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

Sack race on the beach, January 1985.
Sack race on the beach, January 1985. Saturday social day at Merricks Beach on Westernport Bay. Racers are: Jopie Bodegraven, Graham Harding, Bob Douglas, Geoff Crapper and Geoff Mattingley.
Rosemary Cotter

made. Some people, however, preferred to drive there just for the Saturday night. For those inclined or up to it, often there would he a walk on the Sunday.

Regular venues for our dances included the Main Ridge hall, on the Mornington Peninsula, Kerrie hall, near Mt Macedon, Badger Creek hall, outside the Healesville Sanctuary, Labertouche hall and Staughton Vale hall. Some dances were fancy dress events: the costumes and get-ups had to be seen to be believed!

Club member Roy Taylor had his own three-piece band. Roy played a hot violin and also the piano, and usually was accompanied by a guitarist and percussionist. Roy was made an honorary member in the mid-sixties for his musical services to the Club. Later on, when Roy was no longer available, we acquired the services of Ken Hook and his wife. Ken was a square-dance caller mainly, and we had lots of fun doing regular square-dance routines as well as the barn dance, waltz and various other dances. There was great hilarity as people tried to follow the dance steps as 'called' by Ken; couples would get tangled up with others, go in the wrong direction and so on.

A more formal occasion was the annual Christmas dance held at Jerram Hall (no longer standing) in the city in the fifties and early sixties. There was a band and everyone dressed up in their best. Later in the sixties the Club used to run end-of-year dances in the Victorian