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September 1789

                                                             
Week days  Mo days  Winds  Landing & Surf  Observations &c.  Transactions on Norfolk Island Wr &c 
Tuesday  1st  Northy  Do  The Grubs are beginning to be very troublesome destroying all the onions. In The Surgeons Garden every Thing is quite destroyed. & Most of the people have had all their Indian Corn torn up by the Rats & what they have spared the Grubs have destroyed.  Do Wr People all employed as before. The Coble out all day & served only 28 people at 3 lb of Fish in lieu of 1 lb of beef each man. Carpenter & another man sick. 
Wednesday  2nd  Do SW  Do  Do Wr with heavy Squalls of Wind afternoon Sent ye Coble out but she could not pull up again & was obliged to Land in Ball Bay. People all Employed as before Carpenter & 2 Men Lame—4 Men Employed making a railing round an Acre of Barley to keep the Stock out As ye Hedges are not sufficiently Strong. 
Thursday  3rd  East  Bad Landing.  The Morning & Evening are very Sharp & Cold. The Grubs are beginning to destroy ye 4 Acres of Indian Corn planted Augt 24th.  Heavy Gales of Wind with some Rain & ye Wr very Sharp The people all employed as before. Carpenter & 2 others lame 1 Sick— 
Friday  4th  Do  Do  Fresh Gales & pleasant Wr The people all Employed as before Sick & lame as before 
Saturday  5th  ENE  Do  This Evening—Some Notorious Villians Stole almost Every Article of Vegetables out of Corporal Govens Garden which he had with great industry & perseverance Cleared & Cultivated, The Theft Must have been committed between dark & eight o'clock As all ye Convicts are mustered in their houses after the Watch is sett.  Moderate Breezes & pleasant Wr The people working for themselves. 2 Lame & one Sick. 
Sunday  6th  NE  Do  Do Wr at 10 A.M. performed divine Service. 
Monday  7th  North  No Surf.  Fresh Gales & dark Cloudy Wr in ye Evening heavy Rain. 4 Gangs of 6 Men each Clearing away four Acres of Ground of in Arthurs Vale. Carpenters about ye inside of My house. Sawyers Sawing boards. 5 Men making a paled hedge, round ye lower acre of Wheat. & one making Oars &c. Punished Catherine Johnson Female Convict with 50 lashes 
Tuesday  8th  NW.  Do  Do Wr with heavy rain all night & ye fore part of ye day. AM Employed ye People fitting Timber to ye Pitts. PM All empd at Task Work & as before 
Wednesday  9th  WSW  good Landing  The Rats have destroyed a great quantity of the Indian Corn growing on the four acres sowed Augt 24th Many Gardens are quite destroyed by the Grubs which are destroying every thing before them. I think they breed from eggs deposited by some kind of Fly, on ye leaves of the plants where they remain untill they have got strength by destroying the leaf; & then fall on the Ground & destroy the Root or Stalks as they increase in size—  Fresh Gales & Cloudy at Midnight had a Very heavy Squall of wind with a torrent of rain. the people all employed as before. 
Thursday  10th  South  Indifferent Landing  Strong Gales till P.M. then Moderate. People all employed as before 1 Man making Oars for ye large Boat 4 Making Shingles—2 ss— 
Friday  11th  S.S.E.  Do  Moderate Breezes & pleasant Wr People all Employed as before. Some people sowing ye 4 Acres of Indian Corn where the Rats have eaten it up. 2 Men ss & 1 Lame 
Saturday  12th  North  good Landing  Do Wr The People all working for themselves. 1 Carpenter ss— 
Sunday  13th  West  Do  Moderate breezes with Rain untill 10 AM, then Performed Divine Service. 1 Carpr sick & 2 Men lame— 
Monday  14th  SW.  Do  Very heavy Rain all night untill 8 A.M. then pleasant Wr 4 Gangs of Six men each clearing away 4 Acres of Ground in the Vale. One Gang making Shingles, Coble men about ye Boats. Sawyers Sawing Stuff for building a Barn Carpenters lining my house & built a Centinal Box. One Female Child born. 1 Carpenter sick. 
