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Student Work - 'Firestorm', Black Saturday Bushfires, Healesville Primary School, 2009 Document Reg. No: HT 25262

Rachel was a Grade 5 student at Healesville Primary School during the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. Her artwork 'Firestorm' was created at that time. A year later, Rachel reflected on her experience during Black Saturday.
2 pages of hand-written text in black ink on lined white paper.
Statement Of Significance:
This written account adds to our understanding not only of Rachel'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: 225 mm (Height), 175 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 Rachel's account:
'On the day of Black Saturday, I was/on a houseboat in Eildon, on a family holiday/with my mum (Theresa) and my dad (Leo)./We had been on the houseboat for four days/before the fires broke out. At the time we/had no idea that there were any fires at all,/where we were there was no phone coverage and/we had no radio.

On the Saturday we went back into Eildon to/pick up my brother and his girlfriend. We realised/something was not right, as we neared the Wall,/we were covered in very black smoke and could/barely see. The wind was also blowing very/hard making it hard to sail the boat. We/pulled into a bank and tied up the Houseboat. My/dad and I set off to pick up my brother in our small/fishing boat, it was scary the waves were knocking/us around and we had trouble seeing.

When we found my brother Mark and his girlfriend,/Elise, we found out how lucky we were, they had just/driven through Thornton and Buxton, the fire not/ far behind them. Nearly all the roads leading out of Eildon/were blocked, when it was safe, we headed for/home. It took us four hours to get back to Heales-/vile. Yea and Murrundindi had fires as well/so we had to go the long way. We drove through/Kilmore where the fires had been and could not/ believe our eyes, it was horrible.

When we got back home to Healesville,/it was getting dark, at the end of our road we could/still see the mountains on fire, they were glowing./This is where the idea for my painting, "Firestorm,"/came from.

Rachel [name withheld], Grade 5
Healesville Primary School
Author: Miss Rachel, 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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