Monthly Archives: February 2016

Solving the Mystery No 1

Gordon Heywood’s diary is mysterious in itself for anybody who cannot read Pitman shorthand.  For those of us who do, there are many outlines which are puzzling.  Take the diary extract at the top of the page, for example.  The transcription of this so far is: ‘In the morning not turned in any lessons.  We […]

About Gordon

    The words of the 16-year-old Gordon Heywood in his diary give us a snapshot of his life as a schoolboy in St Ives, Cornwall, England.  But he had been born in South Australia and the first eight years of his life were spent there.  In 1886 he had sailed to England with his […]

Who’s Who in Gordon’s Diary

FAMILY Mother:  Jane Louisa Harry.  She was born Jane Louisa Hill on 27 October 1847 in Keig, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  She is sometimes referred to as Jeannie.  At the beginning of October 1851, she sailed on the barque ‘Charlotte Jane’ to Australia, with her parents and younger sister.  The Hill family arrived at Port Adelaide on […]

Gordon Heywood, His Diary and Me

Shorthand is a funny thing to anybody who cannot read it.  Mysterious squiggles – what could they possibly mean?  Pitman’s shorthand is made up of thick and thin lines, curves, circles, hooks, ticks, dots and dashes.  Outlines can be written above the writing line, on the line or through the line.  There are shorthand ways […]

Transcript of Gordon Heywood’s Diary

NOTE:  A question mark indicates where it’s not yet been possible to transcribe the shorthand outline.  Words in italics are those which I’m not 100% sure are correct.  See other posts for information about family, friends, artists and others mentioned in the diary. 1893 – How I occupied the Christmas Holidays 93 15 Dec – […]