1874. 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. Canterbury Museum Folder 1093 2/85.
1871  1872  1873 1875 1876

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1st January 1874 — 28th December


1st Janry 1874, Thursday.... At home.
3d, Saturday.... I went to Mr Tripp’s. Called upon Peake, Kirby. Mr Tripp’s family very ill. Spoke to Slipper & Flatman about the Sunday School treat.
4th, Saturday.... I held service in the Church Geraldine present about 60 people. 17 attended the Holy Communion. At 3—30 I held service et the Waihi Crossing; present about 30 people. At 6—30 pm. I held service at Temuka present about 70 people.
5th, Monday.... I called upon Rayner, Lee, Franks, Dr Rayner who was very ill; also Holloway, Benbow, Wills, Palmer, Chapman.
6th, Tuesday.... At home.
7 Wednesday.... I rode to the Temuka & Waitui Flat. Called upon Rayner, Vincent, Walker, Parr. Went nearly to the Point. Returned home the same night.
8th, Thursday.... I went to Mr A. McDonald’s, Gould’s & Pearson’s.
11th, Sunday.... I held service in Geraldine Church; present about 50 people. Such a severe thunderstorm I did not go either to Temuka or Kelland’s. Called upon Mr Tancred to arrange the School Feast etc.
13 Tuesday.... I went up to Peel Forest.
14th Wednesday.... I went to Waihi Bush and called upon Flatman, Slipper, Farie, Hardcastle, Capn Clogstoun. Staid the night at Captain Clogstoun’s.
15th Thursday.... I went to Mr Slack’s. Called upon Gapes, Boucher, Speechley.
16th Friday... .I rode up to Mr Tripp’s to arrange for the Waihi Bush children getting down to Geraldine for the School Feast on Tuesday. Mr Tripp agreed to bring them all down in his cart.
17th Saturday.... I went to call upon Mr W. McDonald and Mr Barker, Wadsworth.
18th Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine 11a.m. Present about 65 people At 3 pm I held service in the Valley Church; present about 8 people. Administered the Holy Communion to 4 people. I called to see a man who was much injured (at Hunt’s house), he being bruised by a dray full of bricks nearly running over him. In the evening 6—30 1 held a service in the Church Temuka about 70 people
 19th Monday I called upon a few people in Temuka, Smith Gabey, Palmer, McIntosh, the man at Hunt’s who got injured with the brick dray.

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20th.... All day at School Feast in Mr Tancred’s paddock. About 150 children present end all the ladies & gentlemen of the district. Lady Tancred gave the prizes to the Sunday School children of Waihi Bush Sunday school.
21st.... I attended the Breaking up of Government School at Waihi Crossing and distributed the prizes to the children.
22nd Thursday.... I went to the Burkes Pass country. Called in at Brittin’s. Staid the night at Alberry station; Mr McFurian was at home. I held service at night
On the 23rd, Friday I went to Mr Spencer’s station. Held service there in the evening; present about 10 people. 
On Saturday 24th I went up the McKenzie Pass to Burkes Pass. Called in at Rollseby station (Mr Smith); also in at the township Burkes Pass, upon Freme, Stansell, Winter, Burgess. Then I rode down the Pass to Mr Kimbell’s. Staid with him for the night.
25 Sunday.... I rode up to the Church Burkes Pass & add service at 2—30 p.m. About 25 people present. Administered the Holy Communion to 4 people. After the service I rode over the Pass a distance of 15 miles, to the Tekapo Ferry. Called at Coxes station — no one at house. Went to the Ferry; crossed over. Found Grant the shepherd at the Inn. After speaking to him & the Innkeeper, I determined to hold a service in the Inn as the ferry man told me that all the men about would come in to hear what I had to say. I read them a chapter in the Bible, then the Litany, then another chapter, then a short sermon, which I found as much as they could well digest. Some of them had had a glass or two but were very orderly & quiet. After the service I crossed the river again to the station & staid all night.
26th Monday.... I baptized Grant’s baby, then rode across the Ferry to a station called Castle Hall belonging to Mr Cox. Found Mr Gammock at home. Had some dinner with him, & then I went about 25 miles further to Simons Pass. Found Mr Brown at home. Called on my way at Mr Saunder’s station, the Wolds. Being very hot & tired, I got a wash & had some milk & biscuits. I got to Mr Brown’s about ? 0—clock p.m. I held service at the station in the evening. As they were shearing I had a pretty good congregation.
27 Tuesday.... Mr Brown kindly went with me over the Tekapo river to show me the ford. I called in at Tyndal’s. Had some tee, then rode to Burkes Pass township. Called in at Stansell’s, then rode on to Mr Kimbell’s.
28th Wednesday.... I returned home calling in at Hamilton’s, Mr Wigley’s station, R. Bell, the Kakahu. I reached Geraldine in the evening having been away 7 days & ridden about 180 miles.
Thursday.... At home.
30th Friday.... I called upon Mrs Pierce, Ford, Williams who got such a severe injury by being crushed with s brick dray that

