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The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)
Chapter 2 - A Fifties Walker

Athol Schafer

To mark the occasion of the second decade of the Melbourne Bushwalkers, on 30 April 1950, Egon Donath took about 50 members on a re-enactment of the first programmed walk that he himself had led in 1940: Ferntree Gully Station - Mt Morton - Belgrave. Further celebration, in May of that year, was a dance at Jerram Hall; Social Secretary Marie Gillespie decorated a birthday cake baked by Edna Richards for the occasion. It was two-tiered and iced pale-green. Marie was also involved in Federation social events.

I first walked with the Melbourne Bushwalkers in August 1952. The trip was typical of that era. About a dozen of us caught a train to Lilydale from Flinders Street Station on Saturday midday (a lot of people still

Birthday cake for the Melbourne Bushwalkers' 10th anniversary, April 1950.
Birthday cake for the Melbourne Bushwalkers' 10th anniversary,
April 1950. Baked by Edna Richards, decorated by Marie Gillespie
and cut and eaten on a Club day walk to Mt Morton.
Norm Richards collection