“Black Thursday” [article about the 1851 bushfires, 8 February 1910]

[Editor: This article was published in The Star (Sydney), 8 February 1910.] “Black Thursday.” It was 59 years ago last Sunday since Victoria was overtaken by the calamity of those appalling bush fires that gave to the day on which they occurred the designation of “Black Thursday.” Blair’s “Cyclopaedia of Australia” thus describes that memorable […]

“Black Thursday” [article re. a bushfire in Mittyack, 26 January 1922]

[Editor: This article was published in The Argus (Melbourne), 26 January 1922.] “Black Thursday.” MITTYACK, Saturday. — Thursday was a veritable “Black Thursday” in this district, as fires raged fiercely in all directions, and were carried along with great rapidity by the strong hot wind. Considerable damage was done. Among those who suffered heavy losses […]

Black Thursday [article about the 1851 bushfires, 17 January 1857]

[Editor: This article about the 1851 “Black Thursday” bushfires was published in The Argus (Melbourne), 17 January 1857.] Black Thursday. Probably one of the most terrible days of which there is any record in Australian annals was Thursday, the 6th of February, 1851, commonly known as Black Thursday. But a small proportion of our present […]

Black Thursday [The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia, 1925]

[Editor: This is an entry from The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia (1925).] Black Thursday, 6 February 1851, the day on which an immense tract of country in Victoria was laid waste by one of the most disastrous bush fires known in Australia. Its origin was ascribed to the carelessness of some bullock-drivers in the Plenty Ranges, […]