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

The Melbourne Bushies

- Fifty years along the track

Book: "Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)"This history of the Melbourne Bushwalkers, told by its members, is a fittingly handsome celebration of the Club's fiftieth anniversary. It begins in the forties at a time when bushwalking took off in Australia. The tale evolves through the fifties, when new walking areas that are now suburbia were being explored and gear was so much simpler, through the sixties and the opening up of walking areas further afield, to the eventful seventies and eighties.

The reader is invited to share the times and experiences of those walkers - the delights, the adventures, the characters, the factions and fashions, the times of hardship and of consolidation and growth.

The account includes:

  • the Club's involvement in conservation and environmental issues gear and its development over the decades
  • Club transport and the van
  • the development of publications such as Walk, the News and walk programmes
  • Wilkinson Lodge (Wilky) and its history
  • cross-country skiing and its gradual incorporation into Club activities
  • tales of search and rescue
  • social and other Club activities such as liloing, and
  • the Broadford-Yea marathon run.

All readers will find something of interest. Each chapter is written by a different Club member, which gives the book diversity of style. And the text has interspersed throughout photographs, maps and entertaining anecdotes. This book is a must for all members of the Melbourne Bushwalkers and those interested in the development of bushwalking in Victoria as seen through the Club's eyes.

Copies of the bound volume are available at the club rooms for $5 per copy.