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 Time and again prospectives turn up on walks badly equipped and unsuitably dressed. Heavy, badly balanced packs, shiny leather shoes that slip at every step, high heels, skirts instead of shorts, and so on, would make a hard walk for anyone, let alone one who has never been bushwalking before and for whom a few miles with a pack is a strenuous effort. Consequently many prospectives come on one walk, and, after their day's struggle, never appear again. This would seldom occur if walks leaders were careful in advising the inexperienced ones in the clubrooms. They should not take anybody on a hard walk unless they have some evidence of their walking capacity, and, in the case of a prospective, they should carefully inquire as to their gear and whether they know what to wear. Leaders should tell them just what the walk is like and make sure the newcomers can do it without wearing themselves out and being a drag on the party. Time and again prospectives turn up on walks badly equipped and unsuitably dressed. Heavy, badly balanced packs, shiny leather shoes that slip at every step, high heels, skirts instead of shorts, and so on, would make a hard walk for anyone, let alone one who has never been bushwalking before and for whom a few miles with a pack is a strenuous effort. Consequently many prospectives come on one walk, and, after their day's struggle, never appear again. This would seldom occur if walks leaders were careful in advising the inexperienced ones in the clubrooms. They should not take anybody on a hard walk unless they have some evidence of their walking capacity, and, in the case of a prospective, they should carefully inquire as to their gear and whether they know what to wear. Leaders should tell them just what the walk is like and make sure the newcomers can do it without wearing themselves out and being a drag on the party.
  
-On the trip the prospective's lot, or anyone else's for that matter, is made much easier if the walk is properly planned. If the leader gets his party away in the morning early enough to avoid rushing, allowing for spells when the party feels like it, and for a daylight camp, it is much easier for everybcdy. The leader should make the prospectives his special concern. He should stay with them when the going is hard, rough or dangerous; for a little help over the difficult parts makes a world of difference to morale. He should help them too to get to know the rest of the party, as many people don't like "butting in" and may feel strangers to the party unless the leader goes out of his way to make them feel they belong.+On the trip the prospective's lot, or anyone else's for that matter, is made much easier if the walk is properly planned. If the leader gets his party away in the morning early enough to avoid rushing, allowing for spells when the party feels like it, and for a daylight camp, it is much easier for everybody. The leader should make the prospectives his special concern. He should stay with them when the going is hard, rough or dangerous; for a little help over the difficult parts makes a world of difference to morale. He should help them too to get to know the rest of the party, as many people don't like "butting in" and may feel strangers to the party unless the leader goes out of his way to make them feel they belong.
  
 At present a few members do far more than their share of helping the prospectives while others are only concerned in meeting their old friends and having a good time. It is not easy for anyone, particularly the girls, to get walking experience, and it is the walks leader's responsibility to set the example in helping them along. At present a few members do far more than their share of helping the prospectives while others are only concerned in meeting their old friends and having a good time. It is not easy for anyone, particularly the girls, to get walking experience, and it is the walks leader's responsibility to set the example in helping them along.
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 Dorothy Lawry reported that the application from the Burning Palms Surf Club for permission to erect a 60' x 30' surf shed on the hillock, near the centre of the beach would be considered by the Trustees. Tom Herbert, Theo Atkinson and she had visited the site and heard the case of the Surf Club on Sunday 3rd August. Dorothy Lawry reported that the application from the Burning Palms Surf Club for permission to erect a 60' x 30' surf shed on the hillock, near the centre of the beach would be considered by the Trustees. Tom Herbert, Theo Atkinson and she had visited the site and heard the case of the Surf Club on Sunday 3rd August.
  
-Next item on the agenda was Allan Hardie's motion to restrict non-active membership, for metropolitan non-actives, to seven years. Originally, said Mr. Hardie, non-active membership was for country members and to "assist females doing their duty to the country". The privilege was now abused - one even stated in his application that he was "too tired" to walk. Why had he (Allan Hardie) picked upon a period of 7 years? In this he had copied the law, which held that 7 years was the period of presumed doath - i.e. we gathered, that if you didn't hear of anyone for 7 years you could declare them dead. Seven years therefore seemed a fitting period far a "presumed lack of interest in Club affairs".+Next item on the agenda was Allan Hardie's motion to restrict non-active membership, for metropolitan non-actives, to seven years. Originally, said Mr. Hardie, non-active membership was for country members and to "assist females doing their duty to the country". The privilege was now abused - one even stated in his application that he was "too tired" to walk. Why had he (Allan Hardie) picked upon a period of 7 years? In this he had copied the law, which held that 7 years was the period of presumed death - i.e. we gathered, that if you didn't hear of anyone for 7 years you could declare them dead. Seven years therefore seemed a fitting period far a "presumed lack of interest in Club affairs".
  
 Mr. Hardie had hardly sat down when someone asked "which is the Metropolitan area?" - a question which he answered finally and completely by merely quoting the appropriate Water Board Statute. Mr. Hardie had hardly sat down when someone asked "which is the Metropolitan area?" - a question which he answered finally and completely by merely quoting the appropriate Water Board Statute.
  
