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 by Spiro Ketas by Spiro Ketas
  
-Only twenty-five Members were present at the May General ​Meetiing. Three new members were welcomed to the club, Helen Brett, Karl Beck and John Blackmore. No business arose from last month'​s minutes, enabling Sheila to move on to the correspondence received. As usual conservation issues dominated the correspondence received. The battle to save Bungonia continues and Neville Wran Q.C. made a speech in parliament advocating the preservation of the Blue Mountains Area and its protection from unnecessary and unplanned development. He urged that the State Planning Authority should take immediate steps for the preparation of a Blue Mountains Regional Planning Scheme to halt harmful and uncoordinated planning. Correspondence concluded with a reference to Myles Dunphy accepting Honorary Membership of the club.+Only twenty-five Members were present at the May General ​Meeting. Three new members were welcomed to the club, Helen Brett, Karl Beck and John Blackmore. No business arose from last month'​s minutes, enabling Sheila to move on to the correspondence received. As usual conservation issues dominated the correspondence received. The battle to save Bungonia continues and Neville Wran Q.C. made a speech in parliament advocating the preservation of the Blue Mountains Area and its protection from unnecessary and unplanned development. He urged that the State Planning Authority should take immediate steps for the preparation of a Blue Mountains Regional Planning Scheme to halt harmful and uncoordinated planning. Correspondence concluded with a reference to Myles Dunphy accepting Honorary Membership of the club.
  
 Our new lady Treasurer, Marcia, delivered the Treasurer'​s Report in a confident and business-like manner - opening balance $519.05, closing balance $536.58. Our new lady Treasurer, Marcia, delivered the Treasurer'​s Report in a confident and business-like manner - opening balance $519.05, closing balance $536.58.
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 __Easter__. John Campbell'​s Victorian walk went, four members enjoyed themselves in the Crosscut Saw area. Don Finch'​s Tuross River trip enticed 23 people. A worthwhile walk, slow going on the first two days scrambling over large boulders, through rocky gorges and an occasional swim through cold pools. To make up the time lost on the river 25 road miles were walked on the last day. George Catchpole'​s Bimberi jaunt resulted in a stay at the Oldfields Hut for two days, then up Mt. Bimberi on Monday. A successful trip was experienced by Alan Fall's party of seven in the Mt. Kaputar National Park - easy walking and good weather. __Easter__. John Campbell'​s Victorian walk went, four members enjoyed themselves in the Crosscut Saw area. Don Finch'​s Tuross River trip enticed 23 people. A worthwhile walk, slow going on the first two days scrambling over large boulders, through rocky gorges and an occasional swim through cold pools. To make up the time lost on the river 25 road miles were walked on the last day. George Catchpole'​s Bimberi jaunt resulted in a stay at the Oldfields Hut for two days, then up Mt. Bimberi on Monday. A successful trip was experienced by Alan Fall's party of seven in the Mt. Kaputar National Park - easy walking and good weather.
  
-On Anzac Day 6 memers ​enjoyed themselves on Sam Hinde'​s Bundeena walk.+On Anzac Day 6 members ​enjoyed themselves on Sam Hinde'​s Bundeena walk.
  
 The next weekend, 28 and 29th April both Don Finch'​s and David Cotton'​s walks were cancelled due mainly to the fact that the previous Wednesday was a holiday (Anzac Day) and as the club was closed no contact was made with prospective starters and leaders. Neville Lupton'​s party oh his Sunday Test Walk missed the turn-off so proceeded back along the same route, a very wet party indeed as it rained all day, but not so on Ray Carter'​s walk in the Araluen Valley; his party of two people enjoyed fine weather. The next weekend, 28 and 29th April both Don Finch'​s and David Cotton'​s walks were cancelled due mainly to the fact that the previous Wednesday was a holiday (Anzac Day) and as the club was closed no contact was made with prospective starters and leaders. Neville Lupton'​s party oh his Sunday Test Walk missed the turn-off so proceeded back along the same route, a very wet party indeed as it rained all day, but not so on Ray Carter'​s walk in the Araluen Valley; his party of two people enjoyed fine weather.
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 May 5, 6th Rod Peters had 3 starters with him on his Bungonia trip, a hard walk in fine weather. May 5, 6th Rod Peters had 3 starters with him on his Bungonia trip, a hard walk in fine weather.
  
