Audio and video interview with Mona Farr by Liza Dale-Hallett conducted at her home, Kinglake, 6 August 2010. Mona Farr was born in 1909 and was featured in the media following Black Saturday, as a "triple-fire survivor" of three major bushfires: 1919, 1939 and 2009. Mona Farr lives with her younger son, Peter Farr, in his home at Kinglake; Peter and his son successfully defended their home. Many of the homes in his road were destroyed on Black Saturday, including his daughter's home.

This is the second of two interviews with Mona Farr that form part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection. Other items donated by Mona Farr include her 1919 poem and her written recollections of bushfire.

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In this interview Mona reads her 1919 poem recounting her experience as a 9 year old child in the Otway bushfires.

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Mona Farr is one of few who has lived through three major bushfires: 1919, 1939 and 2009. This interview offers a rare and evocative description and example of the enduring presence of fire in Victoria’s landscape.

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