(Updated: 1 Sep 2020)
The NPWS and ACT PCS have confirmed that 17 huts and buildings have been lost in the 2020 bushfires in the Kosciuszko National Park (KNP), including the Kiandra precinct, and the Namadgi National Park (NNP).
Elyne Mitchell, How Grey Mare got it’s name - from her book “Australia’s Alps” 1942.
I wondered where the grey brumby mare had been caught whose name is perpetuated round these hills? She was a beautiful mare and, for a very long time eluded all efforts of the miners or stockmen to catch her.
Round Mountain Hut Illuminated Glass Work Raffle Tickets $10 each
Buy tickets online from https://www.rafflelink.com.au/kha-kosciuszko-huts
Round Mountains Glass Hut is a spectacular piece created by award winning Glass Artist Holly Grace.
This beautiful work of art can be illuminated internally and projects the huts details onto the surrounding room with spectacular effects. The works will be displayed at the Canberra Glass Works and then the Jindabyne NPWS visitors centre.
All Prizes donated by Internationally award winning Glass Artist Holly Grace. https://www.hollygrace.com
Tickets are priced at $10 each, 2 tickets for $18, 3 tickets for $25, 6 tickets for $50
1st Prize $6,600 Round Mountain Hut illuminated Glass Work 520 x 520 x 420 (w, d, h, in mm)
2nd Prize $3,300 Round Mountain Hut Billy Glass Work 320 x 420 x 355 (w, d, h, in mm)
Winners will be announced at the 50th Anniversary Celebration in November 2021. If this event is still unable to be held due to COVID 19 then winners will be contacted after the Raffle is drawn on November 6, 2021.
Relatives and friends of Bill are respectfully invited to attend a celebration of his life to be held on Thursday 20th May on the grounds of the Herons Creek Chapel commencing at 2pm. Burial to follow in the Herons Creek Cemetery.
Please see the link to UTube below to view a wonderful video on the restoration of Coolamine Homestead which features axemen Bill Boyd and Mark Garner. Bill regarded this restoration as his proudest achievement.
Thanks to the Camden Haven Courier story- Axeman earns an OAM-11/2/2011- for additional information.
Artisans of Australia: Timbercraft
Made by Film Australia 1984. Directed by Paul Humfress. A detailed look at the restoration of the Coolamine Homestead in the Kosciuszko National Park. The building, constructed in 1883, is a very good example of a drop slab alpine ash timber hut. The process of restoration is explained in detail, including choosing the right tree, using the tools and what were once standard bush skills. The program features axemen Bill Boyd and Mark Garner who, like their families before them, have worked in the bush all their lives.
Link to Youtube Video 18 Minutes
The last weekend in March 2019 turned into a snowy white winter wonderland for Andy and myself when we attended the Australian Alps Heritage Skills Weekend up at Howmans Gap on the Bogong High Plains.
Photos: Carolyn Macdonald
While volunteering on the Orange Hawkweed program this year I learnt from the local Park ranger that Bob the taxi driver in Corryong can drive people up the Cabramurra Road in winter. Coming from Adelaide this made sense to cut out the Alpine Way and reducing our drive time and distance. This was especially relevant this year as we would have been trying to drive the Alpine Way just after it had been blocked by the landslide. Not only that, Bob supplies you with a pile of yummy homemade sandwiches, tea, coffee and hot chocolate to help you on your way.
Everyone loves home-made blackberry jam. The pesky plants that can overrun a house in a few years bear, arguably, the most delicious of berries.
Gladys Weston recounted her memories of cooking in the mountains to Rosemary Curry, in an interview recorded in 1988.
We used to make lovely bread in a big camp oven, I couldn't lift it, a huge thing. You wouldn't have much fire underneath - if you did, you'd burn the bread.
In 1988, Rosemary Curry recorded the following interview with Gladys Weston.
Gladys Weston: After Pop got a letter, he'd have to light the lamp to read it, and then we'd put it out. Kerosene was dangerous to carry. We used candles.