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-===== The Sydney Bushwalker =====+====== The Sydney Bushwalker ======
  
 ==== September, 1944 ==== ==== September, 1944 ====
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 |Production:|Yvonne Rolfe| |Production:|Yvonne Rolfe|
 |Asst.|Alice Wyborn| |Asst.|Alice Wyborn|
-|Sales & Subs.|Betty Dicknson|+|Sales & Subs.|Betty Dickenson|
  
 ^Contents^^^ ^Contents^^^
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 |Federation Notes||12| |Federation Notes||12|
  
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-==== Native Poet ====+===== Native Poet =====
  
 by Nancy Cato by Nancy Cato
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 Each magpie sits on his own post\\ And sings his song, and does not care\\ What Others sing - the starling's croak,\\ This lark that trills in the blue air,\\ But is he right not to rejoice\\ In the alien blackbird's voice\\ For myself, I'm not above\\ Liking the mournful Indian dove;\\ The goldfinch has a pretty wing\\ And there's no doubt the lark can sing. Each magpie sits on his own post\\ And sings his song, and does not care\\ What Others sing - the starling's croak,\\ This lark that trills in the blue air,\\ But is he right not to rejoice\\ In the alien blackbird's voice\\ For myself, I'm not above\\ Liking the mournful Indian dove;\\ The goldfinch has a pretty wing\\ And there's no doubt the lark can sing.
  
-But, "Give me a crimdon bird to chatter\\ Bush-silence with his parrot-clatter,\\ Black of wattle-bird, cockatoo-screech\\ Echoing along the reach",\\ Sings the magpie, "Woods and dales\\ Are proper haunts for nightingale;\\ But here, by claypan flat and creak\\ And gully, native voices speak."+But, "Give me a crimson bird to chatter\\ Bush-silence with his parrot-clatter,\\ Black of wattle-bird, cockatoo-screech\\ Echoing along the reach",\\ Sings the magpie, "Woods and dales\\ Are proper haunts for nightingale;\\ But here, by claypan flat and creak\\ And gully, native voices speak."
  
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-==== Bushwalking Babies ====+===== Bushwalking Babies =====
  
 by Marie B. Byles by Marie B. Byles
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 Bushwalking, or tramping as we called it in the Old Country, commenced in our family as soon we could walk. I suppose I was six when we attempted Snaafell (2000 feet high) in the Isle of Man.  In memory it is still the grandest mountain I have ever seen, and not even the dragon Mountain of Yunnan, ten times as high, were half so lonely and inaccessible. So too the primrose-bordered brooks of the Isle of Man will always be far more beautiful than the woods of Norway carpeted with lily-of-the-valley, or the sapphire lakes of Canada with their asters and columbines. Bushwalking, or tramping as we called it in the Old Country, commenced in our family as soon we could walk. I suppose I was six when we attempted Snaafell (2000 feet high) in the Isle of Man.  In memory it is still the grandest mountain I have ever seen, and not even the dragon Mountain of Yunnan, ten times as high, were half so lonely and inaccessible. So too the primrose-bordered brooks of the Isle of Man will always be far more beautiful than the woods of Norway carpeted with lily-of-the-valley, or the sapphire lakes of Canada with their asters and columbines.
  
-Down through the years of childhood the tramps stand out as the highlights, and this, even though they were often only along the banks of the Marsey canal on Saturday afternoon where we watched the slow moving barges taking the cotton up to Manchester, or stood on the railway bridge waiting with bated breath and beating hearts until a train came underneath and gave us a "puff" When one of the senior girls at school announced her intention of getting a "puff", I agreed enthusiastically with the proposal connecting it at once with the Saturday afternoons by the canal, and not with the latest style of hair-dressing!+Down through the years of childhood the tramps stand out as the highlights, and this, even though they were often only along the banks of the Mersey canal on Saturday afternoon where we watched the slow moving barges taking the cotton up to Manchester, or stood on the railway bridge waiting with bated breath and beating hearts until a train came underneath and gave us a "puff" When one of the senior girls at school announced her intention of getting a "puff", I agreed enthusiastically with the proposal connecting it at once with the Saturday afternoons by the canal, and not with the latest style of hair-dressing!
  
 __What is a Spring?__ __What is a Spring?__
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 __And then to Australia__ __And then to Australia__
  
-Then we came out to Australia where people lived on the tops of the mountains instead of in the valleys.  It was most exciting especially as no one seemed to have heard of tramping.  My father tramped Sydney vainly trying to buy a rucksuck, and when we went to the Blue Mountains every winter we were curiosities.  True, there was a list of "beauty spots" on a notice board near the station, a list which we had always dutifully ticked off before we returned home, but apparently no one else ever walked to beauty spots, anyhow, no one except an objectionable man called "Razbury", who had walked to them merely to defile them by painting his name on their rocks.  As for the various "original descents" we tried, no-one would have known what we were talking about.  One of these took us down to the "Forest of Arden" and back in one day.  When you remember that this is now called the Blue Gum Forest and that there was no track to it, but many river crossings, you will agree that it was not a bad effort for my younger brother who could not have been more than nine.+Then we came out to Australia where people lived on the tops of the mountains instead of in the valleys.  It was most exciting especially as no one seemed to have heard of tramping.  My father tramped Sydney vainly trying to buy a rucksack, and when we went to the Blue Mountains every winter we were curiosities.  True, there was a list of "beauty spots" on a notice board near the station, a list which we had always dutifully ticked off before we returned home, but apparently no one else ever walked to beauty spots, anyhow, no one except an objectionable man called "Razbury", who had walked to them merely to defile them by painting his name on their rocks.  As for the various "original descents" we tried, no-one would have known what we were talking about.  One of these took us down to the "Forest of Arden" and back in one day.  When you remember that this is now called the Blue Gum Forest and that there was no track to it, but many river crossings, you will agree that it was not a bad effort for my younger brother who could not have been more than nine.
  
