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

On the June long weekend of 1963 the Club ran its first trip to Barmah Forest. It was particularly memorable in that the van became hopelessly bogged. Luckily the party was rescued by a local farmer who freed the van with his tractor. It was discovered that he was, coincidentally, the father of a member, Max Corry (not on the walk).

Late in 1963 rumour had it that there were plans for a chairlift up Mt Bogong. Luckily nothing came of this. Likewise nothing came of the road that was started up Mt Feathertop. The Howqua River was reported to he more accessible when the road to Fry's was improved. This was unfortunately true, and the area is now a favourite spot for 4WD vehicles, which were practically unknown in 1963. Mt William in the Grampians also lost its isolation: a road was constructed so that a radio tower could be built on its summit.

Easter 1963 was memorable for the trip from Hotham to Feathertop. Transport was by van. There were three walks of different grades. Joan Skurrie led one of the walks, Bon Accord Spur - Mt Hotham - Mt Feathertop - Freeburgh, with the group climbing Feathertop in the dark to watch the dawn from the summit. Breakfast was eaten at the springs on the northwest spur. The Bon Accord track, previously completely overgrown with blackberries, had been cleared that year.>

The rural newspaper Koondrook and Barham Bridge carried an article on 20 June 1964 entitled 'They Went Bush', which ran: '... The party

Murray River scene, Clump Point, Barmah Forest, Queens Birthday weekend, 1964.
Murray River scene, Clump Point, Barmah Forest, Queens Birthday weekend,
1964. In the foreground are Gwynnyth and Sue Taylor (now Sue Forrester).
Darrell Sullivan