Diary of John Augustus Milbourne Marsh (1819-1891) 1889
John Augustus Milbourne Marsh
Diary 1889 - trip to Brisbane from Sydney
Tuesday 20th August 1889.
Left Manly pier at 3.30pm we had not time to catch the 3 o'clock steamer, "Brighton" and therefore in anticipation of such a contingency I had ordered the Water Police Launch "Nemesis(?) to come down for us and our baggage. Grace, I and Jack, therefore, (accompanied by Miss Moran) went on board and were taken straight to Darling Harbour, where the "Cintra" was lying, and with some difficulty but with the aid of Inspector Donohue and 3 Water Police men, got on the Wharf where we were met by Milly, and on reaching the ship found Marie and Neville Dowling, and George Pinnock on board awaiting us: Wise had gone to the Circular Quay thinking we should come up by the "Brighton." We had a very comfortable 3 berth cabin allotted to Grace and myself and an opposite 2 berth cabin for Jack and Arthur were Deck Cabins near the door supposed to be the best in the best in the ship. We paid £10/- our cabins and £2.10 for Jack, return tickets. Very large and airy. The Steamer was appointed to sail at 5, but we did not get away till 6. Amongst the passengers we discerned the Rev Dean Sheridan R.C., Father Delany, Inspector of Roman Catholic Schools sent out from England lately, going to Cook Town and a Mr and Mrs Wilkinson from Toorak, Melbourne, she a very attractive woman, also Buchanan, nephew of Charles Manning, and a young English friend, going to Henry Morts station near Ipswich, "Franklyn Vale." A Mrs and Miss McGregor of Melbourne going to Brisbane for health, a scientist, Mr Kennedy, a man from India formerly Superintendent of Police there, having retired on his pension, and an idiotic Parson of some persuasion, and in all about 40 cabin passengers, and some 90 steerage ones.
Wednesday 21st August 1889
I did not sleep very well, owing to the noise of the rudder chains, which all through the night kept grating and banging the deck, right over our heads.
I stuck to my "Holman's Liver Pads" which completely prevented nausea or mal de mer. Had breakfast in bed, and afterwards went on deck, enjoying the balmy air which seemed specially to meet us. Mrs Wilkinson was very much affected by the motion, and was lying on the deck chairs, wrapped in her cloak. We skirted the Coast line the whole day and Smoky Cape, and the opposite barren little island "Fish Rock" were quite a picture in the scene. About 3 we came upon the 3 Solitary Islands, which appeared barren and desolate in the extreme, though on one of them was a lighthouse.
The Captain, Lee, is apparently a very good skipper and very polite, one of the Inspectors of the Company, (I don't know his name) is also on board, and has a very fine Tenor voice, which he uses of an evening, accompanied by Miss McGregor the musician of our party. She herself, singing (Serten?0 and Irish songs ad libertum with a strong husky voice, yet with a degree of feeling.
The Steamer "Cintra" is a large vessel, of nearly 2000 tons belonging to Barne Philps and Company and trades regularly between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cook Town, and is fitted with electric lights, throughout saloon and private cabins.
Thursday 22nd August 1889
Awoke early this morning before sunrise disturbed all night be the noise of the chains connected with the steering gear. The sky had a very lurid appearance, blood red as it were, portending rain, however it did not rain, and we had a most beautiful enchanting day. The vessel did not go very fast, owing to her needed being docked and cleaned, which they say is to be done immediately on arrival in Brisbane. The wind and current were also against us.
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Where the river enters the Bay about 1 o'clock we came to the Bar and the tide being low, we had to anchor for 2 hours and wait for the high tide and remained for a time, fixed on the Bar. We then re-commenced our voyage as it were at 3 pm, and gradually went up the river, which presented a charming appearance. The light and shade being perfect and the atmosphere delicious. We did not reach the wharf till 6 o'clock, when Philip met us, and came on board, getting us a waggonette (5/-) for ourselves, and a dray 3/6 for our luggage. Nearly all the passengers left at the same time, with us except Dean Sheridan, Father Delany, and Mr and Mrs Wilkinson all bound for Cook Town.
Mary Ann had kindly prepared a nice dinner for us, and we went to bed therefore refreshed. I had brought with me a case of a dozen of spirits for which the Custom House Officer demanded 2/- a bottle duty. On opening it, instead of finding whiskey, which had been ordered from the Co-operative Store, they had packed up "Aromatic Schnapps." This being a Protestant Colony we were therefore (nuteted?) to £1.4.
Friday 23rd August 1889
Had breakfast in bed, and after lunch went with Philip and Jack, to the Agricultural Show, at the Grounds of the Exhibition Building (some short time ago burnt down). The Races at Bowen Park, seemed to have diminished its attractions for their were not many people assembled. The Produce, and Machinery exhibited did not appear to be much appreciated, there was no (keeping?) of horses, nor did they parade either horses or the cattle. This I understood took place 2 days ago. There was an exhibition of light draught horses, the prize was taken by Colonel French, going Dog Cart horses, nothing very particular in shape or action, after this there came races of trotting horses in sulky's and which were very tame and uninteresting. We left to "Grand Stand" shortly after and then strolled around the stalls where the (Corp Co-op?) horses were still to be seen. I was introduced to a Mr Musgrave (nephew of the late Sir A Musgrave) who has just come from New Guinea. We went in a cab to the Exhibition for which Philip paid 2/6, and returned by tram to Queen St and then walked to the ferry. On the ferry boat a lady spoke to me, but of whom (at first) ii had no recollection, a widow, and who turned out to be a Madame De la Forest (neé O'Halloran) wife of the late French Consul at Noumea(?) and sister of the 2 Miss O'Hallorans of Sydney.
Saturday 24th August 1889
After breakfast a Mrs Clarendon Stewart called on the Pinnocks, and she on leaving walked with me as far as where 2 of the Miss O'Hallorans are living. They have taken a Boarding House on the street and paid 100 for the good will and furniture such as it is. After lunch went over to Brisbane and Philip took Jack and a little friend of his (Maud Thornhill) to the Circus, midday performance. He left me at the Queensland Club, where I saw Abbott, the Inspector of the A. J. Stock Bank and at 4.30 went on board the "Cintra" for Cook Town to say good bye to Dean Sheridan and Father Delany who are now leaving, also to Mrs and Mrs Wilkinson, who have been living on board the "Cintra" since her arrival on Thursday. The vessel not having been put into the dock, as was hinted when we left Sydney. 100 Kanaka were on board going Northwards to the sugar plantations and a Clergyman from the Cape, the Bishop of Brisbane, good bye to them was wished.
Sunday 25th August 1889
Raining in the early morning, cleared about 10, and enabled us (that is Philip, Mary Ann, Jack and myself) to go to Church in the morning. Grace was so unwell that she could not accompany us. The Clergyman's name is Herbert Heath, a cousin of our cousin Admiral Sir Leopold Heath of Anstey Grange, England. He put me in mind very much of J. Buchanan, the ex S.M. of Sydney. The Church is very nice, but it was a small congregation. I saw Mrs Heath, the wife of Captain Heath R.N. in Church but she is no relation of the Incumbent. Had dinner about 1.30 and a friend of the Pinnocks, Mrs Scott, dined. It came on to rain heavily and she was not able to return to her residence on the other side of the river, till after 4 o'clock. Grace very faint all day. Philip and Mary Ann went again in the evening to Church. This not - the night was dame, and I did not venture. The sermon preached in the morning was a funereal one in memory of a man named West who died suddenly last week.
Monday 26th August 1889
I got up to breakfast, 1st time Grace still feeling unwell and she did not get up to breakfast. A Mr Halloran, nephew of Henry Halloran of Sydney, breakfasted and went on to Brisbane with Philip. He come from the North, from a place called "Herberton." Mary Ann expected the arrival of Willy's wife at 10 from the "Pine." But she did not come for nearly an hour after and stayed till luncheon. I went in afterwards to the Club to see if there were any letters. In the evening the 2 Miss O'Hallorans called, also Mrs Clarendon Stuart; and after them in a pour of rain, the Clergyman of the Parish, Rev Herbert Heath, paid us a visitation as new comers I suppose. He escorted Mrs Clarendon Stuart to his house where she is at present living.
Tuesday 27th August 1889
Grace a little better. After breakfast went in to Brisbane, on crossing the ferry met Wilson, formerly Manager of the Mercantile Bank, Sydney. Bit who was lately dismissed therefrom by the Directors, partly for devoting the Reserve Fund to the payment of Interest etc, (he is staying at Sir J. Griffiths the opposite side of the river), and who is married to his wife's sister.
I took a waggonette to call on Madame De la Forest, she is living at a place called "LaTrobe Terrace," Paddington, nearly 3 miles from Brisbane, the road hilly and rough, and a wretchedly dull looking place. Madame De la Forest, was not in but I saw Alice O'Halloran, who looks much less of the Invalid, then when in Sydney, though she regrets having left it. Returned to Brisbane in another waggonette, just in time to escape a heavy shower of rain. Went to a Homeopathic chemist (Field and Co) have prescription made up. He was a few years ago dispenser for Dr Kidd of London. On my way met Claude Musson who showed me where to get lunch, Pinton's(?). As today was Mary Ann's reception day I returned home by 3 and found 2 visitors, Mrs Clarendon Stuart, and Mrs Heath, wife of the clergyman. After them came Mrs Harte (Haste?) and her daughter. Then a Mrs Llewellyn and her daughter, not yet introduce to Miss Murphy. The Police Magistrate of Ispwich, a Mr Yaldwin dined here and also a Mr Cay (who married a niece of John Cox of Negoa) After dinner Yaldwin left to take his daughter to a dance at Government House and Philip andCay went to a Cricket Meeting, Philip having to present a Cricket Bat to Cay. A slight showery day, but nevertheless a beautiful day.
Wednesday 28th August 1889
A few drops of rain fell, before breakfast but did not last. Thermometer 64. About 10.30 went by the ferry to Brisbane and again met Wilson, the ex Manager of the Mercantile Bank, Sydney, who is staying at Sir W Griffiths. Went to the Homeopathic Chemist (Field and Co.) had prescription made up, from there walked up Queen St, and on to the Queensland Club, where I had lunch at 1.10. Saw there Hume, Deputy P M, formerly(?) C.M.S., made(?) the acquaintance of Boyd who is uncle of our friend and connection?) Ettic Loring (wife of John Loring).
After lunch had my hair cut at the Hair dressing Salon, in Queen St, a very dirty place besides having to walk through a tobacconist's shop and up a steep flight of stairs. Returned immediately after to ferry to "Kangaroo Point" and felt very tired and leg heavy. Felt very weak and unwell afterwards.
I met on my way to town Mr and Mrs Gades, the latter was Frida Marsh of Wellington, they had been to the dance last night at Government House. She told me that he sister, Grace Campbell, has living in Melbourne, and that her husband, Mr Armitage had come in for £1000 a year by the death of his father in England.
