Halls Hut, Lake Malbena, has been provisionally registered in the Tasmanian Heritage Register and public comment on the entry is being sought.
It is one of six huts in National Parks entered in the Heritage Register including Dixons Kingdom Hut, Junction Lake Hut, Du Cane Hut and the Hobart Walking Club Hut.
'Like the other huts entered in the Tasmanian Heritage Register that are now within National Parks, Halls Hut demonstrates the emerging recreational use of the Tasmanian highlands during the twentieth century, an era in which people built huts on Crown Land in the highlands for a variety of uses,' Ms Brett Torossi, Chair of the Tasmanian Heritage Council said.
'It also demonstrates a new development in traditional bush hut building, representing the efforts of co-builders Reg Hall and Dick Reed to build the perfect small highland recreational hut'.
Reginald (Reg) Hall was a Launceston lawyer with a passion for hiking, skiing and designing buildings and bush gear. He first entered the Walls of Jerusalem in December of 1928 and, with no other official names to any of the natural features, applied many of the biblical names still in use today.
After his return to Launceston from World War Two service, Hall met Dick Reed, a grazier and bushwalker who had also built recreational huts in the Tasmanian highlands. Together they talked at length about the design of the perfect small mountain hut.
Halls Hut was built in 1955-56, a year before Hall was granted the lease on Halls Island from Crown Land.
'As with many huts built at this time, it was a collaborative effort that drew on each person's knowledge and experience, using traditional bush carpentry, local materials and materials that could be easily carried in.
'The special blend of utilitarian and vernacular architecture, almost hidden away in the wilderness on an island in a remote lake is highly valued by bushwalking and angling communities.'
The Heritage Register entry for Halls Hut provides an overview of the history of the hut, identifies the historic heritage values and defines a boundary for the entry. The boundary has been devised to protect the main sightlines to and from the hut which is largely hidden by the surrounding eucalypt woodland. The boundary extends from the edge of Lake Malbena to a cliff just north of the hut to protect the hut's easterly view of the lake. The western boundary extends from the cliff south to Lake Malbena, taking in Reg Hall's boat landing site and the track from the landing to the hut.
'The Heritage Council appreciates the widespread public interest regarding proposed commercial activity on the island. There is also community concern for the future of Halls Hut itself. The Heritage Council completed a detailed assessment of the heritage values and is satisfied that Halls Hut's historic cultural heritage significance will be protected through the area being provisionally registered.
'I encourage those people with an interest in Halls Hut to review the provisional entry and provide their feedback to the Heritage Council.'