Friday Five Newsletter 2018.9.28

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 Friday September 28th 2018

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It’s finally here. 


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

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Friday Five Books

  1. Wadjelas. $45.00. This story is about a very young man with noble intent, a lack of maturity and no training whatsoever who is sent out by government to deal with what it sees as a disintegrating and dying race. It is about the ineptitude of government in dealing with a giant problem the average citizens, if they concern themselves at all, think is being attended to by experts. That within some grand plan there are dove­tailed notions which will bring about a solution, if not now, then at some stage in the future. To confound the government the race does not die nor does it quite disintegrate. Politics, prejudice, greed, apathy and indifference play their part. However, there is enough conscience, courage and integrity, to provide in the awakening years just after World War II, the seed for dramatic change. There is tomfoolery, humour, pathos and plain tragedy.Adrian Day was a Native Welfare Officer in the ‘50s and ‘60s. His story is of the people, black, white and brindle, good, bad, and indifferent. On reading Wadjelas, an anthropologist with long experience in the WA bush, said, “…it would be nice if all the participants in the ‘Aboriginal Industry’ could read it, including historians, bureaucrats, academics, policy makers, in fact all the stakeholders’ First published in 2010.
  2. Ludwig Leichhardt Lost in the Outback. $34.95. On 14 February 1842 Leichhardt arrived in Sydney, Australia. His aim was to explore inland Australia and he was hopeful of a government appointment in his fields of interest. In 1848 Ludwig Leichhardt and his companions vanished during his second attempt at crossing Australia from east to west. No trace of his expedition has been found. Nine separate extensive but unsuccessful searches were conducted over the next century. With no evidence whatsoever of Leichhardt's fate, his disappearance created heroic mythology and resulted in a number of poems and novels (in German also), including Nobel Prize winner Patrick White's Voss of 1957. Leichhardt left extensive and well-regarded records and publications about his travels. This is a sensitive and detailed account drawing on Leichhardt’s letters, journals, log books and personal diaries and covers his early years in Europe and his incredibly broad university education.
  3. Beyond the Big Run. $26.95. Charlie Schultz and Darrell Lewis. This book tells the story of Charlie Schultz’s struggle to turn Humbert River Station into a first-class cattle station in the face of physical and financial hardship, loneliness, and the wild bush itself. His stories are set against the colourful characters and events of the Victoria River district. First published in 1995, this edition 2008.
  4. The Cattleman’s Daughter. Rachael Treasure. $25.00. Born on the rugged Dargo High Plains and raised by her cattleman father, Emily Flanaghan has lost her way in life. Locked in an unhappy marriage in the suburbs, Emily misses the high country with a fierce ache. To make matters worse, her heritage is under threat. A government bill to evict the mountain cattlemen is about to be passed, and the Flanaghans could be banned from the mountains their family has looked after for generations. When a terrible accident brings Emily to the brink of death, she realises she must return to the high country to seek a way forward in life; healing herself, her daughters and her land. Along the way, she finds herself falling in love with a man who works for the government - the traditional opposition of the cattlemen - new Parks ranger, Luke Bradshaw. But just as she sees that the land and Luke are the keys to regaining her life, Emily faces losing them both in the greatest challenge of all . . . First published in 2009, this edition 2010.
  5. Absent Without Leave. Paul Livingston. $28.00. Absent Without Leave follows three wide-eyed young Australian men from their enlistment at the Sydney Showground in 1940 to the war in the Middle East and jungle warfare in the Asia-Pacific. Private Stanley Livingston and his two best mates, Roy Lonsdale and Gordon Oxman, would be brothers-in-law as well as brothers in arms by the end of the war, as Stanley would marry Roy's sister Evelyn, while Gordon would marry Lilly Livingston, Stanley's younger sister. In this case the term absent without leave has no negative connotation. Between their Middle East and Pacific campaigns Privates Livingston and Oxman, and many of their fellow soldiers, abandoned their units to be with their loved ones. These men were not running from battle or responsibility, but to the service of their families who desperately needed them. This is also an account of the civilian men and women back home, and of Stanley's future wife, Evelyn. Evelyn's war is a story in itself, by day riveting bombers at Kingsford Smith Airport, by night enjoying the spoils of war courtesy of the ever-present and exotic American servicemen. Absent Without Leave gives a deeply human face to the circumstances of war. Like many veterans, Stanley Livingston spoke little about the war, and this book is an attempt by his son to discover the man he had never really known. The result is an extraordinary story about an ordinary man: illuminating, deeply moving and told with no shortage of humour. Absent Without Leave unearths a part of Australian history that has largely been forgotten, because no-one ever really talked about it. Until now. Published 2013.

