Friday Five Newsletter 2018.5.11

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Westprint Friday Five Friday May 11th 2018

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.

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Friday Five Books

  1. NEW. Dragon & Kangaroo. $33.00. Robert Macklin. The fascinating story of the Chinese presence in and influence on this country - our intertwined history from colonial times to today. Chinese 'presence' in Australia extends from well before the time of Captain Cook - trading with northern Australia long before Europeans came here - right through to the present day, with Chinese activities ranging from being the main customer for our iron ore, to their very extensive intelligence operations here. Robert Macklin, bestselling and critically acclaimed author of HAMILTON HUME and DARK PARADISE, has traced a new history of the two nations. Macklin's engrossing narrative reaches from pre-colonial times, to John Macarthur's 'coolie' shepherds, the only Chinese bushranger, Sam Pu, and the multiple atrocities committed against the Chinese in the gold rush; through to the 20th century, where the two Australians - 'Morrison of Peking' and William Donald - played a significant role in the downfall of the last Chinese emperor and the creation of the first republic, before World War II and decades of Cold War brinkmanship; to our current economic bonds and Australia's role in the dangerous geopolitics of the South China Sea. 
  2. NEW. A Nurse On The Edge Of The Desert. $43.95. Andrew Cameron grew up in the Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, and came to nursing after several years working at a range of jobs. When not working in a war-zone or post-conflict zone, he is the sole medical practitioner in Birdsville, Australia, on the edge of the Simpson Desert and home of the famous Birdsville Races. 'Currently I am working in an operating theatre of a military hospital. There is no running water. From time to time I have to go in a light plane and retrieve people from afar. The case yesterday near the Ethiopian border was a small boy who had been shot in the jaw and the bullet went down through the shoulder. Later today I have to go and retrieve two other gunshot-wounded patients and a man who has been bitten by a tiger. They are sending me tomorrow to Kodok on Upper Nile, to work in a small hospital in opposition territory, so that will be interesting; well, not dull at least.' So writes Red Cross Nurse and New Zealander Andrew Cameron, winner of the coveted Florence Nightingale Medal. 
  3. My Outback Life. $33.00.  Having grown up on the massive Killarney cattle station near Katherine, NT, Toni Tapp Coutts was well prepared when her husband, Shaun, took a job at McArthur River Station in the Gulf Country, 600 kilometres away near the Queensland border. Toni became cook, counsellor, housekeeper and nurse to the host of people who lived on McArthur River and the constant stream of visitors. She created the Heartbreak Bush Ball and started riding campdraft in rodeos all over the Territory, becoming one of the NT's top riders. In the midst of this busy life she raised three children, saw them through challenges; dealt with snakes in her washing basket, kept in touch with her large, sprawling Tapp family, and fell deeply in love with the Gulf Country. Filled with the warmth and humour readers will remember from A SUNBURNT CHILDHOOD, this next chapter will introduce readers to a part of Australia few have experienced. 
  4. NEW. A Record in Stone. $50.00. Book & CD. This is a comprehensive investigation into the different ways in which archaeologists use flaked stone artefacts as a basis for reconstructing the distant human past. The authors not only describe the range of flaked stone artefact forms recovered from Australian archaeological sites, but also place Australian studies alongside the major international theories surrounding the description of stone artefacts. The book features: extensive analysis, clear and succinct definitions of technical terms and extensive use of illustrations; worked examples illustrating how collections of flakes, cores and rolls are analysed and interpreted; over 130 black-and-white labelled images of actual artefacts; an accompanying CD featuring over 450 colour images of artefacts; an up-to-date review of key theoretical approaches to flaked stone artefact analysis; an assessment of this historical development of Australian stone artefact studies; Australian perspective on the major international theoretical debates in the often controversial area of stone artefact studies. Two copies in stock. We can get more but supplies are limited.
  5. NEW. Simply Ing. Helen Ing Nellie. $18.00. Born Ellie Nellie on an Aboriginal reserve in Western Australia’s south west, she was nicknamed Ing by her family. Removed from her loving parents under government policy at the age of five, Ing was placed in a mission and denied her heritage. Her name was changed to Helen, and she needed all her strength to survive. When Ing’s parents died, she had the responsibility of her younger brother and sister. Returning to her community on a nearby reserve when the mission closed, Ing learnt what it meant to be Noongar after being brought up as a whitefella. Her family taught her culture and language. Ing has lived through many family tragedies. Her honest experiences reflect her indomitable spirit and give insight into the lives of Aboriginal people. 

