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Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet Mt Buffalo, Victoria

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The Victorian government built the Mount Buffalo Chalet in 1909-10. In the early1920s Mount Buffalo became Australia’s principal ski resort. After WWII, as access to other resorts in the Australian Alps improved with new roads, Mount Buffalo became less important as a ski destination, but the Chalet remained popular as a unique tourist experience. The chalet is one of the first alpine resort houses to open in Australia, and is the longest one still standing.

Contact Information

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Level 10/535 Bourke Street Melbourne Victoria 3000
phone
+61 131963

Contact

Opening Hours

Mount Buffalo Chalet is open for tours during some school holidays. Call 131963 for more information

Entry Fee

N/A

Location

Mount Buffalo Road Mount Buffalo National Park Mt Buffalo Victoria

The Mount Buffalo Chalet interiors and their contents have evolved through the distinct phases of this resort house. While the earliest object, a soda fountain, dates from when the Chalet opened in 1910, many items in the collection – for instance furnishings, tableware, and recreational equipment – largely date from the long period of management by the Victorian Railways. Since 1998, the Chalet has been managed by Parks Victoria, which recognises the importance of the collection for its association with the historic development of the Chalet and the Mount Buffalo National Park. The department has documented furniture, ornaments and artworks, architectural plans, maps, guidebooks, framed photographs, uniforms, recreational equipment, tableware, souvenirs and ephemera, some of which have been donated by former staff and Chalet guests in fond memory of their experiences on the mountain.

Significance

The Mount Buffalo Chalet collection is historically important for its association with one of Australia’s first alpine tourist resort houses and the only one its kind surviving in the Australian Alps today. The Chalet and its historic contents reflect the Victorian Government’s remarkable venture into alpine tourism and recreation, firstly through the
Public Works Department and then under the long period of management by the Victorian Railways. A number of government‐issued furnishings have remained in their place of use for decades, their plain and functional design complementing the style of the Chalet. Moreover, the guest bedroom furnishings display a high degree of integrity and consistency in their relative completeness. Historic tableware, staff uniforms and items of ephemera including tickets illustrate the distinctive protocols set in place by the Victorian Railways Refreshment and Services Branch which became hallmarks of the Chalet visitor experience. Items of early snow sports equipment interpret and demonstrate the Chalet’s important role in the early development of alpine sports in Australia. Souvenirs, tourist brochures and guides in the collection illustrate the considerable extent to which the Victorian Railways promoted the Chalet and Mount Buffalo with a range of affordable, mass‐produced consumer goods.The collection’s photographs are important as historical records that enhance the Chalet and Mount Buffalo story. In more recent years the assemblage has acquired social significance as a collection that is expanding with items donated by former Chalet staff and guests. Their snapshots, journal writings, memories and items of memorabilia reveal the streams of experience of everyday people working and holidaying in an extraordinary place. The collection is an integral part of the significance of the Chalet and the Mount Buffalo National Park, and its heritage values are enhanced by its context and in situ location.

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Signs

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Varnished wooden directional signs with painted gold lettering to direct guests through the chalet to the cafe and the guests drying room. Signs have rounded edges and are attached to a vertical post.

Historical information

Original directional signs from Chalet interior. Dated to pre 1960's. "A number of specific items, which have been useful in the day to day operations of the Chalet, remain in the building with each complementing the other to provide context, meaning and character to their setting. Items such as the hall porter bell, the many signs providing information to the guests, the wall clock, barometer and dinner bell point to the Chalet being a well-run social institution with a pleasant environment for rest, recreation and congenial company." (Pg 81 Historica, MBCC)

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items. Appendix A.3 Fixtures and Fittings. (Pg 165 Historica MBCC)

Inscriptions & Markings

1. "Cafe, fruit, drinks, souvenirs, confectionary, tabacco, photographs, suppers etc." 2. "GUESTS DRYING ROOM"

Bucket, ice

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Small ice bucket. Electroplated silver on nickel. Has a handle to carry and wide pedestal base."VR" insiginia engraved on front of bucket.

