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Heatwaves in Victoria

Join this Vicfix campaign to douse out the errors in heatwaves in Victoria 

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About heatwaves in Victoria

For as long as Victorian newspapers have been sold, heatwaves – forecasts of, statistics on, and advisory columns about how best to withstand them – have been a staple item in their summer pages. 

Historic articles from the 1870s to 1950s reported in detail on record-breaking heat and the first whiffs of a cool change; offered advice on what to eat (watermelons, berries and lean meats), drink (barley water or hot tea) and wear (loose, white cotton for women and easy-fitting, grey lounge suits for men); and also on the bushfires which sometimes accompanied successive days of burning heat and dry winds.

Contribute to this Vicfix campaign – it's easy!

  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
  • Add our tag 'vicfix-done' once the whole article is fixed.
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A hot day in town, wood engraving published by Alfred Martin Ebsworth, Melbourne, 1889


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