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Date of Birth 26th January 1871 DIARY DIARY DIARY 1898. Florence Powe = F.E.P. = Florence Powe @ 1896 Age 24 1st. January 1896 Wednesday. New Year's Day. First day of '96. Home all day excepting usual walk to gardens with Juie late in afternoon. Janet & children were here all afternoon. Mrs. Mellor took all the others away to the coast for the day. Lovely day. Feel bit queer suppose it's late hours last night. May this be the forerunner of a good year for all of us. Learning cribbage at night. Dieu nous blesse. This will be the Leap Year. I must have a [?tnyar] now. 2nd Thursday. Poking round all day. Public holiday. mostly cleared out drawers &c. [... ...} day. Feel bit choky. 3rd Friday. Feel nasty. managed to get things done. Ma & Juie went down to Hamilton solicitor to get her will drawn up. went down to church to practice. Didn't go out at night. No choir prac. Learnt cribbage some more. Juie drawing a plan for his home to be H-[...] in Yargo-Walker Ltd. Made suggestions regarding it. Glad to see he has started. 4th Saturday. Better to-day. Down town this afternoon & to reading-room. Telegram from John Mann to say Alice & D were coming on Tues. 5th Sunday. Memorable services to-day. Mr. Allison must have been inspired to preach them specially for us. They were lovely especially the morning. My favourite hymns too. Such promises of comfort & of loving watchful care & special messages. they seemed all for us. Tuesday S. too. Mrs. Allison invited all to go back to tea with her but I didn't. When I got home the two Mrs. Friends were here on their way down for Sydney. Stayed here till 5.30. Then I took them to Mackenzie's B-H & his relations are estranged - don't speak - all on account of young Macalister. Fearfully hot day. Nearly melted. 6th Monday. Home all day. Mrs. Marsh in for few minutes. Played more cribbage at night. 7th Tuesday. Got things done & all straightened. Lessons. went down to church to teachers meeting but it was shut. Came back. Juie went to train at 1/2-10 for Alice & Daise. They were very tired. Came across Mr. Bolton in Pear's this afternoon. He talks 40 to the dozen. 8th Wednesday. We all went up to gardens this afternoon with all the children for picnic. Lovely there. Miss Skyring first came as were leaving home. Promised to go there next week. Had nice service. Alice seemed glad of the rest. She has managed to go home tomorrow. I thought she would be staying till Saturday at least. Went with her to B. of H. meeting at church 9th Thursday. 12 years today. Down to Service this morning to see A. & D. off. Lounged round all day after. Threatened rain & storm so didn't go out all afternoon. Played cribbage again. Can play bit now Letter from Arthur. Offers Ma & I home but seems (as Juie says) to think it bit of a hardship. No! I don't loaf on anyone. If he likes to help Ma as much as possible - all right - but I must work & earn. Isn't "teetote" worker nor does intend to be. Felt bit hurt over that. Seemed to let us know that we needn't try our hand to make him see. 10th Friday. Busy. Lesson. Had offer of a new pupil Wed. morning. She might start this quarter & might not. Wish she would start now. But [...] [...] this afternoon. Not to practice to-night. Looked like rain. Wrote to Arthur. 11th Saturday. Edie S. came for her lesson. I went down to church to practice for while then to home. Juie mending to-day. Has work in view at Ashfield. Very glad. There's no chance of him settling down if he has no leave here. 12th Sunday. Church twice & S.S. went up to Mrs. Allisons for tea after S.S. had nice time. Good congregation at night. Went late but had time to play short vol. 13th Monday. Mr. McNiques came to practice. 14th Tuesday. Lessons. [...] came to-day. 15th Wednesday. Madame C. came over this morning & stayed long while. She wants to make an exchange with me for lessons. I teach Julie Christie music & she (M) give me French lessons. Very glad indeed of the chance. have been wondering how I could manage to get some lessons. Troy & I went down to Skyring's this afternoon. had

