Historian is Citizen of Year

WORTHY RECOGNITION: Harrietville’s Ian Stapleton was the recipient of two Australia Day awards yesterday. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

A LOCAL historian has been recognised for his contributions in documenting the history of early settlers in the Alpine Shire.

Harrietville’s Ian Stapleton was named the Local Achiever of the Year for Bright and District as well as the Alpine Shire Citizen of the Year at Australia Day celebrations yesterday.

For 30 years Mr Stapleton has been documenting the history of local farmers, cattlemen, goldmining families and bush folk in and around the Alpine Shire going on to publish seven books, all which are seen as invaluable assets to the area.

Mr Stapleton was also a driving force behind the establishment of Mittagundi Outdoor Education Centre on the Upper Mitta River having previously worked at Timbertop.

It was during the development of Mittagundi which was built entirely by volunteers, growing to becomes pioneer settlement and a fully accredited camp, that he began documenting the story of those who have lived and worked in the High Plains.

The 65 year old is also an active member of the Harrietville community and has been heavily involved in the Harrietville Historical Society for many years.

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