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 ====== The Sydney Bushwalker. ====== ====== The Sydney Bushwalker. ======
  
-A monthly Bulletin of The Sydney Bush Walkers, 5 Hamilton Street, Sydney.+A monthly Bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers, 5 Hamilton Street, Sydney.
  
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 |The Happy Man" - reprinted from "​Wayfaring"​| | 9| |The Happy Man" - reprinted from "​Wayfaring"​| | 9|
 |Bunions|"​Patient"​|10| |Bunions|"​Patient"​|10|
-|At Our Own Meetting| |11| +|At Our Own Meeting| |11| 
-|Letters from the Lads - Nos. l2 and 13|Peter Allan and Horrie Salmon|13|+|Letters from the Lads - Nos. 12 and 13|Peter Allan and Horrie Salmon|13|
 |Club Gossip| |16| |Club Gossip| |16|
  
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 In these critical days, when everything must be subordinated to the war effort, it is hopeless to try and interest Governments and Councils in new park proposals. Consequently the Movement has been obliged to restrict its recommendations to projects of the most urgent nature. In these critical days, when everything must be subordinated to the war effort, it is hopeless to try and interest Governments and Councils in new park proposals. Consequently the Movement has been obliged to restrict its recommendations to projects of the most urgent nature.
  
-In reply to representations from the Movement, the Premier, Mr. McKell, gave an assurance that the Government'​s plans for Sydney ​Hospitul ​do not contemplate any encroachment on the Sydney Domain, and the Minister for Agriculture,​ Mr. Dunne, stated that the "​C.U.S.A."​ Hut is to be removed as soon as the war ends.+In reply to representations from the Movement, the Premier, Mr. McKell, gave an assurance that the Government'​s plans for Sydney ​Hospital ​do not contemplate any encroachment on the Sydney Domain, and the Minister for Agriculture,​ Mr. Dunne, stated that the "​C.U.S.A."​ Hut is to be removed as soon as the war ends.
  
 The Minister for Lands, Mr. Tully, has established a very fine Children'​s Playground at Wentworth Park, Glebe - the result of agitation by this Movement in co-operation with the Citizen'​s Association of N.S.W. A further result of this agitation is a plan formulated by the Glebe Council for the provision of a chain of Playgrounds throughout The Glebe. Annandale Council is preparing a similar plan, in response to requests by a number of local residents, with full support and co-operation by this Movement. The outcome will probably be 10 or 12 Playgrounds in these congested suburbs. The Minister for Lands, Mr. Tully, has established a very fine Children'​s Playground at Wentworth Park, Glebe - the result of agitation by this Movement in co-operation with the Citizen'​s Association of N.S.W. A further result of this agitation is a plan formulated by the Glebe Council for the provision of a chain of Playgrounds throughout The Glebe. Annandale Council is preparing a similar plan, in response to requests by a number of local residents, with full support and co-operation by this Movement. The outcome will probably be 10 or 12 Playgrounds in these congested suburbs.
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 ===== Social Notes. ===== ===== Social Notes. =====
  
-The voice of the Sociall ​Committee says __Here'​s Hoping__!!+The voice of the Social ​Committee says __Here'​s Hoping__!!
  
 === March 14th & 15th === === March 14th & 15th ===
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-:F'ED.;.!;RATION NOTES +===== Federation Notes===== 
-Recently a new bushwalking club made contact ​vvi th tho President and Hon. + 
-Secretary of the Federation. This was the Railway Institute ​Bushwallelng ​Club +Recently a new bushwalking club made contact ​with the President and Hon. Secretary of the Federation. This was the Railway Institute ​Bushwalking ​Club and we hope soon to hear that its members have decided to affiliate with the other organised clubs. 
-and we hope soon to hear that its members have decided to affiliate with the + 
-other organised clubs. +As reported elsewhere in this issue, six members of the S.B.W. have volunteered to serve on the special committee which is to formulate a policy of track marking, making, etc. 
-As reported elsewhere in this issue, six members of the S.B.W. have volunteered + 
-to serve on the special committee which is to formulate a policy of track +At the February Council meeting the following appointments were made to the Publications Committee: Editor: Dorothy ​Lawry (S.B.W.) Assistant Editor: Bill Watson (Rover Ramblers); Business ManagerJim Somerville (C.M.W.) and Advertising Manager is still being sought. 
-marking, making, etc. + 
-At the February Council meeting the following appointments were made to the +An S.B.W. delegate reported the destruction of willows at "Yeola" ​on the Upper Kangaroo River and asked for an investigation. A delegate from the Campfire Club added a report of timber cutting at the junction of The Oaks and Euroka Tracks in the Blue Labyrinth. Both of these matters were referred to the Conservation Bureau for attention. 
-Publications Committee: ​'Editor: Dorothy ​Lav~y (S.B.W.) Assistant Editor: + 
-Bill Watson (Rover Ramblers); Business ManagerJim Somerville (C.M.W. )and +Delegates from the Rover Ramblers reported that the track from Glenbrook to St. Helena has recently been very thoroughly blazed. It would be interesting to know who the blazers were. Did they want to be sure of getting home for their next Sunday Dinner? 
-Advertising Manager is still being sought. + 
-An s.D.W. delegate reported the destruction of willows at "Yeolan ​on the +Mention was made of ex-Secretary Charlie Roberts having ​been wounded in Malaya. ​Conflicting ​reports left considerable doubt as to whether he has recovered and rejoined his unit before the fall of Singapore, or whether he was safely in hospital. ​It was resolved to write to Charlie a letter of sympathy, greetings and good wishes, in the hope that he had been evacuated to safety ​and so could receive it. 
-Upper Kangaroo River and asked for an investigation. A delegate from the Campfire + 
-Club added a report of ~imber ~utting·at ​the junction of The Oaks and +The President ​reported that, in view of the growing seriousness of the international position the Federation ​officers felt that steps should be taken to see if the authorities could use bushwalkers as such. An informal meeting has been held at which possible avenues of service were discussed, and suggestions for training to improve bushcraft, etc. were made. Council endorsed this action, appointed the President convenor of a special committee of those interested, and instructed the committee to go ahead with training weekends and to arrange, if possible, with the authorities to utilise the services of bushwalkers in the event of an emergency. 
-Euroka Tracks in the Blue Labyrinth. Both of these matters were referred to + 
-the Conservation Bureau for attention. +After the Council Meeting the newly appointed ​committee met and arrange ​for a series of weekend camps, details of which are given on a notice displayed on the board at Paddy'​s. 
-Delegates from the ~over Ramblers reported that the track from Glenbrook to + 
-St. Helena has recently been' V:ery thoroughly blazed.- · It woul~ be interesting to +---- 
-know who the blazers were. Did they want to be sure of getting home for their + 
-next Sunday Dinner? +===== The Alphabetical War. ===== 
-Mention was made of ex-Secretary Charlie Roberts having ​boen wounded in + 
-Malaya. ​Conflicti~g ​reports left considerable-doubt as to whether he has recovered +Paddy is snowed under supplying demands for gear for A.R.P., N.E.S., V.D.C., W.A.N.S., V.A.D., ​W.V.N.S., R.A.A.F., A.I.F., R.A.N., A.M.F., R.M.C., A.W.A.S., etc. etc. AD LIB. 
-and rejoined his unit before the fall of Singapore, or whether he was + 
-safely in hospital. ​It_was ​resolved to write to Charlie a letter of sympathy, +First Aid Satchells, Packs, Haversacks, Kit Bags, Sleeping ​Bags, Valises, Map Cases, Stretchers, Holdalls, Gadgets and bright ideas, all come and go. 