-But the place richest in "original descents" was Mount Irwin, where we wanted very badly to find a way down to the Wallangambe River.  We had bought some "smooth-eating chocolate", which was not to be eaten until it could be washed down with the water of the Wollangambe, flavoured doubtless with the brass of that evilly tasting drinking-cup!  After many attempts we go down, only to find the sacred waters flowing in the depths of an inaccessible canyon.  I don't know what happened to the "smooth-eating chocolate"; I suppose it returned sorrowfully home with us.+But the place richest in "original descents" was Mount Irwin, where we wanted very badly to find a way down to the Wollangambe River.  We had bought some "smooth-eating chocolate", which was not to be eaten until it could be washed down with the water of the Wollangambe, flavoured doubtless with the brass of that evilly tasting drinking-cup!  After many attempts we go down, only to find the sacred waters flowing in the depths of an inaccessible canyon.  I don't know what happened to the "smooth-eating chocolate"; I suppose it returned sorrowfully home with us.
  
 __Revolvers and Villians__ __Revolvers and Villians__
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 When I look back on the highlights of my childhood, I feel very sorry for the boys and girls who do not have parents to take them bushwalking, and if fitness camps and youth hostels can be foster parents to such children, then as bushwalkers we should be foster parents to the fitness camps and youth hostels. When I look back on the highlights of my childhood, I feel very sorry for the boys and girls who do not have parents to take them bushwalking, and if fitness camps and youth hostels can be foster parents to such children, then as bushwalkers we should be foster parents to the fitness camps and youth hostels.
  
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 +===== Why do we walk? =====
  
 by The Editor, "Walker's Rag" by The Editor, "Walker's Rag"
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 Some of us will tell you that we walk to see the country. But how little of it we really do see when out walking.   Very often our eyes are glued to the ground immediately ahead of our feet, carefully watching each step in case we should fall over in our struggle some, heavily weighted movements over the countryside.  Certainly we stop now and again when the leader gets puffed out and says the view is worth looking at; but if we'd been riding a horse, or a cycle; or merely sitting at home in an armchair looking at an illustrated Tourist Bureau pamphlet, we probably would have seen much more of the view without half the bother! Some of us will tell you that we walk to see the country. But how little of it we really do see when out walking.   Very often our eyes are glued to the ground immediately ahead of our feet, carefully watching each step in case we should fall over in our struggle some, heavily weighted movements over the countryside.  Certainly we stop now and again when the leader gets puffed out and says the view is worth looking at; but if we'd been riding a horse, or a cycle; or merely sitting at home in an armchair looking at an illustrated Tourist Bureau pamphlet, we probably would have seen much more of the view without half the bother!
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 A few of us think we walk for the enjoyable companionship. Admittedly we seem happy enough to be out together; but what about those wives, and sweethearts, and mothers, and maiden aunts of ours, who sit at home knitting our pom pom caps, and socks; and wondering all the while when we'll get sense enough to find out that their company can be even more enjoyable than our own. No sir! It's not the companionship which attracts us - it's the lack of it more likely. A few of us think we walk for the enjoyable companionship. Admittedly we seem happy enough to be out together; but what about those wives, and sweethearts, and mothers, and maiden aunts of ours, who sit at home knitting our pom pom caps, and socks; and wondering all the while when we'll get sense enough to find out that their company can be even more enjoyable than our own. No sir! It's not the companionship which attracts us - it's the lack of it more likely.
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 We walkers have been saying these things so often that we're actually beginning to believe them! We walkers have been saying these things so often that we're actually beginning to believe them!
  
-But why walk to get these questionable pleasuras? Your own back lawn, or the nearest public gardens, will provide the first. A cycle ride into a stiff northerly along St. Kilda Road, will provide the second.  And anybody with a canary in a cage, or a parrot, or a white cockatoo, can have the third turned on whenever they wish, just like getting water out of a tap.+But why walk to get these questionable pleasures? Your own back lawn, or the nearest public gardens, will provide the first. A cycle ride into a stiff northerly along St. Kilda Road, will provide the second.  And anybody with a canary in a cage, or a parrot, or a white cockatoo, can have the third turned on whenever they wish, just like getting water out of a tap.
  
-No sir! I cannot tell you why we walk - I'm sure none of us can; but please don't delay me any longer.  I'm in a devil of a hurry.  I want to get home to pack my rueksack for the weekend walk.  I wouldn't miss it for the+No sir! I cannot tell you why we walk - I'm sure none of us can; but please don't delay me any longer.  I'm in a devil of a hurry.  I want to get home to pack my rucksack for the weekend walk.  I wouldn't miss it for the
 world! world!
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 ==== Did this happen to you? ==== ==== Did this happen to you? ====
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 Illustration by Les Harpur Illustration by Les Harpur
  
