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 =====Editorial - Best Interests Of The Public.===== =====Editorial - Best Interests Of The Public.=====
  
-In formally notifying the Club of his intention to add the resumed Era lands to The National Park, the Minister for Lands states that various individuals nad organisations submitted proposals which were "widely at variance, but all have merited thorough investigation". However, "the circumstances of the case are such that the paramount point for consideration can only be the best interests of the public as a whole", and he has decided "the best interests of the public generally can be served by vesting control of the resumed lands in The National Park.+In formally notifying the Club of his intention to add the resumed Era lands to The National Park, the Minister for Lands states that various individuals and organisations submitted proposals which were "widely at variance, but all have merited thorough investigation". However, "the circumstances of the case are such that the paramount point for consideration can only be the best interests of the public as a whole", and he has decided "the best interests of the public generally can be served by vesting control of the resumed lands in The National Park.
  
 We would, of course, have preferred to see the Era lands amalgamated with Garawarra Park, and have repeatedly represented our case to the Lands Department. One cannot judge from the Minister's letter whether he infers that administration by Garawarra Park Trust would be inimical to the "interests of the public". Most probably, however, his viewpoint is that The National Park Trust is experienced in handling a recreational area used by large numbers, and should therefore be fitted to employ the additional lands for what he regards as the greatest possible benefit of the public. We would, of course, have preferred to see the Era lands amalgamated with Garawarra Park, and have repeatedly represented our case to the Lands Department. One cannot judge from the Minister's letter whether he infers that administration by Garawarra Park Trust would be inimical to the "interests of the public". Most probably, however, his viewpoint is that The National Park Trust is experienced in handling a recreational area used by large numbers, and should therefore be fitted to employ the additional lands for what he regards as the greatest possible benefit of the public.
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 =====At The July General Meeting.===== =====At The July General Meeting.=====
  
-Friday, 10th July, had been a danp cold day in Sydney, and there had been heavy snowfalls on the local highlands, but about sixty of the old firm were present to have their feet chilled by one of the longest meetings in recent times. We had time to notice that the new drinking vessels were present also before things got under way with the introduction of Alastair (Al) Robieson to the Club, followed a little later by the addition of Eric Adcock.+Friday, 10th July, had been a damp cold day in Sydney, and there had been heavy snowfalls on the local highlands, but about sixty of the old firm were present to have their feet chilled by one of the longest meetings in recent times. We had time to notice that the new drinking vessels were present also before things got under way with the introduction of Alastair (Al) Robieson to the Club, followed a little later by the addition of Eric Adcock.
  
 During reading of the minutes a tumult sounded on the stairs, and we thought the Noises Off Club was having a revival: the President deserted his post to open the door for them, and they crept with cat-like tread to seats. We wandered if they had been initiating the Club's drinking vessels, but fear it was less distinguished glassware. A couple of brief queries, and the reading of a portion of the Minister for Lands' Era letter, brought us quickly to General Business, and announcements of the Half-Yearly General in September (constitutional amendments to be ready for the August Committee) and the Colour Slide Exhibition for late August, judging of entries to be done in advance by the Photographic Association of N.S.W. During reading of the minutes a tumult sounded on the stairs, and we thought the Noises Off Club was having a revival: the President deserted his post to open the door for them, and they crept with cat-like tread to seats. We wandered if they had been initiating the Club's drinking vessels, but fear it was less distinguished glassware. A couple of brief queries, and the reading of a portion of the Minister for Lands' Era letter, brought us quickly to General Business, and announcements of the Half-Yearly General in September (constitutional amendments to be ready for the August Committee) and the Colour Slide Exhibition for late August, judging of entries to be done in advance by the Photographic Association of N.S.W.
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 We came to the cooling device, and it was evident that there was opposition. Dormie said the projector may scorch members' slides, but several members argued that a cooling fan wasn't necessary, and Alan Wilson made the point that a 500-watt projector with fan was no cooler than ours (a 250-watt) without. Finally, this was also passed over to the select committee. We came to the cooling device, and it was evident that there was opposition. Dormie said the projector may scorch members' slides, but several members argued that a cooling fan wasn't necessary, and Alan Wilson made the point that a 500-watt projector with fan was no cooler than ours (a 250-watt) without. Finally, this was also passed over to the select committee.
  
-Alex Colley moved that the Conservation Secretary write the Minister for Conservation, calling attention to the shambles in Wollemi Creek (see July editorial), and pointing to the apparent disregard of the provions of Section 26D of the Water Act. The Wollemi-Putty Creeks would give evidence of what could happen with indiscriminate timber cutting: motion carried. Bill Cosgrove suggested our Federation delegates try to stir up the dormant Blue Mountains National Park project.+Alex Colley moved that the Conservation Secretary write the Minister for Conservation, calling attention to the shambles in Wollemi Creek (see July editorial), and pointing to the apparent disregard of the provisions of Section 26D of the Water Act. The Wollemi-Putty Creeks would give evidence of what could happen with indiscriminate timber cutting: motion carried. Bill Cosgrove suggested our Federation delegates try to stir up the dormant Blue Mountains National Park project.
  
 Now the Scouts were for it! Bill Cosgrove mentioned the display in the windows of the Scout Shop advertising a booklet on bushcraft. Bush beds, tables and a kennel-like affair "big enough to hold a lion" were on show. He thought we should point out to the Movement that this was contrary to conservation principles. The President pointed out that personal representations could be made, then Frank Ashdown commented that we used much timber ourselves, for instance in the Blue Gum working bee, and should put our own house in order. Betty Sisley pointed out it was dead wood at Blue Gum, and Betty Hall thought the personal approach best. Bill Henley said removal of dead wood reduced the fire risk, and Neil Schafer argued that we couldn't overlook the display, which seemed definitely opposed to conservation. Alex Colley remarked that scout camps were growing barer and barer, and Dormie moved as an amendment that the Conservation Secretary personally contact the Scouts, endeavouring to find out what lay behind the booklet and the display. Scouts were inchoate walkers, he said, trained in certain crafts, but not clear how they should be used, and sometimes they were vandals. Now the Scouts were for it! Bill Cosgrove mentioned the display in the windows of the Scout Shop advertising a booklet on bushcraft. Bush beds, tables and a kennel-like affair "big enough to hold a lion" were on show. He thought we should point out to the Movement that this was contrary to conservation principles. The President pointed out that personal representations could be made, then Frank Ashdown commented that we used much timber ourselves, for instance in the Blue Gum working bee, and should put our own house in order. Betty Sisley pointed out it was dead wood at Blue Gum, and Betty Hall thought the personal approach best. Bill Henley said removal of dead wood reduced the fire risk, and Neil Schafer argued that we couldn't overlook the display, which seemed definitely opposed to conservation. Alex Colley remarked that scout camps were growing barer and barer, and Dormie moved as an amendment that the Conservation Secretary personally contact the Scouts, endeavouring to find out what lay behind the booklet and the display. Scouts were inchoate walkers, he said, trained in certain crafts, but not clear how they should be used, and sometimes they were vandals.
