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 It was Friday 13th: two or three "​B"​ grade wars were in progress on the planet Earth: President Truman had just precipitated a first-class squabble by sacking MacArthur: a Federal election campaign was boiling up in Australia: Sydney had its worst day of blackouts ever. Astrologists would probably tell us that the turbulent planet Mars was in the ascendant. At all events the April General Meeting, with the President in the chair and some 60 members present, was probably the most dour debate since the famous Annual General (Deferred Re-Union) Meeting of 1949. It was Friday 13th: two or three "​B"​ grade wars were in progress on the planet Earth: President Truman had just precipitated a first-class squabble by sacking MacArthur: a Federal election campaign was boiling up in Australia: Sydney had its worst day of blackouts ever. Astrologists would probably tell us that the turbulent planet Mars was in the ascendant. At all events the April General Meeting, with the President in the chair and some 60 members present, was probably the most dour debate since the famous Annual General (Deferred Re-Union) Meeting of 1949.
  
-We welcomed two new members Geoff Boucher and Geoff Gumm to the arena, and dealt with minutes and correspondence in short order. The Victorian Mountain Tramping Club had donated to us a set of their blue-print maps of the Howqua - Mt.Howitt - Mt.Wellington area - a most welcome gift. Blue Mountains Council advised that repair work had been carried out on the Govett'​s Leap Track. A letter from the Local Government Department to the Wild Life Preservation Society (copy to us for information from the latter body) denied that there was any risk of infection in the Hacking River by reason of the sanitary depot at Helensburgh.+We welcomed two new members Geoff Boucher and Geoff Gumm to the arena, and dealt with minutes and correspondence in short order. The Victorian Mountain Tramping Club had donated to us a set of their blue-print maps of the Howqua - Mt. Howitt - Mt.Wellington area - a most welcome gift. Blue Mountains Council advised that repair work had been carried out on the Govett'​s Leap Track. A letter from the Local Government Department to the Wild Life Preservation Society (copy to us for information from the latter body) denied that there was any risk of infection in the Hacking River by reason of the sanitary depot at Helensburgh.
  
 George Spicer enquired why we had written the Sydney University Bush Walkers declining to advocate our members joining in their annual marathon and the President explained Federation'​s objections on the score of accident hazard and possible adverse publicity. ​ George Spicer enquired why we had written the Sydney University Bush Walkers declining to advocate our members joining in their annual marathon and the President explained Federation'​s objections on the score of accident hazard and possible adverse publicity. ​
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 Federation Report pointed to a vacancy in the Information Bureau and called for delegates to the Re-union Committee and helpers and entertainers for the Camp Fire. Federation Report pointed to a vacancy in the Information Bureau and called for delegates to the Re-union Committee and helpers and entertainers for the Camp Fire.
  
-It was annOunced ​that the Non-Active subscription had been fixed at 5/- per annum as before, also that Peggy Bransdon and Roley Cotter had agreed to organise the Photographic Exhibition to be held on 29th June. Roley stated that prints of any size and on any type of paper would be accepted, but asked exhibitors to produce them at an early hour on the night. After brief discussion it was decided to invite members of affiliated clubs through the Federation to submit entries in the Exhibition.+It was announced ​that the Non-Active subscription had been fixed at 5/- per annum as before, also that Peggy Bransdon and Roley Cotter had agreed to organise the Photographic Exhibition to be held on 29th June. Roley stated that prints of any size and on any type of paper would be accepted, but asked exhibitors to produce them at an early hour on the night. After brief discussion it was decided to invite members of affiliated clubs through the Federation to submit entries in the Exhibition.
  
 For a meeting which was to become quite garrulous, the call for Room Stewards met with a deathly hush, and after uneasy discussion on the functions of these gentry, the meeting drew a breath of relief when the whole distasteful affair was shelved sine die. The Committee Members deputed to lock up after dances and film nights will hereafter have to be endowed with power of levitation, or else battle for half an hour to replace the furniture no doubt. For a meeting which was to become quite garrulous, the call for Room Stewards met with a deathly hush, and after uneasy discussion on the functions of these gentry, the meeting drew a breath of relief when the whole distasteful affair was shelved sine die. The Committee Members deputed to lock up after dances and film nights will hereafter have to be endowed with power of levitation, or else battle for half an hour to replace the furniture no doubt.
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 The Kosciusko country is popular round Christmas, but, as in most of the other walking country, nearly everybody follows a few well worn routes. We had been around most of these before, some of them both in summer and in winter, and decided we would like to see something new, while avoiding the tedium of summer walking in new country with heavy packs. So we planned four days loaf on the easy part of the Snowy, followed by a few days easy walking above the 4,000 foot level. The Kosciusko country is popular round Christmas, but, as in most of the other walking country, nearly everybody follows a few well worn routes. We had been around most of these before, some of them both in summer and in winter, and decided we would like to see something new, while avoiding the tedium of summer walking in new country with heavy packs. So we planned four days loaf on the easy part of the Snowy, followed by a few days easy walking above the 4,000 foot level.
  
