30 September 1916

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September 1916
Saturday 30
Fair day. Down to
office.

Down to YMCA room at
night to play chess, our club
having arranged a telegraphic
match against South Well
ington. We had eleven boards
& started play soon after 6.30
& played till 11pm & will
continue the match next Satur
day. I played Douglas & so far
we stand level a very even
game. Connell was elected our
Captain & took top board, Jones
2nd then Fritz Kummer, Sedcole
K Welch, W Connell, Gandy,
Nops, Gibson, F P Welch &
Gupwell.

30 TOTAL

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29 September 1916

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September 1916
Friday 29
Heavy rain all day. Down to
office. Letter from Uncle Jim Harvey
advising me I could sell property to
R B Church. Saw Church & got him
to sign agreement to purchase &
pay deposits then we went to Gawith
& Logans & gave instructions to pre
pare agreement. Got Sam Bartlett
in to office & got him to sign agree
ment to sell his Lansdowne pro
perty to E Spackman at £580
with £100 down. Saw Spackman
who arranged to see me tomorrow
afternoon.
War news state Italians within
4 or 5 miles of Trieste the head
quarters of Austria at head of
the Adriatic Sea. Big casualty
list of killed & wounded New
Zealanders from their fighting
against Germans at the big
offensive when they gallantly
stormed trenches & villages etc
scattering the enemy & helping the
Home troops win a great victory29 TOTAL

28 September 1916

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September 1916
Thursday 28
Rain. Showery after dinner.
Did some digging in the gooseberry
garden before breakfast. Down to
office. E Spackman called & we
inspected property at Lansdowne
& he requested me to see S Bart-
lett & get his best terms for
house & section in First Street
Lansdowne. Saw J L Murray re
selling some of his Lansdowne
property to Thompson.
Down to YMCA room at night
& played Gupwell chess for
the Ladder competition & won
the 2 games, best 2 out of three
to take next above on the Ladder.

War news state Allied forces on
the Western front are doing great work
& the Germans are losing strong
positions & immense amount of booty
has been secured. Revolution in
Greece & several warships have
left the fleet & joined the Allied
fleet also several Generals & hun
dreds of officers & lesser rank have
gone to the Allied camp at Salonika28 TOTAL

27 September 1916

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September 1916
Wednesday 27
Fine day. Before break
fast I cut wood & after break
fast did half an hours digging
amongst the gooseberry trees.
Down to office. Mr Thompson
of Akiteo in re purchase of
property at Lansdowne & made
an offer, after inspection, of
£250 for P L Hollings section of
1 ¼ acre. Offer not accepted.
Wants £350 per acre. Saw J L Murray
re selling some of his property at
Lansdowne for which Thompson
offered £250 per acre.
Arranged with E Spackman to
look at property tomorrow after
noon.
War news state another Zeppelin
raid over England & 28 people
killed & a number wounded. No
military damage done. British &
French capture from Germans the
town of Morval & Combles, taking
large numbers of prisoners & guns
etc. Russo-Roumanian & Allied
forces in the Balkans forcing the
Bulgars back.

27 TOTAL

26 September 1916

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September 1916
Tuesday 26
Fine day. Up early &
cut wood. Also did some
digging amongst the goose-
berry trees. Down to office.
Fixed a sale of A Mutrie’s
house & section in Albert
Str [Street] to V J Prosser. Price £ 620.
Completed sale of section, J L
Bonde to Fisher. Price £ 115
for ¼ ac [acre] in Cole Street. Lunched
at WFCA tea rooms. Down
to River Road to see a cottage
built by Ridgway & for which
he asks £ 175 with ½ ac [acre] land.
Very badly built place, being
thrown up any how.
War news state British with
French & Servians are driving
the Bulgars back from Servia.
Cretans revolted & have deposed
the Greek officials. King Constan
tine of Greece confined to his house
which is guarded by 6000 troops.
Austrians retreating before the
Russians & Romanians.26 TOTAL

25 September 1916

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September 1916
Monday 25
Fine day. Town pretty quiet
the banks, law & Govt [Government] offices being
closed for Dominion day. E H
Spackman in re purchasing
a house & got particulars of
a number to inspect. Down
to office at night with [H]  James
& met L Hopkins of Christ
church who discussed matters
in connection with a Scheelite
mine at McRae’s Flat, Central
Otago, with a view of us disposing
of a few thousand shares later
on.
Great Zeppelin raid by about
a dozen airships over parts of
England. 28 people killed
mostly women & children &
about 100 wounded. 2 of the
Zeppelins were brought down
one being burnt & all the crew
killed the other alighting with
out much damage with its crew
of 22.25 TOTAL

24 September 1916

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September 1916
Sunday 24
Fine day.
Dull but warm.
Down to Kemble’s & got some
Tomato plants in box & brought
same home to harden for a time
prior to putting out. Put up
some wire netting to the summer
house.
Bertie & children drove down
to Manaia & got a nice lot of
watercress.24 TOTAL