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Lightning in Epsom by djzontheball
Lightning in Epsom
Got this shot on the 15/02/2015 in Epsom - Bendigo - Vic.
Bluff Hut At Night by djzontheball
Bluff Hut At Night
Located at The Bluff Track, The Bluff and showing on the Howitt Selwyn map at GR577810. Access is by 4WD or horse.

This hut burned down in January 2007 by wildfires. The hut was re-built by VHCHA members and the Stoney family in December 2007.

Photo: Ray Waters

Brief History

Grazing commenced at the Bluff Lease in the 1940s by Jack Ware and Eadley Stoney of "Minto Park". Jack Davon took over in the 1950's.

The Bluff hut was built in 1955, with all local cattlemen in the area assisting. Jack Ware shaped the all important timbers.

Jack Ware retired in 1965 and Eadley Stoney died in 1972, so the Bluff Run was taken over by his son Graeme. Chris Stoney took over the management of the run and hut in 1992.

Before this, Graeme was declined a "permissive occupancy" of the hut to run summer trail riding and nordic skiing, but was later given it (1985), for the old half of the hut only. Paying guests and non-paying jostled for use of the fire, within the old section.

In 1988, High Country Adventures requested the right to modify the hut to avoid this issue but was denied. The increased number of 4WD users, and this controversy has lead to increased interest in the heritage of the hut, and adverse comments on the extension.

Disputes over use have resulted in the story of Bluff Hut being haunted by a headless axeman (and it feels like that on a cold and damp day).

Rebuilt in December 2007.


The centre part of the hut is the original, with a concrete floor and gable roof over sapling poles, plus a standard skillion. The two ends are extensions, and do little to maintain the original grazing format.

The picture below, shows Stoney's hut as it was first constructed in 1971.

Caretakers - High Country Adventures.



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Steve Zonneveldt
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I am from Vic Aus and i enjoy going to random places to use my camera and capture great photo’s.

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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
You have been featured :) (Smile)
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the watch! :airborne:
The-Egg Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014   Photographer
djzontheball Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the feature
The-Egg Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much for the watch Steve! :D
djzontheball Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no worries
DianaVVolf Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad that you joined to our group! :D

Hello! :D

I'd like to welcome you in :iconphotography-earth:!:heart: :la: I think we're a nice group, with a lot of talented artist and with a great leader team. :meow: I hope you'll enjoy! ^^ Invite your friends if you can! ^^

:huggle:Be nice with the others and submit your best! :aww:

By the way...if you can please donate some :points:...I'd like to holding contests in the group... :heart:
softz Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Always good to see photographs from around Melbourne, Been here for a year now and still have so much to explore!

Thank you for sharing your work
djzontheball Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks.  glad you like my work.  make sure you make time to go and see it all.
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