1872. The Rev. James Preston diaries - a South Canterbury circuit preacher.

His diaries are like a census of the Geraldine District.

Typescript of extracts from diaries 1871 -1879 by Nancy McLaughlin, 1984. Folder 1093 2/85.
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Jany 1st Monday.... I rode from Peel Forest to Mesopotamia, a distance of about 39 miles. Staid the night with Mr Campbell.
Jany 2nd Tuesday.... I returned to Mount Peel. Staid with Mr Acland all night, 30 miles.
3d Wednesday.... I left Mr Acland’s house. Called at Clough’s house, Mrs Jollie’s, and a house on the road to Mr Tripp’s, Called at Mr Tripp’s house; saw S. Williams about her confirmation. Called also at Captn McPherson’s. Rode about 30 miles.
4th Thursday.... I went to Mr Slack’s.
7 Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine Church 11 a.m........ Present about 50 people. 3, I held service in the Valley Church. I had the same sermon that I preached at Mount Peel on the 30th of Decr. (a sermon connected with New Year) ....... Present about 12 people. At 6—30 p.m. I held service in the Church, Temuka. Present about 30 people.......
8th Monday.... I called upon Rayner, Bryant (Bryant’s child was ill; I baptized it). I called upon Stubbs, Holloway, Olliver, Weavers, Popplewell, Clarkson - from home; Ackroyd — from home. I called upon Hullen, also Wyatt, Murphy, Lee, Greaves, Myers, Guy.
9 Tuesday.... I called upon Ash.
10 Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Rayner the chemist, Dr Rayner, Mr Thompson, Wilcox, Forward, Parsons. I baptized Dysons child Jessie Georgina; also Lucy Frances; Gosling, McKenzie, Young.
12  Friday.... I went to the Waihi Bush to hold service at Scott’s house. There were shout 14 present I called on my way at Capn McPherson’s, Mr A. McDonald’s, Mrs Smith’s, Pearson's.
13 Saturday.... At home.
14th Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine 11a.m. Present about 50 people.......... In the afternoon I held service at Temuka. Present about 35......... I called upon Mr Young, Klee, Whitehead, Dr Fish.
15th Monday.... I called at Mr Tancred’s, Grimmer’s, Shires’.
16th Tuesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Hawke, Budd, Klee, Bishop, Howard, Clarke, Taylor, Whitehead, Thompson, Rutland, Wilcox, Tavender, Gosling.
19th Friday.... I called upon Ash and Mason.
20 Saturday.... I called upon Hunt, Brown, Ware.
21st Sunday....  I held service at Geraldine 11a.m.......Present about 50 people; offertory 15/6. 3.30 I held service in the Valley Church; present about 12 people........ At 6.30 I held service in the Church Temuka. Present about 30 people; offertory  7s 6d........

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22nd.... I called upon Dr Barker, Wadsworth and two others in the neighbourhood of the M— , also upon Mr Tancred.
23d Tuesday.... I went to the Valley. Called upon Andrews, Grace, Hardcastle, Capn Clogstoun, Young, & two Plymouth Brethren, Best & ( blank ).
24th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Gowns, Niel, Stubbs, Thompson, Berril at Mrs Stranks (?).
25th Thursday.... I called upon Guy, Wadsworth (at Georgetown), Massey, Mason, Pennycote, Holloway, Smith, Benbow, Palmer, Peckham, Lewis.
26th.... I called upon Palmer at Geraldine.
27th.... I called upon Mr Tancred.
28th... I held service at the Waihi Crossing. Present about 20 people....... In the afternoon I went to the Point and held
service in the schoolhouse there. Presant about 14 people......In the evening I called upon Acton and Key. I also baptized Key’s baby. Mr Meek went with me. I called also upon Jack Jones, Meek, Scott.
29th Monday.... I called upon Worthington, Watkins, Cook, Jackson, Halstead, Smith, Klee, Girkin, Orton, Botherway, Jones, Carthwright, Tatham, Anderson, Saunders, Parr, Kennaway, Walker, Kohn, Myers.
30th.... I called upon Hornbrook, Popplewell, Weavers, Pratt, Rayner, Dr Rayner, Bryant, Whitehead, Mrs Heap, Rutland, Paterson, Wyatt; I baptized Paterson’s baby.
3lst Wednesday.,.. At home.

1st of Feby, Thursday...  I called upon Pearson who is rapidly sinking. Also I called upon Mr A. McDonald & Capn McPherson.
2nd Friday.... I went over to Mr Ormoby’s — found him at home. Called upon Mason, Tagg, Wells, Wilcox.
3d Saturday.,.. I called upon Palmer who is very ill. Also Gabey, Smith, Pearce & Kirby.
4th Sunday.... I held service in the Church Geraldine at 11 a.m. Present about 50 people; offertory 13/6...... At 3—o—clock. I held service in the Valley; present about 25 people offertory....... 10/—.
6th Tuesday.... I called upon Palmer who is ill; Mason, Pearce, Ash.
7th Wednesday... I called upon Mr W. McDonald, Mr Thompson.
8th Thursday... I called upon Martin, Rayner, Bryant. Went to the Point when I heard of the great fire that had been there, and at Temuka. Called upon Scott who had 25 acres of crop burnt besides farm implements etc; also upon Orton who had 50 acres of oats & wheat burnt; also the Parrs who lost 60 acres in the stack; also upon Weavers who lost their house & pigsty with pig; also Popplewell, Grieves, Lee, Murphy & Myers, who were all sufferers more or less.
11th Sunday.... I held service in the Church Geraldine; present about

