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 +===== Federation Report, March 1957. =====
 +
 +- Allen A. Strom
 +
 +__Bushwalkers'​ Huts__ at Point Lookout (The New England National Park): It is proposed to erect two Huts, each accommodating eight people; there will be bunks at either end of the hut and fire and cooking facilities will be provided. Blankets will be available at the Ranger'​s Cottage, nearby. The architect, Mr, A.W. Harris, 128 Faulkner Street, Armidale, thinks bushwalkers might have some special designs or measurements that they would like to submit. Federation will offer certain recommendations;​ if there are any others, please forward them to Mr. Harris.
 +
 +__Davidson Park__ (Middle Harbour Creek): Following recommendations made by Paddy Pallin, the Federation has agreed to inform the Trustees of the Park that it is willing to provide a Work Party to erect signs and clear tracks in the Davidson Park.
 +
 +__Search & Rescue__: Fourteen bushwalkers from Sydney took part in a search at Barrington recently. Walkie-talkie equipment was used in the search and found to be very efficient. Fortunately,​ the search did not proceed very extensively as the "​lost"​ party was able to walk to safety after the waters of the Williams River had subsided a little.
 +
 +A letter to hand contained the resignation of the secretary of the Search and Rescue Section. In consequence,​ the Council of Federation has asked that Clubs screen members in order to locate a new Secretary to the Section.
 +
 +__Publicity__:​ Three advertisements have been placed in the Sydney Morning Herald netting about thirty four enquiries. There has also been a request from an organisation for a lecture on bushwalking.
 +
 +__Social__: The 1956 Ball brought an income of £160 from tickets and £7.19.6 from other sources. Allowing for an expenditure of £128.5.1O, the profit to the Federation amounted to £39.13.8.
 +
 +__Camp Committee__:​ The Annual Camp of the Federation will be held on April 6/7 at Euroka Clearing. Mr. F.A. Pallin has agreed to act as Campfire Leader, but he wants every Club to help with Campfire items.
 +
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 +Without the benefit of "​tow-away"​ facilities, without signs or threatening notices, the drivers of the 46 (or was it 48?) cars in the Car Park above Woods Creek for the Re-union, placed their cars in neat, disciplined ranks, so that any one could pull out without undue backing and filling. __All__ did we say? Well, not quite. Right at the head of the column was a grey spacemaster which looked as though it had been parked by an inebriate in the small hours. When we identified it, we knew that was quite true. Anyway, the only vehicle hemmed in was the Colley Land Rover, and no one worries about Land Rovers.
 +
 +The Opera performers suffered greatly and encouraged migraine in tight-fitting "​antennae"​ to find most of the audience couldn'​t see them. Maybe scotch light on the tips is necessary - and/or a "​wiggling"​ attachment, or maybe Geoff just dressed his "​ants"​ too well in other ways.
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 +===== Warning!! =====
 +
 +By courtesy of N.T.C.U.B. Magazine.
 +
 +"All bushwalkers should not under any circumstances pass through the village of Upper Allyn which is situated on private property owned by Pender and Foster until further notice. If proceeding to Barrington Tops by the Allyn River route it is pointed out that the road reserve (not yet constructed) is on the opposite side of the river to the village (This road reserve is not trafficable for any vehicle so that cars have to be left at the end of the existing public road)"​.
 +
 +__Ed's Note__: We have heard that dire consequences will be the lot of any walkers trespassing this private property. If you insist, we would advise the wearing of a suit of bullet-proof armour (especially made for wearing with packs).
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 +===== Wild Creatures. =====
  
-FEDERATION REPORT MARCH 1957 
-- Allen A. strom 
-BUsHWALKERs'​ HUT at Point Lookout (The New England National Park): It is proposed t7-7277ect two Huts, each accommodating eight people;. there will be bunks at either end of the hut and fire and cooking facilities will be provided. Blankets will be available at the Ranger'​s Cottage, nearby. The architect, Mr, A.W. Harris, 128 Faulkner Street, Armidale, 
-thinks bushwalkers might have some special designs or measurements that 
-they would like to submit. Federation will offer certain recommendations;​ if there are any others, please forward them to Mr. Harris. 
-DAVIDsON PARK (Middle Harbour Creek): Following recommendations made by Paddy Pallin, the Federation has Agreed to inform-the.Trustees of the Park that it is willing to provide a Work Party to erect signs and clear tracks in the Davidson Park. 
-SEARCH REsCUE; Fourteen bushwalkers from sydney took part in a 
-search at Barrington recently. Walkie-talkie equipment was used in the search and found to be very efficient. Fortunately,​ the search did not proceed very extensively as the "​lost"​ party was able to walk to 
-safety after the waters of the Williams River had subsided a little. 
