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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)

to take turns in forcing a passage through the scrub to reach the choppy waters of the Lagoon.

I was a member of the Lake Pedder Action Committee and foundation member of its successor, the Wilderness Society. I spent 12 months photographing the Southwest Tasmanian wilderness, and in 1983 published a history of the long battle for Southwest Tasmania entitled, The Mountains of Paradise.

BOB STEEL

I joined the Melbourne Bushwalkers in 1961 and the Club has been a very important part of my life since then. I first learned of the Club when I bought a copy of Walk magazine; I then made contact and went on my first walk: Ballan - Whipstick - Mt Egerton.

I was most active in the 'sixties, going on many day and weekend walks all over Victoria, as well as New South Wales, Tasmania and New Zealand. I worked in country Victoria for three years until 1971, then returned to Melbourne and have continued participating in Club activities since then, going on various walks and joining the Mascas family on some of their memorable trips to such places as the Flinders Ranges, Central Australia, Barrier Ranges and a sailing trip in the Whitsundays.

I was Treasurer of the Club in 1964 and was on the Committee on and off for nearly 20 years, culminating in my presidency from 1979 to 1982. I have also been Club representative for Federation and for Search and Rescue. I was in the Search and Rescue team for a number of years, participating in a number of searches and search practices. I have also been map custodian, equipment officer, Walk magazine distribution manager and have led many day, weekend and extended walks.

LIZ TELFORD

I joined the Melbourne Bushwalkers in 1989. I remember that I approached my first walk with the Club to Angahook State Park with trepidation, particularly at the thought of a 16 km all-day hike. Initially, bushwalking held no appeal for me and I just tagged along with a close friend, Gwen Morgan, who was keen to try it. To my surprise I loved the day and today I would find it hard to imagine life without bushwalking and the Melbourne Bushies.

I have been on the general Committee of the Club for the last two years (1991 and 1992) with a keen interest in conservation. I am also a member of the newly-formed Conservation Subcommittee. My most