Friday Five Newsletter 2018.6.29

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Westprint Friday Five Friday June 29th 2018

Life begins when you start saying “Yes” to experiences.

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Friday Five Books

  1. Arthur Phillip - Australia's First Governor. $22.95. By Dereck Parker. Over the two centuries since his appointment, commentators have been as surprised at the choice of Arthur Phillip as some were at the time (the First Lord of the Admiralty, to mention only the most distinguished critic). But was it so surprising? What did the Home Office and the Admiralty expect of a man who was to navigate a fleet to the antipodes, and when he got it there unload its cargo of unregenerate criminals and forge them into some sort of a working colony? Apart from the necessary seamanship, they needed a man with a cool head who understood men and how to control them, a man capable of governing himself, possessed of calm and understanding and a thorough grasp of reality, with complete loyalty to the Crown and Government and a determination to plan and carry through an enterprise unlike any other within living memory. Fortunately, there were one or two men at the Admiralty who understood that Arthur Phillip possessed all these credentials. This new biography covers Phillips whole life, but has a focus on his selection for the role of Governor, the preparation of the first fleet, the journey from England, the establishment of the colony and Phillips governorship.
  2. Man Who Wrote Waltzing Matilda - Banjo Patterson. $24.95. Banjo Paterson - His Life and Poetry - by Dereck Parker. J. B. `Banjo Paterson was not simply the author of the words of `Waltzing Matilda, Australia’s unofficial national anthem, and many other classic ballads such as `The man from Snowy River and `Clancy of the Overflow. Though it is now almost forgotten, he was a first-rate war correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald. His dispatches from the Boer War are as vivid and exciting to read today as when they were frantically scribbled under the guns of Boer sharp-shooters and delivered on daring rides from the front to the nearest telephone office. He was a friend of `Breaker Morant, whose notorious trial and execution was one of the sensations of that war. He was also an expert horseman, a man who knew everything there was to be known about horses and horse-racing, winning prizes at polo matches and race meetings. Returning from South Africa, The Banjo (as he always signed himself) travelled to China and England (where he stayed with his friend, the poet Rudyard Kipling). At the outbreak of World War One, he failed to get accreditation as a war correspondent, and served as an ambulance driver in France, and finally to Egypt where he headed a team of rough-riders and trained horses. Major Paterson came back to Sydney and by the time he died everyone in Australia knew the verses of `Waltzing Matilda but scarcely anyone could have told you they had been written by `Banjo Paterson as he had sold the copyright outright for five pounds!
  3. Outback Survival. $25.00. Bob Cooper's incredible bushcraft skills have been developed through more than 25 years of experience in the outback. He has picked up tools of survival from the experiences of living with traditional Aboriginal communities, instructing with Special Forces Units, lecturing with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service on desert survival in the Mexican Desert, delivering wilderness lessons in the UK and learning the skills of the bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Bob has put his own lessons to the test, dropping himself off in the 42c heat of the Australian desert with only a map and soap box sized survival kit, no food, water or sleeping gear, and a 10 day walk across 160km of rough terrain back to safety. He did this alone and showed that with the right knowledge of the land, you can survive. 242pp. First published in 2012
  4. Daisy Bates in the Desert. Julia Blackburn. $26.00. In 1913, when she was 54 years old, Daisy Bates went to live in the deserts of South Australia. And there she stayed, with occasional interruptions, for almost 30 years. She left a detailed record of her life in her letters, her published articles, her book The Passing Of The Aborigines, and in notes scribbled on paper bags, old railway timetables and even scraps of newspaper. But very little of what this strange woman tells about herself is true. For her there were no boundaries separating experience from imagination; she inhabited a world filled with events that could not have taken place, people she had never met. In this book Blackburn explores the ancient and desolate landscape where Bates says she was most happy. There are meetings with the Aborigines and whites who knew her, and slowly the facts of her life emerge. First published in 1994.
  5. Hay River CD. $34.95. This CD includes maps to run with OziExplorer, printable PDF maps and information set out in a self-contained web site on the CD. (Runs from Peoppels Corner to Jervois).

Friday Forum

Editor’s comments in green.

Surveyor Generals Corner

On 4th June, 2018, we replaced the missing plaque at Surveyor-Generals Corner. The unveiling was done by the NT Surveyor-General, Mr Rob Sarib.

We also erected an explanatory sign to explain why there are two pillars in this locality rather than just one. This sign was unveiled by traditional owner Linda Eddy. Barry Allwright.

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New plaque at Surveyor General’s Corner

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New interpretive sign.

Surveyor Generals Corner – Why are there two corner posts?

