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

Tyrone has successfully published many books on bushwalking. Hill of Content, his publishers, were very content in the seventies at any rate: Tyrone was the highest grossing author they'd had in the decade.

The Adler typewriter that was purchased late 1970 for use by the News Convenor and the Secretary is still going strong today. In her 'Annual Report', the News Convenor Barbara Davies comments '... this also means that the Secretary has been able to make use of it at certain times because it is a semi-portable model'. Anyone who has done battle with the brute will agree that this is a very forgiving definition. It weighs a tonne.

Many MBW were involved with the innovative sport of orienteering, which was gaining popularity at the beginning of the decade. The inaugural meeting of the Victorian Orienteering Association and Orienteering Federation of Australia took place at Melbourne University on 21 April 1970.

Mountains did not always have a soothing effect on Rosemary Rider. Towards the end of a very tiring day on a weekend walk, there was a very steep descent off the Crosscut Saw onto Stanley's Name Spur. Suddenly confronted with yet another vertical drop, Rosemary ripped off her pack. 'I've had this!' she declared, and forthwith hurled her pack off into space. It was retrieved several hundred feet down, looking considerably the worse for wear. She seemed genuinely surprised that it was never quite the same again after that.

Not a great deal of track clearing went on during the seventies. Perhaps the most memorable day was in April 1971, when the Club cleared the Bill Gillio Memorial Track in to Lake Tali Karng, just falling short of the lake by half a kilometre. Roger Brown offered to take some road accident casualties (not Club members) down to Heyfield Hospital, then came back and towed fellow member Graham Wills-Johnson's car, which had broken down, back to Heyfield for repairs. The Ben Cruachan Walking Club completed the track in to the lake at a later date.

The News, February 1972, carried an obituary on William Thompson, 1929-72. Bill Thompson joined the Club early in 1956. He carried office as President in 1959 for five years and then again for the first half of 1965. A glance through the old programmes shows that he was a