Picture: National Archives of Australia
Damien Breitfuss from Perisher Manor has kindly identified this previously unknown oversnow - this picture taken c.1960 picture is of a Mole Engineering Mink. The Mole Mink was produced in Australia at this time, this one being used to transport stores and skiers to Falls Creek in Victoria.
Picture: Keith Byron, National Archives of Australia
Damien also kindly provided the following picture of a Mole Mink apparently taken from the Sundeck Hotel in Perisher Valley also c.1960.
Picture: Damien Breitfuss Collection
The same picture is incorporated in the sales brochure for the Mole Mink below kindly provided by Ralph Zollinger:
Brochure: Ralph Zollinger Collection
Ralph Zollinger has also provided the spec. sheet above for the Mole Mink, apparently using differentials from M29 Weasels.
Brochure: Damien Breitfuss Collection
Richard Bell has kindly provided a recollection of one of the Minks in action:
"I also was involved on a Bogong High Plain in ski rescue back in1965. When we skied into Falls Creek to get a doctor for a fellow skier who had a broken leg. We came out of Falls in the oversnow vehicle called “SNOW MINK” by Mole. There were five of us, Driver and one crew, Doctor, myself and fellow skier. I remember we had to sit in each corner inside and the crew guy in the middle to get the best traction and stability and off we went at 10.00pm to find the Injured party near Marms point past Rocky valley dam. The Snow Mink never missed a beat."
Here's a rare Oversnow - Damien Breitfuss has also kindly supplied this picture of a Hydrotrac, advising it was locally built by Terry O'Hare from Recar in Melbourne and was the first hydrostatic snowcat powered by a Holden Motor. Damien thinks only 1 or 2 were made. Thanks Damien, nice find!