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his life was despaired of. Found him getting better. I called also upon Mrs Mason who had just been confined.

Sunday the 1st of Febry.... I went to the Church Geraldine. No one was there it being rain. In the afternoon 3—30, I held service at the Waihi Crossing; present about 30 people. At 6—30 p.m. I held service in Temuka; present about 104 people.
2nd Monday.... I was at home.
3d Tuesday.... I went to Temuka. Called on my way at Gabey’s, Barker’s, Gladstone’s, C. Gosling, W. Gosling senior, Bill, Brown, Craig, Ensor, Pilbrow, Rutland.
4th Wednesday.... I returned home. Called upon Mr — (?), Miss Lowthorpe, Grip (?), Allen, Fovel, Rayner, Mrs Rayner school house, Miss Ferne (?).
5th Thursday.... At hose. Called upon Dr Fish.
6th Friday.... I called upon McKenzie, Mitchell, Williams, Furgiaon, Deane, Whittaker.
8th Sunday.... I held service in St Mary’s Geraldine; present about 40 people. At half past three I baptized Kelland’s baby, also as child of Kelland's nearly 2 years old. At 3-30 I baptized Mr Wills’ baby. At 5 p.m. I read the funeral service over McIntyre, a young son who was unfortunately drowned while bathing. At 6—30 p.m. I held service in St Saviour’s Church Temuka; present about 120 people.
9th Monday.... At home.
10th Tuesday.... I called upon Dr Fish.
11th Wednesday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Rayner, Dr Rayner, Lee, Meyers, Mrs McAllum, Bryant, Tavander.
12th Thursday.... At home. Called upon ( blank).
14th Saturday.... I went to the Kakahu. Called upon Bell, Smith, Wells, Tagg, Evens, Kelland, Speechley, Mr Walker, Sharp.
15th Sunday.... I held service in St Marys Church Geraldine; present about 40 people. At 3—30 I held service in the Valley Church; present about 10 people. At 6—30 I held service in St Saviours Temuka; present about 120 people. In the evening after church I rode with Talbot over to his home to baptize his baby who was very ill. Baptized it.
16th Monday... I rode up the flat to call upon McIntyre who lost his brother in the Opihi river. Called upon Langridge, also Meyer, Hullen, Olliver, Ackroyd, Popplwell, Rayner the schoolmaster, Rodgers, Thompson. Baptized Thompson’s baby who was very ill, dysentery.
18th Wednesday .... I went to Temuka by the Kakahu. Called upon Well., Tomey, Benbow, Rayner the schoolmaster Temuka, Stubbs, Mason, Fergison, C. Gosling. Baptised the twins, C.W. Gosling

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and Idah Gosling.
21st Saturday.... I went to Temuka. Read the funeral service over Mr Thompson’s child.
22nd Sunday.... Very wet day. Held no service.
23d Monday.... I went to the Point. Married W.H.C. Moore and E. Sanckson at Tatam’s. Called upon Halstead, Opie — baptized Halstead’s baby. Called upon Norton, Orbell, Stubbs.
24th Tuesday.... I called upon Mrs Burgess’s daughter about her confirmation; Rayner, Pilbrow, Mrs Thompson, Thompson himself, Wood, Milford, Brakewell, Kohn, Pardow, Parke, Craig.
25th Wednesday.... At home.
26th Thursday.... I called upon Mr Slack.

