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 |Voice of the Social Committee| |  16| |Voice of the Social Committee| |  16|
  
-===== "PEACE ON EARTH"? =====+===== "Peace on Earth"? =====
  
  
-December again! And the third Christmas of the war is here! Can you remember away back to the days before the war, When life ran smoothly and once a year, almost automatically,​ we wished one another ​'MerryChristmas"?​ Those words would grate under present conditions. Then what can one say? What the Bushwalkers'​ Services Committee said for all of us to our comrades in the fighting forces -- "​Greetings!"​+December again! And the third Christmas of the war is here! Can you remember away back to the days before the war, When life ran smoothly and once a year, almost automatically,​ we wished one another ​"Merry Christmas"?​ Those words would grate under present conditions. Then what can one say? What the Bushwalkers'​ Services Committee said for all of us to our comrades in the fighting forces -- "​Greetings!"​
  
-Here in Sydney we are fortunate; we can still find peace in the bush near our homes - our homes are still safe. 7ith those overseas it is still "chins up" and "​thumbs up". They have shown Jerry quite clearly that, though he may knock them down, he can't keep them downl-and our pride in them is intense. And so, after mentally reviewing the past years, we look forward.+Here in Sydney we are fortunate; we can still find peace in the bush near our homes - our homes are still safe. With those overseas it is still "chins up" and "​thumbs up". They have shown Jerry quite clearly that, though he may knock them down, he can't keep them down, and our pride in them is intense. And so, after mentally reviewing the past years, we look forward.
  
-lest December your Editor suggested that "​Goodwill to men", needed to be supplemented by "​goodwill among men", what hope is there that we shall live to see this? There is more than a vague hope for the future, there is clear evidence that "​goodwill among men" has already been born and is growing daily.+Last December your Editor suggested that "​Goodwill ​**to** men", needed to be supplemented by "​goodwill ​**among** men", what hope is there that we shall live to see this? There is more than a vague hope for the future, there is clear evidence that "​goodwill among men" has already been born and is growing daily.
  
-Look where the Russians are making their magnificent stand against the hordes of Hitler. See how the admiration of all free men for them is dispersing the fog of misunderstanding that has for so long hidden all the good points and distorted and magnified the bad ones of that mighty peopleA Communist is still a bogey-man to many people - but during the past six months the term "​Russian"​ has come to mean something other than "​communist"​.+Look where the Russians are making their magnificent stand against the hordes of Hitler. See how the admiration of all free men for them is dispersing the fog of misunderstanding that has for so long hidden all the good points and distorted and magnified the bad ones of that mighty peopleA Communist is still a bogey-man to many people - but during the past six months the term "​Russian"​ has come to mean something other than "​communist"​.
  
-The proof of this is in the British American, ​And Australian aid to Russia- and Russia'​s aid to Britain.+The proof of this is in the BritishAmerican, ​and Australian aid to Russia - and Russia'​s aid to Britain.
  
-From co-operation comes true understanding - and just recently we lov6ard(through a B.B.C.broadcast) the assurance of the British Foreign Secretary that this co-operation with the Russians will continue after the. war, Let us, themforelmarch ​forward:With peace and goodwill in our hearts this Christmas, ​_wad with our pulses throbbing with hope for the future of mankind+From co-operation comes true understanding - and just recently we heard (through a B.B.C. broadcast) the assurance of the British Foreign Secretary that this co-operation with the Russians will continue after the war. Let us, therefore, march forward ​with peace and goodwill in our hearts this Christmas, ​and with our pulses throbbing with hope for the future of mankind.
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-FEDERATION NOTES +
-At the November meting quite a lot of time was occupied in dealing with the correspondence arising out of the various instructions given by the October meeting. Of course, not all the replies expected had been received from the various authorities contacted, but the following results were reported. (More next month, we hope).+
  
-Windsor Shire Council has in hand the matter of clearing water hyacinth from South Creek, and thank S the Federation. for its letter.+===== Federation ​Notes =====
  
-The Secretary to the Railways reportsthat it has now been decided to extend ​the electric light at Waterfall Station as requestedand the work will be done as soon as possible.+At the November meeting quite a lot of time was occupied in dealing with the correspondence arising out of the various instructions given by the October meetingOf course, not all the replies expected had been received from the various authorities contactedbut the following results were reported. (More next month, we hope).
  
-The Boy Scouts Association located the boys who did the carving ​in the rocks at the junction ​of French'​s Creek and Middle Harbour ​Creek, and their scoutmaster has convinced them that it is wrong to carve names or initials anywhere. Previously they were "tree conscious"​ but "did not think rocks mattered"​...+Windsor Shire Council has in hand the matter ​of clearing water hyacinth from South Creek, and thanks the Federation for its letter.
  
-Regarding sawmilling on Mt. Coricudgy, a ,reply had been received from the Forestry Commission, but it was not considered satisfactory,​ so further letters will be written.+The Secretary to the Railways reports that it has now been decided to extend the electric light at Waterfall Station as requested, and the work will be done as soon as possible. 
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 +The Boy Scouts Association located the boys who did the carving in the rocks at the junction of French'​s Creek and Middle Harbour Creek, and their scoutmaster has convinced them that it is wrong to carve names or initials **anywhere**. Previously they were "tree conscious"​ but "did not think rocks mattered"​... 
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 +Regarding sawmilling on Mt. Coricudgy, a reply had been received from the Forestry Commission, but it was not considered satisfactory,​ so further letters will be written.
  