Historical information

Part of the Victorian Railways silver service. When the Victorian railways took over management of the Chalet from 1 October 1924, they ran their dining room and cafe in similar fashion to the dining cars on their trains and refreshment rooms on their stations, using the same ceramic hotel-ware and electro plated nickel silverware (EPNS), all made to order items that are clearly idenitified by the distinctive 'VR' monogram. The Chalet retains a good selection of of the diverse range of EPNS items formerly used in the dining room..- which in all their variety and function help to interpret the dining room protocols of the 'tourist house' and the service provided by the Victorian Railways refreshment and Services Branch. Many of the items were manufactured by Stoke & Sons of Melbourne (est. 1856.)' (Pg 103. Historica) Possibly once graced the chrome display cabinet.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection items. Appendix A.3.Tableware. (Pg 166 Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

Crown with scroll underneath with "Victorian Railways" Under that,"WHITE - THROUGH / E.P \ A1\ N.S"

Gauge, temperature

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Small circular silver coloured temperature gauge mounted to wall. Plaque attached below temperature gauge. Face is white and has a glass cover.

Historical information

Appears to be original to Mt Buffalo Chalet. "A number of specific items, which have been useful in the day to day operations of the Chalet, remain in the building with each complementing the other to provide context, meaning and character to their setting. Items such as the hall porter bell, the many signs providing information to the guests, the wall clock, barometer and dinner bell point to the Chalet being a well-run social institution with a pleasant environment for rest, recreation and congenial company." (Pg 81 Historica, MBCC) This temperature gauge has a plaques inscribed "Presented by C.P Sanderson 7/08/1973. It is not known who this person was. Listed in Draft Inventory of significant Collection items. A.3 Fixtures and fittings. (Pg165 Historica Cultural Heritage Projects. Mount Buffalo Chalet collection. Prepared for Parks Victoria, 2011)

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque below barometer: "Presented by C P Sanderson / 7 - 8- 1973"

Vase

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Two fluted electroplated silver vases with Victorian Railways insignia and a number at base.

Historical information

Silver plated vase which was part of the Dining room silver service settings . 'When the Victorian railways took over managemen of the Chalet from 1 october 1924, they ran their dining room and cafe in similar fashion to the dining cars on their trains and refreshment rooms on their stations, using the same ceramic hotel-ware and electro plated nickel silverware (EPNS), all made to order items that are clearly idenitified by the distinctive 'VR' monogram. The Chalet retains a good selection of of the diverse range of EPNS item formerly used in the dining room..- which in all their variety and function help to interpret the dining room protocols of the 'tourist house' and the service provied by the Victorian Railways refreshment and Services Branch. Many of the items were manufactured by by Stoke & Sons of Melbourne (est. 1856.' (Pg 103. Historica)

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection items. Appendix A.3.Tableware. (Pg 166 Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

"VR" and more...

Cabinet, cutlery

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

8 x small cabinets with 2 cutlery drawers each and wire to hang towels or curtains on underneath the drawers. Lower open shelf under drawers to store crockery. Some cabinets have laminex on top. (later addition)

Historical information

"The Chalet has 8 cutlery cabinets, all in the same undecorated Edwardian style, with tapered legs and slightly flared feet. They were identified in the 1992 inventory and listed on the Third schedule ... The cutlery cabinets and serving table probably date from the earliest years of the 1925-26 Dining Room ... Although the items lack a recorded provenance, their stylistic unity implies that they are part of a specific set of Chalet furnishings. Such items derive their meaning from their relationship with other furnishings and objects in the setting where they were originally used, with each complimenting the other." (Pg 77. Historica, Cultural heritage projects - Mt Buffalo Chalet Collection - Significance Assessment, Prepared for Parks Victoria, 2011)

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items. (Pg 162. Historica)

Photograph - " DR J.F.WILKINSON"

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Framed sepia photograph. Grey mount in wooden frame. Portrait of Dr.J.F Wilkinson. Brass name plaque at base of frame. Hand finished / highlighted in places.

