SPELE Newsletter of the Tasmanian Caverneering ~WC 1976 NQ. 113 T.C.C. Established 1946 T.C.C. P.O. Box 41 6 Sandy Bay, Tasmania REGISTERED FOR POSTING AS A PERIODICAL CA' ; Cave T. B
President: Andt-ew SLinner, l Randall St; Sandy Bay. 7005 ------=--Secretarx: Tony Culberg, 16 Nelumie St; Lindisfarne. 701 5 Pres. Maydena Branch: Max Jeffries, 66 South Ave; Maydena. 7457 Editor Speleo -Spii: Laurie Moody, 13 Mason 3t; Claremont. 70'1 1 "Speleo Spy" Phone : 49 331 6 + + + -l+ + + + + + 4-k FOR?JPLRD PROGW: MMX June I 2-14 : Zxit Cave:Leader: Andrew skinner B Tony Culberg. Long TJeekend trip. June l 9-20 : No trips listed for this weekend. June 26 : Junee-Floren-Line: Leaders: Moody h Skinner. Numbering recent finds. July 3-4 : )$ale Creek: Leader: Andrew Skinner. A4or.e numbering in this area. July 7 : General Meeting: At Stuart Nicholas', 7 Rupert Avenue, Eew Town. Please try and attend this meeting as attendance has been poor again of late. September 18 : Annual Dinner. Corlyle Hotel 30th year. EDITORIAL. May was a fairly quiet month as far as caviw was concerned. The only trips held were to the Florentine and Maria Islcnd. Only three caves were numbered on Meria and itsextremely doub'Lful if any more than those already known, exist. You may have noticed that there has been a change of typewriter and this is due to the fact that the usual one is undergoing a well-deserved rest. As has been the custom of lnte, little caving is being doce at this time of the year. Another custom which is also developiLng within the club is the regular lack of attendance at meo tings, particularly geneTal meetings. The uninformed are advised that the first Wednesday in every month bar January, is 5 general medting. Too much is being left to too few: I realise that some members have succumbed to the dreaded 'flu' but if you can possibly attend a general meeting it would be appreciated. Znough of my ravings and on with the show. CLUB NZWS TCC is in its 30th year in September and to celebrate this very important event, a specicl cake will be made for the Club Dinner. It is also proposed to publish the minutes of thc 1st Meeting in the Septembcr isme of Speleo Spiel. Further details will be found concerning the Dinncr in the July Spiel. Try and make this one the best yet. If you know of any pcst members who might be interested in attending, please get in touch with Hoy Skinner. A motion was foreshadowed at the last (May) meoting that Brim Collin and Frank Brown Sen. be voted in as life members of the club. This will be discussed at the July General Mecting. The Editor would appreciate an article on the South-West National Park Proposals. Angone care to coauxent?
Speleo Spkl. P o ,qe2 June 1 93. Zustralian Spcleo l+bstracts for 1974 arc now on sele. 1:31. is your guide to :Australian speleological litcroturc with ovcr 1,C.)00 articles abstracted in its 96 pages. It is edited by Greg Middleton and published by the Sydney Spclcological Society in association'with the LSF Commission on Bibliography, ASb 1974 is on sole nom for $3.00 plus 50c postage or contact Greg personally. Back issues are also available rates upon request. 