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Published on Jun 28, 2019
“It was on Tuesday, the 23d of August (4th of September), at nine o’clock in the evening, that the dreadful fire broke out at Abo, in the house of Mr Hellman.” These words, copied from the St. Petersburg Journal, were printed by The Times in London on 30 October 1827. The city of Turku in Finland, known also as Åbo in Swedish, had been almost completely destroyed in the devastating conflagration that started on 4 September 1827. This video shows how the news on the catastrophe spread during the subsequent weeks, between 4 September and 1 October.
The video is based on newspaper collections at the National Libraries of Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Norway, Poland and Sweden, as well as Europeana collection and British Library Newspapers.