Bush fires swept a large area near the O'Shannassy water works on Friday night and Saturday. On Friday afternoon, the fire came down over a hill near Little Cement Creek,. and the dense forest on both sides'of the O'Shannassy aqueduct, from three quarters of a mile on the city side of Little Cement Creek to the O'Shannassy quarters, was burnt right out. This was n distance of four and a half miles. The fire then continued along the upper side of the aqueduct to within half a mile of O'Shannassy, where 200 men ore camped. Its progress was checked at tills point by the employees, who could do llttle earlier to prevent the spread of the fire on account of the thick growth, the furiousness of the blaze, and the heat and smoke. They made breaks near the weir in an effort to stay its progress, and last night were reported to have succeeded, though much depends on the wind. Serious loss will he entailed if the fire is revived and sweeps through the camp, which Is in the heart, of the forest. The caretaker's hut at Little Cement Creek was destroyed. Two miles further on, hear No. 2 channel, two tents and four huts were burnt, and about a dozen men engaged on repair work lost all their personal belongings.
Great autumnal morning for fly fishing on the Yarra at Millgrove. Right up to the point where I slipped on a large rock fell backwards and landed on my rod breaking it in two.
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