-A letter tohand contained the resignation of the secretary of the 
-search and Rescue section. In consequence,​ the Council of Federation 
-has asked that Clubs screen members in order to locate a new Secretary 
-to the section, 
-PUBLICITY: Three advertisements have been placed in the Sydney Morn- 
-' ing Herald netting about thirty four enquiries. There has also been a request from an organisation for a'​lecture on bushwalking. 
-SOCIAL: The 1956 Ball brought,an income of 160 from tickets and 7.19.6 from other sources. Allowing fur an expenditure of 128.5.1O, the profit to the Federation amounted to 39.13.8. 
-CAMP  COMMITTEE: The Annual Camp of the Federation will be held on April 6/7 at Euroka Clearing. Mr..F.A. Pallin has agreed to act as Campfire Leader, but he wants every Club to help with Campfire items. 
-Without the benefit of "​tow-away"​ facilities, without signs or threatening notices, the drivers of the 46 (or was it 48?). cars in the Car Park above Woods Creek for the Re-union, placed their cars in neat, disciplined ranks, so that any one could pull out without undue backing and filling. All did we say? Well, not quite. Right at the head of the column was a grey spacemaster which looked as though it had been parked by an inebriate in the small Sours.. When we identified it, we knew that was quite true.. Anyway, the only vehicle hemmed in was the Colley Land Rover, and no one worries about Land Rovers. 
-The Opera performers suffered greatly and encouraged migraine in tight -fitting"​ antertimo.."​ to find most of the audience couldn'​t see them. Maybe scotch light on the tips is necessary - and/or a '​wiggling"​ attachment, or maybe Geoff just dressed his "​ants"​ too well in other ways. 
-WARNINGBy courtesy of N.T.C.U.B, Magazine. 
-"All bushwalkers should not under any circumstances pass through the village of Upper Allyn which is situated on private property owned by Pender and Foster until further notice. If proceeding to Barring- 
-ton Tops by the Allyn River route it is pointed out that the road 
-reserve (not yet constructed) is on the opposite side of the river to the village (This road reserve is not trafficable for any vehicle so that cars have to be left at the end of the existing public road)"​. 
-Ed's Note: We have heard that dire consequences will be the 
-lot of any walkers trespassing this private property. If you insist, we would advise the wearing of a suit of bullet-proof armour 
-(especially made for wearing with packs). 
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-WILD CREATURES ​ 
 - Henry Ford - Henry Ford
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 It all happened at Moorabinda at the Instructional week-end, 23rd - 24th February. It all happened at Moorabinda at the Instructional week-end, 23rd - 24th February.
-Having a free morning John Logan and I went by an early trainand ​getting off at Heathcote, ambled up the creek to a pleasant spot just above the campsite, where we had lunch. It was here we came across a goanna which ran up a tree. It was beautifully marked and was a + 
-picture to behold, not only as it climbed, but as it paused, perfectly still, with head erect and surveyed us suspiciously. With a little encouragement it ran around the trunk out of our reach demonstrating its wisdom and its power and agility in climbing.+Having a free morning John Logan and I went by an early train and getting off at Heathcote, ambled up the creek to a pleasant spot just above the campsite, where we had lunch. It was here we came across a goanna which ran up a tree. It was beautifully marked and was a picture to behold, not only as it climbed, but as it paused, perfectly still, with head erect and surveyed us suspiciously. With a little encouragement it ran around the trunk out of our reach demonstrating its wisdom and its power and agility in climbing. 
 Peter and Georgia, who were on holidays and stayed over until Monday, reported having also seen a big goanna hunting around the camp looking for titbits. Peter and Georgia, who were on holidays and stayed over until Monday, reported having also seen a big goanna hunting around the camp looking for titbits.
 +
 As we all at around the campfire on the Saturday night, something seemed to drop out of one of the tall trees close by, and yet it did not drop, but seemed to float or fly. "​Phalangers"​ shouted Geoffo, and when we shone our torches on the trees, we all agreed. There were several of the beautiful little grey glider possums and they delighted us all with their arboreal manoeuvers, jumping, gliding, racing up the trees, racing down again, turning, stopping, starting, always just out of reach of our outstretched hands. One remained head downwards in the same spot for quite a long time, seeming not to care that he was in the centre of the beams from our torchs. As we all at around the campfire on the Saturday night, something seemed to drop out of one of the tall trees close by, and yet it did not drop, but seemed to float or fly. "​Phalangers"​ shouted Geoffo, and when we shone our torches on the trees, we all agreed. There were several of the beautiful little grey glider possums and they delighted us all with their arboreal manoeuvers, jumping, gliding, racing up the trees, racing down again, turning, stopping, starting, always just out of reach of our outstretched hands. One remained head downwards in the same spot for quite a long time, seeming not to care that he was in the centre of the beams from our torchs.