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70 people; offertory 21/9. Mrs McDonald gave (or her son gave) towards painting the Church 9/6, over & above the 21/9 ...... I held service in the Church Temuka; present 30 people; offertory 5/-.........
Monday 12th.... I called upon Pierce, Ash.
13th Tuesday..,. I called upon Pearson — he in rapidly sinking.
14th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called  upon Rutland, Wilcox, Olliver, Ackroyd.
15th Thursday .... Dr Fish.
16th Friday.... I called upon Berry.
17th Saturday.... I called upon Mills & Mr Taylor.
18th Sunday.... I held service in the Claret Geraldine. Present about 40 people; offertory abt 10/— I held service at the Valley Church 3—o—clock; present about 10 people .......It came a heavy rain. I could not go to Temuka as I was partly wet through just after leaving the Valley & if I went to Temuka I would have to hold service in my wet clothes.
19th Monday .... I called upon Mr Tancred, Mills, Reed.
20th Tuesday.... I called upon Mr Ormsby, Gapes, Boucher and Slack. Mr Slack gave me one pound  towards the suffers in the fire near Temuka.
22nd Thursday.... I went to see Pearson -he is dying. Called upon McPherson, M. Heetly & H. Heetley.
Friday.... I went again to see Pearson but found that he was dead. I called upon Mrs Smith in the river bed.
24th Saturday.... I went to Timaru.
25th Sunday.... Mr Pasco and I were ordained Priests, also Mr Wilmer was ordained a Deacon. Present the Bishop of Ch : ch, Archdeacon Wilson, Revd Foster.
26th Monday.... I returned home. Called upon Bryant- saw his baby who is very ill. Also I called upon Mr Patterson, Wilcox, Thompson, Whitehead, Forward.
27th Tuesday.... I went over and helped at the burning down of Kalaagher's house. Could not do much as the fire had gained such a hold. He had all his most valuable things outside before I got there.
28th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. called upon Klee, Gosling, Mckenzie, Chapman, Radford, Rogers, Wilcox, Rayner, Stubbs, Whitehead.
29th Thursday.... I called upon Williams, Dr Fish.

1st March, Friday.... I called upon Palmer, Kalaagher, Niel.
2nd Saturday.... I called upon Ormsby, Wells, Tagg, Kelland, Merideth, Wilcox, F. Hill; rode about 20 miles.

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3d Sunday.... Assisted Archdeacon Wilson in three harvest Thanksgiving service, at Geraldine 11 a.m., at the Valley 3, at Temuka 6—30. at Geraldine the Holy Communion was administered; present 18 communicants; about 130 people were present during the service........ In the Valley there were about 60 people present...... In Temuka there were about 150 people present.
4th Monday.... I called upon Holloway, Langridge, Bradford, Walker, Kennaway & Vincent, Hullen, Young, Pearce, Thomas, Sharp, Wells. Rode 30 miles.
5 Tuesday.... I went to Mr Tripp’s. Called upon Pearson, Revd L.L. Brown, McDonald, Slipper, Scott, McKenzie, Mr Tripp, Mr A. McDonald, Cap Ware.
6th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Dunn; Mrs Pardew -saw her niece in regard to confirmation (Clara Wheeler). Called upon Furgison; also Weavers - baptized his baby. Called upon Myers, Wilcox, Rayner. Rode 18 miles.
7 Thursday.... I called upon Thompson. Saw F. Fowler; paid his £3 out of fund for assisting the suffers (sic) in the late fire. I paid also out of the same fund to Weavers, £4, £3 towards timber, one pound towards paying for labour; also I paid for him to ....  one pound —19—6 for a pair of blankets & some household goods. In all I paid to Weavers & for Weavers the sum of 5 pounds -19-6. Called upon Dr Rayner & Pizzey on my way home.
8th Friday.... I called upon Mr Slack. Saw Mary Cusdin about her confirmation. Also Cresser Hardcastle. 
9 Saturday.... I called upon Mr Roberts to see his son Joseph concerning confirmation.
10th Sunday.... The Bishop held a confirmation services is St Mary's Geraldine 11 a.m. Confirmed the following candidates  — Eva Deans, Sarah Carmichael, Mary Wells, Janet Wells,  Mary Cusdin, George Brown, Joseph Pearson, Isaac Pearson, Cresser Hardcastle. Also the Bishop confirmed the following candidates in St Saviour’s Church Temuka — William Henry Wilcox, Charles Gosling, William Thomas Walker, John Hullen, James Benbow, Elizabeth Gosling, Clementine Gosling, Agnes Gosling, Betsy Radford, Ann Holloway, Cicila Rayner, Fanny Rayner, Emma Forward, Clara Wheeler, Annie Chapman, Mary Chapman. At both confirmations the Churches were crowded with people.
11th Monday.... The Bishop went on to Mr Tripp’s.
12th Tuesday.... I called upon Mr Tancred.
13th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called to see Mrs Bryant's baby. Also called upon Budd, Hawke, J. Hawke, Peckham, Bishop, Howard, Young, Dr Fish.
14th Thursday.... I attended the practise in the Church.
Friday 15th.... I want to the Waihi Bush. Called upon Mrs Pearson; also Trengrove, Flapman, Fellows (?), Stonehouse, Mr A. McDonald.
17th Sunday.... The Bishop consecrated Geraldine Church & administered the Holy Communion to 18 communicants.  Offertory 32/10. . At 3 the Bishop held service in St Ann's Church, Pleasant Valley. I

