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deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


There’s a power to personal experiences. Sharing stories about COVID-19 and bushfires can help us understand each other and ourselves.

When our world experiences profound changes we look to what people have been through in the past.

Looking back at the Spanish flu and the Black Saturday bushfires can help us make sense of what’s happening now.

At the National Museum of Australia we’re hoping you can help us make and record history. We invited some special guests to join the conversation too.

Story submissions

Tell us how you feel about the bushfires, COVID-19, or both. We want to hear what you’ve lost and gained and about changes to the way you work, learn and stay in touch.

Let us know how you’ve adapted and tell us what’s important to you, locally and globally.

Share your stories in text, images, video or audio. We will check stories before publication and let you know when they appear on this website.

Your stories may be used in Museum publications, exhibitions and social media.

Stories contributed by users of this website reflect the views and opinions of individual contributors or third parties and are not the Museum’s views.

Today’s history at the Museum

We are also collecting objects that document COVID-19 and bushfire experiences.

This website was inspired by stories shared by Australians on our Facebook groups:

  • Fridge Door Fire Stories
  • Bridging the Distance.

We encourage you to continue the conversation and connect with others.

Fridge Door Fire Stories

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Bridging the Distance – Sharing our COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences

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I found this card in my letterbox a few weeks ago when Sydney was in about its 8th week in lockdown. Neighbours got one too. A simple, positive message and a little origami bird. There was no id, nothing on the back. I liked it. ... See MoreSee Less

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All photos by the National Museum of Australia except Monday’s Work by Dale Appleton, COVID wedding by Samuel White Photography and COVID-19 news posters and apartments during lockdown by Jamie van Leeuwen.