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Before the township of Kiandra was first established in 1859 as a gold mining town the Ngarigo and other Aboriginal tribes would gather there for hunting fishing and the Bogong moth ritual. After white colonisation Kiandra soon earnt its reputation as the birthplace of Australian skiing and lays claim to the oldest Alpine Ski Club in the world.. This is the historic old miners cottage with the remains of the famous Kiandra Courthouse in the background that were compltely destroyed. No-one thought that the bushfire across the Snowy Mountains could ever reach Kiandra or the upper reaches of the Eucumbene River because it was way up in the rolling plains of Australia’s high country. But it happened and early colonial history has has completely ravaged by fire. The 2020 "Black Summer" bushfires that swept Australia were unprecendented in their intensity and expanse. It is estimated that over 5.6 million hectares of bushland were burnt and as many as a billion native animals were incinerated. Even in the little known, but vast and unique alpine regions of Australia the devastation was almost complete. In an area normally covered by snow for four months of the year Kosciuszko National Park was extensively damaged. In areas that normally would retain moisture all year round and at elevations of over 1200m fires ripped through vast swathes of indigenous landscapes. The ferocity of the fires caused catastrophic conditions in which little survived.