This was the first mural to be painted for the Sheffield Murals Project, it was completed on 13th December, 1986.
It features Gustav Weindorfer, the man responsible for having Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair declared a National Park. The theme is taken from the words of Weindorfer’s diary as shown in the mural: “When the ground is all covered in snow, I do build a big fire, open my door, seat myself very, very quietly in front of the blazing logs and presently they come in, one by one, the wild animals, without their usual fear of man or of one another, and share with me, in stillness, the grateful warmth”.
Gustav was born in Austria and came to Melbourne in 1900 to work at the Austrian Consulate. He met his wife-to-be, Kate Cowle, while they were members of the Victorian Field Naturalists’ Club. In 1906, they married and came to Tasmania, spending their honeymoon on top of Mt Roland.
The Weindorfer's built their home 'Waldheim Chalet' at Cradle Mountain and after Kate died in 1916, Gustav lived there alone until his death in 1932.