Southern Caver

Southern Caver

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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. 2 (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.


iobart 2rauds and ~ckerill 3e: iott l


Tasmanian Cave Fauna Part l Collecting by Aleks Terauds. Caving in Tasnani2, as in the other Australian States and most overseas countries, olfers one the opportunity for personal enjoyment as well as the ckaztce Lo 310 something worthwhile. The enjoyment takes the fom okehxation in weekends, a change from the routine of everyday wgrk cr ss'.ooling; whether one takes part in scrub bashes, easy unY BEX2J COLLECTED AND IDENTIFIED. Southern Caver (1) October, 1972


To the extent :Cely of invertebrate all z Yropods (insect >seudoscorpions, etc. ) above ground, ar Tor survival. They a or clhatic factors su 5 caves subject to CO The most prom vF11 be those where th spiders and most inhab glentiful air, a relat abundant food sourc and troglophiles, will a constant entry of bra situations where they Small, sandy beaches e: produced beetles such l Pseudot;yrannochthonius positions should yield similar ?litter1 inhab. It is, usuall; exploratory trips; me] and knees examining prc party pushes on until party may have a rest areas some searching fc men undermound sittiq retun may take advant: some sensible collectir The ideal thir planned in advance and storing gear. Areas c Sesame 2 or Satans Lai member familiar with tk Southern Gaver V v AwI*Clll~ from small result that the communities or populations ilarly, and this as cavers we know and xr ethics underground, DO NOT POLLUTE: he, cigarette butts, carbide, even waste Latively delicate ecological system present ;hat particular environment might be altered ; is no longer suitable for the population and :ease to exist. ; of our knowledge Tasmanian cave fauna consists ?S. The non-aquatic members of this group are ;S, spiders, mites, millipedes, harvestmen, 1. All of these beasties, like their counter%e dependant on a fairly constant source of food .re, also, dependant on a number of environmental .ch as temperature and humidity and will perish lnstant flooding or long periods of foul air. ~ising areas, then, for collecting cave fauna, e above conditions are .at. Cave crickets, itants of the twilight zone have, of course, ively easy escape from floods in caves and e. The depth dwellers, our true troglobites normally be found only in active caves where ter ensures F-adequate food supply and in can retreat I-Ad survive from rising water levels. xtending away from an underground stream have as Idacarabus and the pseudoscorpion, ty~hlus 3artnall. Detritus in similar mites, spring-tails, isopods, millipedes, and itants, v, impractical to collect cave fauna during nbers cannot 'drop outf to scramble on hands mis', spots while the rest of the dwindling the leader finds himself alone. However, a iere and there and if the stops are near. tlwetu ,r cave liff6 can be done. Similarly, belay qut long stretches waiting for a party's %geof their enforced leisure and attempt 23. ~g would be to have specific collecting trips, equipped with all necessary collecting and )r caves such as Tassie Pot, Khazad+Dum, .r would be chosen and the party led by a le area or cave. The team would be briefed


beforehand of what might be expected to be found, where were the most promising search areas and what to do with the specimens or material collected. With each member of the party knowing his assigned duties a single trip to even the most difficult of our pot holes should be sufficient to find whatever fauna inhabits the cave or to enable us to say, with a fair degree of assurance that the cave harbours no natural inhabitant. -I p-,:5-7,fl 1 -. L---., "

ths Luchzn Uis-izict can LesC b? described of ow X01.e Creek Dist~ict. It is situaLAES Entmxe, which is 173 miles fzorn E&-,E?~. The pc~~lztioil in the ar3a r~lj .-. --X fairy and beef caJctlz, vcol, an3 tir-bcr cuttins for their C --.L2c n -.-. stakility with tbe tourist cme resezve c-erely as a fluctr Fr5101: of inco-~le to the tmrship, The lixwtorn in th? crca is Ki3dle D~-~~onian with thh mi ?"? king r.ppr@xirretrl~ 1 2 ni%c.: 1o1.1g (Kx-tL~9uth) 5 miles acr a? i5.s videst ~chi;, tryr2rir.s off ct -tb:l njr-$\ern ezd towards the FCS~P: 9iv~ Snc~ 2i-V-cr YJ,.?.?;~, the arca fcming 2, z?::g:1 triagle. -L is divi2eG into three>~.l czviq aroao Euchm, East hch a5 IbrrinS-al. Th? Emt 31~11: :? ?.I; 7 is t;:3 ~.31:-[;:1--32~, fz1.n coy--e= of thz main Eu-c~~J ?.e;.osL', all3 ireasl>i.?s a50u j mileg by 2 miles wi-i-jh band extend in^ *L tw-khel2 milt;: to tlie ?3r;n. 1 -~io.:te< i!,?,Sel Cave an*. Trod j n .r.rhi ,-h --h L-L, ,*A2 .LULL c\ of some 50 cares. The f( formztion leading to a rw cave I visitec' In Victcri: which is in the f4uzrir.d~l Buchm. Princii.z,l!.y. it 20COft. Lor~ which pL.3,e5; two \:ate? traps il7to romz appearance to I-hlls &IT P cave was the best test to in as abo-db IO?W i. 92 c23 mcin chanber. Thwn ~2s water, Southern. Caver


