Queens Orphan School 1859

Ok this is worth posting about the Queens Orphan School

January 1859

William and John Robinson were admitted to the Queens Orphan School – Mary’s address documented as 82 Collins St along with Mr Britann (is Henry Brittain Licensed Victualler of 82 Collins St). Trove article. The publican of the Commercial Inn, Collins St Hobart.

The document is in this link  (images 49 and 50) states William and John were baptised in Georgetown, a correction required as I had noted in earlier notes William and John were born in Launceston.

A John Smith registered John Robinson’s birth several months later in 7 July 1856. John Smith noted as a friend and address Georgetown.

James ? (friend) registered Williams birth 2 years before.

August 1859

Samuel and William Smith admitted to the Queens Orphan School, the sons of John Smith and Caroline Grant of Launceston.

John Smith – a Launceston resident & occupation – ‘cook and waiter’……. deserted by wife Caroline, ‘moved to Cressy to live with another man’.

John Smith and Mary Robinson found themselves deserted by their respective spouses.

It’s probable the Robinson and Smith children spent time together in the Orphanage.

The name John Smith caught my eye as it appeared nine rows down on the registration document of John Robinson – seems a random John Smith having children in the orphanage across the same time frame as the Robinson children.














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

Little Dog – Family History



Little Dog Island – a stones throw from Big Badger Corner. (open the link and the bay across the water west of Little Dog is Big Badger Corner)

Little Dog is a small island of around 206 acres and has been part of the Robinson/Holt family from the mid 1860’s until around 10 years ago. Great Dog Island is to the East and known as Big Dog. The two islands together are usually called ‘The Dogs’. For instance, Dad will still say he heard the boat (Trading) come in through ‘The Dogs’ during the night.

I have researched and found more early history on John Holt – makes sense about the attraction to Bass Strait.

John Holt’s death certificate states age as 52 when he died in 1878. DOB 1826 if certificate is correct. No documentation of arrival to Tasmania. There are several Mr Holt’s on the arrival indexes to Tasmania.

5 January 1857 there is a John Holt on the whaling Barque ‘Runnymede’ employed as a seaman. John Holt’s signature for payment food and wages. REF: MB2/33/1/355 reel, Z267.

5 May 1860 (second column half way down) advertisement of a stray pigs found in the backyard of John Holt, Canning St Launceston. The last 24 hours TROVE has given up these next five articles.

1 April 1865 (end of last column) John Holt Fish Monger and perhaps the earliest clue about the attraction to Bass Strait. In addition: Jimmy Holt used to tell his sons, as a lad  he had driven the stage-coach on the way to Hobart. In 1856 Jimmy would have been about 13 and probably did have a crack at driving at some point, or maybe he just sat beside the driver. Stage-coaches the mode of transport in those days.……..Jimmy started his boating career aged 14, the time lines work.

6 February 1867  John Holt returning from Bass Strait on 4 February aboard the Mountaineer.

20 May 1868 (top of second column) John Holt issues a warning to would be trespassers on Little Dog Island.

17 June 1872 Lease of Little Dog Island 200 acres (exclusive of 39 acres purchased by Mr J Holt).

17 December 1875 John Holt owner of 121 acres on Little Dog.

These articles set the scene for the Robinson/Holt history in Bass Strait.
We have  a lot of oral history handed down through Jimmy’s children about Great Grandfather Jimmy and his brothers Billy  and Johnny.

Most of the Robinson/Holt history is about Jimmy and Billy – not so much about Johnny. One explanation for this is that Johnny resided in Launceston and only lived on Little Dog during the birding season. The birding seasons a time when the three families came together to work, and hard work it was, everything   carted on and off the island – including wood. Wood was vital for the commercial aspect of running the three sheds and homes.The social aspect important for the brothers, their wives and of course the 30 + children and the thread to the cousins close friendships. Bishop Montgomery notes in 1891 (two years before Grandfather was born) about the three families on page 6.

The map below gives an idea of the division of land on the island in the early days. Jimmy, Billy and Johnny Holt reefs (named by the locals) worked out when you look map. One of the earlier maps I had Billy’s reef on the lower east when it should have been higher and in line with his land.IMG_0033

The three families continued this tradition and I am unsure when it all started to change, we know from the article below they were still operating commercially in 1913. Alf Holt in 1909 had the misfortune as Master of the Dawn and this involved his four sisters.

Johnny Holt died in 1915, James in 1926 and Billy in 1929.

