Stories from Australian Alps

Klaus Hueneke may be one of Canberra’s rarest species – a successful small publisher in the digital age.  After a number of career moves – environmental planner, academic, ski instructor and teacher – he set up Tabletop Press in 1984 in a spare room in his house, with the aim of publishing and promoting books on the cultural history and ecology of the Australian Alps. He also began collecting interviews with ”old timers who had lived in and around” the Alps, with a view to collating this oral history into a book. In 1982, the Australian National University Press published Huts of the High Country, which documented the history of more than 100 huts and homesteads in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. The book became an unexpected best seller and is now in its sixth printing. For full story click here.

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