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Gordon’s Writing

No prizes for guessing what Gordon wrote in his shorthand diary on 27 November 1894: Yes, this was ‘my birthday’.  Gordon was born in 1877 in North Adelaide, Australia.  For more about him, read About Gordon  Gordon wrote his full name several times in his shorthand diary.  Here’s an example on a page which has […]


Clambering over the wreck of the steam ship Rosedale must have been very exciting for the 16-year-old Gordon. It crops up in his second diary entry (16th December 1893) when he climbs all over her with his friend, John Hodge. His last mention of going to look at the wreck is on 5th March 1894.  […]

Solving the Mystery No 3 – Fatal Fire

‘Wednesday, 3rd January 1894 – . . . A house at Hellesveor was burnt down and a little child burnt to death.’ Gordon’s diary entries are matter-of-fact but I do wonder what was in his mind when he wrote: ‘Thursday, 11th January 1894 – In the morning went up to Charlotte’s with some clothing for […]

Solving the Mystery No 2 – Sailing Away

Gordon sailed to England on 14 February 1886.  He was on board the Hesperus, commanded by his step-father.  Gordon’s mother had married Captain Thomas Row Harry two days before they left Port Adelaide, Australia for their new home in St Ives, Cornwall.  This advertisement for the Hesperus is from the South Australian Register, 7 January 1889: […]

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 – […]