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 Closely allied to trout fishing is the quest of the eastern freshwater perch or Australian bass with larger artificial flies or spinner, a number 3 hook being used. I have also used small frogs or grasshoppers with success, the frogs being easily found under small river stones. All streams flowing east from the Great Divide contain perch. In the summer they are surface feeders. They lie in the shade of overhanging banks or bushes and dart like lightning at a nicely presented fly. When hooked they dive straight for the nearest nest of snags, and the necessity for a strong line will be apparent. During the winter they hunt the bottom and feed on smaller fish, worms and frogs. Closely allied to trout fishing is the quest of the eastern freshwater perch or Australian bass with larger artificial flies or spinner, a number 3 hook being used. I have also used small frogs or grasshoppers with success, the frogs being easily found under small river stones. All streams flowing east from the Great Divide contain perch. In the summer they are surface feeders. They lie in the shade of overhanging banks or bushes and dart like lightning at a nicely presented fly. When hooked they dive straight for the nearest nest of snags, and the necessity for a strong line will be apparent. During the winter they hunt the bottom and feed on smaller fish, worms and frogs.
  
-Murray cod frequent all the large western flowing rivers where there are deep stretches of water. For places ​frequanted ​by walkers, I have in mind the Murrumbidgee near Canberra and the Upper Murray at Tom Groggin. A strong hand line is necessary, for these fish have great strength and the number 7/0 hook should be baited with a large frog, mussels, parts of birds or rabbits, in fact any kihd of flesh. Night fishing brings best results and a set line overnight takes up very little of one's time. One warning - do not lift the fish through the gills as there are sharp edges itside ​which can cause a nasty gash; of course, we could not lift the hundred pounder at all. October and November is the closed season, when spawning takes place.+Murray cod frequent all the large western flowing rivers where there are deep stretches of water. For places ​frequented ​by walkers, I have in mind the Murrumbidgee near Canberra and the Upper Murray at Tom Groggin. A strong hand line is necessary, for these fish have great strength and the number 7/0 hook should be baited with a large frog, mussels, parts of birds or rabbits, in fact any kind of flesh. Night fishing brings best results and a set line overnight takes up very little of one's time. One warning - do not lift the fish through the gills as there are sharp edges inside ​which can cause a nasty gash; of course, we could not lift the hundred pounder at all. October and November is the closed season, when spawning takes place.
    
 Next to trout I think I have had more fun with eels than any other inhabitant of our streams; probably because they are so easy to catch and so abundant. Every pool in small creek or river seems to have its eel, or perhaps I should say every eel seems to have its part of a pool. Eels are found on both sides of the Divide but comparatively little is known of their habits. The females grow much larger than the males and make extremely long journeys (overland if necessary) to the oceans to spawn, while the male remains away upstream. Next to trout I think I have had more fun with eels than any other inhabitant of our streams; probably because they are so easy to catch and so abundant. Every pool in small creek or river seems to have its eel, or perhaps I should say every eel seems to have its part of a pool. Eels are found on both sides of the Divide but comparatively little is known of their habits. The females grow much larger than the males and make extremely long journeys (overland if necessary) to the oceans to spawn, while the male remains away upstream.
  
-"​Ugh!"​ you will say, "fancy eating those slizny ​things",​ but once prejudice is overcome and the clean white flesh is tasted, no further persuasion will be necessary. First we must catch our eel, and one up to about three to four feet weighing four to eight pounds is best for eating. A strong hand line is needed, using a number 6/0 hook or number 9/0 hook for large eels. The hook being preferably attached by four inches of wire trace to prevent cutting by the many row's of teeth or rather serrations, in the eel's mouth. Frogs, grubs or any kind of meat can be used for bait. They will take even a piece of salami sausage being, I think, the only living creatures to do this, not counting bushwalkers.+"​Ugh!"​ you will say, "fancy eating those slimy things",​ but once prejudice is overcome and the clean white flesh is tasted, no further persuasion will be necessary. First we must catch our eel, and one up to about three to four feet weighing four to eight pounds is best for eating. A strong hand line is needed, using a number 6/0 hook or number 9/0 hook for large eels. The hook being preferably attached by four inches of wire trace to prevent cutting by the many row's of teeth or rather serrations, in the eel's mouth. Frogs, grubs or any kind of meat can be used for bait. They will take even a piece of salami sausage being, I think, the only living creatures to do this, not counting bushwalkers.
