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

An easy descent off Mt Sturgiss.
An easy descent off Mt Sturgiss, a spectacular sandstone peak in the northern Budawangs Range of New South Wales. Club trip, April 1986.
Jopie Bodegraven

shared among the group. Some cars returned, and small groups were then ferried 15 kilometres to Warburton, thanks to the assistance of the car drivers. At Warburton, the Club contacts were notified about the situation, and a local bus was chartered to return the group safely to Melbourne, where they arrived at around 2 a.m.

Perhaps my most treasured memory from the eighties concerns two very special people, long-time stalwarts of the club, who were fantastically supportive towards me personally at a very difficult time in my life. Among other things, they encouraged me to plunge into walking - even offered to pay bus fares for me (because I was so broke at the time)! I am so deeply grateful for their kindness, generosity and friendly persuasion.

There are many people in the club who can tell of similar experiences. It seems that the organisation somehow attracts people who are genuinely concerned for others around them, and it is at difficult times like these that members are readily seen to provide help and support to those in crisis. I feel sure that it is this sort of warmth and care that binds the Club together so firmly.