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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Interior of the Ball Hut

page 72

Interior of the Ball Hut.

This hut was built by the Government for the use of tourists on the Great Tasman, at the foot of Mount Cook. Only those who have travelled the fourteen miles from the Hermitage to this spot, can form any conception of the difficulties that had to be overcome in packing the materials. The building is 19 feet long by 12 feet wide, and is divided into two compartments In our picture the hut presents a more homely appearance than usual, from the fact that the party had a lady with them. The leg of mutton was from a sheep which had been packed up the Tasman some ten days previously, and stored in a crevasse—one of nature's freezing works.