-Dot Butler'​s Coolana exploratory expedition started off with two but the next day were joined by about 50 young marrieds and their children, including some members of the N.Z. Alpine Club. A surprise attendance ​vas Bob Duncan and young family, now living in Sydney.+Dot Butler'​s Coolana exploratory expedition started off with two but the next day were joined by about 50 young marrieds and their children, including some members of the N.Z. Alpine Club. A surprise attendance ​was Bob Duncan and young family, now living in Sydney.
  
 Wilf Hilder on May 6th changed his walk to a Colo trip as he missed his one and only starter by 5 minutes after waiting for him in Sydney. He covered 19 miles on a sunny clear day, the river was up 5 feet and in places very muddy. One 100 yd. section took 1 hour to complete. Wilf Hilder on May 6th changed his walk to a Colo trip as he missed his one and only starter by 5 minutes after waiting for him in Sydney. He covered 19 miles on a sunny clear day, the river was up 5 feet and in places very muddy. One 100 yd. section took 1 hour to complete.
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 Then on to the Federation Report - firstly, strong rumours persist that the Water Board may allow tourists to within the 2-mile catchment area limit, but nothing official as yet. Walkers disturbed by the placing of dingo traps on Scotts Main Range. Federation persuing the matters of access roads at Vine Creek, Sassafras (Army and Lands Dept. still arguing) and also Six Foot Track, inquiry unconcluded. Twenty five people attended the Anzac ceremony at Splendour Rock. The Sydney Rock Club plans to produce a book on Abseiling to sell at $1.00 to $1.50 but desires firstly to gauge response through Federation delegates asking various members. The Mt. Tomah Society plan to erect a large reminder of some sort on top of the mountain in honour of the early explorers and also to publish a book on the history of the area. They would be grateful for any suggestions from walkers. Then on to the Federation Report - firstly, strong rumours persist that the Water Board may allow tourists to within the 2-mile catchment area limit, but nothing official as yet. Walkers disturbed by the placing of dingo traps on Scotts Main Range. Federation persuing the matters of access roads at Vine Creek, Sassafras (Army and Lands Dept. still arguing) and also Six Foot Track, inquiry unconcluded. Twenty five people attended the Anzac ceremony at Splendour Rock. The Sydney Rock Club plans to produce a book on Abseiling to sell at $1.00 to $1.50 but desires firstly to gauge response through Federation delegates asking various members. The Mt. Tomah Society plan to erect a large reminder of some sort on top of the mountain in honour of the early explorers and also to publish a book on the history of the area. They would be grateful for any suggestions from walkers.
  
-In General Business it was decided to write to the National Parks and Wildlife Service thanking them for rescuing Colin Ferguson. Alex Colley informed the meeting that the Colong Committee would retain its "Save Colong"​ Bulletin title although the conservation battlefields are indeed widespread. A sum of money was found at the Federation Reunion. Cross-country skiers were informed of an inevitable rise in price of all hickory skis due to a U.S.A. hickory shortage. The bus contract between Sawpit Creek and Perisher Valley has not been let as yet, but apparently efforts will be made to keep the road to Perisher open all through winter. Anybody wishing to attend Doone Wytorne's Watsons Crags ice instructional trip should contact Dot Butler. Notice was given that Maurie Berry'​s 70th birthday was to be celebrated at Girrakool Reserve in the Brisbane Waters National Park, organised by the Dungalla Club and inviting S.B.W. to attend.+In General Business it was decided to write to the National Parks and Wildlife Service thanking them for rescuing Colin Ferguson. Alex Colley informed the meeting that the Colong Committee would retain its "Save Colong"​ Bulletin title although the conservation battlefields are indeed widespread. A sum of money was found at the Federation Reunion. Cross-country skiers were informed of an inevitable rise in price of all hickory skis due to a U.S.A. hickory shortage. The bus contract between Sawpit Creek and Perisher Valley has not been let as yet, but apparently efforts will be made to keep the road to Perisher open all through winter. Anybody wishing to attend Doone Wyborne's Watsons Crags ice instructional trip should contact Dot Butler. Notice was given that Maurie Berry'​s 70th birthday was to be celebrated at Girrakool Reserve in the Brisbane Waters National Park, organised by the Dungalla Club and inviting S.B.W. to attend.
  
