Thoroughly modern Miss Emily Chambers of Burwood, NSW, was always eager to try the latest fad, whether it was wearing short sleeves to the office at the Mutual Life Company in Martin Place, marching with the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club, dancing the Charleston on weekends, skating at Sydney’s George Street Glaciarium, or skiing.
With fun, adventure (and perhaps love) on the agenda, Emily and a friend (also named Emily — the other half of the ‘Two Ems’) packed their ski gear, paid their £20 and joined the Public Service Ski Club on a 10-day stint at the snow. Their stay at the Hotel Kosciusko at Diggers Creek near Jindabyne, from 1 to 11 August 1930, coincided with a heavy snowfall. The mountain resort became a winter sports’ paradise, ensuring the novice skiers enjoyed the best conditions for their first alpine excursion.
Emily’s photo album from this trip captures all the energy and enthusiasm of a young woman experiencing a visit to the snow courtesy of the relatively new industry of commercial tourism. Thirty-six black and white snaps record skiers on the Kerry Course (named for alpine pioneer and photographer Charles Kerry, the father of Australian skiing) and the Grand Slam run, a cross-country ski race, ice skating and a picnic in the snow at Dainer’s Gap with lunch carried on a horse-drawn sleigh.
Emily’s search for love was equally successful. Victorian Ski Club stalwart Gordon Mailler Brown was also holidaying at Kosciuszko.