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 The next morning we continued along the Palm Tree Creek with its pretty vegetation including the ubiquitous Pandanus Palm and white sandy patches with reptilian looking trails. The next morning we continued along the Palm Tree Creek with its pretty vegetation including the ubiquitous Pandanus Palm and white sandy patches with reptilian looking trails.
  
-Mid-morning we stopped at a gorge-like part of the creek which comprised a series of pools on different levels. One long pool had a small and powerful ​watefall ​at one end which made a wonderful jacuzzi and massage for the pack-carrying muscles, of which full advantage was taken. ​+Mid-morning we stopped at a gorge-like part of the creek which comprised a series of pools on different levels. One long pool had a small and powerful ​waterfall ​at one end which made a wonderful jacuzzi and massage for the pack-carrying muscles, of which full advantage was taken. ​
  
 Afternoon - the air was hot and still and pierced by the occasional haunting bird cry. We left the creek and walked through remarkably attractive woodland with tall straight trees and attractive vegetation below. Arrived at Cascades Creek and shortly afterwards our campsite, a sandy area by a large pool on the other side of which towered massive sandstone cliffs set into which was a variety of vegetation, all reflected very attractively by the pool. Afternoon - the air was hot and still and pierced by the occasional haunting bird cry. We left the creek and walked through remarkably attractive woodland with tall straight trees and attractive vegetation below. Arrived at Cascades Creek and shortly afterwards our campsite, a sandy area by a large pool on the other side of which towered massive sandstone cliffs set into which was a variety of vegetation, all reflected very attractively by the pool.
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 Now we had some drama. Our plan had been to swim or lilo up Twin Falls Gorge the day after tomorrow. However, we soon learned from a ranger nearby that a saltwater crocodile was in the gorge or the pool below the Falls - so that particular compulsory swim was out. Now we had some drama. Our plan had been to swim or lilo up Twin Falls Gorge the day after tomorrow. However, we soon learned from a ranger nearby that a saltwater crocodile was in the gorge or the pool below the Falls - so that particular compulsory swim was out.
  
-In the early evening some of us went a little way on foot along the gorge. We went along as far as were able, a stretch of possibly saltwater crocodile infested water preventing further progress! It was certainly worth going this short way along; the gorge was an overpoweringly awesome place with its silent still water, sinister and very beatiful.+In the early evening some of us went a little way on foot along the gorge. We went along as far as were able, a stretch of possibly saltwater crocodile infested water preventing further progress! It was certainly worth going this short way along; the gorge was an overpoweringly awesome place with its silent still water, sinister and very beautiful.
  
 We knew from talking to the rangers that they would be attempting to snare the crocodile that night and therefore make the gorge and pool safe. As can be well imagined, a night of speculation and nervous and jocular comment ensued but in the morning there was no definite news on the croc. We knew from talking to the rangers that they would be attempting to snare the crocodile that night and therefore make the gorge and pool safe. As can be well imagined, a night of speculation and nervous and jocular comment ensued but in the morning there was no definite news on the croc.
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 by Patrick James by Patrick James
  
-New Zealand, beautiful New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud. And, when the long white cloud is raised like Salome'​s seventh veil, what do you find? You find sandflies, sandflies and more bloody sandflies. These small, horrible, terrible insects are named not for their association with the beach but for their number. There are zillions and zillions of them, as numerous as grains of sand and, like flying piranha, all ready to eat the unwary bushwalker. Sandflies have been aptly described as "the Keepers of New Zealand'​s ​Beautful ​Places"​. They are also the reason why so many Kiwis live over here.+New Zealand, beautiful New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud. And, when the long white cloud is raised like Salome'​s seventh veil, what do you find? You find sandflies, sandflies and more bloody sandflies. These small, horrible, terrible insects are named not for their association with the beach but for their number. There are zillions and zillions of them, as numerous as grains of sand and, like flying piranha, all ready to eat the unwary bushwalker. Sandflies have been aptly described as "the Keepers of New Zealand'​s ​Beautiful ​Places"​. They are also the reason why so many Kiwis live over here.
  
