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Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
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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

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

Germans who wished to practise German and enjoy the bushland of Melbourne. This walk has been recognised as the first Club walk though no formal Club structure existed at that time. The Mt Morton walk was re-enacted in 1950 and 1960 to celebrate 10 and 20 years respectively of the Club. Sadly, today Mt Morton is covered by houses.

The early programmed Club walks always included an 8-mile (13-kilometre) hike. Egon enjoyed leading these easy or 'sissy' walks as they were commonly called. He also led walks at dawn to Sherbrooke Forest to see the lyrebirds and other walks to One Tree Hill, Kalorama, Croydon and Greensborough.

Egon experienced the bush around Melbourne before the beginning of the urban sprawl in the late forties and remembers seeing the effects of the 1939 bushfires, particularly on the trees at Warburton. Egon was a key member playing an important role in the founding years of the Club and was on the Committee from 1944 to 1952.

NORM RICHARDS Joined in 1944

Norm Richards joined the Melbourne Bushwalkers in 1944 and went on to become President the following year. Norm held the Committee positions of President and Vice-President from 1945 to 1960. He was President from 1945 to 1951, again in 1957 to 1958 and was Vice-President for the remaining years.

Norm and his Committees were responsible for writing our Constitution in 1945, establishing a monthly newsletter, the News, printing regular walks programmes and implementing a proper Committee structure. These initiatives, formalised in the mid-forties, are still in existence 50 years later and in many respects are responsible for the continued strength of the Melbourne Bushwalkers.

Norm led many day walks, weekend trips and extended tours for the Club. His greatest challenge was always to reach the top of the next hill or the far edge of the next patch of scrub. Norm had a special empathy with areas above 5000 feet. On leaving the mountains his parties would always sit down for half an hour at the 5000-feet line for a lingering farewell.

Today, Norm is appalled by the desolation of the countryside, especially by trail bikes, four-wheel drives, commercial property developers and tour operators. He could do without ski lodges and ski lifts. Norm remembers when there used to be one hut at Falls Creek and skiers had to side-step up the Frying Pan Spur to earn a downhill run. While much damage has been done, Norm is still optimistic for the