Bushfires in Victoria

Find books, government reports, websites, statistics, newspaper articles and images about Victorian bushfires from 1851 to today.


In Victoria, 47 people died and over 2000 homes and shops were destroyed in these fires. Lives were also lost in fierce fires in South Australia. The height of the destruction occurred on Ash Wednesday, 16 February 1983.

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.

Resources at the Public Record Office Victoria

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: