Library Disaster Recovery: 2009 Victorian bushfires

Bushfire / Michael Roper, 22.01.2005 (CCAttributionShareAlike2.0Licence) michaelroper/13786602/

The Australian state of Victoria suffered devastating bushfires in January and February 2009.  On 7th February, ‘Black Saturday’, 173 people were killed.

Below are some links which hopefully bring together some resources for a study on this disaster, how it effected library services, and how the services have been rebuilt.



ALIA – Disaster Recovery page, includes links to documents and websites relevant to the 2009 bushfires

Report : ALIA Disaster Recover Project / Jane Grace, ALIA & Yarra Plenty regional Library, July 2009,

An early Christmas gift to help rebuild with books / Sue McKerracher, INCITE Letters, pg 6, ALIA, December 2009,

Bushfire response / ALIA Schools Newsletter, ALIAnet, March/April 2009,

Rebuilding with books / Sue McKerracher (ALIA), Blue Shield, (from INSITE magazine, Museums Australia),

School Library Association of Victoria Blog –

Library industry unites for disaster recovery / Bookseller and Publisher, Thorpe-Bowker’s Australian Library News, Issue 362, February 2009,

ICT industry unites to provide bushfire victims with new PCs, services / Andrew Hendry, Australian Computer Society, 13.02.2009,

Blue Shield Australia

Looking for Blue Shield Australia? / Collections Council Australia –   –



Bunyip Primary School – includes some information about the fires, and has an emergency management plan

Bunyip and District Toy Library

Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries Blog posts on Black Saturday – ; ;

Yarra Ranges Toy Libraries –

Forged from the flames / Corey Hague, ABC Local Radio, 13.07.2009,

Marysville Historical Society finds a home / Lindy Burns, ABC Local Radio, 14.07.2009,

Bushfire Royal Commission streaming online / Catherine McAloon, ABC Local Radio, 11.05.2009,

Bushfire message books delivered to State Library / The Premier of Victoria, 03.02.2010, (and a search of the site for other related information)

Helen McPherson Smith Trust : Recently awarded grants – (see entries for toy [in March 2010] and tool libraries [in December 2009])

The Victorian Bushfires Collection / Liza Dale-Hallett and Matthew HigginsNational Museum of Australia, reCollections, vol5, no1,

Emergence Art on the move / Kinglake Ranges News, 29.01.2011,

Victoria’s devastating bushfires –

Victoria Bushfire Rebuilding Fund / Habitat Australia –

Victorian Bushfire Relief / Samaritan’s Purse –

Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund : 2009 Bushfire appeal summary –

Arts Victoria – ; Conservation of collections in effected areas –

State Library of Victoria – Research Guide : Bushfires in Victoria



Latrobe Shire Council – ;

Murrindindi Shire –

Yarra Ranges –



Wikipedia –

2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission : Final Report (Summary) –

Country Fire Authority – Black Saturday information (links to many detailed maps)

The CFA’s mobile education trailer / Jeremy Lee, photo essay, 14.10.2009,

Regional Development Victoria : Fire Recovery Unit – ;

Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund –

Dept Planning and Community Development Victoria : Rebuilding Dwellings –

Department of Human Services Victoria : Drop in Centres (and links to community guides) –

Victorian Police – ;

Attorney-Generals Dept (Cth) –

Geoscience Australia –

List of resources available at Australian Emergency Management Library –$file/Black+Saturday+2009.pdf

Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre – (A search of the site will find many articles on how to research fire and its aftermath).

CSIRO : Q&A : Victorian bushfires –

The Victorian Bushfire Research Project –

1939 Bushfires Royal Commission : report and transcript of evidence (at the University of Melbourne)  –

Herald-Sun Newspaper Resources –

Age Newspaper Resources – ;

Centre for Advanced Journalism –

ABC : Black Saturday : See and hear the stories –

ABC : Black Friday (1939) –

ABC Melbourne – Bushfire articles ; ;

Behind the scenes at ABC Kinglake Ranges – photo essay, ABC, 30.03.2009,

Live in Kinglake / Jemima Wilson, ABC Local Radio, 15.07.2009,

Right time for getaway / Allison Jess, ABC, 27.05.2010,

High country bushfires / Allison Jess, ABC, 20.05.2010,

Burnout school opens after rebuild / Ryan Shiells, ABC News, 28.07.2011, (Strathewen Primary School reopens)

Children’s book to help victims of bushfire / Anna Hipsley, ABC Radio, The World Today, 23.06.2011,

Power of writing heal students from Kinglake, Kabul / Anthony Stewart, ABC Local Radio, 31.08.2011,

1000 Pens : students tell of fire and war / Rachelle Hunt, ABC Local Radio, 31.08.2011,

Books for fire effected Victoria / Word Constructions – for all your business writing needs, 25.02.2009,

Regional Arts Victoria – ;


This page will be updated from time to time.

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