Friday Five Newsletter 2018.11.9

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Westprint Friday Five  Friday November 9th 2018

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Friday Five Books

  1. Wildflowers of Central Australia. $9.95. 52-page booklet with stunning photographs and descriptions. Free postage. 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. Free Postage on this one.
  2. Forgotten War. $30.00. Winner of the 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for non-fiction. Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it more controversial to talk about the frontier war now than it was one hundred years ago? Forgotten War continues the story told in Henry Reynolds seminal book The Other Side of the Frontier, which argued that the settlement of Australia had a high level of violence and conflict that we chose to ignore. That book prompted a flowering of research and fieldwork that Reynolds draws on here to give a thorough and systematic account of what caused the frontier wars between white colonists and Aborigines, how many people died and whether the colonists themselves saw frontier conflict as a form of warfare. It is particularly timely as we approach the centenary of WWI. This powerful book makes it clear that there can be no reconciliation without acknowledging the wars fought on our own soil. Published 2013.
  3. Great Working Horse Stories. $30.00. Funny, familiar and deeply moving, these true stories of Australian working horses stretch over three generations and every part of our continent. Teams of powerful, laboring Clydesdales, patient and spirited saddle horses, brave police mounts and talented Olympic competitors canter through its pages, their stories told first-hand by the owners who cared for and worked alongside them. Follow country tracks in a hawker's wagon, visit floodlit arenas with thumping music where horses perform with quiet trust, and trudge mountains where brumbies run. Trick riders, talented trainers and outback stockmen share their secrets. Updated with many contemporary tales, this new edition is an unmissable treat for horse-lovers. 393pp. First published in 1995, this edition 2009.
  4. Jillaroo. Rachael Treasure. $24.95. After a terrible argument with her father over their family property, 'Waters Meeting', Rebecca Saunders throws her swag in the ute and heads north with her three dogs. A job as a jillaroo takes her into the rowdy world of B&S balls, Bundy rum and boys. When she at last settles down to a bit of study at agricultural college, her life is turned upside down by the very handsome but very drunken party animal Charlie Lewis . . . Will she choose a life of wheat farming on vast open plains with Charlie? Or will she return to the mountains, to fight for the land and the river that runs through her soul? It's only when tragedy shatters her world that Rebecca finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of adventure, dreams and determination. First published in 2002, this edition 2010.
  5. A Boy's Short Life. $18.00. Louis St John Johnson, born Warren Braedon into a Luritja and Arrernte family, was taken from his mother in Alice Springs at just three months old. Despite growing up with the love and care of his adoptive family, Louis was increasingly targeted by school bullies and police for his Aboriginality. As he grew older, his need to meet his natural family prompted visits to Alice Springs with his parents, but they were thwarted by bureaucracy. He was planning to return to Alice Springs when, walking home on his nineteenth birthday, Louis was brutally murdered by a group of white youths whose admitted motive was ‘because he was black’. This story captures the dark heart of racism in modern Australia, through the tragic story of one boy and his short life.        

Friday Forum

Milners Pile.

Recently on our Facebook page Milners Pile was the answer to our weekly Where Am I quiz. A number people mentioned that they hadn’t seen Milners Pile along the Birdsville Track and what was the story.

Here is the back story – in brief. It is one of the many tragic tales of the outback. After Ralph Milner’s journey (below) he settled in New Zealand. We hope that one day Milner’s story will be told in a book being written by one of his relatives. Jo.  

Milner's Pile is named after Ralph Milner who set out in 1863 to win an award offered by the South Australian Government for the first drover to overland stock across Australia. Drought stranded them at Cooper Creek and they spent seven years in the area before trying again from Port Augusta. Milner's wife Phoebe died while they were in the Cooper Creek area, his brother John was killed by Aborigines near Attack Creek in the Northern Territory, 1500 sheep died near Devil's Marbles after eating poisonbush and when he arrived at an area near Roper River he found Overland Telegraph construction workers stranded by flood waters with no supplies. Despite supplying the OT construction party with 1200 sheep Milner arrived in Darwin with 2000 sheep. He had spent several years on the track and was able to maintain the mob by caring for new-born lambs. Just south of Darwin he had been thrown from his horse and arrived with a broken arm. Milner's woes were not yet over. A change of government had seen the withdrawal of the £2000 award and Milner received nothing for the feat, despite being the first person to overland stock from south to north. Returning south my ship, Milner was shipwrecked and although he survived the event all his diaries recording the drove were lost.

Did You Know?

The highest fire tower in Australia is the Gloucester Tree in the Karri Forrest at Pemberton in Western Australia. The lookout is situated 56 metres above ground. It is the tallest natural fire lookout in Australia.

The largest Bedrock surface in the world is the Nullarbor Plain.

(Note: I found these facts in an old book. Please let me know of any new discoveries. Jo).

Kakadu National Park, NT.

Due to extreme weather temperatures, these sites will close as of today the 5th November: Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls and all walks related to these areas. Sites will reopen after the wet season.

Trans Access Road

  • Some notes on the TransAccess Track: Fuel at Glendambo, Kingoonya and Forrest, though I would call Forrest to make sure they have some. This could be the last refuel for a while as it seems they will be heading N or S on the Connie Sue.