Historical information

'There are also a number of framed portraits, including those of...Dr. John Wilkinson, a doctor who started a practise in Bright in the late 1880's and helped develop the tourist potential of the Mount Buffalo Plateau. " (Pg 84, Historica, 2011) Dr John .F. Wilkinson was a significant figure in the pioneering of tourism at Mt Buffalo. A Doctor and resident of Bright, he and W.A. Staker were the founder members of the Bright Alpine Club formed in 1887 to promote the natural attractions of the Buffalo plateau. " They form the Alpine Club and charge a membership fee for guiding people up the mountain (led by official guides Bill Weston and Edward Carlisle). this is matched by a grant from the local shire council.... They advertise in the Argus and promote the Australian Alps, Bright district as "The Switzerland of Victoria'. Mt Buffalo, with the railways nearby, is the most accessible snowfield and becomes 'the cradle of skiing in Victoria'." (Pg 179 Historica . 2011) The initial funds raised by the Alpine club funded the Staker's walking track, the first easily accessible route up the mountain. . They engaged the services of early Victorian photographer Nicholas Caire, whose scenic photographs helped to promote the beauty of the mountain. The efforts of these gentlemen culminated in securing 2.800 acres for the one of the first National Parks in Victoria, 1898.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of significant Items.

Inscriptions & Markings

" DR J.F.WILKINSON"

Cases, first aid

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Seven green painted tin first aid cases with hinged lids. Two cases have "Victorian Railways"stamped on them. All have a blue circle with a redcross marked on them.

Historical information

Used at the Chalet or by the Victorian Railways for administering first aid. 'A range of first aid supplies, including older types of stretchers and syringes emphasise the importance given over the years to emergency equipment and to the need for remedial items such as bedpans and invalid cups.' (Pg 110. Historica) For many years whilst under Railways Management the First Aid Room was opposite the stairs leading down to the Café, on the left hand side leading up to the Dining Room. Here skiing and recreational injuries were attended to.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection items. Appendix A.3.Staff Equipment. (Pg 167 Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

Yes

Cabinet, trophy

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Solid, chrome edged display cabinet with three glass sides. Back section is mirrored. Features two glass shelves. Base of cabinet features four claw feet. Green felt on base of cabinet interior.

Historical information

Appears to be original to Chalet. Used to display trophies won by guests for various winter sporting competitions. Similar cabinet stored in garage. Also in original location. 'The Chalet's lounge area and nearby spaces include various cabinets. The most eye-catching is the tall metal-framed, glazed cabinet standing in the commanding position at the entrance to the Ballroom at the historic core of the Chalet. It once displayed an array of trophies and silver cups relating to various snow sports that the Chalet had fostered since its opening in 1910. A photograph taken in c.1937 shows the same chrome-framed cabinet with squat cabriole legs standing in the same position in the hall, confirming that it has stood there for decades (fig 36). It is still in the same location in 2011... Some of the old trophies that once graced the cabinet disappeared in the 1980's.'

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items.

Crockery

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

.1] Ceramic jug. Souvenir of Mt Buffalo. White ceramic squat milk jug with a black transfer illustration/drawing on front side. Picture is of the MtBuffalo Chalet from the front. Some worn gold glaze detail. It appears to be a single story building with a planted garden at the front with a fence. Trees to one side and people walking up steps. "THE CHALET, MT BUFFALO NATIONAL PARK, VICTORIA." is written under the illustration. Jug has a faint crack. .2] White ceramic cup with gold edging around top of cup. Black transfer drawing of the chalet with a second storey. Rocks and tree in foreground and "THE CHALET. MT BUFFALO." underneath transfer.