-Being experienced travellers in New Australia we knew how to get out of Cooma in reasonable time. I had travelled up in the day train and camped the night on my private camp site just out of the town. I was installed in the R.R.R. before the train came and Bill rushed straight out of the train to join me. Breakfast over, the two of us boarded a horribly expensive looking black car, and after a couple of purchases in the town we were on our way. We stopped at the butchr's shop at Jindabyne, where we took our turn after another customer'​s request for "bacon from zee peeg" had been satisfied. Then we turned off to Ingebyra, about 17 miles distant. The car only just made Ingebyra, because of a boggy patch on the way, and thereafter our progress was in the lap of the gods. Many years ago, when road-building was a more popular occupation, a good road had been built from Ingebyra right down to the Jacobs River, some eight miles away and 2,000 or more feet below. The road just went to the River and stopped. Nobody lived there, nor did there appear to be any reason on earth why it should be maintained. But it had been open a year before, and we fervently hoped it was still negotiable, though we hardly expected it after the wet season. Sure enough there were landslides a-plenty, but our driver somehow wove his way through the obstacles and eventually ran the car up the little incline in the middle of the bush by the side of the river where the road that led to nowhere stopped. We got out, wished the driver luck in getting through the bog on the way back, and, as our last means of transport droned up the mountain again, we started to convert ourselves from passengers to bushwalkers. I think that the pulses of all bushwalkers must beat a little faster as they realise that they must rely entirely on their legs, their intelligence,​ and what they have in their packs, for the next week or so. Is everything there? Is there enough? Then the doubt as to how one can possibly walk for day after day with such a lump on one's back.+Being experienced travellers in New Australia we knew how to get out of Cooma in reasonable time. I had travelled up in the day train and camped the night on my private camp site just out of the town. I was installed in the R.R.R. before the train came and Bill rushed straight out of the train to join me. Breakfast over, the two of us boarded a horribly expensive looking black car, and after a couple of purchases in the town we were on our way. We stopped at the butcher's shop at Jindabyne, where we took our turn after another customer'​s request for "bacon from zee peeg" had been satisfied. Then we turned off to Ingebyra, about 17 miles distant. The car only just made Ingebyra, because of a boggy patch on the way, and thereafter our progress was in the lap of the gods. Many years ago, when road-building was a more popular occupation, a good road had been built from Ingebyra right down to the Jacobs River, some eight miles away and 2,000 or more feet below. The road just went to the River and stopped. Nobody lived there, nor did there appear to be any reason on earth why it should be maintained. But it had been open a year before, and we fervently hoped it was still negotiable, though we hardly expected it after the wet season. Sure enough there were landslides a-plenty, but our driver somehow wove his way through the obstacles and eventually ran the car up the little incline in the middle of the bush by the side of the river where the road that led to nowhere stopped. We got out, wished the driver luck in getting through the bog on the way back, and, as our last means of transport droned up the mountain again, we started to convert ourselves from passengers to bushwalkers. I think that the pulses of all bushwalkers must beat a little faster as they realise that they must rely entirely on their legs, their intelligence,​ and what they have in their packs, for the next week or so. Is everything there? Is there enough? Then the doubt as to how one can possibly walk for day after day with such a lump on one's back.
  
 Below us the Jacobs River flowed strongly. Though only a short stream it carried as much water as the Cox in a good season, so that it took us some time to get over the rocky stream bed with our heavy packs. Then we resigned ourselves to some hard going. But we soon became accustomed to our packs, and we were pleased to find that it was almost cool down in the valley. That day we covered some seven miles to a grassy camp site by the hurrying waters of the Pinch River. The next day we set about making a food depot, in which we stored six day's food. We found some old tins and billies which we scraped with sand and washed, put our spare rations into them, then pushed everything into hollow logs and blocked them with stones. That night we camped a few miles above the border. We left our tent and made another depot next morning, taking nothing but our lunch. This too we cached before midday and, feeling like Scott on his way to the Pole, set off to attain our furthest South. As we had now run off the map into the wilds of darkest Victoria we couldn'​t say just how far we were along the River, but at least we were somewhere over the border. Below us the Jacobs River flowed strongly. Though only a short stream it carried as much water as the Cox in a good season, so that it took us some time to get over the rocky stream bed with our heavy packs. Then we resigned ourselves to some hard going. But we soon became accustomed to our packs, and we were pleased to find that it was almost cool down in the valley. That day we covered some seven miles to a grassy camp site by the hurrying waters of the Pinch River. The next day we set about making a food depot, in which we stored six day's food. We found some old tins and billies which we scraped with sand and washed, put our spare rations into them, then pushed everything into hollow logs and blocked them with stones. That night we camped a few miles above the border. We left our tent and made another depot next morning, taking nothing but our lunch. This too we cached before midday and, feeling like Scott on his way to the Pole, set off to attain our furthest South. As we had now run off the map into the wilds of darkest Victoria we couldn'​t say just how far we were along the River, but at least we were somewhere over the border.
  
