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May 22 2019

Gabriels Gully, Lawrence. Bus Trip

Gabriels Gully. Key to Maps
Gabriels Gully. Key to Maps
Map No. 2. Otago Dam

Map No. 2. Otago Dam

Map No. 3. Munro Gully

Map No. 3. Munro’s Gully Bush Walk. Oburns Track.

Map No. 4. Wetherstons to Goldfield Park Historic Reserve.

5. 22/5/2019. Trampers. Weatherstons/Blue Spur (Gabriel’s Gully)/ Munro Gully Track/ Glendhu Forest/ Weatherstons Phil

You can’t beat Kiwis for turning up on time to start a tramp ….we may have even been a minute or two early leaving, so keen to get going….and yes red sky at dawn shepherds warn is just an old wives tale.

17 folk emerged from the cars at the Lawrence Loos before heading out to Weatherstons (population in 1862-500), off the Waipori Rd and we were on the walk at 9.45 am in a less than balmy 6 degrees, so we decided to walk up to the ridge for half an hour to find the sun to have a cuppa; this would not be the first time the craic would abate on a hill……on along the ridge we shambled giving good views of the hills and ridges that had been washed away by the mining activity…. then we dropped off quite quickly in to Gabriel’s Gully, the majority entering through a high quality fence, with the barbed wire held high by some real gentlemen in the group!

First stop was a small detour to take in the reflections and tree colours at Greys Dam

G.4th-- Greys Damc

Greys Dam. (Gordon pic and caption.)

and from there we moved up and around the track at the base of Blue Spur, the manmade landscape reminding one of the Arches National Park in the good old USA.  On past the Northern Ireland Battery and then it was across Munro Rd to the start of Munro Gully track (population in 1862-500!). Population today 1 dead pig in the middle of the track who’s gut and entrails having been devoured by the ‘hound of Gabriel’s Gully’.  There was still some colour in the trees over Victoria Dam to offset the gruesome find.

Munro Gully track was a steady to steep in places 50 minute ascent through native forest, with a good sprinkling of red and mountain beech, ferns, astelias, red berried coprosma (yummy).  Regular forest glades allowed time to regroup as well as start up the craic again.   Bird life was good on the sunny side of the street. Lunch was taken slightly ahead of the guides predictive time, on the edge of Glendhu Forest, as the pine needles were dry and it was sunny, and well some smiles were more like grimaces as we finished off the last of the steep stuff.

H.2.Some at lunchc

Some at lunch. (Helen pic and caption.)

It was a pleasure to walk on pathways of thick beech leaves, and later pine needle.

Post lunch immediately brought some negative feedback as we were still heading up a hill! But then it was onto and down and around Cornishman’s Dam to emerge on Munro Rd thence back into Glendhu Forest and following ridge and water races quite steeply we ‘sped’ downhill; some impressive remnant piping systems were still viewable and the depth of the races stirred memories of WW1 trenches; it was at this point we became aware of eyes in the forest following us. Yes the famed Gabriel’s Gully herd of black mink coated goats were almost playing chicken with us, dad wives and kids all shambled off in due course – as did we!

We emerged in to a golden coloured forest and climbing a style dropped in to Pollard’s Dam which was dry – phew.  After soaking up more history we detoured into the Raceman’s Cottage site for more history, with some plant life remaining from the cottage garden.

Family names of Racemen of that time were familiar to an attendee of Green Island primary school in the early 1950’s.

From here it was a steep drop off back into Gabriel’s Gully

G.7th --A hill of Sluicing tailingsc

A hill of Sluicing tailings. (Gordon pic and caption.)

and a quick breather, but not wanting for folk to get too comfortable we were soon up and at it again, the walk back over the ridge to Weatherstons seemingly so much quicker on the return journey, maybe it was the smell of the coffee n cake wafting up the valley from 26 On Ross, which we were all highly complimentary of,

G.8th-- 26 on Ross St.Great end to Great trampc

26 on Ross St.Great end to Great tramp. (Gordon pic and caption.)

and yes the loo had the most vicious but effective hand drier in the whole wide world.  Art can also attest to a great ice cream at the corner shop.

