December 31 1915

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December 1915
Friday 31
Fair day but rather
windy. Bertie & I caught the 10
past 11 boat for Wgtn [Wellington]. Had lunch
at Miss Maxwell’s then rand Ada up
from Electrical Works office & asked
her if she could put us up for the
night if we stayed in which she pro
missed to do. Next trammed up to
sister Doll’s at Northlands [Northland] where
we stayed till 4.30 then left for
sister Ada’s at Seatoun where
we arrived at 5.45. Having arrang
ed to go to the Opera House to see stag
ed “Bought & Paid for” by J C Williamson
Coy [Company], & took Doll, we returned by the
7 tram & met Doll at the Opera
House in good time before curtain rise.
Enjoyed the play immensely, the
characters being exceptionally good.
Caught tram at 11 pm for Seatoun
& soon after we arrived George landed
home by a later tram. My nephew
Kemble & wife arrived by motorcycle
& sidecar at Rona Bay about 6 pm
having come thro [through] from Palmerston
via the Manawatu after visiting Wanga
nui.

31 Dec TOTAL

December 30 1915

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December 1915
Thursday 30
Fair day. Bertie & I decid
ed to go over to town & call on
my sisters Doll & Ada. Not knowing
how the boats ran we got ready to
catch the first one running from Rona
wharf for where we made & arrived
first in time to see the boat
Cobar move off at 11.30. No other
boat leaving until 10 past 2 we decided
to leave the visit until tomorrow. Re
turned & went up the bush with
Mr Renner & family for a picnic.
Boiled the billy in the bush & had lunch
& afternoon tea. Got a severe fright
when Renner & I were on the camping
spot thro [through] hearing a great screaming up
the hill side where Bertie, Mrs Renner &
the young children had wandered. On start
ing to return our Marjorie age 6 stepped on to
a loose boulder which gave under her & she
was sent rolling downhill about 30 feet
on the hard stones. Got a severe shaking
& some bruises & a great fright luckily
escaping broken bones. Vivian Ross came
over from the city & stayed the night with
us, being on leave from camp. Children were
very interested in 4 wild pigeons which we
saw feeding in the bush near our camp

30 Dec TOTAL

December 29 1915

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December 1915
Wednesday 29
Fair day. Rather cold
S East wind. Spent a quiet
day. Collected a bag of chips from
the beach, Norma assisting me.
Tried fishing from the rocks
without success, then Norma
Marjorie & I gathered from the
rocks a bucketful of Mussels
which I took home & boiled
& we had most of them for tea.
Went down to the beach in the even
ing & watched the fishermen
pull in their net. They had a
poor haul, only getting a few
small fish & a couple of
Kawhai [Kahawai]. Being a south wind
the fishermen stated that was
the reason of the poor haul.

29 Dec TOTAL

December 28 1915

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December 1915
Tuesday 28
Fair day until evening
when evening rain set in for a short time.
Down to the beach & picked up a
bag full of chips for fire lighting.
Purchased ¼ cwt of potatoes
from an Italian shop for 4/-.
Looked over a fine boat that the
Italians have made the dimensions
being about 15 ft by 45 ft. Mrs Balls
& her 2 daughters drove in from Lower
Hutt for Eileen who is going to spend
part of her holidays with them. When on
their way she found she had lost her
new wrist watch & they drove back
but failed to find it. Cold night
a South wind bringing up rain & we
had to make a fire in the dining room.
Made pancakes for dinner & had
boiled rice for tea, also Tomato
& lettuce salad.

28 Dec TOTAL

December 27 1915

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December 1915
Monday 27
Dull day. Rain
at night. Had an early lunch
then got the 10 past 12 boat for
the city, Mother the 4 younger chil
dren & Eileen also going over. Bought
buttered buns & some fruit & some
peanuts for the animals at the Zoo
then caught a tram to Newtown where
we arrived about 2 o’clock. Had our
lunch the inspected the various
exhibits in the Zoo. Saw the keepers
feeding the lions at 3.30, the lioness
Maud and her 3 cubs being a great
attraction. Spent about an hour &
a half there & enjoyed the afternoon
tho [though] it turned cold about 4 oclock.
Trammed to Thorndon to catch boat
& had to wait ½ an hour or more on
the wharf until 5.30 when the Cobar
came over from the Bay with a big
load. Rain set in before we left & when
we arrived at Rona wharf Leo & Bern
were there with cloaks. Very cold
night & we had a fire in the
kitchen to warm our feet.
Played Leo a game of chess which I
won.

