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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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NEWSLETTER of the TASMANIAN CAVERNEERINQ CLUB' l 4 TsCsCs Established \ 1946 G, BOX 641-0, O.P.0Registered for posting as a periodical Category B --P -------p


Speleo Spiel. (NO. 99 2 Page 1. bmmch, 1975. Annual subscrigtion $3.00. Single cupy 30 cents. ....................................... President: Laurie Moody, 13 Mason Street, Claremont, 7011. Secretary: !!herese Goede, 8 Bath Street, Battery Point, 700C. .e.................. ....*. FORWARD PROGR.A&EG. --.March 15 Saturday: Visit to non-limestone cave in East Tamar area. Leader: Andrew Skinner. March 16 Sunday: Cave numbering at Mole Creek. Leader: kndrew Skinner. March 22 Scturdag: Exploration of Thun Junction Cave, Ida Bag. Leader: Peter Shaw. March 22,27 weekend: Police cliff search and rescue exercise at CAPE RkOUL. Contcct Col Hocking, ph.43 8572 if Y you are interested. March 26 Wednesday: krmual General Meeting, 8 p.m. 8 Bath Street, Battery Point. ALL members are urged to attend. Electiolr of the new com!it-%-ee and im ortant business dealing with club ~smagement. March 28-April 1 -_e-3i-E STER: Gunns Plains and Loonpna. Coxbined tripwith~aunceston Speleos. Leaderghdrew Skinner, April 5 Saturdq: Day trip to The Quoin east of Ross a chance to explore some non-limestone ccves. Leader: Albert Goede. April 12 Saturda Trip to Khazad-dun, Junee area. dkty ONLY. Leader: Peter Jhauv. Editorial. 130 world shatterim discoveries were made last :,ionth but trips were held to Mole creek, Florentine Valley and Ida 3ay(~xit Cave). At IvIole Creek some more cave numbering was done and an unsuccessful search made in a nuber of snall caves for fossil bone deposits, An2rew led the way in a very exciting drive to Dogs Head to locate Joels Lair. Things were not helped by wrow hrns, fallen logs and rotten bridges. In the Florentine Valley Laurie led a boating party down the Florentine River and discovered lots of limestone cliffs with even a few small caves. dxit Cave was visited with the Launceston Speleo Club. No report to hand but by all accounts sle'eping underground was an important part of the long weekend% activities, Annual General Eeeting. Embers sre reninded that the A.G.M. will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 26th March. As this is a particularly important meeting all those who can possi,bly nake it should attend. (Attention 3astern Shore members transport from ferry terninal can be arraii;~ed. Phone 23 1920 Wed. 19th for arrange~xl t S. ) Notice of the following notion, to be moved at the A.G.M. was given at the February General Meeting. is'lih~t ceneral meetings be held quarterly until enthusiasm in the club returns. f'ittzndence at the March general meeting was no better than in February and a quorum was not reached until 9 p.1~ Pros ective Menber. *.%-i;/=c~ Peter Murray, Garthfield Ave., Cygnet as a prospective nenber. Peter has done some spelunking in the U.S. before coming to Tasmania. He is now involved with Albert in the excavation of fossil bone deposits in the Monts?gu Caves in ilorthwestern Tasmnia. Ne W Name. -litthe March general meeting the nane I1'Leiuto Scenew was


uroposed m('accepted for a small cave at ltontagu located close to Main Ffave(YW 201,202). The entrance is a verf;ical slit with a 2.5 metre dro? to an earth floor. The cave was discovered 5y Albert Goede and 3teve Harris last ~ecenber(see Peb.