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The Tasmanian Caverneering Club was formed on 13 September 1946. Initially, information was provided to members through a circular, copies of which exist back to November 1947. "Speleo Spiel, Circular of the Tasmanian Caverneering Club" was first published December 1960. Eight issues of this are known, up to May 1962. In April 1964 a "Circular" was again issued and seems to have continued, irregularly, until March 1966. Then in April 1966, a "New Series" of Speleo Spiel commenced, as a monthly newsletter. In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club amalgamated with the Southern Caving Society and the Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group to form the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. The combined group agreed to continue to publish "Speleo Spiel" as its bi-monthly newsletter, as continues today (2015). Speleo Spiel is a vehicle for recording the cave and karst-related activities, and particularly the achievements, of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. It also carriers technical and scientific reports, reprints, reviews and other information likely to be of interest to members from time to time.
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Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 1 N ewsletter of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Inc PO Box 416 Sand y Ba y, Tasmania 7006 AUSTRALIA ISSN 1832-6307


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 2 CONTENTS Regular Bits Editorial 3 Stuff ‘n Stuff 3 Trip Reports Hastings – A Few Surveys and a Surpise, 15 Sep. 12 Matt Cracknell 4 Deep Falls and Devils Whirpool, 28 Oct. 12 Alan Jackson 6 Junee and Cave Hill, 10 N ov. 12 Stephen Bunton 7 Tarn Creek Swallet, 2 Dec. 12 Alan Jackson 9 Growling Swallet and Pendant Pot, 7-10 Dec. 12 Mark Euston 9 Eugenana and Mole Creek, 17 D ec. 12 Stephen Bunton 12 Other Exciting Stuff Perfidy, Frownland a nd Pendant Pot Surveying Alan Jackson 13 Surveys Miscellaneous surveys Various Artists 19 STC Membership 28 STC was formed in December 1996 by the amalgamation of three former southern Tasmanian clubs: the Tasmanian Caverneering Club the Southern Caving Society and the Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group STC is the modern variant of the oldest caving club in Australia. This work is STC copyright. Apar t from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publishers and the inclusion of acknowledgement of the source. Speleo Spiel Newsletter of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Incorporated PO Box 416, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7006 http://www.lmrs.com.au/stc ABN: 73-381-060-862 ISSN 1832-6307 The views expressed in the Speleo Spiel are not necessarily the views of the Editor, or of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers Incorporated. Issue No. 393, Nov. Dec. 2012 STC Office Bearers President: Geoff Wise Ph: 0408 108 984 (m) geoff.p.wise@gmail.com Vice President: Stephen Bunton Ph: (03) 6278 2398 (h) stephenbunton@bigpond.com Secretary: Janine McKinnon Ph: (03) 6243 5415 (h) jmckinnon@tassie.net.au Treasurer: Ric Tunney Ph: 0427 889 965 (m) rtunney@caverneer.net.au Equipment Officer: Geoff Wise Ph: 0408 108 984 (m) geoff.p.wise@gmail.com Librarian: Greg Middleton Ph: (03) 6223 1400 (h) ozspeleo@iinet.net.au Editor: Alan Jackson Ph: 0419 245 418 (m) alan.jackson@lmrs.com.au Search & Rescue Officer: Jane Pulford Ph: 0437 662 599 (m) jlpulford@yahoo.com Webmaster: Alan Jackson Ph: 0419 245 418 (m) alan.jackson@lmrs.com.au Web Site: http://www.lmrs.com.au/stc Front Cover: The magnificent view from the ground up in the JF rainforest. Photo by Laure Gauthiez-Putallaz


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 3 Editorial Happy, merry, joy and all that. I hope you’ve been good and that Santa treats you well. I’ve been wondering whether with the Carbon Tax introduction earlier this year if it is no longer financially viable for Santa to hand out bags of coal to the bad people. I guess Tony Abbott is the man to ask given his proven track record of accurately forecasting the effects of the Carbon Tax so far. Still not a lot happening on the local caving scene but it is encouraging to see that what is happening is largely thorough and methodical exploration and documentation. This is a very ‘mappy’ issue. Alan Jackson Stuff ‘n Stuff MOLE CREEK FUN AND GAMES Australia Day long weekend is still set aside for a joint Mole Creek exercise with Northern Caverneers. Come along and embrace your long lost northern cousins. My plan is continue the survey project in Mersey Hill Cave on the Saturday and Sunday an d then pop down nearby Machinery Creek canyon on the Monday. Weather might dictate a few scheduling changes here and there but that’s the plan for now. I might even head up earlier with the family for some general camping and six-year-old-friendly caving. I believe Jane is looking at organising some kind of search and rescue exercise/practise/ info session of some kind. Details on this are still scarce but will be fired around the email list server when and if it eventuates. There are plenty of other caves in the area too so don’t feel you need to subject yourselves to the horrors of my company for the whole time. I encourage independent trips being organised (so long as I have enough people to fill my surveying needs first!). If you intend coming along then please let me know so we can achieve basic organising. The plan at this stage is probably to camp at the Wet Cave/Honeycomb Cave block. EXITRAVAGANZA 2013 Tony and co are still at it with this Exit Cave resurvey caper and will be doing another week-long stint there in March (9th onwards). Time to book your holidays and alert Tony if you’re coming along. GROWLING LADDERS The ladders in Growling have been giving me the shits for years. Until now they’ve just been annoying rather than outright dangerous. The ladder between the bottom of Slaughterhouse Pot and Trapdoor Streamway is now firmly in the dangerous category. There is a rub point a few metres down from the top (originally protected by bits of hose) that has worn significantly. On one side only the core of the rope is left (sheath is completely chopped through) and the sheath on the other side is partially worn through. I can’t imagine this has been from (human) use as very few people have visited this section of the cave in the last 15 years and this point only rubs momentarily when a climber is on the lowest few metres of the ladder, after which point the ladder is pulled out from the wall and ceases to rub. My guess is that the problem is when this section of passage floods (when Growling backs right up and spills over through Windy Rift). A few hours of thrashing about in a waterfall could cause pretty significant damage. This ladder needs repairing on the next trip to the cave. Even better would be to replace it with a better structure in a better position to avoid future flood water. My ultimate dream for all four ladders in this section of the cave (including Avons Aven) is for via ferrata -style stainless steel ladders. It’d cost a few bob but it would result in a very long lived and much safer system. I investigated options a few years ago and spoke to a local specialist stainless steel welder and a German manufacturer of bolts, chains and via ferrata ladders and came up with a good design. 316 stainless would be prohibitively expensive but 304 would be reasonable. I also talked to Tim Chappell (Senior Engineer at Parks) and Steve Bourne (ACKMA President with lots of experience installing signs, railings and other infrastructure in mainland show caves) about 304 versus 316 and both agreed that 304 would be fine – it might show some minor rust stains but structural integrity would be fine for a stupidly long period of time. The only unresolved bit left to work out is how to find a way of getting someone else to pay for their manufacture. Any ideas?