 A good insect repellent is essential. We found tropical strength Aeroguard to be excellent. An aerosol can of insecticide for use in huts or tents at night is an essential item and not to be considered a wimpy luxury. Anti-histamine cream and/or pills for treatment against sandfly bites is a sensible addition to the first aid kit. Long sleeved shirt and long trousers are a good idea at night. A good insect repellent is essential. We found tropical strength Aeroguard to be excellent. An aerosol can of insecticide for use in huts or tents at night is an essential item and not to be considered a wimpy luxury. Anti-histamine cream and/or pills for treatment against sandfly bites is a sensible addition to the first aid kit. Long sleeved shirt and long trousers are a good idea at night.
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 Our experience of backcountry huts was very good; plenty of room, sufficient fire wood and reasonably clean. Some huts on some walks do get crowded. This was the case on the Abel Tasman coastal walk. Luckily we were advised to take a tent, which we did, and we could with smug satisfaction retire from a full hut to our insect proof tent. For huts, an addition to the essential equipment list are fire-starters. Usually there is insufficient kindling near the huts and what there is may be too thick or too wet. Our experience of backcountry huts was very good; plenty of room, sufficient fire wood and reasonably clean. Some huts on some walks do get crowded. This was the case on the Abel Tasman coastal walk. Luckily we were advised to take a tent, which we did, and we could with smug satisfaction retire from a full hut to our insect proof tent. For huts, an addition to the essential equipment list are fire-starters. Usually there is insufficient kindling near the huts and what there is may be too thick or too wet.
  
-The use of huts is no longer free; a daily fee of $4, $8 or $12 is charged. There is provision for an annual hut ticket which is about $50 so there could be some saving to be had for say a ten to fourteen day walk. It could be a part of the master plan for the defence of New Zealand but the topo maps that are avilable ​are expensive and at large scales. Two reasons for not buying maps. The real reason, perhaps, is that the tree canopy is so dense that for aerial mapping you cannot see the ground for the trees so that mapping at a small scale is not practical.+The use of huts is no longer free; a daily fee of $4, $8 or $12 is charged. There is provision for an annual hut ticket which is about $50 so there could be some saving to be had for say a ten to fourteen day walk. It could be a part of the master plan for the defence of New Zealand but the topo maps that are available ​are expensive and at large scales. Two reasons for not buying maps. The real reason, perhaps, is that the tree canopy is so dense that for aerial mapping you cannot see the ground for the trees so that mapping at a small scale is not practical.
  
 Tramping through the forest does get a bit depressing. The forests are enchanted with green and mouldy trees, gnarled and twisted roots, all bathed in dappled sunlight filtered through the almost continuous canopy of leaves. I had expected to come across Hansel and Gretel crying under a dripping tree. The tracks are well marked using the internationally acclaimed method of cut-up bits of old venetian blinds. The alpine walk was blazed with yellow, red and white marks in some secret colour code combination which I could not fathom. The system does work as we only lost the track a couple of times. Tramping through the forest does get a bit depressing. The forests are enchanted with green and mouldy trees, gnarled and twisted roots, all bathed in dappled sunlight filtered through the almost continuous canopy of leaves. I had expected to come across Hansel and Gretel crying under a dripping tree. The tracks are well marked using the internationally acclaimed method of cut-up bits of old venetian blinds. The alpine walk was blazed with yellow, red and white marks in some secret colour code combination which I could not fathom. The system does work as we only lost the track a couple of times.
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 You may have heard that the duty on sleeping bag liners and stuff sacks has been reduced by 10%. Did you know that the duty on sleeping bags has also been reduced by 10%? Theoretically,​ that means the __price__ should fall by 10%. Checked your local camping store lately? You may have heard that the duty on sleeping bag liners and stuff sacks has been reduced by 10%. Did you know that the duty on sleeping bags has also been reduced by 10%? Theoretically,​ that means the __price__ should fall by 10%. Checked your local camping store lately?
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 =====The Annual Re-Union.===== =====The Annual Re-Union.=====
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 This year the Club's Annual Reunion will be held at "​Coolana"​ on 14-15 September. This year the Club's Annual Reunion will be held at "​Coolana"​ on 14-15 September.
  
