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THURSDAY - 31st DECR. 14:

The Administrator, accompanied by Lieut. Harrison of the Aviation Corps which arrived by S.S. "Eastern", and Captain Lane, Staff Officer to O.C. Troops, motored to Bita Paka. Lieut. Harrison is returning to Sydney with his machines by the "Matunga".

Treasury statement up to and including 11th Decr. has been prepared by Captain Fry. Appended are particulars:

Total debit balance            163,300.24 M.
Cash as per Cash Book     680,420.40 M
Credit balance                    846,720.64 M.

The 5th issue of the Government Gazette has been completed, and copies placed on sale at the Treasury. Copy attached.

The Administrator dined on board the "Una" at the invitation of the Ward Room Officers on that Ship.

New Year's Eve passed off quietly in Rabaul and Herbertshohe.

Health of troops is fairly satisfactory.

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