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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)
22 (Spare)]
23 (Spare)]
24 (Spare)]
25 (Spare)]
J.H. & Bessie Watmuff's Photos
Olive Watmuff's Photos

JOURNAL 10 1881-1882


This book belongs to J H Watmuff
2 Waterloo St
St Kilda
Please return the same if lost

Addresses −

Miss S. Watmuff
28 Myrtle Rd,

Mr R.H. Hartley
24 George St
Halifax Yorkshire

Messers Stone & Co



Mr J R Hamilton 74 William Street


188 Pitt St.,

J J Clark
Pitt St

Mrs Holm
X(Calvin St)X

J. Hamilton
Mrs G.B. Bond
Riversdale Rd,



Multiguka - Dr Goulburne S[t]

Bourke St

Mr Alfred Smith
New Zealand

Mr. Isbecher [Iesbecher?]

-- 594

Mr Mercer
Inkerman St
St Kilda

1 Kennedy, Goods Shed, Sydney
Goodchaps – for pass Sydney lines

2 Roberts – S Martin, Albury

Duet – 3b Sharps

Tantum Ergo – Cellini

Trio Now the Twilight Softly Stealing[1]

In F Mercandante



1881 Febry 28
My notice of dismissal from the Railway Expired to day. Was informed to continue on until further notice. They were not prepared to part with me, much to my satisfaction, for I do dread being cast out as I am situated - with a young family & my mother living with me.

March. Still continue at the Rly & from what I can gather I am likely to remain until the end of June. All well.

Important things to relate. My poor



Father died on 16th Feby/1881. Receivd a long letter from my fathers sister Aunt Sarah Watmuff of Leicester England - with the particulars - he had been in his usual health & was living in lodgings in Leicester, he had taken his bath in the morning, but not appearing to breakfast at his usual time, his room was visited & he was found insensible on the floor, he died the same day but never became conscious. My Aunt secured his papers, but did not find a Will, so there will be a pretty muddle over his affairs. It is very melancholy



that he should have died away from us all. It is twenty two years since he left us, & not one of his family here has seen him in the meantime. We have sent a Power of Attorney to my Aunt, signed by my mother, Fred & myself, for her to act & have authorised her to place the case in the hands of her solicitors, Messrs. Stone & Co Leicester. I am sadly afraid there will not be much coming to us after the Law & other expenses. I feel so thankful Father sent the money he did to Fred & myself enabling me to clear off all the liabilities on my house last December.

On Good Friday, my wife & self & Mr S.Lamble were engaged for the principals



of the “Creation” at Sandhurst. We went there the day before the performance & left the day afterwards after acquitting ourselves tolerably creditably. It was the heaviest work I ever was engaged for, in the musical line.

While on Sandhurst I hunted up my cousin Liz, Mrs. Holm, found her a widow with five children & in very poor circumstances her husband died about 12 months since. The children are very nice & apparently have been carefully brought up. The eldest girl Annie is an exceedingly nice modest girl & evidently a great help to her mother.

28th. Sang the tenor “Lay of the Bell”



at Hawthorn Harmonic Society. [1881] May. Still engaged on the Railway, have not heard of any change with regard to myself. Mrs Hamilton was over here on a visit from Sydney - she went to Launceston for three weeks and has just returned looking very well. Had news from Clark he is still in Sydney, but does not write hopefully of business his sister Georgie died in childbirth at Bathurst he seems very much cut up about it. No more news from England. All well.

[1881] June. A month of sorrow and trouble. On the 1st June at 11 p.m. my poor mother breathed her last. -she had been in her usual health all day



having eat a hearty dinner & tea after which my wife & I went to Mr Pitts and spent the evening there on our return home at 11.15 she was dead Our servant Olive informed us that Mother spent the evening reading & at 10 pm had her supper & went to her room, undressed herself & on leaning back in her bed she felt a choking sensation & called the girl, who not liking her appearance, called in my Bro Fred, who lives next door - he immediately rushed for the Doctor, who pronounced her dead on his arrival. The cause of death was "fatty degeneracy of the heart". Poor mother it was a happy release for her, for her life was becoming a burden to her, she got very stout



the last few years, & it was only with the greatest difficulty that she could move about. We telegraphed her death home thinking it would arrive home in time to prevent the Lawyers taking action on the P of A we sent them, as mothers death will put a different complexion on affairs there. We also sent home a certificate of her death. I wrote to my mothers sister, Aunt Hartley of Halifax, giving full particulars of mothers death etc. I am still employed in the Railway: nothing being said or done to affect my position as yet. We are on the eve I think of a change of



Ministry - if such takes place I intend to make an effort to get my dismissal cancelled.

