Museums Victoria, alongside the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, and the Victoria Police Museum marks the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.
Marking the story 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, this poignant project invites you to reflect and contribute to an interactive Tree of Remembrance.
The project highlights a small selection of objects from the Museum's Bushfire collection, as well as images of environmental recovery and DELWP initiatives focused on staff and community wellbeing.
Free entry for those impacted by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. Please request at the Melbourne Museum ticketing desk.
Image courtesy of Stella Reid, Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer and owner of Wildhaven Wildlife Shelter, who took this photo on her property in St Andrews on 7 February 2009. Both the shelter and Stella's home were destroyed during the Black Saturday bushfires, and all of the animals in Windhaven perished. Stella's husband Alan was very fortunate to survive. The arrival of young kangaroos Cooper and Merlot in the weeks immediately after the bushfires symbolised hope and renewal amid the devastation: 'The earth was grey, the trees black and our world was silent. The little face of Cooper gave our hearts hope. Merlot was brought in a few days later, weak and near death. Cooper's love for Merlot saved her life, and mine.' Stella and Alan rebuilt Wildhaven in the aftermath of the bushfires and continued with their work in caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. You can read more about this story via Museums Victoria Collections Online.