Remembering the 1965 Bushfires by Peter McHugh was launched at the Valencia Creek Hall on 1st March 2020. Click on the image below to open a copy. You can also download it from Peter’s Forestry Heritage website https://www.victoriasforestryheritage.org.au where you’ll find it amongst at wealth of other information at the General Publications section of the Resources page.
Hail and Farewell – An Evocation of Gippsland is an autobiographical book about Eagle’s 12 years as a teacher in Gippsland. The names of many local characters were thinly disguised. Pages 146-150 give an account of the 1965 fires, primarily as they were experienced by the people of Bairnsdale. Click on the image below to read the book.
Add your memories to the Social Pinpoint Map
Join one of the discussion forums at https://wbwc.mysocialpinpoint.com.au/1965-gippsland-bushfires-home
Email your stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview people who lived through the fires and get permission to share their stories with us (by video or audio)
Upload your photos to this site
Upload your videos/audios about the fires to youtube and send us a link
We want to tell the story of the 1965 fires. The fires affected people from as far afield as Valencia Creek, Dargo, Omeo and Bruthen yet there is little information on the public record.
We want people to share their stories, photos and memories of the event, the people you helped, or who helped you, and the places affected.
If you were a child at the time what are your memories. Did you have to join the fight, help your parents? Or did you have to be evacuated?
What was the aftermath and clean up like?
What changed after the fires? What did people do differently? What did agencies do differently?
We are a group of people with an interest in local history. We are working with government agencies, volunteer groups and communities to try to recapture the story of the fires.
We want to set up a permanent memorial that acknowledges people’s experiences of the events and the effects they had on daily lives.
We hope that by doing so, the people who lived through the fires, are able to leave us with a legacy of the experiences gained and the lessons learnt so we can take that knowledge in to the future.
We welcome new members to the team who might be interested in contributing to or growing this project.