Be­hind ev­ery great man……

Mt Buller News - - NEWS - With ROB AIVATOGLOU

BE­HIND all the great men of Mt Buller over the decades, there has al­ways been a great woman.

Along with ladies such as Lotte Grimus, Chris­tine Flem­ming, Carol McDon­ald and Elena Vasilopou­los, my mother Mar­garet Aivatoglou has been a con­stant sup­port to dad, Ge­orge and our fam­ily’s busi­ness on the moun­tain.

It be­gan when Mar­garet was of­fered a job by Tony and Lois As­lan­gul, own­ers of Auski in Hard­ware Lane, Mel­bourne.

They had just set up Ski Hol­i­day Book­ings out of the same lo­ca­tion as Auski on the first floor.

Mar­garet was em­ployed to man­age the busi­ness that booked hol­i­days for all the re­sorts in Vic­to­ria and NSW.

Back then, all lodges were man­aged by Aus­tri­ans; Mt Buller Lodge, Avalanche Ski Club, Enzian, Kooroora, Sun­down­ers, the Ski Club of Vic­to­ria and Al­berg.

Ty­rol Ski Club was al­ways in­ter­est­ing… nes­tled high above Shakey Knees, many would get lost in the fog just try­ing to lo­cate their ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Ski­ing was ex­tremely pop­u­lar at­tract­ing celebri­ties such as Molly Mel­drum.

Ski Hol­i­day Book­ings op­er­ated from 1962-67.

In the sum­mer of 1962/63 Auski built a rental store in the vil­lage cen­tre at Mt Buller.

It first op­er­ated dur­ing the 1963 snow sea­son run by John Free­man.

Ge­orge worked on the build­ing and then in the hire.

It was a ba­sic op­er­a­tion with all the equip­ment be­ing trans­ported back to Mel­bourne in the off sea­son for re­pair and main­te­nance.

It fo­cused on ski­ing in win­ter and camp­ing/ bush­walk­ing in sum­mer.

Ge­orge and Mar­garet mar­ried in 1967.

Af­ter a six month hon­ey­moon in Europe, Ge­off Henke ap­proached them to see if they would be in­ter­ested in man­ag­ing his new ski hire in the Molony’s build­ing.

Ge­off and his busi­ness part­ner Peter McIn­tyre (who still skis at Buller aged 90 years) were do­ing the build­ing.

Molony’s re­placed the old Mt Buller Post Of­fice and the Brether­ton Flats.

They had kept one flat and the com­mer­cial area within Molony’s.

And In 1984, Ge­off sold Molony’s to Ge­orge and Mar­garet - which still con­tin­ues to­day with Ge­orge slowly re­leas­ing the run­ning of the busi­ness to the next gen­er­a­tion, son Robert and his wife Andrea.

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