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 4 Trip Reports Hastings – A Few Surveys and a Surprise Matt Cracknell 15 September 2012 Party: Serena Benjamin, Matt Cracknell, Sarah Gilbert, Peter Smejkal We jumped into the trusty European Holden and negotiated the familiar but scenic drive down to Hastings without incident. The aim of the day was to tag and survey a few known caves located at the contact between King George V (KGV) and Erebus. We set off from Chestermans Rd and stopped for a while to collect a GPS coordinate for KGV. We then bushbashed up the hill about 50 m to the contact where we found our first target, a small unnamed swallet. This cave takes a small amount of water, which presumably flows into KGV. However, it is choked with boulders after about 2-3 m. After a bit of rooting around we tagged it H-9, collected a GPS coordinate, to ok a couple of photos, and drew a sketch. (See map on page 21) We then headed off west along the contact for about 50 m to Lyrebird Lair, also known as Fern Drapery. It was tagged H-3 (as allocated in the Hastings Caves numbers database), took some photos of the entrance and then ventured inside. H-3 is not a particularly big cave but interesting nonetheless. It has formed immediately below the contact and takes the flow from two small streams that disappear into rocks in the entrance chamber. H-3 Lyrebird Lair entrance and tag. A millipede in H-3 Lyrebird Lair. The back half of the cave features domed ceilings (cupolas) with small patches of pink dolomite reminiscent of the Dune Room and Strawberry Cascade regions of Wolf Hole. This type of passage morphology can result from hydrothermal phreatic cave development (Osborne, 2004) and it is possible that the pink walls are a legacy of some kind of alteration product from warm water and its dissolved mineral content reacting with the dolomite. Deposited within the cave are several 1+ m high (angular) Permian mudstone gravel banks with interbedded mud. These deposits look very similar to the large grzes-lites1 found at Lake Pluto in Wolf Hole and several other locations at Hastings. The Wolf Hole deposit was radiocarbon dated at ~30-32 ka (R. Eberhard pers. comm., 2011), which coincides with a period of widespread sediment transport and deposition in Tasmania. We surveyed the cave (see map on page 19) on the way out and tied this into the newly installed tag. We continued west along the contact for a few hundred metres looking for H-2 Vanderstaays Vault. This cave was found about a decade ago by the then Hastings site supervisor, Keith Vanderstaay, on a jolly through the forest. It was surveyed but the map was never drawn. We found the entrance without too much trouble, but getting into the cave was going to be a different story. Matt had brought along a ~20 m rope thinking that this would be plenty of length to get to the bottom of the entrance pitch. Petr headed down and called back that we were short. We found a long bit of tape and, with the aid of some imaginative rigging, added what we thought would be enough length. Petr headed back down and emerged a few minutes later telling us that we were still ~5 m short. He also mentioned that the overhanging lip of the pitch was not solid but made up of crap that had fallen into the entrance. We are definitely looking forward to coming back to this one! After a bit to eat we found a sm all hole at the head of a dry gully about 30 m northwest of H-2. Petr poked his head into it to confirm that it was a cave but that it did not go anywhere. We tagged it H-10, took a photo and drew up a simple sketch (see map on page 22). For the next hour or so we bumbled about in the forest following the contact. The terrain became very steep immediately west of the dry gully (marked as a stream on the 1:25,000 topographic map). Here we split up. Matt went down the hill while the others headed up. Eventually we were separated by a 10-15 m high dolomite cliff. At its base Matt found a cave ~10 m long and full of organic matter. However, before setting to the task of documenting it he heard Petr calling out that they had found something a little more interesting. 1 Rock fragments bedded parallel to the slope shattered by freezethaw processes. Larger fragm ents roll downwards under the influence of gravity. With thawing, the finer debris washes downslope, forming a fairly smooth layer of sediment on top of the coarser material. M. Cracknell M. Cracknell


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 5 Sarah launches her modelling career at H-10. We all meet up at the entr ance to what looked like a substantial cave. It was taking a moderate amount of water (~5 L/s) and it was at the base of a large doline surrounded on three sides by 10 m high vertical walls. Petr, Sarah and Matt got exploration fever and slithered into the cave before Serena turned up. The entrance we used is located ~5 m south of the where the stream flows into the cave. We negotiated a steeply-sloping passage filled with organic matter and moonmilk and met up with the stream in a reasonably large chambe r containing large slabs of dolomite. In the ceiling was a ~15 m high aven and what looked like a small domed cupola with pink altered? dolomite walls. We followed the stream down a series of small cascades to another chamber that ended in a sumping narrow passage. Petr was (optimistically) calling it a siphon and was hopeful that it would be negotiable during dry weather. We collected ou r survey gear and spent the next 45 minutes or so collecting data. Back on the surface we met up with Serena, tagged the entrance H-7 on the southern wall of the doline, and mused over a name. Surprise Swallet came to mind but we needed to check with Arthur and the archive that it hadn’t been discovered and named before. (See map on page 20). The sump in H-7. H-7 entrance. It was starting to get late in the day so we decided to head for H-6 Pretty in Pink and check the GPS coordinates collected when it was found by Matt in 2006. Matt had noticed that the GPS location was quite a long way down the hill from the inferred altitude of the contact at about 200-220 m, but from his note s the cave entrance was only ~10 m below the contact. Finding the H-6 entrance proved to be very difficult. The dry gully it is located in had been significantly remodelled by tw o large tree falls. However, with a clear view of the sky, getting good GPS coverage was not such an issue. Matt estimated where the cave entrance should be beneath the tangle of forest debris and collected a better looking set of GPS coordinates, identifying the approximate cave location to within 10-20 m of the 200 m contour line. The logjam at H-6 Pretty in Pink. We headed off down the hill towards Hot Springs Creek and then across the flood plain (alluvial fan?) to Hastings Cave Road. A friendly passerby offered us a lift but looked M. Cracknell M. Cracknell M. Cracknell M. Cracknell


