The Mountain Huts Preservation Society Inc (MHPS) came into being in 1988. It was founded by concerned community citizens and users of the high country who felt there was a need to protect and preserve mountain huts, and to have a forum for debate, and input and representation on the control and management of iconic features on the plateau. The catalyst for the formation of the MHPS was the swift and secret removal, in 1988, of what was known as the Tiger Hut—a bushwalkers’ hide-away near Lake Adelaide.
MHPS has restored ‘Boy’ Miles Liena Hut, which has been transported for permanent display in Mole Creek’s main street – see below.
“Huts of the high country are a unique part of our Tasmanian heritage, reflecting cultural traditions that have become part of our folklore. During the early years of the 19th century (circa 1830s onwards) men left their homes and went into the mountains and forests to eke out a living to provide for their families at home.
Shepherds, cattlemen, snarers, fishermen, and even miners were all attracted to the mountains to follow their particular pursuit, whether it be the grazing of sheep and cattle, or the trapping of possums and wallabies for the skin trade, fishing or fossicking—all as a means to support their loved ones and, in many cases, supplement their farm income.
Within such a harsh landscape, the one thing common to all these men who called the mountain ‘home’ for many months each year, was the need for shelter, and many of these early pioneers left their mark on the plateau in the form of a rustic hut; although often simple and basic in construction, they were very effective as shelter.”
Mountain Huts Preservation Society
Read more on the Mountain Huts Preservation Society website.