KOSCIUSZKO HUTS ASSOCIATION

CHAPTER 12 - DARTMOOR - THE COLDEST PLACE ON EARTH AND A ROYAL HORSE.

For sheer cold, for pure numbness of spirit and everything you didn't have protected, you couldn't go past Dartmoor in mid-winter.

Photo's from Steve Brayshaw family archive relating to the Brayshaw's of Namadgi.

A collection of images, that should be self-explanatory, relating to Peppercorn Hut.

The homestead was allowed to deteriorate to the point where it could not be rebuilt. However KHA received a Heritage Grant to purchase the remains of the homestead in 1992. 

KHA received a good collection of photos of a workparty conducted by the Canberra Speleological Society back in 1985 from Mark Hallum. The collection can be found at the link below:

Mark Hallum Collection.

Phyllis and Mick Dowling, attended the workparty, invited by a Tamara Binder, Phyllis grew up at the hut for the first ten years of her life as part of the Harris family.

Unfortunately the hut has since burnt down. This photo collection is a great example of KHA volunteer's work and its value to the original owners of these properties.

The following is a transcript of the entry in the logbook by Phyllis on the day.

charles townsend friendMum’s Story – Mirrie Townsend nee O’Reilly, born 5/8/22 Stanmore NSW, married Jack Townsend 26/2/49 Waitara NSW

Jack was born in 1911 at Cavey St, Marrickville his parents being Charles and Ida (formerly Molyneux).   Before Jack started school they moved to Goulburn whence Ida had come and where her mother, four sisters and one brothers were still living.

First published in the Queanbeyan History Bulletin, March 1976.

I was about twelve when I first started to work with teams, and about fourteen when I started to drive them on my own.

Townsends 01Townsend’s Hut figures as hugely significant in the memories of the Townsend family.

My father, Charles John Townsend, was known as Jack. It seemed to me as a youngster that all his friends were Jack or Bill! It is interesting that both names have returned. My eldest son is another Jack Townsend. He was born the year after Dad died.

As the fires approached Paupong in 2003, Raymond Wroe took the initiative to save Charlie Rugman's hut by carefully numbering and disassembling the building to remove from the site.

pretty plain article TAT photo Craig SmithThe KHA website maintainerds found some nice photos taken by NPWS' Craig Smith for a Tumut and Adelong Times article about the history of grazing at Pretty Plain Hut and surrounds. They are nice photos and we're looking for a copy of the article.

As the fires approached Paupong in 2003, Raymond Wroe took the initiative to save Charlie Rugmans hut by carefully numbering and disassembling the building to remove it from the site. 

Valentines Hut was constructed by the Snowy Mountains Authority in 1955 as a base for hydrologists monitoring precipitation, snow depths and stream flows on the Geehi River and its tributaries, to aid planning for the Geehi Reservoir and the Murray 1 & 2 Power Stations.