1913 this link tells us about the Flu epidemic that claimed the life of Billy’s son Albert James Holt. Albert’s grave is next to his first cousin at Badger Corner. James article tells us the three families were all still birding in 1913 as he refers to his brothers and in the first article it seems perhaps a slight mix up, where in fact it should have said the young man died at his fathers camp William not James, then again he may have been in James camp if being nursed by Emily.IMG_5424

After James death the family had to sort out a complication with his Will.


George Robinson (Jimmy’s grandson) bought Johnny’s rookery . Tom Diprose (Jimmy’s son-in-law) bought Billy’s rookery.

When Dad was a child (the 40’s) the families still moved to the island to live and work during the birding seasons……….He has plenty of stories about this, especially how noisy the birds and penguins were at night  and again at dawn, not the ideal sleeping conditions! My siblings and I arrived in the 60’s and this annual migration had ceased instead we would do day visits in the Seaplane (boat). I remember the house and birding sheds where my Great Grandparents and grandparents lived and worked. I was still young when Little Dog was set alight and the buildings destroyed, sad losing these connection with our old family history. I remember the fire and looking across to Little Dog, a bright orange glow.

On Johnny’s block there is still a chimney. On Billy’s block there is a holiday home.


This picture taken on an overnight visit to the Island. I was so not disappointed, watching the birds landing with a thud in the rookery then wandering off squawking to find their respective burrows all very noisy and a magnificent display  of nature. The early morning racket on  scrambling to the rocks to fly off. Its one thing to hear the stories, its something you  need to experience to comprehend what it must have been like for our forbears………

The commercial story ended a long time ago and my parents owned Jimmy’s block until about 10 years ago.

In 1882 Canon Brownrigg gives a very accurate description as follows (I don’t think he was all that taken with birding)

‘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 dragged 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

In Uncle Fred’s 1905 diary wrote of his helping J Holt manage a fire in the New Year and taking some of the children with them – he went back during the birding season and spent a few day on Little Dog and I love how he writes…… Nephew Walter borrowed his boat to pop across to Little Green Island – this was the norm in those days, socializing between the islands – even the communications were amazing all by fires etc, no phones or mobiles in those days.

Settlement Point has a little rookery where visitors to Flinders can go along and watch the birds returning to their burrows a natural spectacle. For the best part of the year the rookeries lay dormant awaiting the noisy return of the residents – the remarkable Short Tail Shearwater.

The Furneaux Museumvisitors can experience a replica of a working mutton bird shed.




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ANZAC day at dawn, a great great grandson proudly speaking of his great great grandfathers bravery at Gallipoli, a powerful tribute about ‘normal people doing abnormal things under extreme conditions’

Our George – without children, grandchildren and great grandchildren!

George has a large family of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews…………custodians of his story in our Robinson/Holt history.

‘Far from the land of the island, the place that gave him birth. Somewhere in Belgium he is lying. He answered his country’s call: He died an Australian hero, Fighting to save us all’

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.

‘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

‘Uncle Fred Collis’ diary extracts: 1909

January 1 I returned home after delivering the mail at Settlement. Then went down to Mr Smiths called into Mr G Hammond very warm

January 2 ‘The Sabbath’ – done nothing

January 3 I returned home from Mr Smiths calling at H Walkers and G Hammonds. Tuck and his wife here when we arrived.

January 5 It blew a gale I and Tuck helped J woods roll some logs off Tuck and his wife spent a few hours at J Woods I took a bundle of hay up to the Settlement and one sheep skin.

January 6 Tuck and wife left for home The Linda came I went up done nothing all Huitfelds family at Settlement a warm day

January 10 Fishing most of the day got one J Woods got a hook in his thumb Mrs Woods and children came down in the afternoon A Shields called.

January 16 The Sabbath done nothing the Dawn came in with mail

January 25 I was putting posts on the line. The Dawn came up for the wool.

January 26 Went over to Rabbit Isld in the Coogee We got a good bit of Guano I saw 18 sheep on Rabbit the Linda passed going North.

February 4 Attended a meeting got two yds of elastic one pair of slippers and a box of headache wafers

February 7 I Jack and J Woods went across to the Rabbit I sheared one sheep and took two over we had a beautiful day T Smith called

March 4 I attended a meeting of Councillors at Whitemark I got from H Walker two large tins of Jam one pound of biscuits four plugs of Tobacco and one bag of Rolled Oats.

March 9 I have been working on the line putting wire on C ………. and Arthur Vireaux came up in the cart

March 23 I was putting wires on my fence done a good days work The Dawn arrived with mail got a box from …….