~piel) 2nd is rich in* Pleistocens bone deposits including extinct species, Ca v e N~bbeCrJ,r~., Mole Creek 22,23/2/75 by kndrew Skinner and party. *MC 60 Tobo:p[.;.an Cave. Horizontal entranoe passage followed by rift with 20 metre drop to bottom. Higher Icvc-Is contain n t tractive formation and recent bone deposits. First ex-~lored in 1966. MC 61 TTnnameC resurgence cave with three fissure en-trances 3 to 4 netres hi;;h and 1 metre wide. Small stream flows from l~ft hand fisaure. Located below and a little to the south of Joe's Lair. MC 62 -L_-_--Joels Iair. Located on western slopes of Dc15;s Eead. Enkrancc 5 metres wide and 2 netres high; ~tr,2ilc draught; 115 mctrcs in is earth slope followed by six letre drop to deep water; further rot?ress stopped by sum. MC 63 V111 -. Cave. (Tnilender 1y Snall cave 45 metros long; R00 .aetres upstream from Croesus Cave. MC 64 Tailender Cave.(Tailender 2) Two hundred netres of tight st~-ean passape leading to surp and difficult 1C letre climb; beyond climb is an estimated 800 riiebres of passage with good fcrmations. K-D. Is i-b IIXLLY Finished?? To bctLon Khazad-urn is a re~ular tourist tri;? for North Island hard core cavers these days just to be able tc say that you've been at iiustralia's lowest point. Everyone knows that it ends in an i~~i?enet~aUe sWp so when you get to the Lotton the one thing to do is to get out again as soon as possible. But just suppose --there's a way on somewhere down there. Havc we really investigate2. every possiblity or is K-D one day goin;: to bc another Tassy Pot cr Ilcrberts Pot where cavers from another socicty and perhaps a Tuture ~eneration are going to make another mjor breakthrough?? Pzr3i~ps to discover the most extensive czve izl Australia the elusive Junee River System. A little paragraph L2ublished in a trip re9ort in iJargun(~arch 1973) by Lou Villians(~~1~) nskes me wonder. Here I quote: fl At the toy of the sand bank above the sump is a pssap leading on small by Tassie standards where Phi1 Robertson(-leans Kobinson.Ed. ) had been down for a couple of hundred feet. There were three leads qinfT off from this, and Rudy pushed one and Rrian and I pushed ailother whlch was soon choked by very loose tal.w, but a passage could be seen on the other side of it. Back out in the main lead, I 2uthed on past sone formation and up a short climb, most o$ the going was fairly tight up till this stage(and my tro[; suit began to fall apart), it then apened out but not for long. I kept going until I cane to a small chanber, some 50 ft. past here it closed down to a nud-filled flattener with a good breeze would have to be dug to k:et anywhere and may be a way round the SLUI~~, who knows. I built a cairn back in the little chamber an6 inoved back to the othcrs. On reaching them my tro~ suit had completely been torn to shreds. ;iell, has anyone been back there since? Maybe that pommie's glasses were fogged up when he first explored that prt oi the cave. 'iirho knows? It would be a pity if we missed out. klbert Gcede. Tasmania's Lqn:yest -Caves. ~he -st was published in the January 1.375 issue of the Journal of the S.S.S. by Ross Ellis and includes all Tasmanian caves over 400 metres known to him. The nucber in krackets


Speleo S:.~ick Patye 3. Xarch. 1975. indicates ranlci~~ in the Australia's longest cave list. Zone corrections have been xade to cave names and areas(three caves were placed in wrong areas. ) hit Ceve, Ida Bay. 17* 0 !m. l!crberts Pot, Mole Creek. 4.*4 .Im. \ict Cave-Georgies Hall, Mole Creek. 2.29 km. Locn:, Cave, Ida Buy. 2,02 Icn. Volf Hole, Hastings. 2.01 3m. Kliazad-dum, Junee-Elorentine. l774 m. Crocsus Cave, IV!ole Creek. 167C m. ldendeeate Cave, Hastinss. 1660 n. .Valcone Strzn~er, Junee-Florentine. 1650 m. Kubla :@-an Cave, Xole Creek. 1590 I.L. Judds Cavern, Cracroft. lOCO m. Danper Cave, Precipitous Bluff. 330 m. Prankconbe Cave, Junee Florentine. 980 m. Quetzalcoatl Conduit, Precipitous Bluff. 950 m. Iioneyconb Cave, Mole Creek. 94C m. Xarakoopa I Cave, Mole Creek. 910 m. Lynds Cave, Mole Creek. 760 m. Cunm Plains Cave, Gunns Plains. 