Disaster | Tragedy


Melbourne and Victoria has had more than its fair-share of tragic events and disasters. Some have been natural like bush-fires while others sadly are man-made tragedies...



 Ash Wednesday | 1983 Ash Wednesday | 1983
When: 16th of February 2018
Each year we remember Ash Wednesday, the day on Wednesday 16th February in 1983 when fire claimed 47 human lives in Victoria and destroyed countless homes. Years of severe drought and extreme weather combined to create one of Australia's worst fire days in a century. More tha Read more..

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 Black Saturday | 2009 Black Saturday | 2009
When: 7th of February 2018
Each year we remember Black Saturday, the horrific day on Saturday 7th February in 2009 when fire claimed 173 human lives and destroyed over 2,000 homes. The Black Saturday fires were responsible for 5,000 injured people, killed countless animals and burnt over 4,500 square ki Read more..

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 Bushfire Questions for the Government Bushfire Questions for the Government
Dear Mr. Brumby Some questions if I may – 1. Why are people in the Shire of Murrindindi having to apply and pay for separate permits to replace sheds which were destroyed during the fires? Surely 1 permit would cover 3 sheds on the same property and why can’t the council ca Read more..

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 Earthquake Melbourne Earthquake Melbourne
The most recent of Melbourne's earthquakes - June 19, 2012 with a recorded measurement of 5.5 - sent a wave of alarm across social networks and online, so much so that the website of Geoscience Australia was crashed by the ammount of people looking up information. Normally, Me Read more..

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 Mount Dandenong Plane Crash | 1938 Mount Dandenong Plane Crash | 1938
When: 25th of October 2017
On Tuesday 25th October 1938, an Australian National Airways Douglas DC-2 airplane crashed into the Dandenong Ranges killing all 18 passengers on board. The Kyeema airline plane flying from Adelaide to Melbourne commenced its final approach to Essendon Airport (keeping in mind Read more..

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 Remember Black Friday | 1939 Remember Black Friday | 1939
When: 13th of January 2018
The fires that ravaged Victoria on Friday 13th January 1939 are considered one of the worst natural bushfires in the world. Almost 20,000 km² (4,942,000 acres, 2,000,000 ha) of land was burnt, 71 people died, several towns were entirely destroyed and the Royal Commission that Read more..

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 September 11 | Shine On Tribute 2017 September 11 | Shine On Tribute 2017
When: 11th of September 2017
We remind all Victorians to turn on their lights at 8:47am on Monday 11th September 2017 in tribute to the victims of 9/11. It is important to remember the tragic events of this day so they may never be allowed to happen again, anywhere in the world. The events of September 11 Read more..

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 Shhhh Shame | Crimes Shhhh Shame | Crimes
Readers often ask about the sad and mindless tragedies Melbourne has endured because of sick and sad individuals responsible for crimes like the Walsh Street Murders, Russell Street Bombings, Wars, Hoddle Street Massacre, Queen Street massacre and Moorabbin Police murders. Sad Read more..

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 West Gate Bridge Disaster | 1970 West Gate Bridge Disaster | 1970
When: 15th of October 2017
Just before lunch on Thursday 15th October 1970, the West Gate Bridge suddenly groaned. An eerie pinging noise filled the air. A storm of rust flakes peeled off weathered steel. The girders started to turn blue. The bridge fell away beneath their feet. Minutes later, 35 workers w Read more..

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