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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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The classic iron kettle was a familiar sight in many Australian homesteads of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This one was kept in the shed of the old Sparks family homest ...Images: 3
The donor remembers his grandfather, father and uncle cutting timber on the family's Strathewen property, using the crosscut saw from which this blade came. The timber was milled on sit ...Images: 1
This rabbit trap was used for many years to catch rabbits in the Strathewen area, northeast of Melbourne. It was kept in the shed of the old Sparks family homestead in Strathewen, one o ...Images: 1
The Trewhella jack was invented by William Trewhella of Trentham, Victoria, in 1888. It was indispensable for moving heavy timber, sawmilling and removing tree stumps. This jack was use ...Images: 1
DSE pamphlet titled 'Campfires; Be Safe Not Sorry', published in April 2007. It outlines general information about dealing with the risk of fires when campfires are not managed properly ...Images: 2
CFA pamphlet titled 'Welcome to CFA', published in October 2006 and still available after the February 2009 bushfires. It outlines general information about being a member of the CFA as ...Images: 2
Pamphlet titled 'Critical Incident Stress', published by the Country Fire Authority in October 1996. It reflects community safety education and emergency response prior to Black Saturda ...Images: 2
Pamphlet titled 'Community Trauma Support', published by the Country Fire Authority in November 2001. It reflects community trauma support prior Black Saturday. The publication provides ...Images: 2
CFA pamphlet titled 'Living In The Bush', published in 2004 and still available after the February 2009 bushfires. It reflects community safety education and emergency response prior to ...Images: 2
Official visitors' map titled 'Discover High Country Adventure', published by North East Victoria Tourism in conjunction with Tourism Victoria, circa 2008. It has extensive maps of Mans ...Images: 2