Last updated 17Sep23
James Brayshaws Hut site
James Brayshaws Hut site is located 500m west of the Old Boboyan Rd (South) car park in the Namadgi National Park.
Location: GR 55H FA 79437-30146 (MGA94), Yaouk 8626-2N 1:25000
• KHA Namadgi database (private source). Site 317. James Brayshaw was the twelfth of the children born to William and Flora Brayshaw. The hut was valued at 20 pounds when the block was surveyed in 1882. The foundation stones remain today, lying under overgrown quince trees.
• Gudgenby: A register of archaeological sites in the proposed Gudgenby National Park, J H Winston-Gregson MA thesis, ANU, 1978. Site BR11. Grove of quince trees in a vale 300m south of road. Granodiorite and siltstone hearth outline/collapsed chimney. Squared timbers, soil outline. Valued at £20 (with garden) for James Brayshaw in 1882. Vestigial; remains are overgrown by quince trees in sheltered north/south valley, adjacent to small stream and large cultivation paddock (plough lines only) shown on the 1866 survey of Boboyan 1. NB The extent of the cultivation paddock cannot be determined as it has become a marsh. It was described as plain, flat land in the 1882 survey of this portion. See extracts of the relevant pages in the photos above.
• Steve Brayshaw’s paper: ”JAMES BRAYSHAW’S HUT Located at grid reference: 679389 East, 6030138 North James left the area in 1906 to a place in Victoria called Koo Wee Rup. He came back to Bobeyan just before he died. He and his brother Richard, at the time the only 2 surviving children of William & Flora. They got together and apparently were like two school kids (they had not seen each other for about 20 years) anyway no sooner they had got together they had had enough of each other and parted. James went back to Victoria the next day. (From Auburn Brayshaw, Morris Luton) He died on 23 October 1951, Seventh son twelfth child.”