-In the discussion which followed Roly Cotter said that he thought the period of seven years was too long. Vic Bolton pointed out that we would lose a lot of two and sixpences. Dorothy Lawry said that many of the Club members who were no longer physically active were prepared to pay for the privilege of non-active membership and the Committee had full power over this type of membership. Wal Roots suggested increasing fees if non-actives were too much trouble. Jack Debert pointed out that we were originally a walking Club and did not see why we should consider quite so mach those who did not walk. We should be a young virile Club. Older members should be prepared to pay a little more or get out. Betty Hurley questioned whether the issue was one of finance or of principle. Ann Bransdon asked whether it was to be assumed that females had lost interest in the Club just because they were bringing up little ones. After this someone moved the closure and the motion was lost.+In the discussion which followed Roly Cotter said that he thought the period of seven years was too long. Vic Bolton pointed out that we would lose a lot of two and sixpences. Dorothy Lawry said that many of the Club members who were no longer physically active were prepared to pay for the privilege of non-active membership and the Committee had full power over this type of membership. Wal Roots suggested increasing fees if non-actives were too much trouble. Jack Debert pointed out that we were originally a walking Club and did not see why we should consider quite so much those who did not walk. We should be a young virile Club. Older members should be prepared to pay a little more or get out. Betty Hurley questioned whether the issue was one of finance or of principle. Ann Bransdon asked whether it was to be assumed that females had lost interest in the Club just because they were bringing up little ones. After this someone moved the closure and the motion was lost.
  
 The next notion re the grammatical error in Section 5, Sub-Section (kk) para 1 was carried. Our iggnurunce will no longer be proclaimed in the Constitution. The next notion re the grammatical error in Section 5, Sub-Section (kk) para 1 was carried. Our iggnurunce will no longer be proclaimed in the Constitution.
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 Allan Hardie then got going again. Thin time it was a financial coup. A special reserve is to be created out of accumulated Club funds for the purchase of a Club Room when possible. If such a reserve was not created members would get the idea that we had "an overwhelming mass of funds" and lower the subscriptions. The idea seems to be to kid ourselves that we have less than we really have so that we will accumulate more in future years. Resistance was at a low ebb by this time and the motion was carried. Allan Hardie then got going again. Thin time it was a financial coup. A special reserve is to be created out of accumulated Club funds for the purchase of a Club Room when possible. If such a reserve was not created members would get the idea that we had "an overwhelming mass of funds" and lower the subscriptions. The idea seems to be to kid ourselves that we have less than we really have so that we will accumulate more in future years. Resistance was at a low ebb by this time and the motion was carried.
  
-Jack Wren then moved that, after experts had been consulted as to the right species, trees should be planted at Lot 7 North Era. He suggested one working bee a year for this purpose. Various opinions were given. Marie Byles said that not one of the trees planted at Bouddi had grown. It was pointed out that young trees needed constant water and attention and protection from cattle. Dot Butler said that olive trees grew nicely in sand without being watered. Jack Debert said that his 500 olive trees wouldn't grow that way. Arthur Gilroy suggested casuarinas on the swampland. Allan Hardie suggested cabbage tree palms as at Bilgola Beach. Jack Wren said that swamp oak, melaleuca species and several eucalypts had been suggested by the Forestry Dept. The motion was carried and a committee formed to carry out the idea. The committee consisted of Jack Wren (Convenor), Edna,Garred, Arthur Gilroy, Ray Kirkby and Phyllis Ratcliffe.+Jack Wren then moved that, after experts had been consulted as to the right species, trees should be planted at Lot 7 North Era. He suggested one working bee a year for this purpose. Various opinions were given. Marie Byles said that not one of the trees planted at Bouddi had grown. It was pointed out that young trees needed constant water and attention and protection from cattle. Dot Butler said that olive trees grew nicely in sand without being watered. Jack Debert said that his 500 olive trees wouldn't grow that way. Arthur Gilroy suggested casuarinas on the swampland. Allan Hardie suggested cabbage tree palms as at Bilgola Beach. Jack Wren said that swamp oak, melaleuca species and several eucalypts had been suggested by the Forestry Dept. The motion was carried and a committee formed to carry out the idea. The committee consisted of Jack Wren (Convenor), Edna Garred, Arthur Gilroy, Ray Kirkby and Phyllis Ratcliffe.
  
 At the conclusion of the meeting Eric Rowen asked that something should be done to ensure that there would not be a delay of some half hour in the efficient working of the projector when the lecture on the Barrier Reef was given on October 24th. In reply the Social Secretary said that he had thoroughly investigated the projection mechanism and had eventually located a major technical fault. The screen was dusty. He had then gone to work with great thoroughness and had been authorised to buy a new globe. In reply to a query as to whether he had organised the cleaning of the screen the reply was "Yes", he had done it himself. At the conclusion of the meeting Eric Rowen asked that something should be done to ensure that there would not be a delay of some half hour in the efficient working of the projector when the lecture on the Barrier Reef was given on October 24th. In reply the Social Secretary said that he had thoroughly investigated the projection mechanism and had eventually located a major technical fault. The screen was dusty. He had then gone to work with great thoroughness and had been authorised to buy a new globe. In reply to a query as to whether he had organised the cleaning of the screen the reply was "Yes", he had done it himself.
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 Another article which we found of great interest was "Winter Ascents in the Kaikouras." Four trampers did this trip. Their packs, which contained adequate clothing to avoid frostbite and such oddments as a gallon and a half of petrol in six water bottles, two primuses, ice axes, crampons and two ropes 110 ft. and 60 ft. in length, weighed 70 lbs each. They started in light snow which became heavier and was several inches deep on the morning of their first camp at 2000 ft. As they ascended the snow became deeper and they sidled for an hour round a steep slope above a waterfall over slippery tussocks buried in two or three feet of soft snow. Soon the river was "all frozen up and choked with the ice of minor avalanches." At the second camp they squeezed into their six by seven alpine tent pulling their boots in after them to prevent them freezing outside. "Primuses buzzed and their eerie glow lit the tent." Another article which we found of great interest was "Winter Ascents in the Kaikouras." Four trampers did this trip. Their packs, which contained adequate clothing to avoid frostbite and such oddments as a gallon and a half of petrol in six water bottles, two primuses, ice axes, crampons and two ropes 110 ft. and 60 ft. in length, weighed 70 lbs each. They started in light snow which became heavier and was several inches deep on the morning of their first camp at 2000 ft. As they ascended the snow became deeper and they sidled for an hour round a steep slope above a waterfall over slippery tussocks buried in two or three feet of soft snow. Soon the river was "all frozen up and choked with the ice of minor avalanches." At the second camp they squeezed into their six by seven alpine tent pulling their boots in after them to prevent them freezing outside. "Primuses buzzed and their eerie glow lit the tent."
  
