December 16th Temperature 6:00 A.M. 66 ½. Alongside wharf, arrived few minutes ago. With Mr. Kling, went to Perth by rail 40 minutes, 15 miles (?) along coast, almost continuous settlements. Ground sand, white or yellow. Yet many gum and other trees and bushes, etc. Casuarina, Banksia, Meluca, etc. Zamia. Perth 60,000 population. First went to City Park. Fine large stone pines, agonis or willow gum, scarlet flowered Eucalyptus, a glorious show, very large Americania excelsa, etc. Was directed by 85-year old man to Zoo, crossed ferry. Zoo park only 5 years old, good collection of birds, reptiles, monkeys, kangaroos, deer, etc. for beginning. All in good order, and the native trees preserved; The most striking of which is the “Christmas tree”, Nuytsia floribunda, now in full flower, one grand exuberant mass of orange yellow bloom. Belongs to Loranthaceae, Mistletoe family, the tree well rooted in ground, picturesque as any oak. Like oak in form, gray bark, leaves leathery, small stems jointed old-fashioned tree about 30 or 40 feet high, 18 inches diameter, leaves linear, fleshy, endures all sorts of abuse, tracking, burning, etc., and blooms the better the more it is abused and made to suffer, like good martyr Christians.
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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