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 Gliding across the place my feet would pass,\\ Gliding across the place my feet would pass,\\
 In effortless motion, fluid as molten glass,\\ In effortless motion, fluid as molten glass,\\
-Yet live as fire, ard evilly aware\\+Yet live as fire, and evilly aware\\
 Of all the magic in its evil stare,\\ Of all the magic in its evil stare,\\
 The founts of poison in its being set. The founts of poison in its being set.
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 By a Prospective. By a Prospective.
-Do you remember the article, in thc Annual "Some like it Tough"?​ Well I think that story has a lot to commend it and when a walk to Carlon'​s was mentioned a few months ago, leaving on Friday night, what could be better? About ten miles there and ten back with two full days and half a night to cover the distance.+Do you remember the article, in the Annual "Some like it Tough"?​ Well I think that story has a lot to commend it and when a walk to Carlon'​s was mentioned a few months ago, leaving on Friday night, what could be better? About ten miles there and ten back with two full days and half a night to cover the distance.
  
 There were five of us on the train and though an easy track had been selected, occasionally I caught a sort of gloating look on Reg's face, but when we reached Katoomba he led us into the Niagara and fed us with coffee and toast, a procedure which effectively allayed any suspicions that the rest of us may have had. There were five of us on the train and though an easy track had been selected, occasionally I caught a sort of gloating look on Reg's face, but when we reached Katoomba he led us into the Niagara and fed us with coffee and toast, a procedure which effectively allayed any suspicions that the rest of us may have had.
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 Now with a little over one and a half miles to go our flagging spirits revived somewhat but after scrambling up a couple of falls, legs decided that another rest was essential. Finally we started on the last lap, but after only a few hundred yards, May slipped and only a stout sapling saved her from a nasty fall. She recovered in a few minutes however and made the grade safely, so with some anxious moments of scrambling along a rather tricky ledge, we came to the very last climb. This one was at least pleasant for the water streamed over us as we climbed to the top. Now with a little over one and a half miles to go our flagging spirits revived somewhat but after scrambling up a couple of falls, legs decided that another rest was essential. Finally we started on the last lap, but after only a few hundred yards, May slipped and only a stout sapling saved her from a nasty fall. She recovered in a few minutes however and made the grade safely, so with some anxious moments of scrambling along a rather tricky ledge, we came to the very last climb. This one was at least pleasant for the water streamed over us as we climbed to the top.
  
-Only half a mile and with lurching gait we finally straggled into Carlon'​s where three of our club mates greeted us with a disusting ​display of laziness, lounging on the verandah where they had been all the afternoon whilst we were toiling wearily among the trees, rivers and mountains.+Only half a mile and with lurching gait we finally straggled into Carlon'​s where three of our club mates greeted us with a disgusting ​display of laziness, lounging on the verandah where they had been all the afternoon whilst we were toiling wearily among the trees, rivers and mountains.
  
 We weren'​t very good company that night, all very tired and two tummies were playing up a bit, so very soon we all retired for a really good night'​s sleep. We weren'​t very good company that night, all very tired and two tummies were playing up a bit, so very soon we all retired for a really good night'​s sleep.
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 E. Garrad. E. Garrad.
  
-A lovely river valley - tree clad hills and luxuriant undergrowth. The sound of a rippling stream mingled with the hum of insects, the song of birds, the rustle of a snake or lizard, the thud of a bounding wallaby, and perhaps if you are very lucky a lyrebird ​cencert! How many such scenes have we known and how dearly do we value them? Do we ever pause to consider how much they really mean to us? Let us then for a moment think of another aspect. Have you after a year or two gone back to a valley that has been a lovely memory, and found that all the features that had so impressed you have been completely wiped out? The bush's greatest enemy - a fire - has been through, and then has followed a drought. You find no longer the luxuriant undergrowth,​ the lovely ferns and  plants that delighted you. Bird and animal life is missing and weeds have supplanted the native plants and so overrun the valley that it can never recover.+A lovely river valley - tree clad hills and luxuriant undergrowth. The sound of a rippling stream mingled with the hum of insects, the song of birds, the rustle of a snake or lizard, the thud of a bounding wallaby, and perhaps if you are very lucky a lyrebird ​concert! How many such scenes have we known and how dearly do we value them? Do we ever pause to consider how much they really mean to us? Let us then for a moment think of another aspect. Have you after a year or two gone back to a valley that has been a lovely memory, and found that all the features that had so impressed you have been completely wiped out? The bush's greatest enemy - a fire - has been through, and then has followed a drought. You find no longer the luxuriant undergrowth,​ the lovely ferns and  plants that delighted you. Bird and animal life is missing and weeds have supplanted the native plants and so overrun the valley that it can never recover.
  
