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.
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.