-Next day, above 4000 feet, the "floundered in snow drifts up to their waists" carrying 30 lb. poles for their tents in addition to the rest. They climbed another waterfall - this one frozen hard - and camped at 6000 ft. All their spare clothes didn't prevent the cold from striking up from the snow through the floor of the tent. They cooked breakfast "holding the primuses in their laps", and thawed out their boots, puttees and socks on tha primuses. Then they set out to climb Alarm, sinking well over their knees as they crossed a great snowfield. Before they were across number one was "making a bare hundred yards before sagging, gasping on his ice axe, and motioning the next unfortunate into first place." The feet of one began to get numb and he had to stop for half an hour to rub them back to circulation rather than risk frostbite. They continued, cutting steps, hacking away ice, and so on, till they reached the top at about 9,400 ft.+Next day, above 4000 feet, the "floundered in snow drifts up to their waists" carrying 30 lb. poles for their tents in addition to the rest. They climbed another waterfall - this one frozen hard - and camped at 6000 ft. All their spare clothes didn't prevent the cold from striking up from the snow through the floor of the tent. They cooked breakfast "holding the primuses in their laps", and thawed out their boots, puttees and socks on the primuses. Then they set out to climb Alarm, sinking well over their knees as they crossed a great snowfield. Before they were across number one was "making a bare hundred yards before sagging, gasping on his ice axe, and motioning the next unfortunate into first place." The feet of one began to get numb and he had to stop for half an hour to rub them back to circulation rather than risk frostbite. They continued, cutting steps, hacking away ice, and so on, till they reached the top at about 9,400 ft.
  
 Next day they climbed over 3,000 ft. again - to the top of Tapuaenuku (9,465 ft.). In the last 1,000 ft, they had to cut steps all the way. Next day they climbed over 3,000 ft. again - to the top of Tapuaenuku (9,465 ft.). In the last 1,000 ft, they had to cut steps all the way.
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 =====Conservation In Britain.===== =====Conservation In Britain.=====
  
-Economic adversity has not prevented Great Britain from planning the conservation of 5,700 square miles of her tiny area - more than we plan to conserve in a whole continent. The National Parks Comnittee has recommended the formation of 12 parks and special legislation is to be introduced to give effect to the plan.+Economic adversity has not prevented Great Britain from planning the conservation of 5,700 square miles of her tiny area - more than we plan to conserve in a whole continent. The National Parks Committee has recommended the formation of 12 parks and special legislation is to be introduced to give effect to the plan.
  
 The areas selected are within easy access to the big centres of population and when the programme is completed, almost everyone in Britain will be within 50 miles of one of the parks, entry to which will be without charge either on foot or in cars, but motor coaches will be barred from all but the main roads. The areas selected are within easy access to the big centres of population and when the programme is completed, almost everyone in Britain will be within 50 miles of one of the parks, entry to which will be without charge either on foot or in cars, but motor coaches will be barred from all but the main roads.
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 from the futile longing that no time stills. from the futile longing that no time stills.
  
-When I next went to see Peter and Ray it was winter, and the skies were always blue. The grass was not so green, and the little brooks ran more slowly. White clematis festooned the trees and the lyre bird sang even more brilliantly. But the same peace brooded over everything, almost the peace of the English countryside with church bells on Sunday morning. The peaceful feeling here did not came from church bells; perhaps it was from Mother Nature, or perhaps from the contentment of the owners, who while still in the prime of life have left the mad ways of the city and given up the fool game of making lots of money, to do a really useful work in growing things, and a kindly work in providing bushwalkers with a peacefll holiday resort.+When I next went to see Peter and Ray it was winter, and the skies were always blue. The grass was not so green, and the little brooks ran more slowly. White clematis festooned the trees and the lyre bird sang even more brilliantly. But the same peace brooded over everything, almost the peace of the English countryside with church bells on Sunday morning. The peaceful feeling here did not came from church bells; perhaps it was from Mother Nature, or perhaps from the contentment of the owners, who while still in the prime of life have left the mad ways of the city and given up the fool game of making lots of money, to do a really useful work in growing things, and a kindly work in providing bushwalkers with a peaceful holiday resort.
  
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 "Report me and my cause aright to the unsatisfied" said Hamlet to Horatio, when the former was about to depart from this world ("Hamlet", Act V, Scene II). This Shakespearean text aptly typifies my mental anxiety at the present time, lest our recent misadventure on the Nattai River should be misconstrued. There have been so many murmurings, if not outright accusations, in the Club Room, about our being lost, that I am forced, in sheer self-defence, to write this plea of extenuation. "Report me and my cause aright to the unsatisfied" said Hamlet to Horatio, when the former was about to depart from this world ("Hamlet", Act V, Scene II). This Shakespearean text aptly typifies my mental anxiety at the present time, lest our recent misadventure on the Nattai River should be misconstrued. There have been so many murmurings, if not outright accusations, in the Club Room, about our being lost, that I am forced, in sheer self-defence, to write this plea of extenuation.
  
