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Westprint Friday Five Friday January 26th 2018 


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Friday Five Books 

  1. Our Father Who Wasn't There. Can a memoir begin without memories? Can a father be invented? When David Carlin was only six months old, his father, Brian, died. It was the 1960s in isolated Western Australia, a place in which emotions were discreetly veiled, women did not attend funerals — and suicide was a sin. Brian became a mysteriously absent figure in David's family story, hardly spoken of again. As an adult, David yearns to conjure up his father, to uncover what led to his death at his own hand. Gradually, he begins to piece together Brian's story from the faltering memories of friends and relatives, and from the voices and incidents that emerge from Brian's medical records. Into the inevitable gaps that remain, David cannot help but stray with his own imaginings. Through David, Brian's story starts to fill out — up rise the hessian-walled house of his childhood on the edge of the wheat belt during the Depression, the outposts of heady undergraduate bohemia in late-1940s Perth, and Brian's happily married life with a brilliant and loving young wife, and an equally brilliant career. But, in among it all, there also rises a darkness — a damaging undertow of electric-shock therapy, insulin comas, and whispered wartime events. In this masterfully rendered memoir, David moves like a ghost through time and place, deftly weaving a story from what he has always known, and from all that he will never know. 225pp. First published in 2010. $33.00. Two copies only 
  2. 1788. David Hill. An extraordinary narrative history of the First Fleet, by the bestselling author of The Forgotten Children. Never before or since has there been an experiment quite as bold as this. Set against the backdrop of Georgian England with its peculiar mix of elegance, prosperity, progress and squalor, the story of the First Fleet is one of courage, of short-sightedness, of tragedy but above all of extraordinary resilience. It is also, of course, the story of the very first European Australians, reluctant pioneers who travelled into the unknown - the vast majority against their will - in order to form a colony by order of the King's government. Separated from loved ones and    travelling in cramped conditions for the months-long journey to Botany Bay, they suffered the most unbearable hardship on arrival on Australian land where a near-famine dictated that rations be cut to the bone. But why was the settlement of New South Wales proposed in the first place? Who were the main players in a story that changed the world and ultimately forged the Australian nation? How did the initial skirmishes with the indigenous population break out and how did the relationship turn sour so quickly? Using diaries, letters and official records, DAVID HILL artfully reconstructs the experiences of these famous and infamous men and women of history, combining narrative skill with an eye for detail and an exceptional empathy with the people of the past. First published in 2008, this edition 2009. $24.95.
  3. Camping Guide to Australia. Boiling Billy’s Camping Guide to Australia is the complete guide to over 3,000 camping areas all across the   country with campsites beside the beach through to the mountains and the vast outback. Along with the huge array of sites, this comprehensive new guide features an Australia-wide touring atlas showing the location of each and every campsite, detailed information on the facilities and activities on offers along with concise access information and recommendations for the authors own favourite spots, all gleaned from more than 17 years of travelling Australia. Boiling Billy is Australia's premier camping series, and you can be sure each of their best-selling books are jam-packed with honest, reliable information which will help readers get the best out of their outdoor pursuits. Spiral bound, 530 pages. $50.00. 
  4. Birds of Prey of Australia- 2nd Edition. Stephen Debus. This book is an illustrated field guide to diurnal raptors, a bird group that many people find among the most difficult birds to identify. Raptors are popular and iconic birds, and important ecologically as well as in legislation, with some species listed as threatened. Birds of Prey of Australia will enable people to more easily identify them. It also provides a brief overview of the biology of raptors and an indication of the current state of knowledge on them. The book has been completely revised and updated, with 15 years of new data, a section on difficult species-pairs (split-images providing direct contrast), and rearranged in modern field-guide format, making it easy to use and enabling rapid identification of ‘difficult’ raptors. Birds of Prey of Australia will appeal to a wide range of readers, including ornithologists, raptor biologists, birdwatchers, wildlife rescuers/carers, raptor rehabilitators, zookeepers, naturalists, bushwalkers, ecological consultants, fauna authorities, park rangers, state forestry personnel and students. Published 2012. $39.95. 
  5. Miniature Lives. Identifying Insects in your home garden by Michelle Gleeson. Miniature Lives provides a range of simple strategies that people can use to identify and learn more about the insects in their homes and gardens. Featuring a step-by-step, illustrated identification key and colour photographs, the book guides the reader through the basics of entomology (the study of insects). Simple explanations, amusing analogies and quirky facts convey information on diet, lifecycle, habitat and risks in a way that is both interesting and easy to understand. Identifying an insect using field guides or internet searches can be daunting Miniature Lives allows the reader to identify an insect without having to capture or touch it. Published 2016. $40.00 

Friday Forum 

Happy Australia Day 

Whatever your thoughts on the date, today is our national day of celebration. How do you celebrate? A long weekend to go camping, BBQ, trip to the beach, community citizenship ceremonies? We’d like to hear how you are celebrating.

