Located close to the road from Tharwa to Adaminaby, this cache takes you to Brayshaws Hut in the very south of Namadgi National Park and the ACT. As a member of the Kosciuszko Huts Association I would like to showcase the great work by KHA to restore this homestead from the neglected and vandalised structure it had become by the 1990s.
Brayshaws was built at the turn of the century, using largely local materials of timber poles, split slabs and stone. David Brayshaw lived there for a number of years, until his death by an unfortunate accident. The building was then occupied by the Curtis family, who made a number of modifications including fibro and timber additions. They also built a shearing shed in 1936-7, now gone.
In the early 1990s KHA campaigned to restore the deteriorating building. When the project was approved, volunteers removed the unsightly and by now badly damaged fibro cladding. Over several years a huge effort when into rebuilding the frame, stabilising the slabs and keeping the remnants of newspaper that once lined the draughty walls. Namadgi National Park staff got involved to solve chronic drainage problems, by installing a rubble drain uphill from the hut. With the assistance of an ACT grant, a stonemason was engaged for the demanding job of rebuilding the chimney. Inside an outline on the wall near the chimney indicates where a telephone was once mounted with connections to local regions. Across the road about 100m into the bush are the remains of the Tin Dish school, a very small structure of which only the stones of the fireplace remain.
The road is negotiable by 2WD vehicles and varies in condition from very good to reasonable, depending on when it was last graded. Allow about one hour from Woden, give or take depending on the weather (and the driver!)
Take note: this is not a FTF dash at night or early morning unless you want kangaroo smeared across your windscreen and paintwork. Kangaroos and wallabies can be thick along this road, even before the gravel section. Take your time, have a look around Brayshaws and enjoy the excursion. There are at least two easy caches within easy reach of the road on the way down here.
To find the cache, read the sign at the posted coordinates, then wander across to the hut. To calculate the new coordinates answer these questions:
A = how many children did David have?
B = how many years did David live here?
C = number of chimneys
D = number of panes each window, divided by two
To calculate the new south coordinates, multiply B by 3 and subtract from the south decimals. East is 148° 59.CAD.