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Student Work - 'Bushfire Disaster', Black Saturday Bushfires, Healesville Primary School, 2009 Document Reg. No: HT 25098

Dylan was a Grade 5 student at Healesville Primary School during the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. His artwork 'Bushfire Disaster', now part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection, was created at that time. A year later, Dylan reflected on his experience during Black Saturday and the meaning of his painting.
Unlined A4 paper with hand-written text in blue ink. The letters of the title are worked in alternating red and black coloured pencil.
Statement Of Significance:
This written account adds to our understanding not only of Dylan'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 Dylan's account:
'Bushfire Disaster
A wild bush fire which has changed people's lives.
I made the painting from seeing the glow of fire in the distance.
When the bushfires were over all the trees were black.
That was what convinced me to paint it.
You could barely see the sun through the smoke.
Dylan [name withheld]'
Author: Master Dylan, 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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