Vale Peter Arnold

Peter passed away earlier this year.

I am a lucky recipient of Peters, Collis family research through a recently found relative. I had hoped to meet Peter and was devastated as were our mutual family members when we learnt he had passed. 

From what I have heard and read, Peter had a great sense of humour and a courageous and sharing spirit. Bless you Peter! your work is and will continue to be a valuable and respected resource to be shared now and into the future.

If family or friends have a story about Peter they would like to share, please do!!

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Peter was able to help in the research about the Collis family who must have known William Legrand when they lived at Recherche Bay.

Daniel Peters and Charlotte Ruth Wells: Twickenham London.

Charlotte Ruth Wells & Daniel Peters married 1843 in St Geo. Hanover Square, Surrey. Charlotte the daughter of Joseph Wells and Ann Adler and was born 4 Jun 1815 in Denham, Buckinghamshire. Charlotte died 6 January 1892 in High Street, Esher. Daniel, buried 23 February 1901, Christchurch Esher, occupation: Grocer/Parish Clerk.

Grave of Charlotte Peters (Wells)



Daniel and Charlotte had 6 children:

1. Daniel Peters b 8 June London d 2 September East Parade Sutherlandshire NSW

2. Agnes Peters b 23 October 1847 Lambeth Surrey UK, Occupation 1817 Shop woman Grocery

3. Fanny Peters b 1850 Lambeth surrey UK

4. Cecil Peters b 1853 Lambeth Surrey d 19 October 1927, Canterbury NSW m Agnes Letton Sydney 1879. Cecil occupation 1871 – Shopman

5. Elizabeth Peters B around 1856 Christened St Pancras London occupation 1871 – dressmaker apprentice

Francis Peters b 1860 Esher Surrey UK: Occupation 1871 – Scholar

Daniel Peters married Margaret Jamieson 7 April 1868 in Shoalhaven NSW she was born in Sydney 1846 and died 24 December 1939 Granville NSW.

Below are photos of the Peters families from Hannah and Henry Collis family album – I would love to hear from any of the Peters family descendants about their history and knowledge of Daniel’s cousins on Flinders Island.Daniel Peters and his wife Margaret Jamieson Daniel Peters son of Charlotte Wells and Daniel Peters Daniel Peters Elizabeth Peters 1 Elizabeth Peters Peters' Hat & Bag Shop in Sydney



Introducing Hannah Collis’ family – Buckinghamshire, UK

The Wells family: Joseph and Ann (Alder)

These photos are from Hannah Collis’ (Nee Wells) family album handed down through son Henry’s family – we thankful for the opportunity to learn more about Hannah as her family history has alway been a mystery. Joseph Wells

Wells Family. Joseph Wells seated in centre, Hannah Wells seated far left

Hannah WellsWells Family, England

Not a great deal is known of Hannah’s family so these beautiful photos allow us to meet the Wells side of the family. The Collis Bible tells us Hannah’s mother was Ann (Alder) and 65 when she died on 11 December 1850, a few months after Henry and Hannah’s move to New Zealand. Her father Joseph died aged 70 on 10 May 1856……… 4 months before the birth of Alfred (1st) Brent.

Parents of Joseph Wells were Joseph Wells 1759-1830
                                            Hannah Haines 1752-1826
Ann Alder born 8 Oct. 1786 Parents John Alder and Mary Allen

Hannah had five siblings Mary Anne born 3 Sept. 1810 Denham, Buckinghamshire died 1904 she married Thomas Mann who is noted in the family Bible died aged 76 on 18 March 1887 John born 1812 Charlotte Ruth was born 4 June 1815 and died aged 76 on 6 January 1892 at High St Esher UK. Jane born 1817 died 1818 Hannah was born 1828 Emma born 1832 died 1834 Thomas Brent died aged 80 on 22 October 1855 – as written in the Bible, first-born Louisa and son Alfred (1st) had Brent as second names it seems Thomas was important to Henry and Hannah. The only other note I am able to find to Thomas is he along with Mary Wingfield were witness’ to the Marriage of George Collis and Elizabeth Chaplin. Looking over and considering this new information – it’s possible Hannah’ mother may also be in the photo if Hannah’s seated on the left – her mother died several months after she left for New Zealand and her father passed the year before returning in 1857.