  
-Vera Matasin suggested that they were not vandals by nature, but short of leaders, and if more walkers became scoutmasters the scouts may be better conservationists. She was roundly applauded. Tom Moppett said the whole thing was worth investigation, and he was prepared to make a direct approach. The gag was applied anl the amended motion carried.+Vera Matasin suggested that they were not vandals by nature, but short of leaders, and if more walkers became scoutmasters the scouts may be better conservationists. She was roundly applauded. Tom Moppett said the whole thing was worth investigation, and he was prepared to make a direct approach. The gag was applied and the amended motion carried.
  
 Dormie complained of the conduct of leaders, and the President pointed out that certain reasons were considered sufficient for a leader to cancel a walk - among them the presence of only one starter. Dormie suggested a code of ethics for leaders, but the motion failed. Len Scotland suggested a code for members going on walks, but the President ruled the motion facetious, and closed the meeting at 9.40 just as our feet froze hard. Dormie complained of the conduct of leaders, and the President pointed out that certain reasons were considered sufficient for a leader to cancel a walk - among them the presence of only one starter. Dormie suggested a code of ethics for leaders, but the motion failed. Len Scotland suggested a code for members going on walks, but the President ruled the motion facetious, and closed the meeting at 9.40 just as our feet froze hard.
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 __Hint No.2__: When you meet a girl don't make bushwalking the entire topic of conversation: in fact, the first couple of meetings the less bushwalking is talked about the better, but as time goes on gradually introduce it more and more into the conversation. __Hint No.2__: When you meet a girl don't make bushwalking the entire topic of conversation: in fact, the first couple of meetings the less bushwalking is talked about the better, but as time goes on gradually introduce it more and more into the conversation.
  
-__Hint No.3__: When introducing bushmalking into the conversation, don't start off by telling her of your trips across the Blue Labyrinth, Kanangra Walls and back in two days, etc., or she may do some serious thinking as to your sanity. Ratter, start by talking about Euroka, Blue Gum, Lake Eckersley, O'Hares Creek, etc., then perhaps talk of the less sane section of your nature.+__Hint No.3__: When introducing bushwalking into the conversation, don't start off by telling her of your trips across the Blue Labyrinth, Kanangra Walls and back in two days, etc., or she may do some serious thinking as to your sanity. Ratter, start by talking about Euroka, Blue Gum, Lake Eckersley, O'Hares Creek, etc., then perhaps talk of the less sane section of your nature.
  
 __Hint No.4__: Find out if she has a good knowledge of cooking. If the findings are in the negative, then do not proceed with investigations, as this point is of supreme importance. __Hint No.4__: Find out if she has a good knowledge of cooking. If the findings are in the negative, then do not proceed with investigations, as this point is of supreme importance.
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 Finally, after an amount of practice, a girl is found whom you consider will make an ideal walking companion. Then the next process of introducing her to walking and then to the Club begins. This is the most important job of all, as a clumsy approach to this job could mean failure. It may mean keeping company with her for about three months, or more, before even bringing her into the Club, or the bush. The time will depend on the girl concerned, but when she is first introduced to the bush, don't take her to a place like Blue Bum Forest, because by the time she descends into the valley by way of Perry's or Govett's, she will be reduced to a "knock kneed twirp" and not likely to come out again: rather, take her to a place like Euroka Clearing, which appears to be made just for that purpose. Finally, after an amount of practice, a girl is found whom you consider will make an ideal walking companion. Then the next process of introducing her to walking and then to the Club begins. This is the most important job of all, as a clumsy approach to this job could mean failure. It may mean keeping company with her for about three months, or more, before even bringing her into the Club, or the bush. The time will depend on the girl concerned, but when she is first introduced to the bush, don't take her to a place like Blue Bum Forest, because by the time she descends into the valley by way of Perry's or Govett's, she will be reduced to a "knock kneed twirp" and not likely to come out again: rather, take her to a place like Euroka Clearing, which appears to be made just for that purpose.
  
-If you are beginning around January or Fdbruary, you are very fortunate, as she can be introduced to O'Hare's Creek, Lake Eckersley, etc., and the joys of a swim before breakfast (???). From there it's Euroka, Blue Gum, ard then to the usual stamping grounds. Once again, if failure is encountered at this stage don't despair, it was a good try anyway, as a good time was had in the process, but start all over again looking for some one else.+If you are beginning around January or February, you are very fortunate, as she can be introduced to O'Hare's Creek, Lake Eckersley, etc., and the joys of a swim before breakfast (???). From there it's Euroka, Blue Gum, and then to the usual stamping grounds. Once again, if failure is encountered at this stage don't despair, it was a good try anyway, as a good time was had in the process, but start all over again looking for some one else.
  
 Persistence will assure success --- mine did! Persistence will assure success --- mine did!
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 +====Corroboree and Wild Flower Walk - August 22nd-23rd.====
 +
 +__1st Party__: Mt. Kuring-gai - Cowan Creek - Roach Trig - Cowan Creek - Turramurra. 8.35 a.m. train to Mt. Kuring-gai (steam train via main line). 8.25 a.m. electric train via North Shore - connects with above at Hornsby). Leader: Malcolm McGregor.