  
 eels can be caught any time, but easiest at night when they always venture from their rocky homes. Again the set line may be used - tied to a tree perhaps - and the eel picked up next morning - it is so simple. If you were to wait for the demise of an eel after taking it out of water, you would die of starvation, so the best way is to dispatch it quickly by knife through the brain. Then comes the job of skinning before cleaning. Cut a hole in the lower jaw and hook the eel by this to a broken twig on a tree. Then cut the skin right round the body close to the head and use two hands, with sand if necessary for a grip, to peel the skin right back and off the tail. The eel may be boiled, fried or wound round a stick and grilled a la barbecue, but very large eels require boiling first to remove the fattiness. eels can be caught any time, but easiest at night when they always venture from their rocky homes. Again the set line may be used - tied to a tree perhaps - and the eel picked up next morning - it is so simple. If you were to wait for the demise of an eel after taking it out of water, you would die of starvation, so the best way is to dispatch it quickly by knife through the brain. Then comes the job of skinning before cleaning. Cut a hole in the lower jaw and hook the eel by this to a broken twig on a tree. Then cut the skin right round the body close to the head and use two hands, with sand if necessary for a grip, to peel the skin right back and off the tail. The eel may be boiled, fried or wound round a stick and grilled a la barbecue, but very large eels require boiling first to remove the fattiness.
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 Crayfish also provide a limited amount of meat but should be caught only if food is urgently needed, as they are the scavengers which help to keep our creeks clean. When brought to the surface hanging to the bait, a walker would have to take them by hand. Quickness is needed here to grasp them by the back of the head for the large nippers on some of these crustaceans could damage a man's finger. Crayfish also provide a limited amount of meat but should be caught only if food is urgently needed, as they are the scavengers which help to keep our creeks clean. When brought to the surface hanging to the bait, a walker would have to take them by hand. Quickness is needed here to grasp them by the back of the head for the large nippers on some of these crustaceans could damage a man's finger.
  
-This idea of combining a little fishing with bushwalking can give considerable pleasure, especially on long trips, where a little time can be allowed on the itinerary, and a rest is gained at ths same time. Then, too, fresh meat is very often welcome and lends variety to the dried "​tack"​ we are forced to carry.+This idea of combining a little fishing with bushwalking can give considerable pleasure, especially on long trips, where a little time can be allowed on the itinerary, and a rest is gained at the same time. Then, too, fresh meat is very often welcome and lends variety to the dried "​tack"​ we are forced to carry.
  
 The weight of fishing gear is negligible, just a few well chosen hooks, artificial flies and a piece of line, yet in an emergency, such as getting lost, these few extras could mean sustenance for a considerable time. The weight of fishing gear is negligible, just a few well chosen hooks, artificial flies and a piece of line, yet in an emergency, such as getting lost, these few extras could mean sustenance for a considerable time.
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 A noteworthy point is at once apparent. If you are perspiring profusely in the body's attempts to keep cool, don't mop your face. Nature intended the sweat to evaporate on the skin, and if you make it evaporate from your handkerchief instead, that is so much water wasted as far as its cooling effect goes. A noteworthy point is at once apparent. If you are perspiring profusely in the body's attempts to keep cool, don't mop your face. Nature intended the sweat to evaporate on the skin, and if you make it evaporate from your handkerchief instead, that is so much water wasted as far as its cooling effect goes.
  
-The other side of the temrerature ​regulation question is how the body keeps warm. The answer is, by burning up food in muscular exertion. That may be all very well, you say, while walking or taking other active exercise. How about when the body is at rest?+The other side of the temperature ​regulation question is how the body keeps warm. The answer is, by burning up food in muscular exertion. That may be all very well, you say, while walking or taking other active exercise. How about when the body is at rest?
  
 When the body is resting or sleeping, the majority of the required warmth comes from the muscular exertion of breathing. Should this not be sufficient to maintain that 98.4 degrees, more muscles must be exercised, so what does the body do? It shivers. When the body is resting or sleeping, the majority of the required warmth comes from the muscular exertion of breathing. Should this not be sufficient to maintain that 98.4 degrees, more muscles must be exercised, so what does the body do? It shivers.
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 +=====National Parks And Recreation Reserves.=====
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 +A. Colley.
  
-NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION RES:77MS 
 Extract from the Third Report to the Minister for Post-War Reconstruction of the Rural Reconstruction Commission. Extract from the Third Report to the Minister for Post-War Reconstruction of the Rural Reconstruction Commission.