Ayliffe Surbiton S.W. Photography Marsh Bros Photography

Bert Sharpe Burnham Bucks. (Photographer) who bought out Lombardi photographer in 1883

Henry Collis born 1826: Hurst, Berkshire

All that I knew about Great Great Grandparents Henry and Hannah before starting the family history was they were Emily’s parents. Henry was the first teacher to the Straits. They lived on Cape Barren before moving to Sawyer’s Bay. Their final resting place – Wybalenna.

The image below originates from Hannah’s photo album.

 ‘The Collis family, Hurst Berkshire’: – from experience, there may well be other family members with the same photo able to fill a few gaps – just maybe!

It’s possible there are other images to discover?

Collis Family, Hurst Berkshire

Fred’s eldest Granddaughters history (Emita Museum) indicated they lived in Sydney for a short time and where Clara Dora was born. Henry had family in Sydney this was confirmed with the letter from his brother Alfred. Henry had 6 siblings. If there are any corrections or stories (further images) please comment and this will capture your contribution.

Below are the children of George Collis (Hurst) and Elizabeth Chaplin (Wokingham)

George 1824 – 1873

Henry 1826 – 1895

Alfred George 1827 – 1905 and author of the letter in 1889

John 1829 – 1918

Elizabeth 1831 – I have seen two variations of death one around 1852 (Berlin) and another 1900 in Victoria.

Edmund Richard Collis 1833 – 1888, married Catherine Tupper- parents to 12?……. Catherine Ann, William Richard, Henry Orwell, Edwin Charles, Emily, Elizabeth Mary, Eliza Sarah, Eva, Minnie, Ada, Alice and Edith.

Emily 1836 – 1838

Henry’s family pedigree below:

Parents George Collis (DOB 1791 ) and Elizabeth Mary Chaplin

Grandparents Thomas Colis (DOB 1756) and Elizabeth Gilbert

Great grandparents Thomas Collis (DOB 1735) and Grace Drew

Great x 2 grandparents Edward Collis (DOB 1695) and Sarah Nash

Great x 3 grandparents William Collis (DOB 1653) and Anne Luttman

Great x 4 Richard Collis – wife unknown – 1600’s

Henry Orwell Collis

Henry Orwell Collis: – another photo from the Collis/Wells collection received Friday morning. The names Henry Orwell and William Richard? how did they fit into the Collis story and tonight a comment on the ‘Alfred Collis: Burwood NSW‘ post from one of their descendants, explaining where they sit in the family tree. Reading the comment explains our expanding Collis Clan.

I welcome/encourage other stories from Collis family members, you can add to comments…………

Henry Orwell Collis

William Richard Collis

Tuck and King

Yesterday morning I received a precious gift, in the form of an email with 45 amazing photos. Not just any photos! They are from Great Great Grandmother Hannah Wells Collis album. The album having been handed down through her son Henry’s family – and only discovered in the recent past. There are photos of her UK Wells family, a family we know nothing about – only recently did I work out from the Collis family Bible (recently seen on Fred’s side) Joseph Wells was probably Hannah’s father and Ann her mother, these photos will be a treat when I post them over the next few days.

How lucky to be able to share with our family and the first one in particular is of infant twins – my cousin who sent me the pictures is related as I worked out on this calculator – 3rd cousin 1 time removed and was never sure who the twins were, suspecting they were connected to the Robinson’s for two reason’s 1) they were in Hannah Wells Collis album 2) no twins of that era through Henry and Amy’s history. The photo was taken at Burrow and Co a well-known Launceston company. We are related enough to know the basics of our family structure but too distant to know the finer details. This method of social networking has proven a great way to connect   and learn from one another.

