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-===== The Sydney Bushwalker =====+====== The Sydney Bushwalker ​======
  
 ==== September, 1944 ==== ==== September, 1944 ====
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 |Production:​|Yvonne Rolfe| |Production:​|Yvonne Rolfe|
 |Asst.|Alice Wyborn| |Asst.|Alice Wyborn|
-|Sales & Subs.|Betty ​Dicknson|+|Sales & Subs.|Betty ​Dickenson|
  
 ^Contents^^^ ^Contents^^^
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-==== Native Poet ====+===== Native Poet =====
  
 by Nancy Cato by Nancy Cato
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 Each magpie sits on his own post\\ And sings his song, and does not care\\ What Others sing - the starling'​s croak,\\ This lark that trills in the blue air,\\ But is he right not to rejoice\\ In the alien blackbird'​s voice\\ For myself, I'm not above\\ Liking the mournful Indian dove;\\ The goldfinch has a pretty wing\\ And there'​s no doubt the lark can sing. Each magpie sits on his own post\\ And sings his song, and does not care\\ What Others sing - the starling'​s croak,\\ This lark that trills in the blue air,\\ But is he right not to rejoice\\ In the alien blackbird'​s voice\\ For myself, I'm not above\\ Liking the mournful Indian dove;\\ The goldfinch has a pretty wing\\ And there'​s no doubt the lark can sing.
  
-But, "Give me a crimdon ​bird to chatter\\ Bush-silence with his parrot-clatter,​\\ Black of wattle-bird,​ cockatoo-screech\\ Echoing along the reach",​\\ Sings the magpie, "Woods and dales\\ Are proper haunts for nightingale;​\\ But here, by claypan flat and creak\\ And gully, native voices speak."​+But, "Give me a crimson ​bird to chatter\\ Bush-silence with his parrot-clatter,​\\ Black of wattle-bird,​ cockatoo-screech\\ Echoing along the reach",​\\ Sings the magpie, "Woods and dales\\ Are proper haunts for nightingale;​\\ But here, by claypan flat and creak\\ And gully, native voices speak."​
  
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-==== Bushwalking Babies ====+===== Bushwalking Babies ​=====
  
 by Marie B. Byles by Marie B. Byles
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 Bushwalking,​ or tramping as we called it in the Old Country, commenced in our family as soon we could walk. I suppose I was six when we attempted Snaafell (2000 feet high) in the Isle of Man.  In memory it is still the grandest mountain I have ever seen, and not even the dragon Mountain of Yunnan, ten times as high, were half so lonely and inaccessible. So too the primrose-bordered brooks of the Isle of Man will always be far more beautiful than the woods of Norway carpeted with lily-of-the-valley,​ or the sapphire lakes of Canada with their asters and columbines. Bushwalking,​ or tramping as we called it in the Old Country, commenced in our family as soon we could walk. I suppose I was six when we attempted Snaafell (2000 feet high) in the Isle of Man.  In memory it is still the grandest mountain I have ever seen, and not even the dragon Mountain of Yunnan, ten times as high, were half so lonely and inaccessible. So too the primrose-bordered brooks of the Isle of Man will always be far more beautiful than the woods of Norway carpeted with lily-of-the-valley,​ or the sapphire lakes of Canada with their asters and columbines.
  
-Down through the years of childhood the tramps stand out as the highlights, and this, even though they were often only along the banks of the Marsey ​canal on Saturday afternoon where we watched the slow moving barges taking the cotton up to Manchester, or stood on the railway bridge waiting with bated breath and beating hearts until a train came underneath and gave us a "​puff"​. ​ When one of the senior girls at school announced her intention of getting a "​puff",​ I agreed enthusiastically with the proposal connecting it at once with the Saturday afternoons by the canal, and not with the latest style of hair-dressing!+Down through the years of childhood the tramps stand out as the highlights, and this, even though they were often only along the banks of the Mersey ​canal on Saturday afternoon where we watched the slow moving barges taking the cotton up to Manchester, or stood on the railway bridge waiting with bated breath and beating hearts until a train came underneath and gave us a "​puff"​. ​ When one of the senior girls at school announced her intention of getting a "​puff",​ I agreed enthusiastically with the proposal connecting it at once with the Saturday afternoons by the canal, and not with the latest style of hair-dressing!
  
