Bushfires and new books

Message posted by Pam Jennings

Hi everyone –I  may be able to help with fire information:

FIRES: Over the past 7 or 8 years I have been collecting anything about bush fires, shop/house fires, gunpowder fires/fire brigades etc (up to 1900), and have amassed over 300 pages of information mainly from the Geelong Times ( until the Geelong Advertiser was put on Trove). I realised last year that this was way too much for one publication so have split them into Otways, Bellarine Peninsula , Geelong & outer districts. I am compiling books for Otway & Bellarine fires  at this stage, and  will ‘do something’ with all the rest in due course!

PROV Fire Inquest Index : Wonderful searchable index on PROV website!  Happy to call up & copy with my camera any in your district each time I go to PROV. Let me know ones you would like. Most seem to be Geelong, not a lot of country ones.

NEW PUBLICATIONS: My husband and I have completed a book on Wymbooliel/Benwerrin Early Settlers and have just about finished a similar one for Barramunga .We have used the fabulous Land Files at PROV for the Leases that these settlers took out.

ARBOR DAYS: I am also working on publications celebrating Arbor Days in the Otways and Bellarine Peninsula, with a small history of each school mentioned.

Regards, Pam