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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)

was taken over by Robin Mitchell. He did not have access to dyeline printing machines, so a large contact printing frame was constructed and the prints were exposed on a bright sunny day; then the papers were rushed inside to be developed. Many maps were produced in this way. Robin was joined in the project by John Brownlie and Rex Filson and after a time they formed Algona Guides. This independent venture evolved into publishing books and field guides.

The track notes in Walk became so popular that in 1973 it was decided to gather them together in a separate booklet, Track Notes '73. This publication was edited by Geoff Greenwood and contained the updated notes for many of the popular bushwalks outlined in previous issues of Walk magazine as well as many new notes especially written for this issue. The track notes were preceded by short chapters on safety in the bush, navigation and equipment necessary for walkers.

The Melbourne Bushwalkers has published another two short booklets: The Melbourne Bushwalkers Song Book and Guide to Bushwalking. In early days singing was common on the van and around the camp fire. Some members played musical instruments but more often we sang unaccompanied. Often we would be awakened in the mornings by Felix Harding's melodies on the flute. Singing on the van was very popular. Young fresh-faced Bob Steel took great delight in leading the singing of risqué ditties with great gusto. No one really knew whether he knew the nuances. In the early sixties it was decided to produce our own song-hook. Doug Pocock organised a monthly song sheet to be included in the News, the idea being to collect them into a booklet. This was a piecemeal affair held together in a vinyl cover. These song sheets were later replaced by a more ambitious publication with a printed cover. The songs were a reflection of the times - a mixture of popular folk, scouting and tramping songs.

The Guide to Bushwalking, once given to prospective members, has gone through many editions. This small publication set out the rules to which the Club expected members to adhere when on walks, explained the Club contact system and gave the beginner advice about the equipment and food necessary on walks.

In these 50 years the Melbourne Bushwalkers has produced many records of its activities.