VIC High Country Part 3
Sheepyard flats and Frys Hut.
Another little day trip, we had lunch bedside the Howqua River at sheepyard flat before venturing over to Frys Flat where the Hut is located. An original Hut still in remarkably good condition apart from the graffiti 😡. It even had some of the original paper and hessian cloth roof lining visible.
Many of you would have seen or camped at ‘Frys Hut’ on the banks of the Howqua River in The Victorian High Country. This is Fred Fry. He built the hut in the early 40’s. A true bushman. Fred passed away in 1971 aged 67. The Hut still stands today and is a wonderful location to camp. A forthcoming book ‘The Howqua Hills Story’ written by Graeme and Chris Stoney - Mansfield will soon be available. 📸 P Leonard collection.
Fred Fry and Graeme Stoney at a now very popular camping spot in The Victorian High Country ‘Fry’s Hut’ here is a little bit of a back story on Fred Fry - He died in 1971 aged 67 📸 Credit to P Leonard collection circa 1969/70 “Fred was an excellent bushman and with his own personal style of workmanship he erected many huts in the region. The method he employed was to use thick split timber palings for the walls. For the roof he put roof poles into place rolling them over the centre ridge of the new hut, using a horse and a long chain.
One of the first huts Fred constructed was the Upper Jamieson Hut in about 1938-1940. He then constructed the present ‘Fry’s Hut’ in the early ‘40s. Both huts were built while working for the Forest Commission.” excerpt from the forthcoming book ‘The Howqua Hills Story’ by Chris and Graeme Stoney Mansfield.