750 m. Til~lyl Junction Cave, Ida Bay. 509 L;. Riry; George V Cave, Hastings. +OC m. '.;hat I would like is as much information as possible so that we can pblish a revised list in the next few months. The problem is that our longest caves are far less well known than our deepest a lzck of surveys is the basic problen. Fe7?? of tke above fi~ures arc accurate and even fe.wer represent surveyed lengths. For example Exit Cave only has 13 kms. of surveyed passage alt;!ough about 17 h:s. is known. I very much douu if Loons Cave Is 2.02 km. or Thun Jw-ction Cave 500 netres. On the other hand the leqth of Croesus is certainly imderestimated. Judds Cavern now has 1721 m. of survsye$ :>assage and about 2000 U. total length, 1) ii ) iii) iv ) v). vi ) vii) -Caves vhich should be in the list but are not Mystery Ck. Cave(~ntrance Cave), Ida Bay incom1,lctely surveyed but surveyed length exceeds 403 netres. Niagara Pot, Junee-Florentine. Surveyed length 4-10 rictres(comple.l-e), C;orrmii:,hast, Junee-Florentine, Surveyed length 582 netres(cor:~plete). T;,ilcndcr Cave, Ib10le Creek. Only 200 m. surveyed. but total passage Icngt.h estinated to be 1000 m. Spider--Pyramid-Cow Cave Systen, Mole Creek. Never surveyed. Total ;?assage length coulil be 2 kms. Obviously needs (Icing. Mersey Sill Cave, Mole Creek. Surveyed length 542 r.1~-Lres. Probably not complete. Growling Jwallet, Junee-Florentine. Mostly unsurvcyxl. Total length likely to exceed 500 m. There's obviously a lot of surveying to be clone1 Any corrections or additional-infornation wili be welcomcd. Albert Goede, Keeper of Archives. TRIP REPORTS, --Cracroft Zxpedition 1975 The First Three Dags. ----W.-. by Albert Goede. Saturda : Srian and I left with the tail end of the expedition on dmorning, 25th Jan. true Oo the ancient tradition -that leaders should lead from the rear. The afivance party led by Peter Shaw and Attila Vrnna had already departed the previous day. We left the cars at 3.55 a.n. under cool and overcast conditions anC had a morning tea break at high C.mp. At 1.20 p.n. we arrived at Big Bend and left the Picton.At the Far~ihouse Creek crossing we cau:;h-t up with


Speleo S;:licl. --.Pz,ye 4. I -arch, -. 197 5. Bill Lehnam and. his long weekend party and jolhned force:;, It seemed a 10% h~,,rci struggle up Farmhouse Creek most of us arriving at Pine Camp at 5.40 p.m. where we found Ton and Joycc 'Jhaite already in possession of the one and only tent site. Sorrie quick nachete work soon :taw us enough space for a few rolore tents. Overnight it bekan to rain and Sundaymornin;: Cawne? wet l k short break from the rain gave us tiio o;i:,nrtunity to have a kas-iy Lreakfast. Just as we were about to lcavc Erian, who had been cmped further downstream with Carey Hmdficld, strolled into canp and produced a large sheet of orange glastic to cut a cape for Gob Vo~lhouse who had left his parka in the car. We left Pine Camp at 9.40 a.~. with Bob looking rather grotesque but at least keopilzg the upper part of his body dry. Vhen we reached the turn-off -to thc large sinkholes on the eastern side of tthc mcin saddle John Taylor and I took 3 kgs. of fluorescein down t2 the snall stream that disappears underground. The dye was i3lCic~d in the stream at noon and produced the usual brilliant grecn ef-i'cct. On the way back to the main track we were hit by a shower of hail.. We retrieved our pscks and passed Saddle Camp at 1 p.m, lie did not catch up with the others and finally arrived at the Jud~s Cavern Camp at 2.45 -,.in.This looked rather like a refugee centre with tents and airdro13 tins everywhere. After a late lunch and havinc set up camp abouJ~ eipht of us hezded back to the airdrop site tc rescue the renaini+y; tins and also the supplies airdroppsd for Tor,l and Joyce 'VhziLe and their pmty. The lcnders came in for a good deal of liphthcarted criticism when it \as iiscovered that the Vihaites had dropped such tinned goodies as han and asparagus tips, a far cry from our. basic diet of muesli, bix and dehydes. Despite rain