|Letter written to Annie Bell, his daughter, about station
news, a boat race, and preparations for her wedding.
|Alma, Booligal, NSW
|27th May 1919
|My dear Annie,
|Your letter on Monday. We expect to start shearing on
23rd. July and will be busy for two or three weeks before getting the
sheep ready. With favourable weather we should finish shearing by the
middle of Sept. and by that time, Harry would have time to see about his
practice, after leaving the Eye & Ear. As far as we can see at
present, it would be almost certain for John and Jimmy to get to the
wedding anytime after the 20th Sept.
|I was very excited over the boat race, had several
wires from Jim Shaw about how the crews were shaping in their training,
and also who they were to row against in the first heats. Of course they
never give Xavier a chance - if they had won it would have been the limit
- the season promises well so far and with a decent spring we are on the
way to another good year. The Flu seems to be on the down grade but may
keep going for a good while yet. The Bradbos ?? are having changeable
weather lately, frosty nights and warm days. We had one or two cold
mornings, but so far it has been beautiful weather for the lambs.
Kirarbury topped the list for NSW last fall, from 2 to 2 and a half
inches, so they are right there.
|If George gets away from England in June, he should
be in time for the wedding. Jean, Va and Helen should be flu proof for a
year or two and perhaps Burnswark is done with it; let us hope so. The
Booligal turn out was a great success. They have now over £500. Mrs.
Shiel was the mainstay and one of her cakes brought £30, it was put up
and sold a good many times. Billy Waugh raised it up to £5 once - Sol
Bennett was the auctioneer. The twins or Jamie will give you the correct
|With love to you all at Burnswark and remember me to
|Your affectionate Father
|Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne - Harry Foxton, Anne's fiancé,
practised there after returning from Europe.
|John, Jimmy, George, Jean, Va, Helen - siblings of Annie
|Billy Waugh - owner of a neighbouring property at Booligal.
|Burnswark - home of Annie's grandmother, Betsy Armstrong