 If only then for a purely selfish reason it is in your interests to throw all your weight and enthusiasm into preventing bush fires, so that this desolation will not be a recurring feature in our countryside. It is not only the spectacular losses that count - like the wiping out of a man's home or crops - but it is the irremediable loss of flora and fauna that are important. If only then for a purely selfish reason it is in your interests to throw all your weight and enthusiasm into preventing bush fires, so that this desolation will not be a recurring feature in our countryside. It is not only the spectacular losses that count - like the wiping out of a man's home or crops - but it is the irremediable loss of flora and fauna that are important.
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 Laz Pura. Laz Pura.
  
-November, 1942, saw me aboard the train to Canberra en route for the Godradigbee River, my starting place was the Cotter River frnm whence I travelled to Brindabe11a by mail car, as far as the post-office.+November, 1942, saw me aboard the train to Canberra en route for the Godradigbee River, my starting place was the Cotter River from whence I travelled to Brindabe11a by mail car, as far as the post-office.
  
 Oh, so this is the valley of whose beauty I have heard so much with its various shades of green and the fast running stream that all life depends on and with a far and wide reputation for the best trout fishing; the valley with a few scattered homesteads, far apart, where men and women with kind hearts reside; nothing is too much for them to share in helping their follow man. Oh, so this is the valley of whose beauty I have heard so much with its various shades of green and the fast running stream that all life depends on and with a far and wide reputation for the best trout fishing; the valley with a few scattered homesteads, far apart, where men and women with kind hearts reside; nothing is too much for them to share in helping their follow man.
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 I experienced very cold nights in this valley and in the morning have seen white frosts yet about mid-day it has been warm enough to swim in the lovely pools nearby. I have been informed that this valley is 2800 feet above sea level which is exceptionally high for a valley. I experienced very cold nights in this valley and in the morning have seen white frosts yet about mid-day it has been warm enough to swim in the lovely pools nearby. I have been informed that this valley is 2800 feet above sea level which is exceptionally high for a valley.
  
-Now as regards food, I was very lucky to be able to procure from some of those kind-hearted people who would share everything they have with visitors, such things as home made bread and butter, ​fesh vegetables, eggs, and the best milk I have ever had to drink. I had a long distance to go for them but it was worth while for the good health gained.+Now as regards food, I was very lucky to be able to procure from some of those kind-hearted people who would share everything they have with visitors, such things as home made bread and butter, ​fresh vegetables, eggs, and the best milk I have ever had to drink. I had a long distance to go for them but it was worth while for the good health gained.
  
 But alas! I had to make up my mind to move on as time was passing and there were lots of places to go to. On the last night before breaking camp I thought I would like to sit near the camp fire till about midnight. I had the good fortune to see glow worms and fire flies dancing around the trees and through the branches; and here comes the moonbeams on the river and the moon slowly rounding into sight above the mountain tops. Fair scenes, where the day and night made rival love! But alas! I had to make up my mind to move on as time was passing and there were lots of places to go to. On the last night before breaking camp I thought I would like to sit near the camp fire till about midnight. I had the good fortune to see glow worms and fire flies dancing around the trees and through the branches; and here comes the moonbeams on the river and the moon slowly rounding into sight above the mountain tops. Fair scenes, where the day and night made rival love!
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 Onward I went to the mount with great anticipation and the realization was still greater when I reached the peak. I arrived at the chalet at 3 o'​clock and to my surprise found it open, so I entered, feeling curious as to what it was like. At first glance it had the appearance of a deserted hut and was very neglected. I learned later that the Canberra Alpine Club had been kind enough to lend the chalet to the Royal Dutch Air Force for the end of the winter and they were the last occupants. Onward I went to the mount with great anticipation and the realization was still greater when I reached the peak. I arrived at the chalet at 3 o'​clock and to my surprise found it open, so I entered, feeling curious as to what it was like. At first glance it had the appearance of a deserted hut and was very neglected. I learned later that the Canberra Alpine Club had been kind enough to lend the chalet to the Royal Dutch Air Force for the end of the winter and they were the last occupants.
  
-I had a look around and found much of interestm the first thing I noticed were the skiing posters from various countries and next was a notice in handwriting as follows:- "We have this chalet open for members and if outsiders come this way they are also allowed to find accommodation here providing they respect this place, and also be so kind as to donate towards the expense of this home."+I had a look around and found much of interest. The first thing I noticed were the skiing posters from various countries and next was a notice in handwriting as follows:- "We have this chalet open for members and if outsiders come this way they are also allowed to find accommodation here providing they respect this place, and also be so kind as to donate towards the expense of this home."
  