-The next diversion came when Gwen, on returning to her te#,discovered that she had been robbed. ​something ​had helped itself' ​liberally to her loaf of bread. "Phi1angers1" shouted ​Geoff o, and again we all agreed. + 
-Later investigations proved how wrong we were, for we found a half-tame wallaby on the outskirts of the camp. Nothing Gwen could do would induce him to help himself again to the loaf of bread she held out to him in her hand. He came quite close, but those who followed him around for some time and sought to induce him tocome ​closer, did so in vain. +The next diversion came when Gwen, on returning to her tent, discovered that she had been robbed. ​Something ​had helped itself liberally to her loaf of bread. "Phi1angers!" shouted ​Geoffo, and again we all agreed. 
-Amongst the many yarns which were passed round the campfire was a good one that Frank told about a yabbie. It was shortly after this that I went to the creek for water where I saw a large shadow move a few feet from the bank. It was the largest crayfish I have ever seen. With a torch in one hand and a long stick in the other I persuaded him to back towards the bank, which he did with his large clippers raised to protect himself from the stl,ckRo busy was he doing this that I managed to grab him behind the ears (yeswith my third hand) and hold him tightly so that he could not move or do any damage with his powerful clippers. I carried him triumphantly up to the camp with visions of lobster for supper, but the President, with a stern look in his eye, said, "Theytre ​protected ​Henryl" After a while, I.did the only thing I could do in the circumstances,​ and as we all clustered around, I put + 
-13, +Later investigations proved how wrong we were, for we found a half-tame wallaby on the outskirts of the camp. Nothing Gwen could do would induce him to help himself again to the loaf of bread she held out to him in her hand. He came quite close, but those who followed him around for some time and sought to induce him to come closer, did so in vain. 
-him down on the bank and we watched him scuttle away into the water and swim to the protection of some rocks. + 
-I was soundly asleep in my tent and sleeping bag long before some of +Amongst the many yarns which were passed round the campfire was a good one that Frank told about a yabbie. It was shortly after this that I went to the creek for water where I saw a large shadow move a few feet from the bank. It was the largest crayfish I have ever seen. With a torch in one hand and a long stick in the other I persuaded him to back towards the bank, which he did with his large clippers raised to protect himself from the stickSo busy was he doing this that I managed to grab him behind the ears (yeswith my third hand) and hold him tightly so that he could not move or do any damage with his powerful clippers. I carried him triumphantly up to the camp with visions of lobster for supper, but the President, with a stern look in his eye, said, "They'​re ​protected ​Henry!" After a while, I did the only thing I could do in the circumstances,​ and as we all clustered around, I put him down on the bank and we watched him scuttle away into the water and swim to the protection of some rocks. 
-the other members of the mob had had enough. About 1 or 2 a.m. I was awakened by a terrific commotion and a scuffling and a noise which sounded like someone whacking the bushes and the ground and the trees with a stick, + 
-when all of a sudden I was given a terrible wallop on my knee which was pushing the side of the tent out. Now quite awake I shouted "​Philangers!"​ "​No",​ said Geoff, "I was just protecting you from some wild creature that +I was soundly asleep in my tent and sleeping bag long before some of the other members of the mob had had enough. About 1 or 2 a.m. I was awakened by a terrific commotion and a scuffling and a noise which sounded like someone whacking the bushes and the ground and the trees with a stick, when all of a sudden I was given a terrible wallop on my knee which was pushing the side of the tent out. Now quite awake I shouted "​Philangers!"​ "​No",​ said Geoff, "I was just protecting you from some wild creature that was attacking you." 
-was attacking you."​ + 
-He could not give me.a description of my attacker and nothing he could +He could not give me a description of my attacker and nothing he could say at the time or has said since, would convince me that on this occasion the wild creature was not himself. 
-say at the time or has said since, would convince me that on this occasion the wild creature was not himself. + 
-Cast+__Cast__. 
-Geoffo Geoff, WAgg + 
-Frank Frank Quigley +GeoffoGeoff Wagg\\ 
-Gwen Gwen Quigley +FrankFrank Quigley\\ 
-(We can't help wondering about that loaf of bread, Henry. Was it Philangers or the Wallaby, or was it "that other wild creature"​ gone lightweight for the week-end- Ed.) +GwenGwen Quigley 
-REUNION ​- 1957. + 
-- GeoffWagg +(We can't help wondering about that loaf of bread, Henry. Was it Philangers or the Wallaby, or was it "that other wild creature"​ gone lightweight for the week-end- Ed.) 
-SCENE:+ 
 +---- 
 + 
 +===== Reunion ​- 1957. ===== 
 + 
 +- Geoff Wagg 
 + 
 +__Scene__: 
 The early autumn dawns as crisp as a slice of watermelon. The cool sun drifts soundlessly above the eastern ridges striking up long highlights on the river, which rise like searchlight beams to break among the trees along the bank and fall in fragments on the dew-bright grass. The Bellbird hangs his tiny notes along the high tree branches and that is all the sound there is. The early autumn dawns as crisp as a slice of watermelon. The cool sun drifts soundlessly above the eastern ridges striking up long highlights on the river, which rise like searchlight beams to break among the trees along the bank and fall in fragments on the dew-bright grass. The Bellbird hangs his tiny notes along the high tree branches and that is all the sound there is.
