is a fine manly looking young fellow, & appears to be hardy & well tanned by the sun it must have been very gratifying to him receiving such an ovation on his passing. I lost my friends, but alone I soon reached the Treasury, got another good sight of him when getting out of his carriage. I was glad to get out of the crowd after this, which was thicker at this spot than any other place in town - I walked back to the station found my mother & Bessie very comfortably seated on the stand there that had been erected for the use of the clerks & their families, only stayd a few minutes with them & then went to resume my duties at St Kilda in the train going down, I saw Miss OLeary & Miss Hutly two very pretty girls & on arriving at our destination seeing they were alone, I proposed to a fellow clerk of mine joining their company, all being agreeable we went down to the beach & had a delightful walk to the Red Bluff - made enjoyable by the pleasent company & far from the noise & bustle we had just left, on returning to the station at 5.20 Mr Griffin informed us he could get along without us, & we might go if we liked so I came into town & again joined my ladies walked to Collingwood with them when I left them & went to East Melbourne to Clarks, where I found all our family assembled after a good wash & a good tea I felt a deal livelier & the lot of us sallied forth into Fitzroy Gardens which we found beautifully lighted up with coloured lamps, thousands of people were enjoying the scene



after rambling about for some time we returned to Clarks & partook of a good supper, the Miss Flowers being there - after finishing we left for home reached it about 12.30, tired & weary.- To day, Tuesday, I went to the office found the sheds closed, & no business to be done, an order came for the clerks all to go on the platforms along the line & resume their duties there - a few of us I among the number did not go, for having a deal of back work in the office to do, I was determined to do it in preference to doing porters work - I got out a great number of accounts & remained until 5Pm when I came away, after tea, I & Bessie & Fred went to Clarks met my mother there & Mr Bond - we had engaged a car between us to convey us through the town to see the illuminations, at the price of £1.0.0 we get into it & started but on reaching Spring St we found it impossible to proceed further the road being blocked up with conveyances of every description, after making many attempts, all to no purpose, we were compelled to turn back, we thought we might succeed in effecting an entrance at the other end of the town so drove for Spencer St. found the entrance to it in Flinders St blocked up, & such a Babel of sounds children & women crying & screaming, men cursing & swearing & hollowing horses plunging & kicking, wheels locked Etc, so frightened our ladies that we resolved, seeing no chance of witnessing the illuminations in a vehicle, to get out & walk about the town, a happy idea & one I wish we had con[sidere]d before engaging a cab & such an expense. My mother I put under my own charge & managed to pilot her about in spite of her infirmities, so that she enjoyed the sight well We roamed about among the crowd, saw the Prince and criticized all we saw as much as anybody, until getting tired we left town with reluctance, about 11.30. & made for home found all safe & get to bed.



[1867-12-01-Sunday] Novr.30th.1867
Weather very hot the last few days - not making it very pleasent to the holiday folks who have been abroad during the late demonstrations given in honor to the Prince. Wednesday, busy at the office doing my work as usual in the evening I went to a wedding party at McColls in Moore St. Fitzroy. Miss M (a friend of my sisters), married a young fellow named Barrfoot, about 25 or 30 visitors were present, all crowded in a small room, who tried to be agreeable & make things pleasent I cannot say I enjoyed myself very well, not caring much for the class of people present, my sister & I staid there until about 2 Am next morning – the next day Thursday, was an awful hot day, a hot north wind blowing accompanied with clouds of dust. I went to the office, as usual although the day was observed as a general holiday, being the day of the Free Banquet was to be held in the Zoological Gardens on the Bank of the Yarra opposite the Botanical Gardens. We managed to get away about 2 Pm & *vis[i]t[e]d the place found about 50,000 people present all anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Prince before commencing proceedings the day was [hot] & the people tired hungry & thirsty, they were not disposed to wait longer, & instead of the committee preserving order & method in the distribution of the “good things” provided they found themselves quite unable to do anything & to make things worse, the Prince never came at all, a fact very much to be regretted for if he had, something like order would have been produced, but as it was, there was nothing but rushing pushing crowding & confusion everywhere & before 3 Pm not an atom of food, eatible was to be obtained I was fortunate enough to get a small loaf of Bread which I divided among my friends the most of whom reserved *their share as a momento of the great failure - every body was disapointed & disgusted & expressions of regret were universally uttered, the fountain of wine was rushed



by a lot of low rabble who fought & tumbled & wasted the liquor in a most disgraceful manner & so ended about 5 pm, what all classes had looked forward to since the idea of the affair became known as to be the best & greatest climax of all the “great things” the public was to share in during the Princes visit amongst us - it was a miserable sight to witness the thousands of people with numbers of children, most of whom had been on the ground for hours in the boiling sun unable to get so much as a drink of water unless they went to the River as many did. Adamson & I were together all the afternoon & I dare say few enjoyed themselves more under the circumstances than we did having no one to look after but ourseves, we roamed about meeting many we knew, chaffing & joking on the disappointment so apparent on many countenances - I left about 5 Pm & came home, went to sleep for a couple of hours & at about 9 Pm Bessie & I went to a party at Williams's (Young St) where we found a large number of people assembled, most of whom we knew & all bent upon enjoyment, & plenty of it came to our share - we danced & sang, eat & drink Etc. as is usual on such occasions, until 4 am the following morning, felt rather seedy the next morning, but had to go to business. We were not very busy, so I left about 2 Pm & came home, having a look on the way at the preperations completed for the Prince to lay the foundation stone at the New Town Hall corner of Collins & Swanston St - which said event came off I understand with great eclat, on arriving home I went to bed & slept till near 7 when after partaking tea Bessie & I went to the Library & mixed in the crowd assembled there to hear the singing of the Germans who had get up a Torch light procession & honored the Prince with their escort from the Exhibition Building, where a grand Civic dinner had been held, to Princess Bridge. I saw the procession but did not hear the singing owing to my sister getting so nervous & frightened, being in the crowd so much so I had to take her from it to my intense annoyance We met Miss Wright & her sister & joining together we got



upon the Grand Stand at the Town Hall & there saw the procession pass. It was a strange, wild but picturesque sight, & a very unusual one on British soil. 800 hundred persons were supposed to have taken part in it. it was nearly 11 Pm when it was all over, 12 when I got home having accompanied Miss W. home. Saturday 30th inst – In the afternoon in company with the Bros. Ballantyne – Miss Bishop & Miss Walters & my sister took a Cab & went to Richmond where we hired a boat & had a fine pull up the river to the Tea Gardens, where we indulged in all the luxuries obtainable there & had a good romp & bit of fun Etc. We returned arriving home by 6.30.Pm In the evening I went down town, met Adamson & took a strool together home by by 10 pm - & so has passed one of the most exciting & jubilant weeks ever Victoria has known or will again in this generation I think

Weather been somewhat varied during the week, but fine on the whole. The Prince left Melbourne last Monday & is at present on a tour through the Western districts where he is receiving ovations at every settlement he passes through. Melbourne has lapsed into its original channel since his departure, the people having had a surfeit of royalty the preceding week - Monday evening I spent at home my sister Mary & Miss Cass being here. I saw the latter to the railway Station late at night. Tuesday night I went to see the Japanese Troupe of Jugglers at the Haymarket Theatre, they do some extraordinary feats of skill, in top spinning & balancing Etc. Wednesday evening after tea, I went to Mary's she was out, stayd about an hour with Clark - Thursday, I went to Richardson Singing Class, at the conclusion of the lesson I accompanied Miss Pittman home, stayd at her place some two hours in company with several others there, very



pleasently together, singing Etc. Friday evening, went to Hendersons thinking there was to be a Rehearsal, finding the church in darkness I concluded there was to be none so came home found Clark & Mary here who spent the evening with us – Saturday, afternoon I went to hear the Band play in Fitzroy Gardens, met Mary & Clark & wandered about the grounds with them until 5.15 pm. on reaching home found Miss Hoskins there who stayd tea & spent the evening with us, I seeing her to the Rly Station at 11 Pm. This morning & evening I went to hear Mr Henderson, he preached one of the finest sermons I ever heard to night (All is vanity Etc) This afternoon I took a long walk to the Botanical Gardens, not having been there for the last 3 years. I noticed many changes & improvements since my last visit, they are without exception the most beautiful laid out grounds in the colony & it must astonish a stranger to find so many rare & exquisite plants, shrubs & trees, Etc as have been collected by our clever & talented Botanist Dr.F.Mueller. I was very loath to come away, having only taken a cursory glans of things.

Decr 15th 1867
Weather very unsettled this time of the year. Monday & Tuesday it was very hot Wednesday, Thursday & Friday very wet & cold We have been very slack at the office the last few weeks, but are now likely to be the reverse for some weeks to come, owing to the great number of ships which have arrived & placed alongside our pier - The Prince has been absent nearly all the week at Ballarat, he is at present in Melbourne having arrived here on Friday, he purposes visiting Castlemaine & Sandhurst next week - Monday & Tuesday night I stayd at home except for a short time when I accompanied Adamson to Cleelands to choose a fancy Dress for the coming Fancy Ball, to be given by the Corporation on the 23rd inst. through the kindness of Clark who succeeded in obtaining an invitation for Bessie & I, we purpose honouring the affair with our presence. Wednesday & Thursday night I spent at home. Friday night I attended a rehearsal at the Church owing to the sparce attendance I would not stay - it is to be regretted that members take such little interest in the Choir considering what a fine Organ & congregation their is in connection with the Church some object to the Organist (Mr Russell) some to the secretary (Brown)



& others to the ill arranged way the Choir is formed - being behind the minister & situated badly for listening to the preacher - Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to the Gardens to hear the Band play, in the evening I went down town for a strool, met the Miss Bomenlaus went home with them to ABeckett St stayd at their house till 11 pm very pleasently singing Etc - To day morning & evening I went to the Church as usual in the afternoon I spent reading the life of G.Whitfield.

Decr 22nd 1867
Weather vey fine all the week. Spent my leasure time much as usual, with little profit to myself or anybody else. I often feel ashamed of myself at the anomalous state I have got into, living for apparently without an object except for pleasure & living for ones one pl enjoyment seems selfish & not the thing in my eyes - Monday evening I in company with Marsden went to the Varieties spent a jolly evening there heard some good, bad & very indifferent singing. Tuesday night went to a party at Mrs. Flowers 3 am when we got home next morning Wednesday evening spent at home - Thursday was a fearfully hot day, the Thermometer standing at 105º in the shade went to the Singing Class in the evening, the last night of of the quarter, on my way home I called & stayd for about an hour at Pitmans. Friday night I went to my sister Marys, found Mother there who stayd all night with her as Mr. Clark had gone on a pedestrian tour to Lillydale he returned yesterday afternoon, when I met him in Fitzroy Gardens went home with him & tried on one of his Volunteer officer suits of a fashion now obsolete found it fit me well, so I intend wearing it tomorrow evening at the Fancy Ball, after tea we went together to the Philharmonic Concert given at the New Exhibition Building - the place was crowded,



& on a Dais at the end of the Hall sat the Prince, the Governor, & Elliot Yorke & other notables - the choruses of Athalia were the best I ever heard, the singing of the St Kilda Glees Scy - was also good, although taken together, I have been at many a better concert - at the conclusion of the concert, I met Miss Bonumlaw walked home with her, after 12 when I reached home - This morning & evening went to Church, spent the afternoon strolling about in company with Marsden and Jones -

Decr 29th.1867
This has been a holiday week being X mastime, but I must say I passed it in the most quiet manner, from the fact of not having any money to indulge in any fun or join in any parties or picnics, however I had one nights pleasure which more than compensated me for any loss of enjoyment I may have missed. I allude to the Fancy Dress Ball which event took place on Monday night the 23rd inst. Bessie & I went to Clarks where we dressed, left his place about 9 pm, in a cab, we engaged, for the night – Mary was dressed as a Spanish lady, Bessie going as Colleen Bawn Clark went in the 1st Vict Uniform, I went in a dress of his, when Captain of Engineers, which looked very well on me not very gaudy, but good – on entering the rooms a most indescribable scene presented itself, upwards of 3000 people, some dressed in the most gorgeous manner & all in fancy costumes according to the tastes, or means of the wearer, the latter not having been taken into consideration much, for I have heard many a lady had pawned her piano to purchase dress for the occasion however none appeared to care much about the ways & means of coming for every body appeared happy & delighted & free from care – costumes of all ages & nations could be seen, characters from plays, Books, & poems, Harlequins, Clowns, Pantaloons



Fairies, Gods & Goddesses, sailors & soldiers Etc Etc. The Prince, Vicount Newey & the Governor Etc. were there – few there ever witnessed such a scene or ever will again I think our party left about 5 am the next morning & it was amusing being broad daylight to see the motley crowd wending their way to their respective homes in their strange costumes, all looking vastly different from what they did a few hours before in the gaslighted halls I was terribly knocked up the following night having had to do a hard days work at the office, so I stayd at home & was not long out of bed. X mas morning Fred & I went to St Peters Church & heard some good singing, in the afternoon we took a trip down to Sandridge, roamed about the pier & visited a number of ships. Clark & Mary & Mr. & Mrs Poynton (Clark’s sister & brother in law) spent the evening & stayd supper at our house - Boxing day, I had to go to business in the morning, so that I was unable to go or make any arrangements for joining in a picnic or anything of the sort, however I left the office about 10 pm & took a pass for the Rly visited several stations on the line, pulled up at last in the Survey paddocks where great numbers of picnics were being held among the number the German one. I met many there I knew so I managed to enjoy myself pretty well after all. I left about 6 pm & by train got to the Cricket Ground where I alighted & made for home where I found Miss Baker spent the evening very quietly saw her home about 11 pm, when I got back again - Friday evening I went to Rehearsal at the Church, walked home with Marsden & Miss Brown - Saturday on leaving the office I went to Sandridge to see the Regatta found very few on the pier & the sport, rather slow. I left at 3 pm & came to the Fitzroy Gardens where I met my sister with Miss Baker & Misses Phillips spent an hour or two very pleasently after tea I went for a strool into town – home by 10 pm This morning I went to Hendersons, in the afternoon



I paid my old mate Harry Dight a visit, found him & his wife quite well their baby[2] has grown into a fine handsome boy they seem very happy & were very glad to see me They wanted me to stay tea but I declined They informed me that Rowitts widow (Mary King that was) is at present in town. I fancied I saw her in town the night before - & I feel sorry now I did not accost her – on arriving home found a young lady at our house Katie Langtree, she used to live with us many years ago when a child & has seen many roughings & trials in her life & is now living with an aunt, who it appears makes a Cinderella of her owing to the manner in which her father treated my mother in reference to her she did not like to come & see us, he is dead & hearing of us she came, it was quite refresing to witness the unaffected joy she expressed on meeting us again & talking over with my sister Bessie old times – when they playd together - Fred & I went to Church in the evening. Mr. Henderson preached a most impressive sermon from that position of Luke when, the rich man says to his soul eat drink & be merry, he became very much affected at one time when alluding to the great numbers he had preached to during the past 18 months & finding so very few sincere inquirers, many times, he had thoughts of discontinuing preaching in consequence, for he thinks that if he is not doing good he is doing harm - I hope & trust he will not abandon his calling, if good is to be done in Victoria I feel certain there are none in it more able & earnest in Gods work & capable by their eloquence & abilities to accomplish it than Mr. H. even if he is not reaping he is sowing the harvest

Jany 5th.1868
Weather everything that could be wished by the holiday & pleasure seekers. Pleasure there been any amount of – what with picnics, Fetes by Oddfellows & Foresters – Sunday School children, Races, Etc Etc – the town & suburbs have been quite gay & lively – very little having been done in the way of business during X mas week - tho I think on



the whole people have been much quieter than usual at this time of the year owing I think, to the Princes arrival so soon before the holidays & the many & gay scenes that have taken place in consequence, however, we are to be a little quieter for the future, his Royal Highness having taken his departure from our shores for fresh pastures – in Tasmania, he sailed yesterday in his good ship “Galatea” & I think he cannot complain of the mannner he has been feted here during his stay, enough homage & handshaking to turn any head but that of Royalty – with regard to myself, a more humble being in Creation, but one that may make as large a pile of dust when dead & buried, I have managed to scrape together some atoms of pleasure which taken together makes a good show, not having any money, I had to be very quiet & not indulge in too much or in fact any pleasure or amusement that cost anything - Monday evening G Bond & his married sister Mrs. Taylor spent the evening at our house Tuesday I spent the evening very pleasently at Mrs. Florauns. Wednesday being New Years Day was observed as a holiday. Fred, Bessie & I joined a pic nic party consisting of the Bros Ballantyne & two or three more gentlemen with an equal number of ladies Misses Bishop, Walters, McCatheys (2), Smith, Norris & Mrs Floraun all forming together a very nice party We met at the Yarra (Richmond), where we took a large boat & with a fine box of provisions provided by Hasie we pulled up the River & landed at the Survey Paddock where we choose a nice quiet spot & spent the day in a most enjoyable manner singing, dancing, flirting Etc. We left about 5 pm & enjoyed our pull down the river, landing about 6 pm. 7 when we reached home the distance being nearly 4 miles. – after tea Bessie & I dressed & went to a party at Mrs. Gotchs arrived there about 8.30. found a pleasent lot of folks assembled & all bent upon enjoyment in spite of the exertions of many present who had [been] picnicing at



about – every luxury of the season was provided & our kind host & hostess did all in their power to make things agreeable we had some singing & plenty of dancing, & when tired could go into the cool retreat provided by the Conservatory being thrown open to the company - I was acquainted with the most who were there so there was no feeling of restraint or anything in that way to mar our pleasure – we broke up about 3 am next morning, nearly 4 when we got home regularly done up with our days activity Thursday felt very tired & seedy, & being very busy at the office I felt it severely & hoped I should not be invited out again for some time - In the evening I took a strool into town met Mr. English & had a long chat with him he walked part of the way home with me, on reaching home it was not long before I turned into bed - Friday night in company with Fred I went to the Exhibition Hall, to hear the Concert given by the Victorian Musical Association. Found the place about two thirds full the Governor & Lady being present, the Prince was to have been at it according to advertisement, but all present were doomed to disappointment for he had gone to see a Japanese performance at the Princess Theatre – the concert was miscellaneous, the principal feature in it being the production of a composition called “Galatea Secunda” by Summners, the conductor, some portions of which were tolerable & worth listening to, what pleased me most was a trio for tenor Bass & Sophano & was well sang by Donaldson, Emery & Mrs. Fox. The affair on the whole went rather slow, very little spirit or enthusiasm being displayed either by the performers or the audience, 11 pm when the affair concluded - Saturday afternoon for want of something better to do Bessie & I went to hear the Band play at the Gardens In the evening I took a strool about town. Went to church twice to day, took mother with me this evening heard Mr. H. preach one of his best sermons on the “Continuity of Things” -

