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 358 OCTOBER 1964 Price 1/- 358 OCTOBER 1964 Price 1/-
  
-**CONTENTS**+===== Contents =====
  
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-|Half-Yearly meeting ​- J. Brown|2 ​  ​+|Half-Yearly meeting|T. Brown| 2| 
-|Famous Historic Walks IV - Yerranderie to Bathurst in 72 hours J. Smythe |5| +|Famous Historic Walks IV - Yerranderie to Bathurst in 72 hours|J. Smythe| 5| 
-|Social Notes|7| +|Social Notes| 7| 
-|Day Walks| 8| +|Day Walks| 8| 
-|Paddy'​s Ad.| 9| +|Paddy'​s Ad.| 9| 
-|Blatcher's Pass By.  ​"​Scruffy"​| 10 | +|Blatch's Pass|"​Scruffy"​| 10| 
-|The September Nattai Instructional ​Possum| 12| +|The September Nattai Instructional|Possum| 12| 
-|Federation Report - September|14| +|Federation Report - September| 14| 
-|Mountain Equipment Ad.| 15| +|Mountain Equipment Ad.| 15| 
-|Klimpton'​s Ad. |16|+|Klimpton'​s Ad.| 16|
  
-====== At the Half Yearly General Meeting====== +===== At the Half Yearly General Meeting =====
  
-T. Brown.+J. Brown.
  
 Considering that, by the time all was said, all was not done, it was just as well that the September meeting was opened at 8:10 pm with a welcome to another six new members - Ailsa Moore, Rex Ulyatt, Garry Sims (not present), Terry Cupping (apologies if the surname is not correctly rendered!), David Carver and Stan Sheehy. Considering that, by the time all was said, all was not done, it was just as well that the September meeting was opened at 8:10 pm with a welcome to another six new members - Ailsa Moore, Rex Ulyatt, Garry Sims (not present), Terry Cupping (apologies if the surname is not correctly rendered!), David Carver and Stan Sheehy.
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 Having run out of these matters; we turned to the cause celebre of the evening - to amend or not amend the Constitution. There were four new sub-clauses proposed, the last falling into two parts and so the whole represented five battle grounds. First was the innocuous sounding requirement that prospectives sign on the dotted line on their initial application. Ron Knightley was on his feet as soon as the motion was seconded; he opined that there was no real need for this to be in the Constitution - it was simply an administrative procedure. The President explained that most of the matters in the proposed amendments were already in the books - the translation into the Constitution was simply a ratification - Ron Knightley protested that this sounded like Presidential support of the motions, and David Ingram demonstrated the fact that such rules already applied by quoting the old by-laws. The first of a sequence of closure motions was put, carried - the first amendment went to the vote and was lost. Having run out of these matters; we turned to the cause celebre of the evening - to amend or not amend the Constitution. There were four new sub-clauses proposed, the last falling into two parts and so the whole represented five battle grounds. First was the innocuous sounding requirement that prospectives sign on the dotted line on their initial application. Ron Knightley was on his feet as soon as the motion was seconded; he opined that there was no real need for this to be in the Constitution - it was simply an administrative procedure. The President explained that most of the matters in the proposed amendments were already in the books - the translation into the Constitution was simply a ratification - Ron Knightley protested that this sounded like Presidential support of the motions, and David Ingram demonstrated the fact that such rules already applied by quoting the old by-laws. The first of a sequence of closure motions was put, carried - the first amendment went to the vote and was lost.
  
