Friday Five Newsletter 2018.7.6

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Westprint Friday Five Friday July 6th 2018

The most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes..

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Friday Five Books

  1. The Story of Danny Dunn - Bryce Courtney. $25.00. In the aftermath of the Great Depression few opportunities existed for working-class boys, but at just eighteen Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brain, looks, sporting ability - and an easy charm. His parents run The Hero, a neighbourhood pub, and Danny is a local hero. Luck changes for Danny when he signs up to go to war. He returns home a physically broken man, to a life that will be changed forever. Together with Helen, the woman who becomes his wife, he sets about rebuilding his life. Set against a backdrop of Australian pubs and politics, The Story of Danny Dunn is an Australian family saga spanning three generations. It is a compelling tale of love, ambition and the destructive power of obsession. First published in 2009
  2. The Outback - Anthology of Short Stories. $20.00. This collection of short stories about the Outback is the result of the inaugural writing competition for the Outback Writer’s Festival held in Winton on 21-23 June 2016. Stories include: An Unlikeable Bloke by Margaret Rees-Gow, Bad People by Cherelle Murphy, Fear is the Beast by Barry Blunt, Friends for Life by Errol Bishop, The Ghost of the Outback by Pamela J Arthur, It’s an attitude as much as a place by John W Griffiths, Jindaloo by Steven Fussell.
  3. Maralinga - Judy Nunn. $21.95. During the darkest days of the Cold War, in the remote wilderness of a South Australian desert, the future of an infant nation is being decided ... without its people's knowledge. A British airbase in the middle of nowhere; an atomic weapons testing ground; an army of raw youth led by powerful, ambitious men - a cocktail for disaster. Such is Maralinga in the spring of 1956. Maralinga is the story of British Lieutenant Daniel Gardiner, who accepts a twelve-month posting to the wilds of South Australia on a promise of rapid promotion; Harold Dartleigh, Deputy Director of MI6 and his undercover operative Gideon Melbray; Australian Army Colonel Nick Stratton and the enigmatic Petraeus Mitchell, bushman and anthropologist. They all find themselves in a violent and unforgiving landscape, infected with the unique madness and excitement that only nuclear testing creates. Maralinga is also a story of love; a love so strong that it draws the adventurous young English journalist Elizabeth Hoffmann halfway around the world in search of the truth. And Maralinga is a story of heartbreak; heartbreak brought to the innocent First Australians who had walked their land unhindered for 40,000 years. Maralinga ... a desolate place where history demands an emerging nation choose between hell and reason. First published in 2009, this edition 2010
  4. Blood Stains The Wattle. Keith De Lacy. $25.95. Tobacco farmer, miner and Labor treasurer in Queensland for seven years, Keith De Lacy has turned novelist. Blood Stains the Wattle is his ebullient account of industrial disruption at the Mount Isa mines in the 1960s. He writes of what and who caused the trouble, of the solidarity and suffering involved, and of the sense of incomplete resolution that attends the finish of any long and bitter labour dispute. If he is not even-handed, or obliged to be, De Lacy is scrupulous in exposing the complex and conflicting allegiances of this time. Miners confronted management in strikes and lock-outs, but the "never-to-be-re-employed", diehard 45 miners found the Australian Workers' Union was their most implacable enemy. Sectarian issues clouded the dispute. This was the high-water mark of anti-communism in Australia, as the Catholic Church, in particular, fulminated against those guilty of no more than staunch unionism and membership of the ALP. Throw in violence, sex, thunderstorms, laconic and profane proletarian speech, and De Lacy has fashioned a book that is politically astute and instructive. It is also one where human misunderstandings and forgiveness sometimes transcend politics. 290pp. First published in 2002
  5. A Bunch of Strays. $29.95. This is a genuine bush novel that has grown out of Marie Mahood’s decades of personal experience in the Australian Outback. Mick and Marion fall in love in the Kimberleys. Together with an outcast Aboriginal couple they ride their horses overland to Arnhem Land and carve a cattle station out of virgin bush. They are the ‘bunch of strays’, bush battlers with a hunger for land and freedom. The plot features clashes between poddy‑dodgers, outback horse‑breeders, government bureaucrats, tribal Aborigines and a bitter feud with a rich American cattleman. This is an exciting story that you won't be able to put down.

