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 "​Kosciusko Express, Platform 8. There'​s Colin, Ha!" "​Kosciusko Express, Platform 8. There'​s Colin, Ha!"
  
-"​Where'​s the others? These two back carriages are full. The rest haven'​t been shuunted ​in."+"​Where'​s the others? These two back carriages are full. The rest haven'​t been shunted ​in."
  
 "Come up the front."​ "Come up the front."​
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 "Where are you, Joe? Where are you, Joe?" "Where are you, Joe? Where are you, Joe?"
  
-We climbed and climbed that steep ridge. We shouted to Len who shouted to Joe. We shouted to the others but our echoes died into silence as the 5,200 ft Booth grew on our left and the valley sank into an abyss in the shadow of dusk and the coming storm. A tree clothed ridge, straight as a ruler, ran from the Naas Valley over 3,000 ft. below, right to the summit of Booth. Far away in the depths, deep in the abyss, ​growiqg ​fainter and fainter into the all pervading silence, like the wail of the banshee or the cry of a departed spirit -+We climbed and climbed that steep ridge. We shouted to Len who shouted to Joe. We shouted to the others but our echoes died into silence as the 5,200 ft Booth grew on our left and the valley sank into an abyss in the shadow of dusk and the coming storm. A tree clothed ridge, straight as a ruler, ran from the Naas Valley over 3,000 ft. below, right to the summit of Booth. Far away in the depths, deep in the abyss, ​growing ​fainter and fainter into the all pervading silence, like the wail of the banshee or the cry of a departed spirit -
  
 "Where aaare you, Joe? Where aaare you Joe-ooo?"​ "Where aaare you, Joe? Where aaare you Joe-ooo?"​
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 When we reached the valley and the road, there was bother. Which way had they gone, up or down? Everything was in the wrong place. Map was wrong and George in a "go no further, camp right here" mood. So we rested George and went back to the farm where we learned our fate. This was Glendale and we had to walk "​4-6"​ miles to Gudgenby that night to make up lost schedule through climbing the wrong ridge. Woe to him that leads up a wrong ridge. When we reached the valley and the road, there was bother. Which way had they gone, up or down? Everything was in the wrong place. Map was wrong and George in a "go no further, camp right here" mood. So we rested George and went back to the farm where we learned our fate. This was Glendale and we had to walk "​4-6"​ miles to Gudgenby that night to make up lost schedule through climbing the wrong ridge. Woe to him that leads up a wrong ridge.
  
-Perspiring with our shirts off in a freezing drizzle and with blister scorched feet we pounded it out up that steep interminable road in a semi-comatose condition. At klast the top, then down the other side with torches in the blackness. We had almost abandoned hope of finding those ahead and intended camping at the first water. But we secretly believed that Roley would have rebelled and we would catch them. At Rendezvous Creek they were camped; Johno, ​roley and Ken near the road and the other people further away for a little quietness. The country, the roads, everything was abused and the Scotlands, wherever they were, were better off than us; especially seeing that they had been given a map that morning. Beware of being given a map in like circumstances!+Perspiring with our shirts off in a freezing drizzle and with blister scorched feet we pounded it out up that steep interminable road in a semi-comatose condition. At last the top, then down the other side with torches in the blackness. We had almost abandoned hope of finding those ahead and intended camping at the first water. But we secretly believed that Roley would have rebelled and we would catch them. At Rendezvous Creek they were camped; Johno, ​Roley and Ken near the road and the other people further away for a little quietness. The country, the roads, everything was abused and the Scotlands, wherever they were, were better off than us; especially seeing that they had been given a map that morning. Beware of being given a map in like circumstances!
  
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 The "Kelly Gang" eventually overtook "the rabbits"​ camped below the Cotter homestead. The raptures of Mount Kelly were received with disbelief, criticism, cynicism, sarcasm, ennui and eventually indifference;​ which only shows how successful the raptures were. The "Kelly Gang" eventually overtook "the rabbits"​ camped below the Cotter homestead. The raptures of Mount Kelly were received with disbelief, criticism, cynicism, sarcasm, ennui and eventually indifference;​ which only shows how successful the raptures were.