-To be quite blunt about the whole matter, we were not lost, but just merely delayed. One is lost when one panics, loses all consciousness of what one is doing, and is entirely oblivious as to where one is. But there was not the faintest sign of panic on the part of anyone of the three of us, we were perfectly confident that we knew what we were doing; and we had a good, general idea of where we were. Our only trouble was lack of time: and, not having the power ascribed to Joshua, who in biblical times held back the sun while he smote the Philistines, we just simply had to suffer the thought that it would be physically impossible for us to be at Hilltop in time for the 6.37 p.m. train on Sunday, the 13th July, 1947. So we reacted to the circurstances like three wise men.+To be quite blunt about the whole matter, we were not lost, but just merely delayed. One is lost when one panics, loses all consciousness of what one is doing, and is entirely oblivious as to where one is. But there was not the faintest sign of panic on the part of anyone of the three of us, we were perfectly confident that we knew what we were doing; and we had a good, general idea of where we were. Our only trouble was lack of time: and, not having the power ascribed to Joshua, who in biblical times held back the sun while he smote the Philistines, we just simply had to suffer the thought that it would be physically impossible for us to be at Hilltop in time for the 6.37 p.m. train on Sunday, the 13th July, 1947. So we reacted to the circumstances like three wise men.
  
-When I volunteered to lead a weekend walk from Friday night, the 11th July, 1947, from Couridjah down Little River, along the Nattai River, and then on to Hilltop via the Starlight Track, I suggested that it should be a test walk, because at Easter 1930 I had done the same trip with Harold Chardon's party in four full days, whereas this time we should be completing the distance in two full days and part of a night. I did not, however, make due allowance for the fact that the early years of the Club's history were those of "laissez faire" and do as you please, when they were only too glad to have you in the Club, provided that you were not absolutely hopeless, and so long as you finished up at the same place as the others, no matter how long it took you to get there. In those days the institution of the "test walk" had not been invented to keep down an embarrqssing overplus of Club members.+When I volunteered to lead a weekend walk from Friday night, the 11th July, 1947, from Couridjah down Little River, along the Nattai River, and then on to Hilltop via the Starlight Track, I suggested that it should be a test walk, because at Easter 1930 I had done the same trip with Harold Chardon's party in four full days, whereas this time we should be completing the distance in two full days and part of a night. I did not, however, make due allowance for the fact that the early years of the Club's history were those of "laissez faire" and do as you please, when they were only too glad to have you in the Club, provided that you were not absolutely hopeless, and so long as you finished up at the same place as the others, no matter how long it took you to get there. In those days the institution of the "test walk" had not been invented to keep down an embarrassing overplus of Club members.
  
 Kevin Bradley was already on the 5.21 p.m. train, when I arrived there on the Friday night. A few minutes afterwards Roger Pratt, a prospective member, put in an appearance. He at once expressed surprise at not seeing more on the trip: evidently he was expecting a big party. I told him that before the weekend was over he would probably understand why there were so few. Little did I appreciate the ironic significance of my statement at the time. Kevin Bradley was already on the 5.21 p.m. train, when I arrived there on the Friday night. A few minutes afterwards Roger Pratt, a prospective member, put in an appearance. He at once expressed surprise at not seeing more on the trip: evidently he was expecting a big party. I told him that before the weekend was over he would probably understand why there were so few. Little did I appreciate the ironic significance of my statement at the time.
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 I had long promised myself a trip along the Nattai River valley, in order to record in black and white and kodachrome the imcomparable beauty of those walls. Now, in lighting conditions ideal for photography, my wish was being realised. The Nattai River may be dry, silted and arid in parts, but I challenge anyone to cite another valley in the Blue Mountains terrain, the rock escarpments of which so reflect reds and golds as do the Nattai River walls. Kevin was also beside himself with photographic joy; and, as he darted camera in hand and deer-like from hillock to hillock, I could quite well understand how Bill Cosgrove came to give him the sobriquet "The Yearling". We were so pleased with the day's takings that we scarcely noticed that we had gone some distance past the Alum River, where we had proposed to camp on the Saturday night. I had long promised myself a trip along the Nattai River valley, in order to record in black and white and kodachrome the imcomparable beauty of those walls. Now, in lighting conditions ideal for photography, my wish was being realised. The Nattai River may be dry, silted and arid in parts, but I challenge anyone to cite another valley in the Blue Mountains terrain, the rock escarpments of which so reflect reds and golds as do the Nattai River walls. Kevin was also beside himself with photographic joy; and, as he darted camera in hand and deer-like from hillock to hillock, I could quite well understand how Bill Cosgrove came to give him the sobriquet "The Yearling". We were so pleased with the day's takings that we scarcely noticed that we had gone some distance past the Alum River, where we had proposed to camp on the Saturday night.
  