 At the request of the S.B.W., Council of the Federation decided to write to Johnny Manson and ask him to remove the notices regarding "​Mansons Ladders"​ which he had erected by the Clear Hill and Black Dog Tracks. At the request of the S.B.W., Council of the Federation decided to write to Johnny Manson and ask him to remove the notices regarding "​Mansons Ladders"​ which he had erected by the Clear Hill and Black Dog Tracks.
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 To avoid clashing with the S.B.W. Christmas Party, the Federation has moved its December meeting forward one week and delegates will be reporting back to Council on the second Tuesday, which is December 9th. To avoid clashing with the S.B.W. Christmas Party, the Federation has moved its December meeting forward one week and delegates will be reporting back to Council on the second Tuesday, which is December 9th.
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-"PP W.11.0..... +OH, Yez! OHYEZ!
-OH, Yez OH2 YEZ +
-Hear Ye All Bushwalkers I +
-"​Tuggle"​ lacks but one number of Ye Magazine to complete her setto wit "The Sydney Bushwalker"​ January, 1940."​ +
-Will anyone having such a copy and not wanting same please negotiate with said "​Tuggie"​ who guarantees a good home to the unwanted one.+
  
 +Hear Ye All Bushwalkers!
 +
 +"​Tuggie"​ lacks but one number of Ye Magazine to complete her set, to wit "The Sydney Bushwalker"​ January, 1940.
 +
 +Will anyone having such a copy and not wanting same please negotiate with said "​Tuggie"​ who guarantees a good home to the unwanted one.
  
 ===== Down Arethusa Way ===== ===== Down Arethusa Way =====
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 By Stoddy Junior. By Stoddy Junior.
  
-When Laurie, anxious to tackle the Arethusa steeps and chasms, suggested that we co-lead a rogramme ​walk in that direction, unthinkingly I agreed. For perhaps a moment, I reflected that if any of the timid or untried ventures to join the party, they could be kindly but firmly despatched to Syncarpia per Grand Canyon, while those stalwarts of sufficient stamina strode via the Mt Hay Road to the cliffs overlooking the Arethusa Canyon, and nimbly negotiated the narrow chimneys and overhanging ledges pertaining thereto. However, on the eve of departure the expeditionary force was found to number five, all of the strong, but not silent, type.+When Laurie, anxious to tackle the Arethusa steeps and chasms, suggested that we co-lead a Programme ​walk in that direction, unthinkingly I agreed. For perhaps a moment, I reflected that if any of the timid or untried ventures to join the party, they could be kindly but firmly despatched to Syncarpia per Grand Canyon, while those stalwarts of sufficient stamina strode via the Mt Hay Road to the cliffs overlooking the Arethusa Canyon, and nimbly negotiated the narrow chimneys and overhanging ledges pertaining thereto. However, on the eve of departure the expeditionary force was found to number five, all of the strong, but not silent, type.
  
 A thunderstorm preceded our arrival at Leura, and we made our way out through gleaming wet streets to sing along three dark miles of the Mt Hay Road, where we spent the night in an abandoned cow-shed. A thunderstorm preceded our arrival at Leura, and we made our way out through gleaming wet streets to sing along three dark miles of the Mt Hay Road, where we spent the night in an abandoned cow-shed.
  
-Early next morning we continued our way along the track, which now resembled a garden path, so profuse were the wild irises, fringed violets, pink buttons, flannel flowers, boronia, vanilla plants and roseate gumtips. We sew many waratahs and shook their honey on to our fingers. Nectar of the Gods!+Early next morning we continued our way along the track, which now resembled a garden path, so profuse were the wild irises, fringed violets, pink buttons, flannel flowers, boronia, vanilla plants and roseate gumtips. We saw many waratahs and shook their honey on to our fingers. Nectar of the Gods!
  
-After about 2 1/2 miles we left the track, and followed a low ridge downward into a small creek. There was a type of pink GreVillea ​there, rather like a bottle-brush in habit, and abundant Boronia, and tall groups of waratahs all along the creek bed.+After about 2 1/2 miles we left the track, and followed a low ridge downward into a small creek. There was a type of pink Grevillea ​there, rather like a bottle-brush in habit, and abundant Boronia, and tall groups of waratahs all along the creek bed.
  
 Presently we pushed our way through masses of palest pink and white boronia, and reached the Rookery Nook. This is a small but comfortable cave, furnished with a fireplace, a breakwind, sundry pots and pans, a griller and a billy. To the partition post is nailed a neat sign, which reads, '​Rookery Nook', and at one time there was a notice requesting the user to leave things as found. Presently we pushed our way through masses of palest pink and white boronia, and reached the Rookery Nook. This is a small but comfortable cave, furnished with a fireplace, a breakwind, sundry pots and pans, a griller and a billy. To the partition post is nailed a neat sign, which reads, '​Rookery Nook', and at one time there was a notice requesting the user to leave things as found.
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 As I write, I reflect that I was the only one present who had been a member of that previous walk in which these heights had been scaled from below. I feel that my companions were both brave and foolhardy to pursue the adventure from that point, having only my word for it that it could be done. It is a vastly different matter to climb **down**, however, as I found to my disquiet. As I write, I reflect that I was the only one present who had been a member of that previous walk in which these heights had been scaled from below. I feel that my companions were both brave and foolhardy to pursue the adventure from that point, having only my word for it that it could be done. It is a vastly different matter to climb **down**, however, as I found to my disquiet.
  