Historical information

The jug and cup were purchased from a second - hand shop in Bairnsdale. Jug is older than cup as the chalet is represented as a single storey structure. The cup is later as the second storey appears in the illustration. 'Souvenirs in relation to the Chalet and Mount Buffalo wee first mention in December 1912... A large range of souvenirs has since been associated with the Chalet and Mount Buffalo from crafted wooden items, silver spoons, cups etc... The collection includes a broad selection of products that have been sold throughout much of the Chalet's history, each representative of the transient fashions of their period.' (Pg. 114. Historica) 'A group of tableware items is notable for its black transfer printed decoration, which features the Chalet building. Interestingly, the printed designs represent the Chalet at two different stages in its building history under the Victorian Railways, in 1926 after completion of the north wing, and 1937-39, after the second storey is added to the front.. manufactured in England by A.B. Jones and sons, a Stoke on Trent pottery firm which operated under the trade name of Grafton China between 1900-1972.' (Pg. 114. Historica)

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items . Appendix A.3. Souvenirs. (Pg 168. Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

.1] "THE CHALET, MT BUFFALO NATIONAL PARK, VICTORIA." is written under the illustration. On the base of the jug, with sun motif, "ENGLAND / GRAFTON CHINA /A / B J / & SONS / LOFTUS MORA / PTY. LTD" .2] "THE CHALET. MT BUFFALO." underneath transfer. Under cup, "A.B.J. / GRAFTON / CHINA / MADE IN / ENGLAND"

Cup

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Small coffee cup with Victorian Railways in scroll design with a crown motif above scroll. White china with black transfer design. Mark and inscription on base. Handle is broken, cup cracked. Cup possibly broken during removal to Bright in 2005. also two teacups of the same design and inscription. Both have handles but both are cracked.-

Historical information

Part of Victorian Railways crockery. 'When the Victorian railways took over management of the Chalet from 1 october 1924, they ran their dining room and cafe in similar fashion to the dining cars on their trains and refreshment rooms on their stations, using the same ceramic hotel-ware and electro plated nickel silverware (EPNS), all made to order items that are clearly idenitified by the distinctive 'VR' monogram. . ..The Chalet Collecton also incudes items of ceramic stoneware... and these too interpret the function and role of the dining room. The ceramic items items were generally manufactured by 'Grindley' or 'Grafton'... Ceramic ware used at the Chalet from the 1920's to the 1950's had a black VR monogram or badge and was the same crockery used in th VR dining and buffet cars. Crockery used in the VR refreshment rooms had a red monogram." (Pg 104. Historica)'

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection items. Appendix A.3.Tableware. (Pg 166 Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

On base,"DURALINE / SUPER /VITRIFIED / GRINDLEY / HOTEL WARE Co / ENGLAND / 3-41 " On front of cup,"VICTORIAN RAILWAYS"

Teapot

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Large electroplated teapot with "VR" engraved on one side. Handle features holes at base either end of join. Lid features a circular knob and scroll handle at front with a wooden insert. Teapot has flat wide circular base.

Historical information

Original Victorian Railways teapot, part of the silver service at Mt Buffalo Chalet. Part of Victorian Railways silver service. When the Victorian railways took over management of the Chalet from 1 October 1924, they ran their dining room and café in similar fashion to the dining cars on their trains and refreshment rooms on their stations, using the same ceramic hotel-ware and electro plated nickel silverware (EPNS), all made to order items that are clearly identified by the distinctive 'VR' monogram. The Chalet retains a good selection of the diverse range of EPNS item formerly used in the dining room..- which in all their variety and function help to interpret the dining room protocols of the 'tourist house' and the service provided by the Victorian Railways refreshment and Services Branch. Many of the items were manufactured by Stoke & Sons of Melbourne (est. 1856.)' (Pg. 103. Historica) Possibly once graced the chrome display cabinet.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection items. Appendix A.3.Tableware. (Pg 166 Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

"EPNSSRS / MADE IN AUSTRALIA / STOKES & SONS / MELBOURNE / BOOMERANG PLATE / WARRANTED / HARD SOLDERED / 745 / VICTORIAN RAILWAYS"

Seat

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Long green painted wooden seat. Made of slats with four leg supports (some are metal) at regular intervals. Slightly curved back.

