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1968 and Illawarra burns

I didn’t make it to the Cronulla High Class of 1968 Reunion, though pleased to have been invited. This week WIN local news has been reminding me of something else from 1968:

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I recall coming out of Cronulla High an an October afternoon fifty years ago to see the sky south of us one mass of smoke. Now I took this one from my window in West Wollongong just five years ago:

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Always a possibility down here.

…the 50th anniversary of Black Monday when around 30 bushfires ravaged the Illawarra from Coledale to Dapto and experts say it could happen again.

The October 28 fires of 1968 destroyed 31 homes, damaged hundreds more and forced thousands of people to flee as the flames rushed down the escarpment, devouring anything in their path….

… the recent damp has put the area out of “immediate danger” but the ground on the escarpment was not wet and muddy.

“It will be dry again in a few weeks, and then if we get no serious follow up rain, summer will still be looking bad….”

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NRL Finals coming up

My tipping has come to an end, neither spectacularly good nor spectacularly bad. I came 5th in the City Diggers tipping competition.

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Here’s what happens now.

Friday, September 7

Qualifying final: Melbourne (2) v South Sydney (3) at AAMI Park, 7.40pm

Saturday, September 8

Elimination final: Penrith (5) v Warriors (8) at ANZ Stadium, 5.30pm

Qualifying final: Sydney Roosters (1) v Cronulla (4) at Allianz Stadium, 7.40pm

Sunday, September 9

Elimination final: Brisbane (6) v St George Illawarra (7) at Suncorp Stadium, 4pm

Week two semi-finals

Loser of Roosters-Sharks v winner of Panthers-Warriors

Loser of Storm-Rabbitohs v winner of Broncos-Dragons

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