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The huts in the high country were built by stockmen, prospectors, recreational fishermen, skiers and the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority to meet their accommodation, shelter, recreational and hydrology needs at the time. Many of these huts have been lost through fire and decay, but around120 of them still remain. These are now cared for co-operatively by KHA and the Park Services.

Reflections: Boyce Bootes revisits Happy's hut after 69 years.

After being asked by Lis Barbaresco and Graham Scully if I would like to go to Happy's Hut with Steve Newby and his team of workers on the week-end of 15th - 16th January, 2011, I accepted with great joy. The 15th of January came and away we went, wondering what we would find. I must thank NPWS for permission to be driven in by Lis. The countryside looked beautiful after some rain.

Charlie Carter is known to have lived in three locations in the Snowy Mountains, Ingeegoodbee, Snowy Plain and the Tin Mines. Henry Willis believes the hut was built in the later 1930's.

Chapter 6 and 10 to be added.

Shirley McGufficke, Memories of Dead Horse hut, written 1989.

Dead Horse Hut was built by Nankervis Bros 60 odd years ago. 

Dick Schofield was one of the builders of Gavel's Hut. Dicks recollections add a little more to our records of the skills of dog trappers.

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The "Dunbar" was an immigrant ship that sank in Port Jackson Harbour in 1857. There was one survivor out of  59 crew and 63 passengers. 

The Hotel Kosciuszko burnt in 1953, leaving Sponar's Inn - the original staff quarters - standing.

The KHA Newsletter is a favourite with all KHA members. It is their quarterly “fix” for knowledge they yearn so much for about the high country huts, the heritage surrounding these unique structures as well as the environment in which they sit.

Mark Hallam sent two collections of photos, Brayshaws Hut in Namadgi National Park and a large collection of photos from a February 1985 workparty at Harris Hut, KNP.

From Australia ICOMOS International Movement on Monuments and Sites

A new version of the Burra Charter has been adopted and launched by Australia ICOMOS.