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A Youtube video of a trip to Wheelers Hut was submitted by a member...

 In 1989, Rosemary Curry recorded the following interviews with Gladys Weston and Emily McGufficke.

Gladys Weston: We used a sleeping bag on the ground ... there was no hut. 

Everyone loves home-made blackberry jam. The pesky plants that can overrun a house in a few years bear, arguably, the most delicious of berries. 

Extract from Gooandra Conservation Study, prepared for the Kosciusko Huts Association by Matthew Higgins and David Scott, November 1991

This is an extract from the Conservation Study produced by David Scott in 1995 for the NPWS.

From tthe archives, the attached letter was sent to Graham Scully in 1988 when KHA was negotiating with NPWS for the stabilisation/conservation of Gooandra. The letter was written by Janet Lott, daugter of Carl Wilkinson Lampe, 1902-1975 and contains many valuable contemporary memories passed down to her from her father and uncles.

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A GRAVE AND ITS STORY. By John Gale, 10 March 1903

Whilst at Peppercorn some of our party paid a visit to a lonely grave out on the plain about half a mile from the homestead. 

 

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.

Gladys Weston recounted her memories of cooking in the mountains to Rosemary Curry, in an interview recorded in 1988. 

We used to make lovely bread in a big camp oven, I couldn't lift it, a huge thing. You wouldn't have much fire underneath - if you did, you'd burn the bread.

Joan: 'the prettiest girl in the mountains'

The story that follows was submitted to the Elyne Mitchell Women's Writing Award in 2009. Written by Joan Sinclair, nee Boardman, it describes in vivid detail her first droving trip in 1942 to Pretty Plain and its hut, at the age of 7 with her father Ernie Boardman. 

In 1988, Rosemary Curry recorded the following interview with Gladys Weston.

Gladys Weston: After Pop got a letter, he'd have to light the lamp to read it, and then we'd put it out. Kerosene was dangerous to carry. We used candles. 

Extract from Kells Hut Conservation Study, prepared by David Scott, September 1990.

Special acknowledgment is made to the contributions of Wal and Barry Kell, and the valuable assistance of David Hewitt in conducting these interviews.