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January 7, 1896 I slept middling well it being a cold night. Got up 6.00 am. Pretty warm day all day. Breakfast 6.35 am; three buns and cocoa. Afterwards went to town to buy some stores from Fimister and Co. a tin Nestles milk 1 / 1, 1£b pressed potatoes 1 / 1, a tin apricots 1 / 7, a two gallon water bag 2 / 6, two lb onions 1/2, a loaf bread lid, one gallon water 6d. Left half of my things with  too heavy to carry it, went to the hospital. The secretary supplied me with a list of all those persons who have died in the hospital up to date. Dinner 12.30 pm; bread, cheese and tea. At 1.00 pm I started for I.O.U. with the wheelbarrow. I passed the Great Boulder Mine 2.30 pm. I reached the Six Mile Patch, here I had a chat with two chaps dry-blowing. At 3.55 pm I reached Lake Gamballie which about 8 miles south Kalgoorlie. Here I camped about 600 yards north of Lakeview Hotel owned by F. Dwyer. Here are a lot condensers, probably over a dozen of them. The salt water is very shallow, in place 12 feet deep and upwards. They sell water at 4d per gallon. I made some stew of potatoes, onions and minced beef. Partook of it with bread and tea at 6.00 pm. After supper had a look over this morning Kalgoorlie Miner. Went to the Hotel for a while. Retired at 9.00 pm. The country between here and Kalgoorlie is pretty well timbered, mostly Gum trees. From about the Great Boulder Mine to here the ground gradually runs in to a flat strewn with ironstone, salt bushes and other scrubs. 
January 8, 1896 I slept pretty well last night. Got up at 5.00 am. It being a gloomy morning with sign of rain at 5.30 am. A few drops fell then cleared up and pretty warm all day. About 400 pm began to get cloudy. The wind first started to blow from the north-east then changed gradually to the west. At 5.30 pm a dust storm arose from the west and lifted great clouds of dust and finished up with a few drops of rain. Then remained cloudy. About 7.45 pm another little shower of rain fell, lasted about 5 minutes. After I got up went to buy three gallons water off one of the condensers at 4d per gallon. Breakfast at 5.30 am; bread, half tin apricots and tea At 5.55 am I think I started for the I.O.U. which is about 22 miles from Kalgoorlie (east). On the road I met a chap going to Kalgoorlie with a water bag only and another one carrying a Swag, a waterbag and a billy can going to Kalgoorlie also. At 11.30 am horses With four wagons passed me going to Peake's Find. They stopped for lunch at 1 l.45 am and I stopped too and had dinner at 1200 pm; another half tin apricots, bread and tea. I started on the road again at 12.55 pm while the wagoners were still resting. Three of them had six horses each and the other had five horses to his wagon in all 23 horses. Two men in a trap with one horse overtook me about nine miles from the I.O.U. They pulled up to have a little chat and they repassed me on their return journey to Kalgoorlie about three miles from the township.  At 1.30 pm I passed the Kurnalpi Road. At 2.30 pm I reached the I.O.U. I halted about north of the new township and about 300 yards from the Bulong Hotel kept by C.H. Reid. I bought one gallon water off Reid 4d and as I started to make some stew, presently I saw the chap named Rowley (one of the party we travelled from Lake Darlot to Pendennie) coming towards me. We had a chat. At 5.30 pm a shower of rain came on. We pitched the tent in hurry. The rain put out my fire. I lit it again. I offered Rowley some stew, he refused it. He went away at 6.45 pm. After supper I pitched the tent properly, sat down on the bed. 7.50 pm wrote the foregoing. Had a look through the Sydney Bulletin. Blew out the candle 9.00 pm.
I.O.U. - January 9, 1896 I slept middling well. It has been a pretty warm day. Some flying clouds were hovering today. At 9.00 am I went to Carry's Store in the old township site, bought a tin apricots 1 / 9, a tin curry powder 1 / -. At 10.00 am I went to the Bulong Hotel owned by Mr Reid to get water. He told me to get it behind an unoccupied hotel. I got seven gallons free. I washed a pair of trousers and a flannel shirt. Passed the rest of the day at the camp. Done a lot reading. Coolgardie Courier and Bulletins. Also washed a handkerchief. Retired at 10.20 pm. Breakfast 7.30 am; bread, tin sardines and cocoa. For lunch ditto (tea) at 1.00 pm. Supper 5.45 pm; stew and tea.
P.S. I got up at 7.00 am.
