MT. TERRIBLE


Grid Reference DU 236608
Department DEPI
Work Depot Alexandra
Region North East
Grading Primary
Elevation (ASL) 1335m
Height 22m
Construction Steel
Cabin size 2.7m x 2.3m
Public access to site Yes
In use since 1962
CFA Region 23 - North Eastern
Photo (1999) supplied by Ray Lucas

On the 5th February 1962, a recommendation was made for the approval of a quote of £791 for a steel tower on Mt. Terrible. This tower was to replace the Jamieson Lookout although the Jamieson Lookout was to be maintained to serve as a secondary lookout as required. Materials needed for the footings of the tower was as follows:
6 cubic yards of screenings, 3 cubic yards of concrete sand, 36 bags of cement, 950 ft of ¼" reinforcing rail.
Timber: 6" x 1" 14/8' and 16/9', 3" x 1" 4/8' and 1/10', 2" x 1" 4/8'. 3lb of 2" nails was also required.
The excavations for the four footings were 5' square by 3' deep, centers spaced 20' each way.
The construction and erection of a 12' x 12' hut was quoted for £ 330
Above information was found in documents supplied by David Bannear

A new cabin was installed in 19??

Please click on thumbnails for enlargements

1979, supplied by
Craig Robertson
1979, supplied by
Craig Robertson
1993, supplied by
Craig Robertson
2009, supplied by
Richard Webb
2009, supplied by
Richard Webb


The 2 photos left were supplied by Wayne Peterken, who is involved with the Victorian High Country Huts Association.
He states (Oct 2009): "You might be interested to know that we have been doing quite a bit of work on the Mt. Terrible Hut the past year.
The Hut was in a terrible (excuse the pun) state of repair and was about to be bulldozed by DSE (late 2008).
We have replaced one entire wall, fixed the fireplace and repaired / painted all walls inside.
A lot of the old Fire Tower Huts are now looked after by the High Country Huts Assocation." Their website


Unfortunately, the hut burnt down on the night of the 8th-9th Dec 2012. Allegedly, people were staying in the hut and a log rolled out of the fire place and set the hut alight.
Photo and information was supplied by Peter McGrath, the FLO at the time and still the current (2015) FLO.

After a lot of hard work 'behind-the-scene', a proposal/request for re-building the hut was finally approved in July 2016. Construction is set to begin in early November. It's a collaboration (design, materials, labour and funding) between DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) the Mt. Torbeck A4-4 Memorial Restoration Team and the VHCHA (Victorian High Country Huts Association) and funding and support is also promised by VicForests and a few local businesses. Watch this space for progress reports.

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