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Condition: Site

Italian Miners Hut

Located near to Daveys Hut


Built by Con and Harry Bolton in 1916 to support grazing, but it was last used by a group of Italian Miners in the 1930s and 1940s.

The group of seven Italians arrived from Eden with a sulky and five pounds between them, during the recession, about 1931. They worked hard with the materials they had, and scavenged crockery and carpet from the Kosciusko Hotel tip. They built a vegetable garden and added the fireplace to the hut.

They also built a dam and were successful in finding some gold. Later they went to Newcastle to work in the coal mines, but three were killed there. One returned, Johnny Piazza, who later was confined to the Kosciusko Hotel, during the second world war. He never returned to Snowy Plain. Poles, bark, wire and dog kennels remain.

Refer to Pauline Downings book If I Wake in the Middle of the Night for more details.


Poles with a bark roof and stone chimney.


  • Downing P, If I Wake in the Middle of the Night.
  • KHA Reference numbr 2503.

Last updated 31 October 2003.