Another month, things going on pretty smoothly. I have had a very severe cold but I think I am getting better. I am still at the Rly. On 25 inst we received a long letter from my Aunt Sarah of Leicester, she seems very Kindly disposed toward us, she alludes of course, a great deal to my late fathers affairs & reveals to us the fact that he has been very indiscreet in the way he has disposed of his money lending it here & there to everybody without getting



any security for it, some of the people, from what Aunt writes about them, are very slippery customers, so what with one thing & another I am sadly afraid there will be very little that is procurable. The same Mail brought us out another "Power of Attorney" to sign, as the other ones were of no use when Mother died. We signed it and have posted it to day 31/7/81. I also wrote a long letter to Aunt. We have a new Ministry, Sir Bryan OLoughlin being at the head of it. It is a change from the Berry one, tho I dont think it will last long. T. Bent is the Minister of Railways. I must try & get at him.



We received a nice note last week from Annie Holm and she sent us portraits of her young brother and sisters & one of her own. I wrote to her mother yesterday & my wife wrote to Annie. I informed them of my mothers death, with other particulars. Bessie Bond & my bro’ Fred wrote home to Aunt Sarah. The sons of the Prince of Wales have been on a visit to this Colony in the "Bacchante".

Heard Wilhemj - the great violinist play - he gave a few concerts at the Town Hall beginning of the month - not so well supported as he ought to have been. Mr Strong resigned his Pastorate of the Scots Church to take effect in 1882 - his action has caused great excitement in the Presbyterian Church. His reason for resigning arises from the fact that he cannot preach according to the "Standards of the Church" & also



since his perversitives some time ago, he has been ostracised by his fellow ministers - he will be a great loss, for he & Dr Moorhouse (the Bishop) are the two most able men we have in the pulpit of Victoria, & who draw the largest congregations.

Alice Rees our Colonial Prima Donna 18 years of age has appeared in opera & done well, her great success was in Sonnambula - - Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance & Maritana being her other pieces. My wife has been singing for Alice Rees at St Patricks Church. I think she will be permanently engaged there as Miss Rees - has left the colony on a professional tour. I hope my wife will get it for I fancy since her



marriage with me she misses the singing engagements she used to get - so I shall be glad for her sake if she succeeds in getting the appointment.

31st. I received a note from Mr Lavater to day, he desired to see me in reference - to my trying to do[the] whole of the collecting, as Mr Lockhead (the other collector) is going away for three weeks. I have promised to do the best I can, but it will be very trying work under the present system.

September. I have worked very hard the last month, particularly the first three weeks, thru Mr Lockhead being aware[away]. I now feel assured from



the nature of the duties & in view of the increasing traffic that it would be very unreasonable to expect one collector to do the lot - at least under the present system.

Our concert at the Scots Church on 15th inst was a great success. The Work we performed was called “Placide” the Christian martyr. I have felt very unwell the last few days. Acute pains in my back & head. My wife has ceased singing at St Patricks owing to a little unpleasentness or misunderstanding between Plumpton & her, tho’ I have heard they wish to curtail expenses & try for a time to do without a paid Sophano. Mrs Pitts confined of a son.



October 1881.
Recd letter by mail, on 2nd from Aunt Sarah. Our last P of A had not arrived when she wrote so nothing had been done towards winding up fathers affairs. On the 9 inst I bought a piece of ground from O. A. Kefford situated in the Rathmines Road, upper Hawthorn - 60 X 330 ft for £165. I borrowed the money on the Deeds of my property at St Kilda from the Commercial Bank, & also £50 from a Mr Lavers. My object in buying it was twofold, 1st. I think it will increase in value should I feel disposed to sell it &



2nd. my own place at St Kilda is getting too small for my increasing family and it would be a nice place to live should I see my way clear to build upon it - as it is within 5 minutes walk of a Railway Station building in the Auburn Road which is to be finished in Jany.

16th. My wife has accepted an engagement to sing at St Ignatius Church, Richmond not so much salary as at St Patricks, but she will be far more comfortable - & have less work to do.

