One Hundred Years

One hundred years ago George took his last breath, a few hours before dawn. George was critically injured on the morning of the 26th and endured the pain of his injuries and the cold autumn day waiting to be rescued. Georges last journey was his retrieval from the blood bath on the front line (SOS line) to the relative safety of the 2nd Canadian Clearing Station, a world away from his beloved family. For 100 years George has lain (in what his first degree family would refer to as ‘somewhere in Belgium’)  in a grave shared with a stranger.

On enlistment George used his birth name of Robinson, however he was, at home in Tassie known only as George Holt. Holt being his paternal step grandfathers name.







In total 10,120 mortal remains are buried at Lijssenthoek cemetery. 1131 are AIF soldiers.

Tasmania has 51 Tasmanian graves scattered throughout the Cemetery located a few kilometres from the small town of Poperinge. The border of France is another few k’s down the road.

Of these Tasmanian soliders

19 are from the North of the state

The northern soldiers hailed from the following districts:

Barton, Jessup, Jones, Rundle and Ryan – Launceston

Allen – Legana

Geale – George Town.

Hamilton – Evandale.

Jessop and Loone – Scottsdale.

Solomon – Longford.

Cook – Conara.

Treloggen – Goshen


lastly our Robinson – Bass Strait.

Balstrup, Collins, Pam, Parsons, Ryan were all born in Launceston and on enlistment as living interstate.

18 were from the South.

14 from the NW Coast.




Setting the record straight – Tindale

Tindales references to the older Robinson / Holt clan has 19 errors from the 20 entries relating to our Ancestors.

Amongst Tindales papers held at the QVMAG there is a letter dated 3/10/1967 – concerns the Island Community would again pursue a case of Libel against the author on republication. (and rightly so!) The person penning the letter appears to dwell on the legality of what constitutes ‘defamation’ the who and how’s of such a determination. The last paragraph implies ‘Tindales article does not appear to me to be defamatory to any particular person.’

There are ancestry tree’s showing Horace Robinson and Isabel Brown as being married and having 2 children. The curse of incorrect information readily available online and taken as being correct.

The Robinson / Holt errors and corrections follow. I may have errors myself, and apologise if this is so.

Error 1. ROBINSON (BROWN), ISABEL JESSIE, b. 11 July 1902,
still living in Launceston 1949.. 
f. Edwin Brown m. Grace Madeline
Maynard. marr. Horace Frederick Robinson.
[Correction 1: Isabel Brown was born in August 1902
further down the list you read Isabel married 
Horace Robinson. Based purely on dates then her first child
was born when she 8 years old, her second at 9. Baffling these 
'historians' didn't understand what they were recording.
Tindale confused Horace with first cousin Frederick Robinson/Holt 
and Isabel Brown confused with Isabel Maynard.

Error 2: HOLT, ARCHIBALD BADEN-POWELL, b. 5.Sept. 1902, d. as infant. 
f. William Robertson (Holt) m. Ellen Smith.
[Correction: Archie was born in 1903 and died in 1910 
after a tragic accident, he was 7 years old.]

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Error 3: HOLT, CHARLIE, b. 1894 approx., living 1939 
age 44 approx.,      
f. William Robertson (Holt) m. Ellen Smith.Error 
[Correction: Charles Ernest Robinson was born in 1890 ]
Error 4: HOLT, FREDERICK, b. 1901 approx., living 1939
still living 1949. f. William Robertson (Holt) 
m. Ellen Smith. marr. Isabel Maynard. 
[Correction: Frederick on registration of birth as Louis Herbert 1883 
his name was changed when Christened to Frederick Louis, he
married Isabel Maynard in 1905.]

