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

One of our visits coincided with the presence of Halleys Comet in our part of the heavens, which only happens once in every 76 years. Unfortunately it was a rather cloudy night so viewing was not particularly good.

Marysville guesthouse weekend

Graham Mascas and I conducted an Introduction to Bushwalking weekend for the Council of Adult Education at Mountain Lodge in Marysville in 1971. The guesthouse was then known as Mt Kitchener House. It was a great weekend and we were only sorry that the CAE didn't run it again. Some years later Graham and Marijke spent a weekend at the guesthouse and talked to Hubert and Lucette about having a Club weekend there. Thus was the now traditional 'eating and walking' weekend born.

The Marysville weekend has always been held in June, partly for the cooler weather and also for those who might want to go skiing (if there is snow). On that first weekend in 1983 we woke to find snow on the lawns outside and on the town and the hills all around! Some people had brought their skis but others, me included, rushed into town, hired skis and shot up to Lake Mountain for some excellent skiing on fresh powder snow. I have taken my skis up every year since and I think from memory that only on a couple of other weekends has there been skiable snow at Lake Mountain.

Marysville weekends include eating beautiful home-cooked meals, with cooked breakfasts, three courses for lunch and again at dinner on Saturday, and a full Christmas-style dinner for the midday meal on Sunday. Walks are organised for Saturday morning, then another walk in the afternoon before returning for a shower and dinner. Saturday evening is spent playing games, some people read, others just talk, but everyone has a 'nice night's entertainment', as Sandy Stone would say. On Sunday morning there is another shortish walk for those still inclined, before the aforementioned three-course 'Christmas dinner' lunch, after which people slowly pack, say their farewells and head for home.

Quiz games in the Club room

Stuart Hodgson, who is something of an electronics whiz, made an electronic gadget for staging 'Sale of the Century'-style quiz games with his students. (He is a teacher-librarian.) Stuart has brought his gear into the Club room on several occasions and we have staged bushwalking quiz