The Changing Hills

The Changing Hills
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In this short excerpt from an Australian Commonwealth Film Unit documentary, the narrator notes the dramatic changes in the alpine regions of Australia.

He quotes from Banjo Paterson's poem 'The Man from Snowy River', which is in stark contrast to the European yodelling and harp playing in the chalet.

When post-Second World War migrants arrived from Europe in the 1940s and 50s to work on the Snowy Mountain Scheme, they brought with them centuries-old traditions that have transformed how Australians experience the snowfields as a tourist destination.

The harp player and singer is Fritz Feirsinger who managed the Man from Snowy River Hotel in its first year 1961. The following year he and his wife Margo built and ran the Marritz Lodge.