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Recurring History of Bushfires in Victoria
Image: Digital Photograph - Man with Burned out Strezlecki Ranges Behind Him, Won Wron, 1914
Source: Museum Victoria
In February 2009 Victoria experienced the most deadly bushfires in Australia's recorded history. The fires reached their peak on Black Saturday, 7th February, and took an unprecedented toll: 173 people lost their lives and 414 were injured.
A key item collected by Museum Victoria in 2009 was a chimney from Kinglake. This not only documents the impact of the February 2009 bushfires, it was also a witness to the Black Sunday bushfires that burnt through Kinglake on 1st February 1926, and so represents the long and recurring history of bushfires in Victoria.
While bushfires occur every year, some have a devastating impact on communities and landscapes. The most catastrophic of these bushfires have been named after the day of the week in which they occurred; for example: Black Thursday 1851, Black Monday 1865, Black Sunday 1926, Red Tuesday 1898, Black Friday 1939, Ash Wednesday 1983 - and now Black Saturday 2009.
Bushfires threaten life and property but also regenerate Victoria's eucalyptus forests. They are a natural and essential feature of our ecosystem. The fire-dependent eucalypt forests of Victoria, together with drier and more extreme weather conditions, make this the one of the most fire-prone places on earth.
As climate is becoming more variable and more people are living closer to bushland, fire will continue to impact our lives and shape our history.
Collecting & Rebuilding the Black Saturday Chimney
'The Uplands' Homestead, Kinglake, 1890s-2009
Stories Revealed Through Bricks & Mortar
Victorian Bushfires Collection
Healesville Primary School Bushfire Artworks Collection
The Romsey Australia website, Summary of major Bushfires Since 1851, http://home.iprimus.com.au/foo7/firesum.html, viewed 25-11-2009.
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Found in the wreckage of Bill Coppinger's kitchen area, this carving fork was part of a set originally owned by Bill's mother, Norma. The carving set may have been a golfing prize aw ...
Found in the wreckage of the Bill Coppinger's kitchen area, this carving knife was part of a set originally owned by Bill's mother, Norma. The carving set may been a golfing prize aw ...
Found in the wreckage of Bill Coppinger's kitchen area. The knife was part of a set and was a birthday gift to Bill's wife from her sister in 2003 or 2004. The donor's house at Mount D ...
Found in the wreckage of Bill Coppinger's kitchen area, it is believed to be a glass screw-top jar, but the heat of the fire melted the glass and it is almost beyond recognition. The ...
Found in the wreckage of the kitchen of Bill Coppinger's home at Mount Disappointment destroyed in the Kilmore East Bushfire on 7 February 2009. The skillet was originally owned by Bill ...
This is the remains of a plate glass window from Bill Coppinger's home at Mount Disappointment destroyed by the Kilmore East Bushfire on 7 February 2009. The floor-to-ceiling windows we ...
Fire-damaged ceramic house number. This ceramic house number was attached to a tree at the entrance to 71 Kings Road, Marysville, owned by Peter and Merran Guest. They purchased it in t ...From: Greve in Chianti, Italy Images: 5
This completely burnt-out shell of a Holden 48-215 sedan was one of a collection of six early-model Holden cars owned by Mr Chis Lee and stored in a purpose-built shed on his property a ...From: Koornalla, Australia Images: 13
Single-flue brick chimney from the dining room of 'The Uplands', a homestead built in the late 1890s for John and Elizabeth Lawrey, early settlers to the Kinglake area. 'The Uplands' wa ...From: Kinglake, Australia Images: 11
Found in the wreckage of Bill Coppinger's kitchen area, this blade was part of a set. It was a birthday gift to Bill's wife from her sister in 2003 or 2004. The house, sheds and all ...