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As I have previously explained, I am currently in the initial stage of researching the above mentioned subject, with my intention being to eventually publish a book of some sort. This stage of my study has concentrated on speaking to people who visited and/or lived in the area during the period of the chairlift’s operation in order to document their stories. I’d be grateful to speak to anyone who has photographs, associated memorabilia and/or had any association with the chairlift whatsoever; no matter how insignificant they may deem their relationship to be.
Hence my interest in contacting the members of the Perisher Historical Society and the ski club that you are a member of and therefore I would be grateful if you could forward this email on my behalf.
In an attempt to bring the memory of this white elephant back to life, I have attached a few images that I have managed to collect. Apart from the attached images, there is barely any trace of the chairlift left on the mountain however the vast majority of the information pertaining to this endeavour still exists in the living memory of a small group of people.
Therefore I feel that it is of great importance that the oral history of this story is documented within the near future in order to preserve the memory of the ‘Longest Chairlift.’ I really appreciate your assistance and I look forward to hearing from anyone who you can put me in contact with.
Kind regards, Matthew Quomi Matthew
Quomi Pty Ltd P.O.
Box 444 Dulwich Hill NSW 2203
Phone: 0411 775930
|PERISHER VALLEY||LODGE/BUILDING NAME:|
|North Perisher Valley Precinct||REDWOOD SKI LODGE|
|ROAD NAME: Perisher Creek Road||CLUB FORMED: 1963|
|LOT No: 131||LODGE BUILT/OPENED Summer 1964/June 1965|
|LEASE No: MTR 5239.5706||ARCHITECT/
|1963 K. McCutcheon Designer
1981 Donald Johnston Architect
1990 Wayne Brighton - Arch. Designer
|NPWS BUILDING FILE No:||BUILDER||1964 Membership built - Keith McCutcheon Project Manager
1981 Fire upgrading - members - Donald Johnston Project Manager
1990 Bob Taylor, Builder/member and fellow members
|NPWS SKI HERITAGE STUDY FILE No 661||CONSTRUCTION||'A" frame construction on a granite base.|
|NPWS 2008 MAP TITLE: Perisher Valley||No. OF LEVELS||3|
|NPWS MAP LOCATION No, 97||ARCHITECTURAL STYLE||"Alpine" Source 5|
|CURRENT LEASE HOLDER||INTACTNESS LEVEL
DATES OF CHANGES
|"B" Source 7
1981 Fire upgrading
1990 major additions
|ORIGINAL LEASE HOLDER
|CULTURAL HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE LEVEL
SCHEDULE No. Schedule 2 Source 5
|FOUNDING PURPOSE / USE: Private ski lodge
FOUNDING PERSONS: Keith McCutcheon, Warren Wearne and Lyn Shaddock Source2
| FOUNDING MEMBERS
NUMBER of BEDS
|HISTORY- Building / Membership / Usage
Following his membership and construction of Ben Bullen Commercial Ski lodge in South Perisher ,Keith McCutcheon initiated the concept with fellow founders of starting a new private lodge.
The North Perisher site was approved by KSPT in 1964 after formal formation of the 1963 club comprising many family members and friends at 50 Aust. pounds per membership share .
A majority of the construction was prefabricated at Keith’s home in Kogarah Bay .
Construction commenced April 1964 using imported Redwood and Douglass Fir for the A frames due to their length.
The adoption of the Redwood name was due to the extensive use of Redwood as internal and external lining boards.
As road access was blocked at the end of the 1964 winter season , some materials were floated down Perisher Creek by John Barter.
Keith McCutcheon made 64 trips to the lodge during construction in his1961 FB Holden Station Wagon.
The lodge underwent Fire upgrading changes in 1981
Major extensions to the South and East occurred in 1990 designed by member Architectural Designer, Wayne Brighton executed by member Bob Taylor, Builder.
|MEMBERS ACHIEVEMENTS / LOCAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Social / Recreational / Cultural / Administration
The lodge is now in part in it’s 2nd generation of ownership and it’s 3rd generation of usage by grandchildren of founding members.
Donald Johnston, a founding member , was an undergraduate Architectural employee of Brewster, Murray and Partners ,Architects between 1958 and 1963 and was involved in the design, documentation and some Contract Administration of many of the Lodges in the Perisher area .
Those being The Smiggin Holes Hotel ,Lodge 21 (Smiggins), Boonoona Ski Lodge and the then Kosciusko State Park Trustees’ VIP Residence at Waste Point.
Such an association saw him commence skiing aged 17 in 1958 ( driving to the Snowy in his 1957 Fiat 500 Bambino convertible ), his continuing involvement with the area and now his interest as a committee member of the PHS .
The current quality of the Lodge fabric, the comfortable interiors and facilities have been achieved solely by the continued efforts of Lodge members over the many decades .
The lodge will celebrate its 50th year of formation in 2013.
The lodge prides itself on never having TV in the lodge
Founding member John Barter built his own unique articulated Skidoo which helped with members and Supplies access in the early years, before RTA/ NPWS regulations.
HISTORICAL DATA BASE
Copyright 2010 Perisher Historical Society
|RESOURCE SHEET N0. RS 97
KSPT Kosciusko State Park Trust ( Statutory Authority 1944-1967 )
NPWS National Parks and Wildlife Service 1967 - present
SSee supplementary sheet No. SRS 97 for photos,etc.
Updated July 2010 by PHS author Donald Johnston, Architect
|Resort Area - Perisher Valley||LODGE BUILDING NAME - REDWOOD SKI LODGE|
|ORIGINAL PHOTO DATE : First winter 1965 Source 2||Winter- August 2008 Source 1|
|CONSTRUCTION PHOTO 1964 Source 2||SUMMER February 2009 Source 1|
|JOHN BARTER’S HOME MADE SKIDOO 1970’S Source 9||Source 2|
|LIST OF SOURCES
1 PHS photo file Feb 2009-03-09
2 Club files
3 Personal History files / Oral History
4 NPWS schedule of Leases
5 NPWS Ski Heritage Study 1998
6 NPWS Ski Heritage Database file
7 NPWS Ski Heritage Appendix 2
Donald Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org
CLUB REF. DOC.
Source 2 “ Memories and Stories “ by Keith McCutcheon
Source 9 John Barter’s personal photographic collection
HISTORICAL DATA BASE
Copyright 2010 Perisher Historical Society
RESOURCE SHEET No. SRS 97
See Main Resource sheet No.RS97
Updated July 2010 by PHS author Donald Johnston ,Architect