 __What is a Spring?__ __What is a Spring?__
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 __And then to Australia__ __And then to Australia__
  
-Then we came out to Australia where people lived on the tops of the mountains instead of in the valleys. ​ It was most exciting especially as no one seemed to have heard of tramping. ​ My father tramped Sydney vainly trying to buy a rucksuck, and when we went to the Blue Mountains every winter we were curiosities. ​ True, there was a list of "​beauty spots" on a notice board near the station, a list which we had always dutifully ticked off before we returned home, but apparently no one else ever walked to beauty spots, anyhow, no one except an objectionable man called "​Razbury",​ who had walked to them merely to defile them by painting his name on their rocks. ​ As for the various "​original descents"​ we tried, no-one would have known what we were talking about. ​ One of these took us down to the "​Forest of Arden" and back in one day.  When you remember that this is now called the Blue Gum Forest and that there was no track to it, but many river crossings, you will agree that it was not a bad effort for my younger brother who could not have been more than nine.+Then we came out to Australia where people lived on the tops of the mountains instead of in the valleys. ​ It was most exciting especially as no one seemed to have heard of tramping. ​ My father tramped Sydney vainly trying to buy a rucksack, and when we went to the Blue Mountains every winter we were curiosities. ​ True, there was a list of "​beauty spots" on a notice board near the station, a list which we had always dutifully ticked off before we returned home, but apparently no one else ever walked to beauty spots, anyhow, no one except an objectionable man called "​Razbury",​ who had walked to them merely to defile them by painting his name on their rocks. ​ As for the various "​original descents"​ we tried, no-one would have known what we were talking about. ​ One of these took us down to the "​Forest of Arden" and back in one day.  When you remember that this is now called the Blue Gum Forest and that there was no track to it, but many river crossings, you will agree that it was not a bad effort for my younger brother who could not have been more than nine.
  
-But the place richest in "​original descents"​ was Mount Irwin, where we wanted very badly to find a way down to the Wallangambe ​River. ​ We had bought some "​smooth-eating chocolate",​ which was not to be eaten until it could be washed down with the water of the Wollangambe,​ flavoured doubtless with the brass of that evilly tasting drinking-cup! ​ After many attempts we go down, only to find the sacred waters flowing in the depths of an inaccessible canyon. ​ I don't know what happened to the "​smooth-eating chocolate";​ I suppose it returned sorrowfully home with us.+But the place richest in "​original descents"​ was Mount Irwin, where we wanted very badly to find a way down to the Wollangambe ​River. ​ We had bought some "​smooth-eating chocolate",​ which was not to be eaten until it could be washed down with the water of the Wollangambe,​ flavoured doubtless with the brass of that evilly tasting drinking-cup! ​ After many attempts we go down, only to find the sacred waters flowing in the depths of an inaccessible canyon. ​ I don't know what happened to the "​smooth-eating chocolate";​ I suppose it returned sorrowfully home with us.
  
 __Revolvers and Villians__ __Revolvers and Villians__
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-==== Why do we walk? ====+===== Why do we walk? =====
  
 by The Editor, "​Walker'​s Rag" by The Editor, "​Walker'​s Rag"
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 We walkers have been saying these things so often that we're actually beginning to believe them! We walkers have been saying these things so often that we're actually beginning to believe them!
  
-But why walk to get these questionable ​pleasuras? Your own back lawn, or the nearest public gardens, will provide the first. A cycle ride into a stiff northerly along St. Kilda Road, will provide the second. ​ And anybody with a canary in a cage, or a parrot, or a white cockatoo, can have the third turned on whenever they wish, just like getting water out of a tap.+But why walk to get these questionable ​pleasures? Your own back lawn, or the nearest public gardens, will provide the first. A cycle ride into a stiff northerly along St. Kilda Road, will provide the second. ​ And anybody with a canary in a cage, or a parrot, or a white cockatoo, can have the third turned on whenever they wish, just like getting water out of a tap.
  
-No sir! I cannot tell you why we walk - I'm sure none of us can; but please don't delay me any longer. ​ I'm in a devil of a hurry. ​ I want to get home to pack my rueksack ​for the weekend walk.  I wouldn'​t miss it for the+No sir! I cannot tell you why we walk - I'm sure none of us can; but please don't delay me any longer. ​ I'm in a devil of a hurry. ​ I want to get home to pack my rucksack ​for the weekend walk.  I wouldn'​t miss it for the
 world! world!
  