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Error 5: HOLT, WILLIAM senior, before death known 
as Robinson and Robertson d.1902.
marr: Ellen Smith. 
[Correction: William died on Little Dog, 27 April 1929.
Robertson not a name he was ever known by.]
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Error 6: HOLT, WILLIAM junior, b. 1896 approx., 
living 1939 
in Launceston 1949. f. William Robertson (Holt) 
m. Ellen Smith 
[William was born in 1878 and died in 1955.
His nick name was Buffalo Bill. 
Buffalo Beach down from his home at Big River would be 
named after him.]
Error 7: MANSELL (HOLT), JANE ELIZABETH,also called 
b. 18 May 1879, living 1939 age 59/8. 
f. William Robertson (i.e. Holt) m. Ellen Smith.
marr. Edward Mansell.
[Correction: Jessie was born in August 1879 and died 
in 1919 at Trouser Point.] 
Error 8: MANSELL (HOLT), PAULINE, b: 1899 approx., d. 1922 
f. William Robertson (Holt). m. Ellen Smith, 
marr. Archibald Douglas Mansell. 
[Correction William & Ellen didn't have a daughter by this name. 
Check said husband on list to find a different wife's name.]
Error 9: ROBERTSON, also called Robinson, male, b. 
10 March 1878, 
believed died as infant. 
f. William Robinson (also called Holt and Robertson), 
m. Ellen Smith
[Correction: William Junior was born in 1878 as in error  5
William and Ellen did have another child named
James Thomas in 1880 and he died as an infant
from whooping-cough either at Badger Corner or 
Badger Island.]
Error 10: ROBERTSON, also called Robinson, ALBERT JAMES, 
b. 21 May 1889, believed d. as infant.
f. William Robinson (Holt and Robertson),m. Ellen Smith
[Correction: Albert James
died in 1913 on LDI from influenza,
his grave is beside his first cousin 'King' Robinson at BC.
at the homestead of his Uncle James and Aunt Em.]IMG_5418
Error 11. ROBINSON, JOHN HAROLD, b. 13 Feb. 1893, 
living in 1911. 
f. William Robinson (Holt and Robertson), m. Ellen Smith.
[Correction: Harold John is how this should read, and was only 
ever addressed as Harold John.]

Error 12. ROBERTSON, also called Robinson, LOUIS HERBERT, 
b. 18 Dec. 1883, 
believed d. as infant. f. William Robinson 
(Holt and Robertson), m. Ellen Smith. 
[Correction: this is Frederick Louis and he didn't die as 
an infant…. he married Isabel Maynard as well as
changing his name.]
Error 13. ROBERTSON, also called Robinson, PHILIP DANIEL, 
b. 28 Oct.1881, believed d. as infant.
f. William Robinson (Holt and Robertson),m. Ellen Smith.
[Correction: whom ever put this information forth was not a local 
as Phillip or 'Boob' was a well
known identity on FI, he lived all
his life at Trousers Point, and is buried with his youngest
brother Archie at Carr Villa.]
Error 14. ROBINSON, HORACE FREDERICK, also called 
Frederick Lewis, 
b. 3 July 1894.f. James Robinson, m. Emily Wells. 
marr. Isabel Jessie Brown.
[Correction: Horace Frederick's first cousin was
Frederick Lewis and he married Isabel Maynard.
Tindale actually had Horace Frederick's personal
details right, except he had the wrong person.
Horace was known as Horace Holt as was 
Fred Holt (first cousin) for a fair portion of their lives. Their
fathers adopted Holt from their stepfather, eventually James 
family decided they should be Robinson's as per their 
birth certificates.]
Error 15. ROBINSON, TASMAN SMITH, b. 25 June 1897, living 1939 a
still living in Launceston 1949. 
f. William Robinson (Holt), m. Ellen Smith. 
[Correction: almost correct! Year of birth was 1896.]
Error 16. ROBERTSON, WILLIAM, also called William Robinson and 
William Holt, see under all three names for family and under 
William Holt for particulars of this man. 
[Correction: Robertson was never in the mix of surnames, only 
Robinson and Holt. Holt being the name of Williams step father
John Holt. William was eight years old when his mother re married.]