-Now came the new amendment requiring that prospectives attend an Instructional weekend. This was, Jack Gentle pointed out, already a prerequisite to admission to full membership, it was something we cited in club publicity, and just as important as doing the test walks mentioned in the Constitution. Frank Ashdown considered it a dangerous thing to put it in the Constitution,​ something that could not easily be deleted if at some stage opinion changed. Alex Colley favoured a change in the wording and proposed it be altered to 'instructional weekend walk", saying that a lazy jaunt with no walking was usually poor instruction. Jack Wren, who had seconded the original motion, opposed this amendment, arguing that some aspects of Instruction - particularly first-aid lectures, were hard to cover with a mobile party. The debate became a little muddled at times, with various people trying to speak to the original motion and being hauled back on to the amendment. Frank Ashdown was against the amendment too - he mentioned that the best explanation of a contour was given by Bob Godfrey and his models and you couldn'​t do that on a fair dinkum walk (memo by reporter - make a point of studying Bob Godfrey'​s contoured models). Bob Godfrey agreed that you couldn'​t do too much swift moving around and instructing as well. Mick Elfick began to develop the theme that some newcomers to the Club already had a good knowledge of things taught at Instructionals,​ when he was recalled to the fact that we were talking about the amendment - to add the word "​walk"​. Finally the amendment was carried (after another gag motion) by a small majority.+Now came the new amendment requiring that prospectives attend an Instructional weekend. This was, Jack Gentle pointed out, already a prerequisite to admission to full membership, it was something we cited in club publicity, and just as important as doing the test walks mentioned in the Constitution. Frank Ashdown considered it a dangerous thing to put it in the Constitution,​ something that could not easily be deleted if at some stage opinion changed. Alex Colley favoured a change in the wording and proposed it be altered to "instructional weekend walk", saying that a lazy jaunt with no walking was usually poor instruction. Jack Wren, who had seconded the original motion, opposed this amendment, arguing that some aspects of Instruction - particularly first-aid lectures, were hard to cover with a mobile party. The debate became a little muddled at times, with various people trying to speak to the original motion and being hauled back on to the amendment. Frank Ashdown was against the amendment too - he mentioned that the best explanation of a contour was given by Bob Godfrey and his models and you couldn'​t do that on a fair dinkum walk (memo by reporter - make a point of studying Bob Godfrey'​s contoured models). Bob Godfrey agreed that you couldn'​t do too much swift moving around and instructing as well. Mick Elfick began to develop the theme that some newcomers to the Club already had a good knowledge of things taught at Instructionals,​ when he was recalled to the fact that we were talking about the amendment - to add the word "​walk"​. Finally the amendment was carried (after another gag motion) by a small majority.
  
 So we came to the amended motion, which Ron Knightley again claimed was purely procedure and not needed in a Constitution that was already wordy. Edna Stratton argued that most new members needed some guidance, and members were willing to impart it. Bob Godfrey agreed that although a few prospectives may be wise to all the walking knowledge, most were not. If the Constitution were amended, the position would be quite clear - every new comer must go to Instructional weekends, and the source of some arguments would be over. Beryl Chapman, newly a member of the Club, said one great value of the Instructional weekend was the advice on safety in the bush. Alan Rigby suggested an amendment giving Committee the discretion to accept without an Instructional weekend - the amendment disallowed because it was counter to the original motion - and Wilf Hilder said four other Sydney walking clubs were considering making Instructional walks compulsory. Once again the closure, and this time the Constitutional amendment was carried. It was just over the bare ¾ majority needed to change the Constitution. So we came to the amended motion, which Ron Knightley again claimed was purely procedure and not needed in a Constitution that was already wordy. Edna Stratton argued that most new members needed some guidance, and members were willing to impart it. Bob Godfrey agreed that although a few prospectives may be wise to all the walking knowledge, most were not. If the Constitution were amended, the position would be quite clear - every new comer must go to Instructional weekends, and the source of some arguments would be over. Beryl Chapman, newly a member of the Club, said one great value of the Instructional weekend was the advice on safety in the bush. Alan Rigby suggested an amendment giving Committee the discretion to accept without an Instructional weekend - the amendment disallowed because it was counter to the original motion - and Wilf Hilder said four other Sydney walking clubs were considering making Instructional walks compulsory. Once again the closure, and this time the Constitutional amendment was carried. It was just over the bare ¾ majority needed to change the Constitution.
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 By this time the hour of 10:30 pm was past and with it our approved period of tenure of the Club room, so we closed up shop very hastily and went ways. By this time the hour of 10:30 pm was past and with it our approved period of tenure of the Club room, so we closed up shop very hastily and went ways.
  
-=====News Reel=====+===== News Reel =====
  
 Eileen and Jack Wren were said to have been so much in love that they brought their 1961 Ball tickets instead of the 1964 tickets. Edna Stretton was able to supply 2 more of this year's tickets so that they could gain admission. Eileen and Jack Wren were said to have been so much in love that they brought their 1961 Ball tickets instead of the 1964 tickets. Edna Stretton was able to supply 2 more of this year's tickets so that they could gain admission.
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 Recent departures from these shores were Frances Ramsey, bound for the UK via South American ports and Esme Diddulph, off to visit relatives in Great Britain. Coming in the reverse direction are Bev and Don Read, coming home after 5 years or so abroad. Several members had the pleasure of their hospitality during visits to London. Recent departures from these shores were Frances Ramsey, bound for the UK via South American ports and Esme Diddulph, off to visit relatives in Great Britain. Coming in the reverse direction are Bev and Don Read, coming home after 5 years or so abroad. Several members had the pleasure of their hospitality during visits to London.
  
