KOSCIUSZKO HUTS ASSOCIATION

Year Built: 1940s
Alternate Name(s): Curtis Refuge, Mt Clear
Condition: Burnt
HMO: Namadgi

GPS Location View on Map

The hut is located a few kilometres down the fire trail from the Mt Clear homestead site, in the Naas Valley.

Brief History

Curtis was built by Bill Cotter and Jack Simpson, and named after the Cotter family property, Demandering. After the sale of land in 1956, it became and outstation hut to the Mt Clear Station, owned by the Curtis family.

Since becoming part of the National Park, it has become better known as Curtis Hut, but the Curtis's called it the Mt Clear Hut.

Unfortunately the hut was destroyed in the January 2020 bushfires.

Construction

Curtis Hut is small and built from sawn timber, clad in corrugated iron. The attached water tank is often a welcome site on a summers day. The hut is well off the ground, and the base is clad with stone, making it more than durable.

References

  • KHA Reference 2103 (1997).
  • Mathew Higgins

Last updated 9th April 2020.