-Not far away on a ridgetop a large blue and grey vehicle sweeps along, apparently riding on a plume of soft grey dust. Nearer and nearer it draws + 
-to the tranquil clearing by the river; nearer and nearer, ploughing its cloud of dust to the road end. +Not far away on a ridgetop a large blue and grey vehicle sweeps along, apparently riding on a plume of soft grey dust. Nearer and nearer it draws to the tranquil clearing by the river; nearer and nearer, ploughing its cloud of dust to the road end. 
-Onk-hu-u-u.-rr-rk-gurrIJI ​(A sound reminiscent of a cracked saxaphone + 
-disgorging an irate concertina) eminates from the bonnet of the Puttmobile and drifts out across the gullies. Doors fly open; bushwalkers pour out. The S.B.Wr. Reunion is on and Nature retreats to the top of her highest +Onk-hu-u-u-r-r-rk-gurr!!! ​(A sound reminiscent of a cracked saxaphone disgorging an irate concertina) eminates from the bonnet of the Puttmobile and drifts out across the gullies. Doors fly open; bushwalkers pour out. The S.B.W. Reunion is on and Nature retreats to the top of her highest gumtree. 
-gumtree. + 
-Almost from that moment the river bank became the scene of much act- +Almost from that moment the river bank became the scene of much activity. Putt, with his team of tireless toilers, whisked great logs, cut on the previous weekend, to the campfire site and stacked them with precision to the design of Bill Henley, the Campfire Architect. All kinds of conveniences were erected, not to mention windbreaks to protect the unwary kidney from a sneaking ground-draft and stage back-drops to protect the unwary actor from a well aimed tomato. Mosquitoes had previously been warned off the area and all the standing water made unfit for habitation. 
-ivity. Putt, with his team of tireless toilers, whisked great logs, cut on the previausweekend,to the campfire site and stacked them with precision + 
-to the design of Bill Henley, the Campfire Architect. All kinds of conveniences were erected, not to mention windbreaks to protect the unwary kidney +No milk and Sunday paper delivery - next year perhaps! 
-14. + 
-from a sneaking ground-draft and stage back-drops to protect the unwary ​ +And during all this came the tents... Big ones, small ones, golden, green and "used to be __some__ ​colour"​ in every conceivable shape and location. With the tents came the walkers - big ones, small ones etc. including tots, visitors and prospectives to a total of 189 bods - we think a record. (This figure hasn't been checked by Nan Bourke, our Auditor, but I think we might believe Malcolm ​beause ​he was very careful and used all his fingers and toes. 
-actor from a well aimed tomato. Mosquitoes had previously been warned + 
-off the area and all the standing water made unfit for habitation. No milk and Sunday paper delivery - next year perhaps! +When the last ice chest, lounge chair and baby cot had been humped ​down the ridge, daylight began to disappear, swirling into a sunset flush and rushing through the western gap like water down a drain. On the darkened earth, cooking fires winked ​like stars and on the darkened sky, stars winked like cooking fires. Nature at the top of her gumtree shifted into a more comfortable crotch and settled down for the night. 
-And during all this came the tents   ​Big ones, small ones, golden, + 
-green and 'used to be some colour"​ in every conceivable shape and location. With the tents came the walkers - big ones, mall ones etc. including tots, +As the pungent odour of Stitt'​s incinerated repast faded into the cool night air, the mood of expectancy began to spring from one group to the next. Something must surely happen soon - everyone'​s here (except Jim Hooper, of course) ​something must surely happen - yes! There it is glowing like a monster jewel with a million facets and throwing up a million sparks to rival the stars. 
-visitors and prospectives to a total of 189 beds - we think a record. + 
-(This figure hasn't been checked by Nan Bourke, our Auditor, but I think we +The Campfire is on!! 
-might believe Malcolm ​beaause ​he was very careful and used all his fingers and toes. + 
-When the last ice chest, lounge chair and baby cot had been humped ​dawn the ridge, daylight began to disappear, swirling into a sunset flush and rushing through the western gap like water down a drain. On the darkened earth, cooking fires wdnked ​like stars and on the darkened sky, stars winked like cooking fires. Nature at the top of her gumtree shifted into a more +Fire's burning...\\ 
-comfortable crotch and settled down for the night. +Fire's burning... 
