Gundagai 1872 Bush Fires,


1896 - LARGE BUSH FIRE - GREAT DAMAGE NEAR GUNDAGAI. SYDNEY, THURSDAY. - An extensive fire is raging in the neighbourhood of Gundagai. It first broke out between Red Hill and Kern Hill and swept across country in the direction of Yass, doing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The woolshed, stables, outhouses, and all the fences at "Bongongo" have disappeared, as well as the fences in the Jeremia country. Chidowla, belonging to Mr. I. Roche, has been devastated. Mr. Jamieson's Gundagai run has been burnt out, and many sheep have been destroyed; while at Mr. W. B. Smith's Darbalara Station 5000 acres of grass has been consumed and a number of sheep have perished.- (Ref- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956)(about) Previous issue Friday 10 January 1896)

1902 - BUSH FIRE. - THE OUTBREAKS IN THE GUNDAGAI DISTRICT. - GUNDAGAI. Tuesday. - Owing to the continuous dry weather bush fires are still prevalent details in connection with the Bongongo fire show that close on 7000 acres of grass and many miles of fencing were destroyed. The fire started on Mr P Kiley's Red Hill station, and travelled a distance of eight miles to the boundary of Messrs Pierse Brothers' place, Tomorroma. A few head of stock were lost. The fire jumped Adjungbilly Creek and got onto Mr Jones's property, burning a considerable portion of his grass, but with difficulty his residence was saved. Mr Kiley lost 4000 acres of grass Mr Biffen about l5OO acres, and Mr Jones 600 acres.

The bush fire near Adelong, from Billapalap station to Upper Adelong consumed about 20,000 acres of grass and many miles of fencing. Mr Robert Wiles while engaged on a fire on Saturdav 1ast was injured by a burning tree. The fire which broke out on Mount Horeb station was checked before much damage was done. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 12 February 1902).

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