27 Dec TOTAL

December 26 1915

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December 1915
Sunday 26
Fine day.
Made arrangements to go over to the
Zoo at Newtown Park & had lunch
at 12.40 intending to catch the boat
at 1.25. Watch being 10 minutes (sic) the
inevitable happened & we missed it
by about 100 yards so had to make
up our minds to stay at the Bay. Mr
(Capt) J H Ross Mrs Ross, their son
Vivian & Rita, came over to spend the
day & we all went up to Days Bay
Beach where the boys & I had a bathe.
There was a big crowd over from the city
including a large number of soldiers
on leave who enjoyed the sea bathing.
Returned home about 5 pm & got
fishing line & tried for fish but
got no luck, tho [though] several good fish
were hanging round after small
Fry. Got a few large Mussels
from the rocks & boiled them for
tea, also made dumplings.

26 Dec TOTAL

December 25 1915

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December 1915
Saturday 25
Fair day until afternoon the bright & sunny.
After breakfast I strolled round & chatted
to a neighbour for an hour. At 1.30
we sat down to dinner which consisted
of fowl, baked ham, peas & potatoes
for first course then plum pudding
which we had brought from home.
Fowls were also brought from home &
had kept well. After dinner we all
went to Days Bay where the young
members & I had a good swim in
the Bay. Met a young Taranaki
soldier, named Dunlop, there & in
vited him to tea with us. Leo & Bern
played Tennis after having a swim.
There were a lot of bathers about a large
number being soldiers on leave. At
night, the Italian element was in full
force with music & singing at
Russo’s place near by.
Canvassed in the verandah at
night & Bertie slept there on the
sofa. Jack took my bunk & I slept on
the floor in the Dining room.

25 Dec TOTAL

December 24 1915

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Friday 24
Dull day. Xmas Eve.
Everybody rather disappointed
owing to the weather not being as
bright as Xmas Eve is wished. Jack
& I tried our hand at catching fish
throwing our lines from the Wharf, but
got no lick, barring one little Spotty
which we cut up for bait.
Leo & Bern went over to the city to meet
Eileen who came down from Masterton. They
arrived at Rona Bay in time for dinner. At 4.30
we all took boat over to the city. Rain set
in before we reached there & we were on the
point of returning when it cleared some
what so we made for the city. Visited the
DIC with the children who made a few
purchases. All had tea at one of the refresh
ment rooms then the younger ones with
Mother & Eileen went to look round & I
with Leo & Bern made for the far end
of the city. A very large crowd of soldiers were
about, having Xmas leave, & trade all round
seemed to be brisk. Mother & others return
ed by the 9.20 pm boat which we missed
& had to wait until the 11.15 special boat.
Made a few purchases for our Xmas dining

24 Dec TOTAL

December 23 1915

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December 1915
Thursday 23
Fine day. Bertie
Gretta & I went to Russo’s garden
& secured vegetables. Went to
Grocer’s shop & got groceries.
Towards evening I went for a
swim in the briny deep.
Mr Renner took Norma &
Marjorie out for a row in
a small boat. Jack & Renners
boys also enjoyed themselves
rowing about whilst Leo &
Bern played tennis & sea
bathed. Played Leo a game of
chess at night & got beaten.

23 Dec TOTAL

December 22 1915

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December 1915
Wednesday 22
Fine day. Up at 4.45 to
get ready with the family to catch the
7.25 train to Wgtn [Wellington].
T Woodham came up with brake for our
goods which was extensive & we arrived
at Stn [Station] in good time. Bertie & Gretta &
Marjorie took Pinkey’s cab. Got all on board
& had a fair journey down. Going up the Rimu
taka hill from Cross Creek there were 3
engines on & it took them all their time
to pull the heavy train to the summit.
Arrived at Lower Hutt where we had arrang
ed for Dick’s brake to pick up our goods & run
them to Rona Bay. Jack, Norma ,Ailsa & I got off
at Hutt & Bertie with Bern & Gretta went
to Wgtn to pick up Leo & take Boat over. I
cycled round (about 8 miles) Jack & Norma go
ing in the trap with goods. Arrived about 12-30
at cottage at cost of 10/- & others soon after
came over by boat. Soon got things in order.
Mrs Renner, next neighbour, making us
tea. Went to store near by & got
groceries & called on the milkman &
coalman. Cleaned up the back yard &
made things a bit tidy. Mr Renner, who
is one of the Wgtn [Wellington] College masters gave a party
at night & all our children went.22 Dec TOTAL