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Oct 27 – 28 – 29 – 30 - 31

& was hoisted overboard. teaching the troops semaphore afternoon put the morning in writing letters. the Melbourne is guarding the mouth of George's Sound. a lecture on the control of fire, after tea our week as mess orderly finished

Wed 28th
Mucking out & rubbing Idleboy down & exercising him. the New Zealand troops came in accompanied by 4 warboats. one a Japanese, trying to read signals from other boats at night

Thurs 29th
Loafing nearly all the morning, giving lessons in semaphore to the troops afternoon, received a lecture by the vet on the taking care of horses, after tea (one horse died)

Fri 30th
Semaphore signalling morning. loafing afternoon. all letters to be censored.

Sat 31st
A sick man sent ashore; came right in to the jetty & anchored quiet close to Minotar [indecipherable] tea on the fore-hatch which was very good

[correctly: HMS Minotaur]

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