  
-Next morning we beat it out down the Cotter with many desulory ​excursions up sundry ridges looking for imaginery ​tracks, and much flapping of groundsheets amid the pouring rain in the prickly undergrowth. Lunch was in the rain at a place we decided to name Kangaroo Creek, so that, at least, some resemblance would exist between the country and the map.+Next morning we beat it out down the Cotter with many desultory ​excursions up sundry ridges looking for imaginary ​tracks, and much flapping of groundsheets amid the pouring rain in the prickly undergrowth. Lunch was in the rain at a place we decided to name Kangaroo Creek, so that, at least, some resemblance would exist between the country and the map.
  
 "The rabbits are checking out." "The rabbits are checking out."
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 +=====The Source Of The Thredbo (The Big Boggy).=====
 +
 +Edna Garrad.
 +
 +There is something very fascinating about tracing a river to its source, and there is great satisfaction in reaching country that you have seen from afar, and conjectured about.
 +
 +Last Summer, as we battled against a violent and bitter gale on the Ramshead Range, we had managed to pause awhile and gaze away to the east to a lovely valley that ran in a vivid green strip from the depths below (where we knew the Thredbo flowed) to the horizon. All the year that valley was at the back of our minds, and when we planned to go to Kosciusko again this Summer it was hoped to include this portion of the district, which we had learned in the meantime was known as "The Big Boggy",​ and was the source
 +of the Thredbo River.
 +
 +From the hut at Dead Horse Gap we set out one sparkling March morning. The frost and ice cracked beneath our feet, and the lovely irregular shaped tarns that were dotted along the river valley were coated with ice until about 10.30 a.m. The Thredbo here was just a small creek, but as gay and lively as the river lower down, where the fishermen catch their trout in the pools below the rapids and falls.
 +
 +This valley is very colourful and reminiscent of Barrington Tops. There was every imaginable shade of green and brown, and it seemed to us like the moorlands in Scotland that one reads about. No doubt after rain this valley would be very "​boggy",​ and it is easily understood how the name originated, but when we were there it was end of Summer and the cattle pads made pleasant walking. The low, tree clad hills on either side had obviously made the comparison with the brilliant green of the swamp that had impressed us from the Range. We wandered up and up, thoroughly enjoying the morning, and after several false alarms came to the gap which separates the Thredbo from the Little Thredbo. This was a glorious spot. It was a perfect day, with blue sky overhead and a good breeze. We sat in the midst of a carpet of snow daisies and around us grazed a number of cattle that completed the rural scene. And over the gap we gazed away to the Moonbah country, equally delightful as that which we had been travelling all morning. After a long time we turned and commenced our return journey of about six miles to the Hut. We were nearing home, when on rounding a bend in the track, we were faced with one of the most glorious vistas imaginable. The whole of the Ramshead Range lay before us, flecked with large drifts of snow and surmounted by a blue sky across which raced billowing clouds. The wild rocky peaks of the range stood out bleakly, and at the summit was Kosciusko, for once looking impressive, its snow capped dome wreathed from time to time in cloud. It was a breath taking climax to a very delightful day.
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 +
 +=====So Much Chatter.=====
 +
 +Most of us in the Club, (the cynical ones, anyhow) have watched with varying emotions, the distressing spectacle of a professed "woman proof" bachelor in the throes of changing his opinions. And those of us who have been forced to listen on so many occasions, to the ranting and raving of this particular bachelor on the advantages of being single, must be forgiven if they now get a tremendous satisfaction from the fact that he has now fallen flat on his face. That is such an agreeable change from his previous attitude of leaning too far backwards, that it is all the more enjoyable. We are telling you that Tim Coffey is engaged to Gloria Harkness. To Gloria goes our sincere admiration and to both, our wishes for every happiness.
 +
 +We haven'​t seen Len [Len Webb] and Dorothy Webb in the Club lately, but probably their time is taken up with their brand new son. No doubt Dorothy will bring him in soon to join the Junior parade.
  
-THE SOURCE OF THE THREDBO 
-THE BIG BOGGY) EDNA GARRAD. 
-There is something very fascinating about tracing a river to its 
-source, and thc:re is eat:'​_sfaction in reaching country that you have 
-seen ficm anfl c;oyitu3.ed about. 
