Sunday 1st January 1860

Very hot and sultry in the morning. Thunder storm about 1 o’clock. Intended to have left, but requested by Lloyd to remain today at Burburgate. The D’s from Gunnedah here, to Chopin, a Frenchman.

Marshall and Edward left after dinner.

Monday 2nd January 1860- at Burburgate

Very hot today. Made a start after breakfast and left Burburgate. On arriving at Gunnedah, 7 miles, found that Charles Lloyd had just come, and therefore I rode back again to Burburgate with him, and finally settled assessing the Tibberewah Run at 10,000 sheep.

Suffering from toothache, cured it by application of Alum.

14 miles.

Tuesday 3rd January 1860

Left Burburgate after breakfast, called on Foster in passing through Gunnedah, 7 miles. Lunched at Carroll 10 miles, and delayed there 2 or 3 hours on account of a thunder storm and rain, and ultimately reached Pringle’s, “Summerhill” station before sunset.

Found Mrs McDonald, wife of the C.P.S. – staying with Mrs Pringle.

Wednesday 4th January 1860 – at Tamworth

Left the Pringle’s after dinner in consequence of the rain detained me till 2 o’clock. Reached Tamworth before sunset.

Received the following letters

From Grace, No.2 7th Dec, 3 10th Dec, 4 10th Dec, 5 15th Dec, 6 18th Dec, 7 22nd Dec, 8 23rd Dec. From Fanny No.1 Dec 6th, 2 Dec 10th, 3 Dec 13th, 4 Dec 16th, 5 Dec 24th, 6 Dec 26th, one without number 21st December.

Thursday 5th January 1860

Dined with Roberts, drank tea with Morris’s.

Raining a good deal today.

Friday 6th January 1860 – at Tamworth

Received Grace’s letter No.9 January 1st.

Fanny’s letter No.7 January 2nd.

Went to the Morris’s after tea. Mr and Mrs Selke (Telke?) (aka a Miss Peny) arrived at the Inn from New England.

Saturday 7th January 1860

Dr Morris dined with me. Drank tea afterwards at Morris’s and walked down to the Flides by moonlight.

Sunday 8th January 1860 – at Tamworth

Received Grace’s No.10. January 5th with note to her of Fanny’s.

Fanny’s, January 4th.

Mrs Morris laid up in bed with headache. Returned to tea at the –. Came on to pour with rain in the evening.

Wrote to Grace.

Monday 9th January 1860 – at Tamworth

Lunched at Flides. Mrs Morris still ill in bed. Went to Court House. Lost the three horses I have been riding, the roan, chestnut and brown. Tommy saw them at dinner time yesterday, and not since.

Tuesday 10th January 1860

Heard from Grace, No.11 6th January. No letter from Fanny. Wrote to Grace, and Wise enclosing pay voucher. Went to Police Office. King and wife from “Goonoo Goonoo” in Tamworth today. Tommy out all day looking for the horses, without success.

A man bitten by a snake, his mate sucked the wound and imbibed the poison by its being absorbed in the tongue.

Wednesday 11th January 1860 – at Tamworth

Carter and wife, and Foster the Crown Prosecutor arrived from Armidale.

Thursday 12th January 1860

Carter, and Foster left before breakfast.

Friday 13th January 1860 – at Tamworth

No letters from Grace or Fanny. Wrote to Grace and Wise. Dined at Dr Morris’s. Sent my reports on Tibberanch(?) and Bagarnoll(?) to the Government.

Saturday 14th January 1860

Bad headache all day. Went to Flides, before tea, warm wind blowing all day. Servant of the Clergyman, Williams(?) attempting to hand himself, black in the face when cut down. Dr Morris came in time and bled him and so recovered the fellow, and then sent him to the Locker.

Sunday 15th January 1860

Received Fanny’s letter No.8 January 11th, No.9 January 12th. No letters from Grace. Wrote to Fanny. Went to Church in the morning, small congregation. Called at Mr Morris’s in the afternoon. District Judge Owen and wife arrived from Armidale.

Monday 16th January 1860 – at Tamworth

Went to Police Office.

Owen left the town early in the morning. A nice cool haze blowing, is symptomatic of rain.

Went for a drive with the Flides, me the Morris’s on the way, went up there after tea.

Tuesday 17th January 1860

Went to the Police Office from 10 to 5 o’clock. Captain Douglas and Philip King on the Bench. Received Grace’s letter No.12, January 13th, Fanny’s letter No.10 January 14th inclosed with Wise. Douglas dined with me. A Mr Firte(?) and Mr Bartlett also joined us afterwards, and Burdekin who accompanied me to the Morris’s after to the Race Meeting, subscribed £1.1 there. Foster the solicitor of Armidale was engaged in Court this afternoon.

Wednesday 18th January 1860 – At Tamworth

Lunched at Flides. Captain Douglas with Roberts left Tamworth for Nindee.

Thursday 19th January 1860

Smith dined with me.

Friday 20th January 1860 – at Tamworth

No letters from Sydney. Bloxome arrived by Mail from New England on his way to Sydney.

Saturday 21st January 1860

Philip arrived from Tarcola with Espy Watt. Took a ride on “Captain,” met Dr Morris and his wife driving and Miss Morris, Miss Goodwin and old Roberts riding.

Played billiards with Philip at the Inn.

