1939 Fires

The 1939 fires impacted on the Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas. Although Black Friday (13th of January 1939) is recorded as the day of greatest catastrophe, the many fires had been burning in the days and weeks preceding the disaster.

Newsreel footage following Black Friday



Four days prior to Black Friday the fires had already claimed lives and caused widespread destruction. The following pages describe fires at Yallourn, Garfield and Mt Baw Baw

Argus p1 Jan9 1939

Argus p2 Jan9 1939

The following link contains details of the Morwell, Yinnar Jeeralang, Jumbuck fire and how 11 people survived sheltering in a well.

Argus p2 Jan16 1939