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 6 a bit nervous when she saw we were covered in forest muck. We graciously declined. It took about half an hour to walk back to the car on Chestermans Rd. References OSBORNE, R. A. L. 2004 The Troubles with Cupolas, Acta Carsologica 33(2): 9-36. Deep Falls and Devils Whirpool Alan Jackson 28 October 2012 Party: Serena Benjamin, Gavin Brett, Alan Jackson Some idle time at work led to some Google Earth-gazing and I spotted a couple of deep and dark-looking gullies in between the southern midlands and the east coast. So I checked the relevant 1:25 k topographic maps and one of them carried the labels ‘Deep Falls’ and ‘Devils Whirpool’. It would only be a short walk, mostly across paddocks, so I thought we’d take a look. The features are located on Green Tier Creek on the Stonehouse property east of Lemont. It’s all private property so with a bit of sleuthing I discovered the property is currently owned (or at least managed) by a Roy Freeman and I gave him a call. There would be no problems accessing the property and we were welcome to drive as far as we could. A good gravel farm track was followed and we should have stayed on it longer in hindsight but our mistake only added a couple of hundred metres of extra walking. We followed the creek down which was pretty easy going into a nice little gorge until the falls. These were quite spectacular, formed in a narrow (less than a metre wide in spots) canyon/slot and about 30 m high. It was quite easy to scramble down the steep cliff to the side of the falls and enjoy the view from various vantage points half way down and the bottom. Deep Falls from the bottom. The top section of Deep Falls. Downstream from here a bit of rock hopping led to the Devils Whirpool – an interesting little cascade into a large pool which would obviously turn into a big rotating washing machine under high flow. We went another 200 m or so downstream from here and it was very pleasant (great cliffs and suburb rock ferns). After this point it started to open up a bit and become less dramatic so we turned around. Serena and Devils Whirpool in less than whirring conditions. A. Jackson A. Jackson A. Jackson


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 7 Gavin keeps dry feet at a pool below Devils Whirpool. On the way out we scarpered up the left bank (when heading upstream) up a scree slope below Deep Falls. This got us up onto a grassy plateau above the falls which had been recently selectively l ogged and made for very easy going until we hit the loggin g access track again and back to the car. Not quite caving but it was a nice easy day out and well worth the minimal effort required. It would be spectacular to see both features under flood conditions A delightful patch of the rock fern Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia. An old dog, a new bee, a dead horse and a bobcat – JF-32, D ead Horse Cave (JF33), Chuck–key Cave (JF-453), BK2 (JF585), BK1 (JF-460), B obcat (JF-586), JF461 and JF-462. Stephen Bunton 10 November 2012 Party: Stephen Bunton, Kim Knight. Those present (I won't call them cavers!) at the November meeting showed a distinct l ack of enthusiasm for JuneeFlorentine documentation. Only Kim, the newbie, seemed unaware of the horrors of Cave Hill and agreed to come with me. He was keen to see how cave documentation is done so I hoped that he would become hooked on this aspect of caving and ignore the botanical masochism it entails. On the way up in the car we discussed the overarching concept for this lunacy, the existence of a “Junee Master Cave”. This prompted me to detour via Junee Cave (JF-8) and show Kim what the fuss is all about. I then decided to ease him in gently and made the most of a recent opportunity presented to us by John Webb at Norske Skog. John emailed Alan the co-ordinates and location sketch (by Peter McIntosh at Forest Practices Authority) of two caves in the flatlands of the Junee; JF-32 and Dead Horse Cave (JF-33) that date from yesteryear. We parked on the Junee Quarry Road before the link road that used to go out past the Junee Homestead to Junee Cave. This corner of the woods is now just radiata pine stumps, so you can clearly see the hill that contains JF-32 and JF-33. We followed the south edge of the cleared coupe to where the GPS co-ordinates said we should find the caves. They were located in the second gully east of the Florentine Road. The first cave we found was JF-32. I put some tape on the tag and photographed it while Kim trogged up. At this stage he realised he’d forgotten his helmet and light so I lent him mine while I fluffed around with the GPS, camera and survey stuff. Kim went straight ahead mostly through a tight s queeze but prudently baulked when his feet didn't hit the bottom on the other side. He retreated and I investigated. It’s unlike me to be pushing squeezes that others have trouble with! Now with a light on the head, that I cursorily poked into the cave, I could see that the cave went around to the right before descending into the next “chamber”. The only difficulty was running the gauntlet through an unbelievably high concentration of mosquitos. We tandemed on my light to the bottom of the cave and then retreated. I took a few rough survey legs into the entrance to the cave and sketched the rest. Peter Mc’s sketch map showed Dead Horse Cave (JF-33) closer to the road and we had no trouble finding it. This cave was a bit bigger and we su rveyed it properly up until where it ceases to be a cave and it becomes wombat world. There were no skeletal remains of the dead horse, originally discovered in the cave; although, we were expecting something from the smell but this was traced to fresh wombat turds. (See JF-32 and JF-33 maps on page 23). We returned to the car with two caves done and dusted but decided not to go the 500 m overland to try to find Little Dipper (JF-108) but rather that we would be better served relocating to Cave Hill, now that the weather had cleared. Chrisps Rd was surprisingly dry and the van made it all the way to the top. Here I was disappointed to see that the maypole with that mega-pulley had been felled, the pulley nicked and the staff sawn up by wood-hookers. At the start of the new Rescue Pot track we ate lunch as we sorted our gear for a more serious attempt at caving. We followed the track up to the lip of the Tarn Creek Swallet (JF-364) doline before heading left around the contour. The first cave we encountered was Index Pot (JF-441) which I photographed before we headed over to Ping Pong Cave’s JF-442 entrance. I put tape on these and photographed them (again!). This was the last of the recognisable territory before the dogwood regrowth obliterates the view in its multidirectional uniformity. The A. Jackson A. Jackson


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 8 aim of the day was to tag the known and mostly-mapped caves in this region but first they needed to be relocated. The ‘maypole’ in earlier years. The first of the caves was Chuck-key Cave which we tagged JF-453 (see survey on page 26) and then GPS’d. This cave is very close to the northern end of the hung up wasted log but alas we could not find nearby Log-waster Cave ( SS 389:10) despite walking around in ever increasing circles for about an hour. Unfortunately the co-ordinates weren’t transferred into the cl ub GPS after the last trip. A trend that we noticed as we had to re-enter the positions of the few caves we found on that fateful trip in March. In the process of random walking, we did find BK2 and tagged it with pre-assigned tag JF-585. We also found, BK1 (aka Rudeland Cave, SS 388:5) and tagged it JF-460 using the previously reserved tags that had now gone back into circulation. BK1 is probably unenterable and Kim pronounced it certainly “unexitable” although you can see down it for three metres and rocks rattle to about 10 m. This cave is quite close to JF-68, which we also visited in our travels and therefore quite close to the deepest cave in the area, Zulu Pot (JF-215). (See JF-460 and JF-585 surveys on pages 26) We gave up on Log-waster although I still have a tag reserved for it. I was feeling guilty that I did not invite Ken on this extravaganza at short notice. I was not sure how Ken would feel about me offering his prime lead to Kim, as incentive to start the ex ploratory phase of his caving career. In the end the anti-cave -piracy fairy dealt out some karma to us. Not only did we not find Log-waster but I had a small topple onto a tree, when a sapling handhold snapped and I sustained a nasty cut to the face. I now have a duelling scar, which I will wear as a badge of honour. The wasted log – world’s best practice. We returned in the direction we had come in order to find Bobcat. On the way we stumbled upon JF-127 again and I realised then that the mysterious reference to JF-128 in the article ( SS 389:10 second column line 9) should have read JF-218. The last pre-assigned tag we had to dispose of was Bobcat which we found on our return trajectory and tagged it JF586, on the south right side of the bulldozer canyon that leads to the drop off (see survey on page 27). I suggested that Kim should descend the pitch and check it out. He had to get underground for at l east a few minutes during the course of the day! I just watched. We then headed back to the Tarn Creek Swallet doline and tagged a few caves there. The JF-364 tag is on a cave that is a tight rift behind a detached block of limestone but this is not where the water sinks nor is it where the best digging prospects lie. The cold draughting hole that is blocked by a big rock on the south side of the doline was tagged JF-461 on the left just above the hole. The waterfall cave was tagged JF-462, on the face at the east side of the little waterfall on some slimy but not mossy rock just above the clean rock that obviously gets flushed. Now when we go to push these “hot leads” they can be referred to with their distinct identities. We returned to the car via the Rescue Pot track and did not attempt to find Anticlimax (JF-58). S. Bunton S. Bunton


