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 March 1997 March 1997
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 In This Issue In This Issue
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 P 2 New Office Bearers P 2 New Office Bearers
 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER is a monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers Inc, Box 4476 GPO Sydney 2001. To advertise in this magazine, please contact the Business Manager. THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER is a monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers Inc, Box 4476 GPO Sydney 2001. To advertise in this magazine, please contact the Business Manager.
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 The Sydney Bushwalker March 1997 3 The Sydney Bushwalker March 1997 3
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 The following is an extract from the 1948 No 11 issue of The Bushwalker. The following is an extract from the 1948 No 11 issue of The Bushwalker.
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  We have all been to Kanangra Walls at sometime of our walking careers and here are some interesting points concerning that strange and wonderful plate.  We have all been to Kanangra Walls at sometime of our walking careers and here are some interesting points concerning that strange and wonderful plate.
 In all official reports it is called the Kowmung Wai(and it was not until recently,​(comparatively speaking) called Kanangra.Even this is a misnomer;​for it is a corruption of kanangafoo, as it was once called, being at the head of the Kanangaroo River. In all official reports it is called the Kowmung Wai(and it was not until recently,​(comparatively speaking) called Kanangra.Even this is a misnomer;​for it is a corruption of kanangafoo, as it was once called, being at the head of the Kanangaroo River.
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 12 Carrington St. Millner NT 0810 12 Carrington St. Millner NT 0810
  
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 The Sydney Bushwalker March 1997 5 The Sydney Bushwalker March 1997 5
-In his 'Red Centre Ramble' ​story Frank Davis mentions the '​official'​ two seasons and the earlier inhabitants'​ six seasons'​ for Central Australia. +In his 'Red Centre Ramble'​ story Frank Davis mentions the '​official'​ two seasons and the earlier inhabitants'​ six seasons'​ for Central Australia. 
-Regrettably,​ although quite a lot of people seem to be working on the '​Seasons for Australia'​ project there isn't much available as yet. However I did find a small book - Banksias and E3ilbies ​- by Alan Reid, published by the Gould League of Victoria, which gives an excellent introduction to the concept.+Regrettably,​ although quite a lot of people seem to be working on the '​Seasons for Australia'​ project there isn't much available as yet. However I did find a small book - Banksias and Bilbies ​- by Alan Reid, published by the Gould League of Victoria, which gives an excellent introduction to the concept.
 The following introductory excerpts from the book may whet your appetite. The following introductory excerpts from the book may whet your appetite.
 European Seasons European Seasons
-Urban people from European cultures usually relate seasons to a frame work of particular dates and weather patterns, but our seasons originally related to natural events rather than numbered days of the year. Bursts ​of flowering and nesting, falling of leaves, falling of snow, times for ploughing or harvesting, and changes in day length were recognised, named, and celebrated in Europe for thousands of years before our present calendar was designed.+Urban people from European cultures usually relate seasons to a frame work of particular dates and weather patterns, but our seasons originally related to natural events rather than numbered days of the year. bursts ​of flowering and nesting, falling of leaves, falling of snow, times for ploughing or harvesting, and changes in day length were recognised, named, and celebrated in Europe for thousands of years before our present calendar was designed.
 European Calendars Don't Work For Australia European Calendars Don't Work For Australia
-The British brought a calendar of four seasons of equal length to Australia. (In Australia the first day of each season was moved from the solstice or equinox back to the first day of the month for bureaucratic reasons). This calendar is appropriate to their small temperate islands with their +The British brought a calendar of four seasons of equal length to Australia. (In Australia the first day of each season was moved from the solstice or equinox back to the first day of the month for bureaucratic reasons). This calendar is appropriate to their small temperate islands with their fairly regular seasonal patterns, but it certainly does not match the climate of northern Australia, and relates only very roughly to the natural seasons 
-fairly regular seasonal patterns, but it certainly does not match the climate of northern Australia, and relates only very roughly to the natural seasons +of southern Australia. Most aboriginal calendars had from five to seven seasons by which activities were carefully
-of southern Australia. Most aboriginal calendars had from five to seven seasons by which +
-activities were carefully+
 planned. planned.
 In northern Australia a basic pattern of six seasons is now well recognised and widely used. It is based around wet and dry seasons rather than summer and winter, but in the south the old European calendars are still imposed onto our wide ranging and very unEuropean climates. In northern Australia a basic pattern of six seasons is now well recognised and widely used. It is based around wet and dry seasons rather than summer and winter, but in the south the old European calendars are still imposed onto our wide ranging and very unEuropean climates.
