Item 02: John Duncan McRae diary, 11 December 1916-9 February 1917 - Page 18

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by 7.30 after a solid miles' walk uphill. It would be impossible to describe one's feelings as the grand organ led us in the hymns etc. etc. etc. and especially when the Minister passed a fine eulogy on the work of the Australian & N.Z. forces did one feel that life had too many good things for us.

After church I went home with some very nice, middle class people who gave me a nice supper & invited 'self & friend' for Xmas dinner if we could get off. Of course this was not refused. Since then we have received another invitation to a place for Xmas day and also to Musenburg, the "Manly" of S.A. for all day Boxing Day. So far so good; it still remains to be seen how much leave we can get, or take.

Dec 18. Wet this morning and so we can't go ashore & have just to waste the time on deck as best we can. However, the weather was better after dinner & we went for a short route march for a couple of hours round the city. In the evening we visited Mrs. Ross, whose daughter has invited us

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