of [can't read] cervices of the Lynd at the Condamine. Now that I know the note of the latter I immediately recognised it. two species of muskitoes: the small black and the big grey one. the Mauborri or water gum is in blossom; its long foolscap calyptra [?] is characteristic and so is the striated disk ?] round the pistil, when the calyptra and the [can't read] have dropped off, umbrels long pedunculate [?]
13th Decbr. Hely and Brown have not yet returned. This morning I sent Mr Turnbull and Wommai after the mules and horses which they had tracked last night to the large Bricklow Scrub. We determined our time this afternoon but were idling about during the greater part of the day impatient and not knowing what to do. According to Mr. Bunce the natives yesterday had many words in common with those of Pt Phillipp: Jeenong [?] foot - Myrring Eye - Nyrnong Hand - Leeong Teeth - Worrong mouth and Cowang Head. This is a very interesting fact.
25th Decbr. Mr Mann observed a very interesting and brilliant meteor at the first part of night from South to West and almost every night some very bright shooting stars are observed.
Our waterhole is full of a small green snake, which we see swimming about in it, but which we have not yet been able to kill. The Muskitoes flies and sand flies are still very annoying.
Yesterday I went with Buckny [?] and Mr Turnbull after the mules which are driven into the thickest scrub by muskitoes and sandflies. All our riding was in rain. Hely returned with the cattle, which had returned through thick scrub, in a straight line to Jogs run where they were seen early in the morning 7- 8