Hotham his­tory time­line

Myrtleford Times - - News -

MOUNT Hotham Alpine Re­sort Man­age­ment Board plans to build a com­pre­hen­sive time­line of the moun­tain and re­sort’s his­tory and they want peo­ple’s help.

The time­line will cel­e­brate and hon­our the mile­stones and the peo­ple that shaped Mt Hotham into what it is today.

It’s hoped that ev­ery­thing from the moun­tain’s indige­nous his­tory, early pioneers and cat­tle­men, the dis­cov­ery of gold and the ad­vent of ski­ing will all be in­cluded.

Cul­tural her­itage and tracks and trails co­or­di­na­tor Andrew Swift has done a fan­tas­tic job in bring­ing the moun­tain’s early his­tory to life with his in­ter­pre­tive walks around Mt Hotham.

His pas­sion­ate work with sig­nage and in­for­ma­tion along the Three Huts, Brabralung Trail and Cobun­gra Ditch walks tell the sto­ries of indige­nous and gold min­ing his­tory.

Mr Swift said a doc­u­ment writ­ten in 1979 by re­search of­fi­cer Peter Cabena for the Depart­ment of Crown Lands and Sur­vey de­tailed the early times of Mt Hotham up to the 1950s.

“This doc­u­ment is a great read and has many sto­ries of early pioneers, and how the Mt Hotham that we know today came to be,” he said.

“Mr Cabena’s doc­u­ment is an in­sight­ful read and a great over­view of the years be­tween 1850s -1950s.

“Now, we are look­ing to pick up the story from the birth of the Hotham Vil­lage com­menc­ing from around the early 1900s, which in­cludes the for­ma­tion of the clubs, lodges and busi­nesses.”

Dis­played in chrono­log­i­cal or­der, Mr Swift said a new creative dis­play of sto­ries and pic­tures will high­light piv­otal events in Mt Hotham’s his­tory.

“This will also be re­flected in a Hotham His­tory Vil­lage Walk where plaques are to be con­structed to tell their sto­ries,” he said.

If peo­ple have any in­ter­est­ing de­tails on lodges, in­flu­en­tial peo­ple or other sig­nif­i­cant in­for­ma­tion and pic­tures about Mt Hotham they can email their sto­ries to info@mthotham.com.au.

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