Speleo Spiel Issue 393, NovemberDecember 2012 page 9 JF-364, JF-461, JF-462 Tarn Creek Swallet Alan Jackson 2 December 2012 Party: Gavin Brett, Stephen Bunton, Alan Jackson Bunty had revived interest in the JF-461 entrance in the Tarn Creek Swallet doline so we geared up for battle and headed in for a lazy surface digging day. The entrance was draughting as beautifully as ever so we formed a plan and set about inducing rapid oxidation of carbon. A ~3-4 m deep pit was uncovered but unfortunately it all ended in breakdown and organic mud, with the draught pouring out of a small muddy hole that suggested the fun times were over. Fifteen metres away is the JF-364 entrance. This also draughts well. The higher of tw o entrances lets you get in several metres but gets a bit tight and awkward. The lower (tagged) entrance starts tight and then widens, so we improved the start and tried various means of willing our way past the next tight section a couple of body lengths in, but to no avail. Bunty then went to fill his water bottle at the JF-462 entrance (where the water cascad es into the doline). On his return he yelled out that hed found a gap between the boulders down from the water sinking point that looked promising. This did indeed prove interesting and Gavin and I scrambled, crawled and, in spots, surfed down the contorted streamway. It was all a bit loose and hairy and clearly prone to serious floodi ng. Eventually at about -1520 metres and about 50 m in we hit a very low bit. The cave matched the description given by Nick Hume in SS 199: 2-3. The map of the doline and its three tagged entrances on page 27 is to be considered a random sketch at best no compass was used while guessing the direction of the stream passage and it was drawn two weeks after the trip took place. Its better than the map we had before though. A sketch of the whole doline and three entrances is on page 27. Gavin emerging from the new and improved JF-461. JF-36 & JF-37 Growling Swallet and Pendant Pot Mark Euston 7-10 December 2012 Party: Mark Euston, Laure Gauthiez-Putallaz, Phil Maynard (and a cameo by Alan Jackson) After Andreas's trip in October I was keen to get back to the JF and push the possible Pendant/Growling connection and also the new cave entrance under Wherretts Swallet. Andreas was busy and Nat was broke so I rustled up two other mainlanders Phil Maynard from SUSS and Laure Gauthiez-Putallaz (a Swiss PhD student in Canberra and closet caver). The short version is: We didn't make a connection between Pendant and Growling, but we got a pretty good survey which should allow us to attack it from the Growling side. We didn't have time to look at the Wherretts Swallet area so I'll have to come back again this summer. We surveyed Frownland with Alan and it seems to be heading in the direction of Wherretts Lookout, so that makes Wherretts Swallet even more exciting. I finally avoided getting snowed on in the JF and we actually had pretty good weather despite a big cold front going through on Saturday. I now have two more Mainland Minions keen on Tassie caving! Friday 7 December Our flight got into a Hobart at 8 am, which was about 10 minutes early. We hired our rather small-looking Barina, but had no troubles getting our gear in as there were only three of us. We made our way to Alan's place to pick up ropes, hangers, spare nuts, tools, a tarp, chairs, but unfortunately no minions. We went to Ray's Outdoors for a gas cannister for my new Eta Solo stove, then realised it had the wrong connection, so I went back in and exchanged it for a Jetboil cannister. Faffed at the supermarket for probably an hour trying to figure out what food we wanted and then went back to Ray's again to get a second cannister just in case. Finally on the road at 10:30 am. The route via Maydena was closed due to a bridge being repaired so we had to go in via Wayatinah. I drove at a snail's pace on the Florentine Rd as I was paranoid about damaging the car. I had planned on parking before the Eight Road bog, but Phil took the reins and got the Barina through. We did two trips to Growling Swallet to ferry the gear in and left everything under a tarp whilst we went to rig Pendant Pot. My initial (and overly ambitious) plan was to rig and survey the new section on Friday, but we didn't get started until 2 pm so we just rigged and surveyed to the bottom of Pel Mel pitch. We couldn't find the tag so we started the survey from the top of the rock that the permanent rope is S. Bunton


