Vale Stuart Brookes OAM

Stuart Brookes OAM passed away peacefully on Friday 19 November, aged 99.

Stuart was a stalwart member of BSAR from its inception in 1949. He participated in search and rescue for 40 years, including many of the major searches through the 1950s to 1970s. He was a Field Organiser for many years and later a Police Liaison Officer.

He is perhaps best-known for his sketch maps of the Victorian alps, published under the name of Bush Maps Victoria, and originally created when government maps were either non-existent or very inaccurate.

Stuart was a foundation member of the Victorian Mountain Tramping Club (VMTC) and became its first life member 10 years later.

For his contribution to bushwalking through map-making, safety in the bush and search and rescue Stuart was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1988.

Bush Search and Rescue offers its sincere condolences to Stuart’s family and friends.

2021 BSAR search and rescue training at Lyonville, May 15-16

Forty two BSAR volunteers attended a search and training weekend at Lyonville. We used the Lyonville Public Hall as a base and we received some great support from the local community.

Everyone was very keen and motivated to get out in the bush after the restrictions encountered during 2020 when we unable to hold any training in the field.

Two Police Search and Rescue Squad Officers provided us with briefings on search organisation and police radios and supported our training.

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Search for missing person near Mt Donna Buang


15:00 Sat 28 Nov 2020. Seven BSAR searchers departed Melbourne to join the search for a missing person near Mt Donna Buang.

Sun 29 Nov 2020. Three more BSAR searchers joined the search in heavy bush areas near Mt Donna Buang. Leeches were a problem.

Mon 30 Nov 2020. Ten more BSAR members joined the search. All BSAR members returned to Melbourne late in the afternoon. The search will continue.