Friday Five Newsletter 2018.9.21

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Westprint Friday Five  Friday September 21st 2018

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It’s finally here. 


A pallet of books arrived this week and we are pretty excited, not to mention busy, sending out all the reserved copies.

Crossing the Dead Heart is a narrative of Cecil Madigan’s expedition across the northern Simpson Desert in 1939.  The expedition was financed by Mr. A.A. Simpson, after whom the desert was subsequently named. From Charlotte Waters the expedition crossed the desert to Birdsville along the route that is now known as the Madigan Line. The party then travelled southward along the shores of Lake Eyre, rejoining the railway at Marree. This is a story of great enterprise and patient scientific investigation.

Like so many of our projects this one has been long-term. It began in the early 1990s with assistance and advice from Sir Russell Madigan, Madigan’s son who was keen to see the book back in print. Crossing The Dead Heart has been reprinted as a facsimile edition several times. This edition is a faithful copy of the original text but with additional footnotes by Colin Harris, one of Australia's foremost authorities on Madigan and the Simpson Desert.

Photos from the first edition text have been used using John’s expertise in photo restoration. While not perfect by today’s digital standards, they have come up well from using a 70-year-old text. In some instances, we have been able to use original photos. We are grateful to Cecil Madigan’s descendants who have assisted with photos and with biographical details. The cover design by John Frith of Flat Earth Mapping and John Deckert from Westprint is as close as possible to the original 1946 publication.  

Sadly, Cecil Madigan did not see his book in print. He passed away in Adelaide shortly before it was published.

This 2018 edition 2018 is 242 pages and is published jointly by Westprint Maps & Flat Earth Mapping.

Softcover $34.95

Limited Edition $85.00

Post and Packing $9.50 per order.

Friday Five Books

  1. Catherine's Gift. John Little. $24.95. Dr Catherine Hamlin has been described as a living saint and one of our greatest Australians. Since 1959 she has lived and worked in Ethiopia, helping the victims of fistulas – devastating injuries caused by obstructed labour in childbirth, which condemn women to a lifetime of incapacity and degradation. The surgery she pioneered has helped tens of thousands of sufferers return to normal life after being shunned by their families and communities. The hospitals she has set up in her adopted country now act as teaching centres for obstetricians and surgeons from many developing nations. Catherine's Gift takes us inside her extraordinary world, following the fate of some of the women who have travelled to Dr Hamlin's hospitals in the hope of a cure for their fistula injuries. It shows us the day-to-day experiences of her incredible staff, and the tireless work of Catherine Hamlin herself. There are few more inspirational stories than that of Dr Catherine Hamlin, and this book brings her and her work vividly to life. First published in 2008, this edition 2010.
  2. Saving Private Sarbi. $20.00. The true story of Australia's canine war hero. Powerful, dramatic, heartwarming, this is the true story of Sarbi, the scruffy black Labrador-cross trained by the Australian Army as an explosives detection dog for the most dangerous combat mission imaginable. Thirteen months after Australia's most famous canine warrior went missing in action following an historic battle between the elite SAS and the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2008, she was found by an American Special Forces officer patrolling a village in a region known to be a Taliban stronghold. Against all odds, Sarbi had survived her injuries, the enemy's weapons, a bitter winter, one brutal summer and the harsh unforgiving landscape on her own. She was the miracle dog of Tarin Kot. Sarbi's story, and those of the other brave Australian Army dogs in Afghanistan, will resonate with anyone who has known the unconditional love of man's best friend, and understands the rewards of unbidden loyalty, trust and devotion. It will appeal to all those who appreciate the selflessness of serving your country and the inherent dangers of putting your life on the line for others in a war zone. And it will strike a chord with anyone who has experienced the magical connection with a dog. First published 2011. This edition 2013.
  3. Holland Track CD. $34.95. The Holland Track runs between Broomehill and Coolgardie in Western Australia and follows the track cut by John Holland. This CD includes maps to run on OziExplorer, printable PDF maps and information set out in a self-contained web site on the CD.
  4. Kings in Grass Castles - CD. $34.95. "‘Cattle Kings’ ye call us, then we are Kings in grass castles that may be blown away upon a puff of wind” - Patrick Durack, 1878. When Patrick Durack left Ireland for Australia in 1853, he was to found a dynasty of pioneers, and build an empire of cattle-land across the great stretches of Australia. His grand-daughter, Mary Durack, with a profound sense of family history, has rebuilt the saga of the Duracks, a saga that is the story of Australia itself, huge, pioneering, and tremendous in concept. With introduction by Bud Tingwell and Lucy Durack. 17 Hours on 15 CD's.
  5. Kookoo Kookaburra. $27.95. Free Postage Hard cover 32 pages. Age range 5 to 8. Kindness is like a boomerang if you throw it often, it comes back often. Kookoo the Kookaburra is the second heartwarming morality tale - set within the cultural context of the Dreamtime by Queensland teacher Gregg Dreise. In the same vein as his first book Silly Birds, Dreise tells the story of Kookoo, a kind and well-loved kookaburra who is famous for entertaining the other bush creatures with his funny stories. Everyone knows Kookoo has a special gift because he can tell funny stories about the other animals without hurting their feelings. However, when Kookoo runs out of kind stories he turns to teasing and making fun of his friends’ differences. Refusing to listen to the sage advice of his uncle, Kookoo gradually alienates all his friends until he finds himself alone and ignored by the other animals. When he finally listens to the sounds of his own laughter echoing around the bush and realises it has become an unhappy sound, Kookoo is forced to remember his uncle’s words and change his ways. Kindness is like a boomerang if you throw it often, it comes back often.

