Question Metal Frame Thing at Dibbins Hut

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  1. Thomas WHiteside

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    Quick question, anyone have any idea what that metal frame standing next to Dibbins Hut is or how it got there?

    I'm guessing it might be mining equipment.

    It's really got me scratching my head. I've also never seen it in old photos of the site (though it may have been in a slightly, less visible, spot)
     
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    It is a drying rack for people who dare to pay for their wilderness experince.

     
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    Footrest for shodding horses.
     
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    Interesting. Thanks. Has it always been there?

    How confident are you that its a foot rest?
     
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    Not totaly confident actualy. I Knew Arthur ( Artie Dibbin) a fabulous horsebreaker with some quite techy ways, who loved his craft. He was a funny character, (shocking driver) who would sometimes drive into town (Bright) riding his clutch, reving the motor superfluously. Anyway, an assumption that the Dibbins may have had a use for such a frame for repairing damaged horses hooves prior to continuing uphill.
     
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    Interesting that it's not in this photo from 1994.

    My only concern with the horse shodding theory is that farriers tend to use smaller tripod stands that brace a single foot at a time. This contraption looks too big and cumbersome to allow a farrier to work effectively.
     
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    I love the spot would like to camp there next time it was my lunch stop last time I walked through.
     
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    I'd be sayin' it fitted in the old fireplace to hang billies and camp ovens over the coals.
     
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    Remains of some sort of BBQ?
     
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    I'm liking the fireplace billy / pot brace theory the best so far. Could imagine it fitted up in the chimney and sort of hanging down.
     
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    Remember the previous fireplace to be quite small.
     
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    Before my time, so I trust you. However, looks like it's a decent size in this pic. Certainly deep.
     
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    Dibbins Hut in 1955, Note it still has stringybark roofing for most of the roof.

    A trip my dad did with a mate between Mount Hotham and Falls Creek in the August.

     
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    Amazing photo!
     
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    Stayed much the same till late 70s but the front was sinking lower as the years progressed.
     
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    When was the stringy bark replaced with corrugated iron and when was the annex on the western side built? (I'm well aware the whole thing was rebuilt in the late 80s).
     
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    looks a bit like an old bed-frame to me
     
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    Not sure of the dates. It did get a little run down. Bits of tin were added and some fell off. The beds were just saggy chicken wire stretched between logs.
     
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    Not convinced it's a bed frame. One side is far too heavy and reinforced to sleep on, and if say there was something slung across the other side to sleep there, it's hard to see why such a strong frame would be needed, or why you wouldn't use something lighter for a base like tree branches if you were going for such a primitive design.
     
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    Just looking at it again. If the section in the ground is the same as whats on top- perhaps its a metal pulk frame.
     
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    That's what I was thinking. Or a wash up sink frame for plastic tubs.
     
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    My very first thought was toboggan / sled. So yeh, maybe it could be a pulk frame. It just seems too heavy though. Not sure about the sink idea.
     
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    Challenge accepted....
     
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    Eric Johnson 1945. From mick Hulls book.
     
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    Maybe it's a good question for the geeks over on the bushwalk forum?
     
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    Didn't Johnson come up the Bon Accord though? But yes, horse drawn polk is best idea so far.
     
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    First horse on a portaledge!
     
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    Could it be a metal frame for an old sluice box?
     
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    Sluice box frame theory isn't bad. Though I'd have through there'd be cross bars across each end then. Still liking the horse drawn polk theory best.
     
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    Definitely a template for cutting surfboard cores. Clear as day.
     
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    Possibly a horse pulk as noted by others.

    Used to bring the materials (roof tin) into the site. It probably pre-dates the new hut and was found nearby and relocated to the current location to replace the ladder (that has been feed into the fire place by some helpful souls) providing access to the doorway which high off the ground from memory.
     
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    Definitely a prop for a "Men of the Backcountry" pose. I'm thinking a leg lift or a lie on the grass with raised arms showing guns type pose would work well with it.
     
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    Would still be a little tricky to use as a ladder. A bit of help sure, but it's still pretty low to the ground. Agree it almost certainly pre-dates the current hut ('87 / '88).
     
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    When you want to get in that door anything to help.

    Lottsa snakes in the grass there.
     
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    I was told decades ago it was the frame used to drag the logs into place, horse drawn so therefore a sled.
    It was there in the long grass on my last visit about 12 years ago
     
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    Makes sense! So we were close. Remember who told you and what era / decade its from?
     
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    Bloke who told me was a feller called Bruce Jackson, an experienced Alpine walker of my acquaintance Same era as the goldmines I believe 1920s to 40s
     
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    Does Bruce Jackson own and operate Otway Eco Tours?
     
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    Only just saw this Thomas; not to my knowledge although I've not seen him in over 20 years