A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to the Sydney Bushwalker, The N.S.W. Nurses' Association Rooms, “Northcote Building”, Reiby Place, Sydney. Box No. 4476 G.P.O. Sydney. 'Phone JW1462.
|Editor||Stuart Brooks, 5 Ingalara Rd, Wahroonga. 484343.|
|Business Manager||Brian Harvey|
|Sales & Subs.||Lola Wedlock|
|Typed by||Shirley Dean|
|At Our November Meeting||Alex Colley||3|
|Letter to the Editor||Colin Putt||5|
|Joie De Vie||Puffing Billy||6|
|Santa Claus' Lament||16|
|Just for Prospeetives & New Members||18|
|Outward Bound Course for Girls||19|
|Hatswell's Taxi (ad)||15|
|Plumbing Trouble (ad)||15|
When I consider how my back was bent
From all that grog, a little tent
Sleep by day, carouse by night
Surfing in the dawn's first light.
Swimming through the Morong Deep
Christmas and a date to keep
The same old crew, the good old times
Of Christmas pudding minus chimes.
To the river, to the sand,
(The Tall girl's in another land)
Time goes by, and time goes fast
Here's to all the Christmas past.
And to the New Year which revives
Sinister thoughts in sullen wives.
Man is gregarious. This is an axiom as fundamental as the atom, or income tax. The sharing of hopes and fears is a necessary exercise that no one can really avoid, or perhaps, would want to.
When one looks around at the range of peculiar sou1-mates available, companionship beconies a quizzical thing, but a strong common interest is a wonderful starting point, transcending unusual physical features and divers mental aberrations.
Christmas is a perennial reminder that togetherness and common interest is the all pervading factor in the fabric of our lives.
If there is anywhere such a reminder would be superfluous, it is Reiby Place, Wednesday night.
However we bow to convention and this issue is dedicated to the joy that is Christmas, the hope that is Man.
It is also our 25th anniverary as a monthly magazine with Rigby cover and this is surely worthy of special attention.
“Joie de Vie” we hope you enjoy particularly - our first attempt at illustrated folk lore, and a commendable effort by the two artists concerned. The author has specialy reuested anonymity - why, we'll never know - but Knightley's a bloke whose confidence I'll always respect.
The crux of our Christmas carolling follows without further ado.
When Xmas comes around each year
We're drenched with honeyed phrases
And everyone's forced bonhomie
The spice of life erases.
But when I think of all the bills
That in their wake will follow,
I must confess my greetings kind
Are really rather hollow.
This Xmas message thus will be
Like molasses - unrefined
“Until the infant year appears
Let joy be unconfined.”
The meeting opened with an apology from Jess Martin, who was not able to be there to take the minutes. However David Ingram was equal to the occasion, and did the minutes as well as the ordinary secretarial duties.
The two new members were welcomed - Esme Biddulph and Bert van Loon. There was a slight delay when one badge couldn't be pinned because it was damaged. But hardly had the President started to effect repairs when our efficient Secretary produced another.
The President then told us of the death of Clem Hallstrom. He described Clem's high spirits and good humour and his club activities and we then observed a short silence in Clem's memory.
Highlights of the Treasurer's report were the receipt of £28.5.- in subs, which, it transpired, were paid after the despatch of the awful orange notice; and the receipt of £1.19.- for the hire of gear - nearly enough to cover the cost of one of the two tents which Frank Ashdown bought at the auction for £2 each. Our cash balance was down about £17 over the month.
