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SouthAfrica01 - Descendants of Richard Hulley born 1785 at Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire


57. Francis Wickliffe Hulley

1861 29 Jul - born at Queenstown, Eastern Cape SA.

1862 09 Apr - christened at the Methodist church, Queenstown, Eastern Cape SA.
Surname HULLEY
First Names Francis Wickliffe
Parents Francis Turner and Elizabeth
Birth Date 1861/7/29
Baptised Date 1862/4/9
Birthplace Residence
Place Baptised Queenstown: 1854-1883
Entry 491
Item No 2
Film 1560874
Church Methodist Parish Records
Remarks Transcriber Ellen Stanton

1890 - Depot: KAB Source: LND Type: Leer Vol. no: 1/353 System: 01 Ref: L4685 Part 1 Description: ERF

1896 - Depot: TAB Source: MHG Type: Leer Vol. no: 0 System: 01 Ref: O/11551 Part 1 Description: HULLEY, GRACE.

1899-1902 - Anglo-Boer War records Transcription:-
First Name F. W.
Last Name Hulley
Service No. 372
Rank Trooper
Regiment Border Mounted Rifles
Notes The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Transvaal, Defence of Ladysmith,
Laing's Nek
Roll 260, Page: 62

Grace Jones

1896 - Depot: TAB Source: MHG Type: Leer Vol. no: 0 System: 01 Ref: O/11551 Part 1 Description: HULLEY, GRACE.

176. Russell Alfred Hulley

1905 29 Nov - born at Klerksdorp, Transvaal, SA.

1906 04 Feb - christened at the Wesleyan Methodist church, Klerksdorp, Transvaal, SA.

Surname HULLEY
First_Names Russell Alfred
Parents Francis Wickliffe and Dorothy Maria of Klerksdorp
Birth_Date 1905/11/29
Baptised_Date 1906/02/04
Item_No 11
Film 1560878
Church Wesleyan Methodist - Klerksdorp

177. Claud Clifford Hulley

1908 04 Mar - born at Klerksdorp, Transvaal, SA.

1908 25 Apr - christened at the Wesleyan Methodist church, Klerksdorp, Transvaal, SA.

Surname HULLEY
First_Names Claud Clifford
Parents Francis Wickliffe and Dorothy Maria of Pienaarsdorp Klerksdorp
Birth_Date 1908/03/04
Baptised_Date 1908/04/25

Item_No 11
Film 1560878
Church Wesleyan Methodist - Klerksdorp

178. Linton Leslie Hulley

1911 14 Mar - born at Klerksdorp, Transvaal, SA.

1911 12 May - christened at the Wesleyan Methodist church, Klerksdorp, Transvaal, SA.

Surname HULLEY
First_Names Lenior? Leslie
Parents Francis Wyckliffe and Dorothy Maria of Klerksdorp
Birth_Date 1911/03/14
Baptised_Date 1911/05/12
Item_No 11
Film 1560878
Church Wesleyan Methodist - Klerksdorp

60. David William Turner Hulley

1865 24 Feb - born at Queenstown, Eastern Cape SA.

1866 29 Dec - christened at the Methodist church, Queenstown, Eastern Cape SA.

Surname HULLEY
First_Names David William
Parents Francis and Elizabeth
Birth_Date 1866/12/29
Baptised_Date 1866/2/24
Place_Baptised Queenstown: 1854-1883
Entry 659
Item_No 2
Film 1560874
Church Methodist Parish Records
Remarks_Transcriber Ellen Stanton

179. Annie Gertrude Hulley

1895 14 Sep - born at Olivedale Farm, Pretoria, Transvaal SA.

1895 07 Dec - christened at the Wesleyan Methodist church, Johannesburg, Transvaal SA.

Surname HULLEY
First_Names Annie Gertrude
Parents David William & Isabella Gordon
Birth_Date 1895/09/14
Baptised_Date 1895/12/07
Birthplace_Residence Olivedale Pretoria District
Item_No 3
Film 1560880
Church Wesleyan Methodist - Johannesburg

183. Phoebe Hilda Hulley

1908 15 Nov - born at Klerksdorp, Transvaal, SA.

1909 02 Jan - christened at Wesleyan Methodist church, Klerksdorp, Transvaal SA.

First_Names Phebe Hilda
Parents David William and Isabella Gordon of Pienaarsdorp Klerksdorp
Birth_Date 1908/11/15
Baptised_Date 1909/01/02
Item_No 11
Film 1560878
Church Wesleyan Methodist - Klerksdorp

61. Edward John Hulley

1846 - Depot: Genealogical Society of SA Description: Hulley, EJ - Gravestone. Remarks: Old Grahamstown
Cemetery, Grahamstown, Western Cape. Summary: + Edward John Hulley. Born 1846. Died 1903.
Husband of Lydia Ann Hulley.

1878 - Occupation: A Farmer at "Milton", Peddie District, Eastern Cape, South Africa

1878 27 Nov - married at Clumber, Bathurst (nr.) Eastern Cape SA. Wits: R. A. Hulley, Emma Richardson, John

Grave Inscription (Old Cemetery, Grahamstown)
In Loving Memory of Edward John Hulley 1846 - 1903
His Wife, Lydia Ann 1856 - 1945
And their son, Victor Edward, 1885 -1949
"Safely Gathered In"

Lydia Ann Richardson

DEPOT Genealogical Society of SA
DESCRIPTION Hulley, LA - Gravestone.
REMARKS Old Grahamstown Cemetery, Grahamstown, Western Cape.
SUMMARY + Lydia Anne Hulley. Born 1856. Died 1945. Wife of Edward John Hulley.

1878 27 Nov - married at Clumber, Bathurst (nr.) Eastern Cape SA. Wits: R. A. Hulley, Emma Richardson, John

Grave Inscription (Old Cemetery, Grahamstown)
In Loving Memory of Edward John Hulley 1846 - 1903
His Wife, Lydia Ann 1856 - 1945
And their son, Victor Edward, 1885 -1949
"Safely Gathered In"

185. David Melverton Hulley

1881 - born

1911 22 Apr - died at Blaaukrantz Bridge, Bathurst, Cape Colony SA.

186. Verna May Hulley

1883 10 May - born

1958 27 Mar - died at Grahamstown, Eastern Cape SA.

DEPOT Genealogical Society of SA
DESCRIPTION Purdon, VM - Gravestone.
ENDING 19580327
REMARKS Old Grahamstown Cemetery, Grahamstown, Western Cape.
SUMMARY + Verna May Purdon, nee Hulley. Died 27-03-1958. Aged 76
years. Wife of Stuart Cadwallader Purdon.

Stuart Cadwaller Purdon

DEPOT Genealogical Society of SA
DESCRIPTION Purdon, SC - Gravestone.
STARTING 18851123
ENDING 19760402
REMARKS Old Grahamstown Cemetery, Grahamstown, Western Cape.
SUMMARY + Stuart Cadwallader Purdon. Born 23-11-1885. Died 02-04-1976.
Aged 90 years. Husband of Verna May Hulley.

187. Victor Edward Hulley

1885 - born

1949 15 Feb - died - see burial entry below.

- DEPOT Genealogical Society of SA DESCRIPTION: Hulley, VE - Gravestone. STARTING 1885
ENDING 1949 REMARKS Old Grahamstown Cemetery, Grahamstown, Western Cape.
SUMMARY + Victor Edward Hulley. Born 1885. Died 1949. Son of Edward John and Lydia Ann Hulley.

Grave Inscription (Old Cemetery, Grahamstown)
In Loving Memory of Edward John Hulley 1846 - 1903
His Wife, Lydia Ann 1856 - 1945
And their son, Victor Edward, 1885 -1949
"Safely Gathered In"

62. William Gradwell Hulley

1846 18 Dec - born - information from Carol Forsberg

1892 - Depot: KAB Source: DOC Type: Leer Vol. no: 4/1/310 System: 02 Ref: 1574 Part 1 Description:

1895 - Depot: KAB Source MOOC Type: Leer Vol. no: 13/1/725 System: 01 Ref: 131 Part 1 Description: HULLEY,

1918 28 Jul - died at Highlands farm, Senekal, OFS, SA


Rebecca Ann Randall

1894 - Depot: KAB Source MOOC Type: Leer Vol. no: /9/325 System: 01 Ref: 370 Part 1 Description: HULLEY,

1895 - Depot: KAB Source MOOC Type: Leer Vol. no: 13/1/725 System: 01 Ref: 131 Part Description:

63. Richard Anthony Hulley

1850 27 Jul - born - information from Carol Forsberg.

Extract from a letter: R.A. Hulley to T.B. Hulley
Dated: Pilgrim Mine, 22 May 1916.

“I want to tell you that I think there is more in Grandpa’s estate than you think. Grandpa, as you know, came out in 1820. He left his brother Christopher*, a very rich man at home they were the only children of that family. Chris had a valuable estate worth ‘some’ money. The estate was entailed. Well, Chris died 1848 and left a rich widow. A man called Lord Hull chased the widow until she married him. He then became master of her and her money and some few years later after Hull went in to town, got on the razzle-dazzle - he was riding a fine chestnut horse with a blaze - fell and broke his neck. About this time (I think it was in 1854) Grandpa went back to England but could not get hold of anything, owing to not being able to get a certain marriage certificate. It seems Grandpa married in Brandon, a village in Ireland. They hunted up all the churches but could find no trace of the wedding in the records. Grandpa then gave some lawyers the work, and decided to return home to Africa. The evening before leaving he went out to a party and during the evening a letter was handed to him. This he put in his pocket and never gave it another thought. Some time after returning to Africa some one must have been bossing up his best dress coat and found the letter. The letter was from his lawyers saying that they would get back the remainder of the estate providing he would pay them 10%. A long time must have elapsed for Willie Kidge took up the business but failed to get in touch with the lawyers. It the business could be righted your share would be about £17,000. Chris Hulley had no children so Uncle Richards eldest son is the heir at law, and it is owing to them being so obstinate that the mater was allowed to drop for so long. They were offered 10,000 to break the entail. The supposed sum left by Chris Hulley is put down at 700,000 £”

*(Richard Hulley did not have a brother Christopher)

1918 10 Apr - died - information from Carol Forsberg.

201. Zillah Hulley

Extract from "Rhodesia's Pioneer Women"

MRS. CAREY (1896)

nee Zillah Hulley. Niece of Mr. and Mrs. Jams Cawood. Came up by donkey wagon with the Hulley-Cawood Trek, leaving Pretoria at the age of 14. Eventually settled at Penhalonga. Mrs. Carey has written a long and interesting account of their experiences on the journey, etc, which is to be found on pp. 292 to 300 "First Steps in Civilizing Rhodesia", by Jeannie M. Boggie. On Roll of Women Pioneers.

66. David Edward Hulley

1858 06 Apr - born - information from Carol Forsberg.

1907 24 Sep - died - information from Carol Forsberg.

67. Thomas Benjamin "Tambuya" Hulley

1900 Extract from African Biographical Archive:
Hulley, Thomas Benjamin
Year of Birth: 1860
Gender: m
Year Cited: 1900
Occupation: Native commissioner;
Occ. Classification: Civil Servants (303);
Country: Zimbabwe.

1910 Extract from "The Anglo-African Who's Who" by L. Weinthal.
HULLEY Thomas Benjamin, Native Commissioner, Superintendent of Natives- Eastern
Divison, Southern Rhodesia.
1860 - born at Somerset East. Educated at Grey College, Bloemfontein;
1886 13 Oct - married Georgina Marian, daughter of the late Edward Francis Coleman of
1895 - went to Rhodesia;
1895 1 Apr - Native Commissioner, Mazoe;
1895 May - Native Commissioner, Lo Mugundi;
1895 Jun - Clerk to Chief Native Commissioner;
1895 Sep - Native Commissioner,Melsetter;
1896 19 Jun - Native Commissioner,Umtali District;
1900 23 Mar - Asst. Magistrate, Umtali, and J.P. for Southern Rhodesia;
1902 11 Jul - Native Commissioner and Asst. Magistrate, Inyanga;
1902 Nov - Acting Chief Native Commissioner,Mashonaland;
1903 1 Apr - Native Commissioner and Asst.Magistrate, Umtali;
1907 1 Apr - Acting Chief Native Commissioner, Mashonaland to Oct. 1 1907.

1880-1881 - Basuto War (medal and clasp);
1896 - Mashonaland Rebellon (medal and clasp);
1898 - member of Anglo-Portugese Boundary Commission;

Capt. Sothern Rhodesia Volunteers, Umtali Division;
Club: Umtali; Address: Umtali, Rhodesia.


Edited from memoirs of his sons, Frank E. Hulley and Cecil M. Hulley, by Mary Pearson, his great granddaughter

FOREWORD by Mary Pearson
Thomas Benjamin Hulley was a ‘larger than life’ figure, as is obvious by his life and achievements catalogued by my grandfather, who wrote this account (augmented with instances from his memoirs), and in the account of his brother, my great-uncle Cecil, who wrote a lot about their father in his book ‘Where lions once roamed’ Pioneer Head, Salisbury, 1969. I have combined extracts from the memoirs of my grandfather and great-uncle to create this account, and have added some pictures to contribute something to the story myself.

Thomas Benjamin Hulley was born on the 15th June, 1860, and was baptised in the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Somerset East on the 15th July, 1860, his parents’ place of residence being given as Gwager’s Hoek. He received his early schooling at Smithfield, O.F.S. and later went to Grey College, Bloemfontein. He did well there, and the principal, Dr Brijl, offered to send him to Oxford, but he was unable to accept this offer. A tiny silk “Vierkleur” is still in the possession of his family, which it is said was made for T.B.H. by one of President Steyn’s daughters.

When he left school he worked for a time in Cawood’s store in Grahamstown, until the outbreak of the Basuto War (1880 - 81) when he joined up (Medal and clasp). At the end of the war he went back to the Cawood’s. Later, after trying his hand at farming, he went to Maclear, East Griqualand, just after the country had settled down after the Adam Kok trouble. British troops were still there.

The Hulleys had opened stores at Maclear, Tsitsa, Ugie and Pot River, and T.B.H. worked there for a while. The country was still unsettled; the Europeans living in tents, huts or whatever was available, and there was little trade.

Later T.B.H. became secretary to Bishop Key of Umtata. On the 13th October, 1886, T.B.H., then aged 26, married Georgina Marian Coleman, aged 19, at Maclear. The ceremony was performed by Bishop Key. Georgina Coleman was the daughter of Edmund Francis Coleman, who had two farms at Tsitsa, near Maclear. He later sold out and trekked north by wagon to Barberton, with other members of his family.

T.B.H. and his wife lived in Umtata for a short time until, after his wife had had a severe illness, they decided to follow other members of the family to the Barberton goldfields travelling via the Free State. They joined other relations in Bethlehem, O.F.S. where a daughter, Kathleen, was born and died on 17th October, 1887. A little later they went on to Barberton, where T.B.H. worked for five years at the Sheba Mine, ending up as Compound Manager, controlling large numbers of natives all housed together in one compound; faction fights were frequent. Here their son Francis Edward was born, followed two years later by Cecil Malcolm.

In 1894 T.B.H. was seriously ill, and the doctor gave him only a short while to live. Again he decided to try his luck to the north and to move to S. Rhodesia where his brother Richard Anthony and his sister Annie Cawood, and his wife’s father Edmund Coleman and his family had already gone with the Moodie Trek. He was presented with a Benson gold watch and chain by his fellow workers. The inscription read “Presented to T.B. Hulley by his fellow workers as a token of respect upon his leaving the Sheba Gold Mines for Mashonaland 26th January 1895. Tambooze” (this was the Natives’ name for him meaning ‘Troubler’).

Copy of testimonial from the Sheba Gold Mining Company Ltd, Eureka City, Barberton, Z.A.R., dated 12th April 1895: “I have pleasure in stating that Mr T.B. Hulley was in the employ of the Sheba Gold Mining Company Ltd from August 1890 to January 1895, during which time he was employed as head Time-keeper, in charge of the Native Compound, Store-keeper, Hoisting Engineer on the electrical hoisting plant, and for a short time as Shift Boss in the mine.
I consider him the best man that has ever filled the position of Time keeper to the Sheba Company, I may mention that for several years the company have employed four Time-keepers. I can thoroughly recommend Mr Hulley as an honest, sober, conscientious man.
Mr Hulley left the service of the Sheba Company to go to Mashonaland, thinking that the change of climate might benefit his health.
(Signed) Hill, General Manager.

They left for Rhodesia via Lorenco Marques on the 25th January, 1895 and sailed on the S.S.Kaiser on the 31st January with their family of two small boys. The arrived in Beira on the 2nd February, 1895, and went up the Pungwe River in a paddle steamer, the “Kimberley” under the command of Captain Dicky. It took two days to reach Fontesvilla (now Ponte de Pungwe). From there they went on by train, but two miles from Fontesvilla the passenger coach derailed, was abandoned and the passengers went on on the top of goods trucks loaded with timber, being showered with burning sparks from the wood-burning engine. These good trucks derailed 20 times in 24 miles, and when the engine eventually derailed the passengers were pushed on to the rail-head at Chimoio in ganger’s trolleys. From there they travelled in the ox-drawn post-cart to Hoars and Taylor’s Hotel (now Eastlands Farm) from where, after a delay of several days, they went on to Umtali. T.B.H. and his family spent a few days with his brother-in-law, Jack Nesbitt, Native Commissioner of Umtali, and then went on to Salisbury in the mule-drawn post-cart. The rivers were in flood, and the passengers were taken across either in flat-bottomed boats, or in a large bucket slung from an over-head cable, which ran down a cable to the lowest point of the arc above the centre of the river, and had to be hauled by its occupants up to the opposite bank. The mules were made to swim across, their harness was sent across in the bucket, and the journey was continued in another post-cart on the opposite bank.

After prospecting for a couple of months, T.B.H. was appointed Native Commissioner, Mazoe, on 1st April 1895. He was transferred to the Lomagundi district for a month in May the same year, and in June became Clerk to the Chief Native Commissioner. In September the same year he was transferred to Melsetter as Native Commissioner. On the death of his brother-in-law Jack Nesbitt in May 1896, he became Native Commissioner in Umtali.

It was about this time that a rather curious coincidence occurred. It had come to official ears that a Hottentot, Willem Kuba, was fraudulently collecting ‘tax’ money from the natives in the Inyanga district, for which he was issuing written receipts. As he was known to be armed, and it was feared that he would resist arrest, a detachment of police led by Inspector John de Grey Birch was sent out to arrest him. T.B.H. accompanied the party form Umtali. (The rivers were in flood, and the only method of crossing them was to swim across alongside one’s horse. However, De Grey Birch could not swim so after the rest of the party was across, all the bridles were joined together and De Grey Birch was dragged through at the end of this improvised rope, to emerge half -drowned on the opposite bank!)
When the party reached Inyanga, Willem Kuba was eventually traced, and the hut in which he was reported to be was surrounded in the early hours of the morning. T.B.H. entered the hut alone, and found Willem asleep with a loaded rifle next to him. When T.B.H. drew his own revolver and said “Come along Willem, we want you” Willem replied “O God, Baasie, is dit jou?” It transpired that Willem had been a farm hand on the farm “Governor’s Kop” near Grahamstown where T.B.H. had spent a good deal of his time as a boy, and that T.B.H. himself had taught Willem to write, so enabling him later to issue ‘receipts’ to the natives for his illicit tax collection!

During the Mashonaland Rebellion of 1896 T.B.H. was O.C. of the Umtali district, with the rank of Captain (medal and clasp). On one occasion, he and Mr Ross, Native Commissioner of the Makoni District (now Rusapi) were travelling with a column between Umtali and Makoni. T.B.H. and Ross were riding a little ahead of the column scouting when they ran into an ambush of Chief Makoni’s men, who were active rebels. He said later: ‘Our horses reared and shied and I was angry with myself for being so careless. We were practically surrounded and I had to walk into the trap. I really thought we were finished. They fired on us, but their guns were cumbersome and their bullets whizzed past us. At the same time they rushed us, waving their assegais and battleaxes and shouting gleefully, thinking they had beaten us. Fortunately our horses were fresh. Urging Ross to come on, I swung round and we charged our horses through their lines. The blacks, thank God, are slow thinkers, for they could have killed or maimed the horses and with one thrust they would have had us. Instead, to save their own skins they broke away on each side of us, our horses nearly trampling them down. When we were through, Ross turned to me and said: ‘By jingo, Tambudza, I’ve never been in such a tight corner!’
During this time, the people in Umtali were waiting anxiously to learn whether Chief Umtasa, the most important chief in the area, whose territory extended over many hundreds of square miles, would join the rebels or remain loyal to the government. Preparations were made to guard against an attack, and it was arranged that the curfew bell would be rung as a signal of impending danger. For a while Umtasa made no move one way or the other, and tension mounted. Then one day it was reported that Chief Umtasa. With a large band of headmen and many of his people was approaching the town.
This is the story in T.B.H’s own words, as quoted by his son Cecil: “That night, he (Mutasa) camped on the far side of the river and sent word that he wished to speak with a representative of the Government. A wily old chief, I always found it difficult to know what prompted his actions. I could not be sure that the invitation was not a trap. Nevertheless, as O.C. and a Native Commissioner, I took it upon myself to meet him.

“I rode out alone next morning on a far from pleasant undertaking, for I had no idea what was going to happen. It was dawn as I left the town behind me and save for smoke rising from a chimney or two and a boy sweeping out a veranda all was quiet. My horse was fresh and tossed his head, I felt that loneliness which comes when you take something upon yourself, for which you will receive all the blame if it fails, and even if successful, will be criticised as foolhardy.

“In such a situation, the mind conjures up constant visions and while I felt alert, I al so felt a cold uncertainty. Every tree, bush and clump of long grass might have sheltered a Black, intent on delivering the final blow.
“My horse, his ears pricked, seemed to sense my feelings, for he too, was nervous and he sidled away for nearby bushes and whenever possible, pulled at the reins as if to make off home. This made me wish I had not undertaken such a mission, but there was no turning back now. A cool breeze shook the trees and here and there a msasa pod snapped as it sent its seeds hurtling through the air. My horse trampled twigs and pods underfoot and as they exploded, they sounded like fireworks.