-It was then 9.30 p m. and another typically quiet yet interesting and informal meeting came to an end.+It was then 9.30 p.m. and another typically quiet yet interesting and informal meeting came to an end.
  
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 Life is full of difficult decisions. Actually, it's a hell of a job deciding whether or not to go on a particular trip. I went on Bill Burke'​s Splendour Rock walk to get fit for an Easter trip, but then as a result decided not to go away at Easter in case I further damaged my ski-knee for this year's skiing. Life is full of difficult decisions. Actually, it's a hell of a job deciding whether or not to go on a particular trip. I went on Bill Burke'​s Splendour Rock walk to get fit for an Easter trip, but then as a result decided not to go away at Easter in case I further damaged my ski-knee for this year's skiing.
  
-Vhich reminds me. My cross-country skis have a wonderful mellow look about them - nearly worn out, but not quite. I can proudly claim them from the rack of the Perisher bus with the nonchalant air or an old cross-country man. Nearly worn out! It takes years to give skis a mellow look. Quick, where'​s the ski catalogue?+Which reminds me. My cross-country skis have a wonderful mellow look about them - nearly worn out, but not quite. I can proudly claim them from the rack of the Perisher bus with the nonchalant air or an old cross-country man. Nearly worn out! It takes years to give skis a mellow look. Quick, where'​s the ski catalogue?
  
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 =====Paddy Made.===== =====Paddy Made.=====
  
-Lightweight ​bushwalkin ​and camping gear.+Lightweight ​bushwalking ​and camping gear.
  
 ===Clothing For All Outdoor Activities.=== ===Clothing For All Outdoor Activities.===
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 Super warm box quilted. Added leg room. Approx 4 1/2 lbs. Super warm box quilted. Added leg room. Approx 4 1/2 lbs.
  
-__Super ​Lignt Model.__+__Super ​Light Model.__
  
 Half the weight and packed size of regular bags. 9" x 5 1/2" dia. 2 lbs. Half the weight and packed size of regular bags. 9" x 5 1/2" dia. 2 lbs.
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 Athens, 3rd May 1973. Athens, 3rd May 1973.
  
-It was about 7.30 p m. last night when I ducked out of our hotel to post a letter and to change some travellers cheques at the bank. We had only arrived back in Athens at 5 p.m. that afternoon after a 5 day trip to Epidaurus, Olympia, etc., and Lesley was back at the hotel taking a pre-dinner snooze. Walking down Athinas Street, with the Agora on my right, I passed the street-sellers peddling their sunglasses and Turkish coffee, lottery tickets and ballpoint pens. The rush hour was just beginning to build up as people finished work and hurried off to catch bus or train, then all of a sudden out of the myriad of faces, two stood out which I recognized. I couldn'​t believe my eyes: it was Dot and Alan Pike. What a surprise; what a coincidence. They were just as taken aback as was I. It's a wonderful experience to see a familiar face when you're so far from home. Dot and Alan changed direction and the three of us went off together to give Lesley the surprise of her life.+It was about 7.30 p.m. last night when I ducked out of our hotel to post a letter and to change some travellers cheques at the bank. We had only arrived back in Athens at 5 p.m. that afternoon after a 5 day trip to Epidaurus, Olympia, etc., and Lesley was back at the hotel taking a pre-dinner snooze. Walking down Athinas Street, with the Agora on my right, I passed the street-sellers peddling their sunglasses and Turkish coffee, lottery tickets and ballpoint pens. The rush hour was just beginning to build up as people finished work and hurried off to catch bus or train, then all of a sudden out of the myriad of faces, two stood out which I recognized. I couldn'​t believe my eyes: it was Dot and Alan Pike. What a surprise; what a coincidence. They were just as taken aback as was I. It's a wonderful experience to see a familiar face when you're so far from home. Dot and Alan changed direction and the three of us went off together to give Lesley the surprise of her life.
  
