Sunday 22 January 2012 – The Canberra Bushfire Memorial – Transcriptions

Canberra Bushfire Memorial entrance sign: transcription on this page

Outside the Canberra Bushfire Memorial

Stromlo
Forest Park
Canberra Australia

ACT Bushfire Memorial

The ACT Bushfire Memorial acknowledges the impact of the 2003 bushfires, the many organisations and individuals who played crucial roles in the fire fighting and recovery efforts, and marks the process of renewal.

The Memorial is a journey from the day of the fire, through the process of recovery, to the honouring of memory. Located in regenerated fire-affected land, it provides a place for contemplation and reflection for many Canberrans.

[ACT Government crest]

In emergency ring 000

Venue management: 6256 6700

General Warning & Exclusion of Liability

Sporting activities at Stromlo Forest Park maybe [sic] dangerous and may result in injury or death to the person &/or property loss or damage. Users participating and spectators viewing these activities do so at their own risk. To the extent permitted by law, the Australian Capital Territory excludes all liability, including but not limited to liability for personal injury, death, property damage, property loss, and consequential loss or damage of any kind arising from the use of &/or entry to Stromlo Forest Park, whether in contract, by negligent act or omission, or any other tortious action.

www.stromloforestpark.com.au

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Plaques outside the Memorial

Plaques outside the Memorial

1. ACT Bushfire Memorial

[ACT Government crest with an additional logo: “building our city building our community”]

On Saturday 18 January 2003, the bushfires which had been burning in the hills to the west and south-west of Canberra for more than a week reached the perimeter of the city. Four people lost their lives, nearly five hundred homes were destroyed, countless pets and other animals were killed, and there was widespread damage to rural properties, parks, forests, gardens and urban infrastructure.

This memorial has been commissioned by the ACT Government to acknowledge the impact of the 2003 bushfires, mark the process of recovery, and thank the many organisations and individuals who played crucial roles in the fire fighting and recovery efforts.

The memorial is designed by Canberra artists Tess Horwitz, Tony Steel and Martyn Jolly and incorporates elements requested by the ACT community. It is a journey from the day of the fire, through the process of recovery, to the honouring of memory.

The entrance walls are made from the community’s salvaged and inscribed bricks which contain messages of grief and gratitude. Beyond the walls, a site framed by a grove of casuarinas contains red glass and metal forms that refer to the force of the firestorm and the lightning strikes that sparked the main fires.

An avenue leads to an amphitheatre enclosing a pond and bubbling spring. The glass columns bordering the pond contain details from photos provided by the community which speak of memory and human resilience.

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2. ACT Bushfire Memorial
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3. Dedication

Dedicated to

PETER BROOKE
DOUG FRASER
DOLLY McGRATH
ALISON TENER

Who died on 18 January 2003

And to the injured, the volunteers, emergency services personnel, charities, Bushfire Recovery Task Force and all others who helped survivors recover.

Bushfire Affected Families

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Wall transcriptions

Seven groups of inscribed bricks appear on the entrance walls. All the bricks in these walls were salvaged from houses that were lost in the fire.

Inscribed bricks: transcription follows

Inscribed Bricks 1

Inscribed bricks 1
[Drawing of a fire engine and firie]
JAMIE GUTH
Our beautiful
telescopes at
Mt Stromlo destroyed
“Look out”
there’s a Fireball coming
God with us!
Clinton White
THIS
BLEAK BLACK
SATURDAY
[Drawing of the 74″ dome on Stromlo] THE CHALLENGE
MAKES US
STRONGER
Valuing friends
family and
community
WAILING SIRENS
GREY-BLACK SKY
HELL HEAT
AND NO HOME
Energy and
Grief [drawing of flames]
FAITH
HOPE
CHARITY
Singed Sisters
Tears, Laughter,
Champagne
Stables
flying embers
wet towels
[Drawing of a couple with pets, their house, sun, trees, and other people]
[Chinese characters]
human beings so generous and solicitous
WE STOOD AND WATCHED
AS HELL WENT BY
2003 A family [Drawing of a burnt tree?]
Day we saved
Stromlo Peace
Stan [?]
HOME
IS WHERE
THE HEART IS
We still mourn the
loss of our beautiful
garden
[Drawing of a family with two cats]
VICTORIA TONY
AND FRAN
18-01-03
“such is life!” Tim Edmondson
ORANA SCHOOL
Groundsman . BD Teacher
Kindy & Cl 7 parent
NO BEAUTIFUL PINES
HILLS BARE
SOULS BARED
GILBERT 5
McINNES 10
CENTRAL 6
JOGALONG
Impermanence
not grasping
[Pawprint] – let go
Inscribed bricks: transcription follows