Thursday 29th August 1889
Slight shower before breakfast 8.30. Thermometer 65° in bedroom and at 10 another heavy shower fell. Jack very disappointed at not having heard from home. After lunch another heavy shower came down, and the weather cleared enabling Grace and Mary Ann to visit the Exhibition Grounds to see the butter making, however, all the appliances were packed away and their laudable(?) curiosity was not gratified. In crossing the ferry over to Brisbane were the Miss Tully's, grand daughters of the late Major Dawson of Ryde, who are now in Brisbane on a short visit. Grace and Mary Ann, on getting over to Brisbane went to the Exhibition Ground aforesaid, and I to the Club, saw no one there I knew and afterwards strolled down to Queen Street where I saw at intervals first Mr Price, supposed to be like the Prince of Wales, formerly a reporter of the Herald, at Water Police Courts, next Leopold Sachs of Manly, and last Sir Patrick Jenning of Sydney, who tells me he has been for the last 3 months at his station "Westbrook" on the Darling Downs and returns there tomorrow. I recollect Westbrook 46 years ago when it belonged to Hughs and Isaacs. After our return from a battle with the Blacks at the celebrated "One Tree Hill" fight. Today was the Reception at Government House, but neither of us felt up to a "presentation" to Lady Norman, the Governor's wife. In the evening Mrs Clarendon Stuart paid us a "Nocturnal" visit, she is going to Ipswich tomorrow at 8 o'clock.
Friday 30th August 1889
A most lovely day, not too warm or too cold. Delicious climate. Thermometer 65. At 10,30 sky overcast and cloudy and about middle of day a shower, then cleared the rest of the day. Called at "Carliss's" and lunched in Edward St at 2. Went to Flavells's Queens St, and had watch set to Brisbane Time, 7 minutes faster then Sydney. Went to the Club, met R.B. Sheridan on the way. Madame De la Forest and her sister Alice O'Halloran called after dinner and remained till after 9, when Philip escorted them to their sister who lives near this. They intended taking the 10 o'clock waggonette to La Trobe Terrace if on time.
Saturday 31st August 1889
Cloudy and slightly drizzly rain before breakfast, 8.30. Thermometer 69.° Had lunch at 12.30, earlier than usual, when afterwards Philip and I accompanied by Jack and his young friend Taylor-Derbyshire, went by tram to Breakfast Creek where Captain Wickham lived "Newstead." The day being cloudy not so many people as expected, about 3000. I saw Mrs Wright (wife of Captain Wright R.N., lately in command of H.M. Gunboat "Gayundah") and with her Mrs De Vena, wife of Major Deveux of the Permanent Force. Philip was one of the Judges in the Leaping Exhibition, which by the bye was very good indeed. The horses did not race, but were consecutively put over the different leaps one at a time, about 4 feet 6 inches, of a fence. Then there were pony races, trotting matches, driver and sulky after American fashion. In the Grand Stand, amongst the people I saw (blank) and Jack (of Manly). Left at about 5.30, and managed to get a seat in the tram without any difficulty. Philip introduced me, whilst travelling to the Manager of A.J.Stock Bank of Brisbane, a Mr Kerr.
Felt very tired and knocked up on my return, with severe headache and pains in the neck, which lasted all night and kept me awake.
In the trial jumping stakes, on of the horses got his hind leg caught between the rails of the fence, and at one time I thought he might have broken his leg, as rider and horse fallen over to the ground, but he was ridden so well that the rider never seemed to lose his seat or presence of mind, and lift him by the bridle so carefully, that the horse extricated his leg, and the rider then rode him leisurely back to the starting post. The name of the rider was "Dudley White" a splendid young horseman.
Sunday 1st September 1889
Did not get rid of my pain in head and neck till after I got up and had my breakfast, in bedroom. Went to Church in the morning with Grace, Mary Ann, and Philip and Jac, A Clergyman, (a Mr Southey of Ipswich) did duty for Mr Heath who has gone to Ipswich in his place, a sort of change or air, for both. Saw Mrs Heath (wife of Captain Heath) and her daughters in Church. Also 3 Miss Tallys, daughters of Surveyor General of Queensland. He was married twice, 2nd time to a Miss Darvall, daughter of Major Darvall, the 2nd girl pretty and nice slight figure with dark Darvall eyes, like their relation J.B. Darvall, formerly Attorney General of New South Wales.
After our early dinner called on Mr Goetz who lives in a very nice house near Philips, nice garden and beautiful views of the river, situated high above the banks. The garden kept in good order, the Azalias beautiful, everything inside and outside betokening the well to do prosperous citizen. Jack went with me and on walking up the pathway, espied a number of young people assembled on the lawn busily engaged in amateur photography. The three Miss Tallys, and the young Goertz. After staying about an hour left and accompanied the Miss Tally's to their residence in the same street. After tea Mr and Mrs Woodcock called, the former accompanying Philip, Mary Ann, and Grace to evening Church. I remained behind talking to Mrs Woodcock, who I find is intimately acquainted with our friend Rev Mr P. Trevelyan of Wolverton, England and is related to his wife (she was a Miss Bowerie). After having had supper the Woodcocks left at 10 intending if they could not get an omnibus, to walk out to their residence at "Milton" some miles from this. Madame De la Forest, with her children called in afternoon accompanied by her sister Alice O'Halloran.
Monday 2nd September 1889
Beautiful cool morning, Thermometer only 65.°
After lunch went in to Brisbane to the Australian Society Stock Bank, then to the Queensland Club where I saw Murray Prior, not long returned from England, he married a 2nd time Norah Barton. I enclosed my Bank Pass Book, and sent it by Parcel Post to be made up at A.S. Stock Bank, postage 5d. On returning from ferry met first Mrs Taylor and her sister Miss Hilliar, then Mrs Wright, wife of Captain Wright (whom Taylor succeeded in command of the Gun Boat "Gayandah"), and was afterwards over taken by Miss Murphy, daughter of Mrs Llewellyn. Walked a little way with her and on our way met Mrs Clarendon Stuart, whom I escorted back to the Pinnocks. After dinner Taylor paid an evening visit full of his official disagreement with his subordinate Captain Drake.
Then Rev. Mr Heath, and Mrs Clarendon-Stuart who is staying with him came after and stayed till 10.
Tuesday 3rd September 1889
Nice cool morning, Thermometer 61. The carpenter at work again early in Philip's house, taking up the flooring boards that were eaten away with White Ant, and replacing them with new ones. The hammering, sawing, and planing going on unsuitable to one's nervous temperament. My temples reverberate with the noise! Grace, notwithstanding, is busy writing to Marie a long letter. I wonder if she will allude to the circumstances! At 12 o'clock went in to Brisbane, lunched at the Club. At 1.10 p.m. saw Sir Thomas McIlwraith with (Arthur H.) Palmer, Sir Samuel Griffith , S Hume, Boyd, (Edward Robert)Drury, Manager of the Queensland Bank, at the same table I sat. Afterwards called at Flavelle's about watch 15/-. Saw Madame De la Forest and her sister. Had a long talk at Club with Day and afterwards with Murray Prior (Price?) who is staying at the Club, the latter is now a Member of Council.
Wednesday 4th September 1889
Fine cool day, Thermometer 65° in the morning at 11 on the window sill. A shower of rain fell early, which perhaps cooled the air for at 12 Thermometer rose to 68.° Searching one's boxes for different articles of clothing, in anticipation of hot day coming. AT 3 o'clock p.m. Thermometer fell again to 63 with a cool breeze and cloudy sky. Went to Post Office to post newspapers for New Zealand for Cecil. Net Abbott, formerly A.J.Stock Bank, asked me to dine on Sunday with them, but I declined. Next also L. Sachs, Miss McGregor who came from Sydney in the "Cintra." Dined early at 6 as the Pinnocks and Grace were going to the "Liedertafel" held at "Centennial Hall," Adelaide St. They were accompanied by Mrs Clarendon Stuart, also by Mr and Mrs and Miss Woodcock who met them at the Concert room. Philip is Vice President of the Liedertafel and had to escort Lady Norman into the Concert Room, and on her return to her carriage. The Governor and Miss Norman were also with her. I did not feel up to (sitting?) the hot room, and after crossing the river in Punt I went to the "Goertz" for the evening.
Thursday 5th September 1889
Very cool morning on first getting up. Thermometer in back bedroom only 61°. In the cool part of Verandah 63°, and in the front part, in the sun, 105° (blood heat).
Lady Norman holds her usual Reception today at Government House. I think of going to it, for the sake of giving an account to Marie, of a "Queensland Drawing Room."
Felt somewhat better, though feeling weak, and having the usual pain in back of head and nape of neck. A sort of chronic infliction. Still continuing the Dialized Iron" proscribed at various times, 1st by Dr Kyngdon, and again by Dr Roth, as yet no palpable effect! I have been just a fortnight in Brisbane, since arrival!
Went in afternoon with Grace, Mary Ann and Mrs C. Stuart at 4.30 to Lady Norman's Reception, met Lady O'Connell, Taylors, Miss Hilliar, the Heaths, Glennies, Ross's, Graham, Miss Douglas, Miss Tully's. Mrs Heath sent Grace and myself in their carriage home by the horse ferry, the eldest Miss Heath and Miss Mowbray accompanied us.
Friday 6th September 1889
Thermometer in the shade 74°, in the sun 110°. Warm day all throughout till 6.00, then it cooled, and a slight breeze sprang up. Went out after breakfast to A.H.S. Wharf, and went on board the "Cintra" which arrived last night from "Cook Town," and went to Sydney this afternoon at 4.30. She will not be up here again from her return to Sydney for 3 weeks. Lunched at the Club and saw there (Walter Cunningham) Hume (Under secretary of Lands), Tully, Drury Lambert (MLC), Wilson, and others. Called at La Trobe Terrace, no one at home. Hot, dusty drive. Grace and Mary Ann went to the Acclimatization Society Gardens to see the orchids. Lock accompanied them, who went afterwards to the Goertz's in the evening. Mrs Heath, wife of Captain Heath, called on Grace and Mary Ann. Met Miss Griffin (formerly of Manly) in Queen Street. Got a cheque of £5 cashed at A.L. Stock Bank here.
Saturday 7th September 1889
Thermometer in shade 67°, in the sun at 10 o'clock 108.°
Jack went at 9.30 with his young friend Taylor-Derbyshire by tram to "Sandgate" where Hume (Undersecretary of Lands) keeps (Moreton?) sailing boat, which the two boys are to go on board tonight. Hume joins them some time today. Sandgate is 15 or 16 miles from Brisbane, return tickets 7/6. Philip went to his son's "Willies" at the "Pine" by 12 o'clock train. I met him at the Central Railway Station. He is going to sleep there tonight and will not return home till Monday at lunch. After Philip left by train I took my seat at 12.20 on the train for "Ipswich." I got a Return Ticket for which they charged 5/-, we passed through several placed nearly 20, at each of them train stopped.
(scorch mark - This scorch mark is from the effect of reading in bed)
Did not reach the Terminus at Ipswich till nearly 2.As the return train left at 2.15, I had not time, as I wished to go over the town. I only taking a sandwich and glass of whiskey and returned to Brisbane by the 2.15 train. At all the corners of the street (today?) were women asking subscriptions from passersby for Hospital, and at Ipswich Terminus all selling bouquets. On reaching Brisbane at 5, and on returning by Kangaroo Point Ferry Mary Ann accompanied by Mrs Herbert Evans suddenly met me. I had not seen her since the year 1841, 48 years ago, just after her marriage. She came up to me and asked me "if I did not know her," to which I was forced to say "I did not." I was afraid she had mistaken me for some other person. She was dressed in the most extraordinary way, old fashioned and most unbecoming clothes, and had not the slightest trace of the beauty which as a girl she possessed. She says she is not 71, which accounts for the change for the worse.
Sunday 8th September 1889
A cool morning, only 68° in the bedroom, and 98° in sun. Grace, Mary Ann and I went to Church, Mr Heath performed service in the morning and preached an able sermon in aid of the Hospital in the town.
