BINOOMEA The Newsletter of the Jenolan Caves Historical & Preservation So ciety. Issue 130 May 2007 ISSN 0310-7248. HISTORICAL WEEKEND AT JENOLAN CAVES Presidents Column May 2007 TH TH 10 / 11 February 2007 I would like to thank all who attended the Annual General By Kath Bellamy Meeting in February, and the a ssociated Historical Weekend. Unfortunately, due to illness I was not able to come myself, but An historical weekend happened in February with special cave tours and activities in Caves House. Theme tours included a Wiburd special and Nettle Cave inspections. An historical display was presented in the Magnolia Room at Caves House which attracted many visitors. This proved to be very successful as there is access to this room from the pathway leading from the car park. Items on display included Caves House Dining Room memorabilia, numerous old publications and pamphlets, many postcards including stereo views which proved to be particular favourites with visitors. David Cook arranged a wonderful display of Shelley ware in a beautiful glass cabinet which was a highlight in the room. Rob Whytes lighted cave display was a drawcard especially with the children, although, interestingly an electrician commented that the bread knife technology is still in use today. Thanks to David and Robert Cook, Rob Whyte and Barry Richards for contributing to this very successful display the reports I received later point to the weekend having been very successful, and should be continued. I would like to congratulate those elected to Offices at the AGM, and to thank those who have stood down, for their efforts. I would particularly extend my pers onal thanks as well as those of JCH&PS to Phyllis Calvert for her outstanding contributions to the Society. She has served as Secretary and Newsletter Editor, as well as being a major contributor to the renovations to the Post Office. Recently I spent some time sorting out the papers I have accumulated as an office Bearer in JCH&PS. I notice that this month (April) it is fifteen years since the Newsletter was given the name Binoomea. Because our membership is scattered over Australia, the newsletter is a major method of communicating with members (although I must say the Rob Whytes website is also very helpful). Down the years The AGM was held on Saturday night in the Kanangra Boyd Room. Around 5pm drinks, cheese and biscuits were served in the Ballroom and prior to the m eeting Barry Richards gave an informative talk on the history of Caves House. We were disappointed that heavy rain prevented the much anticipated walkabout in the House precinct but all enjoyed the presentation. Well done Barry. Caves House staff provided us with a delicious BBQ dinner with those present enjoying the ambience very much. Indeed, some required motivation to move on to the mundane requirement of a meeting. A big thank you to Dennis and his staff at Caves House for a lovely meal and to Scott for his dedication at the bbq plate. (almost 35 now) newsletter editors have provided many items of interest, historical, gossip, Society information etc, either from their own contributions or twisting other peoples arms (mine still hurts!). I give my heartfelt thanks to all newsletter editors and contributors for making Binoom ea a successful and informative publication. Our next General meeting is on Saturday 5 th May. I hope you can come. Arthur Gray 2007 President Jenolan Caves Historical and Preservation Society A very productive meeting followed and those of us who were staying at Caves House retired to a comfortable nights rest. On Sunday morning a group went looking for platypus in the Blue Lake. Ian Eddison led us on an enjoyable early morning stroll which culminated in a sighting of a young platypus which was content to be photographed and scrutinised up close. The historical display was well patronised during the day and we look forward to repeating this success on the Easter weekend. Congratulations to all those involved, it is heartening to see such a large contingent of members enjoying the very place we all love. Outgoing secretary Phyllis Calvert Photo b y Kath Bellam y
SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR AN ARTICLE FOR THE BINOOMEA? This edition, the Society Spotlight is focussed on member Kent Henderson. Some members may recognise his name, as he is the publishing editor for ACKMA The Australasian Cave & Karst Management Association, and is also author of several cave books published in the 1990s, one in particular being Jenolan Caves I asked Kent about this involvement with Jenolan & ACKMA, and have included an article he wrote for us about this, along with information about ACKMA on the following pages. Heres a brief personal summary about Kent. I am a 53 year old former teacher (D ip.T, BEd, GradDipEd, MEd) although havent taught for 15 years. I am the National Marketing Manager of Formplex Weatherboards a company that manufactures an d markets vinyl weatherboards You dont necessarily have to write the article, just tell me what you would like to read about. Articles, suggestions, letters to the editor, complaints, and stories are welcome, and can be forwarded to the editor. on houses. We employ about 300 people nationwide I'm No.2 in the Company and effectively my own boss. I was a born and bred in Geelong, but moved to Melbourne about 12 years ago. I do travel interstate a bit on business often to where there are caves (funnily enoug h!) I am a member of the Victorian Speleological Association (VSA), and Southern Tasmanian Caverneers (STC). POOL OF CEREBUS POSTER RAFFLE At the AGM it was decided to draw the raffle at the May meeting, so its your last chance to buy tickets for the Jimmy Lim, Pool of Cerebus compilation photo poster, but you better be quick. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5, send your money to JCH&PS today. HELP SOLVE A JENOLAN MYSTERY. An article from News From the Underworld The magical Jenolan Caves is home to many strange mysteries. Odd noises, blasts of cold air from seeming nowhere and glimpsed sightings of long departed cave guides are frequently mentioned. However, a new mystery has emerged, not supernatural like the others, but as intriguing. David Hay, a guide at the Caves, has been research ing material for special Commemorative Tours being held throughout the year. The most recent was held 14/15 April to commemorate the naming of the Chifley Cave in April 1952. Originally known as the Left Imperial Cave, it was renamed The Chifley Cave to honour Ben Chifley, Prime Minister and long serving Member of Parliament for Macquarie. Whilst reading a press cutting about the ceremony, David noticed mention of a girl "little Allison Richards who presented Mrs. Elizabeth Chifley, Ben Ch ifley's widow with a bouquet of flowers. "Alison is important in that she is most probably the only person still alive who was mentioned along with such luminaries as D r. Evatt, Mr. Clive Evatt and Tony Luchette." David said. "I assume that Allison would be a primary school pupil, probably attending either the then Jenolan Caves School, or Hampton School. Mrs Chifley did not often appear with her husband on officia l occasions, so it is particularly poignant th at she came to the Caves to see one dedicat ed to him. Allison Richards would now be about 60 years of age. If any knows of her, or her whereabouts, David would be most keen to contact her." David can be reached by phoning Jenolan Caves on 1300 76 33 11 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Kent Henderson (left) with Dale Calnin from Buchan Caves Vic. Please contact: Jenny Whitby 48 Park Street Charlestown 2290 Ph (02) 49432265 or send your email to: email@example.com JCH&PS address: Loc k ed B a g, J e nol a n C a ves N S W 27 9 0
A STRANGE INVOLVEMENT IN CAVES Kent Henderson From an early age, I had developed an interest in Caves I have no idea why. Perhaps it was an early visit to Buchan with my parents that did it. Indeed, my honeymoon in 1978 was partly spent at Jenolan where over a few days I visited all nine show caves (as you do)! In 1984, I was driving from Sydney to Melbourne (where I live), and I managed to get wife to agree to a diversion to Wombeyan Ca ves, where we stayed a few nights. Again, I visited all five show caves there, and met the manager, Mick Chalker, for the first time who has long since been a close friend. I said to Mick Pity there is no tourist book on Wombeyan. He replied that hed love one, but hed never get the funding. I replied that I come up again and do it, and publish it. I am sure Mick thought as I drove off after that initial visit that hed never see me again! No so. A few weeks later I was back at Wombeyan for a week, after which my first cave book The Wombeyan Experience was completed, and later duly published. The bug had struck me. So I rocked up to Buchan, and The Buchan Experience followed (1985). I was on a roll! Next