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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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Third edition of the booklet 'Preparing for the Unexpected' published by Emergency Management Australia in 2008. It is a ready reference for Australian households and provides clear and ...Images: 2
A single colour 50 page booklet. This publication was the result of a project called the Anglesea Creative Writing Group who met regularly in 1993 capturing the stories of 12 Anglesea ...Images: 2
Letter from premier John Brumby to Victorian Public Servants who rallied together during the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires and during the recovery thereafter. In the letter he expresses ...Images: 3
Booklet titled 'Faces of the Fires: A Grateful Victoria Says Thank You', published by The Herald Sun in March 2003. This booklet was published as a means of thanking the Victorian peopl ...Images: 1
Digital photograph taken by Michael Britton on Sunday, 30 August 2009, specifically to capture the night lights of Melbourne in response to a call for a photograph competition. Michael ...Images: 1
Digital photograph taken by Trevor Boyd on the fire front at Strathewen on Black Saturday, at 4.07pm, 7 February 2009, while on duty as a CFA volunteer. As 4th Lieutenant in the Plenty ...Images: 1
Digital photograph taken by Trevor Boyd on the fire front at Strathewen on Black Saturday at 5.22pm, 7 February 2009. It was taken at Jacksons Rd, north of Mittons Bridge Rd, looking so ...Images: 1
Digital photograph taken by Mark Carmody, who is a supervisor of transmission lines for a company that is part of Powercor, and was taken at 8.38am, Monday, 9 February 2009. Mark offe ...Images: 1
Doug McKinnon, amateur photographer and Greensborough resident, took this photograph at Bowden Spur, during the Black Saturday Bushfires on Sunday 7th February, 2009. Doug used an unsea ...Images: 1
Maurice Squirrell, local resident and farmer, took this photograph from his property at Ridge Road, Whittlesea at 7.39pm on 15 February, 2009, one week after the Black Saturday Bushfire ...Images: 1