[Saturday 1 July 1916]
Our Officers have changed a lot since the Regiment left Sydney- they were mostly Bush chaps then-
[The following paragraph is crossed out] Now we have 2 Dentists & an ex-ship's steward who told the Mess he used to get 2/6 for every dog the passengers brought aboard the Ship for feeding him etc during the voyage- !!!!!
Another month begins, & the "Dates" are growing bigger, in 6 weeks we will be able to live on them, tremendous bunches some weighing a couple of [indecipherable], different to the squashed variety exported & the Sinai ones all supposed to be very good- They only grow in isolated "Hods" or Clumps miles apart.