-=====Famous Historic Walks IV===== +===== Famous Historic Walks IV ===== 
-Yerranderie to Bathurst in Seventy two Hours +==== Yerranderie to Bathurst in Seventy two Hours ==== 
- +
 by Jonathon Smythe by Jonathon Smythe
  
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 Next day, being Sunday, we rested and consumed no food, but on Monday we rose at 5 a.m., and, with 12 hours food intact, began the long road bash into Bathurst. A tedious slug, but a joyful end to an epic journey. Next day, being Sunday, we rested and consumed no food, but on Monday we rose at 5 a.m., and, with 12 hours food intact, began the long road bash into Bathurst. A tedious slug, but a joyful end to an epic journey.
  
-=====Social Notes - October=====+===== Social Notes - October =====
  
 There are two important events on the social programme for October. There are two important events on the social programme for October.
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 How Much? £1.1.0 in the club room or by mail and £1.3.6 at the door. How Much? £1.1.0 in the club room or by mail and £1.3.6 at the door.
  
-=====Day Walks=====+===== Day Walks ===== 
 + 
 +Oct 18. Cowan - Cole Trig - Edwards Trig - Gunyah Bay and return. A good 12 miles.
  
-Oct 18. Cowan - Cole Trig - Edwards Trig - Gunyah Bay and return. ​ 
-A good 12 miles. 
 There could be opportunities to do some map-reading on this trip through the Northern part of Ku-ring-gai Chase. Normally very scratchy so take precautions. There could be opportunities to do some map-reading on this trip through the Northern part of Ku-ring-gai Chase. Normally very scratchy so take precautions.
 Trains: 8.10 a.m. Hornsby via Bridge from Central Electric Station. CHANGE AT HORNSBY FOR COWAN. 8.30 a.m. Wyong train from Central Steam Station direct to Cowan. Trains: 8.10 a.m. Hornsby via Bridge from Central Electric Station. CHANGE AT HORNSBY FOR COWAN. 8.30 a.m. Wyong train from Central Steam Station direct to Cowan.
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 Map: Broken Bay Military. Leader - Denise Hull. Map: Broken Bay Military. Leader - Denise Hull.
  
-Oct 25. Minto - Myrtle Creek - Georges River - Bushwalkers Basin - Minto. ​ +Oct 25. Minto - Myrtle Creek - Georges River - Bushwalkers Basin - Minto. 12 miles.
-12 miles.+
 A different route to an old favorite, Bushwalkers Basin which is perhaps one of the best freshwater pools in the Sydney area. Could be some rock hopping involved. A different route to an old favorite, Bushwalkers Basin which is perhaps one of the best freshwater pools in the Sydney area. Could be some rock hopping involved.
 Train. 8.25 a.m. Goulburn train from Central Steam Station to Minto. Tickets: Minto return @ 7/1.  Train. 8.25 a.m. Goulburn train from Central Steam Station to Minto. Tickets: Minto return @ 7/1. 
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 Map: Port Hacking Tourist or Port Hacking Military. Leader: Gordon Redmond. Map: Port Hacking Tourist or Port Hacking Military. Leader: Gordon Redmond.
  
-Nov 8. Lilyvale - Burning Palms - Palm Jungle - Otford. ​ +Nov 8. Lilyvale - Burning Palms - Palm Jungle - Otford. 8 miles. ​
-8 miles. ​+
 This walk features the picturesque scenery in the Garrawarra Primitive Area immediately south of last week's walk. Excellent for new members even if a little strenuous. This walk features the picturesque scenery in the Garrawarra Primitive Area immediately south of last week's walk. Excellent for new members even if a little strenuous.
 Train: 8.42 a.m. Wollongong train from Central Steam Station to Lilyvale. Train: 8.42 a.m. Wollongong train from Central Steam Station to Lilyvale.
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 Leader: Peter Colwell. Leader: Peter Colwell.
  
-Nov 15. Heathcote - Lake Eckersley - Woronora River - Engadine. ​ +Nov 15. Heathcote - Lake Eckersley - Woronora River - Engadine. 8 miles. ​
-8 miles. ​+
 Familiar country, this, taking in part of the Heathcote Primitive Area with a rock hop along the Woronora River. Familiar country, this, taking in part of the Heathcote Primitive Area with a rock hop along the Woronora River.
 Train: 8.20 a.m. Cronulla Train from Central Electric Station to Sutherland. CHANGE AT SUTHERLAND for Heathcote. Tickets: Heathcote return @ 5/6. Train: 8.20 a.m. Cronulla Train from Central Electric Station to Sutherland. CHANGE AT SUTHERLAND for Heathcote. Tickets: Heathcote return @ 5/6.
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 Leader: Margaret Child. Leader: Margaret Child.
  