-greetings and good wishes, in the hope that-.he. l;​t?​-d ​been evacuated to saf_ety and + 
-and so could receive it. +Nevertheless,​ Paddy still has time to fix up his oldest ​alphabetical ​friends known as the 
-The Presidont ​reported that, in view af the growing seriousness of the +S.B.W
-international position the Federat.ion ​officers felt that steps should be taken + 
-to see if th0 authorities could use bushwalkers as such. · ~n informal meeting +Paddy PallinCamp Gear For Walkers
-has been held at which possible avenues of service were discuss~d, and suggestions + 
-for training to improve bushcraft, etc. were made. Council endorsed +327 George Street, ​Sydney. ​Telephone B3101. 
-this action, appointed the President convenor of a special committee of those + 
-interested, and instructed the committee to go ahead with training weekends +---- 
-and to arrange, if possible, with the authorities to utilise the services of + 
-bushwalkers in the event of an emergency. +===== Hitch-Hiking Around New Zealand. ===== 
-After tho Council Meeting the newly appo~nted ​committee met and arranged +
-for a series of weekend camps, details of which are given on a notice displayed +
-on the board at Paddy'​s. +
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-THIS ALPH.\BETI CAL WAR +
-Paddy is snowed under supplying demands for gear for · +
-A.R~P., N.E.S.,V.D.C., W.A.N.s., V.A.D., ​1iv.V.N.S., +
-R.A.A.F., A.r.y., R.A.N., A.M.F., R.M.C., A.W.A.S., +
-etc. etc. AD LIB. +
-First Aid Satchells, Packs, Haversacks, Kit Bags, +
-Sleeeping ​Bags, Valises, ​Map Cases, Stretchers, +
-Holdalls, Gadgets and bright ideas, all come.and go. +
-Nevertheless,​ Paddy still has time to fix up his oldest +
-·alphabetical ​friends known as the +
-s. B. VJ,+
-;....,. -- +
-PADDY PALLIN, +
-327 George Street, +
-Telephone B3101. ​SYDNEY +
--CAMP GEAR WALKERS. +
-6 +
-HITCH-HIKING m NEVil ZEALAND+
 by Dorothy Hasluck. by Dorothy Hasluck.
-Contrary to the generally accepted idea; · t:​h:;​re ​was more hiking then hitching ​+ 
-on our 230 mile trek. Do I hear voices raised in disbelief? If so I shall refer +Contrary to the generally accepted idea, there was more hiking then hitching on our 230 mile trek. Do I hear voices raised in disbelief? If so I shall refer them to the N.Z. Transport regulations,​ the said transport being mainly owned by the Government and any driver who picks up is immediately ​dismissed on discovery. 
-them to tbe N.Z. Transport regulations,​ the said transport being mainly owned + 
-by the Government and any driver who picks up is illl!;​lediately.dismissed on discovery. +After eleven ​days' ​climbing ​at Mt. Cook I retired to a sheep farm to rest me, but on arrival was met with requests from the two girl friends to take them on a walk when the harvesting was over. We duly went into the matter of qualifications and equipment - both nil, but decided the former might be remedied by harvesting and the latter by a certain amount of borrowing. 
-After eleven ​dayst climbing ​a"​!; ​Mt.Cook I retired to a sheep farm to rest,me, + 
-but on arrival was met with requests from the two girl friends to take them 6n a +Leaving the train at a place called ​Methven, ​we camped ​beneath a canopy of trees in the showground, our equipment not boasting a tent, which showed extreme ​optimism ​on our part as we were to trek down the West Coast, the wettest place in New Zealand. ​The next day our route led through the Rakaia ​Gorge to Lake Coleridge, with a nor' ​wester head on the whole way. Never have I felt glad of a pack before but if it had not been for this usually much maligned article I would have been blown over the edge of the gorge. At this point the river divides, an island being in the middle of the two bridges and creating two funnels through ​which the wind tore in a terrifying manner. Finding a sheltered spot for lunch, we then went down to the river, its milky looking snow water rushing by in a raging torrent; seeing a quiet backwater, we decided to have a refreshing ​dipwhich was rudely ​disturbed ​by Betty, who was paddling, giving an ear-piercing shriek and dragging her foot from the water with what appeared ​to be a fair sized eel attached to her toe. With renewed strength we now faced the steep zig-zag in the teeth of the nor' wester, struggling a few yards and then literally falling to our knees, and so to the top. 
-walk when the harvesting was over. VJe duly went into' .the matter of qualifications + 
-and equipment ​-- both nil, but decided the former might be remedied by +By five O'​clock we had had enough and decided to camp, the prospect not being very bright as to light a fire was out of the question ​and there was no habitation to be seen. Whilst we were contemplating the somewhat ​bleak outlook, along came a Knight-errant in the shape of Mr. Cran, manager of Bayfield Station, and suggested we stay at one of his huts as he said the weather ​was going to become much worse!!! He not only provided us with a home complete with bunks, crockery, firewood, etc., but replenished the larder most lavishly, for which we were most thankful as we were marooned for three days with gales and rain, a heavy manthe of snow falling ​on all the surrounding hills and mountains, covering them almost to the foot. 
-harvesting and the latter by a certain amount of borrowing. + 
-Leaving the train at a place called ​Methven9 ​we c.a.IILped ​beneath a canopy of +On leaving, Mr. Cran gave us introductions ​to other stations and helpful advice and instructions. The hospitality of the people of the South Island was the point that impressed me most, and Mr. Cran was the perfect embodiment of it. 
-trees in the showground, our equipment not boasting a tent, which showed extreme + 
-opti:​rp.ism ​on our part as we were to trek down the West Coast,the wettest place in +The fall of snow now proved a blessing in disguise as the mountains from Lake Coleridge past Lakes Lyndon and Pearson, presented a series ​of pictures of sheer beauty instead of the ugly scree slopes which one usually sees in summer. How I hate scree slopes and even more so when traversing ​them! 
-New Zealand. ​·The next day our route led through the Rakal.a ​Gorge to lake Coleridge, + 
-with a nor wester head on the whole way. _Never ​haveI felt glad of a +Our next bathe, at Lake Pearson, was also attended with mishap, a Kea taking a fancy to my watch, which I had left on a rock. I suffer ​many pangs when I think of it being used as a decorative ​piece in the Kea's nest instead of performing its normal function of ticking away the hours on my wrist. 
-pack before but if it had not been for this usually much maligned article I + 
-would have been blown over the edge of the gorge. At this_point ​the river +Having slept the previous ​night in a roadman'​s ​hut, we were now invited to stay at Grassmere Station, the owners of which turned out to be friends of the girls' uncle. We were made most welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the comfort, variety being the spice of lifeThis station has its own ski-ing fields right at the door as it were, and ice-skating on the lake in front of the homestead, so there is no lack of winter amusement. 
-divides, an island being in the middle of the two bridges and creating two + 
-funnels through ​whicn the wind tore in a terrifying manner. Finding a sheltered +After a very steep descent from some hills over which we had taken a shortcut, we proceeded to Bealey, before reaching which we had to ford an arm of the Waimakarini. The gods were again looking after us for as we were about to divest ourselves of shoes and socks, ​along came a smoking monster known as a bulldozer, its driver telling us to clamber up and he would take us across; so across we went in State! 
