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Old 17th Jun 2009, 02:58
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Why didn't old Melbourne town burn during the 1851 fires ?

Most buildings in 1851 Melbourne had wood shingle roofs that used to catch fire fairly regularly even with out bush fires. During the great fire of 1851, Melbourne residents were terrified by the wall of flame bearing down on them....why did old Melbourne town survive ???

Via Our Antipodes, (Mundie, 1852) pg 597, we find a comment about Melbourne just one month before the 1851 big fire;
20/01/1851; Melbourne is a well-laid-out ugly town, containing about 20,000 inhabitants. The adjacent country, visible from the highest look-out, is but poorly sprinkled with trees, and is, at present, herb less to a degree that i never saw elsewhere, even in New South Wales...

The reason methinks why old Melbourne didn't burn in the big fire of 1851 were the large fire break all round the town.

And lessons for today's bush towns.....
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Old 21st Jun 2009, 00:15
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Small minded Flannery lacks credibility...

"Debate on climate change in Australia is small-minded and a repeat of the Victorian bush fires is possible if global temperatures do not ease, climate change expert Tim Flannery says".

Sky News: Climate change debate limited - Flannery

Soooo, ...the 1851 fire never happened eh...
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 00:09
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attempted rescue video released

Here is a link to a Video of the attempted rescue by winch of residents in path of the Feb 7th bushfire.

[URL="http://media.theage.com.au/national/national-news/bushfire-rescue-701259.html?"]

The lady of the house testified in the Royal Commission and says that media helicopter thought that the household was in path of fire and so hailed a passing police helicopter who lowered a crew member to investigate.
But the Lady of the house preferred to stay with her animals and friends and then the police heli was forced to move off as the fire approached.
Crew member stayed on the ground to supervise the evacuation.

All the residents then drove their way out with police and media in tow.
Through a freak wind change the house survived.

Given the conditions the hover is very stable

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Old 6th Aug 2010, 03:05
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Lesson learnt - White paint puts out fire...

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Via Our Antipodes, (Mundie, 1852) pg 597, we find a comment about Melbourne just one month before the 1851 big fire;
20/01/1851; Melbourne is a well-laid-out ugly town, containing about 20,000 inhabitants. The adjacent country, visible from the highest look-out, is but poorly sprinkled with trees, and is, at present, herb less to a degree that i never saw elsewhere, even in New South Wales...

The reason methinks why old Melbourne didn't burn in the big fire of 1851 were the large fire break all round the town.

And lessons for today's bush towns....


" THE Victorian Bushfires Royal Commissionís final report last weekend is the whitewash nobody even noticed.

For a whitewash, thatís as good as you can get... "

Column - Why were the Black Saturday guilty not named? | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog






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