Sunday 20th August 1916

It was a fine day. Russell was leading a horse over to Tangihanga so I rode with him, we arrived just after they had finished lunch, Henry had gone to Te Araroa early this morning to attend a meeting about the Telephone, he returned in the evening, Russell returned to Ahomatariki.


Friday 18th August 1916

Russell took a horse down to Te Araroa to get shod and neither he nor Jack returned at night.

Jack rang me up to say that a young fellow was coming up here to work [as a] a shepherd, so he turned up in the afternoon with two dogs.

I had to do the cooking.

Wednesday 9th August 1916

It was a fine day. Russell & Connerley were going over to Ahomatariki where Jack is manager so I thought it a good time to go with them as I could not find my way by myself. We rode down the river to Henry Briscoe’s (a Half Caste) place, crossed the river and then climbed a very high hill in some places very steep, descending the other side to the other river close to Mr Hayes’ place (another Half Caste) and then going up the river, crossing it four times, passing Mr Metcalf’s place who has a nice large house and lots of outbuildings. Jack has a housekeeper named Miss Kurwell to whom Jack is engaged to be married. She seems a very nice person. Jack has working for him besides, Carpenter (a half caste) who does the carting and a boy named Terry. The men who came over with me returned to Tangihanga after lunch. The place is much improved since I was here 13 years ago, they have a snug 5 roomed house and the place is much clearer of logs and stumps.

While at Jack’s place I occupied my time in working in the garden, forking out docks & sorrell and burning them in a heap, getting out stones and carrying them out. Jack was building a Dairy near the house covering the sides and roof with asbestos sheets.

Sunday 6th August 1916

With the exception of one shower in the morning it was a fine day. Addison rode over to Jack’s place to spend the day, Jack asked me to go with him but I felt too stiff after my ride on Friday. Mr O’Regan came here for dinner. Henry heard that his timber had been landed on the beach at Te Araroa so he & Russell rode down there after dinner to look after it.


Friday 4th August 1916

It was a fine day.

Russell & Connerley took some horses to the other station, Addison was fixing a gate in the creek not far from the house. Henry & I rode round the station and also the land belonging to Pemberton 450 acres in extent. It is good undulating land and is much freeer of logs, we took our lunch with us and ate it at the homestead. I was very stiff and sore when I got back as I had not been on a horse for many years.