was The Naracoorte and Tantanoola Caves (1986), followed by The Princess Margaret Rose Caves (1987), The Wellington and Abercrombie Caves (1988), Jenolan A Guide to Australias famous Caves (1990), The Wombeyan and Abercrombie Caves (1992), and The Buchan Caves (1995). Only the last named is still in print, though I re-printed the Jenolan Caves book several times I may do so again at some stage. I also put books in the can on Yarrangobilly and Kelly Hill Caves (Kangaroo Island) in the can, but never published them in the end (marginal economics). In 1987, I attended the 7th Australian Conference on Cave Management and Tourism in New South Wales. It was a roving conference which started at Jenolan and went onto Wombeyan, Abercrombie, Wee Jasper and Ya rrangobilly. Conferences on Cave and Karst Management have been held in this region since 1973. From then until 1983, they were organized under the auspices of (but not organised by) The Australian Speleological Federation, the first five being termed Australian Conferences on Cave Management and Tourism. The 6th Conference was held at Waitomo Caves, New Zealand in 1985. In 1987, The Australasian Cave Management Association (ACMA) was formed at a meeting held at Yarrangobilly Caves during the 7th Conference in New South Wales. All conferences since have been referred to as Australasian Conferences on Cave & Karst Management. The Association re-named itself The Australasian Cave & Karst Management Association (ACKMA) at the subsequent biennial General Meeting associated with the 8th Co nference held at Punakaiki, New Zealand, in 1989. At the 1995 biennial General Meeting at Derwent Bridge, Tasmania, during the 11th Conference, the Association became incorporated as ACKMA Inc Prior to that date Officers of the Association were elected to two-year terms. The tenure of officers is now twelve months. The Proceedings of all sixteen Conferences thus far held have been published, and are also available on CD Rom the 2006 version has just been released. Soon after the 7th Conference, I was approached by Ernie Holland, the Manager of Jenolan Caves and first President of ACMA, to produce a half-yearly Newsletter for the organisation to which I agreed. I have now completed twenty years as ACKMAs Publications Officer and Editor with no time off for good behaviour! For some strange reason they keep re-electing me, so I suppose I have no alterative but to carry on. Sigh The first edition of The ACMA (later ACKMA) Newsletter was published in June 1988 a mere 12 pages. It was thereafter published half-yearly until 1993. For the subs equent 18 months, it was published quart erly, with two full Journal Editions, a nd two (minor) Newsletter Editions. The publication was permanently renamed the ACKMA Journal from edition 16 issued in September 1994, and from edition 19 (June 1995) it was been issued quarterly as a full Journal. The 17th ACKMA Conference (which will be my eleventh) will be held at Buchan Caves, Victoria, over the first week of May this year. We expect over 80 attendees, with a substantial nu mber from overseas. Membership of ACKMA is open to anyone with an interest in caves and karst. Anyone interested can visit our website at . Therein are full membership det ails, and you can readily download the membership form. All cave managers of all show caves sites in Australia and New Zealand are members, many cave guides, and many cavers amongst others. Of course, members receive the quarterly ACKMA Journal generally 4044 pages. ACKMA holds a full Conference every two years, and an Annual General Meeting weekend in non-C onference years. Conferences revolve around Australia and New Zealand the latter traditionally gets every fourth Conference. The 16th Conference was held in 2005 on The West Coast of New Zealands South Island. It will be at Buchan this year, as Ive mentioned. The 2009 Conference will be at Margaret River in Western Australia. It is likely that the 2011 Conference will be in Tasmania, with 2013 in New Zealand. In 2015 it will be New South Wales turn, possibly being held at Jenolan. Editors note: JCH&PS has entered a magazine exchange with ACKMA. Also in their Sept 06 edition they ran a plug about JCH&PS, and have reprinted the article Nettle Cave Past & Present from newsletter 129 in their March 07 edition. We also recently received a new membership from within their ranks, and we welcome Cathie Plowman from Tasmania as a new member of JCH&PS.