March 30 I Henry and Jack went over to Little Island got some birds Harry Armstrong called then went on to the Settlement I took Arties tender and gave it to Henry

March 31 I went and made a gate across the road Henry and J Woods went to Whitemark each had a cart

April 15 Saw The Linda coming up Just heard poor old Mrs Robinson was dead. Nell went to the Settlement and got a postal note for eighteen pence she did not pay for it.

April 24 ‘Sabbath’ Done nothing Henry took Mr Huitfeld down in the cart to Whitemark him and his wife and Dora went to Mr F Smith yesterday and returned today. The Purdon left for Town.

April 26 I got my sheep in I went to my snares one small wallaby. Went up  to J Woods and got a case of tomatoes and got the loan of the preserving pan.

April 27 A very rough day Caught two kangaroos. Nell was making Tomato sauce. I did not get out to work.

April 28 I took Mrs Woods preserving pan home fixed up a …….. got some wood went to the snares we had a good rain in the afternoon I took a letter up for Harry Dillon walked down to Settlement.

April 29 I went to my snares got nothing then went up on the rented ground and got the sheep in working all afternoon putting chimney pots up

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.

May 3 The Linda came up I went to the Settlement got my mail and a side of Bacon, sowing Melotte in the afternoon

May 4 Mr Gardner and Mr Smith came up The HJH came in I delivered the mail all round and staid at She Oak Point. Mr Gardner came up

May 5 The HJH left early I got home too late to catch the boat I left old Doll at T Boyes Harry Armstrong came and brought skins ……

May 6 very fine glass falling, I have been working about home. I bagged up some skins. Henry called on his way home and took the mail from the North East ……to some gentlemen over North looking for ground. Mr Huitfeld came out in the HJH I sent three letters one ref to Green one to the Savings Bank and one to Mrs Willett.

May 20 Attended a meeting at Whitemark got four pounds of dripping and on pound of Lolies J Woods came down and got some fish.

June 16 I Nell and Bubs went to the Settlement and got a roll of wire.

June 27 Delivered the mail all round heard a man had been drowned at Killiecrankie Charlie Washbourne had a close shave of loosing his life.

June 28 Dolls home I brought Old Doll saw Charlie Washbourne at the mines called at F Boyes W Allison came down brought Henry some meat saw a craft supposed to be the HJH.

June 30 South East dirty Got the sheep in and cleaned them Manny and two gentleman came up and had lunch I went to the Settlement and paid Henry 9 shillings for H Armstrong

July 1 I went out on the Marshall with Manny and two Gentleman to look at some ground

July 14 I milked the cow for the first time 

July 15  I had a good bit of trouble with the cow

July 26 Went to the Settlement posted a letter to W Petter and one to Mrs J Willett

July 31 The Sabbath done nothing Mr Smith called going home Dick Brown brought the new horse home it being landed at Whitemark 

July 2 Sam Barratt called on his way home Mr Pratt called on his way North Claud with him

August 4 F Boyes called Mr Pratt and Claud called their way to Whitemark I made a Yanker gate a very rough day

August 9 Working about home The Linda arrived and I went and got the mail G Dargaville and Mrs Mills

August 14 The Sabbath Stuart Mathews came up  

August 15 I and Stuart Mathews put the horse in the sledge Mathews left for J Maynard

August 26 Took the mail and then staid at h Armstrongs the horse would not cross the river  the Purdon on shore

August 27 Left H Armstrong before daylight and walked to She Oak Point delivered mail and came to Killicrankie picked up my horse got home early calling at the mines and the Settlement Stuart Mathews came up 

August 28 The Sabbath done nothing S Mathews here 

August 29  Stuart Mathews left going North went to the Jetty and got a load of goods

September 1 I Nell and the baby went up to …….S Mathews came back from West End I took my contract up to the Settlement 

September 5 Working about home Walter and Tasman Holt J Woods Mr Welsh and family

September 6 Went to Rabbit Island sheared 16 sheep 

September 7  got the sheep in marked 30 lambs 33 had the horse in and done some ploughing  Walter gave Nell seven pounds we took we took a bag of skins and two sheep skins and one small cow hide to the shed the cow hide belongs to Mr A Vireaux

September  8 I had a day about home Walter and Tasman left for home they took sowdie with them

September The Sabbath done nothing The Adelaide called Edgar Maynard came up and got some bread Pabby came up and staid all night Charlie Washbourne passed going to Whitemark

September 12 I delivered the mail all round Pabby went over with me paid Mr Blyth one pound three for Mr Dargavalle Left Maynards mail in the box

September 13 I and Pabby got home early Pabby left for home 

October 4 Koonawarra came in brought mail and a number of passengers Harry Armstrong came down late

October 5 I felt unwell did not do much Harry Armstrong left early for the Settlement 

October 6 Andrew Maynard called in on his way North

October 8 going all day Doll had her foal 

This is the end of diary notes – there are orders and notes about bank books.

