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 =====The Sydney Bushwalker===== =====The Sydney Bushwalker=====
  
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 A monthly Bulletin devoted to matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers, 5 Hamilton Street, Sydney. A monthly Bulletin devoted to matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers, 5 Hamilton Street, Sydney.
  
-====No.446 ​OCTOBER, 1938====+====No.446 ​October, 1938====
  
 |**Editor**|Dorothy Lawry| |**Editor**|Dorothy Lawry|
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 ====A World-wide Problem.==== ====A World-wide Problem.====
  
-We are told that a contributor to "The Sydney Mail" saw a Notice-board in a New York Park which recd:-+We are told that a contributor to "The Sydney Mail" saw a Notice-board in a New York Park which read:-
  
 "Let no one say, and sit it to your shame,\\ "Let no one say, and sit it to your shame,\\
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 Saturday, August 6th, was a lovely day, bright and sunny, and Blaxland was gay with wattle. The Sunday being Johnnie Wood's birthday, twenty-nine of us set off for St. Helena to celebrate. Saturday, August 6th, was a lovely day, bright and sunny, and Blaxland was gay with wattle. The Sunday being Johnnie Wood's birthday, twenty-nine of us set off for St. Helena to celebrate.
  
-After our leaders (those few who had been before from Blaxland) had decided which road to take, and had held various consultations on the route, the rest of +After our leaders (those few who had been before from Blaxland) had decided which road to take, and had held various consultations on the route, the rest of us had a meeting. However we all got under way eventually, and soon found ourselves tumbling down a very steep incline to Glenbrook Creek. This spot on the creek is very pretty; ferns and creepers abound, making a contrast with the other hill, which is very rocky and barren. The least said about this lump of rocks and boulders the better. It is a "​helluva"​ climb, but, undaunted by such obstacles, we reached the top. From here the going was good, and very shortly we arrived at St. Helena very proud of ourselves. We had been told that to get lost was the thing to do when going to St. Helena, and here we were, all safe and sound, the whole twenty-nine of us! But, alas! Pride indeed goeth before a fall (as we were to find out).
-us had a meeting. However we all got under way eventually, and soon found ourselves tumbling down a very steep incline to Glenbrook Creek. This spot on the creek is very pretty; ferns and creepers abound, making a contrast with the other hill, which is very rocky and barren. The least said about this lump of rocks and boulders the better. It is a "​helluva"​ climb, but, undaunted by such obstacles, we reached the top. From here the going was good, and very shortly we arrived at St. Helena very proud of ourselves. We had been told that to get lost was the thing to do when going to St. Helena, and here we were, all safe and sound, the whole twenty-nine of us! But, alas! Pride indeed goeth before a fall (as we were to find out).+
  
 St. Helena is certainly a lovely spot for a party, and, to make it specially beautiful for the occasion, the moon (which was nearly full) lent her aid to these our solemnities!!! After tea we all gathered round the fire and sang songs and rounds in approved Bushwalker style, interspersed with some "​Bean-eries"​. When food and drink for the multitude were prepared, Richard produced a cake complete with the correct number of candles. John - as per usual - was fast asleep end had to be Woken up to cut the cake! St. Helena is certainly a lovely spot for a party, and, to make it specially beautiful for the occasion, the moon (which was nearly full) lent her aid to these our solemnities!!! After tea we all gathered round the fire and sang songs and rounds in approved Bushwalker style, interspersed with some "​Bean-eries"​. When food and drink for the multitude were prepared, Richard produced a cake complete with the correct number of candles. John - as per usual - was fast asleep end had to be Woken up to cut the cake!
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 We were on a good track for quite a while, when, suddenly, it stopped dead on the edge of the ridge. Down below we could see a track which we thought must be the Sassafras Gully track, while, strung out like a string of sausages, we could see all the mountain stations from Glenbrook to Katoomba. We were on a good track for quite a while, when, suddenly, it stopped dead on the edge of the ridge. Down below we could see a track which we thought must be the Sassafras Gully track, while, strung out like a string of sausages, we could see all the mountain stations from Glenbrook to Katoomba.
  