CAVES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES Jenny Whitby The title says it all. This article is all about a trip 80 years ago.. to the caves, by train and automobile. What was so special about this trip, was it was the fifth Royal Visit to Australia. CAVES. The caves were Jenolan of course. The visitors were a young Duchess (who was later known as the Queen mother), and her husband, a future king of England. This photo is of the Duchess then aged 27. If anyone knows any history about this picture, we would be interested to hear from you. It used to be on display in the old ticket office. On the next page is an extract from an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald by thei r special representative on the Royal train. Its gives us an insight into the journey, weather, to ur and time they spent at Jenolan. The remainder of the article (not reprinted here) is about their visit to Mount York, Mount Victoria where they had a brief lunch at the Imperial Hotel, and the journey to Sydney. TRAINS The Governor-General's railway carriage. The Royal party travelled to Jenolan by train in the Governor-Generals carriage. Here is a little history from the Powerhouse Museum about this carriage. Photo of the Duchess of York. Photo from J CH&PS collection The Governor-General's carriage is one of th e most luxurious railway carriages in Aust ralia. It represents the work of the most skilled artisans employed in the New South Wales Government railways at the turn of the century, especially in the work of loca l timbers. The carriage was built at the Evelei gh Railway Carriage Workshops, Sydney, in 1901 for the use of the newly appointed and first Governor-General of Australia, the Earl of Hopetoun, John Adrian Louis Hope Hopetoun (1860-1908). It is one of five special cars built by the New South Wales Department of Railw ays between 1891 and 1920 for the exclusive use of royalty, governors-general, governors, premiers and the railway commissioners. The carriage is constructed of wood and finished in crimson lake, lined with gold leaf. The body shell is of Indian teak and th e floor framing and under-frame are of pitch pi ne. It has platforms at each end, one of which is open and the other enclosed. Aprons enclosing the platforms are of brass fashioned in an elaborate filigree pattern. The ca rriage is mounted on two, six wheel bogi es and has a standard high semi-elliptical roof with canopy ends. At the time it was built, the carriage was the longest to date i n New South Wales and is double insulated against dust and heat. The interior of the carriage is decorated in 311 individually hand-carved timber panels of polished English oak and Australian cedar depicting botanical specimens of New South Wales and fluted pilasters. There are etched gl ass panels fitted into the door s featuring Australian flora, fine carpets, gold-tinted velvet and silk drapes and the best Morocco leather and upholstery. A tot al of 260 gold-plated items are featured in the car ranging from coat hooks to light switch covers. Fourteen gold sovereigns were sai d to have been used for the plating. The ornate ceilings are cream-coloured stamped zinc panels by Wunderlich in Louis XVI style inset with the royal coat of arms. The carriage is internally divided into an observation room, three sleeping suites, a dining-room, galley and attendants' quarters. The observation room enabled the occupants an unrestricted view of the surrounding countryside and is furnished with a number lounge chairs, a bookcase, writing cabinet and cellarette in polished oak. The master bedroom and two auxiliary bedrooms are fitted with brass bedsteads, mirrored dressing tables, built-in wardrobes, fans, heaters, and ensuite toilet and shower facilities. The dining-room features a carved oak sideboard with matching dinner wagon, six dining chairs and an extension dining table. Decorative vases are set in recessed niches in the walls. The Eveleigh Railway Yards, Sydney. Photo dated 1884