Sunday 22nd January 1860

Received Grace’s No.13 Jane15th, No.14 Jane 17. Fanny’s No.11 Monday 16th Jan, No.12 18th Jan. Went to Church in the morning with Philip and Burdekin. Dined together at the Inn afterwards.

Called at the Morris’s afterwards, and then on the Flides late in the evening. Very warm today. Warm wind blowing.

Monday 23rd January 1860 – Left Tamworth – Tareela.

The warmest day I have felt this year! Philip and I started at 11 o’clock, from Tamworth taking up the new servant Philip had hired. I wished good bye to Morris on the way. Arrived after a very hot drive at Manilla about 4 o’clock. Nothing fit to eat at this Inn, the bread fermented. Mr Watt and Tommy overtook us just as we came in sight of the town.

30 miles

Tuesday 24th January 1860

Left Manilla about 8 o’clock. When we got near to Hoskisson’s came upon the Roan pony which had strayed from me at Tamworth: fastened him to the Leader –, whilst driving down Hoskisson’s Creek (1/2 mile from Barraba) the Dog Cart capsized right over, and we were all thrown violently out: one of the shafts broken. Repaired it with straps and got as far a Barraba, where with rope it was made sufficiently strong for us to start again. After lunch I had a dreadful headache. After proceeding 8 miles, the Dog Cart was again capsized a second time!! And we were all violently thrown out and “Captain” thrown down. Mended the shafts again after an hour’s delay, and after proceeding ½ a mile the other shaft broke in two, and we had to jump out. Philip rode bare back to Tareela (4 miles) for assistance, leaving us behind. The maid servant has a severe fall from the horse she rode when within sight of Tareela.

Arrived at Tareela at ½ past 9.

42 miles.

Wednesday 25th January – at Tareela

Very tired, and very sore. The first time I was thrown out I hurt my hip. All black and blue. The second time I sprained my wrist and left arm, and cut my knee. My umbrella was broken to pieces in the fall, having had it open at the time, but no doubt helped to stay my fall.

Philip sent today for the broken gig which we left behind last night.

Espy Watt thrown from his horse and a strong stockman.

Had headache today.

Philip settled with Nullen, the builder of his new house, after some little discussion, which I arbitrated between them.

Thursday 26th January 1860

The Anniversary of my wedding day 12 years ago! Had headache. Philip also laid up with headache. A nice cool day, rained in the night a little.

Friday 27th January 1860 – at Tareela.

So cool a morning that Philip ordered a fire at breakfast time.

Had headache again today, and otherwise unwell. My bruises too very painful today. Hunter Watt went to Barraba, for the letters which did not arrive there till 6 p.m. He returned about ½ past 8 bringing me 9 letter from Grace No.15 January 23rd, 1 letter from Fanny No.13 January 21st, 1 letter Wise with dates.

Saturday 28th January 1860

Had headache again, and otherwise ill, lying down nearly all day.

Sunday 29th January 1860 – at Tareela

Prayers in the morning. Philip read prayers, many from the Lessons and Communion service. Headache again.

Monday 30th January 1860 – at Tareela

Wrote to Grace and Fanny, sent letters by Tommy. Mr Watt went to Lethbridges

Lost headache

Tuesday 31st January 1860

Wednesday 1st February 1860

Tuesday 2nd February 1860

Commenced McCaulay’s History of England. Thunder and lightning, but only a slight fall of rain in the evening lasting only a quarter of an hour.

Wednesday 3rd February 1860 – at Tareela

Received Fanny’s letter No.14 January 25th.

No letter from Grace.

Saturday 4th February 1860

Philip and the two Watts rode before breakfast to Barraba and thence 2 miles further to Hoskisson’s for horses.

Very warm

Sunday 5th February 1860

Monday 6th February 1860

Wrote to Aunt Mary Anne

Grace – Dr Morris

Sent letter by Tommy. Reading Shakespeare’s 12th Night

Tuesday 7th February 1860

Heavy thunder storms, after dinner continued off and on till night.

Wednesday 8th February 1860

Heavy rain all day. Attack of diarrhea towards night. Headache and nausea.

Thursday 9th February 1860

Friday 10th February 1860

Mr Watt did not return for Barraba with the letters till after 12 o’clock. After we were in bed owing to the Post man from Tamworth being late.

Received Grace’s No.16 February 1st, No.17 Feb 1st, No.18 February 3rd, without date February 6th. From Fanny No.15 January 29th, No.16 February 4th.

1 from Dr Morris. 1 from D Bemell(?), 2 from C.C.C. Lands, 1 from Wise.

Headache all day.

Saturday 11th February 1860

Very heavy thunder storm with hail, and rain of an on the whole day.

Towards evening Spencer the Clergyman who married Susan Dowling, with his son arrived in a storm of rain.

Sunday 12th February 1860 – Tareela

Spencer the Clergyman left after breakfast, accompanied by the 2 Watts for Barraba, where he intended holding service. Raining off and on the whole day.

Monday 13th February 1860

Sent Tommy to the Post with letters, gave him for himself cheque for £2.

Mr Watt went to Lethbridge on the Gwyder.

Tuesday 14th February 1860

A fine day.

Wednesday 15th February 1860

Had headache

Thursday 16th February 1860

Frightful head ache, after dinner.

Friday 17th February 1860 – at Tareela

Received Grace’s letters No.19 Feb 10th, No.20 Feb 12th.