-=====Blatch'​s Pass-By=====  +===== Blatch'​s Pass =====  
-"​Scruffy"​+by "​Scruffy" ​[Jeff Whitty]
  
-Starters: Michael Short (Leader), Jeff whitty ​(member), Bill Williams (member), Dave (member), Ann (floosie), Wayne (visitor)+Starters: Michael Short (Leader), Jeff Whitty ​(member), Bill Williams (member), Dave (member), Ann (floosie), Wayne (visitor)
  
 After an eventful night at the Bushwalkers Ball, Dave and I made for Central to board the ten minutes past one a.m. train. The clue was to meet Michael Short and the rest of the party at Mittagong, at five o'​clock Saturday morning. With a bit of abuse directed at the driver for the jerky departures from the stations, we decided to sleep it out, to be awakened by a sudden jerk plus a loud voicing of "​Mittagong."​ After an eventful night at the Bushwalkers Ball, Dave and I made for Central to board the ten minutes past one a.m. train. The clue was to meet Michael Short and the rest of the party at Mittagong, at five o'​clock Saturday morning. With a bit of abuse directed at the driver for the jerky departures from the stations, we decided to sleep it out, to be awakened by a sudden jerk plus a loud voicing of "​Mittagong."​
  
-It was Mike. Boy! was this a quick repack of rucksacks. After a noisy rejoicing, Dave noticed that his wallet was missing - panic! He left word with the station master, before we walked down to Mike's grandfather'​s cottage where we joined Ann, Bill and Wayne.+It was Mike. Boy! Was this a quick repack of rucksacks. After a noisy rejoicing, Dave noticed that his wallet was missing - panic! He left word with the station master, before we walked down to Mike's grandfather'​s cottage where we joined Ann, Bill and Wayne.
  
-At nine o'​clock the party reached Katoomba view which was beaut  but where was Dave and our fearless leader? With a few coo-ees, Dave turned up and Mike pushed his head out of the undergrowth to say "​There'​s a mighty view further on where my pack is". Famous last words. When we found the pack we arrived back at our original viewpoint. So down through the broken cliff line we went, to inspect some sandstone caves which had obviously shifted, then down to an old coal mine and finally to the Nattai River.+At nine o'​clock the party reached Katoomba view which was beaut but where was Dave and our fearless leader? With a few coo-ees, Dave turned up and Mike pushed his head out of the undergrowth to say "​There'​s a mighty view further on where my pack is". Famous last words. When we found the pack we arrived back at our original viewpoint. So down through the broken cliff line we went, to inspect some sandstone caves which had obviously shifted, then down to an old coal mine and finally to the Nattai River.
  
-Responding to the call "​There'​s a mighty view up top", we scrambled up a ridge and then followed the tops till lunch. ​ Proceeding on after lunch we pulled the old bushwalking trick - walking about 30 yards away and parallel to the road - until Mike gave out with a yell "Hey! there'​s a road." He deserved an extra cup of stout the evening celebration.+Responding to the call "​There'​s a mighty view up top", we scrambled up a ridge and then followed the tops till lunch. ​ Proceeding on after lunch we pulled the old bushwalking trick - walking about 30 yards away and parallel to the road - until Mike gave out with a yell "Hey! there'​s a road." He deserved an extra cup of stout at the evening celebration.
  
 We hit the Nattai again and wandered downstream. Ann was displaying wonderful judgement by taking her shoes off at the crossings, until she slipped and downstream they started to float. We hit the Nattai again and wandered downstream. Ann was displaying wonderful judgement by taking her shoes off at the crossings, until she slipped and downstream they started to float.
  
-Our camp was nice and grassy with an abundance of meadow-cakes to make the site complete. Wayne said that he would plant the stout in the creek. As the fire blazed, there was the usual bargaining and exchanging of food, followed by some robust singing. By a near slip over a small waterfall, +Our camp was nice and grassy with an abundance of meadow-cakes to make the site complete. Wayne said that he would plant the stout in the creek. As the fire blazed, there was the usual bargaining and exchanging of food, followed by some robust singing. By a near slip over a small waterfall, Wayne retrieved the grog. Somehow the conversation deteriorated by the time we had shared the good stuff around, and sung the famous song No. 117 in the Kameruka-Hobnail songbook. We then retired among the meadow-cakes.
-Wayne retrieved the grog. Somehow the conversation deteriorated by the time we had shared the good stuff around, and sung the famous song No. 117 in the Kameruka-Hobnail songbook. We then retired among the meadow-cakes.+
  