 +
 +__2nd Party__: Chatswood - bus to Terrey Hills - Roach Trig - Cowan Creek - Turramurra. 12.6 and 12.48 p.m. electric trains from Central to Chatswood. 12.36 and 1.15 p.m. buses Chatswood to Terrey Hills. (As 12.36 bus from Chatswood will probably be crowded, would advise travel by 1.15 p.m. bus. Arrangements will be made to meet each bus at Terrey Hills terminus). Train tickets - return to Turramurra via Bridge. Leader: David Ingram.
 +
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 +=====Social Notes - August.=====
 +
 +August brings us two very interesting social nights in the form of Allen Strom's "Work of the Fauna Protection Panel" an August 21st, and on August 28th the members' colour slide exhibition. The exhibition, which will be judged by Mr. Jones, the President of the N.S.W. Photographic Society, will be a gala closing for the current Social Programme. All members and friends are welcome - so come early and get a good seat.
 +
 +All those people in the "Lower Income Group" should start saving their pennies for the Federation Ball on the 14th September at Paddington Town Hall. Dancing 8.30 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. Tickets this year will be 17/6d. (incl. tax), and can be bought from me. Any ideas for an original way of decorating the table for the "Best Dressed Table" Competition will be welcomed by the Social Secretary.
 +
 +Put this in your diary - Christmas Party, 1953 - Friday, 4th December, at the R.S.L. Hall, Elizabeth Street, Sydney. Tickets will be l5/- each.
 +
 +Ross Laird, Social Secretary.
 +
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 +
 +===Congratulations to:===
 +
 +Miss Beryl Bannerman and our own Fred Leake, whose engagement was announced recently.
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 +
 +=====Ski Scandal.=====
 +
 +By Paramound (The eves and ears - also nose & throat - of the bush)
 +
 +Was it ski-ing or she-ing that caused Ross Laird to return from three weeks' stay at Red Hut, Kosciusko, with a dislocated thumb, a sprained ankle, and two stitches in his lip? Seems to be a subject for debate.
 +
 +There are rumours that the only way Brian Anderson could keep warm whilst in the hut and out of bed was to keep moving at the double with the result that poor old Red Hut trembled.
 +
 +If colour schemes have anything to do with making good skiers, Bev Price and Betty Swain should be qualifying for championships this year.
 +
 +It was a great misfortune for Bev Price that she turned her left knee and ankle rather badly before coming home - which hampered her last few valuable days. Hoping Bev will be restored and back on the tracks again shortly.
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 +Support our advertisers - they support us!
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 +=====The Case For Thursday.=====
 +
 +By Jim Brown.
 +
 +At the August General Meeting I propose to give notice of the following motion to be discussed at the Half-yearly General Meeting of September 11th.
 +
 +"That the night for Club meetings and social fixtures be altered from Friday to Thursday, the change to take effect from the introduction of the next Walks Programme in January, 1954".
 +
 +I believe Thursday has many advantages over Friday as an evening for the weekly meeting in the Club Room, and such change will benefit a majority of members. The main points are:
 +
 +  - Will overcome clash between walking trips commencing Friday and Club Room fixtures for the same night. This may improve attendances on Friday night walks (about 50% of these walks fail at present) and ensure better attendances at meetings and social events.
 +  - Will allow members to make final arrangements only a day or so before commencing a trip, instead of relying on 'phone calls or long-range plans.
 +  - Will give a better deal to Club Officers who wish to do trips commencing on Friday nights, but find that their jobs require them to be present in the Club Room almost every Friday.
 +  - Will allow immediate action to be taken when a meeting makes an important decision (especially conservation matters) instead of having to wait for several days.
 +
 +Provisional enquiries indicate that the Club Room will be available on Thursday evenings.
 +
 +A canvass of a number of active members of the Club has not produced any strong arguments for the retention of Friday, but I shall be glad to publish the case for Friday in the next issue of the magazine. Obviously it will come best from a member actively connected with current Club affairs, and should not exceed 300 words, and be in the hands of the Editor by August 21st.
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 +Hair cuts on walks in future will be given free of charge by Betty and Ross. They took Peter Stitt under their charge and solved all his problems concerning hair in his eyes. It's said that, with the help of a pair of nail scissors, razor blade, safety razor (and a battery of cameras) they gave him the pudding-basin cut to end all pudding-basin cuts.
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 +=====Report On The National Parks Of Victoria.=====
 +
 +Allen Strom. 
 +
 +on the next three pages we continue Allen Strom's report on a tour of the reserves and parks of Victoria. (See July Magazine for Part I. The last portion will be published in September.)
 +
 +The erosion of the valley sides downstream beyond the National Park, is extreme, the removal of cover standing in direct contrast inside and outside the parklands. One is depressed by the obvious lack of reasoned land-use. That the soil is rich... apparently derived from a basalt capping... is certain, since the intensive cultivations of Market Gardening is going on along the valley floor, watered by the small Werribee Irrigation  System. The Werribee River is a disappointing little stream at this point... mud-filled and I suspect, turned by Man from a clear, tree-lined flow by mismanagement. Bacchus Marsh itself, seems prosperous enough. We visited a local brown coal open cut and later made off back through Ballan and Ballarat.
 +
 +The size and secure-look of Ballarat serves to bring into relief the better distribution of population (decentralisation) in Victoria... Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong are all very large cities and there are many very fine provincial towns. Of course, this also means a greater development generally, of the State in comparison with N.S.W.; which again, has a follow-on: a need to grip now, all recreational and primitive land for the present and future generations. Just how some of the people of the decentralised larger towns will find the necessary "breathing space" might well be a problem extremely difficult to answer; indeed, much of the land already used for this purpose may well be alienated. That is why surveys are very necessary... they awaken us to the need for early action.
 +
 +From Ballarat the trip went south towards Rokewood. For some time we travelled through timber and scrub on land that didn't look at all prosperous... except perhaps, for the occasional mullock dumps... the symbol of past hopes for prosperity, realised and otherwise! Anyhow, the land was unsettled which appeared to justify our suspicion that it was poor stuff. About 4 p.m. the skyline broke to the south and it was apparent that we were again on the edge of the step-faulting and looking out over that amazing area of inland drainage where Lakes Corangamite Colac and a myriad of nameless ones... take the flow of the streams. Across the watery flats we could see the Otway Ranges rising like a barrier on the southern skyline; to the north-west the Pyrenees and the Grampians; the west, Mt. Elephant, the volcanic landmark of the western districts; the east, a trough down which the Barwon flows... the only stream to escape the basin.