-Last as wo he,.tt7el. against a violent and bitter gale on the 
-Ramshearl we nzingHd pans,: awhile and gaze away to the east to 
-a ]oveL.y tr%t can tr a viva green strip from the denths below(where 
-we kno':i th Lhrc1 i'​lcrid) to the horizon, All the year that valley was 
-at t,F, ba. c;:t ovr Tinc3t1, and whan wa planned to go to Kosciusko again this Sumor 1J. 77;,F7 hod- to include this portion of the district, which we had 
-learned he Jr,antime was known as The Big Boggy",​ and was the source 
-of the Th::ed:Dc.) 
-From the hilt at Dead Horse Gap we set out one sparkling March morning. The f,:Thlt end ice c rec13. 0. beneath our feet, and the lovely irregular shaped tarns that were dotted along the river valley were coated with ice until about 10,30 arn. The Thredbo here was just a small creek, but as gay and lively as the river lower down, where the fishermen catch their trout in the pC)cls below the rapids and falls. 
-This ,Ialley is very colourful and i-emiiscent of Barrington Tops. There was5rery ji,ainable shade of green 9,4d trown, and it seemed to us like the moors. AF in Scotland that one reads about. No doubt after rain this valley woulj be very "bogy, and it is easily understood how the name orirTinrIt but when we were there it was end of Summer and the cattle pads 
-made p]. asant walking. The low, tree clad hills on either side had obviously made -,se c oln_parison with the brilliant green of the swamp that had impressed us frnm the Range We wandered up and up, thoroughly enjoying the morning, and after Gevdral false alarms came to the gan which separates the Thredbo from the Little Thredbo. This was a glorious sloot. It was a perfect day, with blue sky overhead and a good breeze, We sat in the midst of a carpet of snow daisies and around us grazed a number of cattle that completed the rural scene, And over the gap we gazed away to the Moonbah countrylequally deliqhtful as that which we had been travelling all morning. After a long time we turned and commenced our return journey of about six miles to the Hut. We were nearing home, when on rounding a bend in the track, we were faced with one of the most glorious vita e imaginable. The whole of the Ramshead Range lay b(:fore ie. fleaked with large 6Hfts of snow and surmounted by a blue sky 
-acrose'​ who7 racej The wild rocky peaks of therange stood out bleakly, and at the s-r):r-At was Kosciusko, for once looking impressive, 
-its snow anped dome yrg,atheca from time to time in cloud, It was a breath 
-taking climax to a very delightful day. 
-8. 
-SO MUCH CHATTER 
-Most of us in the Club, (the cynical ones, anyhow) have watched with varying emotions, the distressing spectacle of a professed "woman proof" ba,cheloT in the throes of changing his opinions. And those of us who have been forced to listen on so many occasions, to the ranting and raving of this particular bachelor on the advantages of being single, must be forgiven if they now get a tremendous satisfaction from the fact that he has now fallen flat on his face. That is such an agreeable change from his previous attitude of leaning ton far backwards, that it is all the more enjoyable. We are telling you that Tim Coffey is engaged to Gloria Harkness. To Gloria goes our sincere admiration and to both, our wishes for every happiness. 
-We haven'​t seen Len and Dorothy Webb in the Club lately, but probably their time is taken ulo with their brand new son. No doubt Dorothy will bring him in soon to join the Junior parade. 
 Latest news from Beryl (English) is that she is with her husband in the far North droving. They are making quite a holiday of the trip although the life is not an idle one, Beryl'​s husband is out of the army as you may have gathered by the above. Latest news from Beryl (English) is that she is with her husband in the far North droving. They are making quite a holiday of the trip although the life is not an idle one, Beryl'​s husband is out of the army as you may have gathered by the above.
-One large (and notoriously argumentative) party has left for the Alpine Hut, where we understand there is nlenty ​of snow, while yet + 
-another smaller (and more reasonable) party is gettir; ​ready to +One large (and notoriously argumentative) party has left for the Alpine Hut, where we understand there is plenty ​of snow, while yet another smaller (and more reasonable) party is getting ​ready to holiday at Mt. Franklin, where there is no sign of snow yet. The latter party being ready for all emergencies have planned ​a walking trip as an alternative should the snow refuse to co-operate. 