all rubbish and packing fror~ the airdrop was burned on the spot and the rmains buried. Loaded down with tins we staggered back to the camn where an orgy of unpaclrily; and sorting followed. Tdeanwhile it kept on raining and the creck continue2 to rise steadily. An iCeal situation for water tracing; but our hopes of pushing the siphon in Juc!?s grew steadily dimmer. A last negative check of the creek for flucrescein before turnin(; in at 11 p.m. Mondays At 1 a.n. goes the alarm and quick look at the creek from Judds Cavern shows it to be a brilliant fluorescefit green. Eureka! I tried to stir up some ~f the others to witness the event but ncbody semed interested. Next morning at daybreak there w2.s no trace of the dye lcf-L and of cQursa soDe lazy blighters claincd it never happened! During the mornirg light rain continued and. the stream was now qui Le high. Everybody seemed very lethargic. Pinally at 1 p.m. two parties left camp one led by kttila and on2 by Brian and myself. Both started off by following the Red Track. Attilats party soon swung downhill in an effort to locate ?(Istchlirht Ca.vern. We continued to the sadCle throu{;l? which the track passoe, then headed downhill(northwards) to 1oc~l;e the trail we had blazed last November and where we had marked scvcral holes with blue t~ge. We fc\und the hole marked with three blue tapes (about a G ~~ctre drop). We then located another four holes each of which we ~~rked with double red tape. The first two required rope for further exploration. The other two were fully ex:pl-ored and did not go. 'e continued until we reached the hole marked with two blue tapes tit the end of the trail. A red tape was added. This was a deep pot requiring ropes and ladders. At this point ~~-i;tlla's pcrty czucht U? with us and reported thzt they had found and explored Matchli,.;ht Cavern and that it was a horizontal :;y::tern with some outstaniliug fornations including rir-lstone terrcxces numerous low straws. They clained to have explored at least 560 metres of pcissa:;e(a siavey later showed 380 metres). Therc wcre further possibilities to be locked at includiq two shafts of 13 and 26


Speleo S~iel. Pqye 5. JIarch, 1975. metres in 2ei2th. kttila and party left us to head i!W in an effort to locate the Blue Track we had marked in November. Brinn, Bruce, John and myself retraced our stc1:s downhill and then headed west in another effort to locate the Ulae Track marking our route with red tape. Before long we reached Katchlight C2vern. Fron there we continued our route of red tape westwards until we ran out ~f tape. Just beyond this point we found a doline with an inclined passage containing formation. It was looked at by John who claims it nay go with a little work shiftiqq rocks. Finally we reached a bare limestone outcrop with steeply dipping beds where we surprised an nnC;ry tiger snake. Then down a very steep slope, past several waterfilled sinkholes until we met Judds Creek which we followcZ upstream to camp arriving there at 5.40 pen, Attilaqs party returned a little later haviq followed in our foota-tcpa and having completed our unfinished red tal3e track with blue tape. k short Ciistance M4 from the decp shaft where we had net up cJarlier in the day they had located another stecply sloping cave systcx(1ater naned Skull Cave). They had explored it for sone distance without reaching the bottom. Embedded in the mur2 they found a beautifully preserved skeleton of a Thylacine(~asixanian t Tiger) and had brought out the skull for positive identification. That concluG-ed a most successful day. 3Iy last act c;f the day was to go up to Judds Cavern and fix the nwber 1 to the limestone face beside the entrance. As the rain had stoi~:\ed earlier in the day the creek level was now falling rapidly raising our hopes for the further exploration of Judds Cavern, (TO be continued) MOLE CREEK I!ZYOBT OR YERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY 19~~LTORTAlLIZED THE KHANt1. 