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Audio Recording - 'Sam the Koala', Gabrielle Murphy & the Billanook Primary School Choir, 2009 Audiovisual Reg. No: MM 109695

This song was written by the performing arts teacher at Billanook Primary School in Montrose, Gabrielle Murphy and her mother Stella van Tongeren. They wrote the song in response to the footage of Sam taking a drink from CFA fireman, David Tree. The song was recorded in April 2009. Singing this song the Billanook School choir won the Victorian section of the Wakakirri Story-singing school's competition in October. David Tree then visited the school in November to present the choir with a plaque recognising thier achievement. The choir then went on to perform the song at the Montrose Carols by Candlelight 2009.
Compact disc with laser print picture of Sam the Koala and an Australian Flag
Statement Of Significance:
In the days and weeks that followed Black Saturday a wave of shocking and horrirfying stories were reported daily. One story touched people with its simple humanity and honesty, the story of a CFA fire fighter saving the koala with a drink of water. In it's simplest form the story inspired and continues to inspire people all over the world and this song represents the emotional and nationalistic resonance the story had with many people.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Gabrielle Murphy, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 41 mm (Height), 30 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: school children, bushfires, black saturday bushfires 2009, choir recitals, koalas
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Format: Digital Audio Disc; Compact Disc (CD-ROM)
Composer: Gabrielle Murphy, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia, 2009
Artist: Billanook Primary School Choir, Montrose, Victoria, Australia, 2009

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