-The Snowy Grand Gorge is a fascinating place, unlike any other Australian river gorge. The River bed itself is usually between one and three hundred yards wide - to take the great flow that comes with the spring thaw. The stream is usually clear with a faint greenish tinge, though on this occasion there was a strong fresh and it was grey with mud. Unfortunately it bears the dismal tokens of erosion - great stretches of sand and mud engulfing the once clear-cut rocks and stones of the river bed. One of our problems was to find stretches flowing slowly enough for swimming. During one of our evening swims I set out to swim the river, but had gone only a few yards when I ran aground and was able to walk all the rest of the way - well over 100 yards - on the sand which had silted up the channels. Above the banks the "​pine-clad ridges"​ which were the setting for the exploits of the "man from Snowy River" started. On these slopes and mountain sides there are only two species of trees - Cypress pines and one of the boxes. The lower slopes are covered with dark pines, amongst which grow a few scattered box trees, and higher up there is mainly box. It is very barren country, with little grass cover. This puzzled us quite a lot. Had it been burnt out, or eaten out by travelling stock? or had the rabbits destroyed the cover and then died out themselves? We were inclined to think thct it was probably fairly near its natural state, and that steep gravelly slopes and low rainfall accounted for the lack of grass. The cypress pine and box association is typical of parts of the Western slopes and plains somewhere round the 15 inch rainfall belt. The high mountains round the Grand Gorge probably caught most of the rainfall before it ever reached this great inland trough. As a result there was little wild life. Reptiles couldn'​t exist in the sandy wastes of the river bed, while there was not enough grass to support kangaroos or wallabies. Here and there were rabbit warrens. ​+The Snowy Grand Gorge is a fascinating place, unlike any other Australian river gorge. The River bed itself is usually between one and three hundred yards wide - to take the great flow that comes with the spring thaw. The stream is usually clear with a faint greenish tinge, though on this occasion there was a strong fresh and it was grey with mud. Unfortunately it bears the dismal tokens of erosion - great stretches of sand and mud engulfing the once clear-cut rocks and stones of the river bed. One of our problems was to find stretches flowing slowly enough for swimming. During one of our evening swims I set out to swim the river, but had gone only a few yards when I ran aground and was able to walk all the rest of the way - well over 100 yards - on the sand which had silted up the channels. Above the banks the "​pine-clad ridges"​ which were the setting for the exploits of the "man from Snowy River" started. On these slopes and mountain sides there are only two species of trees - Cypress pines and one of the boxes. The lower slopes are covered with dark pines, amongst which grow a few scattered box trees, and higher up there is mainly box. It is very barren country, with little grass cover. This puzzled us quite a lot. Had it been burnt out, or eaten out by travelling stock? or had the rabbits destroyed the cover and then died out themselves? We were inclined to think that it was probably fairly near its natural state, and that steep gravelly slopes and low rainfall accounted for the lack of grass. The cypress pine and box association is typical of parts of the Western slopes and plains somewhere round the 15 inch rainfall belt. The high mountains round the Grand Gorge probably caught most of the rainfall before it ever reached this great inland trough. As a result there was little wild life. Reptiles couldn'​t exist in the sandy wastes of the river bed, while there was not enough grass to support kangaroos or wallabies. Here and there were rabbit warrens. ​
  
 The distant scenery was magnificent,​ as the gorge is fairly open. We could see great vistas of ridges and peaks rising up from the wide valley. The walking too was most enjoyable. When we learnt enough to ignore the survey pegs which some pre-war hopefuls had used to make out their projected road, and looked instead for the remains of an old stock route, we had easy walking, almost free of obstacles, without undergrowth,​ and with beautiful views round every bend and over every saddle. The weather was delightful - warm and dry without being hot. The distant scenery was magnificent,​ as the gorge is fairly open. We could see great vistas of ridges and peaks rising up from the wide valley. The walking too was most enjoyable. When we learnt enough to ignore the survey pegs which some pre-war hopefuls had used to make out their projected road, and looked instead for the remains of an old stock route, we had easy walking, almost free of obstacles, without undergrowth,​ and with beautiful views round every bend and over every saddle. The weather was delightful - warm and dry without being hot.
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 6. Snow Daisies near Mount Stilwell. 6. Snow Daisies near Mount Stilwell.
  
-(Photographs Nos.1 and 2 taken by Laurie Rayner in December 1949. Nos.3-6 taken by Bill Cosgrove December 1950.)+(Photographs Nos. 1 and 2 taken by Laurie Rayner in December 1949. Nos. 3-6 taken by Bill Cosgrove December 1950.)
  