Friday Forum

Wheel Studs

While we were away there was an article about Wheel Studs (Aug 3 edition). Below are a couple of follow up comments.

  • Over my lifetime of driving I have had 3 wheels fall off vehicles and trailers in at least two instances they had been installed and set with a tension wrench, but they still fell off. Probably because they had not seated properly and came loose.

What I do now; it doesn't matter if I fit or rotate the wheels or a tyre dealer installs them or the workshop fits or rotates the wheels I always put a sticky note on my windscreen to re-tension the wheel nuts after 200 km and 500 km I haven't had any wheels fall off since instituting this procedure on vehicles and van. It’s a pain but the only full proof fix.  Peter

  • I found your article on wheel studs informative but would like to add a couple of points.

1. If the nut and stud appear to be rusty, I wipe a little grease onto the stud - this would no doubt be frowned upon by some but may stop a snapped stud if the nut jams due to the rust. Incidentally it is a good idea to loosen the wheel nuts after having new tyres fitted as they may be over tightened with the dealer's rattle gun. Just retighten to a reasonable torque by hand; check the nuts periodically for tightness with your wheel brace especially if the wheels are alloy. Also, if yours has hub caps, remove them to make sure a stud hasn't been snapped during wheel replacement and the damage hidden under the hub cap. Of course, you would find that when checking the wheel nuts for a reasonable tension.

2. I have a 2000 model Land Cruiser which has five stud wheels, the studs being of quite a large diameter. The thread of the studs is quite fine, and it is easy to get them crossed. The result is that the nuts can appear to be tight but are actually jammed. If the damage to the thread is too bad, the only option is to replace the offending stud and nut. I screw the nuts on by hand as far as possible before finally using the wheel brace. However, this does not stop your tyre dealer from using a rattle gun and jamming the nut, ruining the thread. My car has the type of alloy wheels with hub caps (no doubt there is a name for them) and I remove the hub caps before getting new tyres just to make sure the nuts are tightened right up to the wheel, and not jammed or the studs broken. Yorick

Information wanted

We are thinking of doing the Anne Beadell Highway in 2019 and would appreciate any advice from those that may have done it in 2018 we are planning to do East to West. We will at this stage be in a group of 3 to 4 Vehicles reasonably well experienced Arnhem Land, Simson Desert, Gibb River etc. one vehicle towing off-road caravan.  Points of interest from your experience would be a great help many thanks. Brian

What’s On?

