Memories of Ash Wednesday book

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Ash Wednesday fire, the Gisborne Gazette has produced a book that features the stories of 63 individuals and families who survived the traumatic events of February 16, 1983. There is also a wealth of information gathered from reports published at the time.

This handsome book is illustrated with many photographs, some of which were taken during the fire.

Book Launch 30 April

The book will be launched by Athol Guy AO at Jubilee Hall in Smith Street, Macedon on Sunday 30 April commencing at 2pm.

Afternoon tea will be served. Copies of the book will be on sale.

Everyone is warmly invited to attend. We’d love to see our readers there supporting this initiative.

Book Sales

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Trading Post and the Newsagencies at Macedon and Gisborne from 1 May.

To order a copy of the book directly, please email