“I was making no stealthy approach to Mutasa by keeping to the bush and I eventually arrived at the river where I halted my horse, before approaching the further bank. There before me was a cloud of smoke, and dotted all over the country seemed to be thousands of groups of Africans, seated around small fires, arming themselves and cooking their meal.

“I looked at them between the ears of my horse, which in surprise was holding its head up. They did not move from their fires, and I thought it strange that there was not a scout anywhere. Was this a plot? I had made up my mind, if they proved to be hostile, to swing round and race back. With these people it is difficult indeed to say what is on their minds. Their life, outlook and cunning are quite beyond our understanding and always will be.

“Knowing I could not go back, but must take the consequences of my action, I waded my horse into the stream. He put down his head for a drink, but there was no time to lose. So, pulling his head up, I dug my heels into his sides and forced him up the bank on the other side.

“I arrived at the camp fire, but the blacks showed no interest. They glanced up at me, one of two protecting their eyes from the smoke with their hands. Their weapons lay beside them, but they showed no inclination to take them up. Yet I felt uneasy riding into their midst, wondering if they would snatch up their weapons and hurl them at me. I never felt in such a predicament. I could not assert my authority and I knew nothing of their intentions f feelings. My one thought was to find the chief, so I rode forward, skirting the groups of natives, my horse becoming increasingly restless.

“A roughly constructed shelter of thatch under a large wild fig tree drew my attention. About fifty yards round the tree were the usual fires, but the men there were bigger and better built and were most probably the chief’s warriors. Perhaps it was for these men that the work of killing me had been reserved! Sure that this was the chief’s residence, I slipped from my horse and leading him by the reins, I advanced. All eyes must have been on me, as I glanced round for signs of hostility, but no-one so much as stirred. I reached the outer circle of blacks, and then, with one accord, the whole crowd stood up and saluted, their hands extended in the air as they shouted ‘Umkose Tambudza!’

“My horse reared on its hind legs and it was difficult keeping him from breaking away. I pacified him and went forward. The position was very reassuring, for these were the chief’s counsellors and they knew what their chief had decided.

“Chief Mutasa came out to meet me. His grey beard and white hair gleamed in the sunlight. His broad flat nose, wrinkled face and bold eyes were typical of the tribe. A blanket was draped round his shoulders and he wore neither shoes nor boots, being dressed exactly like his counsellors. He greeted me by clapping his hands together near his body with rounded palms in the customary manner. He was polite and dignified, courtly in his manner and I acknowledged his salute, referring to him as Mambo Mutasa.

“He seemed greatly pleased to see me. I had always respected this old chief and felt that he might well be sincere, but I knew I must be on my guard...

“‘Tambudza’, he said, ‘I admire you. You are a brave man to come here alone and I shall always respect you. You are like a father to me and I trust you. For a long time now I have thought and as I thought I became confused, but you, as a chief, have come to meet me and I was hoping when I asked for someone to meet me, the you would be the one. I do not know what to do and I want you to talk to me and tell me how I stand’

“Then I told him that the people of the great Queen would never be driven out of this country and warned him not to rely on what the Matabele said when they swore they were friends with Mutasa, would never again carry away the women of his tribe and their crops, but always live in peace with them. ‘Do you believe that?’ I asked. ‘How often before have they caught you in their traps, by lying, and yet you still think of putting your head in their noose? ...So Mutasa, you hold your peoples’ lives in your hands. Do you still decide for the Matabele and their cunning, or for our Queen and loyalty to her?’
“Mutasa was thoughtful and grave for some time. Then he said ‘Tambudza, you are a wise man and you fill my head with good reasoning. I want you to return to your people and tell them not to be afraid. I will help your Government and may we always live in peace’. I was almost overcome with emotion, but dared not show how happy his words made me. ‘Mutasa’, I said, ‘you have made a wise decision which you will never regret. May your people live in prosperity and our great Queen protect you!’

“I stood up and he rose, a gleam of satisfaction in his eyes and the vestige of a smile on his expressionless face. We clapped our hands again in the traditional manner, an African brought my horse and I rode away.”

Umtali breathed a sigh of relief.

Years later, when Umtasa felt he was about to die, he sent word that he wished to speak to ‘Tambudza’. He told T.B.H. that as he was afraid that there would be trouble and fighting after his death, and since he could not trust any of his own people, he appointed T.B.H. as the next chief Mutasa to succeed him after his death. This was a great honour and reflected in what great respect he was held. However, after the customary year’s mourning for the chief, T.B. H. appointed a successor to the chieftainship and there was no trouble.

In 1898 T.B.H. served on the Anglo-Portuguese Boundary Commission, and with Major Scott Turner was given the task by Cecil John Rhodes of making the preliminary lay-out of the new town of Umtali, when it moved to have access to the railway line. Cecil says: “Father saw a great deal of Rhodes at different times and for days they rode out together over the surrounding country, and right through to his home, now known as Rhodes Hotel at Inyanga. He seemed to rely a great deal on father’s knowledge of the country, and respected him for the way he had handled the native situation during the rebellion.

“Rhodes was a great thinker, and he would ride for days without uttering a word. He must have been planning and thinking of the future all the time. Maybe that was why he enjoyed my father’s company, for father was not intent on personal gains as were so many others, and who were always troubling Rhodes to grant them some favour.

“One day, riding with father, he lapsed into his usual silence. They had travelled far without exchanging a word, when suddenly he turned to father and asked: “What salary do you get? Father told him, wondering if there was a chance of an increase. But his hopes died when Rhodes said: “You lucky man!”

“His millions, I think, weighed heavily on him, and he must have been thinking how happy he would have been as an ordinary man with a care-free existence.”

In March 1900 he became Assistant Magistrate, Umtali, and J.P. for S. Rhodesia, and in July 1902 was transferred to Inyanga. In November 1902 he was Acting Chief Native Commissioner, Mashonaland, and in April, 1903 he returned to Umtali as Native Commissioner and Assistant Magistrate. Later he was appointed Superintendent of Natives, Eastern Division. From April to October 1907 he was again Acting Chief Native Commissioner.

Two other sons, Eric and Tom Coleman, were born after his arrival in Southern Rhodesia.

Cecil writes “He was a brilliant man; making you love him one minute and then without warning, he was an entirely different person, exacting hatred. He was hard, sarcastic, even brutal, and I shrank from him...after that he seemed kind, gentle and altogether considerate. Father’s nature was complex and I did not know what to expect exactly. In the right mood, he had many excellent qualities, and he was certainly respected. When he took a trip to England, the whole population of Umtali was on the platform to see him off and he was cheered as long as he could be seen from the station. If he wished, he could melt a heart of stone, but on the other hand he was impatient and outspoken, and so made numerous enemies.”

Extract from a letter: R.A. Hulley to T.B. Hulley
Dated: Pilgrim Mine, 22 May 1916.

“I want to tell you that I think there is more in Grandpa’s estate than you think. Grandpa, as you know, came out in 1820. He left his brother Christopher*, a very rich man at home they were the only children of that family. Chris had a valuable estate worth ‘some’ money. The estate was entailed. Well, Chris died 1848 and left a rich widow. A man called Lord Hull chased the widow until she married him. He then became master of her and her money and some few years later after Hull went in to town, got on the razzle-dazzle - he was riding a fine chestnut horse with a blaze - fell and broke his neck. About this time (I think it was in 1854) Grandpa went back to England but could not get hold of anything, owing to not being able to get a certain marriage certificate. It seems Grandpa married in Brandon, a village in Ireland. They hunted up all the churches but could find no trace of the wedding in the records. Grandpa then gave some lawyers the work, and decided to return home to Africa. The evening before leaving he went out to a party and during the evening a letter was handed to him. This he put in his pocket and never gave it another thought. Some time after returning to Africa some one must have been bossing up his best dress coat and found the letter. The letter was from his lawyers saying that they would get back the remainder of the estate providing he would pay them 10%. A long time must have elapsed for Willie Kidge took up the business but failed to get in touch with the lawyers. It the business could be righted your share would be about £17,000. Chris Hulley had no children so Uncle Richards eldest son is the heir at law, and it is owing to them being so obstinate that the mater was allowed to drop for so long. They were offered 10,000 to break the entail. The supposed sum left by Chris Hulley is put down at 700,000 £”

*(Richard Hulley did not have a brother Christopher)

In 1920 he retired to his farm ‘Shigodora’ on the Vumba Mountains outside Umtali.

Extract from a letter: Sister Polly to T.B. Hulley
Dated: Stentor, 5/9/28

“My dear Tom,
So glad to get your letter yesterday, and to hear you were both well. I have had a hard time with Sam it is his heart and every little worry knocks him down. The last 3 days he is better and now it is warm we are hoping he will get well again. We are not on the top of the hill where we are is half way up so it is not too high, or low. We get no fever here it is very dry. I wonder if you saw about the diamonds that were put into the Bank for safe-keeping about ’74 and never claimed. I know father put in diamonds £22,000 worth which never came onto the Estate papers, would it not be worth while for us to see about it you and I are the only ones left to see about it and I can tell you 1 diamond was 158 crt and one 58 crt and a lot of smaller ones, I don’t know if it was the Standard Bank or the Goodhope, I think the Standard Bank. I don’t know anyone now that could tell us. Willie got all the papers from Kimberly so they may be with his children let me know if you will write about it. You know more about it than I do.”

He died at the age of 69, on 28th July 1929, and is buried in Umtali.

2008 10 Jan - information supplied by Mary Pearson (Pearsonfamily


In no family records was it anywhere noted that Richard, the settler, had a brother in Sheffield. This fact was only disclosed in August 1911 when Thomas Benjamin Hulley of the Edward John group visited England. After an attempted contact failed, contact was made through a firm at Holmfirth, Yorkshire. In the firm’s letter a local William Hulley disclosed that he was the grandson of Joseph Hulley, who had lived at Kimberwell Hill Top in the Parish of Rotherham, Sheffield. When this William wrote he was 81 years of age and had retired from his trade of cutler and was farming at Unthank Farm Holmsfield. (PAF ref York01-085)
He mentioned in his letter that Joseph had a brother Richard who had gone to South Africa in 1816 or 1817. He further wrote that in 1854 Richard visited them in Sheffield and Richard asked William to accompany him back to South Africa, but William declined.

Joseph was a cutler by trade and so was William and his brother Thomas. All three turned out cutlery on their own accounts and sold to the eminent cutlers Joseph Rogers & Son, Sheffield. There is silence about any sisters or other brothers.

Joseph married Mary Walker (1774 - 1831) :-
A. Thomas b. 1805, Rotherham m. 1) Sarah 2)Mary Thorpe (m. 1835)
1. Ann b. Jan 1826
2. William (1830 - 1911) m. Emma Oxspring:-
a. Eliza m. Dawson
i. Amy
ii. Harold
iii. Ethel
b. Clara d. unmarried at Unthank Farm, Sheffield.
c. Laura m. Maurice Coe
d. Ada
e. Herbert
f. Wilfred
g. Thomas m.
i. Thomas William
ii George Edward
h. George Alfred b. 1876 m. Alice Goodinson:-
i. Laura b. 1916, unmarried.
3. Thomas
4. William Herbert
5. Mrs Goodall
6. Mrs Richardson
B. John b. May 1806
C. Mary b. Jan 1809
D. Will b. May 1811
E. Elizabeth b. 1813
F. Joseph b. 1814
G. Ellen b. July 1814
H. Francis b. 1820
I. Catherine b. Aug 1822

(End of note on Joseph Hulley of Sheffield)


69. Joseph Francis Hulley

1889 - Depot: KAB Source: DOC Type: Leer Vol. no: 4/1/246 System: 01 Ref: 94 Part 1 Description: MORTGAGE

1895 - Depot: KAB Source: LND Type: Leer Vol. no: 1/530 System: 01 Ref: L8689 Part 1 Description: EMBOKOTWA,

70. Samuel Isaac Hulley

1899-1902 - Anglo-Boer War records Transcription:-
First Name S. I.
Last Name Hulley
Service No. 4
Rank Private
Regiment Barberton Town Guard
Notes The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: none

221. Lushington Samuel Hulley

1899-1902 - Anglo-Boer War records Transcription:-
First Name L. S.
Last Name Hulley
Service No.
Rank Private
Regiment Barberton Town Guard
Notes The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: none

71. William Brangan Hulley

1888-1890 - Depot: KAB Source: LND Type: Leer Vol. no: 1/311 System: 01 Ref: L2572 Part 1 Description: WB HULLEY:
Remarks: SEE L1112.

1889 - Depot: KAB Source: DOC Type: Leer Vol. no: 4/1/247 System: 02 Ref: 112 Part 1 Description: MORTGAGE

1899-1902 - Anglo-Boer War records Transcription:-
First Name W. B.
Last Name Hulley
Service No.
Rank Conductor
Regiment Remounts
Rolls Roll: 234

75. Edward Jackson Hulley

1889 - Depot: KAB Source: DOC Type: Leer Vol. no: 4/1/247 System: 01 Ref: 35 Part 1 Description: MORTGAGE

1899-1902 - Anglo-Boer War records Transcription:-
First Name E.J. E.J.
Last Name Hulley Hulley
Service No.
Rank Lieutenant Conductor
Regiment Tsolo Native Contingent Julius Wells Transport
Rolls Roll: 285, Page: 171 Roll: 216

2007 14 Mar - Information supplied by Ray Lazarus:

Joseph’s 8th son was Edward Jackson Hulley (07/03/1862-24/06/1939) who married Janet Millar
MacFarlane (these were my grandparents).
Edward farmed “Orpen” before selling the farm and moving to Maclear. It is not clear whether he took
over the house from his father, but he certainly made extensions to the house. His daughters, Mary
(1903-1991) and Isabel (1907-1996) and later, Isabel’s twin sister, Anne, subsequently lived in this
house. When Mary married (Albert David), she moved to his farm, “Meadows” in the Ugie district. After
her husband’s death, she returned to live with her sisters until her death. When Isabel and Anne, later
assisted by their sister, Jenny (1910-2002) and her husband, Pieter Lochner (1912-2004) were no
longer able to live there independently, they moved to various old age homes in the Western Cape. The
house was then sold, one of the first in the “white” town of Maclear to be sold to a black person, following
the demise of apartheid.

Diary entries by Edward Jackson Hulley - provided by Ray Lazarus.

Strictly Private

My Diary Of all things concerning myself and for future reference
Edward J Hulley
November 14th 1890

Volume I

From To
16.11.90 27/2/91
Both days inclusive


This is my second start at keeping a diary. I hope that success will now smile upon me. I think I am naturally
lazy - who I “take” after I don’t know as both Father and Mother are thrifty.
Edward Jackson Hulley.

