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

Joe Holston's 'Harbour Bridge' in Rocky Valley, now submerged.
Joe Holston's 'Harbour Bridge' in Rocky Valley, now submerged.
Stan Flattely

friend Tess Maddison were walking in the area when the construction work had just started. There was a temporary camp of 1000 men. Edna and Tess thought they'd just drop in. The men almost had a fit, seeing two females out of the blue; nevertheless they invited them in for dinner.

Skiing was in its infancy of course. Those who could afford it put screws in their boots, made their own skis, took patterns from genuine imported bindings and away they went. However it was only partially a Club activity.

At Easter the Club often went to the Grampians. The roads and camping areas were less developed but not unlike they are today.

In October 1945 the first 'Field Weekend' took place, later to be renamed the President's Weekend. It was in Kallista; 18 people camped the night and 42 more came in next day. 'On Saturday night an enjoyable evening was spent around the camp fire, additional interest being lent by a talk by Perc Woodman on the stars.' (Summer walks programme, 1945-46)

Also at about this time the first trips to Tasmania were undertaken. In 1946 Felix Harding remembers being on one starting from Cradle Mountain - a favourite area of his. The walkers stayed in huts mostly. He