The first walk described by the Walks Secretary was that led by Bob Godfrey at the 6 hour week-end. This was something of a mystery hike. It was programmed to go to Bunbunbah Creek, but somehow the party were next heard of in a hired station wagon on a prospecting tour of the Capertee and Turon. There was no mention of any walking. The second walk that week-end led by Bill Rodgers appeared to have achieved all objectives, including Mt. Wallara, Mt. Guougang and Morong Falls. The party camped in an inch of snow on Friday night. The third walk - Reg Meekins trip from Yalwal to Tallong - went according to schedule, except that the River had to be crossed at Badgery's instead of at the bottom of Dynamite trail. There were 6 members and 2 prospectives on the trip, and the hospitality of the Crisp family at Tolwong station was as warm as ever. Wilf said that any walkers visiting the area should make a special point of calling in. A fourth walk to Bunbundah Creek and Dangera Creek was led by Alan Round. The week-end walk on 5-7th October was cancelled because the leader was away, but Raymond U'Brien's Sunday walk attracted 8 members. Some fine waratahs were photographed, but we're not saying where. Because of a scheduled T.V. filming on Sunday 14th the track clearing week-end on Starlight's trail was postponed. Unfortunately, the T.V. filming was postponed also. The Instructional week-end led by Denise Hull and Eileen Taylor went as per programme. The Saturday weekend walk was cancelled due to lack of starters and there was no Sunday walk. The Federation Search and Rescue week-end on 19-21st, was not so well attended as last year, but a splendid demonstration was held. About 20 member's were there. The Sunday walk from Bundeena to Garie was led by Grace Rigg, who had 6 members and 3 prospectives on the trip. The flowers were good, and even the hakea was appreciated. Lunch was partaken in a secret cave of Frank Leyden's. Grace believes the walk should be counted as a test.
Stuart Brook's Mountain Lagoon - Colo River walk was taken by Wilf Hilder instead, and there were 7 starters. Unfortunately Tony Quietsch had cartillege trouble in the'knee, and had to be taken back. The rest of the party went on to the Colo River, which was very welcome after a hot spell on the ridges. Great areas of felled timber were found at the head of Tootie Creek. There was a magnificent panorama from the top of Condor trig. Several serious errors were found in the St. Alban's military map. By 27 and 28th, Bob Godfrey was demotorised (station wagon returned to hirer). His walk to Woronara Dam and O'Hare's Creek was enjoyed by 6 members. David Ingram's George's River walk on October 28th was done by 12 members, 5 prospectives and 1 visitor. David described the country from Minto to Freer's Crossing as open farming country. There are very few campsites along the river, but there are some oustanding swimming pools, including Bushwalker's Basin. It was a good hot weather walk.
Mick Elphick told us that the Conservation Conference, chaired by Allen Strom considered some 16 motions. Subjects discussed included subdivisions, wild life destruction and the effect of burning off on bird life.
The meeting closed after a few announcements of general interest. Wilf told us that a new 50,000 scale map of Canberra is available, also a sketch map of the Upper Capertee and that the Ulladulla map would be available soon. A new songbook compiled by the Kameruka Clab is available for 5/-, and proceeds will go to S & R. Also National Parks Association Christmas cards are available for 1/-.
Club members will be in camp at North Era and surfing at South Era from 26th December, 1962 to 1st January 1963. Day walkers will be welcome at any time during the period.
Infregdent trains to Lilyvale and walk out, or hourly trains to Waterfall, thence bus or hire car from Waterfall to Governor Game Lookout or Garie Beach, then walk a mile or so.
Lilyvale - Burning Palms - Era - Garie. 6 miles. A short walk through pleasant forest with an opportunity for surfing at uncrowded beaches.
Train: 8.42 a.m. Wollongong train from Central Steam Station.
Tickets: Lilyvale return @ 7/9 approx.
Map: Port Hacking Tourist.
Leader: Elayne Metcalf.
Private transport to Wood's Creek - Burralow Creek - Wood's Creek. 3 miles. A swimming trip in the Grose River District. Almost certain to be a hot day. Please let Alex know well ahead, so that transport can be arranged.
Train: 7.40 a.m. Hornsby via Bridge from Central Electric Station, to Turramurra to connect with transport. If coming by car park off Pacific Highway near the Turramurra Overbridge.
Map: Windsor Military.
