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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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Fragment of bronze medal depicting the sailing yacht Dame Pattie Menzies, designed by Andor Mészáros, 1967. It was found in the ruins of a house in Mt Macedon after the Ash Wednesday bu ...Images: 2
Fragment of bronze portrait medal of John Gartner, designed by Michael Meszaros. It was found in the ruins of John's home in Mt Macedon after the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983. Micha ...Images: 2
Alternative name: Plaquette, Medal Bronze plaque designed by Andor Mészáros, and minted in Australia in 1967. It was found in the ashes of a house in Mt Macedon after the Ash Wednesda ...Images: 2
Bronze portrait medal of John Gartner, by Michael Meszaros. It was found in the ruins of John's home in Mt Macedon after the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983, badly damaged but still rec ...Images: 2
Mass of fused medals by Andor Mészáros and Michael Meszaros, found in a home at Mt Macedon destroyed by the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. John Gartner and his wife Zelma were well-know ...Images: 2
Bronze portrait medal of Zelma Gartner, designed by Andor Mészáros and minted in 1964. It was found in the ruins of John and Zelma's home in Mt Macedon after the Ash Wednesday bushfires ...Images: 2
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