In 1920 the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), while visiting Australia on 'HMS Renown', used the carriage to travel from Sydney to Canberra. It was on this occasion that the bedheads in the stat erooms were gold plated. The next time the carriage was used by Ro yalty was in 1927 when the Duke (later King George VI) and Duchess of York (later the Queen Mother) were in Australia for the opening of the first session of the Commonwealth parliament in Canberra. Their arrival at Sydney Harbour attracted the nations first million plus congregation. For this royal visit, the carriage was redecorated in a blue motif, with blue Wiltonpile carpets, blinds of blue silk and dining chairs of blue leather. The re-upholstery was by Beard Watson Ltd. Two glistening 36-class locomotives hauled the train from Sydney to Katoomba on 31 March 1927 after which the Royal couple was driven to the Jenolan Caves. The Duke & Duchess of York were escorted through the caves by James Wiburd. They rejoined the train at Mt Victoria the following day and returned to Sydney. Four more Royal visits used this carriage, the last being in 1964. In 1992 the State Rail Authority, officially handed over the carriage to the Powerhouse Museum The Royal couple 1927. Photo from JCH&PS collection. AUTOMOBILES. This photo of the Royal party, is taken in front of the main porch in Caves House. If you look at more recent photos of the building, you will see that nothing has changed. The 5 white pa nels are still there and look closely you will make out the oth er white woodwork near the wall. The downpipe is still there today also. Here we see the Duke shaking hands with Wiburd (far right) on their departure from Jenolan. Photo from JCH&PS collection. JCH&PS research officer Kath Bellamy also had read about the visit and there were some incidents along the way. One was the stopping of the motorcade at Katoomba an d the request for the QM to open the Anzac Memorial hosp ital then and there. She agreed innocently and caused a protest as it was unofficial and didn't include the people who had a right to attend including w ar veterans and families of deceased soldiers. Another cause of di scontent was the snubbing of L ithgow with no visit to that important town. If you like co-incidences: at the time of the tour, Mrs. Lang, wife of Jack (who opened the harbour bridge and was premier) fel l ill and could not attend the royal visit ceremonies. Likewise, the Minister of Railways, Martin Flannery who accompanied the royals to Jenolan, fell ill at the caves and had to spend some days in Ca ves House recovering. He must have had something serious as h e was no longer the minister from 26th May 1927 which was shortly after the visit. Another co-incid ence is that our research offi cer Kath Bellamy was born in the hospital that the Queen Mother opened!
This is an extract from an article published by The Sydney Morning Herald April 2, 1927 about the visit to Jenolan Caves.
A TRIP TO JENOLAN CAVES Compiled by Kath Bellamy from material sourced by Paul Innes of Winmalee. The following is an excerpt from an article calle d A Trip to Jenolan Caves which appeared in The Blue Mountain Echo over two editions on the 10 th and 17 th May 1912 It is quite a lengthy piece so I will present the shorter version in two sections. The first part provides a vivid description of the motor trip from Katoomba to Jenolan and through the Grand Arch into the valley where: Hill piled on hill tower all around a mighty barrier of mo ssy rock and fern-crown ed eminences standing between the sequestered elfin hollow and the madding roar of commercial energy in the ultra montane orld..which but for the natural portal mentioned (the Grand Arch), might have slept unknown to mortal ken until aerial navigation b ecame as common as tram traction. (* Note for readers : Some explanations are included at the end.) Our newly elected Research Officer Kath Bellamy We pick up the narrative from the arrival at Caves House: Many people imagine that THE CAVES HOUSE is a very ordinary sort of habitation, which by reason of its remoteness, allows only the absolute necessities of life and shelter. It is time that such an erroneous idea was dispelled. The Caves House is really a compendium or digest of Delmonicos, Spier and Ponds and Paris House transplanted from New York, London and Sydney and set down near the heart of the Moun tains. It is built of rough hewn porphyritic stone on the first floor and of brick stucco on the upper story, gabled and dormered a la Cheapside before the great plague. Bright red tiles add a touch of warm colour to the grey masonry and white stucco. A broad portico