 That evening we camped near the headwaters of the Pinch River, having failed in the last hour to find the track beyond. Next morning we found what, by a process of elimination,​ must be the track; but again it disappeared. However we knew where we were on the map and would inevitably cut it later, so we kept going. ​ But look as we might we couldn'​t pick it up, and lost some time climbing through abominable scrub which abounded in snakes, until we crossed over into the valley of Cascade Creek. After this experience we decided to go where the map said the track was, whether we could find it or not, and this method later proved its worth. That evening we camped near the headwaters of the Pinch River, having failed in the last hour to find the track beyond. Next morning we found what, by a process of elimination,​ must be the track; but again it disappeared. However we knew where we were on the map and would inevitably cut it later, so we kept going. ​ But look as we might we couldn'​t pick it up, and lost some time climbing through abominable scrub which abounded in snakes, until we crossed over into the valley of Cascade Creek. After this experience we decided to go where the map said the track was, whether we could find it or not, and this method later proved its worth.
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 That morning we did a side trip to "The Chimneys"​. They proved to be the nearest thing to a peak that is to be found in the Alps. The last few hundred feet are bare rock with almost vertical stratification. From the top we had a fine backdoor view of the massif of the Ramshead Range and below, to the South, the valley of the Jacobs River leading to the Grand Gorge in the distance. That morning we did a side trip to "The Chimneys"​. They proved to be the nearest thing to a peak that is to be found in the Alps. The last few hundred feet are bare rock with almost vertical stratification. From the top we had a fine backdoor view of the massif of the Ramshead Range and below, to the South, the valley of the Jacobs River leading to the Grand Gorge in the distance.
  
-As we were ahead of schedule we decided to look over the Upper Crackenback and come up Merritt'​s Spur, tbereby ​ensuring a good sheltered campsite for the night (it was cold, windy and misty by this time, and we both hated huts). The upper Crackenback proved narrow and rather scrubby at first, due to bad fires which had destroyed the big timber, but as we neared Merritt'​s it opened out into a typical upland valley with open flats and clumps of black ash.+As we were ahead of schedule we decided to look over the Upper Crackenback and come up Merritt'​s Spur, thereby ​ensuring a good sheltered campsite for the night (it was cold, windy and misty by this time, and we both hated huts). The upper Crackenback proved narrow and rather scrubby at first, due to bad fires which had destroyed the big timber, but as we neared Merritt'​s it opened out into a typical upland valley with open flats and clumps of black ash.
  
 The mist was still above us when we started our climb up Merritt'​s next day. Though it blotted out the view we were grateful for the coolness and the soft beauty of the Alpine scenery, particularly as we reached the tops and came to magnificent clumps of Snow Daisies and other delicate alpine flowers. That night we camped below Charlotte'​s Pass, on the Snowy side. We had planned to do the tourist track round the tops the next day, and decided to do the walk, mist or no mist, just in case it cleared on the way. But luck was with us again. As we breakfasted the mist lifted, the sun shone through, and as we started our tour with just a day pack between us the clouds receded giving clear vision to the horizon in every direction. So ended a perfect trip. The mist was still above us when we started our climb up Merritt'​s next day. Though it blotted out the view we were grateful for the coolness and the soft beauty of the Alpine scenery, particularly as we reached the tops and came to magnificent clumps of Snow Daisies and other delicate alpine flowers. That night we camped below Charlotte'​s Pass, on the Snowy side. We had planned to do the tourist track round the tops the next day, and decided to do the walk, mist or no mist, just in case it cleared on the way. But luck was with us again. As we breakfasted the mist lifted, the sun shone through, and as we started our tour with just a day pack between us the clouds receded giving clear vision to the horizon in every direction. So ended a perfect trip.
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-PATTERN WALKS.+===== Pattern Walks=====
  
 (Adopted at the Half-yearly General Meeting, 14/9/45). (Adopted at the Half-yearly General Meeting, 14/9/45).
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-2-DAY WALKS\\+=== 2-Day Walks. === 
 Katoomba - Six Foot Track - Gibraltar Creek - Cox's River - Tin Pot Hill - Carlon'​s Katoomba. Katoomba - Six Foot Track - Gibraltar Creek - Cox's River - Tin Pot Hill - Carlon'​s Katoomba.
  
-1-DAY WALKS.+=== 1/2 Day Walks=== 
 1. Bundeena - Marley - Wattamolla Garie - Burning Palms - Bola Heights - Wilsons Creek - Helensburgh. 1. Bundeena - Marley - Wattamolla Garie - Burning Palms - Bola Heights - Wilsons Creek - Helensburgh.
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 2. Blackheath - Govett'​s Leap - Blue Gum Forest - Grose River - Mt.Victoria. 2. Blackheath - Govett'​s Leap - Blue Gum Forest - Grose River - Mt.Victoria.
-3. Campbelitown - Minerva Pool - OHare'​s Creek - Pheasant'​s Creek - Wedderburn Bridge - Campbelltown. 
  