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read the prayers. At 6—30 I held service in St Saviour’s Church Temuka....,....... Present about 100 people; offertory about 13/—. At Geraldine there was a congregation of about 150; at the Valley about 40. The Bishop held an evening service at Mr Tripp’s station, Oran Gorge.
18th Monday.... I went up to Mr Tripp’s.
19 Tuesday.... I called upon D. McDonald, McKenzie, Pethie, J. Pethie, Capn McPherson.
Friday 22rd.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Bryant, J. McBratney, Pelvyn, Klee, Kawke(?).
24th Sunday.... I held service at the Waihi Crossing; present about 15........... In the afternoon I went to the Point; called upon Bryant to see his baby; also upon Glasson, Orton. ..... I baptized a baby of Gerkin’s, and also a child of Mr Acton’s. Staid the night with Howell & Meek. Rode 27 miles.
25 Monday.... I called upon Worthington, Halstead — baptized his baby, also Cartwright, Tatam, Anderson, Orton, Botherway, Pearce on the Waitohi Flat (I baptized his son); also Cook, I baptized his child also. I called on my way home at Sharp’s. I rode in all about 30 miles.
Wednesday 27th.... I called upon Shires, Gabey.
Thursday 28th.... I called upon Howard, also Thompson, J. McBratney, Bryant, Howard’s nephew who was very ill (name Lester), Wilcox, Mrs Rayner, Mr Rutland. Buried Bryant’s child.
Friday 29, Good Friday.... I held service in St Mary’s Church Geraldine at 11 a.m. There were about 14 people present. I held service at St Saviour’s Church Temuka at 6.30...........
Saturday 30th.... Decorated the Church.
Sunday 31st..., Easter Sunday. I held service St Mary’s Geraldine at 11 a.m. Present about 80 people.......... I held service in St Ann’s Church, the Valley, at 3 p.m. Present only about 9 owing to the day being unfavourable. At 6—30 I held service in St Saviour’s Temuka. Present about 40.............

1st (April), Monday.... I called upon Benbow, Bryant, McBratney, Pratt, Thompson, Whitehead, Smith.
2d... I went to Temuka to attend the annual meeting of the Church to elect officers for the ensuing year. Called upon Mr Hay, Mr Ormsby, Bell, Evens, Kohn. Placed 3 cheques in the Post at Waihi Crossing.
4th Thursday... I called upon called upon Mr Tancred.
5th Friday.... I called upon Dr Fish, Grimmer, Shires about Church Officers.
6th Saturday.... I called upon Mrs Irving who is ill; Hunt, also Mrs Reed, Mills, Mr W. McDonald, Wadsworth.
7th Sunday .... I held service in St Mary's Geraldine at 11 a.m.

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Present about 55. The offertory was 15s 3d. At 3 p.m. I held service in the Valley; present about 10. At 6—30 I held service at Temuka, Present about 60 people
8th Monday.... I called upon Mrs Irving, Mr Tancred Williams Mrs McKenzie.
9 Tuesday.... I called upon Heetly to see his child, also Pearson, also Mongy. Heetley, Mrs Irving, Reed.
10th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Klee, Lester, Stubbs, Thompson. (Rain).
11th Thursday.... I went to see Mrs Glasson who is dying of cancer ‘n the breast; also Mr Rayner, Wood of Milford, also White, Mrs McKay, Mr E. Pilbrow, Weddrel, Parke, Cain, Bill, Gosling, Roberts,
13th Saturday.... I went up to Mount Peel. Called at Ashby’s house, Whittaker’s, Irving’s, Mr Jollie’s.
14th Sunday.... I called upon McLeod, Irving, Clough. Held service in Mr Acland’s church; present about 25 people......... Administered the Holy Communion; present 5 people. In the afternoon I held service at Scotsburn in the schoolhouse; present about 35 people. My sermon & text was the same as at Mount Peel.
15 Monday... I called upon Irving, Heney, Ray, Sorby, Griffin, Mr Tripp, Flatman, Merridith (sic), Stonehouse. I baptized Stonehouse's baby, it being ill. I called also upon Trengrove. I called also upon Capn Mcpherson.
16th.... At home.
17.... Rain.
18.... Called upon Mr Tancred, Mr Furgison, Went to the Valley — called upon S. Young, also Hughes at the store, also Mr  Hardcastle, Capn Ware.
19th.... Iwent to the Waihi Rush, Called upon Campbell, Stonehouse, Flatman b Taylor. 20th..,, Called upon Smith — the gardener.
21st Sunday.... I held service in St Mary’s Church Geraldine at 11 a.m. Present about 10 people — rein I held service in St Ann’s, the Valley, in the afternoon at 3—o—clock. I had the came sermon -- present about 16 people. I held service in St Saviour’s Church Temuka at 6—o—clock p.m. Present about 50 people. My sermon & text was the same.
22nd Monday.... I went to call upon the Barkers, also Mr Tancred, Mills, Mrs Ware.
24th Wednesday.... I went to the Waihi Bush. Called upon Capn Ware,Mills, Mrs McMcDonald, Mrs Irving, Person, Heetly, Scott, Handcock, Hales.
25th Thursday....  I went to Temuka: staid the night with Mr Thompson.

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26th Friday.... I called upon Wilcox, Whitehead, Rayner, Mrs Glasson (who is ill with cancer), Mr Tancred, Dr Fish, Shires.
27th Saturday..... I went to Temuka (the river was very high), Sand the funeral service over McIlwrick’s child. Young Mr Roberts helped me over the river.
28th Sunday.... Tremendous rain. Great flood in the river. No service in the Churches.
29th Monday.... I visited Andrews & Hunt & Brown.
30th Tuesday.... Mills, Andrews.

May 1st, Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Saw Mr & Mrs Bradford who lost their son in the river during the flood.
May 2d, Thursday.... Went to Temuka. Held the Funeral service over the poor boy who was drowned. Visited Rayner and one or two more in the town.
3d Friday.... I went up to the Waihi Bush. Baptised Mrs Scott’s baby. Visited Flatsam, Stonehouse, Trengrove, Fellows, Merrideth.
4th Saturday.... At hone.
5th Sunday....  Held service at 11 a.m. St Mary’s Geraldine. Present about 50 people......... I held service at St Ann’s Church, the Valley — present about 15 people........ I held service in St Saviour’s Church Temuka. Present about 40 people........
6th Monday.... Called upon Whitehead, Thompson, Wilcox, Kohn, Bradford, Langridge, Smith, Benbow, Sharp, Smith, Mein; Wilcox near Geraldine.
7 Tuesday.... At home,
8th Wednesday.... Called upon Merideth, the Kakahu, Kelland, Tegg, Wells. Saw R. Hall & Bradley. Called at Bell’s house.
9th Thursday.... Went to Temuka, Ascension Day.  Held a service in the Church. It was the day appointed to return thanks for the recovery of the Prince of Wales. Present about 30 people
12th Sunday.... I held service in St Mary’s Church Geraldine 11 a.m. Present about 50 people (Churched Mrs Tancred). Offertory abt 23/—....... I preached at Temuka on Ascension Day. At 3—o—clock I held a service in St Saviours Temuka; present about 60 people (my sermon) same in reference to George Bradford’s sudden death by drowning. Administered the Holy Communion, 10 communicants.
13th Monday.... Called upon Hunt, Mrs Ware, Brown.
14th Tuesday.... Called upon Mrs Irving, Miles.
15th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Dr Rayner, Hobbs, Thompson, Mr Rayner.
16th Thursday.... I called upon Palmer, K. Quade, Ash.

