Chatsbury Bushfire

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The Chatsbury Bushfire (also called the Chatsbury-Bungonia Bushfire) of 1965 was a series of devastating bushfires that raged from 5th through 14th March 1965 [1] and destroyed the Southern Highlands, New South Wales villages of Tallong and Wingello and most of the surrounding orchards. Three persons were killed.

The fire was remarkable for how quickly it moved, and the amount of devastation: approximately 250,000 hectares were burnt [2] and 28 homes were destroyed in Tallong, 31 in Wingello. [3] The fire was eventually stopped (or burnt out) near Nowra on the South Coast.


  1. From a presentation given by the NSW Fire Service on 25th March 2006 at a seminar in the Tallong Village Hall
  2. NSW Rural Fire Service: A Brief History of Bushfire
  3. Tallong seminar, op.cit.