-holiday at Mt. Franklin, where there is no sign of snow yet. The latter party being ready for all emergencies have %-;​lanned ​a walking trip as an alternative should the snow refuse to co-operate.+
 It is a long time since we have seen Joe Turner but we did see him last Friday in the Club, looking very fit. It is a long time since we have seen Joe Turner but we did see him last Friday in the Club, looking very fit.
-We are wondering if the Treasurer will have his report ready for the next deneral Meeting and if not, why not? And why Johnny Wood makes his report so long. 
-News has just been received that Dick Jackson is the father of a Son, Unfortunately Dick is in Darwin and has not seen the baby. 
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-Pc' r :AL P17.1; :7; r- #.1 ):$ & rt-ri e rr.? +We are wondering if the Treasurer will have his report ready for the next General Meeting ​and if not, why not? And why Johnny Wood makes __his__ report ​so long.
- - +
-tr e the SbT) trimbei. +
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-Q-.h: c3- P. 1 ..;​P&'​1--e7i4r he'r t-Pe f _ +
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-s c F:e r-at w6tiad e rate , the , C12.1) .?voiAld +
-c 71_ --t he  +
- . ci519Ieto otir Club-T1J0, In +
-a. oj. 11,6,W: the -F;te r are r a.,tioncs +
- a acc3uats and +
- 4 iy..)i1 7'01( Xt +
-In 9 0 t a rfdonat-i'​On -tiiwaids rreuntid '​the'​ 'Ern_ ,Land s +
-D IRTY ITLP I regret to re-oor'​t that. certain members, of thi..6 Club have +
-:s lip on. thems'​eleS 'and :1i:he S,B.W ,Ijuring the di 1,3 c uE.F1 ioi O the +
-.of the Youth Hostels'​ A.49 o an.; ,Pj1C 0 the  +
-C I(..-34-3a beteyrressed '​whtIer the.- merabc r of L..As +
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-121 0 ,..1:113 .1.,,​.3-,​`rfICT:​ak-1 tit d ea. IS --ab ciu,t +
-Fe ,​=312)1111'​77,​tec]trl'​Oef'​ rnbie ra% Clul; ) oii,1,3 :it a (~1.- r-) 1 03 +
- ​irtrol;​i-,​11 interest everyoxie '​fa'​. know thRt t1-.:e last vieck---ezla wh?.11 ho, 3 +
-alit at 137;Dtr,-i) he 'saw: the '​dirtiest ca ntoPite he d e n. +
-and 'an S B ' C 3,​1"​11.13 e' ias the :CaS t L L +
- ; it 1-)e :1;0 -r e 0' he  ​We nt across to the oarn.:0.=, e left +
-0 7 +
--:") ? ,14 it was. filthy_ a' litter o-F,' e +
- AS STTLT 81\5_0C1IDE5.-DTCi'​ustC 71L'​.--;​ to,ard t(-.)ok T12, 'has checo es +
-but. d 7.-1.-.1rtr -1101)0 that 0 e +
-S -11:y 1:11E.:. Club we-r-e cf r...e i 11,-; nl rf S +
-La '7;- ,​.rP3'​aert o 11-9 t t1 CL1s +
-NC -f- 'D f "t-ne ,<Er1V I and, he. c.:111! a not 1,,.c r.Ow the new rs. +
-2.y zhev e... no (ft:kr f i e..u71...ty in finding out, v,​11-3,​i),​1-1 +
- ''​[-i o-cf"​T'',​31 ;C rjl D.:21:,P in June ,a nd s'v Bill 1 atsor there. They- a:ee +
-o. l: 1 ac CtC and. to  +
-1 ,appen to the; Club IL af ter nearly seventeen years pf +
-wo2k. ari ateles pr opaganda. .7,-,rds fail me* +
-LETTERS FROM THE LADS 'eND LASSES +
-Letters were received during ,June from the following members of the walking fraternity:​- +
-Jack Adams Dick Jackson +
-Alan Clarke Frank Freeguard +
-Geoff Parker Bob Banks +
-BennLe Bryant Doris Allden, +
-Jack Adana'​. 12eh lq-177. from London Mighty pleased to have your descriptige eLrgYaele oi %51;h Lnril (Anzac Day). Shall make '​Foneymoon Bay" one of me -Ir=t, Lt isn't a tough one, for I'm sadly unfit for hikes +
-like the: Pr)-7 1-711h1crs Barrington Trip., The crew Ethey are always heera) Inc, I ;,r), await that tin of sweets, hope its a big tin, Gre3dy! +
-Were tr) uRatn on our 5th sortie. As I've 18 now including 6 in +
-10 cleTe the crew have been giving a hand in "​softening up" +
-preor ec. a eee,f, Front. As 81,000 tons were dropped at rate of 2 tons per triyri .- for '!0 days in April, you can imagine ​the RAF and USAAF have a 7,0-; head cr them. Parcels from home, mail too are coming along fine inc7a,diep; yeal bits and -eieces",​ Heard of Nev Bruce'​s sad death - a +
