30 April 1916

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April 1916
Sunday 30
Light rain best part of day &
at night. W J Husband, agent
of Pahiatua spoke to me thro [through] the
telephone & advised that he
was bringing a client thro [through] to
Eketahuna tomorrow to see
Newcombe’s 742 acres & asked
me to meet them at Eketahuna.
Cycled up to Newcombe’s in
Pownall Street & advised
him & he arranged to go up
with me by the 11.40 AM
train tomorrow. Spent a
couple of hours at Kemble’s in
the afternoon playing him chess
losing 3 games & winning one.

Monday 1st May
News received from War office
that General Townsend with his
forces, stated by Turks to be 13000,
has surrended at Kut-El-Mara [Kut-Al-Amara] in
Messopotamia [Mesopotamia] unconditionally to the
Turks after a siege of 143 days. Provisions ran
out. Destroyed guns & ammunition first.

Apr 30 TOTAL

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29 April 1916

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Saturday 29
Fine day but rain set in
about 7.30 pm & continued all
night. At office. Not much
doing.
Mr Cole from Carrington called
re purchase of property & I
submitted F Jensens 234
acres near Wanganui. Met
Jensen & we discussed the
matter of price & terms  & advised
Cole that £ 15 per ac [acre] with
£ 500 cash would let him in.
Arranged to inspect as soon
as he could make time to get
away.

Apr 29 TOTAL

28 April 1916

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Friday 28
Fair day. Rain indica
tions. Dug a few  potatoes be
fore breakfast. Down to
office. Busy with correspond
dence. Got some narrow
boards to attach to my For Sale
boards for purpose of nailing
on fences where I have sections
for sale. Sent Sydney down to
Homebush to put up a Sale
notice to section there.
War news state that the War
wickshires were captured
by the Turks & Germans in a
fight in Messopotamia [Mesopotamia], the
enemy being in greatly superior
numbers. Great activity by
allied aeroplanes on the Western
front. Germans advise that
they have sunk a British sub
marine in the North Sea & only
2 of the crew saved.

Apr 28 TOTAL

 

27 April 1916

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Thursday 27
Fine day. Before
breakfast I surface sowed
2 lbs of red clover seed about
the grass paddocks. Down to
office. Lunched with Eileen at
WFCA tea rooms. Not much
doing.
War news state that British
suffered a reverse from the
combined enemy forces in the
Mesopotamia campaign.
Rebellion in Ireland serious in
Dublin & British forces being
sent to quell the disturbance
also loyal Irish assisting the
authorities.
Down to YMCA room at night
with Leo to the opening of our
chess season. There were 10
players present & teams were
chosen by Messrs G A Jones &
j Connell, the latters team win
ning by 3 games to 2. Leo & I
were the 2 to win for our side
Jones, Gupwell & Gandy losing.
Light supper about 10 pm. Home
about 11.30.

Apr 27 TOTAL

26 April 1916

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Wednesday 26
Damp day, light rain.
Up early & got copper fire going, then
kitchen fire. Helped Bertie with
the washing, she not being too well.
Down to office. Will down from
Miki Miki & saw Dalgetys manager
re stocking the property he is buying
at Balance & he went to Pahiatua
by the 5.26 train to see Hare re sell
ing 99 ½ acres to J Egan at £ 70
per acre, he having made an offer of
that with £ 700 cash down.
Eileen & I dined at WFCA tea rooms.
Down to Kemble’s for a short time at
night. Mr & Mrs Buckman called
at office re selling to Mr P O’Donnell.
War news state that German cruisers
& destroyers bombarded Lowestoft
on the English coast & British Cruis
ers & destroyers attacked & drove
them off following them in a running
fight. Several Zeppelins made
another air raid over parts of
England dropping bombs anywhere.
The traitor Sir Roger Casement
caught whilst attempting to put arms on the
Irish coast for revolutionary purposes.

Apr 26 TOTAL

25 April 1916

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Tuesday 25
Fair day. Down to office.
Not much doing. Attended corres
pondence. Had lunch at Kia Ora
tea rooms. All business premises
closed at 12 oclock to allow the
public to take part in the service
held on the Park Oval to
commemorate the landing of the
troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula
when so many of our gallant boys lost
their lives. The Rev Mr Brown deliv
ered a most stirring address &
other ministers took part in the cere
mony. A very nice service was gone
thro [through] hymns being sung& the Master
ton Municipal band playing, under
their own conductor partly, & partly
under Mr Wells, the conductor of the choir
of the Anglican Church. About 1000 people
were on the ground including a
number of the returned soldiers
in uniform and a number of terri
torials under Lieutenant Brighting.
Returned soldiers had to stand through
out the service for over an hour no one
having thought of providing seats for them.

Apr 25 TOTAL

24 April 1916

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Monday 24 – Bank Holiday
Berthas birthday.
Rain in early
morning. Cold wind from
the South East. Bern & I cut
gum wood whilst Leo
took weeds out of the lawn
till dinner time weather clear
ing I decided to take the boys
out to Rangitumau for rabbit
shooting. Borrowed D Logans
gun & some cartridges & also
took our 4.10 gun which we use
for shooting birds in the garden.
Arrived at cousin Kate Wrigley’s
about 2 pm & borrowed Fred’s gun a Dbl [Double]
breech loader & cartridges. Made for the
hills along Northcroft road where
rabbits are very numerous. Our little
Jack shot first game getting a bunny I
spotted in a “squat”. Only had 27 cart
ridges which were all fired but one which
I kept in case of seeing a hare near the
house. Got 16 rabbits & had we had enough
ammunition we could have got nearly 100.
Had tea & cake at Kate’s then made for
home where we arrived about 7 pm
after a good afternoons sport, got all the
game home.

Apr 24 TOTAL