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House Number - 71 Kings Road, Marysville, 07 Feb 2009 (Bushfire Damaged) Object Reg. No: HT 23833

Fire-damaged ceramic house number. This ceramic house number was attached to a tree at the entrance to 71 Kings Road, Marysville, owned by Peter and Merran Guest. They purchased it in the town of Greve in Chianti, Italy in 2003 during their honeymoon. It had great sentimental meaning to them both.

Peter and Merran had gone to Melbourne on 7 February 2009 to attend a lunch with friends. When they returned, the house number was one of the few recognizable items left at the property which, like so much of Marysvillle, was totally destroyed in the Kilmore East-Murrindindi Bushfire on Black Saturday, 2009.
White ceramic tile with hand-pained blue and yellow decoration, broken into seven pieces. The '7' is in two pieces and the '1' is intact. A border decorated with floral emblems has broken into four pieces. There is evidence of fire damage to the rear and edges of the pieces with remains of bark and organic matter adhered to the reverse, where it was attached to a tree.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Merran Guest, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 160 mm (Height), 10 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions when assembled. Object is in seven pieces.

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Tagged with: bushfires, houses, travel, souvenirs
Themes this item is part of: Victorian Bushfires Collection, Recurring History of Bushfires in Victoria, Sustainable Futures Collection, My Recollections from Saturday 7th February 2009
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Inscriptions: Number '71' stamped in front surface.
Place & Date Made: Greve, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy, 2003
Date of Event: Marysville, Victoria, Australia, 07 Feb 2009

Date the item was damaged by the Murrindindi Bushfire.
User: Merran Guest, Marysville, Victoria, Australia, 2003-7 Feb 2009

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