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

fifth week our intrepid band were camped at Tongariro in one half of the two-roomed Mangetepopo hut. A party of Venturer Scouts moved into the other room. Everyone, although fairly fit, was by this time also fairly tired. The quiet of the night was shattered by an unholy racket erupting from the Scouts' quarters. Rosemary (of the rucksack fame), not one to suffer fools gladly, swept from on high, trampling the sore and hapless W-J who occupied the lower bunk under foot, to deal with the miscreants. The effect? Mirth, and absolutely no diminution in volume. The All Blacks were playing in Dublin.


I feel that my reputation is at stake! Just because I led one medium-hard day walk does not mean that all my subsequent walks will be hard. I intend to preserve my position as most frequent leader of base camps and other bludge-like adventures. So please don't be put off by a single aberration on an otherwise unblemished reputation.
- disclaimer from Graham Mascas, President 1971-74,
News, November 1979

The decade would not be complete without mentioning the popular President's Weekend. The Mascas dynasty gave us the 'Golden Billy' awards for cooking excellence in the bush. It was also renowned for the mulled wine. Dave Oldfield introduced the spit-roast variation in 1976 on the Avon River, ably directed by Spud (Mattingley). However the

Spud Mattingley eating a spud.

Spud Mattingley eating a spud. Campsite at Boobee Hut, Far Bald Mountain, Kosciusko National Park. A Cup Day weekend trip, led by Tyrone Thomas, 1979.
Ken MacMahon