December 27th Sunday. Sudden change from 85 to 75. 95 in Melbourne yesterday. The temperature fell rapidly on change of wind from the land to sea. December 28th Temperature 7:30 A.M. 66 and at 4:00 P.M. 66. Went up town with 3 German friends. Visited the aquarium. Jolly Irish gardener showed us over his collection of roses and gave us choice specimens while waiting the opening of the Aquarium. There in also a small picture gallery, collection of minerals and agricultural and forest products in connection with fishes, seals, penguins, gulls, pelicans and other water birds. Monkeys, song birds, etc., an attractive show and school for children and big children. With the Zoo also and Botanic Gardens, the Melbourne people are well off for rest and recreation places. Draw 30 pounds at Cook’s, bought a few books and got back to ship at 12:30 P.M. Wrote letter to Louie. After lunch, rain rather heavy from 3 to 8:00 P.M. December 29th Temperature 6:30 A.M. 61. On account of rain did not get off last evening until 11:30 P.M. Fair this morning but cloudy - broken decaying storm clouds drifting beneath horizontal stratified masses lovely pale blue sky patches between. Land in sight (at 8:30) with hints of forests. About noon passed groups of island and outstanding coast rocks plainly
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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