Leader: Alex Colley
Letter to the Editor from Colin Putt. re - The Decline and Fall of the Rudol h Cu - Alas, the Rudolph Cup hag' indeed disappeared, and no wonder! Like all a those things which the-gods love, it died young. It-vas conceived on a winter's hight in-1953, then Admiral Anderson and I sat considering the blank-Sundays on the hot end of his walks programMe. We decided that we ourselves Mould fill the breach; and having little pefisonal experience of-Sunday walks,'we had the iitpression-that they must be somehow tied up with congervation, birds, bees-and flowers. For the first “blankSunday we moulted “Flora and Fauna study, Coogee to La Perouge via the rockg.” Ah - inhoceht youth6. Nauseated by this masterpiece, somebody began t6 whistle the - Eton Boating Solt, and imffiediately the next Sunday *alk became “Bogt Race, National Park.” As patron deity for the event we chose Rudolph, who had so liberally irrigated us the Christmas before, in the Kommung. -“National Park?”, said a more senior member when the programme cathe before theCohimittee-“You. mean, Audley?” “Yes”, sparred the Admiral guiltily, “it will be perfectly orderly.” He little knew: The first cup race was attended by eleven brave souls - and Rudolphp who graced his-feat 'with thunder, lightning, water- spout g and hurricanes. -It was ah auspicious Omen, and year by year thereafter the ceremonieg flourished more and more.- The “flora and fauna study”, “which only ended-in our Surprising a nudist colow in full swing and being shot up in the rear of the Long Bay rifle range was featureless and futureless when compared with its tmino. Sunday malk. Year after year the Audley valley rang to the crash of breaking timber and the screams of the-helpless victims as, deprived of their oars-or their senses, they were pushed first over the finishing linen Year after year Rudolph sent hail, cloudbursts and thunder to mark his sacrifice, and the number of his devotees swelled. By 1957, Scores -11 innocent civilian bystander on the finishing line- bridge were 'being forced to ezirpty 44 gallon drums of unho3J–water-on the victors. But in 37958, something waS wrong, the Deit'S-7. was absent. Not a cloud in the sky. Above the crunch of the breaking ribs of boats and bush*alkers, elephantine crashings-in the bushes proclaimed the arrival of the Police! They were very decent about it,-but it was obvious, by the time that they left us, that the Cup and its patron were exiled from their home shrine forever. At first thefe was talk of transferring the cult to salt water-and I for one putaide an 85 horse engine, a 6 x 4 inch centrifugal pampiand a gold-sluicing monitor which I thought might be acceptable instruffients of sacrifice, but it- was-not-to be. The cerefflonies had always been accompanied by the admixture of a fair amount of human blood with the water and it was felt that sharks could be a nuisance…. Rudolph 's standard as briefly raised, under'Squalid-conditions, at Places such as Wallacia, but only”' everas a Pretender to a throne already held by others. His days of pride and glory were done,-forever. The Cup was bereft of its piirpose in life, and the sad vessel withered, oxidised and died. Let no man try to re-create the past. Get cracking, and think of something new: . Puttoh. Footnote for scholars. -Rudolph is of dou'rse, 6-pagan-cbity, the-lagt member of the Bughwalker's Partheon. He is the God of blood, irOn and hypophosphiteg, the operator in Sod's Law, the holy wielder of the 'Last Bloody Straw. His mottoes are “Never give a-sucker-a break”? and “Al*ays hit a bushwalker when he's down”. He can take the for6 of-other pagan gods to get thgm into trouble, but he more usually takes the form of well-non bushwalkers to upset billies into the fire, walk through tent ropes and stand on pipes, eggs or compasses. In invisible form, it is he who guide-the smoke from camp fires-in the may it usually takes and puts extra greasy rocks in the best stream crossings. 