The first Arches was destroyed on either 6 or 7 March 1965 when huge bushfires spread through Gippsland from Glenmaggie to Bruthen, The fires lasted 17 days and burnt over 300000 ha. Some of the family sheltered from the blaze in a nearby mineshaft. This photo shows the second Arches was built soon after. Source: Brian O’Keefe.
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