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-==== Gossip ====+===== Gossip ​=====
  
 We do wish the Butlers (Ira and Dot, - Rhona can't do anything about it) would stay "​put"​ long enough for us to say with certainty where they are or are going to be, for a few days.  We hear that Dot is in Melbourne and very cautiously, we say so.  Next time that we are in the club room we see Dot, who appears very amused when we show surprise and try to conceal our annoyance. We do wish the Butlers (Ira and Dot, - Rhona can't do anything about it) would stay "​put"​ long enough for us to say with certainty where they are or are going to be, for a few days.  We hear that Dot is in Melbourne and very cautiously, we say so.  Next time that we are in the club room we see Dot, who appears very amused when we show surprise and try to conceal our annoyance.
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-==== October Walks ====+===== October Walks =====
  
 ^6th, 7th, 8th^Mt. Victoria - Grose River - Blue Gum Forest - Grand Canyon - Blackheath^ ^6th, 7th, 8th^Mt. Victoria - Grose River - Blue Gum Forest - Grand Canyon - Blackheath^
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-==== The Walker'​s Bleat ====+===== The Walker'​s Bleat =====
  
 by F.A. Blackman in the "​Melbourne Walker"​ by F.A. Blackman in the "​Melbourne Walker"​
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 Another station, another train and we were off again, not forgetting of course the customary two hour wait.  No sleeping berths this year, nevertheless we weren'​t too badly off, with only six to a compartment. ​ I wasn't too proud to take the floor the first night. ​ Next day we were flooded out due to a leaking pipe, which didn't exactly help matters any.  We soldiered on, the hours and days passed, we played cards, we ate, we slept and ate again and then had some more to eat.  We took a risk of ruining our insides and drank the only two bad beers on the market - ginger beer and hop beer.  Piled out the windows and doors in a mad rush at mess halts as of you, but no one threatened to throw any of the R.T.O'​s off the station this year.  A well behaved crowd comparatively speaking. ​ The weather persuaded us to keep our clothes on.  Watched the kids diving for our pennies as we passed through a town.  Kiss every pretty lass we passed (Speed Gordon style) and day dreamed of other lasses in other places. ​ The train just rattled on, as only Q.R.s can rattle. Another station, another train and we were off again, not forgetting of course the customary two hour wait.  No sleeping berths this year, nevertheless we weren'​t too badly off, with only six to a compartment. ​ I wasn't too proud to take the floor the first night. ​ Next day we were flooded out due to a leaking pipe, which didn't exactly help matters any.  We soldiered on, the hours and days passed, we played cards, we ate, we slept and ate again and then had some more to eat.  We took a risk of ruining our insides and drank the only two bad beers on the market - ginger beer and hop beer.  Piled out the windows and doors in a mad rush at mess halts as of you, but no one threatened to throw any of the R.T.O'​s off the station this year.  A well behaved crowd comparatively speaking. ​ The weather persuaded us to keep our clothes on.  Watched the kids diving for our pennies as we passed through a town.  Kiss every pretty lass we passed (Speed Gordon style) and day dreamed of other lasses in other places. ​ The train just rattled on, as only Q.R.s can rattle.
  
-Lonely paddocks, lonely homesteads, lonely women and a wisp of linen waving as we go by.  Cries of pa-er, pa-er, from the fettlers and an enterprising urchin with a bucket of tea.  Shades of the M.E.! "As you wish" when it comes to price. ​ I mind the time I gave a taxi driver 5 mils (1 1/2 d) didn't he scream.  ​Teh wamps lacked the blue flower covering, nor were there so many birds about Native Companions and ibis looking as lonely as the country itself. ​ The cattle runs gave way to the canefields to the pineapple and banana plantations. Unchanged save for the russet gold leaves of the pines. ​Pacthes ​of rain forest and bitter sweet memories and so the end of tho line arrived.+Lonely paddocks, lonely homesteads, lonely women and a wisp of linen waving as we go by.  Cries of pa-er, pa-er, from the fettlers and an enterprising urchin with a bucket of tea.  Shades of the M.E.! "As you wish" when it comes to price. ​ I mind the time I gave a taxi driver 5 mils (1 1/2 d) didn't he scream.  ​The swamps ​lacked the blue flower covering, nor were there so many birds about Native Companions and ibis looking as lonely as the country itself. ​ The cattle runs gave way to the canefields to the pineapple and banana plantations. Unchanged save for the russet gold leaves of the pines. ​Patches ​of rain forest and bitter sweet memories and so the end of the line arrived.
  
 Another few days in a town in which I run into my elder brother - the second time since Adolph decided to have some fun - and a few more drinks of ale.  Had busted his hand in a scrap, love to see the other chap, and after a month ashore was keen to get aboard his ship again. ​ One fight that did do someone some good. Another few days in a town in which I run into my elder brother - the second time since Adolph decided to have some fun - and a few more drinks of ale.  Had busted his hand in a scrap, love to see the other chap, and after a month ashore was keen to get aboard his ship again. ​ One fight that did do someone some good.
  
