Red Tuesday bushfires

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Red Tuesday bushfires
Gippsland, Sunday night, February 20th, 1898.jpg
Gippsland, Sunday night, February 20th, 1898 (John Longstaff)
LocationSouth Gippsland, Victoria
Date(s)1 February 1898
Burned area260,000 hectares

The Red Tuesday bushfires took place on 1 February 1898 in South Gippsland, Victoria. The bushfires claimed 12 lives, destroyed over 2,000 buildings[1] and affected about 15,000 people, leaving 2,500 homeless.[2] A total area of 2,600 square kilometres (1,004 sq mi) of bushland and farmland was destroyed by the fires.[3]


  1. ^ "Major Bushfires in Victoria". Department of Sustainability and Environment. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  2. ^ "South Gippsland, Victoria: Bushfires". EMA Disasters Database. Australian Government. Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Bushfire history". Victoria State Government. Retrieved 12 September 2015.

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