-"nr tio116.i Pars and National Recreation Reserves require consideration.. ​beoaure teny ,y2 them are I6-,,,​a1:​2d"​Lr. wateTehed ​areas which are of importance + 
-etho !L.7tviry lts, or f1,1 foteiy,cr lx;th; in addition, they have 8(1,, :LlIzs grazilv; rt!ht/ wublic ​is learning to empreciate ​which nereia 7fas,JrJi ple a'​Jcess ​and gradually a +"National Parks and National Recreation Reserves require consideration.. ​because many of them are located in watershed ​areas which are of importance ​either as catchments, or for forestryor both; in addition, they have some values as rough grazing land. The public ​is learning to appreciate these reserves to which there is reasonable access ​and gradually a national conscience ​is being development with with regard to them. There is much diversity ​of opinion as to the correct principles ​which should guide the management of such areas. One view is that they should be left entirely in their natural statebut in some cases this would mean the growth ​of a forest so dense as to be impassible; and in others many of the native animals, being herbivorous,​ would only be controlled in numbers ​by starvation and disease. While it would be well to reserve ​parts of each area as museum pieces only to be entered by an occasional ranger or parties of qualified ​scientific ​observers, such a policy is scarcely of interest ​to the main mass of the public. It seems clear that, apart from these specimen natural areas, the remainder of the parks would be used intelligently so as to be penetrable by those members of the public who wish to visit them under the regulations prescribed. The development of these areas by the provision of roads, tracks and rest houses may be somewhat expensive and there seems good reason for using the useful production of the land within their boundaries for obtaining part of the necessary funds. The danger is that the search for funds may become a dominant feature of the administration of the area and that the managing authority may lean towards policies of exploitation which are unwise from the point of view of long-term welfare of the reserves
-n ot&​l ​is being d,​7;:​iurrl ​with regard to them. There is + 
- ​civo).0Lity ​of rci,1-,;!, ai to t Tincilale6 ​which should guide +===Princ1ples ​for Administration of Parks and Recreation ​Reserves:​=== 
-the 1flc,​I1PL-pif nt -;is suchu,,J,c iEW is that they should be left + 
-ent r i 1;heA:2? matu,1.1 1),​.,​t ​in some cases this would mean the +The correct principles seem to be that - 
-growth,2-2a (14111-3a ;:)t, impasst ble; and in others many of + 
-the nati e%Imals b.L: hLrous9 ould only be controlled in +  - the general policy of management should conform to that of any catchment ​area of which the park or reserve forms a part. 
-number: ​by .-11.7,e. While it would be well to reEerve +  ​- ​any such area should ​be so managed as to keep erosion to the minimum that is inescapable ​in an upland district in its native ​state. 
-parts of each area as mut-ram lyi. ee3 onlyto ​be entered by an occasional ranger or parties of qualified ​sciantific ​observers, such a policy is scarcely of interest ​tc; the main mass of the public. It seems clear that, apart from these specimen natural areas, the remainder of the +  - timber-cutting ​should only be permitted on a basis approved by the Forestry Department of the State concerned. 
-parks would be used intelligently so as to be penetrable by those members of the public who Wish to visit them under the regulations prescribed. The development of these areas by the provision of roads, tracks and rest houses may be somewhat expensive and there seems good reason for +  ​- ​any grazing which is allowed should be in conformity with the maintenance of the vegetational cover in a form which the controlling authority determines; and 
---using:the useful production of the land within their boundaries for obtaining part of the necessary funds. The danger is that the search for funds may become a dominant feature of the administration of the area and that the managing authority may lean towards policies of exploitation which are unwise from the point of view of long-term welfare of the reserve'​s+  - fires should be completely controlled on the reserve except insofar as they may be required by the Forests authority ​for special ​purposes. 
-edPrinc1ples ​for Administration of Parks and Recreation ​Reservesg ​The correct principles seem to be that - + 
-(a) the general policy of management should conform to that ofany oatohment ​area of which the park or reserve forms a part. +It is necessary to emphasise that large areas of southern AuStralia have a "​mediterranean"​ climate. All steep slopes in this climatic ​zone will in time become bare rock unless steps are taken to prevent ​such a disaster. Those of the Australian Imperial Force who saw the Lebanon Range in Syria may reflect ​that its rocky flanks ​were probably once largely covered with soil which bore a forest of cedars. 
-(b) any ith 7:'​2,​01a ​be so managed as to keep erosion to the + 
-ra:1 inezoa-z,​able ​in an upland district in its native ​se +The Commission urges that the maintenance of our soil, the conservation of water supplies, and the proper use of our forest ​resources ​and national parks, are matters which demand special treatment and a special organisationThey are matters which are to be regarded as a trust, ​not to be exploited by one generation, but cherished for those to come."​ 
--timber-cut ting should only be permitted on a basis approved by the Forestry Department of the State concerned. + 
-(d) any grazing which is allowed should be in conformity with the maintenance of the vegetational cover in a form which the controlling authority determines; and +We may not agree with all thisAt nobody has ever seen a primitive area we don't know whether ​it would become "a forest so dense as to became ​impassable", but we do know that fires are often followed by dense low growth, and the aboriginals seemed to find their way round pretty well in primitive areas. We would probably be prepared ​to let the animals take their chance. But much of the Commission'​s report could be quoted word for word in support of our conservation aims. 