-Aboard another train, up and over the hills and that night I slept on an arrangement of wire and boards called by the company a bed.  A stack of mail awaited me including a snap of the Runion.  I notice you and Bill Hall both occupy your usual commanding position.+Aboard another train, up and over the hills and that night I slept on an arrangement of wire and boards called by the company a bed.  A stack of mail awaited me including a snap of the Reunion.  I notice you and Bill Hall both occupy your usual commanding position.
  
-Received a great welcome home.  The first question the company commander ​aked me; "How many crime sheets against you?" and so it was for every one I met.  A look of awe spread over their faces when I proudly proclaimed a clean sheet. It just wasn't possible. ​ That's what comes of having a bad record. ​ It's time I changed home again, get some place where I'm not so well known. ​ I have to see a man about a cog.+Received a great welcome home.  The first question the company commander ​asked me; "How many crime sheets against you?" and so it was for every one I met.  A look of awe spread over their faces when I proudly proclaimed a clean sheet. It just wasn't possible. ​ That's what comes of having a bad record. ​ It's time I changed home again, get some place where I'm not so well known. ​ I have to see a man about a cog.
  
 Cheerio. ​ Regards to all, Cheerio. ​ Regards to all,
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-==== Federation Report ====+===== Federation Report ​=====
  
 On Tuesday 18th July, 1944 the N.S.W. Federation of Bush Walking Clubs held its Twelfth Annual Meeting. On Tuesday 18th July, 1944 the N.S.W. Federation of Bush Walking Clubs held its Twelfth Annual Meeting.
-The Affiliation Fee was again fixed: at 5/- for each 25 members (7r&​ludLng 
-those grades net bound to pey 1 memberchip fees) and the Subscription 
-for Associate E?mbers of the Feeration at.2/6 per member. The constitution reouire Affiliatien Tees to be paidewfthin the months of the annual meetingl otheeewitee mezeberchip is forfoi ted. 
-Under the oonetettior eaoh club is ,7equired to notify the HonSecretary within 28 Jays of Ihe Fe6eratien?​re annual meeting (a) its membership at 30th June ca which itc effilatier_ fee and its number of delegates will be basedl and (b) the names cf Its del gates for the ensuing twelve menthe. 
  
-At the July meeting the 7.W.C,A WALKING CLUB was adtted to membership of the :​rederati_e'​e,​ +The Affiliation Fee was again fixed at 5/- for each 25 members (including those grades not bound to pay full membership fees) and the Subscription ​for Associate Members of the Federation ​at 2/6 per member. The constitution requires Affiliation Fees to be paid within three months ​of the annual meetingotherwise membership is forfeited.
-was rceeire tleat tlee ROVER PAYInER3'​ CLUB has a New Secretary - Yr,​J,​Eick'​s. 4 Ree etlie +
-1117,A M:lee lL3 teteci ti(et it was de&​.,'​ed to offer the State Gc7ceen- +
-mL'd ==1.7)0 tre'​vers -ne eret of reeumirg t.,e Ere. lane,e1 and that the 3,3,V;, "lad +
-in alai. in rom 5'Ei eppreimately Fer'​.e-atior Tioted a cenibuon +
-o "​11-);::​ more than f50" ,r7MTC12 a total of E-350. ruch d iom o nor-e fecn +
-geeereL funds, +
-,'​INT7!-Tm4. A letter was received from the Dietrict Surveyor rc-ooating ee :lee:Lep-on regarclin3 reservation is possible yet owing to lsck of sul-zreyere,​ +
-OTer._:​A7=-:​r Or P.U.YGPOUND WALKS For about two years Mrs. Emilie Livingstone +
-Clue has been organisinT the walks lorogrammes and ae reneims :efe +,11e elec;ldrea feom severeel of Sydney'​s su7Dervined Piayg2D1)-nds,​ +
-cbe hao now rcienea, Tfee'​leration is seeking some other bushwalker :r os CE/27 this ilerooenL work, Walks leaders will also be welcomed, but the +
-o-.7eecer is 4:,;2 rt urgent need, +
-1- 1=TRAL PL;7., AE' a T--usoe, Miss Byles gave notice of another worldngw -,;c1 lee Le ,n the first raoonlige e week--end in May, 19453 Walks Seeretary and all ether re-rehern please note the date, +
-FEI:​TION'​S =AT, IT,JPENCIT; of members ​of the affiliated Clubs will be 1),M, +
-SfA:(11:​_a____TI-END is being oganised by the C,M:W. f2r Ee-e. enr flex. Everyone is asked to note this very imleureant +
-date e:i to arreee;e Lo join the party for a Pest interesting week-end, 10=712, 7ee reeer Re,​mbler'​s Club is arranging a Barbecue ​for the week-end +
-zer6 17eh September ​at Long Ingle Gully - in aid of the Buehwalleore'​ Serveec Committee - and extends an in/itation to all members of all the affeted +
-FEr_T-ZON RE-UNION this year to be held on October 28th end 25th and an +
-.._  +
-orgeeees comwietee is 1L.o te appointorl at the Allgust nee;;irg- Eas any member ​ar7 ee3eigeetiore?​ The site hes ne-, yet been decided upon eitheri +
-FL 11P IThT SORP BOC:Y. The Feeleretion used to ro asorap bw-A'. that waei kent +
-upec-eeie +
-by a neell-or ​of the Publicity r.3,;.rc?a, but this buret.,​.0ban leosed for thE' (2o):​-'​ation1 At the July reeet:Ing it was d..JirInd i;ht seua thing orght o be dc,Le about the cel7ep hook and MiF:E5 Millie ir n.e ol the Pur:F.,k C1111,) volunteered to 'coke charge of it end 'Leep i up to da:Le. Ar_ members are asked to +
-note t'eile fact ard to clip from the paper' or magazines any items of bushwalkiAs interest they see from time to time, These can be sent to Millie Horne direct or through your Federation Delegates,+
  
