Friday Five Newsletter 2018.3.16

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Westprint Friday Five Friday March 16th 2018

From Allan. ‘If I get there first, I’ll put a stone on top of the post. If you get there first, you knock it off’.

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Friday Five Books

  1. Burke & Wills - Fitzsimons. $49.95. (See review in last week’s Weekly Times newspaper).

    Melbourne, 20 August 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels. Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people. In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills, Charley Gray and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale. Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in our nation's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling. 

  2. White Divers of Broome. $24.95. In 1912 Broome was as much Asian as Australian, filled with the smell of unfamiliar spices and a babel of competing languages. It was a frontier town, where racial tensions simmered uneasily between whites, Asians and Aborigines; age-long inhabitants of the land around Broome who had been originally forced to skin-dive for shells, but who were now displaced and discarded as it became harder to find.

    In that year, twelve British Royal Navy-trained divers and their tenders were sent to Broome, urged on by a Federal Government deep in the grip of the 'White Australia' policy and anxious to rid the country of the last remaining Asian 'taint'. Their task was to master the perilous art of pearl-shell diving, and overcome the Asian stranglehold on the pearling industry, proving once and for all the supremacy of the white man over the coloured.

    The White Divers of Broome tells the extraordinary story of this experiment, and its fatal aftermath. Set against the backdrop of Broome, it vividly conjures up a world where lanes and slums teemed with hawkers, noodle stalls, opium dens and prostitutes more redolent of Asia than Australia; and where pearl shell mattered more than human life. The White Divers of Broome is a gripping narrative, and a window on a past that echoes with many of the same fears, prejudices and hopes as our society today.

  3. Telegraph Tourists. $19.95. The first successful north - south crossing of Australia by motor vehicle was completed in 1908. Few had done it since. In 1929 Frank Wright repeated this feat and kept a daily diary. First published in 1993.

  4. And Some Found Graves. $16.50. Compiled by A.J Thompson. I found Johnny Aspinall's grave by chance in February 1980 while prospecting at Hawks Nest, about 15km west of Laverton in the Mt Margaret Goldfields of Western Australia. Johnny began his diary in 1895 as he left his native New Zealand and his last entry was made in 1896 one prior to his death when he was struck by lightning. Ironically, his last entry mentioned that there were thunderstorms around." 87pp. First published in 2002.

  5. Mad Magpie. $27.95. Free Postage. Hard cover - 32 pages. Age range 3 to 6. Mad Magpie is the third book in this successful series of morality tales from Gregg Dreise. Inspired by wise sayings and the knowledge of his Elders, Mad Magpie tells the story of Guluu, an angry magpie who is being teased by a gang of butcher birds. The more he is teased, the angrier he becomes. When Guluu seeks advice, his Elders tell him to stay calm like the river, ignore the butcher birds and to be strong on the inside. Guluu tries this, but the cheeky birds just laugh at him. One day, when Guluu is at the river looking for worms, the butcher birds arrive and steal his food. He remembers the words of his Elders and he tries again and this time Guluu has a different outcome. He stands proudly at the riverbank and remembers how he used to sing when he was having a bad day. Guluu sings so loud he cannot hear the birds laughing at him and they eventually give up and fly away. From that time on, the animals learnt to use music to create a happy mood and they worked together to stop bullying.

Friday Forum

Historic Happenings Menindee Lakes

I was exploring the Kinchega National Park and the Menindee Lakes complex in November last year with another intrepid traveller. That being Alison who submitted the mystery object article (pile driver weight) located at the old Kinchega Homestead in a previous edition of Friday Five. While wandering the roads between the main Menindee Lake and the Cawndilla Lake complex we came across a large pile of very old rusting machinery.  Perhaps the track we were on was one of those Management Vehicle Only (MVO) tracks however I clearly do not remember seeing any signs.


To be more accurate with the location the old gear is located north of the Morton Boulka Day Use Area which is marked on the local maps. A trail heads from the Lake Drive Track in a north westerly direction on the spit or peninsular of dunes that separate the two lakes. A distance of approximately 4 kms. There is not a lot of mystery about the objects in this case. If you peruse the accompanying photos you will see that some of the gear is old railway trucks. Some other objects appear to be old mining ore trolleys. The mystery is more about why these objects are out here in the wilderness so to speak. There is no indication that a railway line ran near here. The current railway tracks are some 20 kms or so at Menindee.


