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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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Image taken by A.J. Campbell on a Christmas trip to the 'Yarra Track'. From a photograph album containing 181 black & white and sepia toned photographs taken by Archibald James Campbell ...Images: 1
On the 16th of March, 1933 a fire in the town of Mananatang destroyed three shops. This image shows the remains of one of the shops, Raphael's Store. It was reported in the Sydney Morni ...From: Manangatang, Australia Images: 1
Australia Victoria Daylesford Daylesford Fire Brigade Demonstration 1886 (AD) Mint: not recorded Other Details: Bushfires have been a part of the Daylesford area's history. When Daylesf ...From: Daylesford, Australia Images: 2
This artwork was created by Cassie, a Grade 6 student from Healesville Primary School, as part of an art project that took place during the time of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. ...Images: 1
This artwork was created by Karrah, a Grade 6 student from Healesville Primary School, as part of an art project that took place during the time of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. ...Images: 1
Landscape of lightly wooded area. A hollow burnt stump stands in the foreground while a horse and cart stand in the middle distance.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Image of the Dandenong Ranges, taken by A.J. Campbell in the 1894. Part of a large collection of images depicting mainly aspects of the natural environment of south-eastern Australia, c ...Images: 1
A horse-drawn covered wagon on a road in a burnt out area of bushland.Images: 1