On this day, Eighty-one years ago (13th January 1939) with temperatures above 110°F (45°C) across Victoria and the state in drought, bushfires consumed 3,700 buildings across the state, 71 lives were lost and 5 towns completely destroyed– never to be rebuilt.
The Royal Commission into ‘’Black Friday’’ concluded;
“There had been no fires to equal these in destructiveness or intensity in the history of settlement in this State, except perhaps the fires of 1851, which, too, came at summer culmination of a long drought”.
‘’At midday, in many places, it was dark as night. Men carrying hurricane lamps, worked to make safe their families and belongings Travellers on the highways were trapped by fires or blazing fallen trees, and perished. Throughout the land there was daytime darkness’.’
“The speed of the fires was appalling. They leaped from mountain peak to mountain peak, or far out into the lower country, lighting the forests 6 or 7 miles in advance of the main fires. Blown by a wind of great force, they roared as they travelled. Balls of crackling fire sped at a great pace in advance of the fires, consuming with a roaring, explosive noise, all that they touched.‘’
‘’On that day it appeared that the whole State was alight.”
NB : Every child in every Australian school should be taught about the events of ‘Black Friday’ 1939 to give them an understanding and appreciation of the extreme danger of the Australian bush. However keeping them ignorant of Australia’s bushfire history makes it far easier to radicalise them and recruit them into the Climate Cult.
As Orwell noted;
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
And yet today we are being told by our leaders that this is the NEW NORMAL??? Oh, no, this time is DIFFERENT —- now we are being brainwashed into believing the GOSPEL of the NEW religion of CLIMATE CHANGE!!
Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it – only this time it has a new and dangerous name, and a global religion behind it. The altar has been built and our gullibility is about to be offered upon it!!
OUR OWN PERSONAL HISTORY TELLS US THAT ABOVE 40 degrees , sometimes for a week or more in a row are normal in Summer. I recall the headlines in our daily Newspaper and I certainly felt it and the melting tar in the streets.
The difference this time? All at once but better prepared and residents in danger notified and mostly had a chance to get out. Our thanks to John Storm for passing this on.
BACK TO RACING
Yesterday was another winning day for our new Rating method, sorting out the qualifying runs and applying just a few basic filters. And I’m not touting for business..only a few will be admitted , existing subscribers of course and those who take an advance ratings package. We don’t want to kill the golden goose.
John Furgal had a win and all three placed so at $2.80 a very slight loss. Four selections today , one of them a Hotshot and the other three HR2D Specials. So each is at least a co-insider with our own plans.
Yesterday the specials had 6 wins and 13 placed from 17. HR2D was in front after the first three races and stayed there for the day (we use Vicbet Best Of The Best but you can do better if you are actually watching the prices from several agencies.)
Im still sitting here waiting for WA scratchings, can’t wait for daylight saving to end . If the scratchings dont affect our selections we dont have to update but if they do we have to (except Sunday, we dont update Sunday) If we do need to update it happens by 11.30. Have a good day.