NEWSLETTER of the TASMANIAN CAVERNEERINB CLUE n JUN 1974 Hobart, 7001 h--Registered for posting as a periodical i Category E L. .,,
Speleo Spiel(No.91) Page 1. June, 1974. Annual subscription $3.00. Single copy 30 cents. ., 0.................D*~a*..**a..........*..a...............*.~~~.............~. President: Laurie Moody, 13 Mason Street, Claremont, 7011. Secretarx: Therese Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, 7000. o...............OdOe.eD.......................................*........... FORWARD PROGFUNME June 15 Saturday; bay trip to Florentine Valley. Leader: Laurie Woody. June 15-17 Long Weekend: Photography and surveying in Exit Cave. Leader: Andrew Skinner. June 19 . WLDNESDAY: WINE and SAUSAGE evening at 66 Wentworth Street, South Hobart. Bring some of each and help I .make it a riotous night. rC June 29-30 Neekend: Hastings and Ida Bay. Stay at Hastings Hut? Relax in the pool. Leader: ulbert Goede. July 3' WE;DNESDAY: General meeting at Simon and Janetqs, f" 43 Seaview Avehue, Taroona. 8 p.m. Bring your slide?. Contributions to supper and booze welcomed. Help to celebrate Ros Skinner's birthday. July 13-14 Weekend or Day: Marble Hill. Further exploration of swallets. Leader to be appointed. Dec. 22-24 JENOLAN CAVES. Easy trip special concessions for the Aged and weaker(?) Sex. Leader: Tony Culberg. Our editor has been banished by his boss to the former Tasmanian colony of Melbourne for a fortnight and has asked me to come out of retirement and edit this issue of the Spiel. As indicated by our STOP PRESS in the last issue some really worthwhile discoveries were made in the Western Creek area of Marble Hill, Ida Bay last month. k number of holes were explored. One was pushed to a depth of 50 metres and exploration stopped at the top of a 30 metre pitch for want of gear. Pros~ects for a link with Exit Cave seem q;ite bright and no-doubt a return trip will be made soon. 4% X On the social side the Wine and Cheese Evening was a great ,success, but the last two general meetings have been very poorly attended. A few years ago the club changed to a policy of having short business sessions at monthly General Meetings and for quite a while this was a success as it gave everybody an opportunity to have a say in how the club should be run. However, if the apathy shown by club members over the last few months continues it may be better to return to a situation where the club is run by the cowittee. At the May General Meeting Ross Mansfield expressed his concern about our lack of effort in attracting new members when through National Fitness we had in fact been offered an excellent opportunity to do so. While the editor stated in the last issue that we do not need a huge membership drive a few new caves to excite the imagination is not enough to attract new members. On several occas~ons prospective members have turned up at Wednesday night get togethers only to be largely ignored by members. It is not surprising they were not seen again. Unless we are prepared to welcome new members and encourage them to go on trips our activities will continue to decline. What you get out of a club depends on what you put into it, and it is not just a matter of money. Albert Goede.
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.ISpeleolpiel. Page 3. ~une,' 1974. Also still available are copies of T.C.C. Bulletin NO. 4(~ept ,1960) at 50 cents. This encludes several cave maps. For mail orders 20% should be added to value of order to cover postage. If you want to orderhurry! Very few copies are left of some issues. Club lapel badges are also available at $1.00 each. S.C.S. Discovery at Herberts Pot, Mole Creek. Llembers of S.C. S. camping underground for four days last week have aparently made major new .discoveries in Herberts Pot, including large new chambers with spectacular decoration. They may well add significantly to the length of the cave which is already estimated to have at least 3 kms. of passages. No doubt the discoveries will be reported in detail in the Southern Caver. We would like to be the first to congratulate them on this find. Tasmanian Caves Historical Reprint S Part 1. The history of our caves and limestone areas seems to be poorly documented. As Keeper of Archives I am particularly keen to find out more and to stimulate interest. In the hope of bringing to light other records I intend to publish a series of reprints of articles of historical interest(pre-1946) in this and future issues of Speleo Spiel. filbert Goede. Reprinted from Department of Lands and Surveys: Report for the Year Bnded 30th June, 1908, page 25 Part of Report by W. H. Twelvetrees, Government Geologist. Three short sections of his report are regrinted here. ItJunee Cave. A quarter of a mile up the Junee River through a lovely fern glade in the myrtle forest is the Junee Cave, reached by a hand-track. A cavity 20 feet in height forms the entrance, and the river, a rapidly flowing stream of ice-cold water, issues from it. Inside a few stalactites still depend, but the larger ones have been removed by visitors, and others have been defaced. At about 50 feet from the entrance the subterranean river blocks further progress on foot, and can