The historic settler huts in Namadgi National Park in the ACT are the last traces of the rural lifestyle of the early non-Indigenous settlers in the region. Unfortunately Demandering Hut and Max & Berts Hut were severely burnt in the catastrophic Orroral Valley fires of 2020 accidentally started by a helicopter trying to land.
The ACT Parks & Conservation Service is resisting the efforts of Kosciuszko Huts Association (KHA) to rebuild the huts at no cost to the government.
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.
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.