DIARY of MR J. E. BEAUMONT
Joseph Edward Beaumont, born 21st day of September, 1886 in the Parish of County of Salop, England.
Emigrated to New Zealand at the age of 24 years in the year 1909 sailing in the N.Z.S.S. R.MS “Turakina”. (Capt. Weston) landing in Wellington on Nov 16th. My sister Patty who also came out at the same time and we stayed with our sister Molly and her husband until after Christmas 1909.
1910 Jan 8th. I went to work on the Delta Station, Marlborough as Cowboy at 25/- per week and board. The station, about 9,000 acres was owned by Mr W Pollard and I found him a very good employer and the job very easy and the food was the best. I left the Delta on Dec. 10th, as I wanted to get a knowledge of Dairy Farming & the Delta was all sheep farming of which I have not any knowledge in England. On Dec. 12th I took a temporary job harvesting for Mr Andrews at a place named Seddon at the rate of l/- per hour and board
1911 Left Seddon for Wellington Jan 14th and went to Murphy Bros, Featherstone, Wairarapa to milk cows at the rate of 25/- and board. This was a rotten and dirty job and I left on July 12 with a rather poor opinion on dairy farming in N.Z. 0n July 29th I started to work for a Mr Yeoman, a dairy farmer at Opouria [Opouriao] Taneatua, Bay of Plenty at the rate of 30/- per week with board. I stayed at this job until I had saved enough money for me to go to England, and get married. I left Yeoman’s on May 12th 1913.
1913 May 15th. Arrived Wellington from Bay of Plenty.
June 12 Sailed for Home in the S.S.A. Coys. H.M.S. Athenic. Capt. Crossman arriving at Plymouth on July 25th, reached my home in Shrewsbury at 7.30 pm same day.
August 17. Agnes’ father died aged 61 years.
Sept. 17th I was married to Agnes Madeline Blount, aged 23 years, youngest daughter of John and Sarah Blount in the Parish Church, Neenton, Salop, by the Vicar Rev. Warren and we went to Liverpool for our honeymoon.
Oct 8th. We left Shrewsbury for London and stayed at Adelphi Hotel in the Strand.
Oct 10th. We sail for N.Z. in the S.S.& Alby “Arawa” Capt. Clayton.
Oct. 11th At Plymouth. Agnes very sick.
Oct 13th Agnes had the Doctor to her.
Nov. 25. Arrived Wellington N.Z. Big strike on.
May 25 Took a two year lease of house at Koro Koro, Petone
June 21 Our first child, a daughter was born at Nurse Watson’s Home in Molesworth St Wellington.
July 5. Took Agnes and baby to our home at Koro Koro.
August 4. War against Germany & Austria declared.
Sept. Our First Wedding anniversary
Oct 11. Gwennie was Christened in St Thomas’s Church, Newtown, Wgtn. by Rev. Fancourt.
Nov 3rd. Our second child a daughter (Doris) was born at Koro-Koro, Petone
Nov 15 Anzac Troops landed at Galipoli [Gallipoli] Turkey.