31 August 1915

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August 1915
Tuesday 31
Showery weather.
Down to office. Down to
Homebush with Mr D Mc
Lachlan & showed him W
G Carey’s house & 4 ½ acres land
for which he offered £ 450.
Wired the offer to Carey at
Gordonton.

War news state that Allied
aircraft bombed the forest
of Honlivet [Houthulst] in which the German
troops are entrenched most
elaborately having electric lights
Etc throughout. Great damage
was done & explosions & fires
occurred.
Bertie & Eileen went to the
Town Hall at night to see the
military picture show.

Russian news state that
Russians visible wheat supply
for this seasons is 571,000,000
bushels31 story August 1915

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30 August 1915

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August 1915
Monday 30
Fair day. Before break
fast I did some digging.
Down to office. Not much doing.
Met Ted Nops from New Ply
mouth who asked me to write & get
brother Will to look him up when
Will arrived in Taranaki where he
is proceeding to look for a farm.
Down to Town Hall at night
with Bern to see the Military
pictures which were shown in
their natural colourings, being taken
by a new process known as
Kinema color which brings out
everything just as nature makes it
in regard to colour, making a very
fine display & showing the vast
armies of the Allies at work.

War news state that Russian
army is still retreating before
the Austro-German forces but
are fighting great rearguard
actions until they can secure
a strategical position where they
will make a firm stand.30 TOTAL August 1915

29 August 1915

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August 29
Sunday 29
Fine day. Hoed some
ground ready for potato
planting & sprayed some
apple trees with Vermorite.
Bern tried his hand at apple
budding.
Bertie & some of the family
were taken for a motor ride
by Miss Colquhoun as far
as Moroa past Greytown.29 TOTAL August 1915

28 August 1915

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August 1915
Saturday 28
Fine day. At office.
Not much doing.
Received a wire from our boy
Leo who went to Wanganui
with the Wellington College foot
ball team to play in the College
tournament, stating they had
defeated Christ College by 20
points to nil.
War news state that Russians
still retreating before the Austro
German forces who have taken
Brest Litovsk, a Russian strong
hold.28 TOTAL August 1915

27 August 1915

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August 1915
Friday 27
Dull day with
rain indications. Down to
office. Not much doing.
Mr A D McLeod of Takapau
called & gave me authority to
sell for him a first mortgage
of £ 3000 for real estate.
News from the Front state
that our colonial troops
have suffered heavy casual
ties, several hundred being
killed & wounded at Gallipoli,
fighting against the Turks.
British airman single hand
ed bombed & sank a German
submarine. The aviator [aviator]
who accomplished the
deed is Squadron Commander
Bigsworth. German-Austro
forces driving the Russians
before them & have captured
Brest Litovsk.
News received that two more of
our local boys have been killed
namely Cyril Sykes son of our
M H R Mr G R Sykes & Arthur
Williams a well known athlete, son
of Mr Joe Williams27 TOTAL August 1915

26 August 1915

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August 1915
Thursday 26
Fine day. Over to H G
William’s re selling section to S D
Thompson who, with Mrs T, came
up from town to see if a deal
could be made. Could not get the
section wanted so we went & saw
A Matthews who offered some of
his land back off the main Opaki
Road, at £ 150 pr acre. About
3 pm Matthews called at my
office & said he would not sell
owing to the cost of roading &
fencing. Thompson returned
to Dannevirke leaving in
structions for me to report pro
gress. Made a mall at
night for purpose of bursting
up gum logs26 TOTAL August 1915

25 August 1915

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August 1915
Wednesday 25
Fine. Down to office.
Mr & Mrs S D Thompson called
with their motor car & we went
to see M C O’Connell’s & T Wagg’s
properties, then up to Lansdowne
& had a look at sections in
William’s estate & C Ewingtons.
Went to Town Hall with
Bertie & Eileen to see the
Masterton Orchestral Society
stage “The Toreador”.
There was a good house &
the performance was very
creditable.

Leo left for Wanganui with
the Wellington College Football
team to play their Annual
match against Wanganui
College. By being included
in this team he wins his
College colors.25 TOTAL August 1915