16 Sep 1945, Barbara Anslow's diary
(Sunday) To Mass at St. Joseph's, then bought a dress-length ((enough material to make a dress)), then went to work.
Was released about 3pm but couldn't get out (of Supreme Court) because the road between Queen's Pier and Government House lined with sailors and soldiers because it was Signing of Surrender ceremony. Went up on verandahs and watched it all from there with Mr. Castilho, the clerk.
The sailors looked very clean in white shorts and bibs; an Air Force Pipe Band and a Military Band. The ships in harbour fired noisy salutes, 3 planes roared across the tram wires.
When I eventually came out, passed the Jap delegates, uniformed, coming away in their car; they looked stony-faced.
Olive, Peg (Barton) and her sister Marie went on HMS Swiftsure yesterday, and Indomitable at tiffin time. Fireworks, rockets, lights etc. in whites and reds and greens from Dockyard and ships at night. We were all up on roof (of French Mission) watching.