KOSCIUSZKO HUTS ASSOCIATION

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Located on Snowy Plain. 

 

Also known as Davies, Hedgers, Williamsons or Napthalis (not to be confused with the original Napthalis Homestead nearby.) 

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Brief History

Daveys is one of four huts in the Kosciuszko National Park for which an entire book has been written, in this case "If I should Wake in the Middle of the Night," by Pauline Downing.

Daveys was built by Tom Bolton in 1909 for grazing. He moved into it with his new wife, Mary, in 1911.

Davey Williamson bought the house in 1935.

Roy Hedger took over the hut in the 1950's and remained there until 1969, when it was resumed by the NPWS.

There are many interesting sites nearby including the grave of Dick Eames, Botheram Plain Hut and the ruin of Napthalis.

Construction

The hut is 10m by 6.5m and is constructed of horizontal weatherboards over a timber frame. The roof is iron over the original shingles. The chimney is of stone.

References

Pauline Downing's book, "If I should Wake in the Middle of the Night".

KHA Reference 2507 (also 1803), KNP POM Schedule is L.23.

Extensive history notes exist for this hut including 30cm of KHA Archive files.

A Conservation Study also exists.