I was amazed when I found the photos of Tuck and King last year and thought possibly the extent of what could be uncovered about them – until yesterday morning, I admit I had  to reach for a tissue – another tribute to my/our beloved ‘Uncle Tuck and his twin King’ born in 1884 also Great Grandmother Emily, what beautiful little babies they were. …………thank you Alison


A Burrows and Co Brisbane St Launceston: 1885 – 1888

Alfred Collis: Burwood NSW 1889

Alfred Collis; not our ‘Uncle’ Fred Collis of Sawyer’s Bay but his Fathers brother.

Great Great Grandfather Henry Collis (DOB 1826) had a younger brother, Alfred (DOB 1827) in Burwood NSW, occupation was Blacksmith. Henry and Hannah lived a short time in NSW (daughter Clara Dora born at Concorde) before returning to live in Hobart. Henry had two sisters and two brothers in NSW while its significant information – no real clues to further these connections: until now.

Am still pinching myself about the information picked up on the weekend. Being able to scan a letter written 26 May 1889, by Alfred Collis 62 to his brother Henry 63 on Flinders. Alfred had visited Henry on Flinders Island, the letter describes the return journey to NSW, interesting reading – Alfred mentions the following family names, James and Fan Willett’s also Dan Wright, it’s these bits and bobs giving a glimpse of a close family – and how the mainland families supported the Island families.

Dad’s been interested in using technology to store this type of information as a type of insurance.  Using this electronic diary allows linking of history information located without breaching copyrights………a great way to keep track, with ease of recall.

I have transcribed the letter as follows and scans of the original at the end of the post. Curious about the name ‘Eva’, who is Eva??

Dear Brother and Sister

We arrived in Launceston about ….. on Sunday and had to remain there to the Monday week following has the Corrina came into unload coal and we had to get a pass to Formby by rail has  the other boats did not take passengers and we were homeward bound on the 7th May and arrived on the 10th and they were all on the look out for us thinking we were never coming and I found two of my houses empty the tenants had left we found both Families all well and Henry wife about the same as when I left but the work in the Blacksmith shop is falling off very much and everything is very dull.

Just now we made enquiry about the skins at Goldbrough Mort and Co. and they would be very pleased to do business of you anytime you like to consign your skins to them and I have enclosed a list of his prices by auction. Tell Fred that the Canadian Doctors is charging 10 pound for advice his Aunt has seen Dr Flamich and he says he can cure him if he was on the spot as he treats the ear alone. Tell Mr J Willett we can send him a Glass if the price will suit him they run from 2.10.0 to 3.10.0. and they will guarantee a range of Ten Miles if he will let me know I will forward it on and I hope you and Fanny have received the things safe from Dan Wright. I remembered you kindly to the MacDonald Family and Mr Moore would like to see Mr C very much and Bill Ford is still about the same but Mr Neich is not expected to last long as he is very ill. I enclose you a photo of Ted Stone so you can see some of George’s work and I will send you the other photo next time.

I hope your sons will come up according to promise. I managed to get two Joeys home but my bird died at Dan’s.

I send you two papers The Bulletin and the Town and Country Journal so you can let John have them after has I promised to send him some and let me know if he got alright again.

I now conclude with Kind Love to all George and Family send their Kind Love also.

P.S. Eva has sent you a letter in regard to her own Family.

Aunt sends a kiss for Fan and Nell

I remain your Affectionate Brother Alfred Collis

Letter written by Alfred Collis who was Henry Collis Brother from NSWLetter written by Alfred 2Collis who was Henry Collis Brother from NSWLetter written by Alfred Collis who was Henry Collis Brother from NSW1 Wow he was keen with Joeys, I wonder what breed the bird was? Cape Barren Goose perhaps.
Niece Clara Dora’s husband was Dan Wright, she died the following May aged 26.
Niece Fan’s husband was James Willett. Nell would have been their daughter.