An aged man (by name O'Halloran, formerly Sheriff) nearly 80 by his looks, accompanied by his young second wife, about 40 came into Church. The old man was feeble and had a touch of bronchitis On seeing this, after a while, the Parson with kind consideration shut the front door of the Church through which the wind beat on the octogenarian, some half an hour afterwards some man, (Horricks by name, formerly in the Army) who pew was near the door suddenly arose, and opened the door, in a very assertive manner, much as to question the kind act of the Incumbent. I saw Mrs Heath and her two daughters in Church. Also the Taylors. Taylor was one of those who held the plate. Philip being still away at the "Pine," at his son's. The little Thornhills came to dinner with Mary Anne. Nice engaging little children, quite a Romance is attached to them, their father was a Captain in the Army, settled in New Zealand where adverse circumstances met him, his wife eloped and has never been heard of since, leaving their children in her husband's hands. He came to Sydney and to Brisbane ultimately became a drunkard and is now ending his days at the Benevolent Asylum at a place called "Dunwich," 60 miles away, and the children are now placed with a Mrs Chetwynd to whom 10/- a week for each child is paid (subscribed for their maintenance through the exertions of Philip).
In the evening went again to Church with Grace, Mary Ann. The Incumbent, Heath, performed the Service, and preached a very able, impressive and well delivered sermon, the text "the heart of man is deceitful above (matters?) and desperately wicked." Mrs Heath (wife of Captain Heath) with her daughters were in Church also. Captain and Mrs (Ross, Drake Locke?) met one of our fellow passengers by "Cintra" coming out of Church, a Mr Lacy, a vegetarian, he says, staying near this with a Captain McCarthie, he says.
Monday 9th September 1889
Thermometer in bedroom 68°, on verandah in the morning at 9 o'clock in sun 98.° Invited by Abbott, Inspector of Australian Joint Stock Bank to dine with him next Sunday at 1, he lives about 4 miles out of town. Received my Bank Book from Sydney with account made up. I sent it down by parcel post last Monday, just a week has elapsed since sending and receiving it back. Philip returned home from his son's, at luncheon time.
Went into Brisbane after breakfast, called at Court House, on Phil. The Constable at the door inside very officious, a regular "dog in office." Left at the conclusion of the business and returned to lunch at Philips. At ferry met Alice O'Halloran and her sister Margareta and was astonished to hear that Alice was going back to Sydney tomorrow, for family reasons. The other two sisters knew this, have been much worried by a claim on their fortune by a man who says that he only lent it on time payment to the person who sold it to them, as her's. Grace and Mary Ann went at 3 o'clock to a meeting at the "Home of Destitute Women" some distance away. Lady Norman was there also. After they had gone Alice O'Halloran called to see Grace, and then she entered with me more fully as to the cause of her leaving her eldest sister Mrs De la Forest, escorted her to her two worried sisters, and on to Steamer office about passage to Sydney, and then to Omnibus for La Trobe Terrace, where she stay the night.
Tuesday 10th September 1889
Just three weeks since I left Sydney.
Mary Ann's "Reception day at home," notwithstanding, we are invited to lunch at Mrs Heaths today at 1 o'clock, she is to send her carriage for us. It is also Mrs Heath's "Day at home"!
Thermometer in shade 68, in sun 115 at 1/4 to 1. Mrs Heath came in her carriage to take us out to lunch about 1 ½ miles from here. Captain Heath had not left his office but we met him walking here on our return to Philip's. At lunch were the three Miss Heaths, pretty girls all, particularly the eldest, and clever: their brother, and a friend of his by the name of Scott. Also a young married woman, a Mrs McCarthey, (living at Toowong), daughter of a Mr Pollet Cardew(?) who I knew 47 years ago at the Downs, and is now P.M. in Country, she is a pretty agreeable girl. After lunch came several visitors. Mrs Heath's day at home, Mrs Henry White (of Mudgee) who once lived nearby at the Venesses'(Venox?) "Fiona" (when they were in England) and on whom Sydney Society did not seem to look honorably them. After her a Mrs Carver (Cowes?), the wife of a Barrister, then Lady McIlwraith and her daughter, both ugly, plain and vulgar, and ignorant of the ways of the world. Nothing to recommend them but their husband' wealth and political status.
Mrs Heath very kind and polite, and sent us home in her carriage again at about 6. On they way met Captain Heath walking home, and had a chat with him, only just returned from Cook Town. The evening became very cool and delicious and we enjoyed the drive back to Philips. A friend of the youngest Miss Heath, a Miss Mort (niece of the late Sydney Morts) joined the afternoon gathering, she promises to be a handsome young woman. She appeared only about 15 years old. Whilst we were at the Heaths, Alice O'Halloran called on Grace, and told Mary Ann she was going this evening by the Steamer "Elamang" at 8 o'clock to Sydney for good. Jack went in the evening to the Goertz, and Mrs C. Stuart paid us an evening visit. Also Mr Derbyshire, the father of Jack's friend.
Wednesday 11th September 1889
Wrote to Levien M.P. Fraser, Under Secretary.
Thermometer in shade 70, in sun 87, a cool breeze reducing the temperature. Captain and Mrs Heath and eldest daughter drove here before 10 o'clock on their way to Brisbane. I walked out to them in their carriage, for a few minutes. Went after lunch into Brisbane, called at Field & Co the Chemists. Then on to the Queensland Club to inquire for letters. In Queen St met a young and very diminutive man who was a reporter, and used to be at Water Police Office for that purpose, his name I forget, he is now resident in Brisbane. In the evening after dinner Mrs King and her daughter (wife of King, formerly Speaker of the Assembly, now a Barrister) paid us a visit, he was unable to accompany them, having to look at his Briefs before going on Circuit tomorrow as a Court Prosecutor. He was formerly in the Army, and his relations in Ireland were the friends of our family years ago. Mrs King is peculiar, her daughter (with a better complexion and white teeth) would not be without some pretensions good looking! Mrs King somewhat startled me, with suddenly complimenting me on smallness of feet!
Thursday 12th September 1889
Rain. We awoke at 6 o'clock, preparations being made for Jack to go on a pleasure trip with his young friend Taylor Derbyshire, and his two friends the (Swannich?) lads. All going down in the Government Steamer to "Otter," with Colonel Ross (Visiting Justice) to "Dunnich" where the Benevolent Asylum is, touching at "St Helena," the penal settlement. It was pouring rain when Jack was having his breakfast, notwithstanding a break in weather took place and his young friends called on him, escaped between them (the rain showers?) and they all got to the "Otter" without rain, though later on it came on to pour. Jack returned home about 7 o'clock expressing himself pleased though tired, with his "Outing," being under cover on the Steamer, he did not get wet, though he lost his hat, having been by a strong wind, blown off his head into the sea.
Grace in the afternoon called upon Mrs Goertz, (Goertz?). I on the O'Hallorans, from one of whom (Margaret) I learnt that her sister (Alice) did go to Sydney by "Elamay" on Tuesday night
(27(?)) Wrote letters to Levier M.P., also to Fraser, Under Secretary of Justice on 11th Sept.
Last night Alice O'Halloran went by Steamer "Elamang" to Sydney, but which did not start before 10 o'clock p.m. I did not go into Brisbane, the weather not clearing before lunch time when it became fine and cool
Thermometer 71° on Verandah.
Grace, Mary Ann were invited to lunch with a Mrs Graham somewhere in the direction of Breakfast Creek, her husband a Squatter and M.L.C. but (smiths??) being very well, and the rain coming heavily down at the time sent a telegram excusing themselves.
In the evening Mrs Taylor and sister, Miss Hillyar came for a few hours. After them Captain Taylor and Philip having gone together into Brisbane, to be present at the drawing of prizes at an Art Union but which in the absence of Captain Heath, had to be postponed till next day.
Busy all day with accounts of "Travelling expenses to the "Balmain" and "North Shire Coast" (courts?) expended in 1888 and 1889.
Friday 13th September 1889
Thermometer in bedroom 68°, in sun 107°, in Verandah I shade 73. Grace feeling indisposed lying on chair in verandah, apparently exhausted. Jack passed afternoon and evening at the Goertz'. After lunch went into Brisbane, got prescription made up at the Chemists. Went to Customs House Officer to pay for spirits and wine, 1 doz I brought up, they charged 19/3 duty for 5 Schnapps, 3 brandy, 4 wind. I paid it to Burns, Phelp & Cordar and requested him to have some cabins reserved in the "Cintra" when she returned again to Sydney, in about a fortnight. She will be here from Sydney next Thursday before going to Cook Town. Met Mrs Herbert Evans in Queen Street dressed most queerly, in variegated costume, and a remarkable hat and feathers, immense earrings and brooch, as large as a frying pan. She leaves Brisbane tomorrow for "Warwick" where she resides and has property.
Saturday 14th September 1889
These scorches of the paper the effects of writing in bed and holding the candle too near.
Thermometer in bedroom at 9 o'clock 63°, in sun 81°
At 12.30 went by train to Ipswich, met there Miss Douglas, in the same carriage accompanied by a young Lady friend, both of them got out at "Indooroopilly". There was another young Lady whom Miss Douglas spoke to, rather pretty, but attitudinized the whole way, she got out at "Ipswich." We passed through and stopped at the following stations, "Roma St," "Milton," "Toowong," "Taringa," "Indooroopilly," "Chelmer," "Graceville," "Sherwood," "Corinda," "Oxley," "Darra," "Woolston," "Goodna," "Redbank," "Riverview," "Dinmore," "Bun dama," (burnmark) "Limestone," and then "Ipswich" which we arrived at by 7 minutes to 2 o'clock. Went in a waggonette with another passenger (by name of Norton) formerly he says, a custom house officer, on the borders of Queensland and New South Wales, he was going to put up at the best hotel in Ipswich, the "Palais Royal" kept by a man named Kelly, but which was originally built as a private residence by old George Thorne. We had a very good hot lunch, for 2/6. After lunch sallied forth by myself, to "Suss out the land" or rather the streets, Brisbane Street is considered the best, a fine looking Church of England conspicuously situated, is at the head of it. Also a "School of Arts" and many fine shops. As I walked up a nosey man stopped, looked at me, and observing I wore white gaiters, said to me "I say, you evidently come from England, wearing Gaiters." I called at G. Hudsons the Chemist and Dentist, in Brisbane St, formerly living in Sydney, but lately established in Ipswich, married about a month ago to a Sydney girl (L. McClay) and brought her up the same day of her marriage! They both walked with me to the train which left at 6.15 and reached Brisbane 7.41 p.m. Went to Ferry "Kangaroo Point", in waggonette and reached Philip's by 8 o'clock p.m. Enjoyed the trip.
At "Redbank" saw a lot of hunting men with their Red coats and tops, where there evidently had been a "Meet." And at "Goodna," there were some races going on, we saw in passing a race taking place, horses racing at full stride, and jockeys all in racing costume, a pretty sight.
Sunday 15th September 1889
Thermometer in bedroom 68, in sun, at 1 o'clock p.m. 81.
Went to Church in the morning with Grace and the Pinnocks. Heath performed the Service and preached upon the cure of "Neemon(?) of his leprosy," applying to people of present day. Captain and Mrs Heath and daughter in Church, also Taylor, wife and Miss Hillyer. I was invited to an early dinner at Abbotts at a place called the "Race Course" but on coming out of Church, I found the train let at 1.10and there was not time to reach it, and the next train was at 5.58.
Captain Macarthur called in afternoon on me, formerly in H.M. 40th Regiment in India; also Miss Scott on the Pinnocks. Went to Church in the evening, Heath performed the Service, Captain and Mrs Heath walked home with us. I went afterwards to the Goertz ad stayed till 10, who had come for me. A heavy dew was falling when I returned to Philip's.
