All posts by CS Clarke

Sunday 15th August 1915

My 72 birthday.

The wind has calmed down and has changed round more to the N – it was practically a fine day. The new Anglican Church was used for the first time for divine service, Revd Macdonald officiated and I read the two lessons, over 60 were present and the collection was 30/5.


Saturday 14th August 1915

It was fine in the morning but the wind was blowing strong from the NE. I went down to the Church in the morning, was filing things up and cleaning up. Willie took the horse down, he carted Mr Woods tools down to the wharf, he brought up some stone to put at the church door and he took home a lot of short pieces of timber that Mr Woods gave us. Mrs Henry & Mr Macdonald were arranging the alter. I had dinner at Harpers. There was a meeting of the Committee in the Library at 2pm. Mr Macdonald attended. Mr Woods has given up the cottage and he came up to stay with us.


Friday 13th August 1915

It was a fine day. I went down to the Church. I was stopping the nail holes in the pickets, had lunch with Mr Woods. Mrs Henry the lady who has built this Church was driven over from Warkworth & Mrs Macdonald rode over later on.

Mr Woods came in the evening & staid the night.


Thursday 12th August 1915

It was a fine day, I took my dinner and tea down to the village and had my meals with Mr Woods, Mrs Hopkins scrubbed out the Church. I was binding the matting with leather. I got the mail and attended the Library before I went home in the evening.

Wednesday 11th August 1915

There were a few showers. Willie was cutting tea tree on the farm. I went down to the village, I punched all the nails in the pickets. The Steamer brought some more matting & a chair for the church.

Tuesday 10th August 1915

There was a heavy shower in the morning and a lighter one in the afternoon. Wille was cutting tea tree on the farm. I went down to the Church & nailed on the remainder of the pickets on the front fence and cleared away the rubbish.

Duncan Knaggs came and fixed the cups on the gate posts, we had lunch with Mr woods in the cottage.


Monday 9th August 1915

It was a fine day with the exception of a rather heavy shower. There was a working bee at the Church to erect the front fence. Wille & I, Duncan Knagg’s, C. Gravatt, Jim & Jno Greenwood, Mr Neeley attended and we put up the front fence with the exception of nailing on some of the pickets, which I intend to do tomorrow. The fence and gate looks very nice.


Sunday 8th August 1915

It was very fine in the morning. After breakfast I walked over to Tea Point. I called in at Mr Ashworths and then went on to Mr Neely’s, but he was out so I went on to Duncan Knaggs to tell him about a working bee at the Church tomorrow. I had dinner there and Duncan, Grace and Harold & I walked back to Leigh to the service in the Hall at 2.30. Revd Southern (Methodist) conducted service, it was an intercessory & memorial service for the wounded and for the success of the war, there was a large congregation. When we came out of church it rained heavily and we had to stop in the Hall for awhile, we got wet going home. Mr & Mrs Glass & Mr Woods went up with us and staid the night & we had a musical evening.


Saturday 7th August 1915

It rained last night, but it turned out a beautiful day, quite hot. After breakfast I went down to the Church. I oiled 7 seats & 4 rails, had lunch with Mr Woods. Willie was working at the fence. Mr & Mrs Glass & Mr Woods came for tea and staid the night.