Serenity of the Classic Red Phone Box

May 17, 2023 | News, Winter

B’Rush Ski Club, the only lodge with a vintage Red Phone Box in the foyer.

Back in the olden days when the lodge was built there were no mobile phones.
Looking to provide members and guests with a way to communicate, a payphone was seen as the answer.
And what better way to provide privacy on your call than to install a phone box for everyone’s use.

Back in the late 1970’s space was included in the plans for a phone box. With some cunning planning and a few strong blokes, the mint condition dome topped phone box was installed on the upper level of the Lodge with great pomp and ceremony. (a couple of Fosters on the deck)

The old green public phone duly replaced with a smart Gold Phone (orange in colour) went in to service when the club was opened in June 1980. The Gold Phone, designed by a prominent Australian industrial designer, Paul Schemer, was in wide use in 1980s and 1990s and phased out in 2006

Over the years there were many calls made from that smart Gold Phone to loved ones or to call the boss, calling in sick when the snow was dumping. Along with the making calls there were also many long hours spent waiting for someone to get off that smart Gold Phone. As a regular visitor to B’Rush Ski Club you would always have a stack of coins to put through the phone.

As time marched on, so did the technology and the introduction of the first Telstra mobile phone tower on the summit.
In the early 2000’s the good old Gold Phone was finally taken out of service.
Made redundant the old Gold Phone now proudly stands watch over all visitors to the lodge.
Still a good place to get a signal for your mobile phone the Red Phone box is tranquil place to have that call to a loved one or call in a sicky.

B'Rush Ski Club telephone graffiti

For those who have never experienced the serenity, sounds, smell, paintwork, graffiti and workings of a once proud phone box, take a look and make a mobile phone call on your next visit to B’Rush Ski Club, at Mt Hotham

Book your Stay today and enjoy the serenity and all the lodge has to offer.