TAMS are breaking out the bubbly for the Mount Franklin Chalet:
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service and the Canberra Alpine Club (CAC) invite you to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Mount Franklin Chalet this Sunday 3 November 2013 between 11 am and 2 pm.
“In 1938, the Mount Franklin Chalet was opened to the skiing community and it quickly became the place to go during winter in Canberra,” said Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments. “Unfortunately the chalet was destroyed in the 2003 bushfires.
“Many Canberrans hold special memories of their time at the green, two storey building, which made the loss of the historic site in 2003 even more devastating. These memories can now be reinvigorated with the construction of the Mount Franklin Visitor Shelter.
“Next to where the Mount Franklin Chalet was once located, the Mount Franklin Visitor Shelter now stands, and this weekend there is an opportunity for you to explore its interpretive display. A chapter of the ACT’s history will be retold on the day through the stories of long-time members of the CAC and tangible links to the chalet.
“The footprint of the former building can still be seen today, including an old tank stand which has been melted in such a way that it has transformed into a piece of artwork. “The Mount Franklin Visitor Shelter houses a range of skiing memorabilia that was saved from the flames, including a pair of skis hand crafted by a CAC member prior to World War II.”
Long-time member of the Canberra Alpine Club, Jenny McLeod, encourages the Canberra community to come along and take part in one of the guided walks on offer from 11.30 am.
[Photo of Mount Franklin Chalet by Ida Ginn]