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 Anyone would reasonably expect a smallish roll-up for the January business meeting, so the attendance of about 30 at the outset was quite a satisfactory state of affairs. There were no newcomers to say "​Hullo"​ to, and arising from the December minutes Dot Butler reported contact from the Water Board with a request to clear trees off Coolana to a height of 10 ft above full storage level of the proposed dam. The trustees were authorised to O.K. the entry of Water Board personnel for this task. Anyone would reasonably expect a smallish roll-up for the January business meeting, so the attendance of about 30 at the outset was quite a satisfactory state of affairs. There were no newcomers to say "​Hullo"​ to, and arising from the December minutes Dot Butler reported contact from the Water Board with a request to clear trees off Coolana to a height of 10 ft above full storage level of the proposed dam. The trustees were authorised to O.K. the entry of Water Board personnel for this task.
  
-Correspondence contained the first news of the move by the Lake Pedder Committee to get the new Federal Government to provide funds for a modification of the Gordon River scheme: and from the Minister for Local Government acknowledging the Club's representations about electricity and gas lines. There was other news from Tasmania where a Warden'​s Court had rejected proposals for limestone mining in the New River area, but an appeal seemed likely to follow. Federation had advised that its new draft Constitution was being distributed to Clubs for considaration, and that the Reunion this year would probably be again at Sugee Bag Creek on April 7 - 8th.+Correspondence contained the first news of the move by the Lake Pedder Committee to get the new Federal Government to provide funds for a modification of the Gordon River scheme: and from the Minister for Local Government acknowledging the Club's representations about electricity and gas lines. There was other news from Tasmania where a Warden'​s Court had rejected proposals for limestone mining in the New River area, but an appeal seemed likely to follow. Federation had advised that its new draft Constitution was being distributed to Clubs for consideration, and that the Reunion this year would probably be again at Sugee Bag Creek on April 7 - 8th.
  
 The Treasurer was summoned to give account, and the finances showed the usual diminution at this time of year when subscriptions have ceased to flow, but outgoings haven'​t,​ the tally in the working funds at 31st December being $876. The Treasurer was summoned to give account, and the finances showed the usual diminution at this time of year when subscriptions have ceased to flow, but outgoings haven'​t,​ the tally in the working funds at 31st December being $876.
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 Commencing with Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, they set out from Blaxland'​s Farm on May 11, 1813, with 4 servants, 4 pack horses laden with provisions, and 5 dogs. Using the old Roman soldier'​s method of measuring distance, i.e. 2000 long paces or 2200 short paces to the mile, Lawson could estimate distance with fair accuracy. As a matter of fact, he was only about 2 miles out in his calculated distance travelled to the termination of the expedition over the mountains. Commencing with Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, they set out from Blaxland'​s Farm on May 11, 1813, with 4 servants, 4 pack horses laden with provisions, and 5 dogs. Using the old Roman soldier'​s method of measuring distance, i.e. 2000 long paces or 2200 short paces to the mile, Lawson could estimate distance with fair accuracy. As a matter of fact, he was only about 2 miles out in his calculated distance travelled to the termination of the expedition over the mountains.
  
-They neared Mt. York late in the afternoon of the 28th, when Blaxland in his diary records that they "Took up their statiaon ​the edge of a precipice."​ This was the "​Herculean Mountain"​ that Cox, the roadbuilder,​ was so worried about, and which was subsequently named "​Cox'​s Pass", much to the annoyance of Blaxland who felt that his name should have been given to it.+They neared Mt. York late in the afternoon of the 28th, when Blaxland in his diary records that they "Took up their station ​the edge of a precipice."​ This was the "​Herculean Mountain"​ that Cox, the roadbuilder,​ was so worried about, and which was subsequently named "​Cox'​s Pass", much to the annoyance of Blaxland who felt that his name should have been given to it.
  
 Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth had their moment of triumph, they had crossed the Blue Mountains at last. Westward and before them spread what we know as Hartley Vale or the Vale of Clwydd. They did not realise, as they stood on the verge of Mt. York, that the Blue Mountains were only a spur from the Great Dividing Range. But as history has showed, they had "​cracked"​ the problem of the mountain passage by following Blaxland'​s theory of keeping to the ridges. Difficulties were still ahead, but not insurmountable problems. Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth had their moment of triumph, they had crossed the Blue Mountains at last. Westward and before them spread what we know as Hartley Vale or the Vale of Clwydd. They did not realise, as they stood on the verge of Mt. York, that the Blue Mountains were only a spur from the Great Dividing Range. But as history has showed, they had "​cracked"​ the problem of the mountain passage by following Blaxland'​s theory of keeping to the ridges. Difficulties were still ahead, but not insurmountable problems.
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 The party returned on June 6th "in good health, after an absence of 26 days and having accomplished what no other white man had hitherto done". The party returned on June 6th "in good health, after an absence of 26 days and having accomplished what no other white man had hitherto done".
  
-Blaxland called on the Governor (Macquarie) to inform him of their success, but he did not appear enthusiastic,​ and acted almost as if he neither expected nor wished them to succeed. (Blaxland and Macquarie were not friends - which is another story.) Macquarie did go as far as to state that he "Is happy to embrace this opportunity of conveying his acknowdgement ​to Gregory Blaxland, William Charles Wentworth Esquires, and Lieutenant William Lawson... for their enterprising and arduous exertions on the Tour of Discovery when they effected a passage over the Blue Mountains and proceeded to the extremity of the first valley... and means to present each of them with a grant of 1000 acres in this newly discovered country."​+Blaxland called on the Governor (Macquarie) to inform him of their success, but he did not appear enthusiastic,​ and acted almost as if he neither expected nor wished them to succeed. (Blaxland and Macquarie were not friends - which is another story.) Macquarie did go as far as to state that he "Is happy to embrace this opportunity of conveying his acknowledgement ​to Gregory Blaxland, William Charles Wentworth Esquires, and Lieutenant William Lawson... for their enterprising and arduous exertions on the Tour of Discovery when they effected a passage over the Blue Mountains and proceeded to the extremity of the first valley... and means to present each of them with a grant of 1000 acres in this newly discovered country."​
  
 Lawson was the only one of the explorers who took up this grant. Blaxland sold his "​order"​ of 1000 acres for £250! Lawson was the only one of the explorers who took up this grant. Blaxland sold his "​order"​ of 1000 acres for £250!
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 ===Cox=== ===Cox===
  
-Evans was followed by William Cox, who at that time was chief magistrate at Windsor. Cox, also selectod ​by Governor Macquarie, was to supervise the building of the first road over the Blue Mountains. There were 30 men and 8 soldiers. The road from Emu Plains to Bathurst, just over 100 miles, was commenced in July, 1814 and completed on January 14, 1815. The construction of Cox's Pass down from Mt. York had taken from 7th November to 14th December, 1814, approximately 3/4 mile.+Evans was followed by William Cox, who at that time was chief magistrate at Windsor. Cox, also selected ​by Governor Macquarie, was to supervise the building of the first road over the Blue Mountains. There were 30 men and 8 soldiers. The road from Emu Plains to Bathurst, just over 100 miles, was commenced in July, 1814 and completed on January 14, 1815. The construction of Cox's Pass down from Mt. York had taken from 7th November to 14th December, 1814, approximately 3/4 mile.
  
 October 23, 1814 - "Four men sent forward about 10 miles to examine the mountain that leads down to the forest ground and they reported that it is scarcely possible to make a good road down. (Note - this was "​Herculean Mountain",​ later named Mt. York.) November - men sent down to try to find a better way down the mountain, but returned unsuccessful. "I have therefore made up my mind to make a road as a cart can go down empty, without a possibility of its return - such a road will answer to drive stock down to the forest ground!"​ said Cox. Cox built a rough road on Evan's surveyed line from Mt. York into Hartley Vale. October 23, 1814 - "Four men sent forward about 10 miles to examine the mountain that leads down to the forest ground and they reported that it is scarcely possible to make a good road down. (Note - this was "​Herculean Mountain",​ later named Mt. York.) November - men sent down to try to find a better way down the mountain, but returned unsuccessful. "I have therefore made up my mind to make a road as a cart can go down empty, without a possibility of its return - such a road will answer to drive stock down to the forest ground!"​ said Cox. Cox built a rough road on Evan's surveyed line from Mt. York into Hartley Vale.
  
