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

The Contributors


See 'Those Held in High Esteem', pages 173-4.


Happy Sundays splashing in the water at Cotter Dam (ACT); the over-powering perfume of apple and pear orchards in full flower on walks along Thompsons Lane (Box Hill North); the excitement of finding an intact nautilus shell while beach-combing at St Leonards (Port Phillip Bay); the history lessons given by Dad in various old country cemeteries; purchasing copies of Walk magazine from Jack Morrison at the International Bookshop; these all contributed to my interest in walking and the countryside.

In 1961 I teamed up with a fellow BALMite, Doug Pocock, who introduced me to the Bushies. BALM Paints (now Dulux) also had another MBW member, John Chennell, who had a stint as Wilky Manager.

For some time I had been hearing of the Club legend, 'Barrington Tops', and finally got to know this person on a long weekend walk to Barmah Forest, where a group of us, overcome by the photogenic beauty of several ground orchids, became separated from the main party for some hours, much to the chagrin of the leader.

I married Barrington Tops in 1966 (was this the last tin kettling the Club has had?); walked with the Club up to three weeks before Matt was born, and led a walk to Werribee Gorge with Matthew three weeks old. We continued walking on a regular basis with the Club until Tim arrived two years later. (Art Terry and the late Andy Price thought that they may have to act as midwives on a French Island walk a fortnight before Tim's advent.) I was instrumental in founding the Family Walking