Nephews Fred 30 and Henry 25 would have been the ones he hoped to have visit in NSW. I wonder if they did.

The Ketch ‘Dawn’ – built by J Willett


Photo of the Dawn in the Weekly Courier April 29 insert 4 and donated by Jacks Ship builder shortly after the Dawn was wrecked of George Town.

Last year discovering Fanny and James Willett and how they fitted into our family history along with Dad’s recalling of the Dawn handed down to him thought it a good story to research. Dad said his father and uncles had many boating stories they often shared as he and his cousins were learning their boating skills in the Strait’s, naturally many lessons from their own father – Jimmy Holt.

Dad recalls the Dawn was wrecked of a notorious reef just outside Georgetown, all on board were his father (Horace) first cousins including female cousins, referred to as the ‘girls’ and the Dawn was returning to Launceston from Flinders. He remembers hearing the girls suffered terribly from this experience, he thought they were strapped to the mast to keep safe whilst bedding and other flammable gathered then set on fire, alerting the rescue from the Low Head Pilot Station.

James Willett’s wife Fanny was elder sister to Jimmy Holt or James Robinson’s wife Emily.

Alfred (Fred) and Henry Collis – Fanny’s younger brothers also lived at Settlement Point. The Collis family settled in the Straits in 1873

The following is a blend of research about the Dawn the night she was wrecked from Dad, the Willett and Collis history (Museum at Emita), TROVE newspaper articles and Walch’s Tasmanian Almanac.

The  Ketch Dawn was built at Jack’s shipyard on the Tamar River, Launceston. Owner and Master, James Willett. Application of load line to the Launceston Marine Board registered on 24 March 1906, James Willett paid 10 pound to register the Dawn with at tonnage of 33.7.

The Dawn’s maiden trip to Settlement Point was 20/5/1906 with cargo and four passengers: Mr and Mrs Jimmy Woods with children Iola and Landon.

The Willett’s lived on Flinders Island for many years and in these articles James tells us 109 years later (his words) about his boating history. Examiner article 1. Examiner article 2.

Trying to find when James and Fanny moved from Flinders to Launceston remains elusive. The 1904 Walch’s Almanac has James listed as the Post and Telegraph Officer at Settlement Point (also licensed to deal money orders and the savings Bank). In the 1905 edition, his brother-in-law Henry was listed as the registered Post and Telegraph Officer.

Fred Collis noted in his 1908 diary this entry: ‘May 3 F Boyes called going home he brought us a bottle of magnesia from Mr H Walker I went to my snares and got one kangaroo took a bag of skins out and put them in the shed cut three pieces of oak for J Willett and went along the line’ 

August 29 Sabbath Done nothing The Dawn came into Whitemark F Boyes Emily Huitfeld and Mrs Ferguson called in on her way home Bubs got a Doll and ball from her Aunt Fan……….Fred notes in his diaries the arrival and departures of the trading boats to Settlement Point, the Dawn was a regular trader.

As we were not sure of the year she was wrecked I decided to see if I could find any hints on TROVE. I found more than  I bargained for. I was gob smacked when reading the articles, ah ha here was the history twist. It was not Emily’s (Willett) family on board, instead it was her husband’s family, his Nephew Alf Holt – still Horace’s first cousin but on his father’s side. Horace would have been about 14 when the Dawn was wrecked.

A young Alf Holt


Captain Alfred John Holt, is he in the first photo? perhaps a few years and pounds lighter. Alf 'Mate on the Loongoona around 1911 and then Captain of the Agnes 1918. The first photo was around the vicinity of 1896 - 1905.