-(e) firos should be completely controlled on the reserve except insofar as they may be required by the Forests authority ​fof s'​lecial ​purposes. + 
-...... +=====Geehi Jottings.===== 
-- + 
-It is -necessary to emphasise that large areas of southern AuStralia have a "​mediterranean"​ climate. All steep slopes in this climatic ​eone will in time become bare rock unless steps are taken to 1)r event such a disaster.. Those of the Australian Imperial Force +"B. Hound" 
-who saw the Lenaiaon Peng& ​in Syria may'​refleot ​that its rocky flanks ​ware probably once largely covered with soil which bore a forest of cedare+ 
-The Commission urges that the maintenance of our soil, the conservation of water supplies., and the proper use of our forest ​resounaes ​and national parks, are matters which demand special treatment and a special organisationThey are matters which are to be regarded as a trusty ​not to be exploited by one generation, but cherished for those to come."​ +On the Geehi we met Mr. Nankervis who looks after Tom Groggin. Said one of the girls "We didn't like the look of that big bull in your front paddock"​. ​"Oh, he's all right",​ was the reply, "​it'​the cows you want to be careful of - the female of the species ​is always more deadly"​. 
-12***004411.9011000. + 
-We may not agree with all thisAt nobody has ever seen a primitive area we don't know Whether ​it would become "a forest so dense as to became ​immtsable", but we do know that fires are often followed by dente low growth, and the aboriginals seemed to find their way round pretty well in primitive areas. We would probably be pre- pared to let the animals take their chance. But much of the Commission'​s report could be quoted word for word in support of our conservation aims. +Mr. Nankervis also reported ​that three nudists ​were seen making their way down the Murray. For security reasons we are not publishing their names. 
-....,​..10.0........m + 
- GEEHI JOTTINGS ​"B. Hound"​ +"Two of the girls in the party before us slept in the hay in your shed", we said. "I hope the snakes didn't trouble them", ​said Mr. Nankervis. "​What ​have you a carpet snake?" ​we asked. "Oh notnot carpet snakes - tiger snakes - all sorts of snakes."​ We hope that Peggy and Sally had sweet dreams. 
-On the Geehi we met Mr. Nankervis who looks after Tom Gr6ggin. Said one of the girls "We didn't like the look of that big bull in your front paddock"​. ​''​Oh, he's all right",​ was the reply, "​it'​the cows you want to be careful of - the female of the Species ​is always more deadly"​. + 
-Mr. Nankervis also rellorted ​that three nudiSte ​were seen making their way down the Murray. For security reasons we are not publishing their names. +----- 
-"Two of the girls in the party before us slept in the hay in your tiled", we said. "I hope the snakes didn't trouble them",aaid Mr. Nankervis. "What have you a carpet snake?" ​werasked. "Oh not not carpet snakes - tiger snakes - all sorts of snakes."​ We hope that Peggy and Sally had We et dreams. + 
- ..........,​......... +Mr. E. Caines Phillips, convenor of the Topographical ​Section ​of the River Canoe Club of N.S.Wales, advises that a further map is now available
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-CI' CI +No34 Berowra ​Creek and Tributaries (Hawkesbury River)
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-.,​wrAteviTelz.,​1171opvT/​IpVIPI)P +This map is available for perusal as usual
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-Mr, E. Caines Phillips, convenor of the Topographical ​SectioA ​of the River Canoe Club of N.S.Wales, advises that a further map 1.0 now available, +
-No34,​Berawra ​Creek and Tributaries (Hawkesbury River) This map i8 available for perusal as usual* +
-COMMON SENSE+
 Harry Graham. Harry Graham.
-"​There'​s been an acoidentll they said, 'Your servant'​s out in half( hers-deadif lIndeedtg said Mr. Jones, /and Please Send me the half thatIO, got my keys,' 
-fcJmar et, o ea-s44.14 
-THE SPICE OF LIFE 
-Thee e was Frank whom I had not seenzfor a year. Then, on the merniv_g 
-of' ' '"​6 day ws were to leave town, we acquired Douglas. Doug, had teen throWn out of work owing to the strike and did not believe in sufleng the inoonvenienceS of-the city. He had a complicated and detai7eed prayer which, briefly, wished that the strike lasted long enough for work not to be resueled before he arrived back frOm our trip but not long enough to seriourdy af,fect transport for his trip a week later. 
-The camsVe:0 clinked eM corin a wt9Fk 
-for there were still extensive d2ifT,. on tJ-;a bf!,c; side 
-__from Kosciucko to Twyaamo Then/ pauIng only to irl have a hasty -lunch and a whirlwind sweep through the hut 7e did the usual thing. The excitement of approaching the higheet point in Australia was not sufficient to distract our attention from our difficult breathing. While climbing up out of the Snowy near Seaman'​s Hut we thought we had acquired an extra-special asthma. At the top the Weather behaved well, First we had a little rain and mists but at length they rolled away and revealed the whole view with the distant idountains a velvety blue. We did our best despite altitude difficulties,​ climbing up the end of the Etheridge Range and then crotsing the Snowy and ascending the slopes of Mr. Clarke. Not until dark did we return to the hut at, the sunset was one of the most beautiful I had ever seen* All the range north of us was sharpened in detail by a pervading give in a tan ehade but the colours over the summit were more brilliant if more common. It was an afternoon which caused ut to turn indoors with deep satisfaction and gratitude. 