Inscribed Bricks 2

Inscribed bricks 2
I loved their old house
ISAAC
The
White House
14 Tullaroop St
We tried so hard
…but so little time!
Ted & Jason Cain
121 Gouger St
53 Cargellico St
Duffy
Renfrey
K S J S G
[Drawing of house]
Eildon Place
“Graciousness”
@
Eildon Place
29
BURRENDONG ST
KINGHAM FAMILY
DUFFY
1980 – 2003
WINDSOR FAMILY
19 EILDON PLACE
1976 – 2003
PIERCES CREEK
FORESTRY
SETTLEMENT
Lost Memories
Katherine White
[Child’s drawing of house] Me Mark & Barbara
Shubert
Stromlo
From embers to
ashes in 3 short
hours
STROMLO
FORESTRY
SETTLEMENT
SARAH ELIZABETH
WHITE
2003
LOST HOME
ALL SAFE
LIBBY WHITE
TEARS ANGER
44 Darwinia
HOPE FAMILY
Alice
[Fire drawing]
Jean & Barry
Lambert
Weston
Danny Wolf
& Suzi Bailey
Stromlo Settlement
URIARRA
FORESTRY
SETTLEMENT
Jack and Babs
Warragamba
Ave Duffy
A terrifying day
in GIRALANG too
J H & M LEWIS
“BANKFOOT”
121 GOUGER ST TORRENS
Elizabeth I am six years old
[Fire drawing]
Great friends
in
Mirrool St
56 years of memories,
our home of 30 years
gone. John & Mavis
RMB 113/15
Cotter Road
Stromlo
Ildiko, Livia and Melanie
8 Jemalong Street, Duffy
Home for 30 years
WE MISS OUR
MISSION BROWN
PALACE
Bushy garden
Bugger, ALL burnt.
A Lifetime
of Memories
Gone
32 YEARS OF
WONDERFUL CUSCH
FAMILY MEMORIES [Musical notes]
GRIEF FOR LOSS
JOY FOR RENEWAL
Trevor & Chris Wilson
MEMORIES
CHEZ GALLAHAR
16 MOOGERAH ST
McLean Family
3 Calder Place, Holder
(Our home!)
teddy bear [Drawing of sun with passing cloud]
ric
Eildon Pl.
All is Ashes
Mae Hingee
Eildon Place
Inscribed bricks: transcription follows

Inscribed bricks 3

Inscribed bricks 3 – Those who died
Alison IN LOVING MEMORY OF
DOUGLAS FRASER
1942 – 2003
(True Blue Sadly Missed)
DOLLY
McGRATH
Smiling Loving
Forever
John Houghton

Inscribed Bricks: transcription follows

Inscribed Bricks 4

Inscribed bricks 4
To those people
who gave
Thank you
FIRE FIGHTERS’ DEEDS
ARE FLOWERS
IN THE GARDEN
Nature heals –
Be inspired?
G Wells
L♥VE Thanks neighbours
for saving
3 Darwinia Tce
Rivett -Fletchers
THANKS FIRIES
2 OLDS + 3 DOGS
[Handwritten]
OUR SAFETY NET –
A COMPASSIONATE
SOCIETY
Despair
Repaired
THANKS TO
AFTER FIRE
SUPPORT GROUP
Thanks to
the people
who comforted
Box of home grown
vegetables on
front door step. Thanks
M Cooper
Thanks Scott
For Saving
Our Home
SO GOOD
TO BE HOME
THE PHAMS
In memory of
Graeme’s bravery
‘NAIEVE’ – Let down
ex 11 Eppalock St
[Handwritten]
LOST:
memories, comfort
zone, home
GAINED:
knowledge we can
survive such a loss
BUTTERFLIES
Sarah Pham
Inspirational
Courage and Resolve
…you realise that
you can’t take “things”
with you…
– Jason Cain
Supportive community
loving family
Milly Cooper Jessie Copeman
Inscribed Bricks: transcript follows