Fannys letters No.17 Feb 11th, No.18 Feb 14th. Without number with E.Wise’s inclosed Feb 14th.

Philip went to the Post himself.

Saturday 18th February 1860

Symptoms of headache again today.

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Wednesday 22nd February 1860


Thursday 23rd February 1860

Left Tareela after dinner

Friday 24th February 1860 – at Tamworth

Let Barraba, overtook Mr FitzRoy.

30 miles

Saturday 25th February 1860

Left Manilla and arrived in Tamworth about 4 o’clock

Received Grace’s No.21 February 17th, No.22 February 20th.

Received Fanny’s No.19 Feb 16th, No.20 Feb17, No.21 Feb 21st. No date Feb 16 with Wise’s. No date duplicate of above.

Sunday 26th February 1860

Threatening for rain. The Presbyterian Clergyman officiating at Ross’s Inn. Called after dinner on Mrs Flide.

Monday 27th February 1860

Drank tea at Mrs Smith’s. Sent my horse to Dwyer’s (Harke?) purchased 200 of hay from Williams. Very sultry, threatening for rain.

Called on Mrs Morris.

Sat on the Bench in the morning with Dr Morris.

Tuesday 28th February 1860

Wrote to Fanny inclosing letters to Edward Wise.

Flide returned home from (Nandle?)

Wednesday 29th February 1860 – at Tamworth

Very unwell in the night, intense nausea.

Had interview with Flide

Thursday 1st March 1860

Pringle came in, received £10 additional to go down to Mailtand for him.

Wrote to Philip.

Thursday 2nd March 1860 – at Tamworth

Arthur Macathon(?) arrived with a friend of his Mr Clulvet(?), breakfasted together.

Received Grace’s letters No.23 February 26th Sunday.

Fanny’s No.22 February 28th Tuesday

Also one brought from (home?) by Mcathur.

Called on Flide

100 of Hay from Bailey 10/-.

Saturday 3rd March 1860

Raining a little all day. Had interview with Flide, rather a warm discussion.

Sunday 4th March 1860

Received Fanny’s No.23 March 1st.

Left Tamworth by Mail and went as far as Goonoo Goonoo, the other passengers in Mail were Dumeresque and a Mr Canning. Had to walk part of the road, so heavy from the rain which fell yesterday, and today. Did not reach the Inn till 10 o’clock.

Monday 5th March 1860 – at Scone

Started at 3 o’clock in the morning, breakfasted at Wallabadah passed the Willow Tree, (Waverwol?) and Waldins Ranges. Dined at Murrurundi on Pages River, and went on afterwards to Scone where we slept. Travelled 75 miles today. Dr Scott joined the Mail at the Page and a Reverend K’s Barlow at Scone.

Tuesday 6th March 1860 – Maitland

Left Scone at 3 o’clock a.m. Very dark, and the roads very heavy. 3 horses chestnut leading!! And the driver a wretchedly nervous whip. Thought we should have capsized several times. The wheel too grating the whole way and the arm of the axle (the) red hot. Breakfasted at Muswell Brook, dined at Patricks Plains and reached to Maitland about ½ past 5. Put up at the Northumberland Hotel, which was full. I think the distance we came today was 75 miles.

Wednesday 7th March 1860 – Sydney

Arrived about ½ past 5 in Sydney.

Thursday 8th March 1860

Went into Sydney with Grace. Called at Belisdows(?) Fannys

Friday 9th March 1860

Walked to the Ferny with Bloxome, crossed over to the Circular Quay.

(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash) – again there at 5 o’clock. —

Saturday 10th March 1860

Went in to Sydney with Grace, having been asked to stay at Kate’s.

Sunday 11th March 1860 – at David Forbes’

Did not go to Church.

Monday 12th March 1860

Dined at Wise’s Enmore, Lady Manning (slept?) with us. Slept there, all the Ex Ministers there, Black, Forster, Samuel Eaffs(?), hay and his wife, Holt, West, Sir W Manning, Mrs and the Miss Manings called.

Tuesday 13th March 1860

Pouring rain, left Enmore after breakfast and returned to the Forbes.

Wednesday 14th March 1860 – Sydney, “The Rangers.”

Returned to the Rangers. Sea rather rough. Met Russell at the wharf who accompanied us back in the back to the North Shore.

Thursday 15th March 1860

Left the Rangers after breakfast, walked to the Ferry, took a boat and landed at the Circular Quay. Called at the Treasury; lunched with the Forbes’, afterwards called on Clark –, and from thence took a boat and (hossed?) over to Billy Blues Point (where my carpet bag was to have been sent by Russell for me (formerly)) and then on to the Steamer Wharf at the (boot?) of Market St. Only 3 berths disengaged. Drank tea at the Forbe’s, David returned from Twoford Bay. Waited at the Club till it was time to go to the Steamer which left at 11 o’clock, on board were Martin, Isaacs, Robertson, P.G. King, Gorman, Roxburgh, Demaresque who was quarreling with some (agent, cadet?) on board.

Friday 16th March 1860 – Maitland.

The of Trial Pringle v McHattie arrived at Newcaslte at ½ past 5, where we remained till the Train started for Maitland at 7 o’clock. Saw Want(?) and spoke to him about Clarks dray(?).

