March 30. This morning wrote to Helen, took letter up town to post at the Australia Hotel. Then returned to ship to see the passengers come aboard. Every berth is taken. While sitting in the Smoking Room a young man sat down beside me and pretended to be tired looking after a big lot of baggage which was coming aboard. Then excused himself to see the last of it in his state room. Then returned, saw all was aboard at last, but was troubled not finding the purser in his office. Asked me to change a 50 pound note that he might pay a bill before leaving. Of course, I declined and he was a swindler. March 31. Got off yesterday at 1:00 P.M. Glad to go homeward at last. Heaving swell as soon as we cleared the heads of harbor. How good views of coast all timbered, chiefly gum and Banksia. Some portions quite picturesque with mountains 2000 or 3000 feet high. Strips of white sand driven high on hills here and there. Some of passengers seasick, of course. Have already met pleasant gentlemen who was likely to prove good companions, several are like me, going to go on Siberia to San Francisco. Showery and gloomy.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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