Friday Five Newsletter 2018.3.9

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Westprint Friday Five Friday March 9th 2018

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.

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Friday Five Books

  1. The Indomitable Miss Pink. $43.95. Special price $35.00 including post. Olive Pink (1884-1975) was an unconventional anthropologist, an advocate of Aboriginal rights and an early proponent of the cultivation of Australian indigenous plants. - Born in Hobart, she moved to Sydney in 1914 and travelled extensively in central Australia, lived in remote areas with the Arrernte and Warlpiri people, and caused controversy within the anthropological profession.

    Olive Pink's political activism brought her into conflict with missionaries, pastoralists and her colleagues, while her sustained letter-writing campaigns made her the scourge of the public servants and administrators responsible for the well-being of Aboriginal people.

  2. Russian Jack. $22.00. Out of the great Kimberley goldrush of 1886 came stories of hard men in a hostile land and one of the toughest of them all was Russian Jack. The first great gold rush of Western Australia drew men from thousands of miles to the Kimberley.  A few hardy overlanders made it through with packhorses. Most however, landed by ship at Wyndham or Derby and headed through desolate, uninhabited and trackless country to their goal, Halls Creek. Men died and were buried where they fell.  From Derby, Russian Jack set out with his ungainly wheelbarrow loaded with provisions.  In a particularly difficult section about thirty miles from Halls Creek he found a sick and worn out prospector. He was placed with his swag on Russian Jack's barrow and carried to safety. By this act Russian Jack became the epitome of mateship in Australia.  134pp. First published in 2002

  3. A Bunch of Strays. $29.95. This is a genuine bush novel that has grown out of Marie Mahood’s decades of personal experience in the Australian Outback. Mick and Marion fall in love in the Kimberleys. Together with an outcast Aboriginal couple they ride their horses overland to Arnhem Land and carve a cattle station out of virgin bush. They are the ‘bunch of strays’, bush battlers with a hunger for land and freedom.

  4. Australia's Best Unknown Stories. $23.00. 'Not only are there many things we don't know, we should never be too sure about the things we are sure we do know.’ From Jim Haynes, comes this collection of classic Australian stories: the unknown, the forgotten, the surprising. Was the Ghan really named after the Afghan cameleers? Does that urn that represents that greatest of all sporting clashes between Australia and England really contain the ashes of a burnt cricket bail? Jim introduces us to the forgotten nation builders, artists, poets and great unknown characters of Australian history and tells the funniest, the most amazing and the quirkiest stories that capture the heart and soul of the Australian spirit.

  5. Blood Stains The Wattle. Keith De Lacy. $25.95. Blood Stains the Wattle is the ebullient account of industrial disruption at the Mount Isa mines in the 1960s. De Lacy writes of what and who caused the trouble, of the solidarity and suffering involved, and of the sense of incomplete resolution that attends the finish of any long and bitter labour dispute. Miners confronted management in strikes and lock-outs, but the "never-to-be-re-employed", diehard 45 miners found the Australian Workers' Union was their most implacable enemy. This was the high-water mark of anti-communism in Australia, as the Catholic Church, in particular, fulminated against those guilty of no more than unionism and membership of the ALP. 290pp. First published in 2002. 

Friday Forum

New Book


Fences of Australia. Jack Bradshaw. $25.00 Hardcover. From stone to post and rail, from the utilitarian to the sculptural, a well-built fence is a thing of beauty and a monument to workmanship. These practical but symbolic structures are part of the story of Australia. Starting with 7,000-year-old Aboriginal fish traps and ending with a look into the future in a chapter on virtual fencing, Jack Bradshaw traces the history of Australia's fences in words and pictures.

About the author

Jack Bradshaw is a retired forester from the south-west of Western Australia. He worked for the Department of Conservation and Land Management and its predecessor, the Forests Department of Western Australia, before becoming a consultant in native forest management and silviculture.

Note: this book has just arrived is stock. Five copies available immediately but we can get more if required. 

What’s On?

Wheels for the Wirraway

Wheels for the Wirraway. Nhill aerodrome Saturday, March 10th from 10am – 4pm, featuring wheels of all sorts and sizes. Entry fee $20 adult, $10 child, $50 family. It is important to note that this is a fundraising event where all the gate takings go toward the purchase of the Wirraway.