-On the Cootapatamba Drift we had tried our new sport. It consisted of choosing a very steep but not quite precipitous snow slope, sitting on one's groundsheet and letting gravity do the rest. The wise, of course, applied the brake on nearing the rocks when the run ended abruptly. With time our technique improved and some genius discovered that lying on the back increased the acceleration. I think, however, 
- that the advantage was nullified in my case by the number of times I chicken-heartedly looked up to see what dangers lay ahead. The following day an excellent slope on Mt. Townsend provided the best of this sport on the whole trip. Here we consented to risk doing leec walking by repPating the exhiliration of coming down the same slope many times. This &port has been officially named R-skating. 
-Our trouble on this trip always seemed to be that we could never catch up with ourselves* If you do not arrive at camp until 8 pm or later and then have to pre pare and eat dinner, it is not * oteolble to retire to bed at an early hour and the requirements of the body just pre.- elude a very early rising. Nevertheless on our second day we were able to "tick off" everything between Townsend and Watson'​s Cg g including Sentinel. 
- Peak which is on a long, narrow ridge running out towards the Geehi between the pointe mentiored. My only oomplaint is that the weather was too fine, I longed-for-the kind of weather which makes you profane while you are suffering it but thioh provides you with cherished memorieS. Everything came too easily this time - perhaps, neXt 
-Though we had a late start the day we went to Tom Ge:Oggin and though 
-L.) y 
-we d4;;Clared 611-the way to Rawson Pass _that we should ignore the Summit, we Climbed to the Summit again. The wind, howeverlwas most violent and we were glad to drop over the side of the Ramshead Range towca ds the Thredbo, I am sure I could never eurvive on a steppe or travel on a tundra for,after only a day and-a-'​halfwithout trees,I felt like hugging the first now gums on 
-"​the-wa7 a0V 4 
-Rir*pe, s'​ac,​.uld deec;:croe our arrival at Goehi Mr here we all assumed another role -nthe other two beoe,mo photographers in evE:lirlum tremens while 
-Wa* aSsistant to lhotog=apheY;​13n liriwntremcns* Not a thing could be done until it had ben avoraiv,,,​66 frcL; photounc ciM of view. Thc r 
-itionlangle and of the t.,int and similarly of the fire had to be discussed ez nalltlUvcIlyaid aik disposed artistically,​ Occasionally one was invited to be clanon interc"​ and then one did one's best to hide the holes in the back of the ehorts, tidied the back of one hair and contrived to induce -anaesthetic look onto the nape of one's medic, meanwhile standing_in one's best. attemS at artistic position No. 79 (for Alps and Arthritis). 
-.11Mndacld,​s7ra to dine one night at the Chalet and endeavour to get 
-e-rJ. 1 hours were spent trying to make ourselves as presentable as poSSibIu, S-_11.'​e1y no-one will brand me as being conceited if I claim thatIwith the h,1t). of all those artless little deceits (Ouch as washing from the top of the socks to the bottom of the shorts) we didmForeman'​s Hut credit. Every detail of our plan wOrked successfully and'​Imust Say the Chalet proved most hospitable - even wanting us to stay the night,- but as soon as we were in possession of our skis we abandoned the Chalet with ungrateful haste*: ' Early to bed, early-to_rise,​ gives more time-for ski-ing. 
-Though We are now seething with excitement in anticipation of the morrow 8 
-ski-ing IMUst mention our speculation in regard to the large skin which hangin the ibunge-of the chalet. Was it a buffalo or a bison? Could it be a bear? 
-We hoped it was not anything so mundane as a bullock. Maybe a llama? "I know" said Frank, thinking of our constant vigilance and our concerted preventive methods'​iri Foreman'​s Hut "It is a '​Specimen of Rat Caught in Foreman'​s Hut". 
-O'vr dayts ski-ing fulfilled the expectations of one skieriOne long- since iskierarrd 0-ne novice who also returned home in that order chronologically,​ the lattWell after dark, 
-Ae'​came down to a heat wave. Frank and I farewelled Doug. at Goulburn as FrankwaS going to Melbourne in two days time. I had promised the latter 
-a trip to Canberra in the interval but, alas,the strike had played havoc w:l_th the train timetables. The future looked dim* What about hitching?"​ said D.-ark, 1--remineCe&​Jaim.Of the seriousnese-of missing a booked seat to Melbourne but you know what the-young_areAlaott the only thing worse than two days hitching in a heat wave would be two days in Goulburn in a heat wave doing nothing* 
-The traffic position was very bad. Those people who think that politiciatM rugh continually between Canberra and Sydney in high-powered cars are 9 wrong. (The alternative theory that they sit in Canberra and do nothing muilit be right). We got to Canberra with the aid of an ambulance and a utility the occupants'​ of which drank a goodly mixture of plonk every time the speedometer showed less than 60 m p.h. "​ButIohlheart,​ heart, heart",​ the wearying hours of waiting on the way back, For six hours we practised every trick on the mad. just beyond the town for a lift-of one mile. Not that we were not tuocessful - the sparse traffic just never suited, Salvation arrived in a truck which wa8 going all the way to Goulburn. 