Friday Forum

Editor’s comments in green. 

Irukandji Warning – North West WA


Irukandji jellyfish warning.

Irukandji jellyfish have been sighted and cases of Irukandji Syndrome been reported along the Ningaloo Reef and in Exmouth Gulf.

If you are travelling in the area please take caution swimming, fishing, walking along beaches or engaging in any other marine activity. 

People should:

- avoid touching jellyfish of any species

- cover bare skin by wearing a stinger suit, rash shirt or wetsuit to reduce the risk of being stung

- be able to recognise Irukandji jellyfish

- make yourself aware of the signs and symptoms of Irukandji Syndrome, and

- understand what to do in the case of a suspected sting.


Species of Irukandji along the Ningaloo Coast and Exmouth Gulf

A relatively small Irukandji jellyfish (likely to be Malo bella) has been reported in Exmouth Gulf, Muiron Islands and in the open ocean west of Tantabiddi since March this year.  Malo bella has clear cube shaped bells (typically the size of a finger or thumbnail) with one thin trailing tentacle on each of the four corners. These jellyfish can be very hard to see in the water.  A second and much larger species, Keesingia gigas, was recorded along the Ningaloo Coast in 2016 and 2017 with isolated reports from 2018. Keesingia gigas has elongated, clear, cube-shaped bells 10 – 15 cm in diameter and 20 –  40 cm long with one short paddle-like tentacle on each of the four corners. Both species can cause Irukandji Syndrome. 

Symptoms and signs of Irukandji Syndrome

The initial sting from an Irukandji jellyfish may vary in intensity. Stings from the smaller species may be minor and go unnoticed as nothing more than a minor irritant, while stings from the larger Keesingia gigas have resulted in excruciating pain in some patients at the sting site. Further signs and symptoms may not be immediate and generally appear between five to 45 minutes after the initial sting. These may include (but are not limited to) severe generalised muscle pain (particularly back pain), headache, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, restlessness, breathing difficulties, sweating and elevated blood pressure. 

First Aid

According to the Australian Resuscitation Council, if Irukandji Syndrome is suspected, urgent medical assistance is required.

- Follow the principles of DRSABCD (Danger, Response, Send for help, Airways, Breathing, CPR, Defibrillation).

Liberally douse or spray the area with vinegar for 30 seconds (do not rinse the area with fresh water).

- Transport to hospital.

- If symptoms and signs do not develop, it is recommended that the patient should remain out of the water and be monitored in a safe location for at least 45 minutes. 

Reducing the risk

The risk of being stung or the severity of a sting can be reduced by wearing stinger suits or rash shirts made of nylon or lycra, or wetsuits. Any bare skin, especially hands, feet and the face may still be at risk if they are not covered.

If you suspect you have seen an Irukandji jellyfish, please do not touch it under any circumstances. Please report any sighting to Parks and Wildlife Service on 9947 8000. 

Mystery Objects - Victoria 


Does anyone know what these cairns are? The photo was taken in the Toombullup State Forest, north eastern Victoria.  There’s seven cairns in an ad hoc manner, in very rough country. The largest of the stones would weigh about 500kg. Doug. 

Correction to last week’s quote

I can’t completely agree with last week’s quotation. It would be true for some men whereas replacing the word greatness with depravity would be true for at least a few men. I would suggest that greatness be replaced with character.  


Great idea Bert, this is much better…

A man’s dreams are an index to his character. 

Desert Parks Bulletin - SA

4 May 2018.

Please note that Warburton Crossing is closed due to flooding. 

Be aware that the annual grading of the tracks in Witjira National Park and the Public Access Routes along the Oodnadatta Track takes place in May and June of each year. 