-spot for lunch, we then went do·wn ​to the river, its milky looking snow water + 
-rushing by in a raging torrent; seeing a quiet backwater·, we decided to have a +Our next objective was Arthur'​s ​Pass, where there is quite a lot of climbing to be obtained. Having lunched at the Bealy Hotel, which has a quaint, ​old-world ​charm, we proceeded through beech fora9ts to the Pass. This, together with some bush at Grassmere Station, was the first timber we had seen and was a refreshing change from the tussock ​country. There is quite a small settlement at the Pass so, after a few inquiries, we soon found a comfortable place to stay at, and very glad we were as it was piercingly cold, being at about the 3,000 ft. level and surrounded by mountains
-refresr~ng ​dipwhich was rudely ​distur9ed ​by B~tty, who was paddling, giving an + 
-ear-piercing shriek and dragging her foot from the water with what a:,​peared ​to +The road from Grassmere Station to Greymouth passes through country which once experienced glaciation - probably over 100,000 years ago. The ice at this period is said to have been 2,500 ft. thick. There are many signs of ice action such as scratched and fluted rocks due to the scouring of stones, and the great deposit of loose rocks over which the road climbs from the upper Otira flat before descending into the gorge is generally attributed to moraine. As one traverses the gorge the grandeur of the scene beggars description. At the same time one must give man his due. Hats off to the railway tunnel which pierces the mountains for 5 miles, and to the construction of the power lines flung across great chasms with precipitous sides rising to over 2,000 ft., and lastly to the roadover which I would rather someone else did the driving! 
-be a fair sized eel attached to her toe. With renewed.strength we now faced + 
-the steep zig-zag in the teeth of the nor·twester, struggling a few yards and +From Otira we took the train for 16 miles and then walked ​through some glorious ​bush, which is also a bird sanctuary, to Lake Brunner, staying the night there, and then through Greenstone, which was once a large goldmining settlement - piles of stone being the only evidence now remaining of those days to Kumarawhere alluvial sluicing on a large scale is still carried on. A rather interesting landmark was a block of greenstone ​weighing ​about a ton. It's a wonder the boys of the village have not considerably reduced this! 
-then literally falling to our knees, and so to the top. + 
-By five O'​clock we had had enough and decided to camp, the prospect not.being +We were now well into Westland ​with its unsurpassed bush; once over the Pass on reaching the foot of the gorge the change in the bush is at once discernable. The Westland rain forest now holds sway; great stately pines tower into the air, the forest floor becomes ​covered with filmy ferns, and climbers and treeferns become more numerous. 
-very bright as to light a fire vms out of the_qucstion ​and there was no habitation + 
-to be seen. Whilst we were contemplating the somevlhat ​bleak outlook, +Train once more for 16 miles to Hokitika and we were now on the last hundred miles down the West Coast to the GlaciersWe camped at Lake Mahinapua with ideas of being lulled to rest by the lapping ​of the waterDid I say rest? First hordes of sandflies pestered us, then, on the retirement of these, battalions of mosquitoes arrived to hold the fort against the invaders of their domainBeing a warm, muggy night it was bad enough being in sleeping bags, but I was forced to put on my snow jacket, drawing the hood right over my face to protect it from the onslaughts. 
-along came a Knig~t~errant in the shape of Mr.Cran, manager of Bayfield Station, + 
-and suggested we stay at one of his huts as he said ~he woather ​was going to +leave the rest to your imagination. My companions had a small piece of net, which I am afraid proved ​quite inadequate against ​the attacks. The mosquitoes, I am surewere quite equal to brushing it aside. 
-become much worse!.!! He not only provided us with a home complete with bunks, + 
-crockery, firewood, etc., but replenished the larder most lavishly, for which +Three very wan individuals arose at dawn and, with one accord, ​Said "What a night!"​ Having refreshed ourselves in the lake, we set forth for Ross, arriving in pouring rain. As we wanted to go on, we decided to see what my powers of persuasion would do, having found them very successful in obtaining milk on various occasions, so I duly approached the driver of a lorry. ​After a lot of humming and ha-ing, he consented to take two on his lorry and inveigled the owner of a sheep truck to take me. My truck started ​about two hours after the lorry, ​the driver of which on his way back stopped to let me know where he had left the others, pithily remarking "Well, I've left them at the hotel, so you'll probably find them both full up." 
-we were most thankful as we were.marooned for three days with gales and rain, + 
-a heavy manthe of snow falling ​o~ all the surrounding hills and mountains, +The next day was fine and clear for the last stage to the Franz Josef Glacier and we joyously wended our way along the bush bordered road to Lake Mapourika, where we had a swim in the placid ​waters, enjoying to the full the lovely light and shadow ​and glorious reflections. Arriving at the Glacier, we were able to rent a hut for 7/6d a day; food was obtainable at the store owned by the Hotel and there was a bathhouse in the bush fed by hot mineral ​springs: what more could a walker desire? ​We spent several days exploring from here and then went down to the Fox Glacier, where we met Franz, one of the guides who was in charge of the Alpine ​School at Mt. Cook. He said he wouldn'​t have known me, and I am not surprised as when I left Mt. Cook I was somewhat the worse for wear - glasses patched with plaster ​in four places, a stone having descended upon me, my lips so badly swollen with sunburn I could hardly open my mouth, and various ​other discrepancies. 
-covering them almost to the foot. C + 
-On leaving, Mr. Cran gave us int.roduction6 ​to other stations and helpful +The weather was very overcast so we did not see the Fox at its best, all the peaks being blotted out. I had had some ideas of climbing, but we decided to return as we did not want to be marooned ​by floods. On the return journey we were to pick up a train at Ross which connected with the Christchurch express but, alas, arriving ​there in pouring rain at night, we found the timetable had been altered and the train was not running, which meant we had to walk 20 miles to Hokitika that night! However, nothing daunted, after fortifying ​ourselves with a hot dinner at the hotel, we left at 8 p.m., hoping for the best. I shall draw a veil over the first 5 or 6 miles in pitch darkness and pouring torrents. At this stage the gods once more came to our rescue in the shape of a large Buick car. The god driving the car turned out to be the owner of the timber mills, so I was being very guarded in regard to lifts on lorries. After a number of searching ​questions ​were put to us, things were becoming ​somewhat ​involved, so we made full confession. ​However, he proved to be very magnanimous ​god and promised ​to overlook our delinquencies. As he was going right through to Greymouth, he suggested ​we come with him, promising to find us a nice quiet place to stay. On arriving at about 11 p.m. he pulled up at what looked to me like the best hotel in the place. Said I, "We can't go in there in this state, ​wet through and mud to our knees"​. Said he, "Of course you can with my moral support." ​So, with a wave of a wand more or less, tea and toast were provided, wet clothes whisked off to the drying room, and, after a hot bath, we were shown to most comfortable rooms and slept the sleep of the just. 
-advice and instructions. The hospitality of the people of the South Island + 
-was the point that impressed me most, and Mr. Cran was the perfect embodiment of +Our last flutter was on waking the next morning to find my jodphurs and all toilet articles missing, together ​with all the train tickets and money of the party! Again all was well as, after a frantic ​rush to the telephone to make inquiries we found they were in the carhaving come out when a strap of my pack was broken. So passed our last hectic moment! 
-it. + 
-The fall of snow mow proved a blessing in disguise as the mountains from +I must here pay a tribute to Pauline and Betty who, previous to this trek, had walked very little. They both stood up to it manfully as 134 miles actual walking in seven days is no mean effort. 
-Lake Coleridge past Lakes Lyndon and Pearson, presented a 5eries ​of pictures of + 
-sheer beauty instead of the ugly scree slopes which one usually sees in summer. +As I look back on my first effort in hitch-hiking I can thoroughly ​recommend a walk through the South Island to restore one's faith in the fundamental kindness and helpfulness of human nature. 
-How I hate scree slopes and even more so when traversing ​themJ + 
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-Our next bathe, at Lake Pearson, was also attenQ.ed vrl.th ​mishap, a Ke ., + 
-taking a f'​ancy ​to my watch, which I had left on a rock, Isuffer ​many pangs +===== The Happy Man. ===== 
-when I think of it being used as a decorative ​piece·in ​the Keas nest instead + 
-of performing its normal function of ticking away the hours on my wri .- • +by --Anon. 
