VALE - Eric Burt

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THE pass­ing of Eric Burt last week will sad­den many who re­mem­bered him as a con­sul­tant en­gi­neer with the early lift com­pa­nies, a great pho­tog­ra­pher on Mt Buller and a keen skier.

Eric passed away on July 14, aged 95.

He first worked at Dan­de­nong Engi­neer­ing, where he dealt with ski equip­ment man­u­fac­turer Dop­pelmeier, later be­com­ing a con­sul­tant to the Aus­trian sup­plier un­til his move to Mans­field around 23 years ago.

The link with Dop­pelmeier was be­cause of his long con­nec­tion with ski­ing in Aus­tralia, which he only fi­nally re­lin­quished af­ter turn­ing 85.

A keen and en­thu­si­as­tic com­mu­nity minded per­son, Eric be­longed to many or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mit­tees and be­came sec­re­tary of the Mans­field Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, which ap­plied pres­sure to dis­as­so­ci­ate the shire from the Be­nalla Shire and suc­ceeded in this goal, be­com­ing the De­latite Shire in Oc­to­ber 2002.

He was also in­volved with Up2Us Land­care, Friends of Ve­ni­lale, Mans­field Ma­sonic Lodge and Friends of the Li­brary just to name a few.

Al­ways in­ter­ested in mu­sic, Eric helped found Ra­dio 3MBS in Mel­bourne – the first FM ra­dio sta­tion in Vic­to­ria.

A pas­sion­ate pho­tog­ra­pher, he took pho­to­graphs at Mt Buller in the 1940s for about 10 years, some of which can still be seen in Mans­field and pro­vide a valu­able record of the re­sort’s early days.

The Arl­berg Ho­tel at Mt Buller has a gallery of these early pho­to­graphs.

Pho­tog­ra­phy led nat­u­rally to an in­volve­ment in de­vel­op­ing and print­ing, when he and his wife ran a busi­ness in Mel­bourne car­ry­ing this out for chemists un­til the ar­rival of color film.

At the same time he un­der­took pho­to­graphic work with the De­part­ment of An­thro­pol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne.

Ten­nis was also an­other one of Eric’s strong in­ter­ests, some­thing he did not re­lin­quish un­til his 90th birth­day.

In Mel­bourne he formed the Glen Waver­ley Ten­nis Club, of which he be­came a life mem­ber.

Tech­nol­ogy did not seem to present any dif­fi­cul­ties for Eric as he drove his car up un­til about two years ago (aged 93) and mas­tered the use of a lap­top.

So when in­ter­view at 93 he gave this ad­vice -

“Peo­ple get the idea they’re old,” he said.

“I’m not old – my am­bi­tion is to get to 95 (which he did).

“My ad­vice is to keep phys­i­cally ac­tive and keep your mind ac­tive”.

A funeral ser­vice was held on Thursday, July 21 for Eric at St John’s Angli­can Church, Mans­field.

SHARP MINDED: Eric Burt (pic­tured) dur­ing an in­ter­view with Mans­field Courier some three years ago, al­ways said peo­ple should try to keep phys­i­cally and men­tally ac­tive.

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