-grat 1r,d and walker too. Well good hiking now that autumn is here snd write eaaa'​en soon, +
-27'​ae23rd May from New Guinea. Its ages since I last h,d the chance of tracks back home, I'm still interested in the monthly magazine +
-anrJ %ne (13iLRS of you folk who are keeping the pennant flattering, flm seirJew Guinea again for thelsecond time and sincerely hope the task +
-fjej ened when we are due to head south once more, There'​s plenty +
-of ]ereabouts whether one likes it or not, practice had by those +
-in peace times ilas stood' onein good stead for the adventures unlimited +
-tc 1 had in these places, No doubt there are a sprinkling of the various +
-club members scattered around the north, all storing up the many tales +
-to be told around future reunion camp fires. I for one look forward to such times and judging by the speed the "​Honorable Gent" is fleeing north, +
-that day isn't so far away now, As I have read of the letters by others who +
-have trodden this Isle, you shauld know plenty about this spot. At least +
-the temperature hardly changes and for lovers of sol the climate is ideal. Vee2tecians wouldn'​t go hungry by any means, fruit in particular, of all +
-treleal varieties can be had in abundance at a mere cost of trade value, +
-to'​ea.-:​ee,​ matches or razor blades and even coloured paper will satisfy the +
-i:​loabitants. Canoe tripe occur now and again when the occasion arises but J.iAe we know it back home. Its all smooth water either salt or free L,_1,1 the foaming rapids and grassy banks are missing. Such places +
-ea C;ox or upper Kowmung or even delightful Bluegum Forest and the +
-\Njrc] G-L'oe will always remain pleasant memories of bygone days, ,​7a-e;​ee;​a-ed 26-5-44 from Cloncur_sz. Regrets at not having reelied to year aeae +
-':​alder,​ Fact is the letter went on a tour - some so-and-so at &tee, -',:​.,​)coL where I am located or had been sending so many letters to the +
-aaarzss that this one went the same way, The photos were very nicer  +
-theee alea few I shall have to Ire introduced to when I come down, Certainly the .E.IN, have changed - very sedate almost reminds one of a Religious Con- +
-veneoll Suppose you will say I have been mixing with too many Yanks, Frank Cramp looks as if he will break out any minutelhowever. Apparently the photo +
-,JuL,Jr wunl; on a tour - some so-nnd_so +
-11. +
-11. +
- ​tal,,:​en before the show had got into top gear or had been going too long in top geaT, By the way what is biting The Bean? Left his article in the Bushwa'​!Lcr till in the mood for some foolery and was surprised to find how outspoen +
- ​iJOY1GOS he was, If the report is correct it would be a good idea to put a ciuk in occasionally to either slow up a walk or force the lead?r to abE.ndl:​f4 +
-same and make a picnic out of an emergency. After all what is the loss of on-,​1)jective when there is a whole programme of objectives in a year? The ritie..17 m'Lght have been serious for the Club, Anyway if The Bean's report is 0:​-;'​crool:​ hei:ie is one who is with him all the way. The article "Over the Gap" +
-we The remarks about the necks being valuable to country made ms T)J7i n1=_. that some of the necks being risked were also valuable to the country se.F.oeciy if loft unbroken. However it was a very entertaining ,.rticle, We are +
-11,1..rLn perfect North Queensland winter weather and although in the tropics find the cold. Have been out recently on a trip which tok us some hundreds +
-of through scrub country-mostly plains. Tracks, fences, gates, stations +
-(many miles apart), catle, trees amilcihrt about sums it up. Found ourselves +
-on river bank where we had our first view of a Croc. Neidles- to say, we +
-fer more Croce and were able to see a aumbr of the fresh water variety +
