I and Papa start in coach from Hobard from Launceston, have a long day, arrive at the Club Hotel 8 o'clock tea then bed.
Have breakfast then out to the top of a hill & have a fine view ot the town. Call at Bell's Auction. Pa sees C. Bell. Have tea at 1/2 past 8, go on board steamer for Melbourne- very showery, find ladies preparing for bed-into berth- leave wharf at 10 pm.
Sick very early plenty of rolling about pass Black Swan sea very rough.
Longing for land, good news, entering heads. After some time manage to dress then on deck and see the splendid Bay. Several large steamers passing & many vessels at anchor, arrive at 4 o'clock. Papa goes on shore with Major Stevenson to find lodgings. We Henry Fraser, go in car to unpleasant place. I Misses S have table to ourselves in private room.
An unpleasant night Papa goes out I with him, in afternoon to Botanical Gardens, have a long walk back, ready for Henry at 6, with him by train to St. Kilda- Rebecca very kind, offers me to stay there. See A. Heath and I. Pearson
I go by train with Henry hear that Uncle John is in Geelong. Papa starts for there at 1. I go back to St. Kilda with Rebecca to other house. After tea to school room to hear children sing. See pumpkin weighing 100 pounds.
Very hot day. Papa & Uncle come to St. Kilda P.stays to tea. Uncle leaves for Geelong. J.P. comes, music. Mr Gedham also there.
Very hot, almost devoured by mosquitoes, go out with Fanny find Mrs. Jackson, Papa comes with lotion for my bites Mrs Whitney calls. After tea Rebecca & I go to Mrs. Gronch's.
Write to M .J. go in by train with Henry, meet Rebecca in afternoon, go to Gardens. Miss Henry shopping & then back to St. Kilda.
Sunday go with Rebecca to St. Kilda Church morn hear Mr. Lam preach, Papa comes to dinner- after Mrs. Jackson's- back to tea then Papa and I go into Melbourne to Lonsdale Church, coming home to see Mrs. Halson, ( late Cadden ) Harry & John P there. Have a long talk to Henry and Becky of days gone by.
In by train. Meet Pa. Go shopping, telegraph to Uncle John- home - Harry there.
Very busy making dress- to town afternoon. Receive telegram from Uncle John. R. Stephen coming.
Papa & I go to Geelong by 4 train. Sleep at hotel.
Papa & I go to see Mrs. Cameron, to Bowdens to dinner back to Mrs. C. to tea. Spend a very pleasant eve. Misses Bowdens, Hugh & Young Fraser there, very poorly, to the Hotel to sleep.
Up early- had no sleep- start in Coach for Streatham. Dreadful journey-very sick. Change seats with P. meet Uncle with carriage. Call at Mr. Ritchies, meet Miss Gray there reach Yalla Y Poora- very tired about 7. Aunt very kind.
Rest in all day- Aunt M & Miss Gray very kind.
Sunday rather stormy. Aunt M reads walk.
Ritchies & families. There for the day. As soon as they leave Mr. Robertson & Mr Fritz, a German come..
A very fine day- Uncle getting in cattle - We walk & after have music.
Mersus R& F leave. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson call- after Mr. Megaw scotch clergyman comes, have service in eve. I play harmonium.
Thursday Uncle Aunt M servant & baby in carriage- Miss Gray, Pa & Annie in buggy- start for Ararat go over the rises- have beautiful view. Reach Mr. Megaw's at 5, to tea - I, Miss G, Pa & Uncle to dorm to sleep, very windy & rain.
Rain. I Miss G to Mr. Megaw's. Then shopping- to Mr. Saunders to dinner at 6. After tea Aunt, Mr. & Mrs. M. come to Inn to sleep.
Rain I Miss G to Mr M's shopping, back then to dinner- after I go with Mr. M to visit the Goldfields. It is Saturday, the men have left off work- leave Ararat at 4, call at Mr. Langley's get home by dark very cold - Mr. Saunders comes horseback.
Sunday Aunt M reads. All go for walk.
Mr. Saunders leaves after breakfast. Uncle very busy sheep washing.
Start for Uncle Joe's - receive telegram from Edward. Leave Yalla Y Poora & all dear ones there after lunch, reach Mr. Austin's at dark, only Mr. Albert at home, he seems very kind. See many relatives.
Leave Mr. Austin's after breakfast, reach Barwidgee at one , hear that Edward has left 2 hours, dine there with Mr. Stockman. Then on to Minjah- hear Bab is in bed & Uncle & Miss Jennings gone to Warrnambool. Miss Aljoe there, Uncle comes late.
Poor Edward- birthday- he gone to Jellalabad to meet us. I, Pa, Uncle, Bab go to Amelia's - Call at Mr. Whiteheads- Amelia looks very well has such a fine little girl- Tom is much changed- looks very bad, leave at 4 o'clock.
Edward comes back is looking very thin. Amelia & Tom call on their way to Warrnambool. In eve Mr. Stockman calls have a pleasant eve.
Start early, call at Mr. Hood's lunch, walk to Mrs. Robinson's travel through bush, rises and over plains. Reach Jellalabad at 7. Selina & Jane come out to meet us, also Charles, have tea, after, music and games. Mr Loyd there, Miss Jennings came with us on our way to Uncle John's.
Sunday, after breakfast take a walk round the Gardens then to the place where poor Uncle George was killed. After go with Jane & Selina to river's side & sit down until dinner. Jane, Charlie, Miss T. & Mr. Loyd go for a walk, back to tea, after pace verandah- hear from Selina all about her intended, have music & singing- harmonium.
Monday at Jellalabad Mr. L. leaves after dinner. I & Aunt in buggy, Mrs. J Pa & Tom in carriage, start for "???", reach it at 4, go over house, building's garden, make beds- have a nice tea.
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