On 11th I took my son Charles (to Dr Slieger, of Collins St a German Doctor who has a good reputation as an aurist.) he has displayed symptoms of deafness & I



was determined to have it seen to in time - the Dr laid down a certain rule of treatment which I intend to adopt - he thinks in a short time he will recover.

On 12th Bessie as per Engagement sang at Fitzroy Town Hall, in Carons Exhibition Cantata which was reproduced for the occasion in aid of Dr Singleton's relief fund – altogether it may be considered a success. Bessie got the lions share of the applause, & the papers - gave her the credit of being most successful, in what has been considered a most trying part for any Sophano.

On 13th I wrote to my friend in Sydney, (J.Hamilton). On 17. lent my Bro Fred £8.

19th. Got my “Certificate of Title” from the Lands Title Office, for my ground in the Rathmines Road, Hawthorn.



23 Hospital Sunday - good collections at all the churches, the Scots Church, Collins, [St] heading the list with the sum of £173-0-0.

25 Conversazione of the Scots church held - at Town Hall. I sang at it - also the other members of the choir - altogether it was a very successful affair.

The same day my wife went to spend the day with Mrs Marsden at Fitzroy. She took Joe & Charles & on the way she had to pass Mr. Stone's shop (my childrens Grandfather), Bess thought he might like to see his grand- children & took them in, he took no notice of them & was as cold & cruelhearted towards them as ever. My wife [was] surprised at his manner not knowing him as I did, & so were the children. One would have thought time would have softened his stony heart. --



Well! God forgive him - he said Mrs Stone was out, tho’ had she been in I believe she would have acted as he did. They are a pair of the most stony hearted, cold blooded wretches I ever met with in my life. Cup Day I remaind at home, Zulu, an outsider won the gt event, with another outsider 2nd. In the evening Bess and I went to Simonsens farewell concert - poorly attended. The two daughters Leonora & Martina sang well – they, with their father are going to Europe where I am sure they will do well - particularly the Sophano.



November 1881. [1881-11-05-Saturday] On 5th I received orders from the Rly Dpt to take my annual holiday for three weeks. I was considerably surprised and a bit dismayd at such a summary mode of doing this as I had not applied for leave, nor was prepared to take [it]. The object of their doing this arises from the fact that they are under the impression that Mr Lockhead can perform the duties I do in connection with his own. So if he does I believe I shall have to go, that is, leave the service if they dont find me another billet equivalent to the one I have. I applied at once for a free pass overland by Rail to Sydney - & after waiting till the 11th [or 1881-11-10-Thursday?] I left



Melb at 3 pm arrived at Wodonga 10 30 pm from there I went by Coach three miles to Albury N.S.W. remained all night at the Globe. [1881-11-11-Friday?] Next morning wandered about. Met Mr Henderson, who took me to Fallons, Wine Place. Left Albury at 3 pm - for Sydney - arrived [1881-11-12-Saturday?] very tired and dirty at 7 am next morning - hunted up Clark & Hamilton - found them & their families quite well the latter insisted upon my making his house my home. Cruised around town in the afternoon & evening. [1881-11-13?]Sunday[?] - morning Mr & Mrs. H[amilton] and one [of] his daughters & myself went to a farm H[amilton] possesses 13 miles from



Sydney. I enjoyed the drive very much, going through some of the best suburbs of Sydney - arrived back by 6 p.m. [1881-11-14?] Monday I called at the Rly Dpt & got a free pass on the Western line. Strolled about Sydney till 1 pm, when in company with Emone Hamilton, I took passage in a boat for Paramatta. On arriving there we visited the Orange grove belonging to Moulder. We returned to Sydney by train arriving about 7 pm spent the evening pleasently singing etc. [1881-11-15?] Tuesday left Sydney for Bathurst at 9 am - crossed the Blue Mountains saw the Zig Zag Railway, reached Bathurst at 6 pm. Stayd at McLeays till



12 pm [a.m. 1881-11-16?] when I caught the return train for Sydney. Got out at Mt Victoria at 3 am. Got a bed at Perrys. At 9 am arose and after Breakfast - in company with another tourist I engaged a trap & visited one of the Lions of N.S.W.- Govetts Leap. Got back to the Station in time for dinner & caught the train at 1.30. Arrived in Sydney at 6 pm. Went to the Theatre with Hamilton in the evening. [1881-11-17?] Thursday morning Hamilton took me in his buggy for a drive to the South Head, Lighthouse Entrance of Port Jackson drove me to Googee [Coogee] Bay



