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Vintage view of Waldheim Chalet - Cradle Mountain by TonyCrehan

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Featured in Cradle Mountain Group on 05/26/12

Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot on 28 April 2012.
Colour and lighting adjustments and vintage texture painting in PSE 9.
Texture= Kim Klassen Paper1.

Waldheim Chalet was originally built between 1912 and the early 1920s. It was largely the vision and dedication of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer that led to both the construction of the chalet and the creation of the Cradle Mountain national park.

In 1910 Kate and Gustav each purchased 200 acres (81 ha) of land near Cradle Mountain. In 1912 Weindorfer began to build Waldheim using King Billy pine from the site and relying on the bush carpentry skills he had acquired from a short-term appointment of an experienced timber worker. As a horse and cart could approach no closer than 14 km, Weindorfer carried baths and stoves on his back. By 1919, after long campaigning by Gustav, the road had reached within one and a half kilometres of Waldheim.

The chalet was opened to visitors at Christmas 1912, who enjoyed the rustic simplicity of the draughty, incomplete building. The following summer, Waldheim had 25 guests.

Gustav campaigned tirelessly to see the Cradle Mountain area reserved.
On 16 May 1922, an area of 158,000 acres (63,943 ha) from Cradle Mountain down to Lake St Clair was proclaimed a Scenic Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary under the Scenery Preservation Act 1915.

It is now a World Heritage Listed Area.

As early as 1958 it became clear that the original chalet was becoming structurally unsound. In 1976, the National Parks and Wildlife Service demolished Waldheim and contracted a local builder, Ted Forster, to reconstruct the chalet as it has appeared at the time of Gustav’s death. Foster had been taught the skills of hand-splitting shingles by Gustav himself. Those materials that were sound were saved and used in the reconstruction, including most of the doors and the ceiling, the floor and one of the large spars in the living room. The original stables still exist, and are now used as the woodshed for the Waldheim cabins at the rear of the chalet.

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  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 2 years ago

    23.5.2012 @ 7.20am

  • Thanks very much Karen and sorry I just realised that I broke the 1/24 rule with this one.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – TonyCrehan

  • AnLile
    AnLileover 2 years ago

    Wonderful share. Thanks. xox

  • Lovely to hear from you Sinéad. Thank you for adding this to your favourites. tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    Great image Tony wonderful capture love old barns

  • Thanks for adding this one to your favourites Maggie. I am so pleased that they used a lot of the original materials in the rebuild. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 2 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • Thank you Kim.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithover 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot Tony, love this different angle on it.

  • Thanks Garth. Yes, somehow it looks a little less “Hansel and Gretel fairytale” and more rustic workplace from this side, although I like them both.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Pixie-Atelier
    Pixie-Atelierover 2 years ago

    Wow Tony! This just squeals “life”. I can only imagine how spectacularly alive this place was in its hey day.

  • Thanks for your fave and perceptive comment Pixie. The place was certainly full of life in summer when Gustav and Kate entertained many guests and loved company. This was curtailed in 1916 when Gustav’s mother and Kate both died and Gustav was ostracised by many locals because of WW1. Although he looked after many guests in the 1920s and did great work promoting the park, it is said that the lonely winters took their toll and that he was never quite the same again.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Superbly captured.

  • Thanks for your fave and generous comments Julie.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, your wonderful image has been featured in the Cradle Mountain Group 26th May 2012

  • Thanks very much Garth. Some fine shots in today’s features so a big thrill to be included.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Rene.

    – TonyCrehan

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