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

feature films and we have had film shows at various houses. Over the years cinema nights have also been organised, either by the Social Secretary or, more recently, by Penny Stapley, who had a special interest in film. Other outings have included live drama productions and musicals.

Marriages and miscellaneous items

Over the years many people have met their future partners through the Club; some years have been quite busy with weddings. We have long had a tradition of giving a spoon with the Club badge on it to couples who have met through the Club. This reputation as a matrimonial agency even went as far as attracting an advertisement for bridal gowns in early issues of the News!

When I joined the Club in 1961, there was a by-law that prohibited alcohol on any Club activity! There was also a by-law that forbade double tenting with persons of the opposite sex. It was okay to have three people, with two of one sex, but not one male and one female! On many Club walks there would be the requisite number of tents erected but not necessarily all occupied! These by-laws have long since been deleted, and alcohol is not unknown on trips; however, it is usually reserved for more social occasions. We are still a fairly sober organisation, with people rarely getting noticeably intoxicated.

In the 'fifties, the Club leased a bathing box at Sandringham, near Red Bluff. It was leased yearly from Pam Abbott's family and members would collect a key for two shillings from the Bathing Box Secretary. Some successful barbecue parties were held there. In 1958 the box owners decided to sell it. After some debate at the Club's AGM that year it was voted not to take the opportunity to purchase the box outright and that was the end of the Club's use of it. However it was bought by a member, John Dittrich, who lived nearby.

Blackberrying day walks were a popular event no longer held.

Over the years guest speakers have talked to us in the Club rooms about the environment, nordic ski gear and particular walking areas. We have had demonstrations of gear and equipment. We have also had auctions of members' surplus gear and other odds and ends.

Other events and activities may loom large in people's memories but are not mentioned here. These are my personal memories of 30 full years, 1961-91, combined with input from some other members