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08-January-2016
08-January-2016

Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin

A granite cairn with direction posts and wind rose commemorates Eric Johnson Gravbröt (1908 - 1954) pioneer of transport in the Alps and who came to the rescue of travelers.

Eric Johnson ran his sled service from the snowline on the Bon Accord Spur to the Hotham Heights Chalet. It was a weekly service each Saturday, carrying packs for the outward party and bringing in gear and supplies for the incoming skiers.

Johnson fitted his horses with a modified snow shoe on each foot and seldom missed a connection in fair weather or foul. In 1935 he won the Australian National Downhill Championship and came third in the slalom event. He was nationally known for his skill. He died aged 48 of a rare blood disease and was remembered with the erection of the cairn in 1956.

Location

Address:Great Alpine Road, Mount Feathertop, Razorback Walking Track, Hotham Heights, 3741
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.976119
Long: 147.121544
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Community

Dedication

Front Inscription

             This Cairn
         Commemorates
ERIC JOHNSON GRAVBRÖT
             Pioneer
Of Transport In These Mountains
Born   25 8 1908  in Snaasa Norway
Came 24 9 1928  to Australia
Died   10 5 1954   in Melbourne
Courageous Friend Of Strugglers In These Mountains
When Travel Was On Foot And Horse Often In Fog And
Blizzard. Searcher And Helper For Any In Distress
Regardless Of His Own Personal Sacrifice

Source: MA,VMR
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