20 October, 2014

Blue Mountains - Activities

"Music of the Mountains" – Jim Smith
Society General Meeting
10am, Sat 25th Oct.  Wentworth Falls

"A Grandparents Day Tea Party"
2.30pm, Sun. 26th Oct.  Wentworth Falls

 "The Great Koala Count"
Drs Grainne Cleary & Kellie Leigh
11am - Sun. 2nd Nov.  Faulconbridge

Dr. Rachel Makinson

Newnes - Wolgan Valley
2015 Ian Brown Calendar
Blue Mountains Conservation Society
"Music of the Mountains" with Jim Smith
Society General Meeting
10am Saturday 25th October
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
(Cnr Great Western Highway and Adele Avenue)
Listening to the Blue Mountains.
Jim did his first Blue Mountains bushwalk 50 years ago and has lived in Wentworth falls for 40 years.

Known as an enthusiastic promoter of bushwalking, Jim now believes that people in the bush are doing too much walking and not enough sitting. He says that the most remarkable things that he has seen and heard in the bush were experienced when he was standing still, sitting or lying down.

He will discuss the bush sounds which were once common but have now disappeared from the Blue Mountains, the sounds that modern human ears miss, mysterious and terrifying night sounds, bird dialects, echoes, the loudest and most subtle sounds of the region, silences, his favourite sounds, the most horrible sound he ever heard and sounds that only he has heard. Jim will explain why it is harmful to watch televised nature documentaries and discuss the pathological condition termed nature deficit disorder syndrome.
Although the sounds of the Blue Mountains vary on a daily and seasonal basis, Jim believes that there is an underlying soundscape, or "music" distinctive to the region, that few people know how to listen to. There will not be a "question time" after this presentation, but members of the audience will be invited to share their own special memories of the sounds of the Blue Mountains.
Visitors will be very welcome.  Gold coin donation.

"A Grandparents Day Afternoon Tea Party"
– for our Grandchildren's Survival 

2.30pm - Sunday 26th October
19 Falls Rd Wentworth Falls

You are invited to an afternoon tea letter writing party at the home of Robin and Warwick Mosman.

Bob Debus will launch a new website to encourage hundreds, thousands of other grandparents to write letters.

Let’s take some action to help our grandchildren.
Here's more details.

RSVP Phone 4757 1354 or email rwmosman@bigpond.com
Koala"The Great Koala Count"
Drs Grainne Cleary & Kellie Leigh

11am Sunday, 2nd November
Faulconbridge Community Hall,
Home St., Faulconbridge

The Great Koala Count is
happening from 7 - 17th November.
 The Count will be a wonderful chance to go out for a walk with the kids and looking around and appreciating the local bush at a beautiful time of year.
Dr Grainne Cleary is part of the team who’ve developed BioTag, an app for SmartPhones to record the GPS location & details about any koalas spotted.

Dr Kellie Leigh will be discussing her research looking at koala diversity throughout the mountains.
Kellie also is involved in using wildlife - detection dogs to survey elusive threatened species such as koalas and quolls.

Kids will love watching Badger, her quoll detection dog, demonstrate his amazing skill at finding quoll scats.
Bring the family along to our meeting - here's more detail

Rachel Makinson 1917-2014

You may have read Christine's tribute to Rachel Makinson in the October Hut News.

There was an 
obituary in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald.

Rachel was a member of both the Blue Mountains Conservation and Historical Societies.

She was a very special person.

Her death notice in the Herald on 18th September ended with line - "In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Blue Mountains Conservation Society".

The Society would like to thank Rachel's family for this, and extend our sympathy for their loss.

NEWNES - Wolgan Valley

Edited and produced by Ian Brown (Newnes Hotel and Cabins, 2014)

  • Hardback, full colour, 64 pages, 250mm x 210mm
  • Over 100 images, including contemporary photos by Ian Brown and many monochrome historical pictures
  • images and text covering history (by Alan Watson) of the oil shale mining, railway and hotel, national parks & world heritage, natural heritage and Aboriginal heritage

This book and Ian's 2015 calendar are available on his website


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