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Daily Life of a Railway Blacksmith. Reserves, Chooks, Work & Family. — 8 Comments

  1. Bobbie, There are some wonderful and important events in this diary. An extremely valuable document, even as a transcription. I wonder if the 12 page letter from his father is also among your relatives treasures! Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you for your interest Gayle. I don’t think the 12 page letter has survived, but I certainly found two six page letters he had written to the Postmaster as his native village of Bletchingly in 1897 & 1898. They were certainly full of information and verified several relationships. I talked about them in the blog on William’s father, Henry White’s life in 2019.

  2. I really enjoyed your story Bobbie, it is an interesting way to blend diary transcriptions into a story. I agree with Gayle that it highlights important events and ties them in with where and how the family was living at the time. Through your story we have a clear picture of your great grandfather’s character, his life and times.

    • Thanks Rosemary. William was certainly a scribe, luckily for me, maybe it’s something that runs in that family line as he wasn’t alone in that ability.
      I knew he loved his chooks with such frequent reference to them, the cost of their feed, the sale of the eggs and which child delivered them to his neighbours for him. On some days the entry was quite long about that day or days activity when he hadn’t written for a while, but I especially found it useful to identify correctly White family members (a little like Smith to research) in my reading of the diary.

    • Thanks Di, yes I acknowledge how grateful I am to them. I suppose it’s the fact that my Dad and others saved/hoarded a lot of ‘stuff’ appreciating how wonderful it is to have them.

  3. Thank you very much for sharing Bobbie.
    William would of been the husband to my Great Nan’s 1st cousin & it great that there is a bit more of an insight into the era of the times in Australia back then

    • Hi Robert, thanks very much for your comment on the blog. I love the fact that William was such a great recorder of family history. His long story about his early life in Mongarlowe is very interesting (refer the link to that blog in the last paragraph of this one) and together with the diary certainly give an insight into his family life at those different stages.

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