The COG GBS chart roller

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Subject: The COG GBS chart roller
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:17:57 +0000

Kay Hahne brought in this item of “COG heritage” to the meeting tonight. As she would like to donate it to whoever would store it. It is a nicely built barrel to hold the GBS Charts, so that the chart can easily be viewed when typing input. It was a huge help from previously having nothing suitable, in that it rotated the chart to allow easy use of the big charts so that the weeks grid was always available regardless of where you were on the chart. The question arose where did it come from. This is the story as I remember it. It dates from about 1992, at the time I was designing the GBS chart Version 3, which was a significant design change and improvement from V2.


I designed it, that is to say it was my idea and a COG member with more carpentry skills than I, at the time offered to build it, to my specifications. I visited him at various times, with sample charts and to observe its construction and I collect the finished product from him and I paid him something for his work (I have forgotten what). I used the roller for about 3 years doing the data input for the catch up for several years data, as described in The GBS Report, before I gave it to Kay who carried on the GBS data input for many years (she says 16) after that. The problem is I now can’t remember his name. I sort of remember what he looked like. I thought he was mentioned in the acknowledgements of The GBS Report but it appears I missed that bit. It will probably be in the COG Committee minutes.  Maybe someone will recognise from this next bit and know his name. He lived in Chifley or perhaps Lyons until maybe mid 1990s (shortly after he built this thing) when he moved to the NSW south coast near Merimbula (Myrtle Mountain, Jenny tells me). He was then a neighbour or certainly nearby of another COG member, Alan Scrymgeor (I am not sure of the name spelling, but something like that). COG had some weekend campouts visiting these two couples. I know I went there at least once (mid-late 1990s?), and one of the things most who were there may remember is the Sugar Gliders they had living on big trees near the house.




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