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 ==== Sale of Native Flowers ==== ==== Sale of Native Flowers ====
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 With this in mind we wrote to the leading stores which sell wild flowers and asked if they would be public spirited and stop the sale of same in their stores.  Two of them responded, Messrs Woolworths said they would stop the sale altogether and their Managing Director and Secretary signed the petition, and Messrs. Anthony Hordern said they would stop the sale for the time being.  It is now up to all bushwalkers to go out of their way to shop at these stores and tell the sales assistant why they are doing so. With this in mind we wrote to the leading stores which sell wild flowers and asked if they would be public spirited and stop the sale of same in their stores.  Two of them responded, Messrs Woolworths said they would stop the sale altogether and their Managing Director and Secretary signed the petition, and Messrs. Anthony Hordern said they would stop the sale for the time being.  It is now up to all bushwalkers to go out of their way to shop at these stores and tell the sales assistant why they are doing so.
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 ==== Books for the Services ==== ==== Books for the Services ====
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 Bring what you can into the Club, or leave with PADDY PALLIN. Bring what you can into the Club, or leave with PADDY PALLIN.
  
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-==== Gossip ====+===== Gossip =====
  
-We do wish the Butlers(Ira and Dot, Rhona.7 tant do anything about it) would stay "imt" long enough for us to say with certainty where they are or +We do wish the Butlers (Ira and Dot, Rhona can'do anything about it) would stay "put" long enough for us to say with certainty where they are or are going to be, for a few days.  We hear that Dot is in Melbourne and very cautiouslywe say so.  Next time that we are in the club room we see Dot, who appears very amused when we show surprise and try to conceal our annoyance.
-are going to ho fora few -daysWe her tha.4; Dot is in Melbourne and very cautiously we say F20 Next time that we are i7A the cJ..ub room we e, , +
-Dots who appears very amused when we show surprise and try to i onoeal annoyance+
-Dot- tells us that Ira has ffeparted overseae? not for a photoEraphio ramble as we 9upposed? but on business, rza, having to leave at -crry +
-short notice, left our Dot with a beautiful but unfinished sweatc for +
-This garment was Dots idea of wha-, the well dresced genT.z!hould wear in the ofra'ocIsT..hc,re. Anyway? as Ira swung himself on 'o' d tkl,e plane, Dot FAartec7, on the nookband, Mr. Butler sewed his sweater lip, on the trip over, +
-After a round of visite? Dot and Rhona are going to lc,ok after the Iredale childrot while Merle does some.Kindergartet work, The evenings2 we imagine will be fully oeoupied with Kindergarten stories from both of thm, +
-Mr, and Mr, Pay Beat allowed us to look at their :Lovely baby last week before :i;hey took her round to the River- Canoe Club, The Eushwalkers cerLainly do themselves proud whet it coms to babies, +
-Dunc, also made an appearance in the clubroom Jfter a few weeks absence and we are all glad to see that she is well again. +
-We heard of a kind hearted shark the other day, A small -party of Bushwalkers, Arthur Gilroy, Fifille Kinsella, John Wood and Laurie +
-Greenaore were down at Garie conteaDlating the water and doing nothing about it, Fif, braver than the rest made up her mind to swim_wert in and enjoyed (F) herself, wondering vaguely about the calls she couldho..L. in tie. distance, Fif turnedl pickecl, her wave and came in, Later people came alc)ng and expressed their thankEuiness that she had heard their shoutE; from the cliff top, The ohark7 they said had p-ractically 6.ec ir7ted to a-:,tarA when Yifille turned to ,-.ome back, +
-Tuggie has done 7c,,ar last Test walk,, She says Paddy led her first test walk and now he has led her last, On this, her last test 1;ink Tuggie complained bitterly th.9t she had alway thought that T & R on the programme meant Traok and Reasonable, To which Paddy smartly, retorted that No, it meant Tuff and Ruff+
  
 +Dot tells us that Ira has departed overseas, not for a photographic ramble as we supposed, but on business. Ira, having to leave at very short notice, left our Dot with a beautiful but unfinished sweater for Ira.  This garment was Dot's idea of what the well dressed gent should wear in the stratosphere.  Anyway, as Ira swung himself on board the plan, Dot started on the neck-band.  Mr. Butler sewed his sweater up on the trip over.
  
 +After a round of visits, Dot and Rhona are going to look after the Iredale children while Merle does some Kindergarten work.  The evenings, we imagine, will be fully occupied with Kindergarten stories from both of them.
  
-==== October Walks ====+Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bean allowed us to look at their lovely baby last week before they took her round to the River Canoe Club.  The Bushwalkers certainly do themselves proud whet it comes to babies. 
 + 
 +Dunc also made an appearance in the clubroom after a few weeks absence and we are all glad to see that she is well again. 
 + 
 +We heard of a kind hearted shark the other day.  A small party of Bushwalkers, Arthur Gilroy, Fifille Kinsella, John Wood and Laurie Greenacre were down at Garie contemplating the water and doing nothing about it. Fif, braver than the rest, made up her mind to swim, went in and enjoyed (?) herself, wondering vaguely about the calls she could hear in the distance.   Fif turned, picked her wave and came in.  Later people came along and expressed their thankfulness that she had heard their shouts from the cliff top.  The shark, they said had practically decided to attack when Fifille turned to come back. 
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 +Tuggie has done her last Test walk.  She says Paddy led her first test walk and now he has led her last.  On this, her last test walk, Tuggie complained bitterly that she had always thought that T & R on the programme meant Track and Reasonable.  To which Paddy smartly retorted that No, it meant Tuff and Ruff. 
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 +===== October Walks =====
  
