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Herbert "Herb" Hain built Hain's hut on a summer grazing lease held by his mother, Elizabeth Janet Hain in 1948. Herb was a high country character, and received the "Man from Snowy River Award" following his discovery of the missing aircraft Southern Cloud.

 Herb's property was "Harlowe" near Cooma, which remains in the family to this day. He relinquished his other alpine lease on the Murrumbidgee River, for sheep grazing in 1972, to the NPWS.

His son, Clyde Hain and grandson Sam Hain are seen here at Hain's hut during a workparty on the lease in December 2003.