This week I want to share with you a very old journal that belonged to a relative of mine way back in the 1800's. I have been lucky enough to be the present owner of this. Or rather I am the minder of it until it gets past onto the next generation.
This is the outside of the journal it has gold on the edges of the paper and some corner protectors. The word "Journal" is written on the side I presume this may be in gold as well.
The first few pages have been cut out. I don't know what the reason for this was. Maybe there was something there that the owner didn't want anyone to see. Or it may have simply been a error and with everything having to be so precise he decided to take it out. A part of history I won't know. It certainly would have been interesting to know though.
This page here shows a purchase of a block of land in South Perth for 32 pounds in June 1896. A deposit of a cheque for 4 pounds was paid then a monthly payment of 4 pounds over the next few months finishing of in January 1897. The interesting part is that the real estate firm is Peet & Co which is still going today.
This is actually the first page which starts in 1896, so it makes me wonder when the journal was first started as there was writing on the pages that were cut out. This page shows land which was purchase in Victoria Park.
Now it was very interesting to read this page of the journal. It was in 1901 and it was an account with CW Stanton Co. of Chicago. It is an order for books. So you can see the family history that goes back a long way we always had a love affair with books.
This journal makes for great reading from the pages that are full of prices of food especially meat flour sugar etc. I have just found a page that was written in 1952, I presume this was my Nana's but it shows "Earnings from Writing". She got paid in January and February for writing stories in the "Crusader".
There are pages and pages of land purchases, it is hard to believe what some of these blocks of land are worth now. Some day when I have time I will have to do a comparison. Another interesting piece of paper that was floating in the back was an article my Nana had typed up from an article. Guess what it was about? How to bud roses!!!
If you want to see the writing up closer please click on the photo's. Thanks.
Now if you want to see what other Treasure's are being shown this week,please go to Melody's blog and check them out.