Sunday 16th November
Went to Maclear for service but found no Minister there as he had not returned from Grahamstown.
Monday 17th
Returned home. River [?Mooi] almost impassable. Very heavy rain yesterday evening and today. RJ’s
(Richard John, brother-in-law, married to eldest sister, Rachel Ann) calf dead no other casualties. Cattle and
sheep all right. Very misty and wet.
Tuesday 18th
Rained until 9 a.m. and then stopped but clouds did not clear away. Worked at a ditch to plant a Quince fence.
River impassable except to a very good swimmer which I am not.
Wednesday 19th
Was almost fine day there was a little shower in the afternoon. Have been quarrying stone and making straps
[stone bands to keep smaller stones in wall]. River still impassable.
Thursday 20th
Went to Maclear and back. Qumbu post was not in. Made the sleigh up, and saw cattle. Looked over garden
and am satisfied.
Friday 21st
Been to Maclear and sold my wool for which I received five pence a lb: The wool was very light so I did not get
much money. River passable but very strong. Paid JF Trent [Maclear shopkeeper] his a/c ₤3.16.6. Paid also
WBH[?brother, William Brangan Hulley] five (5/-) shillings for woolpacks. My filly turned up here this morning.
Saturday 22nd
Worked at ditch for Quince fence. Counted sheep and dosed a lamb for diarrhoea. Went over to Riebeek
[adjoining farm across river, belonging to John MacFarlane married to Lillias Millar Macfarlane, mother and
father of Janet Millar MacFarlane, who EJH would later marry] and got back comtince[?] during the night.
Sunday 23rd
Saw to cattle as Matic [?worker employed on farm] was away and then went on to Hopedale [at this stage,
home farm of mother and father, Joseph Hulley and Mary Jackson Hulley] and found all the people well, Matic
brought the four oxen from Hopedale and the yoke and chain. A heavy rain just after dark.
Monday 24th
Arrived here from Hopedale and as far as could be seen all was well. Quarried stone and tried to get an
antbear out but failed. Very heavy storm about one o’clock.
Tuesday 25th
Began riding stones from cattle kraal and only got three loads in and had to stop on account of rain; one can’t
get anything done for rain at this time of the year. It has been raining a fine rain since four o’clock - seems to
me as it is a regular “set in”.
Wednesday 26th
Have simply done nothing today as it has been raining off and on the whole day. Transplanted a few cabbage
plants. River rising fast. Hoping for a fine day to-morrow although it is raining very hard now (evening).
Thursday 27th
Went to Maclear for Post and found that none had arrived. River very high - only about nine inches from the
cradle [pulley-driven device for crossing river]. Went from there in search of a filly of mine but could not find
her. Returned home and then worked at the ditch for Quince hedge.
Friday 28th
Started at riding stones and got five loads on, then sleigh broke and had to stop. Has been raining off and on
this afternoon. River still impassable.
Saturday 29th November
Patched up the sleigh and then went into Maclear - crossed on the cradle. No Cricket.
Sunday 30th
Came from Maclear to here and then went on to Hopedale and found all well.
Monday 1st December 90
Came here from Hopedale and then started “riding” stone for kraal - got five loads on. The oxen I have been
working today came back after dark. I told Matic to put them with the other cattle. Strong circumstantial
evidence that he did not do so.
Tuesday 2nd
Worked at stone for kraal and on bringing on the last load for the day, the sleigh broke. Went over to Riebeek
late in the evening and returned. One lamb died of a disease unknown to me. Symptoms: Violent stretching out
of legs, Frothing at mouth.
Wednesday 3rd Dec
Went in search of my filly but could not find her. Called at Clarke’s, Erasmus and Poultneys. After I returned I
patched up the old Sleigh again. Found a note from Mrs Geo Diesel re Goat.
Thursday 4th
Went to Maclear and received one letter from Embokotwa[?], also a power to impound from Gordon [adjoining
farm, also adjoining Riebeek, farmed by EJH but ?later taken over by brother, Joseph Hulley]. Went then to
the Anglican Bazaar and spent some money and got very little satisfaction. Had a look in at the dance in the
Friday 5th
Came from Maclear. Worked at kraal only got three loads of stone on and had to outspan on a/c of rain,
although there has not been much but it was very threatening. Transplanted some cabbage and Cauliflower.
Another lamb dead.
Saturday 6th
Worked with stone for kraal the whole day. Young oxen pulling better. Herbert [brother] was here. Tried to sell
some mealies in Maclear.
Sunday 7th
Went to Maclear for Service, Mr Fisk preached for the last time.
Monday 8th
Left Maclear and went in search of my filly and found her at Mr Francis’ farm [Mr Francis, also owned a shop in
Maclear, father of Norman, later to marry Isabel, daughter of EJH], got her to Hopedale with a lot of trouble.
Old Red cow calved. A bull calf; Red with white stomach and white on front shins.
Tuesday 9th Dec
Came from Hopedale this morning. One sheep dead. Prepared some ground to plant potatoes in and hoed up
the potatoes. Showers all afternoon, every sign now (evening) of a heavy storm.
Wednesday 10th Dec
Very heavy storm last night. Rode on stones today until afternoon and then got stones in a place where I
could bring other sleigh alongside of them, had the two young white oxen in. Parted lambs from sheep as I
want to dose them in the morning. Very heavy hailstorm this evening after dark. Have not seen what damage
Thursday 11th
Hail did very little damage, it knocked the tender plants about a little. Went to Maclear. Dosed the lambs.
Quarried stone and then went over to Riebeek, had to sleep there as I could not get home again on account
of mist which made it very dark.
Friday 12th
Returned here from Riebeek. Sent boy over to Hopedale with four oxen and bull and followed on - got there
and then went to the bush and got out a load of wood. Oxen pulled very well in the bush.
Saturday 13th Dec
Came from Hopedale and started planting Potatoes (Early Rose) and in the evening watered plants and
Sunday 14th
Before I started for Hopedale, my black filly came here so I had to take her over. Found all well at Hopedale.
Monday 15th-12-90
Helped Sid [?Worral, his brother-in law to be, who married sister, Mary Tamson Hulley] to take the two young
horses to Maclear. Came to here and planted Potatoes.
Tuesday 16th
Will [William Brangan Hulley, brother] sent the bag of mealies out which he borrowed. Planted potatoes and
counted sheep.
Wednesday 17th Dec 90
Planted Potatoes and got out some flags [flagstones] to pave the stable with. Went over to Diesels and from
there to Emms [farmer, ex Barkley East] and saw his two oxen which he has for sale, but he wants too much
for them.
Thursday 18th
Worked at stones for kraal. It seems to me as if it I will never finish. Myburgh was here and borrowed my
saddle into Maclear.
Friday 19th
Worked at stones till noon and then had to outspan on account of rain although there has only been a shower
it has been very threatening. Myburgh called here as he returned from Crickmore’s and says there was any
amount of hail up there today. Two C.M.R. [Cape Mounted Rifle] also called and wanted to know if I had “any
complaints”. I had none.
Saturday 20th Dec
Worked with stones until noon and then went to Maclear. Had a game of Cricket and arrange with Shovronek
[?] to look after my Rams.
Sunday 21st
Left Maclear via home for Hopedale. Found all the people well and also found that Apricots were ripe and
had a good “feed”.
Monday 22nd
When I arrived here found that Mr McFarlane was sticking in the drift. Inspanned six oxen and pulled him out
for which I was profusely thanked. I counted the sheep and there are six short. Am sending the Rams to
Maclear to old Skoronik[? see Shovronek, 20th Dec] to keep them away from the sheep. Matic brought the
Black and while bull calf home which had been away for some months. Went to Maclear and helped Sid [?
Sid Worral] paper a room.
Tuesday 23rd
Have been hoeing mealies. Sun very hot, but managed to get a good lot done. Every appearance of a heavy
storm tonight.
Wednesday 24th-12-90
Finished working on stone for kraal and then got in a couple of loads of flags for stable. Hoed mealies a little
while and then went over to Riebeek, came back and went to Hopedale. Got wet going over. Weather been
nasty all day.
Thursday 25th (Christmas day)
Spent Christmas at Hopedale, was very quiet. Will [William Brangan Hulley, brother, married to Jane Hartley]
and Family were there too. We used to have large gatherings once, but since the family have become
scattered, of course it is out of the question.
Friday 26th
Came to here from Hopedale. Herbert [brother] and Maria [sister] came past here in the trap on their way to
Maclear and passed this way on their return journey [to Hopedale]. I started building the kraal and got a start
when it started raining (noon) and has not left off since. After dinner I started to put the stable floor in and I
think managed pretty well. I don’t know how it is by my diary is all I’s and I try to leave them out but somehow
they will force themselves in.
Saturday 27th
River very high. Been working at kraal but cannot get much done as it is showering and it’s no use working in
the rain. Cattle are roaming rather too much for my fancy so I will kraal them for a few nights.
Sunday 28th
Went to Hopedale found all well. River still impassable.
Monday 29th
Returned from Hopedale. Worked at kraal and had to leave off on it beginning to rain. I then worked at
flagging the stable but could not finish as the stones ‘caved in”. River still impassable.
Tuesday 30th
Could not get an early start at the kraal as it was raining. A pretty heavy thunderstorm before breakfast this
morning. I worked at kraal after the rain had ceased. George Barnes was here today, he wanted to see
January about changing a horse. Early Rose potatoes are coming up. The milch cows got into my land
today. River impassable.
Wednesday 31st
Have been working at kraal. Sun very hot. Counted sheep, two short. Gave cattle and sheep salt. Everything
in garden looking well, no trace of the hailstorm left on the plants.
January 1st Thursday 1891
Went into Maclear and from there to the Racecourse to see the horse-racing. There were some very good
races. In the evening I went to have a look in at the dance. The room was simply crowded and I think in the
earlier part of the night, dancing was not a pleasure. Had any amount of rain in the early part of the
Friday 2nd
Came from Maclear, had to cross on the cradle and draw myself through. As soon as I could get breakfast
over I started to work at the kraal, but I was too sleepy to work so I had a sleep of a couple of hours and then I
felt a little better and got along famously.
Saturday 3rd
Worked at kraal but weather is showery. Am very miserable today as I did not get enough sleep last night.
The thunderstorms broke my rest several times in the night. Note from Willie [brother] for Brace and bit, also
saying that Mr Hicken[?] was drowned in Tsitsa yesterday. Left for Hopedale.
Sunday 4th
Spent today at Hopedale. Heavy rain on Saturday evening and mist rain all day today. Hope it is clear in the
Monday 5th Jan 1891
Arrived here from Hopedale this morning, find that the heavy rain of Saturday night has washed some wall
down (Garden). Have been working at the kraal. River high but not impassable.
Tuesday 6th
Have been working at kraal wall, but have been kept back by rain. A good many storms have passed over
today only they have not been heavy. Got a note from Herbert [brother] for Sickles and sent three over.
Seems as if a storm is coming on now (dusk).
Wednesday 7th
Heavy thunderstorm after dark last night. Lightning very vivid. Worked at kraal until about eleven o’clock
and then went to Riebeek. Found that Mr McFarlane has lost two of his oxen with Redwater and that he had
cured two. River high but passable. Have had the cattle put into the kraal tonight.
Thursday 8th
Worked at kraal till Breakfast and then went to Maclear to Farmers Assotn [founded by John McFarlane
Meeting. There was a good discussion on “Grass Fires” in general and also about charging six pence for
crossing on cradle which is very high. After I returned I worked at kraal and took a general look round. A
very nice day.
Friday 9th
Finished building the cattle kraal. Am sorry I did not have enough stones so I could have made a calf kraal at
the same time. The latter part of the day I have been hoeing mealies and I will do so now untill it rains. This
evening I sent over to Mr McFarlane for some bread and got it also a couple of books from Miss McFarlane.
Very warm day.
Saturday 10th Jan
Hoed mealies and managed to get a good piece finished. Dan McFarlane [son of John, older brother of Janet,
future wife of EJH] was here today and he is a jolly fine fellow. I did not do much after he came and I think I did
quite right as I am not much pestered by visitors. A splendid day.
Sunday 11th
Went to Hopedale to spend Sunday. All’s well. Rather a heavy rain in the early part of the night.
Monday 12th Jan/91
Came to here in trap with Sid [?Worral] from Hopedale. River rather strong. Worked at Calf kraal and set
boys to quarry stone as there is not enough to finish the kraal with. Very heavy storms towards evening both
as to lightning and rain.
Tuesday 13th
Cloudy misty with a cool wind from the southwest. Worked in garden and then went to show five natives the
mealie lands as they want work. I have hired them to hoe the mealies, so I will have to go somewhere and
try to borrow some hoes and I have only two. Went over to Diesels to try and borrow some hoes, but they
have none. Sent January to try and borrow some at Hopedale. Planted Cabbage and Cauliflower.
Wednesday 14th Jan
Rode on stone for Calf kraal. Weather very bad. Cloudy, Misty and cold almost like midwinter. January bro’t
hoes (3) from Hopedale.
Thursday 15th 90
Worked at calf kraal. Cloudy with occasional showering. Herbert [brother] called both going to and returning
from the post. He says that Sam [?brother] is very bad down in Umtata and Sid has gone down. Had three
letters today. One from my brother Joseph and one from Wick and one from the R.M. [Resident Magistrate]
Maclear wanting to know if I would help take the census. I have answered in the affirmative. Counted sheep,
all’s well. Three cattle from Hopedale. One big ox, on little ox and a heifer.
Friday 16th
Worked at calf kraal and finished it for which I am thankful as I was tired of working with stone. Myburgh
called here on his way to Maclear and I sent my reply to the R.M’s letter. Rivers impassable. Started burning
grass for winter. Brant [brand=burnt] grass not inclined to burn. Every appearance of a storm tonight.
Saturday 17th
Had no storm last night, but there must have been a heavy rain up the river as the river is very high. Strained
wire round the land as one cow got in yesterday evening. Cut away some useless wood on the peach trees.
Will go over to Hopedale this evening.
Sunday 18th Jan 91
At Hopedale all’s well. Had a very heavy storm about 4 o’c. PM.
Monday 19th
Came to here from Hopedale. There was not a heavy storm here yesterday. Have been preparing the ditch
for Quince fence. Got a man and women to hoe “Gordon’s” lands at (2/6) two shillings and sixpence an
acre. Went to Riebeek to try and borrow two hoes but failed. River was impassable this morning but is low
Tuesday 20th
Quarried stone to flag the stable and then bro’t them on and finished flagging the stable. Sent to Mr
Myburgh’s and borrowed two sickles. Engaged two women to hoe on Gordon same price as those of
yesterday. I am getting on now with the hoeing. Fine day. River low.
Wednesday 21st
Sent to Mr McFarlane’s and borrowed two hoes, after they came I started hoeing the mealies, had not been
long at it before storm came on, another and another in quick succession, all were very heavy. Now
(towards evening) it is raining a steady rain although it is thundering along the Berg. River rising.
Thursday 22nd
Started planting Quince fence and some Basket willow. Left the boys at it and went to Maclear. No post for
me. Returned about 12 0’c AM. Bought tobacco and paper. Herbert [brother] and Maria [sister] called and
had breakfast here on their way to Maclear. Weather very bad. Showers from SSW. Thunder along the berg.
Can’t get anything done. Went over to Riebeek and slept there. Had some singing.
Friday 23rd
Came from Riebeek. Went to Maclear to get Herbert’s suit. River rather high but not impassable. Paid the
boys for hoeing my lands. Engaged one man to hoe on “Gordon”. Piece work, for which he is to receive 3/6.
Finished planting the Quince cuttings. Wrote in reply to Wick’s letter. No use replying to my brother [Joseph]
as I am expecting him. A most miserable day, especially towards evening. Heavy misty showers with cold
wind from the South East.
Saturday 24th
Misty morning. Hoed mealies and counted sheep. Alex [McFarlane, brother of Janet] was here today as he
could not cross the river to go home. Heard that Mrs Emm’s baby died this morning. Myburgh called here.
River very high.
Sunday 25th
Alick [McFarlane] here yet. River still impassable. Sent Matic to Hopedale brought back ‘grub’ [?food] and
sickles. Two cattle sick at Hopedale with red water and one dead. The two that are sick are mine.
Monday 26th Jan 91
Alick McFarlane crossed this morning on the natural bridge [natural stone crossing across river]. Have been
hoeing mealies till now (3 PM), it has started raining, a very steady rain. Thundering along the Berg. The
last few days (today included) have been miserable, cloudy, misty and showery. Counted sheep and had a
look through cattle. (Dusk) River impassable.
Thursday 27th
Found that yesterday evening’s rain had capsized a piece of wall so I put that up first. Then hoed mealies all
day. About eleven I set the grass on fire. Hired three boys to cut wheat on “Gordon”. River impassable, a
Good day.
Wednesday 28th.1.91
Hoed mealies all day and in the evening left for Hopedale. A splendid day.
Thursday 29th
Went down the Ntywenka [mountain pass] to see Herbert down the hill. The road is very bad, nothing but
mudholes. As I was returning I hurt my back and had a very hot ride up. Had a very heavy storm last night.
River very high. Two women started hoeing on Gordon this morning. Same price as the others.
Friday 30th
Came from Hopedale and went to Maclear for the post which I have to take to Hopedale. River very high, had
to cross on cradle.
Saturday 31st Jan 91
Came from Hopedale. Have finished hoeing the mealie-lands. River passable. Had two tramps here on their
way to Kokstad. Gave them some food. I always feel so sorry for them. Even if it is their own fault that they
have sunk so low in the Social scale they are still human and brothers. Who knows but that I will be like they
are some day. Had a light thunderstorm this afternoon.
Sunday February 1st 91
It is eight years ago today since I came to live in this District and it has been very uphill work to make a
living. But I am satisfied as long as I don’t run into debt. Had light showers of rain.
Monday Feb 2nd 91
Came here from Hopedale. Swam the river and packed the last of “Gordon’s” wheat. in all 779 bundles.
Hired the same “boys” to hoe on Gordon by the piece for which they are to get six shilling (6/6) and six
pence. Brought my pony (Tom-tit) over as my horse has a sore back. Maria [sister] bought a hat, a tie and a
stick of shaving soap for me at Umtata. Had a good bit of rain this evening. Thunder at a distance.
Thursday 3rd
My horses were gone when I got up this morning. The old horse had loosened his reign and the pony had
drawn his tethering peg. Black Prince did not go far, but Tom-tit went to Hopedale. Been making holes to
fence the piece of land as I have not enough land enclosed. Has been raining off and on the whole day.
River impassable. Herbert returned my straps[?] which he borrowed the other day, also a spade.
Wednesday 4th
Had a very heavy rain last night and it has been showering today. Worked at hoes for fence and have finished
as far as the holes are concerned. River very high. Overcast and misty.
Thursday 5th
Went to Maclear as Herbert called here. One of his cows sick with Red water. Had to cross on Cradle which is
free as the old man that looks after it has been cashiered. Cut oats after I returned, almost cut a half acre
when it started raining. I wish we could have some fine weather if we don’t my oats will spoil. There are six
wagons lying at Mooi River (Maclear) waiting for the river to lower. They have been there five days already.
Friday 6th
Made holes to plant trees and then worked in Garden. River very high. A mist rain yesterday nearly all day.
Saturday 7th Reaped oats untill the wagon got here from Hopedale in taking the poles[for fencing] down wagon capsized.
Got it righted again with a lot of trouble. Sent the wagon home and after a heavy rain followed on.
Sunday 8th Feb 91
At Hopedale. In the afternoon my mother [Mary Jackson Hulley, wife of Joseph Hulley] had one of her attacks
which lasted for four hours. Although we did everything we could.
Monday 9th
Came from Hopedale and paid reapers (7/6) and Hoers (21/6) for hoeing and reaping on “Gordon”. Cut oats
and put in poles for wire fence. Tied a few Bundles Forage. Made a knee-band for Tom-tit as the reim [?riem]
cuts his leg. A fine day.
Tuesday 10th
Cut oats and Burnt grass. Tied 240 Bundles and packed the same. Went over to Riebeek. Had some
awkward questions put to me. Slept there. RJ’s[Richard John Hulley, bro-in-law] red calf sick.
Wednesday 11th
Joe [Joseph Francis Hulley, brother] and Oli [nephew, son of Joseph] turned up today, also
Dan Macfarlane [brother of Janet] and he got a fowl. Reaped oats. Dosed RJ’s calf.
Thursday 12th
Tied and packed one (180) hundred and eighty bundles oats and then reaped. Killed a big
Friday 13th
Tied and packed 204 bundles oats and then reaped. Went to Mr McFarlane’s and got
wagon for Joe [brother]. A splendid day. Threatening rain.
Saturday 14th
Joe castrated my lambs and I marked the ewes. Mist rain. Went up and looked at my lands.
Mealies looking well. Wheat is dead with the rust. Left for Hopedale in the evening and
mended my halter.
Sunday 15th Feb 91
Left Hopedale after dinner and came here. Another “toley” [neutere calf] sick. Went over to
Riebeek, had conversation on different topics. Heard at Hopedale that my bull had died at
Hopedale the day before. Overcast with mist, no rain.
Monday 16th
Rode on a load of forage and packed in loft. Broke the disselboom twice in bringing on the
load. Wood is simply rotten . Tied 135 Bundles oats which brings the Grand Total to 763
Bundles from one bag seed. Lent my horse to Myburgh to take Miss S. Diesel up to
Crickmore. A very hot day. [In margin] My brother (Joseph) left Hopedale for Home [?near
Tuesday 17th
Rode on the oats and put oats [in] loft and finished by noon. Cut oats. Heavy clouds floating
about. Wind very changeable. Had a note from the Resident Magistrate wanting to know my
age “for Census purposes”. Herbert was here today on his way from Maclear. Another ox
sick at Hopedale.
Wednesday 18th
Cut oats untill noon and then went into Maclear. Counted sheep and there are ten short. Has
been misty all day. Towards evening a very light mist rain.
Thursday 19th
Went to Maclear and when I got there heard from Mr McFarlane that there were a lot of
cattle in my land. Returned at once and found they were my Brother Willie’s. Took then into
Maclear for which I was thanked in a very funny way. Mrs WB [Jane Hartley, wife of William
Brangan Hulley] went for me like a “fighting cock”. She told me some things I can never
forget. Accused me of every base thing she could think of. Returned and cut oats. January
found the sheep that were away. Set commonage on fire. [In margin] A splendid day.
Friday 20th
There was thunder in the night last night and a little shower of rain. Today it has been misty
with occasional glimpses of the sun. Cut oats and am glad to say that I have finished
reaping. Have seen no one today. The fruit trees are growing well.
Saturday 21st
Tied and packed 642 Bundles oats. Mr and Mrs McFarlane called here on their
way to Leachs’ as also did old Myburgh. In the evening went over to Riebeek. Was a very
hot day with a very strong wind from the NW.
Sunday 22nd
Left here for Hopedale and found all well. Maria [sister] is back from the sea. Herbert’s
[brother] brown cow died of Red water and the big Bull is sick.
Monday 23rd
Arrived here from Hopedale and carted Forage inside and I am thankful to say I had none
damaged by rain and I think I got a good crop. One lamb sick with “Geelsick” I think. Mr
Kroomhout called here and he seems to be a nice man. Will sent my two oxen to Hopedale
and Herbert sent them back to here. I wonder why he only sent two when he borrowed four?
A hot day, wind very changeable.
Tuesday 24th
Counted sheep and went into Maclear and purchased (on tick [credit]) two plow handles
and a plow wheel, costing in all, 15/6, also one Bag of Salt, 17/6. Was in Maclear sometime
as neither Trent [Maclear shopkeeper] or his clerk are over smart. Returned and fitted up
my plow. Gave the sheep salt. Fever has made its appearance among the sheep. Heard
from Mr Elliot (“Granary”, farm on far side of Riebeek) that lung sickness has broken out
among his cattle. A splendid day.
Wednesday 25th
Started planting but the oxen came very late so I did not get as much done as I wished but I
suppose a little is better than none. Oxen were very fresh. They ought to be as they are very
fat. Wrote a letter to my brother, Joseph. There was distant thunder but no rain. A very hot
Thursday 26th
Plowed again today but had to stop as there was a shower of rain and since the rain it has
been threatening. Herbert called today with the post and brought a paper asking me to vote
for Bailey for the Legislative Council, but as I am a Total Abstainer, I cannot vote for a “Drink
Traffic Candidate”, besides that he cannot speak the “Queen’s English”. It has turned very
cold this evening, wind from South-west.
Friday 27th Feb 91
Morning dawned misty and wet, so I did not get to my plowing. The sun showed himself
about eleven o’c am and from then it was a splendid day. Sent Matic to Mr Leach’s for
tobacco, but did not get any as he has none “rolled”. Dan Macfarlane was here and we had
some fine “talkation”. In the afternoon the “cart” turned up with some fruit trees from
Hopedale, so I made a start at planting them but did not finish.

So endeth Volume I of my diary. I have tried to depict a Farmer’s life in the District of
Maclear without any “varnish”. I have simply jotted down what happened and nothing

End of Volume I EJ Hulley
Strictly Private

My Diary Of all things concerning myself and for future reference
Edward J Hulley
Volume II

From To
8/2/91 4/7/91
Both days inclusive February 28th/91 Saturday
In beginning the second Volume of my diary, I wish to state that I am only writing a Diary
so I can see where I have made mistakes in my farming operations and if possible to
prevent them in the future as far as it lies in my power so to do.

