Mildura Weekly : Friday July 24 Vol 9 No 37
NEWS 11 FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By ALAN ERSKINE JOCELYN Lindner makes no secret of her love for the Vic- torian Mallee, and its many and varied flora and fauna. It’s a love the Yarram, South Gippsland-born and raised Jocelyn gained after marrying into Tutye’s Lind- ner family in 1971. She had met well-known Mallee farmer, the late Tom Lind- ner, on a camping trip to Darwin. Now Jocelyn has turned her passion and hobby into book form, complete with photographs, with a launch planned for Cowangie on Sunday, August 2. Jocelyn has had a pas- sion for photography since the age of 21, when she was given a camera as a birthday present, but it wasn’t until she moved to live on a Mal- lee farm that she developed a special interest in the local flora and fauna. It had been a near-life- long interest for her hus- band Tom, up to the time he passed away three years ago at 84. Jocelyn writes in her book, ‘Flora and Fauna of the Victorian and SA Mallee,’ that Tom’s interest began be- fore his teens, and as early as 12 he was writing letters to the Weekly Times, passing on details of climatic condi- tions, nesting Mallee Fowl, and how work was progress- ing on his home ‘museum.’ It is obvious from Joc- elyn’s writings that Tom’s interest in all things Mal- lee was nurtured and en- couraged by the then Tutye South school teacher, a Miss Leathbridge, who often took the students on bush excur- sions. Jocelyn’s late brother-in- law Robert Lindner shared Tom’s passion, and through the years they built hides to observe Mallee Fowl up close, and gain their trust. Both were known for their ability to mimic bird calls, with Tom having a par- ticularly wide repertoire of calls, and Robert being able to mimic Mallee Fowl calls so accurately that the birds would come when he called. Jocelyn, who spent 15 years as an agricultural re- search officer in Croydon, Melbourne, before mov- ing to the Mallee, has other books to her credit; ‘Kow Plains and Beyond,’ ‘Kow Plains revisited,’ and a his- torical documentary on Murrayville’s centenary – 1910 to 2010. The book on Mallee flora and fauna is Jocelyn’s biggest effort so far, almost 300 pages, and she says it’s a book that has been in the pipeline for many years, and which might still have been “in the bottom drawer” had it not been for help and sug- gestions from many quar- ters, including long time ac- quaintance Shane Strudwick and his Discover Murray website. Jocelyn writes that as soon as she visited north- west Victoria she was fasci- nated with the beauty and delicate nature of Mallee native plants, and their abil- ity to survive in the harsh climate. “I could not understand why some of the local plants were not grown in Mallee gardens,” she said. “The diversity is evident along the Mallee Highway as the road passes through typical bush land and salt bush country similar to that of the Sunset Country, and through natural open plains near Cowangie. “A stop along the high- way to observe the diversity and range of plants that sur- Gippsland-born Jocelyn Lindner fell in love with North-West Victoria, its many animals, bird species, trees and wildflowers on her first visit in 1971. The four decades in between have cemented that affection, with... Mallee flora, fauna now in book form • BEATING AROUND THE BUSH: Shane Strudwick from the Discover Murray website goes over the book with author and Mallee farmer Jocelyn Lindner. That’s Joyce again getting up close and personal with her trusty camera, and a shot of the result (INSET). “A stop along the highway to observe the diversity and range of plants that survive in this harsh climate, with many days over 40 degrees Celsius and an average rainfall of 300 millimetres, can be fascinating and rewarding.” – Jocelyn Lindner Mallee flora, fauna vive in this harsh climate, with many days over 40 de- grees Celsius and an average rainfall of 300 millimetres, can be fascinating and re- warding. Walpeup, Under- bool and Murrayville have remnant vegetation within their perimeters. The flow- ers are at their best from late July until November, but no matter what time of the year, there is always something of interest to be found.” Jocelyn said the fragile area continues to respond well to good seasons, and provide an extensive array of colour in spring. “Notably, the spring of 2010 provided spectacular dense masses of colour that had not been seen for many years, after prolonged drought,” she said. “The aim of this book was to be an easy to use guide to Mallee wildflowers, but as it developed, and due to the wide interests of myself and family in the flora and fauna of the area, it became ap- parent that the book could be a lot broader.... hence the decision to include the horticultural potential and propagation of local plants, and chapters on weeds, food and medicinal plants, the ef- fects of fire and the benefits of remnant vegetation.” The chapter ‘What’s in flower and when’ includes scans of a number of plants that give a true indication of the size and flowering time, achieved by placing fresh plant specimens directly on the bed of the scanner. Jocelyn hopes her book will be of interest to people of all ages in all areas, and perhaps serve to encourage them to visit the Mallee, its towns, parks and reserves to see and enjoy the flora and fauna in person. • Continued Page 12 SELF HIRE AND DRIVE LONG & SHORT TERM RENTALS • 12-25 seat buses • Air conditioned latest models • Air conditioned utes • One Tonne Capacity • 3 Tonne Truck 5023 4366 FAX 5021 5041 COMPETITIVE RATES M HIRE SHORT TRIP CARS HORT ORT TRUCKS LONG TRAVEL DISTANCES LONG TRAVEL DISTANCES TRUCKS &CARS TRUCKS &CARS 12 - 25 SEATER BUSES FOR HIREE ELF DRIVE VEHICLES MOVERS TRAILERS TRAILERS BUSES TRUCKS UTES EE ELLFF DRRRIIVVVVVVVVVVE LL ONG OORR SH SH SHOR O TTER CCCCCCCCLLLLEEEEEEEES EE VVVVVVVVVVVEEEEE 122 - 222222222255555555555 SSSSSSSEAATER BUSESESESESSESESESES FFOR HIRE TRIPS RRRRRRRE OOOOR ORR HHHHHHHHHHIRIRIRIRIRIRIRIRIII TR OSS OS OS OS OS FFFFFOOOOO ATER ERRRR BBBBBBBBUUS US US US US US US USEEEEEEE TTTTT TT TTTTT TT TTTTOOOOOOO THE FASTEST GROWING TRAILER ORGANISATION IN AUSTRALIA. 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