. \NEWSLETTER of the TASMANIAN CAVERNEERING CLUB i TmCwCm Established 18.4R BOX 641-0, GmP.0. Hobart, 7001 '-4 Registered for posting as e periodical Category B
3pzleo spiel. (No.95) Page 1. October, 1974. !i.nnual subscription $3.00. Single copy 30 cents. ................................... President: Laurie Noody, 13 Mason Street, Claremont, 7011. Secretary: Therese Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, 7000. -7 k'OR1rJARD --.FROG LfilYlI!E .,. Ostober 26-27 Weekend: Visit to Crack Pot at Mole Creek. Leader: Andrew Skinner. October 27 Sunday: Surface exploration in the Plorentine Valley. Leader: Laurie Moody. October 31 Thursdx: Surface exploration in the Plorentine Valley. Leader: Laurie Moody. November 2-4 Long Weekend: Exit Cave with Northern Caverneers. Leader: Andrew Skinner. Xovember 6 Wednesday: General Meeting, 8 Bath Street, B&t. tery Point at 8 .p.rn. Slides and refreshments welcome. Ihvember 9-10 Weekend: Mole Creek. Leader: Andrew Skinner. P November 16 Saturday: Surface exploration in the Vest FlorL A . . entine. Leader: Laurie Maody. RD I T OR IA.5, .. ---.The annual dinner was very well attended and went off very mcln. It was pleasing to see so many old faces and also'the large 2ontingen-L of cavers from the northern clubs. Numbering and syste1,iati.c recording of Tasmanian caves is proceeding very well and will pay dividends v~hen future exploration is being carried out. A large maber of -trips hme been made to the Florentine with scvcral good nZTn holes the rcsult. Peter Shaw. 1;e~ blerlbcr. a-. cordial welcome to Pip Casey who was accepted as a junZ L ~.,c,.~bcr ~t thc October general meeting. She has already becn on ,:o-r trips aild has already made a ladder descent of Yolf Bolc(withdct a single scrcam!). Her address is 2/24 Swan Street, North Hobart. Chzinge of ----adchcss: --. Peter Shaw and Yvonne Collin, / J.Postal address: P.O. Box 326, sandyC~ay, 7005. Pcrsonel addrcss: bottom flak, 169 Nelson Road, Mt.. Nelson. 7 ~mxp~ratioii of the Society. m-. -A-L a rcccnt meeting the feasibility of leasing Kubln Khan hill was raised. I offered to investigate the problem of incorporating cic society, so it could take out the lease. There cre no major problems in doing this. We will need to alter our 'constitution to comply with the model i~t!les'enacl;cd by p~rliriment. The changes in this are riot mc?.ny, and constitute mzinly a tightening up of the rules. We will need to: lj appoint a public officer, who is only a figurehead 2) appoint n licensed Company ~uditor to check the books 3 ; ~dvertisc our A.G.M. in the "Mercury" 4) not flagrantly violate the rules. Benefit S "--. 13 E?.ch mmber has limited liability. That is, if the editor oi the Spiel slanders anyone now he is currently liable. In future he won't be. If one of our functions loses money, members me now liable. In future they wouldn't be. It costs nothing. Our constitution gets a good lock at.