-Come along for a nice relaxed and friendly weekend, an opportunity for new members and prospectives to get to know other members and their families. Yes, children are very welcome, the more the merrior.+Come along for a nice relaxed and friendly weekend, an opportunity for new members and prospectives to get to know other members and their families. Yes, children are very welcome, the more the merrier.
  
 Activities will include camp fire singing, entertainment,​ supper provided, swimming if warm, damper cooking competition (bring self-raising flour), Coolana boundary walk led by Dot Butler whose birthday will be celebrated at the campfire. Activities will include camp fire singing, entertainment,​ supper provided, swimming if warm, damper cooking competition (bring self-raising flour), Coolana boundary walk led by Dot Butler whose birthday will be celebrated at the campfire.
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 The meeting began on time with Bill Ho11and having the pleasure of welcoming one new lady member to the Club. The meeting began on time with Bill Ho11and having the pleasure of welcoming one new lady member to the Club.
  
-The meeting was advised that the committee had approved payment of the NSW Confederation +The meeting was advised that the committee had approved payment of the NSW Confederation of Bushwalkers affiliation fee of more than $1500. The committee felt this claim was excessive and put the Club in an avoidable difficult, financial ​position ​but felt that previous commitments had to be adhered to. Spiro Hajinakitas agreed to fill the vacant delegatory position to Confederation.
-of Bushwalkers affiliation fee of more than $1500. The committee felt this claim was excessive and put the Club in an avoidable difficult, financial ​positon ​but felt that previous commitments had to be adhered to. Spiro Hajinakitas agreed to fill the vacant delegatory position to Confederation.+
  
-Problems of insurance were discussed.with more consultations take place, especially +Problems of insurance were discussed with more consultations take place, especially regarding Coolana.
-regarding Coolana.+
  
 Barry Wallace, in absentia, accepted his nomination as Honorary Active Member. Barry Wallace, in absentia, accepted his nomination as Honorary Active Member.
  
 Erith Hamilton gave the following statistics for June, 1991:- Erith Hamilton gave the following statistics for June, 1991:-
-Income Subs $3425  
-Interest 224 $3649 
-Expenses 1lag Post 151  
-- Social ​ 147  
-Rent 786 -1084 
-My transcription error  + 138 
-Surplus for month: ​ $2703 
-Surplus for year:  $3724 
-Bank balance ​ $5989 
  
-The walks reports were led by Bill Holland who, perhaps noticing the absence of more +|Income|Subs|$3425| | 
-erudite leaders, grew lyrical in the exploits of his party. I must opine, so smooth was the +| |Interest|__224__|$3649| 
-telling, I felt I was actually there. I must go on one of his walks to check his accuracy - +|Expenses|Mag Post|151| | 
-it's been Some time. Anything to follow could not improve on Bill at Tooti Creek!+| |Social|147| | 
 +| |Rent|__786__|-1084| 
 +|My transcription error| | |+ 138| 
 +|Surplus for month:| | |__$2703__| 
 +|Surplus for year:| | |$3724| 
 +|Bank balance| | |$5989| 
 + 
 +The walks reports were led by Bill Holland who, perhaps noticing the absence of more erudite leaders, grew lyrical in the exploits of his party. I must opine, so smooth was the telling, I felt I was actually there. I must go on one of his walks to check his accuracy - it's been some time. Anything to follow could not improve on Bill at Tooti Creek! 
 The other walk of that weekend led by Rudi Dezelin went. The other walk of that weekend led by Rudi Dezelin went.
  
