Invited Maude, Mill and Hilda into town for afternoon tea, but too sick to keep this appointment. I just layed on the bed.
[This was Thirza’s last entry in her journal apart from various notations of Bridge wins and losses, names and addresses and accommodation expenses for North American road trip. It is not known exactly when Thirza returned home to Sydney from Auckland. I have not yet been able to locate any travel record for 21 December. Adding to the confusion are some photographs of family members upon which is written Christmas Day 1937. Given that these were Thirza’s negatives it is suspected that she revised her travel plans home from 21 December till some time after Christmas Day.]
Maude & I went into town. Booked my passage for the 21st, then to Milne and Choyces for afternoon tea. Left there at 5, and caught the train home. It is a great effort for Maude. After tea Perc took us along to see Mr & Mrs Johnson, nearly 87 – both. Stayed there until 10.30 with the old couple – then home again.
Very wet this morning. Bus called for me at 7, arrived in Auckland at 11, Hubert came to meet me in his baby Austin, drove me out to Mt Eden. Maude [Smith] is not too good. We just sat around and talked all day. After tea Perc drove us around water front to St Heliers Bay, then out to call on Millie. She looks well and the home is a picture. Got back home about 10.
[From the list of addresses in Thirza’s journal, Maude Smith, 5 Eglinton Avenue, Mt Eden S1, Auckland]
Jack Strange [John Francis STRANGE b. 1874] called and took us out to Thirza’s for dinner. Left after afternoon tea, and Jack drove us back to Leila’s to tea. Jack Wild & wife [John Ernest WILD b. 1884 and Edith Helen Wild b. 1885] came to Fred’s in the evening. Rang Lizzie [Sarah Elizabeth BUTTERWORTH nee WILD b. 1881] up. Promised to go up there to stay at Xmas time.
All got up after 9. Miss McNeil called in her car and took us out to Mrs Jones, big sheep station. Drove us all over the grounds, 2,000 acres, and 6,000 sheep. Had very nice afternoon tea, Miss M drove us home again about 6. Pat his wife & baby here, stopped to tea, went off about 7.30. Ciss & I just listened in to the wireless until about 9 then off to bed. Barry [1st cousin, Barnaby Richard WILD b. 1901] & Fred [1st cousin once removed, Frederick Barnabus WILD b. 1914] called in.
Jack [1st cousin, John Ernest WILD b. 1884] called but did not see him.
Thirza [Thirza’s cousin, Thirza Jane STRANGE nee WILD b. 1877], her daughter-in-law [Grace STRANGE nee ANDERSON] and 2 wee girls [Olive b. 1928 and Beverly], came on the usual weekly visit. Got a great surprise to see me. Thirza not looking so well. They left after lunch, about 3 – Ciss & I called on Mrs Blanchard at night.