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 The Treasurer being away, there was no financial report and. Walks Report covered quite an array of well-attended trips in October, together with several that failed for lack of starters - notably on the weekend of the U.S. President'​s visit. The Treasurer being away, there was no financial report and. Walks Report covered quite an array of well-attended trips in October, together with several that failed for lack of starters - notably on the weekend of the U.S. President'​s visit.
  
-Federation'​s items have been published in the November magazine and by the time this is published, any social items mentioned will be old hat. Parks and Playgrounds matters referred mainly to suburban areas, especially the master plan for Ashton Park which looked likely to be thoroughly de-bushed under corrent ​proposals. ​ It had been stated that land released for home-building in Warringah Shire would not be an area classified as green space. The report by Myles Dunphy on Colong Caves area had been received.+Federation'​s items have been published in the November magazine and by the time this is published, any social items mentioned will be old hat. Parks and Playgrounds matters referred mainly to suburban areas, especially the master plan for Ashton Park which looked likely to be thoroughly de-bushed under current ​proposals. ​ It had been stated that land released for home-building in Warringah Shire would not be an area classified as green space. The report by Myles Dunphy on Colong Caves area had been received.
  
-Marching on to General Business, it was first announced that the Club Room wruld be closed on 28th December and 4th January. Dot Butler asked that the members of the Australian section of the N.Z. Alpine Club be permitted to amalgamate their Christmas Party with ours, as was done last year when it seemed that there would be insufficient SBW to make a good event of it. Frank Ashdown desired to know if the NZAC were aware of the existence of the Australian detachment, and Dot assured him that about 75 of the Kangaroos would be visiting the Kiwis this summer, after which we agreed to the merger of the parties.+Marching on to General Business, it was first announced that the Club Room would be closed on 28th December and 4th January. Dot Butler asked that the members of the Australian section of the N.Z. Alpine Club be permitted to amalgamate their Christmas Party with ours, as was done last year when it seemed that there would be insufficient SBW to make a good event of it. Frank Ashdown desired to know if the NZAC were aware of the existence of the Australian detachment, and Dot assured him that about 75 of the Kangaroos would be visiting the Kiwis this summer, after which we agreed to the merger of the parties.
  
 Alex Colley mentioned the Volunteer Bush Fire Fighting proposals, adding that an article in the "Sun Herald"​ mentioned that ten walkers had already offered their support. They were not members of this Club, and he was still seeking additional volunteers before submitting details to the Parks Services people. Alex also moved that a letter go to the Colo Council, pointing out that the proposed road into Woods Creek would remove one of its main charms for scouting and walking organisations - also carried. Alex Colley mentioned the Volunteer Bush Fire Fighting proposals, adding that an article in the "Sun Herald"​ mentioned that ten walkers had already offered their support. They were not members of this Club, and he was still seeking additional volunteers before submitting details to the Parks Services people. Alex also moved that a letter go to the Colo Council, pointing out that the proposed road into Woods Creek would remove one of its main charms for scouting and walking organisations - also carried.
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 It's a long road that hath no turning. After seven long years, the National Parks Bill goes before State Parliament this month. One might say that the Age of Enlightenment has just about begun. It's a long road that hath no turning. After seven long years, the National Parks Bill goes before State Parliament this month. One might say that the Age of Enlightenment has just about begun.
  
-Nice to see that the Swimming Carnival (February 18-19) has made a comeback on the Summer Walks Programme which has just been issued. Both as a lot of fun and as a social week-end, it ussd to be a winner - congrats to Kath Brown for Making the initial move.+Nice to see that the Swimming Carnival (February 18-19) has made a comeback on the Summer Walks Programme which has just been issued. Both as a lot of fun and as a social week-end, it used to be a winner - congrats to Kath Brown for Making the initial move.
  
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 Phil Butt. Phil Butt.
  
-On Friday, 16th September an illustrious party of S.B.W.'​s set off for a wilderness experience - our revered President, 3 members and one pospective.+On Friday, 16th September an illustrious party of S.B.W.'​s set off for a wilderness experience - our revered President, 3 members and one prospective.
  
-Good time was made out along the old Newnes railway on the Friday night to just past the site of the Newnes Prison Farm which seems to be making some progress. The old Sawmill has been burnt down, so the intrepid members of the party camped out while lesser ones succumbed to the comforsts ​of the back of a Holden Panel Van.+Good time was made out along the old Newnes railway on the Friday night to just past the site of the Newnes Prison Farm which seems to be making some progress. The old Sawmill has been burnt down, so the intrepid members of the party camped out while lesser ones succumbed to the comforts ​of the back of a Holden Panel Van.
  