-Some wanted to go down to the creek and walk to Springwood, but we decided that the best thing to do was to follow Mouldy'​s suggestion and go back to a flat, +Some wanted to go down to the creek and walk to Springwood, but we decided that the best thing to do was to follow Mouldy'​s suggestion and go back to a flat, rocky spot that we all remembered passing on Saturday. Jock was heading for Burragorang,​ or some place, and the Beans and Hec were still missing. It was still dull and misty, but we were just beginning to enjoy ourselves.
-rocky spot that we all remembered passing on Saturday. Jock was heading for Burragorang,​ or some place, and the Beans and Hec were still missing. It was still dull and misty, but we were just beginning to enjoy ourselves.+
  
 Richard collected Jock and we all set off back to the aforementioned rocky spot. Reaching this, we decided to keep well down to the right, and, to our satisfaction,​ we soon began to notice familiar things around us, or so we thought. We were just sailing along nicely, thinking we were on the right track at last, when, right in the middle of our path, we saw Dunc and Roxy, also lost. They had been way out on the ridge and down a bit, but thought the best plan was to come back and get their bearings again. Richard collected Jock and we all set off back to the aforementioned rocky spot. Reaching this, we decided to keep well down to the right, and, to our satisfaction,​ we soon began to notice familiar things around us, or so we thought. We were just sailing along nicely, thinking we were on the right track at last, when, right in the middle of our path, we saw Dunc and Roxy, also lost. They had been way out on the ridge and down a bit, but thought the best plan was to come back and get their bearings again.
  
-By this time we missed Ralph, and, as things were beginning to look serious, +By this time we missed Ralph, and, as things were beginning to look serious, we decided to take the next ridge and go down.. A shout from Wilbur informed us that he was on a track of sorts, so we all made a bee line for him, and stuck like glue. Walking briskly, we soon started the descent to the creek. By this time we were thoroughly dirty around the legs and feet, but nevertheless we were all happy.
-we decided to take the next ridge and go down.. A shout from Wilbur informed us that he was on a track of sorts, so we all made a bee line for him, and stuck like glue. Walking briskly, we soon started the descent to the creek. By this time we were thoroughly dirty around the legs and feet, but nevertheless we were all happy.+
  
 Arriving at Blaxland, imagine our surprise and humiliation to find that __Ray Bean__ of all people had caught the 5.10 p.m. train. Ralph was waiting for us on the station, and told us the details. Ray, Ada, Hec and Ralph had arrived at Blaxland about 4.30 p.m.! We'll never be able to live this down! Arriving at Blaxland, imagine our surprise and humiliation to find that __Ray Bean__ of all people had caught the 5.10 p.m. train. Ralph was waiting for us on the station, and told us the details. Ray, Ada, Hec and Ralph had arrived at Blaxland about 4.30 p.m.! We'll never be able to live this down!
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 We left Cooktown at six in the morning, and struck a tremendous sea. The waves came right over the boat and everywhere was wet. She seemed to stand right on end, and we had to hand on the seats. I was sick nearly all the way but the wife never got sick, but she was not too comfortable. There were only two other men passengers. The wife's sister and hubby went back to Cairns by plane. We left Cooktown at six in the morning, and struck a tremendous sea. The waves came right over the boat and everywhere was wet. She seemed to stand right on end, and we had to hand on the seats. I was sick nearly all the way but the wife never got sick, but she was not too comfortable. There were only two other men passengers. The wife's sister and hubby went back to Cairns by plane.
  
-This place, Tribulation,​ was reached at one o'​clock,​ and we had a job getting +This place, Tribulation,​ was reached at one o'​clock,​ and we had a job getting into the flat-bottom rowing boat, and I was not sorry when I stepped out on to shore. A Mr. Col. Mason made me welcome and we were invited up to his place for dinner. He came here five years ago. The depression knocked him bad and he lost everything except his wife, 6 children, and £28. This place is a veritable jungle and we must have had a stout heart and a good pal. He has planted bananas, paw-paws, tomatoes, cane, rice. This place grows everything he wants, and he told me he is on his feet again, and won't leave the place. He has 300 acres, his son 200; his brother has a sawmill to cut their wants, and I believe there is three other settlers here.
-into the flat-bottom rowing boat, and I was not sorry when I stepped out on to shore. A Mr. Col. Mason made me welcome and we were invited up to his place for dinner. He came here five years ago. The depression knocked him bad and he lost everything except his wife, 6 children, and £28. This place is a veritable jungle and we must have had a stout heart and a good pal. He has planted bananas, paw-paws, tomatoes, cane, rice. This place grows everything he wants, and he told me he is on his feet again, and won't leave the place. He has 300 acres, his son 200; his brother has a sawmill to cut their wants, and +
-I believe there is three other settlers here.+
  