extends from the road way back to the main reception hall. A daily scene of great anim ation occurs here from 1 oclock to 2 p. m. These are the hours for the arrival and departure of the various lines of motor cars which bring the visitors of today and take back those of yesterday. This means a daily change of some thirty tourists wh ich occasions more hand shaking to Mr. and Mrs. Sydenham than is necessary to the popularity of an East End borough politician. The ring out the old, ring in the new act having been duly performed, quiet again obtains until dinner bell. Good gracious, where do they all come from? Just stand with your back to the great log fire and watch the procession. There th ey go, impelled by the levelling sensation of hu nger. Dowager, Duchess and daughter, Mr and Mrs Honeymoon, prim slim elderly maids, bouncing beauties, plain Janes, callow youth with wonder in every feature, and blas city men who would consider it a crime to betray any sort of em otion other than weariness. From corridor and broad staircase they file into the great dini ng room and chatter incessantly of stalagmites and stalactites u ntil the universe seems to grow into a composition of calcium and soup steam. Silently and dexterously, pleasant faced waitresses a nd suave waiters steer through the maze of well decorated tables that seat about one hundred and thirty guests. The soft light of petrol gas glints from silver and steel, sparkles on necklace and bracelet, wantons in the peroxide yellowness of the auxiliary locks of society dames, gleams in the ruddy glory of the curls of unsophisticated girlhood and touches with playful fire the dental g old exposed in laughter. IT IS : A VERITABLE TABLE DHOTE And the heterogeneous gathering of the great outer world is hard to please in its many varied tastes and fancies. BUT it is do ne. With an apparently un-studied precision the staff works deftly and politely. No call is unheeded, from that of the bald headed city accountant to that of the equally bald infant, whose glossy pate gives signs of better days to come. From the swinging doors that open into the hall, the urbane Sydenham casts a keen, kind and comprehensive glance over his pince-nez It is the supervisive glance of satisfaction bestowed by an engineer over a smooth running piece of machinery. Mrs Sydenham is not visible to the naked eye, but her influence extends in a very tangible way from the depths of the culinary department to every corner of the dining room where sit those that come from the dry interior and the care of flocks and herds; from the stew and turmoil of the great cities; from the coral solitudes of the Pacific Isles; fro m the rolling plains of North Queensland; from the gold mines a nd from the ancient centre of Europe an art, science and commerce. The post-prandial scene upon the piazza is a gay as an evening walk on the spa at Scarborough Friendships spring up under the influence of lady Nicotine between men whose vocations and interests are separated by half a world. A crescent moon has climbed up the steeps of night, high enough to be able to peer over the edge of our inverted cone and placidly watch the puppet scene below. In the purple gloom little stars of fire appear and disappear marking the places where cigars are mixing their peculiar aroma with the gum scents of the foliage. The musical tinkle of a bell gives a signal of something doing and a procession of shadowy figures moves from the portico and group round a little cabin where three men wait with lanterns. They are the guides, preparing for the night inspection of: THE WONDERFUL CAVES: The temple of Proserpine, the beautiful daughter of Ceres A group of about sixty form themselves into three parties, each having a guide who leads the way. In the Grand Arch, the parti es separate and take different paths to the left and right up into the great galleries. Each party goes in single file, and from the main roadway, the receding figures look like a caterpillar being conducted to prison by a glow worm. An iron door in a rock niche swings open and swallows the distance-diminished procession. The door closes again and gross darkness prevails. For two hours the sixty souls roam through SCENES OF FAIRY LIKE BEAUTY, th e design of which was laid when God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters.