March 1st, Sunday.... I held a service, Holy Communion & a baptism, in St Mary’s Geraldine. Present about 70 people At 3—30 I held service at the Waihi Crossing; present about 30 people. At 6—30 I held service in St Saviours Temuka; present about 110 people
2nd March.... I called upon Vincent, Seals, Walker, Rayner, Stubbs.
3d March Tuesday.... Mr Slack came. A funeral (Sherratt).
4th Wednesday.... I called upon Mrs A. McDonald, Captn McPherson, Mills. Mr Wills from the Ashburton held service in the evening at 6—30. Present about 15 people.
5th Thursday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Inwood, McIntosh, Clarks, Lester, Smith, Klee. Baptized Arenas’s baby & Mr A. Dyson’s in Temuka. Returned home same night.
6th Friday.... At home.
7th Saturday.... Rain.
8th Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine; present about 45 people. At 6—30 I held service at Temuka; present about 120 people
9 Monday.... At home.
10 Tuesday.... Not well.
12th Thursday.... I went to Temuka. Baptized Dyson’s child. Called upon A. Dyson, Smith, Waine, Rogers, Budd. Attended a Church meeting in the evening.
13th Friday... At home. Not well.
14th Saturday.... Rain. Waihi Crossing. - (?)
15th Sunday.... I held service in the Church Geraldine present about 30. I held services in the Valley at 3 o—clock. Present only about 10 people.

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16th Monday.... called upon Tavender, Dyson, Rutland, Pilbrow, Kohn. Baptized Kohn’s baby. Called upon Brakewell, Hayhurst, McKenzie, Chapman, Clara Wheeler who had an illegitimate child and lived with Mrs Austin. After talking to her I baptized her baby. Baptized also two of Mrs Austin’s children, one 3 years old. Baptized also Kohn’s child, called on my way home at ( blank ).
17th Tuesday.... I called to see Mrs Furgison at Mr Tancred’s.
18th Wednesday.... Mr Wood came.
19th Thursday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Inwood, Rayner, Pelvyn, Talbot, Moore — administered the Holy Communion to him.
20th Friday.... At home.
21st Saturday.... I went to the Waihi Crossing.
22nd Sunday.... I held service at 11 a.m, at Temuka. Present about 60 people. Preached a sermon in aid of the Sunday school fund. Baptized Xmas’ baby. At 2 I baptized Langridge’s baby. At 3 I held service at the Point. At 7 I held service at Mr Wigley’s station. I had the Holy Communion in St Saviours Church; present about 16 people.
23d Monday.... I called at Kelland’s, Bell’s, Foster’s, Speechley’s.
24th... At home.
26th Thursday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Dr Cumin (?). Talbot. Administered the Holy Communion to Moor who is ill.
27th Friday.... I went up to Peel Forest. Called upon Sir T. Tancred, Sorby, Tripp, Flatman.
28th Saturday.... I started up to Mount Peel. Crossed the Rangitata Bridge. Baptized Salt’s baby. Staid all night at Mrs Moorhouse’s.
29th Sunday.... Rain. Mrs Moorhouse & family could not cross the river to Mount Peel Church. I held service in her house. After service I sent to Scotstown present about 20 people. At 6—30 I held service at the Waihi Bush; present about 40 people
30th Monday.... At home.
31st Tuesday.... At home preparing for Good Friday.

April 1st Wednesday.... I called upon Mrs Reed & Mrs McKenzie.
Apl 3d, Good Friday.... I held service at both Temuka and Geraldine.
Ap1 5th, Easter Thursday. .. .The Church was decorated as usual. I held service at Geraldine, Easter Service, 11 a.m.. At Temuka, 630 p.m, Easter Service & Harvest Thanksgiving Service.

