Friday Five Newsletter 2018-9-7

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Westprint Friday Five  Friday September 7th 2018

Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.

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Friday Five Books

  1. Alice Springs - From Singing Wire to iconic outback town. Stuart Traynor. $39.95. In 1870 a colonial government, on the brink of collapse, made an audacious move. South Australia’s squabbling politicians briefly put aside their differences and took the bold decision to run an iron wire to the middle of nowhere and beyond. Stringing the Overland Telegraph Line across the silent heart of the continent was a momentous event in the country’s history. It connected Adelaide to a global network of cables and wire: those travelling up and down the track through central Australia were seldom out of earshot of its hum. Alice Springs was its most important repeater station.
  1. Down Under in the Top End. $29.95. Tim Bowden loves a good yarn and he loves travelling with his wife Ros. their 4WD and camper trailer. This book combines all three for a great road trip from Australia's east coast to the Top End and into the heart of the outback. Along the way he introduces us to characters only the outback could throw up, fellow travellers and tales of exploration. S/cover. 270pp. First published in 2008.
  1. Life in the Saddle. $30.00. It doesn't matter if there are four thousand people watching or just four – you're a horseman, roughrider, entertainer. At that moment, rodeo has you bitten and it doesn't let you go. You just want another ride. I remember them all and how it all started.' ….. When fate put an end to his roughriding career, Alwyn went on to be a stockman, drover and station manager. A devoted family man, he was encouraged to take up endurance riding by his great friend, the legendary R.M. Williams, and is still competing more than four decades later. A riveting tale of adventure, romance, tradegy and mateship……this is the ride of a lifetime. Published 2013
  2. Wildflowers of Central Australia. $9.95 with free postage. 52-page booklet with stunning photographs and descriptions. Wildflowers in Central Australia carpet the inland each spring. If good rains have fallen a few weeks or months earlier, then the splash of colour spreads almost unbroken for hundreds of kilometres across the red sands of The Centre. There are well over 1000 plant species recorded in Central Australia.
  1. Eucalypts. John Wrigley & Murray Fagg. $65.00. The tallest and most stately trees I ever saw in any nobleman's ground in England cannot excel in beauty those which nature presented to our view.' First fleet surgeon Arthur Bowes…… Though a small number are found as native plants in several other countries, Eucalypts are a very Australian tree. This book celebrates their diversity, their beauty and the role they play in our history, culture and economy. Hard Cover. 343pp. First published in 2010

Notes from the Office

By now Graeme and I should be on our way home and will be back at work next week sometime. As I prepare these newsletters (in early July) I am unsure if you will have all guessed what our mystery project is. However, for anyone still playing along this week’s clues are in the books above. Eucalypts and Wildflowers of Central Australia, and the information below about Frank Neale. Happy travelling, we’ll be back in the office next week. Jo

What’s On?

Wildflower Show, Halls Gap, Victoria. The 80th Grampians Wildflower Show will be over the last weekend of September (29th & 30th), from 9.30 am to 5pm on Saturday and 9.30 to 4 pm on Sunday.  Please note the change to the last weekend in September (a long weekend) rather than the first weekend in October.  There will be regular guided walks through the Grampians Flora Botanic Garden, including an early morning bird walk on Sunday. We will also continue to sell our self-guided drive and walks guides and will run a couple of tag along “Orchids and other wildflowers” tours further afield. The entry charge will be $2, which covers the entry to the display and the garden walks. There is also a charge of $2 for the printed guides, and of $5 per head for the tag along tours. So, do come to our lovely village in springtime, enjoy the displays, join us on one of our walks or tours.  Information on all the above can be obtained at the Visitor Information Centre in Halls Gap and further details will be uploaded closer to the event. Our change of weekend means it is no longer the same weekend that nearby Pomonal will be holding its Native Flower Show, a colourful display of many Australian Natives from all over the country. We show off our local indigenous unimproved flora, they show and sell Australian plants bred for the home garden, making for a great week's break in the Grampians Gariwerd.

Strangways Cemetery

Lonely graves are a part of the history of Australia. Many are unmarked, and names and details are lost forever but every grave is the final resting place of someone’s child, spouse, parent or friend. There are five graves as Strangways. Details of only two are known.

Mary and Albert Hewish lived at Strangways. Albert was a linesman on the Overland Telegraph Line and Mary was his pretty blue-eyed wife. Mary was a picture of health but showing the early signs of pregnancy. Mary and Albert had recently spoken to Dr Kennedy as he passed through on the way to Marree.

The following day Albert returned home the early morning after chasing a fault on the telegraph line for most of the night. He was surprised to find Mary still asleep in bed then realised she was unconscious. He threw back the rugs and a huge snake flashed out of the bed and through the door.