17 trampers returned to Mosgiel, commenting it was good to feel a little stiff and sore, a moderate level of comfortable discomfort.  The linking together of a number of stand alone walks in to one had made for a day of history, interest and variety and it was almost unanimously agreed to be a walk of just under/ or over 15 km – or thereabouts! – Phil.

4. 7/10/2015. Both. Trampers: Otago Dam. Hikers: Rail Trail, Munro Road. Leaders: Dorothy, Chris, Bev.
TRTC Bus Trip to Lawrence
On a very warm but windy day, at 8.35am, 44 members, including two guests, set off for Lawrence. We arrived soon after 9.30am after a comfort stop in Lawrence. 29 hikers were taken to the picnic area at start of Clutha Gold Walking & Cycling trail that goes to Roxburgh and 9 trampers were taken to Gabriels Gully from where they were starting their tramp. The remaining 6 who had come along to enjoy a day out in the company of fellow club members, remained on the bus and were taken back to Lawrence to spend the day there checking out shops, museum, information centre and eating places.
Rail Trail, Munro and Blue Spur Roads.

GPS of Hikers’ route: Rail Trail, Munro and Blue Spur Roads. (Add 0.22 km to route as slow to switch on the Nike app at the start.)

Hikers started off along the trail about 9.50am and walked for about ½hr till we came to suitable place to sit and have a welcome cuppa …

Cuppa

Cuppa stop.

…before carrying on to where the trail crosses the main road to carry on to Roxburgh.

Evans Flat

Evans Flat sign on trail where  it crosses SH8, and where Munro Road begins across the highway.

Here we stopped to sort out those who felt they had walked far enough from those who wished to carry on along Munro Road to Gabriels Gully.
There were 8 who opted to wait for bus to take them to Gabriels Gully where they had their lunch and waited for rest of us to walk there via Munro Road. They found it hard to find a place out of the gale force wind to sit and enjoy their lunch but did find somewhere reasonably sheltered in the end.
The remaining 21 hikers set off about 11.30am along Munro Road having decided to try and find a suitable place to have lunch about 12.30pm. Wind by this time was getting worse but we did find a reasonable place with some shelter from wind and sun, which by this stage was getting pretty hot. From here those that were going to do the Interperative track when they got to Gabriels Gully, 15 of them, set off before the remaining 5 of us who had decided we would just take our time doing the rest of walk to Gabriels Gully. Well, taking our time was not an option but a necessity! The wind kept coming in violent gusts that were threatening to bowl those of us of smaller stature completely off our feet. It was a case of us hanging on to each other to keep our feet on the ground! What a very welcome sight it was to get to top of hill and see the bus waiting for us at end of road. We had walked about 11km and with battling the wind as well as the walk, it felt like it.
By this time only the trampers had yet to be picked up and that had been arranged for 2.40pm. As it was only about 2pm bus took us back to Lawrence where we all went to various places for refreshment of choice, a look round shops or whatever one felt like doing to fill in time till 3pm when we were due to leave.
All back in bus and ready to set off for Mosgiel by just after 3pm. A tired but happy group who all agreed we had had a good day out in spite of wind and heat. – Bev.

Trampers’ Report.

After an uneventful bus trip to Lawrence, the bus dropped 9 trampers at Greys Dam in Gabriels Gully, where we had morning tea, before tackling the track up to the Otago Dam …

1. Otago Dam away above Grabriels Gully (Ken pic and caption)

1. Otago Dam away above Grabriels Gully (Ken pic and caption)

… high above where we were. As the track had a closed sign on it, there was some questions as to whether we could negotiate it all the way up.
I was pleased to see the first creek crossing was low enough to get across without getting wet feet, however one party member [who shall remain nameless] decided she would tackle a slippery rock, & came off 2nd best, ending on her knees in the creek. No damage was sustained, except to her pride.
As we made our way up the track, the storm damage was very evident to see,

4. Track conditions- not all like this! (Ken pic and caption)

4. Track conditions- not all like this! (Ken pic and caption)

but there was nowhere we got held up due to fallen trees etc. as the track had been mostly cleared so you could at least keep going.
There are about 5 creek crossings to negotiate, but we all made it safely, with lots of encouragement, & directions on where to put feet, & what to hang onto.