-As the pungent odour of Stitt'​s incinerated repast faded into the cool + 
-night air, the mood of expectancy-began to spring from one group to the next. Something must surely happen soon - everyone'​s here (except Jim Hooper, of course) something must surely happen - yes! There it is glowing like a monster jewel with a million facets and throwing up a million sparks to rival the stars. +After we'd sung the rounds it was time for the current Chronic Opera, "White Antics",​ which brought forth some rare moments of melodious warbling and the natural comedy team of Digby Rigby, the master white ant, as the Black Duke of Anthracite, and Brian Anderson as Admiral Antidote, his dim but willing accomplice. These two arch plotters are attempting and very nearly succeeding to establish the Black Duke as consort to the Queen of Antdom. Unfortunately,​ in his moment of triumph, the Duke is eaten by a rampaging Anteater, much to the secret disgust of the Queen, who'll tell you she preferred him to the hero anyday. For his part in the plot Admiral Antidote is relegated to a post in the Municipal Garbage Service and everyone lives happily ever after. There is a considerably body of opinion to the effect that, though unseen, the prompter played the best part of the evening. 
-The Campfire is on:: + 
-Fire's burning ​  +After some particularly good singing from Paddy and the kids and a touch of harmony from the Ray Bean Trio it got to be time to initiate the new members. Now initiations of the previous year, though they had been a great source of fun to most people (including, strangely enough, the initiates) had brought forth some adverse criticism from those gentler souls. Unkind opinion has it that these are the people who when crowding for a better view were splashed with mud, but this is not necessarily supported by fact. This year it was decided there would be no room for adverse comment. Initiations would be the soul of gentility, and it was so. 
-Fire's burning ​  + 
-After we'd sung the rounds it was time for the current Chronic Opera, +First initiates were assembled before the members and asked to state what was wrong when etiquette demands a walker should get the leader'​s permission before removing his shirt while he can remove his pants at his own discretion. 
-"White Antics",​ which brought forth some rare moments of melodious warbling and the natural comedy team of Digby Rigby, the master white ant, as the + 
-Black Duke of Anthracite, and Brian Anderson as Admiral Antidote, his dim +No-one knew. Answer of course is "You take care of the pinneys and the pants will take care of themselves"​. 
-but willing accomplice. These two arch plotters are attempting and very + 
-nearly succeeding to establish the Black Duke as consort to the Queen of Antdom. Unfortunately,​ in his moment of triumph, the Duke is eaten by a rampaging Anteater, much to the secret disgust of the Queen, who'll tell you she preferred him to the hero anyday. For his part in the plot Admiral Antidote is relegated to a post in the Municipal Garbage Service and everyone lives happily ever after. There is a considerably body of opinion to the effect that, though unseen, the prompter played the best part of the evening. +Next idea, to see if 8 new members could erect a tent, was effectively white anted when one of them mislaid the tent pegs. No-one seemed too sure what happened after that. Some other people came and made appeals to the audience for ideas on how these should be dealt with. Most proffered ideas were "hang 'em from the yard arm high" or "boil 'em in pitch",​ and couldn'​t be used because the necessary equipment wasn't available so it was finally settled to set each of them a labour to be performed by eleven o'​clock the next morning. Some of these were quite dangerous like discovering how many bods per tent and who snored. The task arousing most comment was to find a pair of the Bagley Beetle, species Red-bummed. The new member Lynette Baber, a keen field naturalist hadn't heard of this creature and immediately challenged it's existance. Bob Duncan who was the first person to identify the beetle was called on to verify the fact and did so conclusively by producing one he happened to have with him. Judy of course denies being a Bagley Beetle, but her slacks (and face) were definitely ​__red__. 
-After some particularly good singing from Paddy and the kids and a touch of harmony from the Ray Bean Trio it got to be time to initiate the new members. Now initiations of the previous year, though they had been a great source of fun to most people (including, strangely enough, the initiates) had brought forth some adverse criticism from those gentler souls. + 
-Unkind opinion has it that these are the people who when crowding for a +This initiation seemed to prove the truth of the statement made by one hardened type. "Just you give them new members half a chance, and they'​ll initiate you!" 
-better view were splashed with mud, but this is not necessarily supported + 
-by fact. This year it was decided there would be no room for adverse comment. Initiations would be the soul of gentility, and it was so. +After all this had been dealt with we had some more songs and swore in the President, Brian Harvey, for his second year in that post. This swearing ​in of the President is an interesting and ancient custom with its origin pleasantly wreathed in antiquity. Though some of our senior members seem to be in danger of taking it seriously, youth will always keep such things in their correct perspective,​ although the only one of the venerable ​symbols ​that can touch their imagination now-a-days, seems to be the Order of the Boot. 