& Botany Bay & returned by Randwick Racecourse - a most charming drive. In the afternoon I met Clark & we had tea together & spent the evening about town. [1881-11-18?] Friday I knocked about found out my old friend Bessie Harrison who is now married to a Mr F. Brewer. Old Mr & Mrs Harrison & the young couple all live together in Dowling St Wooloomooloo. I took Mrs and Miss Hamilton to the theatre in the evening. [1881-11-19?] Saturday after dinner in the company with Clark & his sister & Eddie I went to Manly in one of the passenger boats – a delightful trip. Had tea



at Clarks lodgings, who lives in Wynyard Square. [1881-11-20?] Sunday morning I went as per arrangement with Mr Brewer - to St Patricks Choir where he is engaged as principal tenor - after service I accompanied him home to dinner and spent the afternoon with the family. Clark called for me at 5 pm & together we went to his brother George's where we had tea. [1881-11-21?] Monday morning I went to the North Shore & took a long strool about. On returning to Sydney I visited the Picture Gallery & the Domain & Museum. Arrived at home at 4 pm



& after a bath & packing my carpet bag I made my adieus & [1881-11-22-Tuesday?] left Sydney at 8.30 am on the following day. At 11 pm arrived home found my wife & little ones all right. [1881-11-23-Wednesday - day at home or he has described wrong days] [1881-11-24-Thursday] Visited the office on the 24th found everything very disorganized. Was informed that my position was done away with. On the 28th I reported myself to Mr Anderson who informed me that my old position had been assimilated & that for



the future Mr Lockhead would do the whole of the collections, but that he would endeavour to find me employment in some other branch of the Dpt. He referred me to Mr Lavater the Accountant - to find me a place but at present it is a difficult matter to fit me in a position so I am in office & yet have no duties to perform. A day or two will settle affairs. I am in hopes that at the



beginning of Decr I shall be settled tho at present things look very uncertain. I wrote to Mr Strong (& also to Mr Orkney, member for W.Melb. requesting them to interest themselves in my favour, so I hope to come out all right. In the meantime I am in a great state of uncertainty.

[1881-11-30-Wednesday] End of November. [1881] Still left out in the cold. Have been referred to the Secty Mr Labertouche who tried to induce me to accept my compensation & leave the service then he suggested my



accepting a less salary & take compensation for the loss of salary. I did not drop into his views, so he then appealed to my feelings, & stated that some other clerk would have to go to make room for me. I expressed sorrow, however I have to wait until my case has been submitted to the Minister, Mr Bent, when others beside myself who are similarly situated will have their cases settled, along with mine. Sang at a Concert at Mr Downs Church on 30th inst.



Decr [1881-12-07] 7th. Nothing done in my case - loafing about the office all day doing nothing.
On the 8th recd letter from Clark - replied on 12th inst.

12th Nothing done as yet toward finding me another billet. Doing any little jobs about the office to fill up my time. Recd letter from Uncle Hartley, my mothers bro-in-law, Halifax hopes Fred & I will contribute towards my mothers sister Aunt Bryars support



which my father did before he died at the rate of 2/6 per week. I suppose we must make an effort to do so, tho’ it will come very hard upon me at present unless I can secure another billet in the Railway or get confirmed in some other position.

[1881-12-31-Saturday] 31st. Christmas holidays over nothing fresh concerning myself. I am still filling in my time at the office doing any little jobs about the place - no enquiries about me, I dont know what the upshot will be. In fact I am so callous I care not



what they do with me so long as my salary is continued, tho I must admit I am truly heartsick of this continued dalliance - something must be done shortly, either I must go or remain– it is unreasonable to suppose that they will pay me £250 a year to loaf about the place as I am doing at present. End of the year - where & what shall I be doing next year.



January 31st [1882] I had a lot of bother securing my last months salary - pay day was the 30 of the month & I found my name was struck out of the pay sheet. I saw Mr. Lavater & Mr Anderson about it– -the latter insisted on our Manager Mr Francis putting me again on, his pay sheet. Got my months salary after a lot of bother on the 10th inst. On that date Mr Francis received a memo from Mr Anderson to the effect that I



was to be employed wherever I could be placed until such time as a place was found me permanently. I was sent to assist Mr Rooke the Export clerk who is my junior to the extent of £25 pr annum.

