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

most memorable must have been Graham Wills-Johnson's weekend on Geoff Crapper's legendary estate in 1977, then just a block of bushland with a toilet (across the creek). The gastronomic highlight was to have been a barbecue. Everything was in readiness. Sylvia Withall (now Andrews) had her fridge groaning under the weight of the meat and trimmings. Then a terrible thing happened. The appointed day was declared a day of Total Fire Ban. Sylvia did not have a phone on at the time. Intrepid individuals came knocking at her door all Friday evening to tell her the sad tidings. Never had she had so many gentlemen callers. What would the neighbours say? On into the wee hours Sylvia did battle with the beef, in the electric frypan, on top of the stove and in the oven, until every last chop was cooked. The day was saved and the President's honour defended.


Day walkers had their share of 'happenings'. Paul Baxter recalls how the van failed to stop at the pick-up spot at the Blackburn pub one Sunday late in 1972. Another bushwalker, who had joined the group, wasn't the least perturbed when Gronow's van flew past. Sure enough another van, full of bushie types, pulled up. Then it dawned on Paul and his companion that they had been picked up by another walking Club - the Victorian Mountain Trampers on their way to Black Spur. (News, December 1972)

On the agenda for memorable day walks, surely the one led by Glenda Alexander deserves a guernsey. With the help of Athol Schafer, Tim and Helen Dent, Peter Bullard, Geoff Greenwood, Joan Cerutty, Richard Merlo, Alan Crocombe, Dorrie Warton and staff from the Janefield Girl Guide Camp, a party of 20 mentally handicapped children were taken walking in the Kinglake area - an ambitious project, both rewarding and tiring. (News, September 1972)

The following is an extract from the News, December 1975:

Marysville is fast becoming a hoodoo area for Sunday walks. First there was John Siseman's epic trip where an enforced overnight stop was made near the Armstrong river, and now, latest but not least, is Otto's wayward whip and the loss of thirteen from the party. It happened when Otto and his band of sprinters took off after Keppel's Lookout, leaving the end group well behind. On reaching a major track junction someone in the front of the stragglers called back to the whip, 'Right?'. The whip, understanding this to mean 'Right!' yelled back, 'Right' and so off marched the wayward thirteen down the track into history.

They soon realised their mistake however and tried to relocate the main group, without success. They made their way back to Marysville and