Bring back Mt Jack

IT might be a mountainous task quite literally but Alpine Shire Citizen of the Year Ian Stapleton won’t die wondering.

Mr Stapleton hopes to return one of the Bogong High Plains peaks to its original name.

For more than 100 years Mt Cope has been known as that, named after Judge Thomas Cope, who was a magistrate at Beechworth in the 1860s.

To high country cattlemen the mountain has always been called Mt Jack according to Mr Stapleton.

“Back in 1851 Cobungra stockmen, Jim Brown and Jack Wells, were the very first recorded Europeans to make their way up onto the remote Bogong High Plains,” he said.

“As they went they named many of the major peaks including Feathertop, Fainter and the Razorback Ridge, all pivotal features of our maps to this day.

“They also named Rocky Valley and Pretty Valley, and finished up by naming a pair of adjacent peaks after themselves, Mt Jim and Mt Jack.”

Mr Stapleton said both Mt Jim and Mt Jack were in daily use for the next 50 years until Mt Jack was hijacked in the early 1900s following the death of Judge Cope about a decade earlier.

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