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Interview - Cheryl Sanderson, Black Saturday Bushfires, Myrtleford, North East Victoria, 11 May 2010 Audiovisual Reg. No: HT 27158

Audio and video interview with Cheryl Sanderson by Liza Dale-Hallett, at her home in Myrtleford, North East Victoria, on 11 May 2010. Cheryl Sanderson has a long history of active community involvement in nearly 30 community organisations including: SES, Forest Industry Machinery Expo, Rotary, Red Cross, St Vincents de Paul Society, Carer's Support Group, Disability Support Group, Community Committee for Alpine Health, Catholic Women's League, a local church bereavement support group, Bluelight, Anglicare, local women's wellbeing network, family violence network, Rate Payers Association, Ovens Valley disability lobby group, Early Learning is Fun, a women's gathering group, drought relief programs.

This interview forms part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection.
Digital file
Statement Of Significance:
Cheryl's extraordinary commitment and involvement in local community organisations highlights the vital role of volunteers in rural communities. She makes the statement that 90-95% of the Alpine Shire is unratable as it is crown land, it therefore has a very low rate base on which to provide support to its residents. She describes in great detail the range of items donated, the many issues and challenges presented by donations, the enormous stress placed on volunteers, the generosity of pensioners and some of the major changes that have impacted north east Victoria.
Description Of Content:
This interview covers her involvement as a community volunteer since the 1970s, her particular involvement in the relief and recovery effort following the Black Saturday bushfires, the role of the Red Cross, previous experience of bushfires (1968, 2003, 2006), the heat wave prior to Black Saturday, the extraordinary community response to her calls for assistance and donations, managing the bulk of donated items, the challenges and stresses of volunteer work, the closing down of the tobacco industry, impact of drought. She reflects on the importance of women in supporting the community, her changing sense of the value of 'things', her motivation and passion in being involved in community work, and the value of collecting stories.
Acquisition Information:
Collected & Donation from Ms Cheryl Sanderson, 2010
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: agriculture, rural victoria, rural life, bushfires, emergency services, water supply, droughts, volunteers, rural women
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 & Video Recording: Colour
Interviewee: Ms Cheryl Sanderson, Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia, 11 May 2010
Interviewer: Ms Liza Dale-Hallett - Museum Victoria Collections, Research & Exhibitions, Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia, 11 May 2010

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