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Ribbon - 'Miss You Liz', The Tree of Remembrance, 2nd Anniversary Service, Black Saturday Bushfires, 6 Feb 2011 Object Reg. No: HT 30277

One of nine hand written yellow ribbons placed on 'The Tree of Remembrance' during its display at the Rebuilding Advisory Centres at Marysville and Kinglake, during February and March 2011. Blank yellow ribbons were available for visitors to Marysville and Kinglake to write and attach messages to the tree.

These ribbons are an extension of the 2nd Anniversary Memorial Service which was held on Sunday 6th February 2011 at Zinc Space in Federation Square, Melbourne. The service was organised by staff of the Victorian Bushfires Reconstruction and Recovery Commission (VBRRA), with input from Community Recovery Committees and the Bereaved Committee Advisory Group. The inter-faith service was led by retired Victoria Police Chaplain, Reverend Jim Pilmer, with the theme of 'Remember, Reflect, Hope'. The service was attended by about 400 people including community representatives, members of the bereaved community, dignitaries and the general public. Poems and musical performances were presented by community members from fire-affected areas, many of these were composed as a result of their experience of the 2009 bushfires. Those attending the service were invited to participate in a number of symbolic rituals, including the following: 34 pre-printed 'Ribbons of Remembrance' ribbons were placed on the tree to acknowledge the various communities from across Victoria including the bereaved; 65 hand written ribbons were placed on the tree by those attending, to honour the family and friends who died as a result of the 2009 bushfires; representatives from the various faith communities cast flower petals on the tree as a sign of the combined religious blessing; and Christine Nixon lit a 'Candle of Remembrance' in memory of the 173 people who lost their lives and as a symbol of light and hope for the future.
Length of yellow ribbon.
Statement Of Significance:
The 2nd Anniversary Memorial Service commemorating the 2009 Victorian Bushfires encouraged people to actively participate in the service by writing a message on a 'ribbon of remembrance'. These items give form to the grief and the many ways in which symbols and rituals were used to mark this anniversary. The 2nd anniversary memorial service also shows the significant ways in which the impact of the disaster has rippled out into wider circles beyond those who were directly impacted. Where the 1st anniversary service was concerned with commemorating the loss of 173 people, the 2nd anniversary service paid particular attention to the impact of the disaster on locations, towns and broader communities, including the bereaved.
Acquisition Information:
Commission & Subsequent Transfer from Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA), 2011
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 44 mm (Height), 415 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: death mourning, public ceremonies, bushfires, memorials, public events, black saturday bushfires 2009, rituals beliefs
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Inscriptions: Text, handwritten: Miss/You/LIZ.
Maker: Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 Feb 2011
Person Named: Reverend Jim Pilmer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 Feb 2011
Person Named: Jennifer Howard - Victorian Bushfires Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 Feb 2011
Person Named: Commissioner Christine Nixon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 Feb 2011

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