On this day ………… 1st March 1879

Beechworth’s second great fire started on this day in 1879. An explosion in a down factory would see the complete destruction of the entire block along Camp Steet between Ford and High Streets, reminiscent of the 1867 fire. The Empire Hotel would fall to the flames again causing the local news paper “The Ovens and Murray Advertiser” to remark that Beechworth, in it’s short history, had already witnessed the rise and fall of two Empires.