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From the Archives, 1972: Melbourne blanketed in brown chemical smog

First published in The Age on March 18, 1972

The aspect from Prospect Hill Road puts smoke, and tears, in your eyes

View of the smog from Prospect Hill Road in Camberwell.

View of the smog from Prospect Hill Road in Camberwell.Credit:Nevillle Bowler

Melbourne was a ghost city from Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell yesterday as a brown chemical smog blotted out the skyline.

The haze in the picture is a mixture of smoke, industrial gases, dust and carbon fallout – all trapped under a “lid” of cold air over the city.

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