Tumbarumba Fires

Tumbarumba, NSW.




further bush fires are reported to be raging at Copabella on Monday and Tuesday, and spreading to other properties On Tues- day night a high wind sprang up, and was followed by a thunderstorm, but very little rall fell Numerous proofs at a forthcoming that the bush fires have been caused by phosphorus bait's laid for rabbits. In one instance Mr Henry Vickery, a well known resident of Tumberumba, who has lately taken up land near Sharpe's Creek, stated that he saw the phosphorus which had been laid for rabbits suddenly burst out in flames in various places about 10 chains from his house and set fire to the grass, while the main fire was over a mile from the place. The occurrence was also witnessed by his wife and daughter and an employed man. Other reliable reports, which are similar in effect, are to hand, proving that phosphorus will not endure heat, and if it has not been properly strained and dissolved grains will ignite.

Unless desive steps are taken by the proper authorities a pestilcnco is likely to arise through the great quantity of stock burnt, the decomposed bodies of horses, cattle, sheep, kangaroos, rabbits, etc, lying huddled in heaps The water will also become contaminated, thus jeopardising human life. Not with standing reports to the contrary, the damage done by the fires in the whole of this district is very great, many settlers, etc, being left completely destitute. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 13 January 1905).

1939 - House Destroyed - A serious fire occurred at the hamlet of Sharpe's Creek in the Adelong district on Tuesday night. The house of Mr. Ted Whitley was deatroyed, but other buildings were saved. It is understood that Mrs. Whitley left a candle burning whilst she went to another room to see her children. When she returned the place-was on fire. - (Ref- The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 31 January 1939).

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