Tallaringa Conservation Park

Future closures of the Anne Beadell Highway by the Department of Defence are 3 – 30 June 2018, 1 October - 10 November 2018, and 1 – 29 April 2019. 

When the park is open, in addition to a DEWNR entry/camping permit or a Desert Parks Pass, a tourist access permit is also required to access this area from the Department of Defence.  Details can be found at 

Information – Oodnadatta Track 

For Robert re Oodnadatta Track:

Marree to William Creek to Coober Pedy – the road is usually in very good condition. It is a top-quality road dirt road, so you can estimate your drive time at 80kph. Marree to Coward Springs - 130kms (our place) allow 2 hours. Coward Springs to William Creek 77kms allow 1 hour. William Creek to Coober Pedy approx. 200kms allow 3 hours. Then add time for stops of course.

Rain changes the condition of the roads and as it can rain any time of the year (or not at all like the last 6 months) the best thing to do is to check out the Dept website for road conditions or call 1800 361 033. There are also large sign boards at the exit of each town with current road closures (sometimes they are out of action!). And you can always ask a local.

Travellers do have different views as to what a road is like and what I find is that it depends on how familiar they are with dirt roads – so you may get a range of responses if you ask fellow travellers – from no worries you can drive at 100kph (don’t) to it’s terrible! Any dirt road is fine as long as you ‘drive to the conditions’.

And last but not least, I’d like to add that there is a certain etiquette to driving dirt roads that many travellers increasingly don’t seem to have heard of. If you see an approaching vehicle you need to SLOW down and move over to the edge of the road. That way you’ll avoid showering them with stones and perhaps breaking their windscreen. And the same goes for overtaking - do it with awareness of wind direction and trying not to leave behind a cloud of rocks and dust as you pass. You can always wave too! Prue. 

When travelling the Oodnadatta Track you should always call at Coward Springs. If you are not camping you can have a look around the place. The entry fee is just $2 each for day visitors. 

Coward Springs Campground was once a station on the old Ghan railway line. The site was constructed in 1888 and abandoned before the line was closed in 1980. Many of the campsites are in the shade and shelter of historic trees including date palms; others are amongst more recently planted native trees. The facilities have been built from recycled railway materials with some surprising details, including artwork. There is also a 'natural spa' and a museum (open April to late October) that will make you want to stay longer. 

Loss of campsites - Queensland 

I hate to bother you with this missive, but recently a local council has fined a couple who have been caravanning at Norval Park (north of Bundaberg).

They had been visiting there for twelve years.

This park has a chequered history in that it was access to the beach and dunes both north and south but with the collusion of the Council and Queensland Sugar, a foreign owned company, has closed all but a small rectangle of land.

I've taken the fight up to them in the past when it first happened but with no public support my foray was easily defeated. I'm quite convinced that the fight is lost due to public apathy. I'm still flailing from a reclining position. The park was once advertised as a camp site where you could have your pets - a rarity even then.

The following is a nostalgic response. Dieter. 

When I was a youngster I camped alone or with my friends under canvas or under the stars in national parks where facilities were limited. As I grew up and started to earn some money I bought a tent from an Army surplus store which I shared with my friends, camping in a national park where facilities were limited.

We took advantage of the off-peak ticket discount and for a paltry sum caught a train to the city limits and hiked to a beach, or a suitable water hole. Or we were dropped off by parents and collected a week or a fortnight later.

Not until my parents helped me to buy a Vespa motor scooter could my lanky mate and I, with a tent packed between us, camp in national parks without parental help. 

This I did until I bought my own car. My mate and I could now lash our surfboards to the roof of my brand-new Beetle and travel further afield and camp in national parks attached to beaches where facilities were limited.

One night we used an existing ‘tent’ post only to find attached to it a sign: “No Camping! By order …”

That was the beginning …

I married when I was 21 and our camping style changed. We could afford a ground-sheet and zip together sleeping bags, later a double swag and we travelled and swagged out in national parks where facilities were limited. As inevitably our family grew our children got swags too and swagged out with us in national parks where facilities were limited. We camped on river bends, at waterholes, at waterfalls, in sandy river gorges, even between the red dunes of the central Australian deserts, where facilities were limited. Our footprints were small. The camp sites were left as pristine as they were found.

