Friday Five Newsletter 2018.4.13

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Westprint Friday Five  Friday April 13th 2018

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

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Friday Five Books

  1. Tom Wills – The man most often credited with creating the game now known as Australian Rules Football. Greg de Moore. Sent to the strict British Rugby School in 1850 at fourteen, Tom returned as a worldly young man whose cricket prowess quickly captured the hearts of Melburnians. But away from the adoring crowds, in the desolation of the Queensland outback, he experienced first-hand the devastating effects of racial tension when his father was murdered in the biggest massacre of Europeans by Aboriginal people. Yet five years later, Tom coached the first Aboriginal cricket team. Tom Wills lived hard and fast, challenging authority on and off the field. Greg de Moore has carefully pieced together Tom's life, giving us an extraordinary portrait of the life and times of one of our first sporting heroes, a man who lived by his own rules and whose contribution to Australian history has endured for more than 150 years. Soft cover, 378pp. We have two copies only of the larger trade paperback size. These copies contain colour photos not included in the current print run. $25.00 plus post.
  2. Women of the Land - Liz Harfull. $23.00. Eight rural women and their remarkable everyday lives Making your living from the land in Australia is not for the faint-hearted. Isolation, hard physical work, long hours and the vagaries of drought, floods and fire make it a challenging environment for any farmer. But how do you cope when you are a woman in what is traditionally a man’s world? Women of the Land brings together the heart-warming stories of eight rural women spread across Australia who run their own farms, capturing their ways of life, their personal struggles and their remarkable achievements. Often juggling the demands of raising a family, they have overcome tragedy, personal fears, physical exhaustion and more than a little scepticism to build vibrant futures that sustain them and their families. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they all share several things in common? genuine humility, a passion for farming, and a deep, spiritual connection to the land which sustains them. This is the inspiring story of eight rural women and their remarkable everyday lives.
  3. In Just Five Years. Kevin O’Reilly $45.00. A valuable historical reference for RAAF operations in Nhill: its establishment as a training base with No 2 Air Observers (Navigators) School, the early presence of No 1 Operational Training Unit & No 97 Reserve Squadron, and finally Air Armament and Gas School. The book draws you in with its recollections of a childhood in Nhill in the lead up to and during WWII. It goes on to be a chronicle of the quintessential Australian town during the war years. First published in 2009
  4. In Australian Tropics. $40.00. Searcy led an adventurous life as a customs officer in the Northern Territory in the 1880s. He relates his experiences of the North, buffalo and crocodile hunting, the natives, Chinese, history of the early settlements, and more. Facsimile edition of the book originally printed in 1909. 374pp. Hard Cover.
  5. A Fortunate Life - DVD 2 Disc set. $19.95. At eight years old, an impoverished Bert Facey was forced to start the backbreaking, dawn-to-dusk life of a farm labourer. Unschooled, his father dead, abandoned by his mother, by the age of twenty he had survived the rigours of pioneering the harsh Australian bush and the slaughter of the bloody WWI campaign at Gallipoli. Adapted from A.B. Facey's best-selling autobiographical novel, this is the extraordinary tale of an ordinary Aussie battler, and remains one of the great Australian miniseries.

Notes from the Office

Firstly, a thank you to everyone who showed such great interest in the Gold Escort Route book that we recently published. This had been another of John's pet projects over 20+ years and to see it come to fruition with such interest was fantastic.

Secondly, if anyone has found it difficult to get into our shopping cart over the last day or so, please bear with us. We were made aware of possible "brute force" attacks on many business web sites. To combat this we asked our web site company to add another level of security to our site.

While that sounded great, there were a couple of unintended consequences that we're still trying to iron out:

If you are a registered customer in our shopping cart you will need to sign into your account, using the sign in link in the black bar at the top right of your screen, before you get to the shopping cart. Currently the extra information required is case sensitive and we are trying to change this to avoid possible confusion between letters and numbers. eg. capital I can be confused with a number 1 for instance.

For anyone else who has previously used the shopping cart as a Guest, (either once or several times) won't notice any difference with future transactions.

Friday Forum

Information Wanted

Whilst in Narrandera recently, I noticed on the Sturt memorial that when the party got back there from the Murray mouth, their provisions were running low, so they sent a couple of men off to get supplies. From where? In 1830, I would have thought that there were no settlers in that area. That statement has me puzzled. Doug.

Wirraway 722

  • We called into Westprint recently and then on the Saturday morning we had an enjoyable time at the aerodrome at the fundraising day for the Wirraway. You haven’t mentioned the amount raised on the day towards the purchase of the Wirraway. I am sure a lot of Friday Five readers would be very interested. Stuart.
  • Many of our readers will know that John has been coordinating a fundraising effort to buy an aeroplane on behalf of the Nhill community. Nhill had an operational air base during WWII, and one of the aircraft used was the Wirraway. I’ll tell the story of the other aircraft next week.