Monday 16th September 1889
Sent Milly cheque for £5.
Thermometer in bedroom at 9 a.m. 65,° in sun, on verandah 105°.
Grace feeling better from the effects of something Mary Ann proscribed for her, for external use.
Went into Brisbane after lunch. I took Jack with me to the Tailors and got him some washing (walking?) suits.
Called at the A.H.S. Company to inquire what a return ticket would be from Brisbane to Cook Town and back, to recruit my health to another voyage, and to my surprise they charged 15! Saw Langley of Coper(?) there, he married a Miss Bowler, and he is going north, and will be away from his pretty wife for a year he says. Called at the Club: on returned met Mrs Heath, going into her husband's office, walked with her to Ferry and she and her daughters met their carriage at the top of Kangaroo Point Ferry. Captain Heath overtook us. Saw Abbott, Inspector of Joint Stock Bank and told him of my inability to get out on Sunday to dine with him at 1 o'clock. Grace and Mary Ann tied a duet this evening, from "Paritani." (?)
Tuesday 17th September 1889
Thermometer in bedroom 70°, at 9.am, in the sun 85°.
At 10.30 weather cloudy, portending rain and the atmosphere cooler.
At 11 o'clock a.m Thermometer 70 in bedroom.
Went to the Club, and had lunch there. Few people present. Met young Flemish, our fellow passenger from Sydney in the "Cintra," and friend of young Buchanan. He is going to Japan. He returns to Sydney at 3 this afternoon, by the S.S. "Rocklea." On my way from the Club the rain commenced and I took a waggonette to the Kangaroo Point Ferry, afterwards on my way called on Miss O'Halloran, her sister (Marguarite) not come in from giving lesson, music and singing. Returned to the Pinnocks and found (being Mary Ann's day at home Mrs Bagent, Mrs Irving (Kate King), whom I afterwards accompanied across the Ferry and saw her into a waggonette for "Gregory Terrace."
Wrote to Addison and Fisher. Paid my accounts and subscription to Club as Honorary Membert £1.7.0. Tailor (--) sent clothes for Jack.
The Heaths are to go into their new Parsonage today.
Wednesday 18th September 1889
Raining early, before we got up. Heavy shower. "Jack" brimful of delight, as he is going presently by railway to Willie Pinnocks at the North "Pine," 16 miles from Brisbane, where he is going for a few days.
Thermometer in bedroom 70°. In sun at 11. 103°
"Jack' has just started 9.30 for Central Station, Philip is to take him there, and is actually carrying his Portmanteau for him. The sun again overcast so probably we shall have occasional showers during the day. Called on Mrs Irving (Kate King) at Gregory Terrace between the showers. It has rained off and on during the whole day. Taylor, wife and Miss Hillyar left the Miss O'Hallorans today, and went into their new house, which Heath, the Parson, has just vacated for his new Parsonage, just erected.
Willie and Minnie suddenly arrived in Brisbane, I understand, to go to a Ball tonight. They met Jack early at the Train at North Pine, took him to their house, had lunch and then left Jack to the care of Willie's accountant so that Jack will be his own Master till they return home. Had a letter from Mary Wemyss and Miss Marsh-Caldwell.
Thursday 19th September 1889
Just one month at Philip's.
Thermometer in bedroom at 9, 70. In the sun 115 and afterwards fell to 89.
Just before lunch Willie Pinnock's wife (Minnie) and her sister, Lessie, came, they had both been to the Private Ball at the Aquarium, last night, and were to return by the 5 o'clock train in afternoon to "North Pine." They left for the Punt with Mary Ann, and Grace and I accompanied them across the Ferry as Mrs Heath (who was going to Lady Norman's Reception) sent her carriage back for us, Grace and I, to take us a drive along the river by "North Quay," "Milton," and to the commencement of "Toowong." We returned in an hour and walked down Queen St, to Walkers the Chemists.
The S.S. "Cintra" arrived in Brisbane from Sydney in afternoon. I went to Steamer Office to say I should not return by her the next trip to Sydney. A good deal of lightning at 11 o'c p.m.. Grace not well, complaining of neuralgia pains in shoulders etc.
Friday 20th September 1889
Much cooler this morning at breakfast time. Thermometer 68, and Mary Ann had ordered a fire in Dining room as she "felt the day raw." At ½ past 9 o'clock the Thermometer in sun rose to 80 and at 10.30 to 95.
Saw Captain Heath passing by on way to his office at ½ past 9. Purchased Cantheris" from Chemist, Fields. Reading the trial of Mrs (Florence) Maybrick, for the murder by poison of her husband, as published in the English papers, "The Weekly Times." Morally I think she was guilty, but there was no legal proof of her having administered the poison, and the jury should have given her the benefit of the doubt, and acquitted her, particularly on the grounds of the contradictory evidence of the medical men, as to what was really the cause of death. S.S. "Bareor" left for Sydney at 3 p.m.. Addison Q.C. (formerly (?) one of my colleagues at the Water Police Office) prosecuted for the Crown in the Maybrick case, and Sir James Stephen was the Judge. It is doubtful if he will not receive a respite of her sentence of death, passed upon her. The English public seem incensed with both verdict of the Jury, and sentence of the Judge! Called on Mr Munro, Manager of Steamer Company, paid Summerfield(?),then to the Club for letters.
Saturday 21st September 1889
S.S. "Cintra" left for Cook Town, Northern ports.
Pouring rain in the morning. Fire in Dining Room. Thermometer 66 inside.
Grace had a letter from Mrs Morris (who is at "Rynala(?)") giving an account of the Manly Flower Show. She says that the receipts at the stalls were 870, of this the Church had 330. The Ivanhoe Park 110, and the expenses 430. Lord Carrington opened the show, and had to shake hands with everybody except Mrs Harris, who fled at his approach.
Continued raining heavily till 10 p.m. at night, and unable to go out of doors all day.
Commenced taking "Cantharis" 3 time daily.
Sunday 22nd September 1889
Mrs Clarendon Stuart laid up with sore throat
A beautiful day. Went to Church in the morning with Grace, and the Pinnocks. Rev H. Heath performed the Service. Thermometer bedroom early 68°. In sun before going to Church 110° and in afternoon in shade on verandah 71.°
Philip after lunch was summoned to Brisbane, to take the dying declaration of a woman, nearly beaten to death by her husband. If she does not screw(?) her husband I shall be surprised! However, she thought she was not at the point of death, and therefore the Declaration could not be taken. Went to Church again in evening, Rev H. Heath performed Service, a small congregation. One young man in the pew behind us fell down in a fit, and had to be taken out of Church by Captain Taylor, and another person. The little Thorntons came to tea at Philip's. Philip tells me he met Mrs Horrocks in the afternoon, and discovered she is the daughter of the pretty Ellen Galway, whom I knew so well in Clifton 50 years ago, niece of Major Blood. And she had requested me to call on her on Tuesday next for the sake of having a chat about her mother, and old times.
Monday 23rd September 1889
Sent £5 to Milly, the 2nd installment
Beautiful day, all the shrubs and flowers in the garden luxuriating in the sun after the heavy rain on Saturday.
Thermometer in sun at 9,115°, in the bedroom 68°.
Went into Brisbane at 10.30, posted a letter for Milly with inclosure. Also letter to Dorothy Barton for England, and one for Marie Dowling.
Met Miss McGregor, our fellow passenger by "Cintra" at Post Office. Afterwards young Douglas, and then his father who says he is still a great invalid(?) loss of strength, and after this I met in Queen St Mrs Wright, wife of Captain Wright, formerly of the "Gayundah" Gunboat, in which Taylor now is. She was looking very pretty and agreeable. She is looking forward to the arrival of the new Admiral, Lord Charles Scott in Sydney, whom she knew at the Cape. An Exhibition of Pictures opened by Lady Norman at the Masonic Hall at 12. Grace and Mary Ann went in afternoon, but were not very much struck by performance of the amateurs, which they all were, who exhibited their pictures. Met Mrs Heath who sent Grace and Mary Ann to the Ferry in her carriage.
Tuesday 24th September 1889
Thermometer in bedroom 69°. In sun, which was overcast 81°. In afternoon heavy clouds gathered and every appearance of a coming thunder storm but before it came down (at 3 o'clock) I left to pay a visit as arranged to Mrs Horrocks living near this, whose mother (Mrs Miller, wife of an Irish Stipendiary Magistrate) formerly Ellen Galway, who I found was the one and the same person I knew in Clifton 50 years ago and niece of a Major Blood, an acquaintance. Mrs Horrock's husband was formerly in H.M. 8th Regiment. I did not see him, not being at home. He is one of the Inspectors (under?) Bonding out children --. I told Mrs Horrocks the little anecdote about her mother, when she held a stall at Fancy Fair in Clifton with her friend Anna Maria Houghton, and in the presence of and hearing of Tom Morse, the Poet, she refused to sell to a young man who wished previously to be introduced to Assembly Balls, but which he often persisted in objecting to he offered 5.5 for the Rosebud in her waistband, but which offer, by the advice of Miss Houghton she declined for certain reasons, but which so amused Tom Morse, that he put his arms akimbo, to his side, and "Laughed a loud gaffaw," as a sort of (salute, salue?) on what he might have thought "as provoking a tempest." I stayed talking to Mrs Horrocks till 5.30. All the time the rain fell heavily, then stopped and enabled me to reach the Pinnocks, without getting wet.
In the evening Mr Hamilton dined at the Pinnocks, and a Dr Dimbley (Dunkley?), the Doctor of the British India Steamer "Quetta" not long arrived here from England. He is also a Clergyman in Holy Orders, though he does not look it. Mr Hamilton is, or was in the Survey Office here, gave it up and went to the Croyden diggings, where he lost all the little money he had. Some few hundreds, as well as his health, and a brother who died there, and his not going to return there, he says. He is, they say, a cousin of the Duke of Hamilton, his father is a spendthrift, had married two heiresses and is now living at home. (his wife out here) doing nothing but spending all the money he can obtain to the injury of his wife and children in New South Wales. Mr Hamilton left last night at 10 in the evening in a pour of rain, thunder and lightning accompanying it, and had to go to Toowong, some few miles away, as he is staying with his sister, a Mrs Dawson.
Dr Dunkley (or the Rev Dr Dunkley) postponed his departure a little later till the storm abated, but after he left more rain, and more thunder and lightning came on. He says he met me at the Immigration Board some time ago in Sydney with reference to an Inquiry held as to the conduct of the Captain of the "Northbrook" Immigration Ship, of which he was then the Doctor.
A Miss Murphy called with bunch of flowers for Mary Ann at lunch time. Heard from Chris Hassell. Did not go in to Brisbane today.
Wednesday 25th September 1889
The rain seems to have ceased for the present but the weather still looks cloudy, and likely to rain again. Thermometer at 9 in bedroom 66 and on verandah outside 76. Went to Brisbane at 3 p.m. when the showers ceased and rained no more.
Met Mrs McCarthey, (nee Polly Cordew(?)) in Queen St and afterwards Miss Murphy by herself. I had my hair cut by Andrews in Queen St, whom Philip recommended and a very, formerly, London Hair dresser from Bond St. He is an old man, wears spectacles, and evidently not clear sighted, for after the operation was over I saw that he had so completely cropped me, that I did not like looking at myself in the glass, notwithstanding I had requested him not to cut too much off, but only to trim the ends.
On returning home met Captain Heath R.N. and walked a little way on the way home with him. Called at the Club. A Mr Sexton dined at the Pinnocks, they knew him at Bowen, he is a close (by my cird engineer as they B-h-s??).