-On the next day all the trouble occurred. We seemed to be approaching McArthur's Flat in record time, and I thought that we might get there even sooner by leaving the river. That was where I made my fateful mistake. When we came on to the river again it was running from north to south, instead of from west to east: and, moreover I recognised the country between Jellore Creek and McArthur's Flat. So, while Kevin walked packless on the other side of the river, trying to find that elusive spot, Roger and I tried to reason out from our military map just what we had done. Then there came back to my mind an incident that had happened about ten years previously when on Bank Holiday weekend 1940, I had led a similar walk over the same country with Jock Kaske, Sheila Porter (now Kaske), and Gladys Roberts. On that occasion the lastnamed had become lame, and Jock had asked me, just before we came to Wanganderry Creek, to go on to McArthur's Flat and to prepare the luncheon fire while he followed on with the two girls. This I did, but albhough I had prepared the fire and eaten my lunch the rest of the party failed to appear. I cooeed and shouted, but no one came to relieve my solitude; and, having waited as long as my margin of time for catching the train would allow me, I proceeded to Hilltop and finished the trip alone. Next day, while at the office, Jock Kaske rang me up to inform me that they had missed McArthur's Flat and had caught a train at about 2 a.m. from Mittagong. Then did I really think that bushwalkers were morons.+On the next day all the trouble occurred. We seemed to be approaching McArthur's Flat in record time, and I thought that we might get there even sooner by leaving the river. That was where I made my fateful mistake. When we came on to the river again it was running from north to south, instead of from west to east: and, moreover I recognised the country between Jellore Creek and McArthur's Flat. So, while Kevin walked packless on the other side of the river, trying to find that elusive spot, Roger and I tried to reason out from our military map just what we had done. Then there came back to my mind an incident that had happened about ten years previously when on Bank Holiday weekend 1940, I had led a similar walk over the same country with Jock Kaske, Sheila Porter (now Kaske), and Gladys Roberts. On that occasion the lastnamed had become lame, and Jock had asked me, just before we came to Wanganderry Creek, to go on to McArthur's Flat and to prepare the luncheon fire while he followed on with the two girls. This I did, but although I had prepared the fire and eaten my lunch the rest of the party failed to appear. I cooeed and shouted, but no one came to relieve my solitude; and, having waited as long as my margin of time for catching the train would allow me, I proceeded to Hilltop and finished the trip alone. Next day, while at the office, Jock Kaske rang me up to inform me that they had missed McArthur's Flat and had caught a train at about 2 a.m. from Mittagong. Then did I really think that bushwalkers were morons.
  
