The Diary of Edgar Barwick.

Edgar left these pieces of wood in the fork of an apple tree in the 1950's, at "Yarrabah" Willow Tree.

1932 to 1935 


By Geoff Barwick.

Edgar was my grand father.

 

 

 

Selected diary notes of Edgar Barwick. Where brackets, "[ ... ]" are used, the words in them are additions by Geoff Barwick.

 

Edgar was born 11th May, 1909. So he was 16 years old when he was given his first diary for his sixteenth birthday and wrote his first note in it in 1925. He only recorded in his diary for 12 months from May 1925, but then started again in April 1930 and from then on recorded every day without fail.

 

Obviously, its a big enough job to just translate certain random days as I've done. There is no way I'd try to translate every day! It would just be too big and boring. Im just doing the odd day.

 

During week days, Edgars diary is just full of notes about everyday farm life. Crutching, sheering, mustering, cleaning maggots from sheep, cattle, weeds, rabbits, fencing, ploughing, drawing firewood, as in hauling firewood, etc, etc. Every weekend is also full of activity. The snipets I include hopefully give an idea of how they lived all those years ago up Warrah Creek.

This will be ongoing.

 

 Some of the places and families mentioned throughout,....

 

The properties owned and run by Edgar, his father and mother Ernest and Susan, and his two brothers, Alan and Ron, were,

 

"Quondah". Dry Creek.  Earnest and Susans home. Farm 11 of the Warrah 1912 subdivision.

"Boolawa". Dry Creek. Where Ron and Dette ended up living. Now also called "Quondah" owned by Neville and Chris Moxem. Farm 12 of the Warrah 1912 subdivision.

"Belmont". On swinging Ridges road. Now called "Nioka" and owned by the Gillett family. Farm 8 of the Warrah 1912 subdivision.

"Levondale". Miller Creek. Bought by the Barwicks in 1924. Now owned by Cam McKellar. Farm 78 of the Warrah 1912 subdivision.

"Booral". Millers Creek. Bought by the Barwicks in 1927. Now owned by Cam McKellar. Farm 79 of the Warrah 1912 subdivision.

 

 

Other families.

"Towarri". Owned by Les Barwick in 1930's. Les's Children were Barbara, Tony, Gwen, and Barry. Now owned by Lorraine Barwick. Farm 9 of Warrah 1912 subdivision.

http://www.warrah1912subdivision.com/127469417

 

"Burnside". Owned by Lucy Brecht in 1930's. Lucy was Ernest Barwicks sister. Edgar calls her Auntie Lu. Her husband, Ernest Brecht died in 1906! Incredible to imagine a single mum way back in the 1930s running a farm and raising a family! Her children were Marie and Ern.Today called "Blakes Reach" and owned by Ken Smith. Farm 28 in the Warrah 1912 subdivision.

http://www.warrah1912subdivision.com/111265164

 

"Trillowee". Was Harold Barwicks property in the 1930's. The property wasn't called "Trillowee" though till many years later. Harold's wife was Viola. Edgar calls her Auntie Vi. Children, Arthur, Sheila, and Lucas. Today owned by Neville and Margaret Watts and called "Lumeah Park". Farm 36 in the Warrah 1912 subdivision. Harold at this time also owned "Elmsford", south of the range at Sparkes Creek.

http://www.warrah1912subdivision.com/89585963

 

"Merrieton". Was owned by A.R. [Alfred] Barwick. Living there during the 1930's was his daughters Melba and Alma who never married. This property had the best swimming hole in the subdivision in Warrah Creek and it appears that the whole valley and more just congregated there on a hot summers day. Today owned by Ross Barwick. Farm 30 in the Warrah 1912 subdivision.

 

"Oakley". Was owned by Charles Barwick in the 1930's. Living there was his daughter Lila who married Brian Seymour, and Madge and Enid. Edgar often refered to them as "Charlies Lot" in his diarys. Today half of "Oakley" is owned by Tony and Mandy Seymour, and the other half by Craig and Shelley Devine. Farm 26 in the 1912 subdivision.

 

Uncle Ivans place is "Cedar Vale". Farm 35 of the 1912 subdivision.

 

"Duxford" Green Creek Timor. The family of Cyril Barwick.

George and Matilda Barwick. Children, Adela, Vic, Gladys, Veronica, Cyril, John, Eric, Sylvia and Marjorie.

 

John is always called "Jack" by most people and Edgar.

Matilda is Aunt Tillie.

 

 

Properties mentioned south of the Cedar Brush.

 

"Lemongrove", Kiernans Creek. Property of Cyril and May Ashford. Children Audrey, Esme, Verna and Noel.

"Elmsford"

"Daffodil"

"Sunnyvale"

 

 

Also, they passed over the Range to Sparkes Creek and Kiernans Creek constantly. The main track to Sparkes Creek was via the Cedar Brush. When Edgar says they went via Scotts Mountain, it was a track about 3 ks west of the Cedar Brush and went up what is today Arrundels property and came out above Kiernan's Creek. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1932.

 

[1932 was an average year for rain with 25 inches falling. There was no real dry period with March and September getting some nice falls.]

 

 

Sun. 3rd Jan.

Ron and I left home 5.10 am and rode over Scotts mountain to stay at uncle Sams. [Samuel Ashford, Kiernans Ck]. Arrived 8am for breakfast. During afternoon, Mable, Bonnie, Ron and I walked up creek to little brush. Cut initials on tree. Cyrils family [Cyril Ashford] all at church in morning. All Cyrils family came over after tea and sang some hymms.

 

Mon. 4th Jan.

Cut some fire wood. Six handed game of 500 in morning. Afternoon, Audrey and Esme played Verna and me 3 sets tennis. Ron helped Bonnie get sheep in for killing, Cyril [Ashford] had day at Sparkes creek. Everard [Ashford] rode up on bike to stay at Cyrils. Five hundred at night, Everard, Verna, Esme, and Ron, played Mable, Bonnie, Audrey and me.

 

Tues. 5th Jan.

Everard and I cut some logs for firewood with cross cut saw. Played game of cricket during morning. Afternoon, went fishing. Caught 100 gudgeons.

Played 'Keep the ball away' up at tennis court. Danced in shed at night.

 

Thur. 7th Jan.

All young people up creek fishing for gudgeon. Caught about 30. Fred Barwick over helping Cyril build new stock yards. During afternoon all up along creek watching Everard after eels. Everard stabbed two eels with fork. One very large.

Uncle Sam up very early every morning chipping corn at paddock up creek. Danced till 12.30am.

[amazingly, uncle Sam Ashford was 81! Chipping corn, and he died just 3 weeks later]

 

Sat. 9th Jan.

Ron and I started from “Sunnyvale” about 6am and arrived home at 8.40am. At 11am Alan and I started with Les to Werris Creek to play comp match. Scores, Warrah Creek 83. Les 38. Werris Creek 160.

Had lunch in Quirindi on way up and tea on way home. Got block of ice from freezing works.

 

Mon. 11th Jan.

Ron and I drew two loads firewood from “Boolawa”. I took 'Prince' and trolley out to mountain paddock and drew and cut 6 posts. Posts to be used to build enclosure at lower end of cow yard for planting pepper tree. Ron rode 'Jock' to Willow Tree to get new shoes on front hoofs at blacksmiths.

Marie, Lucie, and Ern Brecht. Early 1930's. At "Burnside", Warrah.

Sun. 17th Jan.

Played comp match against Willow Tree, at Willow Tree. Scores, WT 58. Warrah 196. I got 58 and retired. Hit 6 fours. Ron Palmer 56. Alan 29. L Holmes 25. Alan and I drove in and took Bert and Jack Smith.

Uncle Ivan up during afternoon and stayed for tea.

 

Thur. 21st Jan.

I rode up to “Burnside”. Helped Ern get in 2 big dray loads of lucerne hay. Ern and I rode to “Merrieton” and had swim with Les, Dot.Nita and Gladys. Had tea up there. Alan, Les, Nita, Gladys and I had swim by moonlight. Dad and Ron went to “Levondale” to get lambs ready for trucking. Stayed night there.

Warrah creek girls played girls cricket match at Jacks Creek. Warrah Creek girls 86. Jacks Creek girls 87.

 

Fri. 22nd Jan.

Ron took in 232 x-bred sucker lambs from “Levondale” and “Booral” which we sold to Aberdeen meat works at 8/6 per head. I erected 3 more post around little pepper trees planted below cow yard. Thermometer to 106 today.

Nita down and played piano. Madge, Enid and Ruth up after tea.

 

Tues. 26th Jan.

I played in Quirindi district match against Tamworth, at Tamworth. Tamworth 234. Quirindi 110. I drove car up and took Les.

ABC team played Warrah at Warrah. ABC team 160. Warrah 130. Cyril, Audrey and Esme Ashford, and Arthur rode over the Cedar Brush to match.

[ABC team was a cricket team formed 50 years or more earlier in the 1880's at Sparkes and Kiernan's Creek. It was called "ABC" due to it being full of Ashfords and Barwicks, and the 'C's' I'm not sure of? Its interesting that they still called themselves the ABC team 50 years later as while there was still a heap of Ashfords over the range in 1932, there wasn't all that many Barwicks as they'd mostly moved to Warrah.]

 

Wed. 27th Jan.

Received word this morning of death of uncle Sam [Ashford] during last night. Dad, mum, Alan and aunt Alice went round by car to funeral at “Thorthwaite”.

Ron took lambs to truck. I helped over through “Belmont”. Took 'Dumpy' and 'Ness' with me. Drove up to Palmers and got my blue pup. Few weeks old. Les and Jack Logan went up with me and had swim at “Merrieton” on way home. Madge and Enid here for tea.

 

Fri. 29th Jan.

Very hot during morning, way over 100. Turned cool in afternoon when southerly sprang up. I fixed up the Kennel for the pup 'Joker'. All uncle Harolds family arrived home after 3 weeks at Sparkes creek.

 

Sun. 31st Jan.

70 points rain in thunder storm. Arthur rode up here and spent the day. Stayed the night. Experimented with a carbide gas lamp which Arthur made. Enid and Ruth here most of arvo. Nita Nicholls here and dad gave her a hair cut. Uncle Ivan up to see aunti Em.

 

Fri. 5th Feb.

Grapes ripening on old trellis. Rats started to eat them. Caught 3 rats with rabbit traps. Vine in orchard with big dark grapes ripened about a week ago but rats cleaned them up. Also cleaned up small current grapes.

Dad, Alan and I to “Merrieton”. Had swim with Les, Nita and Ern Brecht. Dad bought 4 poddies, 3 bulls and one heifer from Ern Brecht at 16/6 per head.

 

Thur. 11th Feb.

Terrific hail storm around head of creeks. Hail showed white as a fall of snow. Could see on side of main range. Alan and I at “Belmont” and cut thick burrs in cultivation paddock.

 

Sun. 21st Feb.

Les called about midnight and told us of aunt Betsy [Elizabeth Barwick nee Ashford] passing away at 11pm. We all attended her funeral at Willow Tree cemetary. Short service in our church. About 33 cars followed hearse. Uncle Frank, Cyril and Charlie up in their cars. Uncle Henry, Max Ashford up also. [Aunt Betsy was Alfreds wife. She was also my Great Great Grandmother. They lived at "Merrieton".]

 

Wed. 24th Feb.

Shod 'Duke' all round. Dad, Ron and I mustered back paddock sheep to yard. Cleaned them up. I took 'Dumpy' out mustering. 

"Towarri" lot called during afternoon and Dad cut Les and Nita's hair. Aunt Tillie came back from "Merrieton" to stay here for a while. Ron went down to public meeting at the hall to form committee for the year.

 

Sat. 27th Feb.

First day of knock out comp for "Gripu" Cup. Played at Jacks Creek. Warrah Creek 87. I got two wickets. Jacks Creek 56. I drove Dads car over, taking Eileen Kiernan, Bert and Jack Smith.

Uncle George, Aunt Tillie and Eric left here for home. They also took Gladys home from "Merrieton". 

Ron and I went to "Towarri" to play bridge.

 

Sun. 28th Feb.

Dad, Ron and I drove down to uncle Harolds and got some peaches for stewing. Took up some grapes. Alan home after a week in Scone. Brien here for a while this morning.

Church during afternoon. We took aunti Em and Nita. Nita stayed here for tea. Brien, Lila, Lawrence and Madge up for a while after tea.

 

Mon. 29th Feb.

I transplanted into enclosure below cow yard two more pepper trees and 2 peach seedlings. Ron brought the cow with calf down from the back paddock.

Big leap year dance in Warrah hall arranged by Aileen Palmer in aid of our cricket club. About £19 taken at door. All our family down.

 

Thur. 3rd March.

Arthur and I started from home at 6am. Rode over Scotts mountain and arrived at “Lemon Grove” [Kiernans creek] at 8.15am. Arthur took black horse 'Billy' over. They sold him to Cyril [Ashford]. Saw Audrey and Esme at Oswalds. Aunt Harriet and Mabel at Walter Ashfords. Also Fred Barwick who was helping Cyril erect new stock yards. Left Kiernans at 4pm. Arthur got bag of quinces at “Elmswood”. Called at “Hawthorns” and had feed of watermelon. Saw Charlie Ashford. Arrived home 8.15pm.

 

Sat. 5th March.

Second days play against Jacks Creek in "Gripu" Cup Competion. Warrah Creek 207. A Hall 70. R Palmer 46 and I got 52. Jacks Creek 2nd innings 78. R Sevil 35, and Hector 15. 

I planted small kurrajong seedling in lower back corner of garden. 

Alan, Ron and I at "Towarri" after tea. All "Merrieton" people and Veronica there. Mr Lang and Mr Bray there for the night. Played bridge.

 

Sun. 6th March.

Alan, Ron and I at "Towarri" to help them install a wireless plant. Dug a hole and drew a tall post. Les and Mr Bray in car to Quirindi and brought out wireless set, which Mr Lang bought from a Mr Brett. Mr Brett here also to help install wireless. 

Dad met Wood's Car in Willow Tree and brought Doris, Hilda and Margaret to "Burnside".

Played match at Braefield. Warrah Creek 160. A Hall 62, R Palmer 31. Braefield 59 for 5 wickets.

 

Thur. 10th March.

Dad and I rode around ewe paddock and cut a few scattered burrs. Ron cut some more on “Boolawa” Ron drew in some ant bead for tennis court. Alan and I down at “Towarri” after tea and listened to their new wireless.

 

Fri. 11th March.

All started in car at 5.40am for Scone. We went to Aberdeen and saw our 228 lambs slaughtered. Stayed in Scone at Big Bushmans carnival. Cattle draughting, gents and ladies hacks, boy and girl riders, wood choping. Ern and Arthur rode over. They went to play at night and Ern to ball in Olympic Theatre. Ron staying for rodeo tommorow.

 

Sat. 12th March.

Commenced play in knock out comp against Werris Creek at Warrah. Warrah Creek 135. A Hall 58. Werris Creek 29 for 3 wickets.

Charlie Ashford came over and rode to "Levondale" and brought his cow and calf to recreation reserve. He was at home for dinner and went down to the cricket and helped to umpire. 

Alan, Charlie and I at "Towarri" at night and played bridge and listened to wireless. 