 The Saturday morning sky threatened snow, which fortunately did not fall on the party. They were soon on the Mt. Cameron road which, it was decided, was impassable to all but the most daring Land Rovers. Some clearing has been done at Mt. Cameron and a field ploughed; several wallabies were enjoying the lush grass on the basalt capped mountain. The hut is in reasonable condition and there is water in some 44 gallon drums, but none in the southwards flowing creek, at least for some 200 feet down in the present dry times. The Saturday morning sky threatened snow, which fortunately did not fall on the party. They were soon on the Mt. Cameron road which, it was decided, was impassable to all but the most daring Land Rovers. Some clearing has been done at Mt. Cameron and a field ploughed; several wallabies were enjoying the lush grass on the basalt capped mountain. The hut is in reasonable condition and there is water in some 44 gallon drums, but none in the southwards flowing creek, at least for some 200 feet down in the present dry times.
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 The track to Permanent water, as shown on the Wallerawang map is often difficult to follow but the campsite, when finally reached, is very worthwhi1e with an abundance of wood and water, in fact, eminently suitable for a Reunion. Ascents of Tambo Limb, which is basalt capped, and Pommell Hill were made, and from the latter a fine view of the mountains in the Mt. Munundilla area was had. The track to Permanent water, as shown on the Wallerawang map is often difficult to follow but the campsite, when finally reached, is very worthwhi1e with an abundance of wood and water, in fact, eminently suitable for a Reunion. Ascents of Tambo Limb, which is basalt capped, and Pommell Hill were made, and from the latter a fine view of the mountains in the Mt. Munundilla area was had.
  
-On Sunday, away to an early start under clear skies, little time was lost in finding a pass across Nayook Creek, ​ana straight up the other side. Once up on the tops, the party had its full share of wilderness experience through dense scratchy sandstone scrub, and headed straight for Deep Pass. This col, defended by sheer sandstone walls was successfully attacked, and another relatively short march brought the party safely to the Presidential vehicle.+On Sunday, away to an early start under clear skies, little time was lost in finding a pass across Nayook Creek, ​and straight up the other side. Once up on the tops, the party had its full share of wilderness experience through dense scratchy sandstone scrub, and headed straight for Deep Pass. This col, defended by sheer sandstone walls was successfully attacked, and another relatively short march brought the party safely to the Presidential vehicle.
  
-This area is ono well worth visiting many times over, and offers a wide range of trips all the year round.+This area is one well worth visiting many times over, and offers a wide range of trips all the year round.
  
 Report on walk Rocky Top - Landrigans Creek - Megalith Ridge - Kowmung River - Venn's Holding - Cockerills Lookout - Venn's Holding - Werong Creek - Kowmung River - Steps of Sorrow - Lost Rock - Rocky Top on October 28-29-30 with 5 members. Report on walk Rocky Top - Landrigans Creek - Megalith Ridge - Kowmung River - Venn's Holding - Cockerills Lookout - Venn's Holding - Werong Creek - Kowmung River - Steps of Sorrow - Lost Rock - Rocky Top on October 28-29-30 with 5 members.
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 You'll get service with Paddymade. You'll get service with Paddymade.
  
-Paddy Palling ​Pty, Limited.+Paddy Pallin ​Pty, Limited.
  
 109 Bathurst Street, 109 Bathurst Street,
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 This part of the story ends on a happy note because I found the compass in ten minutes and was back to my pack in another five. Fortunate, too, because once the scrub closed in it was never out of my hand, and for three hours it was consulted at intervals of two or three minutes. This part of the story ends on a happy note because I found the compass in ten minutes and was back to my pack in another five. Fortunate, too, because once the scrub closed in it was never out of my hand, and for three hours it was consulted at intervals of two or three minutes.
  
-The Wanganderry Plateau is the trunk divide from which the ridge runs out to Paddy'​s Peak and I had heard it was not by any means easy navigation. It is flat, fairly wide and covered with open forest and underbrush; on its eastern side spurs lead off toward the Nattai valley as thick as a porcupine'​s quills. Between 8.30 and 11.30, in spite of cautious ​progross, I found myself off-course on three occasions. Each time, as the bearing of the ridge veered too much to the east, I turned back and picked up the right range, and in total, lost little more than half an hour.+The Wanganderry Plateau is the trunk divide from which the ridge runs out to Paddy'​s Peak and I had heard it was not by any means easy navigation. It is flat, fairly wide and covered with open forest and underbrush; on its eastern side spurs lead off toward the Nattai valley as thick as a porcupine'​s quills. Between 8.30 and 11.30, in spite of cautious ​progress, I found myself off-course on three occasions. Each time, as the bearing of the ridge veered too much to the east, I turned back and picked up the right range, and in total, lost little more than half an hour.
  
