State of Victoria Extract of Death Entry for Florence Evelyn Gleeson.

Florrie suffered serious burns, and spent a long period recovering from her injuries in St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne.

Although this certificate mentions Florrie’s three sisters, Rita was rescued by another relative and avoided the worst of flames.

Physical Description

Blue paper document with printed text and typewritten entires.


This item is significant as part of a small collection documenting the aftermath of the brave actions of one young woman during the Powelltown Bush Fires, on Sunday 14th February, 1926. Trapped by the advancing flame, Florrie used her own body to shield two of her younger sisters from harm. Suffering horrific burns from the incident, she was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, where she spent many months recovering from her ordeal.

News of her bravery spread across Australia, through the press and on radio, and she was soon recognised as a local hero. This notoriety assisted in helping raise funds for her, through several charities set up for this purpose. This included the raising of 1,000 pounds by school children in Victoria and Western Australia, which was presented to her in the leather purse in this collection (HT 33731.) See Related Records.

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