Planted trees in all twenty-four. Counted sheep which are looking very well. I also did
some plowing but the weather getting bad, I had to outspan. The plowing that I am
doing now is for winter feeding for my sheep. Messrs Emm and Myburgh were here
today at different times and so was Albert Clark [?Clack] who was in search of fifteen
Goats. Had my Bridle and stirrup irons cleaned. So far no rain today, but it is thundering.
Sunday March 1st 91
Went over to Hopedale [parents’ farm] and found all the people well, had some good
“feeds” of fruit. Had a nice rain in the early part of the night.
Monday M. 2nd
Came from Hopedale and found that the river was very high. Went over to Mr Emms and
made arrangements about going down to the Indwe [?district]. Called at Diesels, found
that Miss Diesel is back from her visit. Mr Snodgrass is by the drift, cannot cross as the
river is too high. He has a cart and four. He is not a bad old “joker”, in fact I have met
many worse. A splendid day.
Tuesday 3rd
Mr Snodgrass crossed this morning. I went over to Mr McF’s to get a letter of introduction
to Mr W Hogg[?} of the Guba[?] (Wodehouse) as there is a sale of sheep down there and
I want to buy some. Am leaving for Hopedale and I will leave there for Guba on Thursday
morning. So I shall wish my Diary “Goodbye” until my return.
Wednesday 4th
At Hopedale and did nothing.
Thursday 5th
Left for the Indwe [?district] and got as far as my brothers [?Joseph] and stayed there on
Friday. Went down to the Indwe on Saturday morning. Attended the sale and got nothing.
Came back as far as Moffats same day. Left Moffats on Sunday morning and got to
Hopedale the same evening. Found all well. Stayed at Hopedale on Monday to give my
horse a rest.
Tuesday 10th Feb March 1891
Counted sheep and found them correct, also had a look at the cattle and gave them salt.
Oats that I put in before I went to Indwe is up splendidly. As Dan McFarlane [son of John,
farmng at Riebeek] has was bringing his sister [Janet, future wife of EJH] from Hopedale,
I went over with them. I bro’t my “pony” over as I wish to give my old horse a rest. I find the
“pony” rather awkward in water.
Wednesday 11th
Went up to mealie lands and find they are looking well. I find also that the porcupines are
eating them. Plowed two acres of ground. What with roots and grass I could not plow it
very well. Oxen are looking very well. Wrote a letter to my brother Sam Joe [?farming near
Indwe]. Weather inclined to rain. Heavy clouds about. A sultry day.
Thursday 12th March/91
Went to Maclear and got post, also bought a knife at Mackenzie’s for one and six (1/6).
Rode out with Mr Mackenzie. Conversation general. Sowed Cabbage and Radish seed. I
think the former is rather late. “Boys” harrowed in two acres barley-wheat. Am leaving for
Hopedale in the morning and will help my brother [Herbert] “tramp”, so will not be able to
continue with my diary daily until my return. A storm passed along to the SW by the roar of
which I judged it to be hail. A very hot day.
Friday 13th
Went to Hopedale and found that they had a very heavy hail storm yesterday evening. Put
wheat on the floor.
Monday 16th
And it is on yet, it has been raining until this morning. River very, very high. Heard from
Klass[?] that the wire and cradle are submerged. My one boy was not here. Went back to
Hopedale. Have been mending Scotch Cart and working with wheat until [now].
Wednesday 18th
And now I am back again. Sent the sleigh over to Hopedale for some mealies, Trees and a
plow beam. One of the Big oxen has a big crack between his ankle and hoof on the hind
leg. He is very lame. Sleigh got back at dusk with the things I sent for. A heavy storm
passed along the South west. A splendid day but overcast.
Thursday 19th
Counted sheep and then went to Maclear. Got a letter from my brother Joseph and was
glad to hear that Anne [Joe’s wife, Rebecca Ann Hulley, daughter of Francis Turner Hulley,
sister of Richard John, married to Rachel Ann Hulley, sister of EJH!] was better. Saw Miss
McF [Janet, future wife of EJH] in Maclear, after seeing her I always feel dissatisfied with
my Bachelor Apartments. Heard that Mr McF has lost his bull with Redwater and he has
also a couple sick. Pa and Herbt were here today. Had to cross on Cradle, Doctored two
oxen. A nice day.
Friday 20th
Put a new beam on my plow, was a long time doing it, the nuts had all rusted fast. Went to
show Mr du Plessis his beacons as he could not find them. “Boys” have been cutting grass,
I want to try and make hay. Overcast and showery.
Saturday 21st March
Herbert came over and we went up to Mr P Malan’s and purchased two sheep Rams at
₤3.10 each which he has to deliver to me at Ugie on the first of April. Came back to
Maclear and saw Miss McF. Stayed there.
Sunday 22nd
At Maclear, a very dull and wet misty day.
Monday 23rd
Came to here and sent Matic [farm worker] to Hopedale. Went over to Riebeek and heard
from Dan [McFarlane, brother of Janet] that they have had Redwater wholesale. Heard
also that Miss McF was ill in Maclear. Am very sorry. Matic returned and bro’t a boy from
Hopedale for me, as I want to break up some new land. Raining now 7 o’c PM.
Monday 24th
Counted sheep and gave them salt. Started plowing as I want the land for wheat. Got along
pretty well, but the plow wants “setting” badly. Ground looks very good. Saw cattle which
are looking very well. A very nice day.
Wednesday 25th
Got ready for a start at plowing but owing to it beginning to rain, did not inspan. BE Leach
came to wash some sheep, but the rain put a stop to it.
Thursday 26
My cattle got into damage last night in Mr Diesels’ lands. BE Leach washed his sheep
“springing”[?] them four times. Went to Maclear and received instructions about the
Census. There were a lot of people in the village which made it quite lively. Our RM
[Resident Magistrate] went to a lot of trouble in explaining everything in detail. Bought a
horse brush in Maclear for 2/- paid for it. Am very sorry to have to record that Miss McF is
no better. Came back and went to Diesels and arranged about the damage my cattle had
done. A very heavy rain at dark.
Friday 27th
Plowed until evening. Managed famously today. Plow went better nor was the sun so hot.
Cattle got out of Sheep kraal last night so I had them put into the large kraal tonight. Took
wagon up to use as a gate. No easy job.
Saturday March 28th 1891
Counted sheep. Drew a couple of furrows for a drain and cleaned them. Dan McF [brother
of Janet] was there today. Any amount of “Gas” - everything in general and nothing in
particular. Gave him a cabbage. Leaving for Hopedale. No rain today but cloudy.
Sunday 29th
Got benighted going to Hopedale and had to lead my horse. Rained all day.
Monday 30th
Clearing a little but has started raining again. Came over here. Sent the boys over to
Hopedale with seven oxen. Had to ride my pony over, my old horse having a “greasy heel”.
I'm leaving for Maclear on foot, I don’t know what I would do with my horse. Had to walk
back again as the cradle was not in working order.
Tuesday 31st
Went to Maclear on the pony, river still high, but the cradle is in working order. Entered
stock for the show at Ugie. Miss McF [Janet] left Maclear this morning, but is still very ill.
Saw Mr Tillard [?Resident Magistrate] about some matters in re census and had them
satisfactorily explained. Clouds rather heavy.
Wednesday 1st April/91
Went to Ugie to the show which was a very fair one. I took two prizes (colt and slaughter
oxen). There was some “bad blood” shown in the re the prize Ram. The sheep farmers
present being under the opinion that Benny’s ram was rushed[?] [In margin] A fellow
wanted to knock the stuffing out of me.
Thursday 2nd April 1891
A very great change in the weather since yesterday. Showery and bitterly cold today. Mr
Myburgh was here today on his way to Maclear. I got him to get tobacco matches and
some sheep dip for me. My Horse’s foot is still very bad.
Friday 3rd
Paid Matic [farm worker] as his time has expired [contract up]. Anyhow he says he will stay a
couple of weeks longer so as to give me a chance of getting another “boy”. Have sent him
up to Mr P Malan’s for my two Rams. Put the Garden wall up. It had fallen in a couple of
places. Counted sheep which were all. Had some more Census papers sent me today. A
fine day.
Saturday 4th April 1891
Mr McF passed on his way to Mr Prynn’s[?]. He told me that there were some horses in my
lands. So I went and took them to the pound. Saw Mrs McF and Dan [McFarlane] in
Maclear. Rode out again with Mr Myberg. Worked at the kraal wall that has fallen but did not
finish. A fine day.
Sunday 5th
Put the Ram (Malan) with the sheep. Spent most of the day at Riebeek. Mr McF got back
from Prynn’s in the afternoon.
Monday 6th
The Great Census day has come at last and I am an Enumerator, so “Good-bye”.
Tuesday 7th
Still “Censusing”. Sent Matic to Maclear for my Rams and put them with sheep. Sid [Worral]
sent Dick’s [?brother, Richard Hargreaves Hulley] cattle out in all fifteen. Dan McF called
here on his way to Hopedale. A splendid day.
Wednesday 8th
Went to Maclear and handed in my Census papers which I hope will pass muster. Bought a
roll of Tobacco for two (2/6) and sixpence. Got my prize money amounting to two pounds
Sterling. A nice day.
Thursday 9th
Went to Maclear. No post for me. Saw to loading a wagon with Sid’s [Worral] household
effects, also got some planks for my own use. After my return I commenced at a manger. My
horse’s foot is still bad. A very nice day.
Friday 10th
Finished making the manger. Borrowed a Screwdriver from Mr McF and took it over towards
evening. Counted sheep and found them correct. Had some fine ould [old] chats at Riebeek,
the chief topic being the Scab Inspector of the Scab Inspectors. A beautiful day.
Saturday 11th
Got out the potatoes in all two and half bags. The Chief Scab Inspector was here and gave
me a clean sheet. Went on to Hopedale [parents’ farm] and found that Hopedale was sold.
Sunday 12th
At Hopedale all’s well.
Monday 13th
Came from Hopedale and found everything all right. Made a start at making a shearing
kraal. Sent sleigh into Maclear. A fine day. Thunder.
Tuesday 14 April/91
Sent Tam’s [Tamson, sister] letter over to Riebeek and got a note from Miss McF [Janet].
Finished the shear kraal. Made a door for the “store” and fastened it on. Had a splendid
shower this afternoon, rather inclined to be hail. Mr Kroomhout’s “trek” passed.
Wednesday 15th
Started shearing but as only three shearers turned up they did not get over many sheep.
Herbert [brother] came over and helped me but he has gone home again. A splendid day.
There are clouds and lightning on the berg.
Thursday 16th
Six more boys turned up this morning so I got along famously with the shearing. Went to
Maclear for Rost[?], oil, twine, and lamp black. A fine day any amount of lightning and
thunder now 9PM.
Friday 17th April 91
Finished shearing to day and I think I got a fine crop of wool. Went over to Hopedale.
Saturday 15th
Sid [brother-in-law] and Tam [Tamson, sister] left Hopedale this morning for Umzimkulu. I
have just come over. Went to Maclear and got a couple of Horse-brushes Sid had left there.
Matic [farm worker] went home today his “time” being out [?contract up]. A fine day but a
rather heavy NW wind. Clouds and lightning to the SW now 7 PM.
Sunday 19
Heavy storm last night. Went to Hopedale. Two cattle sick with Red-water. Heavy storm and
rain after dark.
Monday 20th
Came from Hopedale, cattle are still sick. Paid January [?farm worker] and Matic their wages
and they have gone. I borrowed a boy at Hopedale and I also hired a boy for a month. I forgot
to mention that there was a heavy storm last night and there is every appearance of one
Tuesday 21st
Made a door for the stable, it took a long time as I tried to work economically. Mr Mayberg
was here and stayed for hours talking about nothing in particular. Had a heavy storm last
night. A very hot day.
Wednesday 22nd
I had a shave today, I chronicle it because I have not shaved for some weeks, my razor was
so bad, but I took it in to Mr Langley and he has made it new. Went to hunt some buck but
not seeing any I called at Mr McFarlane who is busy putting up a stable. A fine day.
[In margin] Had a downpour last night
Thursday 23rd
Pa and Herbert passed here on their way to Maclear and I followed on taking in three
horses to the pound from “Gordon’s” lands. I got a letter from my brother Joe and was glad
to hear they are all well down there {near Indwe]. I stayed in to the Concert which was not up
to much.
Friday 24th
Came from Maclear and found Mr Mayberg waiting for me as I had to put my wool on his
wagon. Had a rough passage in, the road is in a frightful state at the big stone and Mr
Myburgh almost shot an “elephant” there. Sold my wool to Trent at 5/4 pence per lb. Wool
did not weigh as heavy as I expected. Got a credit note from Trent for my wool as he did not
have the “cash”. When I arrived here I found that my horse is away. I hope he has not had an
accident. A very hot day. Clouds about. Bought a pair of Boots at J.F.T’s [?Trent’s store] for
12/6 which has to go in my next a/c. I lent Myburgh my two front oxen and a yoke to take
wool into Maclear. On my return I find the yoke broken. Enough for today.
Saturday 26th April 1891
Sent “boys” this morning this mor to look in all dongas ther to look for my horse as he may
have had an accident. Went up and looked for at my lands. Had a shot at a “buck”, but
missed. Put the kraal wall up. Sent one boy home to see for my horse which he got minus
his halters. That This is the second halter I have had stolen off of him. [In margin] A lovely
Sunday 26th
Went to Hopedale and heard that my black cow had died on Friday of Red-water. No more
Monday 27th
Counted sheep and find there are three short. Have been looking for them but without
success. [In margin] Cloudy. NW gale
Tuesday 28th April 1891
Herbert [brother] was here on his way home from Maclear with Langley’s buggy. Put some
up some of the kraal that had fallen. Wagon arrived from home with two and a half bags of
Oats and two bags wheat, also the harrow and a lot of poles for fencing purposes. A very
heavy NW wind today and black masses of cloud.
Wednesday 29th
Counted sheep and find two short. Will report them to-morrow. Harrowed in some short
oats, ground rather inclined to be dry. Dan [McFarlane] was here and in the afternoon we
went and had some shots at buck but missed as usual. A splendid day. Gave cattle salt.
Thursday 30th April 1891
Went to Maclear for post and got a letter from Wick. Saw Joe Diesel, he has just returned
from the Randt and gives a most unfavourable a/c of things in general up there. When I got
back here I found Caplen[?] here. Came to look at Sid’s [Worral] Bull. Took post to
Hopedale. Found that Pa and Herbt had left for Q.Town. Paid Trents’ and Makenzie’s
accounts. Bought some Corn Cure and Embrocation on “Tick” [credit]. Inclined to rain.
Friday 1st May 1891
Came from Hopedale. Put up two “huts” around my orange trees to try and keep the frost off
of them when it falls. Distant thunder today. Weather rather wintry. Boys cut grass to make
for huts.
Saturday May 2nd 1891
Harrowed in some short oats. I have now put in almost a bag. Had a lot of trouble with the
white ox. Went over to Riebeek in the afternoon. Returned and then went to Hopedale. Got
there just before dark. [In margin] I rode my horse today, his foot is well
Saturday 3rd
At Hopedale all’s well, a fine day.
Monday 4th
Came from Hopedale. A raw looking morning, but it cleared about 10AM. Put some huts
around my fig-trees and watered them. Counted sheep which are correct for once. Had a
nice shower about one o’c, lightning rather vivid. A gentleman passed here who looked
very much like a Leary.
Tuesday 5th May 1891
Went up to my lands and took my gun with me, but I only saw one buck and the distance
was too great to have a shot with any chance of success. Gathered a few mealies which is
tiring work. A cool wind has been blowing all day from the SW. In the morning part of the
day it looked like rain.
Wednesday 6th
Counted sheep and found there were eleven short, so I started to look for them and found
them. In the afternoon went to Riebeek, heard that Miss McF [Janet] was ill in bed, Mrs
McF told me she had to sit up with her last night. Mr McFarlane went for the Dr but found
he was away from home. Mr Emms[?] has left for Q.T, he has hired a farm down there.
[In margin] A sheep ewe died last night and I could find no trace of sickness
Thursday 7th May 1891
Went into Maclear for post. Saw Mr McF and heard that Miss [Janet] was much better.
Meeting of Farmers’ Association in re removal of Magistrate to Ugie. Bought paper (1/6) on
tick. Took post to Hopedale. Pa and Herbert back from Q.Town and I am glad to say they
have made a settlement with C.B.& Co [?relating to debts owed on Hopedale] and a much
better one than I expected.
Friday 8th
Came from Hopedale. I mended my saddle bags which were loose in many places and
short of straps and Buckles. A cool wind blowing and cold clouds about, if it happens to ”
clear” in the night we shall have a frost. Am cutting some cabbage for Hopedale.
Saturday 9th May 1891
Gave the sheep salt and counted them. Sent Hlengu [farm worker] to Hopedale with four
oxen and two cows and calves which he brought back again. Why? I don’t know. Sent Liso
[farm worker] to Riebeek with note to and cabbages. Don’t feel well today, I have a
headache. Got a note from Dan McF saying his sister [Janet] is very much better. A lovely
Sunday 10th
A light frost this morning, the first of the season. Sending boy to Hopedale with five oxen and
I will follow on.
Monday 11th
Went to bush on “View Hills” and cut some Poles for Gateposts and rails. Got home very
tired and knocked up and saw Caplen and had to listen to an oration. [In margin] One cow,
Redwater, at Hopedale
Tuesday 12th May 1891
Came from Hopedale. Gave the sheep salt and counted then. One ewe blind and I put
powder in her eyes. Also one hamel which has “fever” I rubbed his mouth with salt and cut
his feet. Gathered pumpkins. Charles Kearney called here. A nice day. [In margin] An ox
came from Hopedale yesterday
Wednesday 13th
A very heavy wind has been blowing all day. I knocked off about a half bag of mealies and
then have been plastering the stable where the plaster has been rubbed off by cattle, but I
did not finish. Stayed by the stable untill the boys had finished cleaning the horses as I think
they simply “go over them”
Thursday 14th
Went into Maclear for post with Herbert [brother]. Returned and had dinner. Went over to
Riebeek. Conversation general. Am glad to say that Miss McF [Janet] is about again and
looks very much better. A splendid day. No wind.
Friday 15th
Herbert [brother] and Maria [sister] called here on their way to Mr McFarlane’s [at Riebeek].
Left the trap here and went over on my horses. Mr Kearney also called and gave me some
wood, he having broken his sleigh and could not take it on. Weather is inclined to rain.
There has been several light showers through the day with distant thunder. Counted sheep
and Herbert took a hamel to Hopedale in Cart.
Saturday 16th
Had a splendid rain last night. River impassable. My oxen came from Hopedale with
Kleinbooi [?farm worker from Hopedale]. Made some nests for fowls. Plastered stable.
Marthinus and Miss Diesel called here and left a couple of parcels for Mrs McF which I am
to forward. Am leaving for home [Hopedale]. (Evening)
Sunday 17th
Got wet going over. Had a splendid rain during the night. All’s well.
Monday 18th
Came from Hopedale. All fountains along road having broken out again. Two oxen came
from Tuesday 19th [evidently was going to start next day, then decided to add some
additional information] home today being purchase price of two of my nags [?horses
belonging to EJH, but kept and sold from Hopedale]. Counted sheep and gave them salt.
One hamel died of “fever”. Dan McF came over and stayed the night. A splendid day.
Tuesday 19th
Started plowing as I want to sow some wheat, the ground is nice and wet, but there is a
rank growth of grass which makes it awkward to plough, besides the plow runs all on edge.
Hired a man for six month at ₤3.0.0 and his wife for same period at 30/-. They started work
this morning.
Wednesday 20th
Plowing all day. Getting on better. I have got a way from the long grass. A splendid day
towards evening, a heavy Nor-wester.
Thursday 21st
Plowed all day. Got along splendidly today. Overcast in the afternoon. Two persons called
here today, but I was down in the land so I did not have the honour of seeing their smiling
faces. [In margin] Had a little frost
Friday 22nd May 1891
Plowed all day. Pa and Herbert called here on their way to Maclear and also on their
return. Am very tired. The boy lost the two young and the six big oxen that came from
Schlinke’s[?}. A heavy frost this morning.
Saturday 23rd
Heavy frost. Sika [farm worker] found the oxen that were away and I inspanned some of
them to harrow. I also inspanned on young ox, he seems tame and pulls well. Horses are
away. Paid Shlengu [farm worker] and he is going home in the morning. Overcast, drops.
Sica returned with horses later.
Sunday 24th
Counted sheep which are correct. I do not count sheep as a rule on Sunday but I was hard
pressed during the week. Went home.
Monday 25th
Came here on my way to Maclear. Attended annual muster of Nr 3 Troop E.G M.R. [East
Griqualand Mounted Rifles] which passed off successfully. The troop is now sixty strong.
Fifty rounds per man was issued today. Dan McF came this way and I went over [to
Riebeek] with him. Miss McF is looking well again. No frost. A fine day.
Tuesday 26th
Been harrowing but when I outspanned at noon, my boy told me he had bro’t some horses
from the lands, so I took then to the pound. Rough Nor-west wind on all day. No post this
Wednesday 27th
I intended harrowing today but it was such a bad morning. Light showers were falling till
noon. Mended wire and stretched it. The cattle have been getting in lately and broken the
wire so I tho’t I may as well do it. Nothing looks worse than a broken down wire fence.
Northwest wind. [In margin] Wrote a letter to Joe [brother, ?at Indwe}
Thursday 28th
Have not worked at all today. Herbert [brother] called here on his way to Maclear and also
on his return. Has been raining off and on the whole day. A more miserable day we have
not had for a long while. A very cold South-west wind with driving showers of rain. The rain
is very acceptable, the wind not. [In margin] Wrote letters to Wallie [?Miskin, married to
EJH’s sister, Charlotte Anne] and Mathew Ekron [?married to cousin, Sarah, daughter of
Marmaduke] and Tam [sister]
Friday 29th
Cattle got into lands and broke down wire fencing. Harrowed wheat in, I have almost a bag
in now. Don’t intend to put any more in now. After noon I commenced to put the wire fence
in a state of repair and I think if I get it finished tomorrow, I shall do well. Overcast and
inclined to cold.
Saturday 30th
Counted sheep and there are eight short. Sent boy to look for them and he found four.
Worked at wire fence but as the boy was away I could not strain the wire. Very light frost this
morning and a heavy fog. SE wind and rather cold.
Sunday 31st
Am leaving for home [Hopedale, parent’s farm, already sold by this time] via Diesel’s and
Leach’s. Found that Diesels have have the Redwater amongst their oxen to an alarming
extent. Severe frost.
Monday 1st June 1891
Went to “view Hill” and got out a load of wood also some poles for Gate-posts and rails.
Mrs Hack[?] and Mr and Miss Hack[?] and also Mrs Muggleton were at home on my return.
Heavy frost.
Tuesday 2nd
Stated wagon over to here and then followed on. Hack’s boy has come for his cattle which I
have given him. Kept four oxen here then came over with wagon and sent two of mine over.
A very rough day. Wind blowing a perfect gale. One of my show oxen are sick, Redwater I
believe, although I have not seen him pass redwater. I went over to Riebeek and Mr McF
kindly gave me a couple of doses of Dip and Camphor and Dan [McFarlane] also came
over and helped me dose the ox. A good shower of rain with a heavy gale.
Wednesday 3rd June 1891
Dosed ox again this morning and he seems very bad. Dan was still here and helped me.
Went over to Hopedale and got some Camphor and dip. Herbt [brother] came back with me
and we doses the ox again. Herbt went home again. Left here a little before sunset. Light
frost. [In margin] Wrote a letter to Tam [sister, married to Sid Worral]
Thursday 4th
Heavy frost. Ox is much better this morning and seems to be enjoying his food with
immensely, the ewe lambed last night and don’t take her lamb. Picked fourteen sheep out
of lot and put them in the land. Went to Maclear off loaded wagon. Bo’t a roll of Tobacco
also some writing paper. Francis Brothers [father of Norman, later to marry Isobel, daughter
of EJH] have opened in Maclear. Got paid for Census.
Friday 5th
Heavy frost. Ox is feeding well. Joe [brother] and family have arrived [?from Indwe], had wet
trip up. Helped to make the drift so he could cross {?to Gordon]. Went over to Riebeek in the
afternoon. A beautiful day.

