Search the collections
Victorian Bushfires Collection
Image: Motor Car - Bushfire Damaged Holden 48-215, FX, Churchill, 2009
Source: Museum Victoria
Black Saturday, 7 February 7 2009, was the greatest natural disaster in Australia's recorded history. In the weeks following the bushfires that ravaged many parts of Victoria in 2009, Museum Victoria set up the Victorian Bushfires Collection to preserve and document objects and stories from the fires. The collection includes bushfire-damaged objects, emergency services equipment, oral histories, artwork, images, and material from public education campaigns.
Museum Victoria hopes the collection will not only lead to greater public understanding of bushfires and their effect on communities but also assist in the healing process through commemoration and the sharing of stories.
The collection will continue to grow as it documents the reconstruction efforts, changing patterns of bushfire response and the effect of climate change on how we understand and engage with our beautiful but dangerous bush.
- A burnt-out 1950 FX Holden 48-215, part of a collection of vintage motor cars destroyed in the Churchill fire
- A chimney from Kinglake, all that remained of the nineteenth-century homestead 'The Uplands'
- Burned and melted domestic objects, from a Box Brownie camera to a child's bicycle
- 'Black Saturday', a painting of Marysville by Glenn Morgan
- Sam the Koala, a koala that became a public symbol of hope and resilience in the aftermath of the fires
- A 'Thank You' sculpture that was donated to the People of Victoria at the Thank You Melbourne and Victoria concert of 7 April 2010
Recurring History of Bushfires in Victoria
Healesville Primary School Bushfire Artworks Collection
Collecting & Rebuilding the Black Saturday Chimney
'The Uplands' Homestead, Kinglake, 1890s-2009
Stories Revealed Through Bricks & Mortar
The Making of the Thank You Gift
The Premier Speaks about the Thank You Gift
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 1 - 10) 698 items
This single fused and partly melted piece of crockery includes the remains of at least two ceramic bowls and an egg cup which were found in the remains of the kitchen of the house at 35 ...From: Kinglake West, Australia Images: 1
Large lump of melted metal, probably aluminium, from an alloy wheel. It came from the remains of a camper trailer which was stored at Bob and Ercil McIlvena's property at Haven, near Ho ...From: Haven, Australia Images: 2
Male specimen of a Leadbeater Possum collected in March 1971 at Rotunda, Lake Mountain Road. The leadbeater possum is an endangered marsupial found only in Victoria, Australia. It was ...Images: 4
Constructed of shredded bark and various fibres, this nest was created by a captive female over eight nights in an enclosure on Des Hackett's premises in 1991. Des Hackett was a long-te ...Images: 4
Nest box collected by a Parks Victoria ranger involved in the Leadbeater's Possum Recovery Program. The nest box was recovered from the Lake Mountain plateau on the Echo Flat ski trail ...Images: 6
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 ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of spot fires taken by Robin McDonald at her beef property at Rosewhite, in Happy Valley, north east Victoria in February-July 2009. Robin and her husband David, h ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of a fire destroyed home and burnt palm trees taken by Robin McDonald near her beef property at Rosewhite, in Happy Valley, north east Victoria in February-July 2009. ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of a fire destroyed home taken by Robin McDonald near her beef property at Rosewhite, in Happy Valley, north east Victoria in February-July 2009. Robin and her husba ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of burnt out forest land taken by Robin McDonald near her beef property at Rosewhite, in Happy Valley, north east Victoria in February-July 2009. Robin and her hus ...Images: 1