Jan 19 – Rode up and met Captain Russell at Tunanui – went with him to Konini – got the men to make the road passable.
Jan 20 – Went with Peter Russell and the first load of wool that ever went down that road.
Jan 22 – Went down again with Peter and another load of wool – got upset near Shields proposed homestead.
Jan 24 – “Went to the bush for firewood. To washers and bought washed wool home. Fine.”
Jan 26 – Took 9 bales to Konini and sledged five down the hill at once in two sledges, one chained behind the other.
Jan 28 – Shearing.
Feb 22 – “Mr Shields [Sheild] left. I told him I would not hesitate to cut his fence if I wanted to get my timber drays through by the old road from Maraekako [Maraekakaho]”
Feb 23 – “Went to Konini to see about top part of road”
Feb 24 – “Some time ago Mr Shield, our new neighbour asked me if I would lend him my yards to draft in – I told him certainly – by all means draft here as much as you like for altho I am shearing I will manage it so that you can have the yards, and this afternoon his man and Milne and his men bought the sheep and I noticed them after they were about ½ drafted that 50 percent of them were lame with footrot and here they have been and infected my yards and I am in no amiable humour neither with myself, Shields or Milne. It got dark before we had finished and I made them take them all away, drafted and undrafted and now (9pm) they are still working away with them”
Feb 26 – “Went down to Woodthorpe and took delivery of 1730 5 ½ft posts and 135 7ft [Bicknel [Bicknell] to cart?]
Mar 3 – “I went down to get the woolwashers names on the census papers”
Mar 7 – “Went to BH [Blowhard] and then along the range to Herricks gate. Met Donnelly driving sheep into Patea. Bad with footrot. Camped with him at Omahaki. Windy”
Mar 8 – Cleared the road for Donnelly to Kuripaponga flat. Slept in the whare. Showery.
Mar 9 – “Helped Donnelly across the Ngaruroro”
Mar 10 – “Helped Peter to take Barnes wool to wash”
Mar 11 – At Whanawhana [Whana Whana]
Mar 12 – “Rode to Incline to tell Duncan to clear the road for Walkers sheep going to Patea (as I had got notice)”
Mar 14 – Started from Whana with 825 sheep, 350 of which had been shorn by Herrick.
Mar 20 – “Digging holes for blue gums behind kitchen. Putting the sheep I bought from Herricks across the Otukarara at [?] point.”
Apr 2 – Sowing grass seed.
Apr 4 – “McIntosh came for me to go to Pukititri [Puketitiri]”
Apr 5 – “McIntosh and I rode to Pakitutu [Pakaututu] to see about a boundary fence”
Apr 6 – Carswell and I exploring the Birch Range and found a place for fence
Apr 7 – “Rode home to Mangawhare. I noticed a place while going to Pukititri that looked very likely for gold and examined the place coming back and the more I examined the more I was convinced of its gold bearing qualities. I had nothing to try it with but my hat and my boot. I carried some in my hat, worked it in a hollow of a rock, and panned it off with my boot, but with those rude implements I failed to raise the colour, but notwithstanding I believe there is gold there.”
Apr 20 – “Heard that Robert McDougall [MacDougall] had sold Mangawhare thereby leaving me without an employer”
Apr 21 – “Found it was correct and Kinross wished me to remain manager just as I was before”
Apr 23 – “Robert Dougall and I packed and branded R.D. McD furniture”
Apr 25 – “Dougall and I laying off Shield boundary line and burning. Tod and Morris came about some sheep that Kinross had sold them, but know nothing of the matter.”
Apr 28 – Mustered river flat to Blowhard.
Apr 30 – Mustered Herricks corner-stayed at Henares whare.
May 1 – Mustered Williams range to Blowhard.
May 4 – “Mustered Cattle hill”
May 5 – “Mustered Castlerock flats and camped at the Lakes”
May 6 – “Mustered Kuripaponga and took sheep to Blowhard”
May 7 – Drafting
May 10 – Took 6000 wethers and weaners to Mangawhare and sorted culls.
May 21 – Mustering the Kaweka
May 31 – “Wet showery day, making a theodolite”