-The following weekend walks led by Jan Mohandas and Greg Bridge went. Apparently Jan only +The following weekend walks led by Jan Mohandas and Greg Bridge went. Apparently Jan only led a small army of 16 - must have been a speed test. 
-led a small army of 16 - must have been a speed test. + 
-The following weekend sew Bob Younger down Breakfast Creek "​occasionally cold" - tried +The following weekend sew Bob Younger down Breakfast Creek "​occasionally cold" - tried immersion I suppose. Victoria Falls went and Alan Mewitt went with 16. Things must be busy in the band - I missed his splendid vocal style. Apparently Confederation Rogaine didn't go although I thought it did - ho hum. The end of June saw Patrick James and party having a splendid time drinking and eating his 50th at Kanuka Brook. Nancye Alderson'​s Saturday walk went. Eddy Giacomel led 17 to Blue Gum
-immersion I suppose. Victoria Falls went and Alan Mewitt went with 16. Things must be busy + 
-in the band - I missed his splendid vocal style. Apparently Confederation Rogaine didn't go +On the first week of July, Sav Sternhell'​s walk went. Snow didn't happen for six hopefuls. Greta James'​s trip to the Royal National Park, Bronnie Niemeyer'​s bicycle trip in Kuring-gai Chase and Victor Lewin'​s Heathcote National Park walk all went. 
-although I thought it did - ho hum. The end of June saw Patrick James and party having a splendid + 
-time drinking and eating his 50th at Kanuka Brook. Nancye Alderson'​s Saturday walk went. +Alex Colley advised that the Water Board was throwing a few spanners in the works of that Blue Mountains "​development"​. There were further dastardly deeds up the Nattai - apparently it's all under control - for the moment! 
-Eddy Giacomel led 17 to Blue Gum +
-On the first week of July, Sew Sternhell'​s walk went. Snow didn't happen for six hopefuls. +
-Greta James'​s trip to the Royal National Park, Bronnie Niemeyer'​s bicycle trip in Kuring-gai Chase and Victor Lewin'​s Heathcote National Park walk all went. +
-Alex Colley advisedthat the Water Board was throwing a few spanners in the works of that Blue Mountains "​development"​. There were further dastardly deeds up the Nattai - apparently it's all under control ​--for the moment!+
 The meeting broke up in good time, around 9 pm. The meeting broke up in good time, around 9 pm.
  
-CONGRATULATIONS TO David and Janet McIntosh whose first child, a boy, Thomas Elliott, was born on 10th June (when other bushwalkers were battling flood in the Blue fountains). Janet'​s maiden name was Waterhouse.+----
  
 +__Congratulations to__: David and Janet McIntosh whose first child, a boy, Thomas Elliott, was born on 10th June (when other bushwalkers were battling flood in the Blue Mountains). Janet'​s maiden name was Waterhouse.
 +
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-Conservation+=====Conservation.=====
  
 On 10th July the Club's Conservation Secretary, Alex Colley, wrote to the State Minister for Planning in support of the concern expressed by the Sydney Water Board about the Blue Mountains draft Local Environment Plan. The Plan could permit the creation of up to 2150 additional unsewered residential lots, creating grave problems on the questions of water supply and sewerage. On 10th July the Club's Conservation Secretary, Alex Colley, wrote to the State Minister for Planning in support of the concern expressed by the Sydney Water Board about the Blue Mountains draft Local Environment Plan. The Plan could permit the creation of up to 2150 additional unsewered residential lots, creating grave problems on the questions of water supply and sewerage.
-The letter points out that, as One of the principal groups seeking recreation in the Blue Mountains National Park, the Club isconcerned at the aquatic and scenic degradation that could result from adoption of the Draft Plan, and mentions the problems that could be caused by the construction of multi-storey resorts along the escarpment and fingers of Musing ​development ​On fire-prone ridge tops.+ 
 +The letter points out that, as one of the principal groups seeking recreation in the Blue Mountains National Park, the Club is concerned at the aquatic and scenic degradation that could result from adoption of the Draft Plan, and mentions the problems that could be caused by the construction of multi-storey resorts along the escarpment and fingers of housing ​development ​on fire-prone ridge tops. 
 The Club's letter urges the Minister to take heed of views expressed by the Water Board and the State Pollution Control Commission. The Club's letter urges the Minister to take heed of views expressed by the Water Board and the State Pollution Control Commission.
-*#​41-ii.#​31-1*###​ + 
-50 YEARS 011  +===== 
 + 
 +=====50 Years On.===== 
 +  
 Dot Butler first climbed the second of the Three Sisters in 1940. In 1990, in the company of Peter Treseder and Steve Irwin, she climbed it again. The A.B.C. made a documentary of this, and one scene showed them raising the Australian flag on the summit. Dot Butler first climbed the second of the Three Sisters in 1940. In 1990, in the company of Peter Treseder and Steve Irwin, she climbed it again. The A.B.C. made a documentary of this, and one scene showed them raising the Australian flag on the summit.
 +
 1 wonder how many of us will be rock climbing when we are 80? 1 wonder how many of us will be rock climbing when we are 80?
 +
 Morag Ryder Morag Ryder
  