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 example, naturalist Stuart Taylor, of the Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory, has compiled a calendar of five seasons from natural event data in the Darwin region. example, naturalist Stuart Taylor, of the Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory, has compiled a calendar of five seasons from natural event data in the Darwin region.
 In the south, Alan Reid has suggested a new calendar of six seasons based on a similar analysis of extensive local records. Fr. David Ranson has published a proposal for five seasons for an area further up the Yarra Valley, in an attempt to relate European Christian spirituality to our different climate. In the south, Alan Reid has suggested a new calendar of six seasons based on a similar analysis of extensive local records. Fr. David Ranson has published a proposal for five seasons for an area further up the Yarra Valley, in an attempt to relate European Christian spirituality to our different climate.
-The number and names of seasons, and the dates on which they start and finish, may not seem very important, but our continued use of a calendar designed for the other side of the world is an indication of +The number and names of seasons, and the dates on which they start and finish, may not seem very important, but our continued use of a calendar designed for the other side of the world is an indication of how out of touch we are with our land. Our relationship with it reflects an imposition of old habits, rather than an attempt to work with its unique variability and extremes. Land management based on natural data rather than rigid and hopeless expectations may result in land use which is more sensible and sensitive, producing better outcomes for agriculture,​ recreation, fisheries, tourism, and national identity.
-how out of touch we are with our land. Our relationship with it reflects an imposition of old habits, rather than an attempt to work with its unique variability and extremes. Land management based on natural data rather than rigid and hopeless expectations may result in land use which is more sensible and sensitive, producing better outcomes for +
-agriculture,​ recreation, fisheries, tourism, and national identity.+
 Residents of Melbourne have known for a long time that the European calendar does not match their seasons, even though they experience the most European climate of any Australian capital city. Residents of Melbourne have known for a long time that the European calendar does not match their seasons, even though they experience the most European climate of any Australian capital city.
-Because knowledge of aboriginal seasons appears to have been lost for this area, the +Because knowledge of aboriginal seasons appears to have been lost for this area, the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, the Gould League, and Melbourne Parks and Waterways have attempted to recreate natural seasons for at least some parts of the metropolitan area.
-Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, the Gould League, and Melbourne Parks and Waterways have attempted to recreate natural seasons for at least some parts of the metropolitan area.+
 Using vast amounts of natural events data, collected by many people over many years in diaries and logbooks, the naturalists determined when natural events clumped into bursts of flowering, seeding, and changed animal behaviour, and were able to define six natural seasons for the Melbourne region. ​ Using vast amounts of natural events data, collected by many people over many years in diaries and logbooks, the naturalists determined when natural events clumped into bursts of flowering, seeding, and changed animal behaviour, and were able to define six natural seasons for the Melbourne region. ​
 Banksias and Bilbies available from the Gould League Sydney branch for $15.00. plus p&h. Banksias and Bilbies available from the Gould League Sydney branch for $15.00. plus p&h.
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 The Sydney Bushwalker March 1997 7 The Sydney Bushwalker March 1997 7
-The crowd, including some 25 or so members, simmered gently in the slowly dying warmth of a typical Sydney Februaryday. The president, having checked his papers one last time, called the meeting to order at around 2006 and called for apologies. There were none. New members Mark Asic, Michael Bickley, Christine Daley, Tanya Entsief, Scott Kirby, Ian Lovett and Lori Scott-Aitken were called for +The crowd, including some 25 or so members, simmered gently in the slowly dying warmth of a typical Sydney February day. The president, having checked his papers one last time, called the meeting to order at around 2006 and called for apologies. There were none. New members Mark Asic, Michael Bickley, Christine Daley, Tanya Entsief, Scott Kirby, Ian Lovett and Lori Scott-Aitken were called for welcome and variously responded or no. 
-welcome and variously +Correspondence brought letters from Shirley Dean regarding the 70th Anniversary celebrations (again? Mother always did like having the last word), from the Hon auditor advising of his agreement with the annual accounts and praising the quality of work by the Hon treasurer in their preparation,​ from the administering body for Kakadu, thanking us for our letter re the plan of management, and from a Nepalese restaurant at Newtown sending the club a Christmas card (any, clues out there?). We sent a letter of thanks to the donor of the chocolates of the January general meeting, letters of advice to Joan Rigby, and George and Helen Gray, and to our new members.