Spelea Spiel. -(Page 2) ----October, 1974. t~isadvantall;es. i) It ricezns the club will have to appear to be run ilore tightly. ii) Ye will need to reprint our letter head we could change the P.O. box at the same time and save money there. ili) Some forin filling is necessary to start, but I could do that. iv) There is a slight change 30 our method of paying bi.119, but not of substancec As one member said; If we participate in actions where we can be sued, we should have limited liability. We do, and we haven't, so we should incorporatef1. Be sure to attend the next general meeting to ensure your opinion is noted. T. Culberg. CAVE NUMBERING. Junee Plorentine ----27/9/74 dbert Goede and Andrew Skinner. JP 63,64,65 l?oss Walker Cave: Small dry cave with large chamber and Three steeply downward sloping entrances. Shallow pool of mter at lowest point of cave. Cave is 1ocz.ted close to crest of ridge NY? of Junee ~ave(~). 30/9/74 iilbert Goede, Laurie Xoods and Leonie Smith< JF' 6'6 -rilili~ers ~k;~ave: Dry ca;e 99 metres deep; 52 metre pitch can be by-passed; dangerous talus; survey gradeIV(~). JF 67 .--Dccfour --Pot: Pothole consisting of 40 metre pitch blocked at bottom; discovered l96O( 5). JF 68 Unnzincd pothole: Not yet explored. Entranve 1 me-lre across and vertical with drop of at least 30 metres indicated, prob2bly with ledges. Located on eastern slope of Cave Hill not far from summit close to base of large dead tree( J). JF 69 Jmall unnamed cave taking some water from Khaza3.-clum creek on o--josite side of doline from JF 4 entrance; short slopc to four metre drop; no further description nvailable(~). 6/9/74 dlbcrt Goede and party. JP 70 Small unnamed cave: Dry with inclined entr~mce lc~~ding to --. sinsle chamber containing some formation. *>ocatcd on eastern side of low hill west of Leo Thorns Road. JF 71 E!ccliwfi sized cave with severar chambers dnd narrow lowlevel passages containing deep pools with slight flow. Eocntcd on western side of low hill off Leo Yhorns Road. At lccst thrce entrances but only largest onc is numbered. \ Con-t2.d 11s some good formation. JF 72 Jmzll unnamed cave: Dry with inclined entrance 1w.ding to si;y,lielongated chamber with some f ormetion. SLort crawl ct fzr end does not continue. JP 73 S1ii2.11 unnzmed swallet at cnd of unnarn~d side rozd bctween Lco Thorns Road and Frizons Road. Number on dry entrance 5 nctrcs upstream from swallet. Dry entrancc soQn becomes too tight. Wet entr~nce descended to depth of 9 actres but further progress blocked by rockfall. Mole Creek. 28,29/9/74 lmdrew Skinner. MC 2 Crr-ck ---a pot: (Black Hole of. Calcutta) Pothole with steep slope down first 18 metres followed by 30 metre ladder pitch, blocked at bottom with steep slope ending in chokc. MC 3 U~rna~i~d cave: Loc-ted near Pyramid Cave. Entrnncc with 3 metre pitch situated on side of doline. Not yet ,;xplored.
Speleo Spicl --=. MC 5 Thc Lirch: Doline with entrance divided by natured ?.rch with str~a~fl siphoning at both ends. Map CRG grade 5 on sheet 2 -of !olic.yconb Caverns. MC 16 -':low~;orm CL.ve: Very short inflow czve on Sass~fr~.~ Ck., 70 nctrcs upstream from MC 17. MC 17 *lays* -cave: Resurgence on Sassafras Creek, c:onnstream frc XC 16, somc formation; exploration unfinished. IK! 18 Sodn --Creek -Cave: Resurgence east of Liena, possibly drains w~.tcr fro~-nnd/or MC 10; situated downhill from King Solomon Cave: entrance flooded in winter. MC 19 Pyr~.mid ----p Cave: (Spider Cave). Large cave with scvcrcd entrcxcs, much crawling, some decoration, floods '?,fter heavy min. NC 20 He Hi: ;mall pothole at top of Cheops Pyramid. Scvcn metre en trzncc pitch leads to small talus-f illed chL.:lbcr. C MC 35 3co-i-'CS iiisiag: Resurgence of Mole Creek. Not P, ycnetrable ----.--system. MC 44 Hoi~cycomb 3: Small cave with deep pool at bottou with two small streams flowing into it, part of smae systen as other n Honcyc onb Caverns. MC 45 jccond cntrance to Honeycomb ~(MC 44). XC 46 Pyrz~~id CRV~: (Cow Cave). see MC 19. MC 47 Jmx~icd C~ve: Small horizontal cave near MC 19. J'Jo running WC l-er. XC 48 Sccond entrance t~ MC 47. MC 49 Ho 1-Iun: .., C?.ve with 12 metre entrance pitch; severe1 short pz~ssr,~,cs; small chamber with good formation has 4-0 metre long :)&ssage l2zding off. IGdW NAMES. (accepted ct Octobcr Ggneral Meeting. ) Htlile Selassic ; ($!;.C 10). small' cave near King Solomonf S C?.vc ; explored ?CC 19j~cxcellent decoration; small int ermittent strcm at bottom; approx. 30 mctres dee new side pnssage explored 10/5/74. Surveyed CRG 5rr.Cc 3 on 29/9/?'i. He H~:(MC 20) For description see cave numbering section in this issue. TRIP REPOKT,S,7 June e Floreii-t iile 14/9/74. A. Skinner(TCC) Bob l~oolhouse, Jed Butler, ML~-thew v?.n der Molen Northern Czvsrneors), Ge~rge Bamford Ray Kearnes B~zry Jt:.cobson, viiobert He21mecst cr, Jim ~llenburger, Wnyne Stephens(Lsui1ccs-ton S. C. ) A touris-t -trip was, held to the "dryt1 sections of l.