Historical information

Appears to be a Victorian Railways platform seat dated possibly from 1925 onwards when Victorian Railways assumed management of the Chalet. 4 other slatted bench seats are sited in the the games room which was built in 1925. '(Fig 43. Four bench seats like this example on the front verandah are in the Billiard Room. they resemble furnishings used by the Victorian Railways.' ( Pg56. Historica Cultural Heritage Project. Mount Buffalo Chalet Collection. Prepared for Parks victoria, 2011) Listed in Appendix A. Draft Inventory of significant Collection Items. (Pg 162 Historica.)

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items

Photograph

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

A photographic print of a camp with a tent on Mt Buffalo, with two women, one man and a baby.

Historical information

This photo is of the carpenter who built the stairs at the chalet and his family at their camp on Mt Buffalo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yes, see second image for reserve of photograph.

Piano and stool

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

"Bluthner" grand piano made from walnut wood with accomanying wooden stool.(not matching). Piano features three large turned and carved legs on brass castors. Pedals on piano are solid brass, surrounded by carved and turned wooden pedal stand. Stool seat slants towards piano and two plain stretchers support four curved legs. Has 'PWD' stamped on it.

Historical information

Bluthner piano dated 1889 (patent no. 32310). PWD engraved imprint to wood. "The Bluthner grand piano came second-hand to the Chalet in 1920 when it was obtained by lessee, Hilda Samsing. This high quality German piano, which stands out as an item of individual significance, is now one of the oldest furnishings in the Chalet. When it was acquired in 1920, the Chalet already had a Beale brand upright piano which had been at the Chalet from the earliest days." (Pg. 77 Historica. 2011) 'A photograph taken of the Music Room (also known as the Drawing Room) between 1920 and 1924, when Hilda Samsing was lessee is one of the earliest known photographs of the Chalet's lounge areas. Published in the undated promotional booklet, Victoria's Wonderland Mount Buffalo, it shows 'A corner of the music room'... On the right, is the Chalet's second piano, which was purchased second-hand in 1920 from Gardner & Lang in Swanston Street, Melbourne. This impressive grand piano of walnut wood still stands in the Chalets Music Room. It was made in the world-famous factory of Julius Bluthner, in Leipzig, Germany, which has made Bluthner pianos since 1853 for numerous royals, composers, conductors, artists, authors and performers including Brahms, Mahler, Bartok, Debussy, Wagner, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. The present stool is not part of the ensemble." ( Pg. 42. Historica )

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items. Appendix A.1. Furnishings, Lounges and Hallways (Pg 163. Historica

Inscriptions & Markings

PWD engraved imprint to wood.

Photograph - "Staff Race at the Guests Sports Meeting"

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Photograph of the "Staff Race at the Guests Sports Meeting" at Lake Catani on the 30-12-36. The photo shows 9 women getting ready to run. They are named on the back, Hilda Gawkins, Melva Weston, Mavis Douge, Ella Colelef, Lelia Willis, Jess Sloane, Alice Bell, May Ross.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Staff Race at the Guests Sports Meeting" at Lake Catani on the 30-12-36. Hilda Gawkins, Melva Weston, Mavis Douge, Ella Colelef, Lelia Willis, Jess Sloane, Alice Bell, May Ross.

Barometer

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Barometer and thermometer with carved decorative leaf pattern wooden surround.

Historical information

"A number of specific items, which have been useful in the day to day operations of the Chalet, remain in the building with each complementing the other to provide context, meaning and character to their setting. Items such as the hall porter bell, the many signs providing information to the guests, the wall clock, barometer and dinner bell point to the Chalet being a well-run social institution with a pleasant environment for rest, recreation and congenial company." (Pg 81 Historica, MBCC) "The barometer mounted on an ornately carved backing was presented by flour miller John Spencer Brunton (1861-1937), son of Thomas Brunton who founded the Brunton & Co. flourmills. John had responsibility for the New South Wales arm of the company and lived in Sydney.' (Pg 82 Historica MBCC) " Fig 80. It was presented by John Spencer Brunton on 9 December 1930."(Pg83, Historica. MBCC)

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection items A.3.. Fixtures and Fittings (Pg 165.Historica, MBCC)

Inscriptions & Markings

On plaque below barometer:"PRESENTED BY / JOHN SPENCER BRUNTON / 9.12.30" (further inscriptions on face)

Desks

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Two small blonde wood writing desks. Has backboard with upright document slots. Varnish is irregular.