-At last our jaunt was over and we had once again -LC, getused: to the ways of conventional living--"​Pardon-me-interrupt ing, but.,​is-this,​the-Sydneftrain?"​. 
-11. 
  
-THE BUSHWALKER CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS ​ +"​There'​s been an accident!"​ they said,\\ 
- POSITIONS VACANT +"Your servant'​s cut in half; he's dead!"​\\ 
-Wanted. Someone to report the Club's monthly meeting for the Magazine. Need not be an ex-serviceman or woman. Any or no religion no bar. +"​Indeed!"​ said MrJones, "and please\\ 
-Position Vacant (Still) +Send me the half that's got my keys.
-When Roley and Cain were in Melbourne they were entertained by some complete ​ttrangerS ​whom they had met in the train. Hotel accommodation ​VAS? believet ​very hard to get unless you looked very hard. On the + 
-visitt ​A.W.A.S. daughter appeared. Alas, poor father' ​Had he but known. His guests were not even romantic enough to play 'She loves melshe ​loves me not" with the pidgeon pies. Position still vacant. +=====The Spice Of Life.===== 
-Public Notice + 
-We are very sorry that the magazine last month was just legible. Many readers have exprebsed ​the same regretMerely another ​t,. chnical ​trouble. The report that the magazine staff 'were on strike demanding a ten and a half hour day is not trueThe magazine printing business continues to be well in the rearguard in regard to working conditions, +There was Frank whom I had not seen for a year. Then, on the morning of the day we were to leave town, we acquired Douglas. Doug had been thrown out of work owing to the strike and did not believe in suffering the inconveniences of the city. He had a complicated and detailed prayer which, briefly, wished that the strike lasted long enough for work not to be resumed before he arrived back from our trip but not long enough to seriously affect transport for his trip a week later. 
-Meteorological News + 
-The poem on the front page reminds me of the country man who wat very proud of his pedigreed ​etc:wk.. He was most earefully ​tending one ram for the local show and, on the great day, drove him intontown ​quite certain that the prize Was his. Alas, the judges thought otherwiseOn the may home while driving the offending ram, he met a stranger who called out "Fine Weather"​. "He will be tomorrow", ​groiled ​the farmer. +The cameras clicked as soon as we arrived above Fortesque'​s Hut for there were still extensive drifts on the range on the eastern side from Kosciusko to Twynam. Then, pausing only to settle in, have a hasty lunch and a whirlwind sweep through the hut, we did the usual thing. The excitement of approaching the highest point in Australia was not sufficient to distract our attention from our difficult breathing. While climbing up out of the Snowy near Seaman'​s Hut we thought we had acquired an extra-special asthma. At the top the weather behaved well. First we had a little rain and mists but at length they rolled away and revealed the whole view with the distant mountains a velvety blue. We did our best despite altitude difficulties,​ climbing up the end of the Etheridge Range and then crossing the Snowy and ascending the slopes of Mr. Clarke. Not until dark did we return to the hut as the sunset was one of the most beautiful I had ever seen. All the range north of us was sharpened in detail by a pervading glow in a tan shade but the colours over the summit were more brilliant if more common. It was an afternoon which caused us to turn indoors with deep satisfaction and gratitude. 
-Garde ni g + 
-To Jack and Betty Rose a rosebud. This description is rather inaccurate,​however,​ as it is a girl-(See,​)Ge4hi-iIottings). +On the Cootapatamba Drift we had tried our new sport. It consisted of choosing a very steep but not quite precipitous snow slope, sitting on one's groundsheet and letting gravity do the rest. The wise, of course, applied the brake on nearing the rocks when the run ended abruptly. With time our technique improved and some genius discovered that lying on the back increased the acceleration. I think, however, that the advantage was nullified in my case by the number of times I chicken-heartedly looked up to see what dangers lay ahead. The following day an excellent slope on Mt. Townsend provided the best of this sport on the whole trip. Here we consented to risk doing less walking by repeating the exhileration of coming down the same slope many times. This sport has been officially named R-skating. 
-PoSitions ​Filled  + 
-irhiu month We are pleased to be able to report two engagements and to +Our trouble on this trip always seemed to be that we could never catch up with ourselves. If you do not arrive at camp until 8 pm or later and then have to prepare and eat dinner, it is not possible to retire to bed at an early hour and the requirements of the body just preclude a very early rising. Nevertheless on our second day we were able to "tick off" everything between Townsend and Watson'​s Crag including Sentinel Peak which is on a long, narrow ridge running out towards the Geehi between the points mentioned. My only complaint is that the weather was too fine, I longed for the kind of weather which makes you profane while you are suffering it but which provides you with cherished memories. Everything came too easily this time - perhaps, next....? 