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Attended an examination of Sunday School children at 3—30 p.m. Baptized Francis Willoughby Tancred — stood godfather for him.
Apl 6th, Easter Monday.... A Harvest Festival & Sunday school treat and held in Mr Tancred’s paddock. Evening, occupied the chair at a meeting & lecture in aid of the British & Foreign Bible Society.
Apl 7th.... Held the annual Easter meeting at Geraldine.
Apl 9th.... Held our annual Easter seating at Temuka.
11th Saturday.... A general Church meeting of the whole of the Geraldine district was held at the Waihi Crossing, at which it was determined to build a Parsonage at Geraldine.
12th Sunday.... A Harvest Thanksgiving service was held at Geraldine, also a service Waihi Crossing, and the usual service
at 6—30 in Temuka,
17th.... I started for the McKenzie Country. Staid all night at Alberry (Albury). Held service.
18th..... I got to Mr Kimbell’s.
19th.... I held service in the Church Burkes Pass.
20th.... I went to Rain’s (Raine) station, Sherwood Downs. Held service & baptized a child.
21st.... I went to Raincliff station. Held service & baptized a child.
22nd.... I called at Mr Wigley’s station & the other houses in the neighbourhood. Mr Slack’s.
23d At home.
Sunday 26th of April.... I went to the Point. Held service at Temuka in the morning & the Point 3—30 p.m.
Saturday 2d of May.... I went to see Mrs Bill. Found her very ill of typhoid fever, also her little girl. Called also upon Budd. Found his child also very ill.
Sunday 3d of May.... I held service at Geraldine in the morning 11 a.m., Holy Communion. Present only abt 6 people. At the Waihi Crossing at 3—30, Holy Communion; present about 6 communicants. Went to see Mrs Bill. Found her almost insensible, wandering at times in her mind. Before I left, administered the Holy Communion to her. At 6-30 p.m. I held service in the Church Temuka; present about 100 people. Returned home the same night very tired.
4th Monday.... ill. Saw Mr Meek for the last time before gong to England.
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6th Wednesday.... Rather better. Called upon Dr Fish.
9th May Saturday.... I went to hold a meeting at the Waihi Crossing about the building of the Parsonage.
10th Sunday.... I held service in the Church Geraldine, also Temuka Called upon Gank(?), Rogers & Inwood.
11th Monday.... I called upon Massey, J. Mchrstney, Gaitas, Pratt, Rayner, Stubbs, Arenas.
12 Tuesday.... 1 called upon T.S. Tancred, A. McDonald.
14th Thursday.... I want to Temuka. Called upon Mrs Bill; found her a little better. Also I called upon Ensor, Wood, Pilbrow.
15th Friday.... I called on some people in Geraldine.
17th Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine, the Valley & Temuka. Mr Rolleeton at church Geraldine & only about 15 others. Rain.
About 8 in the Valley & about 100 Temuka
18th Monday.... I called upon Wyatt, Meyers, Franks, Lee.
19 Tuesday, 20 Wednesday, 21 Thursday.... Not well. Confined to the house.
22d Friday.... I went to the Waihi Bush. Called to see Stonehouse who was ill. Also called upon Sir Tancred, Howard, Deane, T. Taylor, S. Taylor, Slipper, Faris, Heetly, Pearson.
23d Saturday.... I called to see Mrs Clogstoun, McKenzie, Williams.
24th Sunday.... I held service at Temuka 11 a.m.. present about 60 people. Holy Communion; present about 13 Baptized Allen’s baby. At 3—30 I held service at the Point. Present about 60 people Staid all night with Mr Acton. Called at Wain’w, Orton’s, Halstead's.
25th Monday.... Called at Jackson’s (Mrs Jackson just confined). Called at Worthington's, Murphy, Collet, Anderson, Cartwright, Saunders, Botherway, Jones, Parr, Scott, Parkinson, Watkins.
26th Tuesday....at home. Called at Young’s Sc Johnston’s.
27th Wednesday.... In Geraldine.
28th Thursday.... t want to call upon Sowerby, Mr Tripp, Captn McPherson.
29th Friday.... In Geraldine.
30th Saturday.... I went to Mount Peel. Called upon Sir T. Tancred, Griffin, Break.
31st Tuesday.... I held service et Mount Peel; present about 5 people....... I called upon Mrs Clough;, Goodwin. I held service at Scotburn; present abut 35 people....... I called upon Mrs Clough, Goodwin. I held service at Scotsburn; present about 35 people. After service I went to Sowerby's & baptized his baby. At 7 p.m. I held service in the School House at the Waihi Bush; present about 50 people. ........

