Digital photograph of McDonald family members watching the bushfires, 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 8 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
Photographer's daughter, Odette, holding Sacha looking towards the burning hills and struggling to come to terms with the disaster. 'Odette delayed her return to her husband in Paris in order to help the family deal with the disaster immediately after the fire.' - Robin McDonald [Happy Valley resident, 19 August 2009].
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.
Collected & Donation from Mr David McDonald, Ms Robin McDonald, 13 May 2010
Place & Date Depicted
Digital Photograph, Colour
Type of item
Agricultural Equipment, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Black Saturday Bushfires, 2009, Bushfire Awareness, Bushfire Prevention, Bushfires, Children, Emergency Services, Natural Disasters, Rural Conditions, Women Farmers, Women in Agriculture, Women on Farms