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Southern Caver
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Southern Caver
Gregory Middleton ( suggested by )
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The Southern Caving Society was formed in April 1965 and in July 1967 commenced publication of "Southern Caver" as its quarterly newsletter. At the time of the 1996 amalgamation of SCS with the Tasmanian Caverneering Club, it was agreed that Southern Tasmanian Caverneers would continue to publish "Southern Caver" in the form of an occasional paper as and when suitable material was available. The publication has in fact appeared approximately annually in recent years and has generally carried reprints of otherwise difficult to obtain reports relating to caves in Tasmania.
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Vol. 4, no. 1 (1972)
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The Southern Caving Society was formed in April 1965 and
in July 1967 commenced publication of "Southern Caver" as its
quarterly newsletter. At the time of the 1996 amalgamation of
SCS with the Tasmanian Caverneering Club, it was agreed that
Southern Tasmanian Caverneers would continue to publish
"Southern Caver" in the form of an occasional paper as and
when suitable material was available. The publication has in
fact appeared approximately annually in recent years and has
generally carried reprints of otherwise difficult to obtain
reports relating to caves in Tasmania.


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Report on the Annual General P/leetina 26th April, 1972. by Aleks Terauds The 7th A.G.M. was a historic occasio~ in +,hat it was held at the Society's new club-rooms, 132 Davey Street, Hobart, As the starting time of 8.00p.m. approached there was no need to worry whether there would be a quo~m. hstead, the Committee was concerned whether the as yet sparsely fur~ished room would have enouch seating for everybody. As it happened, there was not and late corners had to watch the proceedings standing. Immediately prior to the A.G.X. the executive Committee requested the members1 attentio2 for a short general meeting for the purpose of electing to membership two pros~~ectives, Leigh Gleeson an6 John Ward. This was acccmplished by general acclamation and the A.S.14. was uxder way. Aleks Terauds, Presiding, opened ?he meeting by welcoming the visitors and our lo~g stan6ing hmorary nember and former Churchill Fellow, Roy Skinner to ';be xeeting. Apologies were then requested and recorded. The relievirg secretary, Geoff Fry then read the minutes of the ~rzvious A.G.M. and these were conf'irmed; there was no business arising fnm the minutes. The President followed by givin,? his 3-eport of the Society's annual activities, introducing lt with the s-ktement that the Report would also appear in the next issue of the Club's magazine. The Eeport was formally accented by the meeting. Next, the Treasurer, Eob Cockerill, gave a short account of the Society's fin,ances; the fulL figancial ~tate~ent, including the annual balance sheet and auditors co~~nents were deferred, to be presented at an extraor3ina~;r A.S.?. in the near future. In a discussion of the Society's finances it was decided not to the present ~ubscriptions or trL2 fee payments. With the 'bread1 out of the way the meeting could get to the 'neat1 the election of the office bearers for the next year. A call was made for proxy votes and azter these were recognised by the executive Cornnittee the ??resident vacated the Chair. Southern Caver


FIT\T.,\NC IAL Ali' TLWAS-S REPORT Income l 96 Subscriptions 57.00 Trip Fees 51.00 Southern Caver 15.90 Badges 20.95 P.liscell~neous 15-52 $1 58-37 Geficit for 1971/72 Add Credit Balance 1970/:1 Cash at Bank Cash in Hand Expenditure ASF Fees Equipment Publications Eadges Social Expenses Donat ions SuSscriptions Administration f7etty Cash 3ocm ~ire/~ental Credit Balance General Account 1971 /72 $1 50.36 Credit Balance Interest Bearing Deposit $219.85 Total Cash Assets 1971/72 REPORT: The large trading deficit for the year can be attributed to the allocation of more than the entire years income to the purchase of equipment. The rental of ollr new club room has placed a further strain on the system.. Concerted efforts must be made in the coxing year to raise sufficient funds to meet these increasing costs without jeopardising our ability to purchase additional equipment as and when required. The Interest Bearing Deposit should continue to remain, mq';o-mheZ. aeins-t the event of a major loss of equipment in the field. The finaxial records of the Society have been examined and found correct by our Auditor. I thank him for his assistance and the menbers for their co-operation during the year. Southern Saaer (6) July, 1'372 R.J. COCKERILL,


