I am currently researching my grandmother’s siblings, and while searching for articles on Trove for them I came across this letter written by my grandmother’s sister, Edna Winifred Harley.
From Edna Harley (Hazel Glen, Woolamai, V.) –
“Dear ‘Patience,’ – I will be 17 in July, so I won’t have long to write now. I have just left the Wonthaggi Technical School which I have been attending for the past two years, and I was very sorry to leave. It is a lovely school. I passed all my terminal exams, but I have not yet heard the results from the exam. papers that were sent to Melbourne to be corrected I am looking forward with great interest to the Dalyston show. It is an annual show, and this is the 14th time it has been held. The exhibits are always very good, and great crowds come from the surrounding districts. They have prizes for fat cattle, hacks, ponies, poultry, as well as for farm and home produce, and numerous other classes of things. I play tennis now, and we are getting a public tennis-court built. I think it is a lovely game. We also have a cricket club here, and they play in the Westernport Association. I do not like cricket half as much as football though. We have just finished carting in our hay. We had a good crop this year. I would like a correspondent about 16 or 17 years in Tasmania, New Zealand, or anywhere in Australia, as I love receiving letters, and I have plenty of time for answering them now that I have left school. I am reading the ‘Creek School,’ and follow it up each week with much interest. I like all Australian stories, and my favourite authors are Australian ones. I have read nearly all Mary Grant Bruce’s books and a good number of Ethel Turner’s. We have here all the Billabong series, and never tire of reading them. We have had very little rain here for a long time now, and the tanks are getting very low, while the gardens are drying up immensely. There are some lovely seaside resorts around here, such as San Remo., Corinella, Kilcunda, and Inverloch. Love from Edna.’
I haven’t included Patience’s reply.