-aLo; four feet long. A fresh water Croc, according to the Manager of the Scu 13 a harmless fellow ever to go in swimming with, We were infozriled that two lived, in the 'water hole in the creek from which he obtained his water supply - length six or seven feet. +
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-@ Fixing an appointment will facilitate the reser- ._ , +
-@ vation of time for giving you proper attention,​ +
-@ but should you be unable to ring us beforehand, @ +
-@ your visit will be welcome at any time you may @ @ +
-et: va to call. C.,) +
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-12, 4. +
-BACKYARD +
-We were talking about our bush-plant raising exerimntr and had got to the stage of building a "​frame"​. The experiment +
-a great success. Most of the seeds that hld hitherto +
-appeared so difficult to raise just came 1.1-) as easily as cabbages. Pink tea tree rd bottle brush, golden glory pea, waratahs, middle harbour pine, banksia (3 kinds) sturts desert pea and scycl-al others have germinated well and are developing into sturo4 little seedlings.  +
-Meanwhile life goes on amongst the wildlings that have to fend 'for themselves. The boronia (b, ledifolia) is now in full bloom, each tiny shrub appearing to consist solely of flowers. The Dillwynnias are crowded with buds and a few hardy pioneers are giving promise of the glory to come. The eriostemons too are just awaiting a few sunny days to relieve their dark green foliage with masses of star-like flowers. The red spider flower is making a brave show and black eyed susan shyly hangs her pretty head. A stranger who has made itself at home and indeed brings its own welcome is the Cootamundra wattle. It is a blaze of colour. The Sydney wattle is preparing to take up the torch to brighten soOre winter days. +
-The proverbially busy bees are working on the wattle as though possessed. With pollen baskets full they speed from +
-flower to flower with frantic haste, to fill the larder with honey against hard times to Come. +
-Returning to mundane things, Paddy has a suply of cape groundsheets standard pattern 61 x 41 at 12/- (no coupons). He hoes shortly to be able to take orders for green extra li s.htweiht tents. +
-(Phone B3101. +
-PADDY PALLIN Camp Gear +
-327 George Street, for +
-SYDNEY . Walkers.+
  
 +News has just been received that Dick Jackson is the father of a Son. Unfortunately Dick is in Darwin and has not seen the baby.
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 +
 +=====Federation Report.=====
 +
 +===Meeting held on 20th June, 1944 at 6.30 p.m.===
 +
 +===Kosciusko State Park.===
 +
 +The list of trustees appointed to manage this new park has been published. It was noted that Mr. Myles Dunphy was __not__ one of them. Federation decided to write to the Trustees asking them to appoint a sub-committee of two of their members who are in touch with such matters to meet the representatives of various recreational organizations whose members use the Park.
 +
 +===Search and Rescue Section.===
 +
 +With the absence of Mr. St[illegible],​ Mr. Knight reported that the S. and R. Section had held a meeting and arrangements were in hand for the Practice Week-end, the date to be the 2nd and 3rd September next. Please note.
 +
 +===Era Lands.===
 +
 +As instructed, I read to Council Miss Byles' letter to the S.B.W. and gave a brief explanation of the position and the suggestion to donate certain funds in hand to the Department of Land towards the immediate resumption of the whole, or a part of, the Era Lands. I then conveyed to the Federation the Club's request that it open a new subscription list for say one month so that the donation would go to the Government from all bushwalkers,​ and stated that the Club and contributaries to the old fund would open the new one with £225, and possibly more to come.