Jany 12th.1868
Weather beautiful & cool for this time of the year, in fact I never remember to have experienced such a mild summer since I have been in the colony



every thing in the way, as was expected, of business, is very dull now the Prince has left us. People seem very quiet as if they had been extravagant lately & intended to retrench to make up their deficiencies - Our firm (the Rly) I think is about the busiest in Melb. having a number of ships discharging at the Pier, our sheds are crammed with goods of all description crowded together for want of room – presenting a pleasent contrast to the empty sheds of some weeks past – with regard to myself, I have little else than a recital of a round of pleasure & social phases to note. Monday evening, my sister Mary & Ellen & Effie Flower spent at our house, all enjoying ourselves pretty well, Fred & I seeing them to their respective homes at between 11 & 12 pm - Tuesday night I went to the Haymarket Theatre, to hear the New Italian Opera Company in “Ernani” they produced it very well, but I cant say I liked the sophano Signora Ida Vitelli, or the Tenor “Devoti”, but the Bass & Baritone, Bertolini & Antoni, are without exception the best singers & possess the best voices I ever heard in my life - I was highly delighted with the performance, & I was astonished there was such a poor house to receive them in only their second appearance, perhaps it was owing to the Opera being so little known the music is very difficult, being set so very high that it tests the voice too much - Wednesday evening I spent at my sister Marys house. Thursday evening after tea I went to South Yarra & spent the [evening] at Casses, my sister Bessie having gone there in the afternoon. I found rather a large party there, & all enjoying themselves, as usual, singing, playing cards, & forfeits & other parlour games. I am getting quite sick of that sort of thing & was very glad when we got away & caught the last train for town. 12 pm when we get home tired after our long walk some two miles from the station. Friday night, I went to Rehearsal at the Church, walked home with one of the lady members of the Choir. On getting home found Mrs. & Miss Smart here – saw them home. Met Jessie who has just returned from Geelong, & Ballarat where she has been staying the last 2 months, & owing to my coolness) or cruelty



as she termed it, has managed to my delight to cease to think of me as anything more than friend. I hear she is engaged to be married to a Mr Wilson of Ballarat who has for a long time been after her – I do not know whether the report is true, but I hope it is - Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to the Gardens In the evening I went to hear the Opera of the “Elixer of Love” in which the new Bass, Antoni came out to advantage - Went as usual to Church morning & evening this day. Mary & Clark came to dinner & spent the day with us.

Jany 19th.1868
Weather very unsettled, in fact more like winter than summer spent my time rather dull, if anything this week being very busy at the office felt very little inclination to go out much in the evening. Wednesday evening I went to see “Dragon Troupe of Japanese, consisting of some dozen performers, who go through & do the most extraordinary feats of conjuring, juggling, balancing, tumbling, Etc Etc. such as few Europeans have ever witnessed before, among the party are three women, one of whom put to shame by comparison any European performer on the slack rope, on which she walks from the stage to the Boxes & back without the aid of pole or anything to balance her - Thursday night, I joined for another quarter, Richardsons Singing Class, he proposes giving a concert shortly by the members we had a good rehearsal, the principals singing really well Operatic music being the description chosen for the occasion – Friday night, I stayd at home. Jessie Smart called & spent the evening at our house I saw her home, had a long chat on a variety of subjects not worth alluding to here – though I have given her every cause, as she says, for her to hate me & that I have treated her shamefully, yet she cannot help liking me I sincerely wish & hope it may not be long before she is married her sister Annie is to be married on the 21st inst after which the rest of the family are going away to live at Ballarat. Saturday rained all day, spent the afternoon reading Dickens “Sketches by Boz”. In the evening took a strool into town met my old friend (English) had a long chat with him, got wet through



on leaving him on my way home - Wrote a long letter to Hamilton during the week - Mail arrived from England last week no news from Father, much to our disappointment - This morning & evening I went to Hendersons. In the afternoon I took a walk for about an hour, after the service was over this evening I called at St Marks Church on my way home –

Jany 26th.1868
Monday. busy at the office. In the evening I went to Mrs. Florauns, several pleasent people there spent a jolly night singing dancing Etc. nearly 1 am (21st) when Bessie & I got home - Tuesday night I went to hear the Italians in “Trovatore” Wednesday night, I went to Mrs. Florauns staid there till nearly 9 pm from there to Wrights, where I met Bessie, & remained till after 10pm came home & afterwards went to Smarts party given in honour of Annies marriage with Mr Boorman – found a number of jolly people there, most of whom I knew, my mother being amongst the number. We left about 1 am the next morning - Thursday evening I went to Richardsons - Friday night spent with Jessie Smart Saturday afternoon I went to St Georges Hall to a rehearsal of the Concert to be given by Richardsons there (Wednesday next) In the evening I went to see the Haymarket Theatre in company with A Ballantyne & heard Lucy Escott & Squires in Maritana after which the Daughter of the Regiment was given very creditably by the Italians, who are gaining ground in the public estimations This morning & evening went to Church. In the afternoon I took a strool. After the service was over this evening, Fred & I accompanied a Miss Robinson home, no joke of a walk, nearly hour to Abbotsford - The weather has been fearfully hot the last few days.

Feby 2nd 1868
The weather has been lovely the last few days, making a pleasent contrast to last week. I have been very busy at the office, nothing else of much importance



occuring to me, & as for public matters they concern me so little or else I take so little interest in them that I seldom ever refer to them in my journal, at present, we have the Elections going on & of course there is considerable excitement in reference to their results. Last Monday, a person called on me, a Miss Lewarne a passenger by the Otago S.S from N.Z. she brought me a letter from my old friend Hamilton who informs me he has been discharged from his situation as Gold Receiver of the Gold Fields Dept. & not being satisfied with the manner of his discharge, he proceeded at once to Wellington the seat of the Govt. where he explained his case, so eloquently that he was reinstated with a higher salary, & when he wrote to me he was on board the Steamer returning to his family. His letter as usual is very humorous. Monday evening I spent at Clarks. Tuesday I went to a Rehearsal at St Georges Hall. Wednesday evening the Concert took place, a most decided success, in every way, at its conclusion & when the people had left the place all the pupils with a few friends remained & we had a dance. I remained till 1.am. when I left for home Thursday night I went to Harry Dights house, he was absent I stayd about an hour with Mrs. D - Friday evening, I went to hear Verdis new Opera (in English) which he called “The Masked Ball” I was doomed to dissapoint for after two Acts had been produced it was announced that owing to the indisposition of Lucy Escott (the “Prima Donna”) they could not give us the rest, so to make up they gave us the last two acts of Sonnambula with Beaumont & G.Warden, which same was not worth listening to, having been put on the stage with -out any preperation - on leaving the Theatre I met Mr & Mrs. Dalrymple walked down the street with them. Saturday afternoon in company with Bessie I went to hear the Band play, met Miss Wright & walked about with her. After tea I called at Smarts, took Jessie out for a walk, much to her mothers disgust We did not stay out long – for I was home by 10.20.pm - Sunday, morning went to Church, spent the afternoon reading in the evening went to Church, met Jessie Smart at the door Fred & I walked home with her - Today is my 29th.birthday Feby 2.



Feby 9th 1868
The weather has been hot, more especially the first few days of the week. Nothing of importance to myself having occurred I have little to note. Monday evening I spent at home my sister Mary, Miss Effie Flower & Eleanor Wright & Mr. G Bruce spending the evening with us, broke up about 11 pm I seeing Miss Wright home. Tuesday evening Bessie & I spent at Mrs. Florauns. Wednesday evening I spent at Smarts. Thursday went to the singing class, on leaving it I went to Clarks Mary playd & sang for about an hour. Mother had been spending the day with her, late when I got her home - Friday night Fred & I went to Abbotsford & sang a couple of songs each at a concert given at Drakes School Room – for the Benefit of a Sunday School. The night was very hot, & the place crowded made it anything but agreeable work singing – after it was over we went to Drakes house being moonlight he showed us his garden which is a fine one. We then took our leave but not before discussing the merits of a bottle of his home made wine - Saturday afternoon I stayd at home gardening & reading in the evening took a strool about town. My leasure hours Ive spent reading Dickens’s “Martin Chuzzlewit” a book full of humour, & good provincial every day characters - Went to Church twice to day. Mr. H. preached one of the finest sermons he has delivered since he has been in his new church, this morning, on the relation of the Church to families - spent the afternoon reading On leaving church this evening I met Jessie Smart walked home with her, her mother & self are going to leave Melbourne for Geelong next week -



Feby 16th.1868
Been lovely weather during the week. I have been rather slack at the office owing to the falling off of shipping at our pier it is much to be regretted that owing to bad legislation our commerce is so rapidly declining, it makes us employees rather dispondent being in receipt of poor salaries, and trade falling away does not give us any hope of their being increased. I wish I could see an opening into something better. I have thought very seriously of trying my fortune in Japan, the ports of that country I hear are at last to be opened up for commerce, many European commercial houses purpose opening branch establishment at the more important places. Many have left and others thinking of doing the same from Melbourne. I dont blame those who have enterprise sufficient for the attempt, & I sincerely hope their efforts will be rewarded for there is very little prospect at present in Victoria for a young man getting on – things having gone so backwards the last few years here. The English mail arrived (before her time the (12th.) on Wednesday, the news by it are not very important, excepting the unsettled state of the Fenian movement, this disaffected clique have been rising & meeting in all the towns in England & Ireland causing a deal of mischief & uneasiness, the war in Abyssynia is progressing, troops & stores having been landed there



but it is surmised that it will be a long time before the British consuls & prisoners now in King Theodores power will be liberated - Mother had a long letter from Father who is in rather indifferent health, he informs us further about my long lost Uncle, John Thomas, who had not been heard of for 20 years & was supposed to be dead, it appears he is alive & had written to England from New S Wales or N.Z. & that any communication made to the Union Bk there or Melbourne (so I understand) would find him. I lost no time in calling at the Bk. but I could hear nothing concerning such a person, it is very extraordinary, & to make it more complicated, in case he turns up, is the fact that his annuity his father left him has been divided & is now partly spent & partly in the hands of Uncle Joseph who will have to “stump up” which will prove a hard thing for him to do, being so fond of money & so miserly for my own part I should like him to turn up – I dont care whether its to our interest or not. Father & those at home judging from the tenor of this letter dont appear particularly well pleased at his turning up - Monday evening I took a strool about Fitzroy met Miss Wright saw her home & stayd about an hour at her house Tuesday Bessie & I spent the evening at Bakers in Hoddle Street. Wednesday Miss Wright spent the evening at our house I saw her home about 9 pm. on leaving her I went to Smarts



to bid Jessie good bye as she was going the following day to Geelong. Thursday evening went as usual to the singing class at Richardsons had a couple of hours good practise, home by 10pm. Friday evening being wet, I did not go as I thought of doing to the Rehearsal at the Church, but spent the evening at Jim Stewarts, Rathdowne St. found him more com- -fortably settled than when last I visited him, his wife is well & able to knock about. I spent the evening very pleasently with them. Saturday afternoon I joined a large party of friends in a boating excursion to the Tea Gardens, where we regaled ourselves with refreshments & dancing & singing, got back again to the punt at 7 pm. I called at Mrs Florauns & after having a good wash I went to hear the Opera of “Un Ballo in Maschera” a new Opera by Verdi & in my opinion far superior to any he has hitherto produced I was very much pleased & I am sorry the season is closed, time it was! according to the Managers statement – who informed the public that for 6 weeks performances the four new singers (two of whom are without exception the finest artists that have appeared in the colonies,) only shared between them £50. which must be very discouraging, the fact is there are too many places of amusement open at present in Melbourne, no less than 3 theatres, and about 3 other first class entertainments held in Halls & Concert Rooms – it is impossible for them all to be supported - Lennox was with me all the evening – 12 pm when I got home. Went to church to day, Mr. Gossman in the morning, Mr Fletcher in the evening, spent the day reading. I walked home with Miss Pitts after the service -



Feby 23rd.1868
Been lovely weather all the week. Very busy at the office. I must think of making an application for an increase of salary. Monday Miss Adamson & Emily Walters with Jim & Alf Ballantyne spent the evening at our house 12 when we broke up Tuesday evening I spent at Marys. Wednesday evening Bessie & I spent at Wrights. Thursday went to the Singing Class. Friday I went to the Rehearsal at the Church, left about 9.30. & called at Mrs. Florauns stayd there till 11.30. singing & dancing Etc - Saturday afternoon, I was working very hard in the garden till 4 pm when I dressed & went to the gardens, met several there I knew. After tea I took a strool into town, rambled about with J Ballantyne & Young Kyte till 10pm. This morning I went to Church Mr. Price preached, spent the afternoon reading till 4 pm when I took a strool to the Cemetery, went to Church in the evening & on arriving home who should I find at our house, to my astonishment, but Mr. & Mrs Watmuff (my fathers cousin) & my fathers long lost brother John Thomas he is a most extraordinary looking being with only one eye & if his hair was grey would look 90 years of age, he is so wrinkled & withered looked with the toil & hardship he has undergone during his chequered life. He informed us that he has been knocking about the colonies the last sixteen years partly in Tasmania & partly in Victoria & N S Wales



he looks like a rough tough old Bushman, no flesh on his bones & the skin hanging on them like old parchment, he appears to be a jolly goodnatured sort of fellow, rough in his speech & manners, but possessing I should imagine a good kindly heart easy going, but still very shrewd, he looks, what he is, a wreck of a reckless, jolly neer do well, presenting quite a contrast to my father, who is so very gentlemanly & fastidious in all things - The reason he states for not writing home was, having no one but himself to think about & never being in actual want, he thought he would let his money accumulate until he got too old to work & then he would have it in his old age. He has been living the last 7 years in the neighbourhood of Fort Bourke, some 700 miles in the interior, on the Darling River, where he has been employed in prospecting for country for squatting stations, some twelve months ago he was prostrated with fever and ague & was ill a long time & his money ran short, & while ill he thought he would write home, which he did to Uncle Joe, (his brother) who has the use and control of Uncle John Thos money since leaving England. He requested him to send out to the Bk of N.S.Wales Melb. the sum of £50. to enable him to go to England, he left Fort Bourke about three months ago on getting somewhat recovered and travelled to Melb - where he arrived yesterday, on calling at the Bk of N S W where he had told Uncle Joe to send him money he found none there. Poor fellow, he didnt know what to do, he went down to the wharves thinking of going over to Tasmania but finding no vessel that would employ him he had to think of something else. Some years ago when he was in Melbourne he had accidently heard there was a family living at Richmond named Watmough & imagining it might be some relatives who for some reason had changed the name slightly, he wended his way there, & discovered they were no relatives, but they informed him there were some



people the same name as himself, living in Collingwood with this information he managed by enquiring to find out Mr. & Mrs. S.Watmuff, (second couzins of mine) who made him welcome, they knew him when he was a boy in Lincolnshire, so to day they brought him to our house. Of course we have made him as welcome as we could, he purposes writing home to Uncle Joe again & insisting upon him sending him his money & in the meantime he will go up the Bush until he get a reply, we have promised never to see him want & I intend to give him £5 in the morning to enable him to go to where he is thinking of doing somewhere on the Goulburn River on Blakes Station, where he hopes to get employment – he would not sleep at our house, Mrs. W on the Flat having made him promise to stop with her while he stays in town. I think it awful cruel of his brother Joe in not writing at once on hearing of his turning up & welcoming him as one from the grave I know if it had been a brother of mine I should feel so overjoyed that anything like personal considerations would have been as nothing I fancy Joe must have made use of J.Thos. money thinking he was dead, without having administered to his property or made proper enquiries whether he was living or dead - I suppose our family will be affected somewhat in our prospects by this but for my own part I care little, it would afford me more joy seeing poor J.Thos in possession of his own, than having it myself -

March 1st.1868
Weather very fine, very busy at the office, several large ships at the pier. Monday evening my Uncle John Thomas called and spent the evening at our house



Bessie & I went to Mr Gotchs, spent a very pleasent evening, there being several people present, of a sociable *turn, a Mrs. Ross from Sydney, a Miss Riedle, Mr Conaut & Mr. Laby. - Tuesday evening I spent at home my Uncle being at our house. I walked down to Hoddle St with him he left Melbourne the next morning for the Goulburn where he purposes staying until he hears from England, in reply to the letters he has sent to Uncle Joe & Aunt Sarah. John Bruce & G Bond with Effie Flower were also at our house - Wednesday evening I spent at Clarks 12 pm when I got home Thursday evening I went to Richardsons Singing Class walked home with 3 young lady pupils who live in our neighbourhood, in the day time I went to the Treasury to the Registrar Generals office, to see if my brother Charles birth (which took place on board the Ship Brothers” on our voyage out from England 18 years ago) had been registered, after paying 2/6 I was informed it had not been but on payment of another 5/. I got the certificate of the registration of his death & burial, which I purpose sending home by the mail. Hearing Dr Hedley of Sale was the Doctor who came out in the ship with us, I wrote to him, requesting him to furnish me with a Certificate of Charles birth. I hope he will attend to it before the Mail leaves here which it does on the 4th. there is a deal of bother attending these things, & also expense as I have told father it is like sending good money in search of bad money - Friday night I spent at Clarks. Saturday afterday Clark & Mary Bond & Bruce Bessie & I Rekowski & self formed a party and went up the River enjoyed our- -selves very much. On arriving home, found Miss Hoskins at our house, who stayd till 11 pm I had to see her to the train after that, a four mile walk there and back



& not feeling inclined for it I did not relish it - I have no patience with ladies staying at houses until all hours uninvited & then expect gentlemen to see them home Etc. I am getting tired of that sort of thing. Sunday, to day, this has been one of the hottest days this summer, a hot wind accompanied with clouds of burning sand & dust, enough to half smother a person, & the sun was fearfully strong. The thermometer stood as high as 105º in the shade & 146º in the sun, a pleasent change took place about 8.30 pm making it more agreeable.