Speleo Spiel. --. &vcrticnl change in flcor level .# vciict .itivc .. Cebris. -,-------. .. .-.*--..-W .-. Exit Ci~pe, .-c-,?. ik.y 21 ,22/9/7 4. Party: ~lbc~t. Gocde(l.eader), and John Richardson. We left Hobzrt early on Sciturday morning and found the Zxit track extrcuely wet. We entered 'the cave at 11' 2.m. and .lice? to use the entrance -l-r?bvc.rse and the bridge as the water, was f?,irly high but we were still cbble to wade the stream where the DfJntrccaste~ux River entcrs. Havirg set up camp nt Camp 1 we headed for Co;-;ferencc Concourse which neither of us had.seen before. It took ;: little time to find our my through but having done so we found. the nzp an excellent n;l.vi~:.,.-Lion ::id. We failed to penetrate the rockfall iicartithe Last StrawH !JU~ continued as .far c7,own stream as Talus Ch-~qbcr. The
Xpeleo Spiel.(~agc 5) -Octohcr, 1974. Concourse proved to be a very intcrestlng piece of czve. Ilc7.iy of thc passages occur in clean massive limcstone and have well-dcveloped solution fc~.tures. There is also some quite good decor~~lion ad we 3ook a number of photogrzphs. Ye arriv~d back at Cmp 1 ?.-G 6.20 p.m. md after 2, good neal had ,:n early night and slept for l> >.ours. The f ollowii~ morning W? experimented with the Dipo-toclon(Poulter model) which did not work as well as we had hoped hut ncvertheless turne? thc cwe into broad daylight c~t times and mxlc us npprociate its cnori.ious size. W,? then visited th~3 upper lcvcls to look rut the formations. Following lunch we walked out in intcmit icnt rain. Albert Gocdc. Junee urea 27/9/74. Party: Albcrt Cocc?.c(leader), 2nd Andrew Skinner. The morning wns spent mzking thd usual fortnightly ~~~~surements and taking rrntcr scmples at Junee Cave. Thc conductivity rccorder was also ins-inllcd. The flow of water was quite high ,-,L%! h,-..$obviously been highcr. kt lunchtiue we passed thro.ugh the barrier and P-ftcr seeing Don Frankcombe W, crove down to the Junec Quarry where we hi?C sorle lunch. The afternoon's aim was to number Ross Valker Cave and wc headed straight up thc hill behind the quarry. This proved to bc 2. mistalce as masses of thin f211en stems of dogwood killed in 2fire in 1966 mdde progrcss cxtrcmcly slow snd awk~lrird. Ye eventually rcmhed the dry valley nix3 slcnted up the st.eep but much more open west-f;cing slopes tomrCs Boss Walker Cave. The cave has quite n sizcnblc chnnber with thrcc ?Lownward sloping entrances. The westcrn onc(~~ 63) :+ve us a pcrfcct view of snow-covered Tyenna Peak whilc ihc southern (JF 65) givcs r. bird1s eye view of Maydenn. The cave cont~ills sonc rcasrbnable formtion and there is a shallow pool of wak;r F,-t the lowest point. Cntrznce JP 64 fc~ces more or less east ,-,nd v,cc very steep. Havin; c'.oilc our numbering we headed back to the c?,r making bee-line for the hut at the lower end of the qu;Lrryo This proved 2 rather z~.sicr route. The cave is well worth a visit 2nd the entrances arc rcclly spectacu1:ir. Blbert Goedc. . p"rtp: (Sat ) LbnCrcw skinner, John Richardson, (TCC ) ?,xi