-We retraced our steps a little way till we were able to descend into Rookery Nook Canyon. This was not very difficult, but it inVolved ​a short, icy swim. Then we rounded the corner on a safe but narrow ledge, and entered the main valley where the Rookery Nook Creek took a reckless header into space. We were now down about fifty feet. The next point to be tackled was most exciting. The way, so easily traversed once before when our gaze was being continually directed upward, now lay down a vertical rock-face, undercut beneath two small niches, into which one must place one's feet - over a 25 foot void!+We retraced our steps a little way till we were able to descend into Rookery Nook Canyon. This was not very difficult, but it involved ​a short, icy swim. Then we rounded the corner on a safe but narrow ledge, and entered the main valley where the Rookery Nook Creek took a reckless header into space. We were now down about fifty feet. The next point to be tackled was most exciting. The way, so easily traversed once before when our gaze was being continually directed upward, now lay down a vertical rock-face, undercut beneath two small niches, into which one must place one's feet - over a 25 foot void!
  
 One long-legged member of the party safely overcame this obstacle and fastened the rope so that those following were assured of a secure handhold. We four remaining came down with the rope about our chests as a precautionary measure. The packs were despatched more simply over the cliff face. One long-legged member of the party safely overcame this obstacle and fastened the rope so that those following were assured of a secure handhold. We four remaining came down with the rope about our chests as a precautionary measure. The packs were despatched more simply over the cliff face.
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 Next, we followed the base of the cliff to gaze over the third and last drop. Pooh! A mere nothing of about 60 feet! Next, we followed the base of the cliff to gaze over the third and last drop. Pooh! A mere nothing of about 60 feet!
  
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 Syncarpia is a lovely place. As we lay on our backs beside the campfire, contemplating the aspiring tree-trunks,​ the sky deepened in colour with evening'​s approach, and the sun-bathed cliffs became a richer molten gold. A myriad small conversations took place between the birds. Syncarpia is a lovely place. As we lay on our backs beside the campfire, contemplating the aspiring tree-trunks,​ the sky deepened in colour with evening'​s approach, and the sun-bathed cliffs became a richer molten gold. A myriad small conversations took place between the birds.
  
-Next day we made our way back to Arethusa Falls. We left our dry clothes in the sunlight, and, clad in swim suits, entered the shadowed archway of the canyon. Between the cold green walls nearly meeting over our heads, we swam "​through icy caves and barren chasms",​ climbed through narrow crevices, and carefully edged round mossy ledges till we saw before us the rope left hanging at the head of the canyon by Ken Iredale and party. The water in the river bed was much lower, and in that final pool, erstwhile a seething cauldron of tortured water we were now able to wade across to the very foot of the falls themselves. They were still deafening, and as we shouted to each-other we were,amazed fo hear an answering yell. We climbed back a short distance and beheld two ancients leaning on their staves at the head of the waterfall. After shouting uselessly at each other we waved a shivery Adieu, and left them a little reluctantly.+Next day we made our way back to Arethusa Falls. We left our dry clothes in the sunlight, and, clad in swim suits, entered the shadowed archway of the canyon. Between the cold green walls nearly meeting over our heads, we swam "​through icy caves and barren chasms",​ climbed through narrow crevices, and carefully edged round mossy ledges till we saw before us the rope left hanging at the head of the canyon by Ken Iredale and party. The water in the river bed was much lower, and in that final pool, erstwhile a seething cauldron of tortured water we were now able to wade across to the very foot of the falls themselves. They were still deafening, and as we shouted to each-other we were, amazed fo hear an answering yell. We climbed back a short distance and beheld two ancients leaning on their staves at the head of the waterfall. After shouting uselessly at each other we waved a shivery Adieu, and left them a little reluctantly.
  
 Speeding back over enormous boulders, down waterfalls and cracks and crannies, creeping under one tremendous rock which blocked the chasm from side to side, we plunged into the last dark pool and at length regained the blessed sunshine. Speeding back over enormous boulders, down waterfalls and cracks and crannies, creeping under one tremendous rock which blocked the chasm from side to side, we plunged into the last dark pool and at length regained the blessed sunshine.
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 The walk finished via Grand Canyon and Medlow Bath to the tune of 'Down Argentina Way' and these words: The walk finished via Grand Canyon and Medlow Bath to the tune of 'Down Argentina Way' and these words:
  
-'​You'​ll have a h--1 of a time +'​You'​ll have a h--1 of a time\\ 
- +If you learn to rock-climb\\ 
-If you learn to rock-climb +Arethusa. (Tsk, tsk, tsk,​.tsk---tsk,​tsk)\\ 
- +Before each obstacle'​s ​passed\\ 
-Arethusa. (Tsk, tsk, tsk,​.tsk---tsk,​tsk) +You think each moment'​s your last\\ 
- +Down Arethusa. (Ditto.)\\ 
-Before each obstacle'​s ​pasSed +Though with cold it is true\\ 
- +You may be purple and blue\\ 
-You think each moment'​s your last +You still can be gay-----\\
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-Down Arethusa. (Ditto.) ​ +
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-Though with cold it is true  +
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-You may be purple and blue  +
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-You still can be gay----- +
 Down Arethus--a way! Down Arethus--a way!
  
 +===== Your Christmas Photographs =====
  
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-YOUR CHRISTMAS- PHOTOGRAPHS 
 will of course go to Goodman Bros. for processing. will of course go to Goodman Bros. for processing.
  
 Please remember a few points: Please remember a few points:
  
-When you bring your films or negatives, don't forget to mention that you are a Clubmember. It will ensure particular attention to your order, and consequently the best results.+When you bring your films or negatives, don't forget to mention that you are a Club member. It will ensure particular attention to your order, and consequently the best results.
  
-If you have not yet seen the outcome of our experiments with colour toning of photographs ​sepial ​blue, green, purple, and red , ask to be shown some of the Pictures. You will certainly like them and have some done fOr yourself.+If you have not yet seen the outcome of our experiments with colour toning of photographs ​- sepia, ​blue, green, purple, and red, ask to be shown some of the pictures. You will certainly like them and have some done for yourself.
  