-We sat ourselves down and had a long talk about what had trqnspired ​since we had last seen each other back in Sydney, and then we set off to Omonia Square for food and more talk. And oh, what a story they had to tell. The Sydney Bushwalker Editor should act at once to secure exclusive publishing rights. They started their wanderings at Teheran in Iran, and then travelled through Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey. The story included tales of walks through deserts, of Middle East border clashes, of bedsheets that hadn't been washed for three months or more, of fights with an Arab hotel keeper (when he locked up their passports and lost the key). Then there was the story of the visit to a museum when they met all the school children who wanted to touch Dot. They probably thought she was a goddess because of her blonde hair. Then there were the gypsies, and how Alan got covered with yoghurt when the wheel fell off the jeep. The stories went on and on. We talked about people, about food, we compared notes about hotels and red tape; the bus which carried people at the front and sheep at the back and on tho roof. When we'd worn out our welcome at the restuarant ​we retired to a coffee house where we ate yoghurt and drank coffee; and talked some more. We didn't finish but the time was getting late so we bade each other farewell and made our ways to our respective hotels.+We sat ourselves down and had a long talk about what had transpired ​since we had last seen each other back in Sydney, and then we set off to Omonia Square for food and more talk. And oh, what a story they had to tell. The Sydney Bushwalker Editor should act at once to secure exclusive publishing rights. They started their wanderings at Teheran in Iran, and then travelled through Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey. The story included tales of walks through deserts, of Middle East border clashes, of bedsheets that hadn't been washed for three months or more, of fights with an Arab hotel keeper (when he locked up their passports and lost the key). Then there was the story of the visit to a museum when they met all the school children who wanted to touch Dot. They probably thought she was a goddess because of her blonde hair. Then there were the gypsies, and how Alan got covered with yoghurt when the wheel fell off the jeep. The stories went on and on. We talked about people, about food, we compared notes about hotels and red tape; the bus which carried people at the front and sheep at the back and on the roof. When we'd worn out our welcome at the restaurant ​we retired to a coffee house where we ate yoghurt and drank coffee; and talked some more. We didn't finish but the time was getting late so we bade each other farewell and made our ways to our respective hotels.
  
