This outdoor decking, from Bill Coppinger's home at Mount Disappointment lost in the Kilmore East Bushfire on 7 February 2009. It was found near the swimming pool. The area of the deck totalled 225 square metres (nearly double the footprint of the house) over three levels, joined by five sets of stairs. Following the fire, which distroyed the timber decking, lines of nails were found on the ashes. The donor remarked on the order of the nails, which indicated the speed and heat in which the decking was burnt. Some things vaporized in place.

This is part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection, which includes a number of interviews with Bill Coppinger and a large range of fire affected artefacts from his destroyed home.

Physical Description

Segment of decking plank with 3 x 3 inch nails adhered to charred timber surface.


This is a story of good fire preparation but ultimate defeat before an overwhelming firestorm. On 7 February 2009, the donor watched closely as the Kilmore East Fire jumped the Hume Highway and moved across to the base of his property on Mount Disappointment. He was aware of the fire's movements, had vast amounts of water and was properly prepared to 'stay and defend', but his house, sheds and all of their contents were destroyed. He lost his dog and very nearly lost his life.

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