Speleo Spiel. (Page 6) .-v October, -A1974. Junee Area 30/9/74. Party: dbcrt Gode, Leonie Smith and Laurie Moody. ~fter n sornewh~t casual stdrt (prob2bly due to Monkyitis) we pzssed throu~h thc i~l\JIX barrier about 10.45 a.m. The objcct of this w~ekday trip wns to locate and number several known cnvds, nrmely Pillingers Creck C~ve and Deefour Pot. l~fter a bit of hec?.C--scratching, we followc?. up Jubilee Road as far as the quarry. ;:'~orn here on a track wound its way up the valley. Originally the treck itself was 3 railway line on which timber was carted to hlaydena. llfter removing a limb th3t w?.s bcrring progress, we decided to drive as fcr as possible in an effort to reduce walking. However, after covcring only a short distmcc halt was called. This was due to the fzct th~~t both nyself and my car were somewhat reluctant. to proceed on thc moss-cov ered surfxc. Le~~ving the vehicle, we pushed ahsad on faot r.n? after covering a kilometre or so, eventually decide2 that we hq-l missed n turn somewhere 210ng the way. This was smised a short time after the uphill grxlicnt had increased to the stage that only an l1bt cog railway system couM hope to handle it. Retracing our steps several hundred metres, we located our error and pushed nhead through thick regrowth md cvcntually located the large impressive entrnncc to Pillingers Ck.Cave. This was duly.numbered JF 66 znC aftcr several photos we retuned to the car and a late lunch. Lunch co~!pleted we set out for Chrispsl Road and on arrival, imme2i;tely sct off up to D 58 in -in effort to loccte the missing t~ig JB 60, iL1zs, it wzs not there. lllbert then returnd. to the track for thc numbering gear after arranging to meet Lconie and myself on thc trz-clc to Bescue Pot. lifter a fruitless bit of '#scrubbashing", wc a11 met up again at the unname2 swallet c~,st of Cave Hill. It was then decided to push west from here in an cflort to relocate Decfour Tot, which was originally found and explorcd by dbrf in 1960. In 2 nctter of minutes, so, to speak, I locatcc! tlic gzping shaft and Albcrt confirmed that it WFIS definitely Deef our. Lpparentl;~ SCS were f?,irly sure that this cave had alreney been nmlbcred by one of their pcrtics but a search of the cave area failer'. to yiele. any number. Consequently, Deef our was duly numbered JF 67. It ~'2s thin Lecic7,ed to tlscrub-bashfl that well-known 3CS landmark, Cave Hill. dLcr rczching the ridge just below the sumnit, WC headed back down in an e?bsterly direction and shortly, 1oc~Led ?,n un-numbered hole which cilpears to be quite deep. It is located at the base of a large cdacl tree and awaits further investigation. This iifindtt was numbercC Jl? 68. As it w3.s now late afternoon, we heaCed back to thc car for the homeward trip. Bowever, after some discussion, we decidcC to take a2v~ntage of thc beautiful weather and number the cave on the creek above Khuz,-,cl,-c'-wn. The walk in took around twenty ninut~s 2nd while iilbert affixcc'. yet ~nother nuuber(~F 69) Leonie and I sct off down the Serpentine Passzge as far as the Cn~ca6~es. Deciding to etu urn at later datc, wc emerged to find nlbert apparently shockcc ,o,t finclin,, us back so soon. lLfter calling in on Max for a cup of coffoc, we he;-ed back to Hobart, ~rriving &bout 9p.m. L?urie MoocTLy. Florentine V?.llcy 6/10/71. Part~: dbcrt ~ocde(leader), Roy Skinner, Piona Skinner, l'ip Casey, David OfBri?.n, amcrew and Ros Skinner, Max and Tim Jeffrics. We left I-iob~~rt at the rather latish hour of 8.30 n.n. calling in on our prcsi?.cnt on the way. Rudely awoken, he inforncclus that he had not bccn to the Florentine the previous day and th?.t the new c:lve finds wore still to be explored. In Maydena we czllc2 in to see Max and soon were on our way. The weather which had becn fine now ~:',eterior~ltct! ?.m? light rain was falling by the time wc rc,?.ched our objective necI the end of Leon Thorns Road. first cr:ve(numbere+ JF 70) corxist~c'. of a sloping ~ntr:~nce leading-to c: sinJc cbkLmber and was locr,tc?. on the east-facing side of a low hill. The next cave entrance worth numbering(~F 71) is only a short distance nway on the --