 Dot and Alan sail to Rhodes today and we're flying to Istanbul, so we probably won't see them again till we're back in Australia, and there'​ll be more stories to tell. It's a small world, isn't it? Dot and Alan sail to Rhodes today and we're flying to Istanbul, so we probably won't see them again till we're back in Australia, and there'​ll be more stories to tell. It's a small world, isn't it?
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 |July| | |July| |
 |6,​7,​8|Neville Lupton is leading this classic test walk to Bindock. Tremendous scenery in this great area - bring your camera and capture the breathtaking Tomat Falls - over five hundred foot sheer. Long climb up Bindook Mountain but on well graded stock track - glorious views from the top.| |6,​7,​8|Neville Lupton is leading this classic test walk to Bindock. Tremendous scenery in this great area - bring your camera and capture the breathtaking Tomat Falls - over five hundred foot sheer. Long climb up Bindook Mountain but on well graded stock track - glorious views from the top.|
-|7,​8|Saturday morning, start for Alan Fall's medium Blue Gum trip. Down well-worn track from Perry'​s after enjoying the great views - with good graded track thru Syncarpia and Neatrs Glrn to the tops. Lush campsite and singalong campfire Saturday night. Please boil all water before drinking in this area. Maps 1:31,680 Katoomba, Mt. Wilson.|+|7,​8|Saturday morning, start for Alan Fall's medium Blue Gum trip. Down well-worn track from Perry'​s after enjoying the great views - with good graded track thru Syncarpia and Neates Glen to the tops. Lush campsite and singalong campfire Saturday night. Please boil all water before drinking in this area. Maps 1:31,680 Katoomba, Mt. Wilson.|
 |Sunday 8|Barry Zieren'​s bound for West Head on this easy walk. Good tracks to the Basin with excellent views. Tracks along foreshores to Great Mackerel Beach - a terrific lunch spot.| |Sunday 8|Barry Zieren'​s bound for West Head on this easy walk. Good tracks to the Basin with excellent views. Tracks along foreshores to Great Mackerel Beach - a terrific lunch spot.|
 |13,​14,​15|Ski touring this weekend with Rod Peters as head man - and it's mighty Jagungal'​s turn to be conquered. For those who aren't fit enough for this hard tour a good weekend'​s practice can be organised at Schlink Hilton. All the party __must__ carry waterproof parkas __and__ waterproof overtrousers. Please book early.| |13,​14,​15|Ski touring this weekend with Rod Peters as head man - and it's mighty Jagungal'​s turn to be conquered. For those who aren't fit enough for this hard tour a good weekend'​s practice can be organised at Schlink Hilton. All the party __must__ carry waterproof parkas __and__ waterproof overtrousers. Please book early.|
 |Sunday 15|Uncle Sam Hinde is great white father on this medium safari to Burning Palms. Good tracks all the way with a long climb up from the beach on a graded track. Excellent scenic views from the cliff tops.| |Sunday 15|Uncle Sam Hinde is great white father on this medium safari to Burning Palms. Good tracks all the way with a long climb up from the beach on a graded track. Excellent scenic views from the cliff tops.|
-|20,​21,​22|Back to Newnes weekend with Jim Vatiliotis as your guide (ard Jim Gale as mine host at Newnes). Good tracks along old Newnes Railway to Mt. Wolgan Station complete with reversing triangle for locomotives. Long climb up to Constance Gorge and then drop in to Rocky Creek for exploration.|+|20,​21,​22|Back to Newnes weekend with Jim Vatiliotis as your guide (and Jim Gale as mine host at Newnes). Good tracks along old Newnes Railway to Mt. Wolgan Station complete with reversing triangle for locomotives. Long climb up to Constance Gorge and then drop in to Rocky Creek for exploration.|
 |20,​21,​22|Downhill skiing weekend at Perisher - get all the good oil from Dave Rostron.| |20,​21,​22|Downhill skiing weekend at Perisher - get all the good oil from Dave Rostron.|
 |Sunday 22|Bouddi at long lost - with Carl Beck as leader. This scenic traverse of this coastal gem is long overdue. Tracks most of the way on this special medium walk. Bring your colour camera.| |Sunday 22|Bouddi at long lost - with Carl Beck as leader. This scenic traverse of this coastal gem is long overdue. Tracks most of the way on this special medium walk. Bring your colour camera.|
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-MORE LETTERS FROM DOROTHY ​ALAN PEKE+=====More Letters From Dorothy ​Alan Pike.===== 
-Tehran. + 
-8/3/73s+Tehran. 8/3/73. 
 Dear Everyone, Dear Everyone,
-Well, today we got up early and after breakfast, went in search of the Museum of Archeology. Once again, as we got into the crowded city streets a young "​Can-I-help-youn came along, this time a student of + 
-politics and he told us about a lady in Australia who had had 9 babies. +Well, today we got up early and after breakfast, went in search of the Museum of Archeology. Once again, as we got into the crowded city streets a young "​Can-I-help-you" ​came along, this time a student of politics and he told us about a lady in Australia who had had 9 babies. It made headlines in the Teheran papers, he said, so we agreed that it was amazing (although we couldn'​t remember it). The museum was very interesting ​for us, and also for a group of schoolchildren,​ boys and girls about 12 or 13 years old. They forgot about all the glass cases, and crowded around us all the time, staring at Dot, and laughing at us. Even the teachers and museum men couldn'​t stop them, until they took them to a different floor. 
