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From: "Daryl Crabtree" <>
Subject: [AUS-VIC-West] WEST WIMMERA MAIL
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 08:54:41 +1000
Some more from the "West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk and Goroke Advertiser."
Friday Feb. 2nd 1900
A fire started on MacMillan's farm, about 8 miles from Hamilton. The Morgiana lost 6000 acres
of grass and many miles of fencing.
On the Bochara Estate 2000 acres of grass were consumed. Messrs. Freeman, Brewis Bros.
and Peich also lost heavily.
The wind changed round to the West in the evening, and burnt several selectors clean out. Mr.
MacMaster lost everything but his house and ten acres of land. Mr. J. Lindsay, besides losing
300 acres of grass, had 100 sheep roasted. Mr W Phillip had 2400 acres destroyed, and the
Monivac Estate lost 2000 acres. A heavy thunderstorm fell early this morning and checked the
Two men, Lawrence McKenna and his son, John, were trying to save some sheep, but in doing
so they were severely burned and were brought to Hamilton. They were taken to Dr. Hayes private
hospital. Both were severely burned about the face and legs, but they are making satisfactory
progress. Mr. Allan Learmouth owner of Corsa had a narrow escape while working at the fire,
as his horse was burned under him.
This paper can be borrowed on inter library loan from the National Library in Canberra.
Make application through your local library, but first make sure they have the machine for
viewing the micro form roles. Many other old newspapers on micro form are also available.
The web site for the National Library can be searched to see if they have holdings of the
newspaper that you may interested in. www.nla.gov.au be patient when navigating this
site as it does take a little while to get used to it.
If you are able to make a connection to any of the names in the extracts, please let me
know by clicking on (reply all) so that others can see who you are researching.