Remained about the Court all day. Robertson told me he had appointed me Assistant Commissioner to the Northern Gold Fields. Put up at the Northumberland Hotel, West Maitland. Shared a bedroom with Boydell of the Patterson. At the Inn were King, Hely, McHattie, Roxburgh, Hein, Ditmar, Wyatt, Peny, A. Macarthur: Demaresque, Greer.

Saturday 17th March 1860

Remained about the Court all day, very unwell, or rather ill.

Sunday 18th March 1860 – in Maitland

Very unwell all day.

Monday 19th March 1860 – in Maitland

Pringle’s case came in for trial after 1 o’clock today.

Martin and Fawcett for Pringle

Isaacs and Buller for McHattie

Tuesday 20th March 1860

Pringle’s case still on. Moss examined today and cross examined by Isaacs.

Wednesday 21st March 1860 – Maitland

Verdict returned today in Pringle’s favour. £1200 damages. Jury locked up several hours.

Thursday 22nd March 1860

Went to a Ball at Mrs Mather’s (wife of Smith partner) a queer set of people altogether. Tom Perry went in burrowed plumes, wearing the Inn Keeper’s Hats, coat, waistcoat, and boots.

Friday 23rd March 1860 – Maitland.

Received 40 from Smith as expenses incurred on Trial. Pringle v McHattie.

Saturday 24th March 1860

Left Maitland, arrived at Sydney at ½ past 5. On board were Goldfinch and his wife, Robertson the Premier, Pringle, McHattie, Roxburgh.

On arrival in Sydney drove up to the Forbe’s and found that Grace was at Enmore, to which I immediately went by train.

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Wednesday 28th March 1860 – in Sydney

Thursday 29th March 1860

Friday 30th March 1860- Sydney

Grace and I drove in to Sydney and dined with C.K. Murray.

Saw Miss Bayley at the Forbes’ for the first time since her return from England or since I saw her at the Globe some 6 years ago.

Saw Mrs Master (Emma Macarthur) also at the Forbes’, much changed for the worse since I saw her at Demondrille.

Saturday 31st March 1860

The Commemoration of the University, a wet day unfortunately, and unable to go with Grace and Mrs Wise.

Sunday 1st April 1860

Raining off and on the whole day. Notwithstanding, Grace and Mrs E. Wise travelled to the University to hear the Cathedral service, with (Edith?) Manning did not go.

Monday 2nd April 1860

The carriage went in for Fanny to Lady Manning’s, Edith Manning returned home at same time. Accompanied Miss Bayley to the Glebe who has been staying at the Mannings. Milly and Dr Belisario.

Tuesday 3rd April 1860

Went over by myself to the Rangers, saw Russell and Charlotte. The former goes to Moreton Bay tomorrow night.

Went over and back by G. Marshalls boat.

Wednesday 4th April 1860 – Enmore

Called at the Breillates, Fanny went in to Sydney with Milly. Grace laid up with headache. Dined at Forbes’. Drank tea at the Club, afterwards went to Legislative Assembly with A. Hood. J Russell left this night for Moreton Bay.

E. Wise arrived from Goulburn.

Thursday 5th April 1860

Went in to Sydney with E. Wise, called at David’s chambers, then to Circular Quay. Returned again to Enmore, had dinner and then went a second time to Sydney. Called ar the Forbes, twice; drank tea with them, and met there Bell (and his wife) fo the “Jois.” And Signor Cutolo, the new Pianist. A most magnificent performer. He and Mr Bell siging duets out of the Fioratine. I was obliged to leave at 9 o’clock, in order to be in time for the Newtown Omnibus.

Milly to Dr Belisario with Taylor.

Friday 6th April 1860 – “Enmore”

Lovely day, cool wind blowing. E. Wise and wife to Church. Grace, Fanny and myself did not go.

Saturday 7th April 1860

Fanny and Grace went in to Sydney, in the carriage. Milly and I on Omnibus. They called at the Blands and T. A. Morrisons(?). Grace and I went across on a boat to the “Kangaroo” from Woolloomooloo Bay. The steamer (expected?) to go at 5 o’clock disappointed us. Fanny went to the Mitchells.

Sunday 8th April 1860 – at “The Rangers”

Read prayers in the morning. After dinner Grace and I walked down to the jetty and watched the people coming and returning in steamers from Sydney and Mossman’s Bay. Killed a small snake on our return to the house.

Monday 9th April 1860 – Easter – at “The Ranges”

Numbers of holiday people came over from Sydney in steamers to Mossman’s Bay. Aunt Sophy and Fanny accompanied by Edward and Henry Manning and Franky Forbes also came over and sometime afterwards David joined the party here. After luncheon he took the youngsters out in Marshalls boat fishing, but the fish would not bite. He brother and Fanny owing to the crowded state of the steamers preferred returning with him in Mulballs boat.

Tuesday 10 April 1860

Grace and I went with Milly in a bout and landed at Woolloomooloo Bay. The swell caused by a passing steamer nearly washed Milly off the head of the boat where he was sitting. Milly went to Dr Belisario’s, returned late in the evening with Grace, Milly and by George Millwall’s boat

Wednesday 11th April

Thurday 12th April.

Friday 13th April 1860 – at the “Rangers”

Saturday 14th April 1860

Called at Dr Blands. 3 times.

Sunday 15th April 1860 – at the “Rangers”

Went in to Sydney by Tom Mulball’s boat. Went to the Club, lunched there. Came on to rain. Called on Dr Bland.