Jim Wood passed away this afternoon.

 

Mon. 14th March.

Showery during morning. Lopped apple trees at back of tennis court and rolled court. I built small door on end of enclosure round pepper trees to cow yard. Ron set 39 rabbit traps on "Boolawa".

Auntie Em showed us three minature photos in beautiful lockets, taken over 60 years ago. One each of the three sisters. Grandmother, Aunt Ann, and Aunt Susan Hayne.

 

Sat. 19th March.

Our team knocked out in semi final of knock out comp at Werris Creek. Les drove Alan, Bert Smith and Russel McCluand and me up. Had lunch and supper at Quirindi. Alan and I stayed to concert in Willow Tree. Dad, Mum, Ron and Dette and Nita Nicholls also in.

Sydney Harbour bridge opened today by Jack Lang, premier. Lighthorseman caused sensation by cutting ribon with sword.

 

Sun. 20th March.

Match against Braefield at Warrah Creek. Warrah creek 96. B Smith 35. W Palmer 27. Braefield 54. I got 6 runs and 4 wickets. Dad, Ron, Alan and I had couple of sets of tennis before dinner. Court in perfect condition after nice rain.

 

Sat. 26th March.

I rode from here at 6am and arrived at Charlie Ashfords at 8am. Had breakfast with Charlie, Miss Min, Mrs Davis and her little girl June. Aunt Lil and Mae in Sydney. Went to Scone with Charlie and saw 2nd days play between Upper Hunter and Balmain. 

 

Tues. 28th March.

Alan and I started on trip to Kienans Creek at 10.30am. Arrived at Scone and left car at Firths garage while we had dinner at Uncle Alf's. Left Scone at 2.30pm. Called at Thornthwaite cricket ground and had cricket practice with Cyril, Fred, Everard, Derek and Vernon, and Stan Schrytrupf. Ron rode over Scott's Mountain and went down in car with Cyril, Everard and Derek. 

We arrived up at Cyrils about dark. All the Bert Prings family staying at "Sunny Vale". All of us at "Sunny Vale" after tea.

 

Wed. 30th March.

We young people played tennis all day. Cyril was droving sheep. Everard and I beat Audrey and Esme 6-2. Alan and Everard beat Derek and me 9-7. Audrey and I beat Everard and Verna 8-6. 

All of us to "Sunny Vale" after tea. Older people played crib. Rest of us played twos and threes.

 

Thur. 31st March.

Arthur rode over Scotts Mountain to join our excursion party. He arrived at “Lemongrove” at 7am. 13 of us in party on excursion to 'train rocks'. Cyril, Audry, Esme, Verna, Bonnie, Everard, Derek, Arthur, Arthur, and Harry Pring, Alan, Ron and I walked up track to top of Scotts mountain. Had lunch at spring in Warrah creek brush. Arrived at 'train rocks' soon after lunch. Rolled dozens of large rocks on Kiernans creek side. Arrived home in time for a few sets of tennis.

 

Sat. 2nd April.

Alan, Ron, aunt Harriet, Mabel, Ronnie and Esme in our car and Cyril, Neay? Noel, Everard, Audrey, Vera and I went in Cyrils car to cricket match in Scone on association wicket. ABC playing against Scone in final of comp. First day scoring, Scone 240. ABC 73 for 6 wickets. We sang songs in car all the way in and out. All at “Sunnyvale”. Had few songs and music. Few games of crib.

 

Sun. 3rd April. 

Cyril, Audrey, Esme and Ron rode down to "Thornthwaite" and met some cows and calves that Cyril bought in Scone. They took them down to "Karoona". Everard left "Lemongrove" per pushbike and went home.

All walked up creek short distance and then up the hill to Cyrils sorghum paddock. After tea we sang songs at "Sunnyvale"

 

Mon. 4th April.

Ron left for home at 9am. We watched him ride up track over Scott's Mountain. Alan and I left "Lemongrove" about 10.30am. Had lunch in Scone. Called at Uncle Alf's for couple of hours. Called at Chads and got groceries on way home.

Alan, Ron and I went up to "Towarri" after tea. Ern Brecht rode up. Mr Lang also there.

Wed. 20th April.

Ron trapped 55 rabbits on “Boolawa” with 33 traps. He went round last night, and again this morning. Ern and Arthur rode up to get Erns traps. Les here for game of tennis. Had 4 sets. Uncle Ivan had supper with us. We three boys plus Claire went to dance at Warrah creek in aid of Warrah creek tennis club.

 

Thur. 21st April.

Ron helped me lay about 600 thistle root baits on “Belmont” bottom paddock. Ron set traps again on “Boolawa”. Found one of leicester stud ewes badly fly blown.

 

Fri. 22nd April.

Piano tuner here and tuned piano. Charged 30/. From thistle baits put out on “Belmont” I got 30 rabbits and 24 skins. During afternoon I drew 2 loads of firewood. One for aunti Em and one for us. Ron trapped 35 rabbits on “Boolawa”. Claire and I went for a ride up to “Burnside” after tea. Claire rode 'Duke' and I rode the taffy pony.

 

Tues. 26th April.

Ron rode over Cedar Brush and met Cyril, Audrey and Esme at “Karoona” and helped bring 109 cattle over. 59 belong to Cyril and consist of 28 cows and calves, 2 steers, bull. 15 from “Sunny vale” 5 cows and calves plus 4 steers and heifers. 27 steers from A.D.B. Scone and 8 little poddies of ours. I started after breakfast and met cattle at the lane. All had lunch at Cedar Brush creek and Cyril and girls went home via Scotts Mountain. Dad, Alan, Ron and I at Merediths after tea. Played 500. Young Mick Fitzpatrick and family there too.

 

Wed. 27th April.

Sold to ACF Co 278 Xbred lambs at 11/- clear. Dad, Ron and I drove out and mustered "Booral". Neely bought 160 suckers from there. Came home and Dad and I mustered "Boolawa". Neely took 93 from ewe paddock and 25 from "Boolawa". Yarded Uncle Alfs 27 steers and earmarked them. 

Brian and Lila drove up and visited Auntie Em.

 

Thur. 28th April.

I took Cyril Ashfords 74 mixed cattle and uncle Alfs 27 steers to Millers Creek. Cyrils cattle put in “Booral”. Uncle Alfs steers in “Levondale” plain paddock

 

Sat. 30th April.

Got my accordian back from R. E. Forrest. He sent it to Palings where they put in two new brass rods and tuned the outer row. Forrest sent accordian out by Charlie Barwick. Charge for repairs was 8/6. 

Dad and Bonnie drove over to Halls and got 45 lbs of pig. We four had 4 sets of tennis.

 

Thur. 12th May.

Ron rode to "Belmont" and took 6 steers and 2 cows down to meet Russel MacCluand. I took 10 young Xbred wethers down from here also to meet Russel.

Bonnie went home via Scotts Mountain. Ron and I drove her up Warrah Creek to about half way from lane to Scotts hut. We then walked with Bonnie over mountain and a short way down the other side. We could even see the girls playing Tennis at Cyrils. [Ashford].

 

Sat. 14th May.

I shot two foxes this morning. Shot one out back of “Towarri” mountain not far from “Boolawa” fence. The other one on “Boolawa” at top of mountain. Ron and I played in comp match on Warrah Creek tennis courts. Curragundi against Warrah. WC won by 5 sets to 4. I won one set with Mrs Daly, one with Jack Daly. Towarri family and Claire and Dorris down at our court for tennis. All our family at Tom McCluands after tea. Five hundred and gramaphone music.

 

Tues. 17th May.

Victor drove car round, bringing Cyril [Barwick] and Jack for school holidays. Addy and Gladys also came round but the spent the day at “Merrieton”. They left late afternoon and took Sylvia home, who had been staying at “Merrieton”.

 

Wed. 18th May.

I spent day at “Belmont” burning up big logs in top paddock. Ron got 38 rabbits counting last nights catch. Dad burned some timber in house paddock. Cyril and Jack out shooting in ewe paddock. They also had game of tennis. Burt Smith trapping rabbits in “Belmont”. He got 40 pairs.

 

Sun. 22nd May.

Ron and I drove our car up to Henry Palmers and met Everard Ashford who walked over Cedar Brush from “Hawthorn”. Everard brought his tennis racket and pea rifle. Mum, Alan, Aunti Em, Cyril, Jack and I went to church. During afternoon we played a mixed tennis match against “Curragundi”. “Quondah” won 8 sets to one.

 

Mon.23rd May.

Everard, Alan, Ron and I played tennis all day. Dad had a few sets. Cyril and Jack also played. Dette Meredith also rode up and played a few sets. 18 sets played during day.

 

Thur. 26th May.

I got new slazenger tennis racket at 67/6 at Roundtrees today.Dad was in Quirindi today and purchased it for me. Everard, Ron and I out and shot 81 rabbits with pea rifles. We played ten sets of tennis.

 

Fri. 3rd June.

Us three boys and Dette Meredith drove down to Scone during afternoon. Took Dette to Jim Youngs. We went to uncle Alfs. I sold 3 fox skins at Chase fur Co. Jacobs. 7/-, 6/-, and 4/-. Sold 2 fox skins for Cyril and Jack for 4/- and 3/-. Ron sold 87 pound of rabbit skins. 19 pound for 6 per pound and rest at 3 per pound.

 

Tues. 14th June.

All our family in car. Started at 7am and drove around to “Thornthwaite” cemetary. Helped dig cutting in bank of Dartbrook creek for road over to cemetary. 20 men working with pick and shovels. The women cleaning up around the graves. All had lunch by the creek. Attended funeral of Mrs Sam Saunders.[Dorathy Newling]. Home very late.

 

Thur. 16th June.

Alan, Ron and I played in tennis tournament in Willow Tree in aid of CWA. Alan played with Mrs Harvey Sevil, Ron played with Dette, and I played with Marie Meredith. Played 4 sets each with 8 games a set. Ron and Dette won 21 games, Alan and Mrs Sevil won 17 and we won 16. Claire came in later and we went to the dance at night.

 

Sat. 18th June.

Alan, Maudie Power, Ron and Dette, Dora McLean and I played in mixed championship tournament in Quirindi. Five town courts and two private courts in use. Dora and I won 4 sets and lost one. We beat Mr and Mrs Shannon in quarter finals 6-4. Ron and Dette beat us in finals 6-1. Geo Cramer and Flo Barnes beat Ron and Dette in Grand Final 6-2, 6-2. 

Alan, Ron and I at "Towarri" after tea. Ern also there.

 

Mon. 20th June.

Claire left "Towarri" by evening train to spend a few weeks at home.

Les borrowed 'Prince' and trolly to draw firewood. I brought some old parts of old gas plant which were lying about at "Towarri" wool shed down on trolley. Alan burned down some trees on "Boolawa" for fire wood. Constable Howard called here and had afternoon tea, when riding back to Murrurundi.

 

Wed. 22nd June.

Marked 405 lambs at "Belmont". First of this years crop to be marked. Dad, Ron and I rode over and mustered ewes and lambs to yards. I removed 'Mattys' front shoes.

All of us paid visit to Col Chads after tea. Mrs Chad played her new Player Piano.

 

Thur. 30th June.

Ron and I finished straightening netting fence between "Belmont" and "Towarri". Dug all posts out of first strain and erected them again. 

Heard of the sudden death of Minnie Brecht in Newcastle. Eric Wood operated on for appendicitis. Alan returned from Sydney with Uncle Harold after going down to consult with Minister For Lands about reappointment.

 

Sat. 2nd July.

Ron and I played comp match with Curragundi team at Jacks Creek. Curragundi won 8 sets to 1. Beryle Kiernan went out from Merediths to Jacks Creek with us. 

By beating Willow Tree no. 2 team 9-0, Warrah Creek no. 2 team won the Willow Tree competition.

Alan Ron and I at "Towarri" for bridge and wireless.

 

Wed. 6th July.

Light showers falling during most of the day. Claire [Nicholls] came back from home yesterday to stay at "Towarri" again.

Bert Smith and Jim Holt finished trapping on "Quondah". They caught 609 pairs, counting kittens. Dad game them a bit extra, which came to £2-10-9.

Fri. 8th July.

40 points rain during night. Very heavy snowstorm overnight. Range and to the east all white. Claire and I started at 1pm and rode to top of range to east of dry creek. Found snow very think on top and down to the south. Back At “Towarri” at 5.10pm.

 

Sat. 9th July.

Ron and I played in singles championship in Willow Tree courts. Ron beat Tom Tucker 6-1 6-2. I beat Hector Barwick 6-3 6-2 in first round. Dette went in with us.

Ladies doubles championships played today. Dette and Mrs Harvey Sevil won.

 

Sun. 10th July.

Alan, Ron, Les, Dette, Maudie Power and I went in to tennis tournament at Willow Tree. Dette won ladies singles. Dette beat Carol Seckold 4-6, 6-3. then beat Mrs Harvey Sevil 10-8, 6-1 and in final beat Bertha Sevil 6-2, 7-5.

Alan beat Bob Murphie 6-2, 6-2. Beat Ron 6-3, 6-4.

I beat Ern Hall 6-1, 6-1.

Dad and Mum had dinner at “Towarri”. Took Claire and Dorrie to church. Claire and Dorrie here after tea.

 

Wed. 13th July.

Ron took Cyril Ashford's bull and cow from here and started up Warrah Creek. Cyril came over Scott's Mountain and met Ron at Captains Creek. 

I rode up and stayed the night with Auntie Vi, Sheila and Lucas while Uncle Harold and Arthur are taking vealers over to Scone sale yards.

 

Thur. 14th July.

I rode home after staying the night with Auntie Vi and family. Milked their two cows before leaving. 

Alan and I cut some logs up with cross cut for firewood. Ron lopped box trees at top side of house. 

Dot, Clair, Dorrie and the two babys down during afternoon. Alan, Ron and I at "Towarri" after tea for wireless.

 

Sun. 17th July.

Alan, Ron, Marie, Dette, Nolene Fitz and I went in our car to tournament in Willow Tree. Ron and I played together in gents doubles and beat Tom Tucker and R Green. Beat Alan and Harvey Sevil 6-1, 6-4. Beat Bunty Hall and Earl Hall in the final. 

In final of mixed doubles Ron and Dette beat Leon and Mrs Harvey Sevil, 6-1, 6-4. 

 

Wed. 20th July.

Dad drove Mum to "Duxford", Green Creek, where she is staying for a holiday. When Dad came home he brought Gladys back to "Merrieton". They also took Veronica home from "Merrieton" where she has been staying for a few months. 

Ron and I had the day at "Belmont". Working on middle fence to iron gateway. D McCluand delivered our new one horse plough. Price £3-16-10. Also a skylight for the shearing shed.

 

Sun. 24th July.

Claire went with Ron and I in car up Warrah creek to meet Everard. Drove up to top gulley at foot of range. Everard walked over from “Hawthorn”. We called at uncle Harolds on way home and had some gramaphone music. Borrowed uncle Harolds .32 rifle for shooting kangaroos.

 

Mon. 25th July

Shot 17 kangaroos today. Ron drove them down on Jack, and with 'Nigger', and dad, Alan, Everard and I shot them. I shot 5 with .32 rifle. Gave little joey to Dette Meredith. Dad and we 4 boys shot “Towarri” after tea. Jim Holt and Herb Pengilley started trapping on “Boolawa” for carcasses.