Inscribed Bricks 5

Inscribed bricks 5 – Animals
To Gomez
Our Gentle Friend
Sorry
FOR BEAUTIFUL FLO
BEFORE FLAMES
Poppy – we all love
you [Drawing of dog’s face]
We miss your sparkle
Pickle
Fluffy
from Duffy
In loving memory of
Dougal, Sheba, Dido,
Midas, Gemma, Louise,
Harley and Zoe
dear Wags we miss
you – oh, for a
cuddle [Drawing of bone]
IN MEMORY
OF ELLY [Drawing of horse]
Jase 42 STORMY RUBY LACY
Leah’s Girls
Khan & Lacey
Great mates in the paddock
18/01/03
We miss you Shandy
and Coco!
[Drawings of cat and dog]
Inscribed Bricks: transcript follows

Inscribed Bricks 6

Inscribed bricks 6
PHILLIPS FAMILY
122 DIXON DRIVE
POULOS FAMILY
9 BREWSTER PLACE
Four Generations
lived here
7 BREWSTER PLACE
DUFFY
Gift Echoed
Memories Keepsakes
LOST POSSESSIONS
AND MEMORIES –
A NEW BEGINNING
THE NERNAGH FAMILY
BOB & CLAIRE’S
FIRST HOUSE
Sudden Violent Loss
Burnt Memories
ALL GORN
PAYNE FAMILY
JOBSON FAMILY
116 DIXON DRIVE
HOLDER
IN MEMORY OF
JOAN VAUGHAN
WILLIAMS
“EL PADDOCK”
5 EPPALOCK ST
DUFFY
Treasured
Memories
of Home
No roof,
but my house
[Initials]
Memories Lost
Empty Tired
Beginning
Inscribed Bricks: transcript follows

Inscribed Bricks 7

Inscribed bricks 7
The unknown
was filled with
so much fear
Not Victims.
Survivors
Jessica
[Drawing of butterfly
above the flames]
Callum, it’s here
Stewart, Iris, Moira
I miss our lovely blue
mountain forests.
I mourn the lost wildlife.
– Susan N.
[Drawing of the 74″ dome on Stromlo] I now know my
neighbours!
JT
BONFIRE
of the vanities
[Drawing of fire]
Heirlooms and
Treasures
All Gone!
Terrified
Devastated
Empty Numb
Thanks to all who
helped us recover
from our day in Hell.
Bernie W.
[Drawing of shed]Once
and
future
shed
[Drawing of burnt shed]
Renewal to a
better place
Eloise Scared, Worried,
Frightened.
Danielle Cribb
WE MISS OUR
PINE FOREST
Fire can help people but can kill people too
[Japanese characters]
Song & Yang
We all help
each other ♥
SCREAMING WIND
RED DARKNESS
LUCK BEATS
MANAGEMENT
[Cross]
“Living God’s Grace”
[Sun]
WIND TOO HOT TO BEAR
TORE A SCRUNCHY
FROM MY HAIR
nothing is permanent
– but love
and kindness
endure
Burnt pine leaving
a scent of
nature’s own
The moving finger writes,
and having writ,
moves on…
EFR
It’s raining fire
18th January 2003
Jo Forestier
“SHIT HAPPENS!”
D. Ekelund
“Next time
– Drink the Bastard!”
(Good Wine)
Peter Edwards, 2003
I WAS HERE
JAN 18TH 2003
FRAN IFOULD
AFTER THE FIRESTORM
– ADRIFT
– CUT OFF FROM THE PAST
– ANXIOUS
THE MEMORY
OF THE TREES
DIGGA & ELKE
STROMLO
The POWER
and the FURY
No more fires please
Maddy Pham

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