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Bushfire art donated to Canberra uni

By Thumper - 19 June 2008 20

ABC online is reporting that Canberra artist Bernard Hardy and his wife Jill have donated a series of paintings to the University of Canberra, which chronicle the loss of their home in the 2003 bushfires. The works aim to show hope emerging from the devastation and include an image of Mrs Hardy finding possessions in the debris.

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Bushfire art donated to Canberra uni
Deadmandrinking 2:41 pm 19 Jun 08

My mum’s side of the family is heavily involved with the Captain’s Flat volunteers. Sadly, I’ve got a mild-to-severe hearing impairment which prevents me from joining (radio problems, communication problems in the fields and probably a host of other semi-comical situations I’m sure you can come up with). I will probably get myself involved in the fund-raising aspect if I ever move back out that way again though.

Thumper 2:32 pm 19 Jun 08

I was there as a member of the SES when it was burning at Bullshead, and when it hit Duffy.

I then spent the next three weeks wandering through the carnage doing this and that….

Clown Killer 2:04 pm 19 Jun 08

Being of a certain age and fitness level I doubt that I’d be much help to the Bushfire brigade now.

In my younger days I was on the Jindabyne brigade and before that had my baptism of fire (pardon the pun) fighting fires with the NPWS and NSW State Forests. Without wanting to play down the danger inherant in fighting fires, I can say without hesitation that some of the best fun I have ever had putting in a 14hour day was fighting fires.

Overheard 1:48 pm 19 Jun 08

Deadmandrinking said :

Out of interest, were any of you who were affected by the fires inspired to join the A.C.T. Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade or any of its N.S.W. counterparts afterwards?

(Please don’t take this as criticism, because it’s not. Volunteering is a personal choice as far as I am concerned and you should have no obligation to do it regardless of what happens.)

I did consider it, especially when a friend joined up, but I knew that with my other commitments and volunteer activities I’d never be able to commit properly.

I did donate most of my usual charge to do fund-raising nights for an SES brigade (is that the right term?) and the ACT Emergency Services mob. A couple of very fun nights and they made a motza.

Danman 1:42 pm 19 Jun 08

I joined Qbn SES because (back then, maybe it’s changed since then) they are the only vertical rescue unit in this region.

They conducted themselves like a bunch of cowboys. I never went back after 5 or so weeks.

I thought about joining the suburban citizen fire fighters (Can not remember what they are called), they have firefighting trailers deployed through the suburbs and are responsible for protecting houses up to 2 streets in from suburbs fringing bushland reserves etc.

My mate in duffy is a member…

peterh 1:34 pm 19 Jun 08

gun street girl said :

I was in Sydney on the day the fires came through. To this day, I will never forgive the radio broadcasters up there who permitted Sydney bogans to call into their stations to express, on the air, their sincere wishes that “we hope it burns to the ground” when the news started filtering through that Canberra was alight and in trouble.

sorry, but it was no better here – beds are burning was on one of the FM stations, and they thought it was the best joke. That day, I stopped listening to 106 & 104, I listen to AM, or artsound now, I will never go back to the austereo network. pack of monkeys.

peterh 1:31 pm 19 Jun 08

Deadmandrinking said :

Out of interest, were any of you who were affected by the fires inspired to join the A.C.T. Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade or any of it’s N.S.W. counterparts afterwards?

(Please don’t take this as criticism, because it’s not. Volunteering is a personal choice as far as I am concerned and you should have no obligation to do it regardless of what happens.)

I have not as yet, but I did donate a very large amount to the ACT Bush Fire brigade – they saved my father by preventing him re-entering his house, which by that stage was engulfed. I wanted to show my appreciation.

I also was instrumental in the donation of computers & other equipment to the volunteers who lost everything including their cars at the depot, whilst they were out saving other people’s property.

Deadmandrinking 1:19 pm 19 Jun 08

Out of interest, were any of you who were affected by the fires inspired to join the A.C.T. Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade or any of it’s N.S.W. counterparts afterwards?