 +
 +Scan the road through Rokewood, Cressy, Beeac, Colac, Gellibrand, Beech Forest, Laver's Hill, Aire Junction to Cape Otway: down the fault into Rokewood, across the "Lakes District"... Horseshoe, Beeac, Colac and many little ones... all with their quota of Ducks, Ibis, Herons and Pelicans; up the bank... the northern foothills of the Otways, with the hardwoods getting taller and finally giving way to softwoods as we approach Beech Forest... the Otway Tops... the little 2'6" gauge train at Kincaid... Rain Forest and rain... the wild burst of lilac in the Prostanthera (Mint Bush)... down again from Laver's Hill this time to the coast with Mountain Ash more than a hundred feet high... the coast with its familiar heath, banksia and sand dunes... the Cape Otway Lighthouse.
 +
 +Surely we can do something to retain the wonderland of forest and coastline around the Otways! The next day when we moved on through Apollo Bay, Tanbryn Junction, Forrest and on to Windhelsea, I pondered over the idea of some kind of parkland along the main spine of the Range from West of Layer's Hill through Mt. Sibine to the Lorne-Dean Marsh Road. Wherever possible this might drop to the coastline and north as far as development will permit. Herein would be trapped, fine forest lands for the recreation of the populations of Geelong and Ballarat. It could be made contiguous with the proposal to reserve "the magnificent and unique coastline of majestic yellow cliffs between Peterborough and Moonlight Head"... an area that some of us were privileged to see on The Caloola Club's Kangaroo Island Trip, Christmas - New Year, 1951-52.
 +
 +The trek led on through the fine city of Geelong and shortly afterwards off the Princes Highway to visit the You Yangs... a monadnock (a mountain which has been able to resist erosion better than its surroundings) of granite. Apparently the surrounding area is a Forest Reserve; it has been fenced off and has a caretaker. The view from Flinder's Peat (the highest point in the mountain) is a full circle and although haze prevented our getting the full benefit, we could readily make out Mt. Macedon, the headwaters of the Werribee and Lerderderg Rivers, the Otways, Geelong and various points on the Port Phillip Bay. The You Yangs are 800 feet above the surrounding basalt-covered plain reckoned to be the second largest plain in the world and a fine example of a savannah or steppe.
 +
 +History has made the You Yangs famous. The name is said to have been derived from the aboriginal "Ude Youangs" (Big Hill). On May 1st 1802, Matthew Flinders landed on the shore of Port Phillip Bay and climbed the highest peak now bearing his name but called by him, Station Peak. Many early surveys of the surrounding lands were made from the You Yangs and Hume and Hovell must have passed close-by on their expedition that took them to the shores of Port Phillip near the present site of Geelong.
 +
 +Our, next place of interest was The Ferntree Gully National Park, located at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, about twenty miles east of Melbourne. Since it was nearly dark when we made the Gully, inspection appeared impossible at that time. In our search for a camping site, we were led up the mountain and introduced to the Sherbrooke Forest, to camp amongst the magnificent Mountain Ash, to the call of the Lyre Bird and its many companions of the Brush Forests.
 +
 +Sherbrooke and Olinda Forests and much of the other untouched timbered areas of the Dandenongs, are quite obviously much more interesting and recreationally valuable, than the Ferntree Gully National Park itself. The Park area is 550 acres serving largely to enclose only one Gully. A so-called animal "sanctuary... something of a poor zoo... within the park, should be dispensed with. Heavy growths of exotic weeds spoil the naturalness and the Ferntrees are a poor lot compared to Tarra Valley and Bulga... in fact, the Park is an outstanding example of an area of land far too small to do the job required of it and as a corollary, the access is too free. Looking to the future with the further suburbanisation of the Dandenongs, the Park will be a lost cause. There is no doubt that these Ranges comprise "some of the most beautiful hills and mountains in Australia... but one lives in fear of future developments." I was interested to note that the Development Committee's Report shares my fears for the saving of the past glory of the Dandenongs, and recommends the following interesting, and perhaps revolutionary procedures (for a Public Body):
 +
 +  - That previously alienated timbered areas be acquired by the Crown, compulsorily if necessary, and either declared National Parks or placed under the control of the Forestry Commission.
 +  - That headwaters of all creeks be reverted to the Crown.
 +  - That a chain margin be preserved on both sides of all creeks; or alternatively, that the removal of timber, tree ferns and under-growth be prohibited in an area of one chain on both sides of all creeks, unless specifically authorized.
 +
 +A walk up Fern Tree Gully brought us to the One Tree Hill Lookout Tower (1647') and although we caught only fleeting glances of the scene through drifting mists, we could appreciate that here was a fine view towards the city.
 +
 +Our last appreciations of the Dandenong Range were taken as we followed the road to Belgrave, got lost to Kallista, managed to find the road to Gembrook again, dropped down to the plain at Pakenham, skirted the marshy lands around Western Port through Koo-wee-rup, Lang Lang to San Remo. Here a bridge connects to Phillip Is. over a terrific rip, and the road leads on to Cowes.
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 +=====Thelma Hellyer.=====
 +
 +We regret to record the death of Thelma Hellyer. To the majority of present members she may be just a name, but older members will have many kindly memories of Thelma. As Thelma Moir she joined the Club within a few weeks of its foundation in 1927 and was an active member for many years. She was one of the four girls on the Club's first Easter walk (1928). Despite the leaders advice to wear shorts modesty prevailed and the girls wore skirts. Even in those far off times Easter turned on the rain and crossing the flooded Cox's River with skirts up (and showing what goes with them) was, if not dangerous, at least embarrassing and uncomfortable. From then on shorts were worn. She married a club member, Arthur Hellyer, and they were regular walkers for many years.
