Yarra Plenty Regional Library services the outer municipalities of Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Banyule in the north of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This blog promoting local history in our community has been operating since 2006 and is managed by the Local and Family History Librarian.
Monday, February 04, 2019
Black Saturday Anniversary
Photo: Matt Dickinson
The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009 and were among Australia's all-time worst bushfire disasters. Areas within the City of Whittlesea and Shire of Nillumbik were directly impacted including Kinglake West and Strathewen. Local historian and photographer Matt Dickinson took a series of photographs immediately following the fires and has donated them to Yarra Plenty Regional Library for public access.
Following the devastation of the fires Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s own mobile library resumed service to the fire affected Shires of Nillumbik and Whittlesea as soon as the roads were reopened. The mobile library provided a touch of normality for the residents contributing to the initial recovery.
It is now ten years since that fateful day. Gradually items have been added to our local history collections at both Eltham and Mill Park libraries, including other photograph collections. These items will be held permanently representing a significant event in our local history.
If you are interested in commemorating Black Saturday, Whittlesea Library is running community events in February and March. Find out more.