Tuesday  15th  West.  Indifft Landing.  Quantity of Seed Sowed & up—  Moderate Breezes & very pleasant Weather. People all Employed as Yesterday 1 Carpenter Sick— 
Wednesday  16th  SE  good Landing  15 Acres of Wheat 1 Do of Barley. Seven of Indian Corn  Do Wr The people all employed as Yesterday Sowed part of an Acre with Indian Corn. Sent round to Ball Bay & brot ye Coble from thence. 
Thursday  17th  NE  Do  The Grub worn is very troublesome destroying every Vegetable & plant of Indian Corn as fast as it comes out of the Ground.—  Do Wr The people all employed as before 1 Carpenter Sick 
Friday  18th  Little Wind.  Do  Do Wr The People all employed as before sowed one Acre of Ground with Indian Corn. 1 Carpenter Sick— 
Saturday  19th  WSW  An increasing Surf:  Do Wr The People all working for themselves 1 Carpenter Sick & 2 Lame— 
Sunday  20th  NW  A bad Surf  Squally Wr with Some very heavy Squalls of Rain at 10 A.M. Performed divine Service & Christned ye New born Child— 
Monday  21st  SW  Do  Fresh Gales & Squalley, 3 Gangs Compleated clearing away 3 Acres of Ground in Arthurs Vale. Their time does not expire untill ye 29th One of ye above Gangs cutting down one Acre of Trees to let the Sun in on ye Indian Corn The 4th Gang still at Work, their task being increased to 1¾ Acre, The other two Gangs making holes for ye Indian Corn & Sowed the whole 3 Acres. One Gang making Shingles Carpenters lining my house & two Sawpits at Work. Sowed 8 Roods of Potatoes. 
Tuesday  22nd  East  A great Surf  At Sunrise hoisted ye Colours in observance of His Majesties Coronation  Fresh Gales & dark Gloomy Weather. People all as before. The Coble men Employed taking down the old Boat Shed & Erecting a New one, making Skids &c. — 
Wednesday  23rd  NE East  Do  The Ground Grub is destroying Every plant & vegetable very fast. & has began Upon the four acres of Indian Corn. a quantity of it is eaten as is also some of ye Barley by Caterpillars. The women will all be constantly Employed in picking ye Grubs which I fear will not check their progress.  Do Wr with very heavy rain all day ye Gangs whose task is not yet finished could not work Carpenters as before. 
Thursday  24th  Do  Do  Moderate Gales & Cloudy Wr The Gangs all Finished their tasks. 
Friday  25th  Do  good landing  Do Wr 2 Sawpits finished their task time Expires on Monday next. 1 Sawpit & Carpenters as before. Coble men finished the Boathouse. 
Saturday  26th  Do  Do  Do Wr People working for themselves. Four four Casks of flour damaged & short of Weight 104 lbs — 
Sunday  27th  Do  Do  Do Wr at 10 A.M. performed Divine Service. 
Monday  28  NE, NNE  Do  Fresh Breezes & Cloudy Wr The four gangs times not Expired Carpenters finishing my house Sawyers Sawing for the Granary or Barn at 8 AM Sent the Large Boat out to fish at 4 P.M. she returned with only 6. dug up 3 Rod of Ground planted June 1st with 240 Setts of Potatoes which Yielded 5 Bushells of very fine Potatoes 
Tuesday  29th  North  good Landing.  Strong Gales & Dark Cloudy Weather. Two Gangs times up employed them Cutting a drain for carrying ye Water off ye lower part of ye Wheat in ye Vale. Coblemen making Skids for hauling the Boats up upon The Rest of the People as before. 
Wednesday  30th  N.N.W.  A Very great Surf —  Moderate Breezes & Cloudy Weather. The two Gangs whose time is up Employed Hedging, making Shingles &cc. the Rest of the People as before — 1 Man ss — 

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