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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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Yellow ribbons which were used as a symbol of hope and support by Victorians to honour those who perished or were injured during and after the fires of Black Saturday 2009. These ribbon ...Images: 1
Information Sheet titled 'Know Your Total Fire Ban District', published by the Country Fire Authority, circa 2008. It outlines Victorian fire ban district boundaries prior to February 2 ...Images: 1
Book titled 'Living In The Bush - Bushfires Survival Plan Workbook', published by the CFA in 2004 and collected after the February 2009 bushfires. It outlines specific information about ...Images: 16
Booklet titled 'Living With Fire' published by the Sunday Herald Sun in 2008. It outlines general information about dealing with bushfires, and lists contact details for assistance in a ...Images: 3
Book titled 'Your Home Fire Safety', published by the CFA, circa 2008, collected from the Horsham CFA offices in May 2009. It outlines specific information about dealing with fire when ...Images: 4
Map and tourist route guide for the Upper Yarra Valley & Marysville, published by The Shire of Yarra Ranges and Tourism Victoria, circa 2008. It has an extensive map of the Yarra Ranges ...Images: 2
Sticker with the slogan 'VBRRA Inducted'. After the bushfires of 2009 this type of sticker was used on safety helmets worn by GROCON employees on bushfire recovery projects. When worn i ...Images: 1
Official visitors' map for Yea & Kinglake Ranges published by Tourism Victoria, circa 2008. It has a large detailed motor map of Kinglake Ranges and a smaller map of Yea. The pamphlet ...Images: 2
Booklet titled 'A Cut Above, Forest Industry Careers', published by 'The Cut Above Committee' provides information on careers in different sectors of the forestry industry. It presents ...Images: 2
CFA information card published in 2008 but collected in Horsham in May 2009 three months after the Black Saturday bushfires. It reflects the best practice for personal and community saf ...Images: 2