March 8th.1868
Weather has been fearfully hot all the week, not one cool day, the thermometer standing about 90º in the shade nearly every afternoon at 2pm. I was somewhat surprised last Tuesday morning by my Uncle John Thomas who I thought had left town last week, calling upon me at the office, he said he had not felt well since he visited us, & his object in calling upon me was to make a will, it was entirely at his own suggestion nothing that ever any of our family said could have induced him to think we had any idea of his doing such a thing in our favour. The next day I drew up a Will at his own dictation in which he states he gives, devises & bequeaths the whole of his property of whatever nature whatsoever real & personal unto his brother Stephens children, share & share alike & making me sole executor. I dont know what his



property consists of, if he has not a penny to bless himself with in this colony, but I believe he has an annuity of £40 or £50 ayear which he has not drawn upon for the last 18 years, & there is the principal from which the income is derived from, all of which is in Uncle Joe's possession he having had the use of the same during that period tho I have heard some of the interest had been divided, but of this I have some doubt, however, such as there is it was very thoughtful & considerate for him to leave it to us, tho, I dont place much dependence on John Thomas, he is a queer fish & if he gets hold of his own would soon spend it & make it fly, he signed the will in the goods office of the Railway I am employed at, the witnesses being Thomas Rooke & Benjn.D.Smith on the 4th.March, 1868
- He spent Tuesday evening at our house & part of Wednesday when he bade us good bye once more stating he was going up the country for a few months, the following morning, judge my surprise on Friday evening on arriving home to hear from mother that he had been at our house drunk, he having spent all the money mother had given him & wanting to see me, he left word when he was staying at some low public house in Russell St & wanted me to call on him the following morning, which I did but found him not at home, however he called at the office looking a sorry fright. I promised to try and get him some more money but only on condition that he left town, for it is disgraceful for a man like him coming to our house in such a state - in the afternoon I called upon him found him in company of about half a dozen dirty looking fellows, who had that peculiar look attending those gentlemen who have been sent out from England at their countrys expense for their countrys benefit, but who Uncle informed me were shepherds, & purposed going up the country at once. I gave him £1.0.0 & a lot of clothes, informing him not to spend it in town but



to make the best use of it, for I could not give him any more & I also gave him to understand that he must not come to our house again unless he came sober. I dont wonder at his relatives in England not wishing him to return there, for I heard he used to disgrace them frightfully when he was home & so I bade him good bye, & I trust we shall not be annoyed with him again, since his sojourn in Melbourne he has been living at Mrs. Watmuffs Hoddle St, who I believe was very kind to him, but with whom he did not leave on the best of terms. Monday night the two Miss Cases, Geo Bond & Bruce spent the evening at our house. Tuesday evening Miss Baker & her brother called I walked home with them Thursday night I went to the singing class Friday night I went to Clarks on my way home a large fire was raging at the corner of Peel & Cambridge St Collingwood which consumed 8 houses. Saturday afternoon after leaving Uncle John Thomas, I went to the picture Gallery at the Library, & looked with pleasure on some beautiful pictures that have lately been added to the collection, on leaving there I went to Fitzroy Gardens, met Miss Baker & took a long walk with her. After tea, I went to town knocked about with Adamson went to the Polytechnic with him stayd about ½ an hour there on leaving there I met a party of friends who had been boating. My sister was among the party we went through the Market - nearly 11 pm when we arrived home. Very hot to day, went to church night & evening a Mr Nemo preached. I walked home with Susan Woodruffe I have been put to considerable trouble & expense this week in my endeavours to procure the certificate of my brother Charles birth, it appears the birth was never registered on the ships arrival, but hearing that Dr Hedley of Gipps



Land came out with us & attended my mother during her confinement, I wrote to him requesting him to furnish me with a certificate of the birth, he wrote me word that he had to make a declaration before a magistrate, which cost me £1.1.0 & had to get the signature of the magistrate (Pearson) certified to by a notary (Willan) in Melbourne which cost me another £1.1.0. I sent the lot to England by the Mail so I hope Father now will have possession of all that is necessary to enable him to settle the Chancery case -

March 15th.1868
Weather has been beautiful & cool, annoyed considerably at the beginning of the week by my uncle who I had thought was gone up the country, it appears he spent the money I gave him on Saturday so he came to me on Wednesday with a cock & Bull tale saying he was starving & had lost his swag & all he had I told him I could do nothing more for him, the week before last we gave him £5, Saturday another £1.0.0 now again a few shillings, its shameful we should be bothered in such a manner by him. The next day Thursday he went to Fred & wheedled some silver out of him. We have seen nothing of him since. I never saw a dirtier & more disreputable character in my life than he is, all the clothes I gave him he has parted with, lost even his hat. I dont care if he never turns up again unless he can keep sober & look a little more respectable - he was very cautious in his conduct before the Mail left here, so we could not write home anything bad about him. Monday & Wednesday evenings I went to Beers Chapel to rehearsals for a concert that took place there on Thursday night, in connection with a Tea Meeting during the affair we heard of a dreadful crime being committed in Sydney, the attempted assassination of Prince Alfred our late public guest, by a man named OFarrell, who at a picnic where the Prince was, very deliberately shot at him from behind



in a most cowardly manner the ball entering his back and lodging in his abdomen. The wretch was not satisfied but fired again at him but someone near by knocked the pistol one side but not before it was too late for the ball passed the prince & lodged in the heel of a Mr. Thorn, Mayor of Sydney, who is not expected to live suffering as he is from lockjaw. The bullet was not extracted from the Prince till yesterday. The most intense excitement prevails among all classes, more so from the fact of its being discovered that the man is one of a band of Fenians who had drawn lots who was to do the deed. Indignation meetings have been held throughout the colonies to exress their sympathy for the Prince & also their abhorance to the crime, it was with the greatest difficulty the police prevented the people of Sydney from exercising summary punishment on the assasin Irishmen are in bad repute just now & I have heard many affirm that they are ashamed to acknowledge the land of their birth. The Roman Catholic & Fenian sympathisers proposed holding a mock funeral in honour of the Fenians who have lately been living in England for the murder of Constable Brett, on the 17th.inst St Patricks Day, but while the public are so incensed by the late outrage, I dont think they will carry out their purpose. Friday evening went to the Church Rehearsal at Hendersons. Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to the Gardens to hear Band play. In the evening I went to Theatre Royal & saw performed the Colleen Bawn & a Burlesque called Acis & Galatea - a change for me but awful rubbish to sit out [on] a hot night - Went to Church night & morning, it was quite refreshing to see the place crowded again. Mr. H. returned from Tasmania during the week & appears greatly improved in health & also in appearance. In the afternoon I went to Sandridge Rly Pier, met Finley and two young ladies there with whom I kept company with & visited several ships that were alongside - Went to church in the evening,



densely crowded, & very hot - after the service I walked home with pretty S.Woodruffe.

March 22nd 1868
Weather very fine. Nothing of importance to relate, the Prince is pronounced out of danger. Mr Thorn who was shot in the foot, is still in a precarious state, the man OFarrell is to be tried next week. I sincerly trust for the credit of the colonies, that he will prove to be insane tho’ he admits himself as being one of a party who drew lots to kill the Prince & further states he had on two other occasions been on the point of making the attempt, the bloodthirsty villain, hanging is too good a death for him - The Mail arrived on the 18th inst from England no letters from father, mother received a long Letter from Mrs. Capt Lane, written in Calcutta – describing E.I. life - they were on the point of leaving for Bombay, Monday night, I went to an anniversay meeting at the Brunswick St. Wesley Church. Js.Dare & other ministers spoke, there was some good singing, one young fellow not more than 20 years of age named Ben Clarke, sang “Comfort Ye” from the Messiah very creditably – Tuesday night I staid at home. Wednesday night I went for a strool into town, called on my way home at Mr & Mrs. Baumans (Annie Smarts) found my sister Bessie there, did not stay long, home by 10pm. Thursday, my mother & Mary went to Brighton where they purpose staying for a week or so. I think the change will do them a deal of good - in the evening I went to Richardsons Friday night I went to Rehearsal at the Church, practiced some pieces, our organist Mr. John Russell is going to leave the colony next month in the “Moravian” & it is



proposed to give a concert for his benefit - he is a man very much respected & at one time held the position of conductor to the Philharmonic Society here, he has been very unfortunate in business, and has grown very cross & irritable - to much so for a leader of a choir. I fancy there are few in the choir who will regret his departure – Saturday afternoon I stayd at home, digging up the garden in the evening I went to town met Clark walked about with him for some two hours. This morning Bessie went to Brighton to see mother she will not return till tomorrow so Fred & I are keeping bachelors hall together. Bessie left us plenty to eat but then a piece of Roast Beef she had cooked, we found on coming home to dinner a subject of discussion between three cats, who had managed to get it out from under a wire dish cover, so we have had to put up with makeshift meals I went to Church morning & evening, in the afternoon I took a long strool about the Cemetery. After service was over in the evening I walked home from the church with a pretty girl belonging to the choir

March 29th.1868
Weather very unsettled. Mother still down at Brighton pretty busy at the office. Monday & Thursday evening I attended the rehearsals for Russells concert. Wednesday on leaving the office I went to Brighton, found Mother & Mary very comfortably settled at a lodging house there. I stayd until 10.30, with them Met Emily Walters at the St Yarra Station on leaving the train at Melbourne I walked home with her & Perryman to Carlton. Friday evening went to the Church, as usual having more fun than music. I never met with such



a jolly lot of girls as our choir contains, there are a few sober sided ones, & well there is or I am sure the rest would get into bad repute. I suppose things will be altered when we get our new conductor (David Lee) Saturday it rained all day without intermission so I was compelled to remain in doors. Passed the time reading Etc - Went to church this morning & evening. Mr. H. preached on each occasion very powerful & eloquent sermons. In the afternoon I went out for strool & much to my surprise met Jessie Smart, whom I had thought in Geelong, she was in a pecular mood, having got hold of something or another respecting what I have said about acquaintanceship I met her again after leaving Church & we took a long walk together & I strongly recommended the propriety of our acquaintance being severed & so we stand at last much to my satisfaction, under present circumstances.

April 5th.1868
Winter set in, weather gloomy & overcast one or two very wet days. Fred received a letter from Uncle John Tom, dated at Benalla & stating that he was "hard up" & requesting him to send him some money. I never heard of such impudence Fred declined doing so, & I am sure I would not have done so had not mother persuaded me to send him a £1.0.0 which I could very ill spare, on Wednesday (to P.O. Seymour I called at the Bank of N.S.W. to see if there was a letter from Uncle Joe to him laying there, but found on enquiring there was not, Monday night I went to Rehearsal. Tuesday evening I went down to Brighton to see mother & Mary took a pleasent strool on the beach before dinner, came home by the 8.11. pm train. Wednesday night I sang at Carlton at an entertainment. On leaving there went to the Church to Rehearsal. Thursday night dreadfully wet



Russells concert took place, considering the wet night I was greatly astonished to find the place well filled with regard to the entertainment it was one of the best concerts ever given in Melbourne solos & choruses from Judas Maccabeus, Elijah, Samson, Creation & Messiah, some of the performers being the best musicians in the colony, at its conclusion I had the pleasure of paying the fare for one of the young ladies. Friday night went to Rehearsal. Saturday night I went to the Theatre had a jolly good laugh witnessing the Drama of the “Pilot” & the Burlesque, “Acis & Galatea”. Went to Church as usual night and morning. In the afternoon I took a strool to the Cemetery.

April 14th.1868
Weather very cold if changeable, being Easter week we had some holidays & I must say I never spent a pleasenter time. Monday, night I stayd at home Mary being at our house I saw her home. Tuesday night I went to Stewarts with a friend named West, stayd there till 9 pm, & then came home. Wednesday 8th. night I went to a wedding party at Mrs. Flowers, her daughter Emily was married to a Mr. Turner of Beechworth. I didnt see either of them, having left town immediately after the ceremony - I went about 9 pm & found about 50 people present, all bent upon spending a jolly night which we did dancing until 4 am the next morning Thursday night I went to Richardsons Singing class & joined for another quarter (10/-) practiced some glees & choruses. Friday (being invited to spend my holidays at Kidgells Balaclava) I arose at 6 am reached the train by 7.10 & went there found several people present who had been invited, after



breakfast some of the party on horseback & others in Ks buggy we travelled for about 4 miles to Harrymans (Caulfield) where we were joined by Mr. & Mrs. H. & Mrs. Hs two sisters fine jolly girls Alice & Florence Webb, left there about about 11 & had a delightful drive to Mordialloc on the Sea shore some 15 miles from Melbourne where we camped & had some fine fun & discussed the vituals Etc we brought with us. We engaged a boat & went out on the sea a short distance the wind & surf being rather strong after an hours sail we made for the shore & with some difficulty got all landed but not before nearly meeting an accident the boatman, owing (to) the boat rocking lost his balance & turned a somersault into the sea very nearly carrying me with him my hat went overside & got a ducking I caught hold of the mans shirt & saved him from getting washed away, he managed to scramble ashore We had a splendid drive home to Kidgells where we found a good tea awaiting us. after washing & refreshing ourselves we turned to & made a night of it dancing & singing I & my sister Bessie slept there that night Next morning Saturday after breakfast I came into town by train came home & had a bath & changed my clothes & went down to the Kidgells again on arriving there I was shocked to find that during my absence a sad accident had happened to one of the visitors, Mr. Schoefield, It appeared a lot had got into the buggy for a drive & Mr S. sat behind & not having much room had slipped off & falling between the wheels had got his leg terribly cut & bruised so much so that it will be some weeks before he will be able to get about again I was exceedingly sorry, for he is such a young fellow he is one of the Revd. Henderson's most promising collegian students, a good Christian. I was forcibly struck by the



manliness & fortitude he displayed in his misfortune never murmuring or complaining - thankful it was no worse & regretting he should be the cause of the *pity sorrow in the breasts of those around. In the afternoon we drove to Harrymans & visited the racecourse where some Races of a local character were being held I was on horseback & enjoyed myself very much flirting with the Miss Webbs. We were sorely pressed to remain the night at Harrymans, but knowing Kidgell was expecting us at his house we were forced to decline on arriving at Kidgells we found some more visitors *had arrived (Mrs. & Miss Saunders, & such a pretty girl named Webber.) I got very intimate with the latter & was very loath to leave at night when I did, with G. Ferer, coming to town by the last train, arrived home by 12 pm rather tired, next morning, Sunday, went to Church stayd at home in the afternoon, went to Church in the evening, walked home with Jessie Smart. Next morning, Monday, I went down to Balaclava again found Mr. Schofield much better & Miss Webber as charming as ever, & all apparently glad to see me down again. We spent a pleasent quiet morning singing, reading, flirting Etc, till 3 pm when we all went for a drive to Harrymans where we spent two hours ditto, drove home on our *own & stopped at a Mr Evans who made us very welcome where we had tea after which, things were cleared away & the piano opened & we had dancing & singing till 2 am this morning little Miss Arthur was there & sang as usual beautifully she is one of the merriest little girls I ever knew, on arriving home at Kidgells we sat up another hour, being Leap year



