50th Anniversary commemoration of the 1969 Lara fire
Posted 10 January 2019
50th Anniversary commemoration of the 1969 Lara fire.
The City Hall flags were at half-mast on the 8th of January 2019 as a reflection of the tragic fire that spread throughout Lara in 1969.
On that very hot day across Victoria, 280 fires broke out across the state – including 12 fast-moving grass fires that burnt 250,000 hectares.
The fires also destroyed 230 houses, 21 other buildings, and more than 12,000 stock.
One of those fast-moving grass fires tore through Lara and east onto the Princes Highway to Melbourne;
as a result, 23 people lost their lives, including 17 people trapped in their cars on the highway.
We remember all those affected by this awful tragedy.