* Contents derived from the Darwin,Darwin area,Northern Territory,:Northern Territory Library Service,1990 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Young Elsie writes excitedly to her parents, who were spending time in Darwin away from the family farm, about having a letter published, and about Christmas preparations, cooking and the daily happenings at home on the farm.
Little Bush Maid informs readers of the exploration for artesian water currently being conducted on her family's property. She also deplores the situation which sees private ownership of bores along stock routes, and struggling cattlemen being forced to pay for water for their stock.
Little Bush Maid discusses the disappointment of workers striking salt water when digging a bore, but also their folly in continuing to persevere in the hope of finding fresh water. A more pleasant subject for her is the anticipation of having company join the family at the station for Christmas.
Little Bush Maid protests against claims made by a southern politician, Birtles, that Aborigines in the Northern Territory are starving, particularly during the wet season, as she describes the abundance that the wet season brings forth from the land.
'Today should be a red letter day', claims Little Bush Maid, 'a new era is dawning, Motor transport for the N. T.' , and she predicts that about ten years hence, camels will be valueless as motor transport will supersede them.