-After reading this n to I began to feel more at home. First and foremost I got busy in giving the place a clean up both outside as well as inside. I felt for the time being it was my own home. I made a fire in the very good fuel stove and the place looked cheerful again. I found all the best comforts that I could wish and plenty of good food on the shelves, such as rice, prunes, honey and army wheat lunch biscuits which are very, very precious these days. It was rather tempting and I helped myself. What a luxurious time I experienced,​ with a nice soft bed to sleep on and no fear from storms or rain, and above all there was a piano in the dining room, such a precious instrument to come across in the wilds of a high peak. I was able to express my feelings in the folk songs of my native land, It would certainly have been much nicer to have had company in this home. I felt quite lonely to be on my own and was glad te move on further to other mountains.+After reading this n to I began to feel more at home. First and foremost I got busy in giving the place a clean up both outside as well as inside. I felt for the time being it was my own home. I made a fire in the very good fuel stove and the place looked cheerful again. I found all the best comforts that I could wish and plenty of good food on the shelves, such as rice, prunes, honey and army wheat lunch biscuits which are very, very precious these days. It was rather tempting and I helped myself. What a luxurious time I experienced,​ with a nice soft bed to sleep on and no fear from storms or rain, and above all there was a piano in the dining room, such a precious instrument to come across in the wilds of a high peak. I was able to express my feelings in the folk songs of my native land, It would certainly have been much nicer to have had company in this home. I felt quite lonely to be on my own and was glad to move on further to other mountains.
  
-Ginini and Gingera are about 6000 ft. in altitude, one can see Mt. Koscisuko and snow patches quite clearly and Burren Juck Dam. It is the finest mountain view I have seen in N.S.W. I reckon the Blue Mts. are only third rate in comparison with the Southern Alps from a scenic point of view. The latter are superior in numbers, in altitude, in form and beauty. This neighbourheod ​also possesses many streams, rich vegetation and has lots of wild life of all descriptions,​ but of wild flowers I did not see very many. I was told that if I had come about a month later, I would have soon them all out. To my regret I was too early to see the different types of flora we get in other parts of N.S.W.+Ginini and Gingera are about 6000 ft. in altitude, one can see Mt. Koscisuko and snow patches quite clearly and Burren Juck Dam. It is the finest mountain view I have seen in N.S.W. I reckon the Blue Mts. are only third rate in comparison with the Southern Alps from a scenic point of view. The latter are superior in numbers, in altitude, in form and beauty. This neighbourhood ​also possesses many streams, rich vegetation and has lots of wild life of all descriptions,​ but of wild flowers I did not see very many. I was told that if I had come about a month later, I would have soon them all out. To my regret I was too early to see the different types of flora we get in other parts of N.S.W.
  
 When leaving Mt. Franklin for Ginini one sees a most picturesque light green patch in a corner of the deep valley at Brindabella,​ surrounded by mountains, one would imagine only angels reside there. It was the most attractive piece of scenery I had seen for contrast in colour. If I could only paint what a picture I would have brought home. This patch is a cultivated paddock that belongs to Mr. Bluett. When leaving Mt. Franklin for Ginini one sees a most picturesque light green patch in a corner of the deep valley at Brindabella,​ surrounded by mountains, one would imagine only angels reside there. It was the most attractive piece of scenery I had seen for contrast in colour. If I could only paint what a picture I would have brought home. This patch is a cultivated paddock that belongs to Mr. Bluett.
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 The camp fire was lit by embers from various other fires. Some came from a new member'​s fire and some from a future president'​s. Our work has not been in vain as at least one new member must have managed to get a fire alight and we trust that the identity of the future president was not revealed as it might cause a poisoned-cup or -dagger intrigue in the manner of the Borgias. Bill Henley made a superlative job of the fire and the three cheers for him were as hearty as well earned. The camp fire was lit by embers from various other fires. Some came from a new member'​s fire and some from a future president'​s. Our work has not been in vain as at least one new member must have managed to get a fire alight and we trust that the identity of the future president was not revealed as it might cause a poisoned-cup or -dagger intrigue in the manner of the Borgias. Bill Henley made a superlative job of the fire and the three cheers for him were as hearty as well earned.
  
-Entertainment was often in the traditional ​imprompty ​style but none the less amusing good work was performed by one of the "has beens" whom we rarely see except at reunions, while new members displayed ​considrable ​talent and came mighty near to justifying their existence.+Entertainment was often in the traditional ​impromptu ​style but none the less amusing good work was performed by one of the "has beens" whom we rarely see except at reunions, while new members displayed ​considerable ​talent and came mighty near to justifying their existence.
  
 Our pyjama-girl mystery would save the local police from having to manufacture cases to keep going for we had the additional complications of (1) no body (2) no pyjama top. Anyone seeing a girl suspected of wearing the missing top should pull the communication cord. Our pyjama-girl mystery would save the local police from having to manufacture cases to keep going for we had the additional complications of (1) no body (2) no pyjama top. Anyone seeing a girl suspected of wearing the missing top should pull the communication cord.
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 =====What Do You Think?===== =====What Do You Think?=====
  
-Jack Debert writes:- I happened to be sittig ​in the mess after a very heavy day. The mail read and enjoyed I glanced casually through a newly arrived Sydney Bushwalker Magazine. My eyes were caught by "What do you think?"​ by Alex. Colley. Do you mind if I reply? I take it that in the interests of democracy and fair play these few lines will be published. I agree with some of the writer'​s statements but one partioular ​sentence somehow stuck in my gizzard (I haven'​t a heart). It was, "In wars it is youth who leave the comfort of their homes to fight and die for the community."​+Jack Debert writes:- I happened to be sitting ​in the mess after a very heavy day. The mail read and enjoyed I glanced casually through a newly arrived Sydney Bushwalker Magazine. My eyes were caught by "What do you think?"​ by Alex. Colley. Do you mind if I reply? I take it that in the interests of democracy and fair play these few lines will be published. I agree with some of the writer'​s statements but one particular ​sentence somehow stuck in my gizzard (I haven'​t a heart). It was, "In wars it is youth who leave the comfort of their homes to fight and die for the community."​
  