 

Tues. 26th July.

Another day kangaroo shooting. Arthur joined us today and helped Ron drive roos down to us. I shot 6 kangaroos. Took first drive to back of “Boolawa” hill. Shot a few more. I shot one at 150 yards! Claire came down for tea. Arthur stayed also. Ern came up after and we had some songs. Dad got 12 pounds of beef off uncle Harold.

 

Wed. 27th July.

Dad, Everard, Ron and I went out in back paddock to try to shoot a few big roos. Ron got 3 with shotgun. One big buck and one good sized doe. We kept a young joey for a pet. Everard took a young joey home with him. Ron drove Everard back to foot of range this afternoon and he walked home.

 

Fri. 29th July.

Date of Verna's 13th birthday. Ron road out to “Booral” and took Cyril Ashfords 18 vealers into Willow Tree to truck. He aslo took 12 of the cows with calves. Ron staying at Harry Greens tonight. Dad drove over to help Ron.

Dad and I out in back paddock on Warrah creek side and dug out 3 big ink weed plants. Also a dozen small ones. Shot some more kangaroos.

 

Sun. 31st July.

Dad and Alan drive to Green Creek and brought mum home from “Duxford”. Ron and I drove Cyrils 12 cows to Steve McDonalds where we met Cyril, Audrey and Esme. Had lunch with them at Cedar Brush creek. I rode on over to “Daffodil”. Uncle Henry gave me 28 grape cuttings from his garden. 8 different kinds. Saw Charlie Ashford before coming home.

I gave Audrey the words of 'He played his Ukulele as the ship went down'. Gave two snaps to Verna for her 13th birthday.

 

Fri. 5th Aug.

Dad brought home from railway 54 lb hide of sole leather. Also 40 lb of harness leather. Sent two hides to Sydney tanners and had them tanned. One hide from old working bullock which we brought from Cyril.

Dad and Ron found 20 dead ewes at “Booral”. I pruned grape vines.

 

Tues. 9th Aug.

Alan and I ploughed mums vegetable paddock with old 'Prince'. Used new plough for first time. Ron Brought “Booral” ewes from recreation reserve. Left 6 crook ones there. Bill Meredith is going to skin them if they die. Nita came down after tea and we had some songs and music.

 

Fri. 12th Aug.

Commenced our general shearing this afternoon. Alan and Ron shore 59 ewes with lambs from “Booral” mob. Nita came down and she and Claire went to shed for a while. Ron took 'Beauty' and 'Blacky' over to Belmont. Only milking 4 cows now. Tom and Annie up after tea to have income tax forms done.

 

Sat. 13th Aug.

Rain overnight. Sheep wet so no shearing. Ron took the 59 shorn ewes with lambs back to house paddock at "Levondale". 

I rode up to Uncle Ivans and had the day with Vic and Cyril shooting roos. I shot three with ten shots. Arthur joined us in the afternoon. I called for a while in late afternoon and saw shearing in progress at Uncle Harolds. 

Claire, Nita, Aileen, Alan, Ron and I at dance in Warrah Hall in aid of R. C. funds.

 

Sat. 20th Aug.

Shore 58 from ewe paddock today. I did 6. Marked stud lambs.

Aileen and I went to dance and kitchen tea at Warrah Hall for Madge Carter. Alan and Ron went to "Towarri" for bridge and wireless.

 

Thur. 25th Aug.

First load of 12 wool bales left today on Don McCluands motor lorrie. First time our wool has not gone by Halls horse and wagon!

 

Fri. 26th Aug.

138 "Belmont" ewes shorn. AACBE ACBE AAPCSCBE LKSCB.

Alan, Les and I went down to Warrah Hall to annual general meeting of our cricket club. 13 at meeting. Decided to join the Quirindi cricket comp, providing they are not playing zone system.

 

Mon. 29th Aug.

Cyril Ashford arrived here today and took all his “Sunnyvale” cattle over the hill to Sparkes creek. Taking them to sale in Scone on Friday.

Started “Levondale” ewes. 142 shorn today.

 

Thur. 1st Sept.

I greased my saddle with yellow hydrocarbon. Bound my whip on handle. Made new straps for spurs. Drew 10 bags lucerne charf from "Boolawa" shearing shed to home shed. Also two trolley loads barley hay from "Boolawa" shed to cow paddock.

Dad took his car to Quirindi Motor Works and left it to be pulled down. Ron took "Levondale" ewes and lambs back to paddock. Alan, Les, Ern and I attended annual meeting in Quirindi to arrange comp.

 

Sun.4th Sept.

Ron and I drove to Murrurundi and played in singles championship. I beat Greg Boland 6-2, 7-5.

Beat George Benham 6-2, 6-3. In the semi final Goodman beat me 6-4, 6-4.

Ron beat Alan Watson 6-4, 6-1. Joe Friedman 6-4, 7-5. In semi he beat Reg Wallace 7-5, 9-7. Ron has to meet Goodman in the final at some other date.

We took Dette to Murrurundi. Charles Ashford went home from here this morning.

 

Tues. 6th Sept.

I shore all day at Ron's stand. Shore 51 ewes. 110 shorn altogether. Ron brought "Boolawa" ewes and lambs over from "Booral" where they have been running. 

Mick Obrien rode to shed during morning and had dinner with us.

 

Sat. 10th Sept.

I ploughed “Boolawa” orchard with old 'Prince' and single furrow plough. Ron took the “Boolawa” ewes form recreation reserve over to “Booral”. Cold southerly showers all day. All our family over to “Towarri” after tea. Aileen went to shearers ball over at “Windy” with Oakley family. [“Oakley” Charles and Ella Barwick].

 

Fri. 16th Sept.

Light showers rain fell during the day. About 85 points all day.

Dad, Alan and I in our car drove from "Towarri" and took Madge Rowe and Nita to Willow Tree. Madge has been staying at "Towarri" and caught the train home to Sydney. Les shearing at "Strathleigh" and so couldn't take Madge in.

 

Sat. 17th Sept.

Strong southerly wind and showers all day. After dinner I rode up to uncle Harolds and stayed for the night. Vic rode there for bread and mail and stayed for supper. He, Arthur and I played ping pong till 11.30pm.

 

Mon. 19th Sept.

Sold 149 mixed quality steers to Bill Widdis at £3-5 per head. 121 steers of ours and 28 belonging to A.J.B. Scone. Harry Green agent. Ron rode out and mustered steers and drove them along cattle lane to Widdis gate. Marked 81 more lambs

 

Tues. 20th Sept.

Dad, Ron and I made clean muster of back paddock. Alan and Ron shore 67 ewes with lambs after dinner. Took all shorn ewes and lambs back to paddock tonight. Marked 67 lambs from back paddock ewes. I got bilious attack after shearing. Alan went to Toms wool rolling.

 

Wed. 21st Sept.

Finished our shearing today. [they have been shearing most days on and off since 12th August].

Ron and I did 111 young dry ewes from back paddock. Total for back paddock 575. Total sheep shorn 2466 cutting 77 bales of wool. Alan was wool rolling for Tom during his shearing.

 

Fri. 23rd Sept.

Rained nearly all day. I went with Dad to Chads for groceries. Creek fairly high. Helped Eric Watt out of top crossing. 

Les met evening train and brought Enid Jones out. She is a special friend of Nita's. I set netting trap at burrow at shearing shed and caught 6 rabbits.

 

Mon. 26th Sept.

Marked 120 lambs from “Booral” ewes, which are running on “Boolawa”. Dad, Alan, Ron and I had 3 sets of tennis. Dad and I beat Alan and Ron 2 sets to one.

I went with dad on way to Chads. Took two trolley loads of ant bed and spread at ends of wicket at recreation reserve.

 

Tues. 27th Sept.

Shore 95 of Brechts x-breed ewes. Started shearing at 10am. Ern and I shearing. Dad and Ron doing shed work. Alan wool rolling at Toms. Nita and Enid at shed for afternoon tea. They had game of tennis. I drew two trolley loads of ant bed to topdress our wicket at tennis courts. Ron took Ivan Halls mare back to Willow Tree as she was a failure.

 

Sat. 1st Oct.

Ron, Dette and I drove to Murrurundi. Ron played final of tennis championship against Goodman. Ron won 7-5, 2-6, 8-6. after a very hard game.

We then went down to Pentlands. Ron played with Benhams team against team from Muswellbrook. Pentlands won 7 sets to 2. We stayed at Benhams for supper and went with them to pictures afterwards. Alan at “Towarri” playing bridge.

 

Sun. 2nd Oct.

Ron rode over Cedar Brush to red gate reserve to meet our cattle we bought in Scone on Friday. Ron brought cattle to “Karoona” [Karoona Sparkes creek].

First cricket match of season. Played Jacks Creek at Warrah. Jacks Creek 50. Warrah 101.

 

Tues. 4th Oct.

I dug sulphur into ground around all grape vines. Dad and I emptied and cleaned out the dip. Dad repaired slide into dip and patched concrete at side of dip. Ron arrived home with our cattle and also some steers that he brought over for Jack Perkins.

Dulcie rode up during the afternoon. She is staying at Harolds. Nita Nicholls and Enid Jones came down afetr dinner. We had music and songs.

 

Sat. 15th Oct.

Played comp match V Jacks Creek at Warrah. Jacks Creek first innings 72. Warrah Creek 1st innings 117. R Palmer 46 retired. J Holmes 39. Alan 14. Jacks Creek 2nd innings 39.

Ron removed 'Jocks' front shoes. Dad and Mum drove out from Scone to spend the night at Bunnan.

 

Sun. 16th Oct.

Cricket match against Willow Tree at Warrah Creek. Warrah Creek 231. R Smith 74 not out. L Hamilton 72. Willow Tree 100 for 9 wickets.

Ron drove Marie and Dette, and picked up Miss Craddock and Greg Bolland at Willow Tree and they drove to Murrurundi to see exhibition tennis match by Viv McGrath and J Willard.

Dad and Mum arrived home after spending the night at Bunnan.

 

Tues. 18th Oct.

I rode up and helped uncle Harold and Arthur draw in 2 loads of lucerne hay. Took mum up to uncle Ivans where she spent the afternoon with Aunti Em. Ron Brought our heifers and poddies from Karoona over Brush, to leave at Steve Macs. Ron stayed last night at “Lemon Grove”. Dad mustered ewe paddock for dipping. I ploughed “Boolawa” orchard again. 

 

Wed. 26th Oct.

Ron brought our new young hereford bull from "Marjewar" to "Boolawa". Alan, Ron and I went to "Strathleigh" to help Tom dip at 5am, but it set in rain so we went back home. 22 points rain.

I did Ron's bedstead with ocean blue enamel.

Eileen Palmer, and Madge up here. Alan, Ron, Ern, Athur and I in to dance at Jacks Creek in aid of their cricket club. I came home with Madge and Aileen.

 

Sat. 29th Oct. 

Warrah Creek won cricket. Warrah 102 for 8 wickets. Willow Tree 37 first innings, 44 second. I got 18 runs and 6 wickets and 8 wickets. 

Dad and Ron to “Levondale” to look at newly marked lambs. Ron brought Toms cows and calves up here, also Toms dogs while they were away on touring trip.  

Marie Brecht home for month vacation from nursing at Newcastle. All down to gift evening to Catherine McCluand. 

 

Sun, 30th Oct. 

Dad and I drove to “Burnside”. [Brechts]. Saw Marie [Brecht]. 

Brought two clutches of chicks. One of 15 white leghorns. 

Warrah Creek played jacks creek at Jacks creek. Warrah won. I got 23 runs and 5 wickets. 

 

Fri. 4th Nov. 

100 fat dry ewes averaged 6/1 at Scone sale yards. Dad, Alan, Ron, Aunti Lu and Marie drove down to Scone in Alans car. Bought 2 cows and calves at £4/16. cow and calf at £4/1 and cow and calf at £4. I fixed up house for my young kangaroo at bottom side of garage. Set 34 rabbit traps in cow paddock. Dad bought 34 jersey steers at 21/head. 7 steers at £1. 6 steers and one heifer at £1. 

 

Sat. 5th Nov.  

Played comp match against Quirindi at Warrah Creek. Warrah 90. Quirindi 124.  

Harold Gardiner and Catherine McCluand married at 6pm in Warrah Creek church. 

I went down to dance in hall. Took Nita and called in for Marie and Ern Brecht. 

 

Mon. 7th Nov. 

I met Cyril Ashford at Steve McDonalds with 14 fat CB ewes which we sold to him at 5/3 per head. Rode on over to Kiernans creek via Scotts Mountain with Cyril. Stayed night at “Sunny vale”. Ron brought our 55 cattle from red gate reserve to "Karoona". He stayed night at Cyrils. Everard also there. All the kids at “Sunny vale after tea. Had a sing song. 

 

Tues. 8th Nov. 

Ron and I left Kiernans Creek at 9am. I spent day at Sparkes Creek. Rode about with Charlie Ashford during morning. Had fun game of cricket on old wicket at Oakey Gully with Charlie, and Mac late in the afternoon. Left for home at 6pm. Had supper at Harolds. Addie at Ashfords for last two weeks. Ron took our cattle from 'Karoona' right home. 

Dad, Alan, Ern and Arthur dipped "Burnside" sheep during afternoon.

 

Fri. 11th Nov. 

Ron took in 224 lambs from “Booral” to be trucked to Aberdeen. Sold over the scales at 2/4 per pound. Dad and I drove out and drafted lambs and helped Ron get away. 

Called at Frank Doyles on way home, where dad bought young hereford bull for 7 guineas. 

 

Wed. 16th Nov. 

Dad, Mum, Alan and Ron started at 10.30am today for touring trip of North coast. Vic and Gladys staying with me while others away. Vic and I out shooting in “Boolawa”. Vic shot 12 rabbits, I got 20. Merriton people here in car for a while. 

 

Fri. 18th Nov. 

Vic, Gladys and I went up to picnic in Cedar Brush. Rode up with Arthur, Nita, Marie, Ern, Shiela and Lucas. Crowd up from other side. Audrey, Esme, Verna, Everard, Derek, Cath, Beryl and Clair. Girls played boys in 'keepball away'. Had swings on monkey vines. 

 

Wed. 23rd Nov. 

The lot crook with gastro today. Vic and I shot 7 rabbits today and 42 during afternoon. I rode to post office and posted two letters to tourists. One to Coffs Harbour and one to Kempsey. Got letter from Mum. Sent from Beaudesert QLD. 

 

Tues. 29th Nov. 

Family arrived home from touring trip at 4pm. 1321 miles done. 

Vic and I took Toms 3 cows and calves home during afternoon. Vic road 'Jake' on up to uncle Ivans. I rode up and had a swim with Arthur. Rode home to find family here. 

 

Wed. 30th Nov.

I went by train to Scone on first stage of journey to see Test Match. Arthur took Marie, Ern and I in to catch train. Marie going back to Newcastle. Saw Col Logan in Scone. Ern and I stayed the night at Uncle Alfs. 

 

Thur. 1st Dec.