-A UL.L~ wuv AU V ;LJ OLULLLC~L uv L JL~IIIU uavc 9 bucLe ut=lLlg UIUlY GIlUlU~LS at different levels beczuss of the fact that the cave is composed entirely of talus sections. Although I went to the end of all the caves I have mentioned the lonpst time I spent underground was ocly about two hours. The Yictorian Sylmlogical Association is a large club with et least, four ti:xs the neriljership of the Southeim Caving Society. The exploration m2 ~~rveyiilg of all caving systems at Buchan were in a very rdvancod stage aand all aspects of speleology were boing stucied. Perha3s one cf the most interesting trips L attended was a mock search axd resc-~e e:~ercdse. The use of a Feil. RoFbie stretcher and two-way zadios between the search md rwcue area vehiclcs =d V.S.A. clv3 house at hchm proved to he very effective. Although there are rc dee2 cwes at Rucha, 3ecause of the low relief of limestone there is plenty of excitemnt diving the may sumps end I would thoroughly recorn-end any Ta,smanian caves to make Buchzn s mvst on the:'r list of mainlad caving areas as there is a'wqrs pleatjr ~f action vith V.S.A. as the hosJ~s. Sou-thern Cwer (5) October, 1972


-d -v -'---'-W7-.------.-* Cave Arcnae~logy by LP. Andrew The recent discovery in the Florentine Valley of an 2b L 90s: :?L -complete skeleton of the liTasmznian Tigerf1 or Thylacine (see Soutken -. .,l ly Caver V.4, No. 1 ) aroused considerable interest throughout the local -. scientific community and further drew attention to the increasiag 7.3, importance of cave archaeological "findstv. The purpose of the present article is to lay down some suggested guidelines for tha :zl;y future collection of cave bone material and data. Ls';rict. 1. ~~~cE For the reasons behind cave bone deposits. sec. earlier articler (~outhern Caver V.2, No. 4). Because ofthe fact 'of that all surface dwelling animals are almost equa.lly likely Lo fir: . --.711 their way into underground caves either by a direct fall or by surface 1 --

ror removlng anci recorcilng the material are available. If you do not have the equipment, record the position and leave it intact w+;7 you do. Wien material is removed carefully pack all material inplastic bags with appropriate labels an6 note zry details about tl position of the bones which could 5e imporfmLt, i.e. articulated skeleton, skull smashed etc. If the na-krial is emSedded in mud and gravel as is frequ-sntly the case collect 2 fair sized sample ( the surroumding material as frequently mall bone etc, are found here when the materisl is examise5 1p.t~ 5. Cm & TFaTMFK? Having packe$ tho rneterizi in plastic bag: and remwed it to the surface the next tzsk cf cleaxing, drying, identifying and preserving the mterizl is one which is best left to an expert. Careless clezning and dryi~g cz? cause important details such as charcoal and associated debris tc be lost and very fragile material will freq~l-ently d-isintegrate conpletely if dried out too quickly, Umally a small sav~qle is %ken and 2ried out slowly under controlled conditions. If disintegration is eviden! steps can be taken to prevent it by coating the bones with a su3sl such as soluble nylon which will prevent sutpes opening ad leett fallins out, etc. The mixture of mud an2 gzavel associated with bones is usually seived to racover loose teeth r-rd small bone frae Cave bones once they are treated in this naru~er can llsu-ally be stc indefinitely without additional treatment. Southern Cavor