2~ index to lLSA 1970-72 is also avrilable for $1 .25. Sub~criptions: L'S-". Subscriptions Manager, 1 &/I 0 Fourth f.venuo, Czmpsie, NSW 21 94. Editorial Znquiries: P.O. Box 269, Sandy Bay, l~'asmonic 7005. ----+ ----PROTE C2 I Ox-_OZ' TLS; IdL' F IGT CL"+Vq Fl. UXl: L' On the 27th Lpri l, several Tcsmmian cave specie& were proclaimed as p~otccteg. !A wildlife amendment regulation wider the National -Pdrks and Wildlifs l.ct (1 970)(;tatutmy Rule bTo.88 of 1976) added the species*to the totslly pro Lccted list. The species involved were: Bcctles: Jcldcrrabus, goedetrcchus --S---mcndumae, Gocdcc:t,~~e~hus parallelu~,, Tasmanot~~c_lius c ockeri 11i ; Cave Crickets: Micropothus, C~wxnot~ttix, Psr-~otcttix; Glov~, worms: l-rachnoc?-m~~ t,osmmiensis; Harvcntmen: LIto~1ox~omc7, --&!c:!nzlla; Pscudoscorpions : Fseudotgr onnochthonius tj~hus, Pscudotp-an-i-iochthonius tasmonicu~; -----p Therc Ere severs1 implications: (i 1 to collect cove fauna from Stste Reserves, thc collector rcquircs authority from the Ministcr administering the Nct. Parks B li'Jildlir"c: Act this IPDS nc~ded before thc arnmcndinent awmy, (ii) tp collect cave fauns from Conservation Lreos, the collector rcquircs permission of the mana ing authority, usuzlly the Nut. Pcrkn & Wildlife Servicc. $This was ngnin ncedcd before the ~mmendmint. (iii) to collkct the fzunn s ecified in >~hc amendment from orend outside re~erved land ?e.g. Exit cave), authority is nccdsd from the Director of thc Fationcl Parka md Wildlifc ?crvicc, This is the main change and will allow control over un~iise or unn~cenosry collecting. Thcsc me the first invertebrntcs to be placed on thc protcct%l cd list. d'-pplication for permits (written) should be directed to : ThL Director, Nationzl P,mrkz & Wlldlife ~crvice, P.O. Box 2109
Maria I:;l%n_q. ---.--a EII q : Tcarf lcslz Cliosm (blol lholc cntrcnce) For Clc~c~iption sec Spclco Spiul, May 1 973, No.79. I 2 Pigfacc Covcrn, Brumbcr a~:-;igiicd 1 973 but ur3s ilot t: ggdd on ln.~cct visit duc to high tidcs. I 3 Tearflesh Chasm (bzck cntr-;iicc 2t cnd of Piralma ~~:::>agc). 141 4: Un-ncmcd C~7vc nc,r limcstonc qurrry. D 88: Lower cnJiToncc to iii-LcrestiLng systcm of psss~ges; some good fo:cm:ytion; zuxvcyed to lcngth of 377 mctycs; 7 metre pitch czii be bypassed by tight squeeze. (F) M *nis 7 n;s suppoced to bc r cec~iid choiice fop a possible K.D.trip to ennblc Ross to s;c Lhc co-VC shd for nomc cxplorotion to be carricd out poteiitiol is omall but theri; is still norlr: to be done there. O-z~ing to an unbelievable 12ck of intc?cnt in the trip, it ncvcr got ofi the ground (undc~ thc ground?). Thc end rcnult was the grcntcst vcFticc?l bludgc trip o~ all -i;inc9 oY9 how to get sunburnt oil jumars. A totol of four ho~wc wa:: spen'~ undergroazd in Cauldron, from 3p.m to 7p.m. Most of the timc: prior to this was :;pcl?,t sitting on th~ road ~t the bcginiiing of thc R.D. trsck, bemoaning the fact that X.D. is osparcntly a lost cause, drinking coffee znd toting. ,', chort 'cimi. v~os sp~iit checking on the locotioi? of SplFsh ~ot(JFl0) znd the flow of thc stream into X.D. more moming. Stuort spent some timc (condiderable) hcilging oil the abseil rope in the cntpaiice shoft of Cauldron while Ross took ceveral spoctacul~iphotographs. -',fteii considerable effort wc wriggled our way down Bills Bypnss, reached thc top of Chute Pitch and madc our; nay out ap;nin. Ln interesting sideline resulting Prom this trip a3d another a wcek latcr 'GO Growling Swallct, is thc effect of the large ';mount of rain lrst November remember when Tarr~le~h Powr 3t~tion ;llas Zlooded and the Midlands Righwoy washed out? T!Voter h:~d been flowing down Dills R~~pass in fair quantity and the stream has found a new course rt the bottom of Growling Sv~alle-t. Could the some thing hzve happened in other cavcs and potholcs in the Junce-Ylorcntine area? Definitely worth thinking about and investigzting. Stuart Nicholas. Party: ,',ndrev~ Skinncr B2en-L PTigi~$ingzle (TCZ) Rudi Freidr, Adrim lhvey, I
