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Photographs – Set of 13 colour photographs of spectators preparing for the street parade to celebrate the first Official Hoppet race run at Falls Creek in 1991

From the Collection of Kiewa Valley Historical Society Mount Beauty Information Centre 31 Bogong High Plains Rd Mt Beauty Victoria

Set of 13 colour photographs of spectators lining both sides of Holland St in preparation for the Kangaroo Hoppet street parade. Photographs show the original hospital buildings and street-scape of the early 1990’s
All photos - 15cm x 10cm
Object Registration
KVHS 1134 (A)
kangaroo hoppet; cross country skiing; ski race; bogong high plains
Historical information
In 1977 a group of Mount Beauty cross country skiers formed the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club. In 1979, a version of the famous Birkebeiner race, the first Australian Birkebeiner was held at Falls Creek. In June 1990 representatives from Australia put their case for a southern hemisphere race in the series. Following a trial event in 1990. Australia became the 12th member of Worldloppet in the winter of 1991, with the first Kangaroo Hoppet. In 1991 a parade and commemorative torch lighting ceremony were organised in Mt Beauty as part of the celebrations to mark the first official Kangaroo Hoppett with participation from local community groups and commercial organisations, the Chamber of Commerce, local government representatives and individuals.
When Made
Kangaroo Hoppet caters to diverse interests by offering a 42km and 21km event. It also offers a 7km event that attracts skiers, ranging from elite juniors to parents, grandparents, babies and first time skiers. It is recognised on the world cross country ski race calendar. It brings large numbers of participants and spectators to the area which support tourism, local businesses and employment. The 2018 event will be the 28th Kangaroo Hoppet, with cross country skiers travelling from across the country and overseas to compete.
Inscriptions & Markings
No markings
Last updated
24 Mar 2020 at 5:43PM