-DAY WALKS+3Campbelltown - Minerva Pool - O'​Hare'​s Creek - Pheasant'​s Creek - Wedderburn Bridge - Campbelltown. 
-1. Mt.Kuring gai.- Crosslands - Berowra Creek - Fish Ponds - Hornsby. + 
-2. Waterfall - Mt.Westmacott Myuna Creek - Heathcote Creek - Scouters Mountain - Woronora River - Sabugal Crossing - Engadine.+=== Day Walks. === 
 + 
 +1. Mt.Kuring gai - Crosslands - Berowra Creek - Fish Ponds - Hornsby. 
 + 
 +2. Waterfall - Mt. Westmacott ​Myuna Creek - Heathcote Creek - Scouters Mountain - Woronora River - Sabugal Crossing - Engadine. 
 3. Waterfall - The Mill - Island Track - Palona Brook - Garie Trig. - Era - Lilyvale. 3. Waterfall - The Mill - Island Track - Palona Brook - Garie Trig. - Era - Lilyvale.
-4. Gordon - Rocky Creek - Middle Harbour Creek - Cowan Creek - track to Sphinx - Cockle Creek, Wahroonga.. 
  
 +4. Gordon - Rocky Creek - Middle Harbour Creek - Cowan Creek - track to Sphinx - Cockle Creek, Wahroonga.
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 +==== Alteration To Walks Programme. ====
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 +Federation Re-union (shown on programme for May 12/13) is now scheduled for May 19/20. Location - Euroka.
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 +King's Birthday Weekend has been gazetted for June 9-10-11, not 16-17-18 as shown on Walks Programme. Events for the weekend 9-10 have therefore been transferred to June 16-17. Club room will be closed Friday 8/6/51 and Monthly General Meeting held June 15th.
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 +==== Instructional Weekend. ====
  
-ALTERATION TO WALKS PROGRAMME. 
-Federation Re-union-(shown on programme for May 12/13) is now scheduled for May 19/20. Location - EUROKA. 
-King'​s. Birthday Weekend has been gazetted for June 9-10-11, not 16-17-18 as shown on Walks Programme. Events for the weekend 9-10 have therefore been transferred to June 16-17. Club room will be closed Friday 8/6/51 and Monthly Genera; Meeting held JAne 15th. 
-15. INSTRUCTIONAL WEEKEND. 
 June 16th-17th. (Shown on programme as June 9/10th, but deferred owing to King's Birthday falling an weekend 9/10/11 June.) June 16th-17th. (Shown on programme as June 9/10th, but deferred owing to King's Birthday falling an weekend 9/10/11 June.)
-Route: Hawkesbury River (Brooklyn - The Dam - Cowan (5 miles). Tickets to: Hawkesbury River. + 
-Train: 12.10 m.+Route: Hawkesbury River (Brooklyn - The Dam - Cowan (5 miles)). 
 + 
 +Tickets to: Hawkesbury River. Train: 12.10 p.m. 
 Reference Map: Broken Bay 1" = 1 mile. Military Survey. Reference Map: Broken Bay 1" = 1 mile. Military Survey.
-ALL WELCOME. Leader - Kath Brown. + 
-"THE LOWER INCOME GROUP". +All welcome. 
-AN UNOTTICIAL OUTING OF THE ABOVE GROUP WILL BE HELD ON KING'S BIRTHDAY WEEKENDJUNE 8/​9/​10/​11. + 
-FOR THOSE AT A LOOSE ENDSEEKING SOMETHING LESS STRENUOUS THAN THE DEMI-OTTICIAL TRIP OVER THE GANGERANGS: IN STRAITENED CIRCUMSTANCES ​ THE FDLLUI:ING IS OFFERED ​+Leader - Kath Brown. 
-Wentworth Falls - King's Tableland Road - McYahon's Lookout - Cox's River - up river to Black Dog Range - Narrow Necks - Katoomba. + 
-MILEAGE: About 40. TYPE: Easy to Medium. +---- 
-The scorned King's Tableland is somewhat drab, but much of + 
-it won't be seen anyhow, as it is proposed to camp on Friday night at Nott's Swamp, half-way along the plateau, so that much of the distance will be done in the darkness. McMahon'​s Lookout is worth a visit, and the rest of the journey is by the ever-agreeable Cox's River, and Narrow Necks. +==== "The Lower Income Group"​. ​==== 
-ALL WELCOME.+ 
 +An unofficial outing of the above group will be held on King's Birthday weekendJune 8/​9/​10/​11. 
 + 
 +For those at a loose endseeking something less strenuous than the demi-official trip over the Gangerangsin straitened circumstances... the following is offered ​- 
 + 
 +Wentworth Falls - King's Tableland Road - McMahon's Lookout - Cox's River - up river to Black Dog Range - Narrow Necks - Katoomba. 
 + 
 +Milage: About 40. Type: Easy to Medium. 
 + 
 +The scorned King's Tableland is somewhat drab, but much of it won't be seen anyhow, as it is proposed to camp on Friday night at Nott's Swamp, half-way along the plateau, so that much of the distance will be done in the darkness. McMahon'​s Lookout is worth a visit, and the rest of the journey is by the ever-agreeable Cox's River, and Narrow Necks. 
 + 
 +All welcome. 
 Particulars of trains, etc. later from - Particulars of trains, etc. later from -
-Kath Brown Jim Brown 
-Dennis Gittoes and Val Downin have announced their engagement. We wish them both the traditional good camping'​. 
  
