On this day ………… 11th March 1872

Unlike many fires in the North East of Victoria which seemed to happen on a Saturday night, this Chiltern fire happened on a Monday night. At 2am the fire began in an unoccupied building, in almost the same part of the town as the fire two years earlier. The adjoining premised on the western side, Mr Holloway’s the bootmaker, was next to go, then to the East, three more buildings went up. MR Bennett the watchmaker (a sufferer in the 1870 fire as well) , Mr Loftus the baker, and Mr Chaffer’s corner fancy goods store. Mr Peel’s Hotel and the whole of the other side of the street had a narrow escape.