Wonboyn Border Fire Oral Histories

On the 4th January 2020 the coastal town of Wonboyn came under direct threat from the Border Fire which had crossed the Victoria/NSW border on New Years Eve.

This collection of seven accounts of Wonboyn locals and visitors chart the events and aftermath of the out-of-control Border Fire that hit the small coastal village in early January. They are stories of strength, bravery and generosity that are rich with a sense of belonging, providing an insight into how we act in times of distress. With time, the value and significance of these recorded histories will continue to emerge.

Click here to listen to these stories.


Please note that these interviews contain descriptions of bushfire events and evacuations that may be distressing to some listeners. 

Photo courtesy of Oxana Paschuk-Johnson and Paul Johnson.

Share your story

Bega Valley Shire Library would like to hear from people in the North and West of the Shire that were directly affected by last summer's bushfires and who are interested in recording their experience as part of the Library's project.

We want to hear your story, told by you, in your words. To find out more or register your interest contact us using the link below or phone 6499 2127.

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