Speleo Splx. Page 4. timc aild r:lcpt until nolxm up at I1 .008.m. by Roy Ski~ilcr ~nd i;nrtg. I'If-t~r 'ib~r:-~l~fi:~J~i' L U-; YC .:!c'E~ to the high level ch;.mbcr;: -to mssuri: -th!: p~ltill:~,?yo pT~p3rst~r~ '60. -the instsllation of cddi-tionzl -L17;?clc mzrking mersurcs, Upon rctui71?ii~ to camp, we l;icrc mc-L .by -the Mt?iiiland "mob". iri ; LLIC.~ wa~dcrcd off to 100k :it ti?c H2mmc.r Psssage ahilzt Biic;?t :;ild I pcclied up, Vc: met up aith most of tile Vico oild took thcm tlwougli 'LIE talu,.: -to Cam11. Ru-di .znd I the2 rctrcced ow S-tcp:: beck to the H::rnmcr P;-:;sage -Lo show Marg and Milco the way to ccmp. Im Levjis and CO, left thc C~VC soon sfter (On 3unday '~hcy visitcd Biltrzncs Csve9 f'iildiilg 3 1.c:rgc fish in the zump). L!cany~hile, b~ck in -Zxi-L, DoTpyl ass disg-ciscd as z aleepiw b:;g9 OF WE;: it 3 i1C;:;J ciuvct? Oil Sund8yp we did -the circuit through Kcllcrs Squcezc and back .vi;; the Camp Pie circuit. Pa,r;s~igcs 7;c;rz sy:;tcmc.tically sesiqchcd ncar the ,',.cous:-tic Pi:;:,wc, but 110 ncv; lc,iC:; KZ:L c iouild. 'Jc: hcd n liJcLlc rou-Lc; fiildiilg excrcioe or '.-I;?;= it soul soa~~hir-g?0n ou~ a:~y tbock 'co tlic Grsild ~issuc! nil 5lon&y, Brent oild I b.cat o rct?e,?t from -tlic cave :-jhils-L Lhc 0:;;lc;~o visited the Wc=;-i;irn Pas;;;?g,.c and tile S-.-".~~rn 3xLension. .'. vcry plc:~sail-i;, dry ikztcrs trogging for 8 changc. Party : :',ndf ew S1;ii~icr ~ince'n'~ Sini th and Laurie Noody. ',;;c' a~rivcd on "Lc islond oil Gunday r?fter.iioon and after looking ~t -tl-~~ i1isJ~oric buildingsg TIC cxplor.cd 3 'Ci7jTC3 ~t D~rli~~t~il~ Tlic hole hzs very regular pacyages 3nd is quite clcsn. ;.S tlic 550' long cave is of 'Jhc few in T.~smcili,? built b;~ convictsp v~e thought th:jt 'the 1:: rnc ''Pyn? l Passzgeii vould be quite npgropiiia t~ On lionci=y wc visited the fo:i.:il cliffs, Thrce c;ntPances wrc then i1ui;l,bei1cd, bu-t it as not pos~ible -to ilc~ch Pigfacc 2;-vcrn bucauzc of lligh tldt. hoe o look ot the top of the clifi's further to thc C. L dccj dcd -tlict descending by rope would be inproctical 2nd Tu--thcr cxplor:-lion should be bf sea, (,.nyway, tberc is no moi7c limesJi'onc, oilly z silty mud-:tone). T1~sdc;~ 1.w:: spent walking to C∈monn Day9 c distance of l l km. The Long roiil-t Pcnal Strjtion was inspected 2nd Laurie attempted some fishing but only caugh-L seaweed. 011 ;7sdA~esday9 we ~:dal!icd to the sou.