7-9th February, 1975. E!ax Jeffries and yours truly left Hobart at 4-.3O p.n. on a sweltering Friday afternoon an? arrived at the Marakoopa llut around 9.3Op.m. The trip was virtually uneventful apart fron several llwaterholell eto_)s cm route. Surprisingly enough the "Caver S Armsu Hotel at Mole Creek was completely free of cavix characters and after a few quick ones we finally arrived at the command post. Some of the'filn--makersq (BUMOFF INC.)were gathered around an ol?en fire and introc?ucticns xere subsequently made. Unfortunately I cannot remember whet the sZU1 stood for but lNOFF1 indicated Xakers of Fine Films. Ve were then inforiiled that we should have ~assecl the1alcoholicsl en route to the pub. They were apparently bein,? led astray by some indi~l(~.unl known ss Skinner l ! With final f ilif~ins scheduled for early the following morning, Max and I set about rigping our tent in the nearest available space. No sooner had we finished, than the lalcoholicsl arrived in several cars. Greetiqys were exchanged, alone with several bottles of bootleg, and eventually we got to bed. The advance film party left for Kubla Khan arcund 8.86 a.m. and betwecn tl,en and mid -afternoon a constant stream of cavers, representinc nunerous clubs, headed into the cave via the top entrance. Aiax bnzrew Shinner and nyself entered around -L1.OO a.m. and inmedia-tcly set about placing reflectorised markers over the flowstone to ninimize damage. Eventuallv we reached Xanadu Chamber and founci a Zroup of earlyvarrivals sitiin& around lsin;;ingl Peter, Paul and Mary folk tunes. ?hat a racket! Director Pavey, ninus a chair, wzi Lc(1niitientiy for the generator to function an2 readied his cast(eways) for the next !take l. After a slight delay, due no doubt to the word of nouth comuunication system, the power came on and on the risk of repeating myself all systems were lgol. The Khan and Begun were illwninated by the $owerful lights, novie camera adjusted, tacJ~orsl in position and n sequence was duly filmed. It was undoubtc?dy a sight


Speleo Spiel. Page 6. worth seeing 2s the large cavern revealed its beauty for all to see. In the r~~eantime, the audience was steadily ~ronint; in this natural arq-hi theatre. The czvern twinkled with a rnyriacl of lights, truly a nexoral~le occasion. Out of curiosity, I began t,? count the number of ;~c,\~~le visible and on exceeding forty, I save ~xp. Lloyd Robinson arrive2 with his tdi-protodonl lighting systeix ancl began to set up his Gear. About this time the word went cut that the penerator ha('. ceased to function no doubt due to lack of fu-el. Volunteers were called for to replmish the tank and as there ;,as little we could do at that stage of the proceedings, Idax and I c-ecided to visit the Jade Fool. I was pleased to note that forty odd pairs of feet had avoided this section and undoubtedly thanks are due to Ancrew Skinner. hs I v:as rather keen to obtain several close-up ~4l~;tFos of the 'Cork-screwf, we set off throu;;h the Forbidden City until. reaching my objective. Zow I wishe?. my film had been colour ins-lead of black and white! ("liatts more, my wish did cone true. Unbeknown to me, it was colour not black and white! !) Around. this tiae, the two genera-tor volunte?rs passed by on their way back in, so Tdax ant! I elected to retur:? to the surface and keep the generator goini-7. Zricrging from the cave around 6.00 p.m. we decidzd to pay a quick visit to Geqzhis Khan Cave whilst waiting for the filrniw to finieh.