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Robert Lockyer, Intrepid Lamma Explorer:
"Almost three years ago, Kitty and I got lost off the trail on the backside
of Mt Stenhouse. After a few hours of hands and knees ascent we came across
another tunnel. At this stage it was the first we had found on Lamma. The
entrance of the tunnel (which is the blue pin on the maps) was mostly caved
in so was a tight fit to squeeze in (again before I knew how many snakes
were on the island).
did manage to get in after some time of clearing bushes and
opening up the tunnel mouth a bit wider. On the inside, a few
meters in, was a ledge with this pick axe and knife resting on
it. At that time it had a wooden handle, but once I tried to
pick it up the wood turned to powder. Anyhow, I kept these and
even tried them out (hence the digging part has been worn a
When we got back home to YSW we asked around
about the tunnel and the pick. We were told that during WW2 the
Japanese had captured the island and dug (or had locals dug)
tunnels to conceal their activities from the air.
This location is above a rocky outcrop which
provides a clear view out over the west channel and south west
off the island.
The knife, which we believe was used for cutting roots, has an
inscription that we can't make out.
this initial find is what has spurred our love for hiking South
Lamma. As of today, it enabled up to log and record the location
of 16 tunnels and entrances.
We have kept these two tools together with the
locations of all the tunnels so far and will give them over to
the Lamma Heritage Centre when/if it is finished [G/F of future
North Lamma Library, off the YSW Ferry Pier].
We can only hope they will use them to inspire
more people to love and explore Lamma (without distorting and
P.S. As a good
point and footnote, it was only three days after our ascent of
Mt Stenhouse and the tunnel find that our daughter, Kaitlyn, was
No wonder she is so strong!"
(photo by Tracy Duggan)
In Central Ferry Pier 4, Lamma visitors waiting for the YSW ferry:
"12 noon ferry to YSW is full. Big crowd waiting for next ferry."
"And what a stampede to get on the ferry...really scary! They should do
something about that.
It's like living in Venice without the nice buildings and pigeons."
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