Author(s): E. R. Chudleigh (ed E C Richards)
Before Chudleigh came to New Zealand in 1861, agd 20, he promised his mother to keep a diary for her benefit. This he did, and after her death went on with it until a few weeks before his own death in 1920. Here is the diary, much abridged to fit into its present compass but otherwise unaltered except for the addition of full stops and the following capitals in the early pages before he used them of his own accord. The spelling is his. Any necessary notes are inserted in the text between square brackets. the diary gives a good account of station life in Canterbury in the early 1860s and in the Chatham Islands after 1865; the escape of the Hau-hau prisoners of war from the Chathams and E.R.C.'s narrow escape from death at their hands; his travels through New Zealand in 1875 from Hokianga nto the Bluff in search of a farm; the discovery and development of his farm in the Waikato; fires and shipwrecks on the Chathams and continued Maori troubles; his leading position on those islands; his inheritance and loss of 40,000 pounds; and finally his success with both properties aided by his wife, Mabel Potts, whom he married in 1881.