BillyKidd said:Might be Marnie....not sure if that is John to the left (partly obscured). Thought they originally had a chicken ranch or some damn thing in the Seychelles - hence the various sojourns. They had a son, Paris, not sure what he is up to nowadays, nor John. Saw Marnie a couple or so years ago at a distance with her young beau. Good for her. She has been a remarkably consistent part of FC for many years and that is a great thing to see. The lady in the second photo, partly obscured, in the white top looking to the photo's left....not sure, may be Anne Abel Smith (nee Kidman)....a wild guess. No doubt someone will prove me worng on most points here....
I have skied at falls creek since being a kid... so that takes me back to 1980... Mum and Dad were at falls in the 70's...i have a 70's ski ticket somewhere, and i also have the coin that was used when i was a kid.
just have to work out how to post pics..
teckel said:Collecting snow to reapir T-bar tracks - end of 71 season
Falls Creek has been discussed in the Old Hotham thread, but rather than derail it, it's probably wiser to start up a separate Falls Creek history thread.
Anecdotes and photos appreciated.
Briefly, Falls was founded by wartime employees working on the Kiewa hydro scheme. They operated out of a house owned by the hydro scheme and occupied by Tony and Skippy St Elmo-Beveridge. They built Bogong S.C. Hut circa 1946, bypassing strict post-war rationing of building materials by "discovering" old material elsewhere. However the building material appeared to be brand new and bore a strong resemblance to that used in the hydro scheme...
Despite strong opposition from the head of the Kiewa scheme, (a benevolent puritan called H.C.C. Williams who didn't want tourists clogging up his roads and destroying his "dry" construction camps by bringing in booze), Falls Creek boomed as much as Hotham, partly owing to it's relatively good access road.
When the credit crunch of 1952 led the Kiewa scheme to be halved in size, (today's Kiewa is only a shadow of what was planned), curfews on road use were eased and the place took off even more.
Early lodges included Bogong (c.1946), Skyline (1947), Albury (1949), Myrtleford (1949) and Dawn (c.1950).
The best sources for Falls Creek history are:
- Interviewing surviving old timers and
- Monthly magazines published in the 40's and 50;'s: Ski Horizon and Schuss.
Useful books include:
- Bob Howe. Melting tracks: history and memories of Albury Ski Club and early Falls Creek. The author, 2004.
- Julian Newton-Brown. Falls Creek: how it came to be. Janby Productions, 2005.
The list of every Falls Creek lift is here: http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Australian_ski_tow_directory#Falls_Creek
Myrtleford Ski Club also built their own ski lift, I'd really love to know where it was.
Hi Kyle, welcome to the forums.
I know your dad a little, and your aunt. She visits Mt Beauty fairly regularly. Never knew Bob though unfortunately. Eric was an awesome skier in his day.
I know this thread is old but i searched up my dad on the internet, found this, made an account just to post this. i am kyle hymans, eric is my dad and bob was my grandfather
Hallo All. Been a while but Falls is on our minds just now - we'll be there for a few days this time next month - first time back during a winter since 1972.!