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sbw Bill Burke - Honorary Active
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 WHILE THE BILLY BOILS. ​ WHILE THE BILLY BOILS. ​
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 I recently made one of my solo jaunts to Mt. Solitary. After looking, around, I camped near Melvilles Lookout. Sitting beside my little fire, I kept thinking of what I had seen around the campsites. Not just the usual collection of foil, plastic bags and assorted filth, but something far more worrying. I recently made one of my solo jaunts to Mt. Solitary. After looking, around, I camped near Melvilles Lookout. Sitting beside my little fire, I kept thinking of what I had seen around the campsites. Not just the usual collection of foil, plastic bags and assorted filth, but something far more worrying.
 The young trees are disappearing. Ragged stumps and green leafy twigs.stuffed into bushes tell the story. It took me about 10 minutes to The young trees are disappearing. Ragged stumps and green leafy twigs.stuffed into bushes tell the story. It took me about 10 minutes to
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-BILL BURKE HONORARY ACTIVE ​by Bob Younger + 
-Congratulations to Bill Burke on his award as an HonoTary ​Active member of our fraternity. +===== Bill Burke Honorary Active ===== 
-Bill was one of the trustees of our property "​Coolana"​ from its purchase in 1969 until we became a corporation and the rules changed. Bill also + 
-served as Business Manager for the Sydney Bushwalker magazine for many years. In addition to these official tasks Bill is one of the most reliable and +by Bob Younger 
-experienced members of our organisation. He joined in 1938, just prior to + 
-the Second World War. Some of his early trips were with Bill Hall and Alex +Congratulations to Bill Burke on his award as an Honorary ​Active member of our fraternity. 
-Colley, and Alex remembers Mrs.Carlon saying in a horrified tone, "You are not + 
-taking that young lad on your tiger walks, are you?" Mr. and Mrs. Carlon ran +Bill was one of the trustees of our property "​Coolana"​ from its purchase in 1969 until we became a corporation and the rules changed. Bill also served as Business Manager for the Sydney Bushwalker magazine for many years. In addition to these official tasks Bill is one of the most reliable and experienced members of our organisation. He joined in 1938, just prior to the Second World War. Some of his early trips were with Bill Hall and Alex Colley, and Alex remembers Mrs Carlon saying in a horrified tone, "You are not taking that young lad on your tiger walks, are you?" Mr. and Mrs. Carlon ran a farm "​Tyrol"​ on Galong Creek in the Megalong Valley and encouraged any bushwalker ​passing by to call in and let them know about their exploits and the activities of other bushwalkers they knew. 
-a farm "​Tyrol"​ on Galong Creek in the Megalong Valley and encouraged any bush- walker ​passing by to call in and let them know about their exploits and the activities of other bushwalkers they knew. + 
-Alex also remembers Bill's early trepidation about joining a 33mile ​walk along the Cox River and Cedar Creek with the legendary Gordon Smith and others of similar ilk. Bill acquitted himself with style and then undertook a more +Alex also remembers Bill's early trepidation about joining a 33-mile ​walk along the Cox River and Cedar Creek with the legendary Gordon Smith and others of similar ilk. Bill acquitted himself with style and then undertook a more 
-severe 45-miler. This type of activity suited him very well and he soon +severe 45-miler. This type of activity suited him very well and he soon acquired a reputation in his own right despite being affectionately ​known as "​Little Billy Burke" by the lady tigers. Bill Hall remembers an interlude on 
-acquired a reputation in his own right despite being affectionately ​knowr as +the Cox River during which Bill Burke announced that he would be joining the A.I.F. as soon as possible. Some members of the party tried to dissuade him from such a rash and perilous decision, pointing out the hazards of such an occupation. Bill disregarded this well-meant advice and joined up anyway. 
-"​Little Billy Burke" by the lady tigers. Bill Hall remembers an interlude on +
-the Cox River during which Bill Burke announced that he would be joining the +
-A.I.F. as soon as possible. Some members of the party tried to dissuade him +
-from such a rash and perilous decision, pointing out the hazards of such an +
-occupation. Bill disregarded this well-meant advice and joined up anyway.+
 This decision resulted in his involvement in quite a few of the major campaigns in the Middle East, the combat on Crete and eventually in New Guinea when Australian troops were recalled to defend Australia against invasion by the Japanese. Miraculously Bill survived all this mayhem and his letters home to the SBW Comforts Committee were published in the magazine and are a valued part of our archives. This decision resulted in his involvement in quite a few of the major campaigns in the Middle East, the combat on Crete and eventually in New Guinea when Australian troops were recalled to defend Australia against invasion by the Japanese. Miraculously Bill survived all this mayhem and his letters home to the SBW Comforts Committee were published in the magazine and are a valued part of our archives.
