1925–26 Victorian bushfire season

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1925-26 Victorian bushfire season
Location Victoria, Australia
Date(s) January - March 1926
Injuries (non-fatal) 700
Fatalities 60

During the 1925–26 Victorian bushfire season a series of major bushfires occurred between 26 January and 10 March 1926 in the state of Victoria in Australia.[1][2] A total of 60 people were killed, 700 injured, and 1000 buildings were destroyed across the south-east of the state.[2]

On Sunday 14 February, later referred to as Black Sunday, bushfires swept across Gippsland, the Yarra Valley, the Dandenong Ranges and the Kinglake area.[1] The fires had originated in forest areas on 26 January, but wind gusts of up to 97 km per hour led to the joining of the fire fronts on 14 February.[1] In the Warburton area alone, 31 deaths were recorded including 14 at Wooley's Mill in Gilderoy, 6 at Big Pats Creek and 2 at Powelltown.[2] Other affected settlements included Noojee, Erica and Kinglake, where St Mary's Church and Thompson's Hotel were amongst the buildings destroyed.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Black Sunday". Australian Screen. Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "SE Victoria (incl Gippsland & Dandenongs): Bushfires". EMA Disasters Database. Emergency Management Australia. Retrieved 2009-06-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Mass as usual for St Mary's Kinglake parish". Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  4. ^ "1926 Thompson's Hotel Kinglake after Bush fire". Picture Victoria. Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16.