Saved From Extinction By Massive Bushfires

The Leadbeater’s Possum was presumed to be extinct in the early part of the 20th century. It requires young Mountain Ash forest to feed. But the massive fires of January 13, 1939 cleared out the old growth forest and was replaced with the young forest which the possums need. By 1990, the possum’s numbers may have been at a record high, but decades of fire suppression put them at risk again.

22 Sep 1990, Page 166 – The Age at

p19 – 11 Jan 1939 – The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954) – Trove

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9 Responses to Saved From Extinction By Massive Bushfires

  1. Scissor says:

    Interesting. My oldest daughter is living in that area. She sends me pictures of all kinds of creatures (some scary). They found a platypus den just the other day.

  2. Sven says:

    Tony, I can’t watch your latest youtube video ”Our shrinking summers in North Amerca” from Sweden. The message I get reads in translation:

    ”The content provider has not made this video clip available in your country”

  3. John says:

    Hi Tony,

    Would you like to comment on this article if you have time:

    “Some say we’ve seen Australia’s bushfires worse than this, but they’re ignoring a few facts”

    Regards John

  4. G W Smith says:

    All change benefits some and not others, and the only thing that does not change is… democrats.

  5. spike55 says:

    Did you know, that down under, us Aussie have reduced our per capita CO2 emissions by 40% since 1990..

    Why do we need Paris accords, we are well ahead already.

  6. Adaminaby Angler says:

    I would like to make a correction: you’ve claimed that the fires of 1939 were more extensive than those of 2019-2020, but that is only true of Victoria alone; the 2019-2020 bushfires surpassed even the 1851 Black Thursday fires; the 2019-2020 fires comprise a burnt area of >6,000,000 hectares; spanning Northern VIC, Southern NSW, Central NSW, Northern NSW—northwards to Southern QLD (chiefly straddling the Granite Belt).

    Please, feel free to publish my correction statement via public video; it shall bode well for your renown. I will be most delighted, if you do so!

    • Gator says:

      You are really going to include a fire season with one day? LOL

      The Black Friday bushfires of 13 January 1939, in Victoria, Australia, were among the worst natural bushfires (wildfires) in the world. Almost 20,000 km2 (4,942,000 acres, 2,000,000 ha) of land was burned, 71 people died, several towns were entirely obliterated and the Royal Commission that resulted from it led to major changes in forest management. Over 1,300 homes and 69 sawmills were burned, and 3,700 buildings were destroyed. It was calculated that three-quarters of the State of Victoria was directly or indirectly affected by the disaster. The Royal Commission noted that “it appeared the whole State was alight on Friday, 13 January 1939”.

      I do not see any need to edit anything except your apples to oranges comment.

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