[RL: In previous volume, EJ Hulley seems to be farming “Gordon” e.g. puts cattle in lands,
hires workers. Over the next period, there are references to EJH sleeping over or having
meals and it seems that his brother, Joseph (Joe), previously farming near Indwe, may have
taken over the farm..]
Saturday 6th
Dosed and bled the lamb. Sent Black and White cow to Hopedale. Went home [Hopedale]
in the afternoon.
Sunday 7th
A fine day. No frost.
Monday 8th
Overcast. Killed cow which is very fat. Rained after dinner. Very Cold. Blizzard.
Tuesday 9th
Rained till noon and then I came over. One lamb dead. One cow with broken leg. Enough
casualties for one day I think Very very cold.
Wednesday 10th
Counted sheep and worked at sleigh. Got an invite to a wedding Breakfast, attended and did
pretty well. Came back and went over to Diesels again. Looked on all night at the dancing
and there was a terrific rain almost all night.
Thursday 11th
Came over from with Dan and the Misses McFarlane and I asked Miss [presumably to marry
him] - and she consented provided I can get her Parents’ consent. Herbt called on his way to
post and also on his return. Got an invite to a Ball in the EG rust[?] . A letter from Annie [?
sister, Charlotte Anne, wife of Walter Miskin], any amount of ‘gas’ in it but no news.
Friday 12th
Rode on some stone for a mealie “hok”. Went into own and bro’t tobcco, matches and
Rocksalt. Started to make poles into ship-shape for gate. Put cattle into Gordon’s mealie
lands. No frost. A warm day. [In margin] Got a letter from Sid [Worral]
Saturday 13th June ‘91
Rode on four loads of stone and worked at poles. I went to Riebeek and asked Mr
McFarlane for his daughter (Janet) which he willingly gave. Happy man, so I am. No frost.
Sunday 14th
Warm. Overcast. Looks like rain. Counted sheep which are correct. Went to Hopedale and
returned in the evening. Wrote a letter to my little darling, the first love letter I have ever
written. No frost.
Monday 15th
Got such a loving letter from Janet which made me feel quite nice. Worked at poles. Sent
Sika [farm worker] home [Hopedale] with the two big oxen and my waterproof. Pitso [farm
worker] has worked at mealie “hok” today and has worked well. No Frost. Cloudy.
Tuesday 16th June 1891
Worked at posts and finished. Dan McFarlane [brother of Janet] was here and slept here.
Rather a heavy thunderstorm after dark. Some of my cattle away.
Wednesday 17th
Went in search of cattle and found them in all twelve. Did a lot of odd jobs and then went to
Riebeek. Wrote a letter to Sid [Worrall, brother in law]. A splendid day.
Thursday 18th
Same cattle were away last night as the other day. Went and found them. A heavy frost. Cold
wind with driving showers of rain. Bitterly cold. A cow sick, dosed her, Redwater. Took post
to Hopedale and returned. Dosed cow again. Oswald [son of brother Joe, now on Gordon]
helped me. Cold, very. Had a letter from Tam [sister, wife of Sid Worral].
Friday 19th
Dead cow which is very bad event. Went over to Riebeek and took Miss McFarlane to
Hopedale [parents’ farm]. Returned alone and found old Mayburg on the way. Rode over
very hard. Dosed Cow again, she is very bad. No frost but cold. Oswald [son of brother, Joe]
here tonight.
Saturday 20th
Cow is very bad and inclined to cast her calf. Worked at Gate. Very heavy frost. A fine day.
Sunday 21st
Cow cast her calf last night and looks a little better. Am leaving for Home [Hopedale]. No
Monday 22nd
Came from Hopedale and went to Maclear and attended Govt Muster of No 3 Troop
G.E.M.R. [Griqualand East Mounted Rifles]. The Captain choked three men off. As wagon
was going into Maclear, the niggers[?] capsized wagon going into drift. Had a lot of trouble
in righting it. Dan McF and T Robinson helped us. Came out and Dan stayed here until
late. Overcast and rather cold. No frost.
Tuesday 23rd
Went to Maclear and off-loaded wagon. Attended sale of Govt farms which went very high. It
is evidently not poor people who are buying the farms as I know from experience one can’t
make much with by farming. Returned and went to Gordon. Matic [former worker whose
contract had expired] has come to gather his mealies, Cow is better. No frost. Bo’t a pair of
Boots at Francis’ [store] for 12/6; paid for them.
Wednesday 24th
Went to Hopedale. Helped Pid[?] to dip some sheep. Returned with Miss McF and took her
home. Got back as far as “Gordon”, slept there and as it began to rain. No frost. Overcast.
Thursday 25th
Sheep left their lay place last night and got into oats. Counted sheep. Herbt [brother] and
Maria [sister] turned up on their way to Maclear. Had to go into Maclear and help offload
wagon. Walked in with Mr Myburgh and out again, found cattle in land, feel as it I should
like to kick[?] the herd. Looks like rain. Posted letter to Tam [sister]. Sent boy home for
Scotch Cart and he retuned with it loaded with trees. Counted sheep. Oli [Oliver] and Sam
[sons of brother, Joe] are here.
Friday 26th
Overcast. Matic [former farm worker] bro’t in his mealies. Sheep slept in land again last
night. Made a gate for Sheep kraal. Cold wind. Thunder on the mountains, looks as if it is
snowing there. A buck kidded. Put sheep in kraal. Has been raining since three o’c p.m.
Very cold.
Saturday 27th
Rained all night. A bad morning, although it is not cold. Oswald [son of brother, Joe] came
over from home and as Oli [son of brother, Joe] had to go over I went with him. Cold ride
Sunday 28th
One of my cows sick at home [Hopedale] with Redwater. Dosed her and then came to
here. Went to Riebeek. Oswald went too. Miss McFarlane not so well. A beautiful day.
Monday 29th
Carted mealies on. Crows killed the little kid. Wagon load of trees came from Hopedale.
Heard that my cow has died at home. Rather a cool day. Went to Bachelors’ Dance. Stayed
all night. Twenty six sheep came from home.
Tuesday 30th June/91
Came from Maclear early this morning. Very heavy frost. Carted on mealies. One sheep
ewe had a dead lamb. Cattle came from Hopedale thirty nine (39) also the mares twenty
six (26). Put cattle and horses into mealie lands. Went through to “Gordon” had supper.
Wednesday July 1st 1891
Very heavy frost. Saw cattle and horses which are all. Went through to Gordon and had
supper. Crossed river by lantern light. A hot day.
Thursday 2nd
Went into Maclear and had a look on at the shooting practice, I did not shoot as I did not
have my gun in. Wrote a letter to A Ridley Esq for a ring. Inspector Emslie has been
removed to Idutywa and Ballison takes his place here and WB Henley[?] goes to Mt
Fletcher, so we are having moves all round. Bought some sweets and matches in
Maclear. Counted sheep which are correct. Heavy frost. Clouds along the berg. Looks like
Friday 3rd
Slight Frost. A lamb this morning. Went and saw to cattle and horses which are right and
seem to like the change. Went over to “Gordon” and found Mrs and the Misses McFarlane
there and walked over home with them and again back after dark.
Saturday 4th
First saw cattle and horses and then went to Hopedale for the calves which had run back.
Got back late. One sheep died. Went to “Gordon” any amount of talk. So endeth Volume II of
my diary.

Hymn written inside back cover (torn and difficult to read)
Just as I am without one
But that thy blood was shed
And that Thou bids’t me come
O Lamb of God
Just as I am though….

Outside back cover
Edward Jackson Hulley
East Griqualand
South Africa
Strictly Private

My Diary Of all things concerning myself and for future reference
Edward J Hulley

Volume II

From To
5/7/1891 30/11/91
Both days inclusive

[Cover and inside front cover have a number of cartoon-like drawings/doodles of
heads/faces, some dated e.g. 4/8/91, 22/8/91. The comment “Nonsense” appears after
those on the front cover. On the inside cover, one is labelled “A Masher” (dated
17/9/91), another “A lady of the period” (dated 16/9/91) and next to another set of three,
“Heads of the Peoples”.] [Undated introduction]
This is volume III of my Diary and I hope to keep on with it I find it a pleasure now to
chronicle passing events concerning myself. My diary is simply a history of myself.
Some may think that I am only keep writing it for a show, let them think so, there [sic]
opinion is nothing to me. If I was some great man, I dare say their opinion would be
right, but I am only a poor Farmer and a farmer’s son and not ashamed to own it.