Historical information

This small writing desk currently in the 'Smoker's ' lounge or Drawing Room can be seen in Victorian Railways photographs dated between 1925 and 1930's. This writing table has a raised back containing compartments for stationery printed with the Chalet letterhead provided for Guests to write letters and post cards. "Photographs of the main lounge taken between 1925 and the 30's confirm that the room was equipped with at least 2 small writing desks... Made of light coloured wood, they have raised backs containing compartments for stationery printed with the chalet letterhead. Two of the same historic desks remain at the Chalet today."

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items.

Chairs

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Two blonde wood chairs with brown leather seats. Carved floral design at back, top of chairs.

Historical information

"Today the Chalet lounges and hallways are stocked with a number of disparate furnishings of unknown provenance - table and chair settings... many ranging in styles from Edwardian and Art Deco periods. While they may appear to be original to the rooms, the items are not evident in any of the historic photographs surveyed in the course of this report, so their historical association with the Chalet does not appear to be strong and enduring. Some, including the Art Deco dining table and chairs in the Music Room ( MBC0038.2) ... appear to be domestic furnishings rather than those of a 'resort house'.

Tickets

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

The tickets are made of yellow paper; on the front page it says "Mt. Buffalo Ski School Class Lesson"; there are 3 empty squares in order to say if it is for an adult, child or other; the information on the right side of the ticket is for the customer, the left part of the ticket is for the seller with just the information adult, child or other; on the right side there is a ticket number, there are 449 tickets in this book;

Historical information

"The collection of ephemera builds on the Chalet's holding of archival material with a range of interesting, original items. Dinner menus., stationery., luggage labels, tickets, dockets and plans help to interpret the structured routine and social conventions of the Chalet that held sway for so many years." (pg 127 MBCC) Probably printed by Rayner Quickprint

Significance

Listed in Draft inventory of significant collection items. Appendix A.3. Ephemera. (pg 169).

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse of the ticket there is a "disclaimer of liability"; signed by Mt. Buffalo Ski School, Cresta, Mt. Buffalo

Mugs / goblets

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

A pair of ceramic mugs / goblets. The foot is black and the top of these mugs is sandy coloured with a black buffalo and a black inscription on reverse side

Historical information

Found in an opportunity shop in Melbourne and purchased by the donor. 'Souvenirs in relation to the Chalet and Mount Buffalo were first mentioned in December 1912... A large range of souvenirs has since been associated with the Chalet and Mount Buffalo from crafted wooden items, silver spoons, cups etc... The collection includes a broad selection of products that have been sold throughout much of the Chalet's history, each representative of the transient fashions of their period.' (Pg 114. Historica) Tatra Inn was built in 1964, after an Act was passed in 1960 to allow private development leases in national Parks. The lease was terminated in 1975 and Tatra was taken over by the Government. Tatra was renamed the Lodge throughout the Belles 10 years management, from 1993.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items . Appendix A.3. Souvenirs. (Pg 168. Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

TATRA INN CRESTA MOUNT BUFFALO

Honour Board

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Wooden plaque with names painted onto strips of leather fixed to a board. The board is made of two sections of wood and is arched at the top and squared at the base. The piece at the top that appears to be earlier and has gold painted inscriptions with decorative scrolling around the edge. The board has leather strapping around the edge and two stirrups threaded onto leather at the base. The upper section of the board has all the names painted onto leather strips. The lower section of the board has some names painted onto strips but also some names are scratched directly onto the wood.