5. A balancing act (Ken pic and caption)

5. A balancing act (Ken pic and caption)

8. Will we all make it with dry feet (Ken pic and caption)

8. Will we all make it with dry feet (Ken pic and caption)

13. Can I run on water (Ken pic and caption)

13. Can I run on water (Ken pic and caption)

On reaching the top at the Otago Dam, we all had a look at the very nice waterfall at the outlet of the dam, then we crossed over the outlet, & walked around the track along the side of the dam to get a better view. We then walked back down the track about 50mtrs. to a sheltered spot [it was blowing rather hard] for lunch.
After lunch we made our way back down the track, tackling the creek crossings with renewed apprehension,

12. thank god it's the last one (Ken pic and caption)

12. thank god it’s the last one (Ken pic and caption)

& eventually arrived back at Greys Dam, where we had a short break before walking back to the car park in Gabriels Gully, & starting on the interpretative track around the gully perimeter,

14. Remains of Stamping Battery (Ken pic and caption)

14. Remains of Stamping Battery (Ken pic and caption)

ending up back at the car park just before the bus arrived to pick us up for the return trip home.
A stop for ice cream in Lawrence was enjoyed by most, before setting off homeward bound.
It was mentioned to me that the day was enjoyed very much, & that some were surprised by their fitness level.

Walked 9.4km
3.6km/hr
climbed 777mtrs.
max elev. 409m – Ken.

3. 7/10/2009. Gabriels Gully.
Bus

Disembarking from our 53-seater bus (Ken pic)

Cuppa

Morning Tea near bus.

Scene

Stream scene

Preparing for lunch.

Lunch

Lunch

Bruce on the crest of a deep waterfall

Crossing

Crossing stream. The Otago Dam on the left, waterfall just out of sight to the right.

Ian on recce

Ian descending Munroe Gully Track. (Ken pic)

Mine

Mine entrance with new padlock on gate

 

2. 8/10/2003 Gabriels Gully.
Wendy Ria Molly. Otago Dam Track start.

Wendy Ria Molly. Otago Dam Track start. Greys Dam on right

Greys Dam

Greys Dam

Stream Crossing below Otago Dam. Doug Pat Wendy Lex Brian

Stream Crossing below Otago Dam. Doug Pat Wendy Lex Brian

Lunch Otago Dam. George Molly Wendy Evelyn

Lunch Otago Dam. George Molly Wendy Evelyn

Munro Gully mud. Pat Wendy Ria Doug J, Lex Doug M

Munro Gully mud. Pat Wendy Ria Doug J, Lex Doug M

Steep descent from tailings. Doug Bill Pat Wendy Bob Arthur

Steep descent from tailings. Doug Bill Pat Wendy Bob Arthur

Sluice bank nr end. Doug M, Doug J, Lex, (who?)

Sluice bank nr end. Doug M, Doug J, Lex, (who?)

1. 15/3/2000. Bus Trip to Lawrence. Interesting tramping-walks. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine, Irene, Donny.

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Aug 01 2018

Moeraki.

4. 2018-08-01. All. Bus trip. Moeraki. Leaders: Adrienne and Bev.

Report Combined Bus Trip – Moeraki 1/8/18

45 outdoor seekers got on the bus at Mosgiel to head to Moeraki for the club’s annual combined bus trip.

We started at the lookout at Moeraki …

Debussing at Moeraki. (Clive pic and caption.)

Where we are going… (Clive pic and caption.)

… and wandered down the Millennium track with great views of the sea and Moeraki Bay.  The first seal sighting included a baby seal which was eagerly photographed.  A Crested shag was also seen. It was a short wander down to the surrounds of the famous Fleur’s Restaurant.  Here morning tea was partaken …

Morning tea at Fleur’s Restaurant. (Clive pic and caption.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… with lovely views of the fishing boats (known for catching blue cod) in the bay. It was a cool start but gradually the cloud cleared and the sun warmed us up.

The track followed the shoreline through trees and shrubs. On one part of the track the big slump in Moeraki was very evident which has affected some roads and properties.

