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24 March Joan Mary [Murray] arrived. [born 22 March]
25 March Aub and Thelma and Maisie [Smart, Edie Ward’s sister] left for Burrenjuck.
30 March Edie [Ward], Ena [Markham], Tom [Markham], Herbie [Wass] and Georgie [Harris, Jnr] left for Sydney this morning.
1 April Very quiet day only Doll [Frank Markham, brother] George [Harris Snr], Jack [Ward], Thellie [Waters] and myself for dinner.
2 April Jimmy [Murray] and I played for Ball at the Dam. Arrived home at 3 AM. Jimmy went back to Boorowa and Murray [Cooke] with him.
3 April Thellie’s birthday and forgot to wish her a happy birthday.
8 April Sydney party arrived home 7:30
10 April Thellie went home ill. Sent Murray telegram for his birthday.
11 April Parker and Clarkes pictures showing Middle Watch.
12 April Buck jumping show. None of us went to it. Ted’s [Markham, brother] chimney finished. Geo, Percy [Ford] and Steve [Whitty] watched show from roof.
13 April Rita Johnson rang Ena. Binkie away two days came home with swollen paw, raining little. Dance at Bennett Springs [Harris’ property], Geo and Ena played. [It is probable that Margaret (Harris) first met George Harris at the Bennett Springs dances
15 April Fr. O’Kennedy today. Tennis meeting. Cricket Wyangala off. Raining beautifully.
16 April Too wet to wash. Started new verandah (Jim [Ward] and Georgie).
17 April Rang Jimmy for his birthday. Edie went to Weir re hand. Carpenters went to Cowra.
18 April Meters read 16 days over. Finished verandah. Had boarder few days. Races – (funny thing) Axe fell at the Weir again – 19 men off.
19 April George’s going to Cowra also Doll and Clarrie. The latter to Dr. with lip. Clive off Weir.
20 April Tommy put off Lorry and sent greasing.
21 April Started turf wicket. Clem out of hospital today.
22 April Raining today. Sacred Heart day.
23 April Very cold today.
25 April Dib’s birthday and Jimmy came home from Boorowa. I went to Northwood to see Mat [Walsh, cousin] – bad attack of gall stones. Went see Aunty Bid.
26 April Edie and Georgie took Jimmy to Boorowa – stayed all night.
27 April Mat left for Sydney this morn – Memorial Hospital to have operation. Found orange 15 yr old tree. [Behind post office building – extremely sour fruit]
29 April Aub’s Birthday. Went to Mass. Tennis match at Dam – Darbys won.
30 April Aunt Bid and I went to Northwood. Mat’s operation put off till tomorrow. Nick started Mill.
1 May Mat’s operation over also Mrs Whitty both doing well. Edie went to Dr. with bad arm.
2 May Tom and his Ma went to Northwood. Edie went to Dr. with bad arm again. Mill still working.
4 May Tommy and Jack put off at Weir. Aunty Bid went Weir for last of Mission. Bought new hose for ourselves.
5 May Races. and bookie skinned. Jimmy rang up from Boorowa.
6 May Tennis match with presbytery Cowra – Darbys won. Mission priest said mass today.
7 May Nell Ryan home and Mat doing well. Olivers had accident yesterday – smashed blue car up – girls in hospital.
8 May Sent intention to Fr. O’Connor at Brisbane today.
9 May Pictures tonight not going – shows My Wife’s Mother and Love Of Mike.
10 May Mass this morning. Edie gone to town re face. Thelma [Murray] went Sydney.
13 May Darbys beat Railway at Cowra ‘Tennis’.
15 May Left for Boorowa dinner time. Found everything OK.
16 May Returned from Boorowa. Eric [Ward] to go off at Weir Friday. Beryl [Eggleston] and Dos [Ward] home from Sydney. Marks boys had adenoids and tonsils out.
18 May Ball for hall and ambulance – about four guineas each – nice turn out.
19 May Rita Johnson married to J.N. Peak, Penrith.
20 May Tennis today. Seconds disappointed – first to Woodstock – Sammy [Eggleston] and family came out.
21 May Tennis firsts won match Woodstock yesterday. George took Mrs D. to Dr bad side.
23 May George Snr not too good today. Geo Jnr and Tommy [Markham] finished Tennis Court and going to Diggers Ball.
24 May Tom took mother and Ena to see Mrs Whitty. Tom looked like tiger after Ball – (J.J. 12 months).
26 May Races
27 May Sacred Heart day and Holy Hour. Seconds to Cowra to play Railway 2. Seconds beaten.
28 May Sent Chrissie [Howarth] up to Nellie today. Emily Burke has young daughter.
29 May Charlie Cooke down. Thelma went to school again – Ena went up to stay at Oakeys.
30 May Edie and Tess [Newham] to Whittys for Tennis.
31 May George and I to Mrs Ray [Newham] for afternoon tea.
1 June My birthday. Gorgeous rain last night and today. George to town for goods.
2 June Georgie in Tournament (still on).
3 June Jimmie, Margaret and Anne [Cooke] down – cold day. Molly [Simpson] disappointed Ted [Markham, her father].
4 June Holiday today as races. Won a few bob.
5 June Jim went back to Boorowa. Tried to give Anne oil.
6 June Wrote to Dib [Neville Murray] and Nellie [Cooke]
7 June Test
8 June Test started
10 June Bennetts and Darbys Tennis Match. Rained.
11 June Jim and Jock [Ward] went to work at Streamville
17 June Left for Sydney 11.30 with Darcy Ryan. Gorgeous trip in new car.
18 June In city all day with Winnie [Murray]. Went to see Alice [Murray] – had tea at McGuinness’ and home bed.
19 June Left Albun Street 10 am. Arrived Cowra about four – came out in Darcy’s car – Mat [Walsh, cousin] with us.
21 June John Charles Cooke arrived at 12.45 am. Charlie [Cooke] went to Sydney. Robin took over bakery at Wyangla Dam.
25 June Went to Boorowa to see Nellie – pouring rain.
30 June Georgie took Chrissie [Howarth] up to Nellie. Marg went home.
1 July Jimmy came home with Georgie today. First beat Woodstock Tennis and held cup.
2 July Did not wash – had returns to do for end of quarter.
3 July Washed today. Georgie, Edie and Anne went to town to get prizes for tournament.
4 July Aunty Bid [Ward] and Ted [Markham] birthday [They were twins]. Went to Ward’s to party. Very nice too – age 75 years.