 But apparently we had ourselves this time made the same mistake. After lunch we walked back along the river bank, hoping to find McArthur's Flat and the Starlight Track. But so prolific had been the growth of tall ferns and small trees in the space of seven years that I could not find either. (Let conservationists take heart from this piece of news!) Time went on, as we continued to search, until eventually we decided to forget all about the Starlight Track, and to get out of the valley by the nearest possible ridge. Climbing up a likely-looking place Roger exasperatingly reminded us of the diminishing time left for catching our train. When the three of us eventually reached the top "the shades of night were falling fast" as we resolved to follow an easterly direction, and then a south-easterly, until we came on to the Starlight Track. We had not gone far, however, before we came to a gorge; and there not being one strong torch between us we decided that it was useless risking life and limb by pushing on in the dark. So we made a waterless camp and took stock of what food we had left. I had some cheese, Roger had a tin of beans, and Kevin had some menthol jubes. Roger's food being the most liquid, we each took a spoon and ate from the tin, finishing up on Kevin's menthol jubes for dessert. Anxious that we might get the earliest possible start on in the morning, I thought that we should not bother about erecting a tent but that, each of us having a tent, we should sleep individually, each man with his own tent thrown over him. However this idea was soon dispelled, when rain began to fall and continued to fall. During the night I awoke several times with the nightmare thought on my mind that I was stealing a holiday. But apparently we had ourselves this time made the same mistake. After lunch we walked back along the river bank, hoping to find McArthur's Flat and the Starlight Track. But so prolific had been the growth of tall ferns and small trees in the space of seven years that I could not find either. (Let conservationists take heart from this piece of news!) Time went on, as we continued to search, until eventually we decided to forget all about the Starlight Track, and to get out of the valley by the nearest possible ridge. Climbing up a likely-looking place Roger exasperatingly reminded us of the diminishing time left for catching our train. When the three of us eventually reached the top "the shades of night were falling fast" as we resolved to follow an easterly direction, and then a south-easterly, until we came on to the Starlight Track. We had not gone far, however, before we came to a gorge; and there not being one strong torch between us we decided that it was useless risking life and limb by pushing on in the dark. So we made a waterless camp and took stock of what food we had left. I had some cheese, Roger had a tin of beans, and Kevin had some menthol jubes. Roger's food being the most liquid, we each took a spoon and ate from the tin, finishing up on Kevin's menthol jubes for dessert. Anxious that we might get the earliest possible start on in the morning, I thought that we should not bother about erecting a tent but that, each of us having a tent, we should sleep individually, each man with his own tent thrown over him. However this idea was soon dispelled, when rain began to fall and continued to fall. During the night I awoke several times with the nightmare thought on my mind that I was stealing a holiday.
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-DOINGS AT puPFY s.+=====Doings At Duffy's.===== 
 By K. Ardill. By K. Ardill.
-I still think I had something put over me. You know how you are too busy to go away next weekend. "I'll stop homeand catch up with the odd jobs etc." By Saturday evening you are looking for a blunt razor to cut your throat, when suddenly you remember the day walk. Well, it wasn't like that with me. The + 
-chiefreason I'm present on Ruby Clark's walk is that I have an impression that Duffy'i8 a tavern, and having calculated distance from Sydney and consulted a couple of b'oozer friends, I find I ar a bona fide traveller, which entitles you to sign +I still think I had something put over me. You know how you are too busy to go away next weekend. "I'll stop home and catch up with the odd jobs etc." By Saturday evening you are looking for a blunt razor to cut your throat, when suddenly you remember the day walk. Well, it wasn't like that with me. The chief reason I'm present on Ruby Clark's walk is that I have an impression that Duffy'is a tavern, and having calculated distance from Sydney and consulted a couple of boozer friends, I find I am a bona fide traveller, which entitles you to sign someone else's name in the pub book, and then sink the amber fluid. So far, so good, and things are pretty reasonable when we change trains at Richmond and climb into an antique that may or may not take us to Duffy's. I sneak a lick of my cooking salt and with the right money in my hand I'm all prepared. Someone whispers "Duffy's", and I'm running before my feet touch the ground. I don't go far before the eyes tell a terrible story, there ain't no tavern and there ain't no town. I'm through with the B's and starting on Chinese adjectives when one film goer intrudes and recalls that the only Duffy's Tavern he heard of was a film of that name at the Prince Edward Theatre in Castlereagh Street. 
-someone else.'s name in the pub book, and then sink the amber fluid. So far, so good, and things are pretty reasonable when we change trains at Richmond and climb into an antique that may or may not take us to Duffy's. I sneak a lick of -my cooking salt and with + 
-the right money in my hand I'm all prepared. Someone whispers +Anyone would be glad to leave the miserable place and you can guess how we started our walk. Up a hill of course. Well brothers and sisters, you can guess again. We didn't do anything of the sort, in fact, we shot across perfectly level terrain, so level that someone had strung barbed wire fences all over the place. You may have wondered at some time or other where all the barbed wire entanglements went from Bondi and all the other beaches. You know now, its all at Duffy's, and that's on the level too. By the time we left the fences and found a road the party looked like a mass advertisement for "Every picture tells a story" backache pills. Anyhow, you don't want to hear my troublesyou've got troubles of your own. 
-"Daffy's", and I'm running before my feet touch the ground. I don't go far before the eyes tell a terrible story, there ain't no tavern and there ain't no town. I'm through with the B's and starting on Chinese adjectives when one film goer intrudes and recalls that the only Duffy' s Tavern he heard of)was a film of that name at the Prince Edward Theatre in Castlereagh Street. + 
-Anyone would be glad to leave the miserable place and you can guess how we started our walk. Up a hill of course. Well +We lunched at a very nice creek and the girls are giving me a kind word now and then when, bingo, the blow falls. I forgot to mention that Ruby had several visitors in the party; to particularise, one blonde (nice), two brunettes (luscious), one small sister, one small friend of the said small sister, and last but not least - Norm. If ever you are going on a walk with a favourite girl and you find yourself in company with a visitor called Norm, I would advise one of three courses - 
-brothers and sisters, you can gue6s'again. We didn't do anything of the sort, in fact, we shot across perfectly level terrain, so + 
-13. +(1) Bundle your girl on to the next train back to town and picnic in the Domain
-level that someone had strung barbed wire fences all over the place. YoU may have wondered at some time or other where all the barbed wire entanglements went from Bondi and all the other beaches. You know now, its all at Duffy's, and that's on the level too. By the time we left the fences and found a road the + 
-party looked like a mass advertisement for "Every picture tells a storyh backache pills. Anyhow, you don't want to hear my troublesyou've got troubles of your own. +(2) Break your leg at the first opportunity and tell the rest of the party minus your girl to go ahead. 
-We lunched at,a very nice creek and the girls are + 
-giving re a kind word now and then when, bingo, the blow,falls. I forgot to mention that Ruby had several visitors in the party; +(3) Drastic slip this:- Empty the contents of Norm's pack down the biggest cliff you can find. 
-to particularise, one blonde (nice), two brunettes,(luscious), one small sister, one mall friend of the said mall sister, and + 
