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The 50 year Anniversary of the 1967 Bushfires

The 1967 Bushfires - 50 Year anniversary

On 7 February this year it will be 50 years since the tragic bushfires that destroyed large swathes of Tasmania and killed more than 60 people, injured 900 and left more than 7000 homeless. 

Some of the videos and other information about the fires will be displayed at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery from 16 December in the exhibition: One hell of an inferno: the 1967 Tasmanian bushfires.

The City of Hobart website will collate all the information about events happening in Hobart on this page. Check back for information on the events happening in your area.

Reducing your bushfire risk


Being prepared for a bushfire can help limit loss of life. The Fire Service has an online tool to help you prepare plans ready for a bushfire: Tasmania Fire Service Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods page

The City of Hobart also has information for new residents who have moved to bushfire prone areas: Bushfire Information For New Residents 

Event Listing:

'67 Bushfire Storymap


Name: '67 Bushfires Storymap  
Date and time: Internet event- ongoing 
Location: Online- Please visit website 
Cost:  Free
Open to public?  Yes 
Description: 
Many in the Tasmanian community can still relate a story of the 1967 bushfires based on their firsthand experience of that bushfire disaster day, while others have had stories passed down to them through older relatives. 
There are numerous tales of people’s escape as well as the stories of the workers and volunteers who responded to this crisis. Within these stories are recurring themes of recovery, community connectedness, resilience and survival.

Digital stories collected in a travelling video booth over the past 12 months can be viewed on the storymap along with photos, letters, written stories and more.
Key activities: 

The storymap is available online to view and people can add a story to the map at www.bushfirereadyneighbourhoods.tas.gov.au or by contacting Lesley King, 1800 000 699.

Contact person:  Lesley King  
Contact telephone:  1800 000 699
Contact email: 

lesley.king@fire.tas.gov.au

Website: 

The Tasmanian Fire Services website



Black Tuesday Community Commemoration


Name: 

Black Tuesday Community Commemoration

Date and Time:  Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 1.30 pm, Ecumenical Service/ 2.30 pm Community Commemoration
Location:  Snug

Cost: 

Free 

Open to public? 

Yes 

Description: 

The day’s commemoration will begin with Ecumenical Service at St Mary’s Catholic Church Snug. The Ecumenical Service will include the dedication of a new bell-tower to house the original bell which was the only item remaining in the church grounds after the fires. While the church and most of the village burned, the bell became a symbol of community resilience as the Snug community began rebuilding.

The Community Commemoration will begin with a Walk of Remembrance from Snug Primary School along a newly planted avenue of trees dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Black Tuesday. The walk takes place along Beach Rd Snug to the official memorial site.

An official commemorative service will take place from 3.00 pm at the memorial site. The official service will include the unveiling of a revised memorial plaque.

A Tasmania Fire Service truck convoy will be travelling from Kingston to Snug. Trucks will leave Bunnings Car Park at 1.50 pm and arrive at Snug at 2.15 pm. Trucks will be displayed at Snug Beach area.

Refreshments will follow.

Key activities: 

  • 1.30 pm Ecumenical Service
  • 1.50 pm Fire Truck convoy from Kingston to Snug
  • 2.30 pm  Walk of Remembrance
  • 2.45 pm Memorial Service / Plaque Unveiling
  • Community BBQ 

Contact person: 

Cr David Grace (Chair of the 1967 Bushfires Commemoration Working Group)   Julie Alderfox (Council Officer) 

Contact telephone:

Cr Grace : Home: 03 6267 2974 Mobile: 0438 679 200
Julie Alderfox : 6211 8170

Contact email:

jalderfox@kingborough.tas.gov.au 

Website: 

Kingborough Council website
Social media accounts:

Kingborough Council Facebook

Kingborough Council Twitter

Kingborough Council Instagram




Fern Tree Under Fire - Black Tuesday on the Mountain. A 50 year retrospective


Name: 

Fern Tree 1967 Bushfire and Community Recovery Commemoration

Date and Time:  28 January 2017 to 5 February 2017  
Location:  Fern Tree Community Centre
8 Stephenson Place, Fern Tree, Tasmania, 7054 

Cost: 

Free

Open to public? 

Yes 

Description: 

A community display and personal remembrances from the bushfires of 7 February 1967. The commemoration will focus on the history of Fern Tree, narrative of past events and recovery of this mountain community. Key features will include:
  • Interpretive displays
  • Newspaper and scrapbooks
  • Photographic display
  • Audio recording
  • Audio visual display
  • Guest speakers  

Key activities: 

  • 28 January to 5 February 2017 – archival display in Fern Tree Community Centre
  • 5 February 2017 
o Archival display in Fern Tree Community Centre
o Guest speakers
o Display Fern tree Tavern
o Display and open day – St Raphael’s Church, Fern Tree
o Fern Tree Fire Brigade open day

Contact person: 

Ray Murphy, Vice-President Fern Tree Community Association

Contact telephone:

0400 296 655 (H: 6239 1358)

Contact email:

ray.murphy@ferntree.tas.au 

Website: 

Fern Tree Community website

Social media accounts:

Fern Tree Community Facebook


50th Anniversary: Black Tuesday in the South Channel


Name: 

50th Anniversary: Black Tuesday in the South Channel

Date and Time: 

4– 9 February 2017

Location: 

Woodbridge Hall , Channel Highway , Woodbridge

Cost: 

Free

Open to public? 