Historical information

Was located in the stables at Mount Buffalo Chalet. It was used to record the names of horses that were ridden by Chalet guests when they were holidaying at the Chalet. 'Admiring the rugged beauty of the Buffalo Plateau and exploring its scenic attractions ...quickly became part of the Mount Buffalo Chalet tourist experience...The Chalet facilitated the experience by hosting guided tours, including trail rides on horseback...the horses remained at the Chalet for decades, and have been remembered with great affection, as demonstrated by the honour roll for Chalet horses and various commemorative plaques.' (Pg 98. Historica) Many of these horses are still remmbered by former guest of the Chalet. Granite and Punka were legendary and plaques in their honor are mounted on the large granite boulders in the stableyards.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection items. Appendix A.3, Snow sports equipment and other recreational items. (Pg 166 Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

At top of plaque, "ROLL OF HONOUR /TO / OUR FRIENDS - / THE CHALET HORSES, / WHO GAVE US MANY HAPPY HOURS / BUT WHO HAVE SINCE MOVED / "DOWN THE HILL". FROM THE / TIME OF "PUNKA" / WHO SERVED / FAITHFULLY FOR 20 YEARS" Underneat this are the names of the individual horses starting with , "PUNKA....."

Plan

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Square shaped original plan of the Mt Buffalo Chalet. paper is attached to cloth backing. Floor plan shows layout of main floor and first floor.

Historical information

Plans were corrected to 1st July 1947

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten text on back of plans describes "hours of staff" and "hours of guests...."

Magazine - "Victorian Railways November 1974"

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Railways magazine featuring an image of the chalet on the front cover and an article about the Chalet.

Historical information

'Over the years the VR Advertising Division published a number of booklets promoting Mount Buffalo's sports and restorative powers of its scenery in summer and winter...The collection (MBCC) comprises a good range of tourist writing published as promotional booklets, guidebooks, brochures, walking trails, maps and newspaper articles.' (Pg. 119. Historica) This Victorian Railways monthly publication and also the VR Newsletter, published by the Victorian Railways Printing Works in North Melbourne, is one of a number which featured iconic photos of the Chalet of the plateau on its cover, as an identifiable flagship for The Victorian Railways and it's employees from the Railways Refreshment and Services Branch. These publications also have stories regarding upgrades and on long serving staff of the Chalet.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items . Appendix A.3. Promotional material.. (Pg 168. Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

Yes

Bookends

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Two matching mulga wood book ends. They form a sphere when placed together. Hand painted motif and inscription on each. Painting of a skier dressed in colourful clothing on each and "From Mt Buffalo" painted at the base.

Historical information

Sold as a souvenir of Mt Buffalo. 'Souvenirs in relation to the Chalet and Mount Buffalo were first mention in December 1912... A large range of souvenirs has since been associated with the Chalet and Mount Buffalo from crafted wooden items, silver spoons, cups etc... The collection includes a broad selection of products that have been sold throughout much of the Chalet's history, each representative of the transient fashions of their period.' (Pg. 114. Historica) "Souvenirs in relation to the chalet were perhaps first mentioned in December 1912, when enterprising locals, Mr J Pass of Porepunkah and Mr C Walker asked for permission to use timber on the mountain for making ornamental souvenirs . The government was agreeable to the ide and soon afterwards PWD chief architect George Austin went to Mount buffalo to make arrangements for supply of the timber, They proposed to make wooden egg cups, small boxes and photograph frames to sell to tourists, small items that' will serve as an advertising medium of the famous mount'" (Pg. 113.Historica) ' Fig 123. Bookends MBC0319,serviette rings MBC0217.2,eggcup MBC0218 and ashtray MBC0205 made of mulga, a wood from particular types of wattle tree that grow in arid climates. Souvenirs crafted from mulga became popular in the post WW2 years' (Pg 117. Historica) Purchased in a second hand shop and donated to MBC.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items . Appendix A.3. Souvenirs. (Pg 168. Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

"From Mt Buffalo"

Badges, souvenir

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Small rectangular brass badge pointed at lower edge. Depicts a skier with "Ski school Mt Buffalo" underneath image. White background, blue skier, red and blue behind lettering. Enamelled pin clasp on back. [.2] same but different colourway.

