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Topic: Diary of George Leslie Adkin, April 1913

Is part of topic Diaries of George Leslie Adkin for 1913

Leslie Adkin continues to work on his father’s property Cheslyn Rise, near Levin. Farming activities this month include fencing, moving, dipping and drenching, and selling stock. Often Leslie works with a farm labourer called Jim. His younger brother Gil (Gilbert) also works on the farm.

Leslie also continues to court Maud Herd, who celebrates her twenty-third birthday this month. Their romance falters momentarily, until Maud explains the reasons behind her ‘indifference’.

In his spare time Leslie attends the cinema, visits friends, goes to social events in Levin and worships regularly at church. He also takes and develops photographs, and sends some to newspapers to consider for publication. 

In the middle of the month Leslie spends an enjoyable day’s holiday in Wellington visiting the battlecruiser HMS New Zealand. This Royal Navy vessel, paid for by New Zealanders, tours the country over April and May 1913 and attracts thousands of enthusiastic visitors.

Members of the Adkin family including Leslie are involved in a campaign to reduce the majority needed to implement the prohibition of alcohol from 60% to 55%.

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