-Having slept the previo~s ​night in a roadman ​1s hut, we were now invited to + 
-stay at Grassmere Station, the owners of which turned out to be friends of the +Reprinted from "​Wayfaring",​ Journal of the Melbourne Women'​s Walking Club. 
-girls' uncle. We were made most welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the comfort, + 
-variety being the spice of lifeThis station has.its ovm ski~ing fields +I met a hiker hiking ​with his needs inside his pack;\\ 
-right at the door as it were, and ice-skating on the lake in front of the +The country lay before him and the city at his back;\\ 
-homestead, so th~re is no lack of winter amusement. +He was hatless, he was humming, and his boots swung to and fro\\ 
-After a very steep descent from some hills over which we had taken a +As if no mileage ​mattered once they'd started doing so. 
-shortcut, we proceeded to Bealey, before reaching which we had to ford an arm + 
-of the Waimakarini. The gods were again looking after us for. a.s we were about +His working week was over; he had pocketed his pay,\\ 
-to divest ourselves of sho~s and socks, ​al-ong ​came a smoking monster known as +And left the war behind him, striding ​sturdily ​away;\\ 
-·bulldozer, its driver telling us to clamber up and he would take us across; +Tent and food were in his rucksack with his kettle and his tea -\\ 
-so across we went in StateJ +If ever man was happy, then a happy man was he. 
-Our next objective ​.was Arthur1s ​Pass, where there is qu~te a lot of climbing + 
-to be obtained. Having lunched at the Bealy Hotel, which has a quaint, ​oldworld +Our luxuries grow fewer and for us the times are grim,\\ 
-charm, we proceeded through beech fora9ts to .the Pass. This, together +But what of all he values most does fate withhold from him\\ 
-with sqme bush at Grassmere Station, was the first timber we had seen and was +Whose hobby is the hardships that the wealthier ​must abide -\\ 
-a refreshing change from the tussock ​c-ountry. There is quite a small settlement +The call to plainer faring and to walk where they would ride? 
-at the Pass so, after a few inquiries, we soon found a comfortable place to + 
-stay at, and very glad we were as it was piercingly cold, being at about the +He asks no transport but his legs, despising ​car and train;\\ 
-3;000 ft.level and surrounded by mountains, +His luxuries - the open road, fresh air tax-free remain.\\ 
-The road from Grassmere Station to Greymouth passes through country which +Tough, stubborn stuff for tyranny are surely such as he\\ 
-once experienced glaciation,.. - probably over 100;.000 years ago. The ice at this +Who knows by heart their threatened ​land, and live for liberty! 
-period is said to have been 2,500 ft. thick. There are many Eigns of ice + 
-action such as scratched and fluted rocks due to the scouring of stones, and +---- 
-the great deposit of loose rocks over which the road climbs from the upper + 
-Otira f~t before descending into the gorge is generally attributed to +===== Bunions. ===== 
-moraine. As one traverses the gorge the grandeur of the scene beggars description. +
-At the same time one must give man his due. Hats off to the railway +
-tunnel which pierces the mountains.for 5 miles, and to the construction of the +
-power lines flung across great chasms with precipitous sides rising to over +
-2;000 ft., and lastly to the roadover which I would rather someone else +
-did the driving! +
-From Otira we took the train for 16 miles and then ~nlked ​through some +
-4 ~orious ​bush, which is also a bird sanctuary, to Lake Brunner, staying the +
-night tbcre, and then through Greenstone, which was once a largo goldmining +
-settlement - piles of stone being the only evidence now remaining of those +
-days to Kumarawhere alluvial sluicing on a large scale is still carried +
-on. A rather interesting landmark was a block of greenstone ​weighing_. ​about +
-a ton. It's a wonder the boys_ of the village have not considerably reduced +
-this! +
-We were now-rell into Westland ​With its unsurpassed bush; once over the +
-Pass on reaching the foot of the gorge the change in the bush is at once +
-- 8 - +
-discernable. The Westland rain forest now holds sway; great stately pines tower +
-into the air, the forest floor b;;​.cumes· ​covered with filmy ferns, and climbers and +
-treeferns become more numerous. +
-Train once more for 16 milos to Hokitika and we were now on the last hundred +
-miles down the West Coast to the GlaeiersVIe camped at Lake Mahinapua with ideas +
-of being lulled to rest by the la~'​ping ​of the water •• ​Did I say rest? ·First · +
-hordes of sandflies pestered us, then·, on the retirement of these, battalions of+
-mosquitoes arrived to hold ·the fort against the invaders of the:ir domain·Be.ing +
-a warm, muggy night it wd.s bad enough being in· sleeping bags, but I was forced to +
-put on my snow jacket, drawing the hood right over my face to protect it from the +
-onslaughts. +
-le~ve the rest to your imagination. My companions had a small piece of net,which +
-I am afraid proved ​quit·e ina.dequate ago.inst ​the attacks. The mosquitoes,​I am +
-surewere quite equal to brushing it aside. +
-Thr;;​~ ​very wan individuals arose at dawn and, with one accord, ​S\lid "What a +
-night!"​ Having refreshed ourselves in the lake, we set forth for Roes,,arriving in +
-pouring rain. As we wanted to go on; we· decided to s~e what my powers of persuasion +
-would do, having found them very successful in obtaining milk on various +
-occasions, so I duly .approached the driver of a lorry. ​A.ftcra ​lot of humming and +
-ba-ing, he consented to take two on his lorry and inveigled the ovmer ofa sheep +
-truck to take me. My truck st~rted ​about two hours after the lorry1 ​the driver +
-of which on his way back stopped to let me knov: where he had left the others, +
-pithily remarking "Well, I 1ve lcft.them at the hotel, so you'll probably find +
-them both full up." +
-The next day was fine rind clear fo.r the last stage to the Franz Josef Glacier +
-and we joyously wended our way along thG bush bordered road to Lake Mapourika, +
-where we had a swim in the placid ​w::-,tcrs, enjoying to the full the lovely light +
-and shad·ow ​and glorious reflections. Arriving at the Glacier, we were able to +
-rent a hut for 7/6d a day; food was obtainable at the store owned by the Hotel and +
-there was a bathhouse in the bush fed by hot mineral ​£prings: what more could a +
-walker desire? ​VJe f?​pent ​several days exploring from here nnd then went down to +
-the Fox Glacier, where we met Franz, one of the guides who was in charge of the +
-Alp:hne.School at Mt.Cook. He sp.id h.: wouldn'​t have known me, and I am not surprised +
-as when I l::ft Mt.Cook I was somewhat the worse for 11vear ​- glasses patched +
-with pl:​istcr ​in four placGs, a stone having descended upon me, my lips so badly .., +
-swollen with sunburn I could hardly open my mouth, and va?​ious ​other discrepancies. +
-The weather was very overcast so w~:: did not sec the Fox at its best,all the +
-p-eaks ​being blotted out. I had had some ideas of climbing, but we decided to return +
-as we did not want to be· m:​.rooned ​by floods. On the return journey we were +
-to pick up a train at Roos which connected with the Christchurch express but, +
-alas, o.rriving ​there in pouring rain at night, we found the timetable had bee·n +
-altered and the -train was not running, which meant we had to walk 20 miles to +
-Hokitika that night! However, nothing daunted, after fortifying ​ourselve~ vdth +
-a hot dinner at the hotel, we left at 8 p.m.,hoping for the best. I shall draw +
-a veil over the first 5 or 6 miles in pitch darkness and pouring torrents. At +
-this stage the gods once more co.rne ​to our rescue in the shape of a large Buick +
-..;. 9 - +
-car. The god driving the car turned out to be the O\mer of·thc ​timber mills, so I +
-was being very guarded in regard to lifts on lorries. After a number of searching +
-quostions ​were put to ust things were becoming ​somev;​hat ​involved, so we mnde full +
-'> ​confession. ​Howover-, he proved to be o. very magnaninous ​god nnd promis~d ​to +
-overlook our delinquencit?​s. As he wru;; going right through to Greymouth, he auggested +
-we.come with him, promising to find us a nice quiet place to stay. On +