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h Friday.... I went up to Mr Tripp’s held service at Donald McDonald’s house. Present about 25 propel. Baptized Mr Tripp’s daughter Edith Howard. Called upon Pathie, McDonald Mckenzie, Revd Brown, Bird, Slipper, McIntosh, McLeod. Rode 18 miles.
18th Saturday.... I went to Mrs Jollie’s Called upon Griffin, Sorby; Mr Wright, schoolmaster, Scotsburn; Tilley - Mrs Jollies's gardener.
19th Sunday.... I held service in St Mary’s Church 11 a.m. Present about 40 people....... At 3 I held service in St Ann’s Church, the Valley........ Present about 15 people. At 6—30 p.m. I held service in St Saviour’s Church Temuka; present about 45 people.......
20th Monday.... I called upon Mrs Bryant, McBratney, Pratt, Arenas, Whitehead, Tavender, Parsons, Pardew, Furgison, Roberts, Wilcox, Rayner.
2lst Tuesday.... I went to Mr Wigley’s station and held service at 7—o—clock. Present about 20 people....... Rode about 17 miles. Called upon Mr Ormsby — he was in Chch.
22 Wednesday.... I returned from Mr Wigley’s station. Called on my way home at Liechman’s, Merideth’s. Saw R. Bell and T. Hall on the road.
23d Thursday.... Capn Ware.
24th Friday.... I went to Mount Four Peaks. Saw Capn & Mrs Clogstoun. Called upon Hardcastle and ( blank ) storekeeper.
25th Saturday.... Prepared for my journey to Ch:ch. Got my horse shod etc.
26th Sunday.... I held service at the Wahi Crossing. Trinity Sunday. Present about 20 people. I baptized Kelland’s baby (name George Edward). Returned to Geraldine.
27th Monday... .1 rode up to Ch:ch. Crossed the Rangitata with the coach, also all the other rivers. I got up to the Selwyn Station a few minutes after the coach. Gave my horse a feed and then rode as far as Mr Overton’s with Fred Overton who was with me from the Rakia. I got to Ch:ch on the 28th. Staid and attended the Synod until Thursday the 6th when I went to see Docker. Staid with him all night. Set off hone on the 7th of June. Called to see Capn Willis, my cousin. About 3—0—clock I reached the Rakia. Owing to a fresh in the river I crossed by the bridge. Found it very rickerty. Got to the Ashburton that night.
June 8th, Saturday.... I reached home about 3—o—clock.
June 9th Sunday.... I held service in St Mary’s Church Geraldine .......present about 40 people. At 3 o-clock I held service in St Saviour's Temuka; present about 60 people. I baptized Mrs McKay's son. Administered the Holy Communion to 13 communicants, Temuka.
10th June Monday....  I called upon Mrs McBratney, Mrs Pratt, Rayner, Thompson, Whitehead. Called also to see old Mr Hayhurst who is seemingly dying. Also Cliff, Budd, Roberts, Hawke, Dr Fish.

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11th June Tuesday.... I called upon Mrs Tancred, Mr A. McDonald, Capn McPherson, the Smiths who lost their mother, Mrs Furgison.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.... I was ill with sore throat.
Saturday the 15th June.... I called upon Mrs Ware.
16th Sunday.... I held service In St Mary’s Church Geraldine 11 a.m. Present about 20. Snow on the ground........ At 3 I held service in the Valley Church. Present about 10 people (small congregation owing to the snow.) At 6—30 I held service in St Saviour’s Church Temuka. Present about 30 people (very cold night)
17th Monday.... I called upon Thompson, Wilcox, Myers, Leech, Demeth, Pratt, Rayner, Hayhurst.
18th Tuesday.... I called upon Deanes in the Bush, also Read, Grimmer, Andrews.
19th Wednesday.... I went to call upon Gosling, Pardew, Sullivan, Mrs Tancred Capn Ware. I rode in all about 24 miles.
Thursday 20th.... I went to Mount Four Peaks. Called at Hardcastle’s and Capn Clogstoun. Rode about 20 miles.
21st Friday.... I called upon Barker, Dunn, Gladsone. Rode about 20 miles.
22 Saturday.... I called upon Mr Roberts, Revd Barclay. Rode about 12 miles.
23d Sunday.... I held service at the Waihi Crossing school house. Present about 20 people...... On my way to the Point I called upon Scott, Orton, Glasson. At 3—30 I held service at the Point school house. Present about 30 people........
24th Monday.... I called upon Meek & Howell, Acton, Rayner - baptized 2 of his children, Worthington, Gammie, Young, Grigg, Jackson, Smith, Girkin, Klee, Watkins, Strachan, Tait, Tatham, Cartwright, Halstead, Called upon 17 people. Rode 12 miles.
25th Tuesday.... I baptized 2 of W. Rayner’s children at the Point. Called upon Orton, Parr, Glasson’s wife who is vary ill, also Wilcox, F. Thompson, Whitehead. Called upon 7 people & rode 30 miles.
26 Wednesday.... Went to Temuka to attend the Church service; could not do so owing to being very ill.
27 Thursday ....... Returned from Tanaka. Called upon Mr Whitehead, Johnstone, Kennedy who lost his wife on Tuesday night, inflammation of the lungs.
28th Friday.... Mrs Kennedy was buried. I was at the Church at 2—o—clock. Present about 50 people.
29th Saturday.... I went in company with Mr Ormsby to Mount Peel. Called at  Rangitata store, also Goodwin’s. Staid the night at Mount Peel.