Historical information

Enamel ski badge, awarded for participation in the Chalet Ski School, operated by Bill Marriot. This badge style was from the 60's-70's. 'Souvenirs in relation to the Chalet and Mount Buffalo were first mentioned in December 1912... A large range of souvenirs has since been associated with the Chalet and Mount Buffalo from crafted wooden items, silver spoons, cups etc... The collection includes a broad selection of products that have been sold throughout much of the Chalet's history, each representative of the transient fashions of their period.' (Pg 114. Historica)

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items . Appendix A.3. Souvenirs. (Pg 168. Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

"SKI / SCHOOL / MOUNT BUFFALO" ON BACK "R.C. LUKE" (or Loke)

Clock

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Large circular clock with "Mount Buffalo Chalet" printed in black on face. Clock has Roman numerals in black with two black hands against a white face. Wooden , circular frame.

Historical information

Appears to be an original piece from Mt Buffalo Chalet. Purpose made for the Chalet as inscribe d with Mount Buffalo Chalet to Clock face most likely in Victorian Railways era, post 1924.. "Interestingly, the photograph indicates that a big round clock was mounted on the fenestration just behind and above the cabinet (fig 36). Reminiscent of railway clocks, it was perhaps introduced by the Victorian Railways after 1924. it resembles the clock that was subsequently mounted on the wall above the Chalet reception desk, and more recently stored away for safety with other movable items in the Chalet. Closer comparison however seems to indicate that the two clocks have different wooden frames and probably differ in diameter." "A number of specific items, which have been useful in the day to day operations of the chalet, remain in the building, with each complementing the other to provide context, meaning and character to their setting. items such as the hall porter bell, the many signs providing information to guests, the wall clock, barometer and dinner bell point to the Chalet being a well-run social institution with a pleasant environment for rest, recreation and congenial company." (Pg 81, Historica, MBCC)

Inscriptions & Markings

"Mount Buffalo Chalet"

Photograph

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Black and white photograph, 5 waitresses and a man standing in the snow on the top of the roof.

Inscriptions & Markings

8619 written on the reverse of the photo

Photograph - "Alma Coleman / Mt Buffalo Girl 1930"

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Black and white handcoloured photograph of " Alma Coleman, Mt Buffalo Girl 1930" Image depicts woman on skis in snow, facing camera. Photograph is hand coloured, mounted behind a brown cardboard mount. Framed in a black wooden frame with carved decoration around edge.

Historical information

Appears to be an original piece from Mt Buffalo Chalet.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Alma Coleman / Mt Buffalo Girl 1930 / co founder Edelweiss ski club of Australia - 1934 / co founder Karoonda ski club / Mt Hotham 1967"

Book / guest - "Conquerors of the Cathedral"

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

Ruled paper bound into a hard backed book. Vertical columns have been drawn in red and names of people have been entered in pen. Headings include dates and times, name and addresses, room and car numbers.

Historical information

Guest sign in book of visitor achievements in climbing the 'cathedral'. Names of people who have climbed it and the dates they climbed it.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yes

Booklet - "Flower & Feather at Mt Buffalo National Park Victoria, Australia"

Parks Victoria - Mount Buffalo Chalet, Mt Buffalo

2 x Yellow & white books with an eastern Rosella and a red & white flower on it. 21 pages of text & photos. Front page has a picture of an Eastern Rosella and flower, the Melbourne Bay. (.2 has holes punched in it.

Historical information

H.C.E. Stewart , who first visited the plateau in 1919, produced the booklet, Flower and Feather, the Chalet has two copies. Published in the 1950's by the Victorian Railways Public Relations and Betterment Board, it is still an accepted guide on the the mountain bird's annd plants." (pg 132. Historica) The writer first visited Mt Buffalo in 1919 - & then after the war he decided to show all the unique flowers of Mt Buffalo through this book.

Significance

Listed in Draft Inventory of Significant Collection Items . Appendix A.3. Natural History. (Pg 169. Historica).

Inscriptions & Markings

Yes