Alf Holt was Master and Mr Cutts the owner of the Dawn when wrecked in April 1909. Alf and his crew were transporting cargo (barrels of mutton birds), also Alf’s four youngest sisters back to Launceston from Little Dog Island. The girls were returning home from their annual migration to Little Dog Island as late April signals the end of birding season. Little Dog Island was owned/leased by the three original Robinson (Holt) brothers – every year at the start of birding season Jimmy, William and John and families would move to Little Dog to work the 12 weeks or so. The three families had a combined total of 30+ children. Every year Little Dog would become a small community of extended family and tells us a little more of why these cousins were all so close.

EXTRACT from Fred Collis  1909 diary; ‘May 2 I sowed Melotte clearing about home J Woods called coming from Whitemark. Heard sad news The Dawn being wrecked I felt sorry for Alf Holt.’

Alf Holt in the Examiner indicates had they abandoned the ‘Dawn’ in the dingy they surely would have perished. Reading the articles gives perspective of the trauma the girls must have endured. I wonder if they ever went back to Little Dog. What an ordeal for parents John and Mary, involving 5 of their 13 children having already lost son Albert Holt a few years earlier in 1906 aged 25. 

Dad was spot on with the story.

Alfred John Collis of Sawyers Bay diary extracts: 1905

Alfred John Collis was born in the UK in 1859. ThHannah Collis nursing Fred (UK)is photo (one of two) is the oldest in our family history located (to date) of  young Alfred, on his mother’s lap circa 1860’s. Fred is the son of Hannah and Henry Collis. Fred also lived in 1) NSW for a short time as a youngster,  2) Recherche Bay, Tasmania his parents were teachers, 3) Badger Island 4) Cape Barren Island, lastly, Sawyer’s Bay where he remained the rest of his life. He was active in the community, setting up the Road Trust along with his brother-in-law James Holt (Badger Corner) and various other old names still affiliated with Flinders. Fred’s income: delivering the mail from Settlement Point up through the north. His diaries tell us his travels involved overnight stops with various families.

He is  affectionately called  ‘Uncle Fred’ even today by various relatives recalling their parents fond memories. Grandfather Horace was very fond of ‘Uncle Fred’, clear in the oral history recalled by Dad. Fred lived at Sawyer’s Bay,  married to Ellen ‘Nell’ and they had a daughter Hannah 1906 (Brooks) and a son  Alfred 1911 – I remember Anna as she called herself, she was great friends with Grandma Maud –  only now I realise the family connection. Fred also ran a small farm. Earlier this year I found this reference to the Collis diaries written by Fred. Here is a shortened version of his 1905 diary, ‘Uncle Fred’ wrote capturing daily weather snapshots on Flinders Island, more importantly allowing us significant glimpses of relationships with family and friends. I love his reference to his beloved sister as ‘Em’  not ‘Emily’ which suits her and he always refer to James his brother in-law as J Holt. He does refer to another Emily and this was neighbour Emily Huitfeld, and becomes complicated when she married Cyril Robinson, they also had a son called James (The Five Mile Robinson’s). To give an idea of family dynamics in 1905: Fred 46, Nell 21,(Marriage 4/8/1904) daughter Hannah born 1906. Emily (Holt) Robinson 44, James (Holt) Robinson 53, Tuck Holt 21 and Horace Holt 11. Henry Collis 38.

When Fred mentions Tip – this is Tip Brown, famous for his music as you can read in this link on page 132.

The Mrs Bryant should have been spelt Briant, he was great friends with both Harry and Alfred Briant.

Fred Collis




Ellen remarried twice after Fred died, her third husband’s surname was Batten.


January 1. 1905 – Sunday

I and Nellie staying with J Holt’s. I returned to Badger Corner from Little Dog Island after assisting him to put a fire out.

January 2. I, Nell, Tuck and Walter went down to Mr Gunter’s and Jansen’s and spent a pleasant afternoon. I spent most of the day with Mr Dean. Nell and Em went down and saw Mrs Bryant.

January 5. I and J Holt went down to Alf Bryant’s then went over to Little Dog Island to see if the fire was all out. Nell and some of the children went over with us.

