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Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
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The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)

John Siseman, John Bach and Fred Halls in the Monda Track area, Healesville district, October 1962.
John Siseman, John Bach and Fred Halls in the Monda Track area, Healesville district, October 1962.
Darrell Sullivan

'Boonara Bushwalkers' - and drew up a simple constitution. This new club did not eventuate, however, as the faction was appeased at the somewhat explosive 1965 half-yearly meeting by several amendments to the constitution. These were designed to 'increase the power and standing of the Walks Secretary and to streamline the Committee and bring it closer to the membership'. With the passing of the first amendment, the President immediately resigned. The Vice-President, Anne Weiling, took the Chair and her first five minutes as Chairperson included the resignation of the Secretary, a suggestion that the meeting was unconstitutional, a request that non-members be asked to leave, and the moving of motions on the agenda.

The Walks Secretary, John Siseman, had resigned earlier (due to his marriage to Marion Houston and their planned honeymoon in New Zealand), and another Committee member resigned over the amendments, so another Extraordinary General Meeting was called to elect President, Secretary and Walks Secretary. Eventually the elections produced: John Brownlie, President, Anne Weiling, Secretary, Fred Halls, Walks Secretary, and Roy Beames, a Committee member. The new President had one week to prepare for the President's Weekend. One of the outcomes of the upheaval was a review of the constitution by Graham Errey, Rex Filson and Athol Schafer.

In 1966 the hoary old problem of late bookings on van trips and members turning up without any booking, together with the recurring problem