May 31 1916

IF

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May 1916
Wednesday 31
Rain. Light showers.
Down to office. Sutton in &
offered £ 150 cash down on Mrs
M Harton’s property at £ 650.
Wired Harton at Greymouth.
Saw W C Welch at night re
selling him Low’s property at
Eketahuna & arranged to go up
on Sunday & have another look
over it & take Desmond with
us.

May 31 TOTAL

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May 30 1916

IF

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May 1916
Tuesday 30
Heavy rain in morning
& after dinner it eased off but
was falling lightly all day. Down
to office. Took Petersen to see
N Madsens property but he
would not make an offer. Mrs
E Meale & daughter in for town
house & went to see Lendorfs
& Welchs in Bannister Str [Street] with
view to buying. Round to Brad
fords in Cole Street & looked over
his house with view to selling
it.
War news state that Bulgar
ian troops to the number of 25000
have invaded Greek territory &
occupied several forts & the
town of Demihissar [Demi-Hissar]. Greeks
fired on Bulgars then received
orders from Athens to retire.
Venezelist [Venizelist] followers are indig
nant & their papers are issued
with Black edges. Members of
the Govt [Government] are going over to the
side of Venezelo [Venizelos] who is anxious to
fight with the allied forces.
May 30 TOTAL

May 29 1916

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May 1916
Monday 29
Rain. Down to office.
Not much doing. Down to
Miriam Str [Street] & saw Petersen &
gave him pars [particulars] of Neil Madsen’s
property which he said he would
look at tomorrow. Lunched
with Eileen at WFCA tea
rooms.
War news state that General
Smuts in German East Africa
is driving German forces in
land. Terrible fighting still in
progress around Verdun, the
Germans hurling their masses
of troops against the French &
losing heavily. Italians being
forced back by the Austrians
who have massed a great army
with very powerful guns.
6 vessels 5 being Italian owned
were sunk in the Mediterranean
Sea by German or Austrian
submarines.
May 29 TOTAL

 

May 28 1916

IF

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May 1916
Sunday 28
Damp day. Rather cold at
night. A large flax bush at
edge of the creek behind the house
by its weight broke the bank away
& I had to section it & staked
the sections to the bank. Cut
wood & did some digging in
the garden. Caught the ponies
after dinner & Bertie with
Eileen & the children went for
a drive in the phaeton, the first
time ponies have been used for
over 6 months. Kemble up to
tea & afterwards we played
2 games of chess of which
he won1 & I won one.
Lansdowne School boys played
St Patricks Sch [School] a game of foot
ball, our Jack, aged 12, vice capt [captain]
of Lansdowne fifteen scoring his
first try at the game & they beat
St Pats by 9 points to nil.
May 28 TOTAL

May 27 1916

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May 1916
Saturday 27
Fair day. Rain at night.
Down to office. Saw E Holm
wood re selling his Queen Street
property to Hughes & he priced
it at £ 75 per foot frontage
for 40 feet. Kemble up at
night & we played chess, 2
games, both of which he won.
May 27 TOTAL

May 26 1916

IF

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May 1916
Friday 26
Fair day. Down to office. Not
much doing. F Smith saw me
in reference to selling his place
to Zillwood. Kemble up at
night time & we played chess, 2
games, both of which I won.
May 26 TOTAL

May 25 1916

IF

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May 1916
Thursday 25
Light rain. Down to
office. Not much doing.
Attended correspondence.
Down to YMCA rooms at night
& played chess. Held a chess com
mittee meeting myself in the chair.
War news state that terrible
slaughter of men taking place at
the Verdun battles the Germans
hurling immense masses of men
against the French who have had
in some cases to fall back to
more secure positions. Fort
Douamont [Douaumont] is the scene of terrific
fighting first one then the other
holding it the Germans now
having regained a footing.
Italians being driven back from
the Austrian front but Russians
holding their own in the Eastern
theatre.
May 25 TOTAL