Bill Bewsher passed away last weekend in Tasmania. BSAR extends its condolences to Bill’s family and friends.
Bill was a leading figure within BSAR’s history and had a tremendous influence on the course of search and rescue for two decades. He was appointed inaugural Convenor and held this position from 1949 to 1956 and again for a year in 1958-1959. Bill also became the first Field Organiser in 1950 and, excepting a fifteen-month tour of duty in Antarctica, held that position until 1970. After retiring from that position, Bill contributed as a Police Liaison Officer until the mid-1980s thereby concluding a 35-year involvement in land-based search and rescue.
One of the biggest searches coordinated by Bill was that for Mihram Haig at Mt Baw Baw in June 1955. The terrain was steep and dense and communications were difficult. An amazing 205 BSAR members attended during the search, the largest number on any search to date.
The May 2012 edition of Behind The Log, Bush Search and Rescue's regular newsletter, is now published and can be downloaded from [here] (pdf). Articles include:
The Donna Buang search of 1953 was one of the pivotal searches in the history of Bush Search and Rescue Victoria. Bill Bewsher performed the role of Field Organiser at a time when the Victoria Police did not yet have a search and rescue squad. BSAR personnel conducted the structured searching and recovered the two missing people, stretchering them both to the road. (Source The Scroggin Eaters).
One of the survivors, Jennifer Laycock, lost her legs to frostbite and the media labelled her the "Snow Girl" as they followed her recovery.
Two events were held for Steep Snow and Ice training sessions this year; a dryland training day covering theory and some exercises at Williamstown on 22 July, followed by the steep snow and ice traiing in an alpine environment at Mount Buller on 28-29 July.
Sunday 15 April 2012 The search for the 30 year old missing hiker in the Mt Donna Buang - Badger Creek area has concluded successfully with the man being found at about 10.30 this morning. He was found on a track by a Police vehicle that was taking two Bush Search and Rescue search groups to the start points of their allocated search areas. The person is in good health. 17 Bush Search and Rescue members attended the search.
Bush Search and Rescue members being briefed
Neville Byrne is a rural Police Liaison Officer with Bush Search and Rescue who who lives in Tawonga, at the base of Mt Bogong. Neville has been active with Bush Search and Rescue for 40 years as a searcher and Field Organiser.
Friday 24 Feb 2012, 18:24. The search alert for Bush Seach and Rescue for Woods Point is now CANCELLED.
Monday 16 Jan 2012, 12:23. The search alert for Bush Seach and Rescue is now CANCELLED.
Seventy participants took part in BSAR’s annual training weekend held on 19-20 November 2011 in the Wombat Forest. It was our largest training event in a long time. Thirteen BWV Clubs were represented, plus a number of BWV individual members. It was especially pleasing to welcome 25 new and prospective members on their first BSAR training event.
Monday 5 Dec 2011, 20:30. The search call-out at 10:15 for Bush Seach and Rescue is now CANCELLED.