Transcript of letter from Alexander Hedge (Australia) to his Brother Henry Hedge (NZ) March 10th 1884
I received your last- all right at Strathdarr last November but did not reply to it as I was leaving & did not know what address to give you. I left about the middle of Dec & went to the Aramac for Xmas I had not been very well I think a touch of the low fever & the doctor said a change would do one good - the weather has been fearfully hot & dry there is hardly any feed & most of the waterholes have dried up - the glass being from 112(F) to 120(F) in the shade day after day - lately they have had fine rains on the coast but nothing to speak of inland - from the Aramac I went down to Whittown (now Isisford) on the Barcoo River & camped about six weeks waiting for rain which generally comes about this season & I sold my horses as they were getting pretty poor & all the country as bare as a road. From there I went to Blackall & then came on here there has been a little rain here & is a little grass- This town is on the head (or nearly) of the Barcoo. I am starting today towards Adavale on the Bulloo River about 160 miles to try & get some sheep going out to the Gulf country as the best money is to be made there the wages are L2 (pounds) per week going out. If I can't get them I shall try for some fencing about the Bulloo I was working there before & can do pretty well there but not as well as further out - as soon as I get any way settled I will write again & let you know of my address in the mean time of course you can't write.
I expect things will be a little livelier for you living in town I hope you are doing well. Your method of handling horses is in common use here & answers very well- There is a man here(professor he calls himself) in Melbourne giving lessons as a horse tamer. I do not know what method he practices.
I have not heard from any body since I wrote to you & have not written to Charles I have no more news so must conclude
with best wishes
from your affect. Brother