Miss Webber proposed to me & I accepted her & we are engaged (query) where the engagement is considered seriously by both parties. This morning we met at Breakfast & had a jolly laugh at each other, after breakfast the horses were saddled & Kidgell drove Miss W & I into town & so my holidays terminated, having to go to office work this morning. I was surprised last Thursday by receiving a letter from J.Hamilton, written & posted in Sydney. I had thought he was comfortably settled for life in Dunedin but he now informs me that having been made a tool of & kicked from pillar to post by the Provincial Govt. of Otago his life was fairly worn out, & hearing the Steamer Albion which was laying at Pt. Chalmers had been chartered by a Sydney firm to convey cargo to Japan, he applied for the Supercargo's billet & got it, having a desire to go there, he thinks it a very good opportunity to see what kind of place it is and whether there is any chance of doing anything there or not. They are at present receiving cargo & purpose leaving for Japan via Fiji Islands on the 1st.May, he desired me to make all enquiries respecting the place I could in Melbourne, but from all I can hear, I dont think there is a very good opening for people without capital. I do not like to inform him of what I knew of Japan for fear of dis- -couraging him, he left Mrs. H & little ones in Dunedin, I wrote to him on Tuesday. Poor Jim he has had a deal of knocking about since I knew him I hope he will at last come out all right, tho I do not approve of his present step, if he had been a single man without encumberances I would have recommended the step & applauded his pluck, but I cannot reconcile his leaving his wife & family to the tender mercies of strangers & the suspense she must endure during what must be a long seperation Jim wishes me to write occasionally to his wife



April 19th.1868
Weather lovely, felt somewhat dull after my holidays as is always the case when the reaction takes place after excitement. The English mail arrived on Wednesday no letter from father, public news not much importance except Disraeli being made Premier of England a honour he has long sought for. Tuesday evening went home found all well, staid at home. Wednesday evening, Mr. & Mrs Johnson & my sister Mary spent the evening at our house Thursday evening went to Richardsons. Friday night I went to the Carlton Penny Readings. Saturday afternoon went to the Gardens for a walk met a number there I knew In the evening I went to town being showery left early & called at Jim Stewart & had some singing didnt leave till 11.pm. this morning & evening I went to Church but did not take my accustomed place in the Choir we have a new organist David Lee & I do not approve of the manner he has treated members of the choir so I do not think I will join it again Mr. Pringle organist of St Francis Catholic church pd me a visit on Saturday, he try to prevail upon me to join his choir as first tenor. I did not think myself qualified for the position being a poor reader but he promised to instruct me & work me up in the solo & connected pieces if I would consent, but I declined, had it been a Protestant place of worship I would have jumped at the chance for the sake of the tuition, let alone the £32 per year, I should have received had I accepted the offer



he is the best instructor in the colony, & I have no doubt he would have made me a tolerable singer in time - bother the singing, it gets me into a deal of company & creates annoyance, by being continually pressed to sing & assist at all manner of entertainments I am fond of music but I enjoy it in a private manner This afternoon I took a walk as far as Et Melbourne called at Mary's did not stay long, on leaving the Church this evening I took a long walk with Geo’ Bond conversing upon spiritual subjects Etc -

April 26th 1868
Weather lovely, not very busy at the office, time gone by rather pleasently Monday night I went to the Theatre Royal. Tuesday I spent at Clarks. Wednesday I went to the Carlton Readings & sang a couple of songs there, met Jessie Smart, Barman & his wife walked home with the former. Thursday, went to Richardsons Friday went to the Readings at the Trades Hall, heard some good things. The Chairman C.E.Jones MP. gave us a dissertation of Dickens works & some of his characters which was really worth listening to & also the reading of Weeks another M.P. who read Southey’s “Waterfall” & one of the Ingoldsby Legends very well - on leaving the place I met Jessie Smart who had [been] inside I walked round to her sister Mrs. Bauman with [her] stayd about with her there, & afterwards saw her home Saturday afternoon I went to town with my sister Bessie came home through Carlton Gardens the Band playing there a great number of people were congregated., stayd there till 5pm & came home after tea & went to town met Nellie Lambert & walked to Elsassars with



her, on leaving her I met Mrs. Glass & her two sisters rambled about with them & at length walked to their house a very handsome one in W.Melbourne They treated me very kindly, as they always do when I go to their house, we had some singing after which I left got home by 11 pm. I went to Church morning & evening to day, taking Bessie with me in the evening. In the afternoon I took a walk to the Cemetery, a gentleman was there, a Drill Sarjeant from St. Kilda was being buried with military honors. I wrote a long letter to my old friend Hamilton on Thursday. I also received a letter same day from my Uncle John Thos. in which he informs me that he has been at work & is now at Kilmore where I am to write to him & inform him whether there are any letters awaiting him at the Bk N.S.Wales. I enquired yesterday, there were none - I purpose writing to him on Monday if I have time -

May 3d 1868
Weather lovely. Wrote to my uncle on Monday & also to Hamilton In the evening I went to Baumans @ Carlton spent a pleasent evening. Tuesday evening I spent at Clarks, reading a new & singular work by Hepworth Dixon called “Spiritual Wives”. Wednesday night Bessie & I went to a party at Dalrymples, Richmond, where I spent a most enjoyable night did not get home till 5 am next morning, met many pleasent people at it - Thursday evening, went to my singing. Friday evening I spent with Jessie Smart prior to her departure to Ballarat next week sometime her mother has taken a business there & Jessie is to go &



assist in it. Saturday afternoon I had purposed going to Sandridge (to see the Sussex sail. Mrs. Gotch & daughter having gone by her to visit England, our old Organist Mr. Russell sailed the same day in the “Moravian” he was presented with nearly £160 being the proceeds of the Concert given to him some weeks ago in Hendersons Church-) but having a lot of work to do at home, I did not go. In the evening I went to the Temperance Hall Russell St & sang at an entertainment given there To day I went to Church night & morning. In the afternoon I took a walk to the Fitzroy Gardens, met Mrs. & Miss Dove & Mr. James had a long chat with them, also met Clark & Mary walked about with them -

May 10th.1868
Weather still beautiful, busy at the office tho not as busy as we ought to be, what with protection & the state of our unsettled Govt. with the Deadlock still in existence. Merchants here and at home are very chary in their imports & business transactions with the colony the consequence being a great falling away in our trade. I received another farewell letter from Hamilton last week the vessel he is going to Japan in has been postponed until the llth inst. Monday evening Mary spent at our house several others dropped in Jim Ballantyne, Effie Flower, Mr & Mrs. Bauman. I saw Mary & Effie home, after 12 when I got myself home. Tuesday night Mrs & Miss Dove & Mrs. James with D Adamson (my fellow clerk) spent the evening at our house very pleasently, 11 when we broke up, Dave & I seeing the ladies home. Wednesday evening I went with Jessie Smart & Mr. & Mrs. Bauman to the Trades Hall did not enjoy our- selves, such a wretched entertainment. Thursday evening I went to Richardsons Singing Class, Friday evening I



took a walk to town with Adamson, but before doing so I went to see Mrs. Peel. Alf went to Dunedin some weeks ago & has sent for his wife she leaves here on Monday Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to the Gardens to hear the Band play in the evening I met Jessie Smart & we took a short walk together I had thought she was gone to Ballarat, but she informs me she is not going until next week sometime. I shall not be sorry for it is very annoying to continue attention with one I know can be but a friend under any circumstances - I went to Church night & morning In the afternoon I took a walk to see Fred Rookes house he is building. I found it nicely situated on the Road to Heidelberg. The only objection I should have to it is the distance from town an hours walk is no joke when a man is tired after a hard days work - My spare time I have spent in reading J.Montgomerys poems, his “World before the Flood” is a sublime composition & so is The West Indies. I hardly can say which I like the best I am sorry to state my mother is very ill with Influenza & a severe cold I hope she may soon recover, our house seems dead without her presence to cheer it -

May 17th.1868
Weather beautiful / busy at the office, Mail arrived from England 14th inst recd a letter from Father Chancery case still in abeyance & likely to remain so for many a long day from what I can gather from his letter, he writes a deal about my Uncle John Thos. & how I am to [go] about finding him out Etc



our letters informing him of his visiting us not having arrived he is not aware of our having already met him, & of the trouble we had with him - father informs us he has not [been] well of late which I am very sorry for - Monday evening I spent at Clarks. Tuesday evening at Bormans - Wednesday evening the two Miss Wrights were at our house they did not stay long. I saw them home about 8.30. on leaving there I went to the Carlton Readings heard Miss *Ivey sing some ballads very well, a Mr. Gasgill a Professor of Mnemonics, gave us some illustrations of the result of acquired memory, which were truly wonderful Thursday evening I went to Richardsons Singing Class, on arriving home found Jessie Smart at our house had to see her home bade her good bye once more she was to have gone to Ballarat yesterday (Saturday) I dont know whether she did or not - Friday evening Bessie & I went to a party at Bakers (Hoddle St) enjoyed ourselves very much, met Mrs Minify (Georgie Roberts that was) 3 am next morning when we got home. Saturday afternoon staid at home reading. In the evening having an order for the Theatre I went to see Montgomery in “Richard the Third” his impersonation of the tyrant was very fine, but it is a pity that he should be so badly supported by the beggarly company of actors at present playing with him. The colonial stage missed poor Vincent, who died from an accident about a fortnight ago. I met Will Smart there he has just come from a trip in New Zealand & he informs me he heard anything but a creditable account of J Hamilton & the cause of his leaving Dunedin I should be sorely grieved if there is any truth in the reports he heard, for I had always looked at Jim as a pattern of a man, & if he has fell I have little faith in human nature - I went to Church this evening, in the morning I went to hear Hadyns No. 3 Mass sang at St Francis Chapel (R.C.) Spent the afternoon reading



[Sunday, 24 May 1868] May 25th 1868
Weather very unsettled, had a deal of rain during the week, busy at the office - Wrote to father, yesterday 23rd. Monday I was somewhat surprised by Jim Hamilton calling on me - he had just arrived from Sydney - he informed that he was treated very badly by the owners of the S.S. Albion, that he was purser of to proceed to Japan, & so left her & came round here with a view of trying to get into something in Melbourne not feeling desirous of returning to Otago for what reasons I know not, except there is some foundation in the report I heard about him last week from Will Smart. I have not accused him of it yet - not feeling inclined to hurt his feelings by what may be unfounded suspicions - though I must admit I have not been the same to him, I should like to *say, in consequence of them - Tuesday night he spent at our house. Wednesday evening I sang at the Penny Readings Carlton. Thursday night at Richardsons, where we had a Rehearsal for the Concert that he is going to give next Thursday. On arriving home I found Mr. & Mrs. Dalrymple, Idalia Rekowski & Mr. Odell at our house, they stayd till after 11 pm.when I walked part of the way home with them. Friday night I went into town – home by 10 Jim Hamilton at our house I walked home to his lodgings with him in Gertrude St. - he has not got into anything as yet - Saturday afternoon I went to a Rehearsal at Richardsons In the evening Hamilton, Bessie & I went for a walk into town. This morning, Jim & I went to hear Mr. Fletcher preach, Richmond I liked him very much, met J Ramsden on our way home - Jim came home with me & stayd dinner & Tea at our house - In the evening



we went to hear Mr. Henderson, spent the afternoon reading

May 31st 1868
Weather fine, but cold, spent my time much as usual. Thursday night Richardsons 3rd Pupils concerts came off & it proved one of the most successful affairs of the sort ever given in Melbourne The music was first class being selections from the best operas & having some really fine voices in the class it was rendered very effectively, at its termination the Hall was cleared & then came a Ball dancing was kept up till near 4.30 next morning My friend Hamilton is still in town, I broke the subject of the rumours I had heard about him & he not only denied it, but informed of me of a diabolical attempt that has been made in Dunedin to injure him - he hopes time & circumstances will bring things to light that will clear him from all imputations Saturday night I had an order for the Haymarket Theatre & I went to see a new actress make her debut, a Mrs. Florence Williams, a daughter of James the Novelist - I can only state she is one of the most miserable failures I have seen, a poor appearance a bad voice, no tact, no idea of producing dramatic effect - Tuesday night Hamilton, Bessie, Fred & I spent at Clarks, Mary does not appear very well. I shall feel anxious on her account until she gets over her confinement - This morning & evening I went to Church - spent the afternoon at Marsdens singing Etc -

June 7th.1868
Weather very cold & frosty, with a litle rain occasionally – very busy at the office - Monday, being Whitmonday I had a half holiday. Bessie & I took a strool into town in the afternoon, after doing the fashionable in Collins St we went to Et Melbourne. I stayd with Clark & Mary, after which



I walked into town, met Miss Weber walked home with her after which I returned to Mary's, spent the evening very pleasently with her & Mrs. Johnson - Tuesday night I spent with Hamilton at his lodgings in Gertrude St Wednesday evening Idalia Rekowski & Miss Odell & her brother with Hamilton came to our house & stayd till 11 pm - Thursday evening I went to the singing class as usual Friday evening I attended a meeting at the Gymnasium for the purpose of winding up the present association the Society being in debt about £70 to the instructor (Johnston), it was decided expedient to make over to him the whole of the property in liquidation of his claim on condition that he would still continue the Gymnasium as usual but entirely on his own responsibility – Saturday afternoon I went to Kidgells at Balaclava where I found several friends and acquaintenances, we playd Croquet & danced until dark, when we adjourned to Kidgells house where we had tea after which we passed a pleasent evening, singing & dancing Etc I left by the last train getting home about 12 pm. Went to Church morning & evening to day, took a walk in the Cemetery in the afternoon -

June 14th.1868
Weather very cold & frosty but on the whole very fine & agreeable - Busy at the office, the usual routine. Monday evening in company with a friend named Whitty & young lady Miss Marsden, I went to Pittmans who are now living at Jollimont spent a pleasent evening there till 10 pm when I left & called at Pitts, where I remained till 11.30. I saw a Miss Campbell home



from there to Carlton, after 12 when I reached home - Tuesday evening on coming home from the office, I met Miss Webber, walked home with her to Collingwood, on leaving her I came home & did not go out again Wednesday evening I went to hear Mr. Henderson's fourth & last of a series of Lectures on the Work lately out called “Ecce Homo”, I have not read the work, but from what I could gather from the Lecturer it resembles Rehrans Life of Christ - holding Christ up as a pattern for human example, a thorough pure holy upright man & nothing more, depriving him of his divinity - Mr. H condemns the work in toto & asserts that he would never preach more if he could not find a misrepresentation missinterpretation & contradiction in every page of the book. (it is very perplexing for I have heard & read of the book & its contents having been approved of by many ministers & theological students, so much so that it is enough to shake ones faith in the redeeming blood of Jesus - if that faith was not well grounded - on leaving the Church I went to Clarks for mother who had been spending the day there - Thursday evening I went as usual to Richardsons Singing Class. Friday evening I remained at home. G Bond called & stayd till 9 pm - Saturday afternoon I went to see a game of Football between the Melbourne Club & a Club formed out of the 14th.Regiment - the playing in my opinion was very good & extremely exciting the Melb men proved too much for the Soldiers the former getting their two goals by 5Pm In the evening I took a walk into town met Lous Burke she is looking, poor girl very thin & ill her baby is very unwell & not likely to live. I think it would be a mercy



God would take it. This morning & evening I went to Church. Hamilton spent the day with us - after leaving Church this evening I saw Miss Pitts home to Jollimont. - The English Mail arrived beginning of the week no letters or news from home except a short note from Aunt Sarah to my mother

June 21st.1868
Weather cold wet & miserable, principal subject for public talk are politics & the present Deadlock which seems as far off being settled as ever. The Ministry being in a minority the country is in a most ruinous state - Monday night staid at home, Tuesday at Hamiltons lodgings. Wednesday evening I sang two songs at the West Melb Literary Institute at an entertanment given there, the Mayor (Butters) in the chair Thursday evening I took my sister Bessie to hear Walter Montgomery in Bulwers Play of “Lady of Lyons” he was very good as Claude. Friday evening I met Louis Burke saw her home, having a bad cold, I came home early - Saturday rained nearly all day did not go out in the afternoon, spent it reading & copying music. In the evening I went out for a strool met Louis Bourke walked home with her, afterwards went to Jims lodgings, was introduced to some funny people who are living in the same house 11 pm when I arrived home. Sunday morning in company with Bessie I went to St Marks Church, to hear the Revd. T.B.Garlick preach, he is a connection of ours, his brother having married my mothers sister Martha who died many years ago in Adelaide leaving



a family of whom we have heard nothing of since - his brother, the Revd. T.B.G who called on my mother on Friday was present at my fathers wedding, he preached a very good sermon for a Church of England Clergyman. Hamilton spent the afternoon with us. In the evening we went to our Church heard the Revd G Clarke from H.T. preach -