Points of family interest

Tuck and Lizzy were married 30/11/1908

Doll and Rowdie were the Collis horses

The ketch Dawn was a part of the Collis history – built by Fred’s brother in law James Willett (married to Fred’s sister Fanny) . James traded out of Emita before he and family moved to Launceston. The Dawn was sold to Mr Cutts. Coincidentally when the Dawn was wrecked, Captain Alf Holt, the nephew of Fred’s brother in law…….. James Robinson (Holt) married to Fred’s sister Emily.

‘Uncle Fred Collis’ diary extracts: 1924 and 1925

Extracts from Uncle Fred’s diaries 1924 and 25, these are not complete but still of interest to those families as they recognise their connections. In 1924 Fred was 65, wife Ellen 40 son Alfred 13 Hannah 18. Saturday is no longer noted as ‘Day of Sabbath’

18 June Wednesday 1924 I and Son went to the snares and got nothing I was repairing the Cart finished the job

19 June We went to the snares got nothing I and son went over to Holloways looking for track Nell and Hannah went to Mrs Burtts and Barrys

20 June The Colliboi came to Whitemark we went to the snares got nothing carted a load of wood for Mr Allison Hannah went to Hammonds to go to a concert

21 June I was working at the Station in the morning Son went to Coopers to get meat went to the snares got one poss

22 June John Jackson and Frank came in we put the boat in the water Looking very dirty

23 June A very rough day too rough for outdoor work Charles Cooper called and asked me to go and repair the fence blowing a hard gale went to the boat three times

24 June Repaired a fence on the Settlement for C Cooper the horse broke down and broke the …… tree still very rough

25 June Still blowing very hard got a load of wood and carted it in cold and miserable Nell and Hannah went to Barrys

29 June Frank wife and family Keith and Stanley to get the boat ready for going to Prime Seal we took both boats to the Settlement Frank started and turned back Mr F Cooper called a busy day for passer bus

2 July put a half day in at the drain on Pickford Hill cut a load of wood felt tired

July Weather moderate I put the morning in at the Wireless we all attended a send off for Mr Dean enjoyable evening

July We got up late ….Branton came up….Adams Emma and George came also Hannah Emma left after dinner for Blue Rocks the others left later

July Son went to his snares I went to mine The Colliboi came to Emita I son and Nell went round and carted a load of goods for Mr Dean poor old Landon left to go into Hospital 

10 July working on the road all day

11 July too rough for outside work met John Jackson came with him gave him a chain and he took two horses to the Point

13  July Sunday Horace Holt came up Hannah went to the Blue Rocks A motor car passed Two men passed on horse back

20 July I and Nell went to  ….. Robinsons Hannah went to A Mortens Son went to L Hammonds

23 July Milked the cow the calf getting very quiet we all went to Whitemark I came home with Mr Jackson got home in good time

24 July Helped with the cow – then went to the snares for nothing Cut and carted a load of wood for Mr Allison. Keith Blyth  – H Bryant and Landon came in the evening lost no time today

3 August A cold day we had a good fire and stayed by it.  C Cooper passed with cattle.

August Hannah went to Barrys in coming home the horse Jill with her gave her a good fall

August Started down to Oswald Robinsons met him on the road went down again after dinner he fixed up the horses shoes for me we brought a load of wood and rails and bought a few short pieces of wood for the fire

September I and Nell went to Martens got the horse shod called at Whitemark went to both stores paid my rates got boy a coat Hear Mr Stephens was to be buried today a mild day

15 October A very dirty squally day Hannah milked the red heifer for the first time.

16 October I did not go outside felt to ill too rough

19 October We started to Blue Rocks met JT Robinson and wife we turned back and went to the Settlement jetty fishing only got one fish

21 October A dirty miserable day saw the Colliboi going down to Cape Barren she came up about three….. to mile island then turned around and went to Whitemark wind turned to South East

26 October Hannah and son went to Church at Blue Rocks I and Nell staid at Hammonds Tip came up in the morning

27 October Tip came up we started the sheep done a fair days work we started late

29 October Tip finished up the sheep we got a load of wood then I started to shear the lambs 

30 October  We took the cream can got a load of wood got the sheep in and finished shearing the Lambs Thirty Five all told