Speleo SpiJ, IPage 7) -OctoSer, *-. 1974, opposite siCc of the hill. The entrance slopes steeply connward and two daylight holes can be seen on the left. This proved 2" much more extensive systcg with several chmnbers and some good form~.tion. The cave led Cown to the water table with narrow passages containing dee: pools of slowly moving water. This woule be worth another visit durin, L dry suminer. The next cave to be visited(JT 72) is a short distance south from the other two and also has a sloping entrcncc into a singl, chzmber contzinint, some formcltion. AL crawl leading off ot the far enf petered out rSter less than 10 metres. While imZrcw md David went back to complete the expl~r~tion of JF 71, Max 2.nZ I tried to locate a small cave nearby reccntly numberc' JF 62. The unCergrowth had just been felled mcc,king our task quite impossible. Beck at the vehicles for lunch we disc~vere?~ thrt l'admw an<. Ddvid had ac',clcc? quite substantially to the extent of JF 71, the most extensive systcm we had found for some time. Next WC went to Frizons Road to check the map locztions of JF 48, 49 an2 50, Boad construction ha$. dammed up the wntcr ~.nd at least one of the nuibcrs was under water. Lots of logs anCL brcnchcs had bcr L bulldozed ovcr the top of the entrunces. wnother small c?-vc(JF 260) recently nwaberecl by SCS was observed a little further south along the road. Then WC visitecl an unnamed si6c road between Leo Thorns RG. an6 Prizons Rd. ,:t thc end of which is a small swallet. .L Cry entrance 5 metres upstrc~m from the swallet was numbered JT 73. It soon became too tight. dtcr 2. little stream diversion the wet cntrnncc wc;s investigated by inCrew and David who explored downwards for ?,bout 9 xtres but wcre soon stoppec! by loose talus. Next was n quick visit to the entraiices of JT 59 and 61 for the purpose of nap locztion and finally a v'isit to the Lawrence Creek Rising. I had not seen it be for^ ~nd it was 2 ~ost impressive sight rivalling Junee in size. be stoppe; off at the Jeffri~s' on the way back ancl were generously supplied with coffee, te?, <.nd cakes by Max who found his kitchen rather crowd-. e?. All in all, a very pleasant and profitable day. ulbert Goecle. STOP PRESS ---STOP PRESS --------STOP I'RZS3 --/~dunceston Spcleo Club 1st Christmas Dinner! -p-The Lz.unceston Speleos are holding there first Christmes Dinner m the 7th of December, and have cordially invited interested members of T.C.C. to cttenC and help make it a really great occz.sion. bccom.uociation can be arranged for those wanting to attend. Cost of the inner is $4.50 per. pers. and a deposit of $2.00 woulc bc cppreciated. Bookings cm be na6e with the organiser, Ray Kearnes, 16 liwaphrey St., hverley, TL3. 7250. Please book before November 2nd. A c::vin& trip in onj junction with the dinner can be arranged for c-ithcr the SatrurMy or the Sunccy.
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