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Speleo Spiel

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Speleo Spiel
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Speleo Spiel
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Southern Tasmanian Caverneers
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Regional Speleology ( local )
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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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No. 90 (May 1974)
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NEWSLETTER of the TASMANIAN CAVERNEERINO CLUB Hobart, 7001 L%J Registered for posting as a periodical Category E

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Speleo Spiel. -.--(NO. 90). Page 1. May, 1974. Annual subscription $3.00 Siqle copy 30 cents. .............b... 0....................o...o.oo....o...........DD...............*.*......~~~0.0~000~............~. President: Laurie Moody, 13 Mason Street, Claremont, 7011. Secretary: Therese Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, 7000. a....... 1.*e.o.**e..e*~e*..~..~.**********~*~~**~*eo*ebm*~**~~~~~~~~~~~~ May 11-12 Weekencl: Genepal caving and cave nmbering in theacoopa area, Mole Creek, LeaCer: Andrew Skinner. May 18-19 Weekend: Exit Cave. Exploration in the North West Creek area. Leader: Peter Shaw. Friday nii;ht start: May 20 MONDAY: Theatre party to the Uni. Revue llGou{:hspellll, A must for everyone. The best seats in the house have been obtained at the May 22 May 25 June 1 June 5 June 8 .r-. June 15-17 low price of $2.90. Names to the secretary by the 16th please. ~~DNESDAY. WINE and CHEESE evening at 66 Wentworth Street, South Hobart. Eriw some wine and cheese and help make it another ty~ical unroarious affair! s&%urdaY:Junee area. Cave nui~bering and general exploration. Leader: Laurie Moody. ~aturday: Satans Lair, Junee area. in SRT trip to what was once Australia's second deepest cave at 450 ft. A good single rope trip without the arduourmess or length of other Junee caves. Leader: Peter Shaw. Wednesday: General meeting at 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, at 8 p.n. Refreshnents and slides welcome. Saturday: Surface exploration in the Junee Florentine. Looking for the resurgence of Growlim Swallet. Leader: Albert Goede. weekend: Photography and surveying in Exit. Skinner. Tenth A-. S. F. Convention in Brisbane, Queensland. b.................... .... EDITORIAL. --. k quiet month with trips to Junee and Gums Plains. The May general isecting was devoted to those hoary subjects, money and members, as if we were all paupers and there were only two members left in the club. If the club runs out of money we'll pass the hat around, and with our membership we hardly need a huge nenbership drive. It's not A:S.F. policy anyway. What we really need is a few caves to excite the imagination and get riore people caving. Peter Shawo New Members The following new members were elected at the May :;eneral meeting: nobyn Smith, 6 Constance Ave., Glenorchy, 7010. Noel Rawlinson, Guides Office, Jenolan Caves, 1:. S. W. Andrew Davey, c/o Geology Dept., Uni of Tas.9 Cruce Chetwynd. (no fixed address) Chan e of a<-Cress: d~e-lat 2, 213 Georfle Street, Launceston. UNI. REVUE Please cone WE NEED YOU!