July 5th.1868
A fortnight since I continued my journal, nothing particular occurring to note, family all well excepting myself, having suffered severely with a cold. Hamilton still in Melbourne, living at our house, he has an idea of leaving for N.Z. on Monday, last week I spent as usual, pleasuring Etc. Tuesday evening the 23 ult, I went to St Georges Hall, to hear the Philharmonic Socty. produce "Israel in Egypt" the choruses very fine but the effect was marred by the inefficient vocalisation of the principals, excepting the Tenor, Exon, who sang well, after the concert was over I walked to Richmond, with Mr. & Miss Odell & Idalia Rekowski late when I got home. Wednesday 24th I took my mother to a concert to hear, an old favourite sing Mdm Anna Bishop assisted by a young artist named ‘Lascelles,’ the former sing as well as ever, but her voice is somewhat reedy, but the taste & judgement she displays is perfect & effective. Lascelles has an ex- -traordinary organ, he sings tenor songs with a tenor quality of voice - immediately afterwards he sings a deep bass song, with a strong baritone voice, its truly marvellous, the contrast, both voices are false ones, but he sings in the most finished & artistic style



25th. I went to my singing class at Richardsons - 26th. went to my sisters she is still knocking about, expecting to be confined every day - Saturday afternoon I went to Fitzroy Gardens walking about with Miss Odell & my sister, met Clark & Mary the latter to my surprise apparently quite well & strong considering. In the evening I took a walk met Louis Bourke, had a chat with her for a few minutes - Sunday morning & evening went to Church. In the afternoon took a walk as far as the Cemetery - Monday evening 28th. very busy at the office, on arriving home my mother informed me that she had been spending the day a Clarks, on asking her how Mary was, she said as usual the following morning at breakfast on looking over the columns of the “Argus” I saw that on the 27th. inst the wife of J.J.Clark was safely delivered of a Son - Mother had not informed us of the event although she was aware of it. I went to see her yesterday, Saturday, found her quite well the baby a boy is a fine big child - Wednesday being the 1st.July & Seperation Day was observed as a holiday in all the principal offices in town, having a deal of back work to do I availed myself of the day to *pull it up, so went to the office as usual - In the evening Mr. Schofield & Mrs. Green called & staid tea, on their leaving our house, I went to Et Melbourne, & spent the night at Odells, very pleasently, they are very nice people, it was 2 am next morning when we arrived home - Thursday evening went to my singing class Friday evening I spent at home. Saturday after calling at my sisters I went to the Gardens met some friends there - walked home with the Miss Wrights Rt Williamson was at our house, staid tea & spent the evening with us went to Church night & morning. In the afternoon Hamilton, Williamson, Fred & I took a walk to the Cemetery. On leaving church this evening I walked over



to Wollastons Church, the people were just coming out I met Miss Webber & some other friends & we all took a delightful walk (moonlight) to Johnston St. Bridge. - 11 pm when I got home -

July 12th.1868
Weather unsettled since I last wrote, raining one day frosty next & so on. Mail from England arrived on Monday bringing us a long letter from father, in which he informs us that he is not enjoying the best of health, having lost his sense of taste & smell - I am very much grieved to hear such is the case - he states that the Chancery Case appears to be as far from settlement as when last he wrote, he alludes to Uncle John Thomas's affairs, & he tells us that his (J.T) principal has been divided between Aunt Sarah Uncle Joe, & my father, the money £200 that he sent to mother being part of it. Now that John Tom. has turned up he will have to refund what he received - by the same mail came a letter from Uncle Joe, to Uncle John T. (the latter having told me to open any letters that came for him I took the liberty of opening it) & found it to contain a letter of Credit on the Bk of N.S.Wales for £50.0.0 in his favour, on the fly leaf of same was a most affectionate letter in which he advises Uncle John Tom. not to draw upon his principal but that he being the executor to his father will & having had the management (and the use of the money) during Uncle J.T. absence) of it, he proposes sending him out the interest in the shape of an annuity - what I remark as rather strange, in the letter is the fact of Uncle Joe never alluding to the money he must have received during the 16 or 17 years of Uncle John Tom absence I feel positive he expects to receive all his back money, tho’ I doubt whether he could legally recover it. My father thinks it best to send him out the principal & have done with it & him I dont agree with the idea for I feel assured that if he received such a sum that he would soon squander it away in drink



Uncle Joes idea of sending him out just the interest as formerly is the best, immediately on receipt of the letter I wrote to the P.O. of Seymour, & also the P.O. at Kilmore letters of the same tenor & date informing him of the arrival of the £50 I hope he will receive one of them tho’ I fear not having heard of him the last two months that he has gone further up the bush, if so I hope he will write & let us know his whereabouts. When Uncle John Thomas wrote to Uncle Joe, from Melbourne when living at our house he alluded to the kindness we have shown him. Joe refers to it by stating that he would not forget it, & that he had remembered us in his will, but the funniest part of the extract is the old gentleman had deliberately ran his pen through “the will” (I mean the words) I suppose he thought we should perhaps be shown the letter & the allusions might raise hopes that in the future he may not be inclined to gratify Tuesday evening Misses Odell & Rekowski with Mr. Batten & Mr Odell called at our house & spent the evening with us - Thursday evening went to my Singing class, as usual - Friday evening I took a walk, met Louis Burke, out with her for a hour or so. Saturday afternoon spent at my sisters Mary she & the Baby are doing well - In the evening Mr. Schofield called & had tea with us. Hamilton & I walked home to the Congregational College with him - from there we went to town for a walk. This morning & evening I went to Church. In the afternoon took a walk to the Cemetery

July 19th.1868
Another week passed much as usual with little variety rather slack, for a change, at the office. I received a letter from my Uncle John Tom, quite



unexpectedly, for from it I gather he left the neighbourhood where he last wrote to me some months ago, so that the letters I wrote to him will be returned to me, he states that he had been engaged cutting wood for an engine at Huntley – Bendigo - & that that party had [become] insolvent & he himself left in debt for his board & lodging amounting to £5. which sum he requested me to forward him enclosed was an order on BK to draw any monies that might have been sent to him from England, with this order I endeavoured to get the L/C cashed, which I held but the BK would not cash it until endorsed by my Uncle - so I accordingly sent it him but as yet I have not received any reply. I cannot account for his behaviour. The mail for England, left on Saturday the 18th I wrote to my father by it. Mr. Hamilton is still living with us he expects Mrs. H & family from N.Z the latter end of next week - Thursday evening went as usual to Richardsons Singing class, practised over some excellent music from various operas. Wednesday evening Miss Baker spent at our house. I saw her home afterwards. Saturday afternoon I & Bessie went to the Gardens to hear the Band play, met Mrs. & Miss Odell there & Dalia Rekowski. My sister & I accompanied home to Mrs. Odells, & being Miss O. 20th Bthday, we spent very jollily together between 11 & 12 when we arrived home - Went to Church morning & evening this day, in the afternoon I took a strool to Fitzroy Gardens met Mrs. Mapelstone & a friend walked home with them. The weather during the week has been very cold, wet & foggy -



Melbourne July 26th.1868
Fine weather but cold, getting slack at the office - Monday night I spent at my sisters (Clark) mother was there & Hamilton, Tuesday evening I spent at home, Wednesday evening Hamilton, Bessie & I went to Williamsons (Nt Melb’) several other people were [there], we managed to spend a very pleasent evening together, we left there about 11.40, in company with the sisters named Findley who live down our way - Thursday evening as usual I went to Richardsons Class Friday spent at home except for about an hour when I took a strool out Louis. B. poor girl is suffering severely with a bad cold & general debility brought on by their clothing hard work Etc. Saturday afternoon Hamilton & I spent househunting, he expects Mrs. H & family over from Dunedin next week. In the evening I went out for a walk, met Emily Phillips rambled about Fitzroy with her for an hour or so, after seeing her home I went to town met English had a long chat him. Went to Church this morning & in the afternoon took a walk to the Gardens met Mrs. Floraun & Miss Norris. In the evening I went to Church after the service, walked with Miss Pitts to her house in Jollimont I cannot understand Uncle John Toms silence nothing heard from him as yet.

August 2nd 1868
Another week nearer my grave, grave reflection! - more especially when I feel how little good I have



done to myself or to others during the time, or preceding - My employment consists of nothing but a routine with little change from week end to week end, copying manifests - endorsing B/L - making out invoices & such like – Monday evening on reaching home, I found a note had been left at the house for me, which on opening, I found to be from my Uncle John Tom, informing me that he had arrived in town that day & wished to see me. I went to where he had put up the London Boarding House in Lonsdale St after tea I went & saw him, he certainly looked better than when last I saw, [him] externally, for he had got a decent suit of clothes on his back - he told me he had got the L/C cashed in Bendigo & that he had spent the most of the money leaving himself with barely sufficient to get up the bush with again - I should infer from what he told me, that he had paid his debts - & bought some clothes & a new swag & I believe had had a good spree besides - I was very much annoyed at him not giving my mother the money he had borrowed from her, not allowing for the sums he had had from Fred & myself - we had a long consultation together about his plans for the future - he wishes to have a part of his money sent to him out say £300 as soon as possible to enable him to commence farming and the rest in 12 months, or less time, afterwards - wished me to write a letter explaining his views & & intentions to Uncle Joseph - which I promised to do for him the next day, on leaving him about 9 pm I went to the Princess’s Theatre & sat for a couple of hours witnessing the greatest rubbish I ever saw on the stage excepting some performances by some Gymnasts -



Tuesday evening Uncle came to our house & we had a another long talk over his affairs, & then dictated a letter, to send to Uncle Joseph, containing John Toms views - he bade us good bye but he called on me the following day & stated he was then on the point of leaving for “Woodend” & when he was settled he would write to me. Wednesday evening I went to an evening party at Atkinsons, Drapers, Smith St. it was Miss A birthday. There was a about 30 people present, & what with dancing, singing, forfeits & parlor games, we managed to spend a jolly night of it. There are three Miss A. very pretty girls, the eldest & I did a tall amount of flirting which ended in her giving me her likeness, by way of souvenir - on leaving them I accompanied Mr. & Mrs. Stewart & a Miss Eilly home to Carlton, after 4 am when I got home, very tired. Thursday evening I went to Richardsons Singing class, where was held a Rehearsal for the Concert which is to take place in the Duke of Edinburgh Theatre, in a few weeks time, for benefit of the “educated poor” of Melbourne, the Governor Manners Sutton has promised to patronise the same, so I expect it will be a fine concert, as far as the singing goes I am sure it will for connected with the class are some of best, if not the best - amateur vocalists in Melbourne - Friday evening I went out for a strool met Louis B. she was little better than when last I met her - Miss Dove was married on the 30th. inst to a young fellow named Mason, what a fine chance I missed, she has an independency of £400.0.0 a year. I had every



opportunity of possessing her, strange I neglected it, but I have a horror against going in for money in such cases, had she been poor I would have, no doubt, tried to win her, for she is a most unaffected person, & rather accomplished - but it is too late now to repine - I met Miss Webber on Wednesday. I fancy she was rather cool to me - she informed me that Kidgell had proposed for her, but that she had declined the honor, poor fellow, I can understand his reason for making up his mind to leave the colony, as he intends doing, & commence on his own account in Queensland - girls are fools, Kidgell is a clever fellow & very good natured & splendid company & very well informed & intelligent, has a good salary & a rising man, he happens to be rather short in stature - & young ladies nowadays must measure their love by the length of the party concerned, would I were taller? - how strange, the same ladies that he has wanted & tried for, I could have had by asking for, if I had been so inclined, & in position to marry them - whereas Kidgell is a thousand times my superior in every respect, & yet he is continually being refused, what idiots girls must be - & what a want of discrimination they display - Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to the Gardens to hear the Band play, met Mary with the nurse & baby, also Alice Odell & Dalia Rekowski & several others friends and acquaintances - spent a pleasent afternoon, after tea, I took a walk about Collingwood met the Wrights, went home with them I went to hear Mr. Henderson preach to day night & morning -



he was particularly eloquent on both occasions. In the afternoon the Bros’ West called at our house & stayd about an hour or so when Fred & I accompanied them to their lodgings (Carlton at a Mr. Neighbour,) when we staid tea they are clever young fellows, one of them is studying for the Ministry, Mr. Neighbour, Junior is a young man of great promise, being a B.A. & not twenty years of age - after tea, we went to Church together. I accompanied Casey Browning home after the evening service was over - to her fathers house, Brunswick St. August 9th.1868
Weather very fine during the week. I have been suffering severely from a cold, & also an attack of bile, a thing I have not had for the last 15 years Monday evening we had full of visitors at our place. Miss Odell & Misses Cass & Rekowski, T.Odell & Goode, spent a pleasent evening together, Tuesday even I spent at Clarks. Wednesday evening I went to see my old friend Harry Dight, found him & his wife quite well Mrs. D has lately, within the last month given birth to a daughter, thus making two children, Harry is working at his trade & he informs me has hard work to make things meet. I left him about 10Pm. Thursday night, I attended a rehearsal of Richardsons pupils for at the Theatre, for the concert to be given on the 12th.inst. everything went off very well. Friday evening, I & Bessie went to Mrs. Florauns & spent the evening at her house, 12 pm when we reached home. Saturday afternoon I went to the Gardens, met several there I knew, after tea I went on to another Rehearsal at the Theatre, it was over about 11 Pm, at its conclusion, in company with Joe West & Neighbour we went into a restaurant & had supper. I felt very unwell this morning & did not go to church took a short walk before



dinner felt much better. In the afternoon I took a walk to the Fitzroy Gardens, met Marsden who accompanied me home to tea, after which I went to Church, heard Mr. Henderson preach an excellent sermon - We are very slack at the Rly. the ships arriving just now & for a few months to come, mostly go to the pier at Williamstown where after being discharged they load wool, during the season, for return cargo.

August 16th.1868
Lovely weather during the week, very slack at the office. I have been suffering from a cold & bad headache all the week but I am happy to state I am getting all right again. Monday evening, on leaving the office I went to Dinner at Mr. W.Bonds house, Abbotsford, where I found my Mother, & Bessie & Hamilton & G.Bond, we spent the evening very pleasently. Mr. Mrs. B. are very nice people, & very kind & good natured, they have a nice house beautifully situated on the banks of the River Yarra, we left about 10.30 pm. Tuesday evening I spent at Marys, her baby was not very well & kept up a continual squall all the evening, making things to me, who, am an old bachelor, any -thing but agreeable, such are the joys of matrimony. Wednesday eveing Richardson with his pupils & Class gave a Grand Operatic Concert, in the Duke of Edinburgh Theatre, for the benefit of the “Educated Poor” the house was crowded from pit to gallery, the Dress Circle contained the Governor & Suite & all the elite of Melbourne considering all the performers were amateurs, the concert was a great success, not a break down, nor yet a thing sang out of time, which is saying a great deal, as the selections comprised some of the



most difficult music, both solos & concerted pieces from about a dozen different operas, everybody appeared well pleased – at the conclusion of the performance, the stage was cleared, & those who took part in the concert, stayd behind & danced until about 2.30 next morning myself of course being among the number Thursday evening I remained at home - Friday, ditto, except that I took a strool for an hour or so after tea – Saturday on leaving the office at 12 am, I went to Sandridge, having heard that the Rangetoto had arrived from Dunedin. I thought of meeting Mrs. Hamilton, but found, that Hamilton had preceded me, so I had my journey for nothing, on arriving home, I found Mrs. H. and family of four children here, all well. H has taken a cottage, near us where he purposes living in, but will still live with us until tomorrow, we are pretty crowded. In the evening I took a walk into town This morning, Sunday, I went, in company with West & Marsden to St. Francis Chapel (R.C.) heard Haydns No 3 Mass rendered very well, but the chief attraction for me, was Armes Beaumont singing the “Cujus Animam” (“Stabat Mater”) in a style & with a force never equalled in Australia, I believe, he took in the cadenza at the finale Db. in his natural voice, a note I never heard before, or ever read of being sang by anyone, In the afternoon I took a walk to Clarks, stayd about an hour with them, the baby I am sorry to state has a bad cold. In the evening I went to Hendersons in company with Geo Ramsden, who had been to tea at our house - got home early - I wrote a long letter on Father by the Mail which leaves for England to day

August 23d 1868
I have been, & am still, very ill, all the week, suffering severely



from Tic Doloureux. I never suffered such long continued agony in my life. Monday evening West & Marsden spent at our house – singing Tuesday took a strool about town called at Richardsons, home early - Wednesday evening I went to Clarks to bring my mother home who had been spending the day there. I was very unwell & was glad when I got home. Thursday I went to Richardsons singing class - Friday evening too ill to go out. Saturday afternoon Bessie & I took a strool about town, in the evening we did ditto about Collingwood shopping Etc - Sunday morn so ill I did not go to Church In the afternoon I went to the Cemetery met Marsden, the day was lovely & the place beautifully situated & we enjoyed ourselves, with the exception of my still suffering from Neuralgia. In the evening I staid at home until 8 when I sauntered down to Hendersons Church met Mrs. Hamilton & my mother just coming out, came home with them, accompanied Mrs H. home. They left our house on Monday, having taken a cottage in Palmerston St near here, they are getting a little settled. H has got a situation at Beauchamp & Rocke, the salary is small but better than being idle, his responsibility is great, a wife & four young children! The weather has been very unsettled, during the week. We are very slack at the office, & likely to be so for some time until the wool season is over.

