Friday Five Newsletter 2018.6.1


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Westprint Friday Five Friday June 1st 2018

The virtue lies in the struggle not in the prize

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Friday Five Books

  1. Kimberley Dreaming to Diamonds $39.95. Hugh Edwards. An excellent book. Tales of the beauty and danger acquiring diamonds from the Argyle Mine in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. 251pp. First published in 1991, this edition 2005.

  1. Port of Pearls $29.95 – Hugh Edwards. Broome in Western Australia has an incredible history, one which has braved the force of war and dangers of a declining agricultural heritage. Known for its rich natural background, cyclones and sharks are among its less friendly of occupants, but the pearling business which at one time floundered with the introduction of the plastic button, is once again booming. Locally cultured pearls are now the biggest and best in the world and the industry is worth millions of dollars annually. Hugh Edwards’ historical and contemporary insights into Broome make a fitting tribute to this resilient Australian town. First published in 1984, this edition 2009. 

  1. Pioneers of the Kimberley. $43.95 Anne Ingham. The moving tale of five generations of outback pioneers who shared the struggle for the life in the Northwest. The author, Maggie Lilly, now 88 lives in Kununurra, after a lifetime in Wyndham and on the Bow River Station. An amazing snapshot of 20th century northern Australia and its characters. Hardcover. 143pp. First published in 2000, this edition 2001 

  1. Last Horse Standing. $21.95 Michael Keenan. In 1971 bushman Jack Camp went mustering wild cattle - 'cleanskins' - in a vast and isolated stretch of the Kimberley coast. It was the unpredictable and dauntingly hot wet season. Everything was going according to plan when out of the blue a cyclone struck. The cattle and horses were scattered, the camp and equipment destroyed. Jack decided their only chance was to head for a cattle station, though he knew it would be deserted. Jack was pinning all his hopes on finding supplies and a two-way radio there. The trouble was, to reach it they would have to strike out across the shark- and crocodile-infested tidal estuary. How they made it out is a gripping yarn and an inspiring testament to the grit and determination of the outback spirit. 270pp. First published in 2006 

  1. Jandamarra & the Bunuba Resistance. $24.95 The thrilling story of the great warrior Jandamarra, who turned from police assistant to resistance fighter. Thought to be unstoppable, he led his people against the white forces invading their land.…. The scene is the magnificent Kimberley……and the last stage of Australia's invasion is about to be played out... A tiny outpost of colonial administration is planted on the desolate mudflats of King Sound, at Derby. Leases are marked on a map covering huge areas. Vast herds of cattle and sheep spread out. Amidst the chaos and turmoil that ensues, extraordinary relationships grow. An indomitable human spirit and the power of country reaches beyond the searing past for the triumph of a reconciled future... This edition 2014

Friday Forum

Crossing The Dead Heart – Reader Poll

We need your advice. We have been working hard on a complete revision of C.T. Madigan’s book, Crossing The Dead Heart. As with most worthwhile projects, it has been a long journey and we think it is almost ready to go to print.

We now need to decide if we want to produce a limited edition of hard cover copies. The hardcover copies are beautifully presented, bound in half leather and with gold lettering on the covers. The price is expected to be between $85-95 per copy.

The softcover version will have a plastic cover and will be printed on quality white paper. It is expected to be between $35-$45 per copy.

If you are interested in purchasing a limited edition hardcover copy, please send us an email with hardcover in the subject line.

If you would like to go on a list to reserve a softcover copy of the book, please send us an email with softcover in the subject line.

*Please note: sending us an email does not mean you are obligated to buy.

Desert Parks South Australia

Press Release 28 May 2018

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park

Please note that Halligan Bay Point Track – Closed – Due to rain.

Tallaringa Conservation Park

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

Witjira National Park and the Simpson Desert Reserves

Purni Bore wetland has dried up due to an unknown park visitor turning the bore off.  Water staff will be on-site to turn the bore back on in early June.

Warburton Crossing is closed due to flooding.

Stone Cairns

G'Day from Bavaria - Southern Part of Germany.

There's a lot of stone cairns here in the 'old part of the word'.


 Partly they are high up in the mountains as trail-marks on bad weather, but a lot of are let’s say just for fun/art or children’s play on creeks. 


