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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18

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

summit of Mt Jimmy and, when he saw the group approaching in the distance, would make his way down and back to Yea.

Art Terry

Athol 's historical rambles

Melbourne, both city and suburb, has retained much of its Victorian past. Until the late 1960s the ruling sentiment was to get rid of the old and modernise, but since then there has been a groundswell of effort to protect the character of Melbourne against unsympathetic development. Early on, the National Trust was classifying buildings and streetscapes, and soon local councils were conducting conservation studies of their areas, and purchasers of old properties were often moved to restore them to their original styles. In the 1970s the Commonwealth Heritage Commission and the local Melbourne Conservation Study had the mammoth task of identifying areas worthy of preservation according to their architectural and historical value.

During this latter period a number of publications appeared that described walks through areas of historic and often aesthetic note. The first of these to be appropriated by the Club appeared on the autumn programme of 1982, and was taken from W.H. Burchetts' East Melbourne Walkabout. All the walks described in this book were completed by the Club as were those detailed in Melbourne on Foot, a book of walks compiled by academics and specialists in architecture and history.

After a while it became evident to me that there were many other localities with enough interest to merit exploring, but about which nothing much had been published. This led me to do some research, culminating in some successful forays into areas such as Caulfield, Coburg, Essendon and Mordialloc, to name a few.

Average attendance on a historical walk is about 12 people, ranging from 5 to almost 30. The largest number to attend was on a walk around Collingwood, which I reported as an excursion into 'Frank Hardy' territory (or 'Carringbush'), and quite topical as the television serial adaptation of Hardy's Power Without Glory was currently being screened.

From the very first of these walks there has been a core of enthusiastic attenders. These include Alwyn Bloom, Lorraine Delaney, Harold Graves and Winifred De Souza, who have attended most of the 60-odd programmed items. The easy afternoons have seen new and old faces; the new are often those about to join the Club and who want to get into walking gradually; the old are past or inactive members - 'long past their prime' - but wishing to take part in some interesting outdoor