A feature of the day will be a large display of vintage cycles, along with penny farthings, motor cycles, classic cars, trucks, military vehicles, tandem bikes, unicycles, antique toys and wheels sculptures. There will be competitions for decorated bikes, skateboards and remote-controlled vehicles. Joy flights, a car boot and trailer sale, children’s activities and food stalls will all add to the festival scene. 

Jo’s Note: The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre and in particular the fundraising effort to purchase the Wirraway aircraft is something John has spent countless hours on. Grants funding has been sadly lacking and this project has received no government or grant funding. In less than two years, this community has raised $250,000 for this project, a mighty effort for a small rural town. The Wirraway will have its last flight in May when it will be flown from its current home in Tyabb to Nhill.


The diagram last week showing vehicle/caravan weights is not correct. Gross vehicle mass (GVM) includes the weight on a tow ball when a trailer is attached. Dave.

See the following link 

100 Best Things to do in Australia

I just finished writing a guide that is detailed, updated and comprehensive on the 100 Best Things to do in Australia. It is over 10,000 words and packed with practical tips and advice. Jane. 

Farina Volunteer Information – Farina SA

Happily, registrations for volunteers this year have been exceptional and some dates are now full. The head baker is still looking for bakers, mainly for weeks 7 (July 7th- 14th) and 8 (July 14th – 21st) though there are other weeks which would benefit with extra help from a baker. Please contact me if you can help. 

Anzac Day

Farina commemorates ANZAC day with a special dawn service triennially - 2018 will be the next occasion. Our War Memorial site is unique for this special event. Its situation on an elevated rocky outcrop looking towards the sun rising behind the Flinders Ranges in the far south east and its natural isolation above a river redgum creek line all contribute to this very special place. We are honored to have Robert Manton, Director of Veterans, South Australia, present with us and participating in formalities.

The Dawn Service will commence at 6.15am on Wednesday 25th April to be followed by a gunfire breakfast and address from 7.30 am.

special dedication ceremony (not ANZAC related) will be conducted at the Farina Cemetery at 10.30 am.

Site Tours for visitors will be available after lunchtime.

Further detail of campground access and parking will be circulated about 21 days prior.  Disabled access will be available by arrangement. Please advise our ANZAC Day organiser: Lindsay if you need this assistance. 

Mitchell Plateau and Mitchell Falls – Kimberley, WA. 

From the start of 2018, if you want to visit as an independent traveller, you will need a permit to access the Mitchell Plateau, called the Ngauwudu Road Zone pass or Uunguu visitor pass. The pass is valid for five days and for 2018 costs $20 per person. In 2019 the fee will increase to $45 per person.  If you are an independent bushwalker you need a Bushwalker pass.

This pass will enable us Wunambal Gaambera people to manage our land and sea Country for future generations.                 

PLEASE NOTE: There is no public internet/phone access on Wunambal Gaambera Country. It is important that you download/print all relevant passes, maps, guides and information BEFORE travel. 

Bumblebees and Robotic Visual Horizon 

The article about Bumble Bees prompted me to send you information on one of our Australian Inventions in the Millthorpe Museum. The museum was established in 1965 with one building. To celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2015 we opened a new building featuring Australian Inventions. We now have over 150 inventions and the number is still growing.  The one about bees is attached. The museum has now grown to consist some nine buildings, all completely owned and operated by the Millthorpe & District Historical Society.

Peter. President.

Robotic Visual Horizon: What has a bee's brain got to do with unmanned aircraft? In 2010, by imitating the way a honey bee sees, Queensland scientists developed a robotic visual horizon that enables an autopilot to guide an aircraft through complex aerobatic manoeuvres.

Mr Saul Thurrowgood says bees can basically see behind themselves as well as in front, up, down, left and right. They can see in all directions and can see everything in the world all at the same time which greatly simplifies understanding you know, which way up you are and what, where trees are in the environment, where the ground is.

Australian scientists have developed a novel autopilot that guides aircraft through complex aerobatic manoeuvres by watching the horizon like a honey bee. Allowing aircraft to quickly sense which way is “up” by imitating how honeybees see, engineers and researchers at The Vision Centre, Queensland Brain Institute and the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at The University of Queensland have made it possible for planes to guide themselves through extreme manoeuvres, including the loop, the barrel roll and the Immelmann turn, with speed, deftness and precision.

“Current aircraft use gyroscopes to work out their orientation, but they are not always reliable, as the errors accumulate over long distances,” said Vision Centre researcher Saul Thurrowgood.