August 30th.1868
Weather pretty settled, slack at the office. my health is much better than it was last week, tho I am far from being as well as I should like to be no family news to relate. Clark spent the evening at our house on Monday Tuesday evening, afer tea, I went to Stewarts staid about an hour



from there I went to Henderson's church, a tea meeting had been held before I arrived. I was in time to hear some of the speeches that were made & also some singing by the choir a report on the affairs of the Church was read, stating that the debt has been reduced to £600, which sum it is hoped will be cleared off by the end of the year. Never was a church in the colony ever built & finished & paid for, in such a short time – & besides this £1,000.0.0 has been given from the church funds to other institutions, such as the Missionery Society & Benevolents, during the past year. I came home with Marsden. Wednesday evening, J.West called & in company with him I went to the Atkinsons in Smith St. where I went to the party some weeks ago, found Miss A. at home, alone, she is a very pretty ladylike girl, expressed herself pleased to see us & wondered why we had not called before, it was very bad behaviour on our part, we staid about two hours & came away. Thursday evening, I went to Stewarts, & spent the evening, several people were there I knew, left about 11 pm & accompanied two young ladies home to Collingwood – Friday evening I went out for a strool, came home early. Saturday afternoon I & Bessie went to the Gardens to hear the Band play, met many people we knew. In the evening I took a walk into town, on my way home I met L Burke we had a long chat and a walk together. Sunday a dull miserable day, went to Church morning & evening, spent the afternoon reading - walked home with Mrs. Hamilton



Melbourne - Sept 6th.1868
Weather very pleasent, & much warmer than it as been - beginning to be a little busier at the office, several large ships having arrived & being discharged at our Pier. I am happy to state that I am much better in health than I was last week, my mother has not been well lately. I sometimes feel very uneasy about her Monday night, I staid at home except for a short time when I went out with Bessie shopping. Tuesday night, I took her to Mdm Annie Bishop & Lascelles, at the Theatre Royal, we met Clark & Mary with Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, there, so we formed a very pleasent party & enjoyed ourselves. Wednesday evening, I also went taking with me Louis Burke. I thought it would cheer her up to go to the Theatre, tho’ considering the circumstances she is in, I did not care about being seen in public with her, she was very much pleased & seemed to enjoy the performance & I am sure it afforded me pleasure, if only to see her so happy, she expects her husband will be brought from Sydney in a few weeks time & put upon his trial for his offences against society in Victoria when she hopes to be able to get a divorce from him, she has had no communication or connection with him since her return from Gipps Land where he deserted her. Thursday night I went to Richardsons Singing Class, Friday evening, J West & I paid the Atkinsons a visit spent a pleasent evening there were several others young fellows there - Saturday



afternoon I took my sister Bessie to the Gardens to hear the Band play. Mrs. Hamilton joined us, after tea, I took a strool into town, met Louis Bourke, walked home with her Sunday morning I went to Hendersons Church, Mr. H. has commenced an exposition on the 15 Chpr. of St John. in the afternoon I took a walk to the Cemetery, met the two Miss Phillips there with Mr. Eskdale, joined them & had a long strool about the grounds, pilfering a quantity of flowers & blossoms we had no right to have taken – I went to Church in the evening, walked home with Miss Pitts, who informed me that Miss Webber was engaged to be married. I should like to know if it is to Kidgell tho’ I cannot think such is the case – My mother has not been very well during the week the mail from England arrived, no letters but in a newspaper we found some pencilled notes from father, in which he informs us that he has been very ill & was when he wrote, laid up in Cheshire with an abscess in his groin, God grant that he may soon recover - Sept 13th.1868
Nice weather, during the week. Been very busy at the office, several large ships at the Pier. Tuesday evening I went over to Clarks, who gave me a lesson in singing a piece of music I am learning the Cujus animam from Stabat Mater



I left his house about 9 pm called at Florauns, my sister Bessie was there, & several other visitors remained till 12 pm dancing & singing Etc. Wednesday I took my sister to Hoskins Assembly Rooms, where the German Leidertafel gave a concert & afterwards a Ball, it was between 2 & 3 next morning when it was all over. The part music was very fine better than any I have heard before - I met a great many people there I knew. Thursday evening I went to the Singing class as usual. Friday evening I spent at Mrs. Stewart, her husband I found, had gone to Bendigo, for a few days, several people dropped in while I was there, left about 10 pm. Saturday afternoon in company with a large party I went up the River boating. The day was anything but propitious, but we managed to enjoy ourselves very much on landing at Richmond, we all proceeded to Saunders where Mrs. S. had provided a nice tea for us all, spent the evening singing & playing sundry parlor games - altogether I spent a most enjoyabl day. There was a young fellow named Ford with us, an excellent musician who playd several fine pieces of music during the evening, he informed me that Miss Webber with whom he is well acquainted with, is going to be married to “Long” of Bourke St. the man she has been employed by for a long while past, he is rich, but twice her age I knew him well having met him several times at Gotches & other places - I went to church morning & evening



In the afternoon, in company with Hamilton, I went to the Cemetery for a walk - I received a letter from Uncle John Thomas on Tuesday, he is still living in the neighbourhood of Huntley, informs me he is on the look out for land to purchase when his money arrives - ?

Sept 20th.1868
Summer weather setting in, still busy at the office. Monday evening I went to an evening party at Whittys in Princess St spent a jolly night, several there I knew, the Whittys are a very pleasent, genial Irish family, it was 3 am next morning, when I got home. Tuesday evening in company with Richard Ryland, who had just come down from Castlemaine, I went to the Theatre Royal, to see the Flying Scud performed. I was too sleepy & seedy from the effects of the previous nights dissipation, to enjoy myself very much, 11 pm when it was over - Wednesday, evening, Mother having gone over to Marys during the day, I went for her, stayd about two hours, got home about 10.30. very rough night, blowing hard, with shoals of dust. Thursday evening Fred & I went to William St School Room to hear a Concert there, got up by Donaldsons - several favourites were singing, & some two little girls named Terluki, playd very well on the piano, a thunder storm came on at the close of the performance, we got wet coming home. Friday evening after tea I went to Stewarts, Mr. & Mrs. S were out, a lady friend named Eily was there keeping house I stayd some time with her when we left, & I saw Miss E. to Fitzroy, home early



Saturday afternoon, after reading a little, & doing everyday little domestic duties, I took a strool into town, met Charlotte Roberts & Miss Aitkin, walked home, or nearly so, with them, rambled about the Fitzroy Gardens. In the evening I went to town, streets teeming with people as usual, met several I knew, home early. Sunday morning I went to Church. In the afternoon, in company with Mr. & Mrs. Hamilton, I took a walk to the Cemetery, got home in time to escape the rain which has been falling ever since. after tea - tho still wet, I went to Church, sorry to find it only half filled. Mr. H preached a most powerful sermon, the subject being the training of students for the ministry, he has rather peculiar views, he does not believe in ministers who have to write their sermons, nor does he believe in their going about gadding & gossiping or what is called visiting he thinks it is lost time, he thinks a minister should know the Scriptures by heart, thinks it a disgrace if they do not, when a poor strolling player can repeat every line in Shakespeares plays & many more -

Sept 27th.1868
Weather been very hot & showery during the week, rain has been much wanted. I hope the farmers have had enough to last them for some time. Monday evening I spent at Stewarts singing. Tuesday I went to a conversazione at the Fitzroy Police Court, a miserable affair, if it had not been for Stewarts singing, at its termination I went home with Miss Atkinson whom I had met at the place -



Wednesday evening, Mrs. Floraun & Miss Norris with G.Fever called & spent the evening with us, passed it very pleasently - Miss N is one of most ladylike & well bred girl I have ever met I cannot account for her being left single for so long. I think she is too refined for the class of young men, now to be met with in Melbourne. I walked home with her to Mrs. F's where she is staying Thursday, I went to Richardsons Singing Class, practising over a lot of Operatic Choruses. The concert that he gave some weeks ago realized £50. for the object it was given or, (“The Educated Poor”) Friday evening I went to Stewarts & made arrangements for him giving me some further instruction I require in singing - I purpose commencing next week, 10 pm when I left his house. Saturday afternoon I went to hear the Band play. In the evening in company with Hamilton I pd a visit to Williamsons, stayd about an hour. Bob accompanied us part of the way home through town, 11 when I reached home. Sunday morning & evening I went to Church taking my sister & Mrs. Floraun in the evening, Mr. Henderson preaching on the occasion a sermon specially for young women from the 30 verse of the 31st.Chapter of Proverbs, the church was crowded to suffocation nearly, he preached for an hour & thirty five minutes. The discourse was such as has seldom been listened to in Melbourne, & one I trust will do a deal of good to those that heard it. I took a walk in the afternoon to the Cemetery -



October 4th.1868
Weather very unsettled. Slack at the office, expect to be busy next week several large ships being due. Mail from England arrived on 1st.inst. no letters from father. Mother recd one from her sister Aunt Hartley of Halifax in which she informs us that they are in very reduced circumstances. I am truly sorry, it is very hard to have lived in luxury & in the midst of plenty all her life & now in her old age, to know poverty & being childless, makes it none the easier to bear. Uncle Hartley never got over his heavy losses he sustained at the commencement of the American War. (7 years ago). I feel very anxious concerning my father, the last mail brought news of his being ill I trust he has recovered. Monday evening I commenced taking music lessons from Stewart. I like his style, I think he will do me good. Tuesday evening I remained at home till 9 pm when Hamilton called & requested me to go to Emerald Hill with a visitor of his who lived there, he not being very well. I did not object considering the person was a nice young lady named Miss Campbell, whose father is Manager of a Branch of the National Bank, E.H. Mrs. H. accompanied us so I had company both ways, & the night being a lovely moonlight one, I enjoyed my walk very well Wednesday, I took my sister & Miss Norris to a Ball at the Manchester Unity Hall, where we enjoyed ourselves



very well until 4 am next morning, felt very tired & seedy next day, but in the evening I went as usual to Richardsons, after which, in company with *Darcy & another friend, I went to Hendersons Church where was a grand concert being held, neither of us had tickets nor money to procure them, so we put a bold face on it & marched in without being interrupted although there were three persons at the door, who thinking we had been in before did not attempt to stop us, it was awful cheek on our part, we enjoyed ourselves none the less, what we heard of the concert was very good considering *as the performers were all amateurs, it was nearly 12 when I got home. Friday evening, J.West called for me & we went to see the Atkinsons stayd at their house for a hour & then returned home. Saturday, afternoon did a few jobs about the house, till 4 when I took a walk met Miss Atkinson had a strool with her, till 5.30, after tea called at Stewarts, thinking he would have given me a lesson, as I did not get one on Wednesday, nor will be able to attend tomorow evening having an engagement, found him engaged, so took a walk into town on my way home I met Miss Webber walked home with conversing upon her intended wedding with Mr. Long, bade her good bye with kind wishes for her future happiness Etc Etc -



This morning not feeling well I did not go to Church about twelve I took a strool met some friends & went to Carlton with them In the afternoon I went to the Cemetery met Mr. Eskdale & the two Miss Phillips rambled about the grounds with them & walked part of the way home with them. In the evening I went to hear Mr. Henderson who preached a grand sermon forcible, eloquent & practical spent the rest of the evening singing Sacred music, selections from the Messiah Etc.

Oct llth.1868
Lovely weather during the past week, very busy at the office, enjoying good health. I have very little of interest to note, leading as I do such a monotonous life with little variety. Monday & Wednesday evening I went to Stewarts for my singing lessons, met Miss Atkinson on the Wed evening & walked home with her. Friday evening having an order for the Theatre, I took her to see the “Octoroon” performed, after which I had a pleasent walk home with her. Tuesday evening the two Miss Flowers, with Mr. & Mrs. Sayce spent at our house I seeing the former home, much to my discomfiture, at 12 pm Thursday evening I went as usual to Richardsons Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to the Fitzroy Gardens to hear the Band play, met Mary there, looking very well - In the evening I went to town for a walk, met several



people I knew, home early. Sunday I went to Church in the morning Mr. H. had been taken suddenly ill a Mr. Greenwwod one of the Students, preached an excellent sermon. In the evening another of the Students, a friend of mine, Mr. West, preached. In the afternoon I went to the Cemetery for a walk, after leaving Church I met Miss Campbell & walked home with her to Carlton (a young lady in our choir, but no relation to the young lady I went to Emerald Hill with in company with Mrs. Hamilton a few days ago).

Oct 18th.1868
Weather very unsettled but on the whole very pleasent. Monday evening, went as usual to Stewarts for my music lesson, Tuesday evening, I took a strool about town for an hour or so, Wednesday the 14th, being my sister Bessies 21st.Birthday, we invited a few friends a regular house full, & we enjoyed ourselves amazingly singing, flirting Etc. Etc. 2 am next morning when we broke up, next evening Thursday, I went to Richardsons had an hour or two good squalling, on leaving there, in company with Joe West, I went to Clarks, to bring my mother home, who had been spending the day there, found Clark, very busily engaged drawing plans, for a house he intends erecting on a



a piece of ground he possesses, Et. Melbourne, so we were not long making a move homewards. Friday evening, West & I went to the Collins St Baptist Chapel in company with W.Ford the organist to try over some pieces he kindly played the accompaniements for. I got through the “Cujus Animam” much better that I anticipated doing – Saturday afternoon I took a walk about town. In the evening Mr. Dewer from Echuca called & spent with us. Sunday morning went to Church, heard a good sermon In the afternoon I went for a walk to the Cemetery on arriving home found Miss Norriss & Mr. Schofield at our house, who stayd tea, after which we all went to Hendersons Church. I saw Miss N. home in company With the Bros West, on leaving her we made for home Wests remaining till 10.30 pm. - We received a letter from Mary Ann (my couzin) informing us of the death of her husband (Peet) who died a few days before writing, in South Australia, it was an illsorted match & being little love on either side the loss, if any, is not acutely felt, judging from the tone of the letter, I received a letter from Harry Vickerman (her brother) he alluded to the death of Peet, but made no comment on same.

Oct 25th.1868
Been lovely weather during the week, very busy at



[the] office, all pretty well at home, except Fred, who has been ailing the last days. I am afraid he is not very strong, scarcely a week passing without he is complaining of something or another. Monday & Wednesday evenings I went to Stewarts, was in bad voice both nights & did not make much progress in my studies Tuesday evening in Bessie, Fred & Mr. Dewar I went to Clarks, he was not at home, but Mary entertained us, we spent an hour or two very pleasently. Thursday evening I went to Richardsons he intends giving another Concert next month, so we are working up some fine pieces for the occasion. Friday evening Bessie & I spent at Mrs. Odells, Et. Melb’. several people were there we knew & the time passed very agreeably until 11 pm when we left. 12 when we got home, tired enough, after our long walk, which tended to distroy in some sense the enjoyment we had previously indulged in. Saturday afternoon Bessie & I went to the Gardens, after the music was over, we met Mr. West was accompanied us home stayd tea & spent the evening with, he is excellent company, well informed & intelligent, he is studying for the Ministry, preaches now occasionally. Sunday morning, went to Church, ditto in the evening, walked home with West. In the afternoon I took a long walk to the Botanical Gardens, everything looked beautifully fresh & green, the flowers & shrubs shedding a most delightful perfume around. Crowds of folks



were there met many I knew - I received a letter from Alf Peel on Thursday, informing me of the death of his father, he was a connection of my mothers, having married a cousin of hers, Alf is still in Dunedin & employed on the "Daily Times" there.