 By 11.30, however, the trickiest part of the pathfinding was almost over. I emerged on a rocky area, with the creek between the divide and Paddy'​s Peak forming a ravine on the west, while the head of Album River flowed towards the Nattai in a rocky cleft to the east. The crown of the ridge was narrow and obvious, its fretted sandstone wearing into domes and minarets rather like parts of the Northern Blue Mountains. At that time it was a veritable flower garden, with massed pale pink boronia - the only place I have seen better is on the Barren Ground. By 11.30, however, the trickiest part of the pathfinding was almost over. I emerged on a rocky area, with the creek between the divide and Paddy'​s Peak forming a ravine on the west, while the head of Album River flowed towards the Nattai in a rocky cleft to the east. The crown of the ridge was narrow and obvious, its fretted sandstone wearing into domes and minarets rather like parts of the Northern Blue Mountains. At that time it was a veritable flower garden, with massed pale pink boronia - the only place I have seen better is on the Barren Ground.
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 My relief at the re-appearance of the open rock was short-lived,​ because the divide which had been mercifully level to this point, began to saw-tooth up and down. The going was slow, with abrupt rocky slopes and deep growth in the saddles, but as compensation there were non-stop views over the golden-green Wollondilly valley. An hour produced only 1200 yards of progress. My relief at the re-appearance of the open rock was short-lived,​ because the divide which had been mercifully level to this point, began to saw-tooth up and down. The going was slow, with abrupt rocky slopes and deep growth in the saddles, but as compensation there were non-stop views over the golden-green Wollondilly valley. An hour produced only 1200 yards of progress.
  
-Then the ridge went up, widenod ​and stablised ​again, and for a short way the vegetation thinned out. There were lookdowns into shadowy green gulfs on the Nattai side, with the slanting sunlight falling on the ridges leading down beside Album River and Martins Creek: off to the south Jellore was a dull green cone.+Then the ridge went up, widened ​and stabilised ​again, and for a short way the vegetation thinned out. There were lookdowns into shadowy green gulfs on the Nattai side, with the slanting sunlight falling on the ridges leading down beside Album River and Martins Creek: off to the south Jellore was a dull green cone.
  
-As I lileared ​the last 500 ft descent into Beloon Gap the bush clamped in again and I was driven over to the rocky Wollondilly rim, dropping quite steeply into the saddle with its cairn marker and the reverse slope rising abruptly towards Beloon Trig. It was just after 5 p.m. as I reached the gap.+As I neared ​the last 500 ft descent into Beloon Gap the bush clamped in again and I was driven over to the rocky Wollondilly rim, dropping quite steeply into the saddle with its cairn marker and the reverse slope rising abruptly towards Beloon Trig. It was just after 5 p.m. as I reached the gap.
  
 I remembered I still had an untouched flask of water, carried all the way from Wanganderry. All the way? Well, only 9 or 10 miles, but representing nine hours fairly steady effort. I took a sip and was about to pour out the rest when I reasoned, no, I could break a leg going down the pass, and what a fool I'd feel then. I put the flask back into the pack and started down into the setting sun. The rest of the trip, which was quite straightforward,​ has no part in this chronicle. It was all open enough to allow me to wear shorts - much more comfortable than long trousers with the knee caps abraded out. And, finally, I did drink my carried water, which was a good deal cleaner than the bulk supply down in the valley. I remembered I still had an untouched flask of water, carried all the way from Wanganderry. All the way? Well, only 9 or 10 miles, but representing nine hours fairly steady effort. I took a sip and was about to pour out the rest when I reasoned, no, I could break a leg going down the pass, and what a fool I'd feel then. I put the flask back into the pack and started down into the setting sun. The rest of the trip, which was quite straightforward,​ has no part in this chronicle. It was all open enough to allow me to wear shorts - much more comfortable than long trousers with the knee caps abraded out. And, finally, I did drink my carried water, which was a good deal cleaner than the bulk supply down in the valley.
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 by "A Gormandiser"​ by "A Gormandiser"​
  
-(The now famous ​Gormet ​Week-end at Era, organised and led by that Gastronomical Genius, Owen Marks, made such an impact that __two__ accounts of the doings were forthcoming - Editor).+(The now famous ​Gourmet ​Week-end at Era, organised and led by that Gastronomical Genius, Owen Marks, made such an impact that __two__ accounts of the doings were forthcoming - Editor).
  
 There was much conjecture about Owen Marks' Gourmet Weekend held recently at Era. Lunchtime saw quite a number of tents already in possession of the "​hill"​ area, so, as the party started to trickle in, it was decided to camp on the flat so as to keep together. It was inclined to rain during the afternoon, so it looked as tho' abdulled tents would have to be used for the judging. There was much conjecture about Owen Marks' Gourmet Weekend held recently at Era. Lunchtime saw quite a number of tents already in possession of the "​hill"​ area, so, as the party started to trickle in, it was decided to camp on the flat so as to keep together. It was inclined to rain during the afternoon, so it looked as tho' abdulled tents would have to be used for the judging.
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 Isla and Herbert brought their meta stove and served soup and other delicacies with eclat. Four competitors cooked on the spot, which meant they collected quite a few marks for their zeal. Isla and Herbert brought their meta stove and served soup and other delicacies with eclat. Four competitors cooked on the spot, which meant they collected quite a few marks for their zeal.
  
