Friday Five Newsletter 2018.11.16

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Westprint Friday Five  Friday November 16th 2018

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Friday Five Books

  1. Outback: The Discovery of Australia's Interior. Derek Parker. $24.95. In 1800, while the coast of Australia had finally been charted, the vast interior of the continent, and routes across its deserts and mountains from north to south and east to west lay all undiscovered. By 1874, its lands had been all but won. Derek Parker's new and exciting book gathers together the stories of those intrepid explorers who, often against great odds, on journeys of months or even years, beat starvation, inadequate information and mapping, disease and loss, to forge routes which would enable the country's development. From early explorers, who were generally escaped convicts, to the son of a Lincolnshire surgeon who coined the name 'Australia'; from explorers Major Mitchell, who slaughtered aborigines, to Sir George Grey, who learnt their language, recorded their culture and came to love and understand them; and from the greatest overland expedition in Australian history in 1844 to continued failed attempts to find a mythical 'inland sea', this is a fascinating read. 240pp. First published in 2007, this edition 2009.
  2. Hamilton Hume - Our Greatest Explorer. $33.00. While English-born soldiers, sailors and surveyors have claimed pride of place among the explorers of the young New South Wales colony, the real pathfinder was a genuine native-born Australian. Hamilton Hume, a man with a profound understanding of the Aboriginal people and an almost mystical relationship with the Australian bush, led settlers from the cramped surrounds of Sydney Town to the vast fertile country that would provide the wealth to found and sustain a new nation. Robert Macklin, tells the heroic tale of this young Australian man who outdid his English 'betters' by crossing the Blue Mountains, finding a land route from Sydney to Port Phillip and opening up western New South Wales. His contribution to the development of the colony was immense but downplayed in deference to explorers of British origin.
  3. Make Trax Australia Maxi Atlas - With Index $49.99 This brand new edition of Make Trax Australia Atlas features highly detailed maps for the whole of Australia. The maps contained here are at 1:950,000 giving the highest level of detail of any atlas for the outback regions of Australia. This Maxi Atlas is ideal for the 4WD traveller, the round-Australia traveller, caravanners, campers, truckies and anyone else who ventures into the great Australian Outback. The high level of detail extends to the Savannah Way, Cape York, Birdsville Track and many more. Page size 270mm X 380mm - Hardcover

  4. Bush Tukka Guide. $19.95. In this gorgeous and compact book, Samantha Martin - the ‘Bush Tukka Woman' - shares her knowledge and love of bush tukka as taught to her by her mother and other Aboriginal elders. Her Bush Tukka Guide offers rich and wonderful insights into how Aboriginal people survived for centuries unearthing the bounty of this sometimes lush and often desolate land. The book is divided into three chapters covering plants, animals and some recipes to get you started using bush tukka at home. Learn how to find billygoat plums and mountain bush pepper in the wild; discover the reasons Aboriginal people ate magpie geese and honey ants; and test out the delicious flavours of bush tukka recipes like bunya nut pesto, lemon myrtle slow-cooked kangaroo or caramelised cluster figs with ice-cream.
  5. The Nullarbor Kid. $20.00. If you had worked with them, if you had driven with them, if you had had a drink with them, if you helped them when broken down, you would have been proud to be one of them and called them mates.' Meet Ray Gilleland, pioneer trucker in postwar Australia. A time when trucks were viewed as an 'upstart industry' that threatened existing railway systems. Ray was part of the new breed, determined not to be chained to the old ways. The Nullarbor Kid tells of the true adventures Ray and his mates had when the trucking industry was born, and the battlelines between government and truckers. Ray tells stories of trucks not suited for blistering Australian heat, long mountain climbs in low gear, and the vast distances that sapped the strength of driver and truck. Of tolls, inspectors and regulations set to strangle the new industry, and drivers who fought back with every trick in the book. Of incredible near misses that could have killed them. And through it all, the smell and noise and romance of long-haul driving. In this world, when the chips were down, indeed at all times, humour loomed large and real-life adventure abounded. Published 2012.

Notes from the office

You may have noticed in last week’s Friday Five a small entry at the end to indicate that we were closed on Friday to attend a funeral. Funerals often lead to pondering ‘life’s too short’…The ‘life’s too short’ decision for Graeme and me was to go and visit our daughter Laura for a few days. Consequently, by the time this Friday Five arrives, we will have just landed in London. We will be back in a couple of weeks and in the meantime, Carolyn will be looking after the office and dealing with orders.  John will also be around somewhere but as usual, if travelling to visit Westprint please phone ahead to make sure we are open. Jo.

Friday Forum

A History of Australian Land Borders

You know of all this I’m sure, but I thought you might be interested:

It can be found at:

One thing the honourable judge doesn’t touch on (proving they don’t know everything!) is the French claim for the western half of the continent that occurred on Dirk Hartog Is in 1699. SEE:

Ron & Viv Moon.

A little lengthy but a very interesting read. Jo.

South Australian Strawberries

If you are travelling in South Australia over the summer, one of the many great activities is to pick yourself some strawberries. This year’s season, which runs from November to May is expected to yield of 6000 tonnes – enough strawberries to stretch 15 kilometres, if laid end to end.

Witchelina Nature Reserve – Jo Blogs

Recently, Graeme and I found a few days spare and with an invitation to ‘come visit Witchelina sometime’ we headed off. What we found was way beyond our expectations. I have been trying to write a blog about the trip but there are so many different things I want to write about, I have decided to break it into manageable chunks.

First up some background information. This is partly my information, and some I have taken from notes about Witchelina that I have and information from their website.

Witchelina is between Lyndhurst and Marree and to the west of Farina. The property extends from Lake Torrens in the south to Marree and is approximately 8 hours’ drive north of Adelaide in South Australia.