The exports office is a busy place this time of the year, & will be for the next six weeks or so. I go to work at about 8.15. & seldom get away till 6 pm. We have had as many as eight ships loading at one time. We received a long letter from Aunt Sarah



during the last week - it did not contain very encouraging news. She said property has very much deteriorated in value & that upon which my father had lent money she is doubtful if it would realize enough to repay the mortgages she also alludes to the various shares father had invested in just previous to his death. She has paid calls to the extent of £86 - upon them - she wishes us to decide upon what had better be done - as she does not think it advisable to go on paying on shares that do not appear likely to give any returns. Altogether it



was a gloomy epistle & showed us the necessity of taking some more decided action about the case, as we cannot be blind to the fact that my aunt, tho’ possessing all her faculties has neither the time nor strength to look after things as they require doing - so Bond, Fred & I had a consultation together & we decided to write to Aunt Sarah - which I did on this day (the 31st Jany) to the effect that if things are not in a fairer way of being settled on receipt of the letter - which will arrive at Leicester on 6th of March - that my brother Fred with our sanction - will



leave here by the Mail on the 16th March - thus allowing Aunt or the Solicitors 10 days to reply by Cablegram, stating whether it would be advisable or otherwise Fred going to England until which time we shall remain in anxiety. Freds expenses are to be paid equally by us, that is Bond & myself. Fred is willing to go home & back & do all he possibly can to get the affair settled for a £150 - he is fairly slack this time of the year & he can put a trustworthy man into his place to carry on his business during his absence.



Feby 1882
Another month passed & gone - the 2nd was my 43 birthday - beginning to get ancient. I am still at the Export Office - but my days are numbered there the season being nearly over for the wheat & wool shipment so that there is not sufficient work for two of us. On the 6th inst. my wife was safely delivered of a son & am happy to state both are doing well. Dr Harricks in attendance, & Mrs McRitchie nurse - - by the mail which arrived from England at the beginning of the month I recd a letter from my Uncle



Hartley of Halifax informing us of the death of my Aunt Bryer - which took place in December/82 she was my mothers Eldest sister & had been a widow over 40 yrs her two children - Charls & Chambers - I remember well in England - being both dead. Strange - my father & my mother, & her sister & brother, all died within the same year - In fact if I before alluded to my Uncle Charles Vickerman, who died in Adelaide I think in Sept last - I lived for several years with him on Sandhurst gold digging) - all lived to be over 70.



March 1882
At the Exports for the first week of the month - the latter portion been employed at the Goods Office - in various capacities - receiving cash & making statements & a/c etc.

At the middle of the month we. Recvd a telegram from my Aunt Sarah in reply to a letter we sent her a few weeks before enquiring if my fathers affairs would be more likely to be forwarded if one of us went to England as we had a meeting of my sister & bro Fred & self on the subject - when Fred agreed to go to England, providing we shared the expense amounting



to £150 - he is generally slack at this time of the year & he thinks he can make it con- -venient to go we agreed, Bessie & I subscribing £50 each - he secured his passage the day Aunts telegram arrived - in the mail S.S. Shannon which left to day 31 March. The Telegram stated that there was no necessity for one to come immediately – however we thought it better as aunt is now 70 yrs[2] old & it [is] impossible for her to look after things as they are in such a very confused state. I am to do the best I can to look after Freds business during his absence, but I am sadly afraid he has no business to look after - from the little



insight I have had of it the past day or two he was not in a position to leave me enough money to carry on with unless - business comes into the office that I am not aware of. Bessie & George & my wife went to see him off in the vessel which is one of the finest, as regards accommodation I was ever aboard - he had for fellow passengers - our new Agent General, R.M.Smith Revd C. Strong, & other notables Freds passage money was £105 return. I am not very sanguine as to the result of this step, it is like sending good money after bad, but we must hope for the best.



