Resort looks back in time
TUCKED away in the Panabode Building next to the newly renamed Halley’s Comet chairlift at Falls Creek is a bit of history – in fact a lot of history and the collection is growing.
The resort’s historical society, with the aid of an ever increasing number of benefactors, has put together a collection of memorabilia and artefacts from Falls Creek’s vibrant past.
There are of course old skis and old ski boots, but there are also indigenous artefacts, a pioneering skidoo and uniforms tracing the history of ski patrol at the resort as well as Australian Winter Olympic gear dating back to Innsbruck and more recently freestyle skier Brittany Cox’s jacket from Sochi.
But Karen Smythe, who is coordinating the volunteers who man the museum most afternoons, says her favourite is the lift ticket tokens collected by Falls Creek stalwart Lyn Gibbs.
“The amount of people who stop and work their way through the different tokens is just amazing,” she said.
“There are tickets that you tore off each time you caught a lift, a curious coin that dates back to the 1960s and so many others that rekindle memories.”
Smythe says the museum is a work in progress.
“People now realise that we are open, that we are here and so they are now willing to donate some of their treasures,” she said.
“And that is exactly what we want to happen -- with more memorabilia, artefacts and other bits and pieces we can rotate exhibitions, create new displays so that people come back time and time again.
“Just the other day a lodge owner brought in a video of the construction of his building -- it is these videos and footage that will continue to build our collection.
“Our next big push, at least for next year, will be to create a fashion display through the ages – it’s a chance to showcase some of that great ski gear from the 1960s and ‘70s.”
The Falls Creek museum is closed on Mondays but open from 1pm to 4pm the rest of the week.