Edward & Uncle come in the night, have breakfast. I & Pa start in buggy Uncle Joe on horseback. At 11 dine at the french man's halfway house at dark. Stay night.
Called up to soon 1/2 past 2- wait till 5, raining heavily all night- start for Geelong- reach Mack's Hotel at 10. Breakfast, rain- go to see Mrs. Cameron. Mr. McLaughlin, Mr. Thorne there, take a cab, call on Mrs. Griffin & Mrs. Woods - back to Mrs. Cameron's to tea - down by train to Melbourne, stay at Scoll's Hotel.
Rain all morn Papa & Uncle out bring a cab- take me & all luggage on board. Marco Polo very wet- return- I and Papa go to St.Kilda to Frasers.
Good Friday- rain & wind - write to Mama. M.J. Mr. Howells & Aunt Martha M. A. Cronch comes - Play at Bayalette til dinner- In eve Alec & his wife Harry, J Pearson, Mr. & Mrs. Cronch & M.A. there to tea, spend the evening very pleasantly. I go to Mrs. C to sleep with Mary Ann.
Papa come for me- to town- rain heavily, hear that vessel leaves at 4 go back to St. Kilda for my bag- say good-bye to Rebecca - then to Lankards - meet Edward there get his likeness- he goes with us on board at 4 - have to take a boat vessel left landing. Say good-bye. The first is very unpleasant night - so much confusion - The Captain is brought down & introduced. There is great trouble getting lady on board, who has come along on boat. Mrs. Gunn - she is drawn up the side in Captain's Chair, after some difficulty - towed out by steamer- great trouble with him & pilot. We got a fright by a lighter coming close under the stern and dashing at the windows. The Marco Polo has a beautiful salon & also ladies cabin- easy chairs etc, our State Rooms appear very small. My companion is a Miss Goodlugh who I like at once.
Very calm - going slowly on deck all day, but sick when I go down - It is Sunday but not like one - such noise and some gents on board from Melbourne playing.
Pilot leaves - going very slowly very sick in eve, but night weather calm.
Beautiful morn, up for breakfast., many fishing- Papa caught barracuda, down to dinner & tea & music in eve.
Rather rough, last vessel in sight.
Fine but cold - going along 9 - 11 knots the hour - see coast Tasmania & lighthouse & Cinders & Clarke & Island. The Blue Jacket passed us bound for Melbourne. Papa very poorly but better at night.
Saw many Albatrosses - many fishing for them.
Sick. Captain comes in evening. Music & Cards - going 11 knots.
Sunday - no services walk & talk on deck. A whale seen.
Very rough night - gone 250 miles.
A large Albatross caught measuring 9 ft 9 in from tip to wings. 2 others caught.
Very rough night - no sleep - boxes falling about, feel very sick all day - A Cape Pigeon brought down very prettily marked, went only 100 miles since 12 yesterday - very little progress - land seen New Zealand..
Good night's rest but great deal of motion in vessel- wind against us. Chairs moving in every direction. Mr. Ramsay very poorly. Mrs Gunn faints on deck for an hour, very cold, get dish of soup on lap at dinner, great motion. Sleep on floor of my cabin.
Very rough night, little sleep. Very cold on deck, come below and faint in cabin.
Sunday, up breakfast, Miss D in bed her birthday. Something mysterious going on, an order for gents to appear in full dress to dinner. The Captain does not seem very pleased. Miss D.S health drank by all gents at desert. Mr D proposes it in champagne after Miss G & Mr Gunn whose birthday's passed quietly last week. Captain leaves table before desert. Mr Blakley reads prayers after tea & lessons sing 100 Psalm, 18th service on board. May we have many such.
Good night, going beautifully, rather rough but fair wind 10 & 11 knots per hour, pass Antipodes Island at 12 o'clock, gone 253 miles, dishes rolling. This the Captain say's is to be another Monday, as we have to make one day on the passage home & and lose one going out, gone 248 miles, ship very unsteady. Get another fall, and return of sickness.
A good night. An order issued that gents are not to appear in ladies saloon before 12 on after. Gone 290 miles.
Had a fearful night, no sleep rocking about in every direction. Lit a candle at 4, heavy sea rain came into our berth through portholes. Gone 295 miles.
Better night, but deal of noise on deck, time for meals to be 1/2 hour later.
Have a long walk on deck with Miss G & Mr. Ramsay. Fanny very busy trying to arrange for marriage to come off. Change seats at tea with Mr. Ramsay who has said I would not succeed. Not very good temper about it.
Quiet night, not on deck, very busy preparing invitations for a party to come off next week.
Sunday, very cold. Miserable not on deck. Mr. Blakely reads prayers after tea, gone 173.
Going on well at night. Mr. Deguoy fell on deck last night & cut his head. Very busy making Fanny's dress, rather sick in afternoon.
Rough, had bad night, no sleep, gone 205, feel very sick.
Very unfortunate so many sick. Mr. Jenkins still very ill, steward & boatsman ill, had better night, gone 142 today. On deck took lesson on compass from Mr. Ramsey, cards in saloon.
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