We visited the local pub on our trip to try and find out more information, as one does.  Now, the crusty gentleman we were referred to had quite a story about how the objects got there.  However, in the interests of sound reporting it would be good to see what other information is out there.  In due course the detail supplied for the cost of a couple of beers will be revealed.


What’s On?

Roma's Easter in the Country. Roma, Qld. 29 March 2018 - 2nd April. Free Entry. Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

The festival offers a range of activities for the thrill-seeker, the cultural buff, and for those that like to take things a little more leisurely.

The event gives an opportunity for the residents of Roma to invite their relatives and friends to spend a long weekend in the country to enjoy the atmosphere and friendliness that Roma and the Maranoa has to offer.

Yackandandah Folk Festival, Vic. March 23-25, 2018.

Attend this fun orientated festival, only 28kms from Wodonga, showcasing a variety of entertainment such as song, dance, theatre, film, poetry, food, literature, visual arts and music. Range of prices for tickets ($100 for three-day pass).

About Yackandandah.

Hume and Hovell passed through the Yackandandah valleys in 1824, not long before the area was first settled in about 1837. After the gold finds of 1852 the Yackandandah Creek and its tributaries were peppered with alluvial sites. Many tent towns came and went, but the Yackandandah site, among others, flourished. Shops were established, and then services, banks, churches, post and transport.

In 1856 the township was surveyed; land sales began in the following year and substantial buildings were constructed. The town retains a wealth of its Victorian architecture, and picturesque tree lined streets.

Many buildings, sites, trees and the commercial core of town are now listed by the Australian Heritage Commission, Heritage Victoria and the National Trust.

The local rural farming landscapes are another reason to visit the area – some of the farming practices date back many decades. You will see Monet type haystacks believe it or not, and rolling hillsides, olive groves, vineyards, mountains and much more. The North East is a positive cornucopia of views to delight the eye and the senses. The National Trust say about Yackandandah, “The existence of such an intact and well-preserved example of a 19th century mining-based township is of great significance and should be protected. The highlights of Yackandandah are its location nestled in the folds of the surrounding hilly ranges, the compactness of the town layout clustered in a valley, the character and scale of the historic buildings along the main street which is lined by mature exotic trees”. Along with Beechworth, Chiltern and Rutherglen, Yackandandah offers fantastically well preserved historic townships, uniquely retained and bursting with character.

Carolyn’s Book Special

I’ve been working on re-stocking the shelves at Westprint and found two copies of the book Maybe Tomorrow that have slight damage on the front covers. The damage can only be seen when you hold the covers in the right light, but we will make these two at a special price of $18.00 plus post (normally $25) 


Maybe Tomorrow. This is a new anniversary edition of Boori Monty Pryor's life, his pain, his joy, and his hopes, and is as powerful now as it was when it was first published in 1998. Boori Monty Pryor's career path has taken him from the Aboriginal fringe camps of his birth to the catwalk, the basketball court, the DJ console, and now to performance and story-telling around the country. With writer and photographer Meme McDonald, Boori leads you along the paths he has traveled, pausing to meet his family and friends, while sharing the story of his life, his pain, and his hopes, with humor and compassion.

"Play the white man's game but stay black while you're doing it."

Boori Monty Pryor.

Second Hand Selection

Price of the following books includes postage in Australia. These books are not available on our website. To order any of these second-hand books send an email to If more than one person requests any book a ballot will be held on Monday. 

power  retreat  four legged  vanished  mantle

Power Without Glory. Frank Hardy In the history of Australian literature few books have been so controversial than Frank Hardy's Power Without Glory. It is a thinly veiled description of the rise to power of real life figure John Wren (in the book 'John West'). Some other people alluded to in the book include Tommy Bent, Sir Samuel Gillott, the gangster Squizzy Taylor and Archbishop Daniel Mannix. This is a tale of corruption stretching from street corner SP bookmaking to the most influential men in the land - and the terrible personal cost of the power such corruption brings. Was John West a real figure? For months during the post-war years, an Australian court heard evidence in a sensational libel action brought by businessman John Wren's wife. After a national uproar which rocked the very foundations of the Commonwealth, Frank Hardy was acquitted. This is the novel which provoked such intense uproar and debate across the nation. The questions it poses remain unanswered. Paperback in fair condition. $12.00 inc post. 