Friday Forum

Information wanted

  • Does anyone know what is happening now and in the future at Old Andado Station. I heard that it was to be closed. James.
  • We are planning a trip to Surveyor Generals Corner and would like any information your readers may have regarding roads and permits as we are having difficulty contacting the people who issue the permits. Would appreciate any information/advice about roads…From Warakurna to Wingellina or is it possible to get a permit to go on the track from Docker River? From there is it possible to get a permit to go on the Giles Mulga Park road and out to Indulkana or Marla? Thank you for your always interesting Friday Five and all the information. Heather

Charles Winnecke

The Hay River area of the Northern Territory has been the home of the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The first white person to successfully travel through this area was the South Australian Surveyor, Charles Winnecke. On the 30th July 1883, Winnecke left Farina on the start of his five-month trek that would take him and his team all the way north to the Northern Hay River area and back again. Winnecke arrived at Poeppel Corner 26 days later on the 24th August 1883 and noted that the original corner post “is almost in the middle of a long narrow salt lake. The line was well surveyed; the corner is represented by a substantial gum post, about four feet six inches high, with three facings of about eight or nine inches wide, strengthened by two supports, and surrounded by a small earth mound; two long trenches, one extending north, and the other east, also serve to mark this important point”. Winnecke continued his exploration north and on Saturday 15th September 1883, named the Adam Ranges after Mr Adam Hay of Queensland. Three days later he also named Mount Tietkens after Mr W H Tietkens, the well-known Western Australian explorer and another hill, Mount Smith after Mr A Smith of Adelaide. That same day, 18th September 1883, Winnecke crossed a wide sandy creek, which he named the Hay River, after Mr Adam Hay, Esq of Palparara Station, Queensland. On the 19th September 1883, Winnecke changed course again and “passed two very peculiar white hills, peaks or pillars, which are situated on the top of a spur in the range. These hills when viewed from a distance have the appearance of white pillars: they are crowned by perpendicular Kaoline rocks. During my previous exploration (1881) I have named them Goyder’s Pillars, after G W Goyder, Esq, the Surveyor-General of South Australia.” 

Other important landmarks that were named by Charles Winnecke were Mount Winnecke after a relation and Lake Caroline. During his travels in the Hay River area, Winnecke obtained water from a native soak, Yurracurracoo. Its position was unknown until Jol Fleming and the area’s Traditional Aboriginal Custodian, Lindsay Bookie relocated it in September 2000. There must have been good rains in the Hay River area prior to Charles Winnecke’s arrival in 1883, as the soak only holds water for a matter of months after good rains.

Today’s modern explorer will pass by this area as they travel the Hay River, without knowing of its importance. While travelling through the area think of the hard times encountered by Winnecke and his team. Their speed of travel may seem slow by modern standards, but few would wish to match their daily routine.

“We generally turn out of our blankets and prepare for a start about 4am, never later than 5. The camels are then brought in, and breakfast and packing up is taken in hand together, both being finished generally by about 7am; we then make a start and travel all day at a slow and very tedious pace. At sundown, and very often later, a place for a camp is selected; the camels are then unloaded and hoppled out, the saddles examined, and if necessary repaired every night; and finally, observations are taken for the purpose of checking and correcting the position of the camp, diary written, and plan roughly plotted up. At between 11 and 12 pm everything is finished, and we again turn in to sleep until 4 o’clock next morning”. Thanks to Stephen Langman for the above information.

Carolyn’s Choice

We currently have one copy left of The Australian Book of Heroism by Larry Writer. The nineteen heroes featured certainly rose to the challenging occasions put before them. Some were unwittingly thrust into circumstances that tested them; others dealt with danger in their chosen line of work. Includes John Flynn, Vivian Bullwinkel, Dr Fiona Wood, Mum Shirl and Bert Hinkler. It is now out of print and we don’t know if more will be reprinted. Trade paperback size. $30 plus post. Email if you would like this copy.

