Rev.Leslie S.Macdougall wrote a diary every day from the age of 17 in 1895 to age 71 in 1948.
He was a Methodist Minister from 1902 in Tasmania and Victoria and writes in detail about his work. In the early days there was much financial hardship and some very isolated appointments. That made it very difficult for studying. He had to walk long distances under difficult circumstances and weather conditions, or use a bike, then graduated to a horse. He never owned a motorcar. One marvels how he fitted all his activities into a day and still have time to write a diary. They are beautifully written with much detail on family, Church activities and community affairs. He was an academic and expressed himself in a manner that is inspiring to the reader. He was able to teach, speak and write in seven languages - English, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Gaelic, French and German. Leslie was a student all his life, he was always learning, yet a very respected tutor. His hobbies included photography, music and reading.
Being a very romantic man it is interesting to read some areas that are more personal. His love affairs touch the heart.
As his grandaughter I am privileged to have the diaries. Appreciating their great historical value
I have endevoured to be responsible by preserving them for future generations.
The purpose of these blogs is to give the reader an overview of what the diaries contain.
I have scanned every diary from 1895 - 1948, read every page and compiled an extensive summary year by year. Below you will find some examples of the contents of the diaries.