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 10 looped around in th e entrance chamber. No issues going down – it was a bit slower than I had thought as I was the only one who knew the way so I couldn't just dart off and rig. At the top of Ultimate Man Pitch I remembered that Phil had the last rope, so I just set up the top anchor and headed back. It was 6:30 pm, so we decided to call it a day and head back to set up camp. We were out at about 7:30 pm and darkness doesn't set in until about 9 pm, so we had plenty of time to set up camp. Saturday 8 December We made an early start (maybe 7:30ish) and went fairly quickly to the bottom of Pel Mel where I continued to rig Ultimate Man Pitch and Phil and Laure picked up the survey from where we left off. Harnesses were ditched and we continued surveying along the horizontal passage. The newly placed stainless bolt on Ultimate Man Pitch was a survey station and we left a very large cairn at the bottom of the pitch for anyone that wants to continue the survey to the sump. It was pretty quick progress along the horizontal section until we hit the extension which is mostly crawling and rockpile. Laure went ahead to try to find the way and place cairns, but made a detour up when the way on went horizontal. We eventually got her back and continued straight to the furthest point, ignoring several side branches. Mark pushes the Pendant Pot extension. Cave pearls in the Pendant Pot extension. When we got to the flattener I took the tools and went ahead to see if I could break through, whilst Phil and Laure surveyed behind me. It was a fairly horrid section to survey as there are very few places to sit up or turn around. At the conglomerate squeeze (where y ou can first hear the river), I stopped to make it wider for the surveyors. I probably spent 15 minutes on it, but it's now very easy to get through. I moved on to the farthest point that I had reached on the October trip and the sound of the river was still loud and clear, although this time I noticed it was more up and to my left (beyond the very ti ght rift) rather than straight ahead which had a mud floor. I decided to go for the mud dig anyway as it was easier. After about 10 minutes it was big enough to push through, but it was a 1.5 x 0.5 x 0.3 m dead-end and I spent the next few minutes backing out three metres until I could sit up and put my helmet back on. I had a look at the tight rift and wriggled my chest up a fair way and pulled on a flake to see if I could make the passage wider. The flake moved but so did the rock above it, so I gave up and started heading back. There looks to be more space on the other side and you would be digging downwards so there's less risk of having the roof land on your head. Hopefully the survey would tell us where to attack from. Phil and Laure had caught up with me and I said it was a no go, but we should shoot a few legs to get to the farthest point. Phil replied with a fairly unenthusiastic "Why?", so I settled for one leg, which is only a few metres from the end and in the same direction. We made our way back and started up the pitches at 5 pm. It was slow going with the derigging and having the extra weight of the hammer and wrecking bar. It also didn't help that I'd forgotten to organise a cave pack for Laure so we couldn't spread the weight. We were out at around 7:30 pm and it was drizzling, so we were pretty happy to have the large tarp. We had a nice hot meal and went to bed around 10 pm. Alan "Mega-pest" Jackson turned up around 11 pm and proceeded to criticise ever ything from our campsite to our caving efforts (I made that up, but it's fairly believable). Sunday 9 December In return for the small favour of organising all the gear and keys needed to actually get any caving done, we three mainlanders had promised to help Alan survey Frownland in Growling Swallet. We went in via Slaughterhouse Pot as it's arguably quicker and drier. Herpes III wasn't nearly as horrific as I'd heard (except for the smell) with the ladders being my least favourite part (little did I know that they were much more numerous on the way out). Th e Mainline streamway was great fun and after some challenging climbs we were in Dreamtime and it was all easy going to Tiger Mountain. The survey was started at the bend in the river near Tiger Mountain as Alan said there was a survey error. This was all pretty quick up to Frownl and where Alan promised it would get fairly horrid. Apart from a few sections of crawling through water it was actually really easy compared to Saturday's Pend ant Pot survey. We surveyed to a point where a rift cut across the streamway (which was quite small by this point) and a few people were getting too cold to continue. I explored a bit further until shouts of "Time to go", "Come back", and finally "We're going" L. Gauthiez-Putallaz L. Gauthiez-Putallaz


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 11 convinced me to come back. On the way back Al noticed an alcove in the stream that wasn't muddied and theorised that it was probably the Sere ndipity/Dissidence water and that the Frownland water was coming from somewhere completely different. Back near the start of the surv ey we found a giant spinning foam donut that had formed in an eddy of the river. It was about 50 cm in diameter and 15 cm tall we stopped for photos and a video. We headed out with Alan giving us each the chance to get lost wh ilst trying to lead the way. Once we were back past Slaughterhouse Pot I was expecting a nice easy walk to the entrance and thus spent the next half hour complaining about all the ladders. When we got to the river I thought we'd only be 15 minutes from the entrance as we were only a few hundred metres from the entrance from what I could remember of the map and I thought it would be an easy streamway romp. It turns out that you climb 150 m vertically in that distance so it ended up being about an hour of constant climbing and scrambling up waterfalls. We were all getting a bit tired (made worse by th e fact that Phil and Laure's lollies had become gooified in the bottom of my pack) and we stopped for a rest near the top of Glow Worm Chamber. The giant spinning donut in Perfidy, Growling Swallet. It was all great fun, but we were pretty relieved when we finally saw daylight. We all had a wash in the waterfalls and went back up to camp. Al was pretty quick in heading off and I spent the rest of the daylight hours washing my gear and the ropes. I finished just as it was getting too dark to see and by then Phil and Laure had dinner ready. We went to bed not long after. Monday 10 December We got up around 8 am (by far our longest sleep in) and briefly entertained thoughts of heading over to Wherretts Swallet to dig open the new entrance, but the thought of cleaning all my gear again turned me off. With only half a day it was unlikely that we'd get anything done anyway, and in the end we were a bit pressed for time. Instead we did a surface survey from Pendant Pot to the Slaughterhouse Pot tag as we were still unable to find the Pendant Pot tag. We got back to Hobart around 4 pm and went to the harbour for a seafood lunch and a trip to the Lark Distillery. We dropped the gear back at Alan's and did the post-trip map analysis before heading to the airport. I got some sleep on the plane as Laure and I were driving back to Canberra that night. I finally got home at around 1:30 am and decided that the ~$50 I saved in going via Sydney probably wasn't worth it. Laure and the base of a large eucalypt on the walk in. Mark and a large myrtle. [ Visiting European cavers usually marvel at and take more photos of the trees than of our caves. Understandable really – Ed. ] L. Gauthiez-Putallaz L. Gauthiez-Putallaz L. Gauthiez-Putallaz


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 12 Eugenana and Mole Creek Stephen Bunton 17 December 2012 Yet again I found myself in a karst area by mistake. This time I visited the Tasmanian Arboretum at Eugenana to search for silverfish for my friend Graeme Smith. A specimen collected at Euge nana many years ago was significantly different from any of the specimens we collected recently and Graeme wanted to get a fresh specimen for a DNA sequencing to investigate whether there is another silverfish species at Eugenana. There are caves at Eugenana and there are troglobitic silverfish on the mainland but the type we were looking for here are found in association with ants and we don’t have troglobitic ants. Besides I didn’t want to go caving, not solo and in an unfamiliar area and besides I didn’t want to spoil a nice day. On the way home I visited Mole Creek to check on the new developments reported at the Wet Cave campsite. There is a new visitor information and registration booth that is clearly visible from the road as you approach the area. As yet it is not complete. I stopped for a photo and then wandered over to Honeycomb Cave. The usual entrance for this cave was taped off with yellow “Caution” tape and there was pink tape on a tree immediately to the west of it. The area around Honeycomb Cave was freshly mowed. Signs and registration booth at the Wet Cave campsite. I drove through to the open flat where there was a Landcruiser belonging to someone visiting Wet Cave and a Parks vehicle with a ride-on mower on the back. In the paddock there were a number of star pickets with more tape. Renewing this tape was a Parks worker named Sean (or Shaun?). We had a long chat and he kindly gave me the low down on a number of recent developments. Initially I thought that the taped off areas in the Wet Cave paddock were the start of a new picnic shelter but they were to block off a number of newly formed sinkholes. Already these holes had a good number of blackberry bushes in them. I thought it unlikely that these depressions would lead to real caves. Th ey are more likely to be subsidence where fine particles had been washed out of the fill that makes up the whole Caveside floodplain. The caution tape was no doubt to protect the local hoons from themselves, when they do a bit of circle work in the paddock, and by some quirk of our current litigious society, to protect Parks from the hoons suing them for not making it safe for them to do so! Either that or to stop Sean driving his mower down into one by mistake. Sean informed me that the pink tapes were for a similar subsidence beside the entrance to Honeycomb. The yellow tape blocking off the main Honeycomb entrance is because of erosion in the last big flood and Parks were hoping that the bank would stabilise itself if entry via this route could be eliminated. He also confirmed that it was most likely that there would one day be a picnic shelter somewhere here and toilets. Sean emphasised the number of people who used this site and the registration booth will go some way towards quantifying this claim. Parks also intend to put-in information and interpretation signs to encourage people to practice minimal impact caving techniques. My thoughts are that Parks has to be seen to be doing stuff and development, whether we need it or not, is the most obvious way of being seen. It is more likely that the signs themselves will be vandalised; in fact the cave is probably more robust than the Parks infrastructure! With regards to other work in the area Sean was keen that I have a look at the 600 trees planted to regenerate a recently acquired property that links Honeycomb to the Cow Cave block. I will sometime. I was assured, however, that the most spectacular recent effort from Parks was the repairs to the Westmoreland Falls track that was severely damaged in the heavy rains of early 2011. This was the same flood that scoured out the aforementioned bank in Honeycomb Cave and buried the entrance to Westmoreland Cave. Sean said that there had been efforts to dig out Westmoreland Cave, mostly in cooperation with the farmers b ecause of the importance to their water supply down the 9-foot. Excavation was stopped when a geomorphologist estimated that the plug was about 20-30 m deep. Sean said there were plans to return with high-pressure hoses and turn the sediment into a slurry that would wash away. This didn’t sound like minimal impact caving to me so I asked why the cave couldn’t just be accessed through the daylight hole, well it could but again most of the impetus to clear the blockage appears to be coming from the farmers. Before I left Sean checked my Parks pass. I’m not sure what would have happened if I was without one! In the end it was a pleasant exchange and it gave me a first-hand look at developments in the area, certainly worth the detour. S. Bunton