 ^6th, 7th, 8th^Mt. Victoria - Grose River - Blue Gum Forest - Grand Canyon - Blackheath^ ^6th, 7th, 8th^Mt. Victoria - Grose River - Blue Gum Forest - Grand Canyon - Blackheath^
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 |The walk this week-end to the Wild Dog Mountains has been cancelled, so everyone should be available to go to our Annual Federation Re-Union; there to meet our friends from other clubs, and so foster the inter-club spirit. The site and other particulars will be made known as soon as they have been decided.  Are you coming?|| |The walk this week-end to the Wild Dog Mountains has been cancelled, so everyone should be available to go to our Annual Federation Re-Union; there to meet our friends from other clubs, and so foster the inter-club spirit. The site and other particulars will be made known as soon as they have been decided.  Are you coming?||
  
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-==== The Walker's Bleat ====+===== The Walker's Bleat =====
  
 by F.A. Blackman in the "Melbourne Walker" by F.A. Blackman in the "Melbourne Walker"
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 You hear it not while at your work,\\ Now in the busy street;\\ But when the walkers rove about\\  You hear it not while at your work,\\ Now in the busy street;\\ But when the walkers rove about\\ 
 There comes a plaintive bleat,\\ The careful leader stalks ahead\\ In rain and summers heat,\\ And little heeds the anguished souls\\ Who cry: "When do we eat?"\\ Oh, many of our walking friends\\ Thus hunger on their feet,\\ And know that ease for it depends\\ on This "WHEN DO WE EAT"? There comes a plaintive bleat,\\ The careful leader stalks ahead\\ In rain and summers heat,\\ And little heeds the anguished souls\\ Who cry: "When do we eat?"\\ Oh, many of our walking friends\\ Thus hunger on their feet,\\ And know that ease for it depends\\ on This "WHEN DO WE EAT"?
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 ==== Letters from the Lads ==== ==== Letters from the Lads ====
  