Sunday 5th July 1891
Saw cattle and horses and went to Maclear. Found all well. Heavy frost, but a warm day.
[RL: Previous volume mentions sale of Hopedale, farm belonging to Joseph Hulley,
EJH’s father. By this time, it seems, Joseph Hulley and his family, including daughter
Maria and son Herbert (and from time to time, son Richard, known as Dick, who went to
work on the “gold fields”) had moved to Maclear.]
Monday 6th
Heavy frost. Came from Maclear and on my way out went to cattle and horses, which are
allright. Herbt [brother] came out with me. Had a note from father about oxen. Sent them
in. Two lambs died last night. Diarrhoea.
Tuesday 7th July 1891
Heavy frost. A Boer called and and asked his way to Mr Kearney’s. I directed him. A lot of
the cattle came home in the night. Saw to cattle and horses. Went and helped Joe burn
grass. Mayberg got Mr Diesel’s forage. Fine day.
Wednesday 8th
Heavy frost. Saw cattle and horses. Counted sheep. Dug potatoes and went and helped
Joe [brother] burn a strip {probably on Gordon]. Came back late. A hot day.
Thursday 9th
Saw to stock and went on to Maclear. Tried to hit target and failed. Came out with Dan
McF, he slept here. Frost.
Friday 10th
Saw to stock, frost. Dug potatoes. Dick [brother, Richard Hargreaves Hulley] and Maria
[sister] called here on their way to “Gordon”. Went to Riebeek. Gave the ring [engagement
ring to Janet McF]. Set grass on fire. Rather a windy day.
Saturday 11th
Saw stock. Counted sheep and sent a hamel to Maclear. Dug potatoes which are turning
out better than I expected. No frost, a warm day.
Sunday 12th
After seeing stock, proceeded to Maclear, Dick’s cow calved, a bull calf, Red
with white patches on his rump and sides. One ewe lambed. As I was coming out I saw
something I ought not have seen.
Monday 13th
Saw cattle and horses which were very scattered. Two Goats kidded and a sheep lambed,
don’t take it. Gave Joe [brother] a bag of potatoes. Counted sheep. Helped Joe burn a strip.
No frost. A beautiful day.
Tuesday 14th
Dick [brother] came out and I took him to Riebeek and after our return I went after the cattle.
A fine day.
Wednesday 15th July 1891
Rain. Cattle came to here. Very cold rain all day.
Thursday 16th
Did not even see to the stock as it was raining all day. Very cold.
Friday 17th
Was looking for cattle all day and I am not certain even now if they are all. Counted sheep
eleven short. One ewe had a dead lamb and one a live one. Nice day. Half overcast.
[In margin] River maintains[?] high
Saturday 18th
Cattle have been plaguing me so much today that I have been obliged to kraal them. Pitso
[farm worker] found sheep which were away. I managed to dig a few potatoes today. A nice
day. River still impassable.
Sunday 19th
River still high but I had to cross it to see for cattle and horses and there are still eight cattle
missing. Went to Maclear and came out with the boys. Went to Riebeek but only stayed a
few minutes and came to “Gordon” and slept there as I was “bang” to cross the River. No
frost. Heavy fog.
Monday 20th
Saw to horses which are all and then went on to the cattle, same ones away and I don’t
know in what direction to search for them. Dug potatoes. Set grass on fire and the wind
changed and I had to put it out by myself. Heavy frost.
Tuesday 21st
Went to cattle and there are sixteen missing, went in search and found the eight that were
away on the 19th. Found them at Diesels. Big grass fire on the flats. Looks as if it will burn
me out. Heavy frost but a beautiful day.
Wednesday 22nd July 1891
Saw cattle which are all for once. Fell in with Dick and Pid/Rid [?Richard, brotherin-law,
married to eldest sister Rachel Ann] and came down with them. Went through to “Gordon”
for dinner. Dick and Pid went back to Maclear. Light frost. Rather a heavy wind from N.W.
Clouds along mountains.
Thursday 23rd
Found Joe’s boy bringing cattle back which had been on the brant [“brand” = grass burnt
for early feeding] up at the Race course. Went to Maclear. No post for me. Did Dick [brother
Richard] down at Tennis and then came out here. Set a hen. A nice balmy spring morning.
Clouds along the berg. Forage ten (10) bundles.
Friday 24th
Saw cattle which were very much scattered. Dick came out. No frost.
Saturday 25th
Saw to cattle. Three sheep lambed. No frost.
Sunday 26th
A lot of cattle away today, have been in search but without success. Oli [Oliver, son of
Brother, Joe] went to Maclear on my “pony”. Dick went to Maclear.
Monday 27th
Found cattle at Hopedale and bro’t them over and put them in kraal Went to Riebeek on
business. One sheep lambed. A light frost.
Tuesday 28th
Went to Maclear to see Dick as he is leaving for Johannesburg [gold fields]. Came back via
Thomas’ [?] kraal and found some cattle there. Light frost. A grand day.
Wednesday 29th
Went to Hopedale in search of cattle. Found none. Returned via Leach’s, Diesels, but in
vain. Burnt the peninsula. Heavy N.W. wind, which changed about 4pm to S.W., very cold.
Thursday 30th
Went in search of eleven cattle but searched in vain. Got my post as I was returning. One
letter from Sam [brother]. One sheep lambed. Cold day, wind from S.W. Grass is shooting a
little. Alick [McFarlane] was here this evening looking for sheep.
Friday 31st
Gathered the horses and then plowed for wheat. A cow (Tittle) calved. Turned oxen away.
Saturday 1st August 1891
Heavy fog. Went in search of oxen and found them at Hopedale. Did not plow. Too late.
Sunday 2nd
Helped Joe lift a cow and then went into Maclear, returned in the evening. Frost.
Monday 3rd
Plowed untill I had finished and then started harrowing, but could not finish. A fine day. Grass
growing nicely.
Tuesday 4th August 1891
Harrowed and got finished by noon. Went to Riebeek, returned by about midnight. A splendid
Wednesday 5th
Planed potatoes (Early Rose). I find that hard work is not easy. Burnt some grass. A splendid
day. Wrote letters to Jane [?sister-in-law, wife of William Brangan] and Annie [?sister,
Charlotte Anne, wife of Walter Miskin] .
Thursday 6th
Gathered horses and then went into Maclear. No post. Herbert’s white cow calved, calf is
very weak. Put sheep onto brant [“brand” = burnt grass] and they seem to be satisfied.
Friday 7th
I forgot to mention yesterday that I put the ewes with lambs on the brant [“brand”] as well as
the troop of sheep and the Guarddian[?] is looking after them. Planted potatoes all day. Sent
Herbert’s cow and calf to Maclear. We are having magnificent weather, Real spring.
Saturday 8th
Morning dawned cloudy, misty and cold. Went and found a few cattle which were away and
also saw horses. Planted potatoes the remainder of the day. Joe went into Maclear with his
wagon. Lent him oxen and sent in mealies, trees and a hamel by wagon. Commonage
across the river burnt off. Raining heavily now 6 P.M.
Sunday 9th
When I got up this morning all the hills around were covered with snow and a very piercing
wind from the S.W. The bitter cold killed six lambs, not that they were poor but they were
simply frozen to death, that not being enough, three ewes must need try and cross the river
and got drowned. I went and had a look at the poor cattle, but am glad to say that they are all
right. I have not experienced such a cold day for a very long time. Put some lambs in store.
Monday 10th
Planted potatoes, went and got a bag of chalk which Joe must bring. Went to Riebeek. I draw
a veil over what happened.; back again and put some lambs in stable. Put cattle on to the
brant[“brand” = burnt grass]. Seem to feed well and quiet. Two lambs. Had a letter from Joe
asking me to count his sheep [on Gordon]. Very heavy frost. Fine day.
Tuesday 11th
Two lambs. Went in search of cattle, but searched in vain. Planted vegetable seeds an also
grafted a couple of apricots. Heavy frost. Herbert was out here. A fine day.
Wednesday 12th August 1891
Planted some cucumber seed and dug around tress and I think I did a hard day’s work. Flats
have been burning all day. Joe got back with his wagon. No frost, a fine day.
Thursday 13th
Went to Maclear with Hack[?] and Diesel. Saw Dan McF [brother of Janet] there. Came out
and then went and put some fire out. On my return saw R.J. [?Richard John, brother-in law,
married to Rachel Ann] coming, so went down. He has had his foot hurt by wagon. Being late
I did not see his oxen but he says they are very poor. Afternoon very cold and as evening was
closing in it began a mist rain. Had my horse’s feet pared (3). Oli [son of brother Joe] has
gone to Maclear on my pony. Left my horse out of stable as R.J. wishes to put his oxen in.
[RL: It seems that brother-in-law, Richard John Hulley and Rachel Ann, sister, lived on Orpen
for some time, possibly from this date.]
Friday 14th
Wind changed to S.W. and bro’t in very bad weather, cold, bitterly cold, cleared a little about
3 o’clock PM planted a little bit of quince fence. Three lambs.
Saturday 15th
Very heavy frost, three lambs. Went to Hopedale in search of horses which I found after a
good bit of searching. Weather has been rather cool the whole day and is now overcast and
cold 10 0’c PM.
Sunday 16th
Morning dawned with heavy clouds and looked very much like rain, luckily it has not been
cold. Went over to Riebeek and I am sorry to hear that my darling Jennie [Janet McFarlane]
has been and is still sick. Still cloudy 9 PM. Good night.
Monday 17th
Two lambs. Put up gate for cattle kraal. The wretched weather still continues. Rain and
rather cold. Herbert’s blk and wht cow calved.
Tuesday 18th August 1891 [typical drawing of head and EJH]
Sent Oli to Riebeek with a letter for Jennie and had a note in return saying she was much
better. Had an ox die (A….)[?]. Grafted some apricot and finished digging around trees.
Planted a bit of Quince hedge. A very cold day.
Wednesday 19th
Two lambs. Ox that died yesterday died of Redwater. Made holes to plant trees. Went to
Gordon and helped a little to make huts. Began digging in the garden. A very cold day.
Grass is getting worse and worse.
Thursday 20th
R.J.’s brown cow died last night. Horses were away this morning and did not find them till
noon. Made a kraal for lambs of Galvanized iron, planks and poles. Three lambs. Came
out with Dan McF and found that my loving Jennie is much better. My red cow (Maclear)
died yesterday. The wretched weather continues. A lamb got killed last night.
Friday 21st August 1891
A light frost. Dug in garden and in the afternoon went to “Riebeek” and was glad to see and
hear that Jennie was well again. Mr McF gave me ten beefwood trees, three of which I gave
to Joe. After dark Sica [farm worker] came and said “cow in the mud”. Went but could not
find her. A fine day.
Saturday 22nd
Planted the seven beefwood trees. One lamb. Very heavy frost. Oswald [son of Joe] went in
search of Cow and found her safe and sound. Made holes for tree-planning purposes. A
very warm day. Watered Vegetable beds. Lambs looking well.
Sunday 23rd
One lamb. Went into Maclear. Dick [brother, Richard Hargreaves Hulley] is back again. All
people well. Came out after dinner and went to cattle, Found them scatted all over. Two
boys came out to go with wagon and brought the seven oxen. Heavy N.W. wind. Hot sun.
Wind changed to S.E. 6 P.M; fog 9 P.M.
Monday 24th August 1891
Sent oxen over to “Gordon” for wagon. Went to “View Hill” for wagon load of wood. Slept
there. Weather very bad.
Tuesday 25th
Got an early start at wood and finished by noon but did not get back till late as we came
over with wagon. Pid [?Richard John] gone to Maclear. Weather very cold. I have not been
warm since yesterday.
Wednesday 26th
White with snow this morning and kept on snowing till 12 o’clock, when it cleared and I let
the stock out of Kraals, but they only run about. Lambs look very bad. This is the heaviest
fall of snow I have ever seen in my life. I wish we could have some fine weather as the stock
are enough trouble when it is fine, but with such weather as have had he last three weeks
it is simply impossible to keep them together. One lamb dead. [In margin]Two lambs
Thursday 27th August 1891
Very heavy frost. Went in search of cattle but could not find them. Sika [farm worker] will not
look after cattle - how one can go from the kraal with stock and lose them in broad day
light I cannot imagine. Tonight there are a lot more short. I sent the load of wood in. A
splendid day.
Friday 28th
Two lambs. Went in search of cattle and found ten (10), Sika says they are all now but I will
count them in the morning. Counted sheep and gave them salt. Two died of “Geelsick”. I
went to Maclear and heard that the wagon capsized going in yesterday. Bo’t tobacco and
paid for it. Herbert’s Mof[?] cow calved today. Black and white bull calf. Vegetable seeds are
coming up. A fine day.
Saturday 29th
Grafted three nectarines. Sent twelve oxen to Maclear, Five oxen Dick [brother] got,
Lansman[?] (Boultring, Kleinveldt, Krigesman, Blauuwberg) [?names of oxen, all difficult to
read] and he gave four oxen in exchange. Went over to Riebeek in afternoon. Heavy Nor-
West wind during day changed to Souwest about 3 PM. Very cold. Frosty, clouds.
Sunday 30th
Three lambs. Counted cattle, seven short. Went into Maclear with Dick as he is leaving for
the Gold Fields in the morning. Very heavy frost, but a very fine day. Came from Maclear in
afternoon. All seems fair here. Can hardly ride have a swelling under thigh on left leg and a
dull throbbing headache. Very tired.
Monday 31st
Herbert came out and went in search of cattle and found four. Made holes for trees.
Chopped wood. Two lambs. Watered beds. Herbt took Prince [horse] in, so have only the
‘Pony’ to ride now. Rather a heavy frost. A glorious day. Feel much better today. The swelling
on my leg is rather better.
Tuesday 1st September 1891
One lamb. Found a bees’ nest in the rocks and it looks pretty secure. R.J’s [brother-in-law]
calf dead. Planted fifty two trees (Gum and Blackwood). Went over to “Gordon”. To sheep
died of “Geelsick”. Very little frost. A real summer’s day. Very tired. Good night and pleasant
dreams to My “Jennie”, my little “love”.
Wednesday 2nd
One lamb. Maria’s Cow (Machine) calved blue and white heifer calf. Dug in Garden and
planted three orange trees. Wagon cane out with forage on for R.J. Sent in some trees by it.
Went over to Riebeek, sheep dying with “Geelsick”. Herbert’s Red Heifer calved Black bull.
One hamel sick. Very hot day.
Thursday 3rd
Transplanted Shalots (?). Went to Maclear. Saw Mr Impey says horses are troubling him.
Bo’t a pocket of Coopers’ Dip. Glorious weather. [In margins] Two lambs. Some talk of
forming a Cricket club [Bottom of page] Harmonium
Friday 4th September 1891
One lamb. Killed a hamel. Went in search of Horses and found them at “Waldeck” [farm
towards Hopedale]. On my return found that Joe and Annie [brother and wife], Mat[?
mother] Herbt[brother], Maria [sister], Lillie and Ellie [?daughters of Richard John and
Rachel Ann] were here also Mrs Clark Had a lamb die. A Beautiful day, but rather windy.
Grass growing rapidly.
Saturday 5th
Five lambs. Had goats shorn and dug in Garden. Had a look at the wheat and oats which is
looking pretty well Have two hamels sick. A cold day. Cold wind from the South-West. Went
to “Gordon” and got a roll of Tobacco. Good night. Sleepy.
Sunday 6th
Seven lambs. Rather a cold morning but it cleared nicely and we had a beautiful day. Took a
walk round the trees I planted out ant they seem to do fairly well. Went over to Riebeek and
saw my Jennie. Everyone seems fairly busy now with lambs. Very tired. Good night.
Monday 7th September
Three lambs and one of the ewes don’t take. Have had her tethered. Herbt was out with cart
and took Rachel [sister, wife of Richard John] and children in. Worked in Garden. Two
lambs are still sick. Very rough norwester all day and very hot, wind changed to S.E. towards
evening and bro’t on mist. Cattle are improving. Have a sore place on hand which is very
very painful.
Tuesday 8th
Five lambs. Misty morning but not cold. Dug in Garden. Two ewes don’t take their lambs. A
splendid day.
Wednesday 9th
Four lambs. Herbt came out and went with me in search of Horses which we found after a
good hunt. Called at Impeys’ and Hacks’. Very hot day. Heavy nor-west gale all day. Hoar
Thursday 10th
Forgot to mention yesterday that I sent Herbts and Maria’s cows to Maclear. One of the sick
lambs died this morning. Five lambs and one “still born”. Went to Maclear. Attended
Wesleyan Church meeting and am one of the Guarantors [for building of church]. The Revd
C.K. Hodges presided and he seems a nice man. R.J.’s cow was in the mud and the “boys”
got her out, but they say she can’t get up. Clouds came up early and a cold wind from S.W.
[In margin] Posted a letter to Tam [sister]
Friday 11th
Four lambs. Tried to lift R.J.’s cow but she cannot stand. Dug in Garden. Went over to
“Gordon” but only saw Annie as the men were at work. A very cold day. There was a mist
rain last night. Good night. [In margin] Left cattle out I want them to get fat
Saturday 12th
Four lambs. Dug in Garden. Joe gone into Maclear with wagon. Sent wheat in. Went to
Riebeek. Saw my queenie, my loving Jennie. Left cattle out again and will do so as long as
they behave themselves. Kept “tollies” at home. A nice day. Thunderstorms at dark, very
little rain.
Sunday 13th September 1891
After seeing to lambs and everything else about the place, I went to Maclear for Service.
Revd Hodges preached a fine sermon. R.J. went on “Prince” [Edward’s horse]. Jennie was
not in. I hope that it is only the weather that kept her away. A very windy day N.W. and rather
cold. Four lambs.
Monday 14th
Six lambs. One did not take to [ewe], I tethered her. Burnt some grass as I find I have not
enough for the lambing ewes. Dug in Garden. A fine day. Went to Riebeek in evening and
returned late.
Tuesday 15th
Seven lambs. Two refused so had them tethered. Herbert came out and we went after
horses and found them not far away. After Herbert left I worked in Garden Saw B.E.L. on the
“flat” and he talked as usual. Called also at Diesels’ - Gas any amount. A very warm day.
Good night. [In margin] Rather a heavy frost, damaged potatoes
Wednesday 16th
A fine morning but wind rose N.W. about 8 am. Washed a calf manger. Four lambs. All the
ewes take their lambs now. Had cattle brought and gave them salt. They seem to be
improving fast. Sent twelve oxen to Maclear. Dug in Garden. Distant thunder towards
evening. Pony got away this evening.
Thursday 17th
Forgot to state yesterday that I am keeping the ewes that are lambing now separated form
the lot. Seven lambs. Searched for two ewes and lambs but could not find them but they
joined the others during the day. Horse got away last night and Oli [son of brother, Joe]
found him Diesel’s way. Dug in Garden. A nice day, not too warm. Has been cloudy almost
all day and thunder along the “berg”. Getting very dry. [In margin] Pid’s Blk cow white mark
calved a heifer one of the shades of red [In margin] Gave sheep salt
Saw to lambs and found them correct. Eight lambs. Report of ox in mud so I went with Pitso
and Sika [farm workers] and got him out. He is in good condition. Joe cut my hair and I
borrowed his wheelbarrow. Went to Riebeek and the usual happened. Mr McF seems to
have a lot of trouble with his lambs and having no niggers don’t improve things any. Wind
has been blowing from all quarters today, but at different times. Has been cloudy all day.
[In margin] Got the four heifers from Gordon, two of mine and two of Herbert’s [In margin]
Sick hamel No. 2 died this morning
Saturday 19th
Three live lambs, one deformed which I had killed and one still born. Saw my lot of lambs.
Took cow manure to Garden. Annie [?sister-in law, wife of Joe] was here and baked. Horse
goes away every night and I have to search for him every morning. Overcast, towards
evening mist came on. Watered beds and quince hedge.
Sunday 20th
Saw to lambs and then went after “Pony”. Went to Maclear. My poor mother has been very
bad last week but am thankful to say she is much better now. Have left lambs and sheep out
as they are getting thin. A nice[?] day.
Monday 21st September 1891
Seven lambs. Sika’s time [contract] expired and as he was going in to Maclear I
sent Herbert’s cow and calf in by him. Have done nothing today as I have not been very well.
Turned store into a milk-room and found it a big work to clean it out. Eight of the twelve
Maclear oxen are here. Went after cattle in the afternoon. Pa hired a “boy” and sent him out.
So I won’t be so hard pressed.
Tuesday 22nd
Five lambs. Rachel went and washed at Annie’s. Dug ground and planted a few peas. Herbt
and Maria called here on their way from B.E.L’s. Pony’s leg cut badly with being knee-
haltered. Cut off all useless shoots on Peach trees. Two kids. Cloudy all day. Showers and
thunder now 9 P.M. Good night, my love. [In margin] Burnt some grass
Wednesday 23rd
One dead lamb and five live ones. Very cold day cloudy S.W. wind and rain all day. Went with
No. 2 lot of lambs which are allright as yet. Had cattle bro’t home and looked through them.
Did not other work as I was shepherd. Feels like frost. Good night. Cold and sleepy.
Thursday 24th
One lamb. Lambs have got over yesterday’s cold. Went to Maclear with Joe. No post. Heavy
frost last night which has nipped potatoes. Had a sheep tied up today, would not take her
lamb, but she does now. Rather a nice day but a rather cool breeze from the South E. [In
margin] Posted a letter to Annie [?sister, wife of Walter Miskin]
Friday 25th
Boy only bro’t part of the cattle so I sent him back again to fetch others. Three lambs. Sent
eight oxen to Maclear. R.J. and Family went to Maclear so I am in full charge and have to
do everything. Went to Riebeek in afternoon. Same as usual. Heavy fog this morning. l Put
pony in the land to -night as I don’t feel equal to a walk in morning. Planted sweet melons.
[In margin] A splendid day
Saturday 26th Sept 1891
One lamb. R.J. back. Worked in Garden. Forgot to mention yesterday that Joe got a hamel
and I also sent one to Maclear. Clouds rose early and in the afternoon wind changed to
South West and very cold but luckily we had no rain. Good night. I feel tired. [In margin] A
light frost this morning
Sunday 27th
A misty morning. After seeing to lambs I went to Maclear and found all well. A nice day but a
rather heavy wind rose about noon. Feels rather chilly tonight.
Monday 28th
Sheep and lambs were on Northbrook this morning. Dug in Garden. Had a good search for
a lamb and after searching [and] chasing, one of R.J’s oxen in mud, got him out, would not
get up. Came and got help. Very, very tired. Counted lambs which are correct. Rather a cold
day wind from S.W. Good night my sweetheart.
Tuesday 29th Sept 1891
One kid, mother will not take it. Jack[?] came out in search of Maclear horses. Dug in
Garden. Went to Riebeek in afternoon. Saw my Jennie. Will go in search of Horses in the
morning. Heavy mist this morning. A magnificent day.
Wednesday 30th
Went in search of horses from Maclear and found them at Hopedale. Had a lot of trouble
with them. Immediately on my return Herbert got here from Maclear and bro’t my horse out
so I hurried up and went to Riebeek and took Jennie in to the Concert and waxworks which
passed off splendidly. Slept at Maclear. A splendid day.
Thursday 1st October 1891
After getting post, I brot my little Jennie home [to Riebeek] and then returned here. Found
all’s well. Herbert took my horse in having been to Hopedale to fetch a mare which had
foaled. Anne [?Joe’s wife] is sick. A very nice day.
Friday 2nd October 1891
Saw mare with little foal and took other Horses up on to the River. Worked in garden all day.
Been threatening rain all day and it commenced misting towards evening and at dark it was
raining a steady rain with cold wind from South-west. Turned lamb sheep up to old lands.
Saturday 3rd
Had a good rain last night. Was a long time gathering sheep this morning as they were very
much scattered. A kid was killed accidentally this morning. Helped R.J. [brother-in-law] with
his pig-sty in the afternoon. Had the cows and young cattle bro’t to kraal this evening. Today
has been a wretched day. Mist rain and cold. Good night my Jennie.
Sunday 4th
Went to Maclear and found all well. Weather very unsettled. River rose a good bit and Rachel
[sister, wife of RJ] was across. Feel rather sick.
Monday 5th October 1891
Had very little sleep last night with pains in my chest & stomach. Am feeling a little better
today. One lamb. R.J. went to Maclear on “Pony”. Hoed potatoes which are growing nicely
again now. Weather very unsettled. Cloudy but warm.
Tuesday 6th
Pid [?] came out to plough and did so R.J. driving as I was too weak. Swart witrug cow
calved. Black bull calf. Thunderstorm in afternoon with very little rain. Two lambs.
Wednesday 7th
R.J. and Pid plowed again today. Went and saw cattle during day as the herd is leading[?].
Dug in Garden. Horses came down so I took them back but they have dome down again. A
splendid day.
Thursday 8th
Got a good bit of plowing done but had to outspan in a/c of rain. R.J. went to Maclear for post
and I got two letters (Anne [?sister, wife of Walter Miskin] & Sam [brother]). Had very little rain
but very threatening weather.
Friday 9th
Plowed till afternoon. Went to Riebeek. Jennie has been ill but I am thankful to say she is
better again. A nice day not to hot.
Saturday 10th
Harrowed in one bag of side oats and a couple of buckets of Cape oats. Went to “Gordon”
after dinner & helped clean a pig got a roll of tobacco and also some cabbage plans which I
planted along with some my own. Mist rain towards noon but not any to speak of. On the
whole a nice day.
Sunday 11th
After seeing to lambs, I went to Maclear and found all well. Returned soon after dinner and
went over to Riebeek and saw my loving Jennie. Mr & Dan McF were away to Elston’s. A fine
day but rather too hot.
Monday 12th October 1891
Went to Maclear with Scotch-Cart and bro’t out three bags oats and one of mealies. Got back
about two o’clock PM. A Kid died. Pid and Maria {?, sister Maria] called here on their way
home from Mr McFarlane’s. A fine day. Mist rain came on after dark. Good night.
Tuesday 13th
A most miserable day. Mist rain. I transplanted some cabbage and cal cauliflower and dug
in Garden. Have finished digging in Garden now. Very Cold. Pa hired a boy in Maclear and
sent him out.
Wednesday 14th
Harr Harrowed all day. Put in the remains of the short oats, also two Bags of White oats and
two acres[?] of mealies, also a fews Peas & Beans. Rather a cold day, Herbt was out and
helped me, but has gone home now.
Thursday 15th
Got Joe [brother] to come through [from Gordon] and castrate lambs. Pid came out and we
went in search of horses, when we got at View Hill we helped R.J. chop and load wood and
then bro’t horses over. JTH’s [?] mare has foaled, filly. R.J. stuck in vlei coming over
inspanned eight oxen and hooked him [out]. Balingana (new boy) dug in Garden today and
did pretty fairly. A cold day. Good night. [In margin] Got a letter from Sid [Worral, brother-in-
law, married to Tamson]
Friday 16th
R.J. went to Maclear with wood, Have been riding on manure into land with Scotch-Cart (15
loads). Want it for Potatoes. Horses was away this morning. Sent Balingan after him this
afternoon and found him Weather a little better than yesterday. Very tired and Sleepy.
Saturday 17th
Spread manure. Pid came out and went in search of my horse which got away again last
night. Joe was here and got the Scotch-Cart and also the bag of seed oats. Balingan dug in
Garden. Went over to Riebeek and had a walk with my Jennie. A lovely day.
Sunday 18th October 1891
Went to Maclear and found all well. Came out towards evening. Pitso[fafrm worker] got two
days leave to go home. My cow (Mittens[?]) calved. Blue and white heifer. One ewe lambed.
A very hot day.
Monday 19th
Ploughed, harrowed and drilled for potatoes. Dan, Miss and Lillie [?MacFarlane] here in
afternoon. Herbt helped. Pitso back, hot day. Inclined to Thunderstorm.
Tuesday 20th
Got a wool pack, lampblack, oil & meal from Maclear. Horses got away last night, Boy did not
return with them till dinner. Made shear kraal. Pid went to Maclear and bro’t mares. Went to
Riebeek. Saw my loving Jennie. Hot hot day.
Wednesday 21st
Started shearing (12 shearers) and finished by three o’c PM. Herbt was out and helped.
Killed a Slapater[?]. A nice day. Mixed[?] the sheep. Wrote a letter to Annie [/sister, married
to Walter Miskin]. Very tired. Good night.
Thursday 22nd
Horse got away last night. Boy bro’t him back about 10 o‘c am. And then I went to Maclear.
Mass meeting re Mr Shaw enclosing Govt ground. Bali[farm worker] time expired. A very
windy day. Almost overcast. R.J. left for Cala.
Friday 23rd
My Komani Heifer calved. Red & white bull calf. Bali [farm worker] took Mittins and calf and
young bull to Maclear. A wretched day. Cold SW wind. Annie [wife of Joe] baked.
Transplanted a few onion plants. God night my loving Jennie. God bless you.
Saturday 24th
Planted a few potatoes. Went to Diesels & tried to borrow a wagon. Failed. On my return I
went to Riebeek and find that my Jennie has been ill in bed since Wednesday. Oh! my Jennie
how I wish I could bear the pain for you. Since three o’c pm the weather has been wretchedly
cold with very cold wind from SW & driving showers of mist rain.
Sunday 25th
Went to Maclear. Alls well. Came out and went to Riebeek. Jennie is a little better but she
looks very ill yet. Mr & Mrs McF have done to Tent Kop having heard that Miss Bella[?
McFarlane, sister of Janet] is seriously ill. Saw R.J. Elston at Riebeek but as I am not jealous
and I trust my Jennie all will be well. A very cold day.
Monday 26th
Sent Balingana to Mr Impey’s with young blue bull which Pa had given Mr Impey for his. Bro’t
horses back and found some of the sheep on my return. Put horses through the river. Hauled
a few Magnum Brown[?] Potatoes. A nice day .Want rain. Ground very dry. [In margin]
Herbert was out all day
Tuesday 27th
Went to Riebeek and borrowed Mr McF’s wagon. Got Joe’s oxen and brot it over. Loaded
Joe’s wool and mine and took it to Maclear. Sold it and only got five (/5d) per lb. Returned &
took wagon home. Mrs and Miss Bella McF is better, they having brot Miss McF down.
Counted sheep this morning. Thirteen short. Pitso in search. Found none. Mist, wind SW, a
cold day, overcast
Wednesday 28th October 1891
Pitso [farm worker] went in search of sheep but did not find any. Planted potatoes (Bag).
Forgot to mention yesterday that Pid came out and took the new bull to Maclear. How I wish
I could see my Jennie. Oh! My love how I love you. Good night. Tired. Rather a cold day.
Thursday 29th
Planted cabbage plants. Went to Maclear, got settlement for wool. Big meeting on re Church
affairs. Saw Dan McF says his father is down with diarrhoea. Picked lambs from sheep as I
want to dose them for Tapeworm. A lot of trouble to get them into kraal. Completely knocked
Friday 30th
Mr Diesel and Mr & Mrs Myburgh called. Herbert came out early and we dosed the lambs
and then went and dosed Joe’s. We went in search of Horses and found them at Hopedale.
After our Return I walked over to Riebeek and saw my Jennie who is looking much better.
Mrs McF is better. Pitso has been in search of his horse. A cool day. [In margin] Dosed a
Saturday 31st October
Went to Diesels in the pole[?] business but did not do anything as he was not at home.
Went to Maclear and had a game of Cricket and did very well. Slept in Maclear. A fine day
very hot. Pitso found his horse at Ugie in the pound.
Sunday 1st November 1891
Came from Maclear before breakfast. Pitso went and settled for his horse. Walked to
Riebeek in afternoon. Saw my Jennie and am glad to say she is better. Did not return till
very late and got almost wet coming home. There was a nice shower of rain.
Monday 2nd
Planted potatoes. A very hot day. Towards evening had a heavy shower of rain, a little hail
and a lot of thunder and lightning.
Tuesday 3rd
Went with Herbert to View Hill to get a load of wood. Got all the wood to wagon by evening
although we were much hindered by rain. Hot day with a little rain.
Wednesday 4th
Uploaded wagon and started it on and then brot horses over. Blue Lady foaled. Black Colt.
Pansy{?} calved Blk & white bull calf. Had mares put into kraal. Wagon and oxen stayed in
Maclear. Heavy thunder and lightning & a little rain. Finished potato planting.
Thursday 5th
Transplanted a few onions and also some lettuce. R.J. came back with his wagon. Had a
letter from Dick [brother, Richard Hargreaves, on “gold fields”]. Planted a few potatoes
which I got from R.J. Thunderclouds and thunder but no rain. A very hot day. Oh! How I
long to see Jennie. Good night my sweetheart. [In margin] Sowed Carrot and Radish
Friday 6th
Richard John castrated young bulls for me and I also branded them. Took Annie [wife of
brother, Joe] a few potatoes through R.J. R.J. killed a little animal after the “Meercat” specie.
Went over to Riebeek. My Jennie is not looking well and oh how I love her. Took a few
potatoes over for Mrs McF. Joe has a case of Redwater. Sowed Parsley.
Saturday 7th
Dug in Garden. Dan McF bro’t his mare over and we took her to the horses and then went in
to Maclear where we had a splendid Cricket practice. Came out again. Weather hot & cloudy
with thunder but no rain. Very dry.
Sunday 8th
Went to Maclear for Service. Revd Robb of Cala preached. There was a good congregation.
Same out and then went to Riebeek. My Jennie is better but still not well Came home about
dark. Had a nice rain last night.
Monday 9th
Started cutting Short oats this morning. It is not quite ripe, but the birds are destroying it, so in
order to get some return, I am cutting it. R.J. and family arrived here about noon. R.J. and his
boy helped me reap in the afternoon and we got along famously. Mist clouds about. A cold
wind in the evening. Sowed Turnip seed. Good night. Very tired.
Tuesday 10th
Reaped oats and finished by noon. Jim Poultney was here in search of sheep. Mr McF was
here all afternoon and looked and saw everything. A very hot day.
Wednesday 11th
Tied and packed one hundred and seventy bundles of oats. Herbt went to Hopedale with
wagon and got some things, left wagon here. Rachel and Girls went to Mr McFarlane. Had a
letter from my Jennie saying she is much better. Very hot day. [In margin] Wrote a letter to
Price Bros, Queen’s Town
Thursday 12th
Went to Maclear. Had a letter from Sid [Worral, brother in law, married to Tamson]. R.J. took
wagon in and inspanned four young oxen. Bo’t a roll of Tobacco. Tied and packed two
hundred and thirty four Bundles of oats making a grand total of four hundred and four
bundles. Thunder about but no rain. A hot day. Good night Jennie and God be with you.
Friday 13th
Made the road a little in order to get wagon down to oats. R.J. drove it down. Loaded oats
and bro’t it home. Herbt was here till afternoon. We have been having rain off and on the
whole day and it is rain[ing] a nice steady rain now. How I wish I could see you my Jennie.
Good night. Very Sleepy.
Saturday 14th
Took oats to Maclear and sold it to Trent for 22/6 per hundred bundles. Came back and then
did odd jobs about. A nice rain in the evening. Good night.
Sunday 15 November 1891
Morning dawned misty and wet but towards noon it cleared a little so I took the opportunity
to go to Riebeek and am glad to say Jennie is getting on nicely. A shower of rain in the
Monday 16th
Gave horses hempsalf[?] Plowed all day. Rid came out and sold twenty oxen at ₤6.10 and
two at ₤7.5 each to Holder of Mt Fletcher. A nice day. Overcast with mist.
Tuesday 17th
Yesterday report I wrote in the dark. Plowed for mealies. outspanned rather early on a/c of
Wednesday 18th
Plowed till noon and then worked on road to land and also planted a few tobacco plants.
Rain off and on through afternoon. Herbt has been helping with the plowing.
Thursday 19th November 1891
Plowed all day and am thankful to say have finished. Overcast with mist and spots of rain.
Friday 20th
Worked on road till dinner time and then went to Maclear. Bought a saddle at Trents for
₤4.10 on ‘tick’. A sheep died in evening and Sid’s Blk & White heifer is sick, dosed her. Misty
rain in morning and showers in afternoon. On the whole a nasty day. Somehow I feel tired.
Saturday 21st
Forgot to state that Pitso [farm worker] hired again yesterday his time having expired on the
19th. Helped R.J. put some oats in and went to Riebeek in afternoon. Saw Mr & Mrs A’Bear
[?] there, returned in evening. A nice day.
Sunday 22nd
Went to Maclear. Gibson preached but did not go in as the building was [?full]. Returned
and went to Riebeek. Pitso got three (3) days leave.
Monday 23rd November 1891
Worked on road. Dug potatoes in afternoon. Misty day.
Tuesday 24th
Went to Maclear with Scotch-cart and two bags of potatoes on my return worked on road for
a couple of hours then Dan McF came so I stopped work to entertain him. A misty day. Pitso
not back to time.
Wednesday 25th
Pitso returned today. Worked on road. Thunderstorm at noon which turned to mist rain. Got
Joe’s wagon & sent it to Maclear with sixteen oxen.
Thursday 26th
Very bad day. Bro’t on some gravel to put in front of house as it is so muddy. Worked on
road. Took Bees’ nest out. No honey. Big work. Bees objected.
Friday 27th
Planted out a few onions. Went to View Hill with R.J. for load of wood and had to sleep there
as we did not get loaded. A warm day.
Saturday 28th
Loaded wood and then went to Horses and bro’t them over. Went to Riebeek am sorry to
say my Jenny has not been well, altho’ she has not been as ill as usual. A very hot day.
Sunday 29th
A goat sick. Went to Maclear and found all well. Annie [?wife of brother, Joe] [delivered] of a
Son. Took Mrs McF home from “Gordon” and of course I say my little sweetheart. Rather a
heavy shower of rain after dark Tired.
Monday 30th
Rained almost all day. Planted tobacco, worked on road & made a gate for Gardon. Went
over to “Gordon” and borrowed a drawing knife. Saw Mrs McF there. Am sorry to hear that
Jennie is not so well again. God bless you my Jennie. Heavy rain after dark.

