The Grottoes

A heavy fall of snow just after completion of the hut at 'The Grottoes'
A heavy fall of snow just after completion of the hut at 'The Grottoes'. Mitchell Collection, State Library of NSW (Photo: Andrew Watson)

In their own words

We turned out a little after 6 – & so did the wind. When I went outside there was a fine drift – by the time we had breakfast, it was thick – before noon a regular blizzard. All to be seen from the door (over the half snowed up entrance) was a white smoke-like whirl of flying snow. Flying into the verandah, encrusting door, walls & boxes – banking up even against our door & a couple of feet high. Not much coming in now, for the good reason that the entrance to the verandah is all snowed up!…

The hut is very satisfactory, so far – the verandah makes it snug & comfortable – & warm too. Temperature in here today 65°Fah. – yet the inside of skylights encrusted with ice – condensation from cold outside. There is a vestibule where one can shake off the snow, & second door. Wild’s cabin is a snug little room…

– Charles Harrisson, diary entry, 11 March 1912

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