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Mount Lofty House has since been turned into a boutique hotel.
St Michael's House, a mansion converted to an Anglican monastery in the 1940s, was also burnt in the fires, but not restored and the whole site has since been cleared, leaving only the ruins of the gate house.
The fires became the deadliest bushfire in Australian history until the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. Over 3,700 buildings were destroyed or damaged and 2,545 individuals and families lost their homes.
Livestock losses were very high, with over 340,000 sheep, 18,000 cattle and numerous native animals either dead or later destroyed.
Property loss began early in the afternoon, particularly in the Adelaide Hills, east of Adelaide and the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne. I'm sitting out on the road in front of my own house where I've lived for 13 or 14 years and it's going down in front of me. "Three quarters of an hour later the roof was burning", said Mr Morgan.
And the flames are in the roof and—Oh, God damn it. Flames across the road and road blocks prevented the family from returning to the house, until it was burnt to the ground. All of these houses have since been restored and are privately owned.
Ahead of the front were hot, turbulent, gale force northerly winds.Wednesday 16 February— Ash Wednesday on the Christian calendar—dawned as another unrelentingly hot, dry day.The weather early on Ash Wednesday was complex and did not signify how the day would develop.By February 1983, summer rainfall for Victoria was up to 75% less than in previous years.The first week of February was punctuated by intense heat, with record high temperatures experienced on 1 and 8 February.