only be ascended a few chains further by means of a raft or boat. The cave, though large at the entrance, where a rough handrail has been placed for tourists, is in its present condition rather poor in respect of display of stalactites, and, owing to the river, the task of opening it further by blasting the roof in the end would be somewhat difficult. But this is really the only way in which the cave can be improved. The approach is highly picturesque, the banks of the clear, tumultuous stream being clothed with a luxuriant growth of tree-fern, above which the tall sombre myrtles of the forest tower to a great height. The Junee River is at the 20-mile on the Great Western Railway survey line. "On the north side of the track is the peak called Vherrettls Lookout, with its diabase-crowned summit, and behind it to the north are two cones which we have called the Knobs. These, together with a lumpy mountainous mass, which we labelled with the name of Pimply, rise northwards into the majestic pile of Mt .Field West (?it .Hwnboldt j0 The precipitous western face of this mountain, composed of columnar diabase, descends into the valley of the Florentine perpendicularly for over 1,000 feet. Messrs. ~tkins and Timbs ascended this mountain from the Florentine Valley. At about 400 feet above the Hwnboldt Divide they discovered an enormous cave in the Ordovician limestone. This cave is the size of a large building, and a river as large as the Junee pours into it. In ascending, fossiliferous Permo-Carboniferous strata, shale, sandstone, and limestone conglomerate, were met with. These are below the coal horizon, and no coal seams were seen during the trip. Higher up an excellent free-
Speleo Spiel. .-.-S Page 4. June, 1974. stone was observed. The trigonometrical station is on the highest point, 4721 feet above sea-level, but being built up behind the natural rock summit, and the station pole haming blown down, the formed beacon pile can not be seen from the south and west. The cave referred CO just now is a stupendous natural feature which, though without the attractions of stalactites, will inevitabe draw the attention of tourists once a track is established. The present starting-place for a track to it would be from the Great Western Railway pack-track on the west side of the divide, at a point 30 chains past the 12-mile peg, first descending into the Plorentine Valley, and then ascending to the base of Mt.Field.il Geologically, the Plorentine Valley, as far as regards ths part traversed by this track, has been excavated in Cambrian slates and quartzites and Ordovician limestone, the covering of Permo-Carboniferous strata having been removed. The surviving continuation of e < the latter is seen on Mt.Humboldt and Tim Shea. Frodshamls Cave is marked on the Buckingham North chart east of the Florentine River. It is a small natural excavation in the limestone near Frodshamls track, about 10 feet wide at the entrance and 4 feet high, sloping down for 20 feet at a low angle into the water. The roof shows the rather thinly-bedded limestone striking about N. 10' E., and dipping north-westerly. Outcrops in the irnmediate vicinity showed a strike of N. 29' E.!' ---------------Reprinted from the New Zealand Herald. NEW USE FOR OLD CAVES? The enormous masses of material expelled from volcanoes frequently forming islands of considerable extent (dangitoto as an example), must leave cavities of corresponding size under the earth's surface. These vast underground caves would, in all probability be connected to other cones by passages which must frequently extend for hundreds of miles, forming volcanic belts. From the fact that these volcanic belts traverse for a major part under the earth's crust, would it be too fantastic to imagine that it may be possible to use these tunnels for underground travel, and because irmgination is free, could we not suppose that the nec.essity for a second harbour bridge could be avoided if a volcanic passage could be found such as might exist between Mt.Eden and Mt. Victoria at Devonport The interior of these passages would probau need no reinforcing, being glazed hard by thousands of years of volcanic action. The interior of these passageways and caverns may be very beautiful when illuminated. If such exist, what would prevent there -use as vast car parks, underground shelters, and valuable storage space? It has been estimated that some of Auckland's volcanic cones are quite recent, geologically. If excavations were made, at the base of some of the craters, it would seem reasonable to expect that the passage that fed the particular volcano for so many years would still be in existance and in perzect preservation. Descending from the sublime to the mundane, perhaps it may not be too far fetched or impractical, an idea to solve our city's rubbish disposal problem by using some of these lesser cavities, numbers of which exist around ~uckland's environs. There is a deep cavity at the base of Mt.Wellington. A cave at One Tree Hill is reputed to lead to Onehunga. Greenlane, Mt.Albert and Mt.Roskil1 are also known to have caves which could justify investigation. There are no doubt, several' others known to residents in other areas.
