Friday the 15th January 1875 Bellarine East G. Ibbotson Esq.s Farm
Up at half past 5 O’Clock, lovely morning as yesterday. With westerly breeze. I was well heated here last night and had work for today... .... Very fine spot. The Farm runs down to the beach of Hobson Bay (called Corio Bay). I can see the Heads at a distance where all the ships of the world are obliged to enter for Melbourne, William’s Town, Geelong.... ....O What a beautiful bay!
Jenkins' description of Spray Farm on the Bellarine Peninsula. (for extended transcript, see Further Information below)
Friday the 15th January 1875
G. Ibbotson Esq.s Farm
Up at half past 5 O’Clock, lovely morning as yesterday. With westerly breeze. I was well heated here last night and had work for today. Mowing …. which runs wild though the paddocks. About lunch time in the afternoon I was sent to thatch a big hay stack. Some sort of reed I had as thatch which lasts many years in running. It has been in use many times before. We are only five persons here. The foreman and his wife, two boys and myself. Good tucker time of work from six to six. No hurry but steady work at reasonable pace. Very fine spot. The Farm runs down to the beach of Hobson Bay (called Corio Bay) I can see the Heads at a distance where all the ships of the world are obliged to enter for Melbourne William’s Town, Geelong, and so on by going half a mile southwards This spot of Australia is a tongue of land extending out to the Hobson Bay and divides the water into two channels the Southern channel takes the ships to Geelong and the Northern one to Melbourne, Williamstown etc etc What a beautiful bay!
Saturday the 16th of January 1875
Bellarine P O
Up as yesterday. Good breakfast at 6 oclock. We had a storm of wind and rain during the night. Lovely morning. I resumed thatching. Two fine carriages were driven in about noon. Master himself with some visiting squatters and other gentlemen. Some of them left during the afternoon, but he himself and another gentleman are going to remain at the mansion until tomorrow we were allowed to give up work early as it was Saturday Evening. I took a long walk after supper and was back before sun set. I find that the working hours are three or four shorter every day than where I was before. Also the living is ten times better, in fact this place is too good to last long to an unfortunate man like myself. The water is good and convenient the big farm is complete in respect of both buildings and fences also sheep proof… …Over half a dozen of fine water dams… ….Fine lot of imported sheep and cattle. Only one big paddock under cultivation at present.