In closing this book of my Diary I say again that my Diary has been of great use to me as at
a glance I can see anything in the past which I wish to refer to. I think on the whole I have
not any reason to complain of myself being idle, very few days have passed without
something being done. I have had some holidays and one cannot work year in and year
out like a machine. Too much work is not good for anyone especially for myself which I
know by experience. Altho I’m not sickly one must have some fun
EJ Hulley

Inside back cover (torn)
Though dark my path and ........
May I be still and murmur ......
And breathe the prayer divinely…

Thy will be…

If but my fainting heart be blessed
With they sweet spirit[?] for its quiet
My God to thee I leave the rest

Renew my will from day to day
Blend it with thine and take a…
All that now makes it hard to say

Thy will be…

Then when on earth I breathe…
The prayers oft mixed with least…
Thy will………

Original Hymn - My God, my Father, while I stray

My God, my Father, while I stray
Far from my home in life's rough way,
O teach me from my heart to say,

Though dark my path, and sad my lot,
Let me be still and murmur not,
Or breathe the prayer divinely taught,

What though in lonely grief I sigh
For friends beloved, no longer nigh,
Submissive still would I reply,

If thou shoulds't call me to resign
What most I prize, it ne'er was mine:
I only yield thee what is thine;

Let but my fainting heart be blest
With thy good Spirit for its guest,
My God, to thee I leave the rest;

Renew my will from day to day,
Blend it with thine, and take away
All that now makes it hard to say,

Then, when on earth I breathe no more
The prayer oft mixed with tears before,
I'll sing upon a happier shore,

"Thy will be done!"
Outside back cover (torn)
(Edward J.) Hulley, Orpen, Maclear 12/11/91
Doodle picture: New person 11/11/91
Various versions of his signature

Volume IV [front and back covers missing]
Edward Jackson Hulley Orpen Maclear

Tuesday 1st December 1891
A miserable day. Mist rain. Worked at road and also did odd jobs in Garden. Went to
“Gordon”. Saw Mr & Mrs McF there, any amount of talk. Am very tired.
Wednesday 2nd 12. 91
Sent Balingeli with a letter for Jennie and got one in return and was glad to hear she
is much better. Worked on road and finished it for the present. Went to “Gordon” for
dinner. Annie is back. Sow[ed] Radish and Cauliflower and cabbage seeds and also
worked in Garden. Almost a nice day.
Thursday 3rd 12. 91
Went to Maclear. Had a letter from C.B.& Co Queenstown inclosing a R/n[?R/note] of
mine which I have released. Saw Mr & Mrs McF in Maclear. Went to Riebeek as I
heard that Jennie is not well A hot day. Clouds and thunder, but no rain. [In margin]
Posted a letter to Dick [brother working on mines]
Friday 4th December 1891
Herbt came out and we dosed all the sheep and goats with Stockholm Tar. Rather a
dirty bit of work, but it had to be done. R.J. [bro-in-law, married to sister, Rachel Ann]
left for Mt Fletcher on Horseback to see about Mealies. Dan McF [brother of Janet]
passed here with wagon & returned. Says Jennie is about the same. O how I wish
she would get strong again. Am always thinking about her being ill and I can’t do
anything to alleviate the pain. Clouds and thunder, no rain. Hot. [In margin] Red &
white cow calved yesterday. Red & white flanks, Grey heifer
Saturday 5th 12. 91
Herbert out again and we dosed the lambs with Stockholm Tar. My arms have
suffered through sunburn as I had my sleeves rolled up. Some cows came from
Maclear and Pony[?] went back. R.J. back from Mt Fletcher. No mealies. Horse lame
and a sore back. A good lot of rain and after rain mist, which seems to be hanging on.
A Buck died, the one that was sick. [In margin] Sheep passed a lot of worm last night
Sunday 6th December 1891
Have been at Riebeek all day. My poor Jennie is still ill and seems to be getting
thinner everytime I see her. Oh! How I do hope and pray for her recovery. If I could
make you well I would but not my but God’s will be done. Heavy Nor-West gale all
Monday 7th 12. 91
Rid came out and we went to Hopedale and bo’t fifteen bags mealies and bro’t the
horses over. Dick’s blue mare foaled and the foal had an accident coming over, it
had its front legs broken or just out of joint. We bandaged it and left it with its mother.
Went through to Gordon and got my spade and then worked on Tramp-floor
[threshing floor]. A very hot day. No wind and very little cloud. Johannes’s [?] Polly
calved, heifer almost white.
Tuesday 8th.12.91
Two cattle sick which I believe is Redwater. Dosed them. Went to Maclear and got
some things to dose cattle with. Herbt went to Hopedale with R.J’s wagon for mealies
and returned and left two bags for me. Maria [sister] was through here from ‘Gordon’.
Dosed ox. Heavy storm of rain about dark. Feel very tired. Good night my loving
Wednesday 9th.12.91
Dosed sick cattle. Went to Maclear and Herbt and I proceeded to Crickmore’s to look
at some sheep he had to sell. We bought them three hundred and fifty ewes and
lambs at one hundred and thirty five pounds [?Setg] the lot. Came back to Maclear
and the weather being very stormy I stayed in all night. Very little rain.
Thursday 10th.12.91
Came from Maclear. R.J. had dosed the sick cattle. Worked on Tramp-floor. Sent a
letter to Jennie and had one in return saying she is very much better for which I am
very glad. A nasty misty day and inclined to mist rain. Joe [brother] took Maria to
Maclear. Mr Kromhout called here Very tired and sleepy.
Friday 11th December 1891
Went over to Mr Cromhout’s with Rid and had a look through his sheep which don’t
look very gay[?]. Called at Mr Diesel’s and he paid (₤1) for some poles he had cut at
“View Hill”. Returned and went up on to the commonage and selected a sight for
dipping sheep. Herbt went on to Maclear and I returned home and then went on to
Riebeek and was surprised to see Jennie looking so well. A misty misty day.
‘Balingeli’ worked at floor. Am thankful to say sick cattle are well again. Borrowed
wheelbarrow. [In margin} R.J. cut two(2) rams[?] for me
Saturday 12th.12.91
Sent the witrug cow and calf to Maclear. Balengeli bro’t horses. Annie’s mare foaled,
brown colt. C Roberts called here on his way to cricket. I got in to late for cricket as
Dan [?McFarlane] did me a shot. Came out with him. Town beat in one innings. Any
amount of thunder but no rain. Very hot.
Sunday 13th December 1891
Went to ‘Gordon’ and had dinner and from there to Riebeek. Am glad to mention that
Jennie is still keeping better. Went to Maclear in the evening. Showers all day. Monday 14th.12.91
Herbert and I went up to Mr Crickmore’s for sheep and Balingeli bro’t them down and
have stationed him at Thomas’ kraal. Stayed at Maclear. Got back to late to hear the
Chief M [?Magistrate] “hold forth”. A very heavy rain. Slept in Maclear.
Tuesday 15th.12.91
River maintains high. Came out and counted Balingeli’s sheep and came down to
‘Gordon’. Went back with Joe [brother] to attend sale which was a failure. Crossed in
cradle and walked home. Did not fancy crossing my horses. Rain off and on all day.
Oxen slept in my wheat and cattle got into Garden and broke a lot of trees. It is simply
sickening to look at the trees. Anyhow I cannot be all about at once.
Wednesday 16th December 1891
River very full. Shifted a lot of Dung from about the gate of kraal. Kraal is in an awful
state. Have left the whole lot of cattle out. Worked at floor and finished it, but have still
to shift the rubbish. Counted sheep and found them correct. Wheat is almost fit for the
sickle. Rather a nice day, a few clouds about. Rather cool.
Thursday 17th.12.91
Went to Maclear, no post for me. Herbt has seen to Balingeli’s sheep the last couple
of day. Rode Pony out, River still very high. A nice day. Joe and family in Maclear.
Friday 18th.12.91
Went to Leary’s hill and found horses and bro’t them home. Cattle slept out, but were
scattered all over country so they are to be kraaled. Pincher[dog] is away. Threw some
dirt away from floor. Went to Maclear. Crossed on cradle and drove horse through.
Misty till noon and after that thunder but very little rain.
Saturday 19th December 1891
Left Maclear and Herbt for Thomas’ kraal and we dosed the lambs with Tar and also
counted sheep. Came down and crossed river which is rather high. l Went to Riebeek
on foot. My Jennie is still getting better for which I thank my God. I found my poor dog
drowned. He has been my faithful companion for four years and I shall miss him very
much. During all that time he has hardly ever been away from me and then only when
I made him stay at home on a/c of his feet being worn through. Poor Pincher.
Goodbye. A misty day. Cool in evening.
Saturday 20th.12.91
Started raining at daybreak and is raining yet 9PM without a break. Sandy River
maintains high. Big river rising fast. Left sheep out. Revd Robb was to preach in
Maclear. Very, very cold.
Monday 21st.12.91
Mountains covered with snow. River very high. Sheep behaved themselves last night
so have left them out again. Left cattle out also. Herbt was at ‘Gordon’ says there are
eight of Balingeli’s sheep short. Put up a bit of the Garden wall that fell last night.
Trent’s sheep are a complete nuisance always here and to mend matters they are
rotten with scab. A bad day mist rain and showers.
Tuesday 22nd.12.91
R.J.and I cleared all the debris off the floor. Sowed Cabbage and Cauliflower seed.
Patched up Garden wall and made some holes for trees. Showers through the day.
Misty and cold. River still very high. Sheep and cattle behaved last night.
Wednesday 23rd.12.91
Started reaping wheat and packed it in all one hundred and twenty eight bundles.
Herbt came out in the afternoon. Gave sheep salt. A splendid day.
Thursday 24th December 1891
Cut wheat all that is ripe. Sixty eight bundles. R.J. went and bro’t Mares home.
Kraaled them and also the cattle. A nice day.
Friday 25th (Christmas) 12.91
Herbt and I went to Maclear to spend Christmas which was rather tame. R.J. and
Family were in also Joe [brother] and Family. River still impassable. A very hot day.
Saturday 26th .12.91
Came out from Maclear. Crossed on Cradle. Counted sheep. River impassable here.
Wrote a letter to my Jennie and had one in return. Hot Nor-west wind. Very tired and
Sunday 27th.12.91
Went to Riebeek and spend the day there. My Jennie is in much better health and oh,
I feel so happy to see roses coming on her cheeks again. Had supper at “Gordon” and
slept there. Very heavy storm of lightning and rain after dark. River passable.
Monday 28th December 1891
R.J. and Family got back. Have been very ill today, vomiting, purging and pains
between shoulders. I still tried and got a bit of hoeing done. A very nice day. Had to
cross this morning on the “big bridge”. Good night my Jennie.
Tuesday 29th.12.91
Rid came out and we reaped wheat, but have still about a days’ work left. A nice
morning but closed in with mist in the afternoon.
Wednesday 30th.12. 91
Could not reap today, too misty. Hoed potatoes. After Dinner went over for Horses. Very
misty. Herbert gone to Maclear. My loving little sweetheart Good night. God bless you.
Thursday 31st.12.91
Went to Maclear and attended Miss M Battesons funeral. There was a very large
attendance. Picked Beans and dug potatoes. Mares got away today. Saw Mr McF in
Maclear sys Jennie is still better. A very nice day but rather too hot.
Friday 1st January 1892
New Year what a day it has been. Pa and Ma and all from Maclear came to ‘Gordon’
also Mrs McFarlane and Family, R.J. and Family and Mr Batteson and Family. We
had all kinds of games with the children and my Jennie was the centre of attraction as
far as I was concerned; and she was so very lively and looked so sweet. My little
Jennie I have always loved you but today I loved you more than ever. - Mist about the
whole day, but no rain so it was simply grand. Lamb sick - dosed.
Saturday 2nd.1.92
Sick lamb dead. Herbert came out and we cut wheat but was hampered by a thunder-
storm appearing on the scene, but we only had a little shower. Herbt went back to
Maclear in evening. Mist has been on all day, but have had no mist rain.
Sunday 3rd.1.92
Went to Maclear with the ‘boys’. About Noon had rain but it went over. Came here and
then went on to “Riebeek”. Slept there to dark to come home.
Monday 4th January 1892
Came from Riebeek. Herbt came out so we started reaping and reaped till dinner
time and then had to desist on a/c of rain. Have had mist rain off and on the whole
afternoon. Hoed potatoes. Herbt returned to Maclear. My Jennie oh! How I long to
see you although I only returned this morning; you are more than all to me. Good
night my little one and God bless you. Amen.
Tuesday 5th.1.91
Herbert came out. Horse fell in the river with him. We finished reaping wheat and then
went and helped R.J. out of a mudhole he was returning with a load of wood. A nice
day; rather inclined to rain.
Wednesday 6th.1.91
Herbt and I went in search of horses and did not get back till twelve o’c without finding
them. During our absence, however, some natives bro’t them. Took dipping apparatus
and material up to the kraal and returned, very hot. Herbt gone to Maclear. [In margin}
Maria’s red cow calved Red heifer white spots
Thursday 7th January 1892
Cow that calved yesterday is very bad with Redwater which seems as if it will terminate
fatally. We dipped the “big” sheep (Thomas’) with Lime and Sulphur. Hands are worn
out. A splendid day. Saw Dan McF up at the dipping says that my Jennie is still well.
God bless you! Jennie.
Friday 8th.1.92
Dipped lambs. Hands in a frightful state. Sick cow died last night. Started burning grass
for winter feeding. A nice day. Misty towards evening.
Saturday 9th.1.92
Counted sheep and gave them salt. Sent Pitso to Mr McFs for some young trees
which he had kindly given me. Planted them. Had a loving note from Jennie. R.J. and
Joe went for wood and returned. Saai-dook calved, bull of a many colours. Went to
Riebeek to see my Jennie. Joe brot horses back with him. A nice day.
Sunday 10th.1.92
Attended Church of England Service in Maclear. Came back and went to Riebeek saw
my Jennie. Am glad to say she is still improving in health. Misty day.
Monday 11th January 1892
Started cutting wheat on “Gordon” but in the afternoon it rained. 115 Bundles.
Tuesday 12th.1.92
Cut wheat till noon and then a thunderstorm came on. 92 bundles. River rather high
had to take our trousers off to cross. R.J. left for Xalanga Rachel and children on a visit
to Clarke’s. Flip[?] started reaping.
Wednesday 13th.1.92
Hired another boy for reaping. We all had to swim the river as it was very high. Went up
to Thomas’ kraal and picked lambs out. A fair day inclined to rain.
Thursday 14th.1.92
Rid and I went over and got mares. Went up to Thomas’ and dosed lambs. Went from
there to Maclear, Jennie is there spending a week. Rained a heavy rain could not get
out again. My black Cow (Sam) calved, red heifer.
Friday 15th.1.92
Rolled up from Maclear with Rid[?]. Had to cross on cradle. Reaped short oats. Dan
[McF] on a visit. A nice day, but rather misty.
Saturday 16th January 1892
Packed short oats 330 [?33] bundles. Dosed a couple of lambs (purging). Joe borrowed
my threshing implements. Went part way to Maclear with Rid returned and went to
“Riebeek”. Burnt grass. A splendid day.
Sunday 17th.1.92
Went via Thomas’ kraal to Maclear. Found all well there my Jennie has been in
Maclear since Thursday she seems to be quite well now. Oh most loving Jennie I love
you, I can’t say more to you. - Rachel killed two snakes today. Ox sick (Skilpad) dosed
him A very hot day. Towards evening thunder but no rain.
Monday 18th.1.92
Sent Sika to Hopedale with Hacks’ young ox and to bring my heifer back that is there
but the nigger saying my ox had lungsick old Hack turned rusty and did not send the
heifer or keep his ox. Osi and I went and brot horses home. Sent Rams to Maclear.
Dosed sick ox morning and evening he is very bad. Tied forty bundles short oats, in all
about three hundred and fifty bundles. Separated lambs from sheep.
Tuesday 19th.1.92
Sick ox (Skilpad) died this morning. Redwater. Rid was out and we dosed lambs. Hoed
mealies. Very hot day. Cloudy towards afternoon and a shower of rain. R.J. has a calf
sick. [In margin] Sika bro’t heifer from Hacks’
Wednesday 20th.1.92
R.J.’s calf is better. Went up to Thomas’ kraal and started dipping sheep but did not get
through them before it started raining and we have had a good lot of rain. Went from
sheep to Maclear and saw my Jennie. Oh! My Jennie how I love you and you only Heifer
that came from Hopedale yesterday decamped today. Had some tennis in Maclear but
Jennie did not come to the ground and what is everything without her. Oh my more than
all. Good night and God bless you.
Thursday 21st January 1892
Went to dip sheep at Thomas’ but the weather being unfavourable we did not do so.
Went to Maclear and of course saw my Jennie. Came out towards evening with R.J>
and Joe. R.J. got some cobbler instruments and started on a pair of boots for Johnnie.
Dan McF is serving in Mackenzie and Co’s Store. Very tired and not very well.
Friday 22nd.1.92
Fine morning so I went up to Thomas’ Kraal and Rid turned up from Maclear and we
dipped the lambs about a couple of hours. After finishing had a heavy rain. The rain
having subsided I hoed potatoes. Sand river very high and the river rising. I sowed some
cabbage and cauliflower seed. Mr Kroomhout called here today.
Saturday 23rd.1.92
Went for horses and did not get them as they were mixed with Hacks Mules and I could
not separate them. Planted Beans. Hack sent horses over with a note rather a snotty
one too. Helped R.J. earth his potatoes. Ox sick this morning (Bosman) dosed him and
at even too, he looks to be getting better. How I long to see Jennie. D.V. I will see her to-
morrow. God bless you, Jennie.
Sunday 24th.1.92
Dosed sick ox, the nigger did not bring him home at night so I suppose he must be
worse. Went to Maclear and took mares along with me. Came back after dinner. Went
to Riebeek saw my Jennie who is looking well and is so sweet. Pitso gone on two days
leave. Yesterday had a heavy N.W. wind and today also. Feel very ill.
Monday 25th.1.92
Went in search of sick ox. Found him better. After horses - bro’t them home. Rid and Sika
came out and we cut oats. Had a splendid day. Am well today. Very tired. [In top margin]
177+235=140=552 in all [bundles of oats]
Tuesday 26th January 1892
Rid Swaart [?] vet[?] his heifer calved yesterday Black with white back Gull. Cut oats and
tied one hundred and (177) seventy seven bundles. Sick ox is rather bad so I dosed
him again tonight. Pitso back again. Very tired and sleepy. A splendid day. Good night.
Wednesday 27th.1. 92
Cut oats, tied and packed two hundred and thirty five (235) bundles. Sick ox a good lot
better. A fine day. Helped R.J. dose all his oxen.
Thursday 28th.1.92
Cut oats. Tied and packed one hundred and (140) forty bundles. Heavy thunderstorm
after dinner and showers from then till dark. Sick ox well. R.J. was ready for a start but
the rain hindered.
Friday 29th.1.92
R.J. made a start for up country. Tied and packed one hundred (187) and eight seven
bundles oats. Heavy thunderstorm after dinner. Pit and I went to a party in Maclear any
amount of calle[?]; we slept there.
Saturday 30th.1.92
Came out and counted sheep at Thomas kraal. All’s well. I then came on home. Maria’s
cow (Witpens) calved white bull calf. Went to Maclear for Cricket and took Ellie [?Eleanor,
niece of EJH, daughter of Richard John and Rachel] in. Heavy storm so we did not have
the Cricket Match. Came out late. One lamb died today. Simply infested with Wire-worm.
Left “Prince” in Maclear. Oh my Jennie I wish I could see you but the wretched river is
impassable. Good-bye my loving trusting Jennie. Sunday 31st.1.92
A very miserable day. Misty and rather cold. Went to Riebeek. Saw my little Jennie. Joe
back from Xalanga says sheep down that way are infested with Wire-worm. A reaper
turned up. No more cattle sick.
Monday 1st February 1892
Pid came out and we cut oat and tied and packed eighty (85) bundles oats. Had an awful
thunderstorm just after midday. Thunder and lightning very severe. River was very fast and
in about half an hour was impassable.
Tuesday 2nd.2.92
Cut oats. Pitso sick. Went to sheep at Thomas’ and separated sheep from lambs. A
splendid day but rather hot.
Wednesday 3rs.2.92
We went and dosed the lambs with Coopers dip. Unfortunately some of them managed
to get out of the kraal, so we could not dose them. Tied oats two hundred (200) bundles.
Rain coming on we could not tie more. Some cattle were away but were found today.
Very sleepy.
Thursday 4th.2.92
Carted on white oats and put it in stable loft. Tied and packed one hundred (145) bundles
oats. Hired a little nigger boy for six months at twenty (20/-) shillings. Herbt gone to
Maclear. Went over to “Gordon”. Rather a nice day, but misty. No rain.
Friday 5th.2.92
Rode wheat out of land and put is in stable. Very hot. Tied and packed sixty one bundles
forage. A little thundershower in afternoon. Put sheep down to their old place. Very very
Saturday 6th.2.92
Rachel and children gone to Maclear. Rained nearly all day. Went to “Riebeek” in
afternoon. Helped Mr McF dig out a Jackal. Got wet. Slept at “Gordon” .Sika bro’t heifer
from Hacks.
Sunday 7th.2.92
Went to Riebeek. Had a good talk with Jennie. Went to Maclear stayed there for the night.
A very cold day, showers of rain. Mist rain all night.
Monday 8th February 1891
Crossed in ‘cradle” for which a charge of sixpence is imposed. Left Pony in Maclear.
Walked out. Have inspected sheep and cattle. Sowed cabbage seed. A very nasty misty
day. Tuesday 9th February 1892
Counted sheep and gave them salt. Dug potatoes (Early Rose) and covered them with soil.
Set Anna hoeing mealies up the river. Almost a fine day.
Wednesday 10th Feby 1892
Dug potatoes and covered them. Rachel etc came out from Maclear. Had a bout of
vomiting and then got a very bad cold. A nice day.
Thursday 11th.2.92
Walked to Maclear. No post. Brot my horse out. River only just passable. A couple of
threatenings of rain.
Friday 12th.2.92
Rigged up the Scotch Cart and went up to Thomas kraal and got down dipping utensils.
Had a lot of trouble with the cart. Went to Riebeek. Saw my Jennie. Mr McFarlane dosed
sheep yesterday and choked three sheep. Inclined to rain and we had a couple of
Saturday 13th.2.92
Wrote a letter to Jennie and had one in return. Crossed Balingele’s sheep but have not
mixed them. Herbt came out and took Rachel and youngsters to Maclear in cart. I
followed on Horseback. Had a game of Cricket. Returned and bro’t Prince [horse] out
with e. A magnificent day.
Sunday 14th.2.92
Went to Riebeek and took my Jennie to service, the first of our new minister (Mr Holman
[?]). He preaches well. Returned to Riebeek” and then came on here. A beautiful day.
Monday 15th.2.92
Patched [dressed] sheep. Weeded in Garden. Counted sheep and killed one. Herbt took it
to Maclear. Rachel back
Tuesday 16th February 1892
Pid came out and we started plowing. Want to put in oats for winter feeding. A warm day.
Wednesday 17th.2.92
Plowed all day and finished. A nice day.
Thursday 18th.2.92
Pid gone to Maclear. Harrowed all ground which has been plowed the last two days. Went
to Riebeek. Am thankful to say Jennie is well. Very much inclined to rain.
Friday 19th.2.92
Pid came out and we plowed. Mist clouds about all day. Joe [brother] and Annie [sister-
in-law] through here. Alex McF [brother of Jennie] came for Dan’s horses.
Saturday 20th.2.92
Harrowed. Sowed oats and a 1/4 of a pound of turnips. Counted Balingele’s sheep and
salted than and also patched (dressed) them and we only found two with Scab. Salted
Pitso’s sheep which are looking splendidly. Left for Maclear about noon and we (Pid and
I) set grass on fire on the commonage across the river. Had a splendid Cricket practice.
Came out with Dan and Johnnie. Oh Jennie I am longing to see you and I don’t wonder
at it you are such a loving little one. Good night my own Jennie. In margin: A lamb sick -
Sunday 21st.2.92
Went to Riebeek. Jennie and Dan were away to Maclear and did not get home till
evening. Two calves have the dysentery, dosed.
Monday 22nd.2.92
Went to hunt a Tiger at Riebeek could not find him. Showed old Mankaai Todano’s
beacons. Put tramp floor in order. Very hot. The Scab Inspector was here and inspected
the sheep. Found no Scab.
Tuesday 23rd.2.92
Tramped oats. Two and a half bags. Very hot and very little wind. C Wyats[?] out for oats.
24th (Wednesday) February 1892
Tramped wheat two bags and a half. Everything favourable. Dressed sheep.
Thursday 20th.2.92
Tramped wheat two bags and a half. Finished by noon. Pid left for Maclear. Very heavy
storm about three o’c pm. Lightening fearful and a great storm of rain. Dosed calf -
Friday 26th.2.92
Went to Maclear. Settled with Trent for Sid [brother-in-law, married to Tamson]. Bot a roll
of tobacco (4/6). Returned and started for Riebeek, but found my Jennie at “Gordon”
along with Mrs [McF] and Bella. Walked over home with them. Calf better. A splendid
Saturday 27th.2.92
Salted both lots of sheep and killed a hamel which is free of Wireworm. Herbt came out
in Cart and took Rachel and youngsters in. Sent threshing implements to “Gordon”.
Showers of rain in the afternoon. Joe and family gone to Maclear. Shaved Oswald
[nephew, son of R.J. and Rachel Ann].
Sunday 28th February 1892
Went via Gordon to Maclear and attended Mr Holman’s Service. Preached a nice
sermon. First Text, “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God and in me”. John
XIV.1. From Maclear to Riebeek. My Jennie has not been well. Slept there. Hailstorm to
the South South-west.
Monday29th February 1892
Returned from Riebeek. Sheep sick - dosed. Went to R Poultney’s to get look at some
Rams. Bo’t four (4) at 20/- each. Mr Diesel bought a hamel. Stormy afternoon very little
rain. Jennie I hope you are better.
Tuesday 1st March 1892
Went to “Gordon” and had my hair cut. Mr Holman called here. Dressed sheep, the
Scab don’t seem to be diminishing,. Sent a note to Jennie - had one in return. Am glad
she is better. Showers of rain. Thunder distant. Afternoon mist rain rather cold.
Wednesday 2nd March 1892
Dug dung and put it on wall to make wall higher. I forgot to mention yesterday that I put
Balingele after cattle and horses and Jack after the sheep. Went to Riebeek my little
Jennie is much better in fact well again. Rather a cold day especially towards evening.
Thursday 3rd .3.92
Went to Maclear. Bo’t paper 2/6 and envelopes 1/-. Came out with Joe. A lamb with a
swelling on the windpipe. Rather a cool day. Misty clouds.
Friday 4th.3.92
Joe and Annie through here baking[?] so I simply did nothing but listen to a lot of talking
and talked myself. A nice day but rather stormy just after dark, but very little rain.
Saturday 6th.3.92
Sent a note to Jennie and had one in return. Separated lambs from the sheep and sent
lambs to Gordon. A very nice day.
Sunday 6th March 1892
Went to Maclear. Maria’s face is very much swollen and so she did not attend Sunday
School. Returned and went to “Riebeek”, am glad to say my Jennie is well. Saw Dick
Elston there. Good bye my loving little Jennie, my whole life of Love I have given into your
keeping. Good bye. Monday 7th March 1892
Today is my birthday and did not get a single “many” etc! Excavated a hole for a dip and
also quarried some stone for the lining of same. Pa sent Sika out to help wash wheat,
but the day being showery I sent him back again. God bless you Jennie.
Tuesday 8th March 1892
Washed two and a half bags of wheat. Quarried stone. Weather very cold and rainy since
eleven o’clock a.m. Very cold Southwest wind.
Wednesday 9th March 1892
Helped Oli ride some stone on and then he bro’t his oxen and we rode on stone for my
“dip”. A cold windy day. Two lambs died last night. Geelsick. A sheep sick too late to
Thursday 10th March 1892
Six horses in mealielands. Took them to Maclear. Mrs Wyatts’. Did not charge her. Bo’t
a hat (18/6). Returned and worked at dip. Went to Riebeek at even. Returned. Calves
sucked. Mrs McF bad with Rheumatism. Tired and sleepy.
Friday 11th March 1892
Washed two and a half bags of wheat. Joe and Annie through here baking[?]. Worked at
the “dip” and got on pretty well. Joe borrowed the [?grim] yesterday and broke hind
wheel. Heavy shower of rain at two P.M.
Saturday 12th March 1892
Worked at little at the dip. Salted both lots of sheep and patched Jacks’. Went through to
“Gordon” and dosed my lambs and also Joes’ with Coopers’ dip. Saw Mr McF at
“Gordon”. Mrs McF is better. Oh! Jennie I long to see you. Good night my loving little Pet.
Sunday 13th March 1892
Went to Riebeek and went with Jennie to Service. Returned after dinner and then
came back here. My dun and white Cow sick dosed her. A nice day. A little rain.
Monday 14th March 1892
Cow better. Worked at dip and finished it. Gathered up the wheat. My “Pony” is away. A
splendid day. Joe got the Mares and tramped.
Tuesday 15th March 1892
Filled the dip with water. Quarried stone for flags and worked a few of them into
shape. Balingele found Pony at Diesels. Went and had a look at the damage he had
done. Was not charged anything. Had some grapes at there. Showers of rain and
thunder. Cow is well again. Good night Jennie.
Wednesday 16 March 1892
Sent three hamels to Maclear for the Harvest Thanksgiving with Joe’s wagon. Annie
and Rachel with their children have gone in also. Killed a hamel and sent it in also four
bags of wheat. Worked stones into shape and then went to “Riebeek”. Jennie is well.
Thursday 17th March 1892
Went to Maclear and attended the ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone of the New
Wesleyan Church. There was a large of concourse of people present. After that was
finished, there was a Harvest Festival held and then a sale of the offerings and most of
the things offered fetched good prices. Pa bought a young Angora Ram for me. It is
almost needless to add that my Jennie was there and I took her to the Service in the
evening but am sorry to say that she had contracted a very violent headache during the
day and I think she could not very well enjoy the good things of the Service. [In margin]
Had a letter from R.J. enclosing a Bank draft for ₤30.10[?]
Friday 18 March 1892
Saw my Jennie and am thankful to say she is her own sweet self again. Came home
saw to stock and then returned to Maclear and attended Children’s Teafight[?].Saw my
sweet little Pet. Joe, Annie, Rachel, etc came home and Fact[?}, goat ram came out for
me. R.J’s Snowdrop sick Redwater. Dosed her.
Saturday 19th March 1892
R.J’s Cow very bad. Dosed her morning and evening. Shaped and quarried stone. Gave
Jacks’ sheep salt. Showers of rain during morning, from then pretty fine till dark and then
very heavy rain with thunder and lightening. My loving little Jennie I am longing to see
you. How I love you Jennie. God bless my little one.
Sunday 20th March 1892
Dosed Cow which is very bad. Rained off and on the whole day. In the evening went
over to see Jennie. Am glad to say that she is well. Got a soaking returning home. Rain
from South West. Feel sleepy.
Monday 21st March 1892
Cow very bad. Dosed her. Quarried and shaped stone. Went through to Gordon and got
a chisel. During my absence Maria was out here but had left again before I returned. A
heifer had her horn broken off in the veldt. Almost a fine day. Heavy banks of mist about.
Oh Jennie, this living without you is a living death. God bless you my little one.
Tuesday 22nd March 1892
Salted Pitso’s sheep one dead of “Fever”. Counted Jacks’ and dressed them. Made a
sleigh. Borrowed Joe’s saw and took it home again. Cow has not got home tonight, so
must be very bad. A very nice day.
Wednesday 23rd March 1892
Cow dead. Brown ox (Lanceman) sick dosed morning and evening. Rode stone on.
Started building draining kraal. Got along famously. Oxen are away I had working. A
very nice day. Rachel [sister] was over at “Gordon” Had a letter from Jennie.
Thursday 24th March 1892
Finished draining kraal. Started flagging it. Dosed ox morning and evening. He is
better. A very nice day. Had a letter from Rid. Oxen turned up safe. Went to Riebeek.
Had such a happy evening with my little Jennie. Had to stay there all night.
Friday 25th March 1892
Came from “Riebeek”. Sick ox is very much better, so did not “physic” him. Worked at
flagging and finished the flags. Annie was through here baking[?] and Joe was with
her and he helped me. R.J.s bull sick. Dosed. Overcast with showers of rain afternoon.
Saturday 26th March 1892
Dosed bull which is not very bad. Quarried and worked stones into shape. A wretched
day, mist rain and rather a cold wind from Southwest. A colt sick (evening) did not give
him any physic. I don’t know anything about sickness in horses.
Sunday 27th March 1892
Attended Mr Oldman’s Service preached a very nice sermon. Bull very bad. Went to
Riebeek in afternoon. Saw my Jennie and oh she is looking so well. Rain coming on I
had to stay there all night. A very nasty day. Showery.
Monday 28th March 1892
Came from Riebeek. Quarried stone and shaped them. Pitso making catching kraal. A
nice day. Bull seems rather better. Salted Pitso’s sheep. Killed a Hamel. Pa “boys”
came out and took Harold and my young colt to Maclear. Feel tired and sleepy.
Tuesday 29th March 1892
Bull better. Rode on three loads of stone. Finished draining kraal and also catching
kraal. Sent the killed hamel to Maclear by Pa’s boys. Salted Pitso’s sheep. Went though
to Gordon. Joe busy shearing for the show. River rather high. A nice day. I am longing
to see you my Jennie. Complete satisfaction will only be when you are my loving little
Wednesday 30th March 1891
Sent Pitso to Jamangile’s location for shearers, they have promised to come. Made
shearing kraal. Oli’s mare dead. Dressed sheep. Wrote letters to Poultney and
Croomhout re Rams. One of my Rams from Maclear turned up at Joes’ today. Sent and
got him. Bull is much better. Rather a nice day. Thunder towards evening but no rain.
Thursday 31st March 1892
Sent Pitso to R Poultney’s for my rams. Five in all (one I got from him since I paid him a
visit). Sent Balingele to Joes’ for another of my rams and then sent him to Mr
Cromhouts’ for one I got from him. Went to Maclear. Bo’t at Francis Bros for cash one
tin Oil 5/6. Six woolpacks at 2/6 each or 15/- and Lampblack 2/-. Went to Riebeek and
saw my loving little Jennie. Thank God she is well.

