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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
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Letter from Adam, one of a group of 24 sent to the Burns Unit of The Alfred hospital by children from St Joseph's School in Oamaru, New Zealand. The teacher who sent these letters in wr ...Images: 1
Letter from Angus, one of a group of 24 sent to the Burns Unit of The Alfred hospital by children from St Joseph's School in Oamaru, New Zealand. The teacher who sent these letters in w ...Images: 1
This card was sent by Jill Goddard to the nursing staff of The Alfred hospital's Burns Unit after the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. The Burns Unit, as one of the major hosp ...Images: 2
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Collection of 36 digital photographs taken by Robin McDonald on and near her beef property at Rosewhite, in Happy Valley, north east Victoria in February-July 2009. Robin and her husba ...Images: 0
Letter and paper hearts sent to the patients at The Alfred Burns Unit after the bushfires of February 2009. In the days after Black Saturday, during which 173 people died and thousands ...Images: 7
Ruby Tyler sent this letter to the Burns Unit of the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne from Queensland, along with six pairs of hand-knitted socks, a week after Black Saturday. The hospital ...Images: 1
First day cover released on 11 March 2009, including three stamps and three medals representing Earth Hour, which that year was 8.30pm on 28 March. The stamps feature designs by Hoyne D ...Images: 1
Child's drawing with a message for the survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires, specifically the patients at The Alfred Burns Unit, Melbourne. In the days after Black Saturday in Fe ...Images: 1
This card accompanied a large box of chocolates sent to the medical staff of The Alfred hospital's Burns Unit after the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. The Burns Unit, as one ...Images: 2
The 'Gift of Hope' poem was written by Rhonda Abotomey who lost family in the February 2009 bushfires. It was read by the Victorian Premier, John Brumby, at the first anniversary memori ...Images: 1