In the meantime, festivities are being made at the Caves House. It is the custom for Mr. & Mrs. Sydenham to lighten the duties of the staff by an admixture of pleasure. The neighbours dwelling among the hills are invited and the menu cards carry an invitation to any guest that happens to be in the House at such time. Th e dining room becomes a ball room. The piano is wheeled from the drawing room and soon thirty couple are engaging in the delight of the waltz or lancers The billiard room is an ideal spot for a tale and the settee drawn up before the pine log fire holds comfort for the raconteur whose yarn is punctuated by the rhythmic pulse of the distant mazurka A weird screech without announces the late arrival of another party from the outer world. Four great gleaming eyes peer throug h the blackness of the Grand Arch and two motor cars pant up to the steps and deposit a bevy of ten charming girls. It is a choru s from one of the light operas that has escaped from the city. With the dash and abandon that springs from constant publicity, t hey join the dance, and mirth and song reigns until midnight when a weary but intensely happy crowd saunter lazily up the grand staircase to court the favour of Somnus. The bedrooms are extremely well appointed and airy. At every landing, the bath rooms and lavatories of the best type are found. In fact, every modern convenience enjoyed in city life is epitomised in this old world corner. And the morning: One must rise from a refreshing sleep and step out to the hillside paths to realize the exquisite joy of livi ng. The silence of the hills sings in the ear. The sweet purity of the air insinuates its v italising grace into every lung cell and eve ry fibre and muscle works with consummate ease under the divine elixir. Every sense is quickene d to the revelations of the glory of ear th and sky, and nothing is too small to escape the vigilance of a co mprehension cleared from the dust and debris of the work-a-day world by the spirit of nature. With such environments is the Caves House hedged. Apart from the mysterious subterranean grandeur of the calcareous chambers which make Jenolan world fam ous, there is a charm in the uppe r earth seclusion that puts th e Caves House rock hollow into a unique place in the list of pleasure resorts. In the next edition we will join the visitors and thei r guide, Mr.Wiburd, as they tour the Left Imperial. Some definitions .. And some wonderful examples of politically incorrect language. Sequesteredsecluded Montane mountainous Delmonicos :. a hotel in New York; Spier and Ponds connected with the Bournem outh Association of Hotels UK; Paris House possible Sydney hotel; Cheapside .. Street of shops in London dating from th e 1300s. After the Black Death 1348-49 many tiny shops disappeared from Cheapside. Mr. & Mrs. Sydenham possible Caves House manager/hosts Callow unbearded Table DHote French term meani ng The Table of the Host or table settings in a hotel or restaurant. Pate head Urbanerefined Pince-nez... glasses held on nose Post prandial.. after dinner Scarborough .. .seaside town in England. My lady Nicotine :.. cigarettes and cigars Proserpine and Ceres ..daughter and mother in Greek mythology. Admixture.. something added Lancersa dance Mazurka. a lively Polish dance Somnus ... sleep The story of Ceres and Proserpine. In mythology, the turning of the seasons is explained with the following story: Ceres was the sist er of Jupiter, and Proserpine was their daughter. Proserpine was kidnapped by Pluto, god of the underworld, to be his bride. By the time Ceres followed her daughter, she was gone into the earth. Making matters worse, Ceres learned that Pluto had been given Jupiter's approval to be the husband of his daughter. Ceres was so angry that she went to live in the world of men, disguised as an old woman, and stopped all the plants and crops from growing, causing a famine. Jupiter and the other gods tried to get her to change her mind but she was adamant. Ceres Proserpine Jupiter eventually realized that he had to get Proserpine back from the underworld, and sent for her. Unfortunately, Pluto sec retly gave her food before she left, and once one had eaten in the underworld one could not forever leave. Proserpine was therefore forced to return to the underworld for fo ur months every year. She comes out in spring and spends the time until autumn with Ceres, but has to go back to the underworld in the winter. He r parting from Ceres every fall is why plants lose their leaves, seeds lie dormant under the ground, and nothing grows until spring when Proserpine is reunited with her mother. Ceres was the goddess of agriculture, and the word cereal is derived from her name. Proserpine is the Goddess of the Underworld.
35 TH ANNIVERSARY OF JC H&PS, AUGUST DINNER. To be celebrated at the August meeting Saturday 11 th August 2007. Dennis Winchester from Caves House is again offering us a great accommodation package to celebrate the 35 th Anniversary of JCH&PS. Cost is $30 per traditional room for two consecutive nights. The dinner is $45 per person. As a package it amounts to $75 for dinner and two nights accommodation. (cheaper if you share your room) Ring Caves House on 1300763311 then option 2 to book. Remember to mention its for the JCH&PS anniversary to get this special package. So come al ong, have a weekend away, and enjoy dinner with your fellow members. PHOTO GALLERY FROM RE CENT JENOLAN EVENTS Congratulations to John Callaghan (left) who is seen here receiving a presentation mug from Peter Austen (General Manager of JCRT) John has completed 15 years as a permanent staff member at Jenolan Caves. He first started at Jenolan in 1970, then later spent a stint managing Tantanoola Cave syst em in South Australia, before returning to Jenolan in 1992. Heres some more photos from the AGM & BBQ meeting by Kath Bellamy. BBQ King & JCH&PS Secretary Scott Melton. Barry Richards gives his historic talk. Below: Jeremiah Wilson (aka David Hay) conducts his first tour this century! Photo by Rob Whyte. Sandi Bartlett and David Cook at the JCH&PS display set up in Caves House. Over Easter, there were 227 guided cave tours conducted. They were very busy little bunnies at Jenolan!