-'12EITT:r]RS TROY' THE :LADS +Since our last list we have received letters from the following members of the Walking fraternity:
-Sinc& our last ws. have received letters from the following members of + 
-the Walking fraternity;-7 +|Rob Morrison|Vic Aubourg| 
- Morrison Vc 11. bour?; +|Alan Williams|Dick Smith| 
-Alen Williams Di mth +|John Green|Les Douglas| 
-John Green Ls Dous +|Peter Page|Frank Freeguard| 
-Peter Page Frank Frt,-su=.1.27c1 +|Doris Allden|Jack Adams| 
-Doric, Allden Jack +|Gordon Mannell|Bill Burke| 
-Grfion Mannell Bill 3,Jrke, + 
-DORIS ALIDYT 12...64- Last Tri?la y-we-:,endE-30 up in Sick BR7 +__Doris Allden - 12/6/44__ 
-+ 
-ania na7e been e n unpj_easan ,ffair andW: of it +Last Friday week ended up in Sick Bay with dengue and have been in since It's an unpleasant affair and we have had a lot of it here thought was escaping but it seems that conceit does not pay after all I appear to have lost considerable weight judging by my dressing gown which hangs in folds Howeverthe consolation prize for all this is a week's convalescence on the Island.  hope to go across on Wednesday and if the weather holds expect some sun baking
-h07-F.th(r;.ght warl e5cF.p:Inbut it ,:leems that conit Jc:;z-;nopz..y t7:.fter + 
-T tn1 c 1s:7.derablo c hy ?--;t1;=-,sf_ng R(ANn +Our Sick Bay is quite new so expect there is no harm in sampling it.  When I became well enough to appreciate it.  decided it really was pleasant with its egg shell blue walls, cream ceiling and blue bed covers, and the most charming of all Naval Nursing Sisters to go with it All this sounds as if might be better.  Add to the above, a clear view right across to the Island.  A nice place to rest with a sore knee or a headache but no! not dengue. 
-1/KAGh ha;Iga-.1 ia Z.71,f1c2, H.everth rL or j-c ra. for all 7,11:5is + 
-c:n the :Eland, horje to go acrE75 n'Aednesr2ay arvf, if the we;boi iscxoctorne +Apart from this little episode life has been proceeding interestingly and enjoyably.  Still have much to learn of Naval ways and customs.  Work is extremely interesting and I do regret these wasted weeks in sickness when there is so much to do.  Have been moving on to some new work, the break was a pity. 
- irk 2,74- i.. expt 17her,:: no 11= i a-,npling it+ 
-WhrinI 'nenine well cncugh to ID-p7czciatE It, ,5,roicaed. it lly as pleasant +Have been enjoying a spot of social life as well We had our first dance in our recreational hall and it was most successful We had invited 10 AWAS and 10 WAAFS to come as well as A.I.F and RAAF - they have been very hospitable to us in their functions - but the WAAFS were unable to come One things and another the males preponderated and it threatened to produce number of male wallflowers - extraordinary sight!  had temperature running but decided nevertheless I couldn't leave under the circumstances and ended up exhausted but still on my feet.  The week previously the Petty Officers entertained a party of WRANS at a picnic over at the island.  It was a good day.  Swimming, cricket and eating.  The cricket match was good fun.  We won (?) mostly due, fear, to the ingenious methods of the scorer who seemed to be able to collect extra runs out of the air.   It all helps to make a pleasant break from duty.  Our hours of duty and regulations don't allow for too much of mixing outside the Services but they do some very nice things for us and we can make no complaint. 
-with _t,s c::_EF; shell lo];ize ia11i cream. coi ng an blue ',Dmd covs, and the most c h71,1y,of all Yaval Fl.;_rsing S-isf=ro to go with Ji7IY11 th=j_s ecands as J.:): nigh4: be hotter, Add to the P,131., a clear vic3w right across the + 
-A nice place to recit...Rth 'sore kale or a 1-ach,7? but no nc-?t +__Gordon Mannell - England__ 
-Lprt thic eDioodz, life has been rroc:oeding -Inte;rerit + 
-and erjeytbLr, Still have much to learn of NvJ ways and cutom::-;, lork is extreme l :nterePting an do rec;ret thess w;:lstod Ih.4,->eks in sickness when +have just returned to my station after spending a very enjoyable leave amidst the Southern Scottish Highlands. I have been on several visits to this grand little country and each time I have come away with a greatly enhanced opinion of it and its people.  This last time I was the guest, together with another member of my crew, of Mrs. Locke who lives in the charming little village of Dollar situated in the Devon valley in Clackmannanshire.  Our hostess placed bikes at our disposal to enable us to view as much of surrounding countryside as possible in the short time available We certainly did make good use of them.  Howeverthe highlight of our trip was an 8 mile walking trip into the Highlands.  Yes, Dunc, I said 8m, not 28 The first stage was to the Castle Campbell, heredity castle of the Campbell Clan, via the Glen of Sorrow.  It reminded me very much of some of our Blue Mountain streams.  From then on it was over open moor country covered with bracken and heather.  There were many of those black faced sheep with lambs grazing We were reluctant to leave this great spot but A.W.L. does not pay, so back to work.  I am now flying in 4 engined bombers and liking it. 
-there much to do, Hove been moving on to some new work, the break was a pity, + 
-Eavi-: been enjoying a spot of social life E.s woll. WO hat', m= fi7st dance in our recreation hail and i...,77as most ourcosfulV;e had invitd +__Bill Burke - 26/7/44__ 
-10 1WI0 and 10 WAAFS to come as well as and RA.TP - they h.Dve very hcor,itable to 118 in their funct:=8 - but the WAF&.1;,:re 1;.nab1 + 