John O’Brien’s 140th Birthday Anniversary. Father Hartigan was the Parish priest at Narrandera for 27 years.  He wrote many poems under the pen name of John O’Brien such as Around the Boree Log etc. Around the Boree Log is available from Westprint. 

They have a festival every year in Narrandera to honour him. He got called to the Corryong area in the early days and administered last rites to Jack O’Reilly without knowing that he was the Man From Snowy River. Doug. 


Moonambel Get Together 2018 . The 2018 Moonambel annual gathering will be held at the Moonambel Recreation Reserve on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of October.

Now in our 17th year, the gathering has a prime location being situated prior to the entrance of the township of Moonambel.  We are able to provide both bush camping and some limited power sites, together with access to a great pavilion and modern amenities.  Firewood will be supplied for the centrally located fire for the daily happy hour and cooking.

Moonambel is within walking distance with excellent services for all visitors. The district has some excellent 4WD trips and local wineries for those wishing to enjoy additional activities.  It is only a short drive to both Avoca and Maryborough.

We invite all HF Radio enthusiasts and their friends to our gathering to share your knowledge, join in the weekend activities, and just generally enjoy socialising and having a great time.

For more information please contact either Rod Willison 0419 008 764 or Ron Tame 0400 346 477. Come along and join in the fun!

Willowglen 4X4 Challenge. The Toyota Landcruiser Club of NSW are holding their annual 4X4 challenge on Sept 29-30. Head to their website for details. You don’t need to drive a Landcruiser to enter. 


Secondhand 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 we have a selection of books by Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh. All are paperback in good condition. Normally these books are priced between $10-$20 plus post.  This week’s special price is $6.00 per book. Please add $9.50 flat rate postage, regardless of the number of titles ordered.

Titles are:

Great Australian Railway Stories.

Great Australian Shearing Stories

Great Australian Droving Stories

Great Australian Flying Doctor Stories

Great Flying Doctor Stories

Great Australian CWA Stories

Great Australian Stories – Outback Towns and Pubs

Looking for Dad

Beckom (Pop. 64)

Friday Funnies

"When you see the writing on the wall.... you can bet you're in a public restroom."

"I believe you should live each day as if it were your last, which is why I never have any clean clothes. Because, come on, who wants to do laundry on the last day of their lives?"

Two fonts walk into a bar. The bartender says to them, "Get out! We don't serve your type here."

Luke and Obi-Wan are in a Chinese restaurant having a meal. Skilfully using his chopsticks, Obi-Wan deftly dishes himself a large portion of noodles into his bowl, then tops it off with some chicken and cashew nuts. All this is done with consummate ease you'd expect from a Jedi Master.

Poor old Luke is having a nightmare, using his chopsticks in both hands, dropping his food all over the table and eventually himself.

Obi-Wan looks at Luke disapprovingly and says, "Use the FORKS, Luke."

I was recently born again. It was a deeply spiritual and glorious experience. I can't say my mother enjoyed it a whole lot.

My girlfriend had a terrible time of it. First, she got tonsillitis, then appendicitis and pneumonia. After that they gave her hypodermics and inoculations. I thought she would never win that spelling bee.

Nobody believes the official spokesman... but everybody trusts an unidentified source.

A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?

His mother had an idea: "Why don't you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?"

He thought this was a great strategy and arranged a date for a week later. His mother called the day after the big date to see how things had gone.

"The evening was a disaster," he moaned.

"Why, didn't she come over?" asked his mother.

"Oh, she came over, but she refused to cook...."

Miss Jones had been giving her second-grade students a lesson on science. She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron. Now it was question time and she asked, "My name begins with the letter 'M' and I pick up things. What am I?"

A little boy on the front row said, "You're a mother."

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