-arriving at about 11 p.m. he pulled up at what looked to me like the best hotel in+
-the place. Said I, "We can t go in there in this state, ​;;​.ret ​through and mud to +
-our knees"​. Said he, ''​Of course you can with my moral sup~)ort11 So, with a wave of +
-a wand more or less, tea and toast were provided, wet clothes whisked off to the +
-drying room, and, after a hot bath, we were shown to most comfortable rooms and +
-slept the sleep of the just. +
-Our last flutter was on waking the next morning to find my jodphurs and +
-all toilet articles missing, together ​vdth all the train tickets and money of the +
-party! Again all was well as, after a ~rantic.rush to the telephone to make inquiries +
-we found they were in the carhaving come out when a strap of my pQck was +
-broken. So passed our last hectic moment! +
-I must here pay a tribute to Pauline and Betty who, previous to this trek, +
-had walked very little. They b0th stood up to it manfully as 134 miles actual +
-walking in seven days is no mean effort. +
-As I look back on my fir9t effort in hitch-hiking I can·thoroughly ​recommend +
-wo.lk through the South Island to restore one's faith in the fundamental kindness +
-and helpfulness of human nature .. +
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-THE HAPPY MAN by --Anon. +
-Reprinted from "​Wayfaring",​Journal of the Melbourne Women'​s Walking Club. +
-I met a hiker hiking ​vdth his needs inside his pack; +
-The country lay before him and the city at his back; . +
-He was hatless, he was hUmming, and his boots swung to and fro +
-As if no mileage ​mnttered·once ​they'd started doing so. +
-His working week was over; he had pocketed his pay, +
-And lef-t the war behind him, striding ​sturdily·. ​away; +
-Tent and food were in his rucksack with his kettle and his tea - +
-If ever m~n was h~ppy, then a happy man w~s he. +
-Our luxuries grow fewer and for us the times· ​are grim, +
-But wh~t of all he values most does fate withhold from him +
-Whose hobby is the hardships that the we~lthier ​must abide +
-The call to plainer faring and to wnlk where they would ride? +
-He asks no transport but his legs, des?​ising ​car and train; +
-His luxuries - theopen road, fresh air ":" ​tax-free remain. +
-Tough, stubborn stuff for tyranny are surely such as he +
-Who knows by heart their th~eatened ​land, and live for libertyl +
- +
-.:.. 10.:.. +
-B U IT I 0 N S +
-0+
 by "​Patient"​ by "​Patient"​
-:The tr0uble ​seems to have arisen from a boy who ate a whole chicken for + 
-lunc$; ​together with many other lesser things, and then got violently sick,so +The trouble ​seems to have arisen from a boy who ate a whole chicken for lunch, ​together with many other lesser things, and then got violently sick, so that he had to be carried from Jerusalem Bay up to Cowan Station. I was the only other one at the tail end of the party, and it fell to me to shoulder three packs up the hill as quickly as possible, so as to get someone else in the party to come back and help. 
-that he had to be carried from Jerusalem Bay up to Cowan Station. I was the + 
-only other one at the tail end Qf the party, and it fell t~ me to shoulder +Apparently the strain on my feet was too great. Walking home from the station they ached miserably ​and next week the bunions developed. 
-three packs up the hill asquickly ​.as possible, so as to 'get someone else in + 
-the party to come bo:ck o.nd help. +Of course, bunions may be caused in a number ​of ways - ill-fitting shoes, for instance - but among bushwalkers they are most likely to be caused by some extra and unusual strain on the feet when the owner of the feet has muscles and ligaments not overstrong. I shall not enter into a medical explanation,​ mainly because I am not qualified to do so, but after conferring with Dorothy English, who, as you know, earns her living by treating people'​s bones and muscles ​- and, incidentally, ​goes barefoot herself - I am offering ​this note of advice in the hope that it may save other people from the same mishap as myself. 
-Apparently the strain on my feet was too great. ​-Walking home from the + 
-station they ached mise.rably ​and next weekthe bunions developed. +Unless you are satisfied your feet and muscles ​are stronger than the average, do not set out on a strenuous bushwalk unless you either wear strong boots or shoes to support the feet, or, if you wear light shoes, wear also an elastic band round the ball of the foot and the instep ​for the same purpose. It is not necessary to take these precautions if the walk is to be merely a gentle stroll ​along footpaths, but, as the gentle stroll may easily turn strenuous if someone gets sick, it is well always to carry the elastic bands with you even if you do not wear them. (Editorial query - In the event of such an emergency would you stop to put them on?) 
-Of course, bunions may be caused in a n:​umber ​of ways -- ill-fitting shoes, + 
-for instance ​-- but among bushwalkers they are most likely to be caused by some +If, in spite of my advice, you deve1op ​this complaint and you desire a cure, you have no alternative but to face up to an operation. You will be told comfortably that it is only a local anaesthetic one, but if you want to know what torture really is, just have a local anaesthetic injected into your feet. It gives you a more vivid idea than all the descriptions in story books. 
-extra and unusual strain on the feet when tne owner of the feet has muscles and + 
-ligaments not overstrong. I shal~ ~ot enter into a medical explanation,​mainly +There follows a fortnight in bed, plus, I understand, some months before you are good for bushwalking again. Further, unless you are operated on by one of the very few competent orthopedic surgeons, the operation may well leave you a suffering cripple for the rest of your life, the same as if you had had nothing ​done
-because I am not qualified to do so, but after conferring.with Dorothy English, +
-who, as you know, earns her living by treating people'​s bones and mus<;:​les ​-and, +
-incidentally, ​gpes barefoot herself ​-- I am 9ffering ​this note of advice in +
-the hope that it may save other people from the s<::​.me ​mishap as myself. +
-Unless you are satisfied your feet and mus.cles ​are stronger than the +
-average, do not set out on a strenuous bushwalk unless you either wear strong +
-boots or shoes to support the feet, or, if you wear light shoes, wear also an +
-elastic band round the ball of the foot and the instep ​fQr the same purpose. +
-It is not necessary to take these precautions if the walk is to be merely a +
-gentle stroll ​slang footpaths, but, as the gentle stroll may easily turn strenuous +
-if someone gets sick, it is well always to carry the elastic bands with you +
-even if you do not wear them. (Editorial query - In the event of such an emergency +
-would you stop to put them on?) +
-If, in spite of ~y advice, you d~ve1op ​this complaint and you desire a +
-cure, you have no alternative but to face up to an operation. You will be. to~d +
-comfortably that it is only a local anaesthetic one, but if you want to know +
-what torture really is, just have'a local anaesthetic injected into your feet. +
-It gives you a more vivid idea than all the descriptions in story books. +
-There follows a fortnight in bed, plus, I underst~nd, some months before +
-you are good for bushwalking again. Further, unless you are operated on by one +
-of the very few competent orthopedic surgeons, the operation may well leave you +
-+
-a suffering cripple for the rest of your life, the same as if you had had nothing ​o+
-done.+
 I hope I have painted the picture sufficiently black! I hope I have painted the picture sufficiently black!
-• - - - - - - - -+ 
 +---- 
 Don't rest on your laurels; they make a poor mattress. Don't rest on your laurels; they make a poor mattress.
---Anon. + 
-+- Anon. 
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-AT OUR .OWN MEETING +---- 
-New Members welcomed at the January meeting were Mary Stevenson, Betty + 
-Noble, Marie Urquhartand Les Harper. +===== At Our Own Meeting====== 
-Ira Butler has transferred to the }Ton-Active list as he has departed to + 
-Melbourne, and Joan Hocking and RUdi Lemberg have resigned. +New Members welcomed at the January meeting were Mary Stevenson, Betty Noble, Marie Urquhartand Les Harper. 
