Wednesday, 8 December 1937
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]
Tuesday, 7 December 1937
Alf called at 10 – and took Leila, Ciss, Thirz and myself up to see Lizzie [Sarah Elizabeth BUTTERWORTH nee Wild b. 1881] at Pirongia. Rained all day, got there in time for lunch and left about 4. Had a real good day but very wet, got back safely.
[Journal blank for today except noted ‘Te Aroha’]
Friday, 3 December 1937
I walked over to town today, got my snaps, then hiked back again in time for afternoon tea. Nice day, had a look at the Domain everything looking very nice.
Wednesday, 1 December 1937
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.
Tuesday, 30 November 1937
Lovely day. Alf called and took us over to town, just had a look around, then back to tea.
Monday, 29 November 1937
Very hot here today – Cyril [1st cousin once removed, Cyril Charles WILD b. 1918] called in and had some lunch.
Sunday, 28 November 1937
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.
Saturday, 27 November 1937
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.
Friday, 26 November 1937
Arrived at 7. Not allowed ashore until 8. First off and the first to get away. Caught 9 train to Te Aroha. Alf [Alfred Edward WILD b. 1876] & Ciss [Blanch Rowett WILD? b. 1874] to meet me – sent Bella [Thirza’s sister, Isabella Rose PATTERSON nee WHITE] a night gram, 3/9. Then drove to Ciss’s home. Fred [Frederick William WILD b. 1872] & Leila [Leila Adelaide WILD nee JENNINGS], Nancy [Nancy Leila WILD b. 1910] came over after tea, all went to bed about 9. Lovely weather here.
[Alf, Ciss and Fred were Thirza’s first cousins, their mother and Thirza’s aunt, Blanche Wild nee White b 1856 in East Looe, Cornwall.]