Thursday 26th September 1889
Just five weeks in Brisbane.
Thermometer in bedroom 65°, in sun 104.°
Sick headache in front and back part of head.
Went in to Brisbane after lunch, went to Railway (Central Station) to inquire into the fares to the Darling Downs, called afterwards at the Club at 5 o'clock.
Grace went with Philip in the evening to a Concert, at Centennial Hall, they returned before 10, when it commenced to rain, but escaped wet. Wrote letter to (Freddie Huder?) Secretary of Justice, and also Official Report inclosing Voucher, for travelling expenses to Balmain and North Shore for the years 1888 and 1889.
Saw Abbott of A.J. Stock Bank who told me he was always at home o Wednesdays and Thursdays.
An Infant Phenomenon (Miss Richards only 15) performed at Concert for her benefit and played wonderfully well on the Piano. Quite a marvel! Grace went with Phil to hear her.
Friday 27th September 1889
Very warm day. Went to Ipswich.
Thermometer in bedroom 68°, in the sun at 9.30, 102°.
At 12.20 left by train for Ipswich, arrived at 10 to 2. Drove to the "Palais Royal" Hotel, had lunch there, then took waggonette and drove past Court House, the Infirmary, and "Quarry Street, Red Hill. A passenger in same train pointed out Mr George Thorne's residence (son old Thorne, and who was Government Overseer at then Limestone, now Ipswich). The present house, he told me, was built on the old site of the brick cottage, which old Thorne lived at, and where all the Squatters from the Downs, years ago, used to put up at for the night. Returned by 6.15 train from Ipswich to Brisbane, arriving there before 8p.m. Took a cab and drove to Kangaroo Point Ferry. I called this morning before 12 at A.J.Stock Bank to get a cheque changed. Mrs Wright and a Mrs Miller called on Grace, the Ladies Work Meeting at the Parsonage may -- attended it.
Saturday 28th September 1889
Thermometer in bedroom at 9, 70°, in sun in verandah 103.°
From the reading of the Thermometer for the past few weeks it is evident that the warm weather of Summer is approaching quickly. In afternoon Thermometer 78 only. Did not go out of doors all day, reading the newspapers, both "Sydney Morning Herald" and the "Weekly Times" with the end of the (Florence) Maybrick. Dr Dunkley of the "Quetta" lunched here and the little Thornhills whom Philip took afterwards on board the "Quetta." Mrs Clarendon Stuart dined here, and returned in the evening afterwards going with Philip in a pour of rain, accompanied with thunder and lightning. Grace and Mary Ann went to the Macarthurs where Lawn Tennis was going on and afterwards called on Mrs Chauvell and invalid(?) she is daughter in law of old Mrs Chauvell of Sydney, formerly Miss Varison(?) James. Hard Brigade passed by this house with their fife and drum band, played by young lads.
Sunday 29th September 1889
Grace and I and the Pinnocks went to Church in the morning. Rev H. Heath performed the Service. Cloudy and close, and in the early part, showers of rain fell. Thermometer in bed room 77° and in afternoon in verandah 87°.
In the afternoon Mr and Mrs Horrocks (the daughter of Ellen Galway of Clifton) called on Grace and myself and did not leave till nearly 5 o'clock. Rev Mr Heath preached a sermon on the "Unjust Steward" but I did not think it was so successful a sermon as he usually preaches. The application of the text was ineffective, and a totally different construction put upon it, might be more in keeping with my views. In the evening went again to Church, very sultry the air, and - the Church, the Rev H. Heath preached again of "being clothed in White Robes" and the assemblage riding on white horses, and even they - about them, (dreading?) Victory. Very strained and inappropriate I think.
Monday 30th September 1889
Thermometer in bed room 70°. In sun at 9 o'clock 124°, yet it felt much cooler today and I myself felt better, no pain in head or neck, to any extent. Did not go out of doors till 5, and walked to the Club, returning through the Government Gardens. About 3 o'clock several visitors called, Mrs Archer of Toowong, daughter of late Sir Robert MacKenzie and a Miss Ross, daughter of Colonel Ross. Then a Miss Braithwait who lives at Ipswich. Her father is Manager of one of the Banks there, "The Royal" I believe. In the evening Captain and Mrs Taylor, Miss Hilliar and a Miss Frizzell, the latter a very pretty girl, only 6 months from England, having come out here, to try the fortunes of a Governess. Some one said she was a relation of Gladstone's, her least recommendation, this, however, Terry Glad Stone (Telling Glad Stories?), which she seemed rather to relish. Apparently a thorough believer. Grace wrote to Milly enclosing 5, being the third remittance. Met the Miss Heaths, and Jenny. The Sandflys very troublesome as I sat on the verandah, all day long. Wrote to Chris Russell.
Tuesday 1st October 1889
6 weeks since I left Sydney.
Thermometer in Drawing Room early 68. In the sun after breakfast at 10, 95. A public waggonette just drove past the house with "Bulimba and Lytton" painted on it (10 minutes to 10). Perpetual blasting of the rock in the road very near the Church and Parsonage, to the possible detriment of the foundations of both!
At 1 o'clock p.m. 96.
In afternoon, being Mary Ann's day at Home, several visitors called, Mrs Barker widow of Billy Barker whom I knew 47 years ago at the Downs, when he was learning Colonial experience at Arthur Hodgson's on Eton Vale. With her came Miss Tully, the daughter of Surveyor General and granddaughter of old Mrs Darvell of Ryde, New South Wales. After them a Mrs Clauth, wife of the Temporary Supreme Court Judge. Her daughter and a friend staying with them, a Miss Heneriquez, at Sydney. And Mr Erny at 7.15. Grace, Phily and I went across ferry to Brisbane, as we were going to the Centennial Hall in Adelaide St, to witness some Theatricals, in aid of the Building Fund of "St Mary's Rectory and School House," Kangaroo Point. The idea I believe originated with the previous incumbent to Mr Heath, the late Rev Mr Court, greatly seconded by Captain Heath's wife and family, who took great trouble in making preparations for it, and therefore out of compliment to her we made a point of going. The Governor and Lady Norman and Miss Norman were present. Captain Heath meeting the Vice Regal party and conducting Lady Norman to her seat in the Hall. Miss Norman is by no means a young girl, quite passé, and does not look much younger than her stepmother, Lady Norman. Sir Henry is a gentlemany, aged man, but does not give much promise of being an able clever, or distinguished diplomat, the House was badly filled with an audience, but probably several (1/2) were not present, had taken tickets, which, it is to be hoped will swell the amount of the proceeds to the entertainments!
As we landed on Brisbane side of the Ferry, were met by a waggonette and accompanied therein, (by a previous arrangement with Philip) by Miss Barker and her friend a Miss Sheppard Smith, of Sydney, both pretty girls, particularly Miss Barker. We were before this time of "Opening" which took place at 8, and immediately on arrival of the Governor and Lady Norman, accompanied by his Military Secretary (in Undress Uniform) Captain Owen. The first piece was entitled "Our Bitterest Foe," and accident of the "Franco Prussian War of 1870," the Actress, Miss Hole, neither pretty nor clever, and nobody could tell me who she was, or where from. The next piece, which was better than the first, was called "Supper for Two." There were only 3 performers in this "Farce," the one taking the part of "Joseph, the Waiter at the Inn," being Captain Baden Powell, the A.D.C. of the Governor, and who acted unconvincingly. The third piece, a "Comic Drama" as it was called "Good for Nothing" was the best played and most amusing. The spirit of the play much enhanced by the clear life like representation as "Nan," by a Miss Tempe Pigott; a young girl of very few summers, and gifted look of naiveté of manner and looks. To me she was most interesting, as I remembered her father 47 years ago, when manager of George (Macarthurs?) Station at "Lockyer Creek" near the "Hodgson Range" and who afterwards married one of the sisters of Dolly Clarke of Sydney, a celebrity in the FitzRoy Dynasty. The Aunt, Dolly Clarke was very much run after by Captain FitzRoy R.A., and used therefore, to be constantly invited to Government House parties "pour passer le temps"! And who it was rumored caused the suicide of young Allen by poison because he got jealous of Captain FitzRoy's attention to the girl he fancied, amongst he was engaged to.
In the room, amongst the spectators, were a family named Griffiths, with two nice looking daughters, to whom by the bye, the Governor addressed himself for a time. Captain and Mrs Drake to whom I was introduced. Captain and Mrs Taylor, and Miss Hilliar, Mrs Henry White of Mudgee (faded beauty) and Miss Heath, and Miss Mort (a pretty girl), Mr and Mrs Horrocks (the latter daughter of my Clifton friend, Miss Galway etc). The performance was over by a little after ten, and we returned to Kangaroo Point Ferry in the waggonette which brought us, only with two additional Ladies, Mrs Clarendon Stuart and a Miss Taylor, staying at the Clergyman's, Heath. I sat on the box, with pretty Miss Barker. Philip walked to Elizabeth Street escorting a Miss (Stable, Hatle?) an antiquated old maid. We met at the ferry and there found Captain and Mrs Drake also waiting to be conveyed across. Mrs Clarendon Stuart and Miss Taylor then went ahead to the Parsonage, and Philip with Miss Barker and Miss Sheppard Smith, to Mrs Barker's house, near Ferry Station. I returned home with a headache, owing not to the heat of the room, but to the gas, with which the Hall was lighted. Heavy dew falling, prognostic (I think) of rain, Captain Drake says, fine break for a few days. Beautiful moonlight night and very cool the temperature.
Wednesday 2nd October 1889
Thermometer is Drawing Room early 70. In sun at 9, 107 and at 1, 93.
Awoke with head ache, and pain in back of neck, and a sort of feeling of nausea. At 3.30 in shade Thermometer 73, with a cool breeze blowing from seas.
Grace and I went out at 4, to call on the Taylors being near this. A Mrs and Miss Graham called whilst we were there, and then Captain Taylor came home, full of the insolence endured from his "Navigating Lieutenant, a Mr Preston. Miss Frizzel who is staying with the Taylors for a few days, came in before we left. On our return passed and spoke to Captain and Mrs Drake, both busily engaged in their garden.
After tea Grace, Mary Ann, Philip and all of us went to the Sunday School Concert, given in aid of Building Fund for Church and Parsonage, or as it was called "Kangaroo Point Glee Union," there were 21 pieces and songs to be gone through in the programme, the 1st part chiefly sacred, the 2nd secular. The School Room was well filled and commenced at 8, price of admission 1/6 each. The first piece was an overture on the piano by a Mrs Chetwynd "March of the Israelites," a very lame production, then chorus by the Church Choir, then a solo "The Better Land" with cello obligato by Mr Mills. Another solo by Mrs Kelk "With Verdane Clad," then a young Clergyman, the Rev Manly Power, who sang "My hope is in the Everlasting," good voice, and well sung, but with an air of conceit. A duet by Mrs Kelk and Mr Snow, "Oh, Lovely Peace" from Judas Maccabee. A solo "The Trumpets shall sound," from musical by Mr Deazley; the "Nazareth" by Mr A Gray, then a trio by Mrs Kelk, Snow, and man. "Lift thine eyes" from Elijah, and last chorus, Glee Awake(?) "Receive the Lord, O Jerusalem." An interval of 5 minutes and then the 2nd part, or secular part took place. A duet from Faust played by a Miss Foster, "Hark the Lark" by Glee Union, solo by Mrs Mar "One morning, oh so early." Solo by Mr Dagley "The Gauntlett." Duet by Misses Hassell, "Where the wind bloweth from the Sea." Solo by Rev Mr Power "Only a Song." Quartett mess racine, Shaw, Russell, Dennis. Solo by Mrs Snow "Give Wings." Solo comic song "Two Spoons" by Mr Gray, Glee, "Hail Smiling Moon" by Glee Union, then "God Save the Queen," which brought the performance to an end. Rev Mr Heath managed the whole affair, and conducted the Laity Performers to their places and had in the cause of his duties, to call certain noisy people at the end of the room, to order. Mrs Heath (the Captain's wife) and her daughter came late.