-wish happiness to the engagees. They are Kath. Doherty and Billy Burke and + 
-Jail McCourt and a girl from Newcastle (third house on left second street ​_ ,- from tram Ste*+Though we had a late start the day we went to Tom Groggin and though we declared all the way to Rawson Pass that we should ignore the Summit, we climbed to the summit again. The wind, however, was most violent and we were glad to drop over the side of the Ramshead Range towards the Thredbo. I am sure I could never survive on a steppe or travel on a tundra for, after only a day and a half without trees, I felt like hugging the first snow gums on the way down. 
-Cats Ferrets and Goldfish (wiheivit'​comet _toi,​layping ​it upl + 
-Though we know the sweet disposition ​pi the President, we did not expect' suchbenevolence ​when we woke7i ​her' ​up at 3 a m.. on New Yearts ​morningBut when you have been lapping ​-champagne ​all_evening ​it makes a difference., I bulieve, +Perhaps I should describe our arrival at Geehi for here we all assumed another role - the other two became photographers in delirium tremens while I was assistant to photographers in delirium tremens. Not a thing could be done until it had been appraised from a photogenic point of view. The position, angle and erection of the tent and similarly of the fire had to be discussed exhaustively and packs disposed artistically. Occasionally one was invited to be "human interest"​ and then one did one's best to hide the holes in the back of the shorts, tidied the back of one's hair and contrived to induce an aesthetic look onto the nape of one's neck, meanwhile standing in one's best attempt at artistic position No. 79 (for Alps and Arthritis). 
- ​(Free) + 
-r 6 ...,. +Having decided to dine one night at the Chalet and endeavour to get ski-ing gear, several hours were spent trying to make ourselves as presentable as possible. Surely no-one will brand me as being conceited if I claim that, with the help of all those artless little deceits (such as washing from the top of the socks to the bottom of the shorts) we did Foreman'​s Hut credit. Every detail of our plan worked successfully and I must say the Chalet proved most hospitable - even wanting us to stay the night - but as soon as we were in possession of our skis we abandoned the Chalet with ungrateful haste. Early to bed, early to rise, gives more time for ski-ing. 
-at New Year was treated to Splendid ​MUSie from an orchestra of three L'​i7011,​g ​most willing to play at any timeFrom the ridge as they made tiTvay ​home., they played the favourite tunes to those still left. + 
-BACKYARD BUSHWALKING ​ +Though we are now seething with excitement in anticipation of the morrow'​s ski-ing I must mention our speculation in regard to the large skin which hangs in the lounge of the chalet. Was it a buffalo or a bison? Could it be a bear? We hoped it was not anything so mundane as a bullock. Maybe a llama? "I know" said Frank, thinking of our constant vigilance and our concerted preventive methods in Foreman'​s Hut "It is a '​Specimen of Rat Caught in Foreman'​s Hut"​. 
-Heats Vibrating ​palpilating ​heatThe very rocks seem to shimmer and tremble under the heat. The poor starved sandstone ​aoil i baked dry and hard. In such a block as ours which has a' ​northwestern ​as13ect'​the very trees fail to give any shade to the sunburnt ground. Yet how the hardy natives stand up to the gruellingheat. In soil which seems to have had the last remnant of + 
--cooked out of it they have theit precarious ​roothoLi itHeems +Our day's ski-ing fulfilled the expectations of one skier, one long-since skier and one novice who also returned home in that order chronologically,​ the last well after dark. 
-if they had solved the great problem of living without ​vzter. The flannel flowers loved it - for a thile, but the continued ​'dry spell is telling on them and they are no longer ​prbducing ​flower or new leafIn fact it almost seems as if the leaves were shrinking and the plants growing smaller. + 
-There is a pultemaea ​(specific name unknown to us) which flowers freely at this time of the year - one of the few shrubs ​. Which choose these hot months in which to flower. It just goes on blooming_as ​if the heat diarist ​matter. +We came down to a heat wave. Frank and I farewelled Doug. at Goulburn as Frank was going to Melbourne in two days time. I had promised the latter a trip to Canberra in the interval but, alas, the strike had played havoc with the train timetables. The future looked dim. "What about hitching?"​ said Frank. I reminded him of the seriousness of missing a booked seat to Melbourne but you know what the young are. About the only thing worse than two days hitching in a heat wave would be two days in Goulburn in a heat wave doing nothing. 
-We have had one or two casualtiesThe Woody pear which I + 
-+The traffic position was very bad. Those people who think that politicians rush continually between Canberra and Sydney in high-powered cars are wrong. (The alternative theory that they sit in Canberra and do nothing must be right). We got to Canberra with the aid of an ambulance and a utility the occupants of which drank a goodly mixture of plonk every time the speedometer showed less than 60 m.p.h. "But, oh, heart, heart, heart",​ the wearying hours of waiting on the way back. For six hours we practised every trick on the road just beyond the town for a lift of one mile. Not that we were not successful - the sparse traffic just never suited. Salvation arrived in a truck which was going all the way to Goulburn. 