-Once the meal was judged, the hungry competitor was allowed to devour it, or offer the crumbs or a taste to the hungry horde gathered around. It was just one long meal that went on for hours. Raymond'​s Brains were quite unique, and everybody assured him it was their favourite dish, done and served just as he had garnished it. Chickens with all the trimmings were popular. Each table was set up with table cloth, floral decoration of local weeds etc., silver plate was much in evidence, and most tables boasted a cocktail wine, served in fine wine glasses. Neville, self-appointed wine taster, never missed an oprortunity, with the result that towards the end of the judging, he seemed to be suffering from the affects of his imbibing.+Once the meal was judged, the hungry competitor was allowed to devour it, or offer the crumbs or a taste to the hungry horde gathered around. It was just one long meal that went on for hours. Raymond'​s Brains were quite unique, and everybody assured him it was their favourite dish, done and served just as he had garnished it. Chickens with all the trimmings were popular. Each table was set up with table cloth, floral decoration of local weeds etc., silver plate was much in evidence, and most tables boasted a cocktail wine, served in fine wine glasses. Neville, self-appointed wine taster, never missed an opportunity, with the result that towards the end of the judging, he seemed to be suffering from the affects of his imbibing.
  
-Owen was cooking his huge fish wrapped in Alfoil, and, as by this time most of the party had digested all the other dinners, we all congregated round him to see his entry. As organiser, it was queried whether he could rightly compete, but the rest of the Judges as well as the surronding ​company gave way because of the prospect ahead of even a bit of his goodies. The fish was duly displayed complete with garnishes and a neat little baby fish of cucumber quite a hit on its own. Judy, Neville and Owen had quite a job to enjoy their fish meal with so many spectactors, and had to offer bits of fish to the hungry ones. The large cardboard box was opened next, and proved to be a huge pavlova, centred with a red jelly, surrounded by strawberries and pineapple pieces. At this stage all the company retired to arm themselves with mugs, plates and tools of trade. When Owen and Co. gave the word, the horde rushed in, and Pavlova, jelly, strawberries etc. disappeared. Jean Seagert - trying to stock up for her trans-Siberian trip, just wasn't in the race, even tho' Owen had taken pity on her and given her the cardboard box with the remnants on it. She unfortunately had no spoon with which to scoop it out, and had to stand by and watch the more fortunate ones literally take the pavlova out of her hands, leaving her only the box to lick. By this time we were all interested in the "​Eski",​ so Owen opened up a large icecream cake, coloured and shaped as a Boree log with coloured flowers on it. We all made short work of that too.+Owen was cooking his huge fish wrapped in Alfoil, and, as by this time most of the party had digested all the other dinners, we all congregated round him to see his entry. As organiser, it was queried whether he could rightly compete, but the rest of the Judges as well as the surrounding ​company gave way because of the prospect ahead of even a bit of his goodies. The fish was duly displayed complete with garnishes and a neat little baby fish of cucumber quite a hit on its own. Judy, Neville and Owen had quite a job to enjoy their fish meal with so many spectators, and had to offer bits of fish to the hungry ones. The large cardboard box was opened next, and proved to be a huge pavlova, centred with a red jelly, surrounded by strawberries and pineapple pieces. At this stage all the company retired to arm themselves with mugs, plates and tools of trade. When Owen and Co. gave the word, the horde rushed in, and Pavlova, jelly, strawberries etc. disappeared. Jean Seagert - trying to stock up for her trans-Siberian trip, just wasn't in the race, even tho' Owen had taken pity on her and given her the cardboard box with the remnants on it. She unfortunately had no spoon with which to scoop it out, and had to stand by and watch the more fortunate ones literally take the pavlova out of her hands, leaving her only the box to lick. By this time we were all interested in the "​Eski",​ so Owen opened up a large icecream cake, coloured and shaped as a Boree log with coloured flowers on it. We all made short work of that too.
  
 A circle was formed and the judges gave their decision, with comments on the entries. Owen's library is now short of many interesting and informative books. One member was reading Upton Sinclair'​s "The Jungle"​ and is now an authority on the Canning Industry of America. While Isla and Herbert are studying "The Sino-Indian Boundary Question"​. The next morning Frank was seen at the leader'​s tent reading from a Mormon Bible, but is not likely to be converted. A circle was formed and the judges gave their decision, with comments on the entries. Owen's library is now short of many interesting and informative books. One member was reading Upton Sinclair'​s "The Jungle"​ and is now an authority on the Canning Industry of America. While Isla and Herbert are studying "The Sino-Indian Boundary Question"​. The next morning Frank was seen at the leader'​s tent reading from a Mormon Bible, but is not likely to be converted.
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-=====With The Courmets ​At Era (Version 2)=====+=====With The Gourmets ​At Era(Version 2)=====
  
 by Ivy Painter. by Ivy Painter.
  