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30th Sunday.... I held service in the Church at Mount Peel at 11 a.m. Present about 40 people. Offertory £3—0-11 (Assisted Parishes Fund). 4 communicants with myself ......... I called Clough, McLeod, Irvine, Mrs Jollie. I held service at Scotsburn school house at 3 p.m. Present about 20 people.

1st July Monday.... I called upon Griffin, Mr Tripp, Capn McPherson, Johnstone.
2nd Tuesday.... I called upon Mr Tancred, Capn Ware.
3d.... I baptized Mr John Dean’s child. Called upon Mrs Reed, Mrs Mitchell, Williams, Dean, .Joseph.
4th Thursday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Wilcox, Rayner, Burrows, Bryant, Olliver, Ackroyd, Popplewell.
5th Friday.... At Home.
7th Sunday.... I held service et St Mary’s Church Geraldine. Present about 50 people........ I administrated the Holy Communion to 8 communicants. At 3—15 I held service in St Saviour's Church, Temuka. Present about 30 people....... Called upon Forward & Thompson.
8th Monday.... I called at  Mr Myers, Murphy, Wyatt, Hullen, Lee, Grieves, Rogers.
9th Tuesday.... I called upon Mrs Ray, Heetley, Pearson, Taylor.
10th Wednesday.... I married George Wood to Martha Jane Trengrove. Married by Banns.
11 Thursday..... I called upon Mr McKenzie, Furgison, Mills.
12th Friday.... I went to call upon Mr Gammock. Called upon Meddlicote, Pilbrow, Parke, Pardew — baptized his child. Called upon Mr Bill also; found that he had received an accident. I saw Mrs Sullivan also. Rode 30 miles.
13th Saturday.... I called upon Capn Ware.
14th Sunday.... I held service In St Mary's Church Geraldine 11 a.m. Present about 40 people; offertory 7s7d ........ At St St Saviour’s Church I held service at 3—15. Present about 35....... Administered the Holy Communion to 9 communicants with myself. Mr Forward was present.
15th Monday.... I called upon Mrs Myers; went to see Mrs Rayner who was there.  Also called upon Dr Rayner (got matters righted between than). Called upon Mr McIntosh of the Waihi School.
16th Tuesday.... At home. Called upon Dr Fish.
17th Wednesday.... Rain.
Thursday.... I want and called upon Mrs Slack also Young of the Valley.
89 Friday.... I called upon Grimmer & Fish.
20th Saturday..  A very wet day. (Not well).

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21st Sunday.... Rain.
Sad Monday.... I called upon Grimmer, Ray, Taylor, Trengrove, Flatman, Merideth.
23d Tuesday.... Rain. Called upon Mr W. McDonald, Wadsworth.
24th Wednesday.... The School Tea, Geraldine.
25th Thursday.... Heavy rain.
26th Friday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Thompson, Forward & Rayner, Dr Rayner.
27th Saturday.... I called upon Mr Ormsby.
28th Sunday.... I held service at the Waihi Crossing. Present about 30 people I held service at the Point at 3—30. Called upon Orton, Howell & Meek. Present about 40 people
29th Monday.... I called upon Drew — held prayers in his house, Gerkin, Cartwright, Anderson, Botherway, Saunders, Jones, Parkinson, Glasson. 
30th Tuesday ....I called upon Thompson, Glasson. Administered the Holy Communion to Mrs Gleeson. Also called upon Wood, Milford, Brakewell — baptized Brakewell's baby. Also I called upon Mr McKay, Mr E. Pilbrow, Nott, Gosling.

1st of August 1872, Thursday.... I called upon Merideth, Stonehouse, Flatman.
2 Friday.... Called upon Dr Fish, Grimmer, Mills, Reed. Marked out the walk up to the Church.
4th Sunday.... I held service in the Church Geraldine 11 a.m.. Present about 40 people. I administered the Holy Communion also to 5 communicats. At 3—15  I held service in St Saviour's Church Temuka. Present about 30 people........ 
5th Monday.... I called upon J. Deanes, Mille. Made the walk up the Church.
6th August Tuesday At home, my horse having a sore back, & my saddle being et the saddlers.
7th Wednesday.... I called upon Rae. Baptized his child Samuel. Also called upon Mr Pearson, E. Smith.
9th Friday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Mrs Pratt, Thompson, Smith, Wilcox. 
10th Saturday.... I called upon Mr Slack, Capn Ware.
11th Sunday.... I held service in Geraldine Church at 11.a.m.  Present about 15 people. Stormy day....... In the afternoon held service in Temuka. Present about 16 people....... Administered the Holy Communion to 4 communicants. Called upon Rayner, Budd, Whitehead.
12th  Monday.... I called upon Grimmer, Read, Mills, Deane, Mr Tancred & Mr Tripp who was staying at Mr Tancred's, Masling.

