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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept
PROBuS INTEREST GROuPS 48 | www.probussouthpacific.org PROBuS INTEREST GROuPS W hen Chisholm Probus club members Tric Johnson and Graeme Riddell put their names down to take part in a historic walking group, little did they know they were signing up to run it. Eight years and 58 walks through Melbourne’s story-rich streets later, the pair is still leading the way. The Chisholm Combined Historic Walking Group’s first excursion in 2003 saw it explore Collins Street from Exhibition Street to Spencer Street, while subsequent walks have crossed the suburbs from Sandringham in the south to Footscray in the west; and Essendon and Heidelberg in the north to Box Hill in the east. Tric thoroughly researches and road-tests each of the walks before the group hits the streets. A former industrial chemist, she has turned herself into a historian for the group, consulting local councils, the National Trust, historic registers and the Step through history internet to feed the group’s hunger for new and interesting walks. “I try to find out information about the houses that we are going to go past and some of the people who have lived in the area,” she says, admitting that she sometimes has a little help. “One of the blokes in the group used to be a plumber and occasionally he has worked on houses that we walk past, so we get all sorts of bits of information at times. “Along the way we have all learnt much about the history of Melbourne and some of its early characters, and have walked streets and lanes we did not know existed – because a lot of these places, unless you walk them, you don’t find.” PULL YOUR BOOTS ON Colonial Sydney Discover Sydney’s past with a two-hour self-guided walk that traces the remains of the colony’s early years. Departing from Customs House, you’ll cross the hidden Tank Stream, pass the Obelisk from which distances in the colony were measured, climb through The Rocks and up to Observatory Park where the first windmill was built. W: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au Historic Hobart History buffs are drawn to Australia’s second oldest capital. The Battery Point Walk is 4.8km long and takes about two hours, although an extra half hour to explore Sullivans Cove is recommended. The walk takes you along trendy Salamanca Place, up Kelly’s Steps and into the quaint streets, Georgian cottages and grand colonial mansions of Battery Point. W: www.hobartcity.com.au We have all learnt much about the history of Melbourne and some of its early characters. The Chisholm Combined Historic Walking Group has beaten more than 58 paths through Melbourne’s historic streets, with plenty left to be explored. Richard Cann reports.
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