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Re: LRRSA News.

David in Avenel
 

I suggest that that is echoed by all of us Grahame.  Difficult times demand unusual work arounds.

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Re: LRRSA News.

Grahame Clark <gclark1066@...>
 

Thank you for all your efforts at this difficult time. And please pass that on to your helpers
Your work is much appreciated by me
Grahame


On 28 Mar 2020, at 1:54 pm, John Dennis <jdennis412@...> wrote:


Firstly, all meetings scheduled for April have been cancelled. It is likely that our meetings will be unable to be held for some time. Further updates will be announced here, on our facebook page and group, and the LRRSA web page http://lrrsa.org.au .

The mail out for LR272 (April 2020) was planned to be done on Thursday 19th, but due to a miscommunication with the printers, we didn't have a magazine to send. Plan B was to hold the mail out last Thursday (26th) but considering the restrictions on gatherings, and the participants being in the high-risk category, we felt it best not to meet as a group.

Plan C was for three regulars to pick up a third of the magazines, envelopes, labels and the inserts, (arriving at scheduled times to avoid one another) and then deliver the packed magazines back to Emerald for posting, hopefully on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. That plan was scuppered slightly when the magazine delivery didn't occur until 4pm yesterday (Friday).

We are still proceeding with three people packing one third of the mags, but now the best we can do is to post the magazines on Monday, assuming we are not in a lockdown status and Frank is comfortable taking everything to the PO.

There will be a further update when the magazine is finally handed over to Australia Post.

John Dennis

LRRSA News.

John Dennis
 

Firstly, all meetings scheduled for April have been cancelled. It is likely that our meetings will be unable to be held for some time. Further updates will be announced here, on our facebook page and group, and the LRRSA web page http://lrrsa.org.au .

The mail out for LR272 (April 2020) was planned to be done on Thursday 19th, but due to a miscommunication with the printers, we didn't have a magazine to send. Plan B was to hold the mail out last Thursday (26th) but considering the restrictions on gatherings, and the participants being in the high-risk category, we felt it best not to meet as a group.

Plan C was for three regulars to pick up a third of the magazines, envelopes, labels and the inserts, (arriving at scheduled times to avoid one another) and then deliver the packed magazines back to Emerald for posting, hopefully on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. That plan was scuppered slightly when the magazine delivery didn't occur until 4pm yesterday (Friday).

We are still proceeding with three people packing one third of the mags, but now the best we can do is to post the magazines on Monday, assuming we are not in a lockdown status and Frank is comfortable taking everything to the PO.

There will be a further update when the magazine is finally handed over to Australia Post.

John Dennis

Re: Beneath the Peak of Lyell

John Dennis
 

Hello Brian, all,

For those who do not wish to order online, the book will be included on the Sales List included with the forthcoming April LR.  If you are not a member of the Society, drop a note and include a cheque or your credit card details to LRRSA Sales, PO Box 21, Surrey Hills 3127, Vic. 

John Dennis
LRRSA Sales

On Sat, 14 Mar 2020 at 05:51, Brian Coleman <brianblocko1@...> wrote:
Hi John, 
Don’t know if my email went thru or not. Want a copy of the Beneath the Peak of Lyell book you now advertise. Can you arrange for me ?. Let me know ??.  Regards Brian m Coleman. 


On 13 Mar 2020, at 8:59 pm, John Dennis <jdennis412@...> wrote:


We are now taking orders for Beneath the Peak of Lyell. The recommended retail price will be $66.00 ($49.50 for LRRSA members) but for orders placed before May 15, the special pre-publication price will be $55.00 ($39.60) . Postage anywhere in Australia will be $15.00. Available to order from the LRRSA online shop - https://shop.lrrsa.org.au/Beneath-the-Peak-of-Lyell - however the book will not be available until early May.  

John Dennis
LRRSA Sales

Re: Beneath the Peak of Lyell

Brian Coleman
 

Hi John, 
Don’t know if my email went thru or not. Want a copy of the Beneath the Peak of Lyell book you now advertise. Can you arrange for me ?. Let me know ??.  Regards Brian m Coleman. 