IMPORTANT DATES TO PUT IN YOUR CALENDAR FOR 2007 Jenolan Caves is running a series of historical themed tours throughout 2007. Here is a list of them. There have been two held already this year, one with Jeremiah Wils on, & Ben Chifley. On the Saturday evening following the historical tour, there is a further opportunity to he ar more about the featured tour/person over cheese and wine in Caves House. Contact Jenolan Caves for further details or check out the details on their website www.jenolancaves.org.au Sat 5 May JCH&PS Meeting -6:30pm at the JCH&PS Cottage. May 12 & 13 The Other Wilson's Discoveries . Several special history tours will commemorate the discovery of the Mafeking Branch (off the Lucas Cave) in May 1900. Tours will be conducted by Fred Wilson ", along the usual Lucas Cave route, with special emphasis on the Mafeking Branch. July 7 & 8 Lights On (the lighting of the Margherita Chamber, Chifley Cave) We are celebrating Cracknells amazing electrical lighting experiment in the Chifley Cave with special history tours. August 11 & August 12. A big weekend at Jenolan. JCH&PS 35 th Anniversary dinner Saturday night. See previous page for great accommodation/dinner package. BOOK NOW. Also another special commemorative tour is on that same weekend "Aught More Beautiful" (the 1st tour of the Imperial Cave) In 1879, the 1st tour of the Imperial Cave was led by Jeremiah Wilson and famous limestone formations, such as Lot's Wife, Sentin el Column and Pompay's Column were named. Now, although long dead, Jeremiah will mysteriously return, to guide you through the beautiful Imperial cave. October 13 & 14 John Lucas Tour Although he died in 1902, "John Lucas" will conduct historic tours of the cave named after him and will give his own commentary. If you love history, you will enjoy these special tours. Sat 14 November JCH&PS Meeting December 1 & 2 Orient Express A weekend of special history tours combining the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Orient Cave (December 1917) Also hear about the planning, gestation, bu ilding and opening of Binoomea Cut. Dec 15 &16 The Jenolan Christmas Festival 2007 Jenolan has been hosting Christmas carols under the Grand Arch fo r 16 years. This has become an annual institution, with many visitors making the yearly journey just for the carols. This year they are planning something much bigger than just carols an event for the whole weekend much more than weve ever attempted before. This year, we want to raise in excess of $20,000 for research into the causes and treatments of childhood cancer. We will have a big market/bazaar, buskers, raffles, Christmas tree decorating competition, buffet style 3-course dinner at Caves Ho use, lucky door prizes, traditiona l Carols in the Caves Concert band, dance until midnight Next morning, there will be an underground church service Commemorative tours & special events being run by Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust. Information on Jenolan Commemorative Tours was sourced from www.jenolancaves.org.au special events calendar. Members may also consider subscribing to The News of the Underworld a regular email su mmary and update of events & happenings at Jenolan. It issues a couple of times a month. To subscribe simply email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her you wish to be included on their e mailing list. The next meeting will be held on SATURDAY 5th May 2007 at Jenolan in the JCH&PS Cottage 17, Five Mile Rd, Jenolan. 6:30pm. ND MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE 2 SATURDAY OF FEBRUARY, AUGUST AND NOVEMBER. THE MAY MEETING IS THE FIRST SATURDAY, DUE TO MOTHERS DAY
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