 By eight thirty - our seven o'​clock start - we slipped on down the River. As it started to widen the leader was heard to say, "We can't miss the pass as there'​s a big box tree and the peak called Russell'​s Needle lies directly behind the junction."​ The question was - what did a box tree look like? "This must be the spot," Mike said, so we threw down our packs and started a fire. I was licking my lips over the huge billy of ovaltine when Ann pulled an old bandaid off her foot and hoisted it towards the fire. It landed in the billy. "​It'​ll give it flavour,"​ Ann said, and we found that a bandaid was the secret ingredient for a perfect cup of ovaltine. By eight thirty - our seven o'​clock start - we slipped on down the River. As it started to widen the leader was heard to say, "We can't miss the pass as there'​s a big box tree and the peak called Russell'​s Needle lies directly behind the junction."​ The question was - what did a box tree look like? "This must be the spot," Mike said, so we threw down our packs and started a fire. I was licking my lips over the huge billy of ovaltine when Ann pulled an old bandaid off her foot and hoisted it towards the fire. It landed in the billy. "​It'​ll give it flavour,"​ Ann said, and we found that a bandaid was the secret ingredient for a perfect cup of ovaltine.
  
-The grade up the ridge was steep. Mike said, "This must be it, my grandmother said it was so steep that they used to hang on to the horses tail when going up." When we reached the base of the cliff-line, we were surprised to see that Russell'​s Needle had shifted and Rocky Waterholes +The grade up the ridge was steep. Mike said, "This must be it, my grandmother said it was so steep that they used to hang on to the horses tail when going up." When we reached the base of the cliff-line, we were surprised to see that Russell'​s Needle had shifted and Rocky Waterholes creek was on the wrong side of us. With dauntless courage, Mike said, "​Let'​s go up this headland, eh!" Being discouraged by the thick scrub on the wombat parade we slid down a terrific landslide to Rocky Waterholes Creek. On the way back from another attempt to get up the soaring cliff-line, Dave landed himself in a mud patch. Having hauled him out he remarked that he'd have to bring "​Wacka"​ down here one time and they could both play in the mud.
-creek was on the wrong side of us. With dauntless courage, Mike said, "​Let'​sgo up this headland, eh!" Being discouraged by the thick scrub on the wombat parade we slid down a terrific landslide to Rocky Waterholes +
-Creek. On the way back from another attempt to get up the soaring cliff-line, Dave landed himself in a mud patch. Having hauled him out he remarked that he'd have to bring "​Wacka"​ down here one time and they could both play +
-in the mud.+
  
-As the sun set slowly in the west, the discouraged party set off down the creek, and at about seven o'​clock we passed our lunch spot. The quickest way out now was up Starlight'​s ​trail. Bill concluded that we would miss the six-twenty train from Hilltop.+As the sun set slowly in the west, the discouraged party set off down the creek, and at about seven o'​clock we passed our lunch spot. The quickest way out now was up Starlight'​s ​Trail. Bill concluded that we would miss the six-twenty train from Hilltop.
  
 Below Starlight'​s we had tea about nine o'​clock. Whacko! It was feed time. Soggy vegetables, raisins, sandy steak, cheese and salami wrapped in socks plus chocolate was the order of the day. After proceeding up Starlight'​s by moonlight, we trudged on to Hilltop where we encountered some barking dogs - they must have smelt us coming. We attempted to break the "​bodies in phonebox"​ record as we sent some disturbing calls through to Sydney. Mittagong was reached by cab, where we raided the chocolate bar in the all-night garage. Below Starlight'​s we had tea about nine o'​clock. Whacko! It was feed time. Soggy vegetables, raisins, sandy steak, cheese and salami wrapped in socks plus chocolate was the order of the day. After proceeding up Starlight'​s by moonlight, we trudged on to Hilltop where we encountered some barking dogs - they must have smelt us coming. We attempted to break the "​bodies in phonebox"​ record as we sent some disturbing calls through to Sydney. Mittagong was reached by cab, where we raided the chocolate bar in the all-night garage.
  
