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.

For more information on the history of the 1969 Lara fire please click here 

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