Walked back to the “Ranges” crossing the Ferry in the Steam boat. John Clements drove me part of the way to Darling Point, to the Hay’s, but the rain made us return back.

Monday 16th April 1860 – at the “Rangers”

Walked to the Ferry with Milly., Fanny did not come in to Sydney till late. The carriage and horse were sent to Parramatta, and Fanny herself leaves Enmore tomorrow under Tingcombes (exit?). David at Dr Blands. Milly went out with Fanny to Enmore for the night: had his photograph taken himself which he gave to Fanny.

The “Gnew(?)” sailed this night, but the steamer “Williams” ran foul of her and did her so much damage obliged to put back.

Tuesday 7th April 1860

Went over by T.Malballs boat to Sydney early; and reached Enmore by Omnibus by ½ past 9, in time to see Fanny off to the train at10 o’clock for Parramatta. She was accompanied by Tingcombe. Miss Mitchell and Edith Manning I found in the Edward Wise’s. Called on Dr Bland who has their Cowper relative and the P.M. at the Richmond River and afterwards I called on Robertson and asked him to give me the Sub-Commissionership at the Gold Fields which I had refused previously. He promised to consider by application. Called on Edward Wise at the Supreme Court. The Mail Steamer “Ernell” returned this morning, the sea very rough in crossing over to Mossman’s Bay and the wind blowing hard.

Wednesday 18 April 1860

Pouring rain all night, and nearly all day. Milly laid up with severe cold and cough. Did not go in to Sydney. Philip arrived in Sydney from the Hunter.

Thursday 19th April 1860

Walked in and out of Sydney. Philip at the Rangers when I returned in the evening.

Friday 20th April 1860

Walked in and out of Sydney. Philip and I dined at the Forbes.’

Saturday 21st April 1860

Walked in and out of Sydney. Lunched at the Café with C.V. Manning, met G. Campbell there, also Jeffreys. Wrote to Aunt Mary Anne by the “Emen” steamer.

Sunday 22nd April 1860 – at the “Ranges”

Intended to have gone to Sydney and dined at C.R. Murrays (Mannings?) but the Steamer did not arrive Mossman’s Bay till after 2 o’clock, too latte then to go over. Philip came over after dinner by Steamer, and returned again in her at 6 p.m.

The “Enew” Steamer sailed.

Monday 23rd April 1860

Lunched at the Club. Mt. T. A. Murray

Tuesday 24th April 1860

Lunched with Philip at the Royal Hotel, saw Damaresque there.

Walked in and out of Sydney, Milly accompanied me in, and afterwards he went up to the Forbes’ as Philip promised to take Franky and himself to the Theatre tonight.

Wednesday 25th April 1860 – at the “Rangers”

Walked in and out to Sydney. On reaching which, the rain came pouring down in torrents, and continued all day afterwards. Lunched at the Club. Called at the Forbes’, found Philip there. Grace and I were to have met him at the Circular Quay at 10 o’clock but Mulball the boatman never came, although we all went down to the jetty and waited for him. Heard of Fanny afterward. Bathurst on Thursday last. Saw an old lady thrown out of a horse cab near the Hostends(?), the horse stumbling over the newly laid gas pipes. Had a dreadfully wet walk home in the evening, pouring rain all the way, and the roads all sordid from the rain.

(in light pencil) Mrs Wm Smith (Sutton?) – – in Bathurst, concussion of the brain – – no hopes of her life!

Thursday 26th April 1860

Pouring rain all night and day, unable to go in to Sydney.

Friday 27th April 1860

Raining all day. Reading Dickens “Tale of 2 Cities.”

Philip came over late in the afternoon, slept the night.

Saturday 28th April 1860

Pouring rain all day. Philip left after breakfast. I accompanied him for about ½ a mile intending to go in to Sydney, but the rain was so intense obliged to return. Got drenched the short time out.

Sunday 29th April 1860 – (light pencil, illegible)

Walked in after (lunch?) to Sydney the – – –

The sea is so flooded with fresh water from the different creeks and – – – that it is quite fresh and – – by being clear – –

Monday 30th April 1860 – at the “Rangers”

Breakfasted at the Club. Dined at the Forbes’. And late in the day went with Philip in Punde’s(?) boat to the “Rangers.”

Tuesday 1st May 1860

Blowing very strongly. Which prevented Grace from going in Philip’s boat to Sydney. He was obliged to get Charlotte to send one of the Germans to help pull the boat over to Woolloomooloo bay. Philip left by Steamer tonight for NewCastle.

Wednesday 2nd May 1860

Went in with Grace and Milly by Mulball’s boat to Sydney, did shopping, and had Grace’s photograph taken at Dalton’s £1.10. Lunched at the Pastry Cooks.

(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible) Grace – – for a cook for Charlotte and brought her over on the boat – – bad appearance the woman – – if she can cook.

Thursday 3rd May 1860(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

— – – the Australian – – -my Policy – – , as security

— – –

-Sherman(?) £15 for Livery

Friday 4th May 1860(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

A lovely day, walked in to Sydney — – – “Cattan – Wallah(?)” — Bolts wharf last night is relieved. The 2nd Mate – – this evening in a boat of — — and over to Wilsons Point, and afterwards – — of a Mr Gilchrist was thrown – – his garden a —

Saturday 5th May 1860(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

The – – of Cambridge Boat Club gave their – – today. 150 people there were present I believe. David Forbes gave me a Ticket but I did not avail myself of it, for various reasons. Walked to Sydney and back. Philip laid up all day with headache and fever, the commencement of the influenza which is prevalent in Sydney.