6 THE SYDNEY BUSHGTALKER December 1962 JOIE DE VIE by Puffing 3illy. Illustrated by Helen Gray Maddening crowd at Central Milling round the clock; Walkers all awaiting Just to dig the rock. Demure, slly prospective, New boots, tent and pack, In innocence told Mummy, “I shall soon, be back.” Leader tall and gangling, Confident and ,neat, Assures those who'll listen, “This'll be a treat.” Members unbelieving (Been misled before) Piled all their food in, Then a whole lot more All out at Katoomba Into wintry wind; Leader in a panic, Prospective left behind. December 1962 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER 7 , Finds her safe at Medlow Waking in the dawning, Skulking in a shed; Prospective at the leap; A member organised her, Leader getting frantic, Both are snug in bed. Members still asleep. eader on the rampage, “Time we ma d6 a start.” Members re tonstrating 9 “Tdo ',windy to depart.” Finally at sun-up All upon the track; Leader as the vanguard, Members at the back. Sun uprising brightly, Fiery red and hot/ Members all a-strolling, Leader at the trot. 8 -THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER December 1962 0 Soon the track divideth, Leader wears a frown One path going upwards, Other going down. Members pointing downwards, Leader pointing up; Prospective gives the answer, “What about a cup?” Leader most unwilling, Members take command, Get the fire going, Prospective lends a hand. Track goes round in circles, Leader's frown gets deep; Members crying loudly, “Hill's too b—-y steep.” December 1962 TEE SYDNEY BUSHUALKER 9 Leader starts to ponder - Altercation follows: Doesn't know the land; Going east or west? Trembles with foreboding, Members all recumbent - Mutiny at hand. They just want to rest. Leader and prospective Forward on the track; Members knowing better, Slyly heading, back. Leader quite undaunted, With compass is enddwed; Prospective starts complaining In accents long and laud. “Cutty-grass is hurting, Like a sharpened steel; Lantana thick and prickly Makes my senses reel. “Boots upon my tootsies, Raising blisters sore; Pack upon my shoulders, Half a ton or more.”
Leader finds a river., Starts to make a camp; Prospective near expiry From lassitude and cramp.
10 TI E SYDNEY BUSHWALKER December 1962
1,er's ministrations 2,0n bring her around;
Learnt 'first-aid from Harvey, So she's safe and sound.
Boils up some goulash, Dehydrated stew; Prospective feeling better, Looks at life anew.
Red-hot billy handle Singes leader's hand Spilling dehydrated Out upon the sand.
Prospective 's ministrations Fail to quell the pain;
Learnt first-aid from Harvey,. Forgot it all again!
Morning finds them striding Back along the track; Prospective bright and jaunty, Leader has her pack.
December 1962 TilE SYDNEY BUSHUALKER 11
Thunder storm oter Sydney, O'er the mountains, too; Track is under water,
Worse than last night's goo.
In mud and slime they wander, Prospective near to tears; Just because it's oozing Up around her ears.
Prospective starts complaining, “Wish I wasn't here.”
(Members back in cafe,
Good Katoomba beer.)
Leader strides With vigour Through the virgin bush; Prospective now before him, So that he can push.
12 TEE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER December 1962
At last they see the station; Train is going out.
“S. and R. will find you,” Thus the members shout.
Leader somewhat jaded Thus we end the story
Ponders on the cot: Of a pi young miss;
Confessions to Committee, When asked about the leader,
How she and he got lost. Al]. she said was this:
“Forget about the pleasure, Forget about the pain, Forget about the leader - JUST TAKE ME HOME AGAIN!”
Story is fictitious,
Nought to do with facts; Who ever heard of members Guilty of such acts?)
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advice vas received from the f(-yarth
Search aid R6scue, Supt, Jard ine of the Polic Do cartmcnt has been detailed
as lialEon ofsicer with Sc.:arch-a Pt ditional cliff rescue gear is
still being aGclLdx-e(1, It is proped to ,:,urcbasc V 1 1. walkie- talkie outfit,
Annual Ball. A total of 306 attc:rde the.. ecieraticn Li1l n 14th September. A profit -of 289 rcsultOd from. the c31c: of ball tir..nd the profit from the guessinL; competiti_on wa5-137,1 Prizes wc…r w,7,n by 02) Yr. 0,1-L
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DO YOU NEM 7,The Sydney Bushwalker 15
NEW ROOF, GUTTERING and DOWNPIPES ??
OR DOES - TIE ROOF AND GUTTERING NEED RE-PAINTING ?? OR PERHAPS -
A N1 WATER SERVICE OR HOT WATER-INSTALLATION ??
No job is too small - for any plumbing installation or alterations
YOU NEED ROY'S FRIENDLY PLUMBING SERVICE
CONTACT ROY CRAGGS inthe S.B.W., Club-rooms or contact Joe Crdggs, Carpenter and Painter, 41 Rosamond Street, Hornsby, Telephone JU2203 REMEMBER - YOU NEED ROY 'S FRIENDLY SERVICE !!!
FOR ALL YOUR TRANSPORT FROM BLACKHEATH
CONTACT HATSWELL'S TAU AND TOURIST S
RING, WRITE, MIRE OR CALL - ANY HOUR - 'Phone: Blackheath W459 or W151
DAY OR NIGHT..
BOOKING OFFICE: 4 doors from Gardiners Inn Hotel (LOOK FOR THE NEON SIGN)
SPEEDY 6 or 8 PASSENGER CARS AVAILABLE
URGE OR SMATT4P4RTIE CATERED FOR
FARES: KANANGRA WALLS
PERRY 'S LOOKDOWN 'JENOLAN STATE FOREST CARLON'S 'FARM
30/- per head (minimum 5 passengers)
WE WILL BE PLEASED TO QUOTE TRIPS OR SPECIAL PARTIES ON APPLICATION
16. The Sydney Bushwalker December 1962
SANTA CLAUS' LAMENT
Yoll all know me. I'm that hard-working fool
Who slaves all year maild where-the temperature's cool, Hustling and bustling to make lots of toys,
(a) TO drive parents mad with their incessant noise.
(b) To gladden the hearts of all good girls and boys.
(Parents read line (a); Children, line (b).
Not stopping to-rest, it's a turbine I am, Just belting along like an old BondiTram. And even with Philip's now famdUs advice,
I find with it all, twelve months just suffice.
A'few days ago I was fihally through;
So I packed all those toys without more ado. And labelled theda clearly to each land on Earth, (This year I resolved to give Cuba wide berth).
I hooked up my reindeer,-took,off like a shot - But straight from the &lows, 'down under' was hot. And with all of the chores I had to do first, By Xmas morning I'd a helluva thirst.
I-mihded the time, when inspecting Wood's Creek, T6 some scruffy campers I'd-happened to sppeak. Now this illob was clearly nor thirsty nor hot, I asked for the secret and here's what I got.
“When thirst $ or hot or just feeling low; You'll quicid$ be mired if only you'll go
To-that old*orld hotel on the EUrrajong trailMorth Richmond's' the name - its business, good ale.”
So I daid to yself “That's just what I'll do, Belt off to North Richmond and sample their brew.” But, hark ye my friend, aye, here id the rub,
There was no blinking beer in the North Richmond pub!
KnightlOy and Gentle, Ingram and Scott, -
Those no-hopers had been there and knocked off the lot. Ned Kelly's not in it-when that mob's in gear, (And Ned was a boy who could really swill beer.)
You'd think they'd be happy, be lit like a light, With all that they socked down last-Saturday nite, But those coots remind me of Bennelong Point.
(Rather than risk offending certain members, and possibly, a
few politicians, the last line has, regretfully, been withdrawn. Ed.)
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18 The Sydney Bushwalker
JUST FOR PROSPECTIVES AND NEW TEMBERS.
You enjoy open air, catiiping, walking and that glorious freedom from civilised impedimenta that one-only finds in the bush or you wouldn't be hanging round S.BX. wasting your Wednesday evenings listening to a lot of earbashers.
- If you run true to-formt-like most of those scruffy looking chatacters you see round the clubroom, yau will find, or perhaps have already= found; that a-day walk conjures up ideas of a few week-end trips you'd like to da. Go out for a ieek-end and you'll' be full of ideas of what you could have done with a day or two extra.
This is fty-public holidays are so popular with bUshwalkers (the country will really“ go to the pack if any blishies eirer get into parliament). That extra day or two permit a variety of walks ordinarily out Of reach. These-are the threepences in the-bushwalking pudding. The Xmas periOd ig the daddy of them all. With alpit of fasttalking, a fe* lies to the boss or a forged sick leave certificate, most of us C2Xiwangie 7 or 8 days straight, and this really opens up some vistas!