Melbourne November 1st.1868
Weather very fine during the week, not felt very well, think it is owing to the change of the seasons. The English Mail arrived on Friday no letters for us from father, except a few lines we found scribbled in a paper, stating he was somewhat recovered from the effects of the complaint he was suffering from when last we heard from him. Monday & Wednesday evenings I went to Stewarts for my singing lessons. Tuesday evening I took a strool for an hour or two home early. On leaving Stewarts on Monday evening I went to a concert at St Georges Hall, given by Professor Hughes & pupils, on the whole it was a poor affair his leading tenors being formerly pupils of Richardsons who left him because he did not think them good enough to entrust a solo to them, Thursday evening I went to Richardsons as usual Friday evening Clark & Mary spent the evening with us & also J.West & Miss Ditcham, a young lady from Launceston, whose acquaintance we made 2 years ago when she was on a visit here, with the Revd. Mr. Beer, who lately got into such disgrace some 3 months ago, & had to leave the colony, after being expelled from the Church - Miss D. is really a nice



person. I saw her to town where I put her into a cab for Emerald Hill, where she is at present living. Saturday afternoon Bessie & I with Mr. West, (the student) took a pleasent strool to the Botanical Gardens where we met Clark & Mary – the day was fine & the Gardens lovely, being the prettiest promenade about Melb, I enjoyed my afternoon very well - In the evening I went to town, on my way home, I passed Burkes shop. Louis saw me & came after me we took a long walk together till nearly 12 pm. her husband has been brought from Sydney after completing his sentence there, he was brought up here on his arrival & put upon his trial for robbing a travelling Jeweller some 3 years ago near Geelong, & committed Louis poor girl is in a sad way, her baby is not well, nor is she herself very well, her husband has four aliases, she does not know the proper name she ought to bear, she was married by the name of Hayward, but thinks his proper name is Sybon - whatever his name may be it is a disgrace & she feels it, to bear, she hopes she will be able to get a divorce tho I am very much afraid she will have some difficulty in getting one. Sunday morning I went to to the Catholic Chapel, Choir & sang in Gounod’s New Mass, a fine production but nothing in comparison to



some of the Masses of Hadyn & Mozart, it was awfully hot In the afternoon a heavy thunder storm broke over Melb I went to Hendersons in the evening, got caught in a storm on my way home, had to stay an hour & a half under a verandah I met Marsden weather bound like myself-

Novr 8th.1868
Weather, lovely, during the week, very slack at our office. Race week, very little business done, Sydney horses winning everything. Thursday the “Cup day” was observed as a holiday, a thing I dont approve of, holidays for Races, I did not go - Monday & Wednesday evening I went to Stewarts. Tuesday I went to an evening party at Pittmans Jollimont. Thursday I went to the Richardsons. Friday evening I went to the Baptist Chapel Collins St in company with W Ford the Organist to try over some music. I did not sing much myself there being a gentleman there named Fuller, who sang admirably he is lately out from England & has heard the best singers of the day & being a good musician he has picked up a style of singing that one seldom hears in the colonies. Saturday afternoon I took a walk, in the evening I took a strool into town met Louisa Burke, or Mrs. Hayward, her husbands trial took place the day before, he was sentenced to five years transportation with hard labour, we took a long walk together, nearly 12 when I left her, she is going



to make an effort to get a divorce, she is a lovely woman & will have little difficulty in getting married again if she is so inclined, her child is her only in- cumbrance - & she clings to it with all a mothers fondness Sunday morning & evening I went to Church, met Ford, in the evening & West who came home with me & staid an hour or so, making arrangements for a picnic for Tuesday next, which is to be observed as a holiday instead of Monday, the Prince of Wales Birthday –

Novr. 15th.1868
Fine weather at the beginning, but very changeable since Wednesday when a change occured bringing with it rain & hail in fact it was more like winter weather the summer. Monday being Mail Day was not observed as a holiday, Tuesday being substituted instead Monday evening I went to Stewarts, on my return home found Mrs. Hamilton & her friend Miss Campbell at our house, who staid till near 11 pm. Tuesday in company with Clark & Mary Fred & Bessie & about 20 others mostly ladies I joined in a picnic, left Richmond punt at 11 am with plenty of provisions pulled up as far as the Survey Paddock where we landed & spent the day most pleasently returned about 8 pm, when most of the party



adjourned to Clarks house where we spent the evening, after supper we made for our respective homes – after spending a most delightful day together- Wednesday evening with Fred & mother & Miss Norris, I went to the German Liedertafel Concert, at Hoskins Rooms, Eliz. St, Bessie had gone to an evening party at Dalrymples, Richmond, to which I was invited, so after staying a couple of hours at the Concert, which was very fine, I left, much to my regret, & went there, found several people I knew, managed to spend a couple of hours pleasently, arrived home about 2 am very tired. Friday evening being wet I stayd at home, Saturday after leaving business I went to Clarks to dinner after which he & I went to see the Athletic Sports on the Cricket Ground. They were very fine, the attendance being more numerous than I remember ever seeing before. I went home with Clark & after tea, I went [met] as appointed a fellow clerk named Hart - called at Atkinsons, stayd about an hour, then went to town where I met Louis.B. we took a long walk together 11 pm when I left her I went to Church to day, morning & evening, after the evening service I again met Louis.B. took a walk together, talking over her prospects of getting a divorce Etc, In the afternoon I went to the Cemetery, met Adamson, the day was very warm - very few people being out -



Melbourne Victoria Novr. 22nd.1868
Weather very unsettled during the past week, but on the whole very pleasent. Very busy at the office, the same routine, with little variety, I am getting quite sick of hanging on, expecting a rise of screw, which never appears to come. I dont think there is a firm in Melbourne that pays so badly as the M & H B U Rly. Monday evening, I went to Stewarts, had a good hours practice at scales & exercises. Tuesday evening in company with Evans I went to Livingstones in George St Miss L. is a fine singer & musician, I sang several pieces, & so did she, very much to my enjoyment, 11 pm when we left. Wednesday, I went to tea at Hamiltons it was Jims Birthday & he had invited several friends & we managed to spend a very pleasent evening together, Thursday evening I went to Rehearsal at Richardsons, Friday, in company with Miss Wright my sister Bessie W. & J.West & Mr. Neighbour I went as per invitation of Willie Ford to the Baptist Cpl Collins St. where he is organist, he played several fine pieces Joe West & I sang several pieces from Oratoria – 11 pm when I got home - Saturday afternoon on arriving home I found my cousin Harry Vickerman at our house he intends remaining in town until Monday I spent the afternoon at Clarks singing & trying over



duets with my sister Mary. After tea I took my Sister Bessie to the Theatre Royal to see the new Burlesque of “King Arthur” we enjoyed it amazingly - 12 when we arrived home. Sunday morning, not feeling well, I did not go to Church, spent it reading. In the afternoon I took a long walk. In the evening I went to Hendersons - Church, after the service I met Miss Finegan walked home with her, on arriving home found the Bros West at our house, who stayd till 10.30 -

Been lovely weather during the week excepting Saturday morning, when we had hot winds, a pleasent change occurred during the afternoon - Monday & Wednesday evening I went as usual to Stewarts for my music lessons Tuesday evening I went out for a strool for about an hour, home by 9 pm. Thursday evening I went to Richardsons, had a fine Rehearsal for his Concert which is to take place on the 2nd December Friday I took a walk into town on arriving home found Clark & Mary at our house, spent a hour or two very pleasently. Saturday afternoon I went, alone, to the Gardens to hear the Band play - In the evening Mr. West, with Neighbour, W.Ford, & Bob Williamson spent at our house, singing & music we had in quantity if not in quality – 11 pm when they took their departure - The English



Mail arrived on Wednesday bringing us a long letter from my father, he is much better than when last we heard from him, he has had to refund to Uncle Joe, the Trustee for my Uncle John Thomas, the money he had received when they divided the latters portion thinking he was dead The Chancery case is supposed to be settled, but after deducting the Atherstons share & the Law expenses, Etc. father is afraid there will not be much coming to us he expects that it will be fully 6 months ere [that] little can be obtained, bother the whole affair I wish we had never known anything of it, it has unsettled us very much This morning I went to Church, walked home with Carry Browning. In the afternoon I went to the Cemetery met Miss Phillips walked home with her. In the evening I went to hear Mr. Henderson deliver his promised Lecture to Young Men. The place was crowded to excess & all appeared eager listeners, it was a very good practical address, full of truth & good sound suggestions, dilated strongly upon young men disciplining their minds when young, spoke long on the necessity & dignity of work, & the incalculable mischief of idleness - I took my sister Bessie with me the Bros West with two young ladies walked home with us -



Very changeable weather during, hot & cold alternately. Still continue busy at he office, Monday evening I went to Stewarts. Tuesday evening I went to a Rehearsal at St Georges hall. Wednesday evening the Pupils Concert came off. The house was crammed with a fashionable audience, the Programme was very long, & contained works of the best composers, some of the performers were very indifferent, while other[s] say Miss Waymouth, Miss Noyt, Messrs Clark & Moule & Whitty were far above mediocrity. Richardson, I think, is very much to blame in giving some of his pupils too difficult pieces to perform they might sing at Rehearsal very well, but when they get before an audience they dont do so well, on the whole, the concert was not so successful as the two last ones were, after the concert was over, the Hall was cleared for the Ball only those remaining who were invited, the pupils & their friends. Bessie & I remained until about 3.30 a.m. the next morning, after spending a very enjoyable time - I felt very tired next day, went to bed early, Friday evening I went to Stewarts, sang for an hour at scales & exercises, very dry work, on arriving home I found Joe West who stayd till 11 pm Saturday afternoon I & Bessie went to the Band in Fitzroy Gardens, after tea, I took a strool & met Louis Burke 11 pm when I left her Sunday morning & evening I went to Church. In the afternoon I went to the Cemetery, met the two Miss Marsdens very nice girls, enjoyed myself very much in their company -



Weather very fine, but hot, time spent much as usual - Monday evening went to Stewarts. Tuesday evening, Fred & I spent at Clarks Wednesday in company with a friend, Evans, I went to Livingstones spent the evening singing Miss L has a splendid mezzo sophrano voice Thursday I attended a Lecture by our Pastor, Mr. Henderson in the Church which was crowded. The subject being the “Deluge” viewed in relation to Scripture, Tradition & Science The interst taken in the subject partly in consequence of a series of letters of a very sceptical tendency, signed by “Habitans in Cedar”, an anonymous writer, & the popularity of the lecturer attracted a large audience, he evinced a deal of study & cleverness in handling & arranging his subject which was exceedingly inter- -esting & profiting at least to me, Henderson does not believe in the universality of the flood, but only extended to that part where man existed, his conclusions from tradition alone were con[vinc]ing as to such an event having taken place, every part of the world or its inhabitants, all having the tradition of the world at one time being distroyed by water - Professor McCoy who was the Chairman assisted the lecturer with his usual amiability to make things pleasent, by affirming that there was nothing in Science as far as he had studied the various branches to affect the Scriptures in any way - altogether it was the



best Lecture I ever listened to & I came away feeling much more enlightened by the very intellectual treat than before - My sister & Miss Norris, the Bros West & Ford came home together at its conclusion. Friday evening, I went to Stewarts for my music lesson not having gone to him on the Wednesday as usual. - Saturday afternoon I spent reading "Jane Eyre". In the evening I went out for a walk met a young lady friend with whom I took a pleasent walk with, 11 pm when I got home. I wrote during the day to my Uncle John Tom who is at present living on a farm near Heathcote @ at a Mr. Cocks Wild Duck Creek I heard from him at the beginning of the week, he is anxiously looking forward for news by the next mail from Uncle Joe in reference to the disposal of his property - Sunday morning I spent at home reading. In the afternoon, I took a walk to the Cemetery. In the evening I went to Church, there was a collection & it is hoped enough will be collected to clear off the debt of the church, if so, it will reflect very great credit in the congregation, two years have scarcely elapsed since the building was commenced, its total cost being £16,000. The fact of its all being paid in such a short time is a thing unprecedented in the colonies & such a structure! one of the most elegant erected in Australia on leaving the Church I met G.Bond had a long walk & talk together on coming home, I was accosted by a young lady acquaintance who was in company with, & who introduced me to Miss Stone, that I have not spoken to for upwards of four



years, & with whom I used to be very familiar she was very young at that time (16) & being pretty had a great many admirers & I may say was very foolish. I had occasion to take offence at her conduct for something that to me was unpar- -donable, I wrote a letter to her at the time, a pretty sharp one, but in which I took the liberty of pointing out to her evil results that would arise from her continuance of her line of conduct, scarcely a day has passed that I have not seen her, but have never spoken to her. I have observed that she has been very quiet & much changed, for the better, to my surprise I heard some time ago that she was very desirous of seeing me, having entertained a poor opinion of her I never cared about renewing the acquaintance, however on this occasion I could not get out of it, she told me it had pained her to be thought so badly of by me but that she had endeavoured to correct her many faults & thanked me most sincerely for the letter I wrote her, the contents of which opened her eyes to her foolishness & she was happy to state it had had the effect of keeping her out of mischief, her object in wishing to speak to me was she did not like to continue longer under the ban of my displeasure & the contempt she was sure I had entertained for her. I was very much surprised at her candour, & it certainly placed her character in a more favourable light, than I ever thought it would, tho I have heard from other sources, when I have expressed my opinion about her, that I was much mistaken in my ideas



concerning her. I stayd talking to her about an hour, parting on the understanding that we are to be good friends for the future

Weather unsettled during the week, very busy at the office – Monday & Wednesday evening went to Stewarts as usual, also to Richardsons on the Thursday on leaving there, I called at the Baptist Chapel George St. where a rehearsal was taking place for a Tea Meeting to be given on Tuesday next. Met Miss Stone who is the leading sophano for the occasion – I walked home with her. Friday evening I spent at Clarks Saturday evening I met L.B. in town, saw her home. Sunday, went to Church morning & evening, on leaving Church this evening I met Miss Stone & walked about an hour with her. I went to the Cemetery in the afternoon.

X mas week, as usual holiday time, tho for my part, I never remember passing, on the whole, such a quiet one. Monday & Wednesday went to Stewarts, Tuesday I went to a Tea meeting, Miss. S. sang very well, after the singing was over, she left, & I joined her in a pleasent walk home. Thursday as if fate would have it, I met her again by accident & we took a long walk together, it was a lovely moonlight night & we enjoyed ourselves very much. Friday X mas day. I had intended



taking my mother out somewhere, but she not feeling well preferred remaining at home quietly I went to St Francis R.C. Chapel & heard the choir to sing Hadyns No. 3 Mass, the Adestes Fideles & the “Hallelujah Chorus”. I was delighted with the performance, spent the afternoon at home reading. In the evening Mother & I went to hear a Concert of miscellaneous sacred music at the Theatre Royal, Donaldson, Emery & Angus with Mrs Fox & the Misses Easdowns being the principal vocalists - saw Clark & Mary there, we walked home part of the way together. Saturday, Boxing Day, another quiet day, spent the morning reading walked into town, for an hour or so met Ambler, had a long chat with him, after dinner read again, left home about 3 pm walked about in the Gardens for an hour, then went to Richmond Punt where I met some people I was slightly acquainted with who were engaging a boat for a pull on the river they asked me to join them. Miss Stone being of the party I was induced to do so, we had a nice pull for a couple of hours, on landing again I left her promising to call for her at her friends house at 10 pm. I went to town where I had tea & walked back to Richmond saw Miss S. home, by about 12 pm. Sunday morning I went to Church. In the afternoon went to the Cemetery. In the evening



I went to Church, Mr. H being unwell, a young man named Allen preached, after the service was over I met Miss S. took a walk with her. The Mail from England arrived on the 24th inst. bringing us no letters, one came from my Uncle Joe a/d to my Uncle John Tom. which I took the liberty of opening as he had requested me to do it contained no money, he says that being the executor of his fathers will, he intends acting upon the same, the will empowers him to give Uncle J.T. nothing but the interest unless he can bring a 6 years character for sobriety & industry ere he can claim the principal which he wants, which it is impossible for him to do, he expatiates upon his own industry & how he arrived at an independent position - John. T. will be terribly mortified on receipt of this letter. I wrote to him yesterday, & informed him of the contents. I did not like to send him Uncle Joes letter - not knowing whether he was living in the same place or not as when last he wrote, for I have received no answer to the letter I wrote to him 3 weeks ago -

Jany 3rd 1869
Weather all that could be wished for this time of the year, cool & refreshing, for the pleasure seekers. I have spent my time very quietly considering it is holiday season, I had no money to spend, & I have been in very poor spirits caring little for amusements of any sort -



Monday evening I went to Stewarts practising scales & exercises. Tuesday, took a strool met some acquaintances home early Wednesday evening Bessie & I spent the evening at Mr Gotchs. Mrs. G returned from England last week by the Mail Steamer she looks very well after the voyage & in capital spirits as usual, several friends were there, & we managed to spend a delightful evening together 2 am next morning when we arrived home. I was annoyed at the beginning of the week by my Uncle J.T. calling upon us looking as dirty & disreputable as ever, he has been working on a farm near Kyneton, & hurt his hand, he had expected money by the last Mail, & was in an awful passion at Uncle Joes letter, he left town the following day much to our relief, but not before going into a low public house in our neighbourhood & informing those present of our relationship, he is a dirty old blaguard & looks as if he had been in a chain gang half his life. Thursday evening I went out for a strool met a lady friend, being a very pleasent moonlight night we took a delightful walk togther, on arriving home at 10.30, found the Wests at our house who did not leave until we saw the Old Year out & the New one in, 1 OC when we went to bed. Friday New years Day, being very gloomy & cloudy in the morning, did not feel anxious to go out. The



Bros. West called about 1 Pm & asked Fred & I to join them in a Boat & go up the river, we called for Miss Norris & a Miss Campbell (Carlton) & with my sister, making it 7 in all, we went & spent a few hours very pleasently, landing at Pearsons Tea Gardens where we had some refreshments took a walk on the surrounding hills & enjoyed the prospect all came to our house to tea. Clark & Mary called also stayd till 12 pm when we parted after spending a pleasent day. Saturday on leaving the office at 12, I went by train to Richmond, where I struck across the Survey Paddock to a spot opposite Hawthorn where I had appointed to meet a party of friends who had a picnic, came on them just as they were at dinner to which I did ample justice, after it was over we passed the afternoon dancing, singing & flirting, till tea time, after which we took boat & proceeded down to Richmond where we landed the party proceeded to their several homes. Marsden & I finding our way home at about 10 pm, on arriving home I found Effy Flower & Mr. & Mrs. Dewar at our house Mrs. D is a beautiful singer, she sang a song which quite charmed me, I felt sorry I had not been home earlier, however, I had no cause for complaint for a pleasenter day on the whole I never spent - I went to Church morning & evening to day. Mr. H is very unwell, he thinks he received a sunstroke about a week ago, that & the annoyance caused



lately by the illnatured letters which have appeared in the papers during the past week accusing him of piracy in regard to his late lecture upon the Deluge being the cause, his friends advise his going to Tasmania for a month. I think & sincerely hope the change will do him good – on leaving Church I met Miss S. took a pleasent walk together for an hour or so -

