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

Small hut on Mt Stirling, with child at door. Photo taken about 1989.

Small hut on Mt Stirling, with child at door. Photo taken about 1989.
Tim Dent

the prevailing snow conditions. Still, it must have been held in some form of affection (or was it blatant contempt) as there was a little jingle to the effect 'Klister "voks" will do this, Klister "voks" will do that, you can even spread it on your bread'. In the jingle the 'this' and 'that' phrases were adaptable to cover the difficulties present, foreseen or imaginary at the time.

Using trip previews from the News as a guide, we get the following from the seventies:

Peter Carlyon led a langlauf trip: 'this skiing trip is planned for the Mt Hotham, Mt Loch and Dibbins Hut area, one of Victoria's most spectacular localities . . . any of those valiant bushie types, who also like to walk with touring boards on their feet, will find this trip worthy ...', 7-9 August 1970.

Mt Skene with John Siseman, 21-23 August 1970.

Two one-day beginners' trips on the Bogong High Plains led by Jerry Grandage. Jerry showed some slides in the Club room on 6 June to whet people's appetites, 22-24 June 1973.