 +Under the constitution each club is required to notify the Hon. Secretary within 28 days of the Federation'​s annual meeting (a) its membership at 30th June on which its affiliation fee and its number of delegates will be based, and (b) the names of its delegates for the ensuing twelve months.
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 +At the July meeting the Y.W.C,A Walking Club was admitted to membership of the Federation.
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 +Advice was received that the Rover Ramblers'​ Club has a New Secretary - Mr. J. Hick'​s,​ 4 Hurstville Road, Hurstville.
 +
 +===Era Lands.===
 +
 +Miss Byles stated that it was desired to offer the State Government £350 towards the cost of resuming the Era lands, and that the S.B.W. had in hand and in promises approximately £500. Federation voted a contribution of "not more than £30" towards a total of £350, such donation to come from general funds.
 +
 +===Kariong Peninsula.===
 +
 +A letter was received from the District Surveyor repeating that no decision regarding reservation is possible yet owing to lack of surveyors.
 +
 +===Organising of playground walks.===
 +
 +For about two years Mrs. Emilie Livingstone of the Rucksack Club has been organising the walks programmes and arranging for leaders for the children from several of Sydney'​s supervised Playgrounds,​ but she has now resigned. Federation is seeking some other bushwalker to carry on this important work. Walks leaders will also be welcomed, but the organiser is the most urgent need.
 +
 +===Bouddi Natural Park.===
 +
 +As a trustee, Miss Byles gave notice of another working bee - to be held on the first moonlight week-end in May, 1945. Walks Secretary and all other members please note the date.
 +
 +===Federation'​s annual conference.===
 +
 +Of members of the affiliated Clubs will be held on October 18th, at 8 p.m.
 +
 +===Search and Rescue practice week-end.===
 +
 +Is being organised by the C.M.W. for September 2nd and 3rd next. Everyone is asked to note this very important date and to arrange to join the party for a most interesting week-end.
 +
 +===Barbecue.===
 +
 +The Rover Rambler'​s Club is arranging a Barbecue for the week-end 16th and 17th September at Long Angle Gully - in aid of the Bushwalkers'​ Services Committee - and extends an invitation to all members of all the affiliated Clubs.
 +
 +===Federation Re-union.===
 +
 +This year to be held on October 28th and 25th and an organising committee is to be appointed at the August meeting. Has any member any suggestions?​ The site has not yet been decided upon either.
 +
 +===Federation scrap book.===
 +
 +The Federation used to have a scrap book that was kept up-to-date by a member of the Publicity Bureau but this bureau has lapsed for the duration. At the July meeting it was decided that something ought to be done about the scrap book and Miss Millie Horne of the Rucksack Club volunteered to take charge of it and keep it up to date. All members are asked to note this fact and to clip from the papers or magazines any items of bushwalking interest they see from time to time. These can be sent to Millie Horne direct or through your Federation Delegates.
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