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Student Work - 'Bushfires', Black Saturday Bushfires, Healesville Primary School, 2009 Document Reg. No: HT 25059

Jarod was a Grade 4 student at Healesville Primary School during the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. His artwork 'Bushfires', now part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection, was created at that time. A year later, Jarod reflected on his experience during Black Saturday and the meaning of his painting.
Lined paper with text hand-written in blue ink. Across the top is the word 'BUSHFIRES' in horizontal bands of green, brown and black against a background of red and yellow flames.
Statement Of Significance:
This written account adds to our understanding not only of Jarod's artwork, which is part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection, but also gives us an insight into the experience and perspectives of children during a major bushfire.
Acquisition Information:
Donation, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 300 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: children, bushfires
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Healesville Primary School Bushfire Artworks Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Inscriptions: This is the full text of Jarod's account:

'My work is a collection of images about bushfires.

One of my pictures shows how some people don't care about
what they drop out of cars. Cigarettes can cause bushfires.
The fire trucks were racing through the town to get to the fires.
The helicopters were doing a lot of work dropping water in the fires.
The SES and Red Cross help people when they become victims.

If the victims have been burnt they will need to be operated on.
If they have been hit by smashing glass
from the flames heating up the windows, they might have lost abit of blood,
so they do blood tests on the pateint and other people will
donate blood to help them.
They rang my Dad to donate blood during the fires, because
he is a regular blood donor.

The fire brought people closer and they cared a lot more about each other. I drew the heart to show this.
When I drew the smaller hearts I though about the blood

Jarod [name withheld], Grade 5
Healesville Primary School'
Author: Master Jarod, Healesville, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, 2009

Created as part of a school art project at Healesville Primary School
Place & Date Depicted: Healesville, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, 7 Feb 2009
Date of Event: Healesville, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, 7 Feb 2009

Artwork depicts Black Saturday Bushfires

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