Report on the Florentine River Search & Rescue Exercise Msm%ers of the Society were invited to attend a Search and Rescue exercise at Maydena on >lay Sth, organised by the New Norfolk Civil aefence Corps.,as a combined operation with police search and rescue. The aim of the exercise was to a Police Class Wosearch and rescue operation requiring assistance from volunteers, concentrating on the "missing-injured persm in the bushu problem; and to study the difficulties of comnunication in the field between 3arties and Ease, also between Base and 2olice Headquarters in Hobart. The Society, was well represented by the following members: B. Jamee, D. Elliott, (search & 3escue ~fficers), J. McCocmack, R. Nann. K. Kiernan, and D. Xkhell. Some 25 miles behind the k.TT.;I. barrier the exercise got undw my with the fornation of Cwo TPSCX groups code I7 named ltAl..phalf and "Bravo". aevin Yierna ad David ?'y 3i: :.Tarn and Dave Elliott. BaJrAry James rsras at%zcha? 5~ $he ?olice Communications Section and assisted in establiskizg a ra2io link on Mt. Tim Shea. With the finding cf thi. dumy, an? the location of the "missins mm", the aftenloo~ was gi-:e-. oTrer to rigging a flying fox to t~anspurt the st.retcher 2,~~ c'ulm;y across the river. This ::ec+ion of the exercise, $hough by no means an unqualified success, proved nos' intecostinq to watch. Consensus of opinion was that thz exercise, overall, was quite succeasf~l, :J~~~~bd of criticisn I consider worthy of note are:


(1 )' The ] i +y nf the stretcher:used,Our expori-myx-t~ date indicates that the Neil ~o~inkn type stretcher is far superior. to those in common use, and it should be a matter of ,priority to make more of them' -, .. available; I (2) Uny of 'the searchers clearly experienced I 9 '/ difficulty in coping with the heavy bush, ti P S;', )and .would benefit frog more experienoe in these conditiocs, & c! i, 22 .-* -G'' $embers bad ar~ enjoyable and instructive day, and we take this oppcr to thank Rein de Vries and the members of the New Defence Cow, for their invitation to parti~ip~te. , ) 1 ; $ D. J. Elliot5. l l *-K* Seqech for :~lissii~E ~,6p,l Dervwt ijocpital YatitelS, --Cct03er 13: 19'71 c. l!&~ .X.:i. rie7:ri&, -the; %arch Coor2inaAxr, foqdks$ed the cl-^-@ 'absls?;ance in this E:.:.-%.Within 1, -t' LJ~~T a.nd athalf hoihrs ror: being contactzd an S.C.S. r. 8 part;. fully -equip&? wit!i ,311 necesssry gear and consisting zf PJari.!~: 5%~ s ?oh Cockerill, Aleks Ferauds Bkc Cole, I kvin Kiprra:~ ajld Graeme Vatt I was at 'Lhc 3riefing! po:.r;~ at Flcnty Road, ?4;ios-l of the delay was caused. by; heary7itraiFic ~ncountered from .( I-Ioba.rt to $?W ~ior59~3r. Petwe.fn 4 .L[> n m, z$;tk2 ~gr-ty ,tTas dgpl.5:d intc +,he sea-cAL 3~es am? 5. L, ..e LxfxiaA term-j;la-tion oi. :kn keBrc1; Car: -t!~ 5,227 we seaxhed l I, thoroughly the ssnussona c1114 face and a;ma abcve it fov ar.g ~iqn,~ 'G:; thcrii;,sisg -2n, Th exposed face of I L!le cl-iff, 1:~ j-cyJ;t, o7:erhangs and crImkly nature of the rocJ: of tc-r~' n-.ccl.:;s:itz.ted +he use of equip,( m~~t, te-~aill '.;a;. 1 in fact, cl;^ s~