1 November Went to the wireless in the morning clearing prickly box do not feel too good

November  Nell and Hannah went to Mortens Robinsons and Hammonds Mrs Harley very ill

November  I and son took the cream to the ……. got a small load of wood and a pole I and Mrs Allison went down to see Mrs Harley saw Ralph called at Oswald Robinson then got home in good time

November  Put half a day in at the wireless then went on to Mr Coopers there was no cricket match I went over and got some meat

10 November Son and I took the cream can out for Mr Allison a load of wood got the sheep in picked out some wethers and left them in the paddock got my foot hurt can’t walk on it

11 November  my foot too sore to walk about had to lay up and rest 

12 November  my foot still bad to walk about The White Heifer very quiet the calf very noisy 

14 November  My foot still not too good for work we all went down in the Lorrie a rough dirty night

15 November  Put the morning in at the wireless saw a signal at Prime Seal the Colloboi went over 

19 November  I done very little the separator went bung on us throwed us all out 

20 November  Started out to Milligans got to Oswald Robinson heard the steamer was coming up we turned back and went round to the boat H Bryant came up and examined the separator and condemned it I wrote to Davidson and French for another and sent a cheque for five pound five

23 November Done nothing Hannah went to Church and then onto Baleys F Jackson brought his boat round May drives the horses down they had a cup of tea

24 November  Clearing the grass round home Nell took Hannah to the Doctor he ordered her to the hospital more trouble ahead I heard the steamer only left today for town I cut a load of wood

29 November  watching out for the Steamer got the sheep in ……..Landon came and took them to Emita also Nell and Hannah to the steamer to go to town I got home late

3 December Paid E Robinson 10 pounds for ……..

December I did not feel inclined for work up all night at Mrs Burtts social … send off  we milked the cows and done very little else walked to the station and got a telegram from Nell took the cream can out

December  Milked and separated then to the wireless Son and I went out to Mr Coopers …a picnic got some meat came home and milked Son done a good clean up

December Milked and separated Son went round to Mrs Burtts and called at Barry’s Mr Pike called and got the net and went onto Settlement fishing

December making a bale at the cow….pannell looking about for the axe clearing around the house for fire purposes Son went and looked at the boat

19 December Went to Emita waited for the Steamer  went to the picnic and carted Mrs Burtts things to the shed bid her farewell blowed hard

22 December Nell went to Emita to the store

21 December Son took the horse round to Les Bailey he put some old shoes on him and went down to Hammonds and Mortens got home in good time

23 December I and son went to Whitemark took son to the Doctor he pulled a tooth out went to J Blundstone paid him for goods also paid the Doctor fifteen shillings went and had dinner with Bert Miles paid J Blundstone a pound too much called at Mrs Robinsons and told him about it

Thursday XMAS DAY 25 a most beautiful day burning off some grass

26 December After milking we all went to Whitemark a rough miserable day The Sports went off alright got home in good time

29 December Oswald Robinson and G Withers passed a more mild day burning in the paddock went to Emita for Nells over coat called at Barrys M Barry and a young woman passed.

31 December repairng fences clearing off fire clearing round the pannel at boat harbour Mr G Hay came up to the beach Son took the cream can out to Pickford

1 January Thursday 1925 We attended the sports at little plane There was a great gathering the sports went off very well

6 January The Steamer arrived at Emita Hannah came home clearing round the fence going all day at something

8 January Repairing a fence on the lower block a very warm day Mr Balwin called Son went to the store he met Mr Brown in a car a large fire out at the back

January I put the morning in at the wireless cleaning up I and Son went over to Mr Stackhouse and got two bags of potatoes one Mr Allison and for ourselves paid for them called Mr Coopers got some meat a large fire on the Marshal Mr Mulligan went to the block

11 January Done nothing Nell Hannah and Son went to Church James Blyth came in

12 January Cleaning around the fence for a fire break

15 Frank Jackson wife and family C Bomford and Annie came in and repaired the boat for going to Prime Seal

17 January 1.9 2.5…..I put the morning in at the wireless We all went over to Mr Coopers  to a cricket match got back in good time and done the milking

17 January We all went down to G Hammonds Hannah and Son went to a Picnic a wharm day F Jackson came and took his boat away

20 January The Colliboi arrived we all went to Emita we got a bag of flour also heard very bad news H Bryant got burnt out a very sad loss for …… Keith Blyth came and took Allison out to look after the Telephone I was clearing in the afternoon Ralph Morten called he had a good fire