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1st June... At home..
2 Tuesday. I called upon Vine who was ill. Also Cloustown -baptized his baby. Also McKenzie -baptized his baby. Called also upon Mrs Irwin & Mrs Furgison.
4th I went to the Orari. Called upon Wadsworth, Gladstone, Barker, Goslin, C. Goslin senior, Bill - found Mrs Bill & her little child recoering very fast. Called also upon Budd.
5th Friday In Geraldine.
6th Saturday. I attended a meeting at the Waihi Crossing in connection with the Parsonage . A building committee was elected.
7th Sunday. I held service at Geraldine 11 a.m., at the Waihi Crossing 3 p.m. At 6—30 1 held service at Temuka; present about 60 people........Holy Communion at Geraldine; present14 com..
8th Monday. At home.
10 Wednesday.... 1 went to see Whittaker's family.
11 Thursday.... I went to Temuka. Called upon Budd, Bryant, Rayner.
13th Saturday.... Not well.
14th Sunday....  I held service at Geraldine; present about 30. Baptized children. On my way to Temuka baptized Thomas Hawke's baby. Held service in the evening; present about 120 people.
15th Monday.... I attended a meeting at Geraldine in connection with the proposed Parsonage.  It was settled that one ought to be built & Upton's plan was accepted & Healey's contract.
17th Wednesday. ..I went to Temuka. Called upon Mrs Bill & family. Found them getting better. Also upon McKenzie, Chapman, Rutland, Stubbs, Rayner.
18th Thursday.... I called upon Mr Slack, Speechley.
21st Sunday.... 1 held service at Geraldine... At 3 0—clock I held service in the Valley........... At 6—30 1 held service in Temuka; present about 120 people.
22nd Monday.... The Parsonage Committee Meeting held their second meeting in Geraldine & determined to advertise for fresh plans.
23rd.... I called upon Mrs Tancred, Burridge, Furgison.
24th Rain
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26th Friday I went to Waitui.
28th Sunday I held service at Temuka & administered Holy Communion to 11 communicants.......... I held service at 3-30 at the Point.... Present about 60 people. I baptized Warne's baby & Jackson's. Called on Mr Halstead; also saw two confirmation candidates. Called upon Opie.
29th Monday...I called upon Mr Acton, J. Pilbrow, Pierce. Baptized Pierce's baby. Called upon Moore at Talbot's, Meyers, Fox. Baptized 2 of Fox 's children.
30th Tuesday I called upon Meyer, Rayner, Benbow, Wills, McAllum, Klee, Waihi Crossing, Mrs Barclay.
1st July Wednesday.... At home.
5th Sunday. I held service at Geraldine 11 a.m., at Waihi Crossing 3—30, at Temuka 6—30....10 communicants at Geraldine.
6th Monday..I staid in Ternuka. Called at Emigrant barracks,also on 3 families living near Whitehead's;  also on Mr McBratney, Radford, Chapman, Stubbs, Bryant, Lee, Massey, Rayner school, Dr Rayner.
Tuesday. At home. Called at Mr Tancreds.
8 Wednesday.... At home. Called upon ( blank     )
9 Thursday. I started to Burkes Pass. Called upon Mrs Speechley, Bradley, Bell, Kelland, Mr Wigley's shepherd. Staid the night at Raincliff.
10th Friday. I started to go to Mr Rain's [Raine] station up the Opua [Opuha]. Had a good look for the pocket communion service I lost. Got up to the wire fence but could not find my communion service. As the river was rising very fast & the ford narrow & rockey. I did not like to cross to get to Mr Rain's.  I might have got over the wire fence but thought that it would be best to go back & have another look for the communion service. Could not find it. Went back as far as Rob's hutt. Staid all night with him. Got wet with nor-west rain, it having blown fearfully from the N.W. most of the day and rained heavily every now & then. Was very glad to reach Rob's hutt without any accident. Once on the hills my horse fell down with me, it being very slippery, and the wind & rain so frightened my horse that I found it very difficult to get him quietly along. I only lost my martingale which the horse broke in his fright. Robb was very civil to me & made me very comfortable.
11th Saturday I started to go to Burke's Pass. It was a dreadfully wet day. Robb kindly showed me the road through the Raincliff run. It was snowing going over the hills. About 2 a—clock I got to Mr Grey's station, awfully wet. My valice was wet through & all the things inside well soaked. Staid all night with Mr Grey.
Got my things dried.
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Present about 20 people.  I called upon Burgess, Winter, Spalding, Freme. Staid all night with Mr Smith at Rollesby. All covered with snow about the Pass.
13th Monday.... I went down the McKenzie Pass to Mr Rutherford's. Staid with Mr J. Rutherford all night. Called upon Mr Spencer, also Mr R. Rutherford.
Mrs Tait and Mrs H. Brown were staying at Mr R. Rutherford's. I held service in the evening; present about 18 people....
14th Tuesday...I baptized Mr J. Rutherford's baby. As it was snow & rain I did not start away until about 11 o-clock. At McLeod's I baptized a child of a man called London. On my way home I called at the Cave station. Mr Gordon was at home. Went down the river to Mr Howell's; staid with him all night.
15th Wednesday.... I called on my way home on Mr Opie, Wain, Worthington, Orton, Rayner, Klee. Came home by Temuka.
16th Thursday At home.
18th Saturday.... A marriage in Geraldine Church (Jones' )
19th Sunday.... I held service at 11 a.m. at Geraldine; present about 30 people
At 3 1 ought to have held service in the Valley but was obliged to go to Temuka for a funeral at 4-clock. I held service in the evening at 6—30; present about 120 people.Returned home.
20th Married Roach.
21st, 22nd, 23rd Looking up confirmation candidates.
24th Friday. I went to Peel Forest. Sir T. Tancred. Called upon Mrs Pearson, Flatman, Weavers, Mr Tripp. Staid all night with Sir T. Tancred. Examined Miss B. Tancred for confirmation.
25th Saturday.... Returned home. Called upon Mrs Break.
26th Sunday....I held service at Temuka 11 a.m. At Temuka there were about 120 people present, and about staid to the sacrament. Åt the Point there were about 50 people present.
27 Monday.... I called upon Jackson, Halstead, Smith, Opie, M. Saunders. I expect Saunders will be confirmed, also Halstead & Smith's daughter. I called also upon Hullen to speak to his daughter on confirmation. Called on my way home on Sharp & Mr Walker.
28th Tuesday.... At home.
29th Wednesday.... I called upon Mr Tancred, Burt, the Pound
Emigrants, also Mills & Deane.
30thThursday.... Calling upon confirmation candidates.
Fri day 31st I went to Mr Tripp's & Peel Forest. Called on my way at Pearson's, Flatman's Weaver's. Saw H. Ford at Mr Tripp's. Staid all night at Sir Thomas Tancred's; examined Miss B. Tancred in connection with confirmation.

