As the day advanced news of the great disaster spread to the surrounding suburbs. Fragments of burnt cloth were blown as far afield as Camberwell, and, littering the gardens, aroused the curios- ity of early risers. Cyclists out for a morning spin sighted the ruins and carried the news far and wide, and the first church trains arriving in the city were packed with sightseers. All day long and until late at night crowds paraded the streets and gazed on the gaunt, smoking shells of buildings.
1937 ‘THE GREAT FIRE OF MELBOURNE: What Happened In Flinders Street Forty Years Ago To-morrow.’, The Argus(Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 20 November, p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Week-end Magazine, viewed 17 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11125890