Camping anywhere along the line, but there is a camp area in Kingoonya where there is a drop toilet, and a short walk to the pub for dinner, camping in Cook by the old school, paid camping at Forrest with flushing toilets and hot showers and camping at Rawlinna by the Rodeo grounds.

Note: the property north of the rail line from around Barton to the WA border is Aboriginal land and not normally accessible. If camping by the rail line keep your fire small and masked from any approaching trains .... at night, the drivers don’t know whether the fire is on the line (signifying danger) or not. There are fines if you stop a train unnecessarily.

It's not cheap, but I would recommend a tour of the Maralinga Atomic bomb site. It's a very informative whole day tour and needs to be booked in advance ( In the fee, you get two nights camping with fire, flushing toilets and hot showers, a whole day tour and the Aboriginal permit, so the price isn't too bad considering. To get there you head north west across the rail line from Ooldea and Maralinga is about 50km away. You could return heading straight to Watson on the rail line, but about 3km west of the Ooldea crossing is a new monument to commemorate the joining of the eastbound and westbound tracks as the line was being built. So, if going to Maralinga, see the monument first. Also, just east of the crossing at Ooldea is a monument to Daisy Bates.

There is an obelisk on the north of the line at Deakin which marks the WA/SA border. 24km east of Forrest, on the north side of the line is a small shelter built from sleepers. It is a great blowhole.

Jill (and Rod) Campbell at Kybo sheep station (3km south of Nurina rail station) has a personal museum housed in a portacabin. It includes a lot of historical documents, photos and all sorts of things they have picked up on their property including tektites. If you are interested, give them a call to see if you can visit.

Telstra have set up mobile phone towers along the line, so other than a few black spots, there's Telstra coverage all the way.

From Cook to Haig is 20-30kmph across limestone, with numerous sharp nodules. It has been done before with a van (there's a photo in the Forrest 'camp kitchen')

Don’t expect it to be easy, because you need to concentrate on the best path through the limestone, especially taking into account you will have a van behind. Malcolm and Trish

  • In reply to the request re the Trans Access Road between Tarcoola and the Connie Sue, sadly the section between Lyons and Haig has been closed to public use for several years and no permits will be issued and is marked as such on all good maps (current). Russ.

  • We travelled in 4WD Vehicles from Kalgoorlie on transcontinental track in July this year hoping to get through to Glendambo. From Rawlinna the track deteriorated so much so by the time we got to Haig we were down to 15kph. The track almost was nothing and so rocky and actually petered out at Loongana. We then drove down to Madura on a rough track’. Very disappointed that we could not continue on the Transcontinental, but it was impassable, and I certainly would not recommend towing a caravan. Jan and Robert

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 Ernestine Hill. All are hardcover in fair condition. A few have dustjackets. Normally these books are priced between $10-20 plus post. This week’s special price is $8.00 each plus post $9.50 regardless of the number of books ordered.

Titles are:

The Territory

My Love Must Wait

The Great Australian Loneliness

Flying Doctor Calling. (Only one copy in shabby condition. Okay for reading).

Book Review 

Hell Ship by Michael Veitch. Set at the height of the Australian gold rush the fine ship, Ticonderoga, was carrying around 800 hopeful new emigrants from England to Melbourne when fever broke out. Over 100 people died, the ship being quarantined at what is now known as Ticonderoga Bay, inside the Heads and where the colony's Quarantine station was then established - now in Point Nepean NP. 
The story, written by the great grandson of one of the doctors on board, is well researched and written and makes for an informative and enjoyable read about one of the episodes in early Australian history that gripped the fledgling colony, but is largely forgotten today. It gives an insight into the ‘Clearances’ that saw many people forcibly evicted from their ancestral homes and lands in the Scottish Highlands and the conditions which many of our forebears put up with on their long voyage to Australia. It is also a bit of a love story … but you’ll have to read the book to find out more. Ron Moon.

hell ship

Westprint has a few copies of this book on order and they should arrive in the next few days. (Not on the web site as yet.) If you wish to reserve a copy please email Jo at

Friday Funnies

On the first day, God created the dog and said: "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."
The dog said: "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?" So, God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said: "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."
The monkey said: "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?" And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said: "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years"
The cow said: "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?" And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God created man and said: "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years." 
But man said: "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty,  the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the  dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"
"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."
So that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front verandah and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.

At Melbourne'sTullamarine Airport today, an individual, later discovered to be a high school teacher was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a setsquare, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At the press conference the Attorney-General said he believes the man is a member of the notorious al-gebra movement. He is being charged by the AFP with carrying weapons of maths instruction.

"Al-gebra is a fearsome cult,” the Attorney-General said. "They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'there are 3 sides to every triangle'."

When asked, a commentator said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of maths instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes". 

A man absolutely hated his wife's cat and decided to get rid of him one day by driving him 20 blocks from his home and leaving him at the park. As he was getting home, the cat was walking up the driveway. The next day he decided to drive the cat 40 blocks away. He put the beast out and headed home. Driving back up his driveway, there was the cat! 
He kept taking the cat further and further and the cat would always beat him home. At last he decided to drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right again and another right until he reached what he thought was a safe distance from his home and left the cat there.
Hours later the man calls home to his wife: "Jen, is the cat there?" 
"Yes," the wife answers, "why do you ask?" 
Frustrated, the man answered, "Put that rotten cat on the phone, I'm lost and need directions!" 

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