With vehicle, dinghy and catamaran we travelled the whole of Eastern Australia. From Broome to Darwin. From Darwin the Adelaide. From Darwin to Cairns. To Alice Springs and the Centre. From Darwin to the Great Ocean Road. Brisbane to Darwin by sea. To off-shore islands and inland water-holes. All of it in swags. In swags when the temperature was 40 in the shade during the day and -5 in the early morning.

Until recently we could find places to camp but as happened the Romany people, the itinerant fruit picking travellers and budget conscious empty nesters, free camping, where facilities are limited, has become a punishable malfeasance. And the cost of a caravan site and other accommodation has made the itinerant life impossible. There is nowhere to bide for the Romany, itinerant agricultural life has become uneconomical ($25.00 per person per night is unsustainable.)

Naïve adolescent backpackers are waking up to the accommodation rip-off. And as Australia’s self-proclaimed uniqueness loses its appeal, Australia will have to bid adieu to its itinerant backpacking skivvies.

When a cruise becomes more economical than the empty nester dream; when the tourist industry follows the manufacturing industry overseas and no one will do the agricultural donkey-work, Australian will end up on the wallaby. 

At 71 I will continue to swag out (cemeteries are ideal. No one bothers you there.)  I will not pay for the right to camp on public land. If fined by zealous councils, state or federal government, take me to court. Gaol me if you want. It won’t be long until a sonorous voice is heard to say “Come in number ’47. Your time is up!”

Then I will swag-out, in comfort, among the souls living things, under the stars in the places to which all good Australian go. 

Can I also draw your attention to the 1932 trespass in Britain?

Part of my manifesto is concerned over the private ownership of vast tracts of land and the right of owners or lease holders to prevent access to state recreational resources.

When I pointed out to the BRC that it colluded with Queensland Sugar, a foreign owned company, to prevent access to beach front dunes at Norval Park including publicly owned land to the south of Norval Park, tidal mud flats behind the dunes at Norval Park, a nominated camping area at the south of that beach front near Miara the council shrugged me off as a feral trouble maker who supported the imaginary drug labs behind the dunes and the mess people leave behind.

It is a pity that the BRC will act with and on behalf of foreign owned business in preference to acting on behalf of citizens who depend on publicly owned assets for their recreation. The land that Queensland Sugar, in collusion with BRC closed, involves land that is of no agricultural value being sterile littoral sand dunes forested with casuarina trees, but of immense value to local residents and visiting tourists who look for a place where they can keep and walk their canine companions.

Instead of colluding with multinational land holders the BRC should support access by rate payers to publicly owned and unallocated land including rivers, creeks, water holes and beaches. I for one do not object to say, a $25.00 levy payable through rates, to help our ‘poverty struck’ council to finance periodic cleaning of popular recreational sites.

On the other hand, it might be time to take public action like the 1932 mass trespass which kept open for ramblers Kinder Scout and Bleaklow moorland and much of the rambling lands in Britain. Ramblers in Britain, unlike travellers in Australia can travel from John O’Groats to Lands End and camp as they go along paths through private and publicly owned land.

Private ownership of vast tracts of land and the denial of access to recreational resources is a matter of class suppression, suppression of the Hoi Polloi by the Elite who can afford to visit $500.00 a day resorts where the plebeians are excluded. Dieter 

Silo Art – Tumby Bay, SA 

Tumby Bay, just north of Port Lincoln has become the third town in South Australia to have a large mural painted on the town silos. Kimba and Coonalpyn also have murals painted on the Viterra silos. Tumby Bay’s masterpiece was inspired by a photo from local photographer Robert Lang of two boys jetty jumping, a favourite summer pastime. The project took Argentinean artist Martin Ron five weeks, including 400 hours of work and 430 litres of paint. The Tumby Bay silo has a raised level of complexity because the image lays horizontally across the silos. 


Photo from the Port Lincoln Times. 

Second Hand Selection 

As you can imagine, we accumulate a large number of maps. Some are research maps, some are old stock, some are used, and some are vintage or rare. We have bundled some up for sale. Bundles are chosen at random and won’t be split. Price is $12 per bundle inc. post. 

