It Was 50 Years Ago Today
Most artifacts from the first official Intervarsity in 1969 have survived, due to the meticulous record keeping by MUMC Historian David Hogg and the Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) archives setup and managed by Chris Solnordal.
The Intervarsity course was set on the Daylesford 1 inch to 1 mile scale (1:63,360) topographic map.
The course consisted of 25 controls, separate Start (S) and Finish (F), plus 3 Hash Houses. The map can be read in conjunction with the control descriptions and event information: page 1, page 2, page 3.
Details of the Intervarsity event invitation and planned program, the entry form, and directions to the event.
The Mountaineer (MUMC magazine), from July 1969 provides a brief insight of the weekend:
The first official Intervarsity 24 Hour Walk was held in the Trentham - Blackwood - Daylesford area on May 31st-June 1st. The adverse weather conditions which prevailed for most of the weekend undoubtedly dampened the enthusiasm of the competitors and increased the time spent at hash houses, particularly at the University's "Hillside" cottage at Blackwood. Two representatives of the Melbourne team, Ron Frederick and Bob McNaught, survived to the finish to win the men's section; the other members, Tony Kerr and Geoff Fagan having retired to the comfort of the hash houses.
The Melbourne women's team Rosalie Lahore, Joan Holroyd, Annabelle Roth and Judy Whitaker enjoyed breakfast with the Kyneton Shire President after sleeping part of the night in his haystack and finished second to the Monash girls.
Ron Frederick was it top form that year, winning Intervarsity, the MUMC mid-winter 24 hour, and the first "classic" orienteering event in August. He is still very active in rogaining today as VRA Vice President, competing in the Ultra Veteran's class, and organising rogaining and orienteering events.
The Organiser's Report provides a comprehensive summary of the event, providing the knowledge and key information (such as course setting and catering) for the organisers of the Intervarsity to follow in subsequent years. The organisers report: page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5.
Subsequently, David Hogg outlined the significance of these developments for Australian orienteering (and rogaining) in the University magazine Farago.