Lecture – Huts of the High Country by Dale Jacobson

Dotted across the high country of NSW, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria are historic huts, these days used as emergency shelters for bushwalkers. They were mostly built by cattlemen who drove their herds to the Alpine plains for summer grazing.

Recognising their importance, not-for-profit groups have taken on the task of restoring and preserving these structures and their associated history.  

Dale Jacobsen, an environmental scientist and member of the Kosciuszko Huts Association, addresses the value of these huts, the history of the pioneers, the displacement of Aborigines and the ecological cost of hard-hoofed animals in the delicate Alpine environment.

Dale has previously talked to us about the Ross Sea and Emperor Penguins