" -.------$3. Anno scrub. Yith cavers attemp. more re~ote caving areas, ~~ch lcnge: en difficult bush conditions than was r3 artic:.e of omseries, we will cogsider 2o:nc he bush, remembering that Tasmaniat S only cz;rir.,:; n a cave bl~t in the near jungle conditions cf ting to find access into n3yi: r periods are being spa: '-1-1. the case only a few ysczr:: a: 3, nx snouia conslst of the best map of the axn ad whistle, water resistant matches, a inlife, l witins material. Warn clothing and a parka. 3fLC1 of the route plamed an3 estimated tire of ko raspor-sible mmbers of tke Sxiety. iate %ke pax to accoraodate weaker members c,? 3~n shmld t~~ke the time to rsmorise ph-yzictz: ~t low its members to become separated, T11,is :.F,: 3rssn mvst bring up the rear, keeping m. x-.lost. Tnis is, unfortunately, a y~d Use your nap 2nd recollection the >W-b neans of reachi~g salety. ,. G,L.~, < -3d bl2.z~ -the pzth you hwe taken b;r .:c ;.alching arrows breaking peer, twigs ancl ? ',-. a dated note showing yow direction c' 2. 7.ce .. L dad: ox in severe trea2ther conditior-s, -. .L wxseli', stay pct. A smokey fire is an c::: r L .,. .S tzess sigi2al. is three vhistl~ h1as-k m .>ex 9 :ted regularly.


The victim must immediately be put intc his sleeping bag and tent while his hod-y still retains the ability to keep warm, To continue walking could result in death even after shelter has bem reached if bodv temperature has become too* low. Xemember that proper equipment, a little knawledge and some commonsense might save you life, Exploration of J.F. 21 1 (~lorentine valley) by Stephen Harris The A.S.F, Xemletter of Ikrch, 1972, provisionally lists Australia's longest anc! Seepest caves. ii cave recently explored and surveyed by members cf this Society in the Florentine Valley would appear in fourth psi-bion on the "deepest" list with a szrveyed depth of 720 feet, ---The ex.2loration of Sesme Cave (J.F. 21 1 ) is notable for the relative efficiency with it was carried out, Exploration required several trips but these followed on almost successive weekends. The cave was more or less surveyed as it vas being explored. A wide moss-lined shaft on ?he slope of a hill above Chrisps Road surrounded by thick wet scler~2hyll regrowth leads into the cave, k magnificent large tree stump existir,? 3esFSe the hole semed as an anchor for the ladders and belay ro?e. The entrance was a 20 ft. pitch which finished on a small slop2 of bclulders =d rotting vegetation. The 6 cavers on this first trip gave the h12 ody cursory inspection and found it extended horizontally, over a 5~.11c, followed by a 20 ft, free climb down into a small chamber. One been fellow grovelled aznong some talcs blocks on the floor and fc;v2 3 small squeeze which must have looked promising to enthusiastic eyes. On the following weekend, j bods fougkt; th9ir way through the constriction. The first One through (or halfway tbcugll) was confronted with a small surprise a 30ft. stretch or nothing, below a pair of flailing legs. However, the aforenen'ioned bod is no mean climber and he descended quickly to the bot$on?. The other two (and everyone since) wisely preferred to use a laclder atthis spot. At the bot-tom of the pitch on a ledge in a fissure, the team was confronted with the need for yet another ladder which vas quickly joined to the bottom of the one just descended. Negotiating a tight squeeze at the top of this new ladder, the descent of slightly more than 30ft. was made into a small elongated chmber. Pessimism reigned while it Southern Caer October, l972


t:.j s I IL LL;;A~? i4iB WUU Cad !&nu 'KU'C ~36&2~Yli21& ~O~'LJ'&EI.~~.JC. -r ~O\J :jr.lil~)-; m$.~ 7. i:zrL~lg aday fron: the hw end of this little chaber. The team crawled and walkedwith a stoop along a short passage. To their pleasant surprise the passage stopped at the junction with a larger passage in which they were able to stand up. The cave so far ha6 carried them deeper and further than expectations, as, right from the start there had been an air of doubt about the cave's continuin: So here they were in what locked like a dried out stream passage. mr a-4. .. -. .Yne rloor was amp and m places there was quite a thickness of clayey silt. To the left the passage got lower and when looked at >le crevice.,, xtto the ;y was : (in 1a1 I. animp.1 S re was sub j 2ct rs-,~~ -bhce ~ij q ip2 c~ml er. It %ty rstrza-ixd .er banks or" a chamber. on the opposite wall the endof the drainpipe crawl was recognised.. Over some very loose rock the expedition wound its way to the lowest point in the chamber and stormed over a. fissureA9 there laulA rl : g_f a .lowcd 11 2 drop led in 'loor Fertical or ; wss was