Error 17. ROBINSON, also called Robertson, CLARA JANE, 
b. 8 April 1886, d. 1892 approx., age 6 months. 
f. William Robinson (Holt), m. Ellen Smith.
[Correction: Clara Jane didn't die in infancy, 
she lived until 1940, and married Alfred Briant.]
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Error 18. ROBINSON, EDNA MATILDA MAY, b.18 March 1910, 
no further information. 
f. Horace Frederick Robinson, m. Isabel Jessie Brown.
[Correction: Frederick Lewis Robinson and Isabel Maynard 
are correct parents.
Horace was only 16 in 1910.
According to Tindale, Isabel Jessie Brown 
had her first child was when she was 8 years old.]
Error 19. ROBINSON, PHYLLIS ALICIA ELLEN, b.; 25 July 1911, 
d. as adult.
f. Horace Frederick Robinson, m. Isabel Jessie Brown.
[Correction: Frederick Lewis Robinson and Isabel Maynard 
are correct parents. Not Isabel Jessie Brown who would have 
9 in 1911.]
Error 20. HOLT, also called Robertson, Robinson, (SMITH), ELLEN, 
also called Helen,
b. 1859 approx., d. 5 Sept. 1902, age 43 approx. , f. John Smith senior,
m. Jane Maynard. marr. William Robertson (Holt).
[Correction: Ellen died in 1936. She was never known as Helen, 
written in error on this birth registration.]

Setting the record straight, for Horace and Bell.

Robinson or Holt

December 1914: This Telegraph article is about GGM Adeline Briant collecting money for the Christmas fund and articulates the Robinson/Holt’s surname indecision was still occurring.

Uncle Tucks sons Eric 4 & Ronnie 2 are named in this article as Robinson’s, whilst his siblings were still Holt’s. I had wondered if Uncle Eric had ever been known as Holt. Dad didn’t think so. This article answers that question.

James Robinson would be Tuck and Mrs James Holt his mother Emily. I’m guessing Horace had a tough time and met with more than a little resistance in getting the locals to adopt Robinson.

Henry Briant’s 1925 diary, Henry was still calling his next door neighbour, Horace, by Holt.

More Collis/Robinson History

IMG_0048 Yesterday I met a long-lost relative from the Collis side of the family – whilst here in Victoria a wonderful opportunity to meet her. We had a lovely lunch – a little later than planned due to my seriously getting lost – oh my what a headache!! When we met she seemed familiar!! We had a great afternoon talking family history filling in more history gaps also scanning photo’s.

Fred met Nell when she was working on one of the Sister Islands – she was 19 and Fred 46. The oral history is she put her age up and Fred brought his down, to cut the age gap when they married.

Nell Collis remarried twice after beloved husband Fred passed away from cancer –  she married second husband (Denholm), a heavy drinker and they lived in Hobart and after his death Nell married Richard Batten (wife Bessie died in 1946). Dad remembers visiting them with his parents – she was a lovely person with a good sense of humour,  Dad said she had to contend with his father Horace’s teasing………..which he was well-known for.


Fred Collis home SB


Fred scratched on cave wall









View post fire Trousers Point turnoff in foregroundThis last picture  taken after a major fire – once I was able to enlarge, taken possibly a little below where the latest wind turbine, Nalinga.  The main road is gravel and the turn off to Trousers Point visible there are regular white lines beside the road,perhaps PMG poles.




Fred Collis and Harry Briant – Friends?

Fred Collis


Early last year when I copied Fred’s diaries in the Hobart History Room I knew the document would be fascinating and bound to tell more about our Collis Robinson family history. Imagine my surprise when I noticed several references to the Bryant’s (Samphire Briant’s).