.6peleo Spiel, Page 5.. June, 1974. Should some of these cavities prove adequate in size, they would'provide a method of disposal that besides being inoffensive, 'would be most convenient and inexpensive. It would be a simple matter to seal the entrance at the completion of the filling.It 'The cave at One Tree Hill is of a similar nature to the one between Mole Creek and Flowery Gully. (P. Shaw) ANGLO-AMEX?ICAN --m-DEPTH RECORD. The latest issue of "Canadian CaverIt contains details of Arctomys Cave, which is 8,000 feet long and 1715 feet deep. In this depth there are only five pitches (47', 28', 24', 15' and 15'), two of which can be free-climbed or by-passed with some effort. Most of the depth of the cave is achieved in the first half of the cave in a steep narrow rift passage called the Endless Climb. For those who don't like walking to their caves, Arctomys Cave i,s impossible. The author of the article says: llSurely only a dedicated caver with.his head on right would walk 15 miles carrying a fifty pound pack, swim/wade a 50-100 foot wide fast flowing river m fed by glacial melt water, climb 2000 feet up a mountain beating off flies and mosquitoes while stumbling through a maze of deadfalls and knee-deep moss only to reach a ten foot by two foot hole in the ground surrounded by stunted trees, limited fimewood and snow.11 Sounds familiar! TRIP REPORTS. Marble Hill, Ida Bay. 4/5/1974.(Summary) Saturday, 4th of May, 1974 has so far proved to be the most profitable day this yeax for the club. An all-out assault on Marble Hill at Ida Bay was conducted with Peter Shaw as trip leader. It is interesting to note that of the eight people who took part, six were trip leaders and the remaining two females! Six chiefs and ,%WO squawst What happened to the rest of you? The results of this trip proved rather rewarding. One system, located previously by Noel White and ~rian Collin, proved to be in ,-K excess of 60 metres and further exploration is possible. Peter Shaw and Phil Robinson investigated this system which lies at the bottom of a doline, beneath a cliff, on the western side of Earble Hill. Estimated length of passage exceeds 120 metres and apparently slopes down at 45 degrees with several short pitches. Exploration was eventually halted by the existence of an estimated 30 metre pitch. Another hole also located by Noel and Brian was also investigated by the ;'trained monkeysv (Peter and Phil) but blocked off in excess of 30 metres. Voice contact'with Peter and Phil was made by Andrew who descended a nearby swallet to a depth of 18 metres. Two other caves were checked out by Andrew, Ros and myself but apart from several short side passages, nothing of furthar interest was located. Noel and Brian made further finds south-east of the Itbig one*' and future trips to this area will no doubt be continued with zest. Incidentally, the area investigated, lies some 250 metres abov~ the Western Pissure of Exit Cave. The'ories concerning a cave system above that of Exit, have now been expressed and if the "big onev goes much further, these theories fast look like becoming realities. Lausie Moody. Marble Hill, Ida Bay 4/5/74. Part : Peter Shaw, Yvonne Collin, Phil Robinson, Noel White, Brian n, Lauria Moody, Andrew and Ros Skinner. We set off from the quarry at 9.45 and by 11.15 had reached tk:, saddle on the Moonlight Flat track and marked a route down the souti:
Speleo Spiel. Page .6. June, 1974. side of the hill to the limestone contact. Here we established a base beside two holes. While Phil and I looked at these two holes, the others taped a route westwards to Western Creek and then returned for lunch. We rigged a rope down the first hole, an attractive opening, a metre square and Phil descended. It was a ten metre pitch with a few small passages at the bottom which led nowhere. Phil came up and we turnee our attentions to the other hole. At the foot of a muddy sided doline, a small passage led off. Not very promising but it kept going. It quickly opened out into a metre wide rift dropping down very steeply for forty metres to a five metre pitch. While Phil waited, I returned to the surface for a ladder and a length of rope. We rigged the ladder and descended. The nature of the passage changed tp horizontal with a small stream. The passage was about 150 cms. high and 40 cms. wide. Progress was by crawlix over the meandering shelves or edging sideways along the floor. This continued for at least a hundred metres to 8 short drop down which Phil climbed, while I remained up in the roof with the rope, in case assistance was necessary to get back up. Immediately after this, the passage opened via a narrow rift onto what we estimated was a thirty metre WHOOSH BANG pitch (very good accoustics). Having no furt;ler gear with us, we returned to the surface for lunch. After lunch, we investigated an attractive hole closer to Western Creek, This yielded a beautiful 20 metre pitch with a few small passages at the bottom but nothing that 'continued. The final score for the day was'three holes'looked at, with one still going approximately 50 metres deep. Meanwhile Brian and CO. had found numerous :iew holes. Marble Hill is an exciting prospect pity'itsnot a bit easier to get to. Peter Shaw. Exit Cave 18,19/5/1974. Party: Peter Shaw, Yvonne Collin, Albert Goede. After defeating revolutionary attempts to spend the night in the