Diary 01: Diary of John and Georgiana Molloy: 28 January 1835 - 8 April 1837

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January 1837 Friday 13th S. Bobby oxen. Agreed with Mr Hurford to let his pigs have the run of the Stubble for £1.10 p Week to be decided by the Captain on his return as I do not consent to take his 8 eight little ones at half Price, considering the very wasteful and negligent manner in which the Field was raked over and I would not take less than 1/6 per head. for the large animals per week. Mr Kellam here to reap some of the Barley in the Garden & finished the Flower Garden came at 10 p 9 takes 2 hours at dinner. Mr Hurford here to milk D. Five of the Cattle absent, Bobby [...] in consequence of his looking after Ginger. Saturday 14th W. Bobby with oxen. I trimmed the Peach Tree. Slight showers Discovered we had only 4 pieces of Meat. Mr Hurford's Pigs yesterday & today. Heavy rain at night Mr Hurford here to milk D. Shea as orderly Sunday 15th S. Strong gales. Bobby with oxen. Read Private service. Mr Hurfords Pigs on Stubble. Bobby returned when barely 5 oclock & the Cattle did not appear well fed the Yearling got into the Garden & the others began to eat the base verdure of the stock yard. Betsy appeared unwell Mr Hurford here to milk D. Monday 16th SE. Bobby with oxen. Wellington returned soon after Breakfast he then amused himself with Mr Hurfords corn & he & the Mare & Pony partook of a hearty meal off Mr Kellams wheat. Mr Kellam here to burn the Garden Barley, rather inclined to be very high & said it should be the last time he would gather in anyone's Harvest. I played the part I have been so duly instructed in, since my lesson in Swan River be humble to every one & pocket a few unpalatable incivililties [Page 65]