We then walked down onto the beach, the tide being low, and some walkers seeing what seemed like a leopard seal. It was a pleasant walk 2km up the beach to the Moeraki Boulders.  According to Maori legend the boulders represent eel baskets and food that was spilled from the loss of Arai-te-uru, one of the large canoes that came from distant Hawaiki. The Boulders are concretions consisting of mud , fine silt and clay , cemented by calcite. 

After a number of photographs …

Dave I’ll just move this boulder, (Clive pic and caption.)

Oops…… (Clive pic and caption.)

… some of the group headed up to Hampden beach. Erosion by the sea was very evident along the low cliffs.

Lunch was had along the beach some near the boulders …

Adi pic.

…and others at the picnic tables at Hampden Beach.

The trampers lunch at Hampden. (Clive pic and caption.)

The lure of big double icecreams at the store was too much for some.

Well deserved treat!!! (Dave pic and caption.)

They were sampled with smiles as we walked back.

We all met up at the Boulders’ carpark around 2pm and then headed down to Shag point.  The drive in was past icon kiwi cribs, some originally belonging to coal miners of the past, to the boat ramp.  We had a wander around the area seeing more lazing seals. There was an old coal mine that used to operate in the cliffs. This was where, years ago, Mollie went to the local school at the age of 5. At that time when the mine was operating the school had a roll of 80.  10 years later when she left the school, it only had 18 students.  The mine closed in the early 70’s and had shafts running underground beneath the sea as well as inland.

It was then back on the bus, with a group of great people for the trip home. Some feeling very relaxed after some good sea air!!

Thanks to President Jill for her superb organisation.

Dave M

3. 15/12/1997. Tenth Anniversary Dinner, Moeraki. People pics.

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bus

Sylvia Williams, Win Gibson, Audrey Heenan, Les Smith, Nancy Strang, Margaret Deuchrass, Margaret Smith, Who? Mary Maxwell, Les Wiffin, Peg Chisholm, Les Winefield, Mavis Winefield, Bev McIntosh, Barbara McCCabe, Don McCabe?

Eric

Eric Bennett, Bev Harvey, Joan Hobbs, Elizabeth Haggie, Dot Bennett, George Haggie

 

 

 

Mavis

Murray and Eleanor Watt, Ngaire and Doug Moir

Nancy

Sylvia William, Nancy Strang, Margaret Deuchrass, Peg Chisholm, Frank Weedon, Win Gibson, Shirley, Ngaire Moir

Margaret and the two Bevs

Margaret Smith, Bev McIntosh, Bev Harvey

Wndy

Les and Margaret Smith, Wendy Bathgate

Eleanor Watt, Les and Margaret Smith, Bev Harvey

Geo

George Haggie, Mavis Winefield, Les Winefield, Eric Bennett.

Dot

Dot Bennett, Joan Hobbs, Colleen Gamble

Bab

Barbara McCabe, Cath and Lex Donaldson

Ndl

Nelson and Dot Taiaroa

Murray

Murray and Eleanor Watt

Maru

Les Wiffin, Mary Maxwell

Bob

Bob and Audrey Heenan

Ray

Bev and Ray Harvey

Bev and Ivan

Bev and Ivan McIntosh

 

 

Ptr

Peter Bathgate

 

2. Friday 22/9/1992 – Sunday 23/9/1992. Moeraki Motor Camp. 23 attended. Leaders: Bob & Audrey

1. 22-23/9/1989. Moeraki Motor Camp. Leaders:  Bob & Audrey. 24 attended this weekend camp. Everyone had a great time and Audrey and Bob were thanked for a job well done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 14 2018

30th Anniversary people pics

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Group Photo

Ray and Diana (formerly Blair) Wiggins

Les & Margaret Smith, Bev McIntosh, Bill Hunt, and Ted Chirnside.

Elizabeth (formerly Gamperle) & George Haggie

Audrey & Bob Heenan

Judy Knox & Doug Moir

Nancy Strang, Joyce Shaw and Ted Chirnside

Clive Crossman, Jay Devlin, Marjorie & Bruce Spittle, Ian Fleming, Mary Lawlor, Jan Butcher, Who?

Pat Randall, Bev Harvey, Lesley Gowans, Shirley Fleming.

Elaine Day and Peter Davie.

