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

Val Elder  Val Elder

walking areas. Val's most challenging walk was the 1961 Christmas trip to the Divide in the Victorian Alps, led by Robert Taylor. Drought conditions had resulted in the mountains being exceptionally dry and in very hot temperatures the party struggled to find water. The party spent their New Year's Eve squeezing moss to gain four very valuable pints of moss juice. That evening biscuits, cheese and strong tea, not champagne, were on the menu. Fortunately, there were no serious mishaps although several members of the group became severely dehydrated. (Taylor, 'Walking the Divide', Walk 1963 )

Like many bushwalkers, Val loves the bush, the solitude, the far-reaching views and enjoys the pleasures of camping in a lovely spot that doesn't have to be shared with a lot of other people.

Val moved to Canberra in late 1964 but she still finds time to attend Melbourne Bushies' trips. In 1982 she was liloing down the Snowy River with Bob Douglas and party. In 1987-88 she went canoeing down the Murray and in 1989, sea-kayaking around Hinchinbrook Island. These two trips were led by Doug Pocock. Val has just completed a zoology degree and was recently a member of a field trip collecting fish fossils in the Kimberley Ranges.

REX FILSON Joined in 1956 and later in 1961

During a five-year working holiday around Australia, Rex Filson arrived in Melbourne in 1956. Having been an active member of the Newcastle Bushwalking Club and not knowing anyone in the city, he decided to join the Melbourne Bushwalkers. After six months in Melbourne, Rex continued on with his around-Australia trip, rejoining the Club in 1961 when he returned to Melbourne