Albert instantly realised the seriousness of the situation and rushed across to the Repeater Station to send a message to Marree. “Mary dying. Send Dr Kennedy. Will pay for train. “It was Bill Ferguson’s day off but when he heard of Mary’s plight he dashed to the station and started lighting the fire in the train’s boiler. Almost two hours later the train was underway, the quickest cold start ever. Dr Kennedy kept asking for more speed, but Bill was already travelling at 30 miles an hour on tracks built for a maximum of 20 miles an hour.

As the train neared Coward Springs, it was flagged down by the publican who told them the sad news that Mary had died.

It will never be known just how many men, women and children have died and lie buried in the bush. We know of them only through stories reported at the time. The story above is one found in the archives of an old newspaper. Similar stories can be found in Tales From Bush Graves.

Neale Junction – Western Australia.

Named after Frank Neale

Frank Neale came to Australia in 1925 as a pilot for West Australian Airways. Bert Hinkler had persuaded Neale to come to Australia to fly the de Havilland DH50 on the north-west mail run. Charles Kingsford Smith had been one of WAA's first employed pilots but had gone out on his own.

In 1930 Neale joined Donald Mackay for a series of survey flights.

In June 1930, Neale became the first pilot to land an aircraft at Ayers Rock (Uluru) during one of these survey flights. The organiser of the surveys, Mackay, carried a goodwill letter with him from explorer William Tietkens who was the first person to photograph the same feature. In addition to other features the pair named Lake Mackay, Lake Neale and the Percival Lakes after the Percival Gull aircraft they were flying at the time. Between the Mackay aerial survey flights, Neale flew a de Havilland Dragonfly owned by Harry McEvoy the owner of Fostar Shoe Enterprises. Flights included England, China and the Far East.

With the onset of the Second World War, Neale joined the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve (RAAF) as a flying officer at No. 1 Communications Unit based in Laverton, Victoria. Neale flew a variety of aircraft for communications and transport of staff. In 1941 he had been promoted to flight lieutenant, and in 1942 squadron leader in command of the unit. He was awarded the Air Force Cross in June 1942 and had logged 17,400 hours flying. He was discharged from the RAAF in 1946 with the rank of wing commander.

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Map showing flights by Frank Neale. This map is in the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin. Photo from Wikicommons. Jo.

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 FJ Thwaites. The books are all hardcover in reasonable condition. Most missing dust jackets. 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.

White Moonlight

Roof Over Heaven

That Was The Hour

The Dark Abyss

Frederick Joseph Thwaites

Frederick Joseph Thwaites 1908-1979, (see Secondhand selection above) was an Australian novelist whose books sold over four million copies. He was best known for his first work The Broken Melody, which was adapted into a 1938 film.

Born in the inner Sydney suburb of Balmain, Thwaites claimed to have written his first book when he was 17 and self-published it when he was 22. It eventually became a best seller, being reprinted 54 times. Thwaites was one of the most popular Australian authors of the 1940s and 1950s, with many of his works being adapted for radio.

Thwaites was no fan of the Australian film industry. According to a 1933 interview: He deplored the presentation abroad of such films as On Our Selection, Harmony Row, The Sentimental Bloke, and The Squatter's Daughter, in all of which there was at least one imbecile or half-wit. People abroad viewing these pictures could not be blamed for concluding that about one person in every four or five in Australia was sub normal. Australian Studios were deserving of praise for their pioneering work, but surely it was possible to portray humour on the screen without associating it with lunacy. The Broken Melody was turned into an Australian film in 1938, directed by Ken G. Hall, who had made On Our Selection and The Squatter's Daughter.

Friday Funnies

A woman was in a gambling casino for the first time. At the roulette she says, "I have no idea what number to play."

The croupier suggests she play her age. Smiling at the man, she puts her money on number 29. The wheel is spun, and as the ball settles into the 36 slot the woman falls over into a dead faint. 

My inferiority complex is not as good as yours.

Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.

Barty was trapped in a bog and seemed a goner when Big Mick O'Reilly wandered by.

"Help!" Barty shouted, "Oi'm sinkin'!"

Don't worry," assured Mick. "Oi'm the strongest man in Erin, and Oi'll pull ye right out o' there."

Mick leaned out and grabbed Barty's hand and pulled and pulled to no avail.

After two more unsuccessful attempts, Mick said to Barty, "Shure, an' Oi can't do it. Oi'll have to get some help."

As Mick was leaving, Barty called "Mick! Mick! D'ye think it will help if Oi pull me feet out of the stirrups. 

Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I'm halfway through my fish burger and I realize, "Oh my Gosh... I could be eating a slow learner."

Why is it that when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic? - Lily Tomlin

Some women hold up dresses that are so ugly and they always say the same thing, "This looks much better on." On what? On fire?

I have a great diet. You're allowed to eat anything you want, but you must eat it with naked fat people.

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