Throughout February and March 1926, forest fires raged across large areas of Gippsland. In total, 60 people died. There was widespread destruction to farms, houses and sawmills. It is estimated 400,000 hectares of forest were burnt. The fires reached their peak on 14 February (Black Sunday) when 31 people died at Warburton near Melbourne. Other areas badly affected include Noojee, Kinglake, Erica and the Dandenong Ranges. Widespread fires also occurred across New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland.
Bushfire - South East Victoria
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Bushfire history – major bushfires in Victoria, website viewed 9 August 2011
Geoscience Australia, Historic events – bushfires, website viewed 9 August 2011
The Argus, ‘22 Lives Lost', 16 February 1926, viewed on Trove website (ID 3734902), 9 August 2011