School was established by Pam de Majnik in 1954. Like Island Bend school, it grew
quickly as the population swelled to cope with the construction, then shrank.
the time I arrived in Cabramurra in May 1968 it was a settled operations town.
It was also almost completely buried under snow, and remained so for most of the
winter. I think I used my car three times in three months at one stage: it was
seldom worth the effort of digging it out.The
school had two teachers (thankfully Bob Soper was in charge, not me) and had an
excellent collection of reliable and enthusiastic students. The school's little
rope tow was buried for most of the winter, like the school, so even the beginners
had to use the precipice down the road (known as the Cabramurra Ski Club). They
therefore learned to ski nearly as fast as they skiied. (Think about that awhile.)One
rule observed by all the students and half the staff was never to use the school
roof as a ski slope. I recall Lucio Pianelli entering the classroom on skis via a double
glazed window one afternoon, but that was definitely an accident.
Thanks to the
photographic skills of Bill Hill and family, we also have a couple of shots of
old Cabramurra in both winter and summer.
Thank you, Bill and Christine, for making them available.
Fenton has contributed some magnificent black & white photos. Most of them
were taken by Lambert Wellington, who worked for his father as a technician in
the communications section. Ian lived at Kings Cross in 1957.
Click on the thumbnails to see them full size.