Mount Buffalo Chalet auction a chance to own slice of history

Julien Atherstone with some of the items to be sold. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL
Julien Atherstone with some of the items to be sold. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

HAIRDRYERS, mugs and an explosion-proof safe are among thousands of items up for grabs at a Mount Buffalo Chalet clearing sale tomorrow.

Decorative light fittings from the dining room, furniture, tourism knick-knacks and ski bus timetable signs are among other goods for sale.

Parks Victoria Mount Buffalo ranger Julien Atherstone said the sale would be well worth the trip for anyone with fond memories of the chalet.

“Items like a ski bus timetable have a sentimental significance to people,” Mr Atherstone said.

“There are also mugs with Mount Buffalo Chalet written on them and these are items that tell a story.”

The sale will raise funds and clear room for a $7.5 million redevelopment of the chalet for day visitors.

Stage two will involve a revival of the historic accommodation house that will include 28 hotel rooms.

The works will also be funded by an insurance payout for bushfire damage on Mount Buffalo and money from the Victorian government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Workers have spent four weeks sorting through which of the thousands of moveable items would be kept, sold, donated or stored for re-use when the chalet reopens.

Mr Atherstone said enough wardrobes, dressing tables and bedside tables had been kept to furnish the 28 accommodation rooms set to reopen next year.

But all the hairdryers, fridges and kettles from the 105 existing rooms are up for grabs.

There will be some reserves on a couple of big-ticket items with the safe tipped to attract the highest price.

“The real estate agent did some research and found a safe, similar to the one we have, sold for $800 in the Wangaratta area,” Mr Atherstone said.

Significant historical pieces — old signs, clocks and china pieces — have been set aside for use in the restored chalet.

Dickens Real Estate will run the sale on site at the chalet from 9am.

Registration is from 8am.