Friday 11th May 1917

A calm day, but the city and harbour were enveloped in fog. Left Mr Wallaces and went over to Auckland. The fog was so dense the ferry boats had a job to find their way across the harbour. Took my luggage to the “Kawau” and then went up Queen St to make purchase of a few things to take home. We left the wharf at noon, the fog being still very dense and we had a job to make out Tiri or the Kawau Island. Ernest Wyatt, young Archie Dunning & Charlina Bond were also on board, we arrived at Leigh at 4pm. Jane was down to meet me & Willie came down with the sulky later on. Jane went up with us and in the evening Jane & I went down to the Hall to a social to provide funds to erect a Roll of Honour to the boys who have gone to the front.

I was glad to get back to my old home again. During my absence Willie & Grace had legally adopted a beautiful little boy – they have named him Raymond Charles.

 

Thursday 10th May 1917

The 2nd Anniversary of Alan Wallace’s death at Gallipoli. I went across to Auckland in the afternoon, went up to Karangahape Road via Upper Queen St, met Capt Ohlsen on the car, did some shopping and returned to the shore.

 

Wednesday 9th May 1917

It was a showery day. I went across to Auckland in the morning, went to see the Kawau off. Met Henry & Ernest Wyatt, had lunch at the Strand. Ordered some furniture at Tonson Garlicks, returned to the shore.

 

Monday 7th May 1917

When we got up this morning we had crossed the Bay of Plenty and were passing the Alderman Islands and soon afterwards the Mercury Island and Cape Colville, we arrived at Kings Wharf at 4pm. I had most of my luggage taken to the Northern Co’s Office and booked to Leigh. Soon after landing I met Henry who had come up to Auckland from Gisborne in the “Tarawera”. Both of us went across to Devonport and up to Mr Wallaces where I received a warm welcome. Henry staid for tea and returned to Auckland in the evening.

During my absence Mrs & Mr Wallace have lost their youngest son Bert who was Killed in France.

 

Sunday 6th May 1917

The “Mako” steamed to a place called Little Awanui to discharge a lot of timber & bricks, while taking a load of bricks ashore in the surf boat it swamped and they had to send the other boat to its assistance. We landed Revd Pahewa at Te Kaha and then we steamed for Auckland.

 

Friday 4th May 1917

The wind had changed during the night to the E and there was a big sea coming in with driving showers.

At 6am the “Mako” sounded her horn in the bay so I got up, paid my bill at the Hotel and went down to the stables, and McKeddie took the passengers down to the wharf in a coach and we got on board at about 8.30am in time for breakfast, a young fellow named Marcus Morris a shepherd at Becket’s station was going up for a holiday, and we occupied the same cabin, he came from Leicester my native place, he had been out here only three years, we had great chats together about the old place, and he showed me a book of views of Leicester. There were also on board a lot of Maoris going to Auckland and we had two in our cabin. Mrs Hawkins and family were also on board going to Cape Runaway where they have a small station. Mr Hawkins has left the Hotel at Te Araroa, the present landlord being a Mr Harvey. There was also on board a Maori parson Revd Hakaraia Pahewa and we had great talks together.

The sea was very rough going to Cape Runaway but when we got there we were in shelter.

 

Thursday 3rd May 1917

It was a fine day.

Fred Galbraith returned to Tangihanga in the buggy taking goods for Jack & Henry. I was sorry to part with my young friend as he is a very nice chap.

Miss Haughton rung me up and asked me to go up to the Hospital this afternoon, so I walked up, had afternoon tea and had a look at her garden, also stopped for the evening, Mr Forester (Postmaster) and his young lady, the assistant in the Post Office and Mr Allen of the Trading company came for tea and we spent a very pleasant evening with gramaphone selections & cards. During the evening it poured with rain and we had a very wet & muddy walk down to the township arriving there after midnight.

Wednesday 2nd May 1917

It was a fine day.

Mr Black, manager of the Te Araroa Farmers Trading Co rung up in the morning to say that the “Mako” was expected in either to day or tomorrow on her way to Auckland and that I had better get down to Te Araroa at once, so I packed up my things and said good bye to my friends whom I was sorry to leave, Jack, Lily & Ken Pearson were returning to Ahomatariki to day.

Fred Galbraith drove me down to Te Araroa in the buggy, on our way down we met the nurse Miss Houghton & her assistant riding up to Tangihanga we arrived at Te Araroa at 2pm put up the horses in McKeddie’s stable and gave them a feed and went and had dinner at the Hotel and engaged a bed room for the night.

Got the mail from the Post Office and made some purchases at the Trading Company.