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Story of Two Captains

A cache by maccamob Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 9/6/2002
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Geocache Description:

For our twenty-fifth cache, maccamob invites you to come on a guided tour of a thriving town near Melbourne that has an interesting history involving two Captains – one respectable and one notorious. The tour features six points of interest, and concludes with a short drive into the nearby countryside followed by a walk beside a river.

First Stop.
This historic structure played a part in the production of a now-uncommon beverage. It is noted for the advertisement, still visible on one side, for an old-fashioned medication. What is that medication?
Oil – go to S 37 41.382, E 144 25.022
Pills – go to S 37 40.552, E 144 26.297
Powder – go to S 37 40.698, E 144 26.015

Second Stop.
At this location you will find details of those who went to serve.
(Beware: check all levels and faces of the structure carefully, and be alert for apparently minor differences that may be significant)
How many were 'selected'? Number = ab
How many contingents are detailed? Number = c
How many privates? Number of privates = d
How many MLAs are also commemorated here? Number = e
a + b + c + e = f
b + d = g
b + c = h
b - e = i
Now go to S 37 40.gbf, E 144 26.ahi

Note: the next three stops are all within easy walking distance.

Third Stop.
About what year was the picture of the Blacksmith’s building taken? Year = ijkl
When was the saddlery established? Year = mnop
Now go to S 37 40.oik, E 144 26.imp

Fourth Stop.
When did Quaile expand his premises? Year = qrst
In what year did Caroline die? Year = 19uv
Now go to S 37 40.svv, E 144 26.qte

Fifth Stop.
How much did this building originally cost? Cost = wxyz
Now go back to your car then go to S 37 40.vqk, E 144 26.myz

Sixth Stop. The Two Captains.
When was the respectable Captain born? Year = ABCD
On what day in July did the Iron Pot open? Day = E
On what day in June was its replacement opened? Day = F
In what year did the notorious Captain ‘officiate’ here? Year = GHIJ

Now, to find the cache, take that short drive into the countryside and make your way to:
S 37 36.BEF, E 144 25.DHJ
On arrival, you will be looking for a 1 litre clip-top plastic box.

For further information, see "A Guide to Bacchus Marsh Historic Places", Bacchus Marsh and District Historical Society Inc., 1997.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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