Fires 1896



1896 - SHED FIRE - A fire at West Blowering, in the Tumut district, destroyed Chin Lung's shed and 19 tons of tobacco. The Chinese stood round weeping while the white men, at considerable risk, saved about 2500 bushels of maize. - (Ref- Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 29 August 1896).

1896 - Chin Lung's tobacco shed, West Blowering, which is about the largest in the district, was destroyed by fire last evening, together with 19 tons of tobacco leaf and 50 bushell, of maize. The fire originated in the tobacco stalks ctching fire during the process of curing. Tho Chinese stood around crying. Mr Watt, of West Blowering Station, with a few Europeans, pluckily pulled down portion of the shed at no small risk, and they saved about 2500 bushels of maize which was stored in the shed. Ihe property was uninsured. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Monday 17 August 1896).

1896 - LARGE FIRE AT TUMUT. - Tumut Tuesday
- At 4 o'clock this morning the BeeHive Hotel and a large block of buildings covering half an acre in Fitzroy Street, were totally gutted by a fire, which apparently commenced in the billiard room, in the wooden portion of the building Du Ure- extuid c1 to the large two-story brick portion of the hotel. Only the piano and a few of the lodgers effects were saved; The whole of the furniture and the properties of the Tumut Unity Masonic Lodge contained in the Assembly room of the hotel were burnt Messrs R A Newton & Sons store, on the adjoining allotment was saved after L,r it tit rtioiis Fortuna tel) there was no wind. The origin of the fire are unknown. The premises were temporily occupied Mr R M McKay, and were advertised to let. The property was covered by insurance m se\ernl oflices tor 2200.00. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 6 May 1896).

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.

"Bongongo Station"

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.

"Jamieson's Run "

Mr. Jamieson's Gundagai run has been burnt out, and many sheep have been destroyed;

"Darbalara Station"

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).

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