-Lh of the south island cnd had iul,cAl 2.1: -chc vicinity of Haunted Bcy. D~vonion gr~nite outcrops on t._: fore~ho~e and hence I do not expcct 'cho-L there ore many sea-caves. Thi~lsiJ~3~ vlu:; spcnt wallring bnck to Darlington Lxnd oil Frid3y9 Vii?cCn-i; il l a;; 1 climbed Mt, Kmic7, illere ur;c two small fissure caves nc?r the yix-ft :p. dolej?itc talus. It aas a vcry p1oz::sn-t few days walking L'~o;I: 5-5 l,lil(.,~; cvcn if unprofitable caving-wise. More sea caves mi;y 5,: fcmd cn "Izrla Island b11t thcy will not be extensive. I think ?l1 of' the i; ;r-,.stonc h; a bccn inves-cigotcd, but there could be more on :hc eastcz-c cot,n?, of thc north island, Jmdrew Skinner, Li3-i,ic:3.x xc i1eedc:d for Speleo Spiel, We will publish cnything of 'Lntcreat, c:lvir-g wir;e., If you can help us out co:lt;oct the Editor. Did you hcnr zbout the woman who was brcking out of her g?rage? Sk nlt +,he g::roge door, ran over her son's bicycle, drove across fhc: lown, $ore u2 the roses 2nd lost cot-trol or the car:
Spelco Spiel. Pcge 5. UEP THIS SECTION OF SPIEL FOR YOUR PEFISONAL USE. 1 976-77 OkFICLB&.RERS. President : :'.ndrcw Skinner, 1 Randrill S t ; Vice-President: .;lbert Goede, 8 Both St; Secretory/Trccnurer: Tony ~ulbcr~, 16 Ne June 1976. Sondy Bay. 7005 Pho 23 'Wk. 30 Bnttcry Pt; 7000 @h. 23 Ext. 4 lumie St; Lindisfmnc. I Ph. 43 Wk. 43 Qmrterrn~ster : Stuart Nichpl~is, 7 Rupert i,venue, New Town. 7008 Ph. 28 3054 S C? R Officer: Peter ?Vatts, 22 Roymont Terroce, Mt.Stuort. 7000 Ph. 28 3074 S & R Co-ordinators: Lourie 1VIoody 49 331 6, Tony Culberg 43 8546 Kecper of Lrchiven: ,'.lburt Goede Committee: Pat Fullerton, 16 Nelumie St; Lindisfarne, Ph. 43 8546 Pcter YiL3tts, 22 Rnymont Tzrrcce, Mt.Stuart. Ph. 28 3074 Hmlc Mccrding, 7 Gourl~y St; B1zcl;mans 53y. 71 52 Ph. 29 6230 Lourie Moody, 13 Mason Strect, Claremont. Ph. 49 331 6Delegates to Tas. Buohirilalking Clubs: Thcrese Goedc (Albcrt 'S add. ) Lndrew Skinner Delegate to L.S.F. : Llbert Goedc Delegate to South lJJcst Committee: (position vacont) SX,RCH & RESCUE LISTING TCC, JUNE 1 976. --BROWN, Frank C. CULBERG, Tony Il','JLY, L, nd r cw FUZLSRT ON, Pa t GOZDE, iA lber t JiLGOE IYI i Ice JEFPRIES M~x l!l3ERDIN'G, Ha nlr E!OC2Y, Lauric NICHOLS S tuar t NICHOLSON, Bill NIGFTIi\TG~',LE, Brent RUSI-YTON, Grahnm SKI??\!NER, i,ndr ew V!.i'.TTS, Pc ter 68 Corella St; Howroh 16 Nclumie St; Lindisfarne ST. John Pisher College 16 Nelunie St; Lindisfmne 8 Bath Street, Bcttcry Point 5 Bnynton St; Kingston 66 South Lve; lhaydeno 7 Gourlay St; Blackmans Bay 13 Mnson St; Clcrlremont 7 Rupcrt ;,VC; New Town 9 Henthcr Rd; Risdon Vale 8 Rosewood Rd; Risdon Vnle Hcstings Cpvcs 1 R~ndall Street, Smdy Bay 22 Rrymont Terr3ce9 Mt.Stuort Homd Work 47 8676 23 0561 43 8546 43 8633 23 I 106 23 0561 43 8546 43 8633 23 a561 Wk. 29 5322 28 1 282 88 2256 295764 49 3316 43 8022 28 3054 438110 98 3137 23 5380 30 2336 28 3074 .',USTR-LIAE SSPGLZO ;',BSTW,CTS Greg Middleton, 9 Nixon St; S. Bny. ~riue:$3.50 M'E.ETN,. & THE G',':VES Tony Culbcrg, Price: $4.00 ."AUSTRr'lLL;N SPELGOLDGY T'ony Culbcrg PO,', REMFMBT'R .TCC meets EI~ 1 Rcindnll St; Smdy Boy on 'dVedncsd,cry nights, opcrt from the first lYcdnesdriy in the month when o general meeting is held, The whcrcabouts of this mocting is cdvertised in Speleo Spiel. No meetings cre held in Jonuary and the lAOGi"! is held in Mmch.
:',ndrew Skinner, 1 Rondcll St; Sondy Bay, Ph. 23 5380 WEi. 30 2336 L~uric Koody, 13 Fd~son ;;t; Clarcmont. ?h. 49 331 6 Toily Zulbcrg, 16 Nclumic St; Lindisfnrne. Ph, 43 8546 :',lb~rt Goedc, 8 Both 3t; B;--tt;ry Point. \?rlc.No. Phr 23 0561 P~tc-r Shw, Stucrt 1.ichol-)c, 7 Rupcrt ..VC; Newtownr Ph. 28 3054 Brinn Sollin, 66 Wentv~orth St; South Hob,-re. Fh. 23 1920 HO;? rjlrinncr, 1 2 Nixon at ; IS ildy Boy. Plz, 23 1 5CG P.O. Box 41 6
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