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100 years on, Old Pelion Hut retains its charm


One of Tasmania's favourite historic mountain huts, Old Pelion Hut in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, is celebrating its centenary this year.

Built in 1917 by the Mount Pelion Mines No Liability Company as accommodation for the manager of the nearby copper mine on Pelion Plains, Old Pelion Hut remains a popular landmark on the world-renowned Overland Track, with many walkers making the short side trip to see this well-preserved slice of Tasmanian high country history.

Currently used as an emergency shelter, Old Pelion's colourful history safeguards its place on the Tasmanian Heritage Registry, having been a makeshift home for mine workers and a welcome refuge for drovers, hunters and bushwalkers.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Overland Track ranger in charge, Rob Lawrence, said hunters and snarers had been using the Old Pelion Hut for some years and when the Overland Track was cut in 1935, they shared the shelter with an increasing number of bushwalkers.

"Along with the Mountain Huts Preservation Society, PWS has undertaken a number of working bees over the past three years for restoration works including re-stumping, repairing and reinvigorating Old Pelion to ensure walkers can enjoy the hut for years to come," Mr Lawrence said.

To mark the centenary of this cherished hut, a display of images, items and stories will be on show at the Cradle Mountain Interpretation Centre during October and November.

People are invited to share their memories and experiences of Old Pelion Hut, particularly during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Photographs and anecdotes can be emailed to oldpelionhut@parks.tas.gov.au

An informal gathering at Old Pelion Hut will take place on Saturday 18 November 2017. This event is open to the public and more details will be provided in coming weeks.