End of Volume IV

Back cover
From memory 20/3/92
Abide with me

Abide with me fast falls the even tide
The darkness deepens Lord with me abide
When other helpers fail and comfort flee
Help of the Helpers, O abide with me

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little sleep
Earth’s joy grow dim its glories fade away
Change and decay in all around I see
Oh Thou who changest not abide with me

I need thy presence every passing hour
What but the Grace can foil the tempters power
Who like Thyself may Guide and stay can be
Through cloud and sunshine O abide with me

I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless
Ills have no eight and tears no bitterness
Where is death’s sting where grave thy victory
I triumph still if thou abide with me

Reveal thyself before my closing eyes
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies
Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain …
In life and death O Lord abide with me.

1991 26 Sep - died - buried at Maclear graveyard.
Memorial Inscription:
DIED 24TH JUNE 1939.


2015 28 Jul - Information supplied by Ray Lazarus:


[The following notes from Bleak Camp were written when EJ Hulley (Eddie) was called up with others
from the district for civil defence purposes against the Boers. This period coincided with the last stages of
pregnancy and birth of their first child, Jacky, on 25/10/1901. It seems from other evidence that Eddie was
home for the birth itself, but then returned to Bleak Camp. The reference to “change in the Contingents”
needs further investigation.
Most of the notes were written on small single sheets, sometimes torn from a larger sheet, and in some
cases addressed on the outside: Mrs EJ Hulley, Orpen. They are in pencil, now much faded and difficult to

Camp Saussure [name of farm where camp was located]
3.10.’01 My dear little Wifey
Nothing fresh so far today the Capt has gone to Maclear expect him back this evening. I hope you are
keeping well, my dolly, and don’t worry about me. Am sending the boy down for some radishes and a
bottle of and a loaf of Bread. The change in the Contingents has not come about yet, but is brewing.
Will let you know if possible as soon as it happens & its result, I think the Captn is very much upset about
the affair. Had a note from Osi [Oswald, his nephew] asking me to let him have the grown horse and he
has left “Boots” for me till my own comes. Now be good my little darling and don’t worry worry I will be
allright and I hope you are well.
Send me also a small cloth for to use as a towel for the cups etc.
Capt just returned, no news in town and everything seems quiet.
Goodbye my own love my darling my all
Your loving

Bleak Camp
14/11/01 My own darling
Have told Hans to start shearing, cannot go down today. Make some tickets for Hans to give out. If there is
no wool bags, send Willem in the to-morrow to get them & also some Tattoo oil for Branding purposes if
none at home. Am well with best love to Baby & yr sweet self
from your as ever

Bleak Camp
Nov 19. ‘01 My darling wife
Just a few lines letting you know that I am well and to hear how you and our little one are getting on. You
must now [?not] worry about me, darling, will take all possible care of myself, sweetheart. Was ordered to
see Major Raw in town yesterday, along with this wonderful patrol that has been going off for the last few
days. On my arrival there found that it was off for the time being. Just as I was leaving to come out, got
order to proceed to camp at once, with all Officers that are in town. Got out Caught Cowie up along way,
Boers up on the plaat [flat area (plateau) outside the town], a lot of patrols went out last night, but so far
heard nothing this morning, only the CMR [Cape Mounted Rifles] are now back, but have heard nothing
from them, will be hearing sometime today.
I did intend going down today but don’t like to leave as there may be something on today. Please
sweetheart send some butter, a bottle of milk, a little lettuce and some eschalots. Am sending a small
bucket for the butter.
I am not able to say or even give you any idea of what may happen the next few days, I think it’s the usual
“wolf, wolf” cry. Now sweetheart, must say goodbye, will let you know if I am ordered out. With best love to
you, my own darling, to our dear little one & Bella.
from your loving husband

Bleak Camp
20/11/01 My own darling
Had orders yesterday to leave camp today at 2.30 with seventy five men. This morning something else is
on. I am to hold myself in readiness with fifty men to move off at a moment’s notice and I have everything
right and am thinking nothing will come of it, anyhow, sweetheart, I would rather it came off, than have to
be in readiness for weeks on end. I will take all care of myself, dolly, so just don’t fret about me, my little
Hoping you and our dear little one are well and with love, love and love to my darling wife & child, also
love to Bella from your loving Eddie.

Bleak Camp
[?]24/11/01 Dear sweetheart
This boy wants to know if you would let him [?have] a bottle of milk a day for a few days (or more) to feed a
foal with. If you let him have it, book it and I will see to the payment. With fondest love to my Jennie & baby.
from your Eddie.

2015 28 Jul - Note from Ray Lazarus re Boer War record of EJ Hulley::
Dear Ray
Although I can't be sure, I think I can help with the record of EJ Hulley.
My grandfather, Edward Jackson Hulley, who lived on the farm, Orpen, in the Maclear district of the
Eastern Cape was certainly 'called up'/volunteered for service in during the Anglo Boer War. Maclear is
approximately 59km (36 miles) from Tsolo, so it is possible that the unit was named for the latter, rather
than the former.
I attach transcriptions from the originals of notes he wrote from the mustering site, Bleak Camp, and sent
by messenger to his wife, Janet, who remained on the farm. In these personal notes, he obviously does
not refer to his rank, but I'm not aware of other Hulleys with the initials EJ living in those areas at that time.
Please let me know of any confirmation of the above. (Our e-mail server unfortunately seemed to block
my attempt to send to all your correspondents.)
Best wishes
Ray (Lazarus)

Janet Millar MacFarlane

1870 17 Oct - born

1958 18 Jul - died - buried at Maclear graveyard.
Memorial Inscription:



2007 14 Mar - Information supplied by Ray Lazarus:

Joseph’s 8th son was Edward Jackson Hulley (07/03/1862-24/06/1939) who married
Janet Millar MacFarlane (these were my grandparents).
Edward farmed “Orpen” before selling the farm and moving to Maclear. It is not clear
whether he took over the house from his father, but he certainly made extensions to the
house. His daughters, Mary (1903-1991) and Isabel (1907-1996) and later, Isabel’s twin
sister, Anne, subsequently lived in this house. When Mary married (Albert David), she
moved to his farm, “Meadows” in the Ugie district. After her husband’s death, she returned
to live with her sisters until her death. When Isabel and Anne, later assisted by their sister,
Jenny (1910-2002) and her husband, Pieter Lochner (1912-2004) were no longer able to
live there independently, they moved to various old age homes in the Western Cape. The
house was then sold, one of the first in the “white” town of Maclear to be sold to a black
person, following the demise of apartheid.

244. Mary Jackson Hulley

1903 07 Nov - born

1991 26 Sep - died - buried at Maclear graveyard.
Memorial Inscription:

BORN 07 - 11 - 1903
DIED 26 - 09 - 1991


2007 14 Mar - Information supplied by Ray Lazarus:
Joseph’s 8th son was Edward Jackson Hulley (07/03/1862-24/06/1939) who married
Janet Millar MacFarlane (these were my grandparents).
Edward farmed “Orpen” before selling the farm and moving to Maclear. It is not clear
whether he took over the house from his father, but he certainly made extensions to
the house. His daughters, Mary (1903-1991) and Isabel (1907-1996) and later,
Isabel’s twin sister, Anne, subsequently lived in this house. When Mary married (Albert
David), she moved to his farm, “Meadows” in the Ugie district. After her husband’s
death, she returned to live with her sisters until her death. When Isabel and Anne, later
assisted by their sister, Jenny (1910-2002) and her husband, Pieter Lochner (1912-
2004) were no longer able to live there independently, they moved to various old age
homes in the Western Cape. The house was then sold, one of the first in the “white”
town of Maclear to be sold to a black person, following the demise of apartheid.

245. Lillias MacFarlane Hulley

1905 05 May - born

1992 09 Sep - died - buried at Maclear graveyard.
Memorial Inscription:


BORN 05 - 05 - 1905

DIED 09 - 09 - 1992

2007 14 Mar - Information supplied by Ray Lazarus:

Edward Jackson’s 3rd child was Lillias (not Lillian) MacFarlane Hulley born Maclear
5/5/1905, died East London, E. Cape, 9/9/1992. She was my mother, married to Simeon
(Sim) Lazarus (1890-1963).

246. Anne Dorothy Hulley

1907 24 Jun - born

1994 21 Jul - died - buried at Maclear graveyard.
Memorial Inscription:



26 - 6 - 1907
21 - 7 - 1994

2007 14 Mar - Information supplied by Ray Lazarus:
Joseph’s 8th son was Edward Jackson Hulley (07/03/1862-24/06/1939) who married
Janet Millar MacFarlane (these were my grandparents).
Edward farmed “Orpen” before selling the farm and moving to Maclear. It is not clear
whether he took over the house from his father, but he certainly made extensions to
the house. His daughters, Mary (1903-1991) and Isabel (1907-1996) and later,
Isabel’s twin sister, Anne, subsequently lived in this house. When Mary married (Albert
David), she moved to his farm, “Meadows” in the Ugie district. After her husband’s
death, she returned to live with her sisters until her death. When Isabel and Anne, later
assisted by their sister, Jenny (1910-2002) and her husband, Pieter Lochner (1912-
2004) were no longer able to live there independently, they moved to various old age
homes in the Western Cape. The house was then sold, one of the first in the “white”
town of Maclear to be sold to a black person, following the demise of apartheid.

247. Isobel Marie Hulley

1907 24 Jun - born

1996 19 Jan - died - buried at Maclear graveyard.
Memorial Inscription:

26 - 6 - 1907 19 - 1 - 1996


2007 14 Mar - Information supplied by Ray Lazarus:

Joseph’s 8th son was Edward Jackson Hulley (07/03/1862-24/06/1939) who married
Janet Millar MacFarlane (these were my grandparents).
Edward farmed “Orpen” before selling the farm and moving to Maclear. It is not clear
whether he took over the house from his father, but he certainly made extensions to the
house. His daughters, Mary (1903-1991) and Isabel (1907-1996) and later, Isabel’s twin
sister, Anne, subsequently lived in this house. When Mary married (Albert David), she
moved to his farm, “Meadows” in the Ugie district. After her husband’s death, she returned
to live with her sisters until her death. When Isabel and Anne, later assisted by their sister,
Jenny (1910-2002) and her husband, Pieter Lochner (1912-2004) were no longer able to
live there independently, they moved to various old age homes in the Western Cape. The
house was then sold, one of the first in the “white” town of Maclear to be sold to a black
person, following the demise of apartheid.

248. Janet Millar Hulley

1910 13 Apr - born

2002 12 Apr - died - buried at Maclear graveyard.
Memorial Inscription: (for her and her husband)



13 - 4 - 1910 15 - 9 - 1912
12 - 4 - 2002 26 - 11 - 2004


Pieter Johannes Lochner

1912 15 Sep - born

2004 26 Nov - died - buried at Maclear graveyard.
Memorial Inscription: (for her and her husband)



13 - 4 - 1910 15 - 9 - 1912
12 - 4 - 2002 26 - 11 - 2004


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