22 January Burning on the East hill we had a good fire Nell paid the insurance for the house

24 January Steamer left Emita for Town

25 January We saw the Steamer leaving Goose Island for Town Ralph Morten came in and burnt round Allisons too calm

26 January Mr Winfield came in and brought the Mare I paid him two pounds five he gave me five pound five for two young steers It has been a day of fires fires all round beating out fires at the piggery I hope please God it is stopped

27 January A day of fires all round it broke away and went over to the wireless and done some damage Dick Holt Mr Winfield Charley Cooper we had a burn we had a few showers in the night

28 January A strong gale from the west the atmosphere more clear don’t see any fires about Dick went out to Garretts

29 January Dick Holt left for home working about the paddocks trying to make a fire break

30 January Nell and Hannah went out to Jacksons

31 January Nell and family went to Coopers picnic

7 February Hannah went to Whitemark to a Cricket Match I Nell and Son went to Emita The Colloboi came and loaded stock and sheep and had a full compliment of passengers

February  We all started away in the cart I intended to have the horse shod Billy Morten could not do him so we went to Whitemark and got some things we wanted called at Hammonds looked like a Thunder storm so we made for home

14 February Worked on the wireless in the morning then we all went over to Cooper for a Cricket Match Emita won by a small margin

15 February I and Nell staid home Hannah & Son went to the Settlement for a picnic. There was a large number came up and had a picnic on our frontage Ritchie called early then went on down to the beach

20 February I and Son went down to Mortens and got the horse shod  called at Blundstones and got somethings and paid for called at the Mortens  and got some turnips one of the roughest nights I have heard for years 

22 February I and Nell went up to Mrs Winfields Hannah and Son went to Blue Rocks Hannah had the misfortune to get thrown from her horse

27 February I and Son set fire of Allisons it ran up the hill going all afternoon beating fires out. Hannah went to a Social

28 February I was working at the wireless in the morning We all went over to Coopers for a Cricket Match Emita won from Whitemark

1 March I took a walk up the hill where the fire had been We all started for Church the Ministers did not come up we went as far as Mr Coopers gate it came onto rain so we come home

March After milking and separating we all went to Whitemark to see a cricket match Emita and Ranger. Ranger won by one run got home in good time

March Nell and Hannah went to Church Horace and Jef Walker came up Mr Cooper passed late

12 March It rained all the morning Son went to Garretts I and Nell went to Badger Corner Called at Whitemark met Horace met Bert met Em close to the house took her back

13 March We left J Holts called at Bryants met Horace met McNab Called at Whitemark paid Dolly one shilling for her Mother on boots called at Hammonds got some tomatoes got home about three Morgan Bryant called

22 March I and Nell went to Church Mrs Neal came with us we went and spent the afternoon with Old John Jackson

25 March Cutting poasts for a fence and clearing the line at Daintys we had a good fire in the ferns

26 March Repairing the fence at the pigery sideline the fence got burned out in the creek  working at the Boundary fence at Daintys

27 March We finished the job about five we made a rough job of it Nell and Hannah went round to Mrs Huitfelds called at the store

29 March Hannah and Son went down to Hammonds  George came up Miss Harley very ill Ritchie ……came up and spent the best part of the day

30 March Son took the cream can out to Pickford we went over to the little island and got some birds I had a good fire on the frontage

31 March Nell and Hannah went down to Robinsons and …… Miss Harley not expected to live poor old Helen

5 April We done no work I Nell and son went down to see Aunty poor old soul very ill called at Mortens and got a bag of potatoes

April Ralph Morten passed left us four birds

April I and Nell went over to She Oak Point and got there about three

April I staid over at Mrs Blyths and went and paid Mrs Eden and G Boyes a visit

April I went to G Boyes got some Tomatoes Nell went with me I went back to Mrs Blyths left Nell there and came home got home in good time and met several people on the road

10 April GOOD FRIDAY  Hannah and Son went to Hammonds I burnt up a Dogwood broke the handle on my axe 

11 April EASTER SATURDAY  I put the morning in at the wireless got a load of wood for Mr Allison Mrs Blyth Keith and Nell came about four Mrs Blyth and Keith left for Jacksons Mr Shaw and wife passed both ways

12 April EASTER SUNDAY All hands went to Church I staid home The Websters Jeffersons and Mortens had a picnic

16 April We all went to Whitemark to see boys Cricket match we had a very enjoyable day

21 April Blowing from the North West raining all the afternoon I took the mail to the station called over and saw Landon his leg seemed better

