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The sculptured fountain commemorates those impacted by the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009.  The memorial Four metre tall metal scupture of a ghost gum, which includes two drinking fountains. The installation has brass gum leaves, harmonic bells and contributions of text and poetry from local writers, which have been laser cut into the metal.

The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria were the most devastating in Australian history; 173 people tragically lost their lives, 414 were injured, more than a million wild and domesticated animals were lost and 450,000 hectares of land were burned.

In February 2009, the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments jointly established the $10 million Community Recovery Fund to assist in community development and recovery after the Victorian bushfires. Funding of $2.5 million was allocated for memorials and commemorative events and has supported the creation of 59 memorials across 18 councils through extensive consultation with those communities impacted by the fires. The memorials include walls, sculptures, places of reflection, storyboards, lookout towers, roadside stops, shelters, signage, murals, plaques and seating, commemorative gardens and rotundas. 

Location

Address:Stanbridge & Duke Streets, Daylesford Community Park, Daylesford, 3460
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.345957
Long: 144.143517
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Fire
Monument Designer:Dr Anton Hassell
Link:http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 5th December, 2012
Front Inscription

Raging fire, 
burning hot 
We pray to  
God, 
That it will  
stop, 
Destroying  
much 
that we hold  
dear 
2009 bush fires  
happened here 
JG 

The sun’s eye 
with tears of 
sadness, 
at the destructive 
burning below. 
everything  
conspired, 
to review by fire, 
The sum of 
all men’s efforts. 
PS 

The heavy pall
of Black Saturday
weighs over us.
Dad’s out there,
fighting it.
I call him,
“will we be okay?”
He says, “yes”
LJ

The brutal beauty
of the wild flames,
like a weaving
meanders through 
trees.
Leaving behind
a trail
of black landscapes.
Observe.
Exquisite beauty.
PS

Hot embers smoulder,
With searching eyes,
Red like rubies,
Silence of the night,
Snapping twigs on 
black.
Mark your space now,
stand in remembrance.
EP

  

Source: RDV
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