The ones with the cross are located in the northern part of Italy - a place in Sarntal  2003m above sea-level. The so-called Stoanernen Mandln in the Sarntal have been around for half a millennium and handed down court records from 1540 are believed, witch dances and devil's celebrations have been performed between the stone figures.


I've been in Australia a couple of times - starting in the mid-seventies for more than half a year as a station-hand in the Yarralin-area NT and later on a couple of times for vacation - mostly NT, Queensland and Kimberley-Area. Next trip is planned in October to celebrate my 70th birthday. I'm a reader of Your Friday Five since ages, but still waiting for Thursday afternoon to get the new one -  Many thanks. Gottfried 


The farmer gent I spoke with is 88 and he said that his father knew about the Toomballup cairns when he was a kid.  That would make the cairns more 110 years old at least; or at least 1908 vintage or older. There is some thought that the Kelly Gang used this area and perhaps the stones for signaling when they were holed up in the bush here, however they did not build them.  The police shooting took place in 1878. The Chinese mining in the area south west of the stones would have occurred around this time.  The landholders I spoke with favoured the story of the Chinese building the cairns. Denis.

Copley – South Australia

Just to let you know that Copley in the Northern Flinders Ranges, South Australia is alive and well. Unfortunately, Packsaddle Store will be closed shortly, but not all is lost.  The Post Office (open from 12 to 5) is now at the Copley Hotel which has the best cold beer and meals and is open 7 days a week.  The Quandong Cafe has been located at the Copley Caravan Park for the past 5 years and both businesses are alive and well and open 7 days a week. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunches and for large groups just let us know in advance (08) 86752288. Try the quandong pies, (no not condom pies) jams, ice creams and sauces you won’t be disappointed. The caravan park has en-suite cabins, powered sites and camping sites. We also have the RAA mechanical, tyres, fuel and workshop in Copley- the largest RAA region in the state.  Please call in and say G’day. Hannah.

Kakadu – Northern Territory

Several popular sites are currently closed in Kakadu National Park due to maintenance work. Most are due to open in mid-June (unless noted).

Sites closed are:

South Alligator Region: Red Lily Billabong (Djunda), Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa), Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju), Two Mile Hole Billabong, Four Mile Hole Billabong, Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head).

Jabiru region: Cahills Crossing is open to High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only. Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) closed.

Nourlangie Region: Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground, Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground and Bubba Walk.

Yellow Water Region. Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk and Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground.

Jim Jim Falls Region: Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) are closed for Crocodile trapping and surveys. Twin Falls and Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk are closed for maintenance and forecast to open mid-July. Budjmi Lookout Walk, Barrkmalam Bush Walk, and Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) are closed for maintenance.

Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) in the Mary River Region is closed for crocodile trapping and surveys.

New Book – Limited Offer.

Outback Penguin.

Richard Lane was one of three brothers who founded Penguin Books in 1935.

But like all great stories, his life didn’t start there. After sailing to Adelaide in 1922, Richard began work as a boy migrant – a farm apprentice living in rural South Australia as part of the ‘Barwell Boys’ scheme. In Australia, he deepened his appreciation for literature, and understood how important it was to make good writing widely accessible. Richard’s diaries – the honest and moving words of a teenager, so very far away from home – capture vividly his life and loves; the characters he met; the land he worked; the families he depended on; and his coming of age in a new land.

A remarkable social record and one of the best first-hand accounts of the child migrant experience, the diaries also capture the ideas and the entrepreneurship that led to the founding of the twentieth century’s most famous publishing house.

We have one copy only of this book in hardcover form with dust jacket. We may be able to get more copies in softcover. $59.00 including post. To order please email

Book Reviews

Prior to reading Girt (which I then had to follow up with True Girt – see last week’s book review) I read My Mother, A Serial Killer. The story of Dulcie Bodsworth. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind and caring. The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea. That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her. Dulcie was in fact a cold, calculating killer who, by 1958, had put three men in their graves - one of them the father of her four children. She would have got away with it all had it not been for her daughter Hazel. Both an insight into life on the fringes of Australian society in the 1950s, and a chilling story of a murderous mother and the daughter who testified against her. We don’t have copies of this book yet but will soon. Send us an email to reserve a copy.  $33.00 plus post.

Whispering Death.