~~-cner our-c wnere IT na.7-ro re to hours pits5 the pped a l'c.~ -KO T L w1-m me tater seeplng mTey measurements to the end cking up the very large pile -T--------7.---through the flooz. After carryins su of this, the team slowly retreated, pa of equipment en route to the su~face. sesame Gme 1s In an crea that abounds with sinks and holes all with squal promise. Entrances to many known holes in this specific region have been linked by survey and it is eventually hoped to worlc out the relationships of all holes in the area hopefully there will be som in5e~coimections between holes &the possibility of a I.~?~rgcr li_lndergmund ~ystem, Members of exploratioz ani survey parties into J.F. 211 numbe~ of crips in brackets:L. Gleeson (5), J. \rard (5), C. Earris (3) J. WCcnlack (21, K. Dede~czuk (2), S. Earris (l), I Cole (3) K. in (l) and 7. Xlliott (l).. by Aleks Terauds Eut, how can yo2 teT; the world jrx are a caver? It is not enough to meet corsades fmm mother cl53 soiilevrhere underground and be greeted with the cry, "T!"y, Cmer i ? 'l (xc~rn~anied by the familiar gesture). h irnprove~m-L to t5is occurs whn a party of visitors in some tourist cave SU?~ as Kewdegate, stumbles over a group of speleos vho, blinded by the arc lights, have accidentally wandered into the -courFst section. The Vhhls !!P1 from the women and children are nost soul satiszying, the looks of wonderment and admiration from -I-.l_lc stmng ren g~atifying indeed. But still, the vast majority of thr! pop~~ance is ignorant of' us. Cavers, however, ?,re nct only a courageous and select breed; they aye, also, inventive and imaginative. So, they make badges to wear on their clothing "Look? Nun, there goes a caver !!!"


and badges to stick on their cars l%ook at him go! But, after all, he's a CAYER and driving at 140 m.p.h. on this winding road must be nothing compared to the real thing, the excitement of caving ! And helmets, when not worn may be prominently (and for some, permanently) displayed on the back window ledges of cars -where.,torches and batteries ?yellow in the am-,while! o3r~ggeTs and karabiners gather dust but do point to our status as cavers; for even if you don't do it it is nice to be thought that you do do. It all reminds me of my younger days when a conversati this was almost overheard on a Herston bus:on like '"Excuse me, please, but are you a medical student?" "Yes, how did you know? Was it from the surfical jacket I am wearing?" "No. ItFrom these scalpels in my breast pocket?ll "Oh! Perhaps from this stethescope which is accidentally half falling out of my side pocket?" ioticed it. ;his volume of 'Gray's Anatomyr in my lap, which somehow has come open on this illustration of a dissected leg?" "No. 'Was it this 20ft. length of small intestine which is protruding from my open briefcase that gave me away?" then, this bundle of human bones m*" "1 donf t really know. Just a wild guess. There must be something terrific to being a medical student. You know, one of those dedicated young men who sacrifice their youth to study so that as doctors they might devote their lives to help the unfortunate humanity, risking infection from highly contagious diseases, undaunted, going forth holding the shining torch of kesculapius high above their heads, brave but happy in he knowledge .. . Southern Caver (72) October, 1972