Yes

Description: 

An exhibition displaying the devastation the 1967 Fire wreaked on the South Channel (Oyster Cove to Gordon).

Key activities: 

  • Visual display using photos and associated memorabilia from the Fire
  • “then and Now” section
  • Role of local brigades today
  • Screening of films at regular intervals
  • Exhibit is being held in conjunction with Woodbridge School commemoration (same week)

Contact person: 

Graham Rae

Contact telephone:

0432202790

Contact email:

raegcr@gmail.com 

1967 Fern Tree Residents Reunion


Name: 

1967 Fern Tree Residents Reunion

Date and Time:  6 February 2017, 6pm
Location:  TBA 

Cost: 

TBA 

Open to public? 

No. 1967 Fern Tree Residents

Description: 

A web page to muster surviving 1967 Fern Tree residents, and collect stories and photographs 

Key activities: 

  • Web page
  • Reunion event 

Contact person: 

Tim Osborn

Contact telephone:

62396497
Contact email:  nekyiahouse@gmail.com 

What would you take?

Name: 

What would you take?

Date and Time:  13 January 2017- 12 February 2017, 11.00 am- 5.00 pm, Wednesday-Sunday
Location:  Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny 

Cost: 

Free 

Open to public? 

Yes 

Description: 

An exhibition telling stories from the 1967 bushfires and the impact on the city of Clarence.
Community members have told their stories about what precious objects they rescued from this catastrophic event. 

Key activities: 

  • Formal Opening: 13 January 2017 at 11.00 am
  • Exhibition includes:
o Photos
o Objects
o Video Footage
o Newspapers

Contact person: 

Tracey Cockburn 

Contact telephone:

0448033420 

Contact email:

tcockburn@ccc.tas.gov.au

Website: 

Clarence Arts and Events website

Fern Tree Fire Brigade- Open Day


Name:

Fern Tree Fire Brigade- Open Day

Date and time: 5 February 2017
Location: Fern Tree Fire station
Cost:  Free
Open to public?  Yes
Description: 

Focus will be on bushfire readiness and response as it is done now.

Our open day will be held in conjunction with the Fern Tree Community Associations Historical Exhibition.

Key activities: 
  • Modern fire opperations
  • The Bushfire Ready Neighbourhood Program
Contact person:  Terry Gill
Contact telephone:  0428747313
Contact email:  terry.gill@fire.tas.gov.au

 LINC Tasmania- Online Feature

 

Name:  Online Feature 
Date and Time:  Available from 15 January 2017 
Location: 

LINC Tasmania website

Cost:  Free     
Open to public?  Yes 
Description: 

An online exhibit illustrating the history of the 1967 bushfires disaster, aftermath and recovery through the records of the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. Contains photographs, videos, personal accounts and interactive elements.

Video will be shown in LINC locations around the state. 

Key activities: 

Webpage will go live from 15 January 2017

Contact person:  Jessica Walters     
Contact number:  61625543 
Contact email: 

Jessica.walters@education.tas.gov.au

Website: 

LINC Tasmania website

Social media accounts: 

Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Instagram

LINC Tasmania Facebook page

LINC Tasmania Youtube page

TMAG's: One Hell of AN Inferno exhibition. Community Day

 

Name:  ABC live broadcast from TMAG's One Hell of An Inferno exhibition Community Day 
Date and Time:  5 February, 10am-12 noon 
Location:  Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery court yard 
Cost:  Free 
Open to Public:  Yes 
Description: 

As part of the ‘One Hell of an Inferno: The 1967 Tasmanian Bushfires exhibition and community day, ABC Radio Hobart will be broadcasting live on Sunday February 5, between 10am-midday.

Weekends presenter Chris Wisbey will bring you all the details of the day and will be joined by some special guests who bring their own insight and stories to this important day, as well as checking out all the activities to witness and experience. 

Key activities: 

Come along and say hi to the ABC Radio Hobart team, grab a bumper sticker or a special lollipop and join in on some of the activities as you listen to live local radio. 

Contact person:  Natalene Muscat 
Contact number:  03 9626 1796 
Contact email:  muscat.natalene@abc.net.au  
Website:  ABC Hobart website 
Social media accounts: 

ABC Hobart Facebook page

Historical Brewery Tour

 

Name:  Historical Brewery Tour 
Date and Time:  7 February, 2:15pm 
Location:  Cascade Visitor Centre 
Cost:  $30/24/20 
Open to public:  Yes 
Description: 

Special brewery tour dedicated to the fires in 1967. The tour will be 90min long and will explain the impact the fires had on Cascade Brewery, surrounding areas and the people of Hobart. All proceeds from ticket sales for this tour will be donated to the TASFire / HCC ’67 bushfire commemorations. Costs are $30 for adults, $24 concession and $20 for Tasmanians. This also includes 4, 7oz beer/cider tasters after the tour. Please see website for requirements and to make a booking. www.cascadebreweryco.com.au. We will also dedicate a wall within the visitor centre to the fires and the exhibition will be opened on the 7th as well.

Key activities: 

Brewery Tour with large historical part

Opening of memorial wall within the visitor centre 

Contact person:  Sabrina Jabas-Reid 
Contact number:  03 6212 7802 
Contact email:  sabrina.jabas-reid@cub.com.au 
Website:  Cascade Brewery website 
Social media accounts: 

Cascade Brewery Facebook 

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