Triple M Hobart remembers Black Tuesday

Staff Writer

It may have been 50 years ago, but today the emotions run high as Tasmanians remember the devastating bushfires of Black Tuesday.

On Tuesday, 7 February 1967, 64 lives were lost, 7500 people were left homeless, and almost 1300 homes were burnt to the ground.

80,000 stock were claimed as 182,000ha burnt in high winds across 110 fire fronts and the 39 C degree day made it almost impossible for firefighters to get a hold of the blaze as it raged across the state.

On this 50th anniversary of that tragic day, Hobart’s Triple M paid tribute to those who lost the battle and to those that survived. For so many, the memories of that day still live on so vividly in their personal history.

Lorraine was one of those affected at Gordon, and she shared her emotions with Dave & Al today (7 Feb) on the Dave Noonan Show for breakfast.

The remembrance segment was compiled by Brett “Marls” Marley with the assistance of the Tasmanian Fire Service using archival audio.

Take a listen to the audio courtesy of SCA:

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