On our return afterwards Captain and Mrs Taylor, Miss Hillier, Miss Frizzel, and a Mrs Russell dropped in, and we were kept up till nearly 12 o'clock talking. Rather weary at so dull, stale and unprofitable an "Entertainment!" The piano was out of tune and the only good voices were those of Mrs Snow, Mrs Kelk and Mrs Mar. I felt a relief when the concert came to an end.
Thursday 3rd October 1889
It is just 6 weeks since our arrival in Brisbane.
Thermometer 70°, in bedroom. In the sun at 9am in verandah 110°.
A Mr Stuart, a friend and fellow passenger of Mary Ann some years ago, lunched with us. His father a General Stuart. Mary Ann's brother was a great friend of General Munro formerly Colonel of 21st Fusiliers. As I was going to Brisbane after lunch I was met by Mrs Barker, (living near this with - but White who got out of the carriage and asked me to take a seat with them to Brisbane, which I did, driving first to the Post Office and then to the Queensland Club where I got out and went in. Afterwards in walking down Queen Street I met Mrs Lough(?) and her "Manly" friend Miss FitzStubbs a very pretty girl, the former lives at a place called "Clayfield" on the line to Race Course and they both have asked me to call. On returning to "Kangaroo Point," I called on the Miss O'Hallorans who tell me that they have paid £12 to Mr Peace in full of all claims he may have on the furniture that he had sold to the person from whom the O'Hallorans purchased, Mrs Wilson, I believe, now in Melbourne.
Friday 4th October 1889
Thermometer in bedroom 71°. In shade in verandah 81°. In sun at 11, 120° at 12, 100. °
Went before lunch and called on Mrs Barker to look at her carriage horse, if possible to detect from what cause his lameness proceeded. Outwardly the animal appeared from blemish no back sinew strain, and therefore it was evident that he was suffering from "coins(?)," or possibly the commencement of "Ringbone" and as he is an old horse very likely to be the case. I saw Mrs Barker, daughter and also the granddaughter, a Miss White, a young brightsome girl, not yet introduced, but nevertheless quite companionable and talkative.
I left in about an hour and walked home to lunch at Pinnocks. Afterwards Mary Ann, Grace and I went by train to "Toowong" at 3.17. Return far for each 2/- for 3. Called first on Mrs Archer, (daughter of the late Sir Robert McKenzie) being her day at home, on my way there, whilst driving from, people by the name of Whish, relations of old General Whish of Clifton, and after we got into "Drawing Room" we found a Mrs Armitage whose late sister had married three times, 1st to H.Callander(?), Mr James McArthur's brother, 2nd to a Mr Hare at "Glenlee" and 3rd to Hon. Douglas, son of Lord (blank). He is still alive, and married afterwards cook, and resides somewhere up the North. After leaving Mrs Archer we called at Colonel Ross' to call on himself and his daughter living very near to the Archers. He was busy watering his garden with a hose, in the garden looking only in flannel shirt and in inexpressible (blank) he still continued in his work and never came in or apologized for his absence or inattention. Philip considers him 'a Grand old man." I, as objectionable as "Gladstone"!
Returned to Brisbane by the 5.46 train and got home (taking waggonette from Central Station) by 6 o'clock. H.M.S. "Orlando" arrived in Bay today: one of the Middy's laid up with the Chicken Pock.
Saturday 5th October 1889
Thermometer in shade 72°. In sun at 10am 123°, at 11 fell to 110.°
Just after breakfast the younger Miss Heath called to ask Grace and myself to lunch with them at 1.30 today. I was obliged to refuse as I proposed going to "Race Course" to see where Abbott lived and to call on him. Philip went today to "North Pine" to see his son Willie, and to bring back "Jack" with him, on Monday morning.
Grace went to lunch at the Heaths having sent their carriage for her. I lunched at the club at 1.10, wrote from thence, a letter to Fisher M and at 4.5 went by train to "Race Course" to call on Abbott, who lives there in a very large and handsome house. He and his wife had gone to South Port, but I left my card on him with the Parlor Maid. Passed through many stations on the way, "Roma St," station, "Normandy, Exhibition, Bowen Hills, Mayne, Albion, Luttwych, Rathdown Junction, Clayfield, Hendrae, the Race Course which we reached at 4.41, about 16 miles.
Met Lough at Clayfield, drank tea with them, a beautiful moonlight, and all accompanied me, on my return to station. The train left at 9.30 arriving at Brisbane at 10, and at Philip's at 10.30. Fare there and back 9/-.
Sunday 6th October 1889
Very warm and oppressive: at 11 o'clock as we went to Church in the sun Thermometer 124°. The Thermometer was not registered to go higher. Went to Church in the morning with Grace, Mary Ann, not a large congregation, owing to the heat I suppose. Mary Ann hurried on before and turned back afterwards, to others arrangement of flowers. Captain Taylor and (blank) held the plate, Captain Heath and Philip being absent. AT 1o'clock Thermometer fell to 100° in the sun, back bedroom, window outside. A cool haze blowing in. In the evening Grace, Mary Ann and I went to Church. Rev H. Heath performed Service: Mr Stuart (son of General Stuart) friend of the Pinnocks dined here, middle day dinner.
Monday 7th October 1889
"Jack" returned about 10, from "North Pine," coming in with Philip, who went on to the Police Court, and came home at luncheon time. Grace went with me to Dr Symonds of Wickham Terrace, and consulted him and got a prescription for Dyspepsia. Called afterwards on the R.S.M. Company about Jack getting a cabin in the "Quirainy" Steamer for tomorrow afternoon. I engaged one for him. Thermometer in bed room at 79° before breakfast. Met Abbott (Inspector of) at A.J.Stock Bank, he says he did not know Grace was with me, otherwise his wife would have called on her, if he had known it.
Tuesday 8th October 1889
Cool morning, Thermometer before breakfast 66° but in sun 125° at 11 o'clock. Went in to Brisbane, called at Steamer office, and took on passage by the "Wooronga" which sails Tuesday next, the 15th, then afterwards by the "Rockton" the 29th inst. Posted 2 letters, one for Mr Fox by Mackay and the other for Mrs Garvan. At 11.30 went to the Flower Show at the corner of Edward and Queen Sts at Colonial(?) Office opened by the Governor Sir Henry Norman and Lady Norman who were both very polite. Grace not well enough to go with Mary Ann. We remained an hour. Saw the Heaths, Mrs Barker, her daughter Ruby, grand daughter, Misses Sheppard Smith, Lady Griffiths (who was on the dais with Lady Norman). I did not think much of exhibition and rather meager, the arrangements very pretty. Double poppins were exhibited, and Maidenhair ferns. Saw Jack off in the Steamer "Quirainy" to Sydney, which left at 3 o'clock. A great number of very common passengers from the North. In the evening went to the Bazaar held in the school room of Church of England. At it were the Barkers, Heaths, Miss Tully, Mrs Drake, the Goertz', Taylors and Miss Hillyar, Miss Frizzell, the Gipps, Miss Burrell.
Wednesday 9th October 1889
Thermometer in Dining room 67°
In sun 120°
Felt very weak on my legs as I got up. Grace still unwell, but better somewhat. Thermometer at 12 fell to 90°, in sun. After lunch walked to Brisbane with Phil. Called at Bank and got cheque cashed, sent Telegram to Inspector Donohue about meeting Jack tomorrow by Steamer "Quiraing". Called at "Lough's" office in Adelaide St, he not in. Met on the way Mrs Wright, with her pretty little daughter and afterwards Mrs Heath and Vivienne. Also R.R.Sheridan. Went again to the Flower Show at 4. In the evening went with Grace, Mary Ann to the Bazaar near Church for sale of goods made by Ladies of the Parish. Grace bought a few things and put in, like myself, to several raffles but in which she got nothing, as in my case. Beautiful moonlight night, stayed till 10. Not so many people as yesterday. The Heaths were absent having to entertain some "Men and officers." Nor was Mrs Drake. Mrs Taylor, and Miss Hillyer were there - at work with her fish pond, rather disappointing. Mrs Clarendon Stuart had the tea and coffee. The Miss Macarthur's (McCarthey's?) were in abundance, pretty Miss Frizzel helped Mrs Taylor. Mrs Heath, the parson's wife had her own stall. Miss Murphy was ubiquitous, and pretty little girl, Griffiths was a most picturesque creature in the room, and little Thomson.
Thursday 10th October 1889
7 weeks since our arrival in Brisbane
Thermometer in Drawing Room at 9, 67°. In sun 90°. Felt very weak in the legs and giddy in head. A Mrs Bertie Parr called (a friend of Mary Ann's when living a Warwick) Her first husband was a Mr Balls.) A pretty looking and nicely dressed woman, and though born in Queensland has an Irish accent. Read in paper of Major Cooper's of Manly, death, on Sunday. He was formerly of H.M. 58th Regiment, aged 70 years. At 12 o'clock Thermometer only 84° in sun with slight sea breeze blowing.
Went after lunch to consult Dr Symonds about myself. Gave new prescription, 3 time a day and to see him on Saturday again.
Met Mrs Lough, was Miss Stubbs, on my way from station, they went home by 10 min to 6 train. Grace and Mary Ann took a cab and drove out to call on Mrs Abbott at "Race Course" where they saw and had afternoon tea with her.
Friday 11th October 1889
Thermometer at 9 in bedroom 71°. In sun at 1 o'clock 105°. Felt unwell after breakfast, did not go in to Brisbane till after lunch.
Went to Club in afternoon, wrote long letter to Marie. Heavy rain at 6 p.m. with thunder and lightning continuing for 3 hours. Took new medicine prescribed by Dr Symonds.
Saturday 12th October 1889
Thermometer in room 70°. In sun
Philip went to "North Pine" to see Willy. Beautiful morning, the rain last night has made the weather cool. After breakfast went in to Brisbane to post letter I wrote to Marie. At the Ferry, going over met Mrs Tryon whose husband is cousin of the former Admiral Tryon. Walked as far as Queen St with her meeting Colonel Ross, on his way to call on us. After him met R.B. Sheridan. At Station met L.Hudson. Went out as far as "Teneriffe" in waggonette. I had lunch afterwards at the Club. At 1.10 there, made the acquaintance of Stephenson, the new Secretary of the Club who comes from Demerara; was a Sugar Planter there. Took a walk down Queen St, down by Cage St with L. Hudson and went by tram to the Exhibition Ground, Breakfast Creek, where sports were going on. Saw very good jumping, and remained till all was over. It was long after 6, too late to return to dinner, so had tea and bread and butter, in Edward St, then saw L. Hudson off to Ipswich, by train at 8. Saw Mr Lough and Miss F FitzStubbs-at the Grand Stand at the Sports Ground, he introduced me to young Dudley White, one of the Riders, also to his brother, and also to two of his sisters, young and agreeable girls. The best horse for leaping a height of 4 feet 6, was "Pilot," well ridden and who got the prize for "Jumping" the high leap. Small attendance of people. Mr Lough has asked me to his house before I leave Brisbane.