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Saturday.... I returned home.
2nd Augst Sunday....I  held service at Geraldine Holy Communion, present 13 communicants. At 3-30 I held service at the Waihi Crossing; present about 35 people ....At 6-30 1held service in Temuka; present about 100 people.
3d Augst Monday.... I called upon Noonan about confirmation, also
Mrs Foster, Finley, Foville, Philips, George, Robinson, Rayner,
Stubbs, Pi1brow, Brakewell, Kohn, Ensor, H. Brown, Goslin, Klee.
14th Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.. Looking up confirmation candidates.
9th Sunday, The Bishop held service in the Church Geraldine. Present a very large congregation. 5 candidates for confirmation. At 5 p.m. the Bishop held service at Temuka. The church was crowded. 14 candidates for confirmation were he names as follows
Geraldine:      John Weavers, married; Bertha Tancred;
                     Emma Lydia Gapes; Mary Ann Deane;
                    Agnes Waterworth.
Temuka :      Francis Worcester Stubbs & Elizabeth Sarah Stubbs,  husband & wife;
                    Margaret Foster, married;
                    Mark Saunders, married; Sara Major Smith;
                   Wilhelmena Hullen; Annie Noonan; Elizabeth Eagle;
                   Rebecca Eagle; Emma Elizabeth Young; Louisa Young;
                    William Balantine Craig; Ann Craig; Halstead's son.
Tuesday I went to the Valley & Highfield. Baptized Pratt's baby.
Wednesday 12th.... At Geraldine. I celebrated the marriage service between James Guilford & Kate Lynch. The Bishop staid the night with us.
Thursday 13th.... Bishop went in the coach to Timaru. I called upon Mrs Slack.
16th Sunday.. I held service at Geraldine.... .. Present about 40. At 3 held service in the Valley; present about 12 people. At 6—30 1 held service in Temuka; present about 120.
17th Monday. ...I called upon Bryant, Franks, Rayner, Tavender, Annie Noonan
about Holy Comm.. , Mrs Foster about Holy Communion, Dr Cuming, Mr Whitehead, Wyatt, Way, Griffin, Butler, Klee, Young at Waihi Crossing.
18th Tuesday At home.
19th Wednesday.... Visited people in Geraldine. Found Mr Smith no better. Went to Waihi Bush. Married S. Hammond & E. Dean.
20th Thursday.... I went to Waihi Crossing to see confirmation candidates. Married Coull to Croxford.
 21 Friday...Visited people in Geraldine.

