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Fire Stories - SA History Festival

Presenter: Carly Osborn (The University of Adelaide)
Date:
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Time: 2pm – 3.00pm
Venue: CFS Region 1 Headquarters, 75 Gawler St, Mount Barker SA 5251
Registration: Opens on the 8 April for individuals and class groups online here.

Bushfires have been part of the Australian experience since early colonial times. In this workshop, participants explore texts and artworks about fire from 1845 through to the present day, asking questions about the changing emotional meanings of fire through our South Australian history.

We’ll read old newspapers, letters, and stories, look at paintings, and even listen to a dramatic soundscape, to explore how Australians have felt about bushfires since 1845. We’ll talk about community, mateship, fear and bravery, and meet some real firefighters!


Image: Bush fire between Mt Elephant and Timboon 1857, Eugene Von Guerard,  Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.