KOSCIUSZKO HUTS ASSOCIATION

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

Disappointment Spur Hut was constructed by the Snowy Mountains Authority c1956 as a maintenance shelter for the Munyang River Aqueduct, accommodating staff servicing the weirs and pipeline which extend 9.7 km from the creek just east of the hut in a downhill grade around the valley to the surge tank and penstock above Guthega Power Station.

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. 

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. 

Boobee Hut is a 2009 rebuild of a Salt & Harness Shed built for John Cheney jnr c1930. The original residence at the Boobee was a two-room weatherboard cottage just north of the hut which was built by either Cheney around 1920, or by Bill Byatt in the 1890s when he was mining for gold on Diggers Creek.

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.

Cesjacks Hut was built in 1944 as a stockmens’ shelter for Cecil O’Brien and John Bolton. Initially known as Cec & Jacks Hut, the name became abbreviated over time. 1500 sheep and 35 cattle were brought up from near Kalkite to their snow lease each summer from 1943 to 1958, when grazing was terminated above 1370m elevation.

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. 

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

 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. 

By David Scott

From a paper given at the Australian Historical Association conference in Canberra, July 2018

25th July 2019 marks 185 years since the Irish convict Patrick Whelan perished in a blizzard upon the Kiandra Plains.

Whelan was tending the horned cattle of Dr Andrew Gibson on Long Plain. Most of Gibson’s cattle, along with those of George Thomas Palmer at Cooleman and William Pitt Faithfull at Nungar, all perished. So ended the first attempt by Europeans to occupy the Snowy Mountains.

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