-After the really hilarious and most enjoyable gourmet week-end at Era with Owen Marks a Number One Gourmet, it was agreed that this must not pass without some mention being made of what prove an historical event - historical in that (it is hoped) it may go down on record as the precedent to future annual events of similar ​aature.+After the really hilarious and most enjoyable gourmet week-end at Era with Owen Marks a Number One Gourmet, it was agreed that this must not pass without some mention being made of what prove an historical event - historical in that (it is hoped) it may go down on record as the precedent to future annual events of similar ​nature.
  
-Most of us arrived at Era on Saturday afternoon, having been detained by the voting. The weather was anything but promising. A steady drizzle greeted us at Waterfall, and conditions did not improve as the day progressed. Altogether, it was a dismal prospect ​ and no Owen! As we reviewed the situation, the rain cleared as though to greet Owen and his entourage coming around the hill, loaded like mules, bedecked in oriental garb along with black umbrella. Then ensued much speculation as they proceeded to unpack the weird and wonderful assortment of goodies - the obviously most spectacular being the great fish tied on the side of Owen's gear. This was to prove the least spectactular, however, as other packages were produced. This __certainly__ did not come under the category of a light-weight camp.+Most of us arrived at Era on Saturday afternoon, having been detained by the voting. The weather was anything but promising. A steady drizzle greeted us at Waterfall, and conditions did not improve as the day progressed. Altogether, it was a dismal prospect ​ and no Owen! As we reviewed the situation, the rain cleared as though to greet Owen and his entourage coming around the hill, loaded like mules, bedecked in oriental garb along with black umbrella. Then ensued much speculation as they proceeded to unpack the weird and wonderful assortment of goodies - the obviously most spectacular being the great fish tied on the side of Owen's gear. This was to prove the least spectacular, however, as other packages were produced. This __certainly__ did not come under the category of a light-weight camp.
  
 After settling in and much hilarity, we all set about the serious business of displaying our culinary skill. The desire to bedeck our table with flowers was suppressed. Bracken sufficed. Others were more ingenious, having gathered shells and succulents from the beach for decoration and candle bases. Owen's preparation proved to be a laborious one, as each time he produced another extravaganza,​ there were wild whoops of delight with everyone descending on him en masse, only to be ordered 'to hell out of it.' After settling in and much hilarity, we all set about the serious business of displaying our culinary skill. The desire to bedeck our table with flowers was suppressed. Bracken sufficed. Others were more ingenious, having gathered shells and succulents from the beach for decoration and candle bases. Owen's preparation proved to be a laborious one, as each time he produced another extravaganza,​ there were wild whoops of delight with everyone descending on him en masse, only to be ordered 'to hell out of it.'
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 Neville Page, claiming to be a connoisseur of some degree of good food and wine, acted as official judge. His costume was of dubious mixture, purporting an Eastern sage, methinks, but with the great dignity befitting his serious task, which he performed with much ceremony. Neville Page, claiming to be a connoisseur of some degree of good food and wine, acted as official judge. His costume was of dubious mixture, purporting an Eastern sage, methinks, but with the great dignity befitting his serious task, which he performed with much ceremony.
  
-Everyone had entered into the spirit of the occasion. I'm still wondering was Frank responsible for the red bow on the wrong end of the Ashdown chicken, prepared by Jean and so attractively garnished with coloured onions, olives etc. Also noticed Don Woods & Co, sampling Elsa and Herb Papakellas'​ fondue, served in traditional continental style from bronze brazier, with appropriate sauces, wine - the,works. I must get that reciepe ​of brains in batter from Ramon U'​Brien,​ whose table-setting would do any hostess proud. Ern Farquahars'​ Cannibal servers added just the right interest to his salad platter and a striking contrast to Bet's Royal Daulton coffee cups. Late comers, Meriel Sternbeck and friend, produced 'a meal in a minute'​ in the form of a mixed grill with all the trimmings. Ros and I prepared our chicken camp fire style - alfoil in the coals, aided and abetted by the flies. All the while our gallent ​gourmet leader was plying his gastronomical skill in cooking and displaying that great fish. 'Twas told me was an Indonesian concoction. There was the Chef's Sukarno cap to prove it. We loved the pseudo baby fish, the figs, the wine, and oh! that tablecloth! But most of all we loved the 'Boree Log' and the pavlova filled with molded jelly, strawberries and cream. This, an ice-cream "Boree Log", packed in 5 lbs of, dry ice, came all the way from Sydney. What a man!+Everyone had entered into the spirit of the occasion. I'm still wondering was Frank responsible for the red bow on the wrong end of the Ashdown chicken, prepared by Jean and so attractively garnished with coloured onions, olives etc. Also noticed Don Woods & Co, sampling Elsa and Herb Papakellas'​ fondue, served in traditional continental style from bronze brazier, with appropriate sauces, wine - the,works. I must get that recipe ​of brains in batter from Ramon U'​Brien,​ whose table-setting would do any hostess proud. Ern Farquahars'​ Cannibal servers added just the right interest to his salad platter and a striking contrast to Bet's Royal Daulton coffee cups. Late comers, Meriel Sternbeck and friend, produced 'a meal in a minute'​ in the form of a mixed grill with all the trimmings. Ros and I prepared our chicken camp fire style - alfoil in the coals, aided and abetted by the flies. All the while our gallant ​gourmet leader was plying his gastronomical skill in cooking and displaying that great fish. 'Twas told me was an Indonesian concoction. There was the Chef's Sukarno cap to prove it. We loved the pseudo baby fish, the figs, the wine, and oh! that tablecloth! But most of all we loved the 'Boree Log' and the pavlova filled with molded jelly, strawberries and cream. This, an ice-cream "Boree Log", packed in 5 lbs of, dry ice, came all the way from Sydney. What a man!
  