Friday Forum

Information wanted

One of our readers, Phil, is looking for information about the pictured fork. Does anyone know where, how or when they were made?

Phil says “I swapped a piece of bung fritz for this about 23 years ago at a place called Gunpowder northwest of Mt Isa from an old drover. I think he got it somewhere around Charters Towers.


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Book Review

The Great Boomerang, Ion L Idriess.

Just finished reading this original Australian book, a historical first-hand narrative about an Australian author’s Grand Plan.  Known as Mad Jack in the days of his wandering he grew up travelling the vast outback, from the Cape country across and into what he called the “Dead Heart”. He displayed an enormous knowledge of vast pastoral sheep and cattle stations, places long disappeared and a firm belief of how the coming of the white sellers and the great numbers of sheep, caused the expansion of the desolation of the outback.

Telling tales of characters he met, pastoralist, drovers, duffers, stoic women and natives and places of the outback, his descriptions of the country, droughts and geography showed an amazing knowledge, graphically described though-out the book.  Water is life was the central theme and with anecdotes and colourful mental pictures of Australia, he pieced together the outline of his “Grand Plan”, to bring water back into the channel countries in such volumes that the inland lakes would fill, not just once every 10-15 years, but every year.

The Great Boomerang turned out to be a graphical overlay of Australia, shading from Northern Queensland, Southwest to the dead heart, and swinging southeast across the corner countries and into South Australia. Picture that scenario as a dark wide band and you have the shape of a boomerang.  The stars of his plan are the three great rivers of the outback, Cooper, Diamantina and Georgina and the myriad of tributaries that feed them.

They might have called him Mad Jack because of his frequent wanderings and long absences where they thought he might have perished, but there is nothing mad in the way this book is written. Just a warning, first published in 1941, our edition (1950), contains descriptors and nouns that today wouldn’t be considered politically correct. A good read for anyone who loves to travel the outback. With the current debates about the Murray River and drought, this book might just as well be written today. Col

Note from the office.

The Great Boomerang has been out of print for many years. We have two secondhand copies in stock. One is a 1941 first edition, the other 1949.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please send me an email with your If more than one person is interested there will be a ballot on Monday.

The 1941 first edition is in fair condition. It is ex-library with library stamps and markings. Cover and spine is marked and worn. $28 plus post.

The 1949 is in better condition but with some wear to covers. Both are missing the dust jacket. $28 plus post.

Anne Beadell Highway

  • We just did the Anne Beadell East to West in an OKA. The corrugation on the SA side is very bad. If you see a by-pass track, take it!!

The WA side is freshly graded and very pleasant to drive. We do NOT recommend taking an off-road caravan. We have met some people, coming from the WA side, that turned around with their off-road caravans shortly after the 50km no-camping zone, which is approx. 60 km east from the WA border.

The Hema map 1m has the majorities of the attractions. Susi.

