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 13 years old at the time and lived in Katoomba. I can remember coming out of school with two of my mates, Alex MacArthur and Bruce Davies. We walked down the old school lane into Katoomba St knowing 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
My memories of the day Wentworth Falls burned is quite vivid – I was 10 years old. During the afternoon, we (the pupils at W/Falls Primary School) became aware of a huge column of smoke rising in the direction Continue reading
I was the relieving sister at Katoomba Hospital. We came off around 7.30am. My friend Spence and I went to bed, setting the alarm for 1pm, because we wanted to go see an afternoon movie. We lived at the 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
Was in Clearview Pde Hazelbrook. The fire tree-topped down to the last house in the street.
I worked on Sat mornings in town, then caught the train up. My husband and I only went up to the mountains on 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