 Prizes were won by all. Any contributions of discard books, censored or otherwise, will be gladly accepted for future gourmet prizes. After prize-giving,​ our friends from neighbouring camps joined our campfire sing-song. Doug Worth with Tambourine, Don Woods with bongos and Russ Delbridge and his guitar added a really professional touch. I must not fail to mention the Chinese lanterns that hung gaily from the tent poles, adding a really festive air. Prizes were won by all. Any contributions of discard books, censored or otherwise, will be gladly accepted for future gourmet prizes. After prize-giving,​ our friends from neighbouring camps joined our campfire sing-song. Doug Worth with Tambourine, Don Woods with bongos and Russ Delbridge and his guitar added a really professional touch. I must not fail to mention the Chinese lanterns that hung gaily from the tent poles, adding a really festive air.
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 +=====Federation Report - November, 1966.=====
  
-FEDERATION REPORT ​ NOVEMBER, 1966  +===Conservation:​===
-Conservation: ​Report of meeting held on 3rd November. It was resolved +
-in ptincipal that a letter of protest be sent to the Blue Mountains National Park Trust if an application to put a road9,pump and pipeline +
-to the Tollangambie River from Mt. Wilson seemed likely to be approved. However, it is still hoped that the application would_ be refused. +
-A letter has been sent to the Premier of Tasmania supporting the South West Committee. +
-Volunteer Bushfire Fighting ​ The Operations Officer of the National Parkt +
-Service has appealed for volunteers for bushfire patrolling and fighting. +
-All Clubs were asked in ,a determineC.effort to muster volunteers on the theme: "Good for Parks, Federation and Clubs."​ +
-Tracks and Access: +
-Ribertson Pass is now cleared. The track is in good condition except for ladders up the cliff. Lindemans Pass from the bottom of Robertsons Pass to bhe base of Sublime Point is to b. cleared soon. +
-Search and Rescue: +
-On 23rd 23rd October, a party of three walkers met with a mishap when one of +
-the party fell 30 feet down a rock slope while trying to scale an apparent +
-break in the cliffs about 1 mile south of Perry'​s Lookdown. One of the three reported to Blackheath Police Station while the other stayed with the injured member. When found by a rescue party the injured person was +
-not seriously hurt and was able to walk out. The search was conducted. by the Police and members of S & R. +
-Maps: +
-It was reported that quite a number of provisional and final 1:319680 maps have been printed by the Lands Department in the Apsley, Mt. Kaputar, Barrington, Gloucester Tops, Namoi and nraidwood areas. +
-A new edition of Gunduner (Second Edition) has been published +
-A map of Colong Caves by 'fob Bettie of Normanhurst is now available,'​ +
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-Decedher, 9 1 9 6 6. . The 4T-lney 13u,​shwa1ker 19. +
-OBITUARY +
-Wendy Butler died. at the age of twenty on the 26th November 1966 when cascading in the Kowmung River. Her foot became jammed in a crevice at the bottom of a cascade and despite frantic efforts of her companions, She drowned. +
-Wendy was educated at Hornsby GirligLi High School where she excelled in +
-outdoor activities and matriculated to enter Sydney University to study Medicine. +
-She was a keen member of the Sydney University Bushwalkers and was elected the first female Senior Vice President. The first girl across the line in the +
-first of the University'​s 50mile walks was Wendy. In the spirit of conservation- +
-ism a campsite would never be left unclean when Wendy was on the trip. Her singing brought joy and entertainment to all who heard it +
-With the encouragement of her mother, Dorothy, she made several climbing +
-trips to New Zealand where she climbed more for the aesthetic qualities of the activity than to satisfy the egoistic drives from which we all suffer to some extent. She climbed in the Matuki, Darran, Tasman and other areas. Wendy +