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 13 Other Exciting Stuff Perfidy, Frownla nd and Pendant Pot Surveying Alan Jackson Here are my musings on what the survey data collected over 7-10 December 2012 in JF-36 Growling Swallet tells us. Perfidy and Frownland When we closed the gap between downstream JF-382 Dissidence and upstream Drea mtime (Perfidy/Frownland) in Growling in the last ~16 months or so I got a bit more interested in finally completing the Frownland survey. Trev had tried several times before and I’d failed on one previous occasion but the dang ling carrot was juicier now. In trying to determine the location of Trev’s second last station from his survey trip to Frownland (Wailes 1989) I discovered what I suspected to be a significant error in the Perfidy survey (the passage between Tiger Mountain and Frownland). In trying to work out which end of the chamber Trev’s last survey st ation was I scaled the survey line plot in the archive (OnStation file) and overlayed it with the Growling Swallet map. They didn’t match. There appeared to be one leg in the Perfidy section that was wrong. Was the map wrong or was the OnStation file wrong? I tried to track down the original data but couldn’t find it in the paper archives (the Growling folder is a largely incomplete mess of useless crap). Regardless of this I did get a feel for wh ere the mystery station was. In order to resolve the Perfidy error problem we resurveyed from the Tiger Mo untain corner to Frownland so I could compare the results (no sketches or LRUDs). Once plotted it was clear that the OnStation data was incorrect – most likely a data entry error made in the mid ‘90s by John Hawkins-Salt or whoever entered it. I was hoping the survey station at Tiger Mountain would be labelled but no such luck. To cover all bases we started the survey right on the corner (so I could bodge it up against the wall detail of the map if need be) and then tied in a large cairn built on the mud ba nk at the corner which I suspected was the old station RL 26. On the way, just at the start of the two annoying low wet crawls in Perfidy, I spotted an orange tape with ‘#184’ written on it; so this was tied in too. This is the point where Trevor and Nick commenced their survey in Wailes (1989). It is called RL38 in the OnStation file. Upon reaching the chamber at the start of Frownland we spotted what had to be Trev’s ‘obvious block with a small rock’ and tied this in too. I believe this is station PERF5 in the OnStation file – the second last station in that survey – not PERF6 – the last station – as the new data ties in perfectly to it and the following comment is written next to the PERF5 to PERF6 leg in the OnStation file: “Shot above is [ i.e. PERF5 ] on rock at start of Frownland … yuk!!” From this point the way on is to follow the stream under the fallen rock in the chamber, but it is squatty, low and wet. To avoid surveying this we ran a few long legs up over the chamber to the ~4-5 m pit on the southern wall that connects to the stream passage below. Unfortunately without rope or ladder you can’t use this access but it did allow us to survey to here in four easy legs instead of 10+ awful ones. The station at the base of this bit (FL29) was clearly marked with a labelled pink survey tape. From here things didn’t get as awful as I remembered. Yeah, it was low and muddy but most legs were 5+ metres and it just kept going and going. We called it a day at station FL61 – again marked with a labelled pink tape – after 570 m of surveying (210 m of which was new data beyond Trev’s old station). We got to the point where you’re up high above the active streamway and you hit a weird intersection of near parallel narrow rifts. Mark had a quick look further up the streamway (which you drop down to below our last sta tion) and his recce, combined with my distant memory of this spot, reveals that there’s another 40-50 m of reasonably pleasant passage before it turns into the ‘lie in the stream face down in loose rockfall’ type of stuff. The compass was giving us surprising readings in Frownland (more south than we were expecting and even some east). The plotted data in Figure 1 shows the southerly trend the passage takes, and the sinuous nature of the meandering stream passage. The data ties in well with the two old stations we located and it pretty clearly identifies the old Perfidy OnStation leg of RL30 to RL31 as the problem one. The compass bearing is 246 for this leg and I suspect, given my own penchant for confusing 4s and 9s in hand written notes, that this should be 296. If I change that compass reading from 246 to 296, as shown in Figure 1, then it lines up a lot better. This is just a guess so it would still be valuable to find the original bookwork and get this right. Figure 2 shows just that section of Perfidy without my estimated corr ection of RL30 to RL31. So what’s going on with the Frownland passage direction? In Wailes (1989) Trevor indicates that up until that trip he had believed the end of Perf idy marked a confluence of streams, with the smaller Frownland stream joining a larger stream that issues fr om under a blank wall at the entrance to the chamber. After our surveying foray we had reduced the Frownland stream (and our trogsuits) to a filthy turbid cesspool for its entire length and upon reconvening at the suspected confluence there was a distinct merging of filthy water with clean. The blank wall was flowing strongly with crystal clear water which would seem to rule out that this is just an oxbow of the other stream. So perhaps it is reasonab le to suggest that the blank wall stream comes from Serendipity/Dissidence area and the Frownland stream has its source further south – maybe JF-248 Four Road Swallet or even streamsinks on the eastern flanks of Wherretts Lookout. Perhaps some dye tracing is required. Figure 3 is an updated version of the map 7JF.STC274 published in Jackson (2011) and shows the Frownland relationship with Dissidence and other Serendipity area caves. Figure 4 is an amended and cropped version of the unpublished version of Rolan Eberhard’s JF map (associated with his 1994 Forestry Report (Eberhard 1994)). This shows how the underlying passages relate to surface topography and most known entrances in the Wher retts Lookout area.


