The early records regarding the number and extent of bushfires in the Limestone Plains region from the 1820's to the early part of the twentieth century rely on various newspaper articles that recorded these events.
In January 1858 bushfires raged through the Canberra region. (from the Sydney Morning Herald)
In January 1862 large bush fires have raged around Queanbeyan. (from the Queanbeyan Age and General Advertiser)
The Queanbeyan Age Thursday 21 January 1869 reports "... extensive bush fires in the district. In the direction of Gininderra, Yarralumla, over the Murrumbidgee ..."
We never remember so many bush fires to be raging at one time in the neighbourhood of Queanbeyan ... (from the Queanbeyan Age)
While the most terrible and destructive bush fires are prevailing in all parts of Australia our own district, as might be expected, is suffering proportionately. (from the Queanbeyan Age)
AT the Bungendore Police Court on Thursday last before J.M. Atkinson Esq. J.P., Richard Hyles was charged on summons with the careless use of fire ... (from the Queanbeyan Age)
A disastrous fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon on the Murrumbidgee in close proximity to Uriarra ... (Queanbeyan Age Wednesday 29 January 1902)
"A MEETING was held at Mr. W. Mayo's on Tuesday evening last to form a bushfire brigade ...
At a meeting convened to organise a bush fire brigade ...
The following evidence, kindly furnished us by the Coroner, was taken ... (from the Queanbeyan Age)
Bush fires have played havoc in many parte of the district, ..."
From the Age (Queanbeyan) during January, February and April 1905, there are number of references to Canberra Bush Fires Prevention Committee, which was made up of landed proprietors, these included Mr. Geo. Southwell, Mr. Sam Shumack, Mr. E. E. Hudson, Mr. G. Hatch, Mr. E. G Crace, Mr. Fred. Campbell and Mr. D. McDonald as secretary and treasurer.
Queanbeyan Age Tuesday 18th January 1910 reports "The Weetangara Fire Brigade burnt several firebreaks around the various holdings before Christmas. Mr. Crace kindly lent his fire-fighter for the purpose."
SINCE Friday a large fire has been raging at Tidbinbilla Mountain, ..."