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Speleo Spiel. !lay, 1974. TRIP KEP~TS. -.Junee area 13/4/74. Party: Max Jeffries, Louise and Laurie Moody. Qur ori Anal intentions were to investigate further the area abdve Chrisp's Hut in another effort to locate this large, mystery outflow cave. However, Max suiy,;ested that we take a look at another area near the top of the Dewhurst Road. Realizing that a chance was as good as a holiday, I agreed. After following a dry pully for a short distance, we emerged at the foot of sone extremely high limestone cliffs. (An ideal place for SET practice!) Several holes were noted of vihich two require further exploration, Neither of these were nuinbered. (finother ~ob for someone). After lunch we moved along to the Chrisp's Road area snd had a brief look at the entrance to the Bone Pit. It was then decided to try and relocate the track to Rescue Pot, which Max had assisted in cutting at the time of the accident. Eventually, we located the track and the entrance was duly observed. However, much of the track is gadually being overgrown and several trees arc strewn across it in :,laces. u doline was observed and investi~ated close to where the Rescue Pot track commences but despite an intense search, which was heightci~ei! by the presence of a series of strong draughts issuing from several slnall holes, a way in was not located.(hnyone for a dig?) Several hundred metres south-west of this doline, there are reputed to Be two shafts on the ridge overlooking Chrisl3's Road and due east of Cave Hil1:As it was late afternocn, we decided on a quick search and in ten minutes or so, had succeeded in locating one of these shafts. It was un-numbered and later information kindly sup1)lied by Hevin Kiernan, implied that it nay pcssibly be Anti-Clinax. However, I intend to lead another trip to this area within thc next few weeks and interested menhers are asked to participate, es2ecially SRT exponents. Finally, I would like to thanks Max for the use of his ute and the late afternoon tea. Special thanks are also offered to Don Frankconbe who kindly supi~lied me with a map of the Junee area. Laurie Moody. The Rise and Pall of the Scientific Method in Detectin!; Caves. I_---Tyenrla Kiver, 20/4/74. . Party: dlbert Goede, Laurie Moody and Kevin Kiermm. No cloubt Spiel readers will want to know whether we manage3.to detect those resurpences under Tin Shea which I so confidently predicted as a result of the March trip down the Tyenna River. Well, it di6nft quite work out that way but here's our story anyway. The thrcc of us left Hobart at 8.15 a.n. and at 10.30 left the car on the Gordon Road below the Needles to follow a creek down towards the Upper Tyenna. The going was easy as the creck bed was fairl;~ open. Further downstream an open buttonf;rass i3lain appeared on our left and we cut across it to reach the :lain stream at 13.50. Yhis was probably a mistake as by doing so we nissed two tributaries Zraining the main dolomite face on Tin Shca, and joinin,: the river just a little further downstrean. T1atcr sample TY 5 was taken where we reached the river. Pollowirq it upstream we found a sriall tributsry coming in from the north at 11.30 and this was also sarnpled(TY 6). We continued on our way slow a surprisingly open river bed until at 11.50 we found a sizeable tributary coming in from the south. The sanple taken here was TY 7. The k0ir-g now becaae much more difficult clue to the denser vegetation and the fact that the

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Speleo Spiel. -..Page 3. I\Q, 1974. river flowed across alnost vertically dipping thinly bedded quartzites and black slates. ut 12.10 a small tributary fran the south was found but not sampled. We stopped for lunch betwwen 12.50 and 1.10 on a snall sandy bar. At 1.15 we came to the junction of two snall creeks all that now renained of the river and 6ecided to take the right hand branch. The vegetation got more an? ilore difficult with abun6ant cuttin(. grass, tea tree and bauera. '?ten we final1 got a view we realized we were muuh further fron Tin Shea than we anticipated. The tributary now little more than a trickle was abanconed at 1.35 after taking a last sample, (TY 8). Twenty minutes later we were back on the Gordon i3oad after L hectic bit of scrub--bashing, Since I had lost my thernoneter in its wooden case between sample locality TY 7 and our lunch spot Kevin and I spent a futile two hours looking for it discwering in the process a surprising nmber of brahches that looked just like the thermometer case. Yell, I thought we could explain our failure to find resurgences. Obviously the hard water was coning fron the two tribuA taries frora under Tin Shea which we had missed sanpliry: 3ecause of our short-cut across the button grass. Clearly the saqles I had taken would prove to be soft water when tested in the laboratory. Unfortunately, for this theory the results were as follows: Sample Calciun hardness Total hardness Conductivity (3.p.n. ) (p.p.mJ jnicronho/cnl TY 5 100.5 192.5 300 With the exception of TY 7, which is from a tributary coming h down from the Heedles, the an~lyses indicate very hard water, yet the UL>,;er Tyem appears to be fed only by dispersed seepare and not by Gistinct risinfys. Therc is still a possibility that the two crecks conirp from below Ti 1 Shca are supplied by risiniys in the dolomite. They are most easily a:7;roached from the Gordon Road followily: the same route we took. It's worth another trip but this tine I aa not L making any pedictions based on scientific methods! klbert Goede. STOP PRESS. -Exciting new finds above Exit Cave. One shaft io re;juted to have been explored to an ap-~roxinate depth of 300 feet and still Foes. Just before darkness fell a HUGE doline was discovered but has still to be explored. SRT has ~ained another trained monkey the Chief Hairy Goat.


Description
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.