Thylacine Remins Florentine Valley On the 16th July, 1972, S.C.S. members Graeme Watt and Leigh Gleeson succeeded. in' r@achhg the bottdm of the little known Zulu,the Florelltine Valley. Although this cave has been visited on earlier S.C.S. trips a shortage of ladders had prevented tbe full descent. When the bottom was reached skeletal remains of a large animal were found and the skull was salvaged and brought back to Hobart for detailed exwination. The skull was later identified as that of the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, Thylacinus cynocephalus Harris 1808. The find aroused considerable interest as the Thylacine is believed by some authoritias to be extinct. A further trip was organised for the following weekend and on 23rd July the remainder of the skeleton was recovered and transferred to the Tasmanian Museum for detailed study. z The results of the two expeditions yielded an almost complete Thylacine skeleton in a\truly remarkable state of preservation. In situ, the bones were found almost embedded in a-mixture of rock fragments and mud over an area approximately four feet square. The vertebral column was partially articulated suggesting that the carcase of the animal became transported to the area intact. To ensure recovery of as much of the skeleton as passible a considerable quantity of the material around the hcnes was collected in plastic bags and carefully washed in the laboratory, l 7rlhen.compared with an articulated skeleton the Florentine Valley specimen was found to be comglete with the exception of a few smdl bones from the paws and the posterior five or six caudal ver'tebrae. The remainder .of the vertebral column, long bones and the ~ectoral and pelvic girdles were recovered intact. Although Thylacine osBeological remains have previously been recorded from Tasmanian caves (T. Goede pers. co~m. ) several features of the PI-esent specimen are of special importance. Although n9 trace of soft tissue remains the skeleton is conside-ed to be of fairly recent origin. The yget conditions prevailing in the cave almost all year round are not ideal for good preservation and other bone material recovered from the cave shows extensive leaching by water almost to the point of co~plete disintegration. Examination of the skull (photograph) shows two incisor teeth mi'ssing bht no other visible signs of damage. All sutures were intact and the remainder of the teeth were only barely loose in the sockets. -,


It seem? probable fhat sl-zrface and fell do;m th? shaft. the carcase vou-ld appes-;. to have by infl owing surface water to the which is the lowest seetion of th Examination of t:ic sk~nl specimen. A13 molar -te?th ar? 2 of wear. lTlle overall lenqh ?TO the missing cauda' vc,xteb:cae usLn 1ea-r pe~fect cmdition of the skeleton irmdiateLy atioi~ as to i?~~ it arrived i.1 the pxi-Lion in ~uld, In section, Zi~lu Pot is an almost e approxin~'tely~40' deep. 4?he entrance a S tseplysloping f&~lt temi~at ing in. a small ide. pazsage le~~dirig elf abcut 7' a,bove the Tloor ;*tel;r 'ceycns this ,?assage iis-.a 20'. vertical 0. Ll.g, 2% zn a1.n;o;s-k flat floor with mother level e sider A side passnze off the,lower level !.v into e cviLnd~ice1 pothole about 15' deep rockfilled and the skeleton .bldlc, .Q bher side passages i' I the animal entnred from the &cm the foot of the shaft beer1 transported t~:ndmaged bottom of the side pothole e cave. l indicates a ,fully a&% ully erupted end show sips m ?YOU-L ti2 to tail tip is r~~ti m ~zde 05' the length of g c, com3lzte ~':eleton, !?he T+,::, x:LY~'~c? ien,ytl~ 2?2 LLmr releton has L~en pkzed in tke collections of' l E. Q.. :W3 r r


