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Cocklebiddy tree with scrub fire approaching

"It's the tree that counts"

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A bush fire approaching Cocklebiddy Motel on the Nullarbor, caused a storm and rain which stopped the fire. 1963-64 SUSS expediotion. A number of us drove out in an old ute to help beat out the flames. We were getting covered in ash and embers, when the car stalled in the path of the flames and wind. Then down came the rain, generated by the heat from the fire, which doused the flames, we then made our escape back to the Motel for a nights sleep on the garage floor.


We had to pack in a hurry and leave the camp at Murra-el-Elevyn Cave


Must dig out the slides of that camp and smoke approaching.


See the story of Bill and Mary who built the first roadhouse here..


Nearby Pannikin Plain Cave...

I expect you have seen this..


I first entered this cave with the Geol. Survey, GSWA in 1965, can't remember if we entered it on the '63-'64 SUSS Nullarbor Expedition.


In Caves of the Nullarbor, J.R.Dunkley and T.M.L.Wigley, SRC 1967, it is listed as N49. D Lowry and I popped in, maybe to the larger lake in 1965, then I returned later with Bruce Robinson and my girl friend Mary.


While Mary climbed out of the doline, I had gone ahead alone down the northern? rockpile to the small lake.


She was very angry that I had failed to turn up on the surface for awhile. but we are still married!


See the nearby property to the north, that the fire was on. Dave and I roamed around on it looking at the geology and chasing a 'roo for dinner during late 1965.

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Taken on January 10, 1964