Late last year when looking through the Briant/Stephens family private letters I stumbled upon a letter written by Fred to Harry passing on his condolences after the death of Harry’s beloved Adeline. IMG_0013This was a letter written not to an acquaintance but a close friend – this started me thinking how was this so. When I found the letter I cranked up the laptop, opened the Diaries, read Fred’s entry on 8/11/1925. What became clear was a functional variance with his daily diary notations compared to this personal letter.  On the day he wrote the letter, 8/11/1925 Fred was home alone…… the rest of the family were at Church and possibly had the quiet time to sit in the day light and write to Harry. His Nephew Bert was staying with them and more than likely conveyed the Briant family situation which was not exactly straight forward. I concluded his diary entries were possibly written at night, under a candle or lamp explaining the often difficult to read handwriting. Fred entries as comments makes interpreting  sometimes tricky. One example – It was a hot day  Had a good shower, thinking he had a shower……impressive for 1905, reading again a few days later….. realised he meant it rained!! Silly me!

The question: how did they become such good friends, so back to earlier days on CBI………..Fred arrived on CBI as a 13-year-old around 1873, over the next few years grows into adulthood within the CBI community, explaining how he became the social butterfly of Sawyer’s Bay. Many references to this one or that one called in and stayed, often overnight……..starts to make sense.

Canon Brownrigg also mentioned Fred Collis,

‘Wednesday morning opened to us the  desired prospect of a run down the Sound. The wind was westerly and light, and at about 10 a.m. we got under way for Little Badger Corner. Previously,  however to starting, I visited the public school, and was satisfied with the  result. The attendance also during the past year showed a decided improvement. Not with standing the advantages of improvement and tide, our passage through the Sound was not so satisfactory as it might have been, but this was owing to detention  upon a sand-bank over which the depth of water was less than we had expected. We arrived, however just before ‘dark, and in the evening I had family prayer in the cottage occupied by Mr J. Robinson. The next day, leaving the Franklin at Badger Corner, I took a passage over to Big Dog Island in the Rosebud, as the navigation among the numerous sandbanks was well known to Edward Smith and Fred Collis, who offered me the passage in that boat. After visiting Mr Taylor at Big Dog we proceeded to Little Dog Island as Smith and Collis wanted to procure a few mutton birds for home use. Though there was no resident on the island I landed and accompanied Smith and Collis to their “birding.” The rookery the birds inhabit resembles rabbit warren. The soft ground is burrowed out in all directions among the tussocks of grass and the thin, covering over these holes often gives way-as it did frequently  in my own experience and lets one down knee deep. The mode of birding is very simple, but by no means free from danger, arising from snakes, which are occasionally found in the same hole with the bird. To procure the bird the arm is first bared, and then thrust in sometimes quite up to the armpit into the hole, and the bird is laid hold of. The young birds offer no resistance, but the old, bird does not hesitate to defend itself, and makes its presence felt by sharply driving its beak into the hand or arm of the capturer, and drawing blood. When dagged from its hole a jerk of the hand speedily kills the bird by breaking its neck. As the birds are collected they are fastened upon a pointed stick called a “spit”, which is pushed through their beaks and thirty birds makes a fair load to carry.Within a short time Collis and Smith had collected sixty, birds, and with the spoils returned to the boat, and sailed over to Badger Corner. At family prayer in the evening I baptised the infant child of Mr. W. Robinson making the ninth-time of administering that rite among the islands during this visit.’ 1882

Enter: The Briant lads to the straits – again able to work out from a letter IMG_0090to Harry from his older brother that Harry and his younger brothers Alf and George entered the Straits scene mid to late 1880’s: here was the connection, Fred born 1959 and Harry born 1865 –  these handsome young Briant (Harry, George and Alfred) and Collis (Alfred and Henry) men of similar ages, education and values, destined to become lifetime friends.

Harry leased Prime Seal, a stones throw from Sawyer’s Bay – well sort of, I wonder if Harry and Fred caught up when Harry was out on Prime – bet they did, wish there were more diaries.

In December 1934 this friendship cemented  forever when Harry’s daughter Maud married Fred’s Nephew Horace – what a great ending to a long friendship………… they were family!!