-was treasurer of the Australian Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club. +
-Amongst her Tasmanian trips were included Federation Peak both in summer and winter, and a traverse of the %stern Arthurs. Probably the most successful winter trip in Tasmania made by mainlanders was colea by her last winter. +
-Her rockclimbing included a first ascent in the Budawangs. Possibly her  greatest contribution to the climbing and walking fraternity was the confidence +
-she inspired in others, especially the girl members of her club. +
-Wendy was nicknamed by her family and known by all as "​Foxa"​. A simple +
-lave of nature dominated her personality,​ She was interested in fauna and +
-flora of Australia and New Zealand, and in particular had an avid interest in birds and her father'​s orchid growing hobby. Her curiosity was not only restricted to the bush, but in this age of chronic specialization she looked and wondered at almost everything, from neyrreaaons for cats licking their fur to why semitrailers have pendant lights, In fact amongst other reasons, because she felt Medicine was narrowing her interests, she gave up her course not long +
-before her passing. +
-At this time of sorrow the temptation is too great not to be drawn into rationalising,​ To the parents who worry every time their sons and daughters go climbing or walking, I adk. you to remember that you have never seen the grandeur and splendour of mountain scenery; nor heard the roar of waterfalls; nor swum between the messy walls of a canyon; nor felt the thrill of exposure on a rock climb and the smooth firm rock; nor experienced the friendship fostered. by the outdoors nor witnessed the sun set behind icy peaks in a kaleidoscope of colour. Risk of life and chance of limb is the price we pay for these priceless experiences,​ so refreshing in a world of artificiality. Without bad there is no good. Without death there is no appreciation of life. The editor of a New Zealand. Alpine Journal once said that we tena to extend the notion of the reality of death into everyday life encouraging us to live out the important issues and put aside trivialities. Grief is such a terribly egocentric thing. +
-20 The Syaney Dushwalker December, 1966 +
-I think it is a fitting tribute to Wendy to seize the opportunity to say the following: In our present society, so full of false values, we have exaggerated the roles of masculinity and femininity to such an extent that we are conditioned to believe that because of supposed biological handicaps:a woman is not "​feminine"​ unless she is physically weak and helpless, unintelligent,​and totally dependent on the male: Behind a facade of overemphasis on sexual attraction we have lost the idea that sensitivity is a criterion of femininity. In the words of a psychologist,​ we have failed to recognise the presence of the opposite sex in each of us. A woman who takes up the supposedly masculine: challenges of walking and climbing is therefore often considered not "​feminine"​. Wendy was an example of a truly feminine person ​ this must surely be the greatest tragedy of her untimely death. +
-7hy she should so ironically die while being assisted by two of her warmest admirers, God only knows. +
-.Sincere sympathy is extended to Dorothy, Ira, Rona, Wade and Norman. P.S.H. +
-Dorothy and Ira Butler and family- most sincerely thank all walking and Climbing clubs and their members for the assistance they have given over the past sad time, both in rescue work on the Kowmung and their presence at the funeral, and for the cards, flowers and messages of sympathy they have sent to show their sorrow at the loss of Wendy. +
-"It is not growing like a tree +
-In bulk, doth make Man better be; +
-Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald and sere. +
-A lily of a day +
-Is fairer far in May +
-Although it fall and die that night; +
-It was the plant and flower of Light. +
-In small proportions we just beauties see;  And in short measures lifeltay perfect be." +
-.(The Noble Nature"​ Ben Johnson) +
-An Eritalth  +
-No fairer flower e,er wailtea t'e bush, than rend-y, Flower Dorothy. Taro.+
  
