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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Whites River Hut was constructed in 1934-5 as a stockmens’ shelter for the Clarke Brothers, who held the local grazing lease. In 1938 the Kosciusko Alpine Club purchased a part-interest in the hut and upgraded it to serve as a comfortable base for ski touring during the winter months whilst the stock was away.