 +
 +The delegates present were rather staggered at the generosity of the S.B.W. as they felt that its contribution would necessarily be the greater part of any fund available in a month'​s time. They decided that, in view of all the circumstances,​ the Federation would co-operate with the Club and would circularise all the other clubs asking for donations to our Club fund. In addition, the Hon. Treasurer is to prepare details of how the Federation'​s funds are made up, showing what amounts are in special trust accounts and what amount would be available if the Federation decided at its next meeting to make a donation towards the resumption of the Era Lands.
 +
 +===Dirty campsite.===
 +
 +I regret to report that certain members of the Club have brought shame upon themselves and the S.B.W. During the discussion on the possible future affiliation of the Youth Hostels'​ Association one of the C.M.W. delegates expressed doubt as to whether the members of that Association would have bushwalking ideals about tidy campsites, etc. The President of the Federation (Mr. Phil Watson of the Rover Ramblers'​ Club) commented as follows:-
 +
 +It would interest everyone to know that the last week-end when he was out a Corral Swamp he saw the __dirtiest campsite he had seen for a long time, and it was an S.B.W. campsite!__ He as the last to leave Corral Swamp that morning and, before leaving, he went across to the campsite left by __"​Eminent members of the S.B.W."​__ It was filthy with a litter of papers and scraps of food, __and the fire was still smouldering!__
 +
 +Your delegates just sat and took it. This delegate has checked campsites and fires after so many re-unions, but had always hoped that those which ere below the standards set by the Club were those of new, inexperienced members, In this instance, the President of the Federation stated that the culprits were "​eminent members of the S.B.W."​ and he would not know the new members!
 +
 +The Committee will probably have no difficulty in finding out which members camped at Corral Swamp in June and saw Bill Watson there. They are obviously a menace to the Club and to the bush.
 +
 +That this should happen to the Club after nearly seventeen years of hard work and ceaseless propaganda!! Words fail me.
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 +
 +=====Letters From The Lads And Lasses.=====
 +
 +Letters were received during June from the following members of the walking fraternity:​-
 +
 +  * Jack Adams
 +  * Dick Jackson
 +  * Alan Clarke
 +  * Frank Freeguard
 +  * Geoff Parker
 +  * Bob Banks
 +  * Bennie Bryant
 +  * Doris Allden
 +
 +===Jack Adams 12th May from London.===
 +
 +Mighty pleased to have your descriptive airgraph of 25 April (Anzac Day). Shall make "​Honeymoon Bay" one of my first hikes hope it isn't a tough one, for I'm sadly unfit for hikes like the Rover Ramblers Barrington Trip. The crew (they are always hungry) and I too, await that tin of sweets, hope its a big tin, Greedy! Went to Berlin again on our 5th sortie. As I've 18 now including 6 in 10 days during April, the crew have been giving a hand in "​softening up" prior to a Second Front. As 81,000 tons were dropped at rate of 2 tons per minute for 30 days in April, you can imagine the RAF and USAAF have a job ahead of them. Parcels from home, mail too are coming along fine including your "bits and pieces"​. Heard of Nev Bruce'​s sad death - a great 1ad and walker too. Well good hiking now that autumn is here and write again soon.
 +
 +===Alan Clarke, 23rd May from New Guinea.===
 +
 +Its ages since I last had the chance of trudging the tracks back home, I'm still interested in the monthly magazine and the doings of you folk who are keeping the pennant flattering. I'm seeing New Guinea again for the second time and sincerely hope the task will be finished when we are due to head south once more. There'​s plenty of walking hereabouts whether one likes it or not, practice had by those in peace times has stood one in good stead for the adventures unlimited to be had in these places. No doubt there are a sprinkling of the various club members scattered around the north, all storing up the many tales to be told around future reunion camp fires. I for one look forward to such times and judging by the speed the "​Honorable Gent" is fleeing north, that day isn't so far away now. As I have read of the letters by others who have trodden this Isle, you should know plenty about this spot. At least the temperature hardly changes and for lovers of sol the climate is ideal. Vegetarians wouldn'​t go hungry by any means, fruit in particular, of all tropical varieties can be had in abundance at a mere cost of trade value, tobacco, matches or razor blades and even coloured paper will satisfy the dusky inhabitants. Canoe tripe occur now and again when the occasion arises but not like we know it back home. Its all smooth water either salt or fresh and the foaming rapids and grassy banks are missing. Such places as the old Cox or upper Kowmung or even delightful Bluegum Forest and the winding Grose will always remain pleasant memories of bygone days.
