Duffy letter to Alex Dobbs 1950

78 Park Avenue
Dear Alex,
Your letter with cheque arrive last week, & many thanks for same. Sorry we were unable to get round for a looksee at the wedding. Buy you see I am in hospital. Come here Tues week. Last Sat was the Sunday school picnic & the nips had been looking forward to it for weeks so Dorry had to take them. The Sat night was visiting night up here & of course she had to be in that. However we all wish June the best of everything & when I get settled down at home again we shall send along some little thing to remember us by. I cam in here with terrific stomach pains & both Skyring & the Dr here suspected a stone in the kidney. However the two Xray tests have failed to any & I am hoping to get home soon. I also have a trace of sugar in blood (first steps towards diabetes) but the blood test last week was not satisfactory & Dr said he would like me to have another. If it shows up much I shall have to come back to hospital for insulin treatment. However I think I will wait for a couple of weeks as I can't afford to have too much time off at once. Will send also receipt when I get out. This is about all for now. Kind regards to all.
Yrs Sincerley,
R Duffy

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Nellie Goodwin to Alex Dobbs 1954

4th Jan. 1954
Dear Alex,
Received your welcome leter & slip enclosed for which I thank you. I had a statement & letter from Roche & a cheque to settle estate so expect you had the same. I am sorry you misunderstood what I said about the grave. It was not fallen in but was level enough to have something done. If you gave the caretaker something to look after it he didn't clean the weeds off as it was so bad we couldn't pull them out & the ground was so dry & hard. I hope you had a happy Xmas. We had a very quiet one, only Charlie besides Ted, Arthur, Hilda and I & Jade. Roy has gone away for his holidays, he went the Monday before Xmas. He went down to Doris's place & spend Christmas there. Was going to his mother for New Year. Joy & Reg & baby were in town for a fortnight as he had collapse of the nerves. The spent Xmas in town & came home last Wednesday night. He seems a bit better & they went up to Yamala on Friday. So you will understand why we haven't been able to get down. Reg has done practically nothing since about middle of October, & Ted has had to do everything himself & they still have to pump as we have not had much rain here yet, not enough to put any water in the dams. I heard on the wireless this morning that you had over 3 inches at the weekend. We had 49 pts on Sat. We may get storms & hope so. Doris is up with us for a few days. She wanted Ted & I to go down & spend Xmas with them as owing to the dry weather Frank was not able to leave, so Doris came up & spend New Year & is going back in a few days.
Yes, I know Auntie has been off as she had 'flue. Hilda & I had flue also about three weeks ago & Charlie & Arthur had it also. At present, Charlie is on his own at Caledonia & Arthur is here. This morning they have gone to dip some cattle. The ticks have been bad & also the Buffalo flies.
How did you get on at Biloela during the storm. It must have been very rough over there & also at Emerald. We had about 50 pts that night as the storm broke & one part went Emerald way & the other would be at Biloela. Hope you found Mavis & children well & hope this finds you all well down there as we are fair here. Wishing you all a Happy New Year & we'll be down as a soon as we can. I'll close with love from all.
Your loving sister,

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Nellie Goodwin to Alex Dobbs 1953

Box 4
5th Nov. 1953
Dear Alex & Belle,
We all thank you very much for the telegram of sympathy which we received at the Funeral Parlour. Poor old Grannie, it's hard to realise she is really gone, but, at the last, she did not suffer as Dr gave her a couple of needles but, before that was very restless & contrary. Of course, didn't know what she was doing. Eliza was down in town all the time from the Sat. after we took her down.
Dolly went down on the Sat. week before she died & Ted & Charlie were there for a week before. I went down on the Tues. morning & we were all at the hospital except Eliza when she passed away on Tues. night.
Have you had much rain? Hilda & I went down last Friday but it did not look as tho' you'd had very much. We had some light rain over a week ago & last Sat. afternoon had a bit of a storm but only got 24 pts of rain out of it. I hope this finds you all well. Reg has had chicken pox since he went to see the doctor but seems to be fairly good now. The boys are working on a dam at Caledonia. They had to pump the water out of  it last Thurs & Friday.
Doris & Frank are to come up to Brisbane today as Frank has to go into Greenslopes for a check up. She says she may be able to get up to see us if he's in there for long. Reg & Ted have been doing some ploughing getting ready for set some more grass. Ted had sorghum & Sudan grass & cut it & made hay which they have been chaffing up for the cows. We have three Jerseys milking & they have kept us all in milk. Now there is a green shoot in the grass they have come on again. We are all fairly well so hope all are O.K. down there will close with love from all.
Your loving sister
P.S. When we were in town we went & looked at Mum's grave. It has sunk down now & I think would be ready to have something done to it. Let me know what you think. Nellie.

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Nellie Goodwin to Alex Dobbs 1975

Bluff 4702
Dear Alex, James & all at home,
Thanks very much for writing & hope you are home again by now & feeling better again. The weather is certainly very muggy & hot & suppose we'll get rain before Xmas. Are you spending your Xmas at Biloela or are they all coming to you. We are hoping to have all our family together for Xmas (dinner at least). We are not sending cards only to people overseas or who live at a distance from us. We put a notice in the paper with our greetings expressed. The postage is too much on top of the expense of cards. What did you think of the election result? Hope the new Government try to do a better job. The people certainly showed them who they wanted. Now, I'd better close & wish you & all the family a very happy Xmas & also a Happy New Year from Ted, myself & all our family.
Love from

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Alex Dobbs letter to Duffy

8th June 1948
Mr R.Duffy
Main Avenue
Park Avenue
Nth Rockhampton,
Dear Sir,
I enclose cheque for 50 pounds being balance for purchase of old house here at Boolburra. When I receive final receipt from you, I will arrange for removal. Norman was down today & got the things out of house. Said he will be writing to you also took his horses away. Said he will not be wanting the paddock for a while, so I will send you a cheque with this letter for 4 pounds 10 shillings starting from the 1st of this month & if you get any different word about it, we can come to arragements for a term to be fixed. Norman got the table from the kitchen. He left small table in the front room. Sorry I could not see you when I was in town. It was rather a rush, I just managed to get my train. I will close now with kind regards to all the family.
Yours faithfully
P.S. Rent for paddock will be to 1st of September 1948.

Duffy's reply

78 Park Avenue
14th June 1948
Dear Alex,
Your letter & cheques arrive safely the other day. Thanks very much for the same. Enclosed please find receipts. Don't forget the extra 10 pounds for the old kitchen. Harold will be liable for some of that when he gets his 25 sheets at 4 shillings each. There is an old machine stand under the landing near the kitchen door I would like saved. Perhaps Harold could bring it & the little table Norman left. I think Dorrie measured that table & said it would fit in the car. I had Harold ask Graham about the two back tanks & the stove & he said Tom wasn't interested in the stove, but he pricked his ears about the tanks. However he didn't say whether he would actually take them or not. Ben Ward will definitely take the tank on the easter end, so I am going to let him know that he can have it. He might possibly take both. I don't know if he would be interested in the stove or not but I will mention it to him. So as soon as he knows he will go over & empty the tank & shift it. It started drizzling rain here last night & this morning heavy thunder developed & we have just had a very heavy storm. Enough to cancel the races. Hope your family are all well. Our lot still have colds hanging on.
Kind regards,
Yrs ffully

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