Concerning interest in the location at Kanangra for the real (original) ‘Lost Rock’ of the Dungall 1914 expedition, there has been lots of work with maps since my previous post. The conclusion is that “Lost Rock’ was nearly half a kilometre to the north east of the SURC Revelation Rock. Perhaps in rewriting his ‘memoirs’ after retirement Dunphy was desperate to get it relocated in his campaign to eliminate as much of the original Gundungura map as he could. Myles was very like another prominent conservationist I studied, J.D Tipper, founder of Muogamarra Sanctuary - who in retirement rewrote history for his memoirs to present as a benign public spirited man - in contrast with his original correspondence fifty years earlier and with the views of his family. I’ve already made a mea culpa, at Nelly's Glen, so I repeat: writings of old men (like me) should be checked to use for history.
Reviewing the records, it is likely that Myles Dunphy with Bert Gallop in 1914 had intended walk the cattle trail (Pfeffer's Track) from Ginkin to ‘The Boyd’ on the way from Jenolan to Yerranderie. Trying to get back onto it they’d become ‘lost’. Here is a summary for ‘Lost Rock’ mapping. I am encouraged by other cartographiles who contribute.
In 1961 I drew the Gundungura sketch map from aerial photos - with field checking by the then 16 participants over weekends and uni vacations. We used every published map available from Myles (sold by Paddy) - but that did not include the 1937 map. I listed the maps in my 1996 story published by Dave Noble, URL:https://www.subw.org.au/archives/press- ... undungura/
In the 1996 story I admired Myles the Magnificent - that very much holds true. But I was mistaken in referring to him as Munificent when he published his own Kowmung Country map. Rather, he’d become Malevolent, even in writing to the SURC years after I’d left Sydney. Although the Gundungura records at uni disappeared in 1980s, Greg Middleton had taken some which he returned later and Phil Harrison showed me (2017). Athol Abrahams as SURC leader had been replaced by Greg - who (when I tracked him in 2017), told me he’d communicated with Myles without identifying himself as SURC, thus explaining alterations to the later Gundungura map editions! Long after I’d left, Myles had accused me of drawing from the provisional maps which came out after my sketches. Why would I? We’d have just used them if they’d been available! The Lands Dept had been preparing for publication topo maps - at first provisional, from the same military aerial photos I’d been privileged to use. But in his retirement Myles did not access these restricted photos, so what was source for his 1963 map which in 1961 he was not able to do?
I’ve been making a new comparison of the 1960s sketch maps, and the efforts are amazing that were put in by Myles to erase as much as possible of the original SURC efforts. We had a policy of no (zero) use of names from living people, quite the opposite of the Dunphy practice! Terms he contrived like Whalania, Dungalla we thought sounded good, but certainly not historic geographical names which he claimed! (Roly Whalan died 1941, Bert Gallop 1958) The original cast of the MTC feature prominently, but that’s another story, several stories.
Altho it’s disappointing ‘Juxtaposer’ did not contribute anything, ‘Allchin09' has been a tower of strength in sharing some of his research into Dunphy archives, with copies of maps for personal study. The key is the 3rd September 1934 map in the State Library archives (donated 1987) identified “Done for Raphael C. Doyle” [of the MTC - he died 1972]. This is the most beautiful map I’ve ever seen! It appears to be a preview for map 14-4-1937 (also donated 1987). Myles lived until Jan 1985 when he was still rewriting his memoirs. I’m surprised Dave Noble said 11 Nov 2017 that Paddy sold the 1937 map (in 1950s?). He did not tell me altho’ he was mentoring my mapping. If I’d seen it I would not have had to ask Myles in 1961 about the location of ‘Lost Rock’!
Dungall Boulder is not shown in 1930s, but the location on these maps for ‘Lost Rock’ is Dunphy's original position. Using specialist techniques, I have examined this carefully, comparing with later sketch maps and the Lands Dept topo map (Yerranderie sheet): The original 1914 ‘Lost Rock’ Myles drew on Wheengeewhungee Heights, 435 metres north east of the new “Lost Rock” located at Revelation Rock. The image Alex put up for me here 23 Dec2017 is not from 1914: it’s a 1960s/70s re-drawing with Dungall Boulder re-located to Revelation Rock. The view of Mt Colong and the Boyd Range, rather than from Dungall Boulder in 1914, is from Revelation Rock in 1961.
A 435 m (more than 1/4 mile) difference would have been important to Myles . . . near the camp at Pfeffer's selection, he noted the distance between Morong Ck and Landrigan's Ck was out by just 1/8 mile (ca.200 metres). He was too competent to have mistakenly relocated ‘Lost Rock’ - his obliteration of SURC Revelation Rock was deliberate - no wonder he fought with the Lands Dept until 1969 to have his re-location accepted by Geographic Names Board. I’m forum illiterate so I’ll ask Alex to put up here my Google image showing the locations.
There is so much more to share about Myles and his MTC, who had made a trail along the route later used for the Uni Rover Trail - condemned by Myles! Next step for finding the real ‘Lost Rock’ is field proofing. Back to Alex! Then there’s the matter of correcting the Lands Dept.
I’m thinking of you in my dreams: Good Walking.