During the 1925–26 Victorian bushfire season a series of major bushfires occurred between 26 January and 10 March 1926 in the state of Victoria in Australia. A total of 60 people were killed, 700 injured, and 1000 buildings were destroyed across the south-east of the state.
On Sunday 14 February, later referred to as Black Sunday, bushfires swept across Gippsland, the Yarra Valley, the Dandenong Ranges and the Kinglake area. The fires had originated in forest areas on 26 January, but wind gusts of up to 97 km per hour led to the joining of the fire fronts on 14 February.
The Argus, February 18 1926
Bush fires at the Brown Coalmine Township and Yallourn caused considerable damage yesterday. For a time both townships were in danger, and the brown coalmine is still menaced.
A fire ignited the coal face in the new opencut, and the coal is still burning. Damage to machinery at Yallourn is estimated at nearly £40,000. Several fresh outbreaks of fire occurred in the area between Moe and Walhalla and Fumina and Erica. Walhalla for a time was menaced, but is now believed to be safe….
Where was Gould? Gould was a station on the Moe to Walhalla railway and is now under the Moondarra Reservoir.
Where was Brown Coalmine Township? This is now known as Yallourn North