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On 18 January 2003 a firestorm. known in the US as wildfires. struck the suburb of Duffy in Canberra, Australia's National Capital. The bush fires had started days earlier in bushland but suddenly raced through pine forests, over Mount Stromlo into Duffy and on to Holder, Rivett, Chapman, Weston and Kambah. Four people died and 500 houses were destroyed. These are a few of thousands of the photographs I took over the next three years as recovery took place. They include destroyed property an
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1. Flames leap high over the Stromlo Scout hut in Duffy during the Canberra bush fires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. This photograph was taken from my front door with flames leaping high as the Stromlo Scout hut is overtaken by the fires in Tantangara Street, Duffy, just a few houses away.
2. Canberra bush fires - Woden Shopping Centre covered in smoke. The Woden shopping and office complex looms out of the smoke and dust haze on the afternoon of the 2003 Canberra bushfires.
3. There's absolutley nothing left of this house and its contents at Warragamba Avenue in Duffy after the Canberra bush fires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. There's total devastation at this house in Warragamba Avenue in Duffy. Nothing was left.
4. Canberra bush fires - lone cockatoo in burnt tree. A lone surviving cockatoo sits in a burnt out tree on Cotter Road after the 2003 bushires in Canberra.
5. This row of bicycles will have to be replaced following the Canberra bush fires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. The owners of this property were obviously keen cyclists.
6. This house looks as though it's been hit by a bomb after the Canberra bush fires . Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. The total devastation of this house in Duffy looks like it's been hit by a bomb.
7. This burnt out car was once the pride and joy of its owner in Duffy before the Canberra bush fires struck. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. This car was the owner's pride and joy before the fire.
8. The BP service station in Duffy exploded in the firestorm. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. The BP Service Station in Burrinjuck Crescent, Duffy, was totally destroyed and at February 2009 had still not been rebuilt or redeveloped.
9. This do not enter sign says it all. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. This was one of more than 500 houses which were destroyed in Canberra, the majority of them in the suburb of Duffy. The NSW fire brigade had cordoned off the area with this warning sign.
10. Colour shows through after the Canberra bush fires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. There's always some colour even after devastating bush fires as this scene on the Uriarra Road shows two weeks after the fires shows.
11. This property was up for sale only two days after the Canberra bush fires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. The owners of this property wasted no time in putting it up for sale only two days after the fire burnt it down.
12. Canberra bush fires - sign warns motorists to drive carefully. The "Please Drive Carefully" signs were erected on roads such as Uriarra Crossing Road after the 2003 Canberra bushfires.
13. Flying the Australian flag shows the owners of this property will not be defeated. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. You can't keep a good man down. Desite losing their home, this family kept the Australian flag flying.
14. Mount Stromlo Observatory was completely destroyed by the Canberra bushfires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. Mount Stromlo Observatory was badly hit with almost every building and many faluable telescopes destroyed. On 16 October 2006 the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC), became the ANU RSAA's first cab off the rank in the reconstruction after the 18 January 2003 firestorm.
15. Nine months after the Canberra bush fires burning off was still taking place. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003.The clean up after the fires took many months and this burn off took place in November 2003
16. Every house in Chauvel Circle in Chapman was destroyed in the bush fres. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. Every house in Chauvel Circle, in Chapman, was destroyed as this aerial shot shows.
17. This used to be a good place to park before the busfires hit Canberra. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. This car was parked below the pine forest above Eucumbene Drive in Duffy, The forest and many homes in the street were also destroyed.
18. Patterson's Curse spread quickly and widely after the Canberra bushfires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. As a result of the fires, the dreaded Patterson's Curse (or Salvation Jane as it's knon in some parts of Australia) spread like wildfire. Many horses died as a result of eating the deadly weed.
19. A blue bulb is the only colour among the ruins of this house lost in the Canberra bush fires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. While all around it was destroyed this blue bulb survived to provide a small spot of colour.
20. Restoration work on Eucumbene Drive in Duffy 16 months after the Canberra bush fires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. This hill above Eucumbene Drive in Duffy was covered in pine trees before the fires. Work on restoration began 16 months later.
21. The ability of some trees to survive and recover from bushfires is amazing. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. Mother Nature went to work within days of the fires and the results were soon abvious. This tree had a healthy growth within less than six weeks.
22. The Canberra RSPCA held a Christmas party for pets. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. The RSPCA had a party for pets in December 2003, the first Christmas after the bushfires.
23. Een in adversity some have a sense of humour as this decorated tree stump shows. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. Some artistic comedian made the most of this burnt-out tree stump to turn it into a life-like bird.
24. This sign in Chauvel Circle wished Dave a happy 18th birthday but there were no houses left standing in the street. Canberra Bushfires 18 January 2003. Every house in Chauvel Circle was destroyed in the fires but someone stll found the energy to wish Dave a happy 18th birthday.
25. Members of the Bush Fire Brigades demonstrate their skills at an openday in Canberra. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. Firies demonstrate their skills at an open day in September 2003.
26. Even burnt trees can provide some colour after the bush fires in Canberra. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. Even the burnt trees can provide some colour.
27. Several houses and many vehicles were destroyed at Stromlo Village. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. Nearly all the buildings and vehicles in Stromlo Village were destroyed. The village is between the Cotter Road and the suburb of Duffy and was the first point reached by the fires.
28. A lone fern survived among the rubble of this destroyed house. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003, Less than a month after the fires this brave fern stood out among all the rubble of a destroyed house.
29. The first snows of winter cover much of the burnt out areas of the Brindabellas near Canberra. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. Snow fell in September 2003 and covered much of the burnt out areas of the Brindabellas near Canberra.
30. Several months after the Canberra bush fires there was still a need for burning off. Burning off on Narrabundah Hill after the 2003 bushfires in Canberra
31. Thousands gather in Commonwealth Park on the first anniversary of the bush fires. Bushfires in Canberra 18 January 2003. On the first anniversary of the fires, thousands gathered in Commonwealth Park at Stage 88 to commemorate the occasion.
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