What’s On?

Winterfest 2018. 06 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018. 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. Winterfest, the Port Adelaide winter wonderland festival, is snowballing into historic Hart’s Mill this July. You’ll once again find our very own ice-skating rink, winter markets, live shows with huge name acts, workshops for young and old, feasts for foodies and so much more. Rug up by open fires, grab a soul-warming drink at one of the many bars and listen to some great tunes. Entry is free.

Book Reviews

1788. At first glance this appeared to be the dry, hard going reference book that I have been reading lately. I was pleasantly surprised. Tim Flannery had edited and introduced this volume, but it is pretty much as it was first written. Watkin Tench stepped ashore at Botany Bay with the First Fleet in January 1788. He was in his late twenties, a captain of the marines, and on the adventure of his life. Insatiably curious, with a natural genius for storytelling, Tench wrote two enthralling accounts of the infant colony that have been combined in this story. Tench brings to life the legendary figures of Bennelong, Arabanoo and Governor Phillip, and records the voices of convicts trying to make new lives in their new country. Tench has almost a swashbuckling air as he recounts the every day.

We have Tim Flannery’s 1788 for sale as part of Two Classic Australian Tales Of Travel And Exploration. The other book is Life and Adventures by John Nicol. I haven’t read this half of the book yet. 1788 first published in 1789, Life and Adventures first published in 1776. This edition 2004.

On My Own Two Feet by Janine Shepherd. I was surprised when this popped up on my reading list. Even though I’ve read Shepherd’s first two books and enjoyed them, lately most of my time has been taken up with reference books. However, I started the first few pages intending to skim through it. From the first chapter I was hooked. Janine Shepherd’s story is devastating, heartbreaking and uplifting. An incredible person.

In 1986, she was a champion cross-country skier training for the Winter Olympics when she was hit by a truck and suffered life-threatening injuries. She was told she would never walk again, a story recounted in her memoir Never Tell Me Never. Not only did Shepherd confound her doctors by learning to walk again, she learned to fly a plane and became a commercial pilot and aerobatics instructor. She married and had three children, despite the medical belief this would be impossible. That moving and inspirational story is the subject of Dare to Fly. In her book On My Own Two Feet she tells of her idyllic life in the highlands and the long-held dream that crumpled around her. You will be saddened and touched, but ultimately uplifted by this incredible story, told with her characteristic warmth, integrity, and humor.

We have secondhand copies of these books listed below.

Second Hand Selection

The following 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 we have a selection of books by Janine Shepherd and Peter Watt. Cost of books is normally $7-12 ea. This week’s special price $4.00 each. Postage is $9.50, regardless of the number ordered.

Titles by Janine Shepherd are:

Never Tell Me Never

Dare To Fly

On My Own Two Feet

Titles by Peter Watt:

Shadow of the Osprey

Flight of the Eagle

Cry of the Curlew

To Chase the Storm.

Funny Photos


Friday Funnies

Famous Last Words:

Unfortunately, I cannot totally agree with comrade Stalin.

Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak

Nothing is fool-proof to a sufficiently talented fool.

It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.

On the other hand, you have different fingers.

He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

A parking meter is a device that enables you to do two hours shopping in one.

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.

Sign seen in our veterinarian's office: "All children left unattended will be given a free kitten."

A careful study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.

Robert and Peter had applied for jobs at a large company and had to take an intelligence test. Though both found the test a breeze, except that they admitted to being momentarily stumped by the final question: "Name a 14-letter word for someone in charge of a plant."

"How did you answer that last one?" asked Robert. "I thought it was tough at first.... then I thought of Superintendent."

"I think I got it right too," Pete said. "But I wrote down Horticulturist." 

Some one-liners…

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.

A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

Honk if you love peace and quiet.

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

You can't have everything, where would you put it?

The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

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