was in I960 whc in a Tiger Not2 carted out aga: of view, the p; tranquility and scrub th2a loo1 creeks flowing creek was found tunnel (P.B.~), tributary was E the entrance ar the main strea The party explc and talus, to E the party d-id r upstream. The CurrenJ~ ,,Sit A threat Holdings ( AUS tr in respect to E! Formal oB jectio the DeparJ~men.t Vest Committee subsequently de was Later also again applied I square miles. ing the Souther South-Wes t Comm of the area for included in the The South-East .seven points, b the lodgelnent o -only group wher relevant clause m a handful of speleos were ferried in, one by one, 1 seaplane from Cockle Creek to Hew River Lagoon, and in a week or so later. Unfortunately, from our point trty seems to have spent more tine absorbing the 1 grandeur of the place and avoiding the difficult :ing for caves. They exmined only one of the eight into the lagoon from the l-hestone area. This +n oqerge, somway upstream, from a small, decorated ~th the syur of a hill. Furthelupstream, a emerge from a cave (P.B. 3) with deep water at ;le air space (consequently left unexplored) ; m efflux of a sizeable cave a amp er Cave, P.B.1). lis for a quarter of a mile, past decoration U_LW~ghty pasmge where deep water stopped progress; 51: rgency the has now a:?pear%+. In December, 1971 Mineral in) Pty. Ltd., app: nce area ~f 20 square : zgai,r,st gwnting h Xines by a nmber uthI the Tasxanian COIL .-,-.-, --v ..--, %red invalid. Fortxnately the application itself :lmed invalid. Abont one month later the company an exploratory. licence, this time covering 25 wjections were lodged by a number of bodies, includthe larity t was a1 Park. on for the the S wera as follows:-


"thai such applica~ion is contraq to the public interest in -that it: ( f ) would prevent Aus tcalian speleologis ts undertaking detailed e~plorz,tj-oils of reporteeL vuldergcound caves (g) woulir pre~ent speleo-biologists undertaking investigations into gossible endmic troglobitic faunaml' In retaming the objec-him and fee the ~irector of Kines, bk. J.G. Symond undertook that the objection would at least be looked at Iton an adminis%ra5ive basis" (Syrnons, 1772 personal communication). The S.E.C.C. objection sssumed that miningoperations would quickly follow the explorations, The matter is d-ue for heaxing in the Mining Warden's Court at Devonport, on Monday, Dcced7er 4th, 1972, before the Warden, m. Temple-Smith. Howcver, t5ere is some co~fusion as several objectin( parties have not been advised as to the date while conflicting dates have been given to other interesteci parties. (s.c.s., after a request for clarifizatio;_l, wac ~CvFsecl that the hearing would be on 10th December; a letter me day later informed us that the information given iri the las-5 pr2gmph of the first letter was incorrect an2 ths-L ':he 3ete of the hearing was December 4th). The Company 1~1.~0 lved -___C Mineral Foldings is 2. srall show 2t best with a paid up capital of 3=ouiii $9,000.00 (nminal W~O,OOO), incorporated in 7Tictnria.. r~~ist,:re< in%smm-ie on April 2nd, 1969. It certainly a? to 5e Fn 2 position to develop the deposit; a sellpmy such zs Piclcards Kather oz BHP seemmuch more empaqr has other leases of 40 acres at Mt. Balfow In tne nortn-e2st 2x3 110 square miles at West Takone in the northwest. Its dir-.ct,o::s zre lour Victoriai-S (~homas Freeman, Roach and ~heimerdine) an6 me Valter S-L. Clair Mar-son, a former Launceston Mines Departrnel1-l Chief. The T~srna~nian agen+, is Richard Mart in Green, ;t~n fyorn 1969 to 1971, me ~asaanism "rremiez and Ninister for Mines, the Hon. E .E. Beece has recently ben q~1i-t~ vocal about conservationists, spreading a well timed smoke screen, p~rhaps? All good politicians believe in the broa6 concept o2 safeguarding the environment but can never be dram to support any of the individud elements of that concept. So it has been with the ?rexier, claiming conservation to be a good thing but castigatir.g 7irresponsi'ole people' who exert pressure,


