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Victorian Bushfires Collection
Image: Motor Car - Bushfire Damaged Holden 48-215, FX, Churchill, 2009
Source: Museum Victoria
February 7, 2010 marks the first anniversary of Black Saturday, 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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Official visitors' guide for the country around Wilsons Promontory published by Tourism Victoria, circa 2008. It has an extensive motor map of the Wilsons Promontory National Park and s ...Images: 2
The Seeds of Compassion (S.O.C.) postcard, was created and designed by Rhonda Abotomey, as a bushfire recovery initiative founded on the premise of making a difference one person at a t ...Images: 1
Video titled '50th Birthday Torchlight Procession 1995', issued by the Country Fire Authority in 1995. The CFA is a volunteer-based emergency management organisation whose members are f ...Images: 2
Video titled 'In the Line of Fire 1945-1995, 50 years', produced for the Country Fire Authority in1995. The CFA is a volunteer-based emergency management organisation whose members are ...Images: 2
Sticker produced by Australian National Geographic to raise awareness and support for the threatened Leadbeater's Possum. The Leadbeater?s Possum is found in the Mountain Ash forests an ...Images: 1
Raffle ticket purchased at the Buckingham Hotel Social Club, Footscray in late February 2009. Like many hotels and sporting clubs around the country the Buckingham Hotel was raising mon ...Images: 1
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Audio interview with Norma and Harry Coomber by Liza Dale-Hallett, conducted in their new home in Yarram, on 29 May 2009. Norma and Harry Coomber, an elderly couple, lost their Devon No ...Images: 0
Audio interview with Wendy Middleton, CEO, Wimmera Uniting Care, by Liza Dale-Hallett at her offices in Horsham, on 23 July 2009. Wimmera Uniting Care is the fourth largest community ...Images: 1
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Audio and video interview with Bernard Noonan by Liza Dale-Hallett at the DPI Offices, Horsham on 23 July 2009. Bernard Noonan is employed by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) ...Images: 0
Audio and video interview with David and Robin McDonald by Liza Dale-Hallett at their beef property at Rosewhite, North East Victoria on 13 May 2010. This interview forms part of the V ...Images: 1