When conducting a significance assessment for the Thredbo Historical Society in 2012, Veronica Bullock encountered serious levels of cooperation between similar commemorative snow sports bodies across Australian States.
To enable complementary collecting, loans and improved advocacy for alpine sports collections Veronica recommended that these organisations cooperate more formally. It's good practice to incorporate the findings of independent significance assessments into an organisation's strategic or forward plan.
The Australian Alpine Snowsports History Association (AASHA) is the result.
Established in 2014 AASHA is going from strength to strength, this year convening representatives from four States for special presentations, and discussion on organisational and governance matters.
Click here to read the most recent Friends of Thredbo newsletter, which describes this year's event (pages 1 - 2).
Members of the Thredbo Historical Society have also taken the initiative to have one of their most significant objects accepted onto the Australian Dress Register. This is a spectacular ski-suit designed by prominent Australian fashion designer, Prue Acton, for the 1976 Winter Olympics.
Click here to see the entry for the 'jailbird'-style 1976 Australian ski suit on the Australian Dress Register.
Click here to see some supporting information about the suit and listing, on pages 2 and 9 of #60 of the same Friends of Thredbo newsletter.
It's great to see smaller collecting organisations linking together like this and making the Distributed National Collection a reality in some theme and object areas. It just makes sense.