“Our system, which takes 1000ths of a second to directly measure the position of the horizon, is much faster at calculating position, and more accurate.”

“With exact information about the aircraft’s surroundings delivered in negligible time, the plane can focus on other tasks.”

 “We have created an autopilot that overcomes the errors generated from gyroscopes by imitating a biological system – the honeybees,” says Professor Mandyam Srinivasan. “Although we don’t fully understand how these insects work, we know that they are good at stabilising themselves while making complicated flight manoeuvres by watching the horizon.” 

Jo’s Special of the Week

 Mike and Margie Leyland DVDs.

In our household, Ask The Leyland Brothers was not only a Sunday night staple, it was the inspiration for many childhood adventures (I grew up with the freedom to roam and a pushbike that would get me to the edge of the Little Desert). And who could forget that song? Mike Leyland passed away from Parkinson’s disease in 2009, aged 68. These DVDs are a piece of Outback History and once sold there will be no more. We only have 3 titles and less than 4 copies of each.

Lure of the Red Centre – DVD $19.95. Mike and Margie Leyland explore the MacDonnell Ranges, Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Rainbow Valley and Chambers Pillar.

Cape York Adventure – DVD. $19.95. Journey from Mossman Gorge through the Daintree, continuing north to Lakefield National Park and onto the tip of Cape York, including the Overland Telegraph Line track.

Trek Around the Pilbara – DVD. $19.95. A journey from Walga Rock near Cue, to north of Newman and Marble Bar, onto Millstream N.P., Wittenoom and the spectacular Karijini N.P.

Special price $15.00 each including postage. 

Carpet Python

Thanks to everyone who sent messages about the snake photo last week. It was a carpet python

Info and photo from Perth Zoo 

This handsome snake takes its name from the distinctive patterning on its skin which resembles an oriental carpet. The carpet python is a carnivore and feeds on small mammals, birds and the occasional reptile.

In the wild: The South-west Carpet Python is mainly nocturnal but is sometimes seen basking in the sun and moving about during the day. The carpet python finds shelter in areas such as hollow tree limbs, rock crevices and even the burrows of other animals.

Like many other pythons, the South-west Carpet Python cares for its eggs and keeps them warm until they hatch. After the snakes emerge from the eggs, they are left to fend for themselves.

Habitat destruction is a major threat to the South-west Carpet Python, especially with large scale development on the Swan Coastal Plain. Bushfires and predation from feral cats and foxes has also contributed to its declining populations.

python 1       python 2

Our photo from last week on the left and a photo from Perth Zoo on the right. 

Hiking the Holland Track – the final countdown

Continuing the hike along the Western Australian Goldfields Track.

We are now back on the original Holland Track. The walking is okay, but the corrugations are just as hard to negotiate walking as they are driving. The vegetation changes every day. We are now back in the woodlands, with hills and rocky outcrops. Had lunch at Victoria Rock. That means 47km to go. John and Bev drove into Coolgardie this morning to top up our water supply, but really, I think it was to buy ice-creams for everyone. Otherwise the day was unremarkable... until we watched the most glorious pink sky sunset and huge orange moonrise.

The next morning, we were up early and rearing to go. I think we can sense the finish line. Now that we are nearly finished we are both managing the walk much better. The 14kms in the morning seems easy and it is just the last 5kms in the afternoon that make us really tired. We walked to Gnarlbine Soak/Gnarlbine Rock for morning smoko.

Gnarlbine Rock

It was a shame to see the old well full of debris and rubbish but great to walk around and over the rock. This is the official end to Holland’s Track. When John Holland came through there was already an existing track into Coolgardie. We could finish now but we had already decided that our finish line would be the Coolgardie Post Office. While Judy and I are having a rest for a few minutes the rest of the crew have a game of bowls using some of the plentiful pie melons. We had an easier afternoon, making camp about 14 kms from Coolgardie. Our last bush camp. It is a bit sad. We have been camping together for four weeks now. We are looking forward to a shower though.

last camp

A few kilometres of scrubby woodland in the morning and then we are on the outskirts of town. We stop for our last chance to talk to a stumpy lizard and take a few photos before we head into town. It feels very strange to be walking on footpaths again. We can see the post office in the distance – and a welcoming committee. The regulars; John and Bev, Alan and Beryl, Rodger and friends from Horsham who had camped with us earlier. They have the red flag that we looked for each afternoon as it marked our camp and posies of flowers picked (with permission) from the local motel. Coolgardie is an interesting old mining ghost town, but I am too homesick to explore. I just want to go home. After a month of being by ourselves all these people are a bit overwhelming. (Note: Coolgardie has a population of about 850).