(~rig,=inal estimates were supposed to be 7.06 ;,.In.) Returning an hour or so later, we then learnt that it was ex7ected to be arom?. nldni>yht before filming would be completed, Several cavers had ener,c,.cd including that well-known figure, Nr,i~ni;hony Culbe~. Arounci 8.30 p.a. it was decided that a quick smck would be in or?w sad several reels of cable were returned to the car-park. After a bite tc\ eat we again returned to the cave entrance an?. found that the @e~:~rtor had run out of petrol. Once more the wore of mouth co~~uxmication system went into operation. "Do you require more petrol?if. An affirmative "yesft was the reply! Tony Culberg and yours truly heaeed back to thc car-park and imiiediately set about obtaining several gallons of fuel from the nost suitable tznk which finally turned out to be ny own! Less thap twenty minutes later, we were again at the top entrance. The gener~ ator functioned with Max1s help and filming comence~? once again. 3y 11.00 p.m. a fair majority of the cavers ha?. left the cave and only the filming crew and the 'actors rensincd, Gear began to trickle cut in dribs and drabs. Tony and Co. Cenarted, leaving two bottles of cider and a bottle of ale which were to be made available to anyone now energing. Max and I had stationed ourselves in the entrance tunnek zft er encoul~tering several scar 13ions nnd bull ants in the outer fringes of the entrance and tneEe we made ourselves reLa tively cc~f ortable, awaiting any develop~cnt S. Around mid-night Andrew Skinner and another caver arrived to share our vigil. kfter a period of tine several cavers, inclufiing Lloyd Robinson and 211 his gear, arrived at the surface and still the filming cont inucd. Around 2.30 a.m., with filming still in prozrese, the refreshments long since gone, we decided to call it s ?.a::. Leveral reels of cable were split up amongst us and we set off down to the car-park. (It wzs well after 4.00 a.n. before the filn-m!-crs returned to thc: hut, aft cr spen?.ing apyoximat ely 17-18 hours unclerground. ) iiost of US were up and. about by 10.00a.n. that same norning and vol-unteers were re'cuited to bring clown the rcrlzinder of the gear, which included the portable generator. On arrival at the carpark, Max, Dctvid Walton(a Kiwi caver)and myself, found that we were the first to arrive. We reached the generator, once again admiring the effort th~t had been taken to man-handle it up to the cave entrance in the first place. DcciCing not to waste any time, we imediately set about carting it kick down-hill. We had only covered a short 1:-istance,


Speleo S~:iel. =.-.-.. Page 7. Ziarch, --1975. however; vhen the others arrived. Relieving them of cne extra manpower, w2 continued on down arriving at the car-pwk scne twenty minutes later. The others arrived some ten minutes later xith the remaininc ;:am and cable and after stowi~ generator am;. the other stuff in the trailer, we all proceeded to Union Bridze for a wellearned swim. POSTNOT&, It would be pointless to say that little dar:~a:,e was done to the cave during filning as reports of varying Je~rees have reached the writer. iiowever, from what I personnlly saw, effcr-ts were made to kec? damage to a hinimum by the film-makers. Reiyrettably a large nur:k:;r of people visited the cave on the final <-ay of filniw and although cam was taken in rnost cases, further :!av!age would have resulted. 1111 efforts should now be ~a

Speleo dnlel, -S--. Page 8. _a rch 1975. An e~rly start saw us at Max1s place around k3,15 a.m. kfter a cup of coffee, we proceeded to the AlVII.; barrier, sip,ned in, and headed of_:' into the Florentine. P 11 road was renchcd and negotiated as Car as the new bridge which now crosses thc Florentine River apjmoxixitely 1.5 luns. upstream frm Deviatioli Cave( JF 55). The tri;? hac? Lvx~~inusly been announced as being a li--10 cq~edition but luckily,(axd I mean luckily) Max was able to obtain the use of an infla-table rubber dinghy. The reason for this particular trip was mainly to view a series of linestone cliffs kncwn tc mist in an area south of the new bridge on the off-chance that WC night locate soue new caves. However, as