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 14 Figure 1. Survey data line plot of Perfidy/Frownland section of Growling Swallet. Red line is the old 1980s data and black line is the data collected 9/12/2012. The new data is tied into the two 1980s re locatable stations of PERF5 a nd RL38. It is suspected that FL1 and RL26 are also effecti vely synonymous. This map uses a ‘c orrected’ compass bearing of 296 for the leg RL30 to RL31. ML147 is located on the downstream si de of Dreamtime Stonedown.


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 15 Figure 2. Same location and data sets as Figure 1 w ith the exception of leg RL30 to RL31. He re the original, and suspected erroneous, compass bearing of 246 is utilised.


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 16 Figure 3. Based on the map published in Jackson (2011), a line plot of caves in the Wherretts Look out saddle area with additional Dissidence extensions and the Frownland survey shown. Cave entrances are indicated with long black triangles. Large pale blue c ave is Growling Swallet. Flick Mints Hole is the smaller pale blue cave. Serendipity is yellow. The contact zone in the Benson & He dges Series (starting at JF-348 Benson Pot and finishing at JF-380) is indicated with a bl ack dotted line. Dissi dence is indicated w ith the red line.


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 17 Figure 4. Major cave passages superimposed over Tasmap topographic maps and cave entrance data co llated during Eb erhard (1994) karst study. Some variation is evident between 1994 and 2012 data pos ition. Most entrances were located based on estimation and are not based on GPS or surface surveys. Note the yellow ellipse highlighting JF-385, JF386, JF-Z65 and JF-Z66 entrance locations – Bunton (2012) discovered these locations to be significantly err oneous. These entrances are actua lly located in the gully to th e east indicated by the large black arrow. Other labelling errors are known on this map. Cave passage colours listed under Figure 3. Pendant Pot The mainlanders did a sterling job to follow this one up and complete what was by all accounts some pretty awful surveying in tight and sandy conditions. There are a few issues with the data that need to be resolved before we can get a really good handle on what it tells us but I think we can safely make some solid assumptions. I was unable to find any of the original bookwork for Pendant Pot and only had the ‘90s data from OnStation to work with. None of this indi cated any relocatable survey stations within the cave. Because they had a DistoX I suggested that they resurvey the cave from the tag as they rigged it (DistoX surveying is fast!), which they did. They couldn’t locate the JF-37 tag though and eventually tied their survey into the JF-337 Slaughterhouse Pot tag instead. The two lots of data line up very nicely in terms of relative layout of the surveyed passage but there is a weird offset error – i.e. the new data sits about 20 m higher and ~30 m to the north of the old data. I suspect this is due to tying in to the JF-337 tag. The Growling data in the OnStation file has relatively few interconnecting surface loops so the new survey has to run all the way down JF337, through Trapdoor Streamway, up and down Destiny then through Black River, th e Pendant Sump and back up


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 18 Pendant before it can be compared – this allows for lots of errors to be introduced. If you apply a bit of imagination and extend the new data off the end of the old data in the area of ‘new’ passage then it shows a likely connection in the vicinity of Stal Corner and the Glow Worm Chamber in the main Growling streamway. Perhaps some scaling of the walls in this area is required to see if we can’t fashion another through trip option in the Growling System. Figures 5 and 6 show the relative position from a few angles. It may be worth having a party on either side having a good old shout, or set up a noise maker in the extension and then try to track it down from Growling – maybe finally a practical use for the noise Ric generates all too often. To shore up the survey data we need to run some new surface traverses to link JF-36 an d JF-37 tags and tie in the new Pendant data in the near future. References: BUNTON, S. 2011 Where Warhol was and Wherretts Swallets are now. Speleo Spiel 389: 14-15. EBERHARD, R. 1994 Inventory and Management of the Junee River Karst System, Tasmania – A report to Forestry Tasmania. Forestry Tasmania, Hobart. JACKSON, A. 2011 JF-382 Dissidence. Speleo Spiel 385: 11-13. WAILES, T. 1989 Growling Swallet – Perfidy. Speleo Spiel, 249: 8-10. Figure 5. Plan of Growling Swallet entrance streamway, Pendant Pot and Slaughterhouse Pot passages. Main streamway is black – New Feeling, Black River and Trapdoor Streamway passages have been omitted. Original Pendant and Slaughterhouse passages are indicated in pale blue. A section of the data collected on 7-8/12/2012 in Pendant Pot, including the extension, is indicated in red.


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 19 Figure 6. Vertical section (330 spin) of Growling Swallet en trance streamway, Pendant Pot and Slaughterhouse Pot passages. Main streamway is black – New Feeling, Black River and Trapdoor Streamway passages have been omitted. Original Pendant and Slaughterhouse passages are indicated in pale blue. A section of the data collected on 7-8/12/2012 in Pendant Pot, including the extension, is indicated in red. The extension climbs significantly at the end and is likely to join into the ceiling of the Growling main streamway. Miscellaneous Surveys


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Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 24 JF-104 is a late arrival from Ch ris Chad’s excursions back in SS 384: 11-12. JF-196 is a map a forget to publish in association with Bunty’s associated report in SS 384: 16-17.


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Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 26


