"Lady McEacharn At Home,"
(1903), this three paragraph article includes this first and third paragraph:
At Goathland Studley-Park Road Kew, Lady McEacharn,
wife of the consul for Japan was at home to a numerous party of invited guests to meet the Japanese officials from half-past 3 to 6
yesterday afternoon. Rear Admiral Kamimura and his staff arrived
early in the afternoon and all the officers and midshipmen of the three warships now in port were present. Their arrival caused
quite a flutter of excitement in the quiet suburb of Kew and a large crowd of
onlookers lined the footpaths outside
Sir Malcolm McEacharn's garden gates to see the foreigners go in and come
out. Many of the Japanese made their way from the port to Kew in the trains, and their confusion over what to them was the very
complicated financial method of paying fares and receiving transfers and fare-box tickets was a source of sympathetic amusement to
local passengers. The house and grounds were thrown open to Lady McEacharn's guests, and, although rain threatened, it fortunately
held off and the trim lawns and flower-beds of Goathland were
seen at their best by those who strolled about the gardens. It was rather a pity that the haze obscured the view of
Melbourne, which from
Studley-park hill is one of the best. Now that our
Japanese visitors have been to so many entertainments here it is noticeable how very much at home they appear. The national
good manners, which are world-renowned, lead them to be quite at their ease, and they chat to acquaintances with the greatest amiability.
1 From The Argus (Melbourne, Vic), 21 May 1903, pg.
This is actually the second part of an article about "The Japanese Warships," the first half in four paragraphs entitled "Visits and
Inspections." Brought to RJB's attention in e-mail from Lindsay Farr, 11 Dec 2012, who also noted the site described was "just up
the road from me."