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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday's Treasures.

Hello and Welcome to Tuesday's Treasures.

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.

Happy days.
Bev C

14 comments:

Tarnyia said...

Now that is a treasure... and it would be very interesting as how much your family sold those various piece of land for and what they made on them... and they price they are today... a little research for you xxx

BubzRugz said...

Wow - that is amazing.... I wonder whether there are copies of the article your nan wrote.... so much to want to find out when you start on one of those journals...
Hugz

Anita said...

Hi Bev, What a fantastic treasure you have there. Love the hand writing!! Kind regards, Anita.

Melody said...

Hi Bev, what a wonderful thing to have. I've always found this kind of history the most fascinating, much more so than kings and queens, battles and kingdoms. Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous Tuesday Treasure.

Terriaw said...

Wow, this is an amazing treasure! I can't believe the dates on those pages. How cool to see handwriting from someone in your family, written that many years ago! I don't think we own anything so old from our ancestors. Such a treasure!

MichelleW said...

This is an awesome treasure Bev - so very interesting - I loved reading the extracts you pulled out and seeing the writing on the pages. How fantastic.

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

Gosh...that's a truly amazing treasure Bev...what beautiful writing....it's a shame the children of today aren't taught how to write (like Copperplate) only print.
Cheers....Jane.

Sheila said...

A wonderful piece of history , a treasure to have and also to read !

Lounging with a Latte said...

Hi Bev,
How fascinating. I find old reading material very interesting. After just visiting your beauitful home State I can imagine the huge price increases in land compared to back in those days!!

Quiltjane said...

That is a very special treasure. Fascinating story.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Bev...I love old books like this...so I'm wondering, is the writing by your ancestors? Dzintra♥x

Simone de Klerk said...

This is incredibly special, Bev! No words for me to describe it.

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

How wonderful to have such a treasure! It's wonderful that these things are still around! blessings,Kathleen

Shiree said...

what a treasure indeed, how lucky you are to be entrusted to keep this for generations to come.