5 July Nothing happened. Raining again tonight.
7 July Tennis Tourney started – still going. Dance at night œ3.19.0 clear profit.
9 July Washed altho nearly raining
10 July Cow came in with calf – Fred Whitty sent Topsy out – Edie had tooth out.
13 July Bennett Springs dance. Jimmy, Geo and Ena playing. Bought bacon Jack E.
14 July Races
15 July Tournament ended. Nellie and family down. Oliver and Clarrie [Markham] won men’s doubles – Tess and Percy [Newham] mixed.
16 July Jim and Jock went to work. Charlie went Sydney today for H.Lane’s car. [Harry Lane married one of the Harris girls from Bennet Springs]. Took Murray. Georgie got 5 teeth out. Nellie and Edie went in too. Went to Aub’s tonight.
18 July Charlie arrived Cowra tonight with Harry Lane and his new car.
19 July Charlie came out today and took family on to Boorowa in H.Lane’s old car.
20 July I went to bed with Lumbago
21 July Jimmy took other car back to Boorowa.
22 July Big round up. I could not go – still in bed. Fr Mc consecrated house.
23 July Uncle Pat’s Mass. George went Holy Communion.
24 July Still raining. Jim and Jock went back to Hammonds. [Property named ‘Streamville’ at top of the Dam].
25 July Nothing doing. Edie washed and still raining.
26 July Georgie could not go Ball – no teeth. I got up this morn after seven days in bed with Lumbago. Jimmy going to town take Mrs Ford to see Percy.
27 July Edie gone to Ball. Pictures tonight (Mr Bam)
29 July Fr O’Kennedy to Mass. Raining too wet. Railway come out Tennis
30 July Still raining
31 July Charlie went Sydney for Evans truck. Still raining. Georgie had tooth filled.
5 August Charlie brought Evans truck. George and boys went up to Weir.
6 August Beautiful day, washing over. Jimmy and Tommy went to town on business. Charlie went home to Boorowa
8 August Nellie rang up tonight. Young people are playing ping pong at Wards – Aunt Bid not very well.
9 August Jim and Jock went back to work. Cut lamb’s tail off. Thellie run needle in hand. Edie went up Hovells see Linda [Smart, sister].
10 August Raining
11 August Raining
12 August Mass – Fr O’Kennedy. Still raining.
13 August Just had washing finished and rain came down. Sammy very ill.
14 August Still raining. Cutting melon for jam. Melons no good.
15 August Party at Ward’s. Lal [Marks] and PJ Whitty – a little plonk.
19 August Ena has flu. Couldn’t go Mass. Darbys won and held the cup from Cowra Presbytery.
20 August Georgie and Tom went for logs. Great anxiety. Should have been home at dinner and arrived 8 pm. Washed – lovely day. Beryl came out. Sammy [Eggleston] going to Sydney for operation to head.
21 August Jimmy taking Aunt Bid Goolagong to see Mr Flannery and going on to Boorowa. Jock home with cold.
22 August Jimmy to meet traveller re exam for job in city.
23 August Tommy and Georgie went again for logs and bogged since 3 pm. Arrived home 9.30. Letter from Winnie.
24 August All hands got influenza.
25 August Jimmy passed traveller. Hopes to get job in Sydney later.
26 August Fr McMahon out Sacred Heart day.
27 August Very warm day
28 August Washed today. Still warm, in fact, very hot. Jim and Jock went back to Hammonds.
29 August Raining and Church of England Ball tonight – word from Sammy and no operation. Leaving for Goulburn tonight.
9 September Jim Carlin died. Buried Cowra.
10 September Washed today. Georgie went to get tooth out.
13 September Went Races. Lovely day.
14 September Went to races. Another nice day.
19 September Jack Markham married in Grenfell today. Edie and I went to Boorowa, got home 10 pm.
24 September Georgie and Tommy gone for logs to cut Francis order.
26 September Bishop here today – 5 kiddies confirmed. Went on to Wyangala.
27 September Ted got tooth out. Robert Neville died this morn in Sydney. Bringing corpse back to Cowra tonight. Wards started wood job.
2 October Binkie [cat] died and cremated.
3 October Ted left for Grenfell this morning.
20 October Frank Ward died after 9 days in hospital.
21 October Buried Darbys today – 25 cars.
14 December Mat Hammond died in Moira Hospital today
15 December M. Hammond buried today Cowra.
21 December Aub and Thelma left for Sydney today
22 December Villiers today. Won by Bacchian
25 December Christmas Day. Very nice and cool. Enjoyed dinner. Nell Ryan took kids to Christmas tree.
26 December Went to see Bing Crosby in ‘She Loves me Not’. Just a picture but Bing not like I thought. Dark Chief won Summer Cup at 33/1.
27 December Nellie and Edie washed and not much in humour. Edie sick from eating ham. I wonder!
30 December Eddie Neville Died today (R.Neville’s son)
31 December Eddie Neville buried Cowra today.
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