 +Report of meeting held on 3rd November. It was resolved in principal that a letter of protest be sent to the Blue Mountains National Park Trust if an application to put a road, pump and pipeline to the Wollangambie River from Mt. Wilson seemed likely to be approved. However, it is still hoped that the application would be refused.
 +
 +A letter has been sent to the Premier of Tasmania supporting the South-West Committee.
 +
 +Volunteer Bushfire Fighting - The Operations Officer of the National Parks Service has appealed for volunteers for bushfire patrolling and fighting.
 +
 +All Clubs were asked in a determined effort to muster volunteers on the theme: "Good for Parks, Federation and Clubs."​
 +
 +===Tracks and Access:===
 +
 +Robertson Pass is now cleared. The track is in good condition except for ladders up the cliff. Lindemans Pass from the bottom of Robertsons Pass to the base of Sublime Point is to be cleared soon.
 +
 +===Search and Rescue:===
 +
 +On 23rd October, a party of three walkers met with a mishap when one of the party fell 30 feet down a rock slope while trying to scale an apparent break in the cliffs about 1 mile south of Perry'​s Lookdown. One of the three reported to Blackheath Police Station while the other stayed with the injured member. When found by a rescue party the injured person was not seriously hurt and was able to walk out. The search was conducted by the Police and members of S & R.
 +
 +===Maps:===
 +
 +It was reported that quite a number of provisional and final 1:31,680 maps have been printed by the Lands Department in the Apsley, Mt. Kaputar, Barrington, Gloucester Tops, Namoi and Braidwood areas.
 +
 +A new edition of Gundungra (Second Edition) has been published.
 +
 +A map of Colong Caves by Bob Battie of Normanhurst is now available.
 +
 +----
 +
 +=====Obituary.=====
 +
 +Wendy Butler died at the age of twenty on the 26th November 1966 when cascading in the Kowmung River. Her foot became jammed in a crevice at the bottom of a cascade and despite frantic efforts of her companions, she drowned.
 +
 +Wendy was educated at Hornsby Girls' High School where she excelled in outdoor activities and matriculated to enter Sydney University to study Medicine. She was a keen member of the Sydney University Bushwalkers and was elected the first female Senior Vice President. The first girl across the line in the first of the University'​s 50-mile walks was Wendy. In the spirit of conservationism a campsite would never be left unclean when Wendy was on the trip. Her singing brought joy and entertainment to all who heard it.
 +
 +With the encouragement of her mother, Dorothy, she made several climbing trips to New Zealand where she climbed more for the aesthetic qualities of the activity than to satisfy the egoistic drives from which we all suffer to some extent. She climbed in the Matuki, Darran, Tasman and other areas. Wendy was treasurer of the Australian Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club.
 +
 +Amongst her Tasmanian trips were included Federation Peak both in summer and winter, and a traverse of the Western Arthurs. Probably the most successful winter trip in Tasmania made by mainlanders was co-led by her last winter. Her rock-climbing included a first ascent in the Budawangs. Possibly her greatest contribution to the climbing and walking fraternity was the confidence she inspired in others, especially the girl members of her club.
 +
 +Wendy was nicknamed by her family and known by all as "​Foxa"​. A simple love of nature dominated her personality. She was interested in fauna and flora of Australia and New Zealand, and in particular had an avid interest in birds and her father'​s orchid growing hobby. Her curiosity was not only restricted to the bush, but in this age of chronic specialization she looked and wondered at almost everything, from new reasons for cats licking their fur to why semi-trailers have pendant lights. In fact amongst other reasons, because she felt Medicine was narrowing her interests, she gave up her course not long before her passing.
 +
 +At this time of sorrow the temptation is too great not to be drawn into rationalising. To the parents who worry every time their sons and daughters go climbing or walking, I ask you to remember that you have never seen the grandeur and splendour of mountain scenery; nor heard the roar of waterfalls; nor swum between the messy walls of a canyon; nor felt the thrill of exposure on a rock climb and the smooth firm rock; nor experienced the friendship fostered by the outdoors nor witnessed the sun set behind icy peaks in a kaleidoscope of colour. Risk of life and chance of limb is the price we pay for these priceless experiences,​ so refreshing in a world of artificiality. Without bad there is no good. Without death there is no appreciation of life. The editor of a New Zealand Alpine Journal once said that we tend to extend the notion of the reality of death into everyday life encouraging us to live out the important issues and put aside trivialities. Grief is such a terribly egocentric thing.
 +
 +I think it is a fitting tribute to Wendy to seize the opportunity to say the following: In our present society, so full of false values, we have exaggerated the roles of masculinity and femininity to such an extent that we are conditioned to believe that because of supposed biological handicaps a woman is not "​feminine"​ unless she is physically weak and helpless, unintelligent,​and totally dependent on the male. Behind a facade of overemphasis on sexual attraction we have lost the idea that sensitivity is a criterion of femininity. In the words of a psychologist,​ we have failed to recognise the presence of the opposite sex in each of us. A woman who takes up the supposedly masculine challenges of walking and climbing is therefore often considered not "​feminine"​. Wendy was an example of a truly feminine person - this must surely be the greatest tragedy of her untimely death.
 +
 +Why she should so ironically die while being assisted by two of her warmest admirers, God only knows.
 +
 +Sincere sympathy is extended to Dorothy, Ira, Rona, Wade and Norman.
 +
 +P.S.H.
 +
 +----
 +
 +Dorothy and Ira Butler and family most sincerely thank all Walking and Climbing clubs and their members for the assistance they have given over the past sad time, both in rescue work on the Kowmung and their presence at the funeral, and for the cards, flowers and messages of sympathy they have sent to show their sorrow at the loss of Wendy.
 +
 +"It is not growing like a tree\\
 +In bulk, doth make Man better be;\\
 +Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,\\
 +To fall a log at last, dry, bald and sere.\\
 +A lily of a day\\
 +Is fairer far in May.\\
 +Although it fall and die that night;\\
 +It was the plant and flower of Light.\\
 +In small proportions we just beauties see;\\
 +And in short measures life may perfect be."
 +
 +("The Noble Nature"​ Ben Johnson)
 +
 +----
 +
 +__An Epitaph __
 +
 +No fairer flower e'er walked the bush, than Wendy, Flower of Dorothy.
 +
 +Taro.
 +
 +----
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