Jany 10th.1869 Weather very hot, accompanied with plenty hot winds & dust, resumed the drudgery of the office on Monday, feeling much better in health and spirits for the respite. Monday evening I went to Stewarts. Tuesday I spent at my sisters. Wednesday, Marsden & I spent the evening at Stewarts, a Miss Webb from Sandhurst being on a visit with them, she is a fine jolly girl. 12 pm when we left, after spending a most agreeable evening. Thursday evening I met Miss S took a long walk with her, 11 pm when I arrived home, Friday I went to Stewarts to get my lesson after it was over, I was induced to accompany himself & wife, with Miss Webb to a friend of theirs, named Gerome at whose house we stayd till 11 pm, spending the evening very slowly, a lot of children being allowed in the drawing room, making an exhibition of themselves, by playing on the piano, pretty well for children, our praises may have been gratifying to their parents, but their performance



did not compensate for the annoyance. Saturday, very hot. In the afternoon I went to hear the Band play, remained till 5 pm then went over to Et Melb’ to see my sister Mary stayd about half an hour, returned home, after tea I went out for a strool, met Miss S. took a long walk with her, to Northcote & back nearly 12 when we parted. Sunday I went to Church, morning & evening, Mr. Henderson has gone to Tasmania for the benefit of his health. A Mr. Scales preached in the morning & Mr. Laisehly in the evening, on my way home I passed I News chapel, met Miss S. walked home with her – on arriving home I found the Bros. West at our house who stayd till near 11 pm. In the afternoon I went for a strool to the Cemetery, being a lovely day, great numbers were there My cousin Harry came down on Thurday evening & stayd with us till Saturday morning, when he returned to his school at Rochford -

Jany 17 1869
Weather very fine, great want in the country districts for rain every thing in the shape of farm produce getting very dear. Very busy at the office. Monday & Wednesday nights I went to Stewarts, Miss Webb being there on both evenings I stayed till 1 am Thursday morning singing & dancing Etc - Tuesday evening I spent at my sister Marys house - Thursday I went to Richardsons Singing Class, my quarter being up, I think I wont go any more



three nights a week being too much to devote to music Friday night I took a strool about Fitzroy, met Marsden home early, found Mr & Mrs. Dewar at our house, I was very sorry I had been out for Mrs. D. is such excellent company & such an agreeable person. Saturday afternoon I read awhile then went to the gardens, on leaving I met an old diggings acquaintance & mate of mine formerly Harry Enniss, he has just come from N.Z. but since he left me on the Manuherikia River he has been to California, I find no change in him the same rollicking, reckless fellow as of old, he thinks of returning to N.Z. shortly - In the evening I met Miss S. took a long walk with her did not get home till 12 pm. Sunday been raining all day, did not go out until the evening when I went to Church heard Mr. Nims preach, met Miss S coming out of I New Church, walked home with her, found the Bros West at our house who stayd till 10.30. pm -

Jany 24 1869
Weather very fine. Busier at the office than ever I remember being before since my time in the Rly great number of large ships discharging at our Pier. Monday evening Harry Enniss & G Bond & Fox



& West spent the evening at our house, parted about 11 I accompanied the former home to his lodgings – Tuesday evening I met Miss S. took a long walk with her Wednesday I went to Stewarts stayd till Marsden had had his lesson nearly 10 when we left for home - Thursday evening I met Miss S. took a pleasent walk home by about 10pm Friday evening I went to Livingstones Miss L being out I did not remain long on coming home I met a lady friend walked home with her (Miss S) Saturday afternoon in company with my mother, Bessie & Fred, I went to Mr. W.Bonds house at Abbotsford where we met [my] sister Mary & Clark with G.Bond & Miss Norris. Spent the afternoon playing Croquet after which we adjourned to the house where we found a spendid dinner provided, to which we did ample justice to spent the evening singing & flirting Etc – Mr. W.Bond drove the ladies home in his carriage at about 11 pm the gentlemen finding their ways home as best they could. This morning I went [& heard] my friend West Preach, at Mr. Hendersons Church, an excellent sermon, rained during the day fine at intervals – took a short walk in the afternoon. In the evening I went to hear the Revd Mr. Menzies preach at the Pres Church Collins St. where he is now the pastor, he preached a splendid sermon, but I would much sooner have read it than heard it delivered – he has a strong Scottish



accent, & his manner in the pulpit is very officious after sitting under Mr Henderson, who is so easy & graceful in his delivery - on the conclusion of the service, I called at I. New met Miss S. & walked home with her & her sister Mrs. Lusty – found the Bros West at our house – on arriving home who stayd till 10.30 pm The English mail arrived on Thursday, no letters from any friends or relations for us by it, very much disappointed at not hearing from Father –

Jany 31st.1869
Weather, very hot during the week, in fact the hottest week we have had in Melbourne this season. We had no less than four heavy thunder storms, one of which took place on Thursday evening was one of the most terrific I ever remember, at least in Melb, it did not last above an hour. Monday night I went to Stewarts, stayd there till 11 pm several friends, musical, being there. Tuesday evening in company with a large party of Lady & gentlemen friends I went on the Yarra to a night boating party landed at the usual spot, Pearsons where we partook of refreshments after which we flirted, romped & danced till 12 pm, when we left for home, on our way down the river we managed to get on snag, & had to get out our ladies



in another boat that was passing, in order to lighten our own & get her off – fortunately, we managed to do so without our boat sustaining any serious damage – it delayed us about half an hour, making it 2 am Wednesday morning before we got home. Wednesday was a fearful hot day but a change took place in the evening when a copius shower of rain fell but, no change in the wind. I think the atmosphere was more sultry after than before, I went to the Stewarts, but did [not] stay long feeling knocked up from my previous nights exertions – Thursday evening I met Miss S & went out for a walk got caught in an awful thunder storm fortunately we managed to find shelter in a little shop at the bottom of Brunswick St where we remained upwards of an hour, on getting her home I went to Sheppards Wine Shop & had a long chat with Miss Sheppard, a nice girl who doles out colonial wine & flirts with any customer who drops into her place Friday night I remained at home Mr & Mrs. Drake Mr & Mrs. Dewar spending the evening with us, passed it very pleasently the latter lady is a fine musician sings & plays well, she is getting well up in years now & her voice is not what is used to be, but she sings with exquisite taste & skill – nearly 12 pm when they left. Saturday afternoon, I took a strool. in the evening I did ditto in company with Miss S. Sunday morning, I went



to hear a Mr. Day preach (from Castlemaine) in our Church In the evening I went to the Gaelic Church Carlton & heard a man preach, a Mr. McEachran. I liked him very much, he is an earnest plain matter of fact kind of preacher, but one that I am sure will do his masters work well, he has a large congregation on leaving I met Miss S, saw her home, Spent the afternoon reading.

Feby 7th.1869
Weather very hot & oppressive, with occasional showers of rain, but not enough to do the country much good - Monday & Thursday nights I went to Stewarts. Tuesday I went to my sisters, Mrs. Clarks found several friends there, passed a pleasent evening together it was the 2nd of Feby & my 30th.Birthday. I begin to feel that I am getting very old & to make it worse, not much better in my position or prospects. Wednesday evening I took a strool about Fitzroy. Friday ditto in company with Evans & one or two more, about 9 I met Miss S walked with her till 10 pm. Saturday afternoon I went into town met several I knew, walked home to Et Melb in company with Miss Aitkin. In the evening in company with Miss S. I took a long walk to Northcote 12 pm when I got home. Sunday morning & evening I went to hear Mr. Henderson who I am happy to state has returned to his duties, much better in



health, for his trip to Schnapper Point. - found the Bros West at our house on arriving home -

Feby 14th.1869
Weather very unsettled, not so hot as last week a deal of rain having fell, in occasional heavy showers. Monday evening I went to Stewart raining when I left & very sultry I went into town & got wet through, caught a severe cold which I have not yet got rid of. Tuesday night I & my sister Bessie went to a grand party at the Ramsdens Et Melbourne being the occasion of the second son Bob coming of age – about 120 were present, a large marquee, boarded & gas laid on served for a Ball Room the program consisted of 24 Dances all of which I danced with one exception, every luxury was provided that wealth could supply, the host & hostess & their family doing all in their power towards the enjoyment of their guests altogether it was one of the best affairs I ever was at nearly Six am the following morning when we broke up. I went to the office as usual but my cold being much worse & feeling seedy I was obliged to leave at 2 pm on arriving home I went to bed slept till 6 when after a good tea & feeling much refreshed I went out for a strool, met Miss S. & rambled about till 10pm



Thursday evening I went to Stewarts singing on leaving his place I went to George St Bapt Chapel where I met Miss S. who had been singing there I saw her home, on arriving at our house found Fox & Evans here, had some more singing. 11 when they left. Friday at noon I met Hamilton went with him to witness his signature to the Transfer Deeds of some ground he owned in Otago & is now disposing of we signed in the presence of the Mayor Mr. T.Moubray - In the evening I went to hear the Carandinis sing, mother & two daughters, the latter sing very well & have much improved since I last heard them Fannie Carandini the alto, having the richest & best trained voice I know of in Australia (Professional) there was a wretched house & has been all the week, very discouraging tomorrow however, is the last night they sing. Saturday afternoon I went to town shopping with my two sisters In the morning met L took a long walk together. - Went to Church this morning Revd. J.C.Symons preached an excellent practical sermon, a Mr. Greenwood officiated in the evening. I took a walk in the afternoon, met Marsden



Feby 21st 1869
Weather very hot & oppresive, during the week. English mail arrived on Thursday, a long letter from father containing a draft for the miserable sum of £10.0.0, all of which with half as much more being due for rent - Father is pretty well in health, he states that the Chancery suit is still in abeyance. I wish to God it was settled I am sick of hearing about it. Father thinks of returning home when it is settled. I wonder he is not ashamed to entertain the idea after leaving his wife & family for 10 years, at the most critical time of their lives. I am surprised my mother has kept up appearances, & kept her family respectiable during the time with so little help, few women in the colonies like her, pushing enegetic, with a spirit that nothing daunts, very upright & straightforward in all her actions, continually setting a good example to all around her. My Uncle John Tom paid me a visit on Friday, dirty & in rags as usual, he had expected Uncle Joe would have sent him money by the last mail, but father informs us such is not his intention, he will send him out the interest & that alone. I gave him a suit of clothes & some money, so I hope we shall not be bothered



with him again for some time, he is without exception the most dirty disreputable looking old vagabond I ever looked upon, & in my digging experience I have seen some queer characters – Monday evening went to Stewarts, practising scales & exercises. Tuesday evening, I spent at Marys, saw Georgie Clark home from there. Wednesday evening I went to the B.Chapel, Geo St. to hear the choir there practise some anthems. Miss S. was among the number. I saw her home after it was over. Thursday evening after my lesson was over at Stewart I went down by the 9.30. train to Brighton to meet the choir I had heard the night before, who had been singing at some Tea Meeting there. I knew several of them & we had a jolly time of it coming home after 12 when I arrived home with Miss. S, who was of the party. Friday evening I took a strool about Fitzroy, met several I knew Saturday was a fearful hot day did not go out till after tea when I met a friend with whom I took a long walk, 11 pm when I got home - Sunday morning I went to Church a Mr. Baker preached an excellent sermon In the afternoon I took a walk, met Miss.S. rambled about Carlton Gardens After tea, In company with my sisters, Miss Walters



Miss Wright, I went to Church after the service was over I took Mary home – got pretty wet myself before arriving home -

Feby 28 Weather very cool & pleasent, until yesterday & to day when the sun shone out its finest, attended to day with a hot wind & plenty of dust. Monday & Thursday evening I went as usual to Stewarts. I am improving very much in my singing. Wednesday evening I took a walk with Miss .S. Friday evening in company with a large party, I went up the river boating, enjoyed myself very much 1 am next morning when I arrived home. Saturday afternoon I went to town with Bessie & Miss Wright shopping. In the evening I met Miss S took a long strool with her This morning I went to Church very glad to find Mr Henderson there, he preached a fine sermon In the afternoon, I went for a walk met Marsden & Joe Ford, being very hot we went to the formers house & spent the afternoon there singing, staid tea, after which I went to Church, Mr. H. preached a sermon to Sunday school teachers - one of the grandest discourses I ever listened to -

[1869-03-07] March 7th 1868
Weather very hot at the beginning of the week a change took place on Tuesday morning attended with one of the most fearful dust storms I ever remember seeing, however it tended to make the weather much more endurable. Monday I wrote a long letter to my father. In the evening I went to Stewarts



on leaving I took a strool about Fitzroy. Tuesday evening I went to the vestry of the Gaelic Church. Stewart has started a Glee Class there. Thornton & I went to swell the numbers & give some color to the affair for a start, after it was over we adjourned to his house & staid till near 11 pm Wednesday evening I took a long walk with Miss .S. Thursday evening on leaving Stewarts I met her again & saw her home. Friday evening having been asked to assist at a Tea Meeting to be held next Tuesday night at Beers old Chapel I went there & rehearsed the tenor parts of a couple of anthems Bob Ramsden playing the organ, before going there I spent half an hour at Hamiltons Mrs. H & Jim were going to a fancy Ball so I did not remain long, they being busy dressing Saturday afternoon Bessie & I played Croquet in the Richmond paddock in company with Bond, Bruce & several others, home by teatime after which, as usual I went for a strool met a friend & rambled about till near 11 pm when I came home. Sunday morning I went to the Catholic Chapel (St Francis) & heard the Choir sing Beethovens Mass in C, very indifferently the organ solo & accompaniments played by Pringle (who is without doubt the finest organist in the colony) were very fine. In the afternoon I took a walk to the Cemetary with a young lady friend. In the evening I went to Church, Mother & Mary were there



saw the former half way home when I met Miss S took a strool with her for about an hour -

March 14th.1869
Been lovely weather during the week, very busy at the office. Time passed much as usual with little novelty or variety to break the monotony of my existence – Monday evening I went to Stewarts – on leaving I met Miss S. took a walk together. Tuesday I went to a Tea Meeting held in the Orderly Room Victoria Parade a very jolly affair great number there I knew, at its conclusion all adjourned to the Chapel near by where the Induction of the new Pastor Mr. Edwards took place. Several clergymen spoke, Hon. G Harker being in the chair, the singing was very poor, on leaving there at 10pm called at Mrs. Florauns staid about an hour - Wednesday evening, for a wonder, I remained at home. Joe West called & we spent the evening singing Etc - Thursday evening I went as usual to Stewarts on leaving I met Miss.S. & took a strool for an hour or so with her. Friday knocked about Fitzroy met her again coming from practice walked home with her. Saturday afternoon went to town with my sister, met Donovan & had a long talk with him, he is the clerk of one or two of the suburban Police Courts. I had not seen him for years.- In the evening I met Miss. S, took a long



walk with her, 11 pm when I reached home. Sunday morning I went to Church Mr. H preached a good sermon on the lights & shadows of Christian life In the afternoon I took a walk alone in Fitzroy Gardens. In the evening went to Church, on my way home I called at I. News Chapel, Albert St waited until the prayer meeting was over when I met Miss. S. took a strool around Carlton Gardens with her. 10 when I reached home, found the Bros West & Neighbour with Mr & Mrs. Dewar at our house I got pretty well talked to concerning my flirtation with Miss.S. she is a very nice quite dignified girl, but the fact of her father keeping a confectioners shop appears to be heinous in the eyes of my people & those of my friends, for my own part I am not at all tinged with the spirit of “Caste” in such a matter, & would not hesitate in associating or allying myself to anyone, whatever their position might be, so long as they were honest & respectable. I enjoy Miss S’s company very much, but I have not thought seriously concerning her I am not in a position to do so nor do I see any liklihood of such a thing taking place. My future seems very obscure what with my loss of sight, & the slow progress I have made hitherto in life - I get very dispondent on the subject -

March 21st.1869
Weather much pleasenter than it has been lately, less hot winds Etc. Not quite so busy at the office, the arrival of a few ships



ships would soon make us the reverse. Monday evening I went to a Concert at the Orderly Rooms Carlton, an excellent programme was provided but the performers were scarcely equal to their task - I was glad to see the place filled, being for the Benefit of the Widow & children of Mr. Terleeki who died some weeks ago, he was a very worthy man, a companion of Kossuths when expelled from Hungary – at its termination I went to Stewarts staid there till 12 pm. Tuesday night I meet Miss S & took a walk with her Wednesday evening I remained at home. Misses Walters & Stoddart Bond, Bros West, Mr. Neighbour & Mr Burtt at our house, spent the evening very pleasently, principally singing. Thursday evening went to Stewarts met Miss S. after my lesson was over. Friday evening I took a strool about Fitzroy dropt into the Wesleyan Choir Brunswick St, heard them make an atempt to sing Mozarts 12th.Mass. Saturday after[noon] I went to the Stewarts & after a sing we went together to see a Cricket Match playd on the Carlton Cricket Ground In the evening I met Miss S. took a pleasent walk together. I forgot to mention that on Friday afternoon I was surprised to receive a letter from Uncle J.Tom, requesting me to see him in the evening. I went & found him engaged at a little Wood & Coal Yard corner of Peel & Cambridge St Collingwood where he has been at work since I last saw him he intends leaving for the country to morrow (Monday) Sunday morning I went to hear Mr. Henderson. In the afternoon took Bessie out for a walk to the Cemetery. In the evening I went to Lonsdale St Wesley Church, heard a grand sermon, after it was over I met Miss S. saw her home -









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