-We camped right on the sand as the bush is too thick, and can only go along the +We camped right on the sand as the bush is too thick, and can only go along the tracks to his place and his neighbours! A party just spoke to us, they have been on a 5-day walk to Bloomfield and back. One of the locals took them, a Mr. Jaskie and wife - I believe they write books. There will be plenty of places for us to go here, and I intend to try a bit of gold washing if I see a place. Fish are not too easily caught. We went around the headland yesterday and lost a lot of line and hooks on the coral, but got a feed of coral cod and grunters, small. We had to scale a high hill as the going was too dangerous to go around, and it took some doing. A slip would have sent us down about 100 ft, into the sea. Then, when on top, we found we had to go straight down the side about two to three hundred feet to the beach; made me think of the Mountains near Cox and Breakfast Creek.
-tracks to his place and his neighbours! A party just spoke to us, they have been on a 5-day walk to Bloomfield and back. One of the locals took them, a Mr. Jaskie and wife - I believe they write books. There will be plenty of places for us to go here, and I intend to try a bit of gold washing if I see a place. Fish are not too easily caught. We went around the headland yesterday and lost a lot of line and hooks on the coral, but got a feed of coral cod and grunters, small. We had to scale a high hill as the going was too dangerous to go around, and it took some doing. A slip would have sent us down about 100 ft, into the sea. Then, when on top, we found we had to go straight down the side about two to three hundred feet to the beach; made me think of the Mountains near Cox and Breakfast Creek.+
  
-Just at the back of our camp we have mountains two to three thousand feet high. +Just at the back of our camp we have mountains two to three thousand feet high. I don't think it could be scaled as the undergrowth is too thick, and full of stinging tree.
-I don't think it could be scaled as the undergrowth is too thick, and full of stinging tree.+
  
-You will have to excuse pencil and paper shortage. We ordered a pad and ink +You will have to excuse pencil and paper shortage. We ordered a pad and ink with our groceries and they were not put in.
-with our groceries and they were not put in.+
  
 We are about 60 to 70 miles north of Cairns, and about 30 to 40 miles south of Cooktown. No crocks here but, I am informed, plenty of snakes. I have not seen any yet. Oysters and crabs are plentyful, and a blacks'​ camp is about quarter of a mile along the beach. I am told they will get me a turkey or wild hen for a couple of bob, but I intend to keep away from them. They might get a nuisance around our camp. Only been here four days and the mail will be going, so next letter will tell you more. We are about 60 to 70 miles north of Cairns, and about 30 to 40 miles south of Cooktown. No crocks here but, I am informed, plenty of snakes. I have not seen any yet. Oysters and crabs are plentyful, and a blacks'​ camp is about quarter of a mile along the beach. I am told they will get me a turkey or wild hen for a couple of bob, but I intend to keep away from them. They might get a nuisance around our camp. Only been here four days and the mail will be going, so next letter will tell you more.
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 =====Three "​Tigers"​ On A Training Trip===== =====Three "​Tigers"​ On A Training Trip=====
  
-By Jeck Debert.+By Jack Debert.
  
 Staying in the club-room just long enough to attend a selection committee meeting and to see a long overdue alteration to the Federation'​s Constitution approved of by the S.B.W. members before 10 p.m. Bill Hall and I rushed to Central Station for the 10.15 p.m. At Strathfield,​ Gordon Smith joined us and that completed the personnel. Staying in the club-room just long enough to attend a selection committee meeting and to see a long overdue alteration to the Federation'​s Constitution approved of by the S.B.W. members before 10 p.m. Bill Hall and I rushed to Central Station for the 10.15 p.m. At Strathfield,​ Gordon Smith joined us and that completed the personnel.
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 The Jenolan River was as delightful as ever. Although it was too early for the rock-lillies to be in bloom, they showed promise of giving a very fine display within three or four weeks. We were about to prepare lunch some distance below Mumbedah Creek when we spied a baby wombat. It seemingly was not in the healthiest of conditions for it appeared very sluggish, and moved slowly over to its wombat hole, at the entrance of which it stayed for some little time, thereby giving us further opportunity for observation. The Jenolan River was as delightful as ever. Although it was too early for the rock-lillies to be in bloom, they showed promise of giving a very fine display within three or four weeks. We were about to prepare lunch some distance below Mumbedah Creek when we spied a baby wombat. It seemingly was not in the healthiest of conditions for it appeared very sluggish, and moved slowly over to its wombat hole, at the entrance of which it stayed for some little time, thereby giving us further opportunity for observation.
  