 January 6. I, J Holt and John left Badger Corner about six to be at a road meeting at J Vireaux arriving there about one, done my business and got home early brought three sheep almost home then lost them. I got my cow and calf in found things alright. I left my wife at J Holt’s to come up in the boat later on.

January 7. I was working about home in the morning the Linda arrived with mail I went to the Settlement then out to Mr Huitfelds and took his mail. I sent out one bale and a half of wool and one bale of Lambswool.

January 8. I delivered the mail all round and stayed at Mr Ferguson’s.

January 9. Nell came home I returned home calling at the mine. I took a bag of skins for Mr Gardener a bag of clippings and four sheep skins for Mr Harrap (mine?) brought the pig down and the rooster set my snares cut some poles to do my fence on the waters edge.

January 14. I carried some poles for my fence Henry came down and burnt the lower block we had a very good burn

January 16. Henry called on his way to the piggery.

January 20. I and Nell went to Mr Vireaux I opened the tenders for road and track C Vireaux got the contract. We went onto Walkers then returned home I paid Mrs Walker for the goods owing

January 24. I was clearing around my fence The mail arrived the Linda the Purdon did not come up this time 

February 4. I went along the road with Claud & Paby then attended a road meeting. Mr J Walker  Gustavrd Missner & Wm Holt was elected as member of the trust.

February 12. Huitfelds Ella and Beatrice Amy and Dora Jane came down I and Nell and the boy went out to Mr Huitfelds and spent the evening.

February 22. I left home called at Killiecrankie the mines and Marshall Cottages met F Boyes and F Goer and the two young O’Dohertys on the road

March 8. I and Horace went early for the sheep got 5 I then went to my snares caught 3 kangaroos and two wallaby called at Mr Huitfelts and left a kangaroo the Linda left  Henry, Jack and Horace went by her.

March 18. Nell and I was very unwell with a cold.

March 22. The Linda arrived with mail Henry came home I received two bags of chaff one bag of potatoes a freight parcel small box  from Mr ….Dargavele forgot to land the cheese from ….. Nell got 3 three pounds of butter from Amy.

 April 2. I found some of my fence washed away had to go and put up temporary a day of rest.

 April 18. (West fresh) I started for Little Dog blown too hard went to Green Island. It was blowing to hard

 April 19 I stayed at Green Island (Big) and helped Bill Philips to kill a pig

 April 20 Helped Bill Philip cut the pig up and then got down to Little Dog early.

Good Friday April 21 (south west) took a walk around Little Dog.

 April 22. Helped J Holt he done twelve hundred birds

 April 23 (Sunday) Went and had 5 hours with Jack and Bill. Walter took my boat to  Green Islands (Little)

 May 14. Nell got a parcel by the Linda owe one shilling freight

May 15. The Linda went to Tanners yesterday then onto ….. I sent four dozen kangaroos and one dozen wallaby I was working about home in the morning then started digging Henry and Amy and the children came down

May 21 (Sun) Mrs Huitfeld and the children came down. Amy and Henry and the children came down looking for the….. Mr Archer called on his way home took the sails of the boat.

May 29. (south east Squally) I have got a bad cold I did not do much work only cut some wood. C Harly called on his way home to Whitemark

June 1. Cleaning up and burning rubbish all the morning. Walter Beeton called on his way to Tips I was digging in my paddock all afternoon A miserable day

June 4. I started for home called at F Boyes saw the surveyors and got their mails met Mr Hermaline and Mrs Huitfelds and the children Henry got home late he having attended a funeral D Maynard having died.

June 9.  I & Nell and the boy and Amy and Dora went down to Green Island started about twelve o’clock and got there about four Wind light.

June 10. I got two small pigs from Mrs Robinson started home no wind till evening then it blew fresh. I went into Long Point and .. all night. the Purdon came in and stayed all night.

