Hogs fond of roots which they dig up and eat. Both roots and branches brittle. Very strangest of trees here. After leaving gardens made acquaintance of the Director, Mr. Sanif, whom we invited to lunch and after recrossing ferry he took us on long drive through Kings Park, 25 miles (?) Saw many fine trees in old wild forest (though the merchantable timber had been cut.) Paper bark tree, large very picturesque fine myrtle foliage, belongs to Myrtacea, Meluca, Banksia, etc. The Red gum. Eucalyptus calefolia, very valuable wood. Handsome spreading tree. One of most valuable for timber. Zamia everywhere like a weed. The day very windy and cool. At evening ate dinner at Mr. Sonif’s home, pleasant family. Kept me talking till late, then all went to Professor Woodward’s, saw photos of trees, etc. Promised to exchange. Got fine painting of large flowered Gum for Louie. Had glorious day, got back to ship at 11:00 P.M. Never were strangers more royally and kindly entertained. Wish I could spend a year here. December 17th Leave Freemantle at 10:00 A.M. Cool. Temperature 66 ½. Magnificent wave explosions on rocks few miles out. Land picturesque, massive white sand dunes. Few trees visible. Hills seem brush covered.
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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