Beryl, Alan, Judy, Rodger, Jo, John, Bev and the camp flag. Coolgardie Post Office.

After lunch we head to Kalgoorlie and book in to the caravan park for a much-needed shower and change of clothes. Then we head to the pub for a Sunday roast meal that none of us has to squat over a camp fire to cook, and a phone call home to promise never again to set such lofty goals (no one believed me).

That is it, the challenge I set myself in the days following Daryl’s death from brain cancer has been completed. I can’t quite believe it. 585 kilometres, 27 days, more than 200 litres of drinking water (just for Judy and me), countless blisters and a gazillion mosquitoes. Eighteen months in the planning, lots of work by the back-up crew and now it is over.  (Daryl was John’s brother, Westprint business mentor and best mate to me and my brothers).

Our fundraising goal was $1500 and the current total $5419.


Rodger watching his bowling shot

Friday Funnies 

Smartphone by  Rob Hughes 

When you invited me to meet you for a meal and a chat

I thought it was a great idea, a chance to chew the fat.

It’s been a while since last we talked; it’s such a busy life,

I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to, are you keeping out of strife?


I saw you as I entered; you hadn’t changed a bit,

We smiled as I drew closer and then found a place to sit.

A waiter took our order; we were eating ‘a la carte’,

We had so much to talk about, I wondered where to start.


I was thinking up some questions that would help me break the ice,

When you reached into your pocket and pulled out this strange device.

It was small and black and shiny with a silvery looking face,

And I thought it might be some new kind of medication case.


But as I watched, you poked it then you stroked it with such care,

With the reverence one might offer to a book of common prayer.

The tiny widget was protected with a folding leather cover,

And you gazed at it so tenderly as if it were your lover.


You fondled it so softly that I had this strange sensation

That your gadget might be offering some kind of titillation.

You smiled, your features softened, I thought that you might fall asleep,

But the reverie was broken when the thing let out a BEEP.


That sure got your attention and your finger moves were swift,

You’d forgotten me entirely, and oh brother, was I miffed!

I coughed, and arched my eyebrows, made some rattles with my cup

But that machine was still your focus. I was totally fed up.


When the waiter brought our food, I saw you lay the gadget down,

Perhaps we’d start to talk now, but my smile became a frown

Because the thing had started vibrating: bzzz, bzzz, bzzz it went.

To prevent our conversation was its clandestine intent.


That brought me to my limit, and with patience at an end,

I decided that I’d leave and you’d no longer be my friend.

You didn’t even notice that I’d left you on your own,

Because your universe revolves around that sleek black mobile phone. 

© 2015 Rob Hughes


Bubba and Clyde are filling up at a petrol station and Bubba says to Clyde "I bet fuel prices are going to go even higher."

Clyde replies "Won't affect me, I always put in just $10 worth."


One day, Jill's husband came home from the office and found her sobbing convulsively.

"I feel terrible," she told him. "I was ironing your suit and I burned a

big hole in the seat of your trousers."

"Forget it," consoled her husband. "Remember that I bought an extra pair of trousers for that suit."

"Yes, and it's lucky for you that you did," said Jill, drying her eyes. "I

used them to patch the hole."


Bubba and Clyde were walking down the road and Clyde says, "Look at that dog with one eye!"

Bubba covers one eye and says, "Where?"


Maisie decided to redecorate her bedroom. She wasn't sure how many rolls of wallpaper she would need, but she knew that Buffy from next door had recently done the same job and the two rooms were identical in size.

 “Buffy," she said, "How many rolls of wallpaper did you buy for your bedroom?"

"Ten," said Buffy.

So, Maisie bought the ten rolls of paper and did the job, but she had two

rolls leftover. 

"Buffy," she said. "I bought ten rolls of wallpaper for the bedroom, but I've got two leftover!"

"Yes," said Buffy. "So did I."


The executive was interviewing a young recruit for a position in his company. He wanted to find out something about their personality, so he asked, "If you could have a conversation with any person, living or dead, who would that be?"

The quick response, "The living one."

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