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15th.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Young, Klee, McIntosh, Whitehead, C. Rayner, Dr Rayner, Benbow, Smith, Radford, Rutland, Thompson.
16th Aug Friday.,.. I called to see Mrs Glasson, Administered the Sacrament to her. Called upon Pratt, Georgetown — baptized his baby. Called upon Lee, Mr Irving, Massey, Tavender, Bryant —Mrs Bryant’s child is not well, Hawke - near Temuka.
18th Sunday.... I held service in the Church at Geraldine  11 a.m. Present about 40 people, Mr Tripp. I held service in the Valley Church at 3 p.m. Present about 16 people........ I held service in the Church at Temuka 6.30 p.m. Present about 50 people. . . . . . . . . . . .
19th Monday.... I visited Mrs Masling, Grimmer, Mills, McKenzie, Dr Fish, Shires, Capn Ware.
20th Tuesday..., I went to Temuka. Attended Pres, service. Read a portion of Dr Goldbourn (Thoughts on Personal Religion).
21st Wednesday.,.. I went from Mr Thompson’s house to the Flat. Called at Holloway’s, Wright, Talbot, Walker, Vincent Bradford, Langridge, Myers. Attended a Church Meeting in Mr Wilcox’s back room,
23d Friday.... I called at Grimmer’s, Mrs McKenzie’s, Captn Ware’s.
24th.... I was not well.
25th Sunday.... I held service at the Waihi Crossing. Present about 20 people......... At 3—30 I held service at the Point. Present about 35 people. 4dministered the Holy Sacrament to 5 communicants. Returned to Temuka in the evening. Staid the night with Mrs Myers.
26th Monday.... I went to Wells’ house to marry Janet Wells to Robert (blank). Called also upon Tagg, Evens.
27th Tuesday..... I called upon (blank) . Went to see the Church.
28th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Thompson, Rayner, C. Rayner, Pelvyn, Bryant, Wyatt, Lee, Myers, Guy, Batterby.
29th Thursday.... At home. (Got a very severe cold).
30th Friday.... I called upon Mr McKenzie, Furgison, Williams,
Mitchell, Mrs Irving - gave her the 10/- given by Mr Acton for charitable purposes. Called upon Captn Ware.
31st Saturday.... I went to Parke’s. Received £10 from him being part of the £15 I lent him. Called upon the Barkers, Gladstone, Meddlicote, Clarke - Waihi.

1st of Sepr 1872, Sunday.... I held service in St Mary’s Church Geraldine. Present about 20. Holy Communion administered, 6 communicants............. I held service at Temuka. Present about 50 people.............
2nd Sep Monday.... I called upon Gabey, smith. Went to the Church to mark the places for trees.
Wednesday.,. I went to Temuka. called on my way upon Hawke.


Pencil sketch on card by Rev. James Preston. Canterbury Museum. Limestone Rocks, Kakahu River near Lime Kiln.

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Klee, Stubbs, Wilcox, Lewis — agreed to go & baptize Lewis’ child, Pratt, Leach, Thompson.
5th Monday.... I called upon Mr Glasson, the Parra at the Mill. Administered the Sacrament to the family. Called upon Mrs C. Rayner. Baptized Mrs Stubbs & 4 children in the Church Temuka. Called Pelvyn.
6th Friday.... At home.
7 Saturday.... I called upon Mr Slack - baptized his child who was ill. I also called upon Mr Tancred.
8th Sunday.... I held service at Temuka......... I also read the funeral service over John Nelson of Milford. Also administered the Sacrament to 13 communicants. Owing to the Funeral at Temuka, I did not hold service at Geraldine. Mr Tancred took the service.
9th Monday.... Called upon Mr Tancred.
10th Tuesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Roberts, Young, Bryant, Rayner, Thompson, Wilcox. Was present at a Church meeting 7.30 p.m. Returned home by 12 p.m.
11 Wednesday.... Called upon Capn Ware.
12th Thursday.... I went by the Kakahu to call upon Sharp & administer the Holy Communion to Hullen on the Waihi Flat. I called at Sharp’s home — baptized his baby who is very ill; also found his wife very ill. I called upon Wilcox, Chapman, Pierce, Hullen, Young, Myers.
13th Friday.... I called upon Smith, Benbow. I lent Benbow the Pathway of Safety (Mrs Myers’). Called on Eagle, Kelland, Holmes, Smith (James, Waihi Crossing). Attended the Waihi Crossing entertainment for the school.
14th Sep Saturday.... Received for charitable purposes 2/6 from the Parrs, 10/- from Hullen (in all 12/6 for charity.)
15th Sunday.... I held service in Geraldine Church at 11 a.m. Present about 30 people .. I held service in the Valley at 3 p.m. And at the Valley Church there were about 15 people present. At 6—30 I held service in Temuka. Present about 50 people . . . . . . . . . . .
16th Monday.... Called upon Dr Fish, Capn Ware.
17th Tuesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Thompson, Wilcox,Whitehead, Klee. Attended a Church meeting to consider the tenders for the Church painting etc,
18th Sep Wednesday.... Called upon Mrs Glasson; administered the Sacrament to her. I so called upon Hawke near Geraldine; Mr Rayner, Temuka.
19th Thursday.... Mr Tancred.
20th Friday.... I called upon Capn McPherson, Mr Heetley, Mr Mckenzie.


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22nd Sunday.... I held service in Temuka 11 a.m. Present about 30 people I held service at the Point at 3—30. Present abt 40 people. Called at Orton’s. Staid the night with Mr Howell & Meek.
23d Monday.... I went up the river to Mr Wigley’s station. Called on my way at Warn’s, Frazer’s, Aitken, the station......(?). Also I went to Raincliff. Called upon Gould, Burgess, Brittin. I held service in the evening at Raincliff present only the station hands. Staid the night with Mr Bellington.
24th Tuesday.... I returned home. Called upon French, Key, Acton, Shepherd, Young, Vincent, Walker, Sharp, Smith near Sharp’s. Rode in all about 40 miles.
26th Thursday.... I called upon Dr Fish.
27th Friday.... I called upon Capn Ware, Andrews, Brown,
28th Saturday.... I went with Mrs Preston up to Peel Forest. Staid the night with Mrs Jollie. I called upon S. Rae, Irving, Heney, Griffins, Tilley.
29 Sep Sunday.... I held service in the School house Scotsburn; present about 25 people. I administered the Holy Communion to 6 communicants.... In. the afternoon I held service in D. McDonald's house on the Waihi Flat. On my way I baptized Henry Sowerby. Mr Tripp was present, also Mrs Preston at McDonald’s house ; present Mr Tripp, Miss Andrews, Mrs Preston and about 20 others. I staid all night at Mr Tripp’s, Mrs Preston & I called upon Mrs Brown.
30 Sep Monday.... I called upon A. McDonald, D. McDonald, Slipper, Pethie, McLeod.

