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Contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18

Photogallery
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1940-99


Walk
Magazine
Archive
1949-87


Newsletter
Archive
1949-
The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)

... This leads us to ask why should there be a road over the Baw Baw Plateau ... Let the Government Departments concerned take note from the Mount Skene Road, where just two months after its opening the lookout points were carpeted with cans, glass and other rubbish expelled from cars.
Walk 1971


The events since Walk 1971 was published are astounding and frightening. Part of the Colong Caves National Park has been lost; the Clutha Development scheme threatens to take over valuable bush and farm land irrespective of the rights of individuals; and the beautiful Lake Pedder is shortly to be submerged.
Walk 1972


Our technological revolution has produced an accelerating use of natural resources which must be apparent by now to everyone. The bushwalker can no longer afford the luxury of insularity, one can no longer simply immerse one-self in the bush at weekends and forget the larger issues of the exploitation of the countryside.
Walk 1975


The L.C.C. proposals for the Alpine Study Area caused over one thousand people, many of whom had never rallied in protest before, to march down Bourke Street in support of an Alpine National Park.
Walk 1979


As well as the reflected interests of the editorials, the magazine articles contained a wealth of information on current issues. The journal also presented service information for the use of bushwalkers. The 'Track Notes', started in the second issue, were also much used by the general public who liked to get away into the bush at weekends. Some authors of the track notes, like Fred Halls (F. W. H) and Athol Schafer (A. S.), are represented in almost every issue; some like Tyrone Thomas (T.T.T.) and John Siseman (J.S.) went on to publish independent walking guides. Many Club members were coerced into writing articles for the magazine; some, like Dick Johnson and Graeme Wills-Johnson, were so successful that they have become well-known authors on natural history, national parks, and conservation issues.

'Book Reviews' evaluated bushwalking and natural history books from the bushwalking viewpoint. In the second issue the well-known 'new map issues' also appeared. This kept the public informed on maps that were useful to the walking fraternity. In actual fact there were not many maps available to the bushwalker. This led the Melbourne Bushwalkers to consider publishing its own. Stuart Brookes was the instigator. When Stuart left to join the Victorian Mountain Tramping Club he continued publishing maps under their logo. The task of producing the MBW maps