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

Trio in tent: Ken MacMahon, Geoff Crapper and Rob Harris.
Trio in tent: Ken MacMahon, Geoff Crapper and Rob Harris. Near Pigsty Ponds, Southwest Tasmania, circa 1979.
Rob Harris

Bullard. When the feast was ready Atie, seeing the enormous quantities of food, thought they had overdone it. Little did she know the Bushies' legendary appetites.

There is hardly a temerarious walker who has not had a brush with the elements while in Tasmania. However, a quirk of nature revealed itself in the form of an Easter trip to the Walls of Jerusalem, led by W-J. '... before I end this tale I must explain that our Easter trip to Tasmania was a complete disappointment. There we were in the Central Highlands with every scrap of warm and waterproof gear we possessed and the fickle Tasmanian weather just led us on and let us down. Yes, we tried all the various tricks such as not putting tents up, packing our parkas deep in our packs, even setting up tents in dried up pools, and for all our trouble we were blessed with five drops of rain - for some mysterious reason they all fell on the leader's tent. Oh well, I guess we'll know better next time and leave all that surplus gear at home'. (Ken MacMahon, News, May 1979)

In New Zealand in the summer of 1972-73, under the leadership of TTT, a party of MBW did some gruelling walking. Near the end of the