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pugilistic kha

Located on Pretty Plain, East of the Dargal Range.

Jagungal 1:50 000 mapsheet

Also known as Pugilistic Hut and Penders Hut.

Brief History

The hut was built in 1947 by a Mr Whitehead.

The hut was given the name "Pugilistic" following and altercation between two stockmen, one of whom was deliberately fueled up on alcohol, so he would lose the fight (over ownership of some cattle).

KHA holds photographs of the hut from Tom Mitchell's first 4WD crossing of the Snowies, showing it with vertical slabs in the walls and a hessian bag for the door. The slabs have since fallen out. The NPWS views this hut as a "standing ruin" and not to be restored.

Construction

The hut measures about 3m by 4m and was built around four very substantial poles with vertical slab walls. The floor was of dirt and the fireplace of stone.

Originally the roof and gables were made of bark, but the former was replaced with corrugated iron. Nonetheless, a welcome shelter in pouring rain!

References

  • KHA reference number is 2311
  • KNP POM schedule is L.106.
  • No conservation study exists.

Photo: Pugilistic Hut on the Tooma River, John Purves 1966

pugilistic hut 1966 JPurves
pugilistic hut 1966 JPurves