-It was five o'​clock,​ so after a rest and cup of tea back at the cottage, we made for the ten past six train to Sydney. I don't think the other passengers enjoyed our singing much, but it was the best we could +It was five o'​clock,​ so after a rest and cup of tea back at the cottage, we made for the ten past six train to Sydney. I don't think the other passengers enjoyed our singing much, but it was the best we could do after "A Hard Day's Night."​ 
-do after "A Hard Day's Night."​+ 
 +===== First Aid Lecture ===== 
 + 
 +On Wednesday November 4, a medico (Probably Bob Binks) will give a first aid lecture in the club rooms. Don't miss it.
  
-=====First Aid Lecture===== +===== The September Nattai Instructional ​=====
-On Wednesday November 4, a medico (Probably Bob Links) will give a first aid lecture in the club rooms. Don't miss it.+
  
-=====The September Nattai Instructional===== -  ​Possum+by Possum
  
 Prospective Alan Barclay, member Don Finch, prospective Denis Hyde, and prospective James Jellybean reported at Camden at about 8'​clock Friday night and loaded their selves and junk into Bob Duncan'​s car. Then Prospective Alan Barclay, member Don Finch, prospective Denis Hyde, and prospective James Jellybean reported at Camden at about 8'​clock Friday night and loaded their selves and junk into Bob Duncan'​s car. Then
-we began the drive to Hilltop and Coates ​Farm. Between Dargo and Alpine an unidentified critter crossed the road ahead of us. Clearly it was a marsupial, but what sort? It was creamy white underneath and dark on top. It walked with a slow deliberate gait, had a long thin tail and looked a bit like a very large rat. Maybe it was a native cat, but they are rare in N.S.W., and it didn't look like the Tiger Cats I've seen in Tasmania.+we began the drive to Hilltop and Coate'​s ​Farm. Between Dargo and Alpine an unidentified critter crossed the road ahead of us. Clearly it was a marsupial, but what sort? It was creamy white underneath and dark on top. It walked with a slow deliberate gait, had a long thin tail and looked a bit like a very large rat. Maybe it was a native cat, but they are rare in NSW, and it didn't look like the Tiger Cats I've seen in Tasmania.
  
-As if this wasn't enough of an eye-shock for one night, what should we see when we got to Hilltop, standing under a streetlight,​ with a floosie draped around his neck, but member Bill O'​Neil. The floosie had met him on the Hilltop train, taken him home to tea, primed him up on madeira and asked him to stay the weekend. He'd just come out for a gulp of air when we arrived. We prised him away and into the car and set off for Coates ​Farm.+As if this wasn't enough of an eye-shock for one night, what should we see when we got to Hilltop, standing under a streetlight,​ with a floosie draped around his neck, but member Bill O'​Neil. The floosie had met him on the Hilltop train, taken him home to tea, primed him up on madeira and asked him to stay the weekend. He'd just come out for a gulp of air when we arrived. We prised him away and into the car and set off for Coate'​s ​Farm.
  
-Then the car had its third nerve shattering encounter. Four miles out of Hilltop, a midling size female wombat ran across in front of it. Duncan lept out with his flashgun camera but the wombat disappeared behind a shed. A couple of miles short of Coates we made camp and half an hour later John Worral ​(member) and prospective Kerry Hoare arrived in a second car and joined us together with prospective Alan Hedstrong and Geoff Goxsell (member).+Then the car had its third nerve shattering encounter. Four miles out of Hilltop, a midling size female wombat ran across in front of it. Duncan lept out with his flashgun camera but the wombat disappeared behind a shed. A couple of miles short of Coates we made camp and half an hour later John Worrall ​(member) and prospective Kerry Hoare arrived in a second car and joined us together with prospective Alan Hedstrong and Geoff Goxsell (member).
  
-In the morning we walked out to Coates ​Farm and then set out along a fire-road, northward across the Nattai Tableland. The wildflowers were fantabulous:​ Wattle, Boronia, Waratah, Mountain Holly, Eggs and Bacon. Spring had sprung. Round about 11 o'​clock the road petered out and the Mountain Holly lost some of its appeal. So had the idea of lunch on the dry tops. Lunch on the Nattai seemed a good idea, so we set off westerly. Soon we came to a little bluff at the head of a creek running to the North West. Prospective Kerry Hoare, who was in charge of map-reading and navigation at this stage, decided that this was Martins Creek and that it would provide a good route to the Nattai.+In the morning we walked out to Coate'​s ​Farm and then set out along a fire-road, northward across the Nattai Tableland. The wildflowers were fantabulous:​ Wattle, Boronia, Waratah, Mountain Holly, Eggs and Bacon. Spring had sprung. Round about 11 o'​clock the road petered out and the Mountain Holly lost some of its appeal. So had the idea of lunch on the dry tops. Lunch on the Nattai seemed a good idea, so we set off westerly. Soon we came to a little bluff at the head of a creek running to the North West. Prospective Kerry Hoare, who was in charge of map-reading and navigation at this stage, decided that this was Martins Creek and that it would provide a good route to the Nattai.
  