Octr 1st 1872, Tuesday.... I called upon Mrs Irvin, also Capn Ware & Mr Tancred,
Oct 3rd Thursday.... I went to Milford & Temuka. Called upon the Goslings, Mrs Read's little girl being very ill; also Meddlicott—I baptized his baby; also Craig — the master of the school; also Ensor, Pilbrow, Colville, Kohn, Mrs Nelson - got the names of her children in order to obtain Government relief for her; Brakewell, Wood, C. Rayner, Mr Hayhurst, Chapman, Irwood.
Oct 4th Friday....I went to Mr Ormsby’s. Also I called upon Boucher, Gapes.
Oct 6th Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine 11 a.m........ In the afternoon I held service at Temuka. Rain & storm. Present about 20 people.. I went after Church to see the Goslings — 2 children very ill.
Oct 7th Monday.... I called upon Dr Fish.
Oct 8tk Tuesday.... I called upon Mrs Irvin.
Oct 9th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Thompson, Rayner, Stubbs, Irwood, Wilcox, Rutland, Radford, Whitehead, Guy, Pratt, Mason. presented a copy of Tennyson's Poems to Mrs Rutland on behalf of the members of St Saviour's Church as a mark of respect

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for her services.
Oct 10th Thursday.... I went to Woodside to see Mrs Slack & Mrs Jollie.
Oct 11th Friday.... I went to Four Peaks Station. Called upon Capn Clogstoun and saw also the station hands. Called upon Young & his brother—in—law in the Valley.
13th Sunday.... I held service in Geraldine Church 11 a.m. Present about 45 people Mrs Jollie, Mrs Slack etc present. I christened the child of Mrs Slack having baptized it some time before. In the afternoon I held service in St Saviour’s Church, Temuka. Present about 50 people. Baptized Mr Pilbrow’s baby; also administered the Sacrament to 12 communicants. Called upon Mr Stubbs, Dr Rayner. On my way home I baptized Budd’ baby.
14th Monday.... I was not very well.
15 Tuesday.... Not well.
16th Wednesday.... I went to see Mr Ormsby. Called also upon Wilcox, Chapman, Peckham. Also upon Mr A. McDonald, Smith, M. Heetley, H. Heetley, Pearson, Captn Ware.
17th Thursday.... I went to the Waihi Bush. Called upon Flapman, Stonehouse, Trengrove, Follows, Wood, Handcock, Scott, S. Taylor and Wain’s (‘?) brother—in—law Waine(?). Came on one of the most fierce rainstorms that I have ever experienced. Had to ride home through it all.
19th Saturday.... I called upon Campbell & Rae. Went around by the Valley.
Sunday 20th.... I held service at St Mary’s Church Geraldine at 11a.m, Present about 40......... I held service in the Valley also -
present about 12 people.. . I administered the Holy Communion to 7 communicants. I went to Temuka to hold service but at the Waihi I was informed that the Church was not in a fit state for service owing to the painting etc, so I returned home. Called upon Lewis & Hawke.
22nd Tuesday.... I called upon Sharp, — Kakahu, Wells, Tagg, R. Bell, Kelland, Ormsby.
23d Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Thompson, Pratt, Popplewell, Ackroyd — baptized Ackroyd’s baby (Jane); Hullen, Wyatt, Lee, Grieves, Olliver.
24th Thursday.... I went over & called upon Mrs Glasson. She was unable to see me owing to great pain. I called also on my way home upon McKenzie, vet, and the Goslings; also Pelvyn in Temuka.
25th Friday.... I went & called upon Mrs Bell of Timaru who is dying of some internal complaint, but who is at present living in the house of Huffy. I rode about 5 miles.
27th Sunday.... I held service at Waihi Crossing. Present 40 people ...... On my way back I baptized W. Hawke's child. At 3 o-clock p.m. I held service at Pleasant Point. Present about 45 people...... Called upon Mrs Glasson on my way. Staid all night at Meek & Howell's.
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McIlwrick, Jackson, Smith, Scott, Orton. Found one of Orton’s children very ill with a sore throat. Also I called upon Halstead, Klee, Saunders, W. Rayner, & Dr Rayner. Staid all night with Mr Thompson.
29th Tuesday.... I called upon Vincent, Walker, Langridge, Tavender, Furgison, H. Brown, Bill, Dr Fish. During the 3 days I rode about 66 miles.
30th Wednesday.... At home.

Nov 1st, Friday.... I went over the downs & called upon Weavers, Young, the Valley; Deane & Capn Ware.
3d Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine. Present about 40 people. Administered Holy Communion, about 8. Valley service 3; present 15.........Temuka 6—30; present 40..........Called upon Whitehead.
4th Monday.... I went to see Mrs Bell who is very ill and not expected to recover. She is living at Huffy’s.
5th Tuesday.... I called upon Mr Hardcastle, Capn Clogstown.
6th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Mrs Whitehead, Mrs C. Rayner, Mrs Myers, Mr Lee; also Budd.
8th Friday.... I went to the Waihi Bush to hold service. Called upon Mr McKenzie, Capn McPherson, Mr A. McDonald. Held service in Flatman’s store. Present about 14 people..........
9th Saturday.... Not well. Very bad headache.
10th Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine 11 a.m. Present about 40 people........... In the afternoon I held service at Temuka, 3—15. Present about 45 people............ I called on my way home on Klee; also on an old man who got injured & is living at Hawke’s.
11 Monday.... I called upon Mrs Ware.
12.... I called upon Mr A. McDonald.
13 Wednesday.... Not well.
14th Thursday.... I called upon Mitchell who got his head severely cut in some way unknown to himself; Johnstone.
15th Friday.... I went to the Orari. Called upon Wadsworth, Barker, Gladstone (Bell, Mrs), Peckham. Rode 14 miles.
16th Saturday.... I went to the Kakahu. Called upon Ormsby, Wells, Tagg. Saw Mr Ormsby in regard to Mrs Nelson’s matter. Wrote a letter to the Government; Mr Ormsby signed it.
17th Sunday.... I held service in Geraldine Church 11 a.m. Present about 35 people...... I held service in the Valley 3 p.m. Present 15 abt .......It came on rain and not being well I did not go to Temuka.
18th Monday.... I went to Milford to see Mrs Nelson who is destitute of the common necessaries of life. Called upon Gosling, Craig, Parke, Gammock, Colville, Ensore, Wood, Mrs Nelson, Hayhurst, Rayner.