Col, Ern, Stewart Monroe and I in Charlie Ashfords car, started from Scone at 6am. Had breakfast at Maitland. Lunch at Gosford. Arrived at Bermans, Lane Cove at 4pm. Afternoon tea at Bermans. Charlie left his car in garage in Mosman. Per boat to Circular Quay. Staying in Great Southern Hotel, room 307. We went to Prince Edward theatre at night.

 

Fri. 2nd Dec.

All travelled per train to Cricket Ground to start of 1st Test Match between Australia and England. Australia batted. At drawing of stumps, they were 6 wickets down fro 290. McCabe 116 not out.

Ern and I took lunch to 4/- pavillion. Col and Charlie in members pavillion. Ern went to Bermans after tea. I went with him to the Quay.

[They all spent the full five days at the Sydney Cricket Ground]

 

Mon. 5th Dec.

Got sandwiched, cake and fruit again at Railway for lunch. Met Bill and Hector Barwick and Ern. Got seats in 4/- pavillion. 

England batted all day for 227 runs. Sutcliff 196, Hammond 112. Six wickets for 479. 

Dad rang me at Hotel from home.

 

Wed. 7th Dec.

At Great Southern Hotel. Col and I met Charlie and Ern at the Quay at 10.30am. We went from Quay to office of Goldsbough and Co. From there to Wool Stores. Had look through Wool Stores. Saw Col Logans wool get sold today. Col and I spent the afternoon looking through the shops. Met Bill and Hector Barwick in King Street. They went home by night train. Col and I went to the Regent Theatre.

 

Fri. 9th Dec.

Col and I left Great Southern Hotel at 5.30am with luggage. Caught train at Winyard Station. Arrived at Lane Cove terminus at 6am. Picked up Charlie Ashford at Bermans. Picked up Stewart Monroe. Held up at Peats Ridge Ferry. Breakfast at Gosford. Lunch at Newcastle. Went to hospital and saw Marie and brought home parcel for her. Arrived Scone at 3pm. Ern and I caught train for Willow Tree. Dad, Vic and Gladys met us. Gladys is staying at our place. 

 

Sun. 18th Dec. 

Ron and I started at 10.30am and rode out to and up Millers creek. Had lunch on reserve above Brian Seymours. Rode up cattle lane to top of Millers creek gap. Struck first of new road at top and followed it down other side. Started home at 3.30pm. Called at Archie Kelahers and had afternoon tea there. Home 7.30pm. 

 

Tues. 20th Dec. 

Aunt Harriet passed away at 2am in Scone this morning. All of us in car and went down to Scone for funeral. Funeral left Scone church at 3.30 and about 18 cars followed out to Thornthwaite church service. We had supper at uncle Alfs before coming home. 

 

Fri. 23rd Dec. 

Ron and I rode around poison trails in ewe paddock. Got 54 rabbits from about 500 thistle root baits. Ron put out 250 more root baits in “Boolawa”. I removed 'Meatys' shoes from 3 hoofs. Went for swim at “Merrieton”. 

 

Sun. 25th Dec.  

All at church during morning. All of us at Harold's for supper. Alan, Ron, Heather, Ern and Arthur and I went to “Merrieton” for a swim. Had a bit of skating and sang some Hymms. 

 

Mon. 26th Dec. 

Dad, accompanied by Heather Berman, took Arthur and I to Willow Tree, where we joined Eddie Radcliffe and Gordon Elsley. Left Willow Tree at 10.20 in Eddies car for Newcastle. Had lunch at Singleton. Arrived Newcastle at 3.40pm. Got two double rooms at Grand Hotel. Arthur and I had swim in Newcastle baths with nurse Marie and Aileen Palmer. Took then to Civic theatre after. 

 

Tues. 27th Dec. 

Playing in far north team against Singleton on Lynn oval Stockton. Far north 152. Singleton 107. 

I got 31 runs and a wicket. Marie and Arthur came over to watch cricket in afternoon.

 

Wed. 28th Dec. 

Far north played Hunter River on show ground. Far north 142. Hunter river 195. I got 4 runs and a wicket. Arthur and I found Everard Ashford at Criterion hotel where most of the Upper Hunter players are staying. After tea, Everard, Arthur and I strolled around beach and baths, went back to Grand hotel and had bananas and bottles of lemonaid. 

[Edgar played cricket again on 29th, 30th and 31st against different teams in Newcastle.]  

 

1933.

 

[1933 was a fairly wet year with 31 inches falling. July, October, November and December all received about 4 inches and January 6 inches] 

 

 

Sun. 1st Jan. 

Had breakfast at Grand Hotel, then went for a swim. Marie came along and said goodbye and left a parcel for Arthur to bring home. Eddie, Gordon, Arthur and I left Newcastle at 11am. Stopped at numerous garages. Flat tire at Scone. Arrived Willow Tree at 6.15pm. Dad picked us up. Out to “Merrieton” and had tea there with rest of family and Eileen Bell who is staying with us.

 

Sat. 7th Jan. 

First match of third round of comp against Werris Creek at Werris Creek. Warrah, 210. Werris creek 111. Hector Barwick 23 runs. Hector joined our club owing to Jacks Creek dropping out of comp. I got 10 runs and one wicket. Ron got 94 rabbits from thistle poison bait laid in “Boolawa”. 

 

Sun. 8th Jan.

Charlie Ashford drove up from "Burnside", bringing Melville Barwick. He went back before lunch.

Les, Dot and Barbara down this morning. Dad cut Dots hair. 

All of our family went to church during afternoon. Also took Claire down. Mr Traceys farewell visit.

Alan, Ron, Claire, Heather and I went up to "Merrieton" for a swim. Also there when we got there was Les, Dot, Veronica, Marjory and Melville.

 

Mon. 9th Jan. 

Dad, Alan and I went over to “Belmont” for day. Pump at mill wasn't working. Borrowed endless chain from Holme's. Pulled three lengths of piping up and found leather on pump worn out. Fixed new leather on pump valve. Depth of “Belmont” well 45 feet with 18 feet water. I rode over and cut a few burrs before others arrived. Ron laid 620 baits along creek. 

 

Wed. 11th Jan.

Sold 450 XB lambs and suckers to Neely at 7/- per head. 

Dad and I rode to "Belmont" and mustered and drafted lambs there. Ron mustered "Boolawa" and he and Alan drafted them. They then drove over and drafted lambs at "Booral". Dad came in Neely's car and showed him these lambs and then went with them to "Levondale".

I watered grape vines. Also watered Uncle Henry's cuttings. Washed and cleaned my saddle cloth. Thermometer to 103 in the shade.

 

Sat. 14th Jan.

Warrah Creek played at Murrurundi. Warrah Creek, 66. Murrurundi 208. Alan Watson made 100 runs which included 12 sixes and 5 fours. Les drove his car taking Hector, Bert and Jack Smith, Alan and me.

Ron spent the day in Willow Tree looking after our 100 old CB ewes before trucking them to Sydney.

All up at "Towarri" at night listening to wireless of 3rd Test Match.

 

Wed. 18th Jan.

Ron and I got 97 rabbits from poison laid along top of mountain. We also laid 500 baits around bendy gully from fence to top of ridge. 

Dad sold 80 old CB ewes at 5/- per head to Harold Gardiner. [Willow Tree Butcher]

Alan, Ron and I attended dance at Warrah hall. Very small affair. Ern and I supplied the music on my accordian. Dad and Mum at "Towarri" after tea.

Sun. 22nd Jan.

123 points rain during night. Claire Nicholls, Ern Brecht, Ron and I rode over through uncle Harolds to Jacks creek. Rode down to Clays where we had lunch on veranda. Elvie, Agnes and Bill Clay, Ray Hyman and Jim Sevil rode with us up to Stotts wool shed. Ron rode from Clays to Walter Barwicks, and Bill, Jessie and Les rode over and joined us. Had afternoon tea Stotts wool shed. Rode up a few miles then started back but storm compelled us to pull in at hut owned by McMullen. Rode home after dark. 65 points from arvo storm at home.

 

Tues. 31st Jan.

Alan, Ron and I went out this morning to “Levondale” to spend two days burr cutting. Alan drove in car taking bedding and tucker. Ron rode 'Jock' and I rode 'Ben'. We rode all over “Booral” and cut the scattered burrs there finished at 5pm. In for cup of tea then we cut a strip though the thicker burrs in “Levondale till we couldn't see.

Dot, Barbara Tony and Claire Nicholls left at 10 pm train for Sydney for holiday.

 

Wed 1st Feb.

Camped at “Levondale”. Up at 6am and cutting burrs. Cut out strip below mill before breakfast. Finished all thick burrs on plain at 3.15pm. Cut more in the timber and got home 7.30pm.

Ron and I just heard of dance at Jacks Creek in aid of hall fund. Hurriedly got ready and drove over there.

 

Sun. 5th Feb.

Ron, Ern, and I in our car drove down to the washpool in Warrah Creek, below Old Warrah. Joined Bill, Jessie, Agnes Clay, Jack Holt, Wallace and Hector, Mary McCluand and Mollie McKensie also at Washpool.

 

Thur. 9Th Feb.

Did a bit of timber getting during morning. Afternoon Dad brought back 11 white leg horn hens and one rooster which dad bought from Mr Kennedy. Lila walked up during afternoon from “Oakley” and brought her two baby boys. I rode up to uncle Harolds. Had a swim with Arthur in hole up in “Retreat”. Stayed up there for tea and we did some skating afterwards.

 

Sat. 11th Feb.

Played in match at Murrurundi for Quirindi Firsts side. Quirindi 183. Murrurundi 248. Our team, Captain, N Dyson, G Elsley, Ken Swain, B Jenkins, L Hamilton, R James, L Greentree, L Gaffney, Hector Barwick, Ted Barwick and myself.

Wallace, Hector and I stayed at hall on way back. Kitchen tea to Minnie Fitzpatrick before her wedding.

 

Wed. 15th Feb.

4th Test at stumps today. Australia 2nd innings 175. England 2nd innings 106 for 2 wickets. 

Heat terrific again today. Thermometer to 102 in the shade on middle veranda. Dad and Alan finished erecting ramp in gully to drive cars on for greasing. Ron drew trolley load of ant bed for tennis court. Dad, Alan and I picked figs from the "Towarri" tree and Mum made 24 lbs of jam. Les down here for supper. Got 2/- block of ice tonight per lorry from Gardiners.

 

Thur. 16th Feb.

England won 4th Test at Brisbane by 6 wickets, thereby winning the ashes from Australia.

83 points rain last night, and light showers during today. I erected two tall posts inside garden gate on south side fro trellis for bell vines.

Alan took Les in to catch train for Sydney where he will join Dot and the babies and Clair Nickolls who have a flat at Parsley Bay. Ron brought Les's two dogs, 'Brownie' and 'Pat' down here and is also feeding the fowls.

 

Sat. 18th Feb.

Comp match at Warrah Creek against Werris Creek. Warrah Creek, 61. Ern Brecht 20. Werris Creek 80. On account of Les being in Sydney, I captained the team. I got 9 runs and 2 wickets. 

Alan and I drove up and had a swim with Arthur in "Retreat". Dad and Mum paid visit to Uncle Ivan and Auntie Em during afternoon. 

Charlie Ashford made 9 runs in Country team verses the Englishmen at Newcastle.

 

Thur. 2Nd March.

Ron and I rode around trails in creek side and only get 26 rabbits. We put out about 600 more baits far side of first gully .

After breakfast Dad, Ron and I drove up to Jethro Palmers and had look at two horses belonging to Mr Herny that were for sale. Horses werent suitable.

All of us at dance at hall arranged by Aileen Palmer to buy accordian for hall, Tremendous crowd. £15 taken. Harrisons orchestra of 4 supplied music.

 

Sun. 12th Mar.

Dad, Alan, Ron and I had game of tennis this morning. Afternoon went to Church. Harvest festival held at church. We took down grapes, pumpkins, marrows, sweet potatoes, Lettuces. Rev St John.

Wallace, Hector and Bill Barwick camping at “Levondale during week. Making hay from Nialls lucerne opposite “Levondale” house.

 

Sun. 19th March.

Alan, Ron, Dette and I drove to Werris Creek for all day tennis match with teams arranged by Benhams of Murrurundi. Ron and Dette played in mixed team with Joyce and George Benham, Jack Smith and Frank Lowe. They won 9 sets to 6. 

Alan and I played in gents team with Jack Benham, Milton Budden, Curly Upton and Alan Watson. We won 10 sets to 5. 

All Uncle Harold's lot, and Auntie Lu up at "Quondah" after tea.

 

Mon. 20th Mar.

I started from here at 8am and rode over to “Elmsford” [Sparkes Creek]. Uncle Harold gave me job at £2 per week plus tucker to help him and Len erect lane through “Elmsford”. I bored battens this morning. Then we sawed down a couple of trees and cut strainer posts. After, the 3 of us walked up to “Hawthorns”. Beryl played the piano and we had a bit of singing.

 

[Edgar spent the week at “Elmsford" fencing]

 

Tues. 21st March.

Uncle Harold, Len and I cut down numerous box trees and cut off round posts and struts till dinner time. After dinner we were erecting posts on lower side of road and on bottom end of the lane. I dug nine holes and helped erect the posts. Uncle Harold drew round posts and struts onto the line. 

Mac and Charlie Ashford down to "Oakey Gully" for cricket practice. Len and I went over after finishing work.

 

[Arthur Barwick mentions this fencing job in his memoirs. He said,.....

 

................Early in 1933, Father and Uncle Len went to Sparkes Creek to put a lane through "Elmsford". Edgar Barwick was also with them. In those days there were a lot of big mobs of cattle travelling south along the Warrah Creek road, through the Cedar Brush and down Sparkes Creek, and the lane was to keep the cattle confined to the road. As the little property was unattended, the travelling mobs had previously been allowed to wander over quite an area of it.]

 

Wed. 22nd March.

At "Elmsford". Uncle Harold, Len and I commence work at 7.30am after breakfast. We have dinner at 12. Afternoon tea at 4pm. Finish work at 5.45pm. 

I dug 15 post holes to day. Helped Len erect posts and stariners. Len digs strainer holes and erects posts and struts. Uncle Harold drawing posts onto the line. 

I walked up to "Hawthorns" after tea and stayed till about 10.30pm. Beryl played the piano and we sang a few songs.

 

Thur. 23rd March.

Len and I steadily erecting posts on lower line of lane through "Elmsford". I sank 15 holes today. Len erected two strainer posts and strutted them along with erecting all the other posts. Uncle Harold drawing posts again. Uncle Harold does all the cooking and gets meals ready. We have rice and stewed quinces most days. Also marrow and potatoes for dinner and porridge for breakfast.

Audrey rode over to Sparkes Creek today. I rode back with her and had tea with Cyrils family at "Lemongrove". Bonnie was there too. Played cards and I rode back to "Elmsford" at midnight.

 

Sat 25th Mar.

I did 2 hours work with uncle Harold and Len before starting to ride home. Arrived home at 11.45am. Dad took Mable Ashford in to catch train for home. She has spent the last 2 weeks at our place.

Alan, Les and I went down to Warrah Creek cricket ground to play Murrurundi, but the beggars didn't turn up! Our team picked even sides and had a fun match.

 

Sun. 26th March.

Church in morning. Mr Catley preacher.