If youare in th1s6ategory, and haven't any ideas of your who you'll find plenty of interesting possibilities available. All “club” walks. over this period are pi;ivately-arranged, but if you ate young and attractive, pleasant cotpany, and/or a-rea6onable walker (in that order), you should have no trouble joining up with One of the bunches, But don't make the mistake Of rushing up to the leader you select and-shoUting breathlessly “Can I come on-your walk?” There is a certain-rigid prOtocol to be observed when urging in on A private walk. First find your leader. 'He will inevitably befound standing, talking, map in hand, garrounded by a stall fish-eyed group (who probably have no intention Of going oh the ruddy walk, arid aren't interested anyway). Join the outskirts
of this group and listen in (or make a fair pretence of so doing).
After half an hour-or go depending upon the ability and practice of the leader, he will start to slow down and perhaps even permit an interjection or two. This invatiably breaks the hypnotic spell and the mob will begin to drift away. Now is your chance: -Sidle in closer and cloger until you find the - leader's glazed eyes occasionally peering through-you. We trust you have not wasted thepreceding 30 minutes. -Rather Should you have beeft madly thinking up a couple of intelligent questions or comments such as “Looks like a good trip, Charlie.”
- He will be so relieled and inspired to find that here, at-last; is Someone mho-does nOt think hini completely crazy, that he will launch forth on another flood of votdst-but dOn't-be digmaye4 this second phase rately last 6 more than 10 minutes or so. Now comes your knock-out punch line, “Got many going, Charlie?”
Even the dullest of leaders will, by now, have realised your presence and arrived at the rather incredulous conclusion that his magnetic personality,
the wonder of the uniqfie 'brit, he is planning, and his irresistable oratory have adtpletely bewitched you. You-will be inundated with times, tracks, gear lists, food lists, hints on Nihat to do in cold weathet; hot weather, wet weather - in a seemingly unending stream. He's yours, he's hooked, you're in:
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Here are a fcw 6f thi.5' ear loch ion f our introtory guidance, This is not the place for any com,znt re Lhe crderc. or their walks - this must be your dccisi-,n
Frank Leyden is going do-pm the ;covir_un frnm GinIn to W3terfall Creek to 1anangi'L2 a leisurely trip - plenty or lazn,r; and
optional side forays Friday 22,12,42 - Tud;I:;), 1-1,63 4ncuslv,
WIlf-Hilder's following the Cae:tuo and cciac, from (:Icn to
Upper Colo (-we–thini:)5 again vh side trips 7,1vhic::1 the iee energetic can exchange for a days pinebaf2h at bi=lso car]]2 - snme (-ates Lac, FrLnlr's trip
-Stuart Brooks will he goirlg down the How12,7Tin (if can find it) from
Tuglow Creek to Gingra Range to EananiTa cid 1-i(Dpto comb us with Frank
Leyden's party for E;uveral days incIodir:g 1:1-vvY0L'2 - 77-fiday 28,12,62
to Saturday 5l620
Alex Colley will be going sornewhe7oe 1.7.3 to now, at any
rate, has manag ed Tdo keep his timetable end it a ,.::omlotc: and dark secret
Then there will be the fre ocr p tR:rth 7L-ra - all-
gwimming, eating ancl talk, with odd-bods at all 1F2nc3 of
odd timos. Here you'll meet a let of Lh no11active iietibse bushwalkingwise
(.74,M) and their numerous offet So donL. (0.,..-mt on sleeping much after
5 am Kids are great alarm clocks,
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- Dot Batler and Jane Putt ha,.'re 'oeeyri aepointu6 t) te ff07.1nn's
Committee of the OutzaZ'd 73olrnd Mcnrea, of
Callen, aBE:',ini 06mittee has 'heen orrned toa.E..5t 1!7)-raLttcr2 - - concerning Itromotion, rueruiting-and7plannor, ITh::,=Yr,t3e of 6ver 25 members roprosric-many sectionc of Inr?,utry- enc 2ucTh1 1,ciLie!p, of which Bushwalki6g is one. Plann are well advane&I frr the thrd Gutli. rd Bound
Girls Course to ho held in kastraii, tuLcI1 is to he at Port H7..c14-7r.,c,, Sydney during Febru&ry 1963,
–On-Saturday 15th:Decemb, a vis:i t will 7'..y3 ,.2a(2.c, to
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22 The Sydney Bushwalker December 1962 SCIENCE,
The Australian aboriginal has been much maligned, being variously described as shiftless, dull, filthy, Uncivilised (whatever that means) Aid dour.