The Wirraway was the first mass produced aircraft built in Australia and 755 were built at Port Melbourne. They were too slow for combat and so difficult to handle that many crashed but they were valuable as training aircraft. Of the few remaining after the war, most were melted down for the aluminium they contained.

Wirraway 722 a rare aircraft, one of only four airworthy Wirraways in Australia. It will be maintained to taxiing status but will not remain airworthy once it lands at Nhill. This is a stipulation of the purchase from Borg Sorenson, the man who invested 18 years in rebuilding this pristine aircraft from parts gathered up from all over the country with a lot of parts coming from the Wimmera. Borg wishes this aircraft to remain an example of Australian engineering for generations to come.

Wheels for the Wirraway’ mentioned by Stuart above was the last major fundraising event. It is worth noting that all of the money raised has come from small local businesses, local families and from what we call ‘the chook raffle fundraisers’. The Wheels event raised approximately $11,000 on the day with another $10,000 donations pledged. This leaves just $10,000 to be raised.

Now that the finish line is in sight, the last flight of Wirraway 722 from its current home at Tyabb to its new forever home at Nhill is planned for April 28, weather permitting.

Anzac Girls

Last week we listed the book Anzac Girls as one of the Friday Five Featured books. Scott sent this interesting back story.

The Anzac Girls Book and miniseries on ABC revolved around a main character Sister Alice Ross King.  Sister Ross King has a direct link to my Scout Hall in Lang Lang.

Last year we named our Scout Hall “The Appleford Memorial Scout Hall” in honour or Dr. Sydney and Sister Appleford (nee Ross King) who were the Doctor and Sister in Lang Lang between WW1 and WW2.

In a nutshell Sister Alice Ross King and her fiancé enlisted at the outbreak of WWI as this was going to be a grand adventure.  Unfortunately, her fiancé was killed in action after approximately 12 months. Sister Ross King was devastated and remained single dedicating her efforts to the service of wounded servicemen.

She is still Australia’s most highly decorated female service woman having received a Military Cross and Florence Nightingale Medal and Royal Red Cross Medal for her services during WWI.

At the end of WWI Sister Ross King was assigned to a medical transport ship to return with sick and injured servicemen to Australia. On this ship was a surgeon by the name of Sydney Appleford. They met and a romance blossomed. They were married upon their return to Australia and settled in the small West Gippsland Township of Lang Lang in 1919, remaining here until the late 1930s.

Dr Appleford was a member of the Lang Lang RSL Sub Branch and Sister Appleford was awarded Life Membership of the Sub Branch. In 1936 the RSL realised that there was a need for Scouting within our community and Dr Appleford and Sister Appleford purchased and donated the land and then the hall to create the Scout Group. The hall is a former WWI Army Camp Barrack.  We are still in this same hall. As it is now about 100 years old it was given a complete makeover and renovation last year.  Dr Appleford became our Group Leader and helped create a lasting legacy within our community.

In honour of the significant contribution that the Appleford’s made to our Scout Group and the broader Lang Lang Community, we dedicated the refurbished hall in their name last year and we were honoured to have 16 members of the Appleford family attend the day and unveil the plaques and historical information on our hall.  The family has now created a perpetual award for our Scout Group in honour of Dr and Sister Appleford.  A highlight of the day was the planting of an Anzac Remembrance Rosemary Bush at the front of the Scout Hall.

At the outbreak of WWII both Dr and Sister Appleford reenlisted in the Army and served throughout the war.  Dr Appleford retired with the rank of Lieutenant Col. and Sister Appleford as a Major.

Travellers passing Lang Lang are welcome to stop at the Scout Hall in Oxford Street (Caravan Parking out the front) and look at the historical signage on the outside of our hall. Yours in Scouting, Scott Hamilton, Group Leader 1st Lang Lang Scout Group. Prepare for Adventure – Prepare for Life

One Crowded Hour

I Just noticed you are advertising the book "One Crowded Hour." The full quote (page ix),

Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife,

Throughout the sensual world proclaim,

One crowded hour of glorious life

Is worth an age without a name.

Mordaunt (1730-1809) during the Seven Year War.

is an inspiration to anyone who wants to live life to the full, to push boundaries but within normal limits and constraints of civilised morals and mores. Tim Bowden writes with an easy yet eloquent style that allows even the least interested in biography to enjoy and assimilate Neil Davis life and extraordinary yet down to earth journalist doing his job within the bounds of reason. He fits in well with the Balboa Five as heroes of Australian journalism.

The book is not only an exceptional experience but compulsory reading for people interested in Australian journalism. No jingoism, no bombast, no propaganda just truth, sincerity and integrity in pictures. An example to journalists and journalism everywhere. An example to people who want to live life to the full within reasonable expectations. One Crowded Hour and Catch 22 are books I reread frequently. Dieter

PS my library contains 3 copies just in case a copy lent does not return.

