The Newspapers

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.

The LATE CALAMITOUS BUSH Fires January 1858

In January 1858 bushfires raged through the Canberra region. (from the Sydney Morning Herald)

Bush Fires January 1862

In January 1862 large bush fires have raged around Queanbeyan. (from the Queanbeyan Age and General Advertiser)

Bush Fires January 1869

The Queanbeyan Age Thursday 21 January 1869 reports "... extensive bush fires in the district. In the direction of Gininderra, Yarralumla, over the Murrumbidgee ..."

BUSH FIRES February 1874

We never remember so many bush fires to be raging at one time in the neighbourhood of Queanbeyan ... (from the Queanbeyan Age)

BUSH FIRES January 1875

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)


DURING the past week several bush fires of more or less severity have been experienced throughout the district. ... (from the Queanbeyan Age)
A update 21 March ... (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)

Bush Fires January 1902

A disastrous fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon on the Murrumbidgee in close proximity to Uriarra ... (Queanbeyan Age Wednesday 29 January 1902)

District News - Majura December 1903

"A MEETING was held at Mr. W. Mayo's on Tuesday evening last to form a bushfire brigade ...

Local and General December 1903

At a meeting convened to organise a bush fire brigade ...

Yarralumla Station Fire January 1904

The following evidence, kindly furnished us by the Coroner, was taken ... (from the Queanbeyan Age)

QUEANBEYAN December 1904

Bush fires have played havoc in many parte of the district, ..."

1905 Canberra Bush Fires Prevention Committee

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."

Bush Fires January 1912

SINCE Friday a large fire has been raging at Tidbinbilla Mountain, ..."