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Interview - David & Robin McDonald, Black Saturday Bushfires, Rosewhite, North East Victoria, 13 May 2010 Audiovisual Reg. No: HT 27167

Summary:
Audio and video interview with David and Robin McDonald by Liza Dale-Hallett at their beef property at Rosewhite, North East Victoria on 13 May 2010.

This interview forms part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection which includes photographs and artefacts from the McDonald property.
Description:
Digital file
Description Of Content:
This interview covers the early history of this property, David's father's purchase of the land in 1939, Robin's early life at "Merriang Homestead" and her family's involvement in tobacco farming, their marriage in 1963 and raising four children, the development of their property, declining rainfall during the recent drought, their involvement in community organisations including the Rosewhite CFA, changing demographics of the area, experience of the 1968 and 2006 Alpine bushfires. The interview also includes their fire preparation for the summer of 2008-2009, the defence of their property and house during the Black Saturday bushfire, the material and financial impact of this fire, the challenges of bureaucracy following the fires, and reflections on the bushfire recovery process and Royal Commission.
Acquisition Information:
Collected & Donation from Mr David McDonald, 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: Mr David McDonald, Rosewhite, Victoria, Australia, 13 May 2010
Interviewee: Ms Robin McDonald, Rosewhite, Victoria, Australia, 13 May 2010
Interviewer: Ms Liza Dale-Hallett - Museum Victoria Collections, Research & Exhibitions, Rosewhite, Victoria, Australia, 13 May 2010

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