-Ono thin and nnother the males -orepc neratea and it ti-toned tJ rruce nnml,e1- of male wallflowers - extraordinary cightL h d temporatur6.. +Home sweet home once more and as yet, don't know whether to be glad or sorry I've had life too easy the past five months and that's not good for the morale of an infanteer.  The C.O. of the Warwick Con. Depot finally woke up to me and handed me my walking papers calamity it was as was just beginning to get some place with a daughter of one of the town's many publicans.  Alasthe gods still frown upon me, my Guardian Angel is still lost amidst the jungles of N.G. and just when I thought it was on the upgrade again too.  A civvie spotted me limping along the street and bought me a couple of beers on the strength of it, so I've decided to acquire a stooge.  In a loud voice he shall inquire about the knee I shall mumble a cheerful reply and then he shall insist on telling the chap next to him (again in a loud voice) all the horrifying details Ior should I say we, anticipate many beers. One of my many failings a tendency to blush easily, will be very handy in my new career.  Anyway to get back to my exit from the depot.  The squad marched forth to the beat of the drums, I rode forth to the roar of the engine. Again the knee.  Most of the chaps I had honoured by classifying them as my friends made some disparaging remarks, in fact some were plain nasty, but, when they arrived at the station looking weary and much the worse for wear, I could do nought but forgive them
-decided nevertheless I couldn't leave under the 'circumilcs (ed + 
-up :. x haaptc4d hut still on my feetThe week preously tho Petty Ciff:7s +The station, the train, a hospital one - a blast of the whistle and I said farewell to that fair townI must return to the Downs one day, a beautiful country, a rolling black earth plain where the slightest shower sets the grass springing forth to greet the sun.  And so it was I left it, one vast panorama of green through which the willow banked Condamine staggered its way.  No wonder "Downsmen" are forever enthusiastic about it. 
-enrta ivad a party of WEANS at a picnic over at the It woe =a good day. ,SwinminF;+ 
-cricket and eating. The cricket match was gnor3. fun. W(=, won.(?) +A few days at G.D.Dawaiting draft during which I met an old mate of mine "Sykes" Bryant Used to be my No2 on the Bren at Alamein until he grew careless and stepped in front of a slug.  You may remember me writing about how we all hopped out for a cup of tea one day, well Sykes was the unlucky one.  Got over that, but the Nips at Finch made a much better job of it than Jerry?  He still has the leg, but won't be going back again.  Sounds like a warning for me doesn't it?  Wasn't sorry to leave when my number came up.  The bullion was light on and besides there were too many "animals" both two and four legged round the placeBoth kinds fatten on the likes of me, although the first missed out this trip.  I must hand it to the place for its breed of fleas, undoubtedly the very best class and that's from one who is by way of a connoisseur of such matters. 
-mos tly ff3ar, to the ingenious methods of the scorer who :.c,c,1ed to + 
-ab1,7: to collect extra runs out of the airIt all helw to ;:!.akr, a pleasant 1D7 n:om daty, Our :hours of duty 6.na.Togulations clon't allow of too much +Another station, another train and we were off again, not forgetting of course the customary two hour wait.  No sleeping berths this yearnevertheless we weren'too badly off, with only six to a compartment.  wasn'too proud to take the floor the first night Next day we were flooded out due to a leaking pipe, which didn't exactly help matters any We soldiered onthe hours and days passedwe played cardswe ate, we slept and ate again and then had some more to eat We took risk of ruining our insides and drank the only two bad beers on the market - ginger beer and hop beer.  Piled out the windows and doors in a mad rush at mess halts as of you, but no one threatened to throw any of the R.T.O's off the station this year well behaved crowd comparatively speaking The weather persuaded us to keep our clothes on Watched the kids diving for our pennies as we passed through town Kiss every pretty lass we passed (Speed Gordon styleand day dreamed of other lasses in other places The train just rattled on, as only Q.R.s can rattle. 
-mixng ciit3ide the Services but they do some very nice things for us and we can mak::: no (;(:,m]plai nt, + 
-GORDON YANliELL ENGLANT, ha7e just eturned to my station after spending +Lonely paddockslonely homesteadslonely women and wisp of linen waving as we go by.  Cries of pa-erpa-er, from the fettlers and an enterprising urchin with a bucket of tea.  Shades of the M.E.! "As you wish" when it comes to price I mind the time I gave taxi driver 5 mils (1 1/2 ddidn'he scream.  The swamps lacked the blue flower covering, nor were there so many birds about Native Companions and ibis looking as lonely as the country itself.  The cattle runs gave way to the canefields to the pineapple and banana plantations. Unchanged save for the russet gold leaves of the pinesPatches of rain forest and bitter sweet memories and so the end of the line arrived. 
-a very enjoyable leave amiocc the Southern :Scottish Highlands. I have been on several visits to thia grand. Little country and each time I have come away with a greatly enhanced opinion of it and its peo::;le This last time I was + 
-the guest, together with another member of my cTevi, of Mrs. Locke who lives in the charming little village of Dollar situated in the Devon valley in Clackmannanshire. Our hostess placed bikes at our disposal to enable us to +Another few days in a town in which I run into my elder brother the second time since Adolph decided to have some fun - and a few more drinks of ale.  Had busted his hand in a scrap, love to see the other chap, and after a month ashore was keen to get aboard his ship again.  One fight that did do someone some good. 
-view as much of surrounding countryside as possible in the short time avai2 Rle?.e, we certainly die, make good use of themHowever the highliht of our telp was an 8 mile waling trip into the HighlandsYes, Dune, I said 8m, 27.er. 28 The first stagewas to the Castle Campnell, heredity castle of the + 
-Cilepbell iia the Glen of SorrowIt reminded me very much of soTo cf ou Llue Yeuntal:e 04:12oelms1 From then on it was over onen moor oounte-y cove e:eed a'th b)2re:zon and ?eee ther, There W078 many of those bleck faced sheep +Aboard another train, up and over the hills and that night slept on an arrangement of wire and boards called by the company bed.  A stack of mail awaited me including a snap of the Reunion I notice you and Bill Hall both occupy your usual commanding position. 