-Governor-Macquarie passed over Cox's road to Bathurst, which he named in the following year in 1815, and named "​Herculean Mountain",​ "​Cox'​s Pass" and the valley "The Vale Of the Clwydd",​ because of its strong resemblance to the vale of that name in north Wales.+Governor Macquarie passed over Cox's road to Bathurst, which he named in the following year in 1815, and named "​Herculean Mountain",​ "​Cox'​s Pass" and the valley "The Vale Of the Clwydd",​ because of its strong resemblance to the vale of that name in north Wales.
  
 ===Cox'​s Pass=== ===Cox'​s Pass===
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 The descent of Mt. York was terrifying. The carts were to some degree unloaded, to some extent manhandled over the steepest sections, and had trees up to 48 foot in length tied to the back of the carts to prevent them running downhill. There was a heap of trunks at the bottom of the Pass where travellers detached them, in fact Governor Macquarie complained at the expense involved in sending parties of convicts every few months to clear the road. To bring even a half-laden cart up the Pass as a difficult procedure. Heavy iron rings were fastened at intervals in the rock face of the road and with the aid of pulleys and ropes, bullocks were driven down the hill, to assist laden carts up the worst pinches. Cox's Pass grade 1 in 4. The descent of Mt. York was terrifying. The carts were to some degree unloaded, to some extent manhandled over the steepest sections, and had trees up to 48 foot in length tied to the back of the carts to prevent them running downhill. There was a heap of trunks at the bottom of the Pass where travellers detached them, in fact Governor Macquarie complained at the expense involved in sending parties of convicts every few months to clear the road. To bring even a half-laden cart up the Pass as a difficult procedure. Heavy iron rings were fastened at intervals in the rock face of the road and with the aid of pulleys and ropes, bullocks were driven down the hill, to assist laden carts up the worst pinches. Cox's Pass grade 1 in 4.
  
-Alternativo ​roads were constructed down Mt. York but with little success and a reward was offered by Governor Darling in 1827 of a grant of land to any "free person"​ who could point out a better route. A proposal submitted by Hamilton Hume was not adopted.+Alternative ​roads were constructed down Mt. York but with little success and a reward was offered by Governor Darling in 1827 of a grant of land to any "free person"​ who could point out a better route. A proposal submitted by Hamilton Hume was not adopted.
  
-===Lawson'​s ​long alley===+===Lawson'​s ​Long Alley===
  
-William Lawson ("​Old ​Irohbark") was first to discover coal in N.S.W. when constructing Lawson'​s Long Alley. In 1882 he wrote to the Colonial Secretary, "​In ​examinihg ​the mountains in the neighbourhood of Mt. York to ascertain the best place to get down, I discovered coal of good quality"​. The coal was evidently found in the vicinity of Lawson'​s Long Alley, a deviation made by Lawson (explorer) in an attempt to provide an easier grade than Cox's Pass and which may be plainly seen to this day opposite the junction of the old Berghofer'​s Pass with the Mt. York road. It was an improvement,​ but still it did not "​permit of a gentloman ​to arrive down without leaving his vehicle"​ - as a traveller later recorded.+William Lawson ("​Old ​Ironbark") was first to discover coal in N.S.W. when constructing Lawson'​s Long Alley. In 1882 he wrote to the Colonial Secretary, "​In ​examining ​the mountains in the neighbourhood of Mt. York to ascertain the best place to get down, I discovered coal of good quality"​. The coal was evidently found in the vicinity of Lawson'​s Long Alley, a deviation made by Lawson (explorer) in an attempt to provide an easier grade than Cox's Pass and which may be plainly seen to this day opposite the junction of the old Berghofer'​s Pass with the Mt. York road. It was an improvement,​ but still it did not "​permit of a gentleman ​to arrive down without leaving his vehicle"​ - as a traveller later recorded.
  