-So I looked around the mess. There were fourteen men present so I asked each man his age. The average age was 37,3 years and two men present were specialists both under 32 years of age. Every one of the fourteen had left the comfort of their homes to fight, and if need be to die, for the communIty, their wives and families. Everyone of them would hate to be called a hero, but there is still a glint in the eye of every man jack of them which would do credit to a Friday night in the S.B.W. club room. I wouldn'​t like to aay that they lacked alertness or youthful ideals even though they were aged.+So I looked around the mess. There were fourteen men present so I asked each man his age. The average age was 37,3 years and two men present were specialists both under 32 years of age. Every one of the fourteen had left the comfort of their homes to fight, and if need be to die, for the communIty, their wives and families. Everyone of them would hate to be called a hero, but there is still a glint in the eye of every man jack of them which would do credit to a Friday night in the S.B.W. club room. I wouldn'​t like to say that they lacked alertness or youthful ideals even though they were aged.
  
 I don't think any of these men did anything to bring the war on. I have never seen them asking youth to do most of the dirty work. When it comes to standing the strain of the trials troubles and bombing, medical opinion up here shows the older men are standing up to it better than the younger ones. I don't think any of these men did anything to bring the war on. I have never seen them asking youth to do most of the dirty work. When it comes to standing the strain of the trials troubles and bombing, medical opinion up here shows the older men are standing up to it better than the younger ones.
  
-After all it may be asked just how much has youth done to save itself? Ask yourself quite honstly ​what have you done or did you do to have a say in public affairs. Did any of you honestly make a sincere endeavour to improve the lot of the community, or were you all too interested in your hobby of walking or enjoying yourselves? I'm in the same category as you all, I did no more than any of you. Walking and life was very pleasant. But let me issue a word of warning from the front. There are a lot of young men, and old men, with young ideals up here. They talk plenty and when this war is over they intend to have a say in the running of things. They feel they have earned it equally as those young and old ones who have stayed behind. They will be prepared to see youth is given every facility to live a full life and make its opinions heard and felt "if youth has any worthwkiilo ​suggestions."​+After all it may be asked just how much has youth done to save itself? Ask yourself quite honestly ​what have you done or did you do to have a say in public affairs. Did any of you honestly make a sincere endeavour to improve the lot of the community, or were you all too interested in your hobby of walking or enjoying yourselves? I'm in the same category as you all, I did no more than any of you. Walking and life was very pleasant. But let me issue a word of warning from the front. There are a lot of young men, and old men, with young ideals up here. They talk plenty and when this war is over they intend to have a say in the running of things. They feel they have earned it equally as those young and old ones who have stayed behind. They will be prepared to see youth is given every facility to live a full life and make its opinions heard and felt "if youth has any worthwhile ​suggestions."​
  
 What do I think? Youth has been given every opportunity,​ it has let itself down. But get rid of the fool idea out of your head that age counts for so much. There are many old men with youthful enough ideals to keep youth young, trying to keep pace with them. What do I think? Youth has been given every opportunity,​ it has let itself down. But get rid of the fool idea out of your head that age counts for so much. There are many old men with youthful enough ideals to keep youth young, trying to keep pace with them.
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 Here in Wagga Wagga\\ Here in Wagga Wagga\\
 Green thick-foliaged planes\\ Green thick-foliaged planes\\
-Sway their strong leaves in the potent ​sunligh+Sway their strong leaves in the potent ​sunlight\\
 Roofs of corrugation\\ Roofs of corrugation\\
 Throw back the heat in the Sun-god'​s teeth;\\ Throw back the heat in the Sun-god'​s teeth;\\
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 And then there are the people who come along on General Meeting nights and hold their meeting right outside the door, in opposition to the serious folk inside. We understand there is quite a strong feeling about this. And rightly so. We really make less noise outside. And then there are the people who come along on General Meeting nights and hold their meeting right outside the door, in opposition to the serious folk inside. We understand there is quite a strong feeling about this. And rightly so. We really make less noise outside.
  
-Wonder what the Army feeds Bill Bourke on? Are they building him up for some special job do you think? Morrie Stephenson was in last weok looking fairly robust in spite of strenuous efforts to enjoy his leave. We believe he has a very __ticklish__ job up North, looking after the matrom ​and sisters and even a few nurses in one of the hospitals.+Wonder what the Army feeds Bill Bourke on? Are they building him up for some special job do you think? Morrie Stephenson was in last week looking fairly robust in spite of strenuous efforts to enjoy his leave. We believe he has a very __ticklish__ job up North, looking after the matron ​and sisters and even a few nurses in one of the hospitals.
  
