Rem­i­nisc­ing past trips to Mt Buller


NOW here’s a bit of his­tory that we don’t come across too of­ten.

Colin My­ers last week called into the of­fice of Buller News (down in Mans­field) and of­fered to show us some old photographs and a poem which was sent to his fa­ther, Mac My­ers, back in 1950.

The poem – re­pro­duced here as well – was writ­ten es­pe­cially for his fa­ther by his best mate T.Shaw Lo­gan.

At the time of the ‘trip to Buller’ the My­ers were liv­ing at ‘Wad­damana’, a prop­erty at Eil­don.

Mac My­ers was orig­i­nally from Footscray but was an ac­com­plished skier and for many years skied var­i­ous re­sorts, be­fore gain­ing a con­tract to cart tim­ber to Eil­don to con­struct tim­ber huts for the work­ers ex­tend­ing Lake Eil­don and its wall.

Mac of­ten skied the slopes of Buf­falo and beyond but also skied Buller which was closer to home.

He did this with his other mates from Footscray – Norm McCub­bin and Gor­don Lo­gan.

T.Shaw Lo­gan was the son of Gor­don and used to pick up old Jeeps at auc­tions, fix them up and re-sell them – but many of the trips to Buller were in an old grey Jeep, many of which were also known for some years as the ‘taxi’ ser­vice up the moun­tain.

The poem was handed down to Mac’s son Colin, who to this day cher­ishes t he his­tory and thoughts it por­trays.

Colin also has other mem­o­ra­bilia of the early days of ski­ing ex­pe­di­tions in­clud­ing a set of hand­crafted Black­wood skis.

He also re­mem­bers ski­ing with his fa­ther – es­pe­cially when the fam­ily would visit Mt Buf­falo – where they reg­u­larly met up with like-minded friends.

But Mt Buller be­came a fa­vorite place to take part in many a ski­ing ad­ven­ture – to which Colin still vis­its some­times – just to keep his skills up.

PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Ma­honey

MO­TOR­ING UP: In the early days of ski­ing on Mt Buller brave driv­ers took their Jeeps all the way to the top - where at one of the early huts they off­loaded sup­plies for a week­end’s ski­ing. RE­MEM­BER­ING DAYS GONE BY: Colin My­ers with the hand writ­ten poem by T.Shaw Lo­gan - rem­i­nisc­ing of a trip to Buller.

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