 ===Collits=== ===Collits===
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 ===Mitchell and Mt. Victoria Pass=== ===Mitchell and Mt. Victoria Pass===
  
-The Surveyor-General Major Mitchell found that an easier grade could be maintained down Mt. Victoria, and regarded this as so important that he commenced work immediately without informing his superiors. This annoyed the Colonial-Secretary to such an extent that he wrote to Mitchell, "I am directed to request that... the line proposed by you is not to be adopted or commenced"​. An angry exchange of letters took place and Mitchell threatened to resign rather than to forgo his desire to prove that he had found a better descent of the mountains. He persisted with his project and hundreds of convicts, some in chains, were engaged in building huge masonary ​buttresses, and moved masses of iron and sandstone to fill the gap which is held in place by their fine bridgework. They literally cut the top off a mountain. The new pass traversed a narrow ridge from which valleys fell away very steeply on either side. The pass is 1.9 miles long with a height of 800 feet.+The Surveyor-General Major Mitchell found that an easier grade could be maintained down Mt. Victoria, and regarded this as so important that he commenced work immediately without informing his superiors. This annoyed the Colonial-Secretary to such an extent that he wrote to Mitchell, "I am directed to request that... the line proposed by you is not to be adopted or commenced"​. An angry exchange of letters took place and Mitchell threatened to resign rather than to forgo his desire to prove that he had found a better descent of the mountains. He persisted with his project and hundreds of convicts, some in chains, were engaged in building huge masonry ​buttresses, and moved masses of iron and sandstone to fill the gap which is held in place by their fine bridgework. They literally cut the top off a mountain. The new pass traversed a narrow ridge from which valleys fell away very steeply on either side. The pass is 1.9 miles long with a height of 800 feet.
  
 It was opened on October 23rd, 1832 by Governer Bourke and is still in use, though slightly altered at its lower Section. Thomas Mitchell named it Victoria Pass in honour of the young Princess, following the pattern of royal names used in the area. It was at the opening of this road that the township of Mt. Victoria was established. It was opened on October 23rd, 1832 by Governer Bourke and is still in use, though slightly altered at its lower Section. Thomas Mitchell named it Victoria Pass in honour of the young Princess, following the pattern of royal names used in the area. It was at the opening of this road that the township of Mt. Victoria was established.
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 During the period 1832 to 1868 Mt. Victoria was a most important link on the Western Road; it was the busiest township between Emu and Hartley. During that period it was known as "One Tree Hill" by virtue of a huge tree that was growing near the stone built church. During the period 1832 to 1868 Mt. Victoria was a most important link on the Western Road; it was the busiest township between Emu and Hartley. During that period it was known as "One Tree Hill" by virtue of a huge tree that was growing near the stone built church.
  
-A Toll House was built on the eastern side of the village in about 1849. A charge was made for goats, pigs and sheep at one farthing each and coaches one shilling and sixpence. Wagons with wide steel tyres were allowed to go through free as they assisted in rolling the surface of the road. Tolls were collocted ​at this point until the completion of the railway to Mt. Victoria in 1868. A stone building nearby was used to house convicts going west, and ticket-of-leave men returning to Emu Plains. The site is possibly Karawatha House which is adjacent to the Toll Bar and is built on foundations of an historic barn at the first inn (now removed) and used to lodge prisoners en route to Bathurst or employed on construction of the road to the west. An antique business is now conducted in this building. At the entrance to Cedar Lodge Cabins at the Western point of the town is the site of one of the stockades used by the military during the making of the Western Pass by convicts. Of particular beauty at this point is a stand of majestic Gum Trees of great antiquity.+A Toll House was built on the eastern side of the village in about 1849. A charge was made for goats, pigs and sheep at one farthing each and coaches one shilling and sixpence. Wagons with wide steel tyres were allowed to go through free as they assisted in rolling the surface of the road. Tolls were collected ​at this point until the completion of the railway to Mt. Victoria in 1868. A stone building nearby was used to house convicts going west, and ticket-of-leave men returning to Emu Plains. The site is possibly Karawatha House which is adjacent to the Toll Bar and is built on foundations of an historic barn at the first inn (now removed) and used to lodge prisoners en route to Bathurst or employed on construction of the road to the west. An antique business is now conducted in this building. At the entrance to Cedar Lodge Cabins at the Western point of the town is the site of one of the stockades used by the military during the making of the Western Pass by convicts. Of particular beauty at this point is a stand of majestic Gum Trees of great antiquity.
  
