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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Friday 5 December 1913

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Fri Decr 5 Anstice + I drove the steers to sale before breakfast. A good sale for vendors + we got : – for 24 steers (2 ½ yr small + badly bred) £4.7.6; + for 6 very badly bred cull steers, same age £3.0.6. After sale drove 5 steers up for Mr Kay.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Friday 30 January 1914

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Fri. Jan. 29. [30] Cut firewood - got posts off terrace on to flat in Gower p[addock] by means of wire - Dalgety's agent brought a man to look at cattle on sect[ion] 37 - did not [page break] hear sequel. Wrote long letter to Maud.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Thursday 1 January 1914

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Fri. Jan 2 [1] Four Morgans shearing to-day. Alf, a cousin [page break] having joined the others - they shore 245 "old" ewes + 26 rams. Paid off the shearers as they have now finished the home sheep. The others went on hay-making in 10 ac[re] p[addock] sect[ion] 38 + got in 30 or 40 ...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 31 January 1914

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Sat. Jan. 30. [31] Heavy rain during night but fine morning. Gil, Jim, Anstice + I rode up to North Block to finish scrubbing on hilltop. On arrival on "Ohau Summit" the rain re-commenced, but we got a start during a lull. But the rain came on thick so we retired. Before going home ...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 10 January 1914

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Sat. Jan. 10. Gil + I shore 50 lambs of "UR" lot between us - my tally was 34. Father sold the 9 remaining heifers at average price of £4.6.8 taking as part payment 8, 18 months steers (also £10 cash). The first 2 bales of this seasons wool went off today : - 17 ewes fleeces 9 hoggart...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Thursday 8 January 1914

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Thurs. Jan. 8. Lovely day after showers last night. Kingdon came to draft second lot of fat lambs - we got in two lots "UR", 2 lots "young", + two lots "old". The "UR" lots yielded 60 fats + he marked a total of 164 (437 to date) which with 15 of Mr Barro...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Sunday 4 January 1914

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Sun. Jan.4. Very hot all day - took it easy. Church in evening.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Wednesday 24 December 1913

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Wed Decr 24 Hooray for Hastings and Maud. Mother drove me to station to catch 11.56 am train. Large areas on Makurerua Swamp bright red, the flax being in flower. Lunch at Palmerston [North] station – trains so crowded that I had to stand as far as Woodville where an extra carriage was put on....

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 27 December 1913

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Sat Decr 27 After breakfast Maud + set out with trap + “Judy” for a little private picnic at the Clifton Beach. Drove out by the route of my former visit via Karamu Road + Tukituki Bridge. On account of recent rains the country was looking lovely – fields of oats in stook [sic], or uncut + gold...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Monday 29 December 1913

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Mon Decr 29 My last of four glorious days. Took a photo (27) of Maud + self on verandah, Gertie pressing the button. Also one (28) of Maud, Mrs Herd, Alice, Gertie + John on verandah. Also (29) Maud + self reflected in drawing-room mirror – “The carry me back to Tenessee” – in a now familiar p...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Tuesday 30 December 1913

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Tues Decr 30 Harry + Stan Morgan came to shear + went on with “young” ewes – total shorn 237 – I got through 35. Laing cut part of the hay crop in 10 ac[re] p[addock] sect[ion] 38 in evening.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Sunday 28 December 1913

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Sun Decr 28 Did not go to church in morning but stayed with Maud to help her get dinner. Made myself generally useful + took a photo (24) of Maud preparing vegetables for dinner in the kitchen. After dinner, although it was very hot, Maud + I walked into town + visited the Methodist Church of w...

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Mollie Rodie: Carnival queen

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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 12pt 0cm 0pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial" lang=EN-AU>During World War II (1939-45), New Zealand designer and journalist Mollie Rodie used her fashion talents to patriot...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Wednesday 3 September 1913

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Wed Sept 3 Shepherding breeding ewes. After dinner rode up river + killed + skinned a small steer (of ours) which had got down among [new page] some logs on Kay's farm. He was too weak to stand – skin weighed 22lbs (green).

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Thursday 25 September 1913

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Thurs Sept 25 Rode up to North Block + put in 11 posts across the largest gully which crossed the east boundary on the slope from Ohau summit to River. Heavy day's work – knocked off at 5.30pm – home at 6.30pm. Easterly wind on plain but very hot up river.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Friday 26 September 1913

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Fri Sept 26 Jim, Gil + I drove 25 steers + 60 fat wethers to Levin sale – did not sell steers but got 26/- for wethers (less 2/6 per head for 2 ewes). Father bought 2 steers [new page] (yearlings) from Mr Kay at 45/- per head. Kay got £4.1.0 for a line of well bred [sic] yearling steers bred on...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Wednesday 24 September 1913

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Wed Sept 24 Docked 57 lambs of “medium” ewes + 46 of “old” ewes. Got 60 fat wethers ready for sale next Friday. Ralph came up to tea.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Sunday 21 September 1913

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Sun Sept 21 Stayed at home in morning. Various photographic work. Church in evening – saw Maud after service.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Monday 22 September 1913

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Mon Sept 22 Jim + I rode up to North Block to cross-cut + clear some big logs off my benched track up hill. First we cut a small hinau strainer for a little entrance gateway. I am making it at the end of Andrew's [new page] first length of fence on the Ohau. The big logs on the track (upp...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 20 September 1913

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Sat Sept 20 Last night's fog turned to rain. We went on stumping in CK p[addock]. Mrs Travers + her little boy Leslie came to spend weekend. Wrote to Uncle Mowb sending him 15 photos.

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