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22d Saturday. I went to the Waihi Bush.
23d Sunday   I held service in the Church Temuka; present about 80 people, 16 communicants.
At 3—30 I held service at Holy Communion, present 9 communicants; present about 40 people;
I baptized 4 children, 2 at Temuka, 2 at the Point.
24th Monday.... I called upon Jackson, Halstead, Opie, Cook, Acton, Worthington, Leicken, Orton, Vincent, Walker, Rogers, Stubbs, Klee, Taylor.  I baptized two children.
Called upon Langridge.
Tuesday, Wednesday (Thursday, marriage) Called at houses.
Friday 28th I went to a British & Foreign Bible meeting in Temuka. Present about 8 members.
29th Saturday, I went to Mount Peel. Mr Acland from home. Called upon Sowerby, Griffin, Heney, Wooding, Clough, McLeod. I staid all night at Mount Peel.  Called upon Sir T. Tancred.
30th Sunday. I held service in the Church Mount Peel.  I held service at Scotsburn; present about 40 people. Called at Mr Tripp's. At 7 0-clock I held service at the Waihi Bush; present about 50 people.
31st Monday At home. Marriage.
3d (September) I went to Mr Tripp's to a party. Present all the people of the neighbourhood.
4th Friday.... Left Mrs Preston at Mrs Tripp's and came home. Called to see Capn McPherson who was dangerously ill. Also went to an entertainment at the Waihi Crossing given on behalf of a cricket club, to buy a piece of land etc.
Saturday A marriage, S. Ford. A Parsonage Building Committee was held in my house.
Present Dr Fish, Mr Cooper, Gosling, Wood, Stubbs, Flatman.  It was decided to consult with an architect and get a suitable plan drawn out.
Sep 6th, Sunday 1 held service at Geraldine; present about 50 people. Holy Communion, present 14 communicants. At 3—30 I held service at the Waihi Crossing; present about 20 people. At 6—30 I held service at Temuka; present about 130 people
7th of Sep 1874 Monday...Called upon Captn McPherson, Mrs A. McDonald.
13th Sunday.... I held service at Geraldine.... . At 6-30 I held service at Temuka; present about 120.
Monday.... 14.  I called upon Pilbrow, Brakewell, Kohn, Wood, Christmas, Parke, Craig, Gammock, Pardew, C. Gosling, Dunn, Gladstone,  Barker, Dr Fish.
19th Tuesday At home.

Timaru Herald 21 October 1874 Page 8 MARRIAGE.
Brown—Barber.—On October 10th at St. Mary's Church, Geraldine, by the Rev James Preston, Arthur E. Brown, eldest son of Charles Brown, Esq., of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, to Miss Eliza Maria Lizzie Barber, youngest daughter of the late Captain William Barber, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Home papers please copy.