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 =====Fifteenth Annual Meeting.===== =====Fifteenth Annual Meeting.=====
  
-The Fifteenth Annual meeting was an enhusiastic ​and enjeyable ​gathering. There was a good roll-up. Many stood up at the back, some because there was not room to sit, but many, we feel, eager not to miss anything. Old nombers ​arrived from near and far, and they nearly all had oomething ​to say. Dorothy Lawry had a bad throat, and could hardly talk, but Frank Duncan and Wal Roots, the Vice-Presidents,​ were at her side and in good voice. The mere raising of the bone was usually enough to quell any minor disturbances.+The Fifteenth Annual meeting was an enthusiastic ​and enjoyable ​gathering. There was a good roll-up. Many stood up at the back, some because there was not room to sit, but many, we feel, eager not to miss anything. Old members ​arrived from near and far, and they nearly all had something ​to say. Dorothy Lawry had a bad throat, and could hardly talk, but Frank Duncan and Wal Roots, the Vice-Presidents,​ were at her side and in good voice. The mere raising of the bone was usually enough to quell any minor disturbances.
  
 Two new members were welcomed, Jean Thirgood and Stan Martin. Two new members were welcomed, Jean Thirgood and Stan Martin.
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 |Hon. Secretary|Hilma Galliott| |Hon. Secretary|Hilma Galliott|
 |Hon. Asst. Secretary|Jess Martin| |Hon. Asst. Secretary|Jess Martin|
-|Hon. Treasurer|Doria Allden|+|Hon. Treasurer|Doris Allden|
 |Hon. Walks Secretary|Alan Wyborn| |Hon. Walks Secretary|Alan Wyborn|
 |Hon. Social Secretary|Jean Harvey| |Hon. Social Secretary|Jean Harvey|
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 |Committee|Win Duncombe, Phyl White, Reg. Alder, Wal Roots| |Committee|Win Duncombe, Phyl White, Reg. Alder, Wal Roots|
 |Federation Delegates|Marie Byles, Dorothy Lawry, Ray Kirkby, Stan Martin, (Ray Kirkby and Stan Martin to sit on Committee)| |Federation Delegates|Marie Byles, Dorothy Lawry, Ray Kirkby, Stan Martin, (Ray Kirkby and Stan Martin to sit on Committee)|
-|Substitute Federation ​Delergates|Marie Kinsella, Bill Hall|+|Substitute Federation ​Delegates|Marie Kinsella, Bill Hall|
 |Delegate to Parks and Playgrounds Movement|Mrs. Hilda Stoddart| |Delegate to Parks and Playgrounds Movement|Mrs. Hilda Stoddart|
 |Trustees|Laurie Berry, Joe Turner, Dorothy Lawry| |Trustees|Laurie Berry, Joe Turner, Dorothy Lawry|
-|Hon. Auditor|Tom Kenny-Poyal|+|Hon. Auditor|Tom Kenny-Royal|
 |Hon. Solicitor|Marie Byles| |Hon. Solicitor|Marie Byles|
  
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 Myles Dunphy said that the proposal would mean a road down to the beach. It had once been proposed to build a country club on the land, this too would have meant a road and a tremendous scar on the hillside. Hostels or bunkhouses could not be built without making a road. Bill Hall said that if the whole area were not resumed then a road would be built to the privately owned portions. Reservation of the area would enable the clearing out of the shacks. Myles Dunphy said that the proposal would mean a road down to the beach. It had once been proposed to build a country club on the land, this too would have meant a road and a tremendous scar on the hillside. Hostels or bunkhouses could not be built without making a road. Bill Hall said that if the whole area were not resumed then a road would be built to the privately owned portions. Reservation of the area would enable the clearing out of the shacks.
  
-Wiff Knight said that we were selfish in wanting to get rid of the shacks. Shack owners had a perfect right to be there, as good a right as anybody else. They had taken a great deal of troubke ​to lump all the necessary materials down there and build the shacks.+Wiff Knight said that we were selfish in wanting to get rid of the shacks. Shack owners had a perfect right to be there, as good a right as anybody else. They had taken a great deal of trouble ​to lump all the necessary materials down there and build the shacks.
  
-Raplying ​to this Tom Herbert said that the selfish people were those who allotted ​thmselves ​a place where nobody else could go. Bushwalkers did not claim one site for themselves. A hundred bushwalkers could use the some site in a year.+Replying ​to this Tom Herbert said that the selfish people were those who allotted ​themselves ​a place where nobody else could go. Bushwalkers did not claim one site for themselves. A hundred bushwalkers could use the some site in a year.
  
