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Hodgson was aged 11 when he wrote this diary and the ship, captained by John Williams, was sailing eastward across the Pacific. In most of the entries he recorded the position of the ship and also referred to sightings of other ships and islands, games, church services, Bible classes, and crossing the antipodes (longitude 180 degrees).
The manuscript, which is about 200 pages in length, is essentially a chronicle of Hodgson's life, written in note form rather than being a polished memoir. The text was written on the right-hand pages of an exercise book, the left-hand page being left empty for additions. Hodgson dealt with his childhood and early life very succinctly, but his later years are covered in much more detail. There are many references to his parents Arthur and Eliza Hodgson, his brothers, and his own family, as well as to numerous friends and acquaintances. In addition to his work in various parishes and dioceses, Hodgson wrote about church affairs generally, his social life and sporting interests, and his travels in Europe...
Newspaper cutting of a letter from Hodgson to the editor, dated 18 January 1926, concerning his brother E.D. Hodgson (d. 1896) who had managed the Eton Vale estate.
Pencil sketch of the Head Station, Eton Vale, 1 December 1841.
Printed map, with manuscript additions, given to Arthur Hodgson by Ludwig Leichhardt. It shows the Fitzroy Downs and the Condamine, Balonne and Dawson rivers in Queensland.