-15. +
-First initiates were assembled before the members and asked to state +
-what was wrong when etiquette demands a walker should get the leader'​s +
-permission before removing his shirt while he can remove his pants at his own discretion. +
-NO-one knew. Answer of course is "You take care of the pinneys and the pants will take care of themselves"​. +
-Next idea, to see if 8 new members could erect a tent, was effectively white anted when one of them mislaid the tent pegs. No-one seemed too sure what' ​happened after that. Some other people came onamd made appeals +
-to the audience for ideas on haw these should be dealt with. Most proffered +
-ideas were "hang 'an from the yard arm high" or "boil 'em in pitch",​ and couldn'​t be used because the necessary equipment wasn't available so it was +
-finally settled to set each of them a labour to bo performed by eleven o'​clock +
-the next morning. Some of these were quite dangerous like discovering how many bods per tent and who snored. The task arousing most comment was to +
-find a pair of the Bagley Beetle, species Red-bummed. The new member +
-Lynette Baber, a keen field naturalist hadn't heard of this creature and immediately challenged it's existance. Bob Duncan who was the first person +
-to identify the beetle was called on tb verify the fact and did so conclusively by producing one he happened to have with him. Judy of course denies being a Bagley Beetle, but her slacks (and face) were definitely ​red+
-This initiation seemed to prove the truth of the statement made by one hardened type. "Just you give them new members half a chance, and they'​ll +
-initiate you:+
-After all this had been dealt with we had some more songs and sore in the President, Brian Harvey, for his second year in that post. This swear- +
-ing in of the President is an interesting and ancient custom with its origin +
-pleasantly wreathed in antiquity. Though some of our senior members seem +
-to be in danger of taking it seriously, youth will always keep such things in their correct perspective,​ although the only one of the venerable ​sypbols ​that can touch their imagination now-a-days, seems to be the Order of the Boot.+
 More items followed though attention began to stray a little to the other side of the fire whence came the dull gleam of coffee-full kerosene tins and the clunk-clunk of rock cakes rolling together. More items followed though attention began to stray a little to the other side of the fire whence came the dull gleam of coffee-full kerosene tins and the clunk-clunk of rock cakes rolling together.
 +
 "​Supper'​s on!!" "​Supper'​s on!!"
-This brought the assembly to its feet and queues materialized in a + 
-flash, each walker with mug at the ready. Then with brimming mug and rock +This brought the assembly to its feet and queues materialized in a flash, each walker with mug at the ready. Then with brimming mug and rock cake in hand dispersing into chatting groups to relive old days and plan for those to come. 
-cake in hand dispersing into chatting groups to relive old days and plan + 
-for those to come. +About this time that popular girl, Bo-Peep, put in an appearance only to have her escutcheon trampled on once more. 
-About this time that popular girl, Bo-Peep,put in an appearance only to have her escutcheon trampled on once more. + 
-Now some were reluctantly moving bedwards carrying sleeping tinies, some were singing sweetly by the fire, some were they were ... well, I can't quite see what they'​re doing. It's the young mob up there in the dark comer by the wind break. It looks like some kind of a rough house, no, it's +Now some were reluctantly moving bedwards carrying sleeping tinies, some were singing sweetly by the fire, some were... they were... well, I can't quite see what they'​re doing. It's the young mob up there in the dark corner ​by the wind break. It looks like some kind of a rough house, no, it's Bob Duncan demonstrating ​how to take off a sweather ​under a parka with-out shifting the parka. 
-Bob Duncan demonstrating ​haw to take off asweatier ​under a parka with-out + 
-16. +Nature, who had been tossing and turning at the top of her gum tree, decided she would suffer her disturbed rest no longer, and climbed down to punish the culpritThe Admiral was making the most noise, so she siezed his shirt and sprang to the top of her tree. The Admiral made still more noise. 
-shifting the parka. + 
-Nature, who had been tossing and turning at the top of her.gum tree, decided she would suffer her disturbed rest no longer, and climbed down to punish the culpritThe Admiral was making the most noise, so she siezed his shirt and sprang to the top of her tree. The Admiral made still more noise. +But, roll up, roll up, roll up! See Dare Devil Duncan fly through a blazing sheet of currugated cardboard and land in a palpitating heap on the other side. 
-But,roll up, roll up, roll up! ee Dare Devil Duncan fly through a blazing sheet of currugated cardboard and land in a palpitating heap on the other side. + 
-"Awl I thought.you were going to catch me, Waggl+"Awl I thought you were going to catch me, Wagg!" 
-This sort of thing was too energetic to last, thoughThe tumult and the shouting had to die. One byone the revellers faded away trailing sleeping bag and ground sheet, to seek a quiet spot. Only the small group by the fire left, still sipping coffee and listening to Henry play Old Austrian airs on the mouth organ - - Peace at last. + 
-Re-union ​qunday ​mornings always start about 3 hours earlier than most people feel they should. After such a late night, it wouldseem that an eleven o'​clock lay-in was the right thing, but -- no chance. All tinies go to sleep with the sparrows,leap up with the larks, give piercing shouts, wake grumbling Daddies, +This sort of thing was too energetic to last, thoughThe tumult and the shouting had to die. One by one the revellers faded away trailing sleeping bag and ground sheet, to seek a quiet spot. Only the small group by the fire left, still sipping coffee and listening to Henry play Old Austrian airs on the mouth organ - - Peace at last. 
