Digital photograph of a horse on the horizon with a fiery background taken by Robin McDonald at her beef property at Rosewhite, in Happy Valley, north east Victoria in February-July 2009.

Robin and her husband David, have been farming on this property since 1963, and were directly affected by the 2009 February bushfires which started in the early hours of Sunday 8th February 2009.

This photograph is part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection and is supported by an oral and video interview undertaken with Robin and David McDonald.

Description of Content

Rear paddock on the east side of the the McDonald family property. One of five horses on the property is visible in the distance. 'The horses were not especially frightened of the grass fires around them in the open paddock. There was no time to move them, nor did the McDonalds know where they would be safe.'- Robin McDonald [Happy Valley resident, 19 August 2010].

Physical Description

Colour digital photograph


This collection of photographs contributes to understanding the experience of primary producers during the 2009 February bushfires. They particularly document the fires in north east Victoria, which were known as the Beechworth fires. These fires were responsible for the destruction of the greatest amount of public and private land in Victoria during the 2009 bushfires, and raise many issues and themes specific to the geographic nature of this area.

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