6th October 1944 - Perth
Hotel good and reasonable. Only charged 10/6 b&b. Pleasant room, could see swiftly flowing
Tay rushing by.
Soldiers marching along river bank, singing the “Q.M.’s Store”.
To library – read newspapers - divers over
Essex last night.
Saw in window Kent Herald map of divers in Kent. Made note on shells at Ramsgate and Maidstone. Many
ancient horses in this city – curious turret stairs. To Museum and . A pleasant building but
the labelling very bad. Hardly a picture
labelled at all. Little archaeological
material on view. Roman wall plaster
(painted) from near Dunkeld. Amenities
in the far North. Print by old Macbeth
Raeburn. Saw the Acting Director, Mr
Woods – has been no proper Director for years.
ARP have taken almost all the basement.
Local antiquities and archaeology closed. A good lecture hall. He was very kind – showed me round – gave me
book on Naural History of Perth, and a pamphlet on Perth maps. Good series of them recorded. Told me about Gowrie House – “demolished by the Government because of what happened there.”
Read in library for an hour.
Excellent books. Art Gallery
Evening to cinema etc. Talked to a girl – a few German planes even over
Perth. Street lights now are really wonderful. Walked till 11 admiring them, glow in sky
reflections in swift Tay.
Many good horses – carts painted with white edges and shaft points for night work. Horses used on the refuse wagons. Many 4-wheel and Scotch carts on new rubbers.
Lovely starlight night after sunny afternoon.