Sunday 6th May 1860(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

  • – but was obliged to – – again attacked with – – shivering, cough and = – pains in all my bones,

Steamer for Sydney plyed between Circular Quay and Mossman’s Bay from

Monday 7th May 1860(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

A – day and my cold or influenza worse. – – did not get up till after 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Dr Bland called on Charlotte, – – of time, as one of the — – laid up with influenza and all – – – suffering from.

met Mr Ferguson, manager – -of the branch in Bathurst was thrown from his – on the – – near Wises’. – frigate “Morgue” given – I was to attend but could not go.

Tuesday 8th May 1860

A lovely day.

Wednesday 9th May 1860

Confined to my bed with influenza

Thursday 10th May 1860


Friday 11th May 1860


Saturday 12th May 1860


Sunday 13th May 1860

Aunt Sophy and Franky came over to see me

Monday 14th May 1860

Tuesday 15th May 1860

Wednesday 16th May1860

Took a walk with Milly to Cremorne. A lovely(?) day.

Thursday 17th May 1860(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

— – walked out for an hour.

Friday 18th May 1860(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

Aunt Mary Anne’s birthday

Walked in Sydney the first time since I was ill. Slept at the Club.

Mrs – (Sullivan?) of Yass, just returned from England after a years absence.

Saturday 19th May 1860

Dined at David’s. his birthday, met Cloats(?) the Gold Commissioner there. Returned to the Rangers in the evening by Malhall’s boat.

Rolleston walked over and lunched at the “Rangers.”

Heard today of the probability of being appointed R.M. at Wellington and Dubbo.

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Wednesday 23rd May 1860 (light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

Thursday 24th May 1860(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

Slept at the Club. Went to — Ball about – – played, – – daughter there.

Friday 25th May 1860

Had a bad headache, dined with the Forbes. Slept at the Club again. Miss Mitchell there.

Saturday 26th May 1860(light pencil – reflecting in camera flash – illegible)

— over in Ma-lls boat.

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Wednesday 30th May 1860

Drove in and out of Sydney in Russells 4 – – the horse is fresh and might – – would have bolted. Dined at the Forbes.’ A — day of the Races.

Thursday 31st May 1860

  • dine here. – – them as I returned Sydney, not far from the Ferry. I paid Mr E. Wise a visit at Newtown, dined there, Mrs Watson the widow of the Clergyman is staying there.

Very cold and windy, the dust blowing in all directions. Raining heavily at 3.

Friday 1st June 1860

Very cold, windy and raining.

Saturday 2nd June 1860(back to ink)

Met Dr Morris of Tamworth, went to Lindsay’s with him.

Sunday 3rd June 1860

Walked in to Sydney, and then by Omnibus to Newton, dined at E. Wises.

Monday 4th June 1860

Russell dined at Hodgsons.’

Tuesday 5th June 1860

Wednesday 6th June 1860

Went in to Sydney. Threatening for rain all day, and in evening it commenced.

Thursday 7th June 1860

Raining all day. Towards evening Charlotte very unwell, Russell sent for Dr Ward.

I did not go to Sydney today, had a very bad cold.

Friday 8th June 1860

Cold windy, and cloudy

Saturday 9th June 1860


Thomas Arundel

Paid in Bathurst £1.0.0

Coat 5.0

January Cash£1.0.0

February 13th Cheque£2.0.0

Good Chohen & Levy£2.0.0

Letter from Lady Mary-Anne Meek to John Milbourne Marsh

10 Pulteney Street
Tuesday 15th June 1860

My dearest Mil,
I received your letter of the 21st April yesterday, forwarded from Ilfracombe. I do not expect dear Grace’s for many days to come, I wish you would all write via Marseilles, unless the postage is much higher. I am grieved to find you are still living on hope – but still I trust that in your case, an exception to its usually delusive character may be made – and that ere long some good Appointment will be given to you in Sydney, on account of dear Milly’s education, which is now a matter of vital importance to him, poor fellow. I have frequently enquired what the expense of placing him at the best school or college would be, within as Boarder or day Scholar but I have had no reply – I wish you would let me know.

And pray dear Mil, remember to tell me, when your Life Assurance becomes due, that I may be prepared for your drawing the £35, do not forget it. Even after I am dead and gone, I will, please God, send your photographic likeness; but I think you will scarcely recognise me in the ugly, withered sad old Woman which I now am.

How shamefully you have been treated in the situation you have lately held. I conclude you have given it up – but I hope the Government means to refund the expenditure you have incurred. Mr E.W. has been very kind in keeping open the Judges Associate for you. I can form no idea of the expense of living in Sydney; but were it possible for you to make the End of the year (meet?) 9th January – it would be the most comfortable(?) thing for yourself and Grace and the most desirable for Milly, and you would be on the spot to watch for something better, in England in a Country Town you might manage my Will and keep up the appearance of a Gentleman, in London at the present time if would be difficult.