 ===Hartley=== ===Hartley===
  
-With the oponing ​of the Victoria Pass a police district was set up in Hartley and a court house was built there. It was intended that Hartley become an intermediary town on the Western Road. The village flourished and the population grew to over 1000 people, whilst Mt. Victoria remained just a village and continued so almost until the railway reached there in 1868. With the coming of the railway with its faster means of transport, Hartley commenced to decline, the police district was moved to Lithgow, and Mt. Victoria became an important railway centre. The Jenolan Caves by this time had been opened up and visitors from Sydney stopped overnight to continue their journey to the Caves by coach next day.+With the opening ​of the Victoria Pass a police district was set up in Hartley and a court house was built there. It was intended that Hartley become an intermediary town on the Western Road. The village flourished and the population grew to over 1000 people, whilst Mt. Victoria remained just a village and continued so almost until the railway reached there in 1868. With the coming of the railway with its faster means of transport, Hartley commenced to decline, the police district was moved to Lithgow, and Mt. Victoria became an important railway centre. The Jenolan Caves by this time had been opened up and visitors from Sydney stopped overnight to continue their journey to the Caves by coach next day.
  
 ===From horse-drawn to horseless carriage=== ===From horse-drawn to horseless carriage===
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-In the Museum of Applied Arts and Science is a model of an early Australian Settler'​s Homestead. The original homestead was made of slabs of timber and bark roof and was built by James Rushby in 1840 at McDonalds Creek near Mudgee, N.S.W. The model was made by his daughter Charlotte, prior to 1857. The figure of the settler, his wife and animals are modellod ​in white clay from the Mudgee district, and would represent the earliest modelled Australian ceramic figures. Charlotte Rushby when 12 years of age travelled with her parents over the Blue Mountains via Mt. York, while convicts were still working on the roads.+In the Museum of Applied Arts and Science is a model of an early Australian Settler'​s Homestead. The original homestead was made of slabs of timber and bark roof and was built by James Rushby in 1840 at McDonalds Creek near Mudgee, N.S.W. The model was made by his daughter Charlotte, prior to 1857. The figure of the settler, his wife and animals are modelled ​in white clay from the Mudgee district, and would represent the earliest modelled Australian ceramic figures. Charlotte Rushby when 12 years of age travelled with her parents over the Blue Mountains via Mt. York, while convicts were still working on the roads.
  
 ===Marcus Clark Memorial=== ===Marcus Clark Memorial===
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-====Notice From The Sectretary.====+====Notice From The Secretary.====
  
 Sheila Binns. Sheila Binns.
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 +=====Federation Notes - January.=====
  