Faces on the Cuttingroom Floor The Iiollywood Bit I irr I' h , by D.J.. Elliott 1 ,i : L r I < 3 r.> \ ,C. .. \,. t Truly has it been said that beneath the brassiere of -" L ., girl beats the heart of an actress. It is no' less t> I L II .true that beneath the caverfs dirty boiler suit is buried the,-. .soul of a frxistrated thespian. Therefore, it came as no' siwprise that when our good friend Doug Turner dangled his r' carrot of celluloid immortality, the response was immediate and . gratifying.' The krki had commissioned the making of a colour film 'f F, . as a public relations gesture, and the Society was requested -to assist in a small sequence involving a search and rescue operation I 1 , under&ound. The venue selectd. for the filming was the tourist f cave at Hastings. L. A gallant comgany oZ volunteers consisting of Sue and Phi1 Andrews, together with (woul? you believe?) four past ;, presidents and the vice-presi2en5, nmely, Barry James, Bob Cockerill, Dave Elliott, Rlex Tera~xis and Steve Harris, departed on Friday night .(~pr~l 28th) after a rushed tea, arriving at the taurist cavb about 8.30p.m. The participants werc filled in the story line and. -what was expected 'of them, and filmin? be523 immediately. r, The ?lot was that two bush wdkers had wandered into a cave, and the sir1 (to be played by Sue Andrews) had fallen breaking a leg. The cave had been locrte.! ard cavers called in to perform the actxal rescue underggroucd To the accompaniment of whirring caFeras and dazzling Kleig lights, incredible feats of daring were performed that would not have disgraced the late Errol Flynn. Rocky cliffs were stormed, spectacular ladder pitches

Filming was completed the next morning wi-th leading ndrevs giving a rnsnorable performance entombed in tl f a Veil Robertson stretcher. This was the first of us had actually seen one of these leger~dary and the opportunity was eagerly taken to try it ew outdoor scenes in the Hastings scrub followed, signment w2s comgleted. 4t the time of writing we have not seen the completed 1 we make the g~ade, or were our efforts consigned to i the cutting r~om? Whatever the outcome, it was an md "different" weekend, and we take this opportunity 10ug Turner and also Major Bob Geeves for his r. Herkerts Pot trary to popular belief Herberts rot is alive and ng at I'fble Creek. .S. has not had many trips to Berberts this year a wet sunner and winter and lately to the JF211 at Dfaydena. ;he 30th Narch, over Eester, a party including V.S.A. red upstream and downs trearn. .oration was the aim of the trip on the 12th August 1 explored upstream over the waterfall. conditions prevented the next trip of 8 members ery far on the l9/20th imgust. S. hopes to continue exploration this summer and to vey to eventually link up with the survey of Kellys


k 50 foo i axtensio;l 1::c.s C$r;-stxss Czt: in iJe.c~dega.te Cave war found SJtr~terlmy 3 o-,e foot sc,l~zre hole after ~cel-ing a fifteen foot fl~wstonc slspe. It ms m11 decorated wiih lig5-t oranp f low^ tone, govxpnols xanse-:,~om an2 cream colourd shawls and at the e:ld of' the extension a %rest of pure white stra~~rs,


L G ICW ~;a~t=b WK-~: ~lmbered at Hastings, most !ese being already known. Even some digging of a smll mar seatties cave extended it to 15 feet whereupon it ~xrnbered aad named, xred to the Hastings ur~esua.~ IUUL auu re I,ULI~U to Hobart at 4p.m. the 3t (112071 and U -1lowing norning after linking Trafalgar F( re?xs (lkterloo wallet) via a muddy crawl One of the more interesting trips Iver Valley (south of the Lyell Highwcy wht ?Ison Valley creek). The outcrop of lime: : 1+1 ,-,, AL-zn --A :-------2 Lwas to the Nelson we it crosses stone here is LLWI ;)V ~GL-t.~ ULU M WV~=L-~=U uy twenty five major a number of smaller depressions. The Nelson had a flow of around fifteen cusecs at the time disappears into a small channel which can't be ause of debris which has been washed in, A11 ver both upstream and downstream of the underground iver is flanked by limestone cliffs up to 60 feet hese cliffs are some small caves with decoration, one explored extends sixty feet before branching Fes, one going U? to the surface and the other ne of the caves in the bottom of a doline. ery doline in the area was noted to have at least it generally about fifty feet deep, There is no the area for large caves, been four trips only to the Kole Creek ld only two of these of recordable :ty of eight members that went into last June met with disaster. Steve Street fell mto a flowstone floor and cracked his shoulder s happened in the section just, before the "Khan's to those familiar with the route back out the will appreciate the skill and swiftness of the party that got Steve to the Deloraine .District nin eight of the acci.dent. 3y md and 2 most recent trip to Mole Creek camped at "Echo iescend-ed some holes near Liena which were choked 3lus sumnary it may be said that it has been a fairly 1d although no major speleol~gical achievements lshed we could say that we did a little bit of exploration, touring, photography, surveying, as well as a small amount of private scientific Stephen Uarris. July, 1972