I think Russell may be able to serve you. He must have influence from his property and connexions and he is a fine open hearted generous (Antine – gentleman?) – too lavish of his money I fear for the ultimate good of his numerous family. I fear from his great love of the “sans souci” life in Australia that he will never settle in England. And as a burnt child dreads the fire so do I the total banishment of all dear to me in the Colonies – where you form no substantial friendships – and make no real friends for your children, who become Aliens from their Father House – and wanderers on the face of the Earth.

I am surprised that Mr Wise who you know is an intimate acquaintance of Mr (Huts?) , M. P., and now at the head of the Board of Trade does not exert himself for his son G.W. (George Wise). Everyone tells me, that much is in his power and as G.W. is conversant in mercantile business, and a good French scholar, there is no doubt that a lucrative appointment might be obtained for him. I wrote to Mr W on the subject but he threw cold water on it . There must wheel within wheel – and something which does not meet the eye, or an endeavour would be made in his behalf. I have suggested the same to Fanny; but of course I can make no observation on the subject to her.

What is the use of working for 20 years and being a Beggar at last. Neither George Wise nor Fanny could want a home in this country in the interim, if I had such a friend as Mr Hutt, and a permanent home to offer to you and my dear Grace, I should beg you to come to me without delay – but alas! Such is not the case – the moment my eyes are closed my House and every thing in it will go, the Heir is the Executor, and he and his co-executor are as hostile to me, and all belonging to me as it is possible for them to be – they think I have (cumbered?) the earth long enough – but God’s ways – are not Man’s ways, and I feel that I shall not die one minute sooner from their wish of translating me sooner to another – though it will not to prove a better World.

I hope dear Phil (Phillip Pinnock) is getting on, he is active and industrious and has now a motive for economy. George so seldom writes, but I suppose he has so much of pen and Ink work that he dislikes it – and he (never?) touches on his pecuniary nor on his professional affairs. I hear from others that he is doing well, and has a comfortable home for him and his mother. He has been a dutiful and devoted son and no doubt God will bless him for it.

I am now on my way home and propose starting for Ilfracombe on Monday next the 18th . I left it on the 29th May having some business to settle in London where I staid for a fortnight – in perfect torture from the (niece and brother – wind and weather?) and fashion and dress – and other annoyances to a Country Cousin like myself. I had apartments in Baker Street where the Omnibuses and cabs to and from the Paddington Station (stunned?) me night and day – Sundays and work days.

I met the Dobsons there in all their glory – Balls – dinners – opera &c the Aclands and Acland Hords been in town, and they (bun?) of (annenin:?) a (vortex?) of gaiety. The (Latter, Caths?) never took any notice of me as the Dobsons friends, but the Dobsons were most kind and friendly – and the Captain accompanied me to the station and saw me start for this place.

I had a visit from Miss Newham and I am happy to say she is getting through her legal troubles. She has, I believe, been fearfully cheated – they acknowledged that she was entitled to £10,000, offered her £5,000. She will not agree to less than £8,000, which for future peace she would accede to. How it will end I do not know, but her tenants, some of them have paid her the rents “out of spite” to the other party.

You have heard of Mr Colchester’s death – his sisters, Mrs Davis and Bill Colchester (the deaf and dumb one) are to live at the Wilderness, and I suppose it will, after their deaths, go to Frank Wemyes’s son, Maynard. Miss Colchester is dead – and Dorothy, her sister, is not sane. John is now a Colonel and C.B., Mary more brusque and queer than ever. Dorothy Barton(?) grown very coarse and fat and her daughters very awkward girls of 14 and 15.

Poor Miss Mainwaring is and has been very ill, she is now better a little. Grace must take this as an (annex?) to her letter for I shall not be able to write to her also. May God bless you both my dearest children and my grandson Milly. I pray for you all often often – and if we meet no more in this world may my love to you dearest Mil to part no more in the heart.
Your most affectionate Aunt
M.A. Meek.


July Thomas Arundell£1.3.0

Grey Saddler 1858£1.12.6

Shoemaker 2.6

In Maitland(?) 2

Leading Harness£5.0.0

Removing Captains Shoes 4.0

Campbells 2/- Duracks(?) 10/- 12.6

George(?) Inn 6/-, Barnaby’s Inn – Blacksmith 5/- £2.0.0

Inn Redford 5/-, mll 8/6 repairs shaft of Dog Cart 16.6

Pringles Apron(?) 5/- horse on – 2/6 7.6.

Stationery Bill Tamworth£1.1.0

Tamworth Hotel (6 nights)£2.11.0

2 Horses at Patrol Stables 6 nights

Veness’ Inn “Manilla” £1.11.0

Barraba Inn 7.6

Mudgee Inn £1.15.0

Gig repairs£1.0.0.

