One of the truly great things about campin’ and shootin’ with friends is the recounting over and over the fun times, the great shots and the flukes, the camp meals, roaring fires and grand friendships. And the stories that become embellished, at first just a trifle, then oft times overly exaggerated and always, always better with each telling. Enjoy another visit with us Around the Traps.
The blue and white Southern Cross flag first received major recognition when hoisted in December 1854 at the Eureka Stockade, Ballarat where diggers swore an oath: “We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties.”
The flag was commonly referred to at the time as the Australian Flag of Independence, also as the Digger’s Flag or simply as the Southern Cross.
In November 2006, Around the Traps began as a single page info sheet for members. Now 50 editions later it continues to serve members and attracts muzzleloader friends around the globe. In this last “Traps” for 2014, Le Reynard recounts an earlier duck hunt, Jenny Baker uncovers the joys of Christmas with belching swivel guns, dancing and a wee dram of brandy. Lewis and Clark certainly knew how to make merry!
Southern Cross Free Trappers reached a milestone in June, celebrating our tenth Winter Quarters camp. Buckskinners attending this camp each received one of these leather medallions to mark the occasion. Enjoy our latest newsletter.
Melbourne’s historic Shot Tower enclosed in a steel & glass dome: Photo by Vernon Fowler. We featured Shot Towers of Australia back in Vol.14, January 2009, which reminds me to mention that all back issues of Around the Traps can freely be accessed in our archives. Meanwhile I’m pleased to announce Vol 48 has just been posted for your reading pleasure.
There’s something about iron furniture, unembellished stock timber with nice sharp lines that draws my attention and hopefully yours too. Is it a poor-boys? In this edition we recognise some fine workmanship from good mates up in Mississippi.