-FEDERATION NOTES - JANUARY ​by Ray Hodkway. +by Ray Hookway.
-Reunion. +
-. The 1973 Federation Reunion is to be held again at Sugee Ba Creek +
-on April 7th and. 8th and a big S.B.W. attendance is requested. +
-....42.1L12E212t. +
-1973 is the 25th Anniversary of the dedication of the plaque at Splendour +
-Rock and it is proposed that Federation hold a service at the Rock. Because Anzac Day and Easter fall so close together the service will be held on +
-Page 18 THE SYDNEY BUSHWA_LICER February, 1973. +
-another Sunday to ensure a reasonable attendance. Dates will be advised., later. +
-Moomba-ydnoy Pipe Line. +
-The government enquiry into the effect on the environment of the above pipe line is to commence in Sydney =March 1st. Murray Scott, the +
-Federation Conservation Secretary, is preparing a submission to the enquiry based on the recreational value of tho WollongaMbe Wilderness Area. +
-Tho event which helped to trigger the enquiry, the Hawkedbury by- election is to be held on February 17th, and the Conservation lobby is to bo represented by independent candidate Hugh Bannister of the Wilderness Committee. It will be interesting to see what support ho receives. +
-Sassafras- Crock  +
-Federation has been advised by Mr. Lewis that the Sassafras entrance to the Budawangs is still closed to walkers pending further enquiries. Ho +
-admits that logging interests have been given permission to use the road but states that the reason for closure is the danger to walkers from unexploded shells on the Folly Point track. +
-Search and Rescue. +
-Thoro wore two alerts in December but no searches. +
-Support for the monthly meetings has not boon strong enough to warrant +
-their continuance and they will possibly be replaced by more frequent practice searches. +
-A Radio practice is to be hold in late February. +
-************ +
-WALK'S SECRETARY'​S NOTES - MARCH by Wilf Hildor. March 2,3,4 - Jim Vatiliotis loads this medium exploratory walk to +
-Deanos Crook from Nownes and following the old railway formation to Mt. Wolgan Station. Just a few yards on is the only remaining rolling stock on the line. Groat scenery on this walk. +
-Sunday 4 - The Wingecarribee at last! Wilf must be kidding - 16 kilometres in one day in that country - a 24 hour trip maybe? Powerful torches please - running shoes are optional +
-Sunday 4 - Barry Zieren loads this easy walk at West Head, Good_ tracks for about half the walk, with some rook-hopping to keep you on your oes. Magnificent scenery. +
-Page 19 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER February, 1973. +
-March 9,10,11 - It's Wollondilly time again. Lush campsites along the river - tracks most Of the way. Excellent scenery on this medium walk - book now. +
-9,10;11 - Tony Denham leads this Blue Gum trip. Lush camping by +
-ye Grose River - but boil all water before drinking. Tracks all the way with a stiff climb beside Govetts Leap. +
-Sunday 11 Marion Lloyd leads this historical pilgrimage to Hartley Vale. Interesting scenery in this convict country - with +
-historic roads and tracks all the way. Sorry no ghosts until after dark. +
-Sunday 11 Kuring-gai chase is Sam Hinde'​s walk for today - Berowra +
-Station along Cowan Crook to Mt. Zuring-zai. Very nice scenery - good tracks all the way. +