Bowmans 2/6, Talbrages Inn 3/- 5.6

McCubbin, Coolah Inn 15.0

Alison, Okey Creek Inn 14.0

Gunnedah Inn£1.1.0

Carroll oil matches 2.6

Straps, tea , Tamworth 4.6

Tareela, finding horses 5.0

Servant 3.6

Manilla Inn£1.11.0


Brought up.£25.15.6

Barraba Inn, lunch and halter 10.0

Manilla Inn£1.11.0August

Tamworth Inn£1.0.0

Coporal 2.6

Saddler repairs, harness 5.0

Repairing Dog Cat & 4 remove £1.4.0

Stamps 1.6 September

Flides servants 10.0

Paper 2/- stamps 5/- hobbles 3/-

Oil /6 cards 1/6 Whipend 1/- 14.0

Halter 2.6

Accommodation House Goonoo Goonoo £1.11.0

Servants (at Kings) 10.0

Horse brush 3.0

Servants at Kings 3.0

Bracken regs Inn£1.15.6

Washing 10.6

Hay (Williams) £1.0.0

Washing 10.0

Corn 8/-

Blacksmith ‘Captain’ 8/- & Tommy 2/- 10.0

Music Clarke 6.0

Watch glass 3.0

Servants (Flides) 5/- 5/- 2/- 12.0

Paper 15/- stamps 5/- Envelopes 2/6 12.6

Camphor 1.0

Pringle’s man 2.6

2 cut hay, and 2 weeks rations for Tommy from Flide

10 nights at Barrech at 4/4d per horse.

2′ Pot pot, tea sugar 6.6

Servant Lloyd 2.6

Servant Flides 3.0

Hay (1 cut)

Brackenridge Inn£1.3.0

Servants 3.0

Glover 4/6, 6 Straps 5/- 9.6

1 cut hay from Flide 10/-

Veness’s Inn Manilla£1.1.026th

Barraba Inn 7.6

Washing 4.0Oct

Hobbles 5.0

Bridle 12.6

Buller 6.0

Servants Tareela 7.6

Barraba Inn 6.0

Stamps 2.6

Veness’s Inn 5.0

Haircut Constable 2.6

Hobbles 5.0

Washing 5.6Oct

Brackenridge Inn£2.17.0

Servants 5.0

Saddles 5.0

Flides servant — 6.0

Man showing way 2.6

Humphreys Servants 4.6

Flides man finding horses 5.0

Church 2.6

Fishing lines 6.0

Stamps 5.0

Washing 12.6

Brackenridge Inn £3.17.0Nov

Servants 7.6

Hat 18.0


Poor man 4.6

Tommy’s meat 4.0

Novel 3.0

Servants 5.0

Washing 13.0

Church 1.0

Flide servant 5.0

Value (Veness?) 15/-

Ink, envelopes 1.0

Inn, Carroll 3.6 Dec

— Woolshed 8.0

Horse shod 4.0

Inn (Woolshed) 15.0

Glen Quinn washing 5.0

Servants 5.0

Inn Glover (from Glover?) 3.0

Boggabrie Servants washing 5.0

Inn Groves, the Rock 3.0

Lunch at the Carroll Inn 5.0

Tommy for meat and flour 5.0Jan 5

Poor man 2.6

Toothbrush and powder 2.6

Hand-(?) 6

Servant 2.6

Indscript to –£1.1.0

Church 2.0

Haircut 2.6

Thomas Arundel£1.0.0 (light pencil again)

Anthony (servant at Inn) 5.0

Chamber(?) 2,6

Washing £1.0.0

Church 2.0

Bilands(?) 3.0

  • – Tom 7.0

Stamps, Tommy’s meat 6/8 7.8

Post at Coghlans 18/6


Glover – note paper

Note paper & envelopes

Brackenridge Inn Bill (3 weeks) £9.18.0

½ the horses with Philip £3.0.0

Brought forward

Expenses with Phil Veness Inn £1.4.6

Mrs McKidds Inn & Blacksmith £1.10.0Feb

Veness Inn £1.18.0

2nd Pot 1/3, sugar 2.0

Thomas Arundel£2.0.0

Servants Tareela 15/- and stamps 5/- £1.0.0

200 of Hay from Williams

100 of Hay from Bailey

Tommy’s board at Inn

Mm expenses at Brackenridge.

Brought up from other side £30.4.6

26 OctCash (P.P.)4

8 NovCash (S.F.W.10

10 NovCash 1

14 NovCash (Washing 12.6)1

15 NovCash1

15 NovCash1

15 NovCash1.10.0

16 NovCash1.10.0

27 NovHat1

27 NovCash1

27 NovWatch (repairs)1

30 NovExpenses1.10

23 DecCash (sent to Grace)3.15

Jan 3Cash1.10

Jan 8Cash (P.P.)3

Jan 8Cash (P.P.)3

Jan 16Peter Nowlan (washing)1

Feb 13Cash (a. Club)3.15.0

Feb 13Thomas Arundel2

Feb 20Stamps etc1

Feb 21Cash (Connor01

Feb 21Cash (P.P.)1.4.6

Mar 2Tailor1.5.6

Mar 3Mr Barrett(Bennet) Watch 1


Cheques on Bank of Australasia

Mr Hewson1.12

Mr McCubbin3

Cohen & Levy1.1

Tamworth Inn2.6

Veness Inn1.11

3 AugMrs McKidd1.

24 AugMr Veness 1.11

25 AugMr Bracken reg1

1 SeptMr Mabbin Blacksmith 1.4

3 SeptCash1

3 SeptCash 1.0

4 Sept J.M. Expenses ‘Goonoo Goonoo 1.11

12 Sept Cash1

13 Sept Mrs Brackenreg1.15.6

16 Sept Sept Cash1

19 Sept Hay 1

20 Sept Blacksmith1

20 Sept Cash1

24 Sept Cash1

26 Sept Mr Brakenreg1.3

26 Sept Sept Cash1

17 OctOct Cash1.10

19 Oct Oct Mrs McKidd1