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Question Need help identifying mystery hut

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Bogong, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've been asked to identify the hut in this old photo. From the clothes and skis it looks like it's probably pre war.

    The things that are most distinctive are the 16 pane window along with the very narrow eaves. I don't think the reflection in the window reveals anything about the location. Does it look vaguely familiar to anyone? All guesses welcome.



    It was found in a Melbourne junk shop along with some Victorian ski related stuff (and a little Tasmanian ephemera). But my informant now thinks it might be Whites River Hut 80~ish years ago. Any reason why it shouldn't be Whites or is it a different hut?
     
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    similar look to this pic of Alpine but no idea about the 16 pane window.
     
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    Well windows get smashed and their wooden frames rot out and some only last a few decades in mountain huts, so they are often replaced a few times during the life of a hut. But I thought the 16 pane window was rather distinctive, as well as the ultra narrow eaves and the corrugated iron, which appears to have non conventional distancing between the corrugations?

    Thanks for those suggestions, I'll have a closer look at them to see if Mystery Hut might be one of those.
     
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    Another similarity to that pic of Alpine is the lack of snow around the foot of the hut...
     
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    I tend to agree on replacing like for like windows i.e a sixteen pane window is distinctive so it is likely to have been a replacement.

    However it’s not exactly a like for like but it may be that the window was considered such a distinctive feature they needed to retro fit a different window.

    But the only thing against schofield is that it is t really a known area for skiing

    Ps not whites.
     
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    Very true.

    Although, I had one of the best weekends a couple of years ago skiing on Nungar Plain after a heavy fall. I parked in the chain bay just at the entrance of the park on the Snowy Mountains Highway and went up the boundary road and past Gavells hut. Fun times.
     
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    There are some good suggestions like McMichaels (except the modern one is a replacement for the original) and Schofields. However the corrugated iron in Schofields has horizontal grooves while the original photo of Mystery Hut has then running vertically. I guess iron huts are reclad occasionally, but would they change the direction of the grooves?

    "The old McMichaels Hut was burnt in 1972 to remove the putrid corpse of a cow that had got itself caught inside." :puke:
     
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    Normally they try to keep things the same unless there is a significant reason to change.

    Okeefe’s was moved as apparently people had walked past it (not sure how) and they added a window to what was a dark room. Most of the others are like for like.

    I believe they changed a few fire place designs to avoid rot.
     
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    skifree Sort of old & definitely grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    The rebuilding of Cootapatamba appears very authentic.

    The colour is not quite right, but that will come.
     
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    There all short and a bit freaky, so definitely Victoria.
     
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    For similar reasons I was thinking that perhaps it might be Tasmanian... :out:
     
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    Reminds me of a hut on Benlomond. Not near the lodges but on the back side
     
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    The wall looks like the same construction as Priors Hut.
     
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    skifree Sort of old & definitely grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Twilight Tarn?
     
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    wasn't priors built first?
     
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    Previously known as Pryors, haha. Not Pryors, but same wall construction.
     
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    Which may mean it was a hut constructed by government, as Pryors was. So also maybe not all that old, say post WWII
     
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    Def not Twilight Tarn.

    It looks to me the hut does not have corrugated cladding but timber with thin beads over the joints of the wider planks.
     
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