Received your letter dated 5th Saturday evening. In your last letter you mention not receiving one of my letters & how you felt a wee bit disappointed. Well dearest it is not any fault of mine as I have written regularly. I am not working at present we finished picking currants last Thursday & don’t expect to start on sultanas till next Monday. On Saturday we went fishing & shooting. Mr. Appleby took us in the car through the Red cliffs land, which is being opened up. It is nine or ten miles from here & is considered very fine land. Most people think it is the best land in the district. The river is very pretty about there & the cliffs are very high. We had a very enjoyable day & caught light fish I caught three; 2 brim & 1 perch. We took Bruce’s camera with us & took some snaps. I only hope they come out alright. I am sending them in today to be developed & printed, so may possibly be able to send them to you by the next post. I really don’t know how long it will be before they open up Red Cliffs for settlements but I was reading in the age the other day that it would not be ready for about 3 years. Of course they have to make the channels for irrigation & they are talking of locking the river. The people here don’t think it will be nearly that long. If it was 3 years before we came into possession it would mean another four years before we got any kind of return from the vines. When I come down I intend to have a real talk with Mr. Cattanach.
So Harold is coming down, I am very sorry I shall miss him, if he had only waited a little longer; I would have been able to come down. You ask me what Gordos are; well they are the raisin fruit.
I am sending you a photo of the house,we printed it yesterday. I sleep on the verandah on the opposite side, it is very nice and netted in with fine wire to keep the mosquitos out; otherwise they would eat you to death. I am writing to Hilda & if I feel like it will drop a line to Aunt so please excuse me now dearest. Give my love to Mother & accept best same yourself.
From Yours ever Ozzie xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Kind regards to your father & all the family.
Letters shared here were written by Private Ozbert Edwards of the 21st Australian Infantry Battalion to Miss Myrtle McCoughtry his future wife. They were written before, during and then after WWI while establishing his settler block at Red Cliffs VIC. Myrtle remained in Melbourne until their house was built. Letters shared here are part of a larger private collection generously shared with permission by Pam Shugg (granddaughter of Oz and Myrtle) and her family.