The A-Framers had hit town! To be a part of this wonderful travelling group you must have an A-Frame campervan. This intrepid group organise trips around the state each year.
Why Dumbleyung? A-Framer member Leonie Gillett (nee Murdoch), daughter of Jim and Jean Murdoch formerly of Bullock Hills, suggested Dumbleyung and a visit to the Lake. Leonie has wonderful memories of many Sundays skiing on the lake as her father Jim was a founding member of the 4MB Ski Club.
Why 4MB? If you have ever wondered how the 4MB Ski Club was named, here’s the answer – it was named after the three Murdoch brothers – Jim, Alan and Ian, along with Alec McPherson and Arnold Black. These 5 men played a major part in clearing access to the Lake in 1960, allowing skiing. One year later the 4MB Ski Club was formed.
See the Dumbleyung Short Stories book (there is a copy within the CRC) for more information on this amazing lake group. More information will be shared in upcoming ‘Quack Chats’.
Neville and Margaret Kinnane were another couple involved in organising the trip. Neville has a connection with Wagin, having worked at Elders Fremantle, along with Malcolm Edward of Belmont Park, Wagin.
It was wonderful to hear and share so many stories from the 70 happy visitors to town – from the gentleman whose Mother used to work at Mrs Mac’s (previously The Coffee Palace) aka ‘the blue building’ on Absolon Street, to Leonie Gillett reminiscing about being on the top tier of the skiing pyramid!