Item 10: General William Holmes diary, 23 August 1914-22 February 1915 - Page 38
SATURDAY - 29TH AUGUST 1914:
At 7-15 a.m. a talk on 'Musketry faults' was delivered by Major Heritage to Infantry Officers. All Companies engaged at Physical Exercises and Musketry.
9-0. a.m. Three Companies of the Naval Contingent and two Companies of Infantry, Machine Gun and Signalling Sections, and a Detachment of the A.M.C. landed on Palm Island. Mid-day rations were carried, also 5 rounds per rifle for Navy and Infantry and 200 rounds for each Machine Gun. Musketry practice carried out all day.
At 10-30 a.m. Captain Glossop (H.M.A.S "Sydney") called on the Brigadier, and conferred as to instructions received from Navy Board regarding future movements.
11-0 a.m. The Brigadier landed on the Island and remained there with the Troops until they returned to the Ship at 4-30 p.m.
S.S, "Aldenham" arrived at 5-0 p.m. and anchored in the Haven. Mails were placed on board and she departed again at 5-15 p.m.
The final of the Infantry Inter-company boat race was rowed - "A" Coy. winning by a small margin from "F" Coy.
7-0 p.m. The Brigadier entertained at dinner Captains Glossop and Lewin of the "Sydney" and "Encounter" respectively.
P.M.O. reports that there are no serious cases of sickness but Influenza still prevalent. Salt water supply cut off the after Latrines at irregular intervals, causing a good deal of inconvenience; also scuppers pipes continually becoming blocked. Reported to Captain-in-Charge and remedy promised immediately.
It is unlikely we shall move from here until probably daylight on Tuesday, 1st September, as instructions have been received to fill up with 70,000 lbs of frozen meat, and Captain Glossop has arranged with Contracter at Townsville to deliver his on the afternoon of Monday, 31st August.