Black and white lantern slide that may have been taken by A.J. Campbell of the huge landslip that occurred in 1891 in what is now known as the Dandenong Ranges National Park. The gentleman in the image has not been identified.

The landslip occurred in the Montrose area in the early afternoon of Sunday 12 July 1891 following three days of continuous heavy rain. Large gum trees were hurled into the air and large rocks weighing many tons were tossed around, as 30,000 cubic metres of earth slid down the mountain at an estimated speed of 40km per hour. The landslip covered an area 1.4km long.

As the area was sparely populated, destruction of property was minimal with the loss of one house, a couple of out-houses and a road. Two people carried in the slip were very fortunate to survive, unlike two unfortunate horses that perished.

To help put this landslip into perspective, the Thredbo Tragedy in July 1997 displaced 2,000 cubic metres of soil.

This is one of many glass lantern slides that form the A.J. Campbell Collection held by Museums Victoria.

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The Land Slip

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