Retreat Australia Fair. Frank Hardy in association with Truthful Jones. The themes in this book range from how politicians fix elections to why dingoes prefer younger women. Softcover in good condition. Published in 1990. $15.00 inc post.

Four Legged Lottery. Frank Hardy. This book draws the reader into the bitter world of the Australian Depression and into two worlds at once – the cold, narrow world of jail, and the carless, warm-blooded but corrupt world of the race track. Paperback in good condition. All pages are intact but will need careful handling to keep it that way. $12.00 inc post. 

The Vanished People. Ion Idriess. Author’s Note: You and I have been yarning together for a long time now. Let’s come to a still closer understanding. As you read this book – think! The first few stories call for no effort. You may not agree with my line of reasoning and be able to think out a better way of solving the problems mentioned. The story of the Aboriginal cave paintings and the vanished people, and speculation on whether the Aborigine really has a written sign language of his own will give you opportunity for thought. But you must think really hard when you come to the chapter ‘Facets of the mind’ and the fascinating miracles I feel sure lie deep within each and every one of us. Hardcover in fair condition. Missing dust jacket, spine faded. First edition. 1955.

Mantle of Safety. Jane F Harley. The Flying Doctor Service. Hardcover in good condition. With dust jacket. Ex-library with stamps and stickers. $28.00 inc post. 


This morning I took the graphic to our caravan coffee group and asked their opinion. A wealth of knowledge here - this mob regularly solve all the world's problems.

Mixed reaction, still some confusion. So, I asked them what confused them, answer: the caravan appeared coupled to the tow vehicle which would have had the ball weight added twice. Fair comment, so I have air brushed a gap in Richard's graphic, this solved that problem.

The second area of confusion was the meanings of the acronyms GVM, GTM, ATM and GCM and the legal ramifications that went with them.

The definitions can easily be obtained from a number of web sites- I prefer to use the AL-KO web site "Without a Hitch" as AL-KO are heavily involved in trailer suspension and load carrying and probably know what they are talking about. In case you wish to carry on with the "unwinnable" those definitions are as follows: -

GVM=Gross Vehicle Mass (or weight). This one is pretty straight forward, basically it is the tare or kerb weight of the vehicle plus everything you put in it, bull bars, tow bars, duel batteries, all fuel, oils, accessories etc.

 And that means your "slab" as well. Add the weight of the downward load (ball weight) on the draw bar if towing.

GTM=Gross Towing (or Trailer) Mass (or weight). This is the mass of the van (trailer) loaded with the maximum weight recommended by the van (trailer) manufacturer as it sits on a weighbridge coupled to the tow vehicle.

ATM=Aggregate Trailer (or van) Mass. This is the total mass (weight) of a loaded trailer as it sits on a weighbridge unhooked from the tow vehicle. Manufacturers often quote ATM as it will always be higher than GTM (ATM=GTM plus ball weight) and will equate to the maximum weight your vehicle will be towing.

Tare Weight. We can, I think, assume this term is pretty well understood by all. Basically, it is the weight of the tow vehicle or van/trailer as it came from the factory, again a precise definition can be obtained from several sources e.g. RTA or web. Russ.  


Friday Funnies

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.

As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly,

"May I ask what the turkey did?"  

Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water

I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

I find it ironic that the colours red, white and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body... men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.

A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That's your common sense leaving your body.

Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that!

I think my neighbour is stalking me as she's been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.

Money talks ...but all mine ever says is good-bye.

You're not fat, you're just easier to see.

If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a car payment.

My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I'm pretty sure she was hitting on me.

My 60-year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I'm worried about the 70 kilos I've gained since then.

Maccas has a slogan, "If it's your birthday, the meal is on us." If you're in Maccas and it's your birthday, your life sucks!

The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today. I'm pretty sure she's going to get me something.

The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a dressing gown before you start looking like a mental patient

Money can't buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!

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