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

highlights Denis's dedication to the Club in providing services that we could not expect from any other van driver.

FRED HALLS 1952 - Still active

Fred Halls, a close friend of Norm Richards, joined the Melbourne Bushwalkers in 1952. Fred was actively involved with the Committee of the Club from 1957 to 1973; during that time he was Walks Secretary, Vice-President, on the general Committee, delegate to Search and Rescue, delegate to the Native Plants Preservation Society, on the Walks Subcommittee for 12 years and wrote many articles for Walk. He was awarded life membership in 1969.

The Cobberas - Tingaringy National Park, the Snowy River National Park and the Victorian Alps between Crosscut Saw, The Bluff Range, Braces Gorge, Mt Darling Range and Mt Kent Range are Fred's favourite walking areas. Fred has led many day walks, long weekend trips, extended tours, botanical walks and historic rambles over the years and still leads the occasional trip.

Fred also enjoys walking in parks where there are Aboriginal sites. He has organised several Club Easter walking trips in the Grampians - the Victoria Range, the western Black Range near Rocklands Dam and also to Mt Stapylton to study Aboriginal rock art and relics. There have been many Club weekend trips organised by Fred to Kooyoora State Park to search for Aboriginal relic sites, rare native plants and orchids hidden amid the granite tors and rock shelters.

Fred, an avid conservationist, has a deep love for the Australian bush and is determined to see that it is adequately protected. Not only has Fred provided outstanding services to the Melbourne Bushwalkers but he has also been motivated to share his great knowledge on bushwalking by writing two books, Bushwalking in the Victorian Ranges, The Kooyoora Country by Road and Track and a booklet entitled Bushwalking.

VAL ELDER 1958 - Still active

Val Elder (nee Goldsmith), our only female life member, joined the Club in 1958. The night Val joined she became the Secretary of the Club, a role she took on with much enthusiasm. Val was Secretary from 1958 to 1961, Vice-President from 1963 to 1964, was on the Editorial Subcommittee for Walk from 1963 to 1964 and wrote many articles for the News and Walk. She was awarded life membership in 1965.

The Bluff, Mt Howitt and Crosscut Saw are some of Val's favourite