 Many nice Christmas cards are for sale at stationers'​ shops. None, however, will be so nice as cards with your own photographs. They will bring the greetings of the season in a much more personal way. We make such cards from your own negatives. Don't leave it for the last moment, though, and enable us to finish the work in time. Many nice Christmas cards are for sale at stationers'​ shops. None, however, will be so nice as cards with your own photographs. They will bring the greetings of the season in a much more personal way. We make such cards from your own negatives. Don't leave it for the last moment, though, and enable us to finish the work in time.
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 A big enlargement from one of your nice negatives, mounted and framed, or coloured, makes a beautiful, personal Christmas present for your friends, and is not expensive. Here, too, we ask you to bring your orders in time. Framemakers are frightfully busy before Christmas. A big enlargement from one of your nice negatives, mounted and framed, or coloured, makes a beautiful, personal Christmas present for your friends, and is not expensive. Here, too, we ask you to bring your orders in time. Framemakers are frightfully busy before Christmas.
  
-Other Christmas presents comprise cameras, enlargers, photographic accessories of all kinds, and the beautiful Swiss precision watches, MARVIN. No further supplies of these latter are available, and we sell our small r,​maining ​stocks at prewar prices real bargains.+Other Christmas presents comprise cameras, enlargers, photographic accessories of all kinds, and the beautiful Swiss precision watches, MARVIN. No further supplies of these latter are available, and we sell our small remaining ​stocks at prewar prices ​real bargains.
  
-And there is our optometrical department with a firstclass ​modern eye testing service, and all sorts of optical goods goggles, magnifiers, fieldglasses,​ etc.+And there is our optometrical department with a first-class ​modern eye testing service, and all sorts of optical goods goggles, magnifiers, fieldglasses,​ etc.
  
 Now you know all about what to get at Now you know all about what to get at
  
-GOODMAN BROS. PHOTO SUPPLIES 20 Hunter Street, City.+**GOODMAN BROS. PHOTO SUPPLIES** 
 + 
 + 20 Hunter Street, City. 
 + 
 +(Opposite Wynyard entrance) ​
  
-(Opposite- Wynyard entrance) ​Open Lt i.claz ​nights.+**Open Friday ​nights.**
  
 ===== Crime Can Be Made To Pay ===== ===== Crime Can Be Made To Pay =====
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 In a crowd of 15 to 20 people - and official walks often number that, and would number more if people were not partly impervious to propaganda - do you get to know anything more about people than their names and faces? Do you find out if they keep good-tempered when they are tired, whether they can find their own way through the bush, and unless you happen to be in the rear of the party, even whether they drag behind? Often I have been asked to support the nomination of a prospective member who has been on some official walk I have been on, and I have had only the vaguest idea of both his walking capabilities and his character. But a person who has been with me on a small private walk remains indelibly impressed on my mind together with all his virtues and vices. In a crowd of 15 to 20 people - and official walks often number that, and would number more if people were not partly impervious to propaganda - do you get to know anything more about people than their names and faces? Do you find out if they keep good-tempered when they are tired, whether they can find their own way through the bush, and unless you happen to be in the rear of the party, even whether they drag behind? Often I have been asked to support the nomination of a prospective member who has been on some official walk I have been on, and I have had only the vaguest idea of both his walking capabilities and his character. But a person who has been with me on a small private walk remains indelibly impressed on my mind together with all his virtues and vices.
  
-I put it to you that you do not get to know people on Club walks, anyhow not intimately enough to know if they are good bush men and women.+I put it to you that you do **not** get to know people on Club walks, anyhow not intimately enough to know if they are good bush men and women.
  
 **And What About Bushcraft?​** ​ **And What About Bushcraft?​** ​
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 I do not want to decry Field Week Ends, and lectures and demonstrations may be useful, but they do not teach bushcraft. The only teacher of bushcraft is the bush, and the only guides are your own mistakes. Until you have been lost, you cannot say you can find your way. It is only in the small party that you can learn to do things for yourself and learn to find your own way. I do not want to decry Field Week Ends, and lectures and demonstrations may be useful, but they do not teach bushcraft. The only teacher of bushcraft is the bush, and the only guides are your own mistakes. Until you have been lost, you cannot say you can find your way. It is only in the small party that you can learn to do things for yourself and learn to find your own way.
  
-I put it toyou that you do not learn bushcraft on Club Walks, nor even on Field Week Ends.+I put it to you that you do **not** learn bushcraft on Club Walks, nor even on Field Week Ends.
  
 **Bush Hosts and Hostesses** **Bush Hosts and Hostesses**
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 ===== Club Gossip ===== ===== Club Gossip =====
  
-Edith Finlay(S.B.W.) and Bill Watson(Rover Ramblers) have announced their engagement, and we offer our congratulations to both parties in this inter-club event.+Edith Finlay (S.B.W.) and Bill Watson (Rover Ramblers) have announced their engagement, and we offer our congratulations to both parties in this inter-club event.
  
-We extend our sympathy to those members and prospectives who got their feet burned on a recent "​official"​ while crossing a peaty area on the Grose about an hour's walk below Burralow Creek. This is the first bushfire trouble reported this season. We hope it will be the last. Never forget the menace of bushfires; someone'​s carelessness had started that one maybe a week before our party reached the spot. Be very sure you never cause a bushfire.+We extend our sympathy to those members and prospectives who got their feet burned on a recent "​official"​ while crossing a peaty area on the Grose about an hour's walk below Burralow Creek. This is the first bushfire trouble reported this season. We hope it will be the last. Never forget the menace of bushfires; someone'​s carelessness had started that one maybe a week before our party reached the spot. **Be very sure you never cause a bushfire**.
  
