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Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby guyburns » Mon 12 Feb, 2024 2:41 am

Ann Stocks, Life Member of the North West Walking Club, died Sunday morning at Melaleuca nursing home, East Devonport. I think she was 92. She was the first female President, and a very active walker from 1964 when she joined the club, till 1980, when she had to tone things down a fair bit after breaking her leg at home. Prior to joining the NWWC she was with the Launceston Walking Club. Mavis Rowlands, whom Ann worked with sometimes, introduced her to bushwalking.

I put together a 150 minute audio visual about Ann a few years ago, ending with the attached slide (taken by Murray Geard in December 1966). I was never able to work out on which summit she is sitting. Any suggestions?

The AV was shown four times in Ulverstone, but I didn't get around to showing it in Launceston. I may do so in the coming weeks at the Queen Victoria Museum, in fond memory of Ann, who is regarded as the matriarch of the NWWC.

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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby eggs » Mon 12 Feb, 2024 2:19 pm

Death is the last enemy and always sad.
That shot will be from Barn Bluff
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby guyburns » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 12:41 pm

So that's where it is. What's that pointy Mt on the horizon to Ann's left?
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby eggs » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 12:42 pm

Pelion East
You can just see the start of Oakleigh on the far left
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Last » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 2:19 pm

If that's BB then what's that visible between her left shoulder/upper arm and the cairn?
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Letstryagain » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 4:40 pm

Last wrote:If that's BB then what's that visible between her left shoulder/upper arm and the cairn?



Could it be barn bluff taken from cradle?
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Tortoise » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 5:55 pm

I can't figure out the background. If we're looking at PE from BB, the background is Cathedral Plateau. It's hard to tell in the photo, but it looks like there's a phantom rocky-topped mountain in between. Or that's part of Cathedral, but that much scree doesn't look right. Does anyone have a good shot of Cathedral from BB or Oakleigh?
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Letstryagain » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 6:00 pm

From Emmett making the mystery lump pelion west?
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby north-north-west » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 6:08 pm

This is Barn Bluff looking over Oakleigh to Pelion East and a whole lot more. Angle is different to the shot of Ann and the cairn is also different.

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If that is Pelion East and Oakleigh at the edge, the shot would have to be further west.
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Letstryagain » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 6:15 pm

My final guess then, inglis. You can see a lake at the bottom left.
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby miss-linda » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 6:45 pm

I'm not sure where Ann was sitting, but it's not mt Inglis, where I remember the summit is scrubbier without scree or boulders. Ann looks like she was a very lovely person.
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Tortoise » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 7:06 pm

Yes, I'd like to have known her. I got here too late. But I suspect I've been inspired by people that she inspired.

This is from Inglis:
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Letstryagain » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 7:11 pm

Probably should never have questioned eggs then. :lol: gotta be BB
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Tortoise » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 7:23 pm

Letstryagain wrote:Probably should never have questioned eggs then. :lol: gotta be BB

Well, I was very hesitant to do so! I just couldn't work out the background. But nnw's pic from BB above doesn't fit. :(
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby north-north-west » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 8:27 pm

Of course, it's entirely possible that in the rush to find something suitable I stuffed up the sequence, and my image is from Emmett ...

ETA: ... which it is. THIS is from Barney and eggs. as almost always, is right:
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Tortoise » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 8:37 pm

Of course! I must pay more attention to what the Cathedral Plateau looks like from that direction.
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Tortoise » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 8:45 pm

Last wrote:If that's BB then what's that visible between her left shoulder/upper arm and the cairn?

PW, I think.
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby eggs » Tue 13 Feb, 2024 11:07 pm

I think Pelion West will be correct.

Another shot for your consideration - I should have put it up first time.
But this is a sad post, and we are getting distracted.
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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby Letstryagain » Wed 14 Feb, 2024 7:03 am

Thanks eggs.

Sounds like Ann had a good life. Nothing sad about that. Death comes for us all in the end. It's the life part we need to focus on.

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Re: Ann Stocks -- farewell

Postby guyburns » Mon 19 Feb, 2024 11:13 pm

So Barn Bluff it is. Thanks for all the feedback.

There were about 20 people at the funeral on Friday 16th. Ann had no children, so it was just a few nephews, nieces, friends, and a smattering of walking club people. Four Life Members were in attendance -- if you include Ann.

After Ann recorded the commentary for Portrait of a Sole in 2016, she gave me most of her bushwalking gear, all from the 1960s. That jacket she's wearing on Barn Bluff, is now inside her pack, next to her Paddy Pallin tent, just a few metres away in the garage. It's a pity such things eventually end up in land fill. Maybe they should have been placed beside her in the coffin.
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