After finding the pictures of Fred and his father Henry and hearing Dad telling his recollection of stories handed down from Horace about ‘Uncle Fred’ I could see a family resemblance. Have a look at these three pictures (how cool doing this) of Horace between his Uncle Fred and Grandfather Henry – Dad interested when I noted Horace was more like the Collis side of the family – something he hadn’t considered. Horace was also a ‘mover and shaker’ as reported in the Island News 50th anniversary edition,  a great story-teller (like Dad and Tim) and like his Uncle Fred married later in life.Henry Collisjack-and-flora-collisFred Collis

‘Uncle Fred Collis’ diary extracts: 1908

These are extracts from Alfred John Collis “Uncle Fred’ 1908 diaries.

Wednesday January 1 – I and Nell staying at Mr Smiths. I was going to the sports I felt to sick the Holding family came and had dinner.

Thursday January 2 – We left for home calling at H Walkers Double corner Mrs Maynard we got home about six very hot and tired. ……and H Armstrong took the mail.

Friday January 3 – The Coogee passed going to the Settlement I went up and got me pound of butter I did not pay Amy for it. J Holt and Tuck and Horace came down and staid all night.

Saturday The Sabbath January 4 – Em and Miss Gunter came down Henry and John came down they all left for the Settlement Dolly and Louy came down and stayed.

January 5 – Louy and Dolly left H Walker called going North we did not see the Coogee passed, clearing around the fence

January 6 – I put out the boat I went along the …….ground. I got a fire it did not burn much H Walker passed going home.

January 14 – Went to my snares caught nothing. Tom Davey came up to build a new chimney pulled the old one down made a good start Mr Huitfeld and Mr Alison came down.

January 15 I, Mr Huitfeld and Mr Alison attended a meeting of council at Mr Ferguson the meeting was postponed until the 26 February. A Vireaux bought a small bull.

January 16 Dave Maynard called Henry came down and bought some letters for W/mark Tom almost finished his job.

January 17 Tom Davey finished the job I finishes white washing went to check snares got nothing Tom helped me mark the little bull put a hole in his ear with a ….cutter I paid Tom one pound five cleaned out the water holes D Maynard called going home.

January 19 Delivered the mail the hottest day this summer F Boyes ……registered 100 and G Boyes registered 94 in the shade to hot for travelling

January 20 Got home early Henry got the Settlement on fire the greatest fire for years I am too frightened to go to bed fire all round I paid Mr Allison up he owes me three pence met F Maynard on the beach hear that Lewis Maynard was ill Mrs Maynard called going up to the West End to see her son

February 5 The Helen More passed going South and The Dawn passed going to The Settlement and then went South. I have been working clearing and cutting logs.

February 11 I walked down to the blue rocks looking for my stern sheet of my boat caught two kangaroo and one poss then working at the block clearing and doing up the fence saw a craft going out for town The Pearl…..

February 16 G Hammond came up and borrowed my sails he having got his burnt F Boyes called going home from Whitemark

February 17 I have been working making a new cow yard and putting up a bale to milk a cow in

February 18 Mr Archer called going South I caught two kangaroos and cleared up some rubbish shift some snares I found the ram dead that I got from Mr Narrap the Lester

February 19 Set the snares caught one Wallaby done some clearing went to the Settlement Emily Huitfeld came down in the morning

February 20 Saw several boats and crafts sailing about done some clearing in the afternoon I went and got the horse

February 21 The MacLaine Brothers came to the Settlement Nell and I went out to Huitfelds in the afternoon working about home in the morning The Helen Moore came in late Mr G Gardner came down in the evening

February 23 I delivered the mail all round and stayed at Mr Blyth

February 26 I Mr Allison and Mr Huitfeld attended a meeting of Councils to elect a Warden Mr Huitfeld being elected Warden the Linda called at Whitemark all the Councillors attended except the Maclaines paid H Walker and got a pair of underpants not paid for

March 4 East Wind I went to my snares caught one Wallaby met J Woods going down to Whitemark Tip came up and left his horse for the birding I and Henry and the boys were burning ferns at the piggery he got his sheep of the lower block and picked some out marked two sheep with red paint

March 10 Henry came down we split 32 poasts H Walker called in on his way to Blyths he brought the mail up what the Linda had left only three days mail

March 11 Splitting poasts all day wrote two letters one to Tip and one to G Hammond.

