Din­ner Plain story now in a book

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.