Diary, Collins Royal Diary 1916; Unknown; 1916; WY.1995.70.1


Diary, Collins Royal Diary 1916

About this object

This is a medium sized Collins Royal Diary for 1916. It has all the usual diary information in the front as well as advertisements. On page 19 and 20 there is 'Interesting Information Relating to New Zealand', including a quote from Cowper, "God made the country, and man made the town". Also noted: Area and population: the population is approximately 1,084,662 excluding Maori. The Governor of N.Z. is appointed by the King at a salary of £5,000 a year with £1.500 allowance on account of his establishment and £500 for travel expenses. There are pages of information for the business man and for the household and farmer.

Adhered to the Memoranda page from 1915 is a £500 pound insurance coupon from AGC Limited to apply for insurance. From the 29th January 1916 are handwritten entries of names and amounts of oats purchased by the people. There is a value written on some pages, there is also comments of each day's weather.

Also there are hours written on several pages of work done by labourers.
Some of the names are J. Milne, Mrs Winter, J Fenton, D. Tither, Jas. Stewart, W. McLellan, and T. Mawdsley among many other.

Other information in the diary is about putting the bull out, docking horses, lambs and general farming duties.

We do not know whose diary this was, the only clues we have is that Granny's funeral was on 10 June 1916 and that Dan came home on the 3rd June and Guy went to camp on 26 July, presumably in preparation for war.



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Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland

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organic, processed material, vegetal, paper
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card


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Communication (including Diaries and Letters)

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