The South Coast Bushwalking Club established 1996.
The South Coast Bushwalking Club Inc was registered on 23 July, 1996. It was started by a group of 10-12 walkers who had been walking regularly with Illawarra Ramblers doing more challenging off track walks involving map and compass navigation. It was felt there was a need for a Club with the ethos of providing walks of moderate to harder difficulty.
The first general meeting was held on 21 August, 1996. A walks program for October to December, 1996 was published with the first walk on 13 October, led by John Steel, to Currockbilly Mountain, grade 6. The next weekend John led a grade 6 walk to complete the Six Foot Track in one day. John Murray (still a member) was the guest speaker at the November Meeting and talked about his philosophy of bushwalking.
Inaugural club members were John Steel (the first President), Penny (Ackery) Steel (first Secretary), Trikki Young (Walks Coordinator), John Clare and his daughters, Kay Coad and Cas Wakefield, Jan and Snow Thoroughgood, Nuri Chovat, Carole (Baldwin) Alcock, Kay Rogers, Barry Thomas and Bernard Davis.
Over time the number of members has grown to 80 to 90 for most years. Original club members still with SCBW are Kay Rogers and Carole Alcock.
SCBW Presidents have been: John Steel, Alan Smith, Peter Cochrane, Peter French, Penny Steel, Kay Rogers, Graham Wright, Lee Cordner, Ted Booth and Paul Battman. Robyn Smith, who was the Secretary, started the Bush Telegraph in 2001.
Life Members are John Clare 1997 (deceased), Snow Thoroughgood 1997 (deceased), Penny Steel 2010 and Jocelyn Booth 2012. In September 2018, John Murray was presented with Life Membership.
John Murray (pictured) presents "70 years of Bush Walking" in September 2018.
John's personal motto is Solvitur Ambulando: The answer lies in walking.
Foundation members (pictured)