I was 6 years old, in year 1 at Leura Primary. We were playing in the playground, the bell rang early. We had to go home. We walked across the wooden railway bridge then looked back. There were flames Continue reading
I was 9 years old, at Wentworth Falls Primary School. Our house was on film, burning. Dad was a fireman. We lived on the highway at no. 224.
Three doors up from the hardware in Wentworth Falls, Wright’s Continue reading
My uncle was a schoolteacher at Hazelbrook. He lived below Chateau Napier, a rented house four houses down. The fire jumped a few houses and burnt his house, then jumped down to the public school. He remembers Continue reading
Summer that year in the Blue Mountains was one of the hottest, driest and windiest on record. Fires raged on many fronts: in the Jamison, Burragorang and Kanimbla valleys, at Mount Hay, and across the Continue reading
In 1957, I was a general trainee nurse at the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital, Katoomba when the fires occurred. I recall that spring season was particularly warm and we were bothered by Continue reading
I was 7 years old, going to the Lady of Nativity in Wentworth Falls/ My father was the GP for the area from Wentworth Falls to Linden, it was a huge practice. He was an old WWII vet. He and mum often used Continue reading
I was 16 years old and lived with my mother and brother at the corner of Lett and Govett Streets Katoomba. I had just completed my Intermediate Certificate and along with friends decided to go to the Leura Continue reading
I was 9 years old. I went to Katoomba Public School, behind the Carrington. We lived in 14 Jersey Ave, facing Katoomba.
I have quite vivid memories of the 57 fires, I was nine years old when it happened Continue reading