'Highway to Heaven
A History of Perisher and the Ski Resorts Along the Kosciuszko Road'
by Peter Southwell-Keely
Five years ago and about the time that Perisher Historical Society (PHS) was incorporated, Andrew Harrigan, Resorts Manager, National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) in Jindabyne became aware that the history of the area of interest to the Society was not recorded in book form. The mandate of the Society is to capture, record and conserve the history of all the areas defined as accessed via the Kosciuszko Road. The area is most important in skiing terms as its development dovetails with the initial Australian skiing activity carried out in Kiandra.
Thus it was that Andrew approached the Society with a challenge for it to rectify this situation and if accepted, NPWS would be keen to make a substantial contribution to assist in funding a properly researched, quality publication authored by a proven and recognised person.
Understandably, whilst overwhelmed by the offer, the Society was delighted and set about defining a scoping document for the work. However, the committee held concerns over the significant decision to be made regarding the selection of a suitable author and the management practicalities involved.
Concerns evaporated when Peter Southwell-Keely generously offered to author the book gratis. Peter had only just completed and published a significant work for Kosciusko Alpine Club covering the club's first one hundred years.
National Parks and Wildlife Service made good their offer and Perisher Resort responded with equal generosity, matching NPWS funding. This ensured that a well researched and quality publication resulted plus it would be available at an attractive price of $40.
The proceeds of all sales are to the benefit of PHS.
Book Launch - Queen's Birthday Weekend 2013
PHS Annual Dinner on Sunday June 9, 2013 was the ideal launch venue and the Society was delighted to have John Barilaro MP, Member for Monaro launch the book. As well, we were pleased to welcome the Minister for Environment and Heritage, The Hon. Robyn Parker PM plus an almost overwhelming response totalling 111 guests. It was great to have many luminaries of the sport making significant effort to be a part of the occasion.
Peter Southwell-Keely has produced a highly enjoyable read with a very balanced approach especially when one considers the enormous breadth and depth of the subject matter. He has rightfully been showered with praise and the Society is absolutely delighted. Beautifully presented with masses of appropriate photographs it is a delight and provides an instant gift solution for any snowsport enthusiast.