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Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18

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1949-87


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1949-
The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)

sent off to individual members of the Sheffield Rambling Club. The latter were extremely grateful and sent many appreciative letters.

In the summer of 1944 the Club first tried to get a bathing box on Sandringham beach. They failed that year but tried again and eventually succeeded. The bathing box, number 799, at the bottom of Southey Street, was a great focus for years.

Group photo of one of Egon's 'cream' walks, 1940
Group photo of one of Egon's (on right) 'cream' walks, 1940.
Most of the party were Austrian or German.
Marjorie Elmore collection

The foundations of the Club - 1944 and on

Egon, not one for Germanic regimentation, was happy to let the Club drift along in its informal way. Marjorie Elmore was of like mind: `At the time I felt that the informal nature of our gatherings added to their appeal. Nevertheless I was prepared to concede that some formalisation might he desirable at a later date. Actually, I was influenced by the very transitory nature of life and society during wartime. Everything seemed temporary and there was an air of uncertainty.' However there were other influences in the Club, such as Percy Woodman. He had bush-walked with the Sydney Bushwalking Club an older, more formalised and in some ways quite political organisation (they were instrumental in forming several National Parks). Percy was a tireless and very strong walker. He expanded the MBW's knowledge of bushlore and often led interesting walks that took them further afield. After some time he