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

loud music. Bushies can get quite lively when relaxed, well fed and perhaps with the help of some alcoholic beverages, so much so that we were banned from returning to a certain restaurant in Heidelberg!

Over the years we have met in various Club rooms around the city, and a tradition for some members of eating at a restaurant beforehand developed in the late sixties. Such restaurants have included Tamani's, when the Club room was in Hosier Lane, Campari's in Hardware Street and the Melbournian in Elizabeth Street, but usually we have settled for a regular place, such as Ponti's in Little Bourke Street when the Club room was in the Bushgear building. With the Club room now in MacKenzie Street we have been meeting at Toto's in Lygon Street.

Wine and cheese-tasting evenings have been held at various members' houses. We have used the services of an expert from a wine merchant, who has told us about the various wines. We then sampled the wines, as well as tasting the various cheeses. I attended two such events at the Andrews's in Mont Albert.

The Club also ran a 'bottle-your-own' wine session at Sandy and Geoff Mattingley's place in Carnegie. A large container of wine was obtained with a supply of bottles, corks, corking machine and labels. I think some people are still drinking that wine.

A long-standing tradition for the outgoing Committee has been a closing function, held at either a restaurant or a member's home. As

Wine bottling at Tony Morris's, Autumn 1976.

Wine bottling at Tony Morris's, Autumn 1976. Tony Morris appears in the dark check shirt; among the others are Malda Jekabsons, Max Casley, Graham Hodgson and Hugh Duncan.
Mick Mann