Of chief be employed, 2 not to be quarr; ed to the area': be found mined roads and jeq3 1 Tasmanian Mines Associated Devel wn~e:~x et: 'clxi=; stage is the me?. ; to hen nhmld the ultim~te cutcorn? is La?, \Tery seve~? md irrevocable -,,v---,, ~ccasion:;/., an?. some of thz fi~est rain forest c~untry to by the criss-cross o5surve;r trails, creek diversions, >rclcka pear it t 22 xrxle;? the prcepecting provisions of the Act, Concern 1 quarry developmc annonpous let t c to the effect kiproposed the COY saved from nxg: Coast track to F would be expensj and bredcvatc~ :. It is prorno'cing a c'u51 secondc,ry lndust thzt a f erro-m-;. stated that -bhi~ Some peopl2 ime unlikely. If : logical to site Bell Eay (vhere around with aot? grade limestone of other reserve manganese works 1968; of these, abut its Tuturc Eluff limestone, have to be olil a. scenery 2nd the :as been expressed regarding facilities to cater for a 2nt. The IIobs,rt FJalking Club receqtly received an ?r, supposedly from a sfyn?athetic official of BHP Ltd., lat that Conpany had some imolvement in this area and lstruction of 2, rc.;lw,y from Cockle Creek (recently ? as ZZI army firii.;~ ran& along the route of the South Sew Xver Lzgoon, 9th~~ nummms suqgcst e? road, Both he propgsikions. The latest S-tory i~volves a jetty lex *ion 29ac7;:; Pew River L~goor, itself, could not . :+ as 1.3 ?-F rxit? ~3ailqw, especidly cem the acuth, 1sic3. of ?;L loq;ing rmds plamed to be built up the :S Pezk wmld Se c.,t->rz?tive, ;~3_7_e LP%-b one rtay the thc~~ght of an electric!-ty sxrpl-us 9 >iy behw c3s-b pricc q9.y attract t3 Tasmmia a sizeable T5e Stc-i:e C-~-~--.rximcst~ S latest front page claim is Ipnese plm-:: rli~ht be set in the State, The repcrt ; would require IE r,-e r-cserves of hi@ gra& limes-tcne. ?diately tho~qlit of P.B. tct -prsonally, J thought it :u-~il ~2 i eem it closz .t they? se VZ li:?,g to S ligh at F1ower.r GULLY \Terh.aps au leasea) anc~ wmnn reach ?s at Mole Creek, Railton, etc. However, the ferrois the 49th new industry promised to Tasmania since ; only one has eventu&xd. Draw your own conclusions 2 W Elt, ~;!i?atev3r future lies ahead for the 'Precipitous one thing is for certzia, pay develapment there would la.rge scale; and thzt would be that as far as the cavcs ,p, Southern Cdv Gctober, 1972


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by Kevin Kiernan solitary c down conte confortabl And sleep UnmLs takea through tl: silence. swearing r: people sl~ Three men, in the co: they hearc the kitch~ three tirr:c know that yet the cc on, the nc tapping ar kitchen (' awakened E sound of 3 started a( Your in'crc claiming 1 were hearj indeed, sc just the I kingdom 31 ccnvinced, clear heai residents true hist! Junee Homf -4 fellow Adamsf ielc (where?). stead m? It all started on a lonely night some months ago when a aver who shzll rern~~il: nameless but is qclite short, snuggled ntedly in his cosy slseping bag beside the fire in the .e middle be6room of the old Junee fimestead, to sleep. he did. 3ct at 3a.n. he awoke, uncomfortably: footsteps! .ble, slow footsteps, with boots on, walking up the hallway, Le kitchen Coor without a sound of it opening, and then Some days later, still visibly shaken, he told the tale, lever again to spend a night in there, alone. We scoffe2, but it happened agein; on a quiet night, four ?e~ing cf-f n 1w.g trip were amkened by the sane phenomenon. 1, 3.11 white : re scoffed. ,,,.,,, , -;r a.ccident fi. 16 a night there i it, tm: inoisteps o.long the hall and then, the sound of :n door opening. To their zhock (ad horror) they heard it ?S tut 119 onn m 5e seeil. Nm, d9zr reacer, yoc must the kitchen d;or fits tightly 2cd jms ti~ou~hout its span, )nod of it? ~~~~~~~~g VGS 2s smof:? -S sill.. . The night wore ~i~es ircrx:cci. C?s 2i~tmttr ~u~;c,stecl that the tl,l:-rlping, id scufilr oi f~2-t ves -llv t of E. party beins held in the r1ln-' yl 7? by 1. L. ,> tuj.6 lsncr! ~nd we slept, only to be )y 0r.e @l -nen 'X' sc r mii05. S112 xzs on her feet! The ?HAT ---. door o~er ic:;~-\i;: %:d I -okm he-! k.? the p.-rtyt ~ain, ii v. r ~i.3~321 23Z the noises 02 the door. .' I ?pid scrjt? xu:~: cc xln 1k2 torror-stricken throng by ;hat a ~CCISI-G! ?oul? !m2 1;wn rcs?onsi'cle for zll that they ing, alt!lo~.~h ir his 5cz-d he kne~.:, and arhntly hoped (for :ience ?sn-ircp crJc i'i3 0c\e:l-), that it Was not. Ardat light xomenl OEQ ~f ~hme fiv-ffy frknds from the animal 2opped onto the roof frsx a n?arby tr~e zzd all were . ?Jnti!. the mornirz, \hen looking at the whole thing with Is, ;le just could not explai-n it cl1 by the possum, theorise 7t. Later -that samr? veek w2 heard a tale Prom several former of the area, Ve hnard enovgh -CO stop all mirth, as the ~oy of the place merged in all its puesomi. detail. The .stead, it seems, has a rep-tation for stran,.;e goings on. Living there 3e;Lrq 3;;~ io zlleppd to have mu~dered a miner at 1. He burnt %he body and. burrieci the bones beneath a log He then attenpfed. to haig himself in the old Junee Homewas thereafter knobm as the Rzngman of Junss. 1 Cwer (18) October, 1972