26 April A rather rough day we all went to blue rocks we went by G Hammonds we saw poor old Aunty Hannah and son went to Church the Nurse went with them called at Ralphs and got his wedges Mr Cooper left his pony in the block

27 April The Bull gored Mr Coopers pony son went out to Barrys and rung Mr Cooper Charlie came up and we all done what we could we sawed the horns of the Bull I was very much worried about the horses J Garrett came down

28 April I got a load of wood for Allison I and son went to the ……… and got some lucerne for his little mare she is very bad tonight we done our best for the little mare Mr Cooper came up I ……….. his mare

29 April  A beautiful day the mare was very bad last night Son went out Barrys and got a bottle of  ….. and other things. The Nurse and Dora Hammond Mr Fred Cooper Charlie and Mrs Cooper and daughter called about the mare H Bryant and Mr Riddle…….

30 April I did not feel too well Rhumatics  The little mare was very bad thought she was going to die J Garrett brought his Graphaphone round Jackson brought his boat

1 May I went out for the cream can Took a ram to Woods and carted a load of goods from the Jetty Mrs Cooper Charlie and Charlie Winfield The little mare seems a little better Mr Jackson Frank and Charlie Bomford here yesterday

2 May Formented the mare twice Mr F Cooper and Charlie came up and looked at the Mare we went out to Coopers to see the boys cricket match Emita won Nell stopped home 

3 May Horse doctoring most of the day The Doctors Jefferson Biggs F Cooper boy and daughters and Charles Garrett came in the evening

4 May Mr Cooper and Charlie came and took cattle home they took the little Mare away 

8 May We all went down to Whitemark to hear a lecture and see pictures on the War by Mr Balwin

11 May I took the cream can out to the Pickford a very dirty looking day I could not get out in the morning Hannah went out to Barrys she rang up to see how Charlies pony was getting on glass falling rain I hope

12 May Hannah went to her music lessons

13 May Son took Ralphs wedges home and called at Hammonds hear that Miss Harley is a little better

15 May I went to the Station and got a Postal note and sent to Nellie Willett putting in poasts son went to Coopers Hannah went to Barrys Dolly was away at Whitemark The Colloboi left Whitemark for Launceston

22 May Son went out to Coopers and got some meat he went down to Hammonds and left some meat for Miss Harley Hanah went to music lessons

24 May Hannah and her mother went to Church Mr Reg Cooper and family passed Henry Bryant and Bob McNab and the two Miss Riddels passed …..Huitfeldts

29 May Filling in a hole at the gate We all went to Whitemark to a Bazaar we got home in good time we all had a good outing

30 May Heard that Miss Harley passed away

31 May Left home shortly after ten to attend Miss Harleys funeral got home at half past three a miserable day we did not get wet

2 June Made a gate and repaired the sheep yard The two Mackenzies and Charlie Cooper they came up and fixed up the Bull Boy went and paled F Jacksons boat out

3 June I and Nell went round and voted George Blyth called and staid all night 

4 June George Blyth left for home Mr and Mrs Brodie came up and staid all night they came and saw Mr Allison on business

5 June Mr and Mrs Brodie left for home

7 June Daphne Calved a dirty day

9 June Son got Daphne and calf in

12 June Went to the Station and sent a wire to Mrs Willett 

15 June Daisy calved we took the calf away and milked her

24 June Nell and Hannah went to Whitemark Walkers and Blundstones they got home late 

29 June Mr Cooper and McKenzie brought sheep up they called in

30 June Allison Charlie and Mckenzie called

1 July We all left home for different places Nell for Mrs Arthur Vireaux I for Mortens Hannah for Badger Corner Son for Hammonds I got my horse shoes removed Hannah got her pony shod called at the store Mr G Dargavelles very cold

5 July Charlie Jones Tambo and Morgan Bryant called Charlie took the sails of the boat

7 July Hannah came home from Badger Corner

14 July We all went and visited Mr and Mrs Jackson

26 July Nell Hannah went to Church they heard Mr Lyall was ill Mckenzie passed with cattle

31 July Nell Hannah and Son went to a concert at Whitemark

9 August Emma Hammond Ab Hurst Thos Williams called also Mr Dart 

15 August (Saturday) Worked at the Station Put an axe on the handle got a load of wood I am getting a cold

16  August Mr Fred Cooper and Charlie passed Done nothing Hannah and Son got Polly in with her calf Pansy calved on Wednesday night

17  August Digging in the garden I took the mail up to the Station a very heavy Thunderstorm for the time of year Hannah milked the cows for the first time

