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

Group of walkers outside Pelion Hut.
Group of walkers outside Pelion Hut. The trip from Waldheim to Lake St Clair, led by Edna Richards (pictured on the left), January 1949.
The walker in the rear is Felix Harding.
Bill Kirk

remembers seeing 'the country moving towards you' that was the leeches. Being an enterprising man he caught about 200 of them, cooked them up and ate them with rice. A bit disappointing though they tasted like sausage skin. Not so a brown snake that he caught on another occasion. He coiled it up, put it between sheets of newspaper and cooked it for about ten minutes in the ashes. That tasted wonderful. On the Christmas 1948-49 trip a group of MBW found an old possum at Pelion Hut. It was called Percy and was of considerable fame; it was enormous and had great cunning. They tried to keep it out of the hut, but it got down the chimney when the fire was out and caused havoc. While climbing Cradle Mountain Felix inadvertently dislodged a rock that struck Edna on the leg. When they got to Lake St Clair she was very reluctant to have it seen to, through modesty. She also tells a tale of a woman, not from our Club, who was bitten on the bottom by a snake while relieving herself. She was far too embarrassed to say anything about it. Alas, she died. In those days, that was how it was.

The MBW supported the Federation of Walking Clubs. Norm Richards was the treasurer for two years(1946-48) and the president from 1948-52. The Club turned out in force for the Annual Federation Day Walk or Weekend Walk and also helped with track clearing.