I agree with Dieter. This is a book that I have read several times as well, it is a compelling read. Jo.

The Bundian Way

  • In last week’s FF there was a comment on the Bundian Way. I read quite a good book on this ancient aboriginal pathway last year - On Track tells the story of John Blay’s long-distance search for the Bundian Way, an important Aboriginal pathway between Mt Kosciuszko and Twofold Bay near Eden on the New South Wales far south coast. The 360-kilometre route traverses some of the nation’s most remarkable landscapes, from the highest place on the continent to the ocean. This epic bushwalking story uncovers the history, country and rediscovery of this significant track. Now heritage-listed, and thanks to the work of Blay and local Indigenous communities, the Bundian Way is set to be one of the great Australian walks.  Richard

on track

This is not a book we normally keep in stock, but we can order it in for anyone who would like a copy $40.00 plus post. Email 

Carolyn’s Friday Find

This week I have found a couple of Trade Paperbacks. A Trade Paperback is larger than a standard paperback book. The paper is better quality, the binding more secure and the photo quality is much better. Often when books are reprinted in normal paperback size the photo section is left out completely. The two books I have found are;

Tom Wills. Greg de Moore. See description in F. F. books above. One trade paperback copy only $33.00 plus post.

Women of the Land. See description in F. F. books above. One trade paperback copy only $33.00 plus post.

To order please email

What’s On?

It's on again! The iconic Bangtail Muster will be held again on Monday 7th May from 10.00 am. Alice Springs. Parade route is Memorial Club Carpark travelling down Gap Road, Todd St, Todd Mall to Wills Tce & finishing at Anzac Oval Car Park. The theme this year is "Celebration of Youth"

The first Bangtail Muster Parade was held in March 1959, run by the Chamber of Commerce aided by a pound for pound subsidy from the Minister of Territories. The parade was along Todd Street, similar to the same route used today. So successful was the parade that it became an annual event with the then newly – chartered Rotary Club of Alice Springs taking over the running of the Bangtail Muster parade with associated events, as a project in 1961.

The Rotary Club of Alice Springs acknowledges the wonderful support of our local community in supporting the annual Bangtail Muster Parade.

Australian Celtic Festival. Glen Innes, 3-6 May 2018. Every year crowds descend on Glen Innes (population 9000) for the Australian Celtic Festival. They are attracted by the unique Celtic experience, the opportunity to meet with friends and to enjoy famous country hospitality.

The Festival attracts clans, cultural groups, dancers and performers from around the world. Visitors experience Celtic music and dance at four stages at the Festival’s main venue, the Australian Standing Stones, and in many venues around town.

The Australian Standing Stones are an array of granite monoliths often shrouded in autumn mists. You definitely don’t want to miss rising at dawn and to listen to the haunting skirl of pipes amidst the stones.

The four-day Festival features entertainment that includes a street parade, kirking of the Tartan, massed pipe bands, re-enactment village, buskers, workshops, yard dog trials, children’s entertainment, a fun run, dancing, flag raising ceremonies, poet breakfasts, market stalls and Celtic foods.

Each year’s Festival celebrates one of the Celtic nations.

The 2018 Festival will honour Brittany, Galicia & Asturias and will run from Thursday 3rd May to Sunday 6th May with a few surprises planned.

Come experience this unique Festival in the spectacularly colourful Autumn that is a highlight of our cool New England climate.

Friday Funnies

A fire started on some grasslands near a farm. The country fire department was called to put out the fire. The fire was more than the country fire department could handle. Someone suggested that a nearby volunteer bunch be called. Despite some doubt that the volunteer outfit would be of any assistance, the call was made.

The volunteers arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck. They rumbled straight toward the fire, drove right into the middle of the flames and stopped! The firemen jumped off the truck and frantically started spraying water in all directions. Soon they had snuffed out the centre of the fire, breaking the blaze into two easily-controlled parts.

Watching all this, the farmer was so impressed with the volunteer fire department's work and was so grateful that his farm had been spared, that right there on the spot he presented the volunteers with a cheque for $1,000.

A local news reporter asked the volunteer fire captain what the department planned to do with the funds. "That oughtta be obvious, " he responded, wiping ashes off his coat. "The first thing we're gonna do is get the brakes fixed on that truck!"

Two cannibals eating a clown. One says to the other "Does this taste funny to you?"

Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.

It's strange, isn't it. You stand in the middle of a library and go 'Aaaaaaagghhhh' and everyone just stares at you. But you do the same thing on an aeroplane, and everyone joins in".

"You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said 'Parking Fine.' So that was nice."

Should you trust a stockbroker who's married to a travel agent?

Is boneless chicken considered to be an invertebrate?

Do married people live longer than single people or does it just SEEM longer?

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

If all those psychics know the winning lottery numbers, why are they all still working?

Isn't the best way to save face to keep the lower part shut?

War doesn't determine who's right, just who's left.

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