After dinner, Dad, Alan, Ron and I had 4 sets of tennis. Ron erected five new 12 foot posts at south end of tennis court last week. They erected ten foot netting on it.

After supper Ron and I took bucket of grapes up to Uncle Harolds. Found them all at "Burnside". They left there at 9pm and we went with them. Had some skating and then Auntie Vi, Addie, Arthur and I sang some hymms.

 

Thur. 30th March.

Dad and Ron rode to "Belmont" before breakfast and mustered and drafted sheep. Sold 136 old Xbred ewes to Harold Gardiner, the butcher at Willow Tree, at 5/- per head.

All of us drove to the Quirindi show this morning. Did some shopping first and arrived at show ground at 11.45am. Walked about most of the day with Arthur and Betty, Victor, Addie and Gladys. Also with family of young Martins. Gladys Hall of Willow Tree came home with us to stay for a few days. 

I bought an accordian at £4 from Forrests for the Warrah Creek Hall.

 

Sat. 1st April.

Dad and Ron drove to Tamworth to attend the funeral of Mr Chad senior. They also took with them Mr and Mrs Col Chad and their two children, and Mrs Chads sister.

Alan, Bill Palmer, Jack Smith and I drove over to Jacks Creek and played cricket match. Jacks Creek 95. Warrah Creek 102.

I drove down on my own to dance in Warrah Creek Hall. Presentation of cups won last year. Got Ron two cups and shield, and my cup won in Willow Tree tournament.

 

Mon. 3rd April.

I started from Harolds at 8am and rode with Len to Sparkes Creek. Commenced digging post holes on top lines on lane at midday. Erected one strain. I dug ten holes. Uncle Harold arrived after taking cattle up to top of lane.

After supper we went up to "Hawthorns".

 

[Edgar spent the next two weeks on the south side of the range working for uncle Harold Barwick, again on “Elmsford”. Seems he stayed at numerous houses, with many of his different cousins]

 

Tues. 4th April. 

Len and I erecting posts all day. I dug 13 post holes and a strainer hole. Arthur and Vic arrived during morning at "Elmsford" with cattle for A.C. and F. Co. Took them to Red Gate. They came back for dinner. Mob of 3000 sheep went down. 

Cyril, Audrey and Esme drove up to here. Cyril, Esme and Uncle Henry went to Scone. Audrey and all the Prings walked down to where we were working after dinner. 

I went to the "Hawthorns" after tea for some music.

 

Wed. 5th April.

Rained during the night. Drizzled most of the day. Did no digging today. Len and I finished boring posts. We bored all the battens in the shed due to the rain. Uncle Harold drew the battons to the shed and then onto the line after we bored them. 

I rode to Charlie Ashfords after supper. Aunt Lil, Charlie, Mac and I played 500. Had late tea and got back to "Elmsford" at 11.15 pm.

 

Sun. 9th April.

Stayed last night at "Lemongrove". Mabel and Bonnie over. Everard arrived at "Lemongrove" per bike at 11am. Saw a lot of Everard's snaps. After dinner, Cyril, Noel, Everard and I walked up to right of Kiernans into Scott's place. Saw some of Cyrils cows and calves. We mustered sheep out of the mountain. 

All Cyril's family went to church after dinner. Everard and I at "Sunnyvale". Mabel, Bonnie, Everard and I sang a few Hymms. Rode home to "Elmsford" at 10pm.

 

Wed. 12th April.

Len and I dug all the holes and erected rest of posts today. Line of fence consisted of two strains with 41 posts. I bored a few holes in posts before knocking off.

Had game of cricket with Charlie and Mac Ashford just before dark. Uncle Harold and Len also came along for a bowl. 

Len and I strolled up to "Hawthorns" again tonight. Everard there again. Beryl played the piano and we all sang songs till 10pm.

 

Sun. 16th Apr.

I left Charlie Asfords at 10.30am. Arrived home at 1pm after calling for a while at Uncle Harolds. We all attended communion service at Warrah ck during afternoon. Dad and we three boys had 3 sets of tennis before dark.

 

Mon. 17th April.

Alan, Ron, Dette and I drove to Murrurundi and played in teams arranged by Benhams against teams from Werris Creek. Four tennis teams arrived by special train from Werris Creek. Alan and I played with M? Norville, W Flannagan, P Shuemakis and J Claire and we were beaten 10 sets to 6 sets.

Dette and Ron played with Joyce and George Benham, Smith and Lowe from Muswellbrook and won 11 sets to 5 sets. 

Alan, Ron and I attended Annual Easter Ball in Warrah Creek Hall.

 

Sat. 22nd April.

At Lemongrove". Alan, Ron and I put some new white lines down on the "Lemongrove" tennis court this morning. Bonnie and I drove down to "Summerhill" and got the mail. Everard arrived per foot at "Sunnyvale" just in time for us to pick him up. His bike broke down at "Thornthwaite" church and he walked up from there. 

Alan, Ron, Everard and I played five sets of tennis during afternoon. Played 500 after tea and till nearly 12 O'clock. Everard played his violin for a while.

[The three boys are staying at "Lemongrove for a few days while Cyril Ashford and the rest of family are at Gravesend.]

 

Mon. 24th April.

Milked cows at "Sunnyvale" and turned seperator for Bonnie. Cut some red gum into store lengths this morning. After work at "Sunnyvale" had finished we had a few games of 500. After dinner, Alan , Ron and I packed up and started in car for home.

Called at Uncle Alfs for a bit. Picked up my cricket bat and boots which I left there on Easter Saturday. Left my racket at Dobsons. He is re-stringing racket for nothing as strings broke the next time I used it. 

Arrived home about 8pm. Dad and Mum were at "Towarri" and had supper there, and got home soon after we did.

 

Sun. 30th April.

Showery again today. I rode new bay horse for first time. Horse 9 years old. Got him from Ern Brecht in exchange for 'Ben'. Rode up to "Burnside". Had dinner there. Eric Wharton, Dulcie and their two children also at Brechts. Ern still layed up with bad leg as a result of a kick from a horse. I rode on up to Uncle Harolds for a while. Home in time for 3 sets of tennis. Alan and Ron played Dad and me.

Dad and Ron drove out to "Levondale" to see if cow, which had been bogged in creek yesterday had got up. She was still down so they decided to shoot her. 

 

Sat. 6th May.

During morning I dug two holes and put in two more round posts. Blocking enclosure against Quandah garden in which I can plant more grapes.

Went down to hall with Alan and Ron. Warrah Creek played Curragundi in local comp. Ron played with Curragundi. Warrah won by 11 games.

I took Vic up to uncle Harolds after tea. Arthur and I had a great time on the skates till about 10pm. Addie arrived at Harolds for long stay to help auntie Viola. Alan and Ron at “Towarri” playing bridge.

 

Tues 9th May.

Ron took 120 x-bred ewes and 34 x-bred lambs from “Levondale” to trucking yard WT. I took 50 x-bred in to WT via “Belmont” and Borambil creek. Wood carrier from Murrurundi started carting fire wood from “Belmont” top paddock. Jack Perkins bought lamb skins at 1/9 per piece. Also 17 pound rabbit skins at 70 pound.

 

Wed. 10th May.

Sold at Shepperd Harvey, Sydney. 120 x-bred ewes averaged 6/7. 84 x-bred lambs averaged 11/6.

Dad, Ron and I down to Warrah Hall and attended meeting held by Mr H. C. Carter MP on referendum. Mum arrived home by afternoon train after two weeks at uncle Arthurs at Bunnan.

 

Sat. 13th May.

Victor left here for home this morning on his motorbike. Dad made good progress on building during afternoon. All of us and Bonnie and auntie Em down late evening to vote at Warrah Creek polling booth. Alan, Ron and I played tennis with Curragundi comp team against Willow Tree no. 2 team. We won 54 games to 25. Mr and Mrs Harvey Sevil, and Mr and Mrs Jack Daly were the rest of team.

 

Sat 20th May.

At 10am I drove Bonnie Ashford up Warrah creek, and about another mile into companies land, I put the chains on the car at creek as very greasy after 65 points rain. We walked over Scotts mountain. Arrived at “Sunnyvale” at 1pm. Had dinner with Mable and Bonnie. Had yarn with May and the girls. Started home at 2.50pm. Arrived back at car at 3.55pm. Called at Jethro Palmers and left the new accordian for Aileen to present to the Hall. Called at Harolds for about half an hour. Home at 5.45pm.

 

Mon. 22nd May.

Dad drove to Murrurundi and picked up Cyril Barwick and Victors luggage. Victor came by motorbike. Vic and Cyril here to trap rabbits for skins. I drove up to Palmers and got Aileen. She is staying with us for a while to help mum. After supper, Ron, Vic, Cyril and I drove up to Ivans and borrowed 24 rabbit traps. Called at uncle Harolds on way home and stayed till nearly midnight.

 

Wed. 24th May.

Ron and I started out in “Boolawa” fumigating rabbit burrows with Cyanogas flakes. Chase rabbits into burrow with the dogs, and fill all but one of the holes. Put flakes in with small tin on a stick.

Vic and Cyril got 45 rabbits this morning, making total of 70 for the night out of 100 traps. They shifted most of traps to back paddock this morning. They went around traps after supper and got another 25.

 

Sat 27th May.

Vic got 23 rabbits this morning. Cyril reset his and shot some. Ron and I dug in some more burrows on “Boolawa” and put cyanogas in them. The dogs got 10 rabbits while we were doing it.

Dad, Ron and Alan drove to Murrurundi to attend the funeral of Mr Jim Sevil. Vic, Cyril and I had a few sets of tennis. We five boys went to “Towarri” after supper and had cards and wireless.

Thur. 1St June.

Dad bought a new V8 ford car from Mr K.G. Pengilley who came down from Taree, he brought the car up from Sydney. He left the new ford here and took dads old model A ford away, allowing £134 for it. Full price of V8 ford was £357, delivered here. I was first of us to drive new car, Drove down to Charlies gate.

Ron met young chap at top of hill, far side of “Belmont” and took delivery of the 15 leisester rams which Herb Baker had leased from us for season. Boys [still Vic and Cyril Barwick] got only about 50 rabbits last night. They also had a good many skins destroyed by eagles.

 

Fri. 2nd June.

All had first drive in dads new Ford V8 sports phaeton. Went up to Quirindi and dad had car registered and got back number plate for it. Aileen also came up with us.

Vic and Cyril sold about 480 rabbit skins to Mr Jack Perkins, skin buyer at 1/7 per pound. They sold 76 pounds and got £6..4. Also sold 9 pound rabbit skins for us at 1/4 per pound.

A model A Ford. The model Ernest replaced.
A restored Ford V8 sports phaeton

 

Mon. 5th June.

Showery during morning. After dinner, Alan, Ron, Vic, Cyril, Aileen and I drove into the Willow Tree Bushmans carnival in aid of Quirindi and Murrurundi hospitals. Very cold but no rain.

Merediths had spare seat and offered me a trip into the ball at the hall, so I went in with Bill, Dette, Ern Brecht, Foster Carter and Mary Holmes. Biggest crowd ever at hall! Over £70 taken at door.

 

Sat. 17th June.

During afternoon Wallace Barwick came along and he and the four of us played about 5 sets of tennis. Vic drove Aileen down to hall in Ford V8. I had a short ride on Victors motorbike.

After tea, Alan, Ron, Vic, Cyril and I went up to “Towarri” for game of cards. Arthur, Addie, Sheila and Lucas came over to our place and Arthur joined us at “Towarri”.

 

Sun 18th June.

Dad, mum, Alan, Ron and I drove down to Warrah homestead. We played an afternoon match against Vic Brewer, Jack Brown, Charlie Morrisey and Tom Hall. We won 10 sets out of 11. Vic and Cyril drove Alans car to Warrah for afternoon tea at “Merrieton”.

 

Fri. 23rd June.

106 points rain fell during the night. Light rain fell again today. Alan and I worked on the wardrobe today. Finished the three front boards and built the two shelves.

Vic and Cyril Barwick finished rabbit trapping today. They got 21 rabbits last night and didn't reset their traps. They got total of 1263 rabbits. Vic, Cyril and I played ping pong after supper. Mr. Meredith came back from Sydney after undergoing various operations.

 

Mon. 26th June.

Vic and Cyril left here today after spending 5 weeks rabbit trapping. Vic left on his motorbike and Alan took Cyril to Murrurundi. They took 19 pounds of rabbits skins to Willow Tree and sold to Craddocks at 1/3 per pound.

 

Wed, 5th July.

I painted inside of wardrobe.

Went to Catholic ball with Marie and Bill Meredith and Ern Brecht. Had great time. I got home at 4am. My first dance in Quirindi. Did some more rabbit burrow fumigating during the day.

 

Thur. 13Th July.

127 points rain overnight. More scattered showers during day. 27 more points. Warrah Creek in flood. Heard this morning of the death of aunt Lizzie Ashford overnight in Scone. No one could attend the funeral on account of the creek in flood. Dad fixed up the new heavy iron wash basin in bath room. Ron walked to “Towarri” after supper to listen in on wireless to Davis Cup in England.

 

Fri. 14th July.

Dad and Ron went to “Levondale” and put heifers in house paddock. Had over two inches or rain out there. Feed coming along well.

Walked up to “Towarri” to hear Davis Cup matches in England. We sat up until 4am.

A Cyanogas blower

Wed. 19th July.

Ron and I used our new Cyanogas Blower for first time today. We fumigated 20 Burrows on “Boolawa” bottom paddock during morning. The dogs got a heap of rabbits while we were doing it.

After dinner the four of us had couple of sets of tennis. Dette Meredith walked up later in afternoon and we had more tennis. Cyril walked down to post office and got “Towarri” mail. Cyril staying at “Towarri”.

Fri. 28th July.

Wallace Barwick rode over and brought back the 25-20 rifle he had borrowed.

Betty Barwick celebrated her sixteenth birthday with party at uncle Ivans. Alan, Ron, Bonnie, Aileen, Cyril and I went up from here. All uncle Harolds lot plus Addie and Vic also there. Had couple of hours dancing in shearers hut. Peanut hunt competition. Game of corner. Afterwards scrumptious supper. Rained all while we were there.

 

Fri. 4th Aug.

I sprayed all grape vines today. Dad in bed all day with bad back.

Arthur celebrated 18th birthday with party at night. We three boys went up, taking Bonnie and Cyril. About 33 people there. Uncle Ivans brought Len's family down. Alf Wood, aunti Grace, Margaret, aunti Liv, Ern, Madge and Helen, Melba, Alma, Annie, Mr Grady, Betty and Marie. Danced on front veranda. Had some competitions.

 

Sun. 6th Aug.

Ron and I drove Bonnie Ashford up Warrah creek almost to Scotts boundary in car. Walked over Scotts mountain and carried her luggage. Arrived at “Lemongrove” a little after midday. Had yarn with Cyril [Ashford] and girls. Had dinner at “Sunnyvale” with mabel and Bonnie. Left for home at 4.30pm. Arrived home at 6.30pm.

Vic turned up on motorbike and he and Cyril had game of tennis.

 

Sun. 20th Aug.

Team of 3 gents came out and played Alan, Ron and myself in tennis. They were Charlie Gardiner, Jim Wansky and Jack Sheafe, and they all came out in Sheafe's car. We won 7 out of 9 sets. Vic drove uncle Ivans car up bringing Len, Bessie, Betty, Pam and Arthur. Alma, Melba, uncle Alf and Addie also up to see tennis.