-"Wake up Daddy:+ 
-"​Daddy,​ wake up 1", +Re-union ​Sunday ​mornings always start about 3 hours earlier than most people feel they should. After such a late night, it would seem that an eleven o'​clock lay-in was the right thing, but -- no chance. All tinies go to sleep with the sparrows, leap up with the larks, give piercing shouts, wake grumbling Daddies, 
-' ​who trip over billy - DangBangCurseand break sticks for fire with great force of expression - rnash, crash, snap:: + 
-q(:). starts a Re-union ​qunday. As soon as there is a fire alight ​'a group will gather and chatter and with the chatter you lose your lastchance of sleep. Those half heard conversations sound so tantalising +"Wake up Daddy!" 
-you have to roll as far ,aa the tent flap and peer out to see what you're + 
-misSing. The sunlight hurts at first, but soon it burns away the film of sleep, the soft cool whisper of a breeze clears away the fuzzy +"​Daddy,​ wake up!", 
-feeling in your tread, and Taro comes along and looks down at you and says, + 
-"You know what you are? You're a life murderer. Y're' ​sleeping away the best minutes of y're life",​ +who trip over billy - DangBangCurseand break sticks for fire with great force of expression - Smash, crash, snap!! 
-and you climb out ofyour sleeping bag and into the world. + 
-When breakfast was over and everyone was well rested from the +So starts a Re-union ​Sunday. As soon as there is a fire alight a group will gather and chatter and with the chatter you lose your last chance of sleep. Those half heard conversations sound so tantalising you __have__ ​to roll as far as the tent flap and peer out to see what you'​re ​missing. The sunlight hurts at first, but soon it burns away the film of sleep, the soft cool whisper of a breeze clears away the fuzzy feeling in your tread, and Taro comes along and looks down at you and says, 
-effort of getting up, some folk driftedfrom ​camp to camp, hand shaking, back slapping, renewing old acquaintances,​ while some wandered up stream in search of a spot deep enough to swim. The Grose generally + 
-was reduced to a depth of 2inches of water and 2 feet of sand, a little too this to walk on and a little too thick to swim. Eventually a spot +"You know what you are? You're a life murderer. Y're sleeping away the best minutes of y're life", 
-was found where the body could be totally immersed, though, as this was + 
-only-a little larger than the average bath tub, conditions were some- +and you climb out of your sleeping bag and into the world. 
-times a little cramped, + 
-George ​Grays while attempting to break the underwater record for the pool,, was rudely surprised when another bod came sliding down a +When breakfast was over and everyone was well rested from the effort of getting up, some folk drifted from camp to camp, hand shaking, back slapping, renewing old acquaintances,​ while some wandered up stream in search of a spot deep enough to swim. The Grose generally was reduced to a depth of 2 inches of water and 2 feet of sand, a little too thin to walk on and a little too thick to swim. Eventually a spot was found where the body could be totally immersed, though, as this was only a little larger than the average bath tub, conditions were sometimes ​a little cramped
-steep rock above and landed with a resounding splat in the small of his back. On second thoughts, I feel George may have been suffering from a surfiet of the rock-cakes Colin was still handing around on + 
-17. +George ​Gray, while attempting to break the underwater record for the pool, was rudely surprised when another bod came sliding down a steep rock above and landed with a resounding splat in the small of his back. On second thoughts, I feel George may have been suffering from a surfiet of the rock-cakes Colin was still handing around on Sunday morning and was laying ​scuppered at the bottom ​of the pool when the shock occurred. 
-Sunday morning and was laytng ​scuppered at the bottom ​Of the pool when the shock.oCcurred, + 
- ​Digby,​ the Black Duke, having been bested the previous evening +Digby, the Black Duke, having been bested the previous evening only by the unfair intervention of a spiny anteaters now saw his opportunity clear for revenge. Wagg, or Anthony (they'​re both the same) was prostrate on the sand absorbing sun, so he conceived the idea of tramping over him at high speed. The victim is snoozing, unsuspecting. The villian ​advances at high velocity. Admiral Antidote, became a cohort of the Queen, since recognition of his efforts in the Garbage Disposal Service, cries, "Now!" Anthony raises himself a fraction, but too late for the Black Duke to stop or swerve. He trips, describes a graceful ​arc through air and lands on his ear
-only by the unfair intervention of a spiny anteaters now saw his opportunity clear for revenge. Wagg, or Anthony (they'​re both the same) was prostrate on the sand absorbing sun, so he conceived the idea of tramping over him at high speed. The victim is snoozing, unsuspecting. The villisa. ​advances at high velocity. Admiral Antidote, became a cohort of the Queen, since recognition of his efforts in the Garbage Disposal Service, cries, "Now:" Anthony raises himself a fraction, but too late for the Black Duke to stop or swerve. He trips, describes.a graceful ​arb through air and lands on his ear, + 
-"​Curses,​ foiled. ​againl+"​Curses,​ foiled. ​again!" 
