Black Thursday, February, 1851, engraved by F.A. Sleap
On ‘Black Thursday’, 6 February 1851, European settlers in Victoria faced their first catastrophic bushfires, which burnt a quarter of the colony. Although it is likely only 12 people died, due in part to the small population in 1851, about a million sheep and thousands of cattle were lost.
State Library of Victoria, IAN01/08/88/supp/13