 +Kath Brown, Jim Brown.
  
-FEDERATION REPORT +---- 
-Blue Gum Forest: Letter from Trust thanking Bushwalkers generally + 
-and the Cromach Club in particular, for the fine effort put forward at the Working Bee in the Forest during the weekend April 6/7/8. Most of the obstructing timber in the River was removed and it is hoped that there will be no further diversion of the stream'​s course. Paper and bottles were buried. Altogether a fine tribute to the co-operative spirit of bushwalkers. +Dennis Gittoes and Val Downing have announced their engagement. We wish them both the traditional "good camping"​. 
-Sydney Bushwalkers'​ Annual ​Photogru hic Exhibition: Invitation received by Federation from S.B.W. to-rheir ​photographic exhibition. All Clubs and all manner of work would be welcomed. + 
-Huts in Snow Country: There are reports that wireless parts were removed from WhiT6T7 ​River Hut, and first aid equipment from Seamen'​s and Hawson's Huts during the summer season. +---- 
-Blue Mountains ​'Crossing: Fifteen men have volunteered to co-operate in this matter. Meeting to take place at Paddy Pallin'​s Room on + 
-April 19th, (Kevin Ardill will represent S.B.W. as Gregory Blaxland.) +===== Federation Report. ===== 
-"​Bushland Notes":​ The Secretary commented on the value of this + 
-magazine from the Ranger'​s League and of the League itself. The Secretary of the Field Unit of the League spoke briefly on the work +=== Blue Gum Forest: ​=== 
-of the Field Unit and invited membership. + 
-Annual Re-Union: Are there any volunteers from the S.B.W. to assist with tEe Supper or Entertainment?​ Reunion on weekend May 19/20. +Letter from Trust thanking Bushwalkers generally and the Cromach Club in particular, for the fine effort put forward at the Working Bee in the Forest during the weekend April 6/7/8. Most of the obstructing timber in the River was removed and it is hoped that there will be no further diversion of the stream'​s course. Paper and bottles were buried. Altogether a fine tribute to the co-operative spirit of bushwalkers. 
-Bushwalkers'​ Ball: Ticket sales have been good but not with all + 
-Clubs. ​7t 177t 300 must be present to be safely above the margin. +=== Sydney Bushwalkers'​ Annual ​Photographic ​Exhibition: ​=== 
-In the meantime the rent for the Hall has risen. There will be some good floor shows. Parties for tables are now wanted. + 
-Information Bureau: Mr. John Noble has been elected to the Information Bureau. +Invitation received by Federation from S.B.W. to their photographic exhibition. All Clubs and all manner of work would be welcomed. 
-"​Gregory Blaxland"​ presents his respects and requests the pleasure of your company at the Grand. Fanay Dress Ball to be held on the twenty-second day of June. Owing to the scarcity of bread, + 
-and funds, in the colony, it is suggested you bring your own victuals. Since the ticket-of-leave men who are employed as st'​wards ​are an undisciplined crew, it is further suggested that peanuts and prawns, although plentiful at the moment in the colony, should not be brought. Recently a consignment of coffee was landed and this will +=== Huts in Snow Country: ​=== 
-be brewed for those who wish. Other light refreshments will also be available. + 
-:​Vhffl.OPiiTh nnYlnrJ9 +There are reports that wireless parts were removed from White'​s ​River Hut, and first aid equipment from Seamen'​s and Mawson's Huts during the summer season. 
-17.+ 
 +=== Blue Mountains Crossing: ​=== 
 + 
 +Fifteen men have volunteered to co-operate in this matter. Meeting to take place at Paddy Pallin'​s Room on April 19th, (Kevin Ardill will represent S.B.W. as Gregory Blaxland.) 
 + 
 +=== "​Bushland Notes": ​=== 
 + 
 +The Secretary commented on the value of this magazine from the Ranger'​s League and of the League itself. The Secretary of the Field Unit of the League spoke briefly on the work of the Field Unit and invited membership. 
 + 
 +=== Annual Re-Union: ​=== 
 + 
 +Are there any volunteers from the S.B.W. to assist with the Supper or Entertainment?​ Reunion on weekend May 19/20. 
 + 
 +===Bushwalkers'​ Ball: === 
 + 
 +Ticket sales have been good but not with all Clubs. ​At least 300 must be present to be safely above the margin. In the meantime the rent for the Hall has risen. There will be some good floor shows. Parties for tables are now wanted. 
 + 
 +===Information Bureau: ​=== 
 + 
 +Mr. John Noble has been elected to the Information Bureau. 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +"​Gregory Blaxland"​ presents his respects and requests the pleasure of your company at the Grand Fancy Dress Ball to be held on the twenty-second day of June. Owing to the scarcity of bread, and funds, in the colony, it is suggested you bring your own victuals. Since the ticket-of-leave men who are employed as stewards ​are an undisciplined crew, it is further suggested that peanuts and prawns, although plentiful at the moment in the colony, should not be brought. Recently a consignment of coffee was landed and this will be brewed for those who wish. Other light refreshments will also be available. 
 + 
 +What - no Rum Corps? 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +===== The Field Unit Of The Rangers League=====
  