-successfully nursed through the seedling stage (baked ​thesoil ​to prevent the wilt) succumbed to a day of record heatLuckily I have others of the e-zme crop still under cover. + 
-Stop Press News, +At last our jaunt was over and we had once again to get used to the ways of conventional living - "​Pardon me interrupting,​ but is this the Sydney train?"​. 
-The boronias and eriostemmona ​haven'​t germinated ​Yet+ 
-XXXXXXXXX +=====The Bushwalker Classified Advertisements.===== 
-Stock position+ 
 +====Positions Vacant==== 
 + 
 +===Wanted=== 
 + 
 +Someone to report the Club's monthly meeting for the Magazine. Need not be an ex-serviceman or woman. Any or no religion no bar. 
 + 
 +===Position Vacant (Still)=== 
 + 
 +When Roley and Cain were in Melbourne they were entertained by some complete ​strangers ​whom they had met in the train. Hotel accommodation ​was, believe, ​very hard to get unless you looked very hard. On the second visit, ​A.W.A.S. daughter appeared. Alas, poor fatherHad he but known. His guests were not even romantic enough to play "She loves me, she loves me not" with the pidgeon pies. Position still vacant. 
 + 
 +===Public Notice=== 
 + 
 +We are very sorry that the magazine last month was just legible. Many readers have expressed ​the same regretMerely another ​technical ​trouble. The report that the magazine staff were on strike demanding a ten and a half hour day is not trueThe magazine printing business continues to be well in the rearguard in regard to working conditions. 
 + 
 +===Meteorological News=== 
 + 
 +The poem on the front page reminds me of the country man who was very proud of his pedigreed ​stock. He was most carefully ​tending one ram for the local show and, on the great day, drove him into town quite certain that the prize was his. Alas, the judges thought otherwiseOn the way home while driving the offending ram, he met a stranger who called out "Fine Weather"​. "He will be tomorrow", ​growled ​the farmer. 
 + 
 +===Gardening=== 
 + 
 +To Jack and Betty Rose a rosebud. This description is rather inaccurate, however, as it is a girl (See Geehi Jottings). 
 + 
 +===Positions ​Filled=== 
 + 
 +This month we are pleased to be able to report two engagements and to wish happiness to the engagees. They are Kath. Doherty and Billy Burke and Will McCourt and a girl from Newcastle (third house on left second street from tram stop)
 + 
 +===Cats Ferrets and Goldfish (when it comes lapping it up)=== 
 + 
 +Though we know the sweet disposition ​of the President, we did not expect ​such benevolence ​when we woke her up at 3 a.m. on New Year'​s ​morningBut when you have been lapping champagne ​all evening ​it makes a difference, I believe. 
 + 
 +===Arrangements ​(Free)=== 
 + 
 +Era at New Year was treated to Splendid ​music from an orchestra of three which was most willing to play at any timeFrom the ridge as they made their way home, they played the favourite tunes to those still left. 
 + 
 +=====Backyard Bushwalking.===== 
 + 
 +Heat! Vibrating ​palpitating ​heatThe very rocks seem to shimmer and tremble under the heat. The poor starved sandstone ​soil is baked dry and hard. In such a block as ours which has a northwestern ​aspect ​the very trees fail to give any shade to the sunburnt ground. Yet how the hardy natives stand up to the gruelling heat. In soil which seems to have had the last remnant of moisture ​cooked out of it they have their precarious ​roothold; it seems as if they had solved the great problem of living without ​water. The flannel flowers loved it - for a while, but the continued dry spell is telling on them and they are no longer ​producing ​flower or new leafIn fact it almost seems as if the leaves were shrinking and the plants growing smaller. 
 + 
 +There is a pultemnea ​(specific name unknown to us) which flowers freely at this time of the year - one of the few shrubs ​which choose these hot months in which to flower. It just goes on blooming as if the heat didn'​t ​matter. 
 + 
 +We have had one or two casualtiesThe Woody pear which I successfully nursed through the seedling stage (baked ​the soil to prevent the wilt) succumbed to a day of record heatLuckily I have others of the same crop still under cover. 
 + 
 +===Stop Press News=== 
 + 
 +The boronias and eriostemmons ​haven'​t germinated ​yet
 + 
 +=====Stock position.===== 
 Rucksacks without frames O.K. Rucksacks without frames O.K.
 +
 Groundsheets and cape groundsheets O.K. Groundsheets and cape groundsheets O.K.
-Framed rucksacks and sleepingjkagair-supplies-sometime February, ​&​ate ​to be determined.-+ 
 +Framed rucksacks and sleeping bags, supplies sometime February, ​date to be determined. 
 Paddy Pallin Paddy Pallin
-Phone -B3I01 327 George Street SYDNEY 
-... amp Gear for Walkers 
  
 +Phone B3101. 327 George Street, Sydney.
 +
 +Camp Gear for Walkers
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