Hotham history timeline
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 email@example.com.