 +
 +Thel never lost her interest in the Club and she and Arthur and daughter Rhonda were frequently seen at Reunions and other outdoor club get-togethers. In January during a car camping trip she renewed her acquaintance with her old club mate Molly Marden (now Molly Taylor) who lives in the wilds between Rules Point and Brindabella. She attended the last Club Reunion and took ill shortly afterwards.
 +
 +Our sympathies go to Arthur and Rhonda and we who knew her salute a true lover of the bush and stalwart club member who added her quota to the foundation of the Club and Bushwalking generally.
 +
 +'Paddy' Pallin.
 +
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-CORROBOREE AND WILD FLOWER WALK. 
-AUGUST 22ND - 23RD. 
-1ST PARTY: Mt. Kuring-gai - Cowan Creek - Roach Trig - Cowan 
-Creek - Turramurra. 
-8.35 a.m. train to Mt. Kuring-gai (steam train via 
-main line). 
-8.25 a.m. electric train via North Shore - connects 
-with above at Hornsby). 
-Leader: Malcolm McGregor. 
-2ND PARTY: Chatswood - bus to Terrey Hills - Roach Trig - Cowan Creek - Turramurra. 
-12.6 and 12.48 p.m. electric trains from Central to Chatswood. 
-12.36 and 1.15 p.m. buses Chatswood to Terrey Hills. 
-(As 12.36 bus from Chatswood will probably be crowded, would advise travel by 1.15 p.m. bus. Arrangements 
-will be made to meet each bus at Terrey Hills terminus). 
-Train tickets - return to Turramurra via Bridge. Leader: David Ingram. 
-M11Y11.011M1.9.1.1.51111Imulio. 
-SOCIAL NOTES - AUGUST. 
-August brings us two very interesting social nights in the form of Allen Stromis "Work of the Fauna Protection Panel" an August 21st, 
-and an August 28th the members? colour slide exhibition. The exhibition, which will be judged by Mr. Jones, the President of the 
-N.S.W. Photographic Society, will be a gala closing for the current Social Programme. All members and friends are welcome - so come early and get a good seat. 
-All those people in the "Lower Income Group" should start saving their pennies for the Federation Ball on the 14th September at 
-Paddington Town Hall. Dancing 8.30 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. Tickets this year will be 17/6d. (incl. tax), and can be bought from me. Any ideas for an original way of decorating the table for the "Best 
-Dressed Table" Competition will be welcomed by the Social Secretary. 
-Put this in your diary - Christmas Party, 1953 - Friday, 
-4th December, at the R.S.L. Hall, Elizabeth Street, Sydney. Tickets will be l5/- each. 
-- Ross Laird, 
-Social Secretary. 
-CONGRATULATIONS TO: Miss Beryl Bannerman and our coin Fred Leake, whose engagement was announced recently. 
-A COMPLETE RANGE 
-OF DRIED FRUITS FROM   
-THE SANITARIUM HEALTH FOOD  SHOP 13 HUNTER STREET, SYDNEY 
-APRIGOTS APPLE RINGS PEACHES PRUNES 
-WALTHAM RAISINS CURRANTS SULTANAS 
-STONELESS DATES GLACE FRUITS 
-FIGS ASSORTED NUTS 
-THIS MONTHIS SPECIAL 
-SUN-DRT7D SOUTH AUSTHALIAN PRUNES ONLY 3/3d. LB. 
-SKI SCANDAL. 
-By Paramoun, 
-(The eves and ears - also nose & throat - of the bush) 
-Was it ski-ing or she-ing that caused Ross Laird to return from thee weeks' stay at Red Hut, Kosciusko, with a dislocated thumb, a sprained ankle, and two stitches in his lip? Seems to be a subject for debate. 
-There are rumours that the only way Brian. Anderson could keep warm whilst in the hut and out of bed Was to keep moving at the double with the result that poor old Red Hut trembled. 
-If colour schdmes have anything to do with making good skiers, Bev Price and Betty Swain should be qualifying for dhampionships this year. 
-It was.a great misfortune for Bev Price that she turned her left knee and ankle rather badly-before:coming home - which hampered her last few valuable days. Hoping Bev, will be restored and back on the tracks again shortly. 
-I 
-SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS - THET SUPPORT US! 
-THE CASE FCR THURSDAY. 
-By ,Tiri Brown. 
-At the August General Meeting I propose to give notice of the 
-following motion to be discussed at the Half-yearly General Meeting of September 11th. 
-"That the night for Club meetings atrl social fixtures be altered from Friday to Thursday, the change to tahe effect from the introduction of the next Walks Programme in January, 1954". 
-I believe Thursday has many advantages over Friday as an evening 
-for the weekly meeting in the Club Room, and such change will benefit a majority of members. The main points are 
-1. Will overcome clash between walking trips commencing Friday and Club Room fixtures for the sane night. This may improve attendances on Friday night walks (about 50% of these walks 
-fail at present) and ensure better attendances at meetings and social events. 
-2. Will allow members to make final arrengements only a day or so before ccthmencing a trip, instead of relying on fphone calls or long-range plans. 
-3. Will give a better deal to Club Officers Who wish to do trips commencing on Friday nights, but find that their jobs require them to be present in the Club Room almost every Friday. 
-4. Will allow immediate action to be taken when a meeting makes an important decision (especially conservation matters) instead of having to wait for several days. 
-Provisional enquiriee indicate that the Club Room will be available on Thursday evenings. 
-A canvass of a number of active members of the Club has not Produced any strong arguments for the retention of Friday, but I shall be glad to publish the case for Friday in the next issue of the magazine. Obviously it will come best from a member actively connected with current Club affairs, and should not exceed 300 words, and be in the hands of the Editor by August 21st. 
-Hair cuts on walks in future will be given free of charge by Betty and Ross. They took Peter Stitt under their charge aad solved all his problems concerning hair in his eyes. It/s said that, with the help of a pair of nail scissors, razor blade, safety razor (and a battery of cameras) they gave him the pudding-basin cut to end all pudding-basin cuts. 
-canuml 
-REPORT 'ON THE NATIONAL PARES OF VICTORIA - Allen Strom. -----==rie7717-17575age7sTrea777= Allen StramIS report on a tour of the reserves and parks of Victoria. (See July Magazine for Part 1i The last portion will be published in September.) 
