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Located in Namadgi National Park approximately 200 metres uphill and to the east of the Old Boboyan Road.

 

Photo of Bushfold Pearsons hutLocated in the newer part of Namadgi, at the southern end of the Bushfold Flat, behind Mt Tennent. The other hut, also referred to as Reads or Bushfold or McMahons sat at the northern end of Bushfold Valley.

This one may also be known as Dr Pearsons or Reads Hut. There is much debate over the correct naming of this hut. "Reads" is generally considered the historically correct name, but local farmers and personalities more commonly refer to it as "Dr Pearsons". Bushwalkers tend to call it Bushfold. The hut is in good shape. 

Photo: Olaf Moon 2006

Bendora Hut is located just below the ridge line about 1.5km down the "Bendora Fire Trail" to the east, from the Bulls Head to Gininni road. The signs say "Bendora Aboretum". It is on the Tidbinbilla map.

Photo of Chalkers Hut ruins chimneyLocated to the south of Mt Clear on the Bredbo 1:50 000 map. A large chimney is all that remains.

Photo: Pauline Downing 2000.

Photo of Bobeyan Hut 1969Located on the old Bobyen Road and shown on the Yaouk map. It is an easy walk from the new road to Adaminaby.

Photo: Di Thompson, 1969

 

History

This was the second building on the site, but was demolished by the Parks service in 1971, as it was considered to be unsafe. Today, it would be fully restored.

The first building was owned by James Ritchie and John Gray, when they held the leases from the late 1830s. John Gray sold the holding to his manager, Charles McKeahnie in 1844 after Gray went bankrupt.

McKeahnie soon sold his sharee (the other being to Alexander Crawford) to William Brayshaw soon after Brayshaw's marriage to Crawford's daughter, Flora.

So, the Crawfords and Braywshaws jointly ran the Bobeyan Valley for many years, though the Crawfords soon moved up the valley to the Old Station. The last Brayshaw to live here full time, was Richard, born in 1865. He sold the property to Noel and Greg Luton in 1952.

This building was built in the late 1800's and had a separate kitchen and living areas from the bedroom wings. Unmarked graves are nearby.

Steve Brayshaw's Collection of related photographs can be seen here.

 

Construction

Originally built of slabs and weatherboards with a shingled roof, this was later covered with iron. The internal walls were variously lined with hessian ceilings and walls of T&G or wattle and daube. Plans of the site show other buildings.

References

  • Matthew Higgins Namadgi Sites p4.
  • KHA Reference 1709 (1997).
  • Many others

Kosciuszko and Namadgi National Parks North Map

Profile updated 1 October 2012.

Condor Creek HutLocated in the ACT Forest opposite the turnoff to Blue Range Hut.

A popular hut, the pine compartment surrounding it was harvested just before the 2003 fires, during which it was unfortunately burnt down.

Profile last updated 18th July 2013.

Brandy Flat hut is on the Brandy Flat firetrail, that commences near the Glendale Depot and loops back to the main Adaminaby Road. Its Grid Reference is 826456 on the Michelago map.


Located at the summit of Mt Coree, Namadgi National Park.

 

bullshead1 ni feb2015Bulls Head Shelter is located 200m south of the Piccadilly Circus intersection, where Mt Franklin Road and Brindabella Road (the Canberra to Brindabella/Tumut road) meet.

There is no camping allowed on this spacious site, as it is a part of the Canberra water catchment area.

Photo: Narelle Irvine, 2015

Photo of Cotter HutCotter House is in the Cotter River Catchment and may be approached from the Damsite or over the fire trail from Orroral Valley. Either way, it is a walk of about 6 km. It is shown on the Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000 map.

Photo: KHA

Photo of Bushfold Reeds HutLocated at the top of the Bushfold valley behind Mt Tennant, on the Williamsdale 1:50 000 mapsheet. Access is by firetrail from Apollo Road.

Also known as McMahons or Russell Reads Hut.

Brayshaws Hut is located right beside the Tharwa to Adaminaby Road. A sign by the road, and a stile over the fence lead to a 100m walk to the building. It is shown on the Shannons Flat 1:25,000 map.