I.O.U. - January 10, 1896 I slept middling well. Up 6.00 am. Very warm day. After breakfast I took a walk to the hospital. I noticed an old chap there sick and another man (also sick) named Bell. I had a long chat with the latter. Thence I strolled to where McIntyre and party won £9,000 worth gold out of a Mullockey leader. Thence to my camp. After dinner took a walk over John Mahor's Gully and thence to B.J. Carry's Store. Bought a packet oatmeal 1 / 6, a lb sugar 7d, a tin meat 1 / 1, thence went to get a gallon water at Mr Reid. A little girl named Amy filled my water, paid 4d. Stayed all the evening in camp reading scraps of newspapers which I picked up during the day. Retired 9.45 pm. Breakfast 7.30 am; half tin apricots, bread and cocoa. Dinner at 1.05 pm; stew and tea. Supper 5.00 pm; the same what I had for breakfast.
I.O.U. - January 11, 1896 Slept well last night. Got up 7.00 am. It being a gloomy morning, overcast it cleared up and turned out a very hot day. At about noon was thundering in the east and looked like raining. On the west black clouds began to rise and at 4.45 pm came on to rain heavy. The shower lasted till 5.00 pm then again from 5.45 pm till 8.30 pm. After breakfast this morning I went prospecting towards Lake Yindarlgooda and as I walked along kept an eye on the ground right and left hoping to pick up a piece of gold but no such luck. I reached the Lake 11 .00 am which is about 4 miles south-east of the township. I had a chat with Samuel, Tom Carmichael's mate. He has a condenser here with two other men. I started again for the township 12.00 pm and arrived at 1 .00 pm. In the afternoon I bought off Carry's Store a tin fruit 1 / 9, a tin peas 1 / , a tin honey 1 / 6 and off the baker Otto Vetter a loaf bread 9d and a browney (1£b) 1 / 6. At 4.45 pm came on to rain.  I managed to boil the billy in the rain. Read some scraps of newspapers. Retired 8.30 pm. At 8. 10 am; porridge and milk, At 2. 10 pm; stew and tea. At 7.00 pm; half browney and tea.
I.O.U. - Sunday January 12, 1896 Slept well last night. Got up 7.40 am. It has been a gloomy day, threaten to rain but it has kept dry. After breakfast I took a stroll towards the township. From there to Mystery Mine. From thence back I met Rowley by the old township site. Came to my tent. Wrote down notes of what is known about the I.O.U. After dinner we went to Mrs Page. We had a drink Hop Beer. I paid for it 1 / . There I left him. I went to Mr Carry. Supplied me with some notes about the I.O.U. thence went to Mr Paisley. Got some more from him. He is a married man. He has a wife and a little daughter named Ida or Ada aged about nine years or thereabout. From there I went to attend a meeting at the Bulong Hotel. Mr C.H. Reid was voted as chairman.. It being an open air meeting the object of the meeting was to protest against the Mine Department removing the register of the leases from the I.O.U. and transferring it to Perth. There were present between 40 to 50 men. After the meeting I went to have supper. Afterwards I went to the hospital. Stayed there till 900 pm. Had a talk with Mr Jay the hospital orderly and Mr Ramsden and John Walker. I wrote down some notes about this field. Returned to my tent and retired 1000 pm.
P.S. It being a darksome night, clouded and wind blowing from north-south. Breakfast 9. 10 am; porridge with milk and cocoa. Dinner at 1 .00 pm; Browney, bread, honey and tea. Supper 7.00 pm; stew and tea. Bought off Carry a tin milk 1 / , a loaf bread off Otto Vetter 9d. 
January 13, 1896 Slept middling well. Got up at 5.20 am. Gloomy morning threatening to rain all day. Now and again a few drops of rain fell and cool day. At 5.55 am; partook of breakfast; bread, honey and cocoa. At 6.35 am I started for Kurnalpi which is 40 miles from the I.O.U. and 84 miles from Coolgardie. At 9.25 am (and about 6 miles from the I.O.U.) I came to a very beautiful Kurrajong tree standing a yard away at right hand side of track. Is about 18 inches thick and about 20 feet high. It has four main branches. It stands on a flat ground and east of a hill. At 11.45 am 13 miles or so from I.O.U. I halted and boiled the billy and had lunch at 12.00 pm; bread and tinned roast beef and tea. Started again at 12.45 pm. At 1.45 pm I reached Lake Yindarlgooda approximately 17 miles from the I.O.U. This lake has romantic geological scenery. Amongst the sights there are two table top hills near each other. They seem like if they were heaved up from the bottom of the lake but may be more probably that the whole lake at one time was a high land and it subsided at some remote geological period and these hills being hard core were left standing. I am not quite certain. I think the one on the Kurnalpi side is named Mount Yindarlgooda and the other on the I.O.U. side is named Mount Magnet. I have no aneroid to measure their heights. They seem over 200ft high and composed of diorite quartz and iron and covered with scrubs. The lake is four miles wide where I crossed it. for the wheelbarrow I found in places very soft and hard in other places. At 2.00 pm I passed the table top hills. At 4. 10 pm I passed an old shaft about 20 feet deep. On a board nailed on a stick was written this:-
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