-Victorian Notional, Par 17-0 
-mho erosion of the valley side hoyolla the National 
-Park, is extreme, the removal of cover standing in direct con- 
-trast inside and outside the parklands. One is depressed by the obvious lack of reasoned land-use. That the soil is rich .. apparently derived from a basalt capping .. is certain, since the intensive cultivations of Market Gardening is going on along the valley floor, watered by the small Werribee Irrigation  System. The Werribee River is a disappointing little stream at this point .. mud-filled and I suspect, turned by Man from a 
-clear, tree-lined flow by mismanagement. Bacchus Marsh itself, seems prosperous enough. We visited a local brown coal open cut and later made off back through Ballan and Ballarat, 
-The size and secure-look of Ballarat serves to bring in'Go relief 
-the better distribution of population (decentralisation) in Victoria .. Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong are all very large cities and there are many very fine provincial towns. Of course, this also means a greater development generally, of the State in comparison with N.S.W.; which again, has a follow-on: a need to 
-grip now, all recreational and primitive land for the present and 
-future generations. Just how some of the people of the decentralised larger towns will find the necessary "breathing space" might well be a problem extremely difficult to answer; indeed, much of the land already used for this purpose may well be alienated. That is why surveys are very necessary .. they awaken us to the need for early action. 
-From Ballarat the trip went south towards Rokewood. For some 
-time we travelled through timber and scrub on land that didntt look at all prosperous .. except perhaps, for the occasional mullock dumps .. the symbol of past hopes for prosperity, real- 
-ised and otherwis0  Anyhow, the land was unsettled which 
-appeared to justify our suspicion that it was poor stuff. About 4 p.m. the skyline broke to the south and it was apparent that we were again on the edge of the step-faulting and looking out over that amazing area of inland drainage where Lakes Corangamite Colac and a myriad of nameless ones .. take the flow of the streams. Across the watery flats we could see the Otway Ranges rising like a barrier on the southern skyline; to the north-west the Pyrenees and the Grampians; the west, Mt. Elephant, the volcanic landmark of the western districts; the east, a trough down which the Barwon flows .. the only stream to escape the basin. 
-Scan the road through Rokewood, Cressy, Beeac, Colac," Gellibrand, Beech Forest, Laverts Hill, Aire Junction to Cape Otway: down the fault into Rokewood, across the "Lakes District" .. Horseshoe, Beeac, Oolac and many little ones .. all with their quota of Ducks, ibis, Herons and Pelicans; up the bank ..the northern foothills of the Otways, with the hardwoods getting taller and finally giving way to softwoods as we apprach Beech Forest .. 
-1., 
-Victorian Nntional Park ... 
-the Otway Tops .. the 1ittle a'6!! 8-auge train at Tancaid Bain Forest and rain .. the wild burst of liiRo.in the Prostanthera (Mint Bush) .. down again from Laverls Hill this time to the coast with Mountain Ash more than a hundred feet high .. the coast with its familiar heath, bs.nksia and sand dunes .. the Cape Otway Lighthouse. 
-Surely we can do something to retain the wonderland of forest and coastline around the Otways: The next day When we moved on through Apollo Bay, Tanbryn Junction, Forrest and on to Windhelsea, I pondered over the idea of some kind of parkland along the main spine of the Range from West of Layer's Hill through Mt. Sibine to the Lorne-Dean Marsh Road. Wherever possible this might drop to the coastline and north as far as development will permit. Herein would be trapped, fine forest lands for the recreation of the populations of Geelong and 
-Ballarat. It could be made contiguous with the proposal to 
-reserve the magnificent and unique coastline of majestic yellow cliffs between Peterborough and Moonlight Head" .. an area that some of us were privileged to see oh The Caloola Club's Kangaroo Island Trip, Christmas-New Year, 1951-52. 
-The trek led on through the fine city of Geelong and shortly afterwards off the Princes Highway to visit the You Yangs 
-a monadnock (a mountain which has been able to resist erosion better than its surroundings) of granite. Apparently the surrounding area is a Forest Reserve; it has been fenced off and has a caretaker. The view from Flinderis Peat (the highest point in the mountain) is a full circle and although haze prevented our getting the full benefit, we could readily make out Mt. Macedon, the headwaters of the Werribee and Lerderderg Rivers, the Otways, Geelong and various points on the Port Phil- 
-lip Bay. The You Yangs are 800 feet above the surrounding 
-basalt-covered plain reckoned to be the second largest plain in the world and a fine example of a savannah or steppe. 
-History has made the You Yangs famous. The name is said to 
-have been derived from the aboriginal "'Ude YOuangs0 (Big Hill). On May 1st 1802, Matthew Flinders landed on the shore of Port Phillip Bay and climbed the highest peak now bearing his name 
- but called by him, Station Peak. Many early surveys of the 
-surrounding lands were made from the You Yangs and Hume and Hovell must have passed close-by on their expedition that took them to the shores of Port Phillip near the present site of Geelong. 
-Our, next place of interest was The Ferntree Gully National Park, located at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, about twenty miles 
-117 
-Victorian National Parks ..  
-east of Melbourne. Since it was nearly allek when we made the Gialy, inspection appenreci imposallnlo aG that time. In our search for a camping site, we were led up the mountain and introduced to the Sherbrooke Forestl to camp amongst the magnificent Mountain Ash, to the call of the Lyre Bird and its many companions of the Brush Forests. 
-Sherbrooke and Olinda Forests and much of the other untouched timbered areas of the Dandenongs, are quite obviously much more interesting and recreationally valuable, than the Ferntree Gully National Park itself. The Park area is 550 acres serving largely to enclose only one Gully. A so-called animal "sanct- 
-uary something of a poor zoo .. within the park, should be 
-dispensed with. Heavy growths of exotic weeds spoil the naturalness and the Ferntrees are a poor lot compared to Tarra Valley and Bulga .. in fact, the Park is an outstanding example of an area of land far too small to do the job required of it and as 
-a corollary, the access is too free. Looking to the future 
-with the further suburbanisation of the Dandenongs, the Park will be a lost cause, There is no doubt that these Ranges comprise "some of the most beautiful hills and mountains in Australia .. but one lives in fear of future developments." I was interested to note that the Development Committees Report shares my fears for the saving of the past glory of the Dandenongs, and recommends the following interesting, and perhaps revolutionary procedures (for a Public Body): 
-1. That previously alienated timbered areas be acquired by the Crown, compulsorily if necessary, and either declared National Parks or placed under the control of the Forestry Commission. 