I am hoping to be in Melbourne for the Australia Day parade. As someone who lives in a small town (with few different ethnic groups), I love the overwhelming number of different community and ethnic groups and all the beautiful different costumes.



Karen New Year 

Having just read this week’s Friday Five detailing your relatively recent (since 2010) influx of Karen people who have made Nhill their new home, made me think that we should put a Nhill visit on our bucket list again. Do you have the 2019 celebrations’ date available yet for us to put as a “maybe” in our diary? Trevor. 

I have made some enquiries and the Karen New Year celebrations are not on the actual date of the Karen New Year. The date hasn’t been finalised yet, but it will most likely be the first or second weekend of January 2108. 

The Speewah 

Hope all is well in the Nhill burrow.  Sad to hear about the passing of Robert Brennan however I guess that fate awaits all of us mere mortals. Personally, I have adopted the Billy Connolly approach in that if I knew where I was going to die I would not go there. There is a place called Speewah located in the Cairns Hinterland. When I was a lad 60 years ago it was a rainforest area south-west of Kuranda with only the local flora and fauna as inhabitants. Today it has been colonised by the Mexicans who have migrated north. Bruce 


In addition to the Speewah of Crooked Mick fame and the Speewah in Northern Queensland there is also a Speewa community in Victoria and New South Wales. While I was researching the Speewa’s of Australia I found this gem. 

Speewa Ferry. 

Located on the Murray River on Speewa Road, approximately 16 kms from Swan Hill and in owned & maintained by the NSW RTA. The first Speewa Ferry is believed to have operated in about 1914. The Tooleybuc Ferry, built in 1888, was installed at Speewa in 1928 when it was made available for public use. The ferry was replaced in 1979. 

The Ferry has a load limit of 8 tonnes, with greater than 5 tonnes only during daylight hours and not on weekends. No oversized vehicles allowed. Width of the ferry is 3.5m. 

The costs for funding are shared between the Victorian and NSW Governments as the Ferry provides a vital service to both sides of the River. 

The Speewa District is a community which straddles the Murray River, with residents in Vic & NSW and is known as 3 areas being Speewa Vic, Speewa Island & Speewa NSW mainland. The Speewa Ferry is the last ferry in the Shire in operation on the Murray River and is owned by NSW RTA. There is no other crossing point between Swan Hill and Nyah. 

During 1995, controversially the RTA was considering the closure of the Ferry service, citing high maintenance & repair costs, which as you can imagine prompted a huge public and local Govt outcry, which was successful in keeping the ferry in operation. This was not the first time the Ferry’s operation has been under threat of closure, previously in 1977 and again more recently in 1999. The fact that the Ferry is still in operation today is a sign that the community and local councils on both sides of the river can work together on a worthwhile cause. 

The Ferry provides a vital transport link for: 

People & commodities  

Tourists, with many tours incorporating a trip on Ferry 

School bus services 

Mail services 


Recreation opportunities for community & children 

Labour markets for harvest etc. 

Maintenance by Telstra, and other like services, e.g. Inland Energy 

Wakool Shire Council received notification on 8th December 1986 from the National Trust that Speewa Ferry was successful in being Classified and included in their register. Although this carries no legal requirements, the Heritage Trust does play an important role in various Government Departments decisions on heritage listed items. Speewa Ferry is a vehicular ferry crossing the Murray River. The ferry is a two-cable ferry running approximately North/South across the River. There is a small enclosed cabin for the operator. 

Information from the Wakool shire website 

New Caravan Council Website 

The Caravan Council of Australia website - has had all caravan and camper-trailer docs updated. This includes the independent information documents, freely available under "Technical Articles" on the home-page. 

An extremely helpful new document for buyers, before they take possession of a new 'van - under "Technical Articles", is a highly-detailed "Pre-Delivery Check-List". 

While it may not be practical to check and confirm every item, being able to "tick as many boxes as possible", will certainly go a long way to best-ensuring that there are no major short-comings or issues that would inevitably lead to serious problems, dissatisfaction and complaints.  

Clearly, the No:1 issue with 'vans and camper-trailers - and by far the main reason for complaints and litigation - concerns "Ratings & Masses". 

There is much troublesome misunderstanding and confusion about the definitions of the relevant terms… especially "Tare Mass". 

“Tare Mass" is the "mass of the vehicle - without any consumables (water, gas, etc.) - when it leaves the Supplier, fitted with all items that were specified on the Sales Contract". 

It is that (empty) mass which determines the "Legal Load-Carrying Capacity" of the vehicle:  LL-CC = ATM Rating minus Tare Mass 

An easy-to-understand "Ratings & Masses" doc - that explains the various terms - is available under "COMPLIANCE". 

The popular "4-Part Buyer-Assist" doc - Evaluation / Comparison / Contract / Inspection - under "RV BUYERS", has been updated. Colin 

What’s On? 

Googfest 2018 - Free Live Music Event Of Googonian Proportions! 

