Here are some more even older diaries from the 1890's. They are by Jane Frances Finucane, and they were written when she lived in Fiji, which was still reputed to have cannibals. Her daughter Ruve Finucane, who I knew, had just been born. She was Grandpa's aunt and Jane would be his maternal grandmother. That would make her the great-great-granny of the children of the 8 brothers.
The diary is written in long hand, so it is quite difficult to read. I forsee some great-great-grandchild typing them out as an exercise on a boring wet holiday afternoon. As usual, click the link to read or download a chapter. Be patient, some are quite big! The last chapter contains Jane and her husband, Morgan Ignatius Finucane's, death notices from newspapers. They are easy to read and they gave both of them many column inches! Morgan was quite a chap and joined the labour party when it got going after WWI.
Chapter 1. Photos and general information from the 1895 diary.
Chapter 2. Notes from 1984 to 30 January 1985
Chapter 3. 31 January 1985 to 10 March 1985
Chapter 4. 11 March 1985 to 14 April 1985
Chapter 5. 15 April 1985 to 22 April 1985 + 31 August and 30 October. Last proper diary entry on 22 April 1985.
Chapter 6. Other items contained in the back of the diary including report of the death of Mrs Finucane from The Evening News of May 24th 1932 and report of the death of Dr M I Finucane at Hurst House from Westminster and Pimlico News, June 8, 1934.
Once again, all these documents have been scanned for the computer by Brenda at Corbett Keeling. Thanks Brenda!
Since this post, Trevor has typed out the diaries and you can see that version by clicking here.
Comment on original post - and he was as good as his word.
Fascinating. In fact so fascinating that I will have a shot at word processing it. Thanks George, Brenda et al
Posted by: Trevor John | May 21, 2008 at 05:37 PM