Located in the deep south of Byadbo, on the Devil's Hole Firetrail, below Paupong. Access is via Dalgetty, Beloka and Paupong. The hut can be reached by following the NP boundary FT or driving across a property.
Also known as Charlies Hut
Re-discovered in 2002 by Don Wellsmore and others interested in its restoration, Rugmans was built in 1932 by Charlie Rugman, who lived in the hut for 10 years until he died in the 1940s. He is buried at Beloco cemetary. The hut clearly had itinerant use in the 1970's.
Posts and a bottle dump nearby would indicate that this is the second hut on the site. Bottles dated 1931 and 1915 were found. Posts show a "sleep-out", byre and third shed were also built nearby. A horse yard and the remains of the byre are visible above the hut.
Immediately prior to the 2003 fires, local graziers apparently removed most of the hut materials, with the aim of re-building it in the future. Following the re-build, I received this note from NPWS - Brett McLennan:
I am writing to inform you that Charlie Rugman's hut on the Devilâ