 Joe Turner pointed out that originally Bushwalkers had aimed at making the whole of the area south of National Park a primitive area. A hostel would be an encouragement to huts and would need a caretaker, who would require a road. He did not think we could stop hostels in national parks. Joe Turner pointed out that originally Bushwalkers had aimed at making the whole of the area south of National Park a primitive area. A hostel would be an encouragement to huts and would need a caretaker, who would require a road. He did not think we could stop hostels in national parks.
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 Mouldy Harrison supported a suggestion of Myles Dunphy to recommend little Gara beach (between Nth Era and Garie) as a hostel site. He said that the Fitness Movement did not have much money and could not buy land. Mouldy Harrison supported a suggestion of Myles Dunphy to recommend little Gara beach (between Nth Era and Garie) as a hostel site. He said that the Fitness Movement did not have much money and could not buy land.
  
-Marie Bylas said that Mr. Byrnes, owner of the greater part of the land had recently died and the executors would have to sell at the best price obtainable. The buyer would buy for the good of his pocket, which would not be 1/- or 2/- camip fees, but subdivision into building lots or for a Golf Club or boarding house. This would be the last opportunity of reserving the land. The Commomwoalth ​Government might reserve the whole area.+Marie Byles said that Mr. Byrnes, owner of the greater part of the land had recently died and the executors would have to sell at the best price obtainable. The buyer would buy for the good of his pocket, which would not be 1/- or 2/- camp fees, but subdivision into building lots or for a Golf Club or boarding house. This would be the last opportunity of reserving the land. The Commonwealth ​Government might reserve the whole area.
  
 The meeting decided to support Frank Duncan'​s proposal provided the whole area were resumed. The meeting decided to support Frank Duncan'​s proposal provided the whole area were resumed.
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 At the present time Venus is coming round the sun towards us. Soon it will start to move between us and the sun and will disappear again into the sun's light. At the present time Venus is coming round the sun towards us. Soon it will start to move between us and the sun and will disappear again into the sun's light.
  
-|Plan|Period of Revulution ​- Years|Speed in orbit - Miles per sec.|+|Plan|Period of Revolution ​- Years|Speed in orbit - Miles per sec.|
 |Earth|1.00|18.5| |Earth|1.00|18.5|
 |Venus|0.62|21.7| |Venus|0.62|21.7|
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 +=====Letters From The Lads And Lasses.=====
  