 Did you hear of Ray Bean's splendid gift to the Bushwalker'​s Services Committee? The eighty Christmas Cards that were needed for the lads from all the Clubs were all Ray's work, and his donation! To each of the boys went one with his own club's badge on it. We are glad and proud to know you, Mr Bean! Did you hear of Ray Bean's splendid gift to the Bushwalker'​s Services Committee? The eighty Christmas Cards that were needed for the lads from all the Clubs were all Ray's work, and his donation! To each of the boys went one with his own club's badge on it. We are glad and proud to know you, Mr Bean!
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 By "​Re-une-er"​. By "​Re-une-er"​.
  
-We all store away our impressions and memories in a series of photographicslide-like mental pictures of the happenings ​We witness. When I went along to the Federation Reunion on Nov.1/2nd on the banks of the Nepean River, I added quite a few happy "​slides"​ to my collection - may I "​show"​ you some of my latest pictures"?​ +We all store away our impressions and memories in a series of photographic-slide-like mental pictures of the happenings ​we witness. When I went along to the Federation Reunion on Nov.1/2nd on the banks of the Nepean River, I added quite a few happy "​slides"​ to my collection - may I "​show"​ you some of my latest pictures"?​ 
--- Scores of cheery, chattering Walkers, each with a bulging ​rucksackltrying ​to squeeze into a ramshackle bus at Penrith Station, so as to &​mid ​walking to the campspot on Fitzgerald'​s ​Creek. +  ​* ​Scores of cheery, chattering Walkers, each with a bulging ​rucksack, trying ​to squeeze into a ramshackle bus at Penrith Station, so as to avoid walking to the campspot on Fitzgeralds ​Creek. 
--- Paddy and others tying odd parcels and paraphenalia ​to the outside of said bus with pieces of string. +  ​* ​Paddy and others tying odd parcels and paraphernalia ​to the outside of said bus with pieces of string. 
--- The lass who succeeded in securing a front seat in the bus htving ​to clutch to herbosom ​the "body in the bag", - the "​special export quality"​ carcase of mutton, which was to become the much advertised and anticipated "​Barbecue Supper"​. +  ​* ​The lass who succeeded in securing a front seat in the bus having ​to clutch to her bosom the "body in the bag", - the "​special export quality"​ carcase of mutton, which was to become the much advertised and anticipated "​Barbecue Supper"​. 
--- The camp during two glorious sunny d-tys and under the calm serenity of the full moon that was Nature'​s floodlight for the campfire festivities. +  ​* ​The camp during two glorious sunny days and under the calm serenity of the full moon that was Nature'​s floodlight for the campfire festivities. 
--- Many little tents under the casuarinas, with the smoke of cooking fires curling lazily into the purple dusk. +  ​* ​Many little tents under the casuarinas, with the smoke of cooking fires curling lazily into the purple dusk. 
--- Members of the various clubs enjoying gay and happy camerderie ​and the exchange of ideas and opinions about all those things dear to bush walking hearts; but with time to stop, think and chat about absent friends - especially those overseas. +  ​* ​Members of the various clubs enjoying gay and happy cameraderie ​and the exchange of ideas and opinions about all those things dear to bush walking hearts; but with time to stop, think and chat about absent friends - especially those overseas. 
--- Folks coming, singly and in groups, to the "​Official"​ tent to sign the "Log Book". About 182 signatures were recorded by members of affiliated clubs, non-members and visitors. +  ​* ​Folks coming, singly and in groups, to the "​Official"​ tent to sign the "Log Book". About 182 signatures were recorded by members of affiliated clubs, non-members and visitors. 
--- Vice President Dorothy Lawry (in the unavoidable absence, through illness, of President Oliver Wyndham) officiating at the Fire Lighting Ceremony, and the representatives of each affiliated club coming forward, in turn, and lighting their Club Torch from the blazing Federation Torch she held. +  ​* ​Vice President Dorothy Lawry (in the unavoidable absence, through illness, of President Oliver Wyndham) officiating at the Fire Lighting Ceremony, and the representatives of each affiliated club coming forward, in turn, and lighting their Club Torch from the blazing Federation Torch she held. 
---How the great Camp Fire leapt into life when the lighted Club Torches were thrust into the prepared kindling among the large logs. +  ​* ​How the great Camp Fire leapt into life when the lighted Club Torches were thrust into the prepared kindling among the large logs. 
--- Everyone enjoying the gay laughter and singing - community and solo - melodious harmonicas; the radio thriller",​ complete with "​commercial advertising"​ 0 that told us all about "​Ramsbottom'​s Remarkable Rat Traps" and the virtuous heroine 4 who, when the villian ​threatened to turn her parents into the snow,​exclaimed,​ "Snow, snow, a thousand times, snow!" - The ballet of Bathing Beaux and Belles of the Gay '​Nineties. - The shadow show, by means of the headlights of an old car and a sheet, that put before us all the horrors of a 'major operation'​ and the various weird and wonderful '​innards"'​ that the '​surgeons'​ removed from the wretched +  ​* ​Everyone enjoying the gay laughter and singing - community and solo - melodious harmonicas; the radio thriller",​ complete with "​commercial advertising"​ 0 that told us all about "​Ramsbottom'​s Remarkable Rat Traps" and the virtuous heroine 4 who, when the villain ​threatened to turn her parents into the snow,​exclaimed,​ "Snow, snow, a thousand times, snow!" - The ballet of Bathing Beaux and Belles of the Gay '​Nineties. - The shadow show, by means of the headlights of an old car and a sheet, that put before us all the horrors of a 'major operation'​ and the various weird and wonderful '​innards"'​ that the '​surgeons'​ removed from the wretched victim. 
-victim. +  ​* ​Specially the slow solemn procession of cooks and butcher bearing the Barbecue Supper, done to a turn and emanating very tempting odours. The munching of mutton and appreciative licking of greasing fingers. 
--- Specially the slow solemn procession of cooks and butcher bearing the Barbecue Supper, done to a turn and emanating very tempting odours. The munching +  ​* ​Large interested audiences watching the Rock Climbing demonstrations,​some urging the others to try their luck and risk their necks and reputations on the various dangling ropes. 
-of mutton and appreciative licking of greasing fingers. +  ​* ​Comic capers in and out of canoes, by capable and incapable canoeists. 
--- Large interested audiences watching the Rock Climbing demonstrations,​some urging the others to try their luck and risk their necks and reputations on the +  ​* ​The popularity of the swimming pool. Lounging groups chatting lazily under the shade of green trees. 
-various dangling ropes. +  ​* ​A 'mud fight' between the boys of rival clubs. How they were plastered from head to foot with black clinging mud. The innocent ​onlookers who also received a share of the badly aimed and misdirected '​ammunition'​. Peels of laughter as the combatants in this unique fight plunged into the river to wash away all traces of their "good clean fun"​. 
--- Comic capers in and out of canoes, by capable and incapable canoeists. +  ​* ​The long shadows ​stealing ​across the camp as the little tents one by One were folded away, packs shouldered and folks turning homeward, some to walk in the cool evening to the train, others, once more, to emulate the sardine and pile into the old motor bus for a ride to the station. ​ 
--- The popularity of the swimming pool. Lounging groups chatting lazily under the shade of green trees. +
--- A 'mud fight' between the boys of rival clubs. How they were plastered from head to foot with black clinging mud. The innocant ​onlookers who also received a share of the badly aimed and misdirected '​ammunition'​. Peels of laughter as the combatants in this unique fight plunged into the river to wash away all traces of their "good clean fun"​. +
--- The long shadows ​stealihg ​across the camp as the little tents one by One were folded away, packs shouldered and folks turning homeward, some to walk in the cool evening to the train, others, once more, to emulate the sardine and pile into the old motor bus for a ride to the station. ​+
 That is the end of the series of "​Reunion Pictures":​ now added to my memory album as a memento of yet another glorious weekend spent in the out-of- doors in the company of many kindred spirits. That is the end of the series of "​Reunion Pictures":​ now added to my memory album as a memento of yet another glorious weekend spent in the out-of- doors in the company of many kindred spirits.
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 +**Fifteen days left** 
 Only 15 shopping days to Christmas. Only 15 shopping days to Christmas.
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 Use them well. Overhaul your gear; make a list of repairs and see Paddy pronto. Use them well. Overhaul your gear; make a list of repairs and see Paddy pronto.
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 Early shopping will help you by securing quicker service and save Paddy (and Oliver and the girls) a few headaches. Early shopping will help you by securing quicker service and save Paddy (and Oliver and the girls) a few headaches.
-PADDY PALLIN, + 
-Camp Gear for Walkers 327 Cieorge ​Street SYDNEY.+PADDY PALLIN,\\ 
 +Camp Gear for Walkers\\ 
 +327 George ​Street SYDNEY.\\
 Tel. B3101. Tel. B3101.
  