 

Sat. 26th Aug.

Alan, Ron and I drove over to Jacks Creek tennis courts and played in tennis tounament run in aid of Church of England building fund. 42 players entered and player draw for partner. 5 rounds were played of 4 games to a set. Bunty Hall won gents prize with 18 games and Dulcie Newling ladies prize. Party of us stayed over for dance at night.

 

Sun. 27th Aug.

Alan, Ron, Dette Meredith, Earle Hall, Lil Millington and I drove to Werris Creek. 7 teams from Murrurundi and Willow Tree played teams from Werris Creek. Alan and I played in gents team with Dr Middleton and Alan Watson. Our team won 9 sets to 6. Ron and Dette played with Benhams team and only won 2 sets out of 13.

 

Mon. 28th Aug.

General shearing commenced today at Quondah. Ron and I shearing this year and Alan doing shed work. Dad has not yet recovered from operation but spent most of day in the shed. [Ernest recently spent 12 days in Quirindi hospital after an operation]. Started in “Belmont” ewes. 94 shorn today. Dad and Mum drove down to Chads [Old Warrah store] for groceries late afternoon. 

 

[They have been busy shearing every day.]

Tues. 12th Sept.

Shore 64 “Boolawa” ewes. I shore 30 and Ron 34. Started at 7.20am. Finished early.

Dad, Alan, Ron and I followed funeral of Mr J.B. Holmes to Murrurundi. About 40 cars followed. We also took Charlie Knee in our car. Mum and Vic also attended service in our church but went home after. Alan, Ron, Vic, Ern Brecht and I had evening at C. R. Chads. Had songs, bit of dancing and music from pianola.

 

Sun. 17th Sept.

Ron and I got up at 5am and rode down and brought ewes and lambs up from recreation reserve.

Alan, Ron and I played in Willow Tree district championships. Singles, Alan lost to Earl Hall. Ron beat Baker. Then he beat Leon. I lost to Reg Wallace. Reg Wallace went on to beat Earl Hall in semi final.

 

Wed. 20th Sept.

Rain overnight so no shearing today. During afternoon, Ron, Alan, Vic and I had a 5 sets of tennis. Dette came up and we played another 4 or 5 sets.

Don McCluand took load of 12 bales wool away today. Cyril Barwick came down this morning. He has left “Towarri” and is going to “Merriton” to work.

Alan, Ron, Vic and I went up to uncle Ivans after tea. Had game of corner. Bettie played piano.

 

Fri. 22nd Sept.

Finished general shearing today. We shore 38 young leicester studs in final run. Light rain commenced falling in late afternoon as we finished. Dad, mum and Vic went down to Chads for groceries.

 

Wed. 27th Sept.

Dad, Mum, Ron, Aileen and I drove to Quirindi for the day. We attended stock sale in Quirindi yards. We went to Shirley nursing home and saw Lila [Seymour] who has baby boy, 5 days old. [The baby boy is Maurice Seymour] I went to Storeys and had tooth stopped. Bought flannel trousers, size 5 and a half from Reilly's.

 

Fri. 6th Oct.

I spent most of day working on machine I'm putting together to drive fan for making blower for forge.

After dinner, Ron drove up to uncle Harold's. Ron picked up Dette on way back and brought her up for game of tennis. We had about 4 sets. Dad drove down to Chad's store, taking Beryle Kiernan with him. Beryle came up here for supper. Jim and Bill Meredith came up for evening. Had a few games of 500.

 

Sat. 7th Oct.

All of us and Aileen went to Willow Tree to childrens sports on sports ground. Teams of children from Willow Tree, Warrah, Jacks Creek, Wallabadah, Braefield and Bolar Gap competed for numerous cups. Brogs band of 22 players from Newcastle on ground!

Had tea with Wallace and Jessie at Alvin Halls Tea Rooms. I stayed in Willow Tree for dance at night. Went home with Marie, Jim, Bill, Beryle, and Reg Carter.

Main street Willow Tree early 1930s. Photo thanks to Mick Howard.
Main street Willow Tree early 1930s. Photo thanks to Mick Howard.

Sun. 15th Oct.

Ron, Dette, and I drove into Willow Tree to finish championship mixed and mens doubles. In final of gents doubles, Greg Boland and Reg Wallace beat Mr Jopson and I 6-1, 6-3.

In mixed, Mrs Harvey Sevil and I beat Mrs Jopson and Tom Tucker 6-3, 6-4..

In final, Dette and Ron beat Mrs Sevil and me 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

 

Sun. 22nd Oct.

Dad, Mum, Aileen and I drove to church at 2.30pm. Went up to uncle Harolds after. Arthur, Lucas, Aileen and I went down to “Merrieton” and had a swim. Meryle and Charlie Barwick also there. Also all “Towarri” people. Victor, Gladys, Veronica, Cyril and Jack left here for home this afternoon. [They were all up for a surprise birthday party for Ron a few days earlier and stayed].

Alan and Ron played in gents tournament in Quirindi. They got into semis. Dette and Joyce Benham won the final of ladies tournament.

 

Mon. 30th Oct.

Dad, Alan, Ron and I went down to Warrah hall with Les Barwick who had arranged to fight Dave Grady at 10am. Fight arranged as a result of something Grady said at meeting of trustees last Saturday night. Grady didn't turn up!

I removed Bessie's front shoes. Ron and I mustered “Belmont” ewes and lambs ready for dipping.

Alan, Ron and I went to Mason's pictures in Warrah hall. Picked up Dette, Bill and Jim and took them down. 

 

Thur. 9th Nov.

112 sucker lambs sold at Cramsie and Lethbridge averaged 18/5. 40 ewes averaged 17/7 and 10 ram lambs averaged 11/1.

I mixed up lime in water and sprayed Alan's pumpkin and marrow vines with it to keep away pumpkin beatles. Chopped some fire wood. Cut tips off runners of some of the grape vines on the long trellis. Mabel, Bonnie and I drove up to Brechts for a while after tea. I went out in "Boolawa" and got 13 rabbits for dog meat.

 

Fri. 10th Nov.

Up at 3.45am and drove Dot in to Willow Tree to catch 5.20am train to Gunnedah.

Mabel, Bonnie and I drove down to Chads store for groceries and bread. I got Mr Chad to look at amp meter on car as it wasn't charging. He cleaned the generator. Got 4 gallons of shell. Went from Chads to Toms. Had some gramaphone music and played cards.

 

Sun. 12th Nov.

I milked the cows this morning but didn't separate. At 10am, Mabel, Bonnie and I drove up to uncle Ivans and had dinner up there. Drove down to church at 3pm. Picked up Arthur and Lucas and took them to church.

I watered Alan's pumpkin vines. Burt and Jack Smith went up to take bee hives to "Quondah".

 

Tues. 21st Nov.

I drove Mabel and Bonnie home this morning [Kiernans Creek] starting at 9.30am. Called in at Scone for a while and arrived at "Sunnyvale" about 1.30pm. Audrey, Esme and Verna over there soon after we arrived. Derek rode up and called. Had fun game of cricket with Cyril, Derek, Noel and the girls. Mabel, Bonnie and I over at Cyrils [Ashford] after tea and played cards.

At home, Dad and Mum drove out to "Levondale" and saw Nita, Archie and children who are staying in house for a while.

 

Wed. 22nd Nov.

I left "Sunnyvale" at 9.40am. Arrived at Scone at 10.45am. Brought Audrey and Esmes clothes with me as they are going to ride over the range and stay a while. Sold some eggs for Mabel.

 

Sat. 25th Nov.

Ron and I drove Audrey and Esme up to "Burnside" where they caught their horses to ride home. [Kiernans Creek]. We went on up to Uncle Harolds and caught my two horses and Arthur and I rode with Audrey and Esme up to Scott's hut. Went back to Arthurs place, had dinner and went for a swim.

 

Sat. 2nd Dec.

Alan's 'Boot Maker' Singer sewing machine arrived today Via Herb Pengilley. He bought this machine for 7 pound in Sydney.

Nurse Marie Brecht arrived here from Newcastle for a months holiday.

Leon came up during afternoon and we had 6 sets of tennis.

 

Thur. 7th Dec.

Dad, Mum, aunt Alice and Aileen drove round to "Belmont" and got all the apricots from the tree over there. Yesterday a women was caught stealing the apricots to take away.

Marie Brecht came up during afternoon and had a game of tennis with us all.

Alan, Ron and I had evening at uncle Ivans. [Cedar Vale] We picked up Victor, Addie and Arthur and they came along too. Played parlour games and had some singing.

 

Tues. 12th Dec. 

Uncle George and aunt Tillie [Cyril Barwicks parents] drove over from Green Creek to see aunt Alice. They had the day here then went up to “Merriton” for tonight. 

Ron and I helped Hector and Rollie Avard dip 1013 sheep before breakfast. Dad, Ron and I marked and branded 12 more calves before dinner. 

Earl Hall and Leon had afternoon of tennis here. In all we played 104 games but only had 5 sets. Sets were 16-14, 8-6, 8-6, 11-9, and 14-12. Dad had two sets with us.  

 

Sun. 24th Dec. 

Uncle Arthur and young Jack Logan arrived here from Bunnan at 10am. After dinner Alan, Ron and I drove uncle Arthur and Jack up to “Burnside”. Alan and I went on up to “Merrieton” and had a swim. Len, Vic and Arthur also down and had a swim. We had about and hour and a half in water. Les and family along later and Les went in. 

 

Mon. 25th Dec.  

Mum, Alan, Ron, uncle Arthur , aunt Alice and I drove down to church during morning. At 3pm uncle Arthur, Alan, Ron and I drove up to “Merrieton” for a swim. About 18 in hole. Addie, Veronica, Sylvia and Marjorie, Dot, miss Rowe, Marie Brecht, Madge, Barbara, Tony, Arthur and Les, Charlie, Bill Bradbrook, and Sheila Lucas. 

We went up to uncle Harolds for supper. All uncle Ivan's, Tom's, Brecht's were there too. 

 

Tues. 26th Dec. 

Uncle Arthur and Jack left for Bunnan at 5.30am this morning. After breakfast, Alan, Ron and I went up to uncle Ivans for the day. Vic is staying up there with Len's family. Len, Vic, Alan, Ron and I had swim before dinner in hole in Steve McDonald's. After tea, Len, Alan and I went up the creek further and had another swim. We stayed for supper and had some singing after. 

 

Thur. 28Th Dec. 

Ron rode up Warrah Creek and met Cyril, Audrey and Esme [Ashfords] who brought 48 cattle over here for grass.  

Large party held at our place tonight. 7 car loads of people. Uncle Ivans with Len, Bessy, Betty, Pam and Victor. Uncle Harold's lot with Veronica, Sylvia and Marjorie. Tom's lot. Les and Laura Rowe here. Helen and Madge, Marie, Dette, Jim and Bill Meredith. Miss Rowe sang. 

 

1934. 

 

[1934 was another wet year with over 30 inches falling. It was especially good in October and December]

 

 

Mon. 1st Jan. 

Hector and I played with Quirindi association team against Gunnedah association 1st team. Quirindi 148. Gunnedah 159. I took 3 wickets for 39 runs. Made 6 not out. Alan, Vic, Hector and I went up in Alan's car. Hector had supper at our place and went to the dance. Ron, Hector, Bette and I went to the dance at Warrah hall in aid of Quirindi hospital. 

 

Thur. 4Th Jan. 

Ron shifted all our ewes and lambs to their respective paddocks. Ron took the 317 ewes, 141 lambs and 8 rams down to recreation ground. 

Bette and I got figs from “Burnside” for jam. Alan and I got apricots from “Retreat” and had a swim at “Merrieton”. Laura Rowe and Claire Nicholls came down and gave us some music and songs. 

 

Sat. 6th Jan. 

Hector and I played comp match with Quirindi V Werris Creek. Quirindi 65. Werris Creek 138. I drove to Willow Tree. Up with Wallace, Nancy, Ross. During morning Dad, Ron, Dette and I drove out to "Levondale" looking for a leicester ram. Didn't find him. 

Alan, Ron, Bettie, Aileen and I went to dance at Warrah Creek hall.

 

Mon. 8th Jan. 

Aunt Alice very sick today with a cold on the chest. Dad brought Marie Meredith up, who gave aunti a needle for her asthma. I went up to “Burnside” and got more figs. Mum made 25 pounds of fig jam. Ron helped Les muster his lambs. He sold 14 to Hector. Ness has 4 black pups. 

 

Fri. 12th Jan. 

Dad, Ron, Vic and Dette Meredith drove to Tamworth to attend stock sale. Dad bought 436 full mouth ewes at 17/3. He also bought 9 leicester rams at £1 per head. 

I finished making blower. Heated and shaped set of shoes for 'Duke'. Shod 'Duke' with 3 old shoes and I new shoe on off hind hoof. I watered all water melon vines again. 

Ron, Aileen and I went to a dance at Warrah hall in aid of hall funds. 

 

Sun. 14th Jan. 

Uncle Arthur and Jack Logan arrived here at 10am having travelled over the new road over Miller creek. [The road over range to Merriwa which was just newly finished]. 

 

Mon. 15th Jan.

We crutched 334 "Belmont" ewes today. Ron took ewes and lambs to their paddock. Marked 12 ram lambs from second crop. Ron brought the ewes from "Belmont" to "Boolawa". I took ewes and lambs out to the back paddock.

Alan, Ron, Aileen and I went up to surprise party to Arthur, Addie and Sylvia. Others there were Len, Bessie, Betty, Pam, Vic, Gladys, Veronica and Eric. Had dancing, games and songs.

 

Thur. 18th Jan.

Ron took 238 ewes and 103 lambs to "Levondale". 

I watered melon vines again today. Put top wire in my new trellis down at "Quondah" mill. During afternoon drove up to "Merrieton" and had a swim with Addie, Gladys, Verinica, Sylvia, Vic, Arthur and Eric. Dad, Mum, Aunt Alice, Alan and Jack went to Quirindi. They got me 2 pairs of working trousers from Rountrees.

 

Mon. 22nd Jan.

We branded 5 calves from milking cows. Also 9 other calves. Had new brand which black-smith at Willow Tree made for 12/.

At 6pm, Alan, Ron, Betty and I joined Arthur and Addie at Post Office. Up in Harold's car to see, 'The Squatters Daughter'. Very good picture. We had break down about mile out of town. O'Rourke out and started car. We drove back to Quirindi and left car there. Walked nearly to Braefield. Dad picked us up there and home at 5am.

 

Fri. 26th Jan.

Australia day. District match at Quirindi. Quirindi district team played 'Half-holiday' district team. Quirindi 92, Half-holiday 45. I got 6 runs and 4 wickets. I drove up and took Vic, and Jack Barwick up for the day. Vic came up for supper and then he went with Ron, Dette and me to the dance at Jacks Creek. Vic went home with uncle Harold and aunti Vi. We took Addie and Arthur home. We went back to Chads in our car.

 

Sun. 28th Jan.

All went to church. Clair came down and went with us. Alan, Ern, Arthur and I went for a swim at “Merrieton”. Uncle Ivan, Len, Bessy and Pam came up after supper. Played tennis before dinner.