The large property of 421,000ha (4219 sq. kilometres or 1,000,000 acres), operated for 140 years as a pastoral property before being purchased by the Nature Foundation SA. It is now being managed as a conservation reserve. All domestic livestock have been removed and there is a control program in place for feral goats, cats and foxes. At the time of purchase by Nature Foundation SA photos and research was done to determine a baseline of region’s biodiversity. Eight years on, you can now see the difference in vegetation and rehabilitation of the land.

Aboriginal people associated with Witchelina include the Arabunna in the north, and the Kuyani in the central and southern areas. The Kuyani are one of several groups which together comprise the Adnyamathanha people of the Northern Flinders Ranges and some areas around Lake Torrens. The Adnyamathanha and Arabunna people continue to have a strong spiritual connection to this country with at least one group making regular visits.

Accommodation options at Witchelina Nature Reserve include campgrounds along the red gum lined Station Creek (and at Old Mt Nor’ West), shearers’ quarters and a house once occupied by the station manager.

There are a number of nature drives on the property suitable for 4WD. You can self-drive, paying a fee and a bond for the gate key. We found this option the best for us, as we could work from the extensive trip notes and spend more time at the areas that interested us. Tagalong tours with the manager are also available.


shearers hut

Recollections of an Airspeed Oxford pilot

In our office we often have great snippets and stories that are unrelated to maps but great reading nonetheless. The following information from Doug Peterson, a 94-year-old veteran who trained as a pilot during the second world war. Doug trained at the airbase at Mallala in South Australia.

I was on the last wings course at Mallala, where some trained in Avro Ansons; others like myself trained in Airspeed Oxfords. I have never seen anything further on Airspeed Oxfords. I noticed they were absent from the War Memorial.

I nicknamed the Airspeed Oxford the flying coffin. It was a treacherous aircraft to let loose on sprog pilots. It had radial motors with the cowling held in place with clips that were secured by a screwdriver twist of the clip into a wire holder. These clips could come undone in flight and we were instructed to push the throttle through the gate and land ASAP – full bore. It happened to me one day; scared the living daylights out of me landing at full speed. Took a mile to pull up.

One other time the aircraft developed a shudder, so I landed at a satellite landing field. The screws holding the propeller on one of the engines had become loose. We were warned that if the Oxford aircraft went into a spin there was no way out of it. We certainly never received training in spin recovery. It was also reputed to have a high-speed wing tip stall. I took their word for it and made sure I didn’t offer any opportunities to prove or disprove it.

On another occasion I was on my solo final cross-country north and east of Mallala. One motor developed a cold pot. I was quite confident about taking it the final leg of the course, as we had been trained for such things. The good motor was running low on fuel, so I turned on the line to feed the fuel from the other motor. Disaster struck. The fuel would not move across to the good motor. Ahead were mountains – hilly country. I found a pocket-sized paddock and put it down; ground looped it as a fence loomed into the line of the landing. The base sent out fuel by means of a Tiger Moth; I refused to attempt to take off. The aircraft and I both returned to base by road transport. (A ground loop occurs when the aircraft suddenly dips heavily on one side dragging the wing tip on the ground. This would have happened when Doug suddenly noticed the fence and tried to turn sharply to avoid a collision.)

The trainees thought the Airspeed Oxford so bad that they refused to fly it at one stage. The boss, Beaumont (I think he was an Air Vice Marshall) took it up and spun it, rolled it, and put it through all the manoeuvres we would not even think of attempting, while we watched from ground level. He was a pilot well out of our class. We virtually returned to flying it with our tail between our legs.

After the Wings Parade, we were sent on leave and then to a ground base in mid-Victoria. By now it was obvious that the war was going to end. The hierarchy had the notion that we should keep our hand in by flying an hour a week – in the Airspeed Oxford so we were posted back to Mallala. I put in for discharge, and every time it was my time to fly, I had tooth ache or other urgent business that prevented me from flying so I never flew after the Wings Parade. I did a bit of private flying after discharge. Doug.


The Airspeed Oxford

Friday Funnies

A Great Lesson on Stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience.  Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'Half empty or half full?'  She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night.  Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.

1.  Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!

2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4. Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7.  It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8.  Never buy a car you can't push.

9.  Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10.  Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12. The second mouse gets the cheese.

13. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17.  We could learn a lot from crayons.  Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull.  Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.


20. Save the earth.... It's the only planet with chocolate!

Be the kind of person that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~ "Oh Crap, he's up!" Bill 

Mary Poppins was travelling home, but due to worsening weather, she decided to stop at a hotel for the night. She approached the receptionist and asked for a room for the night. "Certainly madam," he replied.

"Is the restaurant open still?" inquired Mary. "Sorry, no," came the reply, "but room service is available all night."

"Hmm, I would like cauliflower cheese please," said Mary.

"Certainly, madam," he replied. "And can I have breakfast in bed?" asked Mary politely. The receptionist nodded and smiled. "In that case, I would love a couple of poached eggs, please," Mary mused. After confirming the order, Mary signed in and went up to her room. The night passed uneventfully and the next morning Mary came down to check out. The same guy was still on the desk. "Morning madam, sleep well?" "Yes, thank you," Mary replied. "Food to your liking?"

"Well, I have to say the cauliflower cheese was exceptional, I don't think I have had better. Shame about the eggs, though.... they really weren't that nice at all," replied Mary truthfully. "Oh...well, perhaps you could contribute these thoughts to our Guest Comments Book. We are always looking to improve our service and would value your opinion," said the receptionist. "OK, I will...thanks!" replied Mary, who checked out, then scribbled a comment into the book. Waving, she left to continue her journey.

Curious, the receptionist picked up the book to see the comment Mary had written. Supercauliflowercheesebuteggswerequiteatrocious!

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