-From the report of the Bushwalkers'​ Services Committee we learned that a + 
-copy of "​Australia,​ my Country11 ​had l;>​een ​sent to each of the Boys on Service +Ira Butler has transferred to the Non-Active list as he has departed to Melbourne, and Joan Hocking and Rudi Lemberg have resigned. 
-and that two copies of "​Active Service" ​had· been received,one from Bill + 
-Burke and the _other ​from Don Wallace. A number·of ​members have already had the +From the report of the Bushwalkers'​ Services Committee we learned that a copy of "​Australia,​ my Country" ​had been sent to each of the Boys on Service and that two copies of "​Active Service" ​had been received, one from Bill Burke and the other from Don Wallace. A number of members have already had the pleasure of glancing through these books in the Club Room - but, really, the atmosphere ​there on Friday nights is not the best for the full enjoyment of a book and many can be expected to queue up to borrow "​Active Service"​ from the Club Library. 
-pleasure of glancing through these books in the Club Room - but, really, the + 
-atmosphere ​t~ere on Friday nights is not the best for the full enjoyment of a +Arising out of the Federation ​Reportsix members answered a call for volunteers to serve on the sub-committee to draw up a Federation Policy on track improvement,​ blazing etc. 
-book and manycan be expected to queue up to borrow "​Active Service"​ from the + 
-Club Library. +Dorothy Lawry announced that Playground ​Walks would start again in March and called ​for suggestions for routes and any extra volunteers as leaders. On March 22nd the children will be taken to National Park and the more helpers the merrier, and the more chance of the children getting valuable hints on bushwalking ​technique. 
-Arising out of the Federati9n ​Report;. six members answered a call for + 
-volunteers to serve on the sub-committee to draw up a Federation Policy on +When the meeting was asked, ​"​What ​is the opinion of this Club? Should the Federation hold a Ball this yearor not?" ​the answer was, emphatically, ​"NO!" However, it was suggested that if the Federation decided to arrange some small, informal tea dances for the special ​intercourse of members of all Clubs while raising funds for the Federation, these dances would have the support of a number of S.B.W's. 
-track improvement,​ blazing etc. + 
-Dorothy Lawry announced that Play ground ​Walks would start again in March +At the suggestion of "​Wiff" ​Knight the following resolution was passed:​- ​"​That ​this Club endorses the action of those residents of Bulli Shire who are petitioning Bulli Shire Council to resume for camping and public ​recreation ​portion of Era Estate as we feel the Council will be more likely ​to look after it better than a private ​owner". 
-and palled ​for suggestions for routes and any extra volunteers as leaders. + 
-On March 22nd the children.will be taken to National Park and the more helpers +Joan Savage told members the Royal Life Saving ​Society was anxious to teach as many civilians as possible the finer points ​of resuscitation work as there may be a lot of this to do in an emergency. Thirty members agreed to join a class to be formed and held on four successive Friday nights from 6.45 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. at the Club Room. Permission to use the Club Room was given by the meeting. 
-the merrier, and the more chance of the children getting valuable hints on + 
-bushwallelng ​technique. '+Charles Jones spoke of a book "Youth in Action"​ reporting the proceedings at a "Youth Parliament"​ held in Sydney ​last Easter ​and suggested the Club should affiliate with this movement. Considerable discussion ensued as most people knew nothing at all of the movement, and at 10 p.m. the meeting was adjourned for a month. By next meeting perhaps members will know enough about the Youth Parliament to make up their minds. 
-VJhen the meeting was asked, ​11What ​is the opinion of this Club? Should + 
-the Federation hold a Ball this yearor not?11 the answer was, emphatically,​ +----- 
-- 12 - + 
-HNO!" However, it was suggested that if the Federation decided to arrange +===== Dragon Flies===== 
-some small, informal tea dances for the sp.cial ​intercourse of members of all + 
-Clubs while raising funds for tLe Federation, these dances would have the +From "​Sunlit Trails"​ by Archer ​Russell. 
-support of a number of s.B.W 1s+ 
-At tho suggestion of 11Wiff11 ​Knight the following resolution was passed:- +.... Both in its larvae stage and in its life perfected the dragon fly is the inveterate enemy of the mosquito - one of the greatest of pests and the worst germ-carrier among insects - and as such is the friend ​of man. 
-11That ​this Club endorses the action of those residents of Bulli Shire who are + 
-petitioning Bulli Shire Councilto resume for camping and public ​.. re rca.tion +Next time you meet with the dragon fly pay special heed to the insect'​s eyes. Wondrous eyes are these. And what magnitude, too. Why, the head seems to be all eyes. Little wonder is it that the dragon fly is able to see all ways at once - above, below, to right, to left, in front, behind. And what power and speed of wing. Try, for instanceto follow its gliding movements as it hunts the air above the pools for food. Some movements you may see, but not all; no human eyes were ever made that could follow such astounding movement. In speed and power of wing, in all-round vision, and as an enemy of its fellow creaturesthe dragon fly is probably the foremost of the insect world. To man, or beast, however, it is wholly inoffensive,​ possessing neither sting, venom, nor desire to hurt. 
-portion of Era Estate as we feel ~he Council will be more likeiy ​to look after + 
-it better than a private ​O\'mer". +---- 
-Joan Savage told members the Royal Life Saying ​Society was anxious to + 
-teach as many civilians as possible the finer·points ​of resuscitation work as +===== Letters From The Lads. ===== 
-tl].ere ​may be a lot of.this to do in an ~mergency. Thirty members agreed to + 
-join a class to be formed and held on four successive Friday nights from +=== No.l2 from Peter Allan. ​==== 
-6.45 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. at the Club Room. Permission to use the Club Room was + 
-given by the meeting. ​· +Aus. l5348 L.A.C. Allan, P.G. Royal Aust. Air ForceCare Records OfficeGloucester,​ 
-Charles Jones spoke of a bo:<​k ​"Youtl]. ​in Action"​ reporting the proceedings +England
-at a "Youth Parliament"​ held in Sydney ​l.ast Ea~;>​ter ​and suggested the Club +
-should affiliate with this movement. Considerable discussion ensued as most +
-people knew nothing at all of the movement,.and at 10 p.m. the meeting was +
-adjourned for a month. By next meeting perhaps members will know enough about +
-the Youth Parliament to make up their minds. +
-DHA.GON FLIES +
-From "​Sunlit Trails"​ by Archer ​J~usr:ell +
-•••• ​Both in its larvae stage and in its life perfected the dragon fly is the +
-inveterate enemy of the mosquito ​-- one of the greatest of pests and the worst +
-gerr.1-carrier among insects. -- and as such is the friend· .of man. +
-Next time yqu meet with the dragon fly pay special heed to the insect'​s +
-eyes. Wondrous eyes are these. And what magnitude, too. Why, the head seems +
-to be all eyes. Little wonder is it that the dragon fly is a':​lle ​to see +
-all ways at once -- above, below, to right, to left, in front, behind. And +
-what power and speed of wing. Try, for instanceto follow its gliding +
-movements as it hunts the "air abovethe pools for food. Some movements you +
-may see, but not all; no human eyes were ever made that could follow such +
-astounding movement. In speed and power of wing, in all-round vision,· and +
-as an enemy of its fellow creaturesthe dragon fly is probably the foremost +
-of the insect world. To man, or beast, however, it is wholly inoffensive,​ +
-possessing neither sting, venom, nor desire to hurt. +
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-LETTERS FROM THE L.'​i.DS::​_ _.; ;​.;​H.,;​..o..;​..;​s. 12 and 1~ • +
-No.l2 ..:. from Peter Allan. ​Lus.l5348 L.A.c. Allan, P.G. +
-Dear Dunk, +
-Tioyal ​Aust.Air Force +
-Care Records Office +
-Gloucester,​ +
-England,+
 12/12/41. 12/12/41.