 +
 +===Frank Freeguard, 26-5-44 from Cloncurry.===
 +
 +Regrets at not having replied to your news earlier. Fact is the letter went on a tour - some so-and-so at Hqrs. forgot where I am located or had been sending so many letters to the other address that this one went the same way. The photos were very nice. There are a few I shall have to be introduced to when I come down. Certainly the S.B.W. have changed - very sedate almost reminds one of a Religious Convention. Suppose you will say I have been mixing with too many Yanks. Frank Cramp looks as if he will break out any minute, however. Apparently the photo was taken before the show had got into top gear or had been going too long in top gear. By the way what is biting The Bean? Left his article in the Bushwalker till in the mood for some foolery and was surprised to find how outspoken and serious he was. If the report is correct it would be a good idea to put a "lame duck" in occasionally to either slow up a walk or force the leader to abandon same and make a picnic out of an emergency. After all what is the loss of one objective when there is a whole programme of objectives in a year? The matter might have been serious for the Club. Anyway if The Bean's report is correct here is one who is with him all the way. The article "Over the Gap" was very thrilling. The remarks about the necks being valuable to country made me think that some of the necks being risked were also valuable to the country especially if left unbroken. However it was a very entertaining article. We are having perfect North Queensland winter weather and although in the tropics find the nights cold. Have been out recently on a trip which took us some hundreds of miles through scrub country - mostly plains. Tracks, fences, gates, stations (many miles apart), cattle, trees and dust about sums it up. Found ourselves on a river bank where we had our first view of a Croc. Needless to say, we looked for more Crocs and were able to see a number of the fresh water variety about four feet long. A fresh water Croc, according to the Manager of the Station, is a harmless fellow ever to go in swimming with. We were informed that two lived in the water hole in the creek from which he obtained his water supply - length six or seven feet.
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 +
 +=====Your Optometrist - F. Goodman, M.I.O.=====
 +Optometrist and Optician.
 +
 +20 Hunter Street, Sydney.
 +
 +Tel: B3438
 +
 +Modern methods of Eye examination and Eye training. Careful Spectacle fitting.
 +
 +Fixing an appointment will facilitate the reservation of time for giving you proper attention, but should you be unable to ring us beforehand, your visit will be welcome at any time you may be able to call.
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 +
 +=====Backyard.=====
 +
 +We were talking about our bush-plant raising experiments and had got to the stage of building a "​frame"​. The experiment is a great success. Most of the seeds that had hitherto appeared so difficult to raise just came up as easily as cabbages. Pink tea tree, red bottle brush, golden glory pea, waratahs, middle harbour pine, banksia (3 kinds), sturts desert pea and several others have germinated well and are developing into sturdy little seedlings.
 +
 +Meanwhile life goes on amongst the wildlings that have to fend for themselves. The boronia (b. ledifolia) is now in full bloom, each tiny shrub appearing to consist solely of flowers. The Dillwynnias are crowded with buds and a few hardy pioneers are giving promise of the glory to come. The eriostemons too are just awaiting a few sunny days to relieve their dark green foliage with masses of star-like flowers. The red spider flower is making a brave show and black eyed susan shyly hangs her pretty head. A stranger who has made itself at home and indeed brings its own welcome is the Cootamundra wattle. It is a blaze of colour. The Sydney wattle is preparing to take up the torch to brighten sombre winter days.
 +
 +The proverbially busy bees are working on the wattle as though possessed. With pollen baskets full they speed from flower to flower with frantic haste, to fill the larder with honey against hard times to come.
 +
 +Returning to mundane things, Paddy has a supply of cape groundsheets standard pattern 6' x 4' at 12/- (no coupons). He hopes shortly to be able to take orders for green extra lightweight tents.
 +
 +Paddy Pallin. Camp Gear for Walkers.
 +
 +327 George Street, Sydney. 'Phone B3101.
 +
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