is conrlonly the occurrence, things didn't go exactly to plan. Leaving my wehicle all? family at the bridce, the exploration group headed back to Bill Hanlon's Rd. in Max1s ute. On reachirg the end of this road, we parlred the vehicle and sct off down a 'cat track' towards where I ima{;ined the river to he but alas and elack no river! The ,jar-ty then split and indiviGwal efforts wire made to locate it but to no avail. After a brief conference we returned to the ute, collectw' the diqhy and gear, then set off back to the end of thelcat trnck'. Prom here we followc? a series of red painted markers eventual-ly cnLlnp up on the banks Of a small creek. It was then decided to take a compass bearing cf 260 degrees and a short time later, ~2 crlm~ed on the banks of the Plorentine River. >'or-Ly minutes or so was then spent on inflaJ~j.r_:, the dinghy and by 11.30 a.m. we were finally afloat. The epic journey was under way but our problems were far from over. klthouch -Lhe dinghy proved its worth, it was frequently being lifted over log obstacles often in dcy) :/ater, and being carried over shallow suct~ons. The western bank ljrovcd to be an almost continu~>us section c;f limestone cliffs an? oxtcrops. Only one stream was observed entcr~ln~ the river from the eastern side and this was undoubtedly the S-Lreen that klbert Goede and myself had briefly investigated late i~~st year. The streani itself energed some 300 metres downstrean cf our luunchin& spot. i'wo limestone cliffs, includiq the one I fell Cown in June of last year were duly investigated but apart from ane small cave, the eastcrn side of the river yielded nothing. i~lthouyh only two small caves wcre boted on the western bd&s of the river, prospects inlan? could prove rewarding. The trip eventually cnded some 500 metres U:;tream of the new bridge due to an excessive amount of flood debris which could have been negotiated had tin$; yermitted. Wet, cold, but ~leaseci with our efforts, we strug-);led asl;~rc manhandling the ?-inghy over fallen tinber until we reachecl a nearby 'cat trackt. 'i'hls track led to the P 11 Road, a short dj-7-Lance from the briflge, It hat taken us over five hours to cover four kilometres of river, jnclu(1ing time spent investigating en rcutc. A fairly su~cessful day was enjoyed by all and it is hoped thak ;,nother trip to this area can be organised shortly. u map of the arm investigated ap1)ears overleaf. Laurie IVIoody, PRESIDENT S --1IEPORT. 1974-75. Thc L)receeding twelve months have been fairly quiet with little to shov~ In the way of major discoveries. Undoub-tedly the most sienificant event occurred in January-February of this year. The Cracroft Exi~edition resulted in tka subsequent discovzry of numerous caves and a 1,000 metre extension of Judds Cavern. Individual efiorts iii several areas have succeeded in vast iltpovements in cave doc~ulc-ntation. It was also pleasing to note Lhzt inter-club relationshi;>s increased somewhat with several members of S.C.S. working in close conjunction with myself and other ~nei~!bers of our club. Iday 1374 saw the discovery and part-exploration of several promisi-yy hcles cn Marble Hill above Exit Cave. June 1374 also saw a face to race meeting with the Minlster for Tourism, rc:;mding the development of Zxit and the establishnent of cave reserves. Although


an attempt; was maC,e to provide us with what Could be terned as a llsatisfactory answern, a large question mark still renains. This particular uonth also saw the Itfirst everM exploration of cLves on the western banks of the Florentine River. The remining ~lonths of 1974 consi--;Bed of scattered trips to various areas with an un2isputed empllasis on the Junee-Florentine. Other events ir1cl.u-ded a visit to 3xit by the Minister for Tourisn(p1us a TV coverage), a recon.tri2 to the Cracroft Area, a visit by two Japanese spsleos. and a noticable lack of attendance at the November and Dccenber general rncclings. r 7 i'nc first three months of 1975 have been taken up with the Cracroft %x;wl~ition, filmiw at Kubla Khan, trips to Exit and Montagu(wherc Albert has unearthed some extinct narsupizl remains) and an explora'cion by rubber dinghy of a section of the PLore-Line River. The finencial position is in the capable hands of the treasurer but alas, due to rising costs of which we are all cware, in