Saturday 3 February 2018. The stars will once again be shining over Rockley Oval as house music duo The Aston Shuffle headline the night on Saturday 3 February 2018. They'll be dropping all their big hits with dancefloor fillers like Tear It Down, Alpha Love, Sunrise, and more. The stage is set for the biggest Googfest yet, so save the date and make sure you invite your friends and family to join the fun. Bring a picnic and rug, and settle in to enjoy an evening of free live music under the stars. You can also grab a tasty bite to eat from the range of international food stalls available on the night. 

Where: Rockley Oval, Rockley Parade Googong NSW. When: Saturday 3 February 2017, from 5-9pm - get there early! FIREWORKS FINALE! 

Geeveston Wheels in the Park. 04/02/18. Heritage Park, Arve Road Entrance, Church Street, Geeveston TAS 7116 11AM - 3PM 

Australia's most southern Car and Bike Show, Geeveston's Wheels in the Park is growing in popularity and reputation, with cars and bikes coming from all around Tasmania. Fun for kids as well, food and drinks will be available to purchase. Geeveston is about an hour's scenic drive south of Hobart, on open country roads. A great day out for the family. Entry - Gold Coin Donation 

Family Fun: Kids Choice. Date: Saturday 3 February 2018. Time: 10am - 3pm. At Orange Regional Museum, 151 Byng Street, Orange. Cost: Free

As the exhibition Journeys: people place stories draws to a close join in a day of all our most popular family activities from the past year. There will be volcanos, snow globes, trains, finger painting, print making and more!

Activities will be running from 10am-3pm and you can join in at any time. Please book a place via the link below to ensure there are enough materials for all children to participate. Free event, booking required 

05/02/2017. Grampians Ride to remember. Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Barkly Street, Ararat, VIC 3377. Grampians Ride to Remember is expected to attract over 400 riders and pillions from right across Victoria in addition to a number from interstate. The 234km Ride is a green corridor event and will be open to all licensed motorcycle enthusiasts and conducted under police escort to maximise safety and to minimise disruption to other road users. 

The 2018 Ride will start from Ararat and travel through the rural countryside and the magnificent Grampians National Park. A Blue Ribbon Foundation event. COST: $30 per rider 

Walking the Holland Track – Part 3.  

The railway ended at Nyabing and we had no other option than to follow the highway for the next 18kms. Hard, hard walking. Very happy to turn off and head north on the gravel. A local bloke pulled up to see what we were doing and when we told him, he gave us $100. That boosted our energy levels! We spent a bit of time at John Holland Tank and found some Gnamma holes that we recovered after investigating. The following day our route was flooded and so we had to detour adding unwanted extra kilometres to our trip. The wildflowers along the roadsides are stunning and make up for the extra distance. The down-side is that the bees are swarming. Although they are not aggressive it is a bit of a surprise to find thousands of them buzzing around your head. We’ve learnt now to just sit down and wait for them to pass. We had just made camp in a small bush reserve when a friend of a friend who had heard about our adventure arrived with homemade bread, sausage rolls and quiche. Friends from Horsham also joined our camp for the night. Good friends lift spirits. 

We are now walking about 25 kilometres each day. I’d like to say it is easy, but it is not. It is hard. Hard on feet, legs and spirits. Especially when we must walk on sealed roads. The grapevine is working well and we have another delivery of fresh eggs and with homemade goodies. In exchange we will speak at the school in Newdegate.  The owners of the Newdegate Myriadena Motel and Caravan Park really looked after us. While our party set up camp sites, Judy and I were ushered into motel units. They were basic but clean and cosy. The luxury of a real bed. And a shower. That night the wind howled but we were tucked up and warm, so it didn't really matter to us. 

The following morning the park owners gave us a weather forecast. Winds of 140km gusting to 200km. We decided to walk a section of road and return to Newdegate for the night. We booked four motel rooms; no one wants to put up a tent in cyclonic winds and the owners have done us a super deal as their way of contributing to our cause. We headed off to talk at the school while the blokes went across the road to check out the John Holland Museum.





Friday Funnies 

And from Phil some points to ponder. 

If you attempt to rob a bank you won't have any trouble with rent/food bills for the next 10 years, whether or not you are successful. 

Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned? 

What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it? 

If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous? 

Which letter is silent in the word "Scent," the S or the C?

Why is the letter W, in English, called double U? Shouldn't it be called double V? 

Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and It just takes 75-100 years to fully work. 

Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty 

The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims". 

Intentionally losing a game of rock, paper, scissors is just as hard as trying to win. 

100 years ago, everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses. 

Your future self is watching you right now through memories. 

The doctors that told Stephen Hawking he had two years to live in 1953 are probably dead. 

If you replace "W" with "T" in "What, Where and When", you get the answer to each of them. 

Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it. 

If you rip a hole in a net, there are actually fewer holes in it than there were before. 

If 2/2/22 falls on a Tuesday, we'll just call it "2's Day". (It does fall on a Tuesday) 

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