-===== AT OUR OWN MEETING ​=====+===== At Our Own Meeting ​=====
    
 +At the November meeting there were no new members welcomed, but there were new Room Stewards appointed. When the usual call for volunteers was made there was a pause, and then a rush, so now we have four Room Stewards - Arnie Barrett, Roley Cotter, Brian Harvey, and Jo. Newland, to list them alphabetically.
  
-At the November meeting there were no new members welcomed, but there were new Room Stewards appointed. When the usual call for volunteers was made there was a pause, and then a rush, so now we have four Room Stewards --Arnie Barrett, Roley Cotter, Brian Harvey, and Jo.Newland,​to list them alphabetically. 
 In connection with arrangements for the Field Week-end on the 15th and 16th November, it was reported that the launch service between Cronulla and Bundeena has been curtailed owing to petrol rationing, and there is now no In connection with arrangements for the Field Week-end on the 15th and 16th November, it was reported that the launch service between Cronulla and Bundeena has been curtailed owing to petrol rationing, and there is now no
-ferry between 2 p m. and about 3.20 p m. on Saturdays. The best trains to catch leave StoTames ​at about 12.40 p m. on Saturdays or about 8.45 a m. on Sundays.+ferry between 2 p m. and about 3.20 p m. on Saturdays. The best trains to catch leave St James at about 12.40 p m. on Saturdays or about 8.45 a m. on Sundays. 
 Another change to be noted, this time by Era-ites, is that the 8.35 a m. on Sundays to Lilyvale has been moved forward five minutes and now leaves at 8.30 a m. Another change to be noted, this time by Era-ites, is that the 8.35 a m. on Sundays to Lilyvale has been moved forward five minutes and now leaves at 8.30 a m.
-"​Business as usual" is Rene Browne'​s motto so the usual S.B.W.Christmas Treat for kiddies from Surry Hills will be held on Sunday, 21st Decei4ber. Rene is aaking for plenty ofhelpers that day, and is also collecting contributions towards the cost of food, fares, and toys for the Christmas Tree. 
  