-IZTTERS FROLI TH7, :ADS AND LASES, +We received letters from the following ​during ​February:-
-We received letters from the following ​durinL, ​February:.. Peter Allen, +
-T,M, Hardy +
-G. -Pell +
-Eileen McLaren Y.M,C.A, +
-3,J,W, Evans Ruchsaek acke:​_ne:​on +
-Russell Kelly Y,M,C,A, +
-Jack Debort S.B.W, +
-PETER ALLEN: I would like to thank the Services Committee for the arce-iss +
-_ _  +
-magazines and photos that arrive from time to time, Believe me they are very welcomes especially the photos, I have quite a collection now and value them highly. I have shown them to friends over here and as there is a good assortment they get same idea of what Australia is like, Since last writing I have been to Scotland, I wont along with another cha-e and we had a great time. We stopped at a small village called Bucklyvie(??​) about 18 miles from Stirling. The scenery is far superior to the Englsh and next summer I am going back again, Some of the tine the weather was not the best, The day we visited Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond was one of these and I am afraid we did not see them to advantage. The Trossack (or h)s were manelous; we managed to borrow two bikes and rode over thorn. The day was the best during our leave and the mountain tints and the +
-crolour of the water in the Lochs was great, Stirling Castle, The Wallace Memorials were also visited as well as what is reputed to be the largest grape vine in Scotland, It is over 300 ft, long and approximately 50 years old, It was covered with grapes but as the price per bunch was 9/.- decided they looked better on the vine, I aid not do any walking this time, the o7Dortunity did not arise, I find bike riding a lot better, There is very little open country like in Australia, villages are close together, land is privately owned and one +
-must not trespaSs. A few weeks ago I man,.ged to get an unofficial 48 hour +
-leave, Fourteen of us were sent (on a Friday) to a nearby station to do a week's course, Incidentally we wore flown down, there being 20 all told in the plane. On repprting early next morning were informed to report back at 10,45 on Monday, They gave us Saturday and Sunday to ourselves, Four or five others and myself decided to visit Nottingham, I rather liked the place, It seemed a lore cleaner than most English towns, The Trent was very nice being lined with trees on both banks, The river was a lot cleaner than some I have seen and in summer, boats, punts etc, can be hired, Nottingham Castle was closed to the public but the grounds were open, There wore one or two interesting relics to be seen but otherwise it was nothing out of the box, The most interesting place was a hotel, It is supposed to be the oldest in England, in fe ct it dates back to the Crusades. Legend has it that the Crusades stopped there to have one for the ro::.d, It is a vary quaint place itself, From the outside it is like a very old and small house at the foot for a high cliff, On entering,​passages l_ad to rooms carved out of the solid rock, Winter is a proe_ching again, already the temperature is +
-dropping, We have had a few fuosts and one morning last week the ground was +
-absolutely white with it, Coal and coke is rationed but dust the same we have plenty, If anybody ste,.rts talking about the beautiful Rnglich weather, tell them +
-it does not exkst, I 11:;.179 bon here for 15 months now and all that time the weather has been awf-_11. Wind and rrdn pra omnate., Now we are approo ching +
-+
-the foggy season at times visibility is reduced to less than 50 yards, A nice bright sunny day is a very rare thing indeed, +
-LEE WILLIAMS: Since I last wrote I have seen quite a lot more of this +
-_ _ +
-island and I should say that I have been most impressed by the gorgeous butterflies that abound in the mountais. They'​re so beautiful that one could not adequately express, or should I say2 describe them, Their colours contrat vividly, and yet, so Derf_ctly, It seems strange that thA2a is so much beauty where there is also so much unpleasantn.:​ss,​ (The next half page of this letter has been censored.) +
-BASIL DICKINSON; I am many; many mi],:es from Sydney iii f:Lot it runs into the thousands, and my unit is campped on the fringe of a sandy desert, the only vegetation being low scrubby timber and mulga trees, Nater has been somewhat of a problem and we are supplied froM local bores which have been established by the Engineers, We were very bright when we arrived in this area as a fet "​knew-alls77 maintained that by sinking holes in nearby altpans a stedy supply of water would be obtained from seel,page Excitement was great when +
-one of the holes filled uP ov::rnight with crystal clear water but it was a different story when it was found that the water was extremely salty, The hdat can be best described as terrific and it is definitely noexaggeration when I toll you that the temBerature has not been below 100 for over five +
-weeks and often rises to 116 , Still, it is not difficult weather as the +
-heat is Particularly dry and one is able to sleep well as the nights are generally col to cold, Occasionally we travel about 50 miles to the coast and spend about three days in rest areas, doing little but surfing2 sun- +
-bathing and ;azinge The living ;;uarters are built by clearing the centres +
-of ti-tree clumps and building up the sides with brush, The result is a +
-a cool gunyah which keeps out about 50% of the flies, The surf is not to be +
-compared with the coast but makes Up all that it Lacks in that rere. by being warmer and it is possible to frolic all day in the water without becoming at all cold, Nearby is a very small and isolated fishing village where we are nearly always able to procure dozens of crayfish which are sweeter than any lobsters or crbs back home, Needless to say when the opportunity presents +
-itself we certainly make "​hogs"​ of oliJrsolves The main regret of the lads +
-is that they cannot get the beer in order to complete the feast, Life, although somewhat monotonous at present is nevertheless bearable and one can always look forward to the futurej, dreaming of the day when once more ho will be lying at his ease in some sylvan glade, watching the smoke of his +
-fire curl lazily u7)wards knowing also that his main responsibility has ended +
-+
-Jack Debert went through Sydney on his way to Melboutne last week, +
-Bill B,,1-17.0 and Rory Lc-ft arc. 1-folc in _LutraTi a and ki:,,ve been on three weeks 1.,actvo +
-IMPORTANT DATES +
-FOR YOUR +
-SOCIAL CALENDAR +
-17. +
-April 16th Friday 7.30 p m. +
-14-th Watercolour Exhibition of Australian Wildflowers from the collection of Malcolm McGregor, +
-Mfl MICHAEL +
-'​1D.--e -back from will tell us ADVE NT URE IN +
-T_E.;R_R_Y_ will we hope Queensland and that 'THERE IS CENTRAL AUSTRALIA. +
-" 30th 11 8. 0 iJ,m. +
-May 21st If 8. 0 Services Committee Night +
-28th 8 0 p a111 Illustrated Lecture by MROTHY BRIGDEN "​CAMPING WITH THE i.-LBORIGINEES - FAR NORTH. +
-.ccaca i (I IC +
-FOR ALL YOUR PH OT OGRAI)HI C RE (:)11 I REIVIEN TS +
-and for 0 +
-=CELLENT DILI-VT,'​ LOPING 11,I 0 RK +
-and +
-ENLARCING SlaV I CE +
-c2 +
-GOODMAN BROS. +
-20 Hunter Street, Sydney +