-Soon'it was eleven o'​clock and time to hear the new member' ​answers to the questions they'd been given, and once more it seemed that everything was being made easy for themWhatever their answer + 
-it waS right, so each one won a prize. For John Scott and Henry Gold +Soon it was eleven o'​clock and time to hear the new member answers to the questions they'd been given, and once more it seemed that everything was being made easy for themWhatever their answer it was right, so each one won a prize. For John Scott and Henry Gold it was a beauty treatment beginning with a mud pack. This meant they were really in the dough (face first) and the beauticians made a special point of rubbing it well into the hair. Georgia Antoniades won a shave and was unkind ​enough to inquire if the 'Dirty Dora' they lathered her with was hygenic. ​'​Nuff ​sed!" Mary Walton and Shirley Hackworthy also won a free shave and were given the opportunity of shaving each other (blindfold). This would have been a dual femacide ​if they'd had razors instead of pieces of bark. Lynette ​Baber and Dot Barr sat down to build a castle ​in the sand, but something went wrong with the system and they were lucky not to be entombedFinally Margaret Innes won a free application of lipstick and eyebrow pencil by Lynette and Dot. That certainly was a free application. Goodness knows how she got it off. 
-it was a beauty treatment beginning with a mud pack. This meant they were really in the dough (face first) and the beauticians made a + 
-special point of rubbingit well into the hair. Georgia Antoniades won a shave and was Unkind ​enough to inquire if the 'Dirty Dora' they lathered her With was hygenic. ​INuff. ​sed!" Mary Walton and Shirley Hackworthy also won 'a free shave and were given the opportunity of +Next we had a tug of war in which every time the mens' team took the strain, the rope wouldn'​t. It landed them in a heap on three consecutive occasions. After a few more items of general athletics, three legged races etc. it was time for lunch. 
-shaving each other (blindfold). This would-have been.a dual fe-nmacide ​if they'd had razors instead of pieces of bark. Lynette ​.Laber + 
-and Dot Barr sat down to build a castle.inthe ​sand, but something went wrong with the system and they were lucky not to'be entombed+A few hardy walking types combined to finish the last of the rock cakes, but these, even in their depleted numbers were more than a match for walker'​s jaws and the remains (of the rock cakes) were disposed ​of in a deep hole. 
-Finally Margaret Innes won a free application of lipstick and eyebrow pencil by Lynette and Dot. That certainly was a free application. Goodness knows how she got it off. + 
-Next we had a tug of war in' ​which every time the mans' team took the strain, the rope wouldn'​t. It landed them in a heap on three +It doesn'​t take long for a Re-union to break up after lunch on Sunday. The rabbits check out, then the mob for the bus, until only a few stragglers remain. Despondently they dismantle the little tents, stamp out the remaining coals among the ashes, shoulder their packs and walk away among the now silent corridors of the trees
-consecutive occasions. After a few more items of general athletics, +  
-three legged races etc. it was time for lunch. +Silence immerses the whole scene, drowns rocks and trees and grasses ​in a sea of utter stillness. ​The gentlest ​of evening ​breezes breaths ​coolly ​into the stillness to send it drifting gently between the trees, which set up a languid swaying like seaweeds in an underwater ​current. The sunset ​fades, the sky turns to dark silver and the first white glittering star is born. The breeze dies - once more all is still. 
-A few hardy walking types combined to finish the last of the rock + 
-cakes, but these, even in their depleted numbers were more than a +Like a shadow, Nature slips down the smooth trunk of her gum tree. At the bottom she pauses a moment and looks around with cautious eyes, then stretches; luxuriously easing the kinks out of cramped muscles. A great big yawn then, 
-match for walker'​s jaws and the remains (of the rock cakes) were dis- + 
-posed of in a deep hole. +"Thank God! Peace for another 12 months!"​ 
-It doesn'​t take long for a Re-union to break up after lunch on Runday. The rabbits check out, then the mob for the bus, until only a + 
-few stragglers remain. Despondently they dismantle the little tents, stamp out the remaining coals among the ashes, shoulder their packs and walk away among the now silent corridors of the trees +---- 
--Silence immerses the whole scene, drowns rocks and trees and + 
-grasse-S ​in a sea of utte-r stillhess, -The gentlest ​ofevening ​breezes +
-breaths ​Coolly ​into the stillness to send it drifting gently between the trees, which set up a languid swaying like-seaweeds in an under- +
-water current. The sunSet ​fades, the sky turns to dark silver and the +
-first white glittering star is born. The breeze dies - once more all is still. +
-18, +
-Like a shadow, Nature slips down the smooth trunk of her gum tree. +
-At the bottom ​-she pauses a moment and looks around with cautious eyes, +
-then stretches; luxuriously easing the kinks out of cramped muscles. A great big yawn then, +
-"Thank God! Peace for another 12 monthse +
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 SEVEN WEEKS IN NEW ZEALAND - Part 2. SEVEN WEEKS IN NEW ZEALAND - Part 2.
 Dot Butler. Dot Butler.
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