-Once again Johnny Manson'​s pitons on Carlon'​s Head were discussed. Are they quite safe and "a good thing" as opening up a new route, or are they too difficult and dangerous for most people. The consensus of opinion was that the route, though awkward in one place, can be used by bushwalkers,​ but should not be known to tourists and, for their safety, the notices on the Clear Hill Track and the Black Dog Track which indicate the turn off to "​Manson'​s Ladders"​should be removed. It was resolved to ask the Federation to write to Johnny Manson +"​Business as usual" is Rene Browne'​s motto so the usual S.B.W. Christmas Treat for kiddies from Surry Hills will be held on Sunday, 21st Decei4ber. Rene is asking for plenty of helpers that day, and is also collecting contributions towards the cost of food, fares, and toys for the Christmas Tree. 
-and request him to remove the notices, since he erected them, and if he does not comply with the request, the Federation to get them removed.+ 
 +Once again Johnny Manson'​s pitons on Carlon'​s Head [Carlon Head] were discussed. Are they quite safe and "a good thing" as opening up a new route, or are they too difficult and dangerous for most people. The consensus of opinion was that the route, though awkward in one place, can be used by bushwalkers,​ but should not be known to tourists and, for their safety, the notices on the Clear Hill Track and the Black Dog Track which indicate the turn off to "​Manson'​s Ladders" ​[Mansons Ladders] ​should be removed. It was resolved to ask the Federation to write to Johnny Manson and request him to remove the notices, since he erected them, and if he does not comply with the request, the Federation to get them removed.
  
 Following on this discussion, the meeting resolved to suggest to the Federation the desirability of its going into the matter of forming a definite policy regarding tracks and the marking of tracks, its draft policy to be submitted to the clubs for approval; after the adoption of a policy in this regard, all clubs to co-operate and control their members in this direction. Upon adoption, the policy regarding tracks and the marking of tracks should be well publicised amongst all bushwalkers. Following on this discussion, the meeting resolved to suggest to the Federation the desirability of its going into the matter of forming a definite policy regarding tracks and the marking of tracks, its draft policy to be submitted to the clubs for approval; after the adoption of a policy in this regard, all clubs to co-operate and control their members in this direction. Upon adoption, the policy regarding tracks and the marking of tracks should be well publicised amongst all bushwalkers.
  
 All enthusiasts who are thinking of making any "​improvements"​ anywhere should note that this resolution of the SBW in no way lessens all bushwalkers'​ appreciation of the thought and work of such enthusiasts,​ but only seeks to get general agreement on what is desirable and necessary so that the best results can be obtained from the efforts expended. All enthusiasts who are thinking of making any "​improvements"​ anywhere should note that this resolution of the SBW in no way lessens all bushwalkers'​ appreciation of the thought and work of such enthusiasts,​ but only seeks to get general agreement on what is desirable and necessary so that the best results can be obtained from the efforts expended.
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 The Editor'​s calendar told us this one -- The Editor'​s calendar told us this one --
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 "​It'​s easy to show hands and carry resolutions,​ but better to show shirt sleeves and carry them out." "​It'​s easy to show hands and carry resolutions,​ but better to show shirt sleeves and carry them out."
  
-===== LETTERS FROM THE LADS -- No.9 ===== +===== Letters from the Lads - No.9 =====
  
 From Tom Moppett. From Tom Moppett.
  
