Jan-Jun 2017

16 walkers left Edgecliff station at 8:30 in overcast conditions. In Trumper Park we found a delightful little duck pond hidden away in an old quarry. We then stopped briefly at a site of Tommo's 2-Up school which operated in the days of gambling prohibition. It is said that every taxi driver in Sydney knew of its location but no policeman was ever aware of it.
We then walked to the main entrance of Centennial Park and on to the Centennial Pavilion where in 1901 the Proclamation of the Commonwealth took place with a massed choir of 15,000, troops from Australia and overseas and some 60,000 spectators.
Next we came across an interesting Labyrinth marked out on the ground which was attempted by some. Our morning tea was taken between two large lagoons and followed by our exit via the Musgrave Ave gates.
Walking through Queens Park, we had to skirt a number of school sporting activities. We then went on to Waverley Cemetery and a visit to Henry Lawson's modest grave. Our walk ended at Bronte with lunch at noon in the park and a welcome coffee in one of the numerous cafes nearby.

Incidents to Report:
A member was hit on the back of the neck by a pine cone dropped from a great height by a white cockatoo,
Another member ended the walk with the sole of her boot held on by a rubber band.


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16 walkers left Edgecliff station at 8:30 in overcast conditions.
Some Edgecliff neighbours may be said to have different opinions about house facade features
2017 03 24 Reg HelenA 20170324 083103In Trumper Park ...
The group gathered to listen to leader Cherry - here at the back on the right; you can see her floppy hat.
2017 03 24 Reg HelenA 20170324 083854... we found a delightful little duck pond hidden away in an old quarry.
The quarry walls are barely visible behind Ros G's left shoulder. Tail-end Charlie Barrie was away rounding up the stragglers.

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We then walked  [through Woollahra] to the main entrance of Centennial Park and on to the Centennial Pavilion
On the left: Built on a narrow block, 2 br. Sold for $2.25M  ............ and on the right: The program notes said 'Track: Easy'.Well, how do we keep our boots dry?

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We came across an interesting Labyrinth marked out on the ground which was attempted by some.
    2017 03 24 Reg ChristineMcA 20170324 095907                          Our morning tea was taken between two large lagoons and followed by our exit via the Musgrave Ave gates.


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We then went on to Waverley Cemetery.

At left: Ros G stands next to a flower container that in a previous life was a water trough for horses who drew hearses to the cemetery.

And below: Creative use of safety barriers. Most walkers were familiar with most of the names. Pat P knew that Lt George Johnston had a major role in putting down the Castle Hill convict rebellion. No-one mentioned anything of Sir Francis Forbes' life history.
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Our walk ended at Bronte with lunch at noon in the park.
Alert photographer Christine McA snapped these Macaw Parrots enjoying Bronte Beach. Native to the Amazon, but no doubt at home in Sydney's wet and humid weather.
(And reportedly worth $10K each.)

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A member was hit on the back of the neck by a pine cone dropped from a great height by a white cockatoo,
These white birds of feathered appearance are birds of interest and appeared to be acting with malicious intent - two were tearing off the cones and dropping them with real accuracy. The victim was lucky the cone landed past her skull.

Another member ended the walk with the sole of her boot held on by a rubber band.
Better a damaged shoe than a tear to the wearer's immaculately hand-knitted socks.

Leaders: Cherry and Peter. Followers: Helen A, Ida, Barrie, David C, Rhondda, Sue F, John G, Ros G, Chris McA, Lydia, Marilyn, Pat P, Wendy P.

Words: Cherry. Photos: Helen A (1-8, 11) and Christine McA (9, 10, 12-14)

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