Digital photograph of fires being 'blacked out' 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

Photographer's sons, Haydn and Nigel, can be seen blacking out fire which continues to creep over the paddocks while, their father, David McDonald, checks the pump and unit on the wall of a dam out of sight. 'If we had not had a water tank unit and ability to fight the fire ourselves our entire property would have burnt, as no help was available.' - Robin McDonald [Happy Valley resident, 19 August 2009].

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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