-I received your cheery letter a few days ago. It is certainly full + 
-of news about the S.B.Vl. When one is so far away_it ​is great to receive +Dear Dunk, 
-such a letter. It is dated 14/9/41 and in it you mention sending a Christmas + 
-Parcel ​an~ some photos of the Sports Carnival. Both of them arrived three +I received your cheery letter a few days ago. It is certainly full of news about the S.B.W. When one is so far away it is great to receive such a letter. It is dated 14/9/41 and in it you mention sending a Christmas Parcel ​and some photos of the Sports Carnival. Both of them arrived three or four weeks ago. I have already written and thanked you for them and once again I do so. 
-or four weeks ago. I have already written and thanked you for them and once + 
-again I do so. +The letter came by air mail, and our experience is that airmail ​is very unsatisfactory. They take as long or longer than ordinary mailAnother thing, you always ​put the letter ​"​N" ​before ​my number, it should be "​AUS"​. So far nothing has gone astray but you never know. 
-The letter came by air mail, and our experience is that ~~~1 is very + 
-unsatisfactory. They take as long or longer than ordinary mailAnother thing, +Last week wrote and told you the August ​issue of the magazine had not arrived. I had hardly posted the letter ​when I received it. Our mail is all over the place, we never know when we shall get them. I have received July letters with September. 
-you alwo..ys ​put the letter ​11N11 before ​ny number, it should be 11il.US'​t.. So far + 
-nothing has gone astray but you never know. +Our weather is very changeable it is very seldom that we see the sun. It is cloudy ​most of the time with showers now and again. The place never gets a chance to dry up and as the middle of winter approaches the mud is getting worse. We had a snow storm last Monday but it only lasted ​half an hour but that was enough. Night flying was in progress and within 10 minutes two planes had crashed. The boys came into the hut covered in it. Incidentally ​it was the first snow I have seen. When it was all over I went outside and it was like stepping into a new world. We had about half an inch and the next day it was still on the ground at mid-day. If snow would last that long on the Blue Mountains ​most of us slaves would see a lot more of it. 
-Last wee~I wrote and told you the ~u;​ust ​issue of the magazine had not + 
-arrived. I had hardly posted the ~etter ​when I received it. Our mail is all +Today I am hut orderly and am filling in time writing ​and catching up with my letters. ​We have to tidy up the hut and sweep up and then the rest of the day is your own. Of course you can only leave the hut for meals. 
-over the place, we never know when we shall get them. I have received July + 
-letters with September. +Two other Australians and myself ​are going to Stratford tomorrow. It is our day off. Mainly we are going along to get some good meals. The food has been very bad on this station lately. There was fish for breakfast yesterday and we could smell it when fifty yards from the mess door. Aw, I could go on writing pages about the deficiencies of our mess, but I suppose I had better shut up. Shakespeare was born in Stratford but we have seen his place. We shall try and find out if there are other historic or interesting places in or around the town. 
-Our weather is very changeable it is very seldom that we see the ·sun. It + 
-is clQudy ​most of the time vath showers now and again. The place never gets a +We (the other Australians and myself) only go out on our days off and believe me news is hard to find. I am going to London on Sunday week and may have something ​interesting ​to let you know after our visit there. 
-chance to dry up and as the middle of winter approaches the mud is getting + 
-worse. We had a f?now storm last Monday but it only lasted ​haLf an hour but +Once again I would like to thank the Services ​Committee ​for what they have done. I can assure you I am very grateful. 
-that was enough. Night flying was in progress and within 10 minutes two +
-planes had crashed. The boys came into the hut covered in it. In~identally +
-it was the first snow I have seen. When ~t was all over I went outside and it +
-was like stepping into a new world. We had about half an inch ~nd the next +
-day it was still on the ground at mid-day. If snow would last that long on +
-the Blue Mountains ​~ost of us slaves would see a lot more of it. +
-Today I am hut orderly and am filling in time writing ​~d catching up +
-• with my letters. ​w~ have to tidy up the hut and sweep up and then the rest +
-of the day is your own. Of course you can only leave the hut for meals. +
-Two other Australians and oyself ​are going tq Stratford tomorrow. +
-It is our day off. Mainly we are going along to get some good meals. +
-The food has been very bad on this station lately. There was fish for +
-breakfast yesterday and we could smell i~ when fifty yards from the mess +
-door. Aw, I could go on writing pages about the deficiencies of our +
-mess, but I suppose I had better shut up. Shakespeare was born in Stratford +
-.;. 14 - +
-but we have seen his place. We shall try and find out if there are other +
-historic or interesting places in or around the town.· +
-VJe (the other Australians and uyself) only go out on ou.r days off +
-and believe me news is hard to find · Iam going to London on Sunday +
-week and may have something ​intcrGsting ​to let you know after our visit +
-there. +
-Once again I would like to thank the Services ​Committje ​for what they +
-havo done. I can assure you I am very grateful.+
 Remember me to the members of the S.B.W. Remember me to the members of the S.B.W.
-(Signed) ​PETER ALLfu~+ 
-• • * • • • • • • • • • • • ~ • • • +(Signed) ​Peter Allan
-No.l3- from Horrie Salmon. + 
-of the Trampers'​ Club. +==== No.l3 - from Horrie Salmon. ​==== 
-(Kno·wn ​to many a Bush Walker+ 
-(as 11The Trout"​. ) +Of the Trampers'​ Club. (Known to many a Bush Walker as "​The ​Trout"​.) 
-Dear Dune, + 
-L.~~. C. SALMON, H. +L.A.C. Salmon, H. Hut 45No.l B. & G. SchoolR.A.A.F. ​Evans Head, N.S.W. 
-Hut 45 + 
-No,l B. & G. School +7/2/42 
-R.A.A.F. + 
-EvaJlS ​Head, N .s. W. +Dear Dunc, 
-7/2/42/ + 
-Tonight'​s mail brought me 2 mailings from the Services Committee +Tonight'​s mail brought me 2 mailings from the Services Committee included in which was the little book by Barratt & so I felt that I must immediately sit me down and rattle off my thanks. 
-included in which was the little book by Barratt & so I felt that I must + 
-immediately sit me down and rattle off my thanks. +don't know whose bright idea it was to send the book but I imagine ​that it came from your fertile brain; anyhow wherever it came from, thanks a lot, I can assure you that it is very much appreciated. Needless to say I have not read it yet but look forward with much pleasure to the chance of doing so. Although this is not a thickly populated area, one does miss the tang of the bush. 
-·don't know whose bright idea it was to send the b<;>​ok ​but I imagine + 
-that·it ​came from your fertile brain; anyhow wherever it came from, thanks +I got quite a surprise yesterday when Geoff Hume (C.M.W.) arrived ​here. He did not stay long and I only had time to say Hewdey to him as I was flat out in the Library as this is my busiest time in the month. 
-a lot, I can assure you that it is very much appreciated. Needless to say + 
-I have not read it YE?t but look forward with much pleasure to the chance +It will please ​you to know that I am able to pass on the various mailings that I receive to other chaps. Somehow or other there always ​seems to be someone about who was a walker before the mad dog got loose in Europe and I have been really surprised to find the number of chaps that have roamed around the mountains and coast and really know it quite well although they have never joined up with the various clubs. I think that when this show is over we should make a really big drive to recruit them into the Federation. 