April 1882
Miss Clark & Eddy over for a trip from Sydney - returned on the 18th inst. My old friend Mrs McCaffray (Mrs Hooper) down from Sandhurst for a trip - she is getting old & very garrulous. My wife on Good Friday sang with Mdm Boema in the Creation - dividing the honours - very successful Philharmonic Sty Concert

Since Good Friday I have been engaged at the Sandridge Pier as Clerk in Charge during Mr Adamsons absence for three weeks. Eliza Recd



two letters from Fred one from Adelaide & one from Albany - getting on. I wrote to him on the 24 inst. a/d to Leicester - which he will get about three weeks after he arrives. I have a deal of anxiety about his business - his weekly liabilities are nearly £4, & there is no business coming in - to meet & what little he left me was exhausted before he had been gone three weeks & I have now run out all I can possibly scrape together. I have been talking over matters with Eliza & she informs me that she



feels lonely living by herself, & that her mother wants her to live at her house. I suggested her letting her house furnished which she has done to Day - for 35/- per week - which will keep her until Fred returns.

On 1st May, I recd a long letter from Aunt Sarah & also one from the solicitors at Leicester Messrs. Stone & Co. they sent out a list of all properties possessed by my father at his death



which proves to be much more than I anticipated providing all could be realized. They also sent out a draft for £600 (£200 Each) - on a/c & from the statement I should gather there was at least another £200 each coming to us. There is a large sum besides of upwards of £700 - which I am sadly afraid will not be realized having no tangible security for it. I immediately on receipt of the Draft got it cashed & pd my sister Bessie her share & also pd off what Fred & I borrowed from Bond to send my brother home - with interest amounted to £50/8/8 each. I also pd off the overdraft at the Bank



& the money I borrowed from Lavers - which took all my share. I have now got the deeds of my cottage at St Kilda & also the land at Hawthorn clear & thank God I owe no man anything - the balance of Freds money is to my credit at the Commercial Bank so I will be able to carry on his affairs without troubling anyone - from what I can gather from my Aunts letter she thinks there is no necessity for my brother going home, at the same time I think she would like to see one of the family, so perhaps under the circumstances, it is well_ Fred went to England, providing_ he acts circumspectly. I see by the papers that the Shannon arrived in London on the 18th inst.



June 1882 We have had several letters from Fred – posted from various ports of call on his way home - WA, Columbo, Aden Suez & Malta & Eliza got one from Plymouth Bay. I am employd at present in Mr S. Smith place who is on his leave of absence Plenty of work. Freds business



very precarious. Eliza has let her house furnished to a French family named Pignolet very nice educated people - the youngest is a good singer.

[a lot of figures scribbled on this page, and the following shopping list?]

½ Tea 1/6
4 Sugar
1 Butter
1 pint ving
½ Strawb
1 Broom
4 flour



[list of crossed off items, Eliza’s furnishings?]

16pks Bedsteads ✓
1 Case Glass ✓
[*?] Cases JH.W ?
1 Basket ?
1 pkg (Press) ✓
1 Trough_ Crockery ✓
1 Pkg Chairs ?
6 Chests Draws ?
1 Book Case ✓ 1 Piano ✓
2 Cases Odds & Ends
1 Drawing Trunk ✓
2 pkgs
1 Carpet ? 8 Chairs
9 Chairs ? 1 couch ✓
1 Table ?
1 Blind Bamboo
2 Box Grog
2 pkgs



McM 50 0 0
Wood firm 10 0
Tank 6 5 0
Water 15 0
Risby 3 17 6
Bricklayer 3 0 0
Risby 14 6
65 2 0
Rent 1 10
66 12 0
Water Rate 6 5 0
72 17 0
Jackson 2 5 0
75 2 0
oven 1 17 6
76 19 6



Be aware, optical illusion in the scanning process, torn off pages appearing to be on top are actually beneath the page they are "on top of" and vice versa.

24 0 0
13 6 9
37 6 9
Retain £6 for P & Co
Bal in hand of





[draft of a letter composed to a Mr. Baylee]
D[ea]r Mr. Baylee I find from a letter I have just received from my Bro, that he has visited T.P. who informs him that he is still uncertain as to your views Re what we were discussing as yet, Friday the 8th inst not having heard from you.
J H Watmuff



Watch Tower
Turner & Co London

  • Jn 32, 296-

Open found – ¾ plate
Hartly Water Cash 6/-
Mr *later Glul** 6/-
X(Kiss Rls Lochland)X
X(Thursday 1 Sept/81)X

No & copy of Deeds. Waterloo St.
Entered in the Registrars Book.
Vol. 658 F.2131,469 –

No. of Certificate 198,352
Land at Hawthorn.

X(M. F .)X
X(Visited Australian)X
X(M & F & M. J Co)X
X(20 Collins St S. West)X





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