On 13 Mar 2020, at 8:59 pm, John Dennis <jdennis412@...> wrote:


We are now taking orders for Beneath the Peak of Lyell. The recommended retail price will be $66.00 ($49.50 for LRRSA members) but for orders placed before May 15, the special pre-publication price will be $55.00 ($39.60) . Postage anywhere in Australia will be $15.00. Available to order from the LRRSA online shop - https://shop.lrrsa.org.au/Beneath-the-Peak-of-Lyell - however the book will not be available until early May.  

John Dennis
LRRSA Sales

Beneath the Peak of Lyell

John Dennis
 

We are now taking orders for Beneath the Peak of Lyell. The recommended retail price will be $66.00 ($49.50 for LRRSA members) but for orders placed before May 15, the special pre-publication price will be $55.00 ($39.60) . Postage anywhere in Australia will be $15.00. Available to order from the LRRSA online shop - https://shop.lrrsa.org.au/Beneath-the-Peak-of-Lyell - however the book will not be available until early May.  

John Dennis
LRRSA Sales

Re: Light Railways PDFs now free!

Philip Rubie
 

Many thanks ... I lost a good number of my treasured archives in a flood a few years back and I love rereading old issues of the magazine ... you guys are real stars ... PhR 

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 08:57:59 PM GMT+11, John Dennis <jdennis412@...> wrote:


A couple of years ago the Society's Council made a decision to make all of the PDF back issues (except for the most recent 12 - 2 years worth) available as free downloads. We are now finally pleased to announce that this has indeed transpired. While there are possible downsides, we felt that as a research body the results of our research should be freely available.
The benefits to the Society are wider recognition, as all these issues will appear in Google searches, and possibly offer a "short cut" to new researchers who might be unaware of previous research.
The PDFs can be accessed either by going to the various Light Railway pages on our website (see http://lrrsa.org.au/Lrr_LRf.htm as an example) or by finding the magazine in the online shop, where there is a link.  

John Dennis
LRRSA Webmaster

Re: Light Railways PDFs now free!

Stuart Livesey
 

John

Just having those PDF's available online was an incredible benefit for those of us who just can't get to some central point to do research and to make them available free of charge is a very generous move by the Society.

Thanks very much.

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Re: Light Railways PDFs now free!

david matthewson
 

Very much appreciated - thanks!

David

Re: Light Railways PDFs now free!

John Browning
 

Congratulations to the Society for taking this step.

John

Light Railways PDFs now free!

John Dennis
 

A couple of years ago the Society's Council made a decision to make all of the PDF back issues (except for the most recent 12 - 2 years worth) available as free downloads. We are now finally pleased to announce that this has indeed transpired. While there are possible downsides, we felt that as a research body the results of our research should be freely available.
The benefits to the Society are wider recognition, as all these issues will appear in Google searches, and possibly offer a "short cut" to new researchers who might be unaware of previous research.
The PDFs can be accessed either by going to the various Light Railway pages on our website (see http://lrrsa.org.au/Lrr_LRf.htm as an example) or by finding the magazine in the online shop, where there is a link.  

John Dennis
LRRSA Webmaster

Re: Online interactive 3D map of NSW

Mike Bickford
 

I was also surprised how old the aerial photography was. At least 9 to 10 years old for Harden & district. Same for SixMaps. GoogleMaps aerials are only a few years old and higher resolution.

Mike Bickford

On Mon, 2 Mar 2020 at 9:58 pm, Tony & Rebecca <ajbvicau@...> wrote:

John,

Thanks for the link.

I was looking at our property on the satellite imagery and it is the best of 5 years out of date. Hopefully it is more up to date in other areas. I’ve seen the same in other satellite images where one area is reasonably current and others are old. None the less, still great to look around for planning as you mentioned.

cheers

Re: Online interactive 3D map of NSW

Tony & Rebecca
 

John,

Thanks for the link.

I was looking at our property on the satellite imagery and it is the best of 5 years out of date. Hopefully it is more up to date in other areas. I’ve seen the same in other satellite images where one area is reasonably current and others are old. None the less, still great to look around for planning as you mentioned.

cheers

Online interactive 3D map of NSW

John Cleverdon <johnc@...>
 

Hello all,
Following on from my postings about online interactive 3D maps, there is now one of NSW, for those planning to to travel or research in NSW.
The map can be found at: https://nsw.digitaltwin.terria.io/

You can also add NSW map data to the map.