-It made headlines in the Teheran papers, he said, so we agreed that it was amazing (although we couldn'​t remember it). The museum was very interest- + 
-ing for us, and also for a group of schoolchildren,​boys and girls about 12 +After the museum, we had lunch - soup, tea and bread, total price 21 rials (21 cents Aust) for the two of us. The soup was cooking in a big copper pot on the foot-path. He gave Dot a taste as we went past, so we went into a dirty little room, and sat down at a ricketty ​table. Another man gave us bread out of a hessian bag. The soup would have been good, except that he put sour goats milk on it. Well, it's cheap enough. 
-or 13 years old. They forgot about all the glass cases, and crowded around us all the time, staring at Dot, and laughing at us. Even the teachers and museum men couldn'​t stop them, until they took them to a different floor. + 
-After the museum, we had lunch - soup, tea and bread, total price +In the afternoon we saw the Crown Jewels of the Shah, which are quite impressive, a huge room full - but not really interesting. Tomorrow we catch the bus to Isfahan. 
-21 rials (21 cents Aust) for the two of us. The soup was cooking in a big copper pot on the foot-path. He gave Dot a taste as we went past, so we went into a dirty little room, and sat down at a rickotty ​table. Another man gave us bread out of a hessian bag. The soup would have been good, except that he put sour goats milk on it. Well, it's cheap enough. + 
-In the afternoon we saw the Crown Jewels of the Shah, which are quite +Shiraz. 13/3/73. 
-impressive, a huge room full - but not really interesting. Tomorrow we catch the bus to Ispahan+ 
-Shiraz. +Isfahan was very interesting and beautiful. The mosques are incredibly ​beautiful with all the inlay tile work on them. In the (covered) bazaar we saw how the tiny shops made bread, crystallised sugar, and even watched a man make a felt hat, starting from little pieces of fluff. Isfahan still very cold - (6,000 ft) so we bought coats of sheepskin. Yesterday took bus to Shiraz (400 miles for $1.40 each and free glucose sweets and free soft drinks in super tourist coach - we were the only non-locals). The coaches are covered with curtains, tassels and pompoms and look like an ancient camel caravan. Today we went to Persepolis, which as you know from Paddy, is just fabulous. Has been very dry up till now, cracked skin, nose-bleeds etc. for us both
-13/3/73. + 
-Isfahan was very interesting and beautiful. The mosques are incredp. +Baghdad, ​Iraq. 19/3/73. 
-ibly beautiful with all the inlay tile work on them. In the (covered) bazaar we saw how the tiny shops made bread, crystallised sugar, and even watched a man make a felt hat, starting from little pieces of fluff. + 
-Isfahan still very cold - (6,000 ft) so we bought coats of sheepskin. +Here we are in Iraq, land of three revolutions since 1957 when they shot the King and his relatives and Iraq became a republic. However, we have found no evidence of such violence and indeed it is hard to believe of such happy, friendly people, and the only reminder of the country'​s hostilities to Israel and perhaps Iran is presence of soldiers (much like Iran) toting rifles and bayonets. 
-Yesterday took bus to Shiraz (400 miles for $1.40 each and free glucose + 
-sweets and free soft drinks in super tourist coach - we were the only +Crossing the border from Abadan in Iran to Basra in Iraq was really quite a feat. We first took 2 taxis and a bus to get to Korramshire and then another taxi to a desolate outpost called "​Shelamahire",​ which was the Iranian border. After getting through the customs we were rather unsure what to do next, as the Persians hadn't been across the border and couldn'​t tell us how far to the next place, but indicated (sign language) that Iraq was ahead and that we should start walking. So we marched off into the flat desert of nothingness except for a few palm trees in the distance and a line of telegraph poles. Presently we came across a notice that said "Basra 20 km", which is about 12 miles, and our hearts sank at the prospect of walking ​that far with packs and no shade. However, after about 2 miles walking we came to some low buildings of mud bricks, which turned out to be the Iraqi customs and border (apparently there is a neutral zone between countries ​we weren'​t game to take a photo). 
-non-locals). The coaches are covered with ovrtains, tassels and pompoms and look like an ancient camel caravan. Today we went to PersepOlis, which as you know from Paddy, is just fabulous. Has been very dry up till now, cracked skin, nose-bleeds etc. for us both, + 
-Baghdad, ​Ira. +We walked past the army and went into the "​custome office"​ where we spent about 1 1/2 hours while the customs man examined our passports and particularly our visa which we had got in Australia. He was apparently very unsettled by our presence and was scared of doing the wrong thing and letting us in if we weren'​t allowed. He was very puzzled by the word "​tourism"​ in the visa which was the described reason for our visit. He said that "​tourism"​ was a French word so how come it appeared in an Australian visa. The problem was that the visa didn't actually say "​Australia",​ only said "​issued at Canberra"​ which the man hadn't heard ofAlso he wanted to know if Australia had broken off relations with Iraq because we had no embassy there. (He was a consul in United ​Arab Republic embassy). We had to impress upon him that it never had an embassy; ​Canberra was Australia'​s capital city and that tourism was an English word. It didn't help that he only had about 10 words of English himself. Eventually we got everything sorted out and he was all smiles and wanted to know (so does everybody else) since we ware married, where were all our little ones? Being Alan'​s ​age himself he was very proud of his six children. 
