Below is the entry for 23 May 1873 in the diary of my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Hitchcox which was written at Fullarton, South Australia. Thomas had emigrated from Staffordshire, England in 1854 (at age 57) where he had been a school master (at least 1821-1827), maltster and farmer.
Most of it is very easy to read but there are two words that I am uncertain of the spelling/meaning.
Weather showery Wark finished the Shed and ???? ???? on the old Stable and hung Froggatts' new Gate
The words replaced by question marks above seem to be
pitt Zink but if that is their spelling then what is their meaning?
I suspect it may be something to do with putting zinc on a roof, as some sort of early galvanized iron, but would like to be more certain.