-March Woods Crook is the sito - the event naturally is our +
-16,17,18 Annual Reunion. "Big folla corroboree"​ our aborigines +
-would have called it. In any language a mighty event. Organiser, major dam, ringmaster - call him what you will - +
-is the one and only Don Finch. Do the right thing by him and let him know you're coming. +
-March. - Mike Short loads this beaut test walk to the Wollondilly. +
-23,24,25 ' Over Bonnum Pic that magnificent lookout and down to tho lush campsite among the casuarinas. Spectacular views in +
-a great area. +
-March. _ Canons - that home away from home - and it's Bill Burke +
-23,24,25 who takes you out to Splendour Rock and Knights Deck to Old Man Cox. Excellent scenery from numerous sandstone lookouts. Good tracks for about half the way. +
-March - Late Saturday afternoon start for this Era walk from +
-24,25 Lilyvale. Camping at North Era - a good camp spot with very pretty scenery along the coast range. Yes, tracks all the way. +
-Sunday 25 NOW's your chance - a test walk in the picturesque Georges River valley. You'ro in safe hands all the way with Uncle John Holly. Rockhopping in Pheasant Creek and O'​Hares Creek. If its warm you can enjoy a swim in the big clear crystal pools. +
-E#roh 30,309 Don Finch loads the throng into the mighty Ettrema Canyon +
-April 1 - from Tullyangela Clearing. No tracks but magnificent sconery. Book early. +
-Sunday, April 1 - Another historical ramble with Marion Lloyd - this time in the lower mountains. From Woodford to Faulconbridgo +
-Page 20 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER February, 1973. +
-in fact. Very interesting relics and ruins most of the way. +
-Sunday, - April 1 +
-Kath Brown leads this popular walk to Uloola Falls and on to Heathcote. Nice scenery with easy tracks all the way. Some aboriginal carvings above the falls are worth +
-seoing. +
-*********#​*#​ +
-BROWNIE CAKES +
-(At the Federation Reunion there are various competitions - one is a cooking competition - for "​Brownies"​. Here are two recipes. Try them out at the S.B.W. Reunion and then you'll be in good form for the Federation "​do"​. Maybe Don Finch will arrange a competition at our Reunion:) +
-Bushmen'​s Brownie. +
-Uso 4 cups of flour, 1 cup each of sugar, dripping, currants, and raisins, 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, cream of tartar, spice, and cinnamon, and sufficient milk to mix. Rub the dripping into the flour in which the soda, cream of tartar, spice, and cinnamon have boon mixed +
-and sifted. Add the sugar, currants, and raisins and mix with milk to +
-make a dough slightly stiffer than that of a fruit cake. Place in a greased dish and bake for one hour. +
-Bowra Brownie. +
-1 lb flour, cup sugar, 1 dessertspoon baking powder, I pinch salt, +
-1 beaten egg, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoonful treacle, *lb sultanas, 1 dessertspoon cinnamon, 1 large tablespoon butter or dripping. Sift dry ingredients +
-together, rub in the dripping (or butter), Mix wet ingredients and stir them in. Add sultanas. Bake in steady oven 50 or 60 minutes. +
-************ +
-NEWS FROM THE =ELMS. +
-Tom and Linda Uilhelm,​recently returned to their homeland (U.S.A.), miss Australia and their old friends so much that they have indicated in a Xmas card to the club, that they will return in June.+
  