-19/3/73. + 
-Here we are in Iraq, land of three revolutions since 1957 when they shot the King and his relatives and Iraq became a republic. However, we have found no evidence of such violence and indeed it is hard to believe of such happy, friendly people, and the only reminder of the country'​s +Well, after waiting another half hour, a taxi took us 10 miles or so to the to the town, travelling all the way in clouds of dust and about 4 soldiers in the car too, singing their heads off (all wailing eastern type music) and laughing and having a great old time. We arrived at a punt where we changed taxis and waited for the punt which only took two cars at a time. I forgot to mention that through all this we had a money problem. We didn't want to change money unnecessarily in Iran and we got to the border after much wangling, with about 50 cents. ​Once in Iraq we had no money (Iraqi dinars) and it was a Friday, which is like a Sunday in Sydney and so all banks closed. The taxi wanted 2 dinars (about 4 dollars ​american) to take us from the customs (20 kms) to Basra and we could only scrape together about 3 dollars using Iran and Australian money. Fortunately we were saved by a kind young man (one of three others crossing the border in the time we were there) from Kuwait who gave us 2 dinars (as a "​welcome"​ present he said) and so we got to Basra. Once across the river by punt, the taxi took us way out of town, much to our dismay, (he spoke no English) and deposited us at a huge hotel beside the Iraqi Airways airport. It was called the Shalt-al-Arab ​and there we werehobnobbing with all the wealthy businessmen,​ Russian spys and airlines staff and eating 4-course meals and still not a cent (Iraqi) to our names. 
-hostilities to Israel and perhaps Iran is presence of soldiers (much like Iran) toting rifles and bayonets. + 
-Page 12 THE SYDNEY BUSHWAIIMR June9 1973. +We spent the day around the hotel. There was a nice little park nearby on the river (Euphrates) where we met a group of young schoolgirls. They could speak a little English and we had a great conversation as they fed us on date cakes and pumpkin seeds. A soldier came along (armed to the teeth) and tried to join in but he was much ridiculed by the girls. We spent the night at the Arab hotel. It was a strange place. All very upper class English, but in fact rather untidy and in much need of paint and repairs. Next day the banks opened, so we went into the town which was absolutely terrible, got some money and bought train tickets to Baghdad for the night train. We had quite a long talk to an Englishman (motor-bike salesman) that afternoon at the hotel. It was good to talk to someone who could understand us for a change. 
-*********************** + 
-MOUNTAIN +The train trip to Baghdad was a nightmare but we survived it. Found a cheap but passable hotel in the centre of town and now are having a look around. Baghdad has the most fantastic museum. We will probably stay a week or two more in Iraq then fly to Lebanon and then Eqypt. 
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-Page 13 _5HE SYDNEY BUSHUALKER Juno, 1973. +
-Crossing the border from Abadan in Iran to Basra in Iraq was really +
-quite a feat. We first took 2 taxis and a bus to get to Korramshire and +
-then another taxi to a desolate outpost called "​Shelamahire",​ which was the Iranian border. After getting through the customs we were rather unsure what to do next, as the Persians hadn't been across the border and couldn'​t tell us how far to the next place, but indicated (sign language) that Iraq was ahead and that we should start walking. So we marched off into the flat desert of nothingness except for a few palm trees in the distance and a line of telegraph poles. Presently we came across a notice that said "​Basra ​ +
-20 km", which is about 12 miles, and our hearts sank at the prospect of malking ​that far with packs and no shade. However, after about 2 miles walking we came to some low buildings of mud bricks, which turned out to be the +
-Iraqi customs and border (apparently there is a neutral zone between countries we weren'​t game to take a photo). +
-We walked past the army andwent into the "​custome office"​ where we spent about hours while the customs man examined our passports and particularly our visa which we had got in Australia. He was apparently very unsettled by our presence and was scared of doing the wrong thing and letting us in if we weren'​t allowed. He was very puzzledby the word "​tourism"​ in the visa which was the described reason for our visit. He said that "​tourism"​ was a French word so how come it appeared in an Australian visa. The problem was that the visa didn't actually say "​Australia",​ only said "​issued at +
-Canberra"​ which the man hadn't heard of Also ho wanted to know if Australia +
-had broken off relations with Iraq because we had no embassy there. (He +
-was a consul in United_ ​Arab Republic embassy). We had to impress upon him that it never had an ombassy3 ​Canberra was Australia'​s capital city and +
