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Black Thursday, February 6th, 1851, by William Strutt, 1864

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 H28049

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