distance of 5 or 6 miles by hills clad in dark Eucalyptus forests. Wish could have spent week in them. December 22nd Started this morning at 2 o’clock (?) Wind high, nearly ahead. Temperature at 6:30 A.M. 64. Yesterday the heat very oppressive in the city in sunshine. Cloudy rain on distant land visible. Yellow hills low next coast. Moderately high hills dark with Eucalyptus forests a little way back. Trees visible on horizon. Cold all day. Temperature at 4:00 P.M. 60, everybody wearing wraps and overcoats. Spray flying over bows. Decks wet. December 23rd Head wind, sea spotted with white caps, ship pitching and rolling a little. Temperature 7:00 A.M. 63. Expect to reach Melbourne about 5 or 6 P.M. Temperature 10:00 A.M. 62. At 4:00 P.M. take pilot off mouth of channel amid islands leading to city, distant now 40 miles. On all the higher ground forests, on hills low brush Eucalyptus (?). Channel dredged long distances. Magnificent cumuli, white, finely divided like cauliflowers, very unlike the black lightning-filled ringlet form cumuli of evening all along the Chinese and Indian coasts. Arrived city at 7:00 P.M. fine harbor and wharf. Most of passengers went up town. Harbor lights fine, but not equal to those of Hongkong, blending with stars. December 24th Went to Botanic Garden. Director Gilfoil, Nicta___ Senatica. Mr. Perkins had charge in his place. Very kind. Gave information on largest amygdaline Gums. He never saw one over 300 feet, but believes some are near 400. Mean to see Chief of Forest Department for literature on subject. Was directed by Mr. Perkins to good photographer
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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