25 Dec 1942, Barbara Anslow's diary
Slept in with Mum last night – my bed folded up because bookcase removed so fireplace could be used.
After, egg, bacon, tomatoes and loganberries.
Tony came, gave us tin of cheese and onions.
I wore my blue sharkskin dress - a tight fit. ((That dress was among some clothes our loyal amah had brought me when I as in the Tai Koon Hotel)).
To hospital; hung over verandah while Mrs Drown's choir sang outside: Happy Birthdays for the new baby born this morning - Janet Sallis, for Jimmy Barnes (medical staff), for one of the patients, and for Mrs Drown herself tho her birthday was yest. Such a bright sunny morning.
Office transformed into a dining hall, desks pushed together made 2 long tables. Miss Davies (Matron) gave each of us office girls 2 lovely little tablets of soap. Meal not gigantic - roast meat, cabbag, gravy, 1 huge sweet potato, NO RICE. Seconds in sweet potatoes. Christmas pudding - a big share. I sat next to Dr Loan and Dr Pringle; Olive between Dr Uttley and Dr Erooga.
Later I went to Tony's bungalow and had tea with him, Stopani Thomson and Bailey. ((George Stopani Thomson, electrical engineer, killed when Bung. C bombed.))
6.30pm - Our Nativity Play rehearsal at St Stephens to sing in choir. I was the only alto as Sheila (Haynes) was helping with the angels behind the scenes.
In evening Mum and Olive and Mabel each ate a tin of M & V but I wasn't equal to that.
'Xmas pudding' Mabel made was grand, we had it with custard power (from Tony who came) mixed with wong tong. I have a stomach ache and deserve it.