-My earliest recollections of Bill began in the late 1940 to early 1950s when he and his family attended reunions and regularly joined the clan at SBW campsites at Era on summer weekends. Since then Bill has 'led a lot of bush walks in different and interesting areas in New South Wales and has participated + 
-in extended trips in Tasmania and New Zealand. Bill is renowned for his +My earliest recollections of Bill began in the late 1940 to early 1950s when he and his family attended reunions and regularly joined the clan at SBW campsites at Era on summer weekends. Since then Bill has 'led a lot of bushwalks ​in different and interesting areas in New South Wales and has participated in extended trips in Tasmania and New Zealand. Bill is renowned for his concern for new members and the effect of occasional hardships on his walking companions. This concern is exemplified by his willingness to join the Federation of Bushwalkers Search and Rescue team when called upon to lend a hand. 
-concern for new members and the effect of occasional hardships on his walking + 
-companions. This concern is exemplified by his willingness to join the +The challenge of navigating and exploring new country appeals to Bill and he has quite a few "​firsts"​ to his credit. Another of his "​firsts"​ ls the introduction of "Happy Hour" before the evening meal on bushwalks. The 
-Federation of Bushwalkers Search and Rescue team when called upon to lend a hand. +serving of hot lemon barley water with a dash of rum is now almost obligatory on winter walks. This practice is consistent with Bill's interest in good catering which results in good meals and his advice in the production of interesting food lists is much in demand. 
-The challenge of navigating and exploring new country appeals to Bill and he has quite a few "​firsts"​ to his credit. Another of his "​firsts"​ ls + 
-the introduction of "Happy Hour" before the evening meal on bushwalks. The +Ski-ing is probably another first for Bill as many members have been introduced to this activity during holidays at his Kandahar Ski Lodge in the Perisher Valley. Bill has acted as "Mine Host" at this most comfortable lodge for at least 25 years. That's a lot of ski-ing. ​ 
-serving of hot lemon barley water with a dash of rum is now almost obligatory +
-on winter walks. This practice is consistent with Bill's interest in good +
-catering which results in good meals and his advice in the production of interesting food lists is much in demand. +
-Ski-ing is probably another first for Bill as many members have been introduced to this activity during holidays at his Kandahar Ski Lodge in the Perisher Valley. Bill has acted as "Mine Host" at this most comfortable +
-lodge for at least 25 years. That's a lot of ski-ing.+
 Someone reminded me of Bill's great adage that "The Lord will provide"​ and this has been vindicated on more than one occasion. The most revered occurred when a party was assessing the difficulty of crossing a swiftly flowing Someone reminded me of Bill's great adage that "The Lord will provide"​ and this has been vindicated on more than one occasion. The most revered occurred when a party was assessing the difficulty of crossing a swiftly flowing
-and flooded river. Bill had no sooner restated his well-known faith in +and flooded river. Bill had no sooner restated his well-known faith in divine providence when a large truck appeared from nowhere and delivered the party safely through the torrent. 
-divine providence when a large truck appeared from nowhere and delivered the party safely through the torrent. + 
-Good on you Bill! Congratulations once again on your Honorary Active +Good on you Bill! Congratulations once again on your Honorary Active Membership. 
-Membership. + 
-######## +===== THE SAGA OF ZOBEL GULLY ===== 
-Page 4 The Sydney Bushwalker August 1989 + 
- 1b +On the 27th/28th of May, George Newer and Carol Lubbers decided to explore Zobel Gully'​. The route was; Mount Banks, Pierces Pass, Grose River, Zobel Gully , Explorers ​Range, Mount Banks. The result was as follows. 
-THE SAGA OF ZOBEL GULLY +
-On the 27th/28th of May, George Newer and Carol Lubbers decided to explore Zobel Gully'​. The route was; Mount Banks, Pierces Pass, Grose River, Zobel +
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-Gully , Exppprers ​Range, Mount Banks. The result was as follows. +
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 Last weekend iri May, caw skys lorear ' y Last weekend iri May, caw skys lorear ' y
-I think ru OD exploring, try doing Zobel Gully Talked to Kath and Jim Brown, George and Helen Gray S4NIMB fai* easy and Carol can get away.+I think ru OD exploring, try doing Zobel Gully  
 +Talked to Kath and Jim Brown, George and Helen Gray  
 +S4NIMB fai* easy and Carol can get away. 
 TWo weeks ago we'd had, a quick look from the top Got to the second waterfall, before we had to stop Below was wider and clearer, coachwoods tall and slim "Up from the bottam, thats the way" said Jim. TWo weeks ago we'd had, a quick look from the top Got to the second waterfall, before we had to stop Below was wider and clearer, coachwoods tall and slim "Up from the bottam, thats the way" said Jim.
 Saturdiwnritning at Banks car park, cold dry and clear Quick breakfast, last checks, of maps food and gear Down Pierces Pass, to a noisy Grose River Saturdiwnritning at Banks car park, cold dry and clear Quick breakfast, last checks, of maps food and gear Down Pierces Pass, to a noisy Grose River
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