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Chapter 17
Chapter 18



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

Norm McLeish performing an early morning crossing of the Mitta-Mitta River at Yankee Point.

Norm McLeish performing an early morning crossing of the Mitta-Mitta River at Yankee Point. This section of the old Alpine Walking Track now lies beneath the waters of the Dartmouth Dam. This photo was taken on the final stage of the Club's project to walk the AWT, 25 March (Easter) 1978.
Bob Douglas

must go over the top Graham' and they did, over The Twins and into Club history, Graham on his last huffs and puffs and Krystyna taking it all in her determined strong stride. Krystyna returned to the Poland she had fled to care for her mother. She is remembered with great affection.

I started jotting down leaders' names as I thumbed my way through the walks programmes. After about seventy names I gave up. You can see, therefore, that the few names herein mentioned fall far short of the many contributors who made the seventies such a memorable decade. It is the same with the walks. Only a few of an overwhelming number of great walks are highlighted here. To all those who helped the seventies be the great decade it was, we owe you heartfelt gratitude.

To illustrate this narrative I have drawn on the inspiration of others regarding the burning question of why we walk. In the closing lines of his Editorial for Walk 1974, W-J writes, '... if as Geoff Mosley has it, we can ensure the "preservation of danger" so that no-one may feel that he has reached the end of the world and found it tame, then perhaps the bushwalker has something of importance for the post-industrial society of the twenty-first century'.