suffer very much
of by the sandflies, muskitoes and Big Horseflies, which render them almost mad and are the cause why it is so difficult for us to find our 5 absent mule. I have sent Turnbull and Brown up the River to see whether they will fall in with their tracks.
The goats suffer much of footrot and we have to kill them as time goes one [op cit], as even our dressing and the dry whether [op cit] are not sufficient to cure them. Last night at 8 oclock we had a fresh cool South East wind. all the thunderstorms come from SW. - Several brilliant meteors have been seen of late by Bunce, Manu and myself. They were almost all to the Southward.
Turner the Native has given us the name of several creeks and a design of creeks and rivers joining the Condamine [?]: it is very interesting and agrees well enough with my former journey. Their [op cit] are three creeks joining the Condamine from the NEast: the Bakkare, on which we are now which is joined by the Koimbaboi [phonoetically spelt]; the Kudshara [?] (Dogwood Creek) which is joined by the Yarecunda, and Vanganga, which is my Bottle Tree [scent ? can't read] creek, which was seen by Roper & Hodgson; all join the Condamine [?] or Yondagoll, but the Condamine joins a still bigger River, which comes from the Northward and which he also calls Yondagall; probably Robinson's Creek and the Boyd united.
We saw a little yellowish bee today which stings but gives no honey. The native called it Bokking Bokking.
Thurs [?] 25 Decbr, Christmas Day. Yesterday I went about 10 miles due west from our camp to visit Kents lagoon, at which we had stayed during our former Expedition. After 2 miles riding we crossed a smaller creek than Bokkara Creek which is no doubt that at which Johns and Caleb were lost and which receives the drainage of Keats [?] flat. The blackfellow called it Koninbabor [?]. The country