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No. 176 April 1971, Item 2085 (continued)


"Dear Sir,
My profuse apologies for the condition of the enclosed December rainfall report. My father made it up just before entering hospital and unfortunately my dog chewed it . . ."

From Mrs. Phyllis Park, of "Braemar", Manilla, NSW:—

"My father, the late Sir Hugh Croft of Salisbury Court, Uralla, NSW, an Englishman, kept records for many years at Boorolong, Armidale.

"He taught me and my four brothers to read the instruments. I know he always kept rainfall records in his diaries and I think kept them from the early 1890s till his death in 1954. My eldest brother, Sir Bernard Croft, 13th Baronet of Salisbury Court, Uralla, could give you any information regarding these records."

From C. R. Warwick, 'Holowiliena' Station, Cradock, SA:—

"My grandfather took up the Holowiliena pastoral lease in 1852. I still have the lease and run the station. I have unbroken rainfall records with your Department dating back to the year 1868. The present gauge No. 433 was erected in May 1884."

From Mr. A. Parish, Garfield, Vic.

"My father, Mr. A. N. Parish, commenced rainfall observations about 1914 at Mikado Park, Garfield. Since 1945 I have been observer. He is now 86 years of age, and in my absence reads and records the rainfall".

From Mrs. June Hill, "Affende", Colbinabbin, Vic:—

"I'm sure my father deserved a medal. He was most religious in seeing to rainfall reports. He passed away three years ago at the age of 87 years, having attended to the weather report since 1902 following the death of his brother who began before the turn of the century.

"My mother, Mrs. C. J. Toedteberg, is still with us and my husband and I attend to reports now."

From the Manager of the Camden Park Estate, Menangle, NSW:—

"This Company has made observations since it was first Registered in 1898, and previously observations were made by members of the Macarthur-Onslow family (owners of the Company) from as early as 1861".

From Miss Ivy Owens, Pine Grove, Elphinstone, Vic:—

"I noticed in the Sun that families who have kept rain records for 70 years or over have a "Sunny outlook"—we who have lived here all our lives for two generations have kept records daily since 1900. I am enclosing yearly records, we also have daily but do not wish to send our rain books away.

"Yours, awaiting a Sunny Outlook."

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