-(op; Wynyard) +
-Tel. B3438 +
-ClECC4Ci rCk. 1-.:CeCala kaar.Ca. 'J +
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 +|Peter Allen|
 +|L.J. Williams|Y.M.C.A.|
 +|T.M. Hardy|C.M.W.|
 +|G. Fell|Y.M.C.A.|
 +|Eileen McLaren|Y.M.C.A.|
 +|B.J.W, Evans|Rucksack|
 +|Basil Dickinson|S.B.W.|
 +|Russell Kelly|Y.M.C.A.|
 +|Jack Debert|S.B.W.|
 +
 +===Peter Allen:===
 +
 +I would like to thank the Services Committee for the parcels, magazines and photos that arrive from time to time. Believe me they are very welcome, especially the photos. I have quite a collection now and value them highly. I have shown them to friends over here and as there is a good assortment they get some idea of what Australia is like. Since last writing I have been to Scotland. I went along with another chap and we had a great time. We stopped at a small village called Bucklyvie(??​) about 18 miles from Stirling. The scenery is far superior to the English and next summer I am going back again. Some of the time the weather was not the best. The day we visited Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond was one of these and I am afraid we did not see them to advantage. The Trossack (or h)s were marvelous; we managed to borrow two bikes and rode over them. The day was the best during our leave and the mountain tints and the colour of the water in the Lochs was great. Stirling Castle, The Wallace Memorial, were also visited as well as what is reputed to be the largest grape vine in Scotland. It is over 300 ft. long and approximately 50 years old. It was covered with grapes but as the price per bunch was 9/-, decided they looked better on the vine. I did not do any walking this time, the opportunity did not arise. I find bike riding a lot better. There is very little open country like in Australia, villages are close together, land is privately owned and one must not trespass. A few weeks ago I managed to get an unofficial 48 hour leave. Fourteen of us were sent (on a Friday) to a nearby station to do a week's course. Incidentally we were flown down, there being 20 all told in the plane. On reporting early next morning were informed to report back at 10.45 on Monday. They gave us Saturday and Sunday to ourselves. Four or five others and myself decided to visit Nottingham. I rather liked the place. It seemed a lot cleaner than most English towns, The Trent was very nice being lined with trees on both banks, The river was a lot cleaner than some I have seen and in summer, boats, punts etc, can be hired. Nottingham Castle was closed to the public but the grounds were open. There were one or two interesting relics to be seen but otherwise it was nothing out of the box. The most interesting place was a hotel. It is supposed to be the oldest in England, in fact it dates back to the Crusades. Legend has it that the Crusades stopped there to have one for the road. It is a vary quaint place itself. From the outside it is like a very old and small house at the foot for a high cliff. On entering, passages lead to rooms carved out of the solid rock. Winter is approaching again, already the temperature is dropping. We have had a few frosts and one morning last week the ground was absolutely white with it. Coal and coke is rationed but just the same we have plenty. If anybody starts talking about the beautiful English weather, tell them it does not exist. I have been here for 15 months now and all that time the weather has been awful. Wind and rain predominate. Now we are approaching the foggy season at times visibility is reduced to less than 50 yards. A nice bright sunny day is a very rare thing indeed.
 +
 +===Lee Williams:​===
 +
 +Since I last wrote I have seen quite a lot more of this island and I should say that I have been most impressed by the gorgeous butterflies that abound in the mountains. They'​re so beautiful that one could not adequately express, or should I say, describe them. Their colours contrast vividly, and yet, so perfectly. It seems strange that there is so much beauty where there is also so much unpleasantness (The next half page of this letter has been censored.)
 +
 +===Basil Dickinson:​===
 +
 +I am many, many miles from Sydney, in fact it runs into the thousands, and my unit is camped on the fringe of a sandy desert, the only vegetation being low scrubby timber and mulga trees. Water has been somewhat of a problem and we are supplied from local bores which have been established by the Engineers. We were very bright when we arrived in this area as a few "​knew-alls"​ maintained that by sinking holes in nearby saltpans a steady supply of water would be obtained from seepage. Excitement was great when one of the holes filled uP overnight with crystal clear water but it was a different story when it was found that the water was extremely salty. The heat can be best described as terrific and it is definitely no exaggeration when I tell you that the temperature has not been below 100° for over five weeks and often rises to 116°. Still, it is not difficult weather as the heat is particularly dry and one is able to sleep well as the nights are generally cool to cold. Occasionally we travel about 50 miles to the coast and spend about three days in rest areas, doing little but surfing, sun-bathing and lazing. The living quarters are built by clearing the centres of ti-tree clumps and building up the sides with brush. The result is a a cool gunyah which keeps out about 50% of the flies. The surf is not to be compared with the N.S.W. coast but makes up all that it lacks in that regard by being warmer and it is possible to frolic all day in the water without becoming at all cold. Nearby is a very small and isolated fishing village where we are nearly always able to procure dozens of crayfish which are sweeter than any lobsters or crabs back home. Needless to say when the opportunity presents itself we certainly make "​hogs"​ of ourselves. The main regret of the lads is that they cannot get the beer in order to complete the feast. Life, although somewhat monotonous at present, is nevertheless bearable and one can always look forward to the future, dreaming of the day when once more he will be lying at his ease in some sylvan glade, watching the smoke of his fire curl lazily upwards knowing also that his main responsibility has ended.
 +
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 +
 +Jack Debert went through Sydney on his way to Melbourne last week.
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 +
 +Bill Burke and Rory Lofts are back in Australia and have been on three weeks leave.
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 +
 +=====Important Dates For Your Social Calendar.=====
 +
 +|April 16th Friday 7.30 p.m.|4th Watercolour Exhibition of Australian Wildflowers from the collection of Malcolm McGregor.|
 +|April 30th Friday 8.0 p.m.|Mr Michael Terry will we hope be back from Queensland and will tell us that "There is adventure in Central Australia"​.|
 +|May 21st Friday 8.0 p.m.|Services Committee Night.|
 +|May 28th Friday 8.0 p.m.|Illustrated Lecture by Dorothy Brigden, "​Camping with the aborigines - Far North"​.|
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