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August 1789

                                                               
Week days  Mo days  Winds  Landing & Surf  Observations &c  Transactions on Norfolk Island Wr &c 
Saturday  1st  WSW  Surf decreasing  Killed a Boar belonging to Government weight 40 lbs for which 40 lbs of Salt Meat is deducted from my familys Allowance—  Moderate Breezes & very pleasant Wr People working for themselves 1 Lame.— 
Sunday  2nd  West North  Do  Do Wr till Evening. then hard rain at 10 A.M. Performed divine Service. 
Monday  3rd  Do SW  Bad Landing.  Strong Gales with very heavy rain during the night People all Empd till 8 AM getting Timber on ye Pitt for building a Barn in Arthurs Vale. Afterwards Employed at Task Work & one Gang making Singles— Sawyers at Task Work & Carpenters about Lieutt Cresswells house. 
Tuesday  4th  SSW  A very Great Surf  Do Wr The people all employed as before The air very Sharp & cold— 
Wednesday  5th  ESE  Do  Fresh Gales & a raw cold air. The people all employed as before— 
Thursday  6th  NE  Do  Strong Gales & Dark Cloudy Wr People all employed as before. One Gang finished their Task— 
Friday  7th  ENE  Do  Very heavy Gales of Wind with constant heavy rain. The Gusts at times very violent No work done on Account of the very bad Wr— One Marine Sick— 
Saturday  8th  WNW  Good Landing a Great Swell  Strong Gales & heavy rain till 8 AM then Fresh Gales & Squally— People working for themselves—1 Marine sick— 
Sunday  9th  W.SW.  Do  Do Wr with Excessive heavy Gusts of Wind & Squalls of Rain 2 Sick— 
Monday  10th  SW  Do A Very heavy Surf  Do Wr with very heavy Gusts of Wind & Squalls of Rain. 3 Sick—four Gangs of 6 Men each clearing away Four Acres of Ground in Arthurs Vale Sawyers Sawing for Commandants house & the Barn Carpenters about Lieutt Cresswells house One Gang Sawing Splitting & Drawing Shingles Got a piece of Timber on the Pit. 
Tuesday  11th  Do  Do  The Gusts of Wind very violent & Squalls very frequent. People all employed as before 2 Sick 
Wednesday  12th  Do  Do  Fresh Gales with a few heavy Squalls of Rain & Wind at Daylight hoisted ye Colours in observance of His Royal Highness ye Prince of Wales's birth day. At Noon fired 3 Rounds of Artillery The Troops drawn up on the Parade fired 3 Rounds of Musquets after which the Whole gave three Cheers. Excused ye convicts from work. 
Thursday  13th  WSW.  Bad Landing  Moderate Breezes & pleasant People all Employed as before. Carpenters repairing one of ye Sawpits. 1 Man ss. 
Friday  14th  NW  Do  Fresh Gales & Cloudy. People Employd as before. & 4 Men Cutting ye Wheat down which is growing quite Rank. 
Saturday  15th  Varble  Do  Fresh Gales with a few Squalls of Wind & Rain—The People all employed working for themselves. The Carpenters finished Lieutt Cresswells house. 
Sunday  16th  Do  Very good landing.  Moderate Breezes & very pleasant Weather. at Day light sent the Coble out to fish at 3 P.M. She returned with only four Performed Divine Service. 
Monday  17th  NE  Do  Put the forge up to do some necessary Jobs & employed Jas Williamson Private Marine to Work at it—  Fresh Gales & very pleasant Wr People all employed as before Carpenters began building an addition to my house. As I am apprehensive of its oversetting in the Violent S.W. Winds. In ye Morning Got Timber to the Pits. 
Tuesday  th 18  NW  good Landing.  Strong Gales of Wind with incessant heavy Rain from Midnight till Noon P.M. People all employed as before. 
Wednesday  19th  S.W.  Indifft Landing.  Fresh Gales & Clear Wr The four Tasks finishing thier works. Their time does not Expire untill ye 26th of this month Carpenters Sawyers &c employed as before. 
Thursday  20th  Do  Do  Do Wr The Sawyers tasks finished this day their time does not Expire untill ye 24th of this Month. Carpenters as before. 
Friday  21st  Do  Do  Do Wr Carpenters Employed as before & 1 Gang bringing Stones & building a Chimney behind ye addition building to my house Cropped ye Acre of Barley on ye NE side of Mount George— 
Saturday  22nd  Do NW  good Landing  Fresh Gales & Cloudy Wr with Rain in the Evening. People Working for themselves— 
Sunday  23rd  NW WSW  A Great Sea & Good Landing  The Indian Corn which has been sowed in difft places in the Valley & other places, has been dug up & eaten by the Rats. I therefore have put 5 Grains in a hole & sowed that in the Ridges very thick—  Very Strong Gales of Wind & dark Gloomy Wr with constant heavy Rain till 6 PM. then the Wind came to ye South. 
Monday  24th  SW  A heavy Surf—  The Wheat growing on the South Side of Mt George is quite Blighted & Black with the Southy Wind. I think it will be no otherwise injured than Kept. back— This Gale has been the longest we have had here in this Quarter it has blown with very great force.  Do Wr with very heavy Gusts of Wind & Squalls of Rain Employed all the people making holes & planting Indian Corn in the four Acres cleard last in Arthurs Vale—One Gang bringing in Stones & building a Chimney to my house. 3 Men making & drawing Shingles—2 Sick— 
Tuesday  25th  SSW.  Do  Do Wr The Gale very violent the People except one Gang working for themselves as their time does not Expire till Thursday night The rest Empd as before. 
Wednesday  26th  Do  Do  Do Wr & ye Gale still very violent People all as Yesterday—1 Man ss & 2 Lame. 
Thursday  27th  South  Do  The Gale a little Moderated but still very Strong Gales with some very heavy Squalls of Wind & Rain The People as before. 
Friday  28th  Do SW  Landing possible.  Fresh Gales & Squally. Employed all ye People Cutting a Water Way Making drains, Sluices &c & sowing 3 Peck of Rice. 1 ss & 2 Lame. 
Saturday  29th  ENE  good Landing.  punished Ann Coombs Female Convict with 50 lashes for defrauding Thos Jones of a Quantity of Provisions—  More Moderate & pleasant Weather People working for themselves. 1 ss & 2 Lame— 
Sunday  30th  West, NW  good Landing a Great Swell  Messrs Cresswell & Jamieson went to Anson bay by land, they found it very difficult getting down into it. Landing was Very good there. No water within ½ a mile.  Moderate Breezes & Very pleasant Wr at 10 AM performed Divine Service. at 1 P.M. punished Ann Coombs Female Convict with 100 Lashes for Stealing two Cheque Shirts from Francis Mee Private Marine, which she hid & refused to produce them— 
Monday  31st  North  Very good Landing.  Do Wr Four Gangs of 6 Men each Clearing away 4 Acres of Ground in Arthurs Vale. 1 Gang making Shingles Coblemen & 3 others employed occasionally. Sawyers sawing boards for building a Barn. 1 Carpr Empd about My house. 

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