Bushfires in Victoria

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In early 1898 fires burnt out 260,000 hectares in South Gippsland. Twelve people died and more than 2,000 buildings were destroyed (source). 1 February 1898 was labelled Red Tuesday.

Advice on using the Library's catalogue, in-house indexes and newspapers collection to research these fires can be found on our Research fires page.

The homestead saved. An incident of the great Gippsland fire of 1898, H33849

John Longstaff's painting Gippsland, Sunday night, February 20th, 1898, is in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.