-CONFEDERATION OF BUSHWALKING CLUBS OF NSW INC +=====Confederation Of Bushwalking Clubs Of NSW Inc - July General Meeting.===== 
-JULY GENERAL MEETING ​by Spiro Hajinakitas+ 
 +by Spiro Hajinakitas 
 + 
 +The Annual General Meeting of the Confederation will be held on the weekend of 24/25 August 1991 at Burwood R.S.L., 96 Shaftsbury Road, Burwood, phone 774 0459. Any member of an affiliated club is welcome and can contribute to discussions although only delegates can vote. Some of the intended matters to be discussed will include Insurance, Incorporation,​ Future Direction of Confederation and displays of outdoor shops. Saturday 10 am start, lunch and dinner can be arranged, morning and afternoon teas provided. On Sunday there will be a sausage sizzle and a possible bushwalk.
  
-The Annual General Meeting of the Confederation will be held on the weekend of 24/25 August 1991 at Ourwood R.S.L., 96 Shaftsbury Road, Burwood, phone 774 0459. Any member of an affiliated club is welcome and can contribute to discussions although only delegates can vote. Some of the intended matters to be discussed will include Insurance, Incorporation,​ Future 
-Direction of Confederation and displays of outdoor shops. Saturday 10 am start, lunch and dinner can be arranged, morning and afternoon teas provided. On Sunday there will be a sausage sizzle and a possible bushwalk.. 
 The NSW Government'​s proposal to establish another 1,000 beds in the Kosciusko National Park has been opposed by the NPWS who want any development to occur only outside the Park. The NSW Government'​s proposal to establish another 1,000 beds in the Kosciusko National Park has been opposed by the NPWS who want any development to occur only outside the Park.
-Confederation has expressed concern ​At the apparent increase in horse riding in the Blue Mountains National Park and is to enquire if permits have been issued and if npws should limit the number.+ 
 +Confederation has expressed concern ​at the apparent increase in horse riding in the Blue Mountains National Park and is to enquire if permits have been issued and if npws should limit the number. 
 Delegates from SBW expressed concern at the amount our affiliation fees had increased. Confederation is of the opinion that a charge of a given amount per head count of affiliated clubs whether big or small is the most equitable equation. The debate was adjourned to the Annual General Meeting where, if it so desired, SBW could present their proposal. Delegates from SBW expressed concern at the amount our affiliation fees had increased. Confederation is of the opinion that a charge of a given amount per head count of affiliated clubs whether big or small is the most equitable equation. The debate was adjourned to the Annual General Meeting where, if it so desired, SBW could present their proposal.
  
 +=====Social Notes.=====
  
-SWIM- NOTES Fran Holland+Fran Holland 
 + 
 +First of all some good news. The management of the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre have advised that our normal meeting room is now available to us on the 3rd Wednesday. All meetings from September will be upstairs. Members coming straight from work are very welcome to join others in the kitchen with 'take aways'​. Good variety available in the area. Of course, every third Wednesday we meet in a local restaurant for a pre-meeting dinner as shown on the programme. 
 + 
 +On 21St August there is a quiz night. Lots of fun and good prizes. 
 + 
 +The following week, 28th August, Ben Esgate will give us "​Recollections of a Mountain Bushman"​. His stories of walking in the Blue Mountains in the years before bushwalking became popular. Back in 1930'​s,​ and earlier, tracks were few, maps non-existent and you had to rely on your own bush sense. Ben is an interesting and entertaining speaker. We can learn a lot from his experience. 
 + 
 +|September 4th|Committee Meeting| 
 +|September 11th|General Meeting (1/2 Yearly)| 
 +|September 13th|confederation Bush Dance - 8.00pm at Petersham Town Hall. There will be a table for SBW, casual dress, B.Y.O. food and drink - come along and join us for a fun night. Phone Denise Shaw 922 6093 or Carol Lubbers 319 5450.| 
 +|September 14th & 15th|SBW Annual Reunion - Come along for a nice relaxed and friendly weekend.| 
 +|September 18th|Hypnosis & Effects on Performance. Talk by Ernest Feist, Psychologist & Clinical Hypnotherapist. Dinner before the meeting at Maharaja Palace, Indian Restaurant, 1 Broughton.St,​ Kirribilli.| 
 +|September 25th| Nancy Bird Walton, Famous aviatrix and author. She will tell the story of life from the time she took her 1st flight age 17 through to taking lessons from the legendary "​Smithie"​ and establishing the NSW Air Ambulance Service in 1967. Nancy will sign copies of her book "My God! It's a Woman" available at the club tonight.| 
 + 
 +====Changes and Additions to Membership List.==== 
 + 
 +Apart from having many other talent, Peter Yardley, our New Members Secretary, is a very friendly man. He has asked the Editor to let members know that he is happy to have phone calls at work as well as at home.
  