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 27


Speleo Spiel – Issue 393, November–December 2012 – page 28 Given name Family name Postal Address Phone (H) Phone (W) Mobile E-mail Members Guy Bannink 52 Grays Rd, Ferntree 7054 6220 2456 0438 551 079 gbannink@bigpond.net.au Serena Benjamin 33 Coolamon Rd, Taroona 7053 6227 8338 0449 183 936 serenab@postoffice.utas.edu.au Gavin Brett 4 Clutha Pl, South Hobart 7004 6223 1717 gavinbrett@iinet.com.au Grace Bunton PO Box 198, North Hobart 7002 6278 2398 Kathryn Bunton PO Box 198, North Hobart 7002 6278 2398 Stephen Bunton PO Box 198, North Hobart 7002 6278 2398 6210 2200 stephenbunton@bigpond.com Peter Buzzacott 17 College Row, Bunbury WA 6230 reefdiving@eftel.net.au Dexter Canning 124 Wentworth St, South Hobart 7004 Liz Canning 124 Wentworth St, South Hobart 7004 Elizabeth.canning@dpiw.tas.gov.au Siobhan Carter 17 Darling Pde, Mt. Stuart 7000 6228 2099 kstokescarter@gmail.com Chris Chad 13 Davis Ave, Gunnedah NSW 2380 0437 125 615 chris.chad76@gmail.com Arthur Clarke 17 Darling Pde, Mt. Stuart 7000 6228 2099 6298 1107 arthurc@internode.on.net Matt Cracknell 32 Windermere Beach Rd, Claremont, 7011 0409 438 924 crowdang@yahoo.co.uk Tony Culberg PO Box 122, Lindisfarne 7015 6243 0546 culbergf@bigpond.com Rolan Eberhard 18 Fergusson Ave, Tinderbox 7054 6233 6455 Rolan.Eberhard@dpipwe.tas.gov.au Stefan Eberhard Suite 8, Cedric St, Stirling, WA 6021 08 9203 9551 0401 436 968 stefan@subterraneanecology.com.au Anna Ekdahl 1/29 Valley St, West Hobart 7000 0420 364 911 aekdahl79@yahoo.com Mark Euston Canberra somewhere 0423 094 527 mark.euston@gmx.com Hugh Fitzgerald 124 Wenworth St, South Hobart 7004 corky@internode.on.net Trent Ford 50 Edinburgh Crt, Goodwood, 7010 mrtreycool@gmail.com Sarah Gilbert 36 Tasma St, North Hobart 7000 0449 184 233 sgilbert@utas.edu.au Albert Goede 69 Esplanade, Rose Bay 7015 6243 7319 goede@iinet.net.au Darren Holloway PO Box 391, Geeveston 7116 darhollo@y7mail.com Fran Hosking PO Box 558, Sandy Bay 7006 Kenneth Hosking PO Box 558, Sandy Bay 7006 6224 7744 6231 2434 0418 122 009 kenhosking1@me.com Ian Houshold 134 Fairy Glen Rd, Collinsvale 7012 0419 744 500 ian.houshold@dpipwe.tas.gov.au Kerrin Huxley PO Box 391, Geeveston 7116 darhollo@y7mail.com Alan Jackson 45 Gormanston Road, Moonah 7009 6231 5474 0419 245 418 alan.jackson@lmrs.com.au Stewart Jackson 8 Malunna Rd, Lindisfarne 7015 Andreas Klocker Canberra somewhere 0437 870 182 andreas.klocker@anu.edu.au Kim Knight 9 Lawley Cr, South Hobart 7004 0409 162 678 kimknight@gmail.com Han-Wei Lee 1/29 Valley St, West Hobart 7000 0412 549 700 lee.hanwei@gmail.com Ron Mann 52 Loatta Rd, Rose Bay 7015 6243 6049 6235 0521 Janine McKinnon PO Box 1440, Lindisfarne 7015 6281 8284 0427 889 965 jmckinnon@caverneer.net.au Greg Middleton PO Box 269, Sandy Bay 7006 6223 1400 0458 507 480 ozspeleo@iinet.net.au Dean Morgan 44 Forest Oak Dve, Upper Coomera, QLD 4209 07 5526 2244 0407 738 777 DeanM@resco.com.au Steven Newham 3 Earlwood Crt, Taroona 0447 569 518 stevennewham@hotmail.com Jessica Orchard 50 Edinburgh Crt, Goodwood, 7010 0402 732 514 jesie-d@hotmail.com Grant Pierce PO Box 115, Glencoe, SA 08 8735 1147 0438 833 103 stay@ptdivelodge.on.net Tom Porritt PO Box 60, Millaa Millaa, QLD 07 4056 5921 07 4056 5921 Norm Poulter PO Box 399, Kingston 7051 normal@iinet.net.au Jane Pulford 405 Liverpool St, Hobart 7000 6231 1921 0437 662 599 jlpulford@yahoo.com Amy Robertson PO Box 177, Geeveston 7116 6297 9999 0407 651 200 amyware@yahoo.com Dion Robertson PO Box 177, Geeveston 7116 0428 326 062 dion.robertson@forestrytas.com.au Linda Robertson PO Box 177, Geeveston 7116 Pat Seiser USA rtunney@caverneer.net.au Chris Sharples GPO Box 1941, Hobart 7001 6226 2898 0408 396 663 chris@sharples.com.au Petr Smejkal 1/137 King St, Sandy Bay 7005 smejkal83@gmail.com Aleks Terauds 60 Belair St, Howrah 7018 6244 3406 6244 3406 aleks.terauds@optusnet.com.au Richard Tunney PO Box 1440, Lindisfarne 7015 6281 8284 0427 889 965 rtunney@caverneer.net.au Tony Veness 405 Liverpool St, Hobart 7000 6231 1921 Trevor Wailes 214 Summerleas Rd, Kingston 7054 6229 1382 6229 1382 trite@ozemail.com.au Kath Whiteside 152 Brisbane St, Hobart 7000 0427 313 483 Katherine_whiteside@y7mail.com Geoffrey Wise 143 Springfield Ave, West Moonah, 7009 0408 108 984 geoff.wise@onecare.org.au Friends of STC Bob Cockerill 14 Aruma St, Mornington Heights 7018 6244 2439 susancockerill@hotmail.com Mike Cole 1/17 Twentysecond Ave, Sawtell, NSW 2425 02 9544 0207 0408 500 053 mikecole@tpg.com.au Brian Collin 66 Wentworth St, South Hobart 7004 6223 1920 Chris Davies 3 Alfred St, New Town 7008 6228 0228 Therese Gatenby PO Box 153, Orford 7190 0428 391 432 pelicansrest@yahoo.com.au Steve Harris 17 Derwentwater Ave, Sandy Bay 7005 Nick Hume 202A Nelson Rd, Mt. Nelson 7007 Phil Jackson 8 Malunna Rd, Lindisfarne 7015 6243 7038 Barry James 52 Edge Rd, Lenah Valley 7008 6228 4787 Kevin Kiernan 6239 1494 6226 2461 Kevin.Kiernan@utas.edu.au

The Tasmanian Caverneering Club was formed on 13 September
1946. Initially, information was provided to members through
a circular, copies of which exist back to November 1947.
"Speleo Spiel, Circular of the Tasmanian Caverneering
Club" was first published December 1960. Eight issues of this
are known, up to May 1962. In April 1964 a "Circular" was
again issued and seems to have continued, irregularly, until
March 1966. Then in April 1966, a "New Series" of Speleo
Spiel commenced, as a monthly newsletter.
In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club
amalgamated with the Southern Caving Society and the
Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group to form the Southern
Tasmanian Caverneers. The combined group agreed to continue
to publish "Speleo Spiel" as its bi-monthly newsletter, as
continues today (2015).
Speleo Spiel is a vehicle for recording the cave and
karst-related activities, and particularly the achievements,
of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. It also carriers
technical and scientific reports, reprints, reviews and other
information likely to be of interest to members from time to


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