October 31 1915

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October 1915
Sunday 31
Rain at night.
At home all day. Bern & I
took weeds out of the lawn until
dinner time. After dinner we
attended to the Sweet Peas
stretching lines for them to cling
to.October 31

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October 30 1915

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October 1915
Saturday 30
Fine day, did some
garden work before breakfast.
Down to office.
Busy with labour matters.
News from England state that
the war casualties of the
British troops of all classes
total 496,250 or thereabout.
Japan has agreed not to make
a separate peace with Germany
& will be on the side of the
Entente till the war ends.October 30

October 29 1915

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October 1915
Friday 29
Heavy rain. Great down
pour for about an hour during
midday. Down to office. Saw
T Wrigley re selling his section
on Lansdowne to R Hatch. Sub
mitted same at £ 135, also
submitted to Hatch a section
of 1 ac 1 Rd 23.5 perches owned by
H Nitz at Lansdowne. Hatch ar
ranged to look at them on Sun
day & let me know if he would
buy Nitz section at £ 145.
Down to Kembles at night
& played him a game of chess
& got beaten after a good
game which, according to play,
I should have won.
News from the front state that
General Mahon has been
appointed to command the
British troops in the Balkans
acting in conjunction with Gener
al Sarrail in command of the French
troops.October 29

October 28 1915

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October 1915
Thursday 28
Fine day. Peoples
day at the Carterton Show
& business places closed at 11
AM. I stayed till 1. pm then
went home and after having
dinner I set to work in the
garden & put up a good
showing turning over a large
piece of ground.
News from seat of war state
that Bulgarians are making
headway against Servians &
the Servian Premier has asked
the Allied nations to send assis
tance immediately or Servia will
be crushed by Austro-German
& Bulgarian armies.
Austrian airmen dropping bombs
on the beautiful churches of Venice
destroying magnificent work
by famous artists. Another German
spy shot in England.October 28

October 27 1915

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October 1915
Wednesday 27
Fair day.
Down to office. Business very
flat. Lunched in town with Eileen
at WFCA tearooms. Wound up
our Chess season at night
with a teams match, sides being
chosen by myself as President of the
Club & W Gibson Vice President.
My team comprised Jones G, Guild
D, Welch W K, Connell W, myself
& Dagg C.
Gibson’s team J Connell, Dagg J,
Gandy NW, Nops [Nopps] W & J Dagg Jnr [Junior].
My team lost the score being
4 to 2. W K Welch & myself being
the only winners on our side.
Kemble defeating Gandy & I winning
against Gibson. Had light
supper which was supplied
by the caretaker of the YMCA.
Home about 11.30 pmOctober 27

October 26 1915

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October 1915
Tuesday 26
Rain towards evening.
Before breakfast I transplanted
some Lettuce & thinned out the
Turnip bed. Down to office.
Not much doing except en
gaging a few shearers.
Lunched with Bertie & Eileen
at Kia Ora Tea rooms.
War news state that Russians
have implicated terrible losses
on the Austro-German forces
who are gradually working
their way towards Riga. Anglo
French despatching troops &
guns Etc to the Balkan states
to assist Servia. Estimate of
Austro-German losses in their
advance against Servians at
Semendria totalled 60,000.October 26

October 25 1915

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October 1915
Monday 25
Fair day. Dull & warm. Rain set
in at night. Being Labour Day the
Friendly Societies had arranged a big
demonstration with processions & sports
held in the Park grounds. Shops closed
early & at 12.30 the decorated carriage
etc passed thro to the Park & very good
display. There was a large crowd on
the ground over 2000 & the meeting
was in every way very successful.
Our Jack &  Norma ran in the boys &
girls races & both won one race.
Jack the 440 yards winning on the
tape only. A cake (2 decker) was
auctioned for £ 25/- finally being
bought by AP Whatman for £ 5 after
it had been knocked down to him
several times for smaller amounts.
Bertie, drove with Gretta, Marjorie &
Eileen up to Miss Freeman’s at
Matahiwi & got wet thro coming home.
War news state that Romania
has decided to fight with the
Entente powers provided they put
into the Balker arena an armyOctober 25