KOSCIUSZKO HUTS ASSOCIATION

Photo of blairs hutLocated on West Kiewa Logging Road, Snake Valley. 

Photo: Gary Duncan

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Brief History

Thomas Blair (an old miner from Ballarat) married Annie and had four sons, Frank, Jack , Aleck, George and Thomas, and daughters Effie and Isabel. When Thomas died in 1889, the family moved to Tawonga from Melbourne, onto a property purchased in 1913 by Jack and Frank.

Frank leased areas C14 and C18 in 1920-21. Frank re-opened Dungey's track, aided by Tourist money and Frank Blair led the first ski touring party to this location in 1925.

Tom and Frank Blair built the hut in 1923-24, only to have it destroyed by fire in 1931. It was rebuilt soon after by Frank and his son, and completed by Christmas 1932.

Major work was done to replace the lower logs in 1993, although some say that the work was rather more extensive than this.

Construction

The hut is a log cabin measuring 6m by 3.8m with a gable iron roof, replacing an original bark one in 1968. The internal stone lined fireplace is unusual. It is almost identical to Dibbins hut

Caretakers - The Alpine School and Blair Family.

References

  • Hueneke Pp 105, 106, 231
  • Holth and Stephenson
  • G. Butler 1996 Pp19-22.

 

Profile last updated 15 January 2004.