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

Melbourne Bushwalkers' committee, 1950-51.
Melbourne Bushwalkers' committee, 1950-51.
Left to right: standing, G. Schwerin, W. 0lle, L. Richey, F. Soutter, M. Dark,
W. Horton, M. Gillespie (Social Secretary), G. Coutts (Walks Secretary);
front, Frank Pitt (Secretary), E. Donath (Vice-President), N. Richards (President), Fay Pitt (Vice-President), E. Slade (Treasurer).
Norm Richards collection

meetings, voted that they be conducted on a quarterly basis instead. The News records that the 1957 AGM was one of the liveliest meetings ever, when motions put by Frank Pitt were defeated. This was about enforcing an original rule that everyone had to complete three day walks or one weekender in order to retain membership, and a list be kept of the number of walks each member completed.

The 1958 AGM also had much 'animated discussion' over a motion (lost) to purchase the bathing box. The meeting went on for so long that the important item of fixing the membership fees had to be adjourned to a later date.

Every month the Club would offer a lecture covering some aspect or technique relating to bushwalking, or members would give accounts of walks they had completed. Among the guest speakers was Norm Wakefield, the naturalist and Age columnist. It was his vision and inspiration that led to the present great Parks in East Gippsland, centred mainly on the Snowy Gorge country. These include Little River Gorge, Tulach Ard Gorge, Boundary Creek Gorge, Stradbroke Chasm, Reedy Creek Chasm and Mt Tingaringy. Other speakers included D. Butcher of the Fisheries and Wildlife Department; Bill Wannon, author and folklorist; Ian Turner, the historian; and one night the legendary Paddy Pallin showed colour slides of bushwalking attractions around Sydney.