I have really enjoyed the Whispering Death book. The one prior to that was Roland Perry’s “The Fight For Australia” which I have re-read 3 or 4 times as it is equally data dense yet readable.

 “Whispering Death – Australian Airmen in the Pacific War” by respected historian Mark Johnston. What an absolutely gripping read with a writing style that has woven together facts and figures and anecdotes from a huge range of sources and put them in a readable style that has had me up reading until well past the recommended snooze time. Kokoda captures well deserved attention, but this air war was no less dramatic and for those interested in this vital segment of our history, this one is a ripper. John.

John and Bev visit Alexander Spring, WA.

It must be 20 years or more since Bev and I visited Alexander Spring just off the Hunt Oil Road. At that time the track running south from Geraldton Bore on the Gunbarrel Highway was in fair order. We passed an airstrip and a burnt-out Nissan and eventually realised that we were close to Alexander Spring when we saw a small mountain we later determined to be Mt Allott. Near the north-west ‘corner’ of Mt Allott were two steel posts with a small sign giving directions to the north-east to Alexander Spring. The track went about 300 metres and after exploring in the nearby gully we found what others had determined to be Alexander Spring. John Forrest wrote on 13th July 1874, “Fine water at this place. I have no doubt water is always here. I named it the Alexander Spring, after my brother, who discovered it. Abundance of water also in rock holes.” 

I think John Forrest must have arrived in a thunderstorm. The ‘spring’ that I found was a small rocky basin that would hold water but on this occasion was completely dry. I hope no one depended on it for water in mid-summer.

Bev and I climbed Mt Allott and found Forrest’s cairn confirming that we were at the correct place. After camping nearby overnight we travelled on next day to the Great Central Road and Warburton.

I wonder if any of our readers have travelled to Alexander Spring during the last few years. I would love to hear what the track is like and hear about the experiences and opinions of others during their search for Alexander Spring.

Secondhand 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.

  1. History of Postal Services in Victoria. Australia Post 1984. Softcover. First Edition. Good condition. 125 pages contains photos and stories. $15.00.
  2. Lamarck’s Evolution. Ross Honeywill. Before Darwin there was Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck and the start of two centuries of genius and jealousy. Softcover, 2010 first edition in excellent condition. $50 including post.
  3. Spiders. Barbara York Main. Hardcover published by the Australian Naturalist Library, 1976. Ex-library with stickers and stamps. $20.00.
  4. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Simpson & Day. 8th (2010) edition. Excellent condition. Plastic covers. $30.00.
  5. Murray River Pilot. Softcover. 2004 edition. Very good condition. Covers Goolwa to SA-NSW border, Lower Murray, lakes and Coorong.

Funny Photos

The Curl Up & Dye Salon for your consideration. The next hair cut for me may now be more expensive, but someone must do the hard yards. She has very sharp instruments! By the way, her absence from work last week was purported to be due to a long run of local funerals? This intrepid Stringer "Reporter" is still trying to follow up any possible links to the salon. D


Friday Funnies

A shopkeeper was dismayed when a brand-new business much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read 'BEST DEALS.'

He was horrified when another competitor opened on his right and announced its arrival with an even larger sign reading, 'LOWEST PRICES.'

The shopkeeper panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop.

It read... 'MAIN ENTRANCE' 

A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He sidles up to the bar and announces: "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."

The weary holiday traveller looked in disbelief at a bunch of mistletoe hanging above the luggage at the check-in counter. Turning to the attendant he said, "I like your mistletoe. Is it for customers or only personnel?"

"Neither," she said. "It's so you can kiss your luggage goodbye."

My sister brought her daughter a nice Baby Grand Piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, I asked my sister how her daughter was doing.

"Oh," she said, "I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet."

"How come?" I asked.

"Because," my sister answered, "with a clarinet, she can't sing." 

Of course, I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off and get to bed! - Thomas Edison's Mother 

Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, "Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?" "Outstanding," Fred replied. "They taught us all the latest psychological techniques-visualization, association-it has made a big difference for me."

"That's great! What was the name of that clinic?"

Fred went blank. He thought and thought but couldn't remember.

Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, "What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?"

"You mean a rose?"

"Yes, that's it!" He turned to his wife.... "Rose, what was the name of that clinic?

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