-First of all Some good news. The management of the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre have advised that our normal meeting room is now available to us on the 3rd Wednesday. All meetings from September will be upstairs. Members coming straight from work are very welcome to join others in the kitchen with take aways'​. Good variety available in the area. Of course, every third Wednesday we meet in a local restaurant for a pre-meeting dinner as shown on the programme. 
-On 21St August there is a quiz night. Lots of fun and good prizes.. 
--The following week, 28th August, Ben Esgate will give us "​Recollections of a Mountain Bushman"​. His stories of walking in the Blue Mountains in the years before'​bushwalking became popular. Back in 1930'​s,​ and earlier, tracks were few, maps non-existent and you had to rely on your own bush sense. Ben is an interesting-and entertaining speaker. We can learn a lot from his experience. 
-SEPTEMBER 4th Committee Meeting 
- 11th General Meeting (1/2 Yearly) 
-FRIDAY 13th. CONFEDERATION BUSH DANCE - 8.00pm at Petersham Town Hall There will be a table for SBW, casual dress, B.Y.O. food and drink - come along and join us for a fun night. Phone 
-Denise Shaw 922 6093 or Carol Lubbers 319 5450. 
-14th & 15th SBW ANNUAL REUNION - Come along for a nice relaxed and friendly weekend. 
- 18th Hypnosis & Effects on Performance 
-Talk by Ernest Feist, Psychologist & Clinical Hypnotherapist. 
- 25th Nancy Bird Walton, Famousaviatrix and author. She will tell the story of life from the time she took her 1st flight age 17 through to taking lessons from the legendary "​Smithie"​ and establishing the NSW Air Ambulance Service in 1967. Nancy Will sign copies of her book "My God! It's a Woman" available at the club tonight. 
-Dinner before the meeting at Maharaja Palace, Indian Restaurant, 1 Broughton.St,,​ Kirribilli 
-CHANGES AND'​ADDITONS TO MEMBERSHIP LIST 
-Apart from having many other talent, Peter '​Yardley,​ our New Members Secretary, is avery friendly man. He has asked the Editor to let members know that he is happy to have phone calls at work as well as at home. 
 You can get him on 428 4444 (work) or 878 2499 (home). Please mark your membership list accordingly. You can get him on 428 4444 (work) or 878 2499 (home). Please mark your membership list accordingly.
-Belinda McKenzie has moved house and her new address is 3/69 NeilStreet, Merrylands. Her phone numbers are: 637 5724 (home) or 646 8443 (work). + 
-NEW MEMBERS+Belinda McKenzie has moved house and her new address is 3/69 Neil Street, Merrylands. Her phone numbers are: 637 5724 (home) or 646 8443 (work). 
 + 
 +====New Members.==== 
 Please add the names of the following new members to your list. Please add the names of the following new members to your list.
-HESTELOW ​Helen - 22A Old Berowra Road, Hornsby 2577 476 4195 (H) 229 7606 (10 HOPE William - 31 Herbert Street, Manly 2095 - 977 2068 (H) 238.7986 (W)+ 
 +  * Hestelow, ​Helen - 22A Old Berowra Road, Hornsby 2577476 4195 (H) 229 7606 (W) 
 +  * Hope, William - 31 Herbert Street, Manly 2095 - 977 2068 (H) 238 7986 (W)
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