Dinner Plain story now in a book
THE evolution of Dinner Plain has been illustrated in a book set to hit the shelves in the coming weeks.
Dinner Plain – History of the Alpine Village was written and self-published by Malcolm McPherson who has called the village home for the past 20 years.
The release of the book coincides with the 30th anniversary of the official opening of Dinner Plain in 1986.
The 48-page book describes the use of the land by squatters from the 1850s and the eventual selection purchase by Omeo cattleman Tom McNamara in 1915 before the surge in popularity of skiing at Mt Hotham lead to the village’s development.
Mr McPherson worked on the book for the past five months after being approached about the idea.
“I did a book about skiing on Mt Hotham about a decade ago and suppose with that background a number of people asked me if I would consider writing the history of Dinner Plain,” he said.
“It’s a well-illustrated book and the first few chapters give readers a sense of how land was being used outside of winter for cattle grazing.
“It explores the years leading up to the development of the village and Peter McIntyre’s work in designing it with a mix of accommodation, cross country trails and a beginners slope with ski tow.
“And then of course it looks at the present day and the most recent additions to the village with investments in night skiing and snowmaking.”
Mr McPherson spent his working life in the mining and energy industries in Western Australia before moving to Dinner Plain upon his retirement.
He will have 500 copies of Dinner Plain - History of the Alpine Village printed.
Copies will be available from the second week of July at Brandy Creek Supermarket in Dinner Plain and at the Visitor Information Centre in Bright.