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October 1789

                                                               
Week days  Mo days  Winds  Landing & Surf  Observations &c  Transactions on Norfolk Island state of the Weather &c — 
Thursday  1st  ESE  Do  Strong Gales & dark Cloudy Weather. People all employed as before 1 Man ss — 
Friday  2nd  Do  good Landing a great swell without —  Fresh Gales & Cloudy Weather Some hands employed making a Fence overflowing the Rice &c. The rest as before. 1 Man ss — 
Saturday  3rd  Do  Do  Moderate Gales & a great Swell without people Employed Working at their Gardens &c. 
Sunday  4th  NE  good Landing  Moderate Breezes & pleasant Warm Weather at 10 A.M. Performed Divine Service 
Monday  5th  North  A great Swell.  Strong Gales of Wind & dark Cloudy Wr 3 Gangs Empd clearing away ground in ye Vale for sowing Indian Corn & Potatoes on 1 Gang bringing in Logs for buildg a house for ye Carpenter. 2 Men Making Shingles. Carpenter & 2 Men to assist them framing a Barn. Sawyers as before. 
Tuesday  6th  SSW SSE SE  good Landing  The Grub Worm is still numerous, Notwithstanding the Women are employed dayley in picking them out of the Ground & off ye plants, Yet no decrease of their numbers can be perceived. They have destroyed One Acre of Indian Corn entirely & are going on very fast in destroying the rest. Every Cabbage & other plant is eat off as fast as it appears out of the Ground, which has quite prevented any Cabbages being planted out for these six weeks past, where the Evil will end I know not. As the rearing of the Stock must in a great measure depend on ye Growth of ye Indian Corn.  Fresh Gales & Cloudy Wr — The people all employed as Yesterday — Too much Swell without to Send ye Boat out — 
Wednesday  7th  East  A great Swell  Do Wr People all employed as before. 2 Men Squaring Loggs for building the Carpenter a house — 
Thursday  8th  ESE  Do  Do Wr People all employed as before 4 Men Sawing lengths for Shingles There has been a great Swell these some Days past. 
Friday  9th  Do  A very heavy Surf —  Moderate Gales & Warm Weather people all employed as before The four Men who were sawing lengths for Shingles Yesterday Employed hoing up ye Indian Corn in Arthurs Vale Punished Noah Mortimer, Thos Watson & Jno Holmes Convicts with 2 Dozen lashes each for loitering & Idling their time at Work — 
Saturday  10th  Do  Do  Do Wr The people all employed Working at their Gardens &c — 
Sunday  11th  SE  A very heavy Surf  Moderate Gales at 10 AM. performed Divine Service — 
Monday  12th  Do, SW  Surf decreasing  Do Wr Most Part of the People employed Working for themselves this being a broken week & some time due to many of them Sowed 1 Acre of Indian Corn Carpenters, & Sawyers about ye Framing of the Barn &c — 
Tuesday  13th  Do, ESE  A great Surf  Some Very Strong Squalls of Wind & in the night a Shower of Rain, Most of the people taking ye time that they have saved of their respective Tasks — Carpenters & Sawyers as before — Sowed a quarter of an acre of Potatoes in Arthurs Vale. 
Wednesday  14th  South  Do  Fresh Gales & Cloudy cold Weather. Six Men at Work carrying out the Frame of ye Barn where it is to be be placed in Arthurs Vale. The rest as before. 
Thursday  15th  ESE  A great Surf.  Fresh Gales & Cloudy. The people who are at Work, Carrying out the Frame &c of the Barn — 
Friday  16th  SE  Do  Do Wr People all Employed as before 
Saturday  17th  Do  Do  Moderate Breezes & very pleasant Weather. The people all working for themselves. 
Sunday  18th  ESE  good Landing  Do & Cloudy at 10 A.M. performed divine Service. 
Monday  19th  NW.  Do  Coble out all day & caught only 6 Fish  Moderate Gales & pleasant Weather. Sent 6 Men to Cut a Road from hence to Anson Bay. 6 Men Assisting the Carpenters in putting up the the Frame of the Barn, 8 Men clearing away a piece of Ground Sawyers sawing Stuff — 
Tuesday  20th  Varble  Do  Fresh Gales & Cloudy people all employed as before — 
Wednesday  21st  Do  Do  Moderate Gales & Cloudy Wr Finished Cutting the Road to Anson Bay. 14 Men Cutting the Wood Clear of ye Water Way. 
Thursday  22nd  Variable  good Landing  Moderate Gales & Cloudy Wr People all Employed as before & ye People who were Cutting ye Road to Anson Bay, Employed Repairing the Road to Ball Bay. 2 Men Empd about hoing up Indian Corn &c — 
Friday  23rd  NW  Do  Fresh Gales & Cloudy People all employed as before I went along shore this Morning & found a part of ye Bones belonging to one of ye People who were drowned here in August 1788 — Brot them to Sydney Bay & interred them — 
Saturday  24th  ENE  Do  Moderate Breezes & very hot Sultry Weather ye People Employed Working for themselves 
Sunday  25th  NE  A heavy Surf  Do Wr at 10 A.M. performed Divine Service 
Monday  26th  Varble  Do  Do Wr & very Sultry. 2 Gangs of 6 Men each Clearing away an acre of Ground in Arthurs Vale One Gang building a Shed over one of ye Saw pits, One Gang digging a Sawpit to saw up some fallen pines which cannot be removed. Coble men building a Hut for ye Man who is to take Care of the Boat. Carpenters, Sawyers & Shingle makers about the Barn. 
Tuesday  27th  East  A Great Surf —  This is the first rain which has fallen since ye 23rd of Septr which was much Wanted. The Wheat is all in ear & has a very good appearance. The Grubs have almost totally disappeard But we are now plagued with ye Perroquets which destroy a Quantity of ye Seeds, I much fear that if they find out the Wheat a great quantity will be destroyed by them  Strong Gales & Cloudy with some very heavy rain in the Morning. people all Employed as Yesterday 
Wednesday  28th  Do  A very heavy Surf.  Do Wr People all employed as before. Punished Joseph Long with 100 Lashes for lending out Shoes which he had to mend — 
Thursday  29th  ENE  Do  Do Wr People all employed as before Eight men assisting ye Carpenter in fitting a Sawpit 
Friday  30th  North  Surf decreasing —  Fresh Gales & Squally The people all employed as before. 2 Men Lame. 
Saturday  31st  NNW  Very good Landing  Moderate Breezes & very pleasant Weather People all employed working for themselves. I went out in ye Boat & fished but could not catch one. could not catch one. 

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