Abbottsmith Snow Collection

These images were provided by the family of Johnny Abbottsmith – a name familiar to many who have travelled the Perisher range from Jindabyne to Mt Kosciuszko. Starting with a job at the Hotel Kosciusko in 1936, Johnny became a ski instructor, soldier, Antarctic scientist, ski racer, carpenter, diesel engineer, weather observer, owner of the first oversnow transport in Perisher, builder of ski tows and ski lodges, owner of a service station and caravan park, and in later years, opal miner and round – Australia traveller. His story has been published in a book “Johnny Abbottsmith – Snowfields Pioneer”, available in the PHS Bookshop.