Regards,
John
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Online interactive 3D maps

John Cleverdon <johnc@...>
 

Hello all,
A couple of online interactive 3D maps that I've come across in the past month or two, via professional email lists. They are intended for bushfire analysis but have other uses as well. A good Net connection is recommended.

A 3D interactive map with aerial photography - admittedly a few years old - overlaid (https://emsina.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer3d/index.html?id=e84e9bae3a8d48a282576df6d75cb00c). To rotate or change the angle of this map, use the 'Navigate' button (the bottom of the buttons at top left).  The street network isn't up-to-date either.

A similar map at: https://nasa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer3d/index.html?id=21d4a14aa44e46f4ab4f3dcbfbbe5045
It's main aim relates to the recent large bushfires in NSW.
However, turn off the maps on the 'Layer List' (third button from right, top right of map) and you have a useful online interactive 3D map of Australia (a bit like the 'Memory Map' software).
With the 'Basemap Gallery' (fourth button from right, top right of map) you can choose what type of map you want as the base, draped over the digital terrain model.
To rotate the map or change the angle, use the ‘Navigate’ button; the bottom of the 5 buttons at the top-left of the map.

Regards,
John
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Re: Database(s)

alarchaeologist
 

Thanks Bob and David.  Would be interested in seeing what a web database looks like.  Have only previous seen web versions of Excel sheets.

alister

Re: Database(s)

David Halfpenny
 

Bob,

I’m pleased you specifically intend that, because the word ‘database’ means different things to different people :-)

David 1/2d

On 11 Feb 2020, at 09:11, Bob Backway <bob_backway@...> wrote:

Yep, this is a good example of what can be done. However (and not criticising your excellent effort) I hope to have it as a web based tool rather than a file.

Bob Backway, Belgrave Hts, Victoria, Australia
Commodore, Lake Eyre Yacht Club   LakeEyreYC.com

Re: Database(s)

Bob Backway
 

Yep, this is a good example of what can be done. However (and not criticising your excellent effort) I hope to have it as a web based tool rather than a file.

Bob Backway, Belgrave Hts, Victoria, Australia
Commodore, Lake Eyre Yacht Club   LakeEyreYC.com

Re: Database(s)

alarchaeologist
 

Thanks for your comments, Bob.  Your database of people with areas of interest sounds great.  I, for one, am specializing in tracking down railways of all kinds in the Ipswich area; with particular emphasis on tracing where lines used to run and mapping them via GIS

With respect to a database of lines I put together one for Queensland a few years ago; again for all types of railways.  This is less accurate and up-to-date the further you are away from the south-east corner of Qld.  I have attached a sample of the greater Ipswich region plus original notes.  If the database can be any use to the LRRSA please let me know.

Alister Cameron  Thagoona Qld.

Database(s)

Bob Backway
 

RE: Research Register - Editorial (LR269) and Letters (LR271)

Databases are very powerful tools used in management and research, look at what Genealogists have done with them! I'm surprised that the LRRSA has not utilised them already. I would like to make the following comments:

1.The database(s) should be owned by the Society thus they can only be on the Society's web site. Facebook and Groups.io use of any data is beyond the control of the Society.

2. Furthermore it should be located in a "members only" section of the web site to be entered via member number and password only.This adds a group privacy element and also gives members privileges that may encourage new members.

3. I would prefer the register to be a "Register of Interest" rather than a "Register of Research" then internally in the database the "degree of interest" can be listed. For example I have interests in many diverse areas of our "hobby" and may not have the time to conduct formal research. However if I see that a member is heavily involved with a topic that I may have a snippet of information or perhaps an old/recent image I can contact that member. Similarly that member can contact me if I'm listed as "Interested" in that topic.

4. It would be good to set it up so a member can add/edit their own interests, thus reducing overheads and improving relevance.

5. Some time ago I suggested another type of database via the Yahoo Group and had little response. I believe the society would also benefit from a "Light Railway" database. Fields obviously would include gauge/industry but most importantly the GPS location. In this way the data can be used with Google Earth or in my case the navigation software that I have in my truck to show me points of interest as I travel around the country.

6. I have had considerable experience with databases but that was 20 years ago. I can however offer advice and I have a son who is in the modern day database industry whom I could prevail on for advice. Perhaps a "database committee" should be formed?


Bob Backway, Belgrave Hts, Victoria, Australia
Commodore, Lake Eyre Yacht Club   LakeEyreYC.com