-TEE FIELD UNIT OF THE RANGERS LEAGUE. 
 Founded over 20 years ago, the Rangers League has for its aims and objects the protection and preservation of our bushlands, together with the Native Flora and Fauna which they contain, also the prevention of bush fires which every year devastate some portion of our glorious bushland. Founded over 20 years ago, the Rangers League has for its aims and objects the protection and preservation of our bushlands, together with the Native Flora and Fauna which they contain, also the prevention of bush fires which every year devastate some portion of our glorious bushland.
-The Field Unit of the League was formed from the younger members of the League to actively carry out these aims and objects. Our main object in going bush is to assemble data relating to native flora and fauna, bush fire'prevention and forest conservation. By filing + 
-Rangers'​ reports, it is hoped that authoritive information on the most important ​aspect S of these matters will be readily available to justify moves made towards the protection of many of our finest plants and flowers, native animals and birds. +The Field Unit of the League was formed from the younger members of the League to actively carry out these aims and objects. Our main object in going bush is to assemble data relating to native flora and fauna, bush fire prevention and forest conservation. By filing Rangers'​ reports, it is hoped that authoritive information on the most important ​aspects ​of these matters will be readily available to justify moves made towards the protection of many of our finest plants and flowers, native animals and birds. 
-Where do certain wildflowers grow? Where are the haunts of our + 
-Lyre Birds and rare furred creatures? Are they surviving the hazards +Where do certain wildflowers grow? Where are the haunts of our Lyre Birds and rare furred creatures? Are they surviving the hazards created by careless use of fire or thoughtless,​ often wanton, destruction by human beings? 
-created by careless use of fire or thoughtless,​ often wanton, destruction by human beings? + 
-If not, what can we do to save them from extinction? How can +If not, what can we do to save them from extinction? How can we lead them back along the road to recovery and preserve them for the enjoyment of future generations?​ 
-we lead them back along the road to recovery and preserve them for the enjoyment of future generations?​ + 
-These are interesting problems to be solved, interesting questions +These are interesting problems to be solved, interesting questions to be answered and answers can only be found in the field. 
-to be answered and answers can only be found in the field. + 
-The good work of the Field Unit goes on from week to week, and at every turn in the League'​s activities there is evidence that the field wor4 of the enthusiastic body of yoUng men has become a vital and progressive part of the organisation. +The good work of the Field Unit goes on from week to week, and at every turn in the League'​s activities there is evidence that the field work of the enthusiastic body of young men has become a vital and progressive part of the organisation. 
-The education of bush frequenters to the necessity of flora and fauna protection is the primary object of our honorary rangers, but in the case of flagrant breaches of the Acts there is no hesitation + 
-in launching prosecutions. +The education of bush frequenters to the necessity of flora and fauna protection is the primary object of our honorary rangers, but in the case of flagrant breaches of the Acts there is no hesitation in launching prosecutions. 
-The Field Unit has a special committee of three members who decide on the evidence available whether summonses shall be issued, the Field Unitst ​legal adviser being finally consulted before a summons is issued. + 
-Last year a number of offenders were prosecuted the average fine being and costs, the defendants being involved in a payment of about each. +The Field Unit has a special committee of three members who decide on the evidence available whether summonses shall be issued, the Field Units' ​legal adviser being finally consulted before a summons is issued. 
-The Field Unit has established the most cordial relations with the Rangers employed in Kuring-gai Chase, and National Park, with the authorities of Muogamarra Sanctuary and Warra Sanctuary, and our + 
-+Last year a number of offenders were prosecuted the average fine being £2 and costs, the defendants being involved in a payment of about £5 each. 
-18. + 
-members are in demand to assist in policing these reserves. +The Field Unit has established the most cordial relations with the Rangers employed in Kuring-gai Chase, and National Park, with the authorities of Muogamarra Sanctuary and Warra Sanctuary, and our members are in demand to assist in policing these reserves. 
-The Field Unit investigates complaints received by the League regarding indiscriminate shooting, thieving of wildflowers,​ etc., and members camp out at weekends: end have travelled as far north as Gosford, on this errand. + 
-In connection with this work the Field Unit has a lot to offer in the way of adventure, education and healthful exercise to all who are interested in the open air. It will soon become ​apvarent ​that the age of exploration is far from dead. +The Field Unit investigates complaints received by the League regarding indiscriminate shooting, thieving of wildflowers,​ etc., and members camp out at weekends, and have travelled as far north as Gosford, on this errand. 
-The Field Unit is always on the lookout for new members. If you have youth and energy, experience or enthusiasm, you are a person we are looking for. Bushwalkers,​ Canoeists, Nature Lovers, Boy Scouts, there is a place for you all in this very worthwhile scheme. You can materially assist by gathering information for us + 
-while on regular outings with your own clubs. We would welcome your co-operation. +In connection with this work the Field Unit has a lot to offer in the way of adventure, education and healthful exercise to all who are interested in the open air. It will soon become ​apparent ​that the age of exploration is far from dead. 
-The Field Unit meets in the Big Sister Movement Room, Hosking Place, at 7 p m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month. + 
-The Rangers League meets in Bull!s Chambers, 6th Floor, +The Field Unit is always on the lookout for new members. If you have youth and energy, experience or enthusiasm, you are a person we are looking for. Bushwalkers,​ Canoeists, Nature Lovers, Boy Scouts, there is a place for you all in this very worthwhile scheme. You can materially assist by gathering information for us while on regular outings with your own clubs. We would welcome your co-operation. 
-26 Martin Place, on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7.15 p m.+ 
 +The Field Unit meets in the Big Sister Movement Room, Hosking Place, at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month. 
 + 
 +The Rangers League meets in Bull's Chambers, 6th Floor, 26 Martin Place, on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7.15 p.m. 
 Visitors are very welcome at either meeting. Visitors are very welcome at either meeting.
-R.H. Metcalfe, + 
-Field Unit Secretary. +R.H. Metcalfe, Field Unit Secretary. 
-ANI.NIOMISMIY011011 + 
-There are waters blown by changing winds to laughter And lit by the rich skies, all day. And after, Frost, with a gesture, stays the waves that dance And wandering loveliness. He leaves a white Unbroken glory, a gathered radiance,+---- 
 + 
 +There are waters blown by changing winds to laughter\\ 
 +And lit by the rich skies, all day. And after,\\ 
 +Frost, with a gesture, stays the waves that dance\\ 
 +And wandering loveliness. He leaves a white\\ 
 +Unbroken glory, a gathered radiance,\\
 A width, a shining peace, under the night. A width, a shining peace, under the night.
 +
 Rupert Brooke. Rupert Brooke.
-19. 
-FORGIVE US IF WE APPEAR TO BOAST 
  
