Diary of John and Georgiana Molloy: 1 July 1837 - 21 February 1840

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Feb 1838 Saturday 17th W. Turned out nine of the Cattle, keeping at home Polly Strawberry & Betty being near calving & 3 young Heifers. Cutting Cabbage for them all day, the rest at Cape Lewin Gentle & Wellington came in the evening. Sunday 18th SE. Mr Lenox Bussell went after Cattle & found all safe but 3 Ginger Grace & Baldwin which had strayed. Feeding those at home with garden stuff. Monday 19th SW. Little wind. Turned out all the cattle but Betty & Sophy Tuesday 20th SE. None of the Cattle returning Mr Lenox Bussell walked to the Barracks took a Guard with him for four hours & found them all the three absent ones Also, in excellent feed at the Head of the Spring. Fully expected the couriers who did not arrive from Vasse. Wed. 21 SE. Blew strong towards evening. Mr Herring took Bunker & Shea as guard to the head of Spring to milk Gentle who returned with Oxen Betty calved during night & we let out Sophy with other cattle. A luminous appearance at night Thursday 22nd SE. very moderate. Not able to send after Cattle Friday 23rd NW. Very hot. Mr Herring took the Donkey & to drive home milch Cows. We feel alarmed for the safety of the Couriers [Page 22]