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Chapter 16
Chapter 17
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The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)

Giese and Jopie Bodegraven doing his mountain goat impersonations, to mention only a few of a cast of thousands. Other good times that come to mind are Phil Larkin's Lorne weekend complete with spit roast and a great run against the dark to Erskine Falls, with the girls winning; the bull-ant saga in leafy Cockatoo with Dougie Crocker and that exhilarating walk led by Gerry Young in the Blackwood Range whipped along by wind and rain; the lilo trips with King of Shoalhaven Spencer George, various happy water nymphs and our 'hero' Mark Tischler. I also remember a trip led by Merilyn Whimpey on the Snowy, with a climb out via New Guinea Spur, never to be forgotten. Another memorable trip was up Mt Rose with Sylvia Wilson on a day that hosted no less than six walks due to the throng, when the medium became the easy and the easy the hard and Art Terry et al. running the ridges silhouetted against the setting sun. There have been classic trips and classic people too numerous to mention. Through my walking experiences and time spent on the Committee as Social Secretary and News Convenor, happily I came to know and value many of these people and places. As Michael Griffin so aptly expressed it: 'The marvellous sense of something previously unknown, now held dear.' ('A Special Visit to Lamington', Walk 1973)


I started walking with YHA Bushwalkers in early 1968, and during the next two years went on several Melbourne Bushwalkers' trips as a visitor. In early 1970 I moved to Sydney and spent the next four years with Sydney Bushwalkers. Returning to Melbourne at the end of 1973, I decided to join Melbourne Bushwalkers, becoming a member in April 1974. In 1975 I joined the Committee as a Vice-President, standing down after three years. In 1982 I was again elected as a Vice-President, then the following year as President, for what became a term of four years. The highlights of this time were two major landmarks in the Club's history: first, Incorporation in 1983 and, second, the purchase and operation of our own van transport in 1984.


I joined the club in 1961 and like many people threw myself into the bushwalking way of life. I was elected to the Committee in 1962 as Social Secretary which I remained for two years. I was also a Committee member again in the early seventies when I was heavily involved with