Jim’s ‘Memorial’ Parkrun: Saturday 1st June at 8am

It will be 2 years since Jim Grelis passed away on 7th June 2017. His loss is still felt deeply by family members and friends but he still lives on in our hearts. To honour his memory, join us on one of Jim’s favourite events: The Albert Parkrun, Melbourne. 

Jim Grelis 2016


Many of you may know that Jim took part in this event as long as he possibly could and revelled in the support he received from so many of the runners and organisers. One of the ways Jim managed his illness was by exercising as much as possible, maintaining a good level of fitness always helped him recover from chemotherapy treatment.

If you would like to participate in this public event than please go to the website: Albert parkrun, Melbourne | Albert parkrun, Melbourne and register.

Then you will receive a barcode that you will be able to PRINT, so that your time can be recorded. (Make sure you bring a PRINTED barcode as phones cannot be scanned).

Walking is also a good option and one many in our group maybe advocating. The length is 5km and you should be finished in an hour. The event starts promptly at 8am, but if you arrive at say 7.35 or thereabouts, we can have a chat before the event’s start. There is also a pre-event briefing from officials at 7.50.

Afterwards you may have time to go to Emerald Hill Cafe, at 189 Bank Street, South Melbourne.

If you happen to have one of those T shirts worn by Jim: Midday Milers, ANZ Running, 50/100 Parkruns, then you may find our group more easily!

Best Wishes,

Katherin Grelis and family

BSAR is 70 years old

BSAR is 70 years old on 6th May 2019.

BSAR search group near Marysville, 1952
BSAR search group in 1952 near Marysville, soon after BSAR was formed

We don’t know the names or the clubs of the 11 volunteer bushwalkers who left the Russell Street Police Headquarters in 2 trucks early on Friday 6 May 1949 for Port Welshpool. There they boarded a fishing ketch and were landed on the east coast of Wilsons Promontory to join the large search for a missing bushwalker.

This was the first occasion volunteer bushwalkers organised through the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs (now Bushwalking Victoria) assisted in a bush search.

Senior Police were very impressed with the skill and independence of these bushwalkers and encouraged the Federation to establish a formal search and rescue section. Several clubs made this a reality soon after this search when they formed the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs Search and Rescue Section.

The newspapers of the time tell the story.

The search for Alfred Howie, a solo walker missing at Wilsons Promontory, commenced on 6 May 1949.  No trace of him was ever found.

In the early years, members were called out in response to a request for assistance from Victoria Police by a club-based telephone tree.  Searchers assembled at the Russell Street Police Headquarters in a basement hall.

The Police Search and Rescue Squad was formed in 1957.

Bush Search and Rescue Victoria