-2. That headwaters of all creeks be reverted to the Crown. 3 That a chain margin be preserved on both sides of all 
-creeks; or alternatively: that the removal of timber, 
-tree ferns and under-growth be prohibited in an area of 
-one chain on both sides of all creeks, unless specifically 
-authorized. 
-P A walk up Fern Tree Gully brought us to the One Tree Hill Look- 
-out Tower (16471) and although we caught only fleeting glances 
-of the scene through drifting mists, we could appreciate that P here was a fine view towards the city. 
-Our last appreciations of the Dandenong Range were taken as we followed the road to Belgrave, got lost to Kallista, managed to find the road to Gembrook again, dropped down to the plain at Pakenham, skirted the marshy lands around Western Port through Koo-wee-rup, Lang Lang to San Remo. Here a bridge connects to 
-Phillip Is. over a terrific rip, and the road leads on to Cowes. 
-THELMA HE LLYER 
-We regret to record the death of Thelma Hellyer. To the majority of present members she may be just a name, but older members will have many kindly memories of Thelma. As Thelma Moir she joined the Club within a few weeks of its foundation in 1927 and was an active member for many years. She was one of the four girls on the Clubfs first Easter walk (1928). Despite the leaders advice to wear shorts modesty prevailed and the girls wore skirts. Even in those far off times Easter turned an the rain and crossing the flooded Coxfs River with skirts up (and showing what goes with them) was, if not dangerous, ot least embarrassing and uncomfortable. From then on shorts were worn. She married a club member, Arthur Hellyer, and they were regular walkers for many years. 
-Thel never lost her interest in the Club and she ald Arthur and daughter Rhonda were frOquently seen at Reunions and other outdoor club get-togethers. In January during a car calming trip she renewed her acquaintance with her old club mate Molly Marden (now Molly Taylor) who lives in the wilds between Rules Point and Brindabella. She attended the last Club Reunion and took ill shortly afterwards. 
-Our sympathies go to Arthur. and Rhonda and we who knew her salute a true lover of the bush and stalwart club member who added her quota to the foundation of the Club and Bushwalking generally. 
-'Paddy/ Pallin. 
 With a date-line of July 13th, Keith Renwick reports from New Zealand: With a date-line of July 13th, Keith Renwick reports from New Zealand:
-wefve arrived. The trip over was fair, with a rough patch afte;.leaving Sydney on the Friday night. We both felt queer, but we didnft miss a meal - doubled up on vegetables and pudding in a 3-course meal a few times. + 
-Itfs been raining since we arrived on Tuesday, but it changed for the better on Sunday. We stayed at a bed-and-breakfast place for a few days and then moved to a private home board. I have managed to land a good job at tool and die making (my trade). Peter is going to have a look around today.+"Well, we've arrived. The trip over was fair, with a rough patch after leaving Sydney on the Friday night. We both felt queer, but we didn'miss a meal - doubled up on vegetables and pudding in a 3-course meal a few times. 
 + 
 +It'been raining since we arrived on Tuesday, but it changed for the better on Sunday. We stayed at a bed-and-breakfast place for a few days and then moved to a private home board. I have managed to land a good job at tool and die making (my trade). Peter is going to have a look around today. 
 Went walking with the Alpine Sports Club last weekend, 10/11th, but more of that later..." Went walking with the Alpine Sports Club last weekend, 10/11th, but more of that later..."
  
- The JulyaCommittee was reviewing the next livalks Programme, and noted that a Boat Race at National Park" was logged in December. Asked a member Will it be Audley?" "Oh, my word:" said the Walks Secretary with great gravity, "Quite orderly"+---- 
-John Bookluck was the major Ken Meadows1Bundanoon Creek walk rucksack, torn windjacket and da proved you can get up that gully Bundanoon Creeks. Also that you + 
-minutes to spare. +The July Committee was reviewing the next Walks Programme, and noted that a "Boat Race at National Park" was logged in December. Asked a member "Will it be Audley?" "Oh, my word!" said the Walks Secretary with great gravity, "Quite orderly". 
-+ 
-sufferer (abraded shins excepted) on in July. He returned with a torn maged spectacles. Still, the party near the junction of Stonequarry and can catch a train-with-only-two +---- 
-19FEDERATION NOTES JULY M.HETING.+ 
 +John Bookluck was the major sufferer (abraded shins excepted) on Ken Meadows' Bundanoon Creek walk in July. He returned with a torn rucksack, torn windjacket and damaged spectacles. Still, the party proved you __can__ get up that gully near the junction of Stonequarry and Bundanoon Creeks. Also that you __can__ catch a train-with-only-two minutes to spare. 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +=====Federation Notes - July Meeting.===== 
 By Allen A. Strom. By Allen A. Strom.
-THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Federation was held first, at which EEe following officers were elected: + 
-PresidentPaul H. Barnes (S.B.T.) +===The Annual General Meeting:=== 
-Vice-PresidentsAllen A. Strom (S.B.W.) + 
-Tom vardaugh (R.C.C.) +of the Federation was held first, at which the following officers were elected: 
-Honorary SecretaryStan Cottier (C.M.W.) + 
-Assistant SecretaryMiss Beryl McLean (Bush Club) +|President|Paul H. Barnes (S.B.W.)| 
-Minutes SecretaryMiss Joyce Quinn (Bush Club) Honorary TreasurerTom Kenny-Royal (S.B.W.)+|Vice-Presidents|Allen A. Strom (S.B.W.)Tom Wardaugh (R.C.C.)| 
 +|Honorary Secretary|Stan Cottier (C.M.W.)| 
 +|Assistant Secretary|Miss Beryl McLean (Bush Club)| 
 +|Minutes Secretary|Miss Joyce Quinn (Bush Club)
 +|Honorary Treasurer|Tom Kenny-Royal (S.B.W.)