Hastings Hut and walk in in the morning, I urged Albert and Yvonne into the cutting grass of the Exit track. The creek was high, so rather than get very wet, we camped for the night in the Wind Tunnel. Next morning, we moved up to Camp Two with Yvonne gnashing her teeth as she struggled through the talus with her rucksack. After a brew-up, we headed for North West Creek passage via the cross-over. On the way, we looked at the side passages opposite Entrance Creek passage. I am sure that the "dig" has not been bypassed, although from the auens behind-this area there seems little chance of the ildigt' passage going very far horizontally. At North West Creek, I spent some time looking at the area and pushing some high roof passages. The stream seems to turn south-west once it reaches the talus. Ve returned to camp via the Camp Pie Circuit and Kellers Squeeze. On Sunday we showed Yvonne Edies Treasure and the Pendulum passage before heading for home. Peter Shaw. Junee Area 2/6/74. Party: Laurie ~oody(1eader ) Robyn Smith, Christine ora an(^), ~lenn and Sham Pinnington, Max and Tim Jeffries (TCC), Leonie Smith and David Of Brien ( SCS) We set off in foggy conditions and arrived at the AIW barrier at 9.55a.m. Glenn, unbeknown to us, had a puncture and when he had not arrived by 1C.20 a.m. we left a message with the gate--keeper and proceeded as far as the top of the Gap. During our conversation with the gate-keeper, we learnt of the existence of an infloW.cave approximately one kilometre north of the Gap.. As ldax knew the approximate position, we decided to abandon
Speleo Spiel. June 1.9 7.4.. the hropose~ trip to Tiger Road and investigate this inflow cave which was reputed to be .on the top side of the track. Glenn had still not arrived, so we left a message on my car and headed into the scrub. Fifteen minutes or more were spent in locating the track, which was overgrown to some extent but still discernable when you were on it. l!iax and I, equipped with scrub-clearing imglements, began clearing the track as Glenn and party arrived. Eaving an ingrown toe-nail forced Glenn to remain in the car and the rest of us set forth along the track. Several limestone outcrops were investigated en route but nothing of consequence was found. Several small swallets were also checked but again, nothing. Eventually we reached an area where we could see a big limestone cliff-face and the party split up with Max pushing uphill in an easterly direction and myself heading north towards the base of the cliffs. The cliffs were investigated by Tim. Shane and myself but apart from one small hole which was too tight to enter, nothing further was found. The other party linked up and reported that apart from several small holes, they too could find no indications of an inflow cave. Creeks and streams were noticable by their absence and we decided to call off the -search and return to the cars. On the return trip the track was somehow misplaced and some time was spent endeavouring to re-locate it. This was finally accomplished and we reached the cars around 2.00p.m. It was then decided to indulge in a tourist-type trip into JF 1, as only Lax and myself had been there before. Max and I arrived at the end of the road but somehow Glenn had taken a wrong turn and did not arrive. After waiting ten minutes or so, Max, Tim and I, set off to try and locatc him. Eventually we found him near Sunshine Road and escorted him back up Junee Quarry Road. After a quick snack, we all (excluding Glenn) trogged up and headed underground around 3p.m. Christine expressed doubts about being able to get down but under-estimated herself. We ventured in as far as the hole in the floor and set about rigging the ladder for descent only to find that I had neglec%. ed to bring the ttcrabslt. David and Tim volunteered to run back and get them from the car and ten minutes later they returned. The ladder was then descended by all and some of the techniques employed were very amusing. The ttduck-undertv was negotiated and we set off down the passage to the sump. That large slab of rock blocking the passage, proved an ideal vantage point for the leader, who sadistically stationed hinself on top preventing anyone from climbing over. The remainder of the party were thereby wforcedlf to go underneath and several interesting variations of crawling techniques werc exhibited. Leonie and David ventured down the hole into the sump but did not reach the bottom. The trip proved highly successful due to the fact that several + in-experienced members gained valuable training in a variety of caving techniques. Night was falling as we reached the surface and returned to the cars. We left for home around 5.30p.i~. However, our homeward journey proved a bit of a nightmare as thick fog enveloped the country side from National Park to New Norfolk. I was forced to stop the car several times to see if I was still on the road surfact,. All in all, an enjoyable trip was had although no caves were located. Laurie Moody. EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA. Max Jeffries re~orted that he has locate'd a cave towards the end of Tiger Road whicL needs further exploration. A trip to this area is planned for the near future and numbering of several caves will also be carried put. Anyone interested should contact me as soon as possible so that a date can be set. Laurie Moody.
