We would like to share with you all we know about the fire lookout towers in Australia.
The history of fire lookouts dates back to the early 1900s. The early forms of lookouts were often just a clearing on the top of a hill
or a tree with the head removed, a platform attached and spikes in the side of the tree for the observer to climb.
Fires were caused by a variety of incidents ranging from; lightning strikes, carelessness by farmers clearing their land for grazing, sparks from locomotives and arson.
The need for early detection was recognised by the authorities and a tower network was gradually established.
The various states in Australia had their own ideas and there has never been a uniform design for towers.
You will find States with lots of information and others are only in the early stages of research.
All information is supplied by various volunteers, all of whom have been acknowledged in their relevant pages.
If you find any mistakes or have any new or additional information, or you would like to comment,
please do not hesitate to contact us.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL GRID REFERENCES AND LONG/LAT GIVEN ARE IN AMG 66 DATUM (unless stated otherwise)
PLEASE NOTE: "PUBLIC ACCESS TO SITE" MEANS EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS: ACCESS TO THE SITE ONLY. IT DOES NOT MEAN ACCESS TO THE LOOKOUT.
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