-First it was a scramble down slopes and little bluffs and then, at the bottom, a boulder hop and scramble down the steep gorgy creek. From the top it looked a biscuit toss to the Natta,​i ​but boulder hopping is slow and we didn't reach the River till about half past one.+First it was a scramble down slopes and little bluffs and then, at the bottom, a boulder hop and scramble down the steep gorgy creek. From the top it looked a biscuit toss to the Nattai ​but boulder hopping is slow and we didn't reach the River till about half past one.
  
-We had a long lunch while the leader taught us everything he knew about everything. Behind the sandy beach was a little sandstone overhang and member Don Finch, member John Torrall, prospective James Jellybean and prospective Alan Barclay gave each other climbing lessons. At about 3.30 p.m. we set off up the River to rendevous ​with Mick Elfick and his mob at the foot of Starlights Trail, about 6 or 8 miles upstream. We arrived just on dark; Mick and his mob had lit a monstrous campfire so all we had to do was cook, yak and hit the sack. It was a battle crawling +We had a long lunch while the leader taught us everything he knew about everything. Behind the sandy beach was a little sandstone overhang and member Don Finch, member John Worrall, prospective James Jellybean and prospective Alan Barclay gave each other climbing lessons. At about 3.30 p.m. we set off up the River to rendezvous ​with Mick Elfick and his mob at the foot of Starlights Trail, about 6 or 8 miles upstream. We arrived just on dark; Mick and his mob had lit a monstrous campfire so all we had to do was cook, yak and hit the sack. It was a battle crawling out of the bags in the morning. By 10 o'​clock most people were on their feet but Bill O'Neil and Alan Headstrong still snoozed around the camp and said they'd just walk straight up Starlights. The rest of the combined parties ambled the two miles or so upstream to the junction of Rocky Waterholes Creek. Mick gave us an instructional lecture on the way. At the Creek Junction the party again divided into the sheep and goats, Mick's mob followed Mick up a ridge to Coates Farm; our mob declared their determination to walk up Rocky Waterholes Creek for a few miles and then climb up the cliffs onto the tops. There were a few changes of personnel. We'd already lost Alan Hedstrong and Bill O'​Neil,​ now We lost Geoff Goxsell too, but we gained prospective Peter Cameron.
-out of the bags in the morning. By 10 o'​clock most people were on their feet but Bill O'Neil and Alan Headstrong still snoozed around the camp and said they'd just walk straight up Starlights. The rest of the combined parties ambled the two miles or so upstream to the junction of Rocky Waterholes Creek. Mick gave us an instructional lecture on the way. At the Creek Junction the party again divided into the sheep and goats, Mick's mob followed Mick up a ridge to Coates Farm; our mob declared their determination to walk up Rocky Waterholes Creek for a few miles and then climb up the cliffs onto the tops. There were a few changes of personnel. We'd already lost Alan Hedstrong and Bill O'​Neil,​ now We lost Geoff Goxsell too, but we gained prospective Peter Cameron.+
  
 No sooner had Mick and his mob left our mob began exchanging shifty looks and furtive whispers. Such as "​Michael Short and Scruffy Whitty made themselves overdue vainly trying to get up this creek",​ and "​Let'​s have lunch here and then sneak up the ridge after Mick". I was shocked. We had lunch and then our leader stood on a large boulder and gave a short talk.  He told us of the proud history of the Club, of Gordon Smith, Jonathon Smythe, and Wilf Hilder and all about George Washington and Horatio and all that. Everyone agreed to walk up the creek and we set off. No sooner had Mick and his mob left our mob began exchanging shifty looks and furtive whispers. Such as "​Michael Short and Scruffy Whitty made themselves overdue vainly trying to get up this creek",​ and "​Let'​s have lunch here and then sneak up the ridge after Mick". I was shocked. We had lunch and then our leader stood on a large boulder and gave a short talk.  He told us of the proud history of the Club, of Gordon Smith, Jonathon Smythe, and Wilf Hilder and all about George Washington and Horatio and all that. Everyone agreed to walk up the creek and we set off.
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 As we drove through Hilltop two luscious and frantic fems waved us to a stop. We'd seen one before, around Bill O'Neil on Friday night. "Is Bill in this car" she asked desperately. "No he's in that one over there" we said, pointing to Peter Cameron'​s. They rushed over. Don Finch tried to pretend he was Bill, but it didn't work. Bill was in the car behind us, he had it coming to him. As we drove through Hilltop two luscious and frantic fems waved us to a stop. We'd seen one before, around Bill O'Neil on Friday night. "Is Bill in this car" she asked desperately. "No he's in that one over there" we said, pointing to Peter Cameron'​s. They rushed over. Don Finch tried to pretend he was Bill, but it didn't work. Bill was in the car behind us, he had it coming to him.
  