(Please don’t take this as criticism, because it’s not. Volunteering is a personal choice as far as I am concerned and you should have no obligation to do it regardless of what happens.)

Danman 1:07 pm 19 Jun 08

we had no power for a week – lyons – just 100m from the sub station that was razed.

the one thing that I have noticed is the psychological damage, if I smell eucalyptus smoke, I become nervous.

I hear ya hence my thread here</a)

Yeah I moved from Lyons to Rural Ngunnawal….

Deadmandrinking 1:04 pm 19 Jun 08

I was up at the coast with a bunch of mates, camping and drinking like a fish away from civilization. I’ll never forget my mate bringing the paper in on the Sunday and exclaiming, “F-K, Canberra just burned down!”

Freak-outs followed and I rung my mum, who’s property isn’t that far from the south of Canberra (my dad was in the north, but I rang him too). Half the people on the camping trip rushed home, but the other half just went, “F-k it, if Canberra burns down we’re staying here.”

gun street girl 12:39 pm 19 Jun 08

I was in Sydney on the day the fires came through. To this day, I will never forgive the radio broadcasters up there who permitted Sydney bogans to call into their stations to express, on the air, their sincere wishes that “we hope it burns to the ground” when the news started filtering through that Canberra was alight and in trouble.

PeraPHon 12:07 pm 19 Jun 08

I was on holidays here in late Jan 2003 after the bushfires had died down.

I was amazed how all of the greenery along the Parkway had been turned to black.

I headed southside for the first time in ages on the weekend, and I was stunned by the number of pine trees that are there again. Wasn’t one of the major reasons for the spread of the fires the way that pine burns?

It’d be a shame for all that destruction to have occurred and for the lesson to have not been learned.

peterh 11:51 am 19 Jun 08

Clown Killer said :

I think anyone who was touched by the fires that day has their own journey to take. That day I lost part of my back fence. I was lucky. I remember walking through the house that afternoon trying to decide what to put in the car if the time came to evacuate. I cant imagine what it would be like to lose everything.

We left with the cats, the wedding photos, 1 bag of clothes (I left mine on the bed in my haste) all of our important documents. We didn’t have kids then, so it was a simple process to pack.

Getting out of kambah was a bit different. kambah pool road was out, so was the parkway, inkster was on fire with falling trees, finally we punched through the flames on athllon drive and found that it was blue sky, with no fire at all. behind us was dante’s inferno.

we went to goulburn and waited for the all clear.

we wanted to be close so that we could hear of updates, but far enough away to be able to go if we needed to. Goulburn, I am sure, doubled in size that night.

the aftermath for us was fairly minor – we lost several trees we didn’t much like, the house was full of soot, forced under doors, and the ground was covered in ash. the fire missed us by 200m.

the one thing that I have noticed is the psychological damage, if I smell eucalyptus smoke, I become nervous. so does my wife. there are kids in the streets around us that still freak out if they smell smoke – one neighbor has had to take their kids to a therapist to try and get their fears discussed.

My neighbors are all now known to me. we all talk on a regular basis, as we did in the days following the fires.

Clown Killer 11:31 am 19 Jun 08

I think anyone who was touched by the fires that day has their own journey to take. That day I lost part of my back fence. I was lucky. I remember walking through the house that afternoon trying to decide what to put in the car if the time came to evacuate. I cant imagine what it would be like to lose everything.

peterh 11:20 am 19 Jun 08

My father lost his house in the fires, we searched for his signet & wedding rings and other memorabilia in the remains, the only thing that we found was a $5 commemorative coin – the don bradman coin. This was all that was left after 10yrs there.

This is probably why I am so bitter about the fires. Good for Bernard and Jill hardy. I hope that their works give some perspective to others who weren’t there, and didn’t have to endure the loss of all of their possessions, the fear of the oncoming fires as they roared down towards us, etc etc.

the best site to view the impact from the fires is here: http://canberrafires.xsnet.org/
it is in all stages, from the red glow to the incoming flames, then the aftermath.

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