Alex & Liz Griffin

Jim & Betty Finnie

Lance & Lois Woodfield

Denise Pearce, Chris Hughes and Dot Bennett

Keith & Shona Munro.

Ann and Kevin Burke

Dawn Pool & Pam Clough

Margreet & Neil Simpson with President Jill Dodd at rear

Judy Dennison & Helen Morris

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Mar 14 2018

30th Anniversary

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The day dawned sunny but cool, so for a leg-stretch, 18 walkers left from the bowling club for a street walk. We walked a couple of ks to, and through, the new Heathfield subdivision off Gladstone Road into the Woodlands settlement at the bottom of the Mosgiel sign. From here we climbed a steep pinch up to near the Mosgiel sign

(Clive pic.)

which was erected in June 1987 by the local Rotary club under the guidance of one of our tramping club members, Neil Buckley. It is a landmark at the entrance to Mosgiel – our little Hollywood replica!!

After a leisurely coffee stop at the reservoir and the panoramic vista over Mosgiel, – the Silver Peaks to the north – across to the Maungatuas in the West

(Ian pic.)

– and down the Taieri Plains. – A casual walk back into Mosgiel where some had another coffee stop before heading over to the the bowling club for the celebratory lunch.

30 Anniversary of our Club’s Inauguration.

We had 82 members, partners and past members in attendance for a delicious buffet lunch interspersed with a speech from George Haggie representing the early members and one from Dave Mellish, one of our newer members.
Also the Skylarks quartet presented an entertaining song composed by Bruce Spittle to the tune from Gilbert and Sullivans HMS Pinafore, titled “Some Years ago in 1988”. Thanks Bruce Ian Judy D and Margreet.

*****Click here For a video of “Some Years Ago in 1988″*****

A real highlight for the whole event was the presentation to Margaret and Les Smith of Life Membership.

(Shirley pic.)

A real honour and well deserved. Right from the start of the club’s inauguration till present day, of years of service: committee, trip organizing and hosting club activities.

Another memorable event was the launching of Judy Knox’s book:
Taieri Recreational Tramping Club – 30 th Anniversary Publication.

*****Click here for people pics taken at the Dinner*****

(Shirley pic.)

An amazing record of our history. Thanks to Judy for her research and Ian Fleming’s meticulous care in maintaining the website for access to members, where Judy collected a lot of her information.

Cake cutting was by Molly Vaughan (90+) and George Haggie (almost 90), …

(Official pic.)

… original members and untill very recently, still tramping. An inspiration to us all.

The cake fairies Pam and Dawn distributed the cake. This cake was beautifully decorated using a similar topping as on the 20th year cake, along with little boots, pack and sticks.

(Official pic.)

“Well Done” to the decorator.

Several member also spoke towards the end of the lunch describing various aspects of a very happy fun-loving group of outdoor folks who enjoy a coffee fix at the end of the day regarding encountering the day’s outing.

“Well done” everyone!

30 years is a fine achievement, and onwards and upwards for another 30 years.

I would just like to thank the committee and fellow-trampers for making this club so special.

Happy tramping! – Jill Dodd, President 2017 -2018

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Mar 06 2013

25th Anniversary

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Mar 05 2008

20th Anniversary Celebration

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George & Daphne cut the cake

George & Daphne cut the cake

Wednesday 5 March 2008 was the 20th Anniversary of the Taieri Recreational Tramping Club, and to celebrate such an important occasion, President Peter welcomed over 70 members who sat down to a hearty lunch at the Mosgiel Railway Station. Everyone tucked in to roast beef, pork, stuffed chicken and lots of vegetables followed by pavlova, sticky pudding, fruit salad etc. A very kiwi lunch. Doug M piped in the anniversary cake, which was cut by life members George and Daphne. Speeches by founding members of the club were appreciated as reminiscences about amusing incidents from past tramps and camps were remembered.