-last but not least - Norr. If ever you are going on a walk with a favourite girl and you find yourself in conpany with a +The whole trouble started when this bloke produced a fruit cake and informed us that he had baked it the previous day. The rest of the blokes present (a pathetic minority) could just about manage to make a mud pie and by the time he had fried up chip potatoes to precede the cake, the girls were literally eating out of his hand. It was the most miserable lunch hour I've ever spent and when the bugle blew for moving off there wasn't a male protest. 
-visitor called Norm, I would advise one of three courses - +
-(1) Bundle your girl on to:the next train back to +
-town and picnic in the Domain +
-(2) Break your leg at the first opportunity and tellthe rest of the party minus your girl:bozo ahead. +
-(3) Drastic-slip this:- Empty the-Contents of Norm's pack down the biggest cliff you can find. +
-The whole trouble started when this bloke produced a fruit cake and informed us that he had baked it the previous day. The rest of the blokes'present (a pathetic minority) could just about manage to make a mud pie and by the time he had fri6d, up chip potatoes to precede the cake, the girls were literally eating out of his hand. It was the most miserable lunch hour I've ever spent and when the bugle blew for moving off there wasn't a male protest.+
 You could say the new order had arrived as far as the composition of the party is concerned. Ruby Clark in the lead, then a large flock of girls with Norm in the centre, and dragging along at a discreet distance a group of mere males. You could say the new order had arrived as far as the composition of the party is concerned. Ruby Clark in the lead, then a large flock of girls with Norm in the centre, and dragging along at a discreet distance a group of mere males.
-The final blow fell at 2,30 p m. Eastern Australia ec okine time. The party found itself on 'a ridge, and proceeding along sameowalked straight into the riddle of a 'piggery. Can you imagine Ruby's job? A couple of walkers had cameras so they wert. easily sorted out, but it was at least half an hour before the complete party was marshalled and the roll called. The delay nearly, proved disastrous but we had a five minutes up our sleeves and were linedrup on the three sleepers that is Kemsley's Siding when the museum exhibit pulled in . 
-. 
-Where am I going next weekend? Well mates, to tell the truth, I'm stopping, home to try out a slashing new recipe for 
-- cream sponge, and without wishina anyone any harm_ T 1-nn4a Mnrarlta' 
-16. 
-EXHIBITION OF VvEIGHT LIFTING 
-The exhibition of weight lifting arranged by Ray Dargan was a really good show. With the permission of the Australian Weight Lifting Association, he brought along some of the leading expon-. ents of the sport. Gordon Roberts (a strong contender for the Australian middleweight title), Eric Morley, John McCall and George Temple gave us a fine display of strength, balance and muscular control. In a series of two handed overhead lifts weights which most of us could hardly raise from the ground were raised high above the head. In the "snatch" 160 lbs was raised straight up in a swift movement. In the "military press" 180 lbs was 
-raised; in the"clean and jere(a two movement lift) 240 lbs., 
-and in the "continental press" 210 lbs. In the "bent press" 
-George Temple raised 110 lbs. above his head with one hand. 
-George is in the light weight class and this is a re:Farkably 
-good lift for one of his weight. In the "dean lift"(from floor to 
-knee level) Gordon Roberts raised 400 lbs and was still well below his maximum capacity. In a series of acrobat]cs,Ray himself 
-performed the remarkable feat of bending back and touching the floor with the back of his head without the use of his arms. George Temple did the very difficult "belly Roll" which is really like the sort of somersault we can all do backwards except that he started it from, a standing position and, turned over on his 
-front ending on his feet. The balancing feats by two members of 1n7ational Fitness Movement were very impressive. 
-Amongst the spectators were Mr. Allan Hardie, who we under- 
-stand,. brought the weights in in his pack,and Mr. Clem Hallstrom who conceded it was a very fair effort, considering they welie 
-meat eaters. 
-This happened on Rus Wilkins' last public holiday Week-end. 
-It seems that the party went by lorry and stopped at Moss Vale to eat at a cafe. One plodder left the eating house and, for reasons best known to himself went wandering around a dark lane. When he 
-returned the lorry was noticeable by it, absence. Action stations, 
-shouts of "to horse, to horse, bugle blasts and one taxi shoots out of town with one bushwalker quivering en the front seat '07uilrer explained - he had jelly for dessert.) After two miles a tail ligt; is investigated but it's 'not the missing lorry. You may bave 
-gucissed the rest. On return to Moss Vale the lorry is found about 
-a hundred yards on the other side of the street. There is a moral, 
-but who are we to say? 
-Jock Marshall, well known to many bushwalkers, is now leading an expedition to Jan Mayetl, a bleak windswept island off the coast of Greenland. Scientific instruments left there ten years ago to record the effects of cosmic rays will be retrieved. One 
-purpose of the expedition is to train leaders for exploration work. 
-15. 
-ANNUAL REPORT OF THE NOISES-OFF CLUB. 
-The N.O.C. has had its ups and downs since the good old days at No.5 Hamilton Street, where our nember2 were as happy as could be in the Committee Room and on the landings, At Sue's Cafe and Yanufacturers' House we had the greatest difficulty in keeping out of meetings - in fact, rany of 
-OUT members actually went home because of the near impossibiltty of making any sort of noise which would annoy the S.B.W. meetings without at the same time annoying other people. The reproofs of these other, people might prove embarrassing rather than remind us that 'we. are all boys and girls together, as we feel when the S.B.W. reetings ask us to be quiet. When we moved to the Ingersoll Hall we thought that our troubles were over, as there was ample space within safe reaction range of the meetings where we 'could chatter and cackle to our heart's content. However, one Black Friday, the meeting played a caddish trick upon'us by requiring that we should either join 
-It or go outside. Attempts by members to overcome this handi- 
-cap net with quite unsporting resistance from the meeting. 
-Even though we sat at the back and muttered, we were forced to come into the centre of the hall, where we were an easy mark 
-for the President's bone. Our only pleasure was to chatter 
-around the sides of the hall as long as possible, thereby. 
-delaying the start of proceedings. ,Last meeting night these tactics proved surprisingly successful. So hard did the President thump with the bone that it broke in half. Encouraged by such an auspicious event we plucked up courage to look for 
-another rendezvous and, to our great delight, found an almost perfect spot on the landing just outside the Club Room door. The charm of this venue, is that our cheerful prattle can be 
- ,heard very loudly through the thin dividing wall. Here we will be able .., to plan our trips to Era, Bluegum, Bouddi or some of the other delightful spots that the Silly Bush Walkers have set aside for our enjoyment while they, poor saps, continue to organise the S.B.W. and protect the bush for our benefit. 
-It has been decided for us that our Club shall have a 
-badge and a motto. The design for our badge is to be a cuckoo 
-sitting on a sprig of mistletoe and the motto Let someone else do,it". We hope members like the badge and motto, though, of course, we will never know what they think because this might 
-mean a meeting and (worse still) a vote. We hope too that they 
-enloy this report which, in the best tradition of the N.O.C., has been left to one of the saps. 
-The Club RcoT caretaker has asked that members refrain from 
-wearing hobnails lnfthe club roam. 
-_ 
-. anyon interested In -going down to Tasmania on ?th January, pleu,se 'see Phil: Hii or ring him ut'LL5679? 
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 +The final blow fell at 2.30 p.m. Eastern Australia cooking time. The party found itself on a ridge, and proceeding along same walked straight into the middle of a piggery. Can you imagine Ruby's job? A couple of walkers had cameras so they were easily sorted out, but it was at least half an hour before the complete party was marshalled and the roll called. The delay nearly proved disastrous but we had a five minutes up our sleeves and were lined up on the three sleepers that is Kemsley's Siding when the museum exhibit pulled in.
  
