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Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18



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

wood-lined and the lid rotting. They repaired the lid, cleared the blocked outlet, and the tank gave good service for more years. This summer brought much road-building activity on the High Plains, as the road to Shannonvale was put through. The trees knocked down in the process provided firewood for many years.

One weekend in May 1965 a group at Wilky to gather wood experienced snowfalls. In cases such as this, when the weather turned bad on the High Plains, it was necessary to move cars to Langfords Gap because the Country Roads Board (CRB) would close the barrier at that point. On this occasion one of the group experienced mild frostbite to his knees while walking out.

In 1966 the lodge was also used by groups from the Melbourne Herbarium, under the guidance of Rex Filson.

The hot-water service was somewhat temperamental and an overhaul was carried out in 1966. At the same time a new pipe was laid to the spring. As the stove was rather small for large parties and the hot-water service rather erratic, it was decided to buy a new stove. A second-hand slow-combustion stove with hot-water jacket was bought at the end of 1968. The old stove and chimney were pulled out and the new stove was

Construction of the kitchen extension, February 1969.

Construction of the kitchen extension, February 1969.
Tim Dent