The entertainment followed started off by The Entwistle ensemble, Evelyn and Bob entertaining us with Gaelic songs and music on harp and treble recorder. Very harmonious and soothing music. Then the 4 tramping-mates rolled along to a catchy romp along the track. This was very popular and got everyone in the mood for a good sing-along with Bruce on guitar and Ian on keyboard leading the way. A most enjoyable way to spend the day (even if it was not as healthy as a good tramp). – Tash

In addition, Peter wrote a song performed at the 20th Anniversary:

FOUR JOLLY TRAMPING MATES

Chorus:
We’re four jolly tramping mates, as you can all see:
There’s Les Smith, Ray Wiggins, Ian Fleming, and Me,
Enjoying our freedom-years, maintaining our health:
That’s Les Smith, Ray Wiggins, Ian Fleming, and Self.

We meet in the carpark where Pat marks the roll;
Then it’s off to the start of our pre-recced stroll –
Perhaps down the Silverstream – to the river and back –
Or a slog up the rocky slope of the Steve Amies track.

Chorus …

When we reach a tricky fence, our hearts start to thump,
For we know that our girls will need a hand on the rump.
And when they are safely through, we give a wee smile …
For just down the fence a bit we’ve spotted a style.

Chorus …

Our lunch-times are happy hours; of that there’s no doubt;
No subject is sacred when Joyce Shaw is about.
With sandwiches eaten and many jokes told,
It’s back on the track again before we get cold.

Chorus …

We’re four jolly tramping mates, but now there are three
For Ian’s dived behind a bush for his half-hourly pee.
We all look the other way for the time that it takes.
We know he’ll be back with us in a couple of shakes.

Chorus …

And now we are home again, our joints stiff and sore
But we all know that next week we’ll be back for more,
Enjoying our freedom years, maintaining our health –
That’s Les Smith, Ray Wiggins, Ian Fleming and Self.

We’re four jolly tramping mates, as you can all see:
There’s Les Smith, Ray Wiggins, Ian Fleming, and Me.
We’re four jolly tramping mates, four jolly tramping mates are we:
That’s Les Smith, Ray Wiggins, Ian Fleming, and Me.

Reception Photos

 

Pat and Doreen

Pat and Doreen

Dot and Joan

Dot and Joan

Pat and Shirley

Pat and Shirley

Graham

Graham

Pam and Mary Y

Pam and Mary

Ken and Peter

Ken and Peter

Diana, Mavis and Peter

Diana, Mavis and Peter

Lesley and Evelyn

Lesley and Evelyn

Bill & Lesley

Bill & Lesley

Joan C and Margaret S

Joan C and Margaret S

Ted

Ted

Bob M

Bob M

Nelson & Dot

Nelson & Dot

Nelson & Dot enlarged

Nelson & Dot enlarged

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Barbara & Arthur

Barbara & Arthur

Neil and Ken

Neil and Ken

George & Elizabeth

George & Elizabeth

Audrey & Bob

Audrey & Bob

Nel v H

Nel v H

Barbara M

Barbara M

Lois & Lance

Catherine and Ria

Catherine and Ria

Jean Y

Jean Y

Muriel

Margaret & Les

Margaret & Les

Margaret B

Bev & Ivan

Bev & Ivan

Lesley G

Lesley G

Mavis

Mavis

Mary & Les

Mary & Les

Bill & Pat

Bill & Pat

Betty

Betty

Bruce & Marjorie

Bruce & Marjorie

Tash

Tash

Leoni

Leoni

Margaret and June

Margaret and June

Sabina

Sabina

Les, Peg, Bob, Peg, George and Daphne

Life Members: Les, Peg, Bob, Peg, George and Daphne

Doug & Ngaire

Doug & Ngaire

Gaelic music by Evelyn & Bob

Peg A and Frances

Peg A and Frances

Bruce and Ian lead singing

Bruce and Ian lead singing

Bev H

Bev H

Peter, Ian, Shirley, Ray and Les

Tramping Mates Peter, Ian, (Shirley accompanying), Ray and Les

Lex

Lex

Shirley accompanies Tramping Mates

Shirley accompanies Tramping Mates

The Birthday Cake

The Birthday Cake

Bob E

Bob E

Group Photo

Group Photo

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Feb 16 2003

Fifteenth Anniversary Photos

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Peg C Peggy M Peg A

BR: June Dawn Daphne FR: Peg C Peggy M Peg A (Bill pic)

Organiser: Colleen (Bill pic)

Organiser: Colleen (Bill pic)

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