 It was also decided to raise the affiliation fee from 5/- per 25 members to 7/6d. per 25 members. Affiliation fee now due. It was also decided to raise the affiliation fee from 5/- per 25 members to 7/6d. per 25 members. Affiliation fee now due.
-BUSHFIRE CCMMITTEE: The President reported that he had been present at a meeting of-thj-rushfire Committee where a conference had taken place on the matter of Bushfire Patrols. It was agreed that the President should arrange a Conjoint Meeting of all Societies interested in Bushfire Patrols at which the Chairman of the Bushf ire Committee had volunteered to be Present. A date thought suitable was September 3rd. 
-BOUDDI NATURAL PARK: It was agreed that the 34 held by the Federatim under the account 'Maitland Bay" should be made available to the Trust of Bouddi Natural Park on application. 
-RAILWAY'ONE-DAY HIKES: Reported that the first One-day Hike had 
-15=7-717-777I2th when 271 persons had attended. The route was from Clarence to Zig-Zag, about five miles. The next would be held on August 9th to Bundanoon. The Federation is taking no official part in the Hikes. 
-MAPPING SECTION: Reported that the map of The Wild Dogs was nearing 
-7117176177----- 
-SOCIAL REPO: Mrs. Beryl Christenson (S.B.W.) receives the two Ball =Ts as prize for the guessing competition. 
-The Federation Ball will be held at the Paddington Town Hall on 
-Monday September 14th. Tickets - 17/ed. now available. Orchestra has been booked. Are there any volunteers from the S.B.W. for Entertainers? 
-THE BUSHWALKER No.12: The Federation is making an effort to publish this manewithout delay. You are asked to assist with photographs and articles of all kinds. The Editor is Ron Wardrop, 77 Hudson Street, Hurstville, LU 4648. Please contact him for all details. 
-A visitor came unheralded on Ken Meadowsr walk. He was frequently absent from the party without leaderTs consent: indeed his sense of following the party at a distance in thick country and even antieipating their movements was uncanny. He was evidently a commando for he 
-had no gear or tucker, and so posed a problem for the party. However, most walkers are fools where a dog is concerned, and we were almost sad to part company at Bundanoon station. 
-Mt 
-. 
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-KEEPING W21 IN WINTER. 
-I) # /1 few more thoughts on keeping warm in 
-camp at nights. There is no doubt that with training and use one can accustom the body, to keep warm in low temperatures. It is 
-(-44 written of Gino V,atkins (the Arctic explorer who applied the principles of light weight camping to Arctic trips) that he taught himself to sleep under an open window in London's mid-winter with only a sheet over him. 
-Even if such rigorous training has not 
-been done it is possible to beat the cold 
-in other ways. _Body, temperature is dependent 
-A Ion respiration and ciraulation. If therefore you wake in the wee mat hours shivering, you can always get up and jump around to restore warmth but a much simpler idea is to do a few 
-)bag.Deep breathing with exaggerated drawing exercises whilst still lying in your sleeping in of the abdominal muscles will restore 
-circulation and also ensure re-oxygenisation (if there is such a word) of the blood which will promote warmth and sleep will frequently  come over you whilst still doing the exercise. 
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 +===Bushfire Committee:===
 +
 +The President reported that he had been present at a meeting of the Bushfire Committee where a conference had taken place on the matter of Bushfire Patrols. It was agreed that the President should arrange a Conjoint Meeting of all Societies interested in Bushfire Patrols at which the Chairman of the Bushfire Committee had volunteered to be Present. A date thought suitable was September 3rd.
 +
 +===Bouddi Natural Park:===
 +
 +It was agreed that the £34 held by the Federation under the account "Maitland Bay" should be made available to the Trust of Bouddi Natural Park on application.
 +
 +===Railway One-Day Hikes:===
 +
 +Reported that the first One-day Hike had taken place on July 12th when 271 persons had attended. The route was from Clarence to Zig-Zag, about five miles. The next would be held on August 9th to Bundanoon. The Federation is taking no official part in the Hikes.
 +
 +===Mapping Section:===
 +
 +Reported that the map of The Wild Dogs was nearing completion.
 +
 +===Social Report:===
 +
 +Mrs. Beryl Christenson (S.B.W.) receives the two Ball Tickets as prize for the guessing competition.
 +
 +The Federation Ball will be held at the Paddington Town Hall on Monday September 14th. Tickets - 17/ed. now available. Orchestra has been booked. Are there any volunteers from the S.B.W. for Entertainers?
 +
 +===The Bushwalker, No.12:===
 +
 +The Federation is making an effort to publish this magazine without delay. You are asked to assist with photographs and articles of all kinds. The Editor is Ron Wardrop, 77 Hudson Street, Hurstville, LU 4648. Please contact him for all details.
 +
 +----
 +
 +A visitor came unheralded on Ken Meadows' walk. He was frequently absent from the party without leader's consent: indeed his sense of following the party at a distance in thick country and even anticipating their movements was uncanny. He was evidently a commando for he had no gear or tucker, and so posed a problem for the party. However, most walkers are fools where a dog is concerned, and we were almost sad to part company at Bundanoon station.
 +
 +----
 +
 +=====Paddy Made.=====
 +
 +===Keeping Warm In Winter.===
 +
 +A few more thoughts on keeping warm in camp at nights. There is no doubt that with training and use one can accustom the body, to keep warm in low temperatures. It is written of Gino Watkins (the Arctic explorer who applied the principles of light weight camping to Arctic trips) that he taught himself to sleep under an open window in London's mid-winter with only a sheet over him.
 +
 +Even if such rigorous training has not been done it is possible to beat the cold in other ways. Body temperature is dependent on respiration and circulation. If therefore you wake in the wee sma' hours shivering, you can always get up and jump around to restore warmth but a much simpler idea is to do a few exercises whilst still lying in your sleeping bag. Deep breathing with exaggerated drawing in of the abdominal muscles will restore circulation and also ensure re-oxygenisation (if there is such a word) of the blood which will promote warmth and sleep will frequently come over you whilst still doing the exercise.
 +
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 +
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