-that tourism was an English word. It didn't help that he only had about +
-10 words of English himself. Eventually we got everything sorted out and he was all smiles and wanted to know (so does everybody else) since we ware married, where were all our little ones? Being Alan'​s ​ago himself he was very proud of his six children0 +
-oll after waiting another half hour, a taxi took us 10 miles or so +
-to the toMn, travelling all the way in clouds of dust and about 4 soldiers in the car too, singing their heads off (all wailing eastern type music) +
-and laughing and having a great old time. We arrived at a punt where we changed taxis and waited for the punt which only took two cars at a time. I forgot to mention that through all this %,e had a money problem. We didn't want to change money unnecessarily in Iran and we got to the border +
-after much wangling, with about 50 cents. ​Oncr, in Iraq we had no money (Iraqi dinars) and it was a Friday, which is like a Sunday in Sydney and so all banks closed. The taxi wanted 2 dinars (about 4 dollars ​anerican) to take us from the customs (20 kms) to Basra and we could only scrape together about 3 dollars using Iran and Australian money. Fortunately we were saved by a kind young man (one of three others crossing the border in the time we were there) from Kuwait who gave us 2 dinars (as a "​welcome"​ present he said) and so we got to Basra. Once across the river by punt, the taxi took us way out of town, much to our dismay, (he spoke no English) and deposited us at a huge hotel beside the Iraqi Airways airport. It was called the ShaltalArab ​and there we were hobnobbing with all the +
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-wealthy businessmen,​ Russian spys and airlines staff and eating 4-course meals and still not a cent (Iraqi) to our names. +
-We spent the day around the hotel. There was a nice little park nearby on the river (Euphrates) where we met a group of young schoolgirls. They could speak a little English and we had a great conversation as they +
-INNi us on date cakes and pumpkin seeds. A soldier came along (armed to +
-the teeth) and tried to join in but he was much ridiculedby the girls. +
-We sport the night at the Arab hotel. It was a strange place. All very upper class English, but in fact rather untidy and in much need of paint and repairs. Next day the banks opened, so we went into the town which was absolutely terrible, got some money and bought train tickets to Baghdad for the night train. We had quite a long talk to an Englishman (motor- +
-bike salesman) that afternoon at the hotel. It was good to talk to +
-someone who could understand us for a change. +
-The train trip to Baghdad was a nightmare but we survived it. Found a cheap but passable hotel in the centre of town and now are having a look +
-around. Baghdad has the most fantastic museum. We will probably stay a week or two more in Iraq then fly to Lebanon and then Eqypt. +
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-SOCIAL SECRETARY'S NOTES+
 by Elaine Brown. by Elaine Brown.
-On June 27th Mouldy Harrison was to give a talk and show slides on 
-"​Gardens Around the World"​. Mouldy unfortunately for us will be in Canada and has transferred his evening to the 17th October. Frank Taeker has agreed to give a talk and show slides on New Guinea on 27th. Frank as 
-you all know is a very good photographer so this should be an interesting evening. 
-On July the 18th we have "The Concert"​. Those of you who missed the 
-great actors at The Reunion will have another chance to see the Club's talent. 
-7e have had numerous requests for Dot Butler to repeat the Andean Expedition slide night. This falls on the 15th August - these slides are first class and can be seen again and again. 
-17e also had requests for Jim Brown to show his slides of steam trains 
-po on August 22nd_ Jim will give us an evening "An End to Steam Locomotives";​ August 29th we are having a slide competition. Members are asked to 
-bring along 6 of their best slides spotted on the bottom left hand side and with their names on. Er. Don Mackenzie, President of the Warringah Camera Club, will be the judge. Could you please hand the slides in 
-before 8 p m. on the night of judging. 
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 +On June 27th Mouldy Harrison was to give a talk and show slides on "​Gardens Around the World"​. Mouldy unfortunately for us will be in Canada and has transferred his evening to the 17th October. Frank Taeker has agreed to give a talk and show slides on New Guinea on 27th. Frank as you all know is a very good photographer so this should be an interesting evening.
 +
 +On July the 18th we have "The Concert"​. Those of you who missed the great actors at The Reunion will have another chance to see the Club's talent.
 +
 +We have had numerous requests for Dot Butler to repeat the Andean Expedition slide night. This falls on the 15th August - these slides are first class and can be seen again and again.
 +
 +We also had requests for Jim Brown to show his slides of steam trains so on August 22nd Jim will give us an evening "An End to Steam Locomotives"​.
 +
 +August 29th we are having a slide competition. Members are asked to bring along 6 of their best slides spotted on the bottom left hand side and with their names on. Mr. Don Mackenzie, President of the Warringah Camera Club, will be the judge. Could you please hand the slides in before 8 p.m. on the night of judging.
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