The ori­gin of our re­sort’s name

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Buller, an of­fi­cial in the Colo­nial Of­fice in Lon­don.

There was a sug­ges­tion that Mitchell did this with a knight­hood in mind, an hon­our he lob­bied for af­ter the trip.

So a lit­tle about Charles Buller….he was a well-ed­u­cated English­man born on Au­gust 6, 1806.

He at­tended Har­row School and later at­tended Trin­ity Col­lege at Cam­bridge Univer­sity.

In 1830 he was elected a mem­ber of Bri­tain’s House of Com­mons, re­tain­ing a seat in that Par­lia­ment un­til his death on Novem­ber 29, 1848.

Buller was a busy man.

He also prac­tised as a bar­ris­ter and judge, and sup­ported many re­form mea­sures, thus be­ing re­garded as a pop­u­lar rad­i­cal.

On Au­gust 18, 1868 Merrijig was first pro­claimed as a vil­lage.

This was only seven years af­ter the first land was se­lected in this newly opened up area fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the 1860 Land Se­lec­tion Act.

It was at this time that fam­i­lies such as the Lovicks and Pur­cells first es­tab­lished roots in the area.

And they are still well-en­trenched to­day.

Wil­liam and Cather­ine Lovick first set up a ho­tel on the gold fields in Howqua, be­fore later es­tab­lish­ing the Hunt Club Ho­tel in Merrijig.

Al­though the ex­ploits of bushrangers in the area drew plenty of at­ten­tion, and the ac­tions of min­ers seek­ing golden for­tunes at­tracted head­lines, early set­tlers grav­i­tated to Mt Buller mainly for graz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

From a tourism per­spec­tive, it was Frank Klingsporn who first set the path up the moun­tain.

He ap­proached the Mans­field Coun­cil in 1913 to as­sist with widen­ing the track, a route which ran from the junc­tion of Buller Creek and the De­latite River up to Boggy Creek and Burnt Hut Spur.

To­day it is still known as the Klingsporn Bri­dle Track.

THE PEAK: At the very peak of Mt Buller stands a sum­mer fire watch tower and shel­ter.

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