-responded or no. +
-Correspondence brought letters from Shirley Dean regarding the 70th Anniversary +
-celebrations (again? Mother always did like having the last word), from the Hon auditor advising of his agreement with the annual accounts and praising the quality of work by the Hon treasurer in theirpreparation,​ from the administering body for Kakadu, thanking us for our letter re the plan of management, and from a Nepalese restaurant at Newtown sending the club a Christmas card (any, clues out there?). We sent a letter of thanks to the donor of the chocolates of the January general meeting, letters of advice to Joan Rigby, and George and Helen Gray, and to our new members.+
 The treasurer'​s report indicated that we started the month with $7,486, received income of $687, spent $2,647, and closed with $5,499. The treasurer'​s report indicated that we started the month with $7,486, received income of $687, spent $2,647, and closed with $5,499.
-Then came the walks reports. Australia Day marked the beginning, with a bout of inclemency over that particular weekend. Maurice Smith led + 
-his Ettrema Wilderness walk over two days, probably for this reason, but there were no other details. Spiro cancelled his Blue Breaks walk at Kanangra Walls car park. Tony Holgate and the party on his upper Kowmung River trip sat huddled together on Friday evening watching objects 30 metres away vanish and reappear as rain squalls came and went, sighed, ordered one more hot chocolate, and booked into the nearest motel+Then came the walks reports. Australia Day marked the beginning, with a bout of inclemency over that particular weekend. Maurice Smith led his Ettrema Wilderness walk over two days, probably for this reason, but there were no other details. Spiro cancelled his Blue Breaks walk at Kanangra Walls car park. Tony Holgate and the party on his upper Kowmung River trip sat huddled together on Friday evening watching objects 30 metres away vanish and reappear as rain squalls came and went, sighed, ordered one more hot chocolate, and booked into the nearest motel
 for the night. After a succession of pastry stops, plan Bs and other delaying manoeuvres the remnant of 4 hardy souls finally did a trip via Mount Solitary and Kedumba Pass. for the night. After a succession of pastry stops, plan Bs and other delaying manoeuvres the remnant of 4 hardy souls finally did a trip via Mount Solitary and Kedumba Pass.
-The following weekend, 1-2 February saw Elwyn Morris leading a party of 9 on her Saturday Palm Beach walk. It seems even the day walkers were watching the weather by this time, the party numbered 15 the previous evening. Alas they were deceived, conditions were sunny and mild with a slight breeze. Eddy Giacomel'​s Saturday walk along the Colo River was transferred to the Sunday and then further modified due to the height of water in the river. Geoff Dowsett'​s car shuffle walk along the Shoalhaven River went, with a party of 2 but no other details. Errol '​Sheedy led 18 starters on his Sunday walk in the Royal Conditions were Overcast and cooler, and a shower at lunchtime-forced a retreat to a cave near Deer Pool. The diamond python ​iErrol ​almost stepped on near 'Marley Lagoon was so unimpressed with the weather it +The following weekend, 1-2 February saw Elwyn Morris leading a party of 9 on her Saturday Palm Beach walk. It seems even the day walkers were watching the weather by this time, the party numbered 15 the previous evening. Alas they were deceived, conditions were sunny and mild with a slight breeze. Eddy Giacomel'​s Saturday walk along the Colo River was transferred to the Sunday and then further modified due to the height of water in the river. Geoff Dowsett'​s car shuffle walk along the Shoalhaven River went, with a party of 2 but no other details. Errol '​Sheedy led 18 starters on his Sunday walk in the RoyalConditions were Overcast and cooler, and a shower at lunchtime-forced a retreat to a cave near Deer Pool. The diamond python ​Errol almost stepped on near Marley Lagoon was so unimpressed with the weather it didn't even open an eye as the party carefully sidled past.
-didn't even open an eye as the party carefully sidled past.+
 February 8-9 saw Wayne Steele and a party of 14 enduring a very hot weekend on his Cox River walk. To add insult to all this, Galong Creek had a fair amount of water and provided such treacherous going that most of the party climbed the ridge to escape. Elwyn Morris ran her base camp trip to Kiama with a party of just two. Conditions were fine and sunny and none of the party are about to say otherwise. Maurice Smith led his two one day li-b trips out of Mount Wilson with 8 starters each day. Both days were described as a good trip. Ken Smith led both his Saturday and Sunday day walks from Glenbrook and Leura respectively. There were 8 on the Saturday walk and 3 on the Sunday trip. Don Brooks had 25-on his Sunday walk out from Springwood. Conditions were hot and one of the party became ill during the walk. Somehow or other John Hogan was mixed up in all that. The Coolana maintenance/​training weekends went well with many prospectives attending the instructional weekend and the maintenance crew striving bravely to hold back the flood tide of weed resurgence. February 8-9 saw Wayne Steele and a party of 14 enduring a very hot weekend on his Cox River walk. To add insult to all this, Galong Creek had a fair amount of water and provided such treacherous going that most of the party climbed the ridge to escape. Elwyn Morris ran her base camp trip to Kiama with a party of just two. Conditions were fine and sunny and none of the party are about to say otherwise. Maurice Smith led his two one day li-b trips out of Mount Wilson with 8 starters each day. Both days were described as a good trip. Ken Smith led both his Saturday and Sunday day walks from Glenbrook and Leura respectively. There were 8 on the Saturday walk and 3 on the Sunday trip. Don Brooks had 25-on his Sunday walk out from Springwood. Conditions were hot and one of the party became ill during the walk. Somehow or other John Hogan was mixed up in all that. The Coolana maintenance/​training weekends went well with many prospectives attending the instructional weekend and the maintenance crew striving bravely to hold back the flood tide of weed resurgence.