-wiAh lambsglea z.l ng. We wero reluotant to leave this great spot but A,W,Lo does not pay, no back to workI am now flying in 4 ougined bombers and liking it. + 
-DI= perpn 2r_r, L4 vr,ree sweet home once more read as yet, don't know +Received a great welcome home.  The first question the company commander asked me; "How many crime sheets against you?" and so it was for every one I met A look of awe spread over their faces when proudly proclaimed a clean sheetIt just wasn't possible That'what comes of having bad record.  It'time I changed home againget some place where I'm not so well known.  I have to see a man about a cog. 
-wleethe i to bo clad or co-rry. I:ve bad life too easy the past five months and that's not good for the mnrale of an infant:seri The C,O. of the Warwick Con,Dect fDinally M73d` U71 to me and handed me my walking pepers. A calamji:it war:, as was just b,egnr:.ng to get some place with a daughter of one ot the te-ones Tany 1:-eb]leeneL11.om: t'ele Gods still frown upon me, my Guardian + 
-Angel is still leee the jungles of NOG, and just when I thought thee:: +Cheerio.  Regards to all
-it emo en the un grac"..e again tooA civvie spotted me limping alc ng the street and bought me a couple of beers on the strength of it, so I've decided toe. acquire a stooge. In a loud voice he shall inquire about the knee I shall mumble a cheerful reply and then he shall inFist on telling the chap next to him (again in a loud voice) all the horrifying details Ior should I say we, anticipate many beers. One of my many failings a tendency to bluish easily, will be very handy in my new career. Anyway to get back to my exit from the depot. The squad marched forth to the beat of the drums, I rode forth to the roar of the engine. Again the knee. Most of the chaps I had honoured by +
-classifying them as my friends made some disparaging remarks, in fact some +
-were plain nasty, but, when they arrived at the station lookingweary and much the worse for wear, I could do nought but forgive them, +
-The station, the train, a hospital oneblast of the whistle and I said farewell to that fair townI must return to the Downs one day, a lecatltiful country, a rolling black earth plain where the slightest shower sets the grass springing forth to greet the sun. And so it was I left it, one vast panorama of green through which the willow banked Comdamine stagsered its way. No wonder "Downsmen" are forever enthusiastic about it. +
-A few days at G,D,Dawaiting draft durinp; which I met an old mate of mine "Sykes" Pryant. Used to be my No:2 on the Bren at Alamein until he +
-grew careless and stepped in front of a slugYou may remember me writing about how we all hopped out for a cup of tea one day, well Sykes was the +
-lenlucky one. Got over that, but the Nips at Finch made a much better job oe: it than Jerry? He still has the leg, but won't be going back againSounds like a warning for me doesn't it? Wasn't sorry to leave when my number came upThe bullion was light on andbesides there were too many "animals" both two and four'legged round the placeBoth kinds fatten on the itkos of me, although the first missed out this tripI must hand it to the place for its breed of fleas, 1,.ndoubtedly the very best class arid that 'e frthm one who io by way of a ms-eleree.F.,5ru7 on ;. 12.ch matt era +
-Another station, another train ana we were oil' again, not forgetting of course,the customary tuo hour waitNo sleeping berths this year nevertheless we werent too badly off, with only six to a compartmentI +
-11, +
-wa5n'i; too pru. to take the floor the f-Irst 6ay +
-(31.to a leaktng +
-the h o1;.1..c3'ad_..tqays- ".10 +
-again a7(1.:;:;.1.haa z321:11e-T.Lioreta.:eat,,Cit6.*''a'rick of +
-and 'drank )che-only tWo bad beers on the maret bcer +
-Piled out of windc,.Ts-and doorr; in a ma C rush at ies ai cf y:),:n, but +
-no ono threatened to thrcW any of thri n.T,C;S c-A-'the c-..;atic11_ t"tlis Toil 1.:chaV:a crowd com3arati7ely spe,akj ng, The cceath:2r 7r,e7s1::a::71.Pd +
-k'p71).r clat:lescn. Watched the kic::.F.,-flivinr; fcr cyx o -conn7...el. as we 7)a;,;r3ed +
-t'17011g'.:1 a town, Kipse(, s7ery -Dretty lass vm rnss5ra (,Speed Gcr:_;o7L, (-:tyl()+
-day r17eamed cf othar a.rasScs in'otheT .The traia just J.'attl2do on, aEonly c,,,123 +
-, Lenr)ly73.ad:lock-s, aorely homesterld!:7, women an:i. vW:qo of +
-ac we go by, Cries _of fetters and +
-with a thicket tc-a, Shadesof thr.--.M.E1 0As you +
-when it (,cmcs to,pr:'.ce I mind the time I gavP. a +
-(1411dir'.n5t he scream.The swamtn lasller3 thu blue floir:er covering7 nor +
-there so many birds about Native Compamion,.:-.1 and ibis J.nckins ar lonely +
-;i he errantry itself. 71i o cattle flrIF F-7,1TO Way to t'n, canefiel6s to the +
-piricaplo-Je andbanana :plantations, Unchanp;nd save for the russet gold leaves of the p:i nes?aches ofrain forest aud bitter owect ilicmories and so i;ho end of tho lino. arrived. +
-Another few days in a town in which I run into Ty e7dr brother the F,ertord tlne since Adolph decided to have some fun 7,,n6 a few more drin1-..s of ale, Tad 'ousted his hand in a scrape love tci see the ot'ner +
-and -after a month ashore was keen to get aboard his r ihi-0 On fight that did do soTPone some good. +
-Aboard another train7 up and over the hills and that niht clelot ot trrangemcnt of wire and boards called by the coripany becl, A stack +
-of mail awaited mc including a snap of the Runion. I notice you and ,7311 11,?..11 both occupy your usual commanding position., +
-Peciel a great welcome home. The first gustien 2r,h, comflan:r co;rimailder :=aked me; "How many crime sheets ,liTinst you?" an so it was for ev2ry one I mt.A look of awe slci7:ed over their faces 7'ne/.1 I +
-prol)al-;-.5.1med a clean sheetIt just Tasnt possilombat'w1-,at ouos ct hIrr; had recordIt't ir I changed homes -)RaingP.t some placewhere I?m not so well knom I have to see a man about a cos-, +
-R:,sards to all?+
 Bill. Bill.
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-==== Federation Report ====+===== Federation Report =====
  
