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Student Work - 'Catastrophe', Black Saturday Bushfires, Healesville Primary School, 2009 Document Reg. No: HT 25237

Summary:
Emily was a Grade 6 student from Healesville Primary School during the Black Saturday bushfires in February, 2009. Her artwork 'Catastrophe' was produced during that time. A year later, Emily reflected on her experience on Black Saturday.
Description:
Two pages of hand-written text in blue ink on white unlined paper.
Statement Of Significance:
This written account adds to our understanding not only of Emily'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)
Dimension Comment: 2 pages

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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 Emily's account:
'Bush Fire Artwork/WHEN WE WERE ASKED TO DRAW A PICTURE TO DO/WITH 'BLACK SATURDAY' NONE OF MY CLASS HAD ANY/IDEA WHAT TO DRAW. FIRST I DREW THE FLAMES/WHICH WERE WHAT CREATED 'BLACK SATURDAY' AND AT/ONE POINT THEY WERE SITUATED RIGHT OVER THE/NEAREST HILL. AT ONE POINT YOU COULD STAND/IN THE COLES PARKING LOT AND LITTERALLY/WATCH THE FLAMES DESTROY EVERYTHING IN ITS/PATH. I THEN DREW THE BURNING HOUSES AND/TREES THAT HAD UNFORTUNATELY GOT IN THE WAY./ THEN I REMEMBERED THE HARD WORKING FIREMEN/WHO SPENT HOURS, MAYBE EVEN DAYS AT A/TIME FIGHTING THIE TERRIBLE FIRE AND PUTTING/THEMSELVES IN DANGER TO SAVE MANY GREATFUL/FAMILIES AND THEIR POSSETIONS. WHILE ON/THE SUBJECT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL/THE WONDERFUL VOLENTEERS AND WORKERS/FOR ALL OF YOUR TIME AND EFFORT. THE ASH ON/THE GROUND IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT PART OF 'BLACK/SATURDAY' BECAUSE WE WOULD NEVER BE/REMINDERED OF ALL THE GOOD THINGS SUCH AS/ SURVIVAL AND ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT CAME OUT/OF THIS EVENT. DURING THIS HURIFIC TIME/EVERYBODY PULLED TOGETHER AS ONE AS IF WE/WERE ALL TIED UP IN A BIG RUBBER BAND./EVERYONE WOULD TALK TO EACH OTHER LIKE IF/YOU WERE BUYING SOMETHING YOU WOULD TALK/TO THE CASHIER AND ASK THEM QUESTIONS SUCH/AS WHICH TOWN DO YOU LIVE IN AND ARE/YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE ETC. AND INSTEAD/OF SAYING GOOD-BYE OR SEE-YA-LATER YOU/WOULD ALWAYS SAY "STAY SAFE."
BY EMILY [name withheld]
Author: Miss Emily, Healesville, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, 2010

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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