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nice time. took Mabel down too. At night Ma & I went to Church to "Social". Great management. Pead & Pinch got it up & we had no plates & had to drink out of bottles mostly Not many there. 16th. Thursday. Practising we went to W. C. T. U. meeting: stayed for practice after. Great piece from news from Mrs. Hussy. Ada Thorpe was married to-day to Mr. Wilding. Quite a shock 17th. Friday. Busy all morning. Ivy came down at dinner-time with telegram. they had got saying Mrs. C[...] was past hope of recovery. Grace made up her mind to go up by Trevorrou's Coach & leave all the children behind. Best thing she could do Lend her our carpet-bag. went down at 6. to see her off. who should I meet there but the noble Charles Morley himself on his way home. He said he couldn't find out where we lived but don't think he tried. Looks older than I thought but much like what he used to train didn't go out till late. Janet minding all the children. they had a cry all round when there[sic] mother left. Went to practice. Good one. had an escort home. he has started afresh; 18th. Saturday. Down town this afternoon to Reading Room. Juie home from Ashfield. 19th Sunday. Church twice & S. S. Very hot. 20th. Monday. w. went out early & down town & up to see all the family, then up to Dawson's. had bit of bother to find them. They live just 2 doors down from where they used to. next to Marsh's. David there for tea & came home at 1/4 to 9. Had nice evening. their little one is a funny little mortal. they have a nice comfortable house [...] for only 10/-. They were very much surprised over Ada's marriage. She did do it slyly. Anyway she has done well for herself. He is a good steady sort. 21st. Tuesday. Lessons. Ivy brought winnie down to spend the day. She was very good too 22nd. Wednesday. Very hot day. Went up to Mrs. Hurrey's & stayed tell[sic] pretty late. When we got home found Skyring's must have been. they left their pot of [?roses]. "Quartette" party came to-night. to practice. viz. Mrs. Marsh. Miss Southy. Mr. Quince & Mavis. We had a bit of fun. I'm afraid we did more fooling than anything else but it was[underlined] hot. Fearful head down South - 23rd. Thursday. Felt "all overish" all to-day. Ivy had Winnie down again but I felt so strange I couldn't do anything to amuse them or otherwise. Lying about nearly all time. Must have got a cold. Book "Beulan" from Edie & pretty card also letter. She expects me for the event[underlined]. 24th. Friday. Big head all day. Went to see Mrs. McCarthy. stayed till nearly 6. Mrs. Power & her sister there: they are nice. went down town then. Out to practice at night. Felt very disinclined to go. Good practice but I felt nasty. Lovely birthday booklet from Artie. 25th. Saturday. Down town to-night to Reading Room. Expected Grace last night by train but she didn't come. Ivy said a telegram came to say she would be leaving by steamer to-day. Telegram from Alf but nothing else. Suppose they are coming by boat. 26th. Sunday. My 25th birthday. Arrived at womanhood now. Wonder what this year will bring me. This is a Leap Year too! something out to happen "d'extraordinaire": the last two '88 & '92 brought me happiness such as it was. Anyway I can but trust to Cue above for the future. It is in His hands". I dare not choose my lot. I would not if I might; Choose Thou for me my God." No doubt it will be a year of trial & change. Church twice. Home this afternoon. Carrie H. came up for tea. Rained some & threatened at night. Choral Service but not so many there. Strange birthday. Dosen't seem like one somehow. 27th. Monday. Got great fright this morning. Saw by "Mail" that the Glanworth was wrecked off Settlement Pt. near Gatcombe Hd. on her way from Rockn. to Gladstone. Clear night moonlight. & calm sea. Seems strange. All hands saved but vessel total wreck. Grace was to have come by her too. Mr. Noynes came to practice. Holiday but we washed. 28th. Tuesday. Lessons. Raining some. Grace ought to come by coach to-night. Nothing came from Alf nor for yet. Must have got shipwrecked 29th. Wednesday. Waited up till 1/2 -10 last night for train but Grace didn't come. Alfie up early this morning to see if his mother was here. Ivy very much disappointed. Janet will be in a state too. Full account of wreck in paper this morning. Elsie Brady was a passenger. She struck a rock at 1/2 - 12 Saturday night. Strange that no accident occurred there for nearly 40 years. Capt. says something was wrong with the light. They were 50 yds inside[underlined] the buoy instead of outside of it. Ma & Juie went up to S. M. & came back with the news that Grace was home. Came by train from Maryboro. this morning. Burwah came into Gladstone & took passengers on.

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She couldn't come by coach & good thing too as it never reached Motedale last Tuesday at all. Rained hard all night & nearly all day. Our "Quartette" should have been here but it rained. Wrote to H. 30th. Thursday. Raining. hard all day. Blew like fun all night. Cards from Alf & H. They had a shipwrecked air & stamps were washed off. Played draughts this morning & cribbage at night with Jim. 31st. Friday. Still raining a bit. Great storm up North this week. Steamer "Aramae" on a reef for 10 hours. Thought they would be done for. Lots of boats & barges lost & 15 lives lost. No practice tonight. Did up old books all afternoon. 1st. February. Saturday. Cleared. Went down town this afternoon. Terrible state of things in Townsville. Houses blown down. floods. lives lost. Ma sent telegram to [?Bert]. Don't know if he'll get it. Hermit Park flooded. 2nd. Sunday. Church this morning. Got wet going home, shower came on. Didn't

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