  • The request for information was fairly broad so here is some general information.
  1. When in 2019 are you planning to do it? January through April can be VERY hot.
  2. The previous experience trips you mentioned are all a lot shorter than the Anne Beadell, and could be completed, in a few days if required. The Anne Beadell is just shy of 1400 km, Coober Pedy SA to Laverton WA, which is going to take at least a week. The only ‘bail out’ option is south from Voakes Hill Corner via Cook to Nullarbor Roadhouse on the Eyre Highway, about 400 km. After Voakes Hill, routes south are longer than the rest of the Anne Beadell.
  3. This far out from the date of travel, the only reliable track information is that it will be corrugated. Unfortunately, Len built his roads with long straights, so people drive faster making bigger corrugations. I understand some grading was done between the Emu area and Voakes Hill about 18 months ago, other than that the South Australian section hasn’t seen a grader since it was built. Parts of the Western Australian section do see a grader sometimes, so are generally in better condition than the SA section. Your best bet for track condition information that is relevant is to ask on ‘Friday Fives’ and on social media four to six weeks before you leave, as someone will have just finished a crossing and be willing to give advice. Have good quality off-road tyres and run them at about 18 psi cold, including the caravan, use four-wheel drive and keep your speed down, this will give you the best possible ride and look after the track.
  4. The Anne Beadell along with most outback tracks has an appetite for ill prepared and mis-managed trailers/caravans, as witnessed by the abandoned wrecks scattered around the outback. Be sure the caravan is a true off-road unit and that it is in good condition, particularly its suspension and check it regularly to catch problems before they become catastrophic. It is also worth considering Recovery Insurance, your normal extended road service cover, will not pick you up out there and a specialist off-road recovery is going to cost thousands of dollars.
  5. As for points of interest, there are not a lot. Westprint’s ‘Anne Beadell Hwy’ map has most of them marked, with notes on the back of the map. If you use the electronic version, the notes are included as a PDF file which you can print. Even when using a GPS Navigator, you should always have a paper map which gives you the ‘big picture’. App’s such as WikiCamps AU will give you camp sites, POI’s etc. which other people have up-loaded which can be handy, remember to upload the relevant off-line maps so you can use the App when you are out of service.

Hope you have a great trip. WRG

Secondhand 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 Fiona McCallum. All are Trade Paperback in very good condition. 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 Fiona McCallum are:

Nowhere Else

Wattle Creek


Funny Photos


From Keith.

Friday Funnies

"My wife suggested a book for me to read to enhance our relationship. It's titled: 'Women are from Venus, Men are Wrong.'"

"Never go to a plastic surgeon whose favourite artist is Picasso."

A psychiatrist's secretary walks into his study and says, "There's a gentleman in the waiting room asking to see you. Claims he's invisible."

The psychiatrist responds, "Tell him I can't see him."

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.

"A Canadian psychologist is selling a video that teaches you how to test your dog's IQ. Here's how it works: if you spend $12.99 for the video, your dog is smarter than you." - Jay Leno

A customer was continually bothering the waiter in a restaurant; first, he'd asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked for it to be turned down because he was too cold, and so on for about half an hour.

Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient, he walked back and forth and never once got angry. So finally, a second customer asked him why he didn't throw out the pest.

"Oh, I don't care," said the waiter with a smile. "We don't even have an air conditioner." 


A man was driving home one evening and realized that it was his daughter's birthday and he hadn't bought her a present. He drove to the mall and ran to the toy store and he asked the store manager, "How much is that new Barbie in the window?"

The manager replied, "Which one? We have 'Barbie goes to the gym' for $19.95, 'Barbie goes to the ball' for $19.95, 'Barbie goes shopping' for $19.95, 'Barbie goes to the beach' for $19.95, 'Barbie goes to the nightclub' for $19.95, and 'Divorced Barbie' for $375.00." "Why is the Divorced Barbie $375.00, when all the others are $19.95?" Dad asked, surprised. "Divorced Barbie comes with Ken's car, Ken's house, Ken's boat, Ken’s dog, Ken's cat and Ken's furniture." 

Tolerance is only another name for indifference.

Q: What do you call two Mexicans playing basketball?

A: Juan on Juan 

A primary school teacher, tired of dealing with educational jargon, asked for a small allotment of money for "behaviour modification reinforcers."

The principal saw the item and asked, "What in heaven's name is that?"

"Lollipops," she explained 

Three friends die in a car accident, and upon their arrival to heaven, they are all asked, "When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?"

The first guy says, "I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man."

The second guy says, "I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow."

The last guy replies, "I would like to hear them say "LOOK, HE'S MOVING!!!"

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