W. J. Shields


W. J. Shields


John Muir



(PS Mr. Th[illegible]hail wishes to remembered to you)


now and I am longing for the time to soon come round again when we will all meet and have the same over again. Do your thoughts ever reflect to the time we drove from Gympie on the broken coach when I look back on it I think it was a very funny experience but I dont think you minded it a bit as the bush was your fancy. I will never forget the driver driving for all he was worth before it would break. We are intending


George Hotel

St Kilda

5th June 1904

Dear Mr Muir

I received your kind and welcome letter this morning and am glad to know of you enjoying good health, also finding new specimens, and new friends, you do not know how I have missed you. Liddell goes to business every day and I do feel so lonely no one to talk to or have an argument with and you know I rather enjoyed blowing my own trumpet, but those days are past



to go up to Black Spur as soon as the summer comes round, by the peoples talk it is the flower of Victoria but we will miss you to point out the various plants and explanations on them, but pleasure cannot always reign supreme.
Mr. Dobbie has returned to Melbourne and he called round to see us, and we spent a very pleasant afternoon with him and the Miss Dicks, he was enquiring very warmly after you, I dont think they saw as much as we did although they were


2 months travelling more than us, they are returning home by Vancouver. I am afraid he will not have as good a time as he had on the Barbarossa as the boat he is going by is not a very steady one. We are living out at St Kilda now, first of all we went to a boarding house but it was very unsatisfactory, so we left and came to the George Hotel which is everything we could wish for. I must conclude with best wishes from Mr Liddell and myself (write soon)

I remain

yours Faithfully W J Shields


St. Kilda [Australia]

Date Original

1904 Jun 05


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0210

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