-=====Federation Report - September 1964=====+===== Federation Report - September 1964 =====
  
-**Annual Ball** - there were 284 present at the ball on September 11. The estimated profit is 65.0.0 and proceeds from the Guessing Competition were 56.0.0, about 50 less than last year.+**Annual Ball** - there were 284 present at the ball on September 11. The estimated profit is £65.0.0 and proceeds from the Guessing Competition were £56.0.0, about £50 less than last year.
  
-**Search and Rescue Demonstration** - October 17 & 18 next will be held now on the Colo River instead of Webbs Creek. Full details will be forwarded to Clubs in good time. Ninian Melville will be glad to hear from any Club prepared to put on a demonstration of its ability to assist in safety in the bush  and elsewhere. Federation is concerned at the apparent apathy of some Clubs toward Search and Rescue Demonstrations. A good roll-up +**Search and Rescue Demonstration** - October 17 & 18 next will be held now on the Colo River instead of Webbs Creek. Full details will be forwarded to Clubs in good time. Ninian Melville will be glad to hear from any Club prepared to put on a demonstration of its ability to assist in safety in the bush  and elsewhere. Federation is concerned at the apparent apathy of some Clubs toward Search and Rescue Demonstrations. A good roll-up to this one is particularly requested as it is anticipated that representatives of the Canberra Clubs will attend.
-to this one is particularly requested as it is anticipated that representatives of the Canberra Clubs will attend.+
  
-**National Parks Association** ​ a vacancy exists on the Kosciusko State Park Trust following the resignation of Sir Garfield Barwick. +**National Parks Association** 
-An area of 61000 acres near Bathurst is to be proposed for reservation as a park. N.P.A'​s Explorers Group have suggested two other areas, one near the Trunkey Creek - Abercrombie River junction. +  a vacancy exists on the Kosciusko State Park Trust following the resignation of Sir Garfield Barwick. 
-A new road from North Entrance to Norahville is nearing completion through +  ​* ​An area of 61000 acres near Bathurst is to be proposed for reservation as a park. N.P.A'​s Explorers Group have suggested two other areas, one near the Trunkey Creek - Abercrombie River junction. 
-an area of coastal sand dunes which, up to now, had been largely undisturbed. +  ​* ​A new road from North Entrance to Norahville is nearing completion through an area of coastal sand dunes which, up to now, had been largely undisturbed. 
-It is hoped that a further 40,000 of the Macquarie Marshes will be reserved. +  ​* ​It is hoped that a further 40,000 of the Macquarie Marshes will be reserved. 
-A group of Coonamble residents are interested in the establishment of a National Park at the Burrendong Dam. +  ​* ​A group of Coonamble residents are interested in the establishment of a National Park at the Burrendong Dam. 
-A National Park and Fauna Reserve is proposed in the Cocoparra Range to the North-East of Griffith. +  ​* ​A National Park and Fauna Reserve is proposed in the Cocoparra Range to the North-East of Griffith. 
-Proposals for a National Park of 160,000 acres in the Tuross - Big Badga +  ​* ​Proposals for a National Park of 160,000 acres in the Tuross - Big Badja Region are being investigated.
-Region are being investigated.+
  
-**Tracks and Access** - a new private road has been constructed from the Black +**Tracks and Access** - a new private road has been constructed from the Black Range to Harrys River at Diable Creek.
-Range to Harrys River at Diable Creek.+
  
-**Bulldozing of Fire Trails** -in constructing fire trails bulldozers sometimes pile up tree trunks across established walking and bridle tracks. ​ Information is required as to the exact location of these points so that action may be taken with a view of having sign posts erected indicating +**Bulldozing of Fire Trails** - in constructing fire trails bulldozers sometimes pile up tree trunks across established walking and bridle tracks. ​ Information is required as to the exact location of these points so that action may be taken with a view of having sign posts erected indicating the tracks. When located, please erect a small cairns so that the starting point of the track may be subsequently identified.
-the tracks. When located, please erect a small cairns so that the starting point of the track may be subsequently identified.+
  
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