 

Fri. 2nd Feb.

Showery last night and all day. Ate the second of my watermelons. Ern and Arthur drove up in Ern's sulky. Ern got a tin of used oil from here. He also caught our bay horse 'Glencoe' and took him away. Alan took Les in to Willow Tree and met Dorris Rowe as Les got bogged. Les couldn't get his car through the mud. I walked Dorris's luggage up.

 

Sat. 10th Feb.

Les and I played comp match with Quirindi at Werris Creek. Quirindi first innings 28. Werris Creek 78 for 8 wickets. Quirindi second innings 89 for 4 wickets. I got 4 n.o. And 10 runs and 1 wicket.

I purchased dress shirt at 10/6 and pair elastic side dancing shoes at 9/11, plus pair of black dress socks from Rountrees.

 

Sun. 11th Feb.

Ern brought miss Loyde-Owen up here on 'Glencoe'. She bought him from us at £4”10. After dinner Alan, Ron and I drove to “Merrieton” for a swim. Ern, miss Loyde-Owen, Addie, Arthur, Sheila, Lucas, Leon plus heaps of others there too.

 

Thur. 15Th Feb.

Rained last night. 47 points. Dad and I rode up dry creek and counted the panels in the fence between us and Avards. It will take 14 and a half rolls of netting to do from Companies [AACo] fence to short lane. I rode up again after dinner and cleared a road for lorry to take netting through Avards. Dad, Alan and Ron drove to “Levondale” and looked all through the sheep. After supper, We all plus Dette drove up to uncle Ivans and had some gramaphone.

 

Mon 26th Feb.

We started netting the fence between back paddock and Avards. Started at the top end and put on 1 roll. 2Nd roll on the fence but only half tied on. Jethro and Henry Palmer called in for a while from the Company and had a chat. Ron took old 'Matty' up to “Burnside” tonight for Ern to take to Scone horse sale.

 

[They spent the next few weeks mainly fencing]

 

Sat. 3rd Mar.

Ron and I went with Les to Quirindi. Les and I played with Quirindi in comp match against Colts. Colts 148. Quirindi 191. I got 4 runs and 2 wickets.

Dad, Alan and Betty attend Harvest Festival in our church at 7pm.

 

Sun. 4th . Mar.

Alan, Betty, Ron and I drove to Murrurundi to play tennis. Bunty and Mrs Hall, Dette, Alan Leon and I played on Kilmisters court. Ron, Joyce, Earl Hall, and Charlie on Sharpes court. We won 11 to 2. Others won 10 to 2.

 

Wed. 28th Mar.

Our 275 iron bark posts brought to “Belmont” today by Clarrie Saunders. Fred, Everard and Derek Ashford cut and split posts for us at Sparkes creek and sent them to Willow Tree by rail. I rode over to “Belmont” and unloaded posts along the lane fence. Also went to Willow Tree and helped Clarrie with loading the posts.

Marie and Bill Meredith went to Sydney to night. Bill to have an operation.

 

Sat. 31st Mar.

All of us and Betty arrived at Quirindi for tournaments at 9am. Most of us won first round of nearly all our games. I beat C. Spencer 6-0, 6-3 in champ singles.

 

Sun 1st April.

Alan and I played in tournament again today. Knocked out of gents doubles and singles champs. C. Spencer beat me 6-4, 6-4 in champ singles. I beat Ian Spencer in handicap singles. Played 88 games today. All went to dance at Warrah hall tonight. We all came home early.

 

Mon. 2nd April.

All to final day of tennis at Quirindi today. Audrey and Esme won final of ladies doubles championships. They got a cup each and won £1/1 each. Verna and Dette lost in final of handicap to Mrs Carter and Mason. Verna [Ashford from Keirnans creek] and I played Tony Stevens and miss Body in final of mixed handicap and won 6-1, 6-8, 6-3. We won a money order for £1/1 each. I played 12 sets and 140 games today. 

 

Sat. 7th April. 

Dad brought aunti Em [Emily Evelyn Barwick,] up to “Boolawa” cottage where she is going to stay for a while. I cut some firewood for aunti Em and ourselves. I took Mum and aunt Annie up to “Burnside” during afternoon. Went on and had a swim with Arthur at “Merriton”. Arthur up for tea later. Alan and Ron played in tennis match at Bunty Halls court. 

Betty finished her job here for a while.  

 

Fri. 13th April. 

We four and the Avard boys and Arthur Blayden finished off end of land up the creek. Dad, Alan and I drove up. Ron rode and took old 'Prince'. We cut two tall posts and erected for gateway. Also cut and erected big strainer post on Avards side of lane. Dad and Hector Avard came down for battens. Dad made new 9 foot gate and swung at end of lane.  

Ron, Dette and I drove to Jacks Creek to dance in aid of tennis club. Uncle Harold, aunti Vi, Sheila and Lucas came up here after tea. 

 

Mon. 23rd April. 

Ron and I mustered back paddock early this morning. We drafted off 30 x-bred lambs for trucking. Ron rode to “Levondale” and mustered both paddocks. Dad, Alan and I drove out and drafted off 70 lambs for Ron to also take in tomorrow. He's also bringing in 7 crippled lambs for killers.  

Dad, Mum and aunt Annie attended funeral of Mr Michael Fitzpatrick senior during morning. 

 

Wed. 2nd May. 

Ron started from here with our 28 cows and calves and 2 steers, plus Cyrils [Ashford] 5 cows and calves, and 6 cows of Merediths, to take over the range to Sparkes Creek on way to Scone sale. He is leaving Cyrils cows and calves at "Karoona". [Karoona, Sparkes creek]. 

Dad, Alan and I picked up Leon and took him to “Belmont” to help with fence. Leon dug 12 post holes. Dad trimmed posts and rammed posts. I dug post holes and helped Alan put on netting. 

 

Sat. 12th May. 

Alan, Ron and I played with Hall's team verses Willow Tree Wattles at “Mertondale”. We won 8 sets to 1. Alan and I lost to Mr Jepson and Robinson 6-2.  

Ron mustered “Boolawa” ewes and looked through them. I cut some firewood for auntie Em and ourselves. Alan and Ron went to “Towarri” to play bridge. 

 

Sun. 13th May.  

Mum, auntie Em, Alan, Ron, Aileen and I at church during morning. Ron and I played match with Hall's team at Teds court. [Edwin Barwick. “Coorooga”] Alan played with Jean, Nancy, Wallace, and Vawn Jackson, We won 47 games to 32. 

 

Sat. 19th May. 

I rode 'Chessie' over Scott's mountain and arrived at “Lemongrove” at 12 O'clock. Everard and Derek there playing tennis. I had 6 sets, with Esme, Verna, Audrey. Gabriel and Beryle Harrison and Sheila also at Cyrils. Mable and Bonnie turned up too and we had dance in shearing shed. Everard set off 4 skyrockets. I stayed the night. 

 

Sun. 20th May. 

Left at 3.30pm. Arrived home at 6.30 pm. Vic and Cyril Barwick staying here now again trapping rabbits. 

 

Tues. 29th May. 

Vic and Cyril sold 107 pounds of rabbit skins to Fitzpatrick at Murrurundi at 2/- per pound, £10”14. They got 60 rabbits last night. Alan and I got a couple of loads of firewood ready to bring in. We later played some tennis. 2 strings of my racket broke. 

 

Fri. 1st June. 

I rode from “Quondah” over Scott's mountain to “Lemon Grove” and packed my tennis clothes, 2 pairs of shoes, racket and overcoat in a bag across the saddle. Arrived in time for dinner. In afternoon I rode with Esme to take sheep up to paddock along creek. Everard arrived in his car later in afternoon. 

 

Sat 2nd June. 

All Cyril's family [Ashfords] car, and Everard, Mable, and I in Everard's car left at 7am. Arrived at Muswellbrook at 9am to play tournament tennis.  

 

[Edgar and all the Ashfords spent the next 4 days playing tournament tennis at Muswellbrook. Travelling there every day from Kiernans Creek. Edgar went into great detail with scores of all his matches and brief mentions of the Ashfords matches

 

Wed. 6th June. 

[Finals of the 5 day Muswellbrook tennis tournament

Womens singles final. Esme beat Ruth Kennedy 7-5, 7-5. 

Mens singles final. Everard beat Halliday 6-2, 6-2. 

Mixed doubles. Esme and Everard beat Mrs Gill and Halliday. 

Celebrations at “Lemongrove” after tea with crackers and soft drinks. We toasted the local champions out of the girls silver mugs they won. All prizes that we won at Muswellbrook totalled £8/8 in money orders. Esme won £3..3. Audrey 31/6. Verne 31/6. Everard £2..2. I got 10/6 for runner up. 

 

Thur. 7Th June. 

Esme rode over to Sparkes creek early. Later in morning Audrey, Verna and I rode to Sparkes creek, where Esme joined us and we all rode over the Cedar Brush. Stopped at Brecht's where they are leaving their 3 horses for Ern to shoe. They stayed the night at uncle Harolds. Dad, Alan, Ron and Les had couple of sets of tennis during afternoon. 

 

Mon. 11th June. 

Dad, Mum, Madge and Myrtle Ashford drove down to Aberdeen where dad ordered 15 tonnes of corn to feed ewes. Alan, Ron and I drew in 3 loads of firewood for here and one load for aunti Em. Alan and I went to “Towarri” after tea to listen in to 1st test match against England. 

Vic and Cyril still trapping rabbits. 

 

Mon. 18th June. 

Vic and Cyril Barwick finished trapping on “Quandah”. Dad took Vic out to “Levondale” with 60 traps to have a few nights there. Cyril has taken a job at “Towarri” with Les. We filled in rabbit burrows on “Boolawa” today. 

 

Tues. 18th June.

Ron and I filled in more rabbit burrows on "Boolawa" during morning. Finished all burrows on this side of the hill. Dad and Alan took the back axle off the wagon and Dad trimmed one edge to make it level.

Fitzpatrick bought Vic and Cyrils 56 lbs rabbit skins at 1/10 lb.

I went to the C.of E. Ball in Quirindi with Arthur, Audrey and Addie, Ron and Myrtle also went in Alans car. Had a good time. Ball ended at 3.30am.

 

Wed. 20th June.

Clarrie Saunders brought lorrie load of corn out from railway. Took 18 bags of corn out to yard up creek. Left 3 bags at "Towarri". Remainder at "Boolawa" shed.

Ron, Eileen and I drove up to Harolds after tea, Audrey still there. Saw a lot of snaps that Everard had taken and printed lately.

 

Sat. 23rd June.

Alan and Ron played in comp match at "Mertondale" verses Jacks creek. I rode up to Uncle Harolds and saw Arthurs team playing Warrah creek B team.

Dad drove to Levondale and brought Vic home. [Vic was at "Levondale" rabbit trapping on his own all week] Vic got 168 rabbits over there.

Alan, Ron and I at "Towarri" last night and listened to 2nd test. England 440. Australia 2 wickets for 193.

 

Mon 25th June. 

Rained during night and morning for total of 136 points. 

Re-loaded cartridges for the 25-20 rifle. After dinner, Alan, Ron and I drove up to uncle Ivans. We joined uncle Ivan, uncle Harold, Len, Arthur and Ern in a kangaroo drive. 24 roos shot. I shot 6. After we listened to 3rd day of second test cricket match at “Towarri”. 

 

Tues. 26th June. 

We commenced feeding our sheep on corn today. Fed all our ewes except the back paddock, which are to be brought into “Boolawa”. Dad, Alan and I drove to “Levondale” and mustered the plain paddock and “Booral” ewes and fed them. Ron fed “Belmont” and “Boolawa” ewes and also stud sheep in “Boolawa”. After dinner Ron and I fed the ewe paddock ewes.  

2nd test match played at Lords, won by England by an innings and 38 runs. 

 

Wed. 4th July. 

Alan and I drove to “Levondale” this morning and fed sheep over there. Started to rain about lunchtime. 85 points. Dad cut up Heifer that we killed yesterday. Ron fed ewe paddock and “Boolawa” ewes but rain prevented him from feeding “Belmont”. 

I reloaded 35 more 25-20 cartridges. We had a car load to go to R.C. Ball in Quirindi but rain stopped us. 

 

Sat. 14th July. Ron and I played with “Mertondale” team against Willow Tree 2nd team. We won all 9 sets. All of us to “Towarri” for evening. 

 

Wed. 25th July. 

I fed ewe paddock and brought the corn back on 'Duke' and fed remainder up on long flat. Ron fed all “Boolawa” ewes. 

After dinner I rode to uncle Harolds and watched Eric Wood construct some of Arthurs wireless set. He came down to build a 4 valve set for Arthur! 

 

Sat. 4th Aug. 

Ron and I played with “Mertondale” team against Warrah creek team at Warrah. We won 6 sets 48 games to 3 sets 33 games. I fed ewe paddock and Ron “Boolawa” paddock. Clarrie Saunders brought our 24 tins of kerosene and bale wool packs. Ron and I went up to uncle Harolds after tea. 

 

Tues. 7th Aug. 

Dad, Ron and I marked 118 lambs from “Boolawa” top paddock from 140 ewes. Took 68 dry ewes out to back paddock. Ron took 63 ewes with 63 lambs from creek paddock down to recreation reserve.  

Audrey and Esme [Ashford from other side of range] rode over to uncle Harolds during afternoon. I drove up and brought Esme up here. Asme and I joined Arthur and Audrey and went to the Quirindi Hospital Ball in Harolds car. Snow's Jazz band. Great time. Home at 3am. 

 

Wed. 15th Aug.

Dad got 3 young turkeys from Marie Meredith. One gobbler and two hens.

A hurricane blew from the west all last night and brought red dust which settled on everything. Very cold wind and then sleety showers from the west today. Ron fed "boolawa" and I fed ewe paddock ewes. Les got 8 young rooted grape vines off me.

 

Sat. 18th Aug.

Walter Hall got young 'Doyle' hereford bull from "Belmont". We delt him for 5 young jersey steer poddies.

Alan and I drove to Warrah for tennis buy too wet to play. Had game at Bunty Halls instead.

Alan and I drove up and listened in at Arthurs new 'Pentagrid' 4 valve wireless set to first day of play of 5th test at "the Oval".

 

Thur. 23rd Aug.

I walked around ewe paddock and fed ewes again. We slaughtered a heifer calf. {spots calf}. The 3rd calf killed this winter.

Branded 6 calves from cows at "Belmont". That included a roan steer bought at Whartons sale. Alan ploughed small cultivation paddock on "Boolawa". I dug around some more grape vines in orchard.

Australia won 5th Test match in England by 562 runs.

 

Fri. 24th Aug.

Dad, Mum, Kath Waddell, Alan and I drove to Quirindi. Dad got two new Barnet Glass tires for his car from Leece's garage at £3/16 each. I bought my first pair of judpers at 17/6 from Reilly's. Bought blue striped sports shirt at 7/11 from Rountrees.

Ron took our 42 jersey steers over to "Levondale". I fed ewe paddock ewes. Took Snip and Black Bess to "Belmont".

 

Sat. 25th Aug.