-The air was permeated with clematis perfume yet there were very few flowers +The air was permeated with clematis perfume yet there were very few flowers in bloom.
-in bloom.+
  
 Owing to the lack of knowledge of the country from Bees Nest Creek onto Black Range, and due to Myles Dunphy'​s remark that it was a stiff 2000ft. climb and one of the steepest in New South Wales, we only spent one hour over lunch and 2.25 saw us once again at that delightful green clearing at Bees Nest Creek. Twenty minutes spell for map consultation,​ chocolate nibbling and leave-taking from our newly found friend, who intended braving the joys and horrors of Hell's Gate Canyon and the river wading on his own, then we tackled Myles' steep climb. Owing to the lack of knowledge of the country from Bees Nest Creek onto Black Range, and due to Myles Dunphy'​s remark that it was a stiff 2000ft. climb and one of the steepest in New South Wales, we only spent one hour over lunch and 2.25 saw us once again at that delightful green clearing at Bees Nest Creek. Twenty minutes spell for map consultation,​ chocolate nibbling and leave-taking from our newly found friend, who intended braving the joys and horrors of Hell's Gate Canyon and the river wading on his own, then we tackled Myles' steep climb.
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 Gordon had wakened us up on Saturday morning and so I was determined not to be beaten on the Sunday. Waking up in the darkness of night I yelled in the approved manner: "Get up" without looking at my watch. Gordon growled, Bill mumbled, turned on his torch, laughed and said many uncomplimentary remarks, to which he added "​It'​s only ten minutes to two." Gordon had wakened us up on Saturday morning and so I was determined not to be beaten on the Sunday. Waking up in the darkness of night I yelled in the approved manner: "Get up" without looking at my watch. Gordon growled, Bill mumbled, turned on his torch, laughed and said many uncomplimentary remarks, to which he added "​It'​s only ten minutes to two."
  
-So we had more sleep and finally started out at 7.15 to follow Little +So we had more sleep and finally started out at 7.15 to follow Little River downstream to the Cox. It was entirely new country for both Bill and me, but it was wonderful that it goes on the next programme as an official trip, to be led by the dual leaders, Messrs. Smith end Hall.
-River downstream to the Cox. It was entirely new country for both Bill and me, but it was wonderful that it goes on the next programme as an official trip, to be led by the dual leaders, Messrs. Smith end Hall.+
  
 Little River is another of those out-of-the-way smaller rivers that have not been given over much attention by Bush Walkers. It is a delightful spot, a perfect combination of typical mountain streams, green grassy banks, ideal for camping, ferny glades, granite gorges, crystal clear water bubbling over rocks, and teeming with wild and bird life. It was very pleasing to see the vivid green, velvety, new fern fronds showing up in contrast to the burnt-up brown appearance of the frost killed bracken. The winter had evidently been very severe, for even in the most sheltered and secluded spots the ferns had succumbed to the wintery elements. Little River is another of those out-of-the-way smaller rivers that have not been given over much attention by Bush Walkers. It is a delightful spot, a perfect combination of typical mountain streams, green grassy banks, ideal for camping, ferny glades, granite gorges, crystal clear water bubbling over rocks, and teeming with wild and bird life. It was very pleasing to see the vivid green, velvety, new fern fronds showing up in contrast to the burnt-up brown appearance of the frost killed bracken. The winter had evidently been very severe, for even in the most sheltered and secluded spots the ferns had succumbed to the wintery elements.
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 The Committee has decided to compile a directory to assist members in arranging transport facilities from railway stations, wharves etc., and asks members who know of reliable service-car or launch proprietors,​ to hand the information on to the Walks Secretary or Assistant Walks Secretary. The Committee has decided to compile a directory to assist members in arranging transport facilities from railway stations, wharves etc., and asks members who know of reliable service-car or launch proprietors,​ to hand the information on to the Walks Secretary or Assistant Walks Secretary.
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