Tuesday 15th October 1889
Cloudy morning, Thermometer inside house 68°. At breakfast Captain Taylor came and walked to town with Philip, very full of "new grievances" as to establishment of "Seaman's Home," which is likely to fall through owing to petty jealousies, and the chance of causing two parties, and of which Captain Taylor is evidently taking, and wishing to make converts to his side in the question. Went in to Brisbane after lunch, called at Town Hall, and went to the Meeting there at 4 for the purpose of organizing a Sailors Home. Mr Shearston from Sydney was there, the Chief Justice Sir Charles Lilly was in the chair, and on the dais were Captain Heath, Philip, DLeur(?) (Auditor General), Captain Taylor of the "Gayandah," and several others, next to me in the body sat Archdeacon Glennie, and near Captain Macarthur, Rev H. Heath, Captain Drake, Mrs Heath, Mrs Clarendon Stuart, Mary Ann (Pinnock), about 150 people were assembled but with difficulty the speakers were heard.
Wednesday 16th October 1889
A dull cool morning, Thermometer 68°.
After breakfast went with Grace to Dr Symonds, reached at ¼ to 9, left her there, and then took train from Central Station to "North Pine" at ¼ to 10, to see Willy Pinnock and his wife. The distance, about 16 miles. Willy met me in his buggy and drove me to his house, where I had lunch. I found a Mr Hamilton staying with him, a friend of Philip's and Mary Ann. Willy is Branch Manager of the Queensland Bank and is obliged to live ½ miles away. He tells me he has 130 acres of land in his paddocks. And a wooden house for which he only give 13/- a week. As there is a good deal of Ironbark growing on the property it does not strike me as good for cultivation but he utilizes the paddock by taking horses on (agustment, agreement?) at 6/- per week. As the train was to return to Brisbane at 3 I was driven in at 2.30, by Minnie, Willie and Mr Hamilton accompanied us on foot, purposely to open a great number of ship rails on the way. She drove a different way to the one I came, across their paddock reducing the distance by ½ a mile. We went by Mr Petrie (her Father's house) but as the Train that instant came in sight, just at the time, she drove on past the house, there not being time to call. In carriage Willy introduced me to some lady he knew Mrs Mellor (a widow) going to Brisbane, living near Roma St. We passed several stations on the way to "North Pine" viz Roma St, Normanby, Exhibition, Bowen Hills, Mayne, Albion, Lutwyche, Thorndton, Eagle Junction, Nundah, Virginia, Geebung, Zillmere, Bald Hills, Strathpine, North Pine. Near Eagle Junction was where Eagle Farm was in former days, at which there was a German Mission Station, for the civilization of the Blacks, but this was a failure, but the growing Pineapples, as is continued now, was a success! On my arrival at the Central Station met there Miss FitzStubbs and Miss Griffin of Manly, Mrs McCartney (McCarthey?) (nee Polly Cardew). In the evening - (Surveyor) dined here. Afterwards Captain Taylor, much put out about Seaman's Home if certain forms to be gone through.
Thursday 17th October 1889
8 weeks in Brisbane.
A dull morning and a slight shower before breakfast. Thermometer 70° inside house, cool breeze blowing. Minnie arrived from "North Pine" before lunch and Willie came about lunch time in search of servants. Today is Lady Norman's Reception, Grace did not fell well enough to attend, but went for a drive with Mrs Heath and Miss Sheppard Smith who is staying with her. I called at the Club after lunch, about four. Met Mrs Lough and Fitz Stubbs coming from Central Station, walked up Queen St with them, calling at Begleys and at Finny's & Co PM(?) about Side Board. They left at 10 minutes to 6 by train home. Mrs Clarendon Stuart dined here, and was escorted back to the Taylors by Philip, but they had not returned home from a dinner party at the Goertz'.
Friday 18th October 1889
At 8 a.m. Thermometer in bedroom 68°. In sun.
Philip (Pinnock) went early to a place called "St Helena" to hold some inquiry. At 11 in verandah Thermometer fell to 78°, cool breeze blowing, a sea breeze. Went to Club at 1 o'clock and had lunch there. Saw Davey, he says he is thinking of going to Sydney shortly for his son's exam. Returned to Philip's at 2.30 and found the two Miss Scotts there, the elder one, Ada, not long arrived from Maryborough where she has been for 18 months, Governess at the family of the Mort's (Mants?). Mrs Mort the daughter of the late Dr Palmer of Bathurst. Philip went early in the "Lucinda," Government Steamer in company with Colonel Ross, the Visiting Justice and Mr Day the Assistant Police Magistrate to the Gaol at St. Helena to hold an inquiry into the mutinous conduct of 105 prisoners who found fault with their food generally, and refused to obey orders. Philip did not return till 7 o'clock in the evening. Goes again tomorrow to continue the enquiry.
In the evening a Reporter on the "Courier" (a Mr White) formerly of Sydney Morning Herald, interviewed Philip as to particulars of the case which were identical with what appeared in the morning papers, Philip however, gave the information on the strict understanding of his first obtaining permission of the Colonial Secretary before he published the information given. At 4 o'clock in the afternoon Mrs Barker kindly sent her Victoria for Grace to pay visits and we called first at Captain Heath, Mrs Heath out, we only saw Evelyn and Miss Mort who was going out for a ride with Vivienne. We then drive round to the bridge and called on Lady O'Connell, who unfortunately was out: on our return called on Captain, Mrs Drake who were out also. Back to Mrs Horrocks who was in, her husband, Captain Horrocks came in the afternoon. We saw in their garden a lovely specimen of the Sasinivales(?) which grows to perfection in Brisbane.
Saturday 19th October 1889
Warm morning, at 10 o'clock the Thermometer in the sun 118°.
Philip left before breakfast to go to "St Helena" to the Inquiry held there. At 11 o'clock Thermometer in back bed room in the sun 123°.
Lunched at the Club, a violent thunder storm came on, accompanied by hail. After it was over called on Dr Cannon, an old identity in these parts, and whom I once knew, he says. He is a cousin of my friend and old school fellow (D. Cannon) of Cheltenham, a retired Staff Surgeon. Saw McNaughton at Club. Pasted letter to L.Hudson about 4 o'clock.
Sunday 20th October 1889
Went with Grace, Mary Ann and Philip to Church. It had been raining early, but had cleared. Very small congregation. In the middle of the Service heavy thunder storms fell, and it continued raining till after we went to bed. On coming from Church in the morning my clothes got wet, notwithstanding I had an umbrella. In the evening a young fellow, son of the late Sir Joshua Bell, (who married a Miss Husay) drank tea. He had been dining at the Heaths and walked on home thence. A handsome young fellow, he went to Cambridge and took his degree. Left in the rain, which prevented our going to Church in the evening. The Reporter White, called on Philip to know the result of the Inquiry held by him yesterday, into the conduct of the prisoners at "St Helena." Thermometer in bedroom 72°, and outside only 68. Every appearance of the rain continuing for some days.
Monday 21st October 1889
Cloudy and drizzly morning, raining all through the night, much cooler today. Thermometer in back bedroom 68°, in verandah in front 73°. Went into Brisbane, posted a letter for Mary Ann's sister in England, and one from Grace to New Zealand. Got medicine at Chemist. Lunched at Queensland Club, meeting there Hume, Drury, Stephenson the Secretary, and Forest M.L.A. at same table. Went to Central Station to inquire as to time of trains to Ipswich. Returned to Kangaroo Point Ferry at 5, and called on the Miss O'Hallorans. They much tempted to put in to the "Consultation Sweeps," in Melbourne, if they had but the money. Met a little girl with them, named Bunell (Burell?). Grace called on Mrs Barker, Miss Tully and Mrs Chauvell. Sir Henry Parks arrived in Brisbane today by the "Quirainy" Steamer, the Government Launch "Lucinda" was sent to the Bay to meet him, he is to stay at the "Belle Vue Hotel," near the Club. Rain during the day, very heavily in the evening: it cleared and became a starlight night, on going to bed.
Tuesday 22nd October 1889
Fine day, though in the morning the clouds seemed gathering for rain. Thermometer 70° in the shade. Went by the ¼ to10 train to "Ipswich." Arrived there at 11.18. Took a Waggonette and drove past the Court House, left card on Yaldwyn the Police Magistrate, he was absent on leave and would not return for a fortnight, as I went over to Ipswich on purpose to call on him. The country between Brisbane and Ipswich looked bright green after the rain, and all the water courses brim full. Saw Hudson and left, in time for the 6.15 train, reaching Brisbane about ¼ to 8. Philip had returned home from St. Helena before I arrived at the house. Saw beautiful flowers in Hudson's garden, he has taken the cottage for a year 15/ a week, with 7 rooms, a coach house and stable. The garden is being done up, lots of peaches on the trees, in full bearing mulberries. House well situated on a pretty eminence looking over the town and distant hills. The rich and influential people of the of the -- -- .
Wednesday 23rd October 1889
Another fine day, though warm. Thermometer 68° in shade, 71° outside. Grace went to "North Pine" by the quarter to 10 train, I accompanied her to the train, to visit Willie Pinnock and his wife, where she intended staying the night. Afterwards went to the Club where I wrote a long letter to Addison, in answer to one from him, just received of 20th inst. Had lunch at the Club where I met an old acquaintance of 49 years standing, John Macdougall M.L.C. He then lived near Shellater at Muswell Brook on the "Hunter," we rode together the same Race of Gentlemen Riders at Bengalla about 12 in all. The distance was only 3 miles heats and the weight carried 11 stone 11 lbs! I won the race (illegible note above) on a horse called "Peter." McDougall has a fine station near Brisbane at "Rosalie Plains," and is now a "Member of Council." I left the Club at 2.30 and called on Sir H Parker, just arrived from Sydney, though instead of coming to the Club as an Honourable Member preferred to take up his residence at the Hotel opposite the "Belle Vue" and in close proximity to the "Legislative Assembly Chambers;" stayed with him about half and hour and he requested me before leaving to sign my name, in a small Visitor's Book of his, a sort of pocket book, which he place before me, and in which I perceived Miss Norman's (the Governor's daughter's name). I asked him if he had seen the Governor, he said "Oh yes, I dined with him last night and knew him years ago, when in England, long before it was thought he was coming out here." Sir H Parker was very facetious, and indulged me a somewhat "double entendre" which I cannot well put on paper! Met Mrs Heath in Queen St, also Mrs McCarthey (nee Cardas(?)). Called on E. King at his chambers at Town Hall, formerly Speaker, formerly in the Army, now a Barrister. I had not seen him since 1852, 37 years ago, during the discovery of the Gold Fields at the Turon, a fine gentlemen's man, remarkably nice toned voice. In the evening we all went, including Mrs Clarendon Stuart, to the Comic Opera of "Dorothy" which we all liked. Notwithstanding the marked display of legs and feet! And very presentable ones they were, very many of the girls were pretty, but painted too much.
Thursday 24th October 1889
9 weeks in Brisbane.
Thermometer at 9, 70° in bedroom at 1, 95° in sun, with a cool breeze blowing. Very tired today having gone to the Theatre last night, to witness the performance of "Dorothy," not over till after 11. And did not get to bed till nearly 12. Mrs Clarendon Stuart came to supper. I intended last week to have gone with Grace to the "Reception" at Government House today, but as she went to "North Pine" she could not be back in time to dress for it, and Mary Ann, though she offered to go, did not seem particularly to wish it. Heard yesterday that the Misses Goertz near this had lost their pony (having been given it by their mother a few days ago) of Lock Jaw caused by catching cold from the rain.
