At Rabaul Sunday 27.9. Cont
of the German vessels "Planet "Komet. & "Condor" Communicated same Commander Stevenson. Flag ship left port. Several nurses from the "Grantala" onshore on leave in the afternoon our Officers paid them every attention & the sights of Rabaul. (wrote to wife)
Monday 28th Sept. 1914
Latest war new Russians & Japanese war ship. Sweeping the South Seas trying to locate the hidden German squadron.
pm. Went to Matupi secured labour for "Berrima" Received £10.0.0 from pay master and also paid all chits from "Berrima: (7.3.11) 31 Labour from the missionary Mr Pearson came onboard to work found them most stupid & unsuitable - returned the same.
Thursday 29th Sept
Landed all remaining troops & stores 28 Native labour employed. Received letters from Sydney from Wife & family & others (first news since leaving)
Wednesday 30th Sept Appointed command of SS "Sumatra" taken orders from the Commander of "Warrego" went to N.G. [indecipherable] wharf and to the "Encounter" took onboard Gun & ammunition and anchored in stram 2 pm. Men sent onboard to Mount Gun over