March 13 I Jack and Harry Green was splitting poasts and then we cut a road to the piggery Mrs Woods came down Nell was up at the Settlement Henry went up to help H Armstrong kill a bullock G Hammond and Charley Harley came up and brought my sails home and gave us a feed of mutton birds

March 22 I delivered the mail to the North End I returned home late having left Old Doll in Mr F Boyes paddock and carried home the saddle brought home the return mail

March 29 (Sunday) Went down to Whitemark and settled with Walker Amy Emily and Ella came down saw the Linda at Whitemark

April 6  A fine day I made some snares I went to the jetty and got two bags of chaff The boy got the drake I got some sheep in belonging to the Settlement I put Sowdie in a harness and he did not like it and had a couple of falls worked late

April 26 left for town about three called at H Walkers Nell got two yards of …….and a dozen boxes of matches for Amy and I paid for this I got an axe and  yds of Calico and a teething necklace

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

May 4 Blew a Gale I was working about home J Woods came down in the evening Our little Bub was very unwell getting his teeth I felt unwell myself

May 7 Put in some cabbage plants and some marigolds getting wood going all the morning then went working in the paddock against the shearing shed I went and had a look at the boat and saw Ada the calf  Tot and pansy

May 16 Saturday the Sabbath a mild day We had our Bible study went for a walk brought the cattle home Manny and Paby came up J wood went to Whitemark

May 25 Arthur Vireaux came up and left Gladys and Minnie while he went North G Hammond called and left my birds Nell and the girls went to the Settlement

May 26 A Vireaux and girls left for home

May 28 The Helen Moore came in I got one bag of sugar and one case of got a small parcel by post from W Jackson J Woods called down and got some papers

May 29 I and Pab were looking for cattle all afternoon

June 6  The Sabbath Done nothing Walter Holt came up late J Woods and Mr Shields came down to grind an axe

June 7 I took the sails of the boat and took some ballast out of her Walter Holt went to the Settlement

June 8 Walter left for home

June 11 Returned home calling at the mines Tanners Bay………got home to late to do anything got one bag of rolled oats one tin of treacle and one tin of coffee Mr Allison gave the baby some lollies

July 6 I set the snares along the line The Dawn and Linda arrived with the mail I got a case of kerosene and a bag of potatoes the Surveyor Mr Montgomery came out

July 12 I Nell and The Baby went down to Mr G Hammonds and spent the day Mrs Shields came down in the afternoon we returned home together about sundown

July 15 Mr Gardner called going south Henry was with him Mr Pabby left for home I milked the cow for the first time I went out and got Sowdie and left Doll J Woods went and got his pony I did not see old Tom F Boyes said he saw him yesterday

July 19 Old Billy Maynard called going North J Woods went to Whitemark called both ways The Linda passed going North I done some clearing in the paddock Started the cross fence after dinner been going all day saw one dead sheep in my paddock

July 20 I went to the snares got nothing then went working at the cross fence saw I what I took to be two steamers at Prime Seal had rain in the evening

July 22 South West Strong I finished putting up the pannels Arthur Vireaux came up and I paid him on account of E Betton Then went to the Settlement I and Jack went and got a bag of cuttlefish for J Willett we got home before dark The Steamer started out and came back to Prime Seal

July 29 I Nell and the baby started about midday to Mr G Smith got down about half past three

July 30 Left Nell and the baby started for home calling at Mr A VireauxWalkers Double Corner G Hammond and then home done some clearing for putting in Mellote

August 2 Walter and Bert came down I went to my snares got nothing I built a place to put a few skins in out of the ….