In 1825 the line of 129° east (the 129th meridian) was declared the western border of New South Wales. Over time the Swan River Colony became Western Australia, the borders of South Australia were extended, and the Northern Territory was proclaimed. In the 1920s two obelisks were installed marking the 129th meridian. One at Deakin on the Trans-Australia Railway marked the boundary of Western Australia and South Australia. Another obelisk near Lake Argyle in the north was erected about a month later and marked the boundary of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. These were deemed to be on the 129th meridian and would be used to mark the two borders regardless of where any later survey might prove the exact position of the meridian to be. By the 1960s surveying equipment was far more accurate and it was discovered that a surveying error of just half of one second meant that neither marker was on the actual meridian and that the true north-south border lines measured through the two markers had a gap of 127 metres. On June 4, 1968 Surveyor Generals Corner, the corner of Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory was officially marked. The northern border runs from the Timor Sea through the Kimberley obelisk at Lake Argyle, 1211 kilometres due south to the western corner marker. The southern border runs 651 kilometres due north from the Great Australian Bight through the Deakin obelisk to the eastern corner marker.  In short, visitors will see TWO corner posts marking true north-south lines with a 127-metre east-west correction line between the two.

The concrete posts at Surveyor Generals Corner are set up in a manner similar to the earliest survey markers which are seen throughout Australia. At some considerable depth underneath each pile of rocks or concrete pipe is a large stone or concrete slab which is the actual marker used for the survey. This is a backup in case something happens to the obvious above ground marker.

People visiting Surveyor Generals Corner need a permit to travel from Warakurna Roadhouse to Wingellina. The return trip must be made in one day. Camping is not allowed within the permit area, visits can be made on week days only and a fee applies. For permits, phone the Ngaanyatjarraku Council at Alice Springs on 08 8950 1711. (This information is this week’s clue). 

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Eastern Corner Marker 

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Western Corner Marker 

Wangaratta 4X4 Club, Vic.

High Country & Beyond – 2018 – Omeo, Victoria.

The very successful 2018 High Country & Beyond event was this year centred out of Omeo. All participants stayed at the Omeo Caravan Park and partook in various drives from that base.

Drivers from far and wide gathered for a wonderful week of 4X4 Driving, visiting some significant historical regions with many a tale to tell, plus great social interaction and fun.

The drives were led by experienced and accredited 4X4 drivers to many wonderful historical venues. Driver education and training was part of the event. Participants could choose from a wide range of tracks to suit their experience as well as their interests.

Such drives were to the Mt Wills Historic Area which is home to the Maude and Yellow Girl mines, where the Ruston steam engine is sited. Other great drives went to the Cassillis Historical area, Mackillop’s Bridge over the Snowy River, the Hinnomunjie Bridge over the Mitta Mitta River, the Pendergast Chimneys which are the only remains of the Pendergast Homestead which was erected in the 1860s, the site of the Wombat Post Office, numerous mountain huts, Suggan Buggan, Moscow Villa, the Washington Winch, The Blue Rag track and the Haunted Stream Trip to name a few.

These events provided great driving on a diverse range of tracks, from the beginner to the more advanced, with magnificent views over mountains and ranges and around such towns as Benambra, Swifts Creek, Shannonvale and of course Omeo itself.

A great time was had by all and it has recently been announced that the 2019 High Country & Beyond will be based in Dargo. It promises to be another outstanding 4X4 fixture so everyone mark the dates on your Calendar.

Dargo – March 16th to March 24th, 2019. More information contact David:


Wangaratta 4 X 4 Club - 35th Birthday Celebrations.

The Wangaratta 4X4 Club recently held its 35th Birthday and celebrated with a Trip to Murmungee area on the Saturday, culminating with a Dinner later that night at the Northo Hotel in Wangaratta. The trip was led by founding members of the Club and travelled travelled through the hills between Myrtleford and Beechworth, overlooking Murmungee in the valley.

Dinner that night saw Life Memberships and 10 years plus Certificates awarded. Beverley. 


Gibb River Road, WA.

We’ve had some reports phoned in to say that there is a large amount of traffic on the Gibb River Road this year and many camping areas are packed. Traffic dust is becoming a serious hazard. Please slow down and take care. It is a long way from anywhere if you have an accident.

Graeme’s new project.

Given that Graeme sits in an office surrounded by maps, I am thinking Cartography.

The clues so far -

King Brown Country. A book written by Russell Skelton about the Papunya people who are based in a small community north of Hassts Bluff in Central Australia.

Schwerin Mural Crescent. A magnificent rugged area east of Giles Weather Station and to the north of the Docker River community. A very photographic area.

Georgia Bore. A great water supply on the CSR.

Serpentine Lakes. A chain of salt lakes (only after it rains) on the WA/SA border in the Great Victorian Desert and south of the Anne Beadell Highway.

These places are all in the major desert areas of Central Australia

Without further clues assisting to define the extremities of this area, at this stage I am thinking that it’s a map (showing tracks) of the major desert areas of Australia? Vince.

Vince is on the right track. It is a map project. This week’s clue is Surveyor General’s Corner.