H. Finlayson, sometime Curator of Mammals, South Australian Museum
has studied them in their natural surroundings and his views, apart from
their interest, must carry some-weight. In his words, 'the-typical
western black i6 a fine figure of d'Man: Though he tends to be sparse, particularly around the legs) many men of middle age are as heavily muscled about the-upper. parts as the aveage white man. In emergency, they are capable 6f extraordinAry feats of endurance in covering long distances in a short time without sustenance.
Amazement has Often been expressed that the-aborigines make no use Of animal skins in constructing covering to improve their living donditions) and this fact has-been tegarded 8.6 another instande of -their-ulowlinas“ and “stufaditir”. No one; however) who has seen-the combinatiOn of acute observgtion and deduction) with boudless-energy or application, which they bring to the solution their hunting problems, could subscribe to that idea.
Rather, they have an in=bred dislike of all impedimenta. They -will - t6lerate no gacrifice of mObility. A-15arty may decide euddenly to move on to another locality. Without more ado, the men't'each for their spears and walk away) and their women follow, cairying no more-than'a yam-stick, (a shepened stake abou:6.4-feet long) a wirra (a shallow wooden bowl used for
scooping aside earth loosened by the yam stick) and their youngest child.
In-evolling a capacity-to endure, naked, heat, cold and rain they have acquired something much more portable and permanent that a skin tent or a - fur cloak.
86 long as he is quite,naked3 he has a natural dignity of bearing; but when he-dons-the cat offs of the he becomes a scarecrow. Also, -since he Imlows nothing of those precautions againstaccumulating filth whidh long ages of experience in the wearing, of clothes have taught the white man, he rapidly becomes verminous and dirty.
- In their tracking ability, 'theydisplay more than acuteness of vision,
for the rapid interpretation of what is obseved is even m6re remarkable. The tracks of many'of the small marsupials and rodents aft almost identical, and
are usually distorted in the sandy soil. Yet the aboriginal will unhesitaing17 mame the animal Ma* its tracks, and the subsequent Capture from its burrow will invariably prove him correct.
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He-iS a remarkable eater, and I have seen tl-h76 men sit dowt and in-a six hour session, consume a fiftyTpound kangaroo. This-is not gluttony, but a very valuable asset in surroundings where meals could be a long way apart.
Among themselves, a general, kindliness of disposition is a marked trait, and there is little evidence of implacable hatreds and the lustingdelight in anotheris pain, which in the natives of the Americas, for example, servo to remind one that man is part fiend.
A sweet tooth is a leading aharacto:ristic-of both 6exes at all ages, and the gins go to infinite trouble to get honey and other local sweets -r5Te
the sugary exudation of the mulga twigs and the honey ant. The - latter is relished exceedingly. It i6 a deep burrowing ant which feeds on
the tulga bloom. After rain, its abdomen distends to a bladder the size of a grape, and is filled with a thin sy'rup,' the sweetness of which is
relievod by a slight acidity and-a flavour-of-malt. The gins will frequently do half a dayts heavy digging, sometimes following the galleries four feet
0 deep in the loam to get perhaps fiftY or a hundred ants.
It is a soleMh moment for the gins when gt lest they lay downtheir yam.
sticks, and prepare to give themselves up to the silent enjoyment of the ravishing delicacy. One by on the feebly struggling ants are tenderly seized by the forepart, the abdomen placed between the lips, and its contents
squeezed into the mouth
It is a solemn moment for the ants, also.'
W dal-10Tbr brings home notes from school
Each one of them 1ge1ating
The bUgs to-which she's been exposed
Their time of incubating.
in vain I've waited hopefully For some slight indiCation She's been exposed-to anything Resembling educationt
Congratulations to Colin and Jane Putt on the arrival of their fourth child a daughter.
24 The Sydney Bushwalker December 1962
We trust 1963 will find you contented, relaxed and at peace
with your fellow:mane.
… Staff Manager
. Sales Manager
. Office Boy
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