The Club was started by Father Willie Hayes and Raoul Mellish in January 1958 and incorporated in March 1992. In 1957, Father Hayes was assigned to the Brisbane Parish of Yeronga, where he met Raoul Mellish, an experienced bushwalker. In September 1957, while Willie and Raoul were climbing one of Raoul’s favourite mountains, Mt Beerwah in the Glasshouse Mountains, their conversation turned to the idea of a Catholic bushwalking club to cater for both the spiritual and physical needs of bushwalkers. One aim was to have a club that catered for Sunday 's Mass attendance. On the last Sunday of October in 1957, a notice appeared in The Catholic Leader, inviting interested people to contact Fr Hayes.
Proposed Catholic Bushwalking Club for Brisbane
In recent years, bushwalking has become a popular pastime for many Australians. Brisbane already has two bushwalking clubs, providing,in various ways, an outlet for people who have felt the urge to really get out into the open, and discover the beauties of mountain and bush in their natural and unspoiled states.For some years now, Sydney has had a variety of bushwalking clubs, including a vigorous Catholic Club. It is felt that a similar Catholic Club should be formed in Brisbane. There are many places within easy distance of the city which would be suitable for one day trips. Properly organised, full weekend trips could also be arranged in such places, for instance at Lamington Plateau, where Sunday Mass is often provided.Having received His Grace’s approval for the formation of a Catholic Club in Brisbane, it is proposed, a sufficient number of interested people forthcoming, to hold an inaugural meeting in early January of next year. If anyone interested would contact Father Hayes of Yeronga and leave with him the necessary personal details, he or she will be advised in due course of the date and place for this meeting. In the meantime, arrangements could be made for a preliminary outing, so that prospective members may get to know one another. (http://catholicleader.com.au/) A follow up notice appeared on 5th December on page 15 of The Catholic Leader advising that the first outing would be to Mt. Tibrogargan on Sunday 1st December 1957.
First Outing of Catholic Bushwalking Club
On last Sunday, 1st December, Father W. Hayes and twenty-six other prospective members of the proposed Brisbane Catholic Bushwalker's Club went for a day’s outing to the Glasshouse Mountains. This was the first outing of the new Club.The site chosen for lunch was a spot beside a pool near the foot of Mount Tibrogargan. In the afternoon a group of twelve, including six of the girls,succeeded in reaching the top.Visibility from the top was poor owing to the amount of bush-fire smoke in the atmosphere. The only commanding features of the view were the delicate spire of Mount Crookneck and the graceful mass of Mount Beerwah standing out like ghostly silhouettes. On returning from the hot, parched slopes of the mountain, the most welcome feature of the day was the long, refreshing swim in the shaded pool. In the cool of the evening. The pleasantly tired party rounded off the day’s activity with a leisurely walk to the station to catch their trains.It is proposed to hold the inaugural general meeting of the Club on Thursday, 16th January, 1958. All those concerned note time and venue of this meeting.Plans are being made for the first official weekend outing which will be held at O'Reilly’s Lamington Plateau, on the long weekend at the end of January, where Mass will be provided.In the meantime others interested may leave personal particulars with Father Hayes, Yeronga, phone JW 2134. http://catholicleader.com.au/). The trip was attended by 27 people and could be viewed as the day on which the Club began. The first meeting was held on Thursday 16th January, 1958 and the Brisbane Catholic bushwalking Club was officially founded. The Club’s constitution was modelled on the Catholic Bushwalking Club of Sydney and its patron, Our Lady of the Way, was adopted by the Brisbane Catholic Bushwalking Club.
Annual Mt Barney Mass
Each year, on Exhibition Wednesday, Club members and visitors are welcome to join the climb of Mount Barney and the Mass in the saddle between East and West Peaks. Mount Barney is located within the Scenic Rim Region in South-East Queensland, approximately 130 kilometres south-west of Brisbane. It forms part of the McPherson Range, is a popular destination for bushwalkers and is often regarded as one of the most impressive parts of the Scenic Rim. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount Barney
DUCE MARIASee! She softly sheds her light,
- Hung in the filmy veil of night;
- And smiles with sweet serenity,
- To guide us into the portals of eternity.
- She, the evening star, our Queen,
- Before all ages, promised she had been;
- And ever, more shalt never cease to be,
- Through her, may yet we know, the Infinite Majesty.
- By Fr. John Power.