-There is one thing about advertising ​a man can blow his own trulopet without too many raised eyebrows provided of course he is not too blatant. So without further excuse or apology we print below an extract from a letter received the other day from +----
-Robert E. Will, +
-2707 Yale Station, +
-NEW HAVEN. CONNECTICUT. U.S.A. +
-"News of your craftsmanship in the making of camp equipment, particularly sleeping bags, has finally reached this far outpost of civilization. When I recently spoke of my need for a new sleeping bag, +
-my roommate, a mountain-climbing outdoorsman from +
-Auckland, New Zealand, said that the very best equipment was made by paddy Pallin, and that we should write, requesting you, if at all possible, to supply us with a new sleeping bag"​. +
-We are still in the Y.M.C.A. and likely to be for a month or two yet, but we have signed a lease for +
-portion of the basement of the C.E.N.E.F. Memorial Centre, 201 Castlereagh Street, between Park and Bathurst Streets, +
-three minutes from Town Hall tation and three minutes +
-from Museum Station (Bathurst Street Entrance). +
-PADDY rALLIN, +
-Camp Gear for Walkers, Y.M.C.A. Building, 325 Pitt Street, +
-3YDNE Y.+
  
 +===== Forgive Us If We Appear To Boast. =====
 +
 +There is one thing about advertising - a man can blow his own trumpet without too many raised eyebrows provided of course he is not too blatant. So without further excuse or apology we print below an extract from a letter received the other day from
 +
 +Robert E. Will,\\
 +2707 Yale Station,\\
 +New Haven. Connecticut. U.S.A.
 +
 +"News of your craftsmanship in the making of camp equipment, particularly sleeping bags, has finally reached this far outpost of civilization. When I recently spoke of my need for a new sleeping bag, my roommate, a mountain-climbing outdoorsman from Auckland, New Zealand, said that the very best equipment was made by Paddy Pallin, and that we should write, requesting you, if at all possible, to supply us with a new sleeping bag".
 +
 +We are still in the Y.M.C.A. and likely to be for a month or two yet, but we have signed a lease for portion of the basement of the C.E.N.E.F. Memorial Centre, 201 Castlereagh Street, between Park and Bathurst Streets, three minutes from Town Hall Station and three minutes from Museum Station (Bathurst Street Entrance).
 +
 +Paddy Pallin. Camp Gear for Walkers.
 +
 +Y.M.C.A. Building, 325 Pitt Street, Sydney.
 +
 +----
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