A letter from Louisa Marsh-Caldwell acknowledged receipt of seeds from Grace, also one from Mr (Slovin, Havin?), another from Sydney, and another from "Jack." Philip has offered to meet Grace at the train for "North Pine" at 4.30. Reading an article in the 'Nineteenth Century" Review on "Change in the Air" by Dr (Vo?) worth reading by an invalid, such as myself.
Did not leave the house all day. Captain Heath and his pretty little daughter, Vivienne called at the gate on passing, on their way walking home in evening. She anxiously wishing to get home for her lesson, she said, evidently desirous of putting a stop to her father and Philip "yarning together." I came to her rescue, and put an end to any further conversation, and then she flew homewards!
Friday 25th October 1889
Very warm day. Thermometer at 9 in back bed room 75°. In sun at 12, 115°.
Went to Brisbane with Grace to consult Dr Symonds for the third time, Grace seems to think he has done her good. Went to Chemists to have new prescription made up. Grace purchased a Parasol at a shop (purporting to be selling off) at 6/-. Went to the Steam Navigation Offices and heard from the Clerk that the "Cintra" by which we leave, goes at 11 o'clock at night, on Thursday next.
Grace heard from her brother George (Pinnock) from Bathurst, offering to look out for Lodgings for us. I did not myself consult Dr Symonds but only asked him to send his account a (?) for prescribing for Grace and myself, five times altogether.
Miss Mort went over with us on the Ferry, going for her music lesson in Queen St. Handsome girl about 16, with lovely hair falling down over her back. Mrs Scott lunched here, just returned from (Nealyland?) District which she reports is cold in the extreme. Went a second time in to Brisbane about 3 o'clock to Post Office, near which met Lough and FitzStubbs, then went to Club for a short time, on returning by the Ferry at top of hill met Mrs Heath with her daughter Vivienne and Miss Mort in their carriage, waiting for Captain Heath. At same time Mrs Barker drove with Miss Sheppard Smith, stopping talking together for a time.
Stuart, son of late General Stuart dined here, and in the evening came Captain and Mrs Taylor and Miss Hilliar with Mrs Clarendon Stuarty. Rev H. Heath the Incumbent called to wish us good bye, and before him, his wife to see Grace. Grace went with me to the Steamer Office, in the morning, when the Clerk there again recommended us to go by the "Cintra" on Thursday instead of the "Bulimba" (Budimba?) on Tuesday, which takes to Melbourne all the Bookmakers and sporting men to witness the "Cup" day on 5th November.
Saturday 26th October 1889
Very warm in Drawing room at breakfast time, Thermometer at 76° in shade. In the sun 125°. Captain and Mrs Heath have just driven by, no one with them, I suppose the young girls of the household do not like braving the intense heat of the day. A regular "turn out" at the drawing room today, being Saturday, a regular dusting, sweeping and shaking of dust off cushions etc. But at 3.30 sallied forth to call on Mrs Miller, wife of Miller, the son of Ellen Galway, my old acquaintance of 50 years ago. He is in Government Service on duty, "far north" and will not return here for months. Mrs Miller says her maiden name was Ogilvie, connected with the Abercorn family. Stayed a couple of hours talking, an agreeable handsome young woman. Met on the way the Miss Heaths, (Dolly and Gwen?) calling on Mrs Drake who was out. Also passed Mrs Mort, Shafston House (Road?) and saw her in her garden with her very fine daughter, something in Mr Mort's observation very (?). On returning met Miss Murphy, who is going to "Roma" next Tuesday. Philip and Mary Ann full of taking possession of their new house, as soon as they can let the one they are in at present, though with change from brick to wood, within sight of this. A Mr Rose, in the Banking line, called this evening, his brother lives in Sydney, in the Lands Office, and just married to the youngest Miss Kater. Passed "Shafston," Stuart Russell's residence when he lived in Brisbane. The carriage drive over grown with grass, evidently unused for years by any vehicular traffic. Fine stables evidently were the craze of Russell then, the place has a sort of echo of Russell 'being now no more"! Lamenting its former owner! Saw Rev H. Heath with tennis bat in hand returning from some lawn tennis in company with Miss McCarthie the vociferating damsel of the choir!
Sunday 27th October 1889
Very warm morning, 75° in bed room and in sun at 1, 115°.
Went to Church in the morning wit Grace and the Pinnocks. Saw the Heaths, (mother and three daughters) Miss Barker, Miss White, Miss Tully, Miss Murphy, Mr and Mrs (Santhe) Kent, Macarthies, Goertz', Captain and Mrs Taylor, Gipsy, Florence Bunell (Burell?) Mrs Clarendon Stuart nearly all of them in white dresses, the weather so hot. Rev H. Heath performed Service in the morning, and had Communion Service too. In the evening Rev H. Heath again performed Service. After midday dinner Vivienne Heath and Miss Mort called at house on way to Juvenile Afternoon Service at 3.30. In afternoon I called on Mrs Barker, met a room full of young people, called on Miss Tully, who was out, then on the O'Hallorans living opposite, met Mrs Macarthie (Macarthur?) there, (nee A Becket). After early dinner Mr and Mrs Woodcock and their daughter Gracie, came to supper. Woodcock formerly P.M. (Police Magistrate?) at Warwick, now a Clerk in Colonial Secretary's Office.
Monday 28th October 1889
Thermometer in back bedroom 76° at 9 o'clock. In the sun 125° at 9 o'clock. My Thermometer not being registered above 125°. I think it must be above 125°. Comparatively new moon last night just as we were going to evening Church at 7.30. Saw Mary Prior with Mrs Barker in her pew last night.
After lunch went to Brisbane called at the Club, no letters, and for Dr Simmons (Symond's?) account, which I told him to send me there. 5 consultations at 10/6 a visit I suppose. Paid Field the Chemist for medicine. At 4.05 went by train to Loughs at "Clayfield" where I had tea dinner, and returned to Brisbane by 10.30 train, and got home by 11 o'clock. Mrs Lough and Miss FitzStubbs very polite, the latter told me she was brought up from childhood as a Roman Catholic, and left the Church in Arch Bishop Vaughan's time in consequence of not attending the Catholic School, and that her mother was originally engaged to be married to the late W.B. Dalley P.C. and that the late Sir Roger Therry, the Judge, had been her mother's guardian during her minority.
Tuesday 29th October 1889
Thermometer in Drawing room at 9, 85°, in the sun with cool breeze blowing 108°. Went to the Club after breakfast, wrote letter inclosing cheque to Dr Simmons for £2.12.6 for fees. Paid Club expenses, and Lunches £1.17.6. Left P.R.C. card on the Committee. At ½ past 12, by invitation, went on board the "Gayandah" Gunboat and lunched with Captain Taylor, who came with his Gig and waited at the Kangaroo Point ferry, and took me on board. No one there, except a Mr Pollock employed at the Naval Stores, and the Engineer, Bennett (Rennett?) by name, a clever hearty old Scotchman. Left at 2, intending to pay visits afterwards with Grace, but on returning found the heat so overpowering, that I had to lie down for some hours instead, particularly as we were going to the Theatre in the evening to see the performance of "The Yeoman of the Guards: which was well put on the stage. The Gypsy girl dressed in "Red, white and blue" ribbons looked well and acted well. The Governor and Lady Norman with his daughter were present, and as soon as they entered, the performance commenced with the everlasting "God Save the Queen." With Philip, Mary Ann, Grace and I came Captain and Mrs Taylor, Miss Hillier and the (irascible?) Mrs Clarendon Stuart The play was over before 11, and very full house and in consequence very hot. The Theatre is tolerable commodious for a Country Theatre but the worst lighted of any I ever was in! Mrs Heath and her daughters were also present. We were not at home till 11.30, all very tired except Mary Ann, who stand the "Battle of the Breeze" of life wonderfully well!
Wrote to L. Hudson, posted it, the letter, as we drove to the Theatre, I therefore suppose it will not go till tomorrow evening.
Wednesday 30th October 1889
Cloudy looking morning, with cool breeze. Thermometer in the Drawing room 75°. Verandah outside (blank).
Had a letter from Marie dated 27th.
Thursday 31st October 1889
10 weeks in Brisbane
Thermometer in Rooms 75°. In sun 96°. Left by Steamer "Cintra," she was advertised to sail at 1pm, but she did not till between 3 and 4 in the morning, unloading and loading. 5 winches going, employed by this steamer, and the "Lighter' alongside the cargo, the noise most bewildering, impossible to sleep or to think.
Philip after dinner went by himself on board the "Cintra" to see our luggage safely placed in our cabins, the same we imagined as agreed but as the one we came up in from Sydney, but no inquiring we found that it has been given to a Brisbane person, a Mr Fossett (Forrest?) an M.L.C. Philip was very much put out and sent for one of the Clerks of the Office who came down, and explained that it was owing to the Captain, without consultation, with the Manager having reserved it by letter for Mr Fossett (Forrest?) before he left "Cook Town." After dinner Philip again accompanied me to the Steamer and showed me all the luggage he had placed in an apparently equal good 4 berth cabin. He then returned a third time, and brought Grace down by 9 o'clock, thinking we were going to start at 11 pm. Poor Phil, he was much put out at our being disappointed at not having the cabin that the Manager had promised to let us have.
Friday 1st November 1889
Very early this morning a passenger by name of (blank) who was brought by his mother and sister and put him on board by the advice of his doctor, is a galloping consumption, was picked up on deck at peep of day. It was thought he was suffering from drink, and one of the Stewards found him lying on his back and gave him a push to arouse him, telling him to get away lying on the deck. He found to his dismay that he was dead! At 11 o'clock he was buried at sea, the officers and a few passengers attending the burial service, which I understand the Captain Lee read over the remains. I knew nothing of the circumstances till after the ceremony was over, as did many of the passengers either. A question whether the corpse should not have been brought in to Sydney and a Coroner's Inquest held!
Saturday 2nd November 1889
Returned to Sydney.
Raining heavily in the night. Head seas, much rolling and pitching of ship. Thermometer on deck 67°. Our cabin full of wet, not from the sea, but bursting of some pipe on board, one of the Stewards informed us whilst bailing out that some trips ago a similar occurrence took place, and that he had spoken to the Head Steward about it, who promised to have the leak looked to, and repaired by carpenter. About 11 o'clock we came in sight of "Port Stephens" the clouds cleared away, and the promise of rainbow dispelled, wind very cold, obliged to put one's Great Coat on whilst sitting on deck. Most of the invalid Ladies made their appearance from their cabins. One young girl, well dressed and pretty girl, going to Ballarat much interesting in her book "Gilderoy," by "Onida" (Ollinda?) which from the wrapt attention which absorbed her, must be, I imagine, sensational. About 12 o'clock saw a large fish disporting itself, which looked very much like a Whale, and which shortly after commenced "spouting" in right earnest! At 1 o'clock we passed "Newcastle", saw many ships going out of the harbour, some hours after passed "Barrenying(?)" lighthouse, before coming to "Manly Beach." Then entered "The Heads" just at sunset and by 7.30, got moored alongside the wharf, at the old Australian Steam Navigation Company, Darling Station. Fortunately some of the Water Police came on board to meet me, with the Police Launch and took it to "Circular Quay," and placed it on Steamer "Brighton" which left at 9 o'clock for Manly. The wind was very high, otherwise the launch would have taken us straight on to Manly, but prevented our having to wait a whole hour before we ultimately got off. We were met at Circular Quay by Marie and Neville Dowling, also by Wise. We reached "Ocean View" about 10 o'clock, the children all in bed, both Grace and I very tired.
Diary of John Augustus Milbourne Marsh 1819-1891
Transcribed from Betty Harrison Family Archives, by Michael Heath-Caldwell, Brisbane 2009
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