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

carried an obituary on Mrs Bennie, who died in 1962: 'She never failed to make everyone welcome, with anything from cake and ginger beer to full accommodation, even at a moment's notice.'

In Easter 1962 thirty or so Melbourne Bushies headed off to the Grampians in Gronow's van. Most were planning a fixed camp at Halls Gap, but a dozen or more, led by Fred Halls, went on an exploratory trip to Major Mitchell Plateau. Maps were very basic - the main one was based on a geological survey and showed the dips and strikes of the strata, but not a lot more. As 1962 was a very dry year, water was carried (water was thought to be at Wannon Creek, but was not found) and a dry camp was made in the headwaters of Fyans Creek. In Fred's book, Bushwalking in the Victorian Ranges, the camp spot is described as 'an open forest of tall Peppermints with a thick carpet of knee-high grass'. A visit in Easter 1991 showed it to he bare earth between thick scrub with rubbish strewn around. Those on another Easter trip in that dry year of 1962, led by Val Goldsmith in the Mt Clear - Mt McDonald area, also had problems finding water. Val reported a new forestry track the whole length of Bull Plain Spur.

In 1963 1:50,000 maps were introduced. Only a few were produced but it was certainly a step forward from the old 1:63,360 maps, many of which were pre-war.

Athol Schafer
Athol Schafer in the Monda Track area,
Healesville district, October 1962.
Darrell Sullivan
Rex Filson with Lindsay Crawford
Rex Filson with Lindsay Crawford in
the background, circa 1965.
Bob Steel