Ash Wednesday 30 - The History of Ash Wednesday
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Ash Wednesday 30 – The History of Ash Wednesday
On 16 February 1983 the Ash Wednesday bushfires burned approximately 210,000 hectares of land, 2,080 homes were destroyed and 75 people, including 47 Victorians, lost their lives.
Among the 47 Victorians killed were volunteer Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighters from Panton Hill, Nar Nar Goon, Narre Warren and Wallacedale brigades.
Many businesses, stores, equipment, machinery, stock and other assets were lost. The total cost of the property damage in Victoria was estimated to be over $200 million.
Thirty years on, this website has been created to capture stories of recovery, healing and hope as a tribute to those affected by the Ash Wednesday fires and an inspiration to all Victorians.