Speleo SpieA. Page 8. vsJune. 1974. Gunn's Plains 13-15/4/74. Party: Frank Brown, Andrew and Ros Skinner. After a brief surface reconnaissance on Easter Saturday(by car) camp was set up among the blackberries near the Leven Gorge. On Sunday morning Frank showed us an outflow cave on the property of Mr.K. Burns. An apyrox. 10 cusec stream flowed from underneath a patch of nasty blackberries. After negotiating this vegetative obstacle with a machete Frank made a quick inspection using a torch."It goes". We returned to the car for equipment and proceeded to explore the cave. After about 4G metres of low stream passage a rockfall was encountered. After carefully removing a few blocks I found it possible to regain the stream passage on the other side of the talus. I explored the stream passage to a 10 metre high collapse chamber, when the others caught up. The stream issued forth from a deep pool with only a few centimetres air space. There was little draught but it did look promising. As there were no other volunteers I immersed myself to the shoulders and explored the pool to another chamber. Shades of Casteret! However, the water was surprisingly warm. Alas! the stream swnped soon after. After lunch near the tourist cave we numbered a small pot explored by Northern Caverneers in 1973. After some unsuccessful surface exploration we returned to the campsite. On Monday we (re)explored an outflow cave on the property of Mr.Kane. The system is approx.500 metres long, but of small dimensions except for the final chamber. It had good decoration once, but this has been extensively vandalised. I don't think I have seen a cave in worse condition it makes King George V Cave look virginal! It would probably be rated DG4 on the Seabrook Scale of Underground Vandalism. There is a possibilty of further exploration in dry weather. Thanks to Roy Skinner for providing trans~ort for part of the trip. Andrew Skinner. Mole Creek 11,12/5/74. Partx: Lauric Moody, Peter Shaw, Andrew and Ros Skinner, Bruce Chetwynd, Glenn Pinnington, Robyn Smith, Shane Pinnington, peter(G1enn's friend) from TCC, Tim Danie1,Peter Dowde,Jed Butler,Matthew van der Molen, Lynne Duncan from Northern Caverneers and 4 boys from Brooks high School. The Hobart contingent arrived at the Mole Creek hut on Friday night with the Launceston mob straggling out on Saturday. After an unbelievably slow start on Saturday morning a nineteen--strong lfmob't moved off through the Maracoopa tourist cave and proceeded up the streamway towards Maracoopa 11. The trip through Maracoopa I1 was uneventful except for Shane dislodging a large blockinto the creek. From Maracoopa I1 we left to have a brief look at the Devil's Earhole doline, en route to Devil's Pot for lunch. After lunch we returned to Devil's Earhole. About half the party descended the pitch whilst the others played games with leeches. Peter S. ,Tim and Laurie explored a new extension in the cave. On Sunday morning, after a typical Mole Creek Saturday evening, (Glenn really enjoyed himself, add as for one young lady streaking!) nobody really felt like going caving. I think Peter Shaw did, but he soon lost his entusiasm. Eventually several of us went to khe King Solomon area where several small caves were numbered. Andrew Skinner. REMEMBER Tenth Biennial Conference Brisbane 27-29 Dec.'74. . . . Space filler: "... a bat is an elastic shudder in flight..." D.H.Lawrence.
