SNOW HIS­TORY:

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

Merri Nash and Kay Adams hope to bring to life a his­tory of the lo­cal snow fields with a new dis­play they’re build­ing at the Bright Mu­seum. The two Bright and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­bers have al­ready ac­cu­mu­lated many items and hope that lo­cal peo­ple with old and mod­ern ski equip­ment, gear and other snow re­lated para­pher­na­lia will be happy to add to the col­lec­tion for a short time.

IF you’re a snow en­thu­si­ast then a look back at early ski equip­ment will tell you how far tech­nol­ogy has ad­vanced over the years and pre­sum­ably for the bet­ter.

Some of the snow skis in­cluded in a new dis­play at the Bright Mu­seum look more like wooden fence pal­ings then any­thing that would al­low a per­son to safely make their way down a ski slope.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is the new­est by the Bright and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and with two ma­jor ski re­sorts nearby and a long his­tory of ski­ing and win­ter ac­tiv­ity at Mt Buf­falo there is plenty to be shared.

Kay Adams and Merri Nash, who both worked at the Mt Buf­falo Chalet in the past, hope to bring to life a his­tory of the lo­cal snow fields.

The two his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety mem­bers have al­ready ac­cu­mu­lated many items and hope that lo­cal peo­ple with old and mod­ern ski equip­ment, gear and other snow re­lated para­pher­na­lia will be happy to add to the col­lec­tion.

“We’re af­ter any pho­to­graphs or items that are re­lat- ed to ski­ing,” Ms Nash said.

“They need to be per­ti­nent to the lo­cal area and his­tor­i­cally rel­e­vant.

“If some­one who lives in Bright bought some­thing back from Aus­tria 50 years ago that’s ok as long as it has a lit­tle bit of his­tory be­hind it.”

The snow ex­hi­bi­tion is re­plac­ing the Bright 150 year dis­play which was put to­gether in 2012 to mark the town’s mile­stone birth­day.

Among the items al­ready ac­quired are home-made to­bog­gans and ice skates, a home­made mono-ski and skis that be­longed to the pub­li­can of Bright’s Alpine Ho­tel.

“Any­thing that comes in has to be do­nated and we have to know the prov­ince of it, Ms Nash said.

“We have made an ex­cep­tion with some of the skis which were kindly do­nated by the op-shop who re­ally looked af­ter us.

“We have a pair of wooden skis of Cap­tain Mac­Far­lane who had the Alpine Ho­tel in about 1890.

“He formed the Bright Alpine Club back then and the skis we have were the first seen on Mt Buf­falo.

“They were very heavy as you could imag­ine and only re­ally had a leather strap as a toe piece to hold you in.

“We’ve also got some ice skates that were made by a Swedish man named Bar­ney An­dres­son who came to Aus­tralian in about 1920.

“He moved to Pore­punkah and baked bread for the Mt Buf­falo Chalet and be­ing ac­cus­tomed to the snow and ice he wanted to teach lo­cals to skate on Lake Catani.

“Be­cause there were no skates he im­pro­vised by con­vert­ing work boots and footy boots into skates.

The other sig­nif­i­cant piece of equip­ment is an akia from Mt Buf­falo used to carry in­jured skiers.

It was found in the so­ci­ety’s stor­age but had never been used and was still wrapped up with the tag on it.

Ms Nash said she and Ms Adams had been in­spired by mu­seum dis­plays at Falls Creek and Mt Buller.

“They’ve got so much his­tory at the Falls Creek Mu­seum and while I haven’t seen the Na­tional Ski Mu­seum at Mt Buller Kay says it’s an amaz­ing dis­play,” she said.

PHOTO: JUSTIN JENVEY

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

WIN­TER AC­TIV­ITY: Kay Adams and other Bright and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­bers are cre­at­ing a dis­play on the lo­cal ski fields for the Bright Mu­seum.

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