Who of us don't wonder as we pass by properties lost and crumbling to time? Who lived there? What where they like? The silence and isolation and the wondering disappear with the rapid passing...but not in this case. The author found a diary and thought it that of an insane person. With persistence the jumble of letters became words and the words told stories...through the eyes of a hermit farmer's cows. And then the scraps of paper, all scribbled ... and eventually deciphered. And other diaries, of lonely sisters, virgins to their graves. The Hood family of Tasmania. This is a rough assembly of those artefacts strewn in the rubble of an abandoned house. In corners, boxes and with other people, almost 400 diaries, kept from the turn of the 20th century...now in State archives. Some of them, letters, diaries and scribbled notes,protected from rats by snakes, tell the story...otherwise lost to the world.
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