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 +The exhibition of weight lifting arranged by Ray Dargan was a really good show. With the permission of the Australian Weight Lifting Association, he brought along some of the leading exponents of the sport. Gordon Roberts (a strong contender for the Australian middleweight title), Eric Morley, John McCall and George Temple gave us a fine display of strength, balance and muscular control. In a series of two handed overhead lifts weights which most of us could hardly raise from the ground were raised high above the head. In the "snatch" 160 lbs was raised straight up in a swift movement. In the "military press" 180 lbs was raised; in the "clean and jerk" (a two movement lift) 240 lbs., and in the "continental press" 210 lbs. In the "bent press" George Temple raised 110 lbs. above his head with __one__ hand. George is in the light weight class and this is a remarkably good lift for one of his weight. In the "clean lift" (from floor to knee level) Gordon Roberts raised 400 lbs and was still well below his maximum capacity. In a series of acrobatics Ray himself performed the remarkable feat of bending back and touching the floor with the back of his head without the use of his arms. George Temple did the very difficult "belly Roll" which is really like the sort of somersault we can all do backwards except that he started it from a standing position and, turned over on his __front__ ending on his feet. The balancing feats by two members of National Fitness Movement were very impressive.
 +
 +Amongst the spectators were Mr. Allan Hardie, who, we understand, brought the weights in in his pack, and Mr. Clem Hallstrom who conceded it was a very fair effort, considering they were meat eaters.
 +
 +----
 +
 +This happened on Rus Wilkins' last public holiday Week-end. It seems that the party went by lorry and stopped at Moss Vale to eat at a cafe. One plodder left the eating house and, for reasons best known to himself went wandering around a dark lane. When he returned the lorry was noticeable by its absence. Action stations, shouts of "to horse, to horse!", bugle blasts and one taxi shoots out of town with one bushwalker quivering on the front seat (Quiver explained - he had jelly for dessert.) After two miles a tail light is investigated but it's not the missing lorry. You may have guessed the rest. On return to Moss Vale the lorry is found about a hundred yards on the other side of the street. There is a moral, but who are we to say?
 +
 +----
 +
 +Jock Marshall, well known to many bushwalkers, is now leading an expedition to Jan Mayen, a bleak windswept island off the coast of Greenland. Scientific instruments left there ten years ago to record the effects of cosmic rays will be retrieved. One purpose of the expedition is to train leaders for exploration work.
 +
 +----
 +
 +=====Annual Report Of The Noises-Off Club.=====
 +
 +The N.O.C. has had its ups and downs since the good old days at No.5 Hamilton Street, where our members were as happy as could be in the Committee Room and on the landings. At Sue's Cafe and Manufacturers' House we had the greatest difficulty in keeping out of meetings - in fact, many of our members actually went home because of the near impossibility of making any sort of noise which would annoy the S.B.W. meetings without at the same time annoying other people. The reproofs of these other people might prove embarrassing rather than remind us that we are all boys and girls together, as we feel when the S.B.W. meetings ask us to be quiet. When we moved to the Ingersoll Hall we thought that our troubles were over, as there was ample space within safe reaction range of the meetings where we could chatter and cackle to our heart's content. However, one Black Friday, the meeting played a caddish trick upon us by requiring that we should either join it or go outside. Attempts by members to overcome this handicap met with quite unsporting resistance from the meeting. Even though we sat at the back and muttered, we were forced to come into the centre of the hall, where we were an easy mark for the President's bone. Our only pleasure was to chatter around the sides of the hall as long as possible, thereby delaying the start of proceedings. Last meeting night these tactics proved surprisingly successful. So hard did the President thump with the bone that it broke in half. Encouraged by such an auspicious event we plucked up courage to look for another rendezvous and, to our great delight, found an almost perfect spot on the landing just outside the Club Room door. The charm of this venue is that our cheerful prattle can be heard very loudly through the thin dividing wall. Here we will be able to plan our trips to Era, Bluegum, Bouddi or some of the other delightful spots that the Silly Bush Walkers have set aside for our enjoyment while they, poor saps, continue to organise the S.B.W. and protect the bush for our benefit.
 +
 +It has been decided for us that our Club shall have a badge and a motto. The design for our badge is to be a cuckoo sitting on a sprig of mistletoe and the motto "Let someone else do it". We hope members like the badge and motto, though, of course, we will never know what they think because this might mean a meeting and (worse still) a vote. We hope too that they enjoy this report which, in the best tradition of the N.O.C., has been left to one of the saps.
 +
 +----
 +
 +The Club Room caretaker has asked that members refrain from wearing hobnails in the club room.
 +
 +Would anyone interested in going down to Tasmania on 9th January, please see Phil Hall or ring him at LM5679?
 +
 +----
 +
 +=====Bushwalkers Are Becoming Sissys!=====
 +
 +Illustrations by Dennis Gittoes
 +
 +Yes, here's damnable proof...
 +
 +[Walkers in lorry to Kanangra]
 +
 +Off they go - rucksacks, hobnailed boots, etc. The innocent bystander would think they were going walking. But don't be deceived!
 +
 +[Walkers eating served lunch]
 +
 +When they reach the mountains they lunch by the roadside - in Caves House!
 +
 +[Tour of Jenolan Caves]
 +
 +They explored the Caves under the constant attention of a guide who saw that they didn't fall down stairs or similar hazards!
 +
 +[Walkers in Dance Floor Cave]
 +
 +They did do some walking (apart from the caves). Yes! They walked from the truck, which was parked at the end of Kanangra Road, right over to the dancing floor cave! All in a day too!
 +
 +[Scene of clear hill, with lorry, tea house and escalator]
 +
 +Of course when their dreams come true, the sissy bushwalker will arrive at Clear Hill per bitumen [highway] scenic drive, furiously devour scones and cream to give him (her) strength to go down the wallaby track - per esculator!
 +
 +[SBW meeting with President breaking the bone]
 +
 +Historic Event - shows the ceremonial bone being smashed. It seems, by this, that older bushwalkers are immune to the epidemic of sissyness! They are getting tougher!!
 +
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