Bundle 5.

StreetSmart: Southwest Corner WA 1996, West Kimberley WA 1991, Southern Forests WA 1992.

Westprint Canning Stock Route WA 2001,

Royal Australian Survey Corps 1:250,000 Wilcannia NSW 1965.

Natmap 1:100,000 Tallangatta Vic NSW 1979.

Hema Western Australia 1994.

UBD Alice Springs Central Australia c2005

RAC WA Jurien Region WA c2000

Blue Guide Warrnambool & Dist. 1993

RAA Tour Planning Map of Aust 1989

Vicmap Otways and Shipwreck Coast 1993 

Bundle 6.

RAC WA: Pemberton c1998, Perth - Port Hedland       c2000, Albany Region WA c1995.

RACQ : Rockhampton Qld  1992, Brisbane 1990, Bundaberg 1991,

Westprint: Desert Parks Outback  2012, Canning Stock Route 2001.

Dept of Lands: Rainbow Coast WA 1988.

Royal Australian Survey Corps 1:250,000: Tarcoola 1961.

Hema: Kimberley 1995.

StreetSmart Blackwood Valley WA 1991.

Dept of Conservation & Env: Daylesford & District Mineral Springs c2005. 

Bundle 7.

Westprint: Desert Parks Outback SA 2012, Canning Stock Route WA 2001, Gulf Country NT/Qld c2001, Simpson Desert NT/SA 2003.

Dept of Lands: Southern Forests WA 1988

RAC WA: Geraldton WA c1995.

RACQ: Gold Coast Qld 1990.

StreetSmart: Blackwood Valley WA 1991, Esperance WA 1987.

Royal Australian Survey Corps: Billiluna WA 1967.

National Mapping: Mount Liebig NT 1966.

NRMA : South East Aust 1989. 

Bundle 8

Westprint: Outback Victoria 2012, Plenty Highway 2004, Desert Parks SA 2009, Alice Springs to Uluru 2002, Oodnadatta Track 2013.

Hema Western Australia 2006. Outback NSW 2003

StreetSmart East Kimberley 1991, Blackwood Valley WA 1991.

Outback Areas Trust: Outback SA 4WD tracks and repeater towers c2010.

AusMap Australian Alps c2005. 

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

Stop Press

Royal Flying Doctor Service 90th birthday pilgrimage 

On Wednesday 9 May 2018, 25 antique aircraft took flight as part of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia 90th Anniversary Antique Air Pilgrimage from Dubbo to Mount Isa over 8 days.

As part of the trip, this group of antique aircraft will be stopping in Longreach on Saturday 12 May, arriving from 10.30am to 12pm, and on Sunday 13 May 2018 from 3.00pm - 4.00pm members of the public can view the aircraft via the Longreach Airport.

For more information about the event, check out the web link below: 

Friday Funnies

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,

If you can overlook when people take things out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

Then you are probably a dog


How would you find Adam and Eve in a crowd?

They're the only ones without belly buttons.


A young Scot went away to University and lived in the University's student quarters. A couple of weeks later his parents rang to see how things were going. He said that things were going well, except he was worried about his neighbours in the living quarters. On one side, the fellow kept bashing his head against the wall. On the other, the chap kept screaming. "How do you cope with that?" his parents asked. "Oh, it's OK, I just stay in my room practicing the bagpipes."


How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail? Rename the mail folder to "Instruction Manuals"


Three guys are golfing with the club pro. First guy tees off and hits a dribbler about 60 yards. He turns to the pro and says, "What did I do wrong?"

The pro says, "Loft."

The next guy tees off and hits a duck hook into the woods. He asks the pro, "What did I do wrong?"

The pro says, "Loft."

The third guy tees off and hits a slice into a pond. He asks the pro, "What did I do wrong?"

The pro says, "Loft."

As they're walking to their balls, the first guy finally speaks up. He says to the pro, "The three of us hit completely different tee shots, and when we asked you what we did wrong you gave the same exact answer each time. What is 'loft?'"

The pro says, "L-O-F-T: Lack Of Flamin’ Talent."

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