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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Wednesday 6th November, 1918

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Wed. Nov. 6. Rode up to Sonoma - pulled foxgloves from 1/2 of West Low Hill to Ohau River in 100ac p in 5 2/3 hours.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Tuesday 5th November, 1918

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Tues. Nov. 5 Worked in Hollow Garden in morning. Drove Gertie & Nancy to Levin & attended sale. Gertie, Clif & Nancy & I went to pm. tea.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Monday 29 September 1913

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Mon Sept 29 Moved “young” ewes + lambs from sect[ion] 37 to Terrace p[addock]. Levin Meat Co lifted the fat bullocks + cows sold 17th inst. After dinner Anstice + I took cart-load of wire + boards up to South Block – the wire for fence sub-division of Terraces SB + back boundary North Block; +...

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The Oldman Collection

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In 1948, the New Zealand government purchased the Maori and Pacific collection of the London dealer W O Oldman. The collection was divided on indefinite loan among the four large New Zealand metropolitan museums, with small amounts also going to smaller public museums with adequate fireproof buil...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Sunday 22 February 1914

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Sun. Feb. 22. Another blazing hot day. Cycled down to Mr. Lancaster's before church + took two photos of grapes in their green-house. After dinner got the 324 Kelson lambs into sheep-yards ready for drenching to-morrow morning. Then I rode up to the North Block to fire a rata log which pa...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Thursday 19 February 1914

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Thurs. Feb. 19. Father, Jim, Anstice, Gil + I rode up to North Block + finished cutting belt of scrub from summit of East Low Hill to foot of Skyline spur. After dinner we took torches + walked up to the Ohau Summit + at 1.50pm fired scrub + narrow strip of bush to north of the Summit. Patches ...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Monday 23 February 1914

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Mon. Feb. 23. Up early - Father, Gil, Anstice + I drenched the 324 Kelson wether lambs before breakfast with Oates' Drench. Leaving the [page break] boys to follow us with the lambs, Father + I rode up to North Block to fire scrub - glass very favourable, weather very hot + faint breeze. F...

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Picturing Samoa: Photographs by Thomas Andrew

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New Zealand photographer Thomas Andrew lived in Samoa from 1891 to 1939 - a tumultuous time when Britain, the United States, and Germany wrestled for control over the country. Their political manoeuvrings coincided with, and sometimes inflamed, local power struggles. This exhibition of Andrew&apo...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Wednesday 25 February 1914

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Wed. Feb. 25. Very steady rain all night + till about 9am this morning. Mother drove me to station to catch Napier Mail train which left at 11.56 am. Had Mr. Howard Andrew's company as far as Palmerston + read Mr. Massey's Licensing Bill with clause for reduction of handicap from the ...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Friday 6 February 1914

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Fri. Feb. 6. Mustered the 324 Kelson wether lambs + earmarked them - found 9 ewe lambs among them. Also docked 11 rams. Finished mowing Slope Lawn. Also completed the suspension bridge over Koputaroa Stream in Shrubbery. We are making preparations for a garden party to be held here on the 18t...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry 30 March 1913

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Sun. Mar. 30. Fine morning but heavy rain at church time so stayed at home. Read "The Glad Heart" by Madame [Albanesi?]. Did some sets of photos for Lawrie + Mr Edwin James. In afternoon walked back to foot of Arapaepae Range near McDonald Road + took a couple of panoramic views of l...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 14 February 1914

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Sat. Feb. 14. All up to North Block to cut scrub - worked at a block in saddle at junction of Main Spur + West Low Hill. A foot suspension bridge has been erected across the Makahika R[iver] near main entrance gate to N[orth] Bl[oc]k - framework of jarrah + flooring of rimu - stone groynes have ...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Sunday 15 February 1914

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Sun. Feb. 15 Very hot day - thermometer in hall registered 78 [degrees]. Church in evening.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Monday 2 February 1914

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Mon. Feb. 2 Gil, Jim, Anstice + I rode up to North Block to cut scrub alongside strip of felled bush on "Ohau Summit." Rain wet us through at 11am but we kept on + finished at 3.30pm. This is a rough plan of the work:- [map here] Before leaving for home we cut a strainer + got in on t...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Thursday 26 February 1914

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Thurs. Feb. 26. Strong cold southerly wind sprang up in night + lasted all day. Maud + I spent morning at home + I made her a formal proposal to marry me some day - the darling accepted me, but on putting on the ring we found it to be a size too large - however she was very pleased with the desi...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 28 February 1914

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Please note: Adkin misdated this entry in the diary as 27th. Sat. Feb. 27. [28] In the morning Maud + I drove up to Mr Hind's farm. A traction engine drawing a trussing machine was at work converting a large stack of barley straw into trusses for transport - trussed straw is worth about 4...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Friday 20 February 1914

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Fri. Feb. 20. Father + I rode down to Dalgety's Ram Fair. Gil, Jim + Anstice up to North Block to cut track through bracken on lower part of Foxtail Spur. Father bought 6 of Kebbell's Romney rams (2-tooths) at 2 guineas, + for me (my first stock) 2 Kebbell 2-tooth Romney rams at 1 gui...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 7 February 1914

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Sat. Feb. 7. The five of us again rode up to North Block + widened belt through scrub for southern end of the east fence of 100 ac[re] p[addock]. Got in a big day's work + on return home retired at 7.15 pm tired out.

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