Speleo Spiel. Page 10. P'lnrch, 1975. all probability club fees will have to rise for the colXixlg twelve months. Many thanks to the outgoing office bearers who have worked hard in an effort to keep the club runnin~ through the year. As I will be unavailable for re-election as club president, I would like to take this oi~purtunity of saying thank you for the sup;?ort I have received with a special thank you to Albert Goede for his backing and advice. I v:ish the succeeding club president t212 best of success in the coning year. Laurie Moody. Trip report ~(ccntinued) Mole Creek 18,19/1/75. Party: hC.rew and Ros Skinner(TCC) Jed ~utler(NC) ,Mif f ililliams, Margaret Russell ,Stew Street (scS) ,peter Ruxon, Neil IIi.clrc,c,n(~SS), and Lorna SclliCt (NC). A quick trip was held to Croesus to show vislb\-rs to the cave and to coimence the underrgrl~und part of the survey lwoject. ubout 600 .>etres of surface traverse were completed. On Saturday afternoon a Georpies Hall-Vet Cave through trip was held. Tortunately the water was relatively low but Miff insisted on q~lashing everybody. We had the last laugh when she got stuck in the rockfall and had ti, return to the lower entrance with Steve. 911 Sunday a trip was held to Herbcrts Pot, but no ex2loration was ~ttempted. A. D. Skinner. Exit Cave 8-10/2/75. Party: h?rexr!, Roy, Fiona Skinner, Tony Culberg, Pii) Case Ross ~ridges(TCC), like Martyn(SS~) Jed Butler, Penny Kilox(i:Cy ulan Warild John Carmichael( ?JITSISS) and Dovid ~alt on(Hli'G. NSSS J Xost of the party entered the cave on Saturday afternoon, arriving at inner base camp at 4.00p.m. After tea somz visited the Western lassaee and Edies Treasure. ut 7 p.m. we hea(1cd to the Chamber of Danocles to push the talus systematically. L?;rox. 100 metres of passage was 2iscovered on the northern side. On Rundc?y Roy, Fiona, anC Pip joi;:ed us, bringing the Sunday Examiner Xxpress. After a visit to the Devil's Stovepipe(returning via the thin passage) Roy, Fiona, Pip, Tony and Penny left for the entrance. The ramants of the party systemactically pushed passages on the east between the Talus and the Eastern Extension. Nothing notable was found but John and Ross were rather peeved, after grovelling along an ?..liLost waterfilled passa,:e, to find an inscription on the wall i-l; read 'idiot '. (Keller strikes again). IText rlorning we returned to the cars, vis-iting the hi{;h level areas en route. A.D. Skinner. Mole Creek 15,16/2/75. Party: a-drew Skinner, blbert GO~~~(TCC), Mike Martyn(SS:j), Davic! t W~~~~~(E-I'~'~-!\TZSL) ullan W~~~~~(UNSWSS). The min purpose of this trip was to investigate some caves in the district for bone deposits, On Saturday Sun Cavc and Toboggan Cave were visited, but no naterial was collected. lilurt~ijers were affixed to Tobog;an Cave(1dC 6O), Joe 'S Lair(MC 62) an6 G resurgence cave near Joels Lair(KC 61). On Sunday bones were ccllected from Wallaby Cave and hshdowns Cave. A surface traverse fr~1.t the Mersey (~ndrew Skimcrs other in Exit and Soda Creek Bridge-tc Lyus'ts Cave was conpleted. Tags were affixel' to PI111 Cave (MC 63) and Tsilender Cave(XC 64). A.D. Skinner. two reportc plus sketch maps of the extension Cave, will be published in the ne2t spiel). PLEASE NOTE AS OF APRIL W ARE CHANGING OUR BOX NUMBER 1st NEW NUMBER WILL BE ADVISED

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
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