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16th Wednesday. I called on Captain McPherson; found him just alive. Also on Mr W. McDonald, Mr Burt, Dr Fish.
20th Sunday I held no service in any Church owing to rain.
27th Sunday I held service in the Church at Temuka; present about 40 people. About 14present at the Holy Communion. In the afternoon I went to the Point, but owing to rain there was no service. Called at Orton's, Halstead's, Opie.
28th Monday 1 called to see Mr (?) Forward who is very ill. Also Klee, Stubbs.
Octr 1st I went to see Parkee's little boy. Also I called upon Bill, Chapman, Forward, E. Rayner.
October 2nd 1874.... Not atall well.
4th Octr Sunday I held service in St Marys Church Geraldine 14 communicants. At 3—30 I held service at the Waihi Crossing; present about 30 people. At 6-30 I held service at St Saviours Church Temuka; present about 130 people
Octr 11th I held service at Geraldine & Temuka.
Octr 18th.... I held service in the Church at Geraldine, also the Valley & Temuka 6—30 evening.
From the 19th to the 3d of Novr I was in Chch at the Synod.
1st Novbr 1874
I held service at Opawa 11 a.m.,  at New Brighton 3 p.m., — at Avonside 6-30 p.m.
Novr 6th.... I went to Burkes Pass. Staid the first night at Rain' s. I held a service in the evening.
On the 7th I called at Clayton. In the afternoon rode with Miss McPherson & Miss Stratchen(?) & Grey to Mr Kimbell's.
On the 8th I held service in the Church Burkes Pass. At night I rode over the Pass to Tindall's.
Staid the night with him & had a short service.
On the 9th I went to Haldon, 3.5 miles from Burkes Pass. I held a service in the evening.
Called at Grey's Hills station. I found Mr Dennistoun at home.
On the 10th I called again at Greys Hill station, at Fisher's & then I went through the McKenzie Pass to Mr McFarlan's, Richardson. I had a service in his house in the evening.
11th of Novr Wednesday.. I went to Mr R. Rutherford 's. Called upon J. Rutherford & Mr Spenser.
12th I returned home .
15th I held service in St Marys Church Geraldine 11 am... At 3.30 I held service in the Valley Church... A 6-30 I held service at St Saviours Church Temuka present about 120.Returned home in the evening.

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 22nd Sunday I held service in Temuka; present about 60. Holy Communion, 19 communicants. At 3 I held service at the Point; present about 50 people. Baptized Mrs Worthington's baby. It 8 o'clock p.m. I held service at Mr Wigley's station; present only 4 people.
Sunday 29th Novr I held service at Mount Peel; present about  14 people. At 3—30 1 held service at Scotsburn; present about 35 people. At 6—30 I held service at the Waihi Bush; present about 50 people .
Decr 6th Sunday.... I held service in the Church Geraldine11 a.m.. At 3—30 p.m. I held service at the Waihi Crossing. At 6-30 p.m. I held service in the Church at Temuka
Decr 13th Sunday I held service in the Church at Geraldine. Went also to Waitui [Waitohi Flat] Flat. At 6—30 I held service in the Church at Temuka... in aid of Sunday school.
Decr 20th 1874, Sunday. I held service in St Marys Church Geraldine. The offertory was in aid of the Sunday school. At 3 o'clock I held service in Pleasant Valley. At 6—30 I held service in Temuka. My text was the same as at the Church Pleasant Valley.
21st Monday I went to call upon Wills, Benbow, Talbot, Wright, Braddick. Samuel Braddick was very ill.
25th Xmas Day.... I held service in St Marys Church (the Church was decorated)
About 5 people attended the Holy Communion. The young man Braddick died of fever on Xmas Day.
27 Sunday.... I held service in St Saviours Church Temuka at 11 a.m.; present about 80 people. I administered the Holy Communion to 19 communicants. Baptized Dorbey's child after
service. At 3 I held service at the Point; present about 50 people. I preached a funeral sermon.
The funeral service I performed at 5 o'clock (Saml Braddick's funeral)
26th Monday.... I visited 7 people & performed the marriage service for J. R. Upton in Geraldine. At 6—30 or 7 0-clock I read the funeral service over Dobbie's little twin
girl, the last one left.

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