  
-The Editor approached Jean Moppettwith !That news of Tom, and can we have something from his letters for the magazine?"​ Here are a few extracts from the 102 pages sent over from Canada and ports on the way. +he Editor approached Jean Moppett with "​What ​news of Tom, and can we have something from his letters for the magazine?"​ Here are a few extracts from the 102 pages sent over from Canada and ports on the way. 
-"Well, although I am not the perfect sailor, by exercising care have managed fairly comfortably ..Am not sure yet if I like ships. Will be able to say by end of voyage, but there is that ship smell. It is certainly far inferior to a good campsite on the Kowmung..... + 
-...Have just left Auckland....The country round Auckland was all low hills, many of a pea%y shape; there were some sandy beaches, but near Auckland rocky cliffs fronted the water suggesting England'​s famous cliffs, but they were not white. The afternoon was spent wandering about the city which is not very big .. like Brisbane. That evening we went to a dance in our honour arranged by a women'​s organisation,​ it was quite pleasant ---- Tuesday we went on a bus tour to Rotorua.... We stopped at Hamilton and were surprised at the size of it bigger than a N.S.W. country town. The Waikato River flows through the town, is N.Z.'s biggest river, about 100 miles long, +"Well, although I am not the perfect sailor, by exercising care have managed fairly comfortably ​... Am not sure yet if I like ships. Will be able to say by end of voyage, but there is that ship smell. It is certainly far inferior to a good campsite on the Kowmung..... 
-wide and deep and swift be excellent for canoeing - that is, down it... + 
-....Rotorua was interesting but that was all .. the whole place is pervaded +"...Have just left Auckland....The country round Auckland was all low hills, many of a peaky shape; there were some sandy beaches, but near Auckland rocky cliffs fronted the water suggesting England'​s famous cliffs, but they were not white. The afternoon was spent wandering about the city which is not very big ... like Brisbane. That evening we went to a dance in our honour arranged by a women'​s organisation,​ it was quite pleasant ---- Tuesday we went on a bus tour to Rotorua.... We stopped at Hamilton and were surprised at the size of it bigger than a N.S.W. country town. The Waikato River flows through the town, is N.Z.'s biggest river, about 100 miles long, wide and deep and swift ... be excellent for canoeing - that is, down it...  ....Rotorua was interesting but that was all .. the whole place is pervaded by a smell of sulphur which would take quite a bit of getting used to ... we first smelt it at least 10 miles away. 
-by a smell of sulphur which would take quite a bit of getting used to we + 
-first smelt it at least 10 miles away. +"​... ​Left Suva yesterday afternoon, 18/8/41, having arrived very early the previous morning. The tropical uniforms are a great idea. I don't like this muggy heat at all, but at least my clothes don't irk me.... Can't say I think much of Suva .. there does not seem much for a visitor to do or see, we even found it most difficult to get a feed... When I came up the next morning I was quite surprised to see the size of Suva, because there had been so few lights during the night, not that Suva is big. After breakfast we went for a march, about miles, finishing up outside the Bank N.S.W. and Bank N.Z. where we got El worth Fiji currency (worth 17/6). Then there was a rush for the pubs - but horror - it was Sunday and they were all tight shut .... 
-Left Suva yesterday afternoon, 18/8/41, having arrived very early the previous morning. The tropical uniforms are a great idea. I don't like this mtggy heat at all, but at least my clothes don't irk me.... Can't say I think much of Suva . there does not seem much for a visitor to do or see, we even found it most difficult to get a feed... When I came up the next morning I was quite surprised to see the size of Suva, because there had been so few lights during the night, not that Suva is big. After breakfast we went for a march, about miles, finishing up outside the Bank N.S.W. and Bank N.Z. where we got El worth Fiji currency (.:​forth ​17/6). Then there was a rush for the pubs - but horror - it was Sunday and they were all tight shut + 
-"...We joined a party going to a native Fiji village about ten miles away...The Fijians appear good tempered, pleasant people, quite good blokes in fact. They sang and danced for us and gave us Kava, the local drink, in cups made of half cocoanuts. It is most unpleasant - looks and tastes like muddy water - but leaves a clean taste in the mouth....The dancing was merely shuffling about in time to the music. Four of us were honoured by being asked to partner the women during a couple of the dances. With two dancing it is still a shuffling step of a few inches, the partners standing side by side, with arms round waists. Our partners had dressed in their best for the occasion, one in blue cotton with white flowers, and one in delicate pink. I thought I made rather a good job of the dancing, in fact even improved it with the addition of a spin. It was a most interesting visit....+"...We joined a party going to a native Fiji village about ten miles away...The Fijians appear good tempered, pleasant people, quite good blokes in fact. They sang and danced for us and gave us Kava, the local drink, in cups made of half coconuts. It is most unpleasant - looks and tastes like muddy water - but leaves a clean taste in the mouth....The dancing was merely shuffling about in time to the music. Four of us were honoured by being asked to partner the women during a couple of the dances. With two dancing it is still a shuffling step of a few inches, the partners standing side by side, with arms round waists. Our partners had dressed in their best for the occasion, one in blue cotton with white flowers, and one in delicate pink. I thought I made rather a good job of the dancing, in fact even improved it with the addition of a spin. It was a most interesting visit.... 
 This goes as far as page 31, so the rest will have to keep till some other time. This goes as far as page 31, so the rest will have to keep till some other time.
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-.THE VOICE OF THE SriCIAL COMMITTEE ​SAYS + 
-ATTENTI,0 N PLEASE +===== The Voice of the Social Committee ===== 
- ​December 16th 6.30 p mCHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY +SAYS 
- ​(Tuesday) - _ (see below) + 
-January 16th (Friday) +**ATTENTION ​PLEASE!** 
-8.15 p m. Lecture with Coloured Slides -- + 
-"​A-Naturalist in New Guinea!! by +December 16th\\ (Tuesday)|6.30 p.m.|CHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY\\ (see below)| 
-Mr..MEL.WARD of the Australian +|January 16th\\ (Friday)|8.15 p.m.|Lecture with Coloured Slides -- \\ "​A-Naturalist in New Guinea!! by Mr. MEL.WARD of the Australian Museum.| 
-Museum, +|January 30th\\ (Friday)|8.15 p.m.|NIGHT OF SURPRISES by the Bushwalkers' ​Services Committee.| 
-January 30th (Friday) +|February 4th\\ (Wednesday)|7.30 p.m.|MOONLIGHT LAUNCH TRIP to BALMORAL\\ -- swimming and or dancing and supper.
-8.15 p m. NIGHT OF SURPRISES by the Bushwalkersf ​Services Committee, +
-February 4th (Wednesday) +
-7.30 P.mMOONLIGHT LAUNCH TRIP to BALMORAL -- swimming and or dancing and supper.+
 MORE ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY: MORE ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY:
-We are pleased to announfe ​that the Christmas Party arrangements are going ahead apace! + 
-Dinner Music and severalitems ​of entertainment have nowbeen added to the list of attractions. ​+We are pleased to announce ​that the Christmas Party arrangements are going ahead apace! 
 + 
 +Dinner Music and several items of entertainment have now been added to the list of attractions. ​ 
 BUT PLEASE! ONE SPECIAL APPEAL , NO, TWO! BUT PLEASE! ONE SPECIAL APPEAL , NO, TWO!
-1. Will you not dome without letting the Social Secretary know?+ 
 +I. Will you not come without letting the Social Secretary know?
 - (As there would then be no food for you!) - (As there would then be no food for you!)
-If your name is on the list and you find you cant come, will you also let the Social Secretary know? (Or youlll ​get aApill ​for 3 - for your dinner)+ 
 +II. If your name is on the list and you find you can'​t ​come, will you also let the Social Secretary know? (Or you'​ll ​get a bill for 3/- for your dinner) 
 WE THANK YOU. WE THANK YOU.
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