Dot Butler – Adventurer 1911 -
Dot was born in 1911 in Sydney. When only a teenager she joined an
acrobatic group. She was also a regular "Bondi Iceberg" .
She joined The
Sydney Bushwalkers at the age of twenty. In 1936 Dot, accompanied by Dr
Eric Dark made the first ascent of Crater Bluff in the Warrumbungle
Ranges. In 1937 she, accompanied by the "Tigers", walked over 70 miles
and climbed 9000 feet in the Blue Mountains in a weekend.
In 1939 Dot joined the Alpine Club of New Zealand, climbing Mt Cook and
many other major peaks and soon became a guide, a rare feat for a woman
in those days.
Dot Married Ira Butler in 1943 and had four children who would all take
after Dot as bushwalkers and mountaineers.
She has walked and climbed in many parts of the world including Peru,
She has encouraged many Australians, who, without her leadership
encouragement and sense of adventure, would never have ventured into the
bush, to explore and climb. In 1988 Dot was awarded the Australian
Geographic’s Award of Excellence.
The stories below appeared in The Sydney Bush Walker Annual and The
Bushwalker Annual over a number of years. Her book "The Barefoot
Bushwalker" should be read by all bushwalkers.