 On Tuesday 18th July, 1944 the N.S.W. Federation of Bush Walking Clubs held its Twelfth Annual Meeting. On Tuesday 18th July, 1944 the N.S.W. Federation of Bush Walking Clubs held its Twelfth Annual Meeting.
-The Affiliation Fee was again fixed: at 5/- for each 25 members (7r&ludLng 
-those grades net bound to pey 1 memberchip fees) and the Subscription 
-for Associate E?mbers of the Feeration at.2/6 per member. The constitution reouire Affiliatien Tees to be paidewfthin the months of the annual meetingl otheeewitee mezeberchip is forfoi ted. 
-Under the oonetettior eaoh club is ,7equired to notify the HonSecretary within 28 Jays of Ihe Fe6eratien?re annual meeting (a) its membership at 30th June ca which itc effilatier_ fee and its number of delegates will be basedl and (b) the names cf Its del gates for the ensuing twelve menthe. 
  
-At the July meeting the 7.W.C,WALKING CLUB was adtted to membership of the :rederati_e'e, +The Affiliation Fee was again fixed at 5/- for each 25 members (including those grades not bound to pay full membership fees) and the Subscription for Associate Members of the Federation at 2/6 per member. The constitution requires Affiliation Fees to be paid within three months of the annual meeting; otherwise membership is forfeited. 
-was rceeire tleat tlee ROVER PAYInER3CLUB has a New Secretary - Yr,J,Eick'sRee etlie + 
-1117,A M:lee lL3 teteci ti(et it was de&.,'ed to offer the State Gc7ceen- +Under the constitution each club is required to notify the Hon. Secretary within 28 days of the Federation's annual meeting (a) its membership at 30th June on which its affiliation fee and its number of delegates will be based, and (b) the names of its delegates for the ensuing twelve months. 
-mL'd ==1.7)0 tre'vers -ne eret of reeumirg t.,e Ere. lane,e1 and that the 3,3,V;, "lad + 
-in alai. in rom 5'Ei eppreimately Fer'.e-atior Tioted cenibuon +At the July meeting the Y.W.C,Walking Club was admitted to membership of the Federation. 
-"11-);:: more than f50,r7MTC12 a total of E-350ruch d iom o nor-e fecn + 
-geeereL funds, +Advice was received that the Rover RamblersClub has a New Secretary - Mr. J. Hick'sHurstville RoadHurstville. 
-,'INT7!-Tm4. A letter was received from the Dietrict Surveyor rc-ooating ee :lee:Lep-on regarclin3 reservation is possible yet owing to lsck of sul-zreyere, + 
-OTer._:A7=-:r Or P.U.YGPOUND WALKS For about two years Mrs. Emilie Livingstone +===Era Lands.=== 
-Clue has been organisinT the walks lorogrammes and ae reneims :efe +,11e elec;ldrea feom severeel of Sydney'su7Dervined Piayg2D1)-nds, + 
-cbe hao now rcienea, Tfee'leration is seeking some other bushwalker :r os CE/27 this ilerooenL workWalks leaders will also be welcomed, but the +Miss Byles stated that it was desired to offer the State Government £350 towards the cost of resuming the Era lands, and that the S.B.W. had in hand and in promises approximately £500Federation voted contribution of "not more than £30towards a total of £350, such donation to come from general funds
-o-.7eecer is 4:,;2 rt urgent need, + 
-1- 1=TRAL PL;7., AE' T--usoe, Miss Byles gave notice of another worldngw -,;c1 lee Le ,n the first raoonlige e week--end in May, 19453 Walks Seeretary and all ether re-rehern please note the date, +===Kariong Peninsula.=== 
-FEI:TION'=AT, IT,JPENCIT; of members of the affiliated Clubs will be 1),M+ 
-SfA:(11:_a____TI-END is being oganised by the C,M:W. f2r Ee-e. enr flex. Everyone is asked to note this very imleureant +A letter was received from the District Surveyor repeating that no decision regarding reservation is possible yet owing to lack of surveyors. 
-date e:i to arreee;e Lo join the party for a Pest interesting week-end, 10=712, 7ee reeer Re,mbler's Club is arranging a Barbecue for the week-end + 
-zer6 17eh September at Long Ingle Gully - in aid of the BuehwalleoreServeec Committee - and extends an in/itation to all members of all the affeted +===Organising of playground walks.=== 
-FEr_T-ZON RE-UNION this year to be held on October 28th end 25th and an + 
-.._  +For about two years Mrs. Emilie Livingstone of the Rucksack Club has been organising the walks programmes and arranging for leaders for the children from several of Sydney'supervised Playgroundsbut she has now resigned. Federation is seeking some other bushwalker to carry on this important workWalks leaders will also be welcomed, but the organiser is the most urgent need
-orgeeees comwietee is 1L.o te appointorl at the Allgust nee;;irg- Eas any member ar7 ee3eigeetiore? The site hes ne-, yet been decided upon eitheri + 
-FL 11P IThT SORP BOC:Y. The Feeleretion used to ro asorap bw-A'that waei kent +===Bouddi Natural Park.=== 
-upec-eeie + 
-by a neell-or of the Publicity r.3,;.rc?a, but this buret.,.0ban leosed for thE' (2o):-'ation1 At the July reeet:Ing it was d..JirInd i;ht seua thing orght o be dc,Le about the cel7ep hook and MiF:E5 Millie ir n.e ol the Pur:F.,k C1111,volunteered to 'coke charge of it end 'Leep i up to da:LeAr_ members are asked to +As trustee, Miss Byles gave notice of another working bee to be held on the first moonlight week-end in May, 1945. Walks Secretary and all other members please note the date. 
-note t'eile fact ard to clip from the paper' or magazines any items of bushwalkiAs interest they see from time to timeThese can be sent to Millie Horne direct or through your Federation Delegates,+ 
 +===Federation's annual conference.=== 
 + 
 +Of members of the affiliated Clubs will be held on October 18that 8 p.m. 
 + 
 +===Search and Rescue practice week-end.=== 
 + 
 +Is being organised by the C.M.W. for September 2nd and 3rd next. Everyone is asked to note this very important date and to arrange to join the party for a most interesting week-end
 + 
 +===Barbecue.=== 
 + 
 +The Rover Rambler's Club is arranging a Barbecue for the week-end 16th and 17th September at Long Angle Gully - in aid of the BushwalkersServices Committee - and extends an invitation to all members of all the affiliated Clubs. 
 + 
 +===Federation Re-union.=== 
 + 
 +This year to be held on October 28th and 25th and an organising committee is to be appointed at the August meeting. Has any member any suggestions? The site has not yet been decided upon either. 
 + 
 +===Federation scrap book.=== 
 + 
 +The Federation used to have a scrap book that was kept up-to-date by a member of the Publicity Bureau but this bureau has lapsed for the duration. At the July meeting it was decided that something ought to be done about the scrap book and Miss Millie Horne of the Rucksack Club volunteered to take charge of it and keep it up to dateAll members are asked to note this fact and to clip from the papers or magazines any items of bushwalking interest they see from time to timeThese can be sent to Millie Horne direct or through your Federation Delegates.
  
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