NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
1st February, 1906 : Bushfires raging in Gippsland for over a week have claimed 13 lives, six of them children, and left hundreds of people homeless. A family of eight are also missing and it is feared they may have perished. The Victorian Government has said it would provide £1,000 for the victims, among them 56 families that have lost everything. At the small township of Toora, six children of the one family became confused after being placed on the road by their mother and died when they ran into the flames.Searing heat has caused fires in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, many of which continue to burn. In Melbourne, The Age has started a relief fund and people all over the state have donated clothes and other goods as well.