KHA members are delighted to learn that Klaus Hueneke was awarded an AM, Member of the Order of Australia, for his contributions over many years to the recording of the European history of the Snowy Mountains.
Klaus was born in 1944 a small village in northern Germany and arrived in Australia in 1955 with his family under the then skilled migrant program. He describes himself as a photographer, writer, historian and publisher. His book, 'Huts of the High Country' is a classic and copies are held by many people. Klaus was a pioneer oral historian in the NSW Snowy Mountains and more than 40 oral histories are held in the National Library for future researchers and families to access. Many of his photographs are in now in the NSW State Library, the National Library and NPWS archives.
A passionate hut-lover, his film 'Huts of the Snowy Mountains' was a huge help in awakening community valuing of the mountain huts.
On a personal level Klaus has become a firm friend and we have shared much over many years. My first contact was when I wanted directions to visit Vickereys hut,and with some trepidation phone him. He welcomed my call, and generously shared what he knew of the hut's history, a sharing generosity he continues to this day
KHA Heritage research coordinator