18  August Hannah brought Dolly calf up

23 August Worked all day for Mr King done a good day I gave him my account 

28 August I rode down to Mr Mortens got two new shoes on the front feet I got my cart Mr Morten made a good shiny job of it I paid him three pounds and fifteen shillings called at Blundtones store and got a few things and paid for them

2 September Put in some plants went to the wireless got the mail Nell and Hannah and Son went round to the Colloboi and got my Lucerne seeds Charlie Cooper called done the wheel of the cart

6 September We done nothing a cold miserable day Ritchie Bantic called in he had Mr Websters little boy with him Mr Webster and Jefferson passed in a Jinker  

7 September I Nell and Son went to Whitemark Mr King paid me for work done up to date  I paid my own rates also Mr Allison and Daintys I paid up all I owe to Blundstone I don’t owe anything at the White Mark now

9 September Ralph and Oswald passed with a load of Hay Truemans lorrie passed done a fair days work

11 September I finished plowing and harrowed part of it Jas and Em came up a nice mild day

12 September  (Sat) Put the morning in at the wireless J Holt and son came up to the wireless blowing a whole gale to rough to work

13  September Son went down to Hammonds Nell Em and Hannah went out to Jacksons  no one their came back and then went to Church

14 September Jas and Em left for home 

17 September Hannah got thrown from her horse Cooper car passed both ways

22 September  Clearing behind the teatree Son paid up for meat at Mr Coopers 2-1-10 and got a bit of pickled pork about five pounds 

23 September JT Robinson and the music agent came up and called put us off work for the afternoon

26 September We all went to Whitemark to see a football match a very great crowd

30 September I felt too ill for work

2 October   Son cut some wood and cleared part of the line he then went out to Coopers and got some meat I finished pulling out the onions done very little work today Nell Son and Hannah went to a Kickup.

3 October  I went to the wireless done very little else still got the cold also a bad cough

6 October I went to Whitemark got a pair of shears a tin of jam a tin of coffee called at Maynards Charlie Jones came down and got my shears Hannah went to practise

9 October I felt a little better put a few poasts in along the line we have had continual blows for two months

11 October Charlie Jones came down and got me to write a letter for him Charlie Cooper brought the onions Mr Allison came home C Robinson and his wife came with him

13 October  Still blowing stone Took Mr Allison things round to Daintys 

14 October  Nell Son and Hannah went round to Mr Allisons send off too cold for me Two Seaplanes going South    

16 October The Colloboi came up today and landed cattle and piano all the cargo under Whitemark cargo so did not land it

19 October I worked at the wireless in the morning two seaplanes going North    

20 October Made a late start shearing down about thirty Hannah and her mother went out to Coopers calling at Garretts and Barrys Charlie Jones shearing

21 October Shering all day the Colloboi came in Nell Son and Hannah went round to the boat and got a coil of barbed wire Mrs Garrett left very ill

28 October Helping Jones with his garden fence Hannah and son took both horses down and got them shod Nell staid at Mrs A Vireaux very wharm Dick came up

29 October I took the cream can out Dick Holt left for home

1 November Horace came up he took Hannah for a ride round to Barrys several picnickers passed a mild day      

2  November Bert Holt came up

3 November Jack and Bert carted a load of water mustered the sheep and dipped them mad a good job of it

8 November Done nothing all went to Church I staid home

9 November Bert left for home Hannah and Son put the Bull into the block turned out two cows

21 November Done my work at the wireless cutting ferns J Maynard called Hannah and Son went to a Cricket Match

22 November Nell Hannah and Son went to Church I went a got some Winkles A boat came into the Boat Harbour

23 November I took the cream can out then Nell and I went to Badger Corner

24 November I helped John mark some sheep for Town we went to Lady Barron and called at Lizzies……

25 November Started for home called at H Bryants and Johns then Whitemark

20 December  Several came in to make preparation for the school Picnic I took the cream can out the Lorrie passes early tomorrow

21 December The three Schools had their picnic  the greatest gathering that ever been at Sawyers Bay

22 December Painting the cart and doing odd jobs about the house and plenty more to do

24 December Going all morning I took a load of wood for Mrs Ayers and went out to Coopers and got a small piece of meat

25 December Friday XMAS DAY Blowing a gale done nothing

26 December Went to the station in the morning came round by the Settlement Mr Cooper called Charlie gave me a bull ring Son went to Coopers for meat

28 December We all went to the Whitemark Sports at Pats River a good gathering and a fine day and very god sports

30 December I went round the fence at the beach repaired the fence against the gate on both sides I went and cleared along the fence close to Dainty John and Myrtle came up  and staid all night