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Black Friday - 1939 Victorian Bushfires

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Black Friday fires 1939 - summary of event; includes images + link to maps page and ABC on-line documentary
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Black Friday - Online documentary about 1939 Victorian bushfires - Eye-witness accounts - flash version

Black Friday is the dramatic and moving story of the most terrifying fires since the European occupation of Australia told through flash animation and compelling audio soundtrack. Some of these stories are told here for the first time.
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Isabelle Kaiko's comment, September 4, 2013 11:38 PM
This is more of a biased account of Black Friday because they are taken from people's accounts. The information could have been altered by the eye-witness. This secondary source provokes an emotive tone.
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Black Friday - Aftermath - The Firefighters - Len Foster

Black Friday - Aftermath - The Firefighters - Len Foster | black friday | Scoop.it
Read what the leading fire management organisations have to say about the biggest bushfires since white settlement. Why did it happen? Could it happen again? How would they fight the 1939 fires now? How do you rebuild devastated communities?
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Isabelle Kaiko's comment, September 4, 2013 11:48 PM
This secondary source explains the logistics of the fire. He explains that it was incredibly hot and dry which contributed to the size and intensity of the fire. He says that this fire was the first huge fire accurately recorded in Victoria. This is less biased than the eye-witness accounts because it includes facts, but it could include some bias because it is an interpretation and a secondary source.
Isabelle Kaiko's comment, September 4, 2013 11:54 PM
This article is a secondary source that could have included some bias, but if it did include some, it was a minimal amount because there were accurate facts in there. This account shows the logistics of the fire and all the details, rather than opinions of Black Friday. We get to hear the story of Black Friday with accurate facts about it.
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Black Friday (1939) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The Black Friday fires of 13 January 1939, in Victoria, Australia, are considered one of the worst natural bushfires (wildfires) in the world. Almost 20,000 km² (4,942,000 acres, 2,000,000 ha) of land was burnt, 71 people died, several towns were entirely destroyed and the Royal Commission that resulted from it led to major changes in forest management. Over 1,300 homes and 69 sawmills were burnt and a total of 3,700 buildings were destroyed. It was calculated that three quarters of the State of Victoria was directly or indirectly affected by the disaster. The Royal Commission into the fires was to note, "it appeared the whole State was alight on Friday, 13 January 1939".[1]

In the days preceding the fires, the state capital Melbourne experienced some of its hottest temperatures on record at the time: 43.8 °C (110.8 °F) on 8 January and 44.7 °C (112.5 °F) on 10 January. On 13 January, the day of the fires, temperatures reached 45.6 °C (114.1 °F), which stood as the hottest day officially recorded in Melbourne for the next 70 years. (Unofficial records show temperatures of around 47 °C (117 °F) were reported on the Black Thursday fires of 6 February 1851).[2]

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Isabelle Kaiko's comment, September 4, 2013 11:34 PM
13 January 1939 in Victoria Australia. There was a series of fires and on the Friday ('Black Friday') there were 71 deaths. This information is similar to that of the eye-witness accounts on www.abc.net.au. This makes me believe that the information for both of them are accurate and have the correct details. The wikipedia link is more of an unbiased approach because it doesn't have opinions, it just has facts.
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Black Friday - Online documentary about 1939 Victorian bushfires - Eye-witness accounts - the story

Black Friday - Online documentary about 1939 Victorian bushfires - Eye-witness accounts - the story | black friday | Scoop.it
Black Friday is the dramatic and moving story of the most terrifying fires since the European occupation of Australia told through flash animation and compelling audio soundtrack. Some of these stories are told here for the first time.
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Isabelle Kaiko's comment, September 4, 2013 11:43 PM
This is from the same website as the other eye-witness accounts but the accounts are written, making it easier to compare the secondary sources. This is more biased than the wikipedia site because it includes stories about Black Friday, instead of plain facts.