Farewell Daphne Curtis
KHA members will be saddened to hear of the passing of Daphne Curtis. Daphne, a former resident of what is now Namadgi National Park, was a good friend of KHA and a person passionate about the mountains.
Daphne was born in Cooma in 1939, eldest daughter of Tom Reid and Flossie nee Venables. She attended Shannons Flat School and later took up nursing. Daphne married grazier Colin Curtis in 1961 and she and Colin raised their family at Mt Clear in Namadgi’s south (they usually referred to that whole southern area as simply Bobeyan).
David is a heritage architect who works with the ACT Government, ACT Environment. He was responsible for the preparation of the Namadgi Plan of Management review.
In late 2003 he moved to Tasmania where he works for the Government but keeps a regular interest in mountain huts.
He is currently working on making digital copies of the information from old maps of the National Park, and is responsible for the 1885 Homesteads and Squatters Runs Maps available here.
Recruited by Graham Scully soon after the 2003 fires.
Ian is a keen backcountry telemark skier, terribly upset about missing out seeing the huts that burnt down in the 2003 fires, who heeded the call to arms to rewrite the Kosciuszko Plan of Managament and rebuild burnt huts.
Briefly served as Acting President after the sudden resignation of Mark Cleghorn in 2007 until the May AGM. He served as HMO South from 2004 until 2015 when he was appointed KHA Treasurer as penance. By 2018 he was burnt out good and proper and retired gracefully after the 2018 AGM. His long suffering 'hut widow' Jenny, has banned him from discussing politics in public and ever standing for KHA President.
Has been known to hammer in a nail or two, a propensity to upset other Life Members, but is handy with administration. He stepped in to do a few newsletters, membership troubleshooting, delivering parcels and helps a bit with the website, when he isn't out skiing, cycling or trying to outsmart a trout.
Deidre is a keen bushwalker and KHA Life Member.
She is a past KHA committee member, having served as Secretary for many years, and responsible for the KHA Social Program.
Dick's memories of dingo hunting.
Recorded by Dean Turner, 1989
I think Schofield's hut was built when I was in Tasmania some time after 1942 by Stan and Wallace Schofield, soon after Gavel's lease was split up.
When I first went up there, there was a dingo roaming in those hills killing sheep and one thing and another. Anyway they couldn't catch him, they had dog trappers from Cooma and Tumut and all around and they couldn't get him. So they decided they'd have a drive for him.
Sir Herbert was an enthusiastic and intrepid skier. He was a foundation member of the Kosciusko Alpine Club in 1909 and of the Ski Club of Australia in 1920, and was President of the latter for 40 years.
He was one of the first guests at the Kosciusko Hotel in 1907, and was a member of the first party to reach Kosciusko from the hotel, on skis in 1910. After exploratory summer trips, he also made the first ski crossing from Kiandra to Kosciusko in 1927. In recognition of these journeys, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Farewell Jack Oldfield. The high country lost another of its figures in October when Jack Oldfield passed away. Jack had a long association with the mountains and had links with many huts in Namadgi National Park.
Jack was born in 1916, one of eleven children of Tom and Ada Oldfield. Tom was manager of Orroral Station for the Bootes family and Jack had his early childhood there.
In the late 1920s the Bootes bought Gudgenby and the Oldfields moved there with Tom again as manager of the property. The family lived in the old slab homestead which dated from 1845 and was pulled down in the early 1960s. Jack worked on the land with his father as the Oldfields accumulated a number of holdings.
Ted Rogers came to the district from Victoria, from whence he came on the railway to Nimmitabel with sheep. He stayed in the district doing various labouring jobs such as fencing. At some time he was working on Snowy Plain and Nimmo, and got to know the McPhies at Nimmo.
Photo: Ted Rogers and Jack McLaughlan outside Teds Hut.
Jack is a stallwart of KHA. A quiet man, he makes his presence felt at the sharp end of hut workparties.
Jack joined KHA when invited by his daughter, who was secretary at the time, and a keen member.
Graham has been a member of KHA dating back to the early 1980's, maybe earlier.
Graham was President of KHA from 1987 to 1992 - a period of five years. This has been the longest serving term of any President of KHA. During his Presidency, Graham was the driving force behind the establishment of the Historical Group, which laid firm foundations for research into the cultural history of the high country huts. His efforts in these areas broke down many of the perceived or real barriers that existed between the early builders and users of the huts and Park Management. Graham was also the driving force behind the extension of KHA's activities into Namadgi National Park.
This photo courtesy of Pauline Downing.