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

Wilky in winter, 1976.
Wilky in winter, 1976.
Bill Metzenthen

In April 1978 Ken MacMahon and party built a woodshed to reduce the amount of wood stored inside Wilky. Winter parties were required to supplement the wood with briquettes. That winter Wilky was heavily used: there were seven week groups and three four-day groups. The stove Mark III, installed in 1969, had finally given up so the Club proudly purchased Wilky stove Mark IV, a brand-new shiny Everhot. This was installed over Australia Day weekend, 1979. The Pococks arrived on Thursday, dismantled the old stove and removed the back of the alcove. Jim Marsden brought up the new stove in his trailer. This was duly man-handled into the kitchen and the old stove back-loaded onto the trailer. With Rex Filson in charge, the stove was installed on the Saturday, in time for a ceremonial lighting and hot showers all round.

The winter party of 29 August to 5 September 1981 was invited by the Rover Scouts, our neighbours, to a 'Pot White' snooker tournament. A snow stadium had been built with a snow snooker table and throne for the warden, Mick Scarff, to celebrate his visit. The area was under lights for the contest and trays of biscuits were delivered to the stadium down icy chutes. Drinks were delivered similarly and served by waiters in dinner suits. Jan Llewelyn and Brian Troke represented MBW but the contest was easily won by the Rovers, who had been practising on the far-from-even surface all day. The evening finished with a singsong.

In 1983 Ken and Joan MacMahon organised the first of the National Park work parties. Australia Day weekend was spent removing all the