 +===Reunion.===
 +
 +The 1973 Federation Reunion is to be held again at Sugee Bag Creek on April 7th and 8th and a big S.B.W. attendance is requested.
 +
 +===Anzac Day Service.===
 +
 +1973 is the 25th Anniversary of the dedication of the plaque at Splendour Rock and it is proposed that Federation hold a service at the Rock. Because Anzac Day and Easter fall so close together the service will be held on another Sunday to ensure a reasonable attendance. Dates will be advised later.
 +
 +===Moomba-Sydney Pipe Line.===
 +
 +The government enquiry into the effect on the environment of the above pipe line is to commence in Sydney on March 1st. Murray Scott, the Federation Conservation Secretary, is preparing a submission to the enquiry based on the recreational value of the Wollongambe Wilderness Area.
 +
 +The event which helped to trigger the enquiry, the Hawkesbury by-election is to be held on February 17th, and the Conservation lobby is to be represented by independent candidate Hugh Bannister of the Wilderness Committee. It will be interesting to see what support he receives.
 +
 +===Sassafras - Styles Creek Road.===
 +
 +Federation has been advised by Mr. Lewis that the Sassafras entrance to the Budawangs is still closed to walkers pending further enquiries. He admits that logging interests have been given permission to use the road but states that the reason for closure is the danger to walkers from unexploded shells on the Folly Point track.
 +
 +===Search and Rescue.===
 +
 +There were two alerts in December but no searches.
 +
 +Support for the monthly meetings has not been strong enough to warrant their continuance and they will possibly be replaced by more frequent practice searches.
 +
 +A Radio practice is to be held in late February.
 +
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 +
 +=====Walk'​s Secretary'​s Notes - March.=====
 +
 +by Wilf Hilder.
 +
 +|March| |
 +|2,3,4|Jim Vatiliotis leads this medium exploratory walk to Deanes Crook from Newnes and following the old railway formation to Mt. Wolgan Station. Just a few yards on is the only remaining rolling stock on the line. Great scenery on this walk.|
 +|Sunday 4|The Wingecarribee at last! Wilf must be kidding - 16 kilometres in one day in that country - a 24 hour trip maybe? Powerful torches please - running shoes are optional.|
 +|Sunday 4|Barry Zieren leads this easy walk at West Head. Good tracks for about half the walk, with some rock-hopping to keep you on your toes. Magnificent scenery.|
 +|9,​10,​11|It'​s Wollondilly time again. Lush campsites along the river - tracks most of the way. Excellent scenery on this medium walk - book now.|
 +|9,​10,​11|Tony Denham leads this Blue Gum trip. Lush camping by ye Grose River - but boil all water before drinking. Tracks all the way with a stiff climb beside Govetts Leap.|
 +|Sunday 11|Marion Lloyd leads this historical pilgrimage to Hartley Vale. Interesting scenery in this convict country - with historic roads and tracks all the way. Sorry no ghosts until after dark.|
 +|Sunday 11|Kuring-gai Chase is Sam Hinde'​s walk for today - Berowra Station along Cowan Creek to Mt. Kuring-gai. Very nice scenery - good tracks all the way.|
 +|16,​17,​18|Woods Creek is the site - the event naturally is our Annual Reunion. "Big fella corroboree"​ our aborigines would have called it. In any language a mighty event. Organiser, major domo, ringmaster - call him what you will - is the one and only Don Finch. Do the right thing by him and let him know you're coming.|
 +|23,​24,​25|Mike Short leads this beaut test walk to the Wollondilly. Over Bonnum Pic that magnificent lookout and down to the lush campsite among the casuarinas. Spectacular views in a great area.|
 +|23,​24,​25|Carlons - that home away from home - and it's Bill Burke who takes you out to Splendour Rock and Knights Deck to Old Man Cox. Excellent scenery from numerous sandstone lookouts. Good tracks for about half the way.|
 +|24,25|Late Saturday afternoon start for this Era walk from Lilyvale. Camping at North Era - a good camp spot with very pretty scenery along the coast range. Yes, tracks all the way.|
 +|Sunday 25|Now'​s your chance - a test walk in the picturesque Georges River valley. You're in safe hands all the way with Uncle John Holly. Rockhopping in Pheasant Creek and O'​Hares Creek. If its warm you can enjoy a swim in the big clear crystal pools.|
 +|March 30,31, April 1|Don Finch leads the throng into the mighty Ettrema Canyon from Tullyangela Clearing. No tracks but magnificent scenery. Book early.|
 +|Sunday, April 1|Another historical ramble with Marion Lloyd - this time in the lower mountains. From Woodford to Faulconbridge in fact. Very interesting relics and ruins most of the way.|
 +|Sunday, April 1|Kath Brown leads this popular walk to Uloola Falls and on to Heathcote. Nice scenery with easy tracks all the way. Some aboriginal carvings above the falls are worth seeing.|
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 +=====Brownie Cakes.=====
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 +(At the Federation Reunion there are various competitions - one is a cooking competition - for "​Brownies"​. Here are two recipes. Try them out at the S.B.W. Reunion and then you'll be in good form for the Federation "​do"​. Maybe Don Finch will arrange a competition at our Reunion.)
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 +===Bushmen'​s Brownie.===
 +Use 4 cups of flour, 1 cup each of sugar, dripping, currants, and raisins, 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, cream of tartar, spice, and cinnamon, and sufficient milk to mix. Rub the dripping into the flour in which the soda, cream of tartar, spice, and cinnamon have been mixed and sifted. Add the sugar, currants, and raisins and mix with milk to make a dough slightly stiffer than that of a fruit cake. Place in a greased dish and bake for one hour.
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 +===Bowra Brownie.===
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 +1 lb flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 dessertspoon baking powder, 1 pinch salt, 1 beaten egg, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoonful treacle, 1/4 lb sultanas, 1 dessertspoon cinnamon, 1 large tablespoon butter or dripping. Sift dry ingredients together, rub in the dripping (or butter). Mix wet ingredients and stir them in. Add sultanas. Bake in steady oven 50 or 60 minutes.
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 +====News From The Wilhelms.====
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 +Tom and Linda Wilhelm, recently returned to their homeland (U.S.A.), miss Australia and their old friends so much that they have indicated in a Xmas card to the club, that they will return in June.
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