Cape York, QLD Photos

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jardine 3    jardine 4

  • I don't know but may I suggest a hunt through early TV/film of the Leyland Brothers may narrow them down? I’ve recoloured the pics for you (above). Noel
  • In response to Justin’s photos published in the last week’s newsletter, we believe the first photo is that of a log bridge on the way to Vrilya Point, on the west coast of Cape York (maybe Crystal Creek). Bill & Sue
  • The fourth photo is of the Jardine River when fording the river was the only option.
  • I think the first photo is Cypress Creek on the Telegraph Track at the northern end. Ron AND Viv Moon’s book “Cape York, An Adventurers Guide” lists both Crystal Creek and Cypress Creek as having log bridges that require extreme care. Crystal Creek is West of the Bypass Track and the track to Vrilya Point crosses it.

Cypress Creek is on the Telegraph Track and when I was reading up on the Telegraph Track prior to our trip on it, this photo was the one I remember as putting me off attempting the full length of the track. We turned back west to the Bypass road approx. 5.5kms. North of Twin Falls & Eliot Falls. Cypress creek is approx. 4.3kms further on, from where we chickened out! so I didn’t view the bridge. But given that two of the other photos relate to the Telegraph Track it is highly likely. Not having been to Vrilya Point I can only imagine that both bridges were built in a similar way.

The third photo looks like Wenlock River crossing (Archer River has a lot of large rocks in the bed of it). And the fourth is crossing the Jardine at the end of the Telegraph Track, upstream from the ferry.

I have seen these photos in a book or article on Cape York and for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it. I’m hoping someone else replies with the name, so I can rest my brain cells. Colin & Kathy

What’s On?

Hermannsburg Celebrations. Sunday July 22, Hermannsburg, NT. Commemoration service at the Memorial to Albert Namatjira. It will be 56 years to the day since the memorial was unveiled by Hon. Paul Hasluck who was then Federal Minister for Territories, and 3 years after Namatjira died.  Following a service at the monument at 11.00am, lunch will be provided at the Hermannsburg Historical Precinct.  Then in the afternoon there will be a celebration for the restoration of the old water drilling rig that put down many bores around Hermannsburg in the 1950s and 1960s.  Below is a brochure for the commemoration. Over the past two years a group of retired farmers from around Horsham in Victoria have travelled to Hermannsburg and spent many hours bringing the drilling rig back to life.  The timber frame of the rig had been eaten by termites and this was all replaced, a beautiful job.  The men are returning next week with a motor, similar to the one that was originally drove the plant.  David. 


Desert Parks. SA, Track update.

26 June 2018

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.  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

Innamincka Regional Reserve and Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park. Coongie Track, Walkers Crossing, 15 Mile Track and Access to Cooper Creek, Cullyamurra Waterhole, Burke’s Grave, Old Strzelecki Track, Bore Track North are all closed due to rain.

Simpson Desert – Open to 4WD. Caution at erosion and corrugated areas.

Warburton Crossing – Closed due to flooding.

Second Hand Selection.

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.

This week I have a selection of books by Kerry Greenwood. All are paperback in very good condition. Most are in as-new condition and haven’t been read. Normally these books are priced between $7-9. This week’s special price is $3.00 per book. Please add $9.50 flat rate postage, regardless of the number of titles ordered. Titles are:

The Castlemaine Murders

Cocaine Blues

Dead Man’s Chest

Death By Water

Devil’s Food

Death At Victoria Dock

The Diary of Charlotte McKenzie

Flying Too High

Forbidden Fruit

The Green Mill Murder

Heavenly Pleasures

Murder on a Midsummer Night

Trick or Treat

Urn Burial.

Friday Funnies

From John.

He said, she said.

'You must be tolerant. It is absolutely essential or you’re out!'

I was on vacation, playing the slot machines. It was my first time in a casino, and I wasn't sure how the machines operated.

"Excuse me." I said to a casino employee. "How does this work?"

The worker showed me how to insert a bill, hit the spin button, and operate the release handle. "And where does the money come out?" I asked.

He smiled and motioned to a far wall, "Usually at the ATM."

A man walked by a table in a hotel and noticed three men and a dog playing cards. The dog was playing with extraordinary performance.

"That must be a very smart dog," the man commented.

"Not so smart," said one of the players. "Every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail." 

"Why are women wearing perfumes that smell like flowers? Men don't like flowers. I've been wearing a great new scent. It's called New Car Interior."

- Rita Rudner 

More than anything, my brother-in-law wanted to be a jackaroo. Taking pity on him, a station owner decided to hire the lad and give him a chance.

"This," he said, showing him a rope, "is a lasso. We use it to catch cows."

"I see," said my brother-in-law, trying to seem knowledgeable as he examined the rope. "And what do you use for bait?" 

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." 

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.

A psychiatrist is a person who will give you expensive answers that your wife will give you for free.

"English Law prohibits a man from marrying his mother-in-law.

This is our idea of useless legislation." - Unknown

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