June 11. We all started and walked home I left my boat at Long Point. Amy & Nell carried Dora I carried the two pigs a very squally day Henry came down and carried the child home for her

June 12. I made a pigsty an cleaned the other one out it rained all day.

June 26. I have been away to my snares…..Amy came down and brought a fish. J Maynard called on his way home from Town at settlement the craft left Chalky going North

July 14 Mr and Mrs Maynard called in on the way to Double Corner. I and Nell went to the Settlement the Purdon and the Linda arrived 

August 3.  I went to Whitemark attended a road meeting paid H Walker what I owed him returned home calling at double corner and Tip’s.

August 11. Mr and Mrs Maynard called on their way home and staid all night. Saw the Linda laying at Little Hummockey

August 12. I skinned the game then worked till late at my fences. Mr and Mrs Maynard left for the Settlement. I saw a white ketch pass going North……The EH Purdon arrived late with mail.

August 14.  I left Eden’s early called at F Boyes an left his mail there came onto my snares caught three wallaby and one Poss.

August 20. A rough day went and got some winkles.

August 27. I Nell and the boy went out to Mr Huitfelds. Nell fell off Rowdie the saddle rolled

September 15. A very dirty day rains and blows the glass very low at eleven o’clock standing at 29 + 30. I was working in the paddock most of the day very stormy. Nell took ill and passed a lot of blood.

September 16. A very boisterous day I went to my snares caught wallaby and one Poss. Nell took seriously ill and back to her bed. Amy came down and staid all night . I ran to the Settlement

September 17. Amy left for home after giving us all the assistance that late – in her power I was very thankful for Nellie will have to lay in bed for a time. Henry came down.

September 18. I could not get away. Nell being in bed ill Amy and Mrs Huitfeld came down I saw a craft at Green Island not make out

September 20. I went up to the Settlement and brought three boxes and a parcel and remainder of the wire home. Amy came down and stayed the afternoon with Nell and done some ironing.

September 21. I was working around home. Amy came down and helped us most of the day. Nell got up out of bed

September 22. Nell got up and stayed up all day

October 4. I delivered the mail all round I met Mrs …..on her way home from She Oak Point I got 2 lbs of cheese one pound of coffee one pound of cocoa and two…….from Mr Allison. Walter Holt came up.

October 6. We had a good rain. Walter took the mail to White Mark I was working in my paddocks.

October 7. I and Walter went and put some posts in then went out to Mr Huitfelds. I took him a kangaroo and some vegetables.

October 8. Walter Holt left for home paid him two shillings H armstrong came over and took old Lass I went to Long Point got back for dinner Emily and Ella came down.

October 22. I delivered the mail all round paid Mr Allison and paid Mrs Eden W Maynard called.

October 25. I started shearing sheared 19 of my own and one of Mr Huitfelds. The Linda and the Purdon Hailed

October 26. I was shearing all day sheared 21 sheep. Nell went out to Mrs Huitfelds and told him about I having two sheep

November 7. I finished my shearing done the wool up and took to the Settlement. The Purdon arrived Amy heard of her brothers death and one…..

November 15. I got my boat up on the blocks then was cleaning all the morning then was looking for the Purdon. The wind backed into the North East. The Purdon came up. Nelly and Amy and Dora left for Town

November 24. The Purdon arrived. Nell came home.

November 30. Tared the tank then went looking for Doll found her bogged had a very hard piece of work to get out Mr Washbourne Henry and the boys assisted me to get her out

December 1. I and Mr Washbourne got the horse up to the house. I formented Dolls legs Mr Washbourne left for home. The Purdon came up and took 11 sheep from Rabbit Island. I felt very unwell.

December 2. I feel too ill to do anything I formented Dolls legs.

December 4. I have a very bad cold the weather being bad I could not get out to do much I spend a good bit of my time looking after the horse.

December 5. I was working about home looking after Doll Mr J Maynard came down then went to the Settlement

December 31. We all went and spent the afternoon at Huitfelds and I got rather to much wine.