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Club History

Below are snippets from the club history as recorded by Keith Lierse in the publication:

The History of the Koonung Bushwalking Club Inc. 1985-1995.

The first office bearers of the club were:

President: Judy Chivers, Vice President: Margaret Maxwell, Secretary: Brian Kemp, Treasurer: Peter Clark

Newsletter: Val Lewis, Walks Secretary: Fran Hanrahan, Social Secretary: Eva Sperlich.

The first walk (in fact there were 2) were on Sunday 21 April 1985 at:

Westerfolds Park led by Peter Clark and Big Pat's Creek/Starling Gap led by Alan Campbell.

The first mid week walk was on Thursday 2 May 1985 at:

Masons Falls in the Kinglake National Park led by Alan Campbell.

The first overnight walk was on 4/5 May 1985 at:

Mt Baw Baw Plateau led by Keith Lierse.

The first social event:

Saturday 26 July 1985, Doncaster East High School, Bush Dance, $6.00 each.

The first fees were $15 single membership or $25 per family.

By July 1985 the club had 75 members (48 single and 27 family members).

Who named the clubs newsletter "Walktalk"?

Not known for a fact but probably Judy Chivers or Brian Kemp.

Ten memorable sayings from the clubs verbal archives:

"We should be going north"

"Sorry, I've lost my map and compass"

"Not far now"

"I thought YOU had the tent"

"Do we meet at the Noojee pub or Merrijig Pub"

"I think I have a leech or two more"

"I can't walk another step"

"I'll pack up in the morning, it wont snow tonight, no way!"

"This rain wont last long"

"Has anyone seen my heart tablets?"

Foundation members 1985-1995:

Mary Atkins, Jan Brown, Alan Brown, Ron Karlstrom, George Keyte, Michael King, Yvonne King, Keith Lierse, Bill Ling, Betty Ling, Margaret Maxwell, Tom Patton, Pat Patton, Heather Pratt, Don Stewart, Laurel Stewart

The History of the Koonung Bushwalking Club Inc. 2005-2015

This recent addition to the Club History prepared by Keith Lierse can be downloaded below.


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