I left here and rode over Scotts Mountain to Kiernans Creek. Arrived 12.45pm. Audrey, Esme, Verna and I had few games tennis. Rain stopped play. Mabel, Audrey, Verna and I played 500 after supper. Stayed the night.

 

Sat. 8th Sept.

Ron and I drove to Warrah Station and played in comp match with Bunty Halls team against Warrah. Mertondale won all 9 sets. Lucas rode home after dinner, after having 2 nights up here.

 

Mon. 10th Sept.

Alans 31st birthday!!!

Commenced shearing. We shore 112 "Belmont" ewes. Commenced shearing at 8,45am. Finished at 5.10pm. Ron shore 57. I shore 85, including some that Alan did as well.

[Boys shearing every day]

 

Sat. 22nd Sept.

In early morning we dipped 268 x-bred wooly lambs from "Boral" ewes.

All of us and Aileen in to Willow Tree championships tennis tournament. Dad and Ron beat Bunty and Swan 7-5, 6-3. Alan and I beat Harvey Sevil and Charlie 6-3, 6-2. Alan and I beat Dad and Ron 10-8, 6-4.

 

Sun. 23rd Sept.

All back to Willow Tree for tennis championships. In final of mens doubles, Alan and I beat T Tucker and Mr Jepson 6-4, 0-6, 8-6. Joyce and I beat Bertha Sevil and T Tucker 6-4, 6-4. In final of ladies doubles, Dette and Maudie beat Mrs Jepson and Bertha Sevil.

 

Thur 4th Oct.

138 shorn today. 66 x-bred hoggets. 56 leicester ewes and 16 leicester rams shorn.

 

Fri. 5th Oct.

Finished shearing today. Ron and I shore 28 leicester rams. Alan and Ron crutched the leicester hoggets. Took one and a half hours to shear the rams. 54 bales of wool from 2106 sheep shorn, including leicester flock. We dipped 203 x-bred lambs from back paddock ewes. Late arvo we played 4 sets of tennis.

 

Sat. 6th Oct.

Willow Tree tennis tounament continued. Final of Gents singles. Ron beat me 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Ron beat Earl Hall in semi-final, 6-4, 6-3. Semi-final junior girls, Joyce Hall beat Amy Sevil. Nancy Barwick beat Olga Adams 6-1, 6-2. Final girls junior singles, Joyce beat Nancy 7-5, 5-7, 7-5.

 

Wed. 17th Oct.

The Willow Tree charity bushmans carnival on today. We all went in. Tremendous crowd and hundreds of cars. A Gipsy Moth aeroplane was taking passengers up all day. Derek Ashford, Victor, Wallace and Jean [Barwick] had a ride in the plane. Ron and I took Dette and Madge in to the Ball at night. Derek took Betty in his car.

 

Sat. 20th Oct.

Alan, Ron and I played at Warrah Creek in tennis tounament in aid of C.W.A. 36 entries. Draw for partner. Earl Hall won gents with 36 games. Mrs H Sevil the ladies with 34 games. Good crowd then attended the dance in the hall.

 

Sun. 21st Oct. First cricket match of season at Warrah. Braefield verses Warrah. Braefield 77, Warrah 54. R Palmer got 20. I got 1 run and 2 wickets. Dad and Ron played tennis in Willow Tree with Halls team. Halls team won 8 sets to one.

 

Tues. 23rd Oct.

Dad and Ron drove to the pine scrub to select more pine poles from contractor Mackay.

Alan drove me to Murrurundi where I met Vic, Gladys and Jack [Cyril Barwicks family] and went with them to "Duxford" [Timor] to stay for a week. I took my accordian, cricket bat and tennis racket with me. Had a bit of music and few dances after tea.

 

Wed. 24th Oct.

During morning at "Duxford" I went with uncle George, Vic and Jack down to the creek to lucerne paddock and helped them draw load of hay. After dinner, Jack Vic and I rode over to the Isis river . I had first swim this season in the Isis River. Uncle George, Vic, Jack and I had cricket practice. Music at night.

 

Fri. 26th Oct.

At "Duxford". Jack goes to Rankins every morning to milk cows. I walked with Vic over the hill towards the river. Took rifles and shot one rabbit. Had target practice at a tree. After dinner, we had a fun game of cricket. Olive Pascoe came down from Rankins after tea and we all sang some songs and had some dances.

 

Sat. 27th Oct.

Vic and Jack drove me to Murrurundi and I joined Warrah Ck team and played cricket against Murrurundi. Warrah, 117, Murrurundi 77. Alan captained our team. Uncle George, aunt Gladys, Veronica and I went to dance at  Timor after. Took my accordian. Hector Rowe played it a lot.

 

Sun. 28th Oct.

Dad and Mum went to Sydney by train in the early morning.

At "Duxford", Uncle George, Vic, Jack and I had game of cricket. Aunt Tillie, Vic, Gladys, Veronica and I went to Pascoes after tea. Had music and songs. Piano, violin and accordian.

 

Mon. 29th Oct.

At "Duxford". I wrote letter to Dad and Mum who are staying at Hotel Grand Central in Sydney. After dinner I helped Vic draw 2 trolley loads of hay at lucerne paddock down creek. Uncle George drove to town and brought telephone mechanic and linesman out and they fixed phone.

 

Wed. 31st Oct.

Uncle George and Vic cut down patch of wheat with sythes during morning. Alan arrived about 11am in V8 with Addie, Cyril, and aunti Em to take me home. Left "Duxford" for home about 4pm. Took Addie up to uncle Harolds.

Ron and I went to Ball at Warrah Hall. 

 

Cyril Barwicks family at "Duxford", Green Creek Timor. Cyril is 4th from left. One of the girls is missing from photo and is probably the photographer?

Fri. 2nd Nov.

Ron brought "Levondale" ewes and lambs over to the Recreation reserve. He also brought two cows with young calves. Alan and I drew two loads of fire wood for Auntie Em. Alan and I went down to Chads for bread and groceries. Called at creek at Merediths and had a swim. We boys at "Burnside" for the evening. Lucy Lloyd-Owen at Brechts this weekend. 

 

Sun. 4th Nov.

Ron, Ern, Lucy, Arthur, Sheila, Lucas and I rode over to "Elmsford". [Elmsford, Sparkes Creek]. Took two pack horses and brought back load of oranges. Boustead in V8 Ford sedan took Uncle Harold, Auntie Vi, Auntie Lu, Addie, and Alan round to "Elmsford".

 

 

The Pinnacle at 'Elmsford' Sparkles Ck, Edgar Barwick, Ern Brecht, Luke Barwick, Sheila Barwick, Ron Barwick.

[A photo from 4th Nov, 1934, at "Elmsford", Sparkes Creek.

L-R. Alan, Edgar, Arthur, Sheila, Auntie Lu. Ron, Lucas. Ern Brecht, Lucy Lloyd-Owen, Harold, and Addie. Since Auntie Vi is the only one not in photo it's safe to say she was the photographer.

You can even see the oranges on the orange trees in the background? And I reckon Alan is peeling an orange? They must have collected quite a few? A car load and two pack horses worth?]

 

 

 

Wed. 7th Nov.

Dad and Mum sent us a letter from Sydney. Light shower during day. Heavier rain by 8pm.

Alan built small netting pen for to hold the turkeys which start to hatch today. Alan cut my hair. Sowed 6 beds of 'Sugar Stick' water melons in "Boolawa" orchard between 2nd and 3rd rows of fruit trees.

 

Fri. 9th Nov.

Ron and I drove to Murrurundi rodeo and took Dette, Arthur, Addie and Ern. Big crowd. Aunt Tillie, Vic, Gladys, and Veronica in to Ball from "Duxford".

 

Sat. 10th Nov.

Back at rodeo. Alan, Ron and I took Dette, Cyril, and Ern to the rodeo. Great programme. Best cattle drafting and buck jumping I've ever seen.

 

Sun. 11th Nov.

Dad and Mum arrived Willow Tree. Ron and Alan picked them up.

I played cricket. Warrah Creek beat Ardglen. 83 runs to 41. I got 26 runs and no wickets.

 

Sun. 18th Nov.

Warrah Creek beat Rountrees team 93 to 57. Earl Hall made 36. I captained team. Took 3 catches and got 2 runs.

 

Mon. 19th Nov.

During afternoon Ron and I cut a track through thistles in Alvin Halls. Mustered "Belmont" ewes and lambs and brought over for dipping.

I cut firewood for aunti Em. Fixed a few sticks up for chicks to camp on in apple tree at garage.

 

Wed. 21st Nov.

We dipped 469 ewes from back paddock before breakfast. Dad and Ron took sheep back to paddock. They mustered ewe paddock and some of "Boolawa"

I rode with Arthur and Madge up to Brush picnic. Joined Annie and Addie as those from this side. 19 up from other side. Audrey, Esme, Verna, Noel, Derek, Mabel, Kath and Beryl, Stan, Dora, Arthur Harris and Ronnie Pring. Alister, Gabriel and Gerold Saunders. Hilton, Roy and Neville Vine. Played games and had swings on the monkey vines. 

 

My daughters, Grace and Tara, plus a friend, on "monkey vines" in the Cedar Brush. May 2017.

Sat. 1st Dec.

We beat Murrurundi at Warrah Creek. Warrah, 65. Murra 49. I got 13 runs, and 2 wickets.

Ron and Dette played in 'diggers' tournament in Quirindi.

Dad and Mum drove to Bunty Halls and they played tennis with Bunty's team.

Marie Brecht home for holidays.

 

Sun. 2nd Dec.

Cricket again! Warrah Creek won match at Willow Tree. WT. 76. Warrah 164. I got no runs and 2 wickets.

Ron played tennis at Ted Barwicks court. He took Marie Brecht out.

 

Tues. 11th Dec.

Mustered "Boolawa" and drafted lambs off before breakfast. Took lambs from here over through "Belmont". Ron and I started in with the 560 sucker lambs. Had lunch at Borambil Creek. I left Ron at Tom Avards to take lambs in.

 

Wed. 12th Dec.

I left Willow Tree at 6.30am on stock train to look after our 5 trucks of lambs. Arrived Flemington at 9pm. All 560 lambs got there safely!

Had good trip down. Two chaps from Moree in guards van. I looked at lambs at nearly every stop. Left Flemington yards after seeing them un-trucked. Train from no. 1 platform to Wynyard. Arrived at Hotel Grand Central at 11pm.

 

[Arthur Barwick in his memoirs explained the stock train trip. ]

...........Quote. Arthur Barwick.

..............I went to Sydney on 8th January, 1936, travelling on a Stock Train. This was something we did in those days as it was a cheap way of travelling. Willow Tree was then a very big stock centre, as practically all the sheep and cattle produced in the district were sent to be sold at Homebush. Three trucks of sheep entitled a person, as a drover to look after them, to a free trip there and return within three days. The journey with the stock was not very comfortable, rattling and jolting along in the dog-box, drover's compartment in the Guardsvan at the end of a long train, but at least it was free.]

 

Thur. 13th Dec.

At Sydney. I took my grey suit to Lowes Ltd to have it cleaned. Left it there. Took a stroll along main streets before lunch. After lunch, took train from Wynyard to Flemington. Saw our 560 lambs sold by Australian Wool Brokers. Lambs averaged 17/9 per head.

Out to Bermans after tea. Went to concert with Heather at Lane Cove.

 

Fri. 14th Dec.

I travelled to Central Railway and applied at Livestock office to have my drovers pass altered from Sat to Monday. Called at Lethbridges office and got a draw of £3 from sale of lambs. Took ferry to Taronga Park and spent afternoon at zoo. Saw Freda and Freddie having afternoon tea. At Grand Central for dinner. Met Heather at Town Hall and we went to regent theatre.

 

Sat. 15th Dec.

Spent morning looking aroung shops. Bought a blazer at 25/- at Lowes. Tennis shirt at 6/11 at Gowings. Met Heather at Circular Quay at 12 oclock. Took ferry to Manly. We had lunch at Bermans flat. Heather and I had a surf during afternoon. Back to hotel for dinner at night. To Bermans and took Heather to pictures at Lane Cove.

 

Sun. 16th Dec.

Walked through Domain and gardens and looked through bridge pylon during morning. After lunch met Jean at Quay and went to Manly. Had surf. Came back. We went by double decker bus to Lane Cove. Had teawith Jean, Heather and Bessie and another girl from home.

 

Mon. 17th Dec. Porter called me at 6am. Left Hotel and took a Pitt st tram to Central Station. Had breakfast in Grill Room at railway. Tamworth mail train left central at 8.15am. Travelled in same compartment as young chap named Bradley. Son of Rev Bradley of presbyterian church Quirindi. Dad met me at Willow Tree at 4.30pm.

 

Thur. 20th Dec.

Jean Barwick and Vawn Jacson married at Jacks Creek church at 7.30pm. All of us attended at wedding and reception after at "Karooga". 47 people at reception including Bride and Groom and their families. Newly weds left on touring trip. Cool change late and very pleasant at night.

 

Tues. 25th Dec.

Mum, Alan, Ron and I went to church this morning. Afternoon we four boys had a few sets of tennis.

All drove up to uncle Harolds for supper. Aunti Lu, Marie. Tom, Annie and the Grady family and their young visitors also there for supper. Uncle Ivan, Vic, Betty and the "Merrition" lot there after tea. We had a few games and set off some crackers.

 

Thur. 27th Dec.

During morning we went to "Levondale" and looked through all our ewes in "Booral" for grass seeds. Not too many with bad eyes.

Dad, Alan, Ron and I had our first game of tennis under electric lights. All of us and Dette drove to Quirindi to the town courts. Play commenced at 7.45pm and ended 11.30. We four boys played Charlie Gardner, Wal Porter, Stan Snape, ?? Sharp. Gardner team won 5 sets to our 3.

 

Sun. 30th Dec.

Dad drove uncle Alf, Alan and Dot to Gunnedah where they saw Jack Barwick in hospital. He is not expected to live more than a month.

I drove Stan Smith, Ron, and Godfrey Knee to Braefield for cricket. Braefield 128, Warrah 98. I captained the team. I got 24 runs and 3 wickets.

 

Mon. 31st Dec.

Dad, uncle Alf and I drove round to "Belmont" and had a look at sheep and cattle. Ron rode across and mustered sheep and cattle over to the road.

Alan and I drove to the hall and helped set up and make and cut sandwiches. Drove up to "Merrieton" and had a swim with Vic and Arthur.

Annual New Years eve ball at Warrah Hall. All of us and uncle Alf and aunti Em down at the "Flannel" Dance. Drove up to Toms and took Gladys Barwick to the dance. Vic and Gladys are looking after Toms place while they are away.

 

 

[To continue Edgars diarys into 1935 and onwards, go to "Edgars diary 1935-38" in stories section]

 

 

 

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Alex Chad | Reply 15.07.2017 14:37

Very interesting to go back there, I can remember a lot of the names and the pianola mentioned at the Chad's is now at grand daughter Joanne Pritchard's.

Judy Anderson (Wilcox) | Reply 26.05.2017 09:05

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, knew so many people,
its great to share stories like this. Thank you

Geoff Barwick 26.05.2017 09:39

There is the 1935 to 1938 as well. Currently doing 38 to 41.

Richard Barwick | Reply 25.05.2017 20:53

Great effort Geoff... well done.

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