Find books, government reports, websites, statistics, newspaper articles and images about Victorian bushfires from 1851 to today.
The 2019-2020 bushfire season was unprecedented in intensity and devastation. Throughout the summer multiple fires burnt large areas of Victoria and all states of Australia, resulting in 34 fatalities and huge losses of land and wildlife. Fires were contained by early March.
See Research fires for suggestions on how to find further resources.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews encouraged financial donations to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal (rather than supplies). Every dollar will go towards immediate support for those in need.
Many other organisations have bushfire relief appeals, including:
Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning Bushfire response - community information
How you can donate and help the volunteer firefighters - Guardian Australia
Authors For Fireys - Australia's literary community hosted online Twitter auctions to raise funds for firefighters. The website now includes an item round-up and further donation information.
Congratulations to @maffygirl and @Dr_Polarbird for being the highest bidders on our #AuthorsForFireys auction items which raised a total of $1,750!— State Library Vic (@Library_Vic) January 12, 2020
We will be in touch today via DM with further details😊
You can find the donation information here: https://t.co/BQoIWo6Ubm
A Royal Commission into the Black Summer bushfires was established on 20 February 2020 (press release and terms of reference). The independent inquiry will provide research, evidence and recommendations to government.
Records from Royal Commissions deemed to be of permanent value will be transferred to National Archives of Australia. See Royal Commission Records (Public Record Office Victoria).
November 1, 2019 | January 3, 2020
Drag the bar to compare satellite images. The recent picture (on the right) shows smoke and fires along the east coast of Australia. Source: The Conversation 4 photos of Australia from space, before and after the bushfires
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