vvur, c,b~~~ Ill a Gumer aLongSlde some electronic manuals. The title, u.4q~avirle~tp, caught my eye and peruoal of the pages that the book ms about underground water location. I it mare thinking of the ~nssible relevance to caving if the ----mrked. One of t-ho editoorc of the "Southern Caver" could not suppress his mirth or, heir.g informed that I night write an article on thp ~~bjpr.+ ,qna mram ~r~lmr*m+nd +I-.-& ----l classified led by some ;a1 detector father and seems to .ere is the It is pcssible to locxt~ ?> cr wire on one pass yet on another pass over the sam2 spoc the wires vill not more. This is done by deliberately villing the rnL.~ci (0W~,atever it is that moves to do so* rires can be put into o glass, plastic or ocae other type r and the swinging effec-t is still apparent although the he book xotes t5at if they are ~oved ov:r 2.9 cbject with,---nf S presence they vill not move. I will lezve the explanation of that to you! According to the b~ok the~e wires may be used to locate underground water along with o5her methods probably more we-l known such as those used by water divimr-S. Tlesz are "switchesI1 of trees and are a "Y" shaoe. Vh,kcn the di:&--er is over a. supply of water the switch bends tcvard the pou:1de Cctober, 7 972


As mentioned before these methods could have great possibilities in the field of caving. I intend to try them out in the field over a flat paddock area where it is known that a stream flows underneath although its actual course is unknown. If results are positive you will certainly hear about it. W~** l A Word from the Magazine Committee This issue, like the previous one, is slightly late in appearing, Our lead article was delayed, we waited as long as we could, then rearranged the mater: on hand. The job was made harder by the fact that somc of the pages. .ha5 been typed with the page numbers included and the 3tenciis run off. Still, we are satisf: with th~ end result and hope that the reader is, too. issue (~ol.~.Ec.l.) proved ex3. 172s a sell-out. We have, therenunbor of copies of this issue an( will be able to supply a li~itod nunber or extra copit to those dzsirii-ig them. Simila.rly, W had a request for reprints of A,P.Andrewfs article on the Thylacine discovery. We were happy to oblige and in the future will provide reprints of any article published in the 'Southern Caverf, 'irol.4. for a nominal charge: to anyone interested. Vol.4. No. 3., due out early in February, 1977, il already in the 'compositionf stage. Among the article, therein will be 'Sclui on CavesT by G.Wa-tt, Tourist CavesT by ILKiernan (and, knowing K.K., there will surely be something else), 'Cave i!Jumberingf by Bob Cockerill and 'Tasmanian Cave Fa~na,?t.Z.~ by Aleks Terauds. Ron Mannxight have a follow up on 'Aquavisi With that line up, all that is left to say is "Good reading !It Southern Caver October, l97


Dear Sirs, F1ysl~ery Creek Diversion Threat .F---m-. Late in July inf~rm~tion reached the South-East Caoe -L Committee of a pr?posal by the l~uustralien Commonwealth Carbide Co. Ltd. to diver l; Kystery Creek from its present course (Into Entrance Cave and thrcough to %:it cave), to the site of their Ida Bay liines tone qmrry. Inquiries tothe Rivers Pc Vater Supply Commission were referred to the Mines Dzpar-men-5 who vere informed by the Company that only 30 gals. of m+slper 8-ay would be required. To sugge; diversion fronl over 2 rile zway for tliis amom5 of water provoked miour that -211 fhc v..-ker vas required for sluicing overburden. A lett?r 3021 the S.E.C.C. to the Company drew their at tent ion to


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