Rock & houses, Kakahu Bush. Pencil sketch on card by Rev. James Preston. Canterbury Museum.

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19th Tuesday.... I called upon Mrs Glasson who is dying. Also Myers, Thompson, Wilcox, Young - Waihi, Binley, Ritland, Stubbs.
21 Thursday.... I called upon Mitchell.
22 Friday.... Dr Fish, Berry. Mowed the Churchyard, Capn Ware assisting me.
24th Sunday.... I held service at the Waihi Crossing. Present about 20 people. At 3-30 I held service at the Point; present about 30 people............ Gave notice about the Sacrament, In the evening at 7.-30 I held service at Mr Wigley’s. Present about 12 people. Rode in all about 30 miles.
25th.... I went to Raincliff station. Called also upon Burgess, McNairn(?), Gould, Brittin. Held service in the evening at Raincliff. Present about 25........... I rode about 16 miles.
26th.... I returned by Mr Wigley’s. Called upon Waine, French, Key, Acton. Rode about 16 miles.
27th Wednesday.... I called upon Klee, A.....(?), Saunders, Cartwright, Jones, Botherway, Orton, Parr, Walker, Sharp. Rode about 25 miles.
29th Friday.... Called upon Mitchell, Dr Fish, Trengrove.

1872, Decr 1st, Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine. Present about 50 people........... Administered the Holy Communion to 14 communicants. At 3 p.m. I held service in the Valley Church......At 6—30 p.m. I held service in the Church Temuka. Present about 40 people. . . . . . . . . . . .
2d Dec Monday.... 1 called upon Mrs Glasson, Mrs Bryant, Thompson, Forward, Klee, Pelvyn.
3d Tuesday....I called upon Mitchell, McKenzie, Read, Dr Fish.
4th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Kelland, Eagle, Moore — baptized Moore’s baby; called upon Smith, Benbow, Langridge, Holloway. Staid the night with Mr Thompson.
5th Thursday.... I crossed the river & called upon Talbot, Wright, Hullen, Thomas, Pierce. Rode in all 30 miles.
7th Saturday.... I went to Temuka. Celebrated the marriage between C. Gosling & Miss Forward. Called upon Mrs C. Rayner. Rode 24 miles.
8th Sunday .... I held service at Geraldine 11 a.m. Present about 30 people....... At 3-15 I held service at Temuka. present about 60 people....... Administered the Holy Communion to 13 communicants.
11 Wednesday... I went to Temuka. called upon 3 or 4 people.
13th ....I went up to the Waihi Bush to hold service. Owing to the rain I did not hold any service. called upon Mr Tripp, the 2 McDonalds, McKenzie, Flatman.
14th Saturday.... Rain.

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15th Sunday At 11 a.m. I held service in the Church Geraldine. Present 45 people........ At 3 o-clock I held service at the Valley. Present about 20 people. Administered the Holy Communion to 8 communicants....... At 6-30 held service at Temuka. present about 50 people.......
16th Monday.... I left Mr Thompson's house & called upon Mrs Glasson, Wilcox, Wood; Milford -Mary Nelson, Brakewell, Kohn, Ensore, Colville, Mrs McKay, E. Pilbrow, J. Pilbrow, Craig, H. Brown, Bill, Mr Gosling senior, C. Gosling junr.
17th.... At home.
18th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Patterson, Tavender, McKenzie, Rayner, Guy, Budd.
20 Friday.... I held service in Geraldine Church, a special service held throughout the world at the request of the Socty. for the Propagation of the Gospel and the Church Missionary Society, to ask the aid of God to meet the increased demand everywhere for abroad. Present about 14.
21 Saturday.... I went to the Kakahu. Called upon Bradley, Boucher, Tagg, Kelland, Bell, Hall, Wells, Willcock.
22 Sunday.... I held service at the Waihi. Crossing. Present about 20 people..........,. offertory at Waihi Crossing 8s 8d, in my possession. I called upon Thomas, Hawke, Langridge, W. Walker. I held service at Pleasant Point........ Staid the night with
Howell & Meek. Administered the Holy Com. 6 com.
23d.... Returned from the Point. Called upon R. Sharp. Expected that the Funeral of the late Mrs Jollie would take place —hurried home accordingly.
25th Xmas Day.... Held servíce in Geraldine Church. Present about 55 people; offertory 21s 6d..............
26th Thursday.... I called upon Brown who had a severe sore throat; also Capn Ware, Dr Fish.
27th Friday.... I went over to Mr Barker’s. Called at Tancred's.
28th Saturday.... I went up to Mount Peel. Called upon Heney, Rae, Irving, Break, W. Cooper, Sorby, Wooding, Clough. Staid the night at Mount Peel.
29th Sunday.... I called upon McLeod. I held service in the Church Mount Peel. Present about 16 people. Offertory above £3, for the Assisted Parishes Fund.......... At 3—30 I held service in the School house Scotsburn. Present about 40 people........ At 6—30 I held service at McDonald’s house near Mr Tripp’s. Present about 35 people......... I staid the night with Mr Tripp.
30th Monday.... I called upon McDonald, Revd Brown, Bird, Scott, Slipper, Yanky, Sam, Handcock, S. Taylor, R. Tay1or, F  Flatman , Trengrove, Wood, Faris, Stonehouse, Heetley, Pearson, Weavers, Smith, Grimmer.
31st Tuesday... .I called upon Mr J. McDonald & Capn McPherson.

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