Hastings and Ida Bay: (4 trips; 19 persons). The Society was entertained (with the practical benefit of sone P/R of our own), by the kmy at Hastings during the making of a cave sequence fcr their new -Public iielations film. Further surface surveying has tied Sell Chamber into the now fairly comprehensive map of cave ent~ances. k number of known entrances between Seattie and Icing George V caves remain to FP plotted. "Touristu inspections of Entrance Cave and parts of Xxit have Seen made for the .benefit of members who had not seeri them before. Junee-Flore~tine: (: 0 trips ; 45 Sesame I1 (~~211)~ due largely tc ihe efforts of L. Gleesor? ud J. Ward, has been pushe6 from 63 feet to approximately 720 feet in depth. The czve hex bee? surveyed to the bottom. X full description and survey Ziagra~s will be published in the next issue. A surface survey was comenzed a: the divide of Chrisps Eoad opposite i'y&y Save and follolP-e6 tke mac! to the "high-lineu spar at the toy, of the ridge. A cross-country traverse from the spar tie? in the entrances of ~T203 o one s it), 204, 205, 207, 208 and 206. Later traverses extended frox 205 to 210 and 211 (sesame 11) and thence back to the roa?. 3escue Pot and associated holes, 209, Zulu Pot and ?yg-y Cave remain to be tied in. Zulu Pot has been bottoned at 240 feet. A Thylacine skeleton has been recovered frorn this cave see P. kndrewts report in this issue, At Wdcome Stranger, on Play l3th, the stream was disappearing into a, hole under th right-hand wall at survey station 23. Except for the Piadonna pool, the stream bed was dry downstream from this point. k report on the conbined Tolice and Civil Defence Search and Rescue Exercise to which S.C.S. was invited may be found elsewhere in this issue. July, 7 972


Lcross 17, and 13 dn, of excellent cay -. Healing ~intrnent 5. Komentous. 7. Food fish. a n Sins. A a Caving headgear. :. Complex set of cc -. Assists xith -opt . See 1. ac. . One who uses. 2czen water. 'zy of tying rop '. 2z-ries. -'?2t upmrds, Club with cepu-tation ers, (t~o words ) Answers Down 1. Fine oozy substance, e.g. mud, 2. Referees, 3. Ewt. 4. Young child's book. 5. Choose. ChieG, e. g. of party. Cricket ten for batsman out of crease, Waiters See l ace Run away, e.g. from institution. Caes in. ?fonetary mits. Went up. Breed of dog,


SOCIE!iiY NOTES' 0:ie of our nore active mem%ers,. Steve Street has returned -to Australia sfter a sojourn in New Zealand. Steve is at the moment in ~ueensland, but intwds to travel to Darvin tc work there for a while before coming borne to the caving isle. SF-+*** Steve Vi~ce who at the present is in the Solomon Islands ~hould be hone socn; we trust he yill It is rumoured thaS ;reg Zlske, another of ., our Rew Zealand reps., nay -zsr-; Tasxania at Christmas and probably be accompanitB >y his girl-friend. +'-*++-E although exactly what he iziten2.~ to do next nobody seems to know, %.Y7***10,Errs; Il,%;; 13,Sjr:;tem; b$,j3elajrs; 17,Caving; I 18,User; 20, Ice; 22,Beef Knots; 23, Totes; 24,Ascended; DOWN: l, Slim; 2,TJmpires; 3,IIarm; 4,Beader; 5, Select; 6,Leaders; 12,Servers; 13,Society; 15,Abscond; 16, Enters; 17,Cents; 19,R.ised; 21,Skye. Southern Caver ( m) July, 1972