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08-20-2010 09:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: australian huts of the high country

Mads showed us some Danish houses inside and out that were really interesting and I thought that I would post a few huts (only from the outside) that we have in the high country around Canberra ACT Australia. They are located in the snow country and sometimes the weather can catch you out. So most of these huts were built to protect you from the elements in an emergency.


Hope you all enjoy them.
They have been taken over a few years when we go bush walking.
There is usually not much inside as they are only a shelter, however sometimes there is something interesting like at Old Currungo Homestead. It was like a mini museum, full of stories, photos, animal traps etc. But this house was an actual working homestead back in the early 1900’s.

Coolamine Homestead was also a working homestead that was restored and rebuilt , amazingly also saved from approaching bush fires back in 2003. If you are interested I just found a video on youtube that you might find interesting.

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 09:49 AM

Hi TJ,
Thank you for sharing this. Personally I love these old shelters, and think that we can learn a great deal today, from them. They were built in the most ‘primitive’ way to be cheap, but also to keep out cold at night, and the sun at day, yes this sounds naturally, but it’s not the case in most modern architecture.
Today most are drawn as a house, and then the functions fittet inside. Good architecture for me, is to solve the problems, build the house arround the problems, and then tro give it beautiful details, and make it ‘suit’ the place where it is (and not tale the picture).
One of my favorite architects are Glenn Murcutt
For me his architecture are all what architecture are about. He listens to the ground, he build modern houses, with modern comfort, but he respects and reinvent the old shapes of houses where he build. Most architects build to be seen, he build so elegant and beautiful, that you might not even see it.
Here are just a interesting example also of good architecture, that are new, but fit in.
Do not get me startet, this is dangerous roads for me…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 03:37 PM

Thanks for posting these Theresa. I love pictures like this. Very interesting.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 04:38 PM

Thanks so much for these wonderful pictures! It makes me want to research and learn more about the area. There are so many beautiful places in this world and it is great for you to help us all experience it through your pictures and posts. I really love this forum and the diversity of its members. We learn so much. Not only about woodworking, but about others’ lives and cultures too. I really loved this!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 04:43 PM

These shelters remind me very much of the Cajun cottages that were first built here in Acadiana (Louisiana). Very functional and simple. They give a sense of comfort because they don’t challange any egos. Like a grandmere’s hug.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 06:02 PM

Interesting! Functional but simple!

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#6 posted 08-20-2010 06:16 PM

the utility and patina of these structures is beautiful. reminds me of the many high alpine huts and refuges i have hiked to. i also like the WPA era national parks lodges that are in the US.
thanks for the cool pics TJ

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#7 posted 08-20-2010 07:09 PM

Nice scenery…. These bring my mind back to a simpler time.

Thanks for posting, Theresa.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 08-20-2010 08:46 PM

thankĀ“s for sharing them with us Theresa


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#9 posted 08-23-2010 12:13 AM

wonderful pictures TJ!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#10 posted 08-24-2010 03:22 PM

Nice video TJ. Thanks, loved it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 08-24-2010 03:35 PM

TJ, I really enjoyed these photos. I love all of the old things and their way of life sometimes makes me think that in this world of constant rush, rush, rush, we are sort of missing a lot of important things. My wife and daughters went to the Great Smoky Mountains last fall and these photos reminded me a lot of the old settlers cabins along roaring fork and Cades Cove. Thanks for posting – I enjoyed it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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