Speleo Spiel. Page 9. June, 1974. Tasmanian gverneerirq Club Membership List 1974-1975. -H Honorary Life Member J Junior Member FA Fa~nily iviembership A Associate Member F Full hiember HA Honorary Associate SS Subscriber to Speleo Spiel. BERWICK, Kick 12 Charles Street, Moonah, 7009. ,' J BOULTER, Clive and Dot 11 Sheldon Pl.,West Hobart, 7000. FA BRABON, Joan and Peter P.O. Box 74, Lindisfarne, 7015. F 'h BROWN, Frank 68 Carella Street, Howrah, 7019. F CAREY, Prof.S.W. 24 Richardsons Ave., Dynnyrne, 7005. H CHETWND, Bruce 5A Hampden Road, Battery Point, 7000. F CLARKE, Brthur P.O. Box 4, Dover, 7116. F COLLIN, Brian and Jeanette 66 Wentworth Street, South Hobart FA COLLIN, Yvonne Unit 2, 2 Plimsoll Place, Sandy Bay, 7005. F CULBERG, Tony P.O. Box 47, Sandy Say, 7005. F CUMMINGS, Nick 23 Parliament Street, Sandy Bay, 7005. F DuVEY, Andrew St. John Fisher College, Dynnyrne, 7005. F DYKES, Peter 538 Port Hacking Road, Caringbah, R. S.W. 2229 S3 ELLIS, iioss 52 Bundock Street, Randwick, N. S. 8. 2031. SS PARLEY, Ian and Stella P.O. Box 24, Margate, 7153. F;L FRANKCOLMBL, Don 94 Parkview Crescent, Maydena, 7457. HA GAMBLE, dtuart c/o P.O. Dover, 7116. F GOEDE, Albert 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, 7000. H GOEDE, Therese 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, 7000. F HERINGTOK, John 24 Balaka Street, Rosny, 7018. HA HOCKING, Col 20 Banawarra Road, Geilston Bay, 7015. F JAGOE, Mike Springvale Hostel,2 Midwood St.,New Town, 7008 F JEFFRIES, Max 66 South Avenue, Maydena, 7457, k RENT, Kon Box 111, P.O., Zeehan, 7469. A KIERNAN, Kevin 1.0. Box 235, Sandy Bay, 7005. F LEHhlUNN, Bill 296 D'arcy Street, South Hobart, 7000, F MANSFIELD, Ross 77 Calabria Rd., Islington, London,N5,England. F MUTTHEWS, Peter 66 Frogmore Crescent, Park Orchards, Vic.3114. SS MEERDING, Henk 6 Gourlay Street, Blackmans Bay, 7152, F MELVILLE, Gary King Solomon Cave, Mole Creek, 7304. SZ MOODY, Laurie and Sue 13 Mason Street, Claremont, 7011. FA MORRIS, Clive and Sally 11 Church Street, Kingston, 7150. 3'1 i NICHOLAS, Stuart 7 Rupert Avenue, New Town, 7008. F PETERSON, Bill 12 Auvergne Avenue, New Town, 7008. F PINNINGTON, Glenn 20 Leighland Road, Claremont 7011. J POULTEH, Norm P.O. Box 120, Nedlands, Y.A. 6009. A RATNLINSON, Noel c/o Guides Office, Jenolan Caves, N.S.W.2786. F -d. REDMAN, A, 7.0. Box 83, East Devonport, 7310. SE RICHARDSON, Tory Cave Superintendent, Mole Creek, 7304. HA HOBINSON, Lloyd 167 Mt.Keira Rd., Mt.Keira, N.S.W. 2500. SS ROBINSON, Phi1 Seaview Ave., Taroona, 7005. F SUW, Chester King Solomon Cave, Mole Creek, 7304. SS SHAW, Peter Unit 2, 2 Plimsoll Place, Sandy Bay, 7005. F SKINIEH, Andrew and Ros c/o 40 Grove Road, Glenorchy, 7010, Fh SKINNER, Piona 12 Nixon Street, Sandy Bay, 7005. J SKINNER, Pan and Roy 12 Nixon Street, Sandy Bay, 7005. HA SMITH, Robyn 6 Constance Avenue, Glenorchy, 7018. J SPRENT, Tony Grays Road, Fern Tree, 7101. F STEPHENS, Simon 43 Seaview Avenue, Taroona, 7006. F VAN TWILLERT, Henk 18 Nixon Street, Sandy Bay, 7005, k WHITE, Noel 3/62 Colville Street, Battery Point, 7000. F 2 Honorary Life Members, 7 Family Memberships, 23 Full Members, 4 Associate Members, 4 Junior Members, 5 Honorary Associates. Total membership 45. Subscribers to Speleo-Spiel 7.
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