Find books, government reports, websites, statistics, newspaper articles and images about Victorian bushfires from 1851 to today.
The fires of 1944 were severe, with 32 people killed, and 700 homes destroyed. The devastation caused by these fires led to the creation of legislation which established the Country Fire Authority (CFA). The CFA commenced operation on 2 April 1945.
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 Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) in North Melbourne collects records created by Victorian government departments and agencies. They hold many records relating to Victorian bushfires, including:
To find out more statistics about the deaths, and losses of property and houses associated with these bushfires, search:
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