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

nights with bushie-type questions and suitable prizes. We have also had a couple of games nights at members' houses, where we played the popular games of the day.

Highfield weekend

Art Terry had the idea some years ago of a weekend at Highfield, a hostel run by the National Parks Service, in Point Nepean National Park. Highfield is a former farm (and in fact is still managed as such) but, as it adjoins Greens Bush and is close to Cape Schank and Bushrangers Bay, is a good base for pleasant beach and coastal walking as well as visiting the remnant areas of Mornington Peninsula's natural vegetation. We have thus spent some pleasant weekends, with games and socialising in the evening. We usually drive into Flinders on Saturday evening to eat at the pub.

Photographs and film

Over the years many members have taken their cameras on walks and other Club activities, and we have had some very interesting and often hilarious slide shows in the Club room. Usually the shows would be of a particular trip or area, but periodically we would have a personality slide night, with photos of members in all manner of situations and poses. Most people these days seem to take colour prints and just bring in their prints to the Club room to show around. This is a lot easier, as it doesn't disrupt other activities, however I feel that nothing beats a colour slide for dramatic impact and realism.

In the sixties, Darrell Sullivan and I, among others, used to do our own developing and printing of black-and-white photographs and would bring them into the Club room pinned up on a board. These were mainly of people as well as some scenery shots. We covered costs by selling prints. The Club has also occasionally run photo competitions.

Graham McKinney, a member in the 'fifties and 'sixties, took a 16mm movie camera on various trips and would run in front of the party, with full pack and camera, and film as we went past; he would then rush to catch up and repeat this manoeuvre! Interestingly, we didn't always get to see the results of all this effort!

In the 'sixties, Doug Pocock was able to get cheap and sometimes free tickets to Cinerama films. Does anybody remember those three-projector wrap-around film spectaculars? More recently, Stuart Hodgson, who is a licensed projectionist, has hired 16mm films including