Hardcover MS Diary (17.5 x 10.5cm), “My Trip” gilt lettered on top board which is diamond patterned in green on speckled cream with a gilt-ruled border, un-paginated line ruled pages. Typed itinerary for first trip tipped in near the front on page titled ‘Itinerary’. Three overseas trips recorded:
1973 Trip with diarist’s mother to USA. Places visited include Honolulu, San Francisco, New Jersey, Dumont, Rowland, Niagara Falls & Waikiki Beach; 34pp.
1976 Solo trip to USA, 11th July – 8th September; 38pp. Revisits many of the places visited in 1973 and adding Las Vegas, Denver, Orlando and Washington.
1981 Solo trip to Europe (via LA, New York, Washington and Dumont); 45pp. Places visited include London, Paris , Heidelburg, Lucerne, Lugano, Florence, Rome, Venice, Salzburg, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, Copenhagen and “Sweden”.
A handful of addresses recorded in the ‘Addresses” section at the end. Tipped in at the rear paste-down is a typed list of names and descriptions of how they are known.
Front hinge is starting at the head of the spine, corners rubbed, back cover scuffed; clean throughout. Item #888
Personal diary of three overseas trips taken by Brisbane resident in 1973, 1976 and 1981. While the first two trips record flights back home to Brisbane, the third trails off in Germany in 1981 after he leaves Copenhagen for Bremen, "has Rhonda for some coffee" and heads to a Sports Complex. According to a note at the beginning titled “Going”, the diarist either returned or planned to return in December 1983 via Hawaii. Most of the entries are perfunctory, recording places and sights seen or passed through, with notes about the weather, coffees and meals with friends and acquaintances. He sometimes attends mass. Occasionally something will elicit a stronger response and more detail (Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, “Saw hippies for REAL at Berkley”) and the diarist has a habit of recording the type and price of beer consumed. Australian vernacular is employed (e.g. 'beaut', 'grog', 'bloke'). The typed list tipped in at the end appears to be a list of the diarist’s mother’s U.S. acquaintances (couples and singles). Three of the wives are described as “War Brides”, at least one from Brisbane.