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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

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

future and believes we will have to work harder to protect our beautiful bushland for future generations.

FRANK PITT Joined in 1944

Frank Pitt joined the Melbourne Bushwalkers in 1944 and played a vital role in the early years of the Club. Frank was Secretary from 1948 to 1951, 1955 to 1957 and on the general Committee from 1952 to 1954.

Frank was an active leader of day walks during his membership of the Club. He led local walks to Mooroolbark, Lilydale, Warrandyte, Yarra Junction and also organised several long bushwalks over the Christmas breaks. For the Christmas 1951 trip, Frank organised an 118-mile (189-kilometre) walk that included Merrijig, Howqua River, Mt Howitt, Wonnangatta Valley and the Dargo High Plains.

ATHOL SCHAFER 1952 - Still active

Athol Schafer began walking with the Club in 1952 and is still very active in the Club. The Bogong High Plains and Mt Kosciusko National Park are Athol's favourite walking areas. Athol loves the sense of freedom he gets from walking in the bush, the comradeship and enjoys relaxing around the camp fire after a hard day's walk.

One of his most memorable trips was an extended walk with George and Shirley Telehin in 1977. This challenging two-week trip started at Mt Battery and ended at Mt Buffalo, visiting along the way Dinner Plain, Mt Cope, Mt Nelse and Mt Bogong. The party stopped at Wilky to find a group of Melbourne Bushies at the lodge who insisted that Athol and party make use of hot showers very quickly! (Schafer, 'Battery to Buffalo', Walk 1978). Athol has led numerous day walks, weekend trips, extended tours and still leads historical walks around Melbourne for the Club. Athol had a 14-year stint on Committee from 1958 to 1971, plus 1982. He was Editor of Walk from 1965 to 1971 (excluding 1970) and News convenor for four years.

Athol's deep commitment to the Melbourne Bushwalkers is clearly reflected in his long service in official Committee roles and in his continuation as a leader of walks for the Club. He was awarded life membership in 1969.

DENIS BARSON 1952 - Still active

Denis Barson, our van driver for a record 37 years, was awarded life membership in 1976. Denis fell in love with the Australian bush during