August 3 I attended a meeting about leasing Rookerys The Linda arrived at Whitemark The Commissioner of Police came out I went to Mr Smiths and staid the night

August 4 The Linda arrived at Settlement The Commissioner came up and got Mr Huitfeld started home and left Nell at Mrs Hammonds

August 5 I staid all night at Double Corner then attended a meeting at Whitemark of Councelors called and picked up Nell and got home late

August 13 I attended a meeting of councillors at Whitemark got one pair of childs boots pair of childs socks and one pound of candles from H Walker led Mr Huitfelds horse down J Woods came down

August 15 The Sabbath Calm done nothing saw a boat pass like the Pearl   The Pearl came to the Settlement

August 17 Returned home  calling at the mines Tanners Bay F Boyes saw Pecks at F Boyes saw the horses looking well took the mail to the Settlement moored the boat

August 18 Working about home in the morning went out and spent the afternoon at Mr Huitfelds Walter Holt came up

August 19 I and Walter went clearing the lane J Young called going North to look for wreckage from the Arion

August 20 J Blundstone called going North to collect rates and Dog taxes

August 23 J Blundstone called and I paid him the Dog licence and the Taxes Henry and Amy went down to Whitemark

August 24 Henry and Amy came home from Whitemark Walter and I splitting posts all day done a good days work

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

August 30 I Walter  Jack and Harry went to Rabbit Island sheared 18 sheep made a yard Arthur Vireaux, …..F Maynard will and Dave being up to look at a road and J Hinds we had a beautiful day

September 8 I Harold Walter Henry and Mr Huitfeld were cutting a road to G Hammonds Bert Vireaux Frank and Dave Maynard passed going North Horace Iles came up

September 12 Done nothing Walter left for home early Glass low

September 13 I delivered the mail all round and staid at She Oak Point Claud and Lewis Maynard overtook me on the road

September 14 I returned home Arthur J …..Claud Lewis Maynard G Messener all here when I returned home G Hammond staid all night we had a ….storm and a very good rain

September 18 We attended a meeting of  councillors  I Harry and young Harry Armstrong went down Dawn arrived and went to Tanners Bay all numbers attended except J Holt got a bottle of magnesia

September 27 Mr Huitfeld and Henry went along the road Posts marked off to call tenders for we went out and had some Gin Nell went out Emily came in for her with the horse

October 9 George Blyth came up and staid all night F Boyes called going home

October 16 I went out to Huitfelds  opened tenders for two roads H Armstrong got one to Killicrankie and G Hammond got the side forming close to the pickford

October 26 Returned home tried to get old Tom could not find him called at Huitfelds met Mr Archer Riddle and J Blundstone they having came up in the Olive Maud

November 5 We had a full meeting of Councillors settled everything quickly I owe Mr Walker for a pair of stockings and a pound of candles I Henry Mr Huitfeld and Archer came home together

November 9 I was cutting grass the Dawn arrived we went to the Settlement and got the mail I took the mail out to Huitfelds G Hammond Dick Davey and Tom Davy came up to start work 

November 12 Dick Davey and Tom and G Hammond working on the road

November 17  I brought the cow down and then cut the hay in the little paddock and in the top garden and fired round the top garden done a good days work J Woods and Shields came up and got the harness and sledge the horse rebelled and would not ….

November 20 The Dawn arrived with mail I got a Sythe blade a broom and a pair of boots by her took the mail out to Huitfelds cleared round the wood heap lost the day after the boat

December 4 The Dauntless bought a mail I took the mail to Mr Hultfelds  went round the fence put some staples in Mr Gardner and Henry got the cattle mixed  the Dawn arrived in the afternoon the Dawn had a sail on her own up they had a great chase after her I gave Alf a pound to get me a keg of wine and the key

December 6 The Dauntless arrived I went up and helped them ship nine head of cattle 

December 7 The Dauntless started early for big Dog

December 25 Manny came up early this morning I and Nell went out in the afternoon to Mr Huitfelds for a couple of hours got home before the Sabbath

December 28 We all went to Whitemark to attend the sports and staid at Mrs Smith

December 29 Staid at Whitemark and spent a pleasant  day all the rest went home I and Nell staid with Mrs T Smith

December 30  I returned home and then went to the Settlement Tuck and his wife came up also …….

December 31 Delivered the mail all round took old Tom up to the Settlement Tuck and Lizzie stopping their