J.W. Gregory, The geography of Victoria, 1903.
"The most pronounced earthquake of recent years in Victoria, happened on the 10th May, 1897, at about 3.30 in the afternoon. It was felt over most of the south-east of South Australia and of southern Victoria, west of Melbourne. It was most severe at Kingston on the South Australian coast. The records of this earthquake in Western Victoria include Casterton at 3.25 p.m.; Stawell at 3.26 p.m.; where windows and crockery were broken, pieces of plaster were knocked off the ceiling, and the vats in the Cyanide works over flooded; Ararat at 3.27 p.m.; Donald at 3.22 p.m. (the shock travelling in a north-easterly direction); Serviceton 3.23 p.m.; Cape Otway at 3.28 p.m.; Meredith 3.27 p.m.; Inglewood 3.27 p.m.; Bacchus Marsh 3.27 p.m.; Mildura 3.27 p.m.; Portland 3.25 p.m.; Warnambool 3.26 p.m. Merino 3.30 p.m.; Seymour 3.30 p.m.; Stuart Mill 3.30; the seismograph at Melbourne Observatory 3.35 p.m.
The shock at Kingston was severe; it did serious damage to an hotel, it wrecked several houses, injured some of the inhabitants, and caused subsidences of the ground in two or three places, to the depth of three feet. At Port Caroline fissures eight or nine feet deep were formed, and water was shot upward to the height of several feet above the ground; several wells were: filled with sand, forced up from below, while the sand on the sea floor was also jerked upward, making the sea muddy. The people were so alarmed that for several days afterwards they lived in tents. This earthquake must have been formed by a subsidence on the floor of the Southern Ocean, to the west or south-west of Kingston."