-of doing so. Although this is not a thickly populated area, one docs miss + 
-the tang of the bush. +The "​Wet" ​Season has set in here and we have had quite a bit of rain since the beginning of this weak, as a result ​the country is starting to look really well again; in fact as I returned from Sydney last Sunday the country north of Wauchope looked quite well and it is hard to realise that the North Coast had just had one of its worst droughts. ​I have hopes that the fishing will improve as a result of the rain and if so I will spend Sunday on the beach surfing and endeavouring to persuade the little fish that they are hungry enough to take my bait complete with hookIncidentally that is the most exciting way of spending one's weekends in this part of the World
-~ ~1!,,~ + 
-I got quite a surprise yesterday when Geoff Hume (C.M.W.) arrived +What is the news of Charles Roberts? I have not heard from him since before Xmas and needless ​to say I am wondering whether he is still safe after the withdrawal from Malaya. (Editor'​s note: Charlie was wounded in January; at present ​we do not know whether he was evacuated safely or not; possibly he may have rejoined his unit). 
-He did not stay long and I only had time to say Hewdey to him as I was + 
-flat out in the· .Library as this is my busiest time in the month. +And now Dune I think that this is all the news except that I was sorry to hear that the bushfires have been through ​the Glue Gum and I can only hope that the rain we are getting ​will extend to the mountains and that the Forest ​will soon rehabilitate ​itself. 
-hefe ~: + 
-It will please ​yor. to know that I an1 able to pass on the various +And so Cheerio, my regards to all good Bushwalkers (are there any bad ones?) best wishes to yourself and once again thanks a lot for the mailings. 
-mailings that I receive to other chaps. Somehow or other there alw~ys +
-seems to be someone about who was a walker before the mad dog got loose +
-in Europe and I have been really surprised to find the numb~r qf chaps +
-that have roamed around the mountains and coast and really know it quite +
-well although they have never joined up with the various clubs. I think +
-that when this show·is ​over we should make a really big driye to recruit +
-them into the Federation. +
-.:, +
-,· +
-- 15 - +
-The tWet• ​Season has set in here and we have had quite a bit of +
-rain since the beginning of this weak, asa resu,​lt ​the country is starting +
-to look really well again; in fact as I returned from Sydney last Sunday +
-the country north of Wauchope looked quite well and it is hard to realise +
-that theNorth Coast had just had one· of its worst drought ​I have hopes +
-that the fishing will improve as a result of the rain and if so I w:​f'​.ll +
-spend Sunday on the beach surfingand ​endeavouring to persuade the little +
-fish that they are hungry enough to take my bait complete with hookIncidentally +
-that is the most exciting way of spending one's weekends in this +
-part of the World, +
-What ·is the news of Charles Roberts? I have not heard from him since +
-before Xmas and needless ​t~ say I am wondering whether he is still safe after +
-the withdrawal from Malaya. (Editor'​s note: Charlie was wounded inJanuary; +
-at prese.nt ​we donot know whether he was evacuated safely or not; possibly +
-he may have rejoined his unit). +
-And :now Dune I think that this is all the neWs except that I was sorry +
-to hear that the bushfires havebeen ~hrough ​the Glue Gum and I can only +
-ho:pe that the rain we are get"​ting ​will extend to the mountains and that the +
-Foreet ​will soon rehabilitate ​itsel{+
-And so Cheerio, my regards to all good Bushwalkers (are there any +
-bad ones?) best wishes to yourself·and ​once again thanks a lot for the +
-mai.lings.+
 Yours as ever Yours as ever
 +
 (signed) Horrie, · (signed) Horrie, ·
-- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - + 
-I have need of the sky, +---- 
-·r have business with the grass; + 
-I will up and get· me away where the haiivk ​is wheeling +I have need of the sky,\\ 
-Lone and high, +have business with the grass;\\ 
-And the s+ow clouds go by. +I will up and get me away where the hawk is wheeling\\ 
-I will get me avm.y to the wa terJ;​i ​that glass +Lone and high,\\ 
-The clouds as they pass. +And the slow clouds go by.\\ 
-I will get me away to tho woods, +I will get me away to the waters ​that glass\\ 
---Ricjard ​Hovey, 1864~1900, +The clouds as they pass.\\ 
-·: +I will get me away to the woods
-+ 
-+Richard ​Hovey, 1864-1900. 
-' + 
-16.-- +---- 
-CLUB GOSSII: + 
-Recently a few club members had the pleasure of a.visit fran Thel. +===== Club Gossip. ===== 
-and Rastus Hellyer, and two..;.year-old ​daugl;​lter ​Rhondda. They are now + 
-living in Melbourne, andunfortunatelythey did not m.anage ​to get in +Recently a few club members had the pleasure of a visit from Thel. and Rastus Hellyer, and two-year-old ​daughter ​Rhondda. They are now living in Melbourne, andunfortunatelythey did not manage ​to get in to the Club Room during their brief visit. ​Better ​luck next time! 
-to the Club Rooo during their brief visit. ​Bett_er ​luck next ti:ce+ 
-Saw Betty (Bell) Gordon for a few minutes +Saw Betty (Bell) Gordon for a few minutes ​the other day. She is working day and night, and was hungry for Club news; hopes she __may__ manage ​to get along to Re-Union on the Sunday. ​A lot depends on whether ​Don has leave that week-end or not. 
-working day and night, and was hungry for Club + 
-tlanage ​to get along to Re-Union on the Sunday. +A recent week-end saw a large muster at a Field Week-end (about twenty members and two prospectives} - at Era. The same week-end a very small but select (of course) ​working ​party, led by the Rolfes, cleaned out some of the weeds from the swimming pool at "​Morella-karong". IF we have a week's rain beforehand - like we did one year - we could easily hold the Re-Union at "​Morella-karong"​. ​Otherwise, well, everyone has been looking for sites. The working party saw a good one about half-a-mile ​further down Heathcote Creek, complete ​with a real swimming hole! That's something for Frank Duncan and his Re-Union Committee to get their heads together about. You have noticed them recently at the Club Room, haven'​t you? They are always going into huddles in corners. 
-Don has leave that week-end or not. + 
-the other day, She is +After about nine months in Melbourne, Gladys Roberts has returned to Sydney, so don't be surprised if she is among the many bushwalkers who re-appear at the Annual ​Meeting on March 13th. 
-news; hopes she may + 
-A lot depends on whether +Have you decided ​what jobs you will accept nomination for? And whom you will nominate for the various ​positions? Have you obtained ​their consent to stand for election? Or are you going to leave the work on the shoulders of the same old group of willing horseswho realise the work must be done if the Club is to be carried ​on, and someone ​must do it? 
-A recent week-end saw a large muster at a Field Week-end (about + 
-twenty members and two prospectives} - at Era. The s,:​-:​.me ​week-enc;l a very +----
-small but select (of course) ​worl~ng ​party, led by the Rolfes, cleaned +
-out some of the weeds from the swimming pool at 11Morella-karong'~. IF we +
-have a weeks rain beforehand - like we did one year - we ·could ​easily +
-hold the Re-Union at "​Morella-karong" ​·otherwise, well, everyone has +
-been looking for sites. The working party s·aw a good one about half-amile +
-further down Heathcote Creek, complete ​vrith a real swimming hole! +
-That's something for Frank Duncan and his Re-Union Committee to .get their +
-heads together about. You have noticed them recently at the· Club Room, +
-haven'​t you? They are always going into huddles in corners. +
-After about nine months in Melbourne, Gladys Roberts has returned +
-to Sydney, so don't be surprised if she is among the many bushwalkers +
-who re-appear at the J .. nnual Meetingon March 13th. +
-Have you de.cidcd ​what jobs you will accept nomination for? And +
-whom ·you will nominate for the various ​pos:i.tions? Have you obtaimcd +
-their consent to stand for election? Or are you going to leave the work +
-on the shoulders of t.he same old group of willing horseswho realise +
-the work must be done if the Club is to be carrie.d ​on,and someone +
-oust do it? +
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