-Bill Holland'​s midweek walk on Middle Harbour Creek went to program with a party. of 5, and +Bill Holland'​s midweek walk on Middle Harbour Creek went to program with a party. of 5, and concluded the somewhat 
-concluded the somewhat +shorter than average walks report for this month. We weren'​t getting off that lightly however, as Eddie took over the floor again to launch a plug for contributions
-shorter than average walks report for this month. We weren'​t getting off that lightly however, as Eddie took over the floor again to launch a plug for contributions + 
-.8 The Sydney Bushwalker March 1997+P. 8 The Sydney Bushwalker March 1997
 a to the Winter walks program... a to the Winter walks program...
-Qpnservation. report was brief, concerning only two outgoing letters, to Sydney Water Corporation accepting their offer for a delegate to visit National Parks sites under their +Observation. report was brief, concerning only two outgoing letters, to Sydney Water Corporation accepting their offer for a delegate to visit National Parks sites under their 
- ​control as part of the development of plans of management for these areas, and to Bob Carr congratulating his government on the + ​control as part of the development of plans of management for these areas, and to Bob Carr congratulating his government on the declaration of the 100th National Park in NSW. 
-'declaration of the 100th +General Business saw further debate on the 70th anniversary dinner proposal. Peter Miller, no, not the avuncular one, had come prepared with a schedule listing the features of the various possible venues to enable even the thickest of us to understand and exercise our democratic right to select the site most acceptable to us. There is every indication Peter had come to perceive the deeply-recalcitrant nature of the beast he was dealing with by now, as his sense of the ridiculous gradually overwhelmed his impatience with the process. There was one brief period of clenched teeth speak, however, when the very date and day for the occasion were questioned. Silly boy, he had thought we had that one nailed, at least, and indeed it turned out we had, as a proposal to move it to Friday night went down on a show of hands. A motion that we hold the event on the originally proposed evening at the Epping Club costed on 150 paying guests suffered a similar fate. The meeting definitely had the bit in its teeth by now, and a motion to not hold a dinner was passed, to drive an oaken stake through the heart of the beast before more serious schisms could be caused. They were happy enough to vote for a barbecue at Manly Dam Reserve at around $50.00 per head (plus $6.00 Parking charge for non residents Peter cautioned). That ended general business. If there was anything else offering, it would have been too much of an anti climax, whatever it was. 
-National Park in NSW. +
-GeneralBusiness saw further debate on the 70th anniversary dinner proposal. Peter Miller, no, not the avuncular one, had come prepared with a schedule listing the features of the various possible venues to enable even the thickest of us +
- to understand and exercise our +
- democratic right to select the site most acceptable to us. There is every indication Peter had come to perceive the deeply-recalcitrant nature of the beast he was dealing with by now, as his sense of the ridiculous gradually +
- overwhelmed his impatience with the process. There was one brief period of clenched teeth speak, however, when the very date and day for the occasion were questioned. Silly 'boy, he had thought we had that one nailed, at least, and indeed it turned out we had, as a proposal to move it to Friday night went down on a show of hands. A motion that we hold the event on the originally proposed evening at the Epping Club costed on 150 paying guests suffered a similar fate. The meeting definitely had the bit in its teeth by now, and a motion to not hold a dinner was passed, to drive an oaken stake through the heart of the beast before more serious schisms could be +
-caused. They were happy enough to vote for a barbecue at Manly Dam Reserve at around $50.00 per head (plus $6.00 Parking charge for non residents Peter cautioned). That ended general business. If there was anything else offering, it would have been too much of an anti climax, whatever it was.+
 Confederation report was brief, no meeting since last report, no report. Confederation report was brief, no meeting since last report, no report.
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 Announcements were next. There was an appeal that we all think seriously about the coming election of office bearers, but it will all be over before you read this. With that the meeting closed at 2145. Announcements were next. There was an appeal that we all think seriously about the coming election of office bearers, but it will all be over before you read this. With that the meeting closed at 2145.
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