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KIANDRA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

SKI CLUBS OF KIANDRA

KIANDRA PIONEER SKI CLUB BADGE
Kiandra Pioneer Ski Club (1870) Ltd.Badge
(not to be copied without permission)

KIANDRA PIONEER SKI CLUB BADGES
Kiandra Pioneer Ski Club (1870) Ltd.Badges
(not to be copied without permission)

The details "Pioneer" and the year "1870" were adopted into the club's name in 1929. Pioneer" was added due to it being the original ski club in this country. While the club was known to be in existence in 1861, at that time it could not be proved. The year "1870" was selected, as it was within living memory of members who were competed and won trophies in the under 10 years Show Shoe Club events, under the guidance of Elias Gottaas.

The Adaminaby Ski Club (ASC) was formed on the 10th March 1936. Almost a year later a fire destroyed the facilities used by the Kiandra Pioneer Ski Club (1870). Following the fire the Adaminaby Ski Club invited the KPSC (1870) to amalgamate with them – but this merger did not occur. Both clubs remained separately registered with the Ski Council until the demise of the Adaminaby Club in 1951.

After The Second World War, ski clubs in Kiandra included four privately owned ski lodges, the Youth Hostel Club of Australia and the Bush Walkers Ski Club.

Kiandra – The Birthplace of Skiing in Australia.

The following acknowledgement has now been provided by the The Holmenkollen Ski Museum:

"The Holmenkollen Ski Museum confirms that the first two ski clubs in the world were formed by Norwegians in 1861, both in Australia and Norway.
Director of the Ski Museum in Holmenkollen."

Due to the variation in seasons, it was decided the Norwegian club could not hold any ski competitions until "Winterthingday" early in 1862.

The Kiandra Snowshoe Club Inc registered Y16053-39 has no affiliation with the former Kiandra Show Shoe Club – Kiandra Ski Club or the Kiandra Pioneer Ski Club (1870) Ltd.

LINK: "Australian Alpine Snow Skiing History"

LINK: "Kiandra - Gold Fields to Ski Fields"
- Norman W Clarke

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