Friday 20th November 1914

We called at the Orakei Wharf to land some sheep and arrived in Auckland at 4.30. I went ashore later on and took the 7am boat across to the North Shore and walked  up to Mr Wallaces where I received a hearty welcome, after breakfast I went down to the works and had a hot bath and a sleep, after lunch I went across to Auckland, called on Mr Greudrod at his office and then went to the Horticultural Show which was held in one of the Exhibition buildings in the Domain, there was a large exhibit of Roses but the quality was not very good.


Thursday 19th November 1914

It was a fine day, the steamer made a round trip, I went down to the village and the wharf when she came in to get the mail. I was planting out Zinnias, Asters & Stocks and getting ready for going to Auckland. May Dunning is going to look after the Library in my absence. The “Kawau” left here at 9pm and I embarked, Willie was down to see me off, Joe Torkington was also a passenger.

Wednesday 18th November 1914

There was a misty rain in the morning and I seized the chance of planting out Zinnias, Stocks and Asters, but it soon cleared up, the sun came out and the wind changed to the SW and blew strong. Went down to the village in the afternoon to post a letter and to take a bunch of roses to the butcher for his wife.

Willie was cutting open tins for spraying.


Tuesday 17th November 1914

It was a fine day. Planted out Corn flowers, Zinnias, Stocks & Asters. Willie drove Grace and Mrs Simpson to Ti Point in the morning,
Mrs S. remained there. Mr & Mrs R. Williams drove over in the afternoon to have a look at the garden, they staid for tea.

Monday 16th November 1914

It rained last night and early this morning, it was not very heavy but it has freshened up everything. The Jersey Cow (Kate) calved a bull calf.

I went down to the village in the pm to post letters, saw Mr Mauder M.P who is going to speak this evening. Heard with regret of the death of Lord Roberts while on duty in France. We all went to Mr Mauders meeting in the evening, Mr Jas Greenwood occupied the chair.  A vote of thanks and confidence was carried.


Thursday 12th November 1914

It was a fine day. Ernie Greenwood drove me over to Warkworth, we arrived there about noon, consulted Dr Morrison, had dinner and then went to the Show which was held in the Town Hall, John Greenwood took some Roses over for me yesterday & entered them but they took no prizes. The flowers were very good, also fancy work and cookery. I went with the John Greenwoods to Mr Rooses and staid there the night.


Wednesday 11th November 1914

It was a fine day. I was Deputy Returning Officer and was in the Hall from 9am to 